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When Good Friday doesn't feel very "good"

Friday, March 30, 2018

Good Friday hasn’t been so “good” around here at the Lubbers' house today. 
We've had a rough day of terrible tantrums, atrocious attitudes, and downright disrespect that's brought out the worst in us (myself included). 
It’s always a struggle for me to not hold on to the bitterness and resentment I feel when the kids misbehave, and not let it ruin my whole day, especially on special days, when my expectations are high. 
But, I told Satan “not today, dude! You can't steal my joy today” and I asked God to help me show them compassion and grace. He reminded me that I’m a sinner too (duh!) and need to ask for forgiveness for the way I reacted in those situations (Ouch! But so true!)
It makes me even more grateful that today we get to celebrate that ALL our sins have been wiped clean on the cross. 
That's what Good Friday is all about, and that I feel "good" about!

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Friday Photo Dump

Friday, March 9, 2018

My "Holy Yoga" instructor, Becca, posted this on her Facebook page and I just love what she said;

"Give God your weakness.
He'll give you His strength.

Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! 

1 Chronicles 16:11 

Katie's first time in full lotus was a big surprise to her. Then she didn't even know she had the strength to lift all the way off the ground!!!"

Isn't that so true!? Not only in yoga, but also in life. 
God always gives us strength to get through the hard stuff, the stuff we never imagined we could, when we rely on Him.

He knows the way to our hearts, a surprise breakfast date!

I love having a sweet little buddy to do hair treatments with :)

Oh what I wouldn’t give to be a little birdie by the big snow pile at lunch recess that day!
A singing competition that’s not dangerous or inappropriate! Sign me up! 

Not sure if this makes me lazy, or smart. But I’m warm and getting some reading done for book club, and only hearing a portion of the arguments, so I call that a win!

Another great weekend at IF:Gathering!

With amazing friends to share it with!

Jovie has been asking to read stories in the Bible about miracles lately. It's so cute! I love being able to remind her about what a miracle SHE is!

Valentines' party in 3rd Grade!

 It's so fun to see him in his daily environment!

I’m not a fan of re-runs (or football) in general. But re-watching the Super Bowl game every chance he gets while simultaneously throwing a football to himself and mimicking the plays has me really baffled!

The girls all ready for our family date night!

This is an easy, go-to meal on a busy night when I have to work, I cook up some quinoa, set out all the fixings and we make our own quinoa-burrito bowls. If I have time I'll roast some red peppers and sweet potatoes too! 

We dove head first into a new adventure and got 10 chickens...currently down to 9 :(

Here is "Cutie pie", "Unicorn", "Flash", "Super Spy", "Hot Rod", "JD", "Tink", "Belle", "Monterey", and "Marsala" in all there chirpy cuteness.  And no, we can't tell them apart! 

The kids have been spending lots more time in the barn playing basketball after they do their "Chicken chores"

Little diva requested a picture before going on a date night with Grandma and Grandpa R.!

Pinewood Derby night!

He got 1st place in his age group for the second year in a row! Way to go buddy!

Date night with my man!

I love how easy it is for me to tell which library books belong to who!
Top ones are all Grayden, and the bottom two were written for Sadler!

I was so excited to see this actress on "Grey's Anatomy" wearing the Droplet Necklace from Noonday Collection!

These kids have come along way in their attitudes about helping pack bags of food for kids to take home over the weekends who might not otherwise have any. When we started a couple years ago they were a disaster every time, but it's been awesome to see their hearts changing and watch them help out with happy hearts now!

This cutie's picture got posted on the school district Facebook page. I had to snatch it and share!

Jovie has become quite the make-up artist :)

And boy, do I love that "kerly hare" :)

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Friday Favorites

Friday, March 2, 2018

"These are a few of my favorite things" (lately)

I was so excited to see that Aldi started carrying cauliflower rice! It's become a staple in our house-
I love adding it to smoothies in place of a frozen banana to lower to the sugar content, or using it in any recipe instead of rice or pasta!

I mentioned this tea in my Favorite Things Party post, but it's worth repeating! I love the flavor, and the probiotics is just an added bonus!

These Pirouette earrings are from the NEW Spring Line from Noonday Collection, and I love the subtle blush color, they are made in Haiti from the same leather as ballet slippers!
Such a fun way to add a statement to your outfit!

So I may be late to this party, but I've fallen in love with ThredUp! I've always been a fan of second hand shopping, and doing it online has been so fun! ThredUp has everything you could possibly be looking for, for yourself or your kids! Use this link for $10 off your first order! 

I love using a kettle bell to work out - they make for quick and efficient full-body workout. 
I love this one, and it's under 20 minutes!

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Celebrating Brenham!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

In typical Lubbers' fashion, we remembered Brenham on what would have been his 10th birthday over the course of a couple days!

The boys had a scheduled 2-hour delay on Wednesday morning, which was such perfect timing! And Gray had his Cadet's pinewood derby race Wednesday night, so we decided to start the celebrating Tuesday night! 
We started at IHOP and enjoyed free pancakes for National Pancake Day with donations going to the Children's Hospital, we thought that sounded like perfection!

After dinner we went bowling-we all had a great time, despite testing our math skills by old fashioned scoring and my awful bowling :)

We finished the night with fro-yo and a quick stop to the outdoor fireplace in Zeeland.

Wednesday morning we headed for breakfast at our favorite, Anna's House and then stopped by the cemetery.

Jovie spotted this little figurine while we were thrift shopping a few weeks ago and she knew right away that she wanted to bring it to "Brenham's rock." so that's what we did. 

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