Sunday Scriptures

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Gosh, it’s been a while since I posted a Sunday Scripture! I started off my blog in 2014 with the ABC scriptures every Sunday and I just realized that when they were over, these posts fizzled out. Well, now that Luke is in Kindergarten, his class is memorizing a verse each week and I’m memorizing them with him. Romans 12:21 is his verse for this week and it’s a great reminder for our family.

When I first read this verse way back when, I immediately shrugged it off because surely I had never been evil. Evil is a term that is reserved for the lowest of low. When I think of evil, Hitler comes to mind, not anyone that I know. So, to make things a little more applicable, I changed this verse to say, “Do not be overcome with jealousy, but overcome jealousy with good.” Whoa! Well, that certainly changes things, doesn’t it? Or what about “Do not be overcome with fear, but overcome fear with good.” Or even, “Do not be overcome with lies, but overcome lies with good.”

I’m not one to go changing God’s word, each word in the Bible is meaningful, purposeful and God breathed. However, when I start exchanging real life “evils” into this verse, it suddenly becomes real, convicting, motivating and encouraging.

Let’s all try to overcome evil with a little more good this week!

Happy Sunday, y’all!

Sunday Scriptures

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After weeks like last week, where fear seems to be the overriding emotion and evil seems to prevail, this verse speaks to me. Our family stopped watching the news in August in order to curb the fear and anxiety it was inciting. It’s not that I want to be immune from the hurt that is happening around the world (although sometimes I do). It’s the fact that I do not want to be overcome by the fear of evil. And honestly, Jacob and I were tired of Luke having to watch it and become fearful. He started asking questions about what he saw on the news and we weren’t comfortable with the conversations that needed to follow. We still keep up with national and world events through online news outlets, so we aren’t completely out of touch with the world. I’m not saying it’s bad to watch the news, it was just one way that I was allowing evil to consume my mind and decided it needed to end.

We can’t single-handedly stop terrorism and it’s unlikely that we will ever stop a mass murderer, but we can overcome that evil be doing good. By loving on our neighbors, by feeding the homeless, by inviting someone to church. In a world of bad news, tell people the good news… the best news. Tell people about Jesus.

Sunday Scriptures + I’m Back!

Well, it’s official! I’m the worst blogger. Ok, so hopefully not the worst, but definitely the most inconsistent. It’s been seven weeks since I last blogged and truth be told, I didn’t really miss it until this weekend. The week I stopped blogging, Jacob got a concussion during his game in Dallas, Lyla got hand, foot and mouth disease (y’all… miserable), and Luke had a terrible cold and cough. I was not getting any sleep (read: zombie) and was living on a prayer and daily venti lattes. The Tamme family was a mess. But, as always, nothing lasts forever and everyone is now healthy again.

However, it was in that week of my entire family being sick, I realized that no matter what is written in your planner, no matter what deadlines you have to meet, jobs you have to do, trips you have planned, or people who rely on you, when your family isn’t healthy everything stops. Especially, when when a brain injury is concerned. So, I decided to stop blogging. It just wasn’t important. That week turned into weeks and eventually, I just forgot about it altogether.

Honestly, I realized this morning while listening to the sermon at church that God used that break to help me realize I was being prideful about this little ole blog. The sermon was, of course, on pride and although the preacher didn’t call me out by name, I knew he was speaking to me. Several of my posts in September had been shared dozens of times (which makes me laugh in hindsight because it was so incredibly paltry compared to the big bloggers I read), some local media members had mentioned my blog on twitter and I received praise for what I had written. I had become prideful.

Pride is a weird thing. The Bible makes it clear that pride is a sin, but after leaving the service, what was the very first thing I said to Luke when I picked him up from his class? “Baby, look at your Bible verse! I’m so proud of you!” Face.palm. It was then I came to the conclusion that this whole pride thing was a tough one. One I needed to work on. I am so proud of Luke and his work. I’m proud of Jacob when he steps out on the field each Sunday. I’m proud of Lyla when she sits down in her chair after I tell her 1.5 million times that “chairs are for sitting not standing.” I’m proud of myself when I drive by Starbucks and don’t pull in the drive-thru. Pride is hard, it’s everywhere, but it is also the doorway in which the devil enters our hearts.

The seven week break from the blog taught me that no one really cares that much about this silly blog. Not a single person asked why I wasn’t blogging. Not one. And, no this is not a cry for y’all to tell me you’ve missed me (even though I know you have, hah!), but rather a lesson learned. God used that break to teach me something and for that I am thankful. He taught me that I needed to be writing to talk about Him, for enjoyment, for the sharing of ideas, not for the amount of shares, likes and media mentions it receives.

