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Give Yourself Grace –  “You don’t have to do everything. You don’t have to change everything about yourself. You don’t have to do better, try harder, sacrifice more.”

I Signed Up for This – SO encouraging to remember.  While written for Moms, it applies to any season of life.

Two Years – Reflecting on her two years of marriage and what she has learned. “The problem about movies is that most people want to be entertained by watching extraordinary things on film, but in marriage you can’t love extraordinarily until you have learned how to love ordinarily, and nobody makes movies about the ordinary.”

Before You Were Mommy – Great post on who you were before you were Mommy.

Home Birth Vs. Hospital Birth: YOU’RE MISSING THE POINT, PEOPLE – “For real people making real choices, let’s open up the discussion with compassion instead of trying to choke it to death.  Transparency and collaboration can make birth safer in all of these settings, but it can’t happen in a hostile environment.  If we can let go of our own biases of where women “should” give birth, maybe we can start making birth safer in all of those locations.”

Liebster Blog Award

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Wow!!  We got nominated for the Liebster Blog award!  Thank you so much to The Crum’s!

The Liebster award is given to bloggers who are still considered “new” and it’s a way for them to gain more followers and confidence! It’s the blogosphere’s way of saying…Welcome! 🙂
Liebster is a German word meaning sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome.
 
Here are the rules!
1. Post the award on your blog.
2. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link back to their blog.
3. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award and have less than 1000 followers.
5. Answer 11 questions posted by your presenter and ask your nominees 11 questions.

My 11 Facts
1. I used to never like cheese (except provolone in some situations).  In fact, it made me nauseous.  Now I can stomach it sometimes, in sandwiches or in casseroles.

2. I still listen to Adventures in Odyssey sometimes.

3. If I had tons of money, I would go to Hobby Lobby and Kirkland’s and decorate my house most awesomely!

4. I own over 300 books.

5. Rome, Israel, and Colombia are at the top of my list of places to visit.

6. Being a Mom is the most difficult yet most wonderful thing I have ever done.

7. I enjoy warmer weather.  90-95 is a great temperature.

8. I am a huge fan of Ebates!  Shop online and get cash back!  (I promise, it’s not a scam.  My second check is about to be mailed to me.)  Saving money makes me so excited!!  Sign up here!  (Note: If you use my referral link, I get a referrer bonus)

9. I was homeschooled through high school and loved it.

10. Dogs are my favorite.  And llamas.  Llamas are my favorite too.

11. My favorite color is green.

My answers to The Crum’s questions:

1. Where is your happy place?
Ideally, a nice quiet spot outdoors with a cup of coffee, my Bible, a notebook, and a couple other good books to read.

2. What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you?
Hmm.  There was the time (way before I was pregnant) where my credit card was stolen and used to hire a babysitter.  Or the time that a little girl in the Costco bathroom asked me if I was the girl who played Hermione.  But neither of those are too crazy. 😉

3. What is your favorite memory?
I have so many wonderful memories, I don’t know how to pick just one.  Highlights include…saying “I do” and the moment our son was born.

4. What is your favorite hobby?
I enjoy hiking and writing. 🙂

5. What do you want people to remember you for?
For always being an encouragement and pointing people to Him.  I know I need to work on those things!

6. What era do you wish you lived in?
Hmm.  There are pros and cons to every era. 😉  If I had to pick, I would say either Bible times or the 1800s.  But I love this era, too. 🙂

7. What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
Stop being so melodramatic!

8. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas.

9. What would you do if you won the lottery?
Give it away.  Help get clean water to people around the world.  Help feed the poor.  Sponsor more children from Compassion.  And, I’ll be honest, I would probably use some money to buy new clothes. 😉

10. What is your biggest fear?
That I will fail my son.  In honesty, I know that I will.  But I also know that God will never fail him.

11. Do you hang your toilet paper over or under??
Over!!

My questions for my nominees:
1. What is your biggest pet peeve?
2.  If you could give one piece of life advice, what would it be?
3. What is your favorite blog to read?
4. Clowns – scary or awesome?
5. If you could have dinner with 3 people, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
6. What one thing are you most excited about right now?
7. If you had an entire afternoon with nothing planned, how would you spend your time?
8. What is your favorite movie?
9. What is your favorite quote?
10. Organic food – worth all the hype or not?
11. Ebooks or paper books?

Nominees: (I don’t have 11, but…here’s 8! 😉 )
1. Alayna at Alayna Grace
2
. Ashley from Keeping Up with Ashley and Cody
3
. Julianne from Julianne Gray
4
. Tiffany from Becoming Barsotti
5
. Kate from Life As I Know It
6
. Christy from Pressing On
7
. Heidi from Homemade Mythology
8
. Sadie from Cottage and Hen

-Bonnie

 

 

Time to De-lurk!

