Nov 12 2011

Make It an Adventure

Maybe you’ve got some stuff on your to do list today that your not looking forward to, I say, "Make them an adventure."

Had one of those things you love to hate on my “to do list” yesterday,  the school fundraiser.  Don’t get me wrong it’s a great thing.  I support our schools, it’s just not always fun to take your 5 year old around and ask for people to buy things.

Yesterday was pick up day for all the stuff she sold.  I wondered how was I going to do that 3 kids,10 boxes of frozen cookie dough and 1 parent.

Instead of dreading it, we made it an Adventure.  Other parents might have thought I was nuts letting a 5 year old and 3 year old carry cookie dough to the car themselves, but what else was I supposed to do, I was carrying the baby.  You know what, they had fun though.  My son couldn’t stop talking about how strong his muscles were. 

Take the things on your to do list and make them an adventure.  I love what Maya Angelou said, “Life is pure adventure, the sooner we realize that, we’re able to treat life as art.”

I don’t know about your family, but in mine…The Adventures of Mommy, Emily, Andy, and Zoe.  We roll together at the gym, at the school fundraiser, we may just even cut down a real Christmas Tree together this year.   Life as we know it is not a pain or a bother, its art, and we paint with bright colors. 

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11/12/2011 9:26:50 AM
Monica T United States
Monica T
Amanda,  I just love listening to your comments throughout the day - they are so encouraging and spot on.   It's amazing how transparent you are some times - it makes the rest of us feel soooo normal!  To speak the truth can be difficult for some and I appreciate how you lay it in the open.   I thought about your cutting down the Christmas Tree adventure this year....it reminded me of my parents...they have 5 huge blue spruces in their backyard that were our Christmas Trees growing up.   Dad would dig a hole September/October (before the ground was cold) and we would browse a local nursery in December to pick our tree out for Christmas (already sacked in burlap)and then after Christmas dad would drop it in the hole/plant it.  They have over 80 trees/bushes in their yard but those 5 Christmas Trees are so special to us now as adults (ages 54, 50, 47 and 42).   You have a beautiful family and spirit and we love hearing you share!
11/12/2011 9:43:55 AM
David United States
David
Amanda,

Blessings are truly around us. Listening and reading your daily challenge of life, God has touched my heart with your story and the inspiration of how we can use encouragement, trust, and Love to conquere these challenges in the healthy spirit of goodness.

I'm sure as each day goes by and the more we keep giving up the challenges in our lives to the Lord, we will find the wisdom and truly the plan he is directing our lives to follow.

If you do plan to cut down the tree as family, please be careful, and make sure when you get home.....hot chocolate is ready for the drinking....marshmellows too.....when you get a chance...look at a mirror and say Great Job Amanda...You are making it..
11/12/2011 12:03:07 PM
Kim United States
Kim
Amanda, I, too, wanted to say thank you for being so real. You are such a blessing on the radio. I am rowing a similar boat, single, (divorce 7/20/11) haven't worked in over 10 years, lost on the divorce with material stuff. I couldn't care, I have my children, they are priceless and were my only focus. I also have custody of my nephew, we lost my brother April 8, 2011. I question my purpose and am scared for the future. However, your voice calms me reminding me to "trust in Him, He is here for me and my children". God gave me beautiful children and my nephew for a reason. I know he will see us through. Thank you for being you! May God continue to bless you and your children!
11/12/2011 1:02:56 PM
Woody United States
Woody
Amanda, Your comment about forgiveness was great. We must also remember to let go of the anger. I to was in your shoes. God blessed me by helping me let go of the anger and He was always there to help me through the tuff times. My boys are now adults and have there own lives to live. I tell them to always be faithful to God and He will be faithful to them. He' s always there for us. Thanks for sharing your life lessons with us Amanda. I will contiue to lift you up to our Heavenly Father.
11/16/2011 7:06:25 AM
Anna United States
Anna
Amanda:

I enjoy your spot while I commute to my second job of the day.  It is so refreshing to hear someone who is so willing and ready to share of herself.  I am glad that you are on K-Love and you never fail to inspire my with your open heart policy.  Thank you
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