June 2, 2012

My Summer Bucket List

Heeeyyyyyy!
I have missed you.  Terribly.  
But to be honest...I may not be round these here parts this summer. 
{I will get to the Summer Bucket List but I have some things to say...}

You see, I have made a decision.

I want to be more intentional in spending time with my family.  To stop staring at this glowing rectangle while my kids giggle in the background or my adorable husband reads a book when I could be snuggling with him.
I want to be the woman God has called me to be for this particular season of my life.

Not a blogger.
Not a marathon crafter.
Not a writer.
Not a pinterest stalker.
Not a facebook lurker.

I am a Christ follower, a wife and a mother...FIRST.

No worries.  I am not ending it all on the blog.  But I have finally decided that my blog is my own. 
Funny, huh?
As if it somehow ceased to be mine.  But I found myself wanting to appeal to others instead of staying true to my own voice, my own style, my own way of doing things.

I worried over silly things like...
Posting a kid craft and that might turn people away.
My love of packaging posts would grow wearisome to those who come to see other crafts.
I would disappoint those who like my party planning when I'm not doing a party this year.
 {Oh,  I guess the cat is out of the bag on that one.}
I would fight the rising jealousy in me over another crafter's success or growth.
{That ones grieves my heart}
I felt REQUIRED to have a linky party, sponsors, or do posts that would draw more readers.
{not anymore}
I would feel failure over reduced stats or followers leaving.
It's all rubbish.
(Such a fun word...we just got back from a Disney vacation and I heard a family from England say that and it just sounds much more dignified then words like garbage or crap. I completely intend to use this word often and with a slight British lilt).

Now I do have fun things in the works this summer.  One of my favorite crafting holidays is the 4th of July and I hope...HOPE...to pull off a series like last year.  I also have a fun photo shoot project with a friend who is a photographer. I make...she shoots. See? Good stuff.
But I don't want to commit to a certain amount of days per week of crafting, posting, etc.

OK.  You got my long winded "Summer Disclaimer."

Now on to my simple bucket list.
All I did was wrap washi tape around the tops of some coffee stirrers and wrote our summer ideas on the bottom part.  Pretty simple. We wrote them down as a family at dinner and the girls were amazing at coming up some really good ideas.
Last summer, I kind of winged it each day.  And without a plan, I got a little frustrated.  I have no intention of jamming our days with a ton of places to go and things to do. The girls and I will embrace the ideal of a "lazy summer." But we want to have fun and make loads of memories too.

Here is my list in full. I have no doubt we will add to it but I started with 50.  Maybe you have seen a lot of these ideas already and some do cater to where we live or the ages of my kids. 
But maybe it will inspire you a bit too. 
Until next time my sweet and precious friends!
Lots of love and hugs!

xoxo

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  1. What a lovely and honest post. Good for you! Hope you have a wonderful Summer.

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  2. I love this post. I understand totally what you mean. Good for you. Blog because it will make you happy. I have not blogged in almost a month and just have no desire to. When I am ready I will and will blog about what I want, not what others do. If they want to visit and leave a comment it will be very well received, if not so be it. I learned a long time ago that I have to be content with myself and make myself happy before I can make any one else happy. Have fun this summer with your girls. Can't wait to see what else you come up with. Question, where did you find those fun colored washi tapes. If you could email me at: anallanes at bellsouth dot net.
    Thanks you. Ana

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  3. what a great idea, have a great summer :)

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  4. awww, we will miss your posts but i completely understand :) love this honest post!

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  5. Thanks for posting this, I feel the same way sometimes. And I'm glad you recognize it and are doing something about it, yay you! My kids are teens now and don't want to spend a ton of time with me, though we'll still go to the airport one day to watch the planes take off and land (sooo much fun because we rarely if ever fly any more) and the kids and their dad will go to Kings Dominion. But when they were younger, I was always available to them - trust me those days may feel long but the years will fly! Love your Washi-wrapped sticks idea, so cute. People always told me that but I couldn't quite grasp the concept ... until the years were gone. So I applaud you on this decision. Hugs ~ Mary

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  6. Yes!! Listen to that voice...it knows the truth! So glad you are being intentional about your summer (love the sweet sticks!)

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  7. Have fun! Very refreshing to hear you say this. I, too, find myself torn several directions. Good for you getting your focus back! :-)

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  8. Good for you! Great decision!!!! and what a cute idea for the bucket list! :)

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  9. I hear you, Jess! Blogging should be something you enjoy . . . when it stops being so it makes sense to step back and reevaluate the situation. LOVE YOUR LIST! I may have to borrow/steal all your ideas. ;) With the new babe in the house it is easy to just lay around the whole day . . . the other kids take it in stride ok sometimes, but I really need to be more intentional so we don't laze our whole summer away! Anyway, I understand why you're going to be blogging less, but I just wanted to say that I miss you! I hope you have a fantastic summer. With a list like this, it sure looks like you will. :)

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  10. You go girl! YOU ROCK!!! I feel like I get a lot of people mad at me for not responding to emails or posting more freebies more often, but the truth is, I would rather disappoint them than my children. For what it's worth, I understand and agree with everything you said 1,000% And, frankly, I adore you that much more for it! HUGE hugs to you, you beautiful girl. So happy to read a post like this!

    And don't worry about the pressure you feel because as long as you are true to yourself, everything will be great. It always works out that way! :)

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  11. I love that you made this decision. It seems more women are realizing the same thing. God will be honored and bless you ways that will blow your mind!