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Okay, blog readers, the day has come!  What day, you ask?

The day to de-lurk!

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If you read our blog, we would love it if you would just comment and let us know!  I would also love to pray for you…so feel free to include in your comment any prayer request you might have!  Or, if you aren’t comfortable posting it, feel free to email The Pilot or Bonnie at the email address on the About Us page.

Commence commenting!  🙂

-The Pilot and Bonnie

Ultimate Blog Party 2014

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Welcome to the 2014 Ultimate Blog Party!
We are excited to join in again!

Thank you for visiting our blog.  We are the Pilot and Bonnie
and we strive as a family to live out the
greatest commandments…..to love God
and love people.  We have one (adorable!!) son
whom we call the Wingman.  He will be 1 this summer.

We are also an Air Force family!  The Pilot has blogged a
few times about our current life as he goes through
pilot training.  In the next few months, Bonnie will also
be blogging about pilot training from a wife’s perspective!

Feel free to scroll through our blog or look at the categories
on the right.  Or check out some of our popular/favorite posts, such as
the Pilot’s posts on pilot training,
Awareness, An Open Letter to  {Christian} Military Wives,
Low Carb Eating: It Doesn’t Have to Be Boring, and
Advice for New Moms.

I thought I would change things up some and have
a little interview so you can get to know us better!

1. Where are you from?
We are both from Southern California, just north of Los Angeles.
Bonnie would love to settle there someday but
the Pilot is up for settling some place new!  We’ll see where
God takes us!

2. What is your favorite animal?
the Pilot: Cats.
Bonnie: Dogs and llamas.

3. How do you spend your free time?
the Pilot: Sleeping. Watching movies.  Playing with the Wingman.
Bonnie: I enjoy reading and watching movies.  I also love hiking
and going for walks.   Going on road trips is also a lot of fun!

4. What is the most adventurous thing you’ve done?
The Pilot: Flying formation within ten feet of another
aircraft.
Bonnie: In 2008, I hiked Mt. Whitney in CA….the
tallest mountain in the continental US.

5. When you were younger, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
The Pilot: A pilot.
Bonnie: Through the years, I’ve wanted to be an
Olympic ice skater, concert pianist,
an author, checker at Vons, a newspaper
columnist, missionary to Colombia, wife and Mom

And a few random facts about us….

The Pilot:

1. I vehemently hate snakes.

2. I am a huge Stargate fan.

3.  When I was in Cubbies around age 4, I cut the ponytail of the girl
sitting in front of me.

4. I am a fan of Celtic Woman, David Foster, and Kurt Bestor.

Bonnie:

1. I don’t like Girl Scout cookies.

2. I really, really don’t like feet.  And I hate (yes,
that is a strong word….I reserve it for only a few things)
having my feet touched.

3. I love to travel.  We roadtripped the US in 2012.
I’ve also been to Europe (Romania and the Netherlands)
and I look forward to more opportunities for international travel.

4. I love Disneyland!!  I feel like a little kid when I go with
how excited I get!

We leave you with Our Song and the song behind our blog name. 🙂
(Life With You starts at about :30 seconds after a brief
into to their group)

Make sure you stop by 5 Minutes for Mom and check out
other bloggers participating in the Party!

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5 Ways to Exercise Patience Today – Great practical ideas!

Encouraging One Another – I appreciated this blog post in response to one of our recent posts.  Best line, ” Instead of putting other people’s struggles on a value scale, focus on how you can be the best friend you can be to that person in their time of need.”

I Want a Break from God – Love this honest post about wanting a break from “being a Christian.”  (Note: Author uses the word s—)

30 Steps to Becoming a Professional “Life Sucker” – Anyone else want to say, “Ouch?”

Couple Sees Son for the First Time – Beautiful, beautiful adoption video.  Warning: You might need tissues!

 

Things People Google

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I find it interesting to see the Google searches that bring people to our blog.  Sometimes they make sense and sometimes…..I’m left scratching my head.  Here are some of the things people have searched for.

