Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Posted by The Barksdales at 2:57 PM
Friday, October 28, 2016
5 am came really early this morning and I was able to have some pretty awesome time in the Word and really connect with the Lord. I popped out of bed walking pretty tall, remembering that amazing meal I cooked... who am I kidding... crock potted last night that made me feel like SUPERMOM!
I had laid out the kids costumes for their Storybook parade, I had "planned" out a fun breakfast which consisted of Confetti Pancakes and was so excited about the day.
The first "wake up" call came when my attempt at pancakes turned into this and my 5 year old wouldn't eat one unless I "drowned" it in Syrup. Lest you think I recovered from the burnt pancake meal, I didn't. I made my kids eat them because, "mommy made them and I'm really proud of them" and "if you add enough syrup you won't be able to taste the burn". Yep, mom of the year right here. My husband even asked if I burned bread because that was the first thing he smelled when he walked into the house 4 hours LATER.
Next we had not 1 but 2 bedtime potty incidents which included a full strip down of the bed and kids and quick "rinse off" baths.
Our outfits that were just perfect last night now became something of an embarrassment to one of my sweet kiddos and after a mild meltdown in the closet we changed from the ever-loving Olaf to a cute Ladybug. MOM WIN! I even hot glued things to make it work! DOUBLE MOM WIN. At this point I'm slowly making up for the overly syruped burnt pancake meal.
I was about to walk out the door when the Hubs Facetimed as he got off his shift and it wasnt until that point that I realized I still had on my cleansing mask.
So as I helped get Ms. Ladybug, Mr. Lion and my soon-to-be Mr. Dinosaur out the door, sprayed them with "smell good" so you couldn't smell the burnt pancakes on them and rewashed the dishes in the dishwasher so I didn't have to deal with them I thanked the Lord for his new graces and mercies each morning just as it tells us in Lamentations 3:22-23 and started over. This time a little wiser and humbled :) Its moments like this, days like this that it can get overwhelming and you feel defeated but take heart, we have a mighty Savior who sees and hears and takes joy in the mundane AND messy times of life.
Posted by The Barksdales at 1:43 PM
Monday, October 10, 2016
Posted by The Barksdales at 9:19 AM
Friday, September 23, 2016
1. Can I hear a shout out for the girls with curly hair and those who rock some tangles?! First on the list this week is the amazing Wet Brush. This little piece of heaven has helped us cut down on major meltdowns in the morning and post bath freak outs as I try to brush out the rats nest that over take Evie's hair. I will say though, that for longer hair and hair that is super stubborn we have had to use detangler ( Its a 10 or the Suave Kids Detangler) and it has made the process even easier. I wish we had found this brush sooner because it costs a lot cheaper than the therapy we almost had to go into due to the tension and frustrations that mounted each time we brushed our hair. :)
2. Cowtown Couture FW: Stylish and cute outfits are not my forte and not something I necessarily enjoy being a part of putting together. My go-to outfit is usually a tank top, Lululemon shorts and tennis shoes with my hair in a ponytail. So I leave the styling and the shopping to my friends who have amazing taste! A couple of months ago my friend Angela Williams started a Facebook/online boutique called Cowtown Couture FW. It has the most adorable outfits, accessories and styles and is very reasonably priced! Mama doesnt like trying to shop with the 3 kids and I would rather drink rotten milk than to try clothes on when I'm feeling frumpy so this is the perfect solution to both of those situations. If you are looking for a great option that is near you and a way to shop without leaving the comfort of your house then you have got to look for them on Facebook. :)
They were such a blessing and I would love for you also to learn more about them and the work the Lord is doing through them!
Hope you enjoy this week's Friday Favorites!!! Have a blessed weekend and get excited for our next Meeting Up Monday interview!!!!
Posted by The Barksdales at 1:24 PM
Monday, September 19, 2016
Why not connect women of all ages and stages to other women and men who can encourage, connect and draw one another closer to the Lord? Why not have a way to learn, laugh, love and grow together from other believers who have been where you are or are dealing with the same things you are or even as a way to offer encouragement and wisdom for seasons that are coming up?
In these series of interviews my desire is for you to see that though we may be different in many ways are still connected as sisters and brothers in Christ! My desire is that the Lord may speak to your heart through these honest words poured out by those interviewed. I pray you leave this blog encouraged, loved on, and with a sense of hope and renewal in your spirit. I hope this encourages you today.
For our first entry I went to a dear friend who through her openness, honesty and wholehearted devotion to the Lord has taught me so much. She is a friend who truly exemplifies the love of Christ. This is a friend who is real, raw and wonderfully brave in who she is in Christ. I pray her words speak to you as much as they did to me. This friend is a true Titus 2 woman.
Because of the nature of what she does she will not be named and the place where she lives will not be written but I know you will still get so much out of what she has to say!
I am a 32-year-old mother of 5 children, ages 6, 8, 9, 12 and 14. I have been married for over 13 years. I have a story a bit like the Woman at the Well. Two years into being married, the Lord convicted my heart of my own sin and rescued me. About a year a half after that, both my heart as well as my husband's heart became burdened by the knowledge that there were people in the world that didn't have access to knowledge of saving grace. It took 7 years of waiting, being sanctified and preparing before we were sent out (2 and a half years ago). We now live in a remote city in Asia, living among and trying to love an Unreached Muslim people group and being even more sanctified in the process.
Posted by The Barksdales at 9:29 AM