Faith

Choose Joy

2:42:00 PM

Being happy is a choice, but can most times be a result of our circumstances. Joy is something we find and something we choose despite our circumstances. What is my reason for being happy and joyful today and every day? JESUS.


I heard something a while back that really helped change my perspective when doing the daily mundane, tedious tasks of the day. Dr. Bob Barnes, of Sheridan House Family Ministries in South Florida (I am an faithful listener to his podcast, Parenting on Purpose) said, "I'm doing this for Jesus." He wasn't talking about his ministry or volunteering at the local shelter, he was simply talking about emptying the dish washer. I feel like God spoke directly to my heart that day, because I have this nasty habit of feeling underappreciated and overworked with all the daily tasks of taking care of kiddos and our home (as I'm sure a LOT of you mamas out there can relate). It was like He was saying, "Morgan, I see you, don't do it for them, do it for ME."It changed my heart.

All of a sudden my bitterness and resentment turned into joy. I felt free from a prison I had put myself in. I suddenly felt totally and completely appreciated and loved for even the tiny tasks.

I don't know what you are struggling with today, but I think we all can relate that at some point or another in our life we have felt like our valiant efforts go unnoticed or underappreciated. But I am here to tell you, today, in this moment, whatever you are doing, whether it be dishes, laundry, making dinner, wiping booties, or scrubbing toilets. When you start to really and truly, from the bottom of your heart do these tasks for the creator of the Universe. Who by the way, HE SEES YOU. Who gave up everything for you. It really does help change your point of view and can help you find joy even in the ordinary, everyday.

So, my friends. I hope you read this and are encouraged today. To know that someone sees you and loves you and appreciates everything that you do. I hope today you CHOOSE JOY.

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters."
Colossians 3:23


Love

Crated with Love Date Night Subscription :: Giveaway

9:31:00 PM

As a mom of three little ones five and under I know first hand it can be hard to find extra motivation and energy to get yourself together for a night out, let alone the time or money to spend on a nice evening out including paying a babysitter. If I am truly honest with you guys, my husband and I probably get a proper date night out of the house 4-5 times a year...I know. Sad. But true.


As a result of our far and few between date nights for my most recent birthday, my very sweet hubs got us this Crated with Love Date Night Subscription box. It quickly became our favorite night of the month!! A fun way for us to get quality time together not in front of a screen.

Each month has a unique theme and is surrounded with the idea in mind to strengthen your relationship through fun games, DIY projects and lots of communication. I love this subscription box!! It gives us our monthly date night without having to go through the trouble of having to find a sitter or even get dressed up. Some months we do our date nights in our pajamas. And I am totally cool with that!


This month was all about setting relationship goals while on a "Sweetheart Safari." We journeyed our way through the jungle, calculated our safari skills, and headed on a jungle river excursion. Each game, activity or task uniquely created opportunities to discuss our relationship, because well, love is a lot like a jungle. It is wild (especially if you have kids) and can be completely unpredictable, but is completely worth it when you are on the journey together.

I asked my husband what his favorite part of this month's date was and he said, and I quote, "All of the smooches." Ha! Such a man.

My favorite part was (and still is) the sloth button. How this works is one person hides the button and whenever the next person finds it that person has to stop whatever they are doing and come give the hider a kiss. Now it is their turn to hide the sloth. We have been having so much fun with this sloth all week and I'm pretty sure we plan to continue hiding the sloth as long as possible. Last place I hid him was in a box of tissues for my husband to find later in the day. He hid it last and I still haven't found it yet.



Okay, so now for what you all have been waiting for...because I am so ecstatic about this subscription and I am a firm believer that communication is the KEY ingredient to every healthy relationship and marriage. I have partnered up with Crated with Love to give one luck couple a FREE date night box of your own!

HERE'S HOW TO ENTER:
1. If you don't follow me on Instagram..head over to my page and follow me @mrsmorganellis
2. Be sure to follow @cratedwithlove
3. Like and leave me a comment with when your last date night was and what you did (over on my Instagram post)
4. all entries must be in by 9PM (EST) on January 18, 2019. Winners will be chosen January 19, 2019.

I can't wait to hear what you guys think and to see you enjoy connecting, laughing and just having fun with each other. HAPPY DATING!



Family

New Year's Resolutions :: 2019

1:27:00 PM


Resolutions. Goals. Mantras. Whatever you call them, each of us typically approaches a new year as an opportunity to make some sort of change in our lives. Whether it be for our diet, lifestyle, career goals, etc. It is a beautiful reminder that we never have to stay where we are. God gives us a fresh start. A chance to turn over a new leaf and better ourselves and our lives.

As we near the start of 2019 I have been reflecting on this past year and how even though I am so bad at resolutions, I actually did pretty well sticking to my goals for this past year. One of my big goals for 2018 was to put more money into savings, which I have been pretty good at. However my husband is about to celebrate his 30th birthday and I wanted to do something BIG for him...so I dipped into my savings and got him his very own golf cart. 

I must say, it was pretty awesome to make such a large purchase without having to tell him or inform him of a bill that might come later. It was paid fully in cash and he was so surprised and honored to receive such a lavish gift. So even though I may wiped out a lot of my savings, I feel like I used it with a good purpose. To do something so special and selfless for someone I love. And that is what it is about!!

This year I wanted to pick a word. A single word to describe how I want 2019 to feel when I reflect on it this same time next year.

And my word is :: INTENTIONAL

Intentional: done on purpose or deliberate.

My goals this year are all surrounding this word... 

To be intentional with my time with God every day.

To be intentional finding time to take care of me. Whether that is working out, having more girls nights, or getting my nails done (without children).

To intentionally get more date nights and quality alone time with my husband.

To be more intentional about spending quality time with friends (without kids).

To intentionally see more of the world traveling and exploring (even places close to home).

To be intentional about learning something new and getting out of my comfort zone.

To be more intentional about being kind to those around me and spreading joy through random acts of kindness.

To intentionally put more money in savings.

Intentionally read more for fun.

Intentionally participate in more education to make myself a better stylist and colorist.

Intentionally spend one on one time with each of my children each month. <-- this is a big one for me!

There you have it. My goals for the new year. In a nutshell to be more intentional with my time, my talents, my money, and my relationships. I would love if as I approached 2020 I can look back and say, this year was my best year yet!

If you could pick one word that you want to describe your 2019 what would it be?? I encourage each of you to look through some of these words (found on The Diary of a Frugal Family blog) and find one that speaks to your heart. From there create goals around that word. 


I wish each and every one of you the most amazing 2019!! May you make it your best year yet!

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