Our Family Verse of 2018

For the last few years, we’ve been thinking of a family word to describe how we want our new year to go.  We also pick a Bible verse to go along with that word.  We have this great wall on our way down the stairs to put it on, so we can read the verse daily, either as we’re going out, or just in passing as we’re going down the stairs. (Here is last year’s verse).

Here is this years verse!  I gave Autumn some watercolour, so she painted the background.  I love the way it turned out because it looks kind of like a tree, which fits very well because our word is GROWTH.

Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him.
Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
-Ephesians 3:17

We picked growth because we’ve been going to our church for almost two years, and we’re wanting to continue to grow in community there.  We’re planning on growing in our relationship with each other, with our children and with our friends.  We want to grow in our jobs, and we want to grow in our spirituality.  Grow felt like the right choice for this year for all these reasons and more, and this verse fit really well.

Do you choose a word or a verse for the year? What did you choose?

xoxo,
Alysa

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Our Verse for 2017

For the past two years, I’ve done the ~Word of the Year~ thang, and shared it in my blog.  This years word is BOLD.  Another thing we’ve done as a family for the past two years is choose a verse to go along with that word!  Here is the verse for 2017

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength
They will soar on wings like eagles
They will run and not grow weary
They will walk and not grow faint”
– Isaiah 40:31

Last year, our verse had to do with starting a new journey.  We knew we were going to be looking for a new place to call our home church, and we knew we were starting out on something new.  This year, the word we thought of when we were praying over what verse we should put in this spot was strength.  We found our new church and we have begun making friendships and connections there.  We want to strengthen our friendships and relationships with the people we’ve met in 2016 at our new church, as well as with our friends.

It’s tough making friends, especially as a mom with little ones.  I have found that this is definitely a time of life where the phrase “for a reason, a season, or a lifetime” comes up a lot.  There are friends we don’t talk to as much anymore, and there are friends who have become even closer to us in this time.  I’m so grateful for the people in my life who have stuck by me through the pregnancies and births of both my children.  It means so much to me, not only that they’re still wanting to spend time with us, but also how much they love and care for my children.  This year will be about strengthening and developing those relationships <3

xoxo,
Alysa

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Happy 2016

growth in 2016

I’ve been thinking about this since pretty much right after Christmas.  Last year, instead of having specific resolutions, I chose a word and focused on that for the year.  You can read about it here.  I also chose a verse, not included in that post, that went along with my word.  I also wrote out the verse and framed it and placed it in a prominent place in our home so we would see it before we went out.  (You can find the verse in this post)

I decided I wanted to do the same thing this year.  The only difference is, I’ve chosen a personal word for myself, and I chose a family verse with my husband.

My word of the year for 2016 is Growth.

It may seem pretty obvious as to why I might have chosen this word, but the more I thought about it and what it means to me right now, more things are being associated with it.

  • We’re growing our family this year.  In May we will be welcoming another little one into our family, so this word works for our family as well.
  • Growing in relationship with God.  I have a myriad of excuses as to why I’m not reading my bible/doing devotionals, etc, and I’m not going to bore you with them here.  I will say that I would like to focus on growing this aspect of my life, and I think a good first step will be to find someone who will be accountable with me (or we could be accountable to each other). I don’t know exactly what it looks like, but this is something I would like to work on.
  • Growing in relationship with friends and family.  A pretty unfortunate part about having a baby is it makes you realize who you can really count on.  I wouldn’t say that I have less friends now than I did a year ago, but I will say that some relationships have definitely weakened and some have gotten stronger.  I would love to maintain my friendships, and grow the deepness of relationships with my friends and family, especially as a new baby comes and this loss of friendship potentially happens again.
  • I would like to grow my blog.  I had been posting daily, and then Autumn was born and I started posting three times a week, but I would like to go back to posting daily.  I miss it, really.  I’d like to see it go further as well.  So growing my blog is a huge goal of mine.
  • Just growing personally.  I don’t have anything specific I want to do or be, and I could say that I want to be kinder, or friendlier, or whatever.. but ultimately, January 1, 2017, I want to be able to look back over the last year and know that I’ve worked on myself.  And I’ll figure out exactly what that means over the next year.

Our family verse of the year:

The Lord will protect you on your journeys — whether going or coming — from now until forever from now
Psalms 121:8

Do you choose a word for the year, or a verse?  What was yours?

xoxo,
Alysa

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unto us a child is born

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.  Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and then will call him Immanuel” — which means “God is with us.”

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.  But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son.  And he gave him the name Jesus.

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?> We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.  When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born.  “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:  “But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah: for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'”

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.  He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child.  As soon as you find him, report to me so that I too may go and worship him”
After they had heard the king, they went on their way and the star they had seen in the East went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.  On coming to the house, they saw the child with the mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him, then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, and of incense and of myrrh.

Matthew 1:18-25 & 2:1-12

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Happy February!

Can you believe it’s already February?  I feel like it went by in a flash, which is great because January is generally the most dreary and cold month of the year.  All the holiday sparkle is over, and all that’s left is frozen tundra.  Luckily, this month was not that cold!! Here’s hoping February follows suit.

February is one of my favourite months, though.  It’s got Valentine’s Day, and a great excuse to wear pink and red and purple and talk about love all the time.  I love it!  It’ll be especially fun to dress up my little one in cute pink and red outfits for it this year, too!

Here are some other things I’m happy about this week:

My new record player (pictured above!) It had disappeared from the website (but is back now), and I am totally in love with playing music on it.  I am so glad to have found it at the store. It’s so fun

This awesome article about being bold in nursing in public places.  I’m getting there slowly but surely!