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  12. Girl...
    you know who you are - His
    and you know what the calling on your life is...'cause He's called you by name
    and right now you're livin' it out loud for all to see :)
    and that's why we love ya ♥ talk soon...happy summer

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  13. Hello my sweetest friend....I have missed you...Tonight is one of those nights when I feel just like you do...blogging sometimes takes the fun out of my day. I am so proud of you for doing what is right for you, for your beautiful girls and your husband...thank you for being a light in my life...xo
    Lu

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  14. I totally agree with everything and I'm so glad to know that I am not the only one that feels that way! I love everything you do whenever you feel like posting! Hugs to your girls!
    Jenn

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  15. Please dont stop Jess your your blog and family plus your faith in God has been so inspirational to me.When I have a bad day I read something from your blog and my troubles tend to lift.

    I love your crafts like for goodness sake publish a book.Not one of these arty farty one.No just a good everyday family one where supplies are usally on hand thanks for everything.I am so lucky to have you in my "family" and would be at a loss if you stoped.love dee

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  16. WOW my friend! so awesomely said! REALLY!!!!! who hasn't felt what you felt and sharing that with the world will truly help others! Your heart is so wide open it is a beautiful thing!!! But I still hope you can chat with me : ) LOL!!!! This is a chapter of your life that you will never get back and it is fabulous that you are writing your own incredible story!!! I applaud you!!!! No fears for all that love you here in this blogosphere -- when you are ready to write the next chapter...you will be back...just like waiting for another book in a series...and we will all be here when you return and i am always here for you...always! BIG HUGS!!!!

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  17. It is so important for all of us women to be true to ourselves...but we often lose ourselves in the guilt of pleasing everyone else...sometimes, we need to shift a little here and there, to balance everything...and that is how women work, constant change. We were created to keep everything and everyone in smooth operating order. We are creative beings. I love your blog, and you are a real example for women today. I wish you an amazingly, fun and creative summer. Cristan.

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  18. Girlie, have you read my last post on my blog (from April actually!)? We are on the same page and I think God is working on the hearts of us mom's who have become consumed with the world on the other side of this screen and not on what's going on in our own homes. Great post! Have fun spending time with your family this summer! xoxo

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  19. Good for you! Family Is more important than anything. I deactivated my Facebook account.havent missed a thing. Enjoy your summer an family.

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  20. wow! I'm so blessed by your post. My husband and I felt God calling us to be more intentional with our time getting rid of things that sucked up our time. So when we bought our new home a year and a half ago, we chose not to have tv or internet (I check my email and blogs infrequently at my mom's house.). We have been so blessed with this decision. I will pray that God blesses you for this step! Angie at www.colwellcrew.blogspot.com

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  21. I want your washi tape collection! Way to put your family first and be aware of (good) priorities. It is so hard to get wrapped up in blogging and what you think it should be about and forget that it belongs to you and it is what you make it. You are a blessing to your family for picking them over your (super fab) blog!

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  22. I join the many many friends who've already offered you words of encouragement in your choices! Thanks for being inspirational to so many and for being honest. Thank you most of all for your continued beautiful witness for Jesus and showing us an example of what following Him and His ways looks like in our modern world. Love you, friend! And I'll tell you another thing you've already been told... You'll find us here each and every time you post! Not going anywhere!

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  23. Always follow your truth and in that as you are being a good mom and wife, don't lose you. It is good to follow some of your own passions and dreams just for you. Remember, too, sister in Christ that there is no condemnation in Christ. Learn from your experiences, yes, but don't Judge and beat yourself up. You are righteous, holy, pure, without spot, blemish, or winkle and above all accusation. As He is so are we. Relax in Him. Relax in His grace. Celebrate who He has made you to be with all of your gifts and talents. Hugs!!

    P.S. I have not blogged in months myself. I am in the middle of being retooled. Something new is coming... Just don't know what or when. :)

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  24. Love you sweet friend, and your courage for writing this post. Looking forward to spending more time together (even if it is because of school!) and working on fun projects. God will bless your intentionality and your family will be blessed because of it! You spend your summer with those sweet girls and your hubby and the blog world can just wait :)

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  25. Hey there Jess! That is what summer is about isn't it?! I do love the slow speed and I LOVE LOVE LOVE having Annie home everyday! Just so much togetherness makes me so happy! After Annie's party next Sat I was hoping to write a few things down but if I don't put them directly on my calendar....well let's say I might not do them :)

    I LOVE the tape on the sticks! In my head I am thinking what else I could do with those and the ideas are endless! But I love most what yours are for....togetherness, family, fun... The cutest lil' sticks packed with so much love!! Glad you are enjoying those girls!

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  26. Oh my gosh I love this Jessica! What a great idea! Pinning!

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  27. I just came back to your post I have nothing but great respect for you. I am glad that you are still around. You are very talented and a great person. Hugs to you my friend!

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  28. I LOVE this post! I hear you, as well. Though I rarely blog, I can get obsessed with pinterest and others' blogs and the evening can float away. Though I have no husband, andove the c my son is a teenager and off most of the time, as a Godly woman I KNOWW I am not putting my home above the computer..thank you for your honesty.

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  29. Hello! I don't think I have commented on your blog before but I found it a few months ago and it is always one of my must reads! I am a firm believer that you must do what is best for your family. You will never regret the things you do for them and the time spent doing them.....you will regret not listening to your inner voice when it tells you they need you more right now. Your blog is absolutely darling...you have amazing taste, skills and talent! I love all your packaging posts...a.maz.ing. Your blog will still be one I check daily and if you haven't posted that day, thats okay, I'll know you are spending your time with your sweet family. I'll be here when you do post for sure! Thanks for the inspiration. P.S. I wish we were neighbors so we could craft together! Love your ideas and your blog. Best wishes to you, Jena

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  30. I love your crafts and your post are very inspiring, especially this one. Good for you!

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