  • “Pregnancy Update week 12.”  I’m not sure why week 12 gets the most searches, but….it does.  We also get lots of pregnancy search variations.
  • “Super Woman Versus Abiding Woman.”  Interestingly enough, this is one of the posts that gets the most traffic from Google.
  • “Long toenails.”  Yes, you read that right.  Long toenails.  When I first saw that one, I could NOT figure out how in the world someone came to our blog from that search!  (Do yourself a favor….do NOT Google it and definitely do NOT Google image it!!  I may or may not have made that mistake. 😉 )  Eventually I figured out it must have been from either this post or this one where I talk about the Wingman’s toenails developing in the womb.
  • “Looking down smiling and laughing.”  Not sure where this came from, either.
  • “Life with you blog Bonnie.”  Hmm….I’m guessing someone who knows us but couldn’t remember the link?
  • “We said i do, exchange vows…happy anniversary.”  Love the progression there.  🙂
  • Many variations of searches for posts on pilot training
  • “Discouraged on low carb.”  Aww, whoever you are, I’m sorry you were discouraged!  I really hope these posts (here, here, and here) helped encourage you!
  • “Praising the Lord with your thoughts and.”  Not sure what the end of that sentence was.  Hope they found what they were looking for!
  • “Ann Voskamp supports Romney Obama.”  It must have led them to this post.  Sorry I couldn’t help the searcher find an answer!
  • “My heart wants you.” And it led them here.  Aww, is our blog really that good?
  • “Christian response to false accusation.”  And many variations on that. Hopefully this post was helpful!
  • Various searches about waiting to get pregnant, PCOS, trusting God at the doctor’s office, etc. For all of you waiting to get pregnant, my heart aches with you, and you are in my prayers!!
  • “Amazing Race bridal shower.”  A while back I blogged about The Amazing Race.  Never thought about having it as a theme for my bridal shower, though!

Some of the searches made me laugh.  Some of them made me almost cry.  I hope that our blog can be an encouragement, whether you’re stopping by to find out about life at Laughlin, who Ann Voskamp supports for President, toe nail difficulties, bridal shower ideas, or encouragement for life’s difficulties!

-Bonnie

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What Does God Think of You? – “Some days I wake up feeling sorry for myself, but I shouldn’t……because Christ is never sorry for me.  He never sighs and shakes His head and thinks, ‘Man, saving Nicole…what a waste.’  No.  He sees me and thinks, ‘There she is, my beloved.  My daughter.  How I love her.'”

Marriage Isn’t For You – This has made the rounds on Facebook.  Marriage is about giving, not receiving.  I also appreciated this response to the post…marriage is for God.

Control – On attempting to control your husband.  “This speaks poorly of me, not of him!”

You’re a Stay at Home Mom?  What do you DO all day? – This post has also made the rounds on Facebook, but I thought it was worth sharing here as well.  I’m new to being a stay at home Mom, but this was already encouraging!

Dear Mom Who Feels Like She’s Not Cut Out for Motherhood – “God gave those little children to you, Mama – to YOU.  No one else can mother them like you can.  You may have your work cut out for you – and YOU’RE the one cut out to accomplish it.”

Burned Out Homemakers – So good!!  “We overthink homemaking.  We need to suck it up and get going, be strong in the Lord, and do our jobs!”

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Men and Women Are Not Equal – Plain and simple truth.  Men and women are not equal.

What I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming an Air Force Wife – I can relate to some of these!

Top 60 Marriage Quotes on the Web – Great collection!

Responding to Rude Strangers – Moms can get a lot of rude comments about their kids!  Here are some great ways to respond!

Mom vs. Mom: The War I Didn’t See Coming – “And then there was the really quiet thought that always buried itself in a place I would never share with anyone: Maybe shes a better Mom than you.”

New Mamas Get Nothing Done (and other untruths) – You will get “nothing” done.  But there is something that will last forever.

 

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Respecting My Children – My sister talks about being in the world of your children.  (Also….that adorable little girl is my niece.  Is she not ADORABLE??)

10 Disciplines for a Meaningful Marriage

Why They (kids/husband/housework) Get On My Nerves – Do you really have something more important to do?

37 Conversation Rules for Gentlemen from 1875 – Where did this common decency go?  (Applicable for men and women!)

The Problem with Sexual Compatibility 

A Cat Responds to his Human Returning After 6 Months – This made me laugh.  A lot.

My Husband is Not my Soul Mate – Is it possible God may not have a spouse for you?  Or that there may not be “The One” for you?

I Wonder if Sunday School is Destroying Our Kids – Getting back to the gospel.  It’s not about trying to be good like the people in the Bible.

-Bonnie

Parenting and Motherhood

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Women Living Well is doing a series on the Top 10 Marriage/Motherhood Quotes.  Today I am joining in!

These days it seems like the blog posts on motherhood catch my eye more often.  I wonder why?  😉  Today I share with you 10 blog posts that I have enjoyed while preparing for motherhood.

What Motherhood Is and What It Is Not

Respecting My Children

Raising Children to Know God in the Moments

Teach Children the Bible is Not About Them

“When Mommy Is Sick” School Folder

If Motherhood Isn’t a Competitive Sport, Why Do We Beat Ourselves Up Over It?

12 Things Your Daughter Needs You to Say

After Steubenville: What our Sons Need to Know about Manhood

How to Bless your Young Adult Children

14 Scriptures to Pray Over Your Unborn Baby (and Other Children!)

Visit Women Living Well for more Marriage and Motherhood posts.

-Bonnie