5 Questions to ask yourself when cleaning out your closet.  I’ll need this in the next couple of months

Verse of the week:

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace;
The mountains and hills will burst into song before you,
And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
Isaiah 55:12

This is more than just my verse of the week, but also my verse of the year.  It goes so well with my word of the year <3

Hope your week is filled with joy!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving monday! Long weekends are so nice, and this one was no exception.  Both of us got a LOT of work done, and that’s always good.. especially since I’ve been feeling pretty unproductive lately.  There’s a lot coming up this week that I’m excited for, too!  Like, I have a quiz tomorrow!! Yay!!!!  I’m getting a massage on Wednesday, I get to hear the heartbeat on Thursday ANDDDD I get my new oven that day, too!  Plus, on Saturday we’re going to a wedding.  I always love weddings.

What exciting things are happening for you this week?

Here are some things that I’ve been smiling about lately:

This great piece about how to cozify your living space 🙂

These amazing tips for how to transition your closet between seasons.  It’s something that I’ve personally never done.. and so my drawers just hold ALL of my clothes ALL the time!  I love the idea of putting it away and pulling it out when the season actually calls for it, so then it feels fresh and new again.

I am in love with this shirt:

Not only is it pretty accurate to my life (minus the cats) but it’s pretty accurate to how I feel the first few months of baby are going to be (again, minus the cats and plus one baby)  You can get the shirt here!  They have a lot of other cute things, too.  It’s really tough for me to not buy everything tbh.

This weeks favourite verse:

And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
-Matthew 14:31

I especially like the first half of this verse.  Jesus IMMEDIATELY reached out to him and caught him.  I think it’s really telling of how much Jesus cares for his followers.. he immediately reaches out. He doesn’t wait, or let his follower fall, but immediately catches him!  I think he would do the same for any of us, too.

Have a great week!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Happy Day!

This week wasn’t easy.  I had a few uncomfortable days, a few pretty discouraging days, and it made getting things done not easy.  Let’s just say that while I was still always able to provide hot meals (and only semi-burned) for myself and my husband, the laundry did not get taken care of.  Whoops! There’s always next week, right?  This pregnancy stuff makes doing things difficult sometimes, especially when it comes to being able to physically move around.  Running is totally out of the question, and sometimes walking for too long is, too.  It’ll all be worth it in the end though, right?? :p

Despite all that, here were a few things that made me smile this week:

I really liked this article about how being a stay-at-home parent is a luxury … for your spouse!  I never thought of it that way, but it totally makes sense, and I saw that in action, too, when I was a nanny.


I don’t know why I was reminded of this song this week, but it was fun to listen to! Hope you have fun hearing it again, too

My favourite verse this week:

There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear expects punishment.
The person who is afraid has not been made perfect in love.
-1 John 4:18

Have a great week!

xoxo,
Alysa

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Happy Day!

A couple of weeks ago, I started a new morning routine (for weekday mornings anyway).  I had been doing a daily devotional using the website/app of YouVerson.  I really missed doing it, and there wasn’t really any reason for me not to, so I decided to start it up again!  Right now I’m reading a plan called “She Reads Truth: Prayer in the Bible”.. which is about all the different times prayer comes up in the Bible.  I’m really liking it so far! I have another week or so left, and then I’ll be starting up a new one.  If you’d like to follow along, or start your own plan, you can do so here!  This app is so great, and it’s on Android, too!  If you join, add me as a friend, my username is Alysalovely 🙂

I LOVE learning different names for colours, and this blog has some pretty awesome names.

Taylor Swift is probably one of my favourite people.. and it’s because she consistently does stuff like this!

Will I really lose my body and need to get it back after the baby?  I don’t know, but I like this alternate perspective on the whole baby body/get your body back thing that is always in the media.

My favourite verse from the last week:

“Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks.” – Philippians 4:6

There are so many times where I have something that I’d like to ask God about, but I don’t feel like it’s big enough or important enough to bother Him with.  It’s silly, especially considering God already knows what bothers me and what has been on my heart.  Bring up ALL your requests to God, He cares about them <3

Have a happy week!

xoxo,
Alysa

 

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happy day!

oh dear. this is the last Monday in August! That means that school starts again next week for a lot of people (and some are already back in school). Yikes! Summer went by in a flash, and I just know that the rest of this pregnancy/this term is going to go by in the same way also.

I won’t lie: last week was hard.  Between total lack of sleep, and being deeply hurt by someone who should have had more empathy, it was a pretty rough week and I was glad for it to be over.  I finished the week feeling pretty discouraged, and it’s not something that went away super fast.  The lack of sleep, and just being uncomfortable in my own skin being the pregnancy-related response to this didn’t help that fact either.  While there were definitely moments of great joy, overall the week was not great.

But I keep going back to this verse.  It was first given to me by a good friend of mine, and I’m glad that I can re-read it whenever I’m having moments like this.

Isaiah 41:10 - Fear Not.
(source)
I especially love the part about strength.  I feel that I really need some of that strength going into this week.  There is a lot happening this week (all good things that I am looking forward to) and I hope that I am able to go into them with as much joy as they deserve.

But, if all else fails, this is something that has been giving me a lot of pep this past week when I really needed it:


I just love the song.  The video has some problematic components, but I LOVE the general song! It’s so great!

What’s helping you get through this LAST WEEK OF SUMMER?!

xoxo,
Alysa

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