Well, kind of.
Does a video count as a blog?
A few quick things:
Yes, I still blog here.
Why two months since my last post?
We are now foster parents. A toddler joined our crazy crew mid-July, and we are head over hills in love with the little fella God hand-picked for us. Our boys have adjusted very well with the exception of our younger and his occasional bout of jealousy, and the early on declaration that he “doesn’t like sharing me.” We are taking it one day at a time sweet Jesus.
All things FALL have had us on our toes at Fort Payne Feed & Garden since the first week of September. Pumpkins, mums, pansies, & more because October is our favorite color. If you haven’t been to see us yet, why?
Homeschool year five is well under way and no doubt, our BEST yet. No, I can’t believe it’s been five years. Babies don’t keep.
We have two playing soccer. No, they are not on the same team. Nuff’ said.
We have been overwhelmed with gratitude with all the Lord has done through YOUR invitations for me to speak to your churches, women’s’ groups and fundraisers. Is it true you know? When you #PrayBig things happen. So, so thankful.
Lastly, and heaviest on my heart. I am committed. Like grit-your-teeth, bare down until it’s done determined to finish the manuscript…the book, our story for God’s glory. Writing is an act of obedience for me, and this story is one I believe will bless some, maybe many of you. Why else would it have camped out on my soul for the last five years? I had my first “official” scheduled writing session yesterday. The warfare was INTENSE. I cried and prayed most of the first hour. The second hour was more focused and productive.
I believe this covers most of the high points for now. The rest and a bit more are in the impromptu video below.
Soon I hope to share what God is teaching me about margin and breaking up with more. Maybe we’ll talk a bit about the cowboy and my 20 year anniversary and why love notes on post-its and napkins are enough these days. We will talk more about the 1.6 million dollar home Chic-fil-A donated for a faith-based recovery home in our hometown and how you can help. And of course, we’ll talk about the boys, their shenanigans, and fall on the farm.
Until then, be present with your people. Invite some friends over for supper and don’t mop or worry with a bouquet. Go on a date and look at your spouse when they speak. I bet your kids are funny and creative. Do something. Read a book together. Go on a 24-hour camping trip. Unplug and eat outside. These aren’t lyrics in a country song or the script from a sappy commercial. This stuff truly is the good stuff.
much love and with great gratitude,
Dawn Akins says
May God bless you and your family! May His abundance of grace , peace and purpose continue to dwell in your heart ! Love you sweet friend!
love you more, Cindy-Lou!
Stacy Guffey says
Thank you for sharing. No doubt I’m convicted myself ab needing to say no and focus more on my family. I needed this!
It’s something we have to revisit often. Satan is so stinkin good at distracting us! Love u!
Pat S. says
Praying for you and cheering you on as you seek God’s direction. Thanks for sharing.
Ms. Pat, I am eternally grateful God allowed our paths to cross. You are a gifted encourager and I appreciate you so very much <3
Dana Cash says
Praying for you!
We appreciate your prayers! Thanks for being a part of this online family 🙂
You are such a blessing. I love the video blogs? Rooting you on and praying for you and your family each day. Thank you for sharing
THANK YOU, Tammy! I am sincerely grateful for all of you traveling this journey with us!
Theresa Bruno says
Praying for you and your family. Thanks for sharing.