I am loved

Today I asked God for something specific and He answered me.

He always answers me, eventually, but this time He answered me quickly and tangibly!

I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. I was grumbling and yelling before the day had even started.

On the drive to church, I was broken and lost, begging God to please show me in a tangible way that He still loves me.

I felt… angry. And so unloveable.

I started to specifically ask that my sweet baby girl, who has been SO clingy lately, would go happily into the nursery at church and let me enjoy the service for the first time in months.

But I stopped myself, mostly believing that it was impossible, and not wanting to be disappointed.

So instead, I just asked God to please show me that He loves me this morning. I KNOW He loves me, but I was having such a hard time feeling it.

Sometimes I have a hard time believing that I deserve His love. I am such a broken soul.

But He does love me! And you know what? This morning, I really believe that He knew how much I needed to feel and see proof of that.

My sweet Maren stayed in the nursery without a fuss and I got to enjoy my coffee and the whole church service!

My heart is full, and I feel strong enough to face my day.

He loves me.

He loves me enough to show me in the way I needed to be shown this morning. He heard my cries and He answered them!

My God is so good.

And yes, I know that my day won’t be perfect, and that I won’t all of a sudden be the perfect mom and wife I want to be, but my day will be joy-filled. My day will be good.

I am loved.



my new Maytag kitchen!

Remember when I told you that we were getting some new appliances soon?

Well, they are finally here!  We have a new Maytag kitchen, and I am so incredibly thrilled with it!

We got an amazing new fridge, dishwasher, range and microwave.

I’ve gotta tell you…  right now I am slightly obsessed with our new fridge.  I love the size, I love the storage, I adore the middle pull-out drawer, and we are all loving the ice and water in the door!

Our old fridge had none of that fun stuff.

This new Maytag beauty is substantially bigger, and just plain cool!

Our dishwasher had quit working a few months before Maren was born, so needless to say I am also loving the dishwasher.  And even if our old one had still been working when it was replaced, this new one is a huge improvement.

The range makes me want to bake every single day.  I’ve gotta say, I’m glad it’s not summer, because I don’t have to feel guilty turning on the oven every day when it’s nice and could out.  :o)

The oven is so much bigger than my old wall oven.  And much more accurate heat-wise… everything I make in it is turning out better, faster.  I haven’t tried the convection feature yet (I have a slight fear of convection – the unknown), but I am hoping to soon.

The range top has a great quick-boil burner that heats faster than the others, great for boiling water, and overall I am happy with all of the range’s features!

The microwave is, well, a microwave.  But, I’ve gotta tell you…  this thing is massive!  You can fit an entire 9×13″ pan inside of it (or two plates side by side!) and even though we don’t use our microwave much in general, it is nice to have a roomy one when we do need it!

The bottom line:  I am thrilled with this new Maytag kitchen of ours!  I couldn’t even imagine being happier with any other appliances!

Check out the Maytag facebook page and twitter to find more reviews from the Maytag Moms!

Disclosure:  “I wrote this post participating in an Maytag Moms Dependable Kitchen Ambassador program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Maytag. I was provided with a Maytag kitchen appliances set, including a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and range to facilitate my post.”