Stratton’s, Swimming, and Sweet Tea

Many great memories have been made this past month, so I thought I’d share a few with you…

1) For those of you not from around here, Stratton’s is a restaurant that has been open in Ashland City, TN for the past 40+ years.  The owners have decided to close their doors at the end of the month, but many great memories have been made there.  When my husband’s grandparents died in 2003 and 2006, Stratton’s was right across from the funeral home so after each funeral that’s where the family met up and reminisced about the years spent with Granny and Gramps.  So in honor of those memories, the Smith clan packed up and headed out to Ashland City to eat with Grandma, PeePaw, Aunt Katie, Uncle Chad, and cousin Anna.

 

2) I have worked with our church’s youth group since 2002.  When my husband and I met in 2005, he joined me and we’ve been volunteering ever since.  Our first group are already juniors in college and our second group are now juniors in high school.  To kick off the summer, our group of junior had a pool party and cook out.  The host’s house had a very nice swimming pool so we decided to see if our daughter enjoyed swimming.  Turns out…she loves it!!!!  She had such a good time and so did we!

3) This past Saturday, the family decided to head on out to Thompson’s Station, TN for the Sweet Tea Festival.  We’d never been before and it was free, so we decided to try it out!  The festival is located on a beautiful plantation of the Homestead Manor.  It’s the sight of the Civil War’s Battle of Thompson’s Station.
It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed walking around, sampling sweet tea, drinking lemonade, and taking pictures.  There was a cornhole tournament which my husband swears he’s going to enter next year.  He says he’s going to enlist my dad and win it all. 🙂  There were old cars on display, places for children to play, arts and crafts tents, and plenty of shade provided by huge magnolia trees.  Needless to say, it was a super fun day with the family and we will definitely be going back next year.

 

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“About” Revisited

This blog was originally created as my way of figuring out how to be a housewife.  But I’ve found that there’s more to being a housewife than cooking and cleaning.

Nearly every day there’s something that happens in my life that I want to write about and I haven’t been because it didn’t go along with what I thought the concept of this blog was.  If you read the original “About” section, you’ll understand what I mean, but I’m ready to change the meaning just a bit.  This blog will still be a journey about me becoming a housewife, but it will include more than cooking and cleaning.  It will be more about becoming a housewife mixed with my life as a mom, wife, daughter, friend, etc.

So with these slight changes, I hope that you will still read and follow my journey through becoming domestic as a housewife AND a mom 🙂

Unconditional Love

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” ~John 3:16

I was driving home from the gym tonight and just let my mind wander.  It was a cool night (finally) so the window was down and I was feeling good.  I started thinking about my family…my wondeful husband and my beautiful daughter.  My daughter will be six months old next week.  It hardly seems right.  Six months seems long, but short.  It’s honestly hard to remember my life without her.  I got slightly emotional (and usually do) at the thought of my daughter.

I was not one of those pregnant women who loved being pregnant.  I had a fairly easy pregnancy, but that didn’t mean I liked it.  As my baby got bigger, I could feel her moving inside me.  Yes, that feeling is amazing, but for some reason it didn’t make me feel like I was bonding with her.  I was worried.  What if my baby came out and I didn’t feel anything?  I knew I loved her, but I didn’t have that overwhelming sense of love.  But on the day she was born, my world was rocked.  This tiny little person came into my life and changed it for the better.  My heart was flooded with love and it continues to get stronger every day.

John 3:16 came into my head as I was thinking about my daughter.  God gave up his son…he gave him up!!!!  For what?  For us, so we could live life freely and have grace and mercy and unconditional love from Him!  Could I ever do that?  It breaks my heart just to think about something bad happening to my daughter.  I’ve known this verse since I was a little girl in Sunday School, but it didn’t mean much until now.  It makes me have so much more respect for my God then I ever had. 

Thank you God for my amazing family and for blessing me with my daughter.  She is my light and my life and I will raise her up to forever praise Your name.

Hat Rack

 In my life, I wear many hats: wife, mommy, friend, daughter, sister, etc.  I love each and every hat that I wear, but sometimes I think I forgot the most important hat: myself.  This realization came to me this past week as my husband and I were talking about goals for our lives.  I’ve already expressed one of my goals…becoming a better housewife.  But that’s not all that I am.  I not just a housewife and I think that this can be lost in the everyday things that take up my life.  My husband (being the supportive person he is) encouraged me to do a few things for myself.  It was scary at first.  Why?  I don’t know…it’s almost like when you become a mom, you think it’s selfish to do anything for yourself.  But that’s not right!  I know that if I DON’T do anything for myself…my family will suffer.  Therefore, I have come up with a “life word” which is a word I feel best describes where I am at this point in my life: perseverance.

The definition of perseverance:
1. steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., esp. in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
2. Theology . continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.

After reading the definition, I knew this was my word.  The first definition goes along with all the physical goals I have established.  Some of which are becoming a better housewife, losing baby weight, eating healthier, keeping up with my blog.  I have already started working towards these goals.  One huge step I took tonight.  I went to the gym and worked out for the first time in over a year.  Was it hard?  Heck yes!  But I know that if I persevere, I will lose the weight I want and will ultimately be happier with myself.  There are steps that I’m taking to make sure the other areas of my life make me just as happy.

Just reading the second definition is something that just makes me happy.  Knowing that perseverance in God will lead me towards salvation, how can you not smile? 🙂

With all of this, I am so blessed to have the unending support of my husband.  Having a support system is so important.  Without his constant encouragement, I don’t know if my goals would ever be spoken or even worked on.