Laresa Watkins

Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape

Apr 4, 2016


We had a beautiful weekend.  Isn’t the contrast between the bright blue sky and the newly-green trees just stunning?

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. -Romans 1:20 (NLT)


In two hours…

Apr 2, 2016

You know how, before you have kids, you look at people with kids and you say, “That will NOT be me”? You judge the moms whose kids have dirty faces and stringy hair and mismatched clothes, the families out to dinner with the child watching Barney or Caillou on some device while they’re eating, or the frazzled-looking woman (who obviously doesn’t care about her own personal hygiene) in the grocery store with a cart full of Lucky Charms and popsicles. We’ve all given those poor souls passing glances, then shook our heads at each other with smug looks on our faces. If only we knew, right?

One thing Jason and I said we would never do is over-schedule our family.  We have been experts at saying no to people, and saying no to too many extra-curricular activities.  I valiantly fought to not be that mom who spends all of her time in her car, speeding through drive-thrus in an effort to feed her family between practices, rehearsals, or games.

So chalk up another failure for us, because now I am that mom.  The one whose dirty, mismatched children snack on Lucky Charms in the backseat on the way to karate or ball or dance or whatever.

Thankfully (seriously, I thank God every day) we homeschool, so we get to spend our mornings leisurely at home.  We pack all of our rest and nutrition into that time!

Now that our evenings are full, I find myself with no time to just do what I need to do around the house. Even though we’re home during the days, I’m preoccupied with things like teaching my children to read and write. I have found myself struggling to keep up.

So Wednesday morning I mentioned to Jason that I would like to sometimes miss ball practice so I could have some time at the house alone.  Of course he had no problem with that, so Wednesday night I sent them off, and I had two glorious hours alone in my home.

What did I do during that time, you ask?

1-cooked dinner

2-vacuumed the floors

3-washed and folded 2 loads of laundry

4-located and trashed every Happy Meal or Dollar Tree toy in the house

5-hid the bag with aforementioned toys in the bottom of the outdoor trash can

6-took the Easter eggs off the Easter egg tree (instead of waiting until Halloween like we have the past 2 years)

7-watched 1 1/2 DVR’d episodes of “The Big Bang Theory”

8-planned out this summer’s Vacation Bible School

9-did our 2015 taxes

10-painted our master bathroom

11-ran 2 miles

12-ate half a box of Wheat Thins

13-planted our garden

14-cleaned out the kitchen pantry

15-read Proverbs 31 and imagined that I could be the Proverbs 31 Woman if only I could have 2 hours alone in my house EVERY afternoon


So, I may be exaggerating a bit, but you get my point: a woman alone in her house for a couple of hours can accomplish a LOT! Or a little, depending on how you look at it.



Two Good Things…

Feb 17, 2016

Odd title, right?  But after the January and February that we’ve had, I’ll take what I can get.  These winter months haven’t veered much off their traditional dreary path for us.

So, I’m looking for good everywhere around me.  And when I find it, I am reveling in it and making it last.  That’s what God is trying to teach me to do, I believe.

One great thing that happened today is that we had a break from the awful, wet, freezing weather we have been experiencing.  The kids and I walked through the woods to visit Aunt Betty and ended up spending an hour playing in the creek (which is normally not much more than a dribble but is full due to aforementioned wet weather).  It was wonderful and relaxing to breathe in fresh air and soak up sunshine and watch the kids running freely.

Another blessing is that I have my camera back!  Funny story-the camera has been “broken” for over a year.  Jason and I have been passing it back and forth, saying we’re going to get it fixed but never actually doing it.  It has sat on our laundry room counter for months, just mocking me while I snapped pictures with my phone (which, I’m sorry, just doesn’t compare).  Jason ended up fixing it himself by, on the advice of a kind camera-repairperson, removing the lens and putting it back on again.  Can you believe that?

So of course I took it with me today.

Our favorite chicken, Henrietta, loved the beautiful weather today, too.  Isn't the pretty?  She lays blue eggs.

Our favorite chicken, Henrietta, loved the beautiful weather today, too. Isn’t the pretty? She lays blue eggs.


Charlie built about 5 different dams on the creek.

Charlie built no less than 500 different dams on the creek.


Crossing into the pasture.

Crossing into the pasture.


Maddie will follow Charlie anywhere (unless he is scared, and then she will lead him:)).

Maddie will follow Charlie anywhere (unless he is scared or doing something illegal, in which case she will lead him:)).


The love playing on this fallen tree.

They love playing on this fallen tree.


We got to watch these geese at the pond for awhile before they flew off.  They weren't too happy about us being there!

We got to watch these geese at the pond for awhile before they flew off. They weren’t too happy about us being there!

One great outcome of hardship is that you are more aware when a good moment comes along.  You can see God at work in the little things, glimpses of Him you may not have noticed before.  Because, ya’ll…. “The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.” (Psalm 46:11)

I believe it with all my heart.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle

Jan 2, 2016

I am linking up to my Instagram for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge from The Daily Post.  The theme is “Circle.”



It was really fun to look for circles today, and I realized that we are surrounded by them. And life is such a circle, isn’t it?  I mean, here we are back at the beginning of another year.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

*Update on the baseball situation: Maddie picked it up today and moved it into my bedroom.  Not sure how long it will remain in that location. 🙂


Happy New Year!

Jan 1, 2016


Happy New Year, ya’ll!

How do you like my snowy picture?  Here in NC we have seen ZERO winter weather, not even any cold temps, so I had to add in some snow.  Even though the kids were happy to wear shorts all December, a huge snowstorm is at the top of my wish-list for this winter.

If you know me at all, you know I love a new year.  After the fiasco that was last January I am hesitant to make any big resolutions or plans, but I still have the usual after-Christmas urge to be healthier and get up earlier to get some things done.  I’m just hesitant to put what I want to do into words and commit fully.

Because, you know what???

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (NLT)

So my plan for this year is to just try to do a little better.  To listen for God a little more closely, to be a little kinder, to appreciate things a little more fully. I want to do better with the things that God has already entrusted to me.

And I really want to play in the snow.

What are your resolutions for 2016?

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