Did you know that a cup of Dannon Yogurt has MORE sugar per serving than Rainbow Nerds?  So does Vitamin Water (for the record, Vitamin Water has a scary amount of sugar for something that is marketed as water).  And I can thank the mandatory-ness of our school’s Science Fair for this knowledge.

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Sigh.  It’s Saturday night, and I’ve just got a lot of random thoughts running through my head, so I thought I’d take a minute and blog them.  To be honest, it’s a little wanting to write and a little wanting to procrastinate the printing part that I have to do for the aforementioned Science Fair.  But either way, Happy Saturday Friends, and here goes.

  1.  I don’t hate many things, but I do hate the Science Fair.  Mostly because, without fail, it makes someone in my house cry every single year and sometimes multiple people (i.e. myself and whatever kid has to do it).  I’d like to continue to rant, but our Pastor’s wife Amber told me that whenever she is doing something she doesn’t want to be doing, she comes up with a list of things that she is thankful for in relation to that thing.  So my list would be, I’m thankful that I got to spend $40 on Science Fair stuff this year…wait… let me try again.  I’m thankful for science.  I’m thankful that I got to spend time with our amazing daughter.  I’m thankful for good schools.  I’m thankful that I now know the hidden sugars in many so-called healthy foods.  And, done.  Next topic.
  2. Do you ever wonder what in the world is going on in the world around us?  I don’t even want to mention the word and for sure will not be sharing any scary pictures here, but that whole thing was kind of horrible this week, right?  Ellee came home sharing about what she had heard,  it filled my Facebook feed and I even got an email from the school about it.  And stuff like that can be SO DISCOURAGING.  But friends, there is hope.  Whenever things like this come up, it’s an opportunity to share.  To teach.  To encourage.  Sure, the world seems hopeless at times, but there is HOPE.  We don’t have to live in FEAR and our kids don’t either. Philippians 4 is always my go to, reminding me not to worry about ANYTHING but to pray about EVERYTHING.
  3. I’m currently wondering if anyone is actually reading these words.  Being a photographer, it’s my go-to to add lots of nice pictures for people to see to make all the words more appealing.  But maybe you’ll read all of this and maybe not and really, either is fine.
  4. My sister is supposed to have her 10th baby sometime soon and I’m so excited for her.  But seriously, isn’t that crazy… and amazing?  I can’t even fathom having that many kids, but I can say that she is pretty incredible and she loves her family so much.
  5. I’ve been watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix lately and it’s kind of amazing.  I have no idea how she does it, but I’ve been inspired to get rid of a lot of things and have a newfound joy in folding our laundry.  It doesn’t even make sense, but I’m personally glad it’s helping me declutter.
  6. Parenting teens is hard but lately, it’s been kind of awesome as well.  I’m very thankful for our kids and can see the ways they are growing and maturing these days.  I’m really proud of them both and while it’s easy to focus on the hard times, it’s also so good to acknowledge the good times.
  7. Speaking of that… Jeremy is taking classes this Spring to get his Master’s of Divinity so I wanted to help him and offered to teach at Youth Group this month.  Christian heard that I was teaching and why, so he offered to teach at Hangtime this month for me.  So, that was pretty great.  Being in ministry brings it’s own unique set of challenges, but also blessings as well.
  8. And lastly, my heart has been incredibly burdened for a coach named Matt Distefano.  He’s one of the directors of the Boy’s Volleyball for Academy as well as the 16s Coach.  He was recently diagnosed with cancer and it’s just really hard.  If you think of it, would you pray for him and his family.  He is an incredible man and has been very influential in the volleyball world and our hearts are so sad for what he is going through.

And that would sum up tonight’s thoughts.  That was kind of therapeutic in it’s own way.  I mostly use my blog to write about photography, or church stuff and always have life things in between.  So it was nice to acknowledge a few things that have been going on, and I thank you for taking time to stop in and read :).

Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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