So, that’s the long and short of my absence and return. I hope you’ll come back and read every now and then because I have a few posts I’m excited about! (See? Is that pride? Y’all, help me!)

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Sunday Scriptures + Grandparent’s Day

IMG_1006Happy Grandparent’s Day to our parents! This year is the first year in my children’s life that they have been with both sets of grandparents on their special day, so naturally I made everyone take a photo. We were running late for church, but a picture was a must. My babies adore their Besta, Papa, MoMo and Granddaddy. They say “it takes a village to raise a child”, well, these four are a big part of our village. Jacob and I also have wonderful grandparents in Kentucky, Tennessee and in Heaven. We love them very much too!

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Last week was the last of the ABC Scriptures and I asked for ideas of what scriptures to post next. I got some great ideas, but little did I know that my Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study would have a verse to memorize each week. Perfect timing!

I love this verse and am so excited to write it on my heart this week. The Bible study asks each person to place the verse as their home screen on their phone. This.is.genius.

How many times a day do I look at my phone? 100? 1,000? Maybe more! Now each time, this verse will be the first thing I see when my screen lights up. How could I not memorize it when I see it dozens and dozens of times each day?

 

Sunday Scriptures

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This is the LAST of the 26 ABC Bible verses. No, it doesn’t start with Z, but it’s from the book of Zephaniah, so it counts, right?

I love this verse because it’s a great reminder that God is *always* with us, always. No matter what! Isn’t that an awesome truth to memorize and write on your heart?

I’m trying to decide what I’ll do for my next series of Sunday Scriptures since the ABC verses are finished… any ideas? I would love to hear them!

Happy Sunday!

p.s. I wish I could give someone credit for this photo, but I can’t find a source. So, thank you to whomever owns this!

Sunday Scriptures (Monday edition)

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This ABC scripture verse is used for the letter “X” in eXalt. I love that this verse corresponded perfectly with the sermon the preacher at our new church here in Georgia preached yesterday. He reminded us that God is holy! God is not a casual God. God is not grandfather like figure that guides us. God is our all powerful, all knowing creator, redeemer and source of life! It was a punch in the gut for me, because sometimes I like to put God in a box. I tend to limit what I think God can do or how much he cares about all aspects of our lives. God is holy!

It reminds me of those shirts that are popular right now that say “Jesus is my homeboy.” I’m not calling anyone out for wearing them. I almost bought one for Luke because I thought it was cute. Of course, I had to look up the definition of homeboy and the dictionary states that a homeboy is: “a young acquaintance from one’s own town or neighborhood, or from the same social background”. I can assure you that after reading that definition, Jesus is certainly NOT anyone’s homeboy! Jesus is our Savior. He is our way to heaven. He is sinless and holy… he is NOT our homeboy.

Sunday Scriptures

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I often fall in to the trap of thinking I’m just a stay at home mom. I’m not teaching a classroom full of children. I’m not running a company. I’m not creating corporate budgets or marketing plans. I’m just a stay at home mom. I often feel like I’m not making an impact or that I could be doing more. I see moms all the time who “do it all” – moms who work full time, raise their kids, workout every day, have their own at-home sales business, keep their house freakishly clean. You know the kind, the super moms. Well, I must confess… I am NOT a super mom. And I can not for the life of me figure out just HOW they do it all!

Most days I barely make it until bedtime.
Most days I’m in mismatched gym clothes (with no intention of actually going to a gym) looking like a hot mess.
Most days you could feed a small army from the crumbs off my kitchen floor.
Most days you can write a novel in the layer of dust on my coffee table.
Most days I don’t find time to shower or even, heaven forbid, brush my teeth until just before bedtime.
But… most days my mornings are filled with smiles and giggles and “I love you’s” from my babies and that makes it ALL worth it.
I LOVE being a stay at home mom and feel SO incredibly blessed that I get to do it each and every day. Even though I love my job, I am still trying to grasp the fact that it is enough. Being a stay at home is enough. I’m not running a business of my own like I thought I would. No, I’m not changing the world in the ways I dreamed of. But I am changing their world – Luke and Lyla’s world.

I’m certainly not trying to stir up the whole working mom vs. stay at home mom debate. There are days when I long for a job outside my home. Days where I wish I had somewhere to get dressed up and go. I think what all moms (well, everyone really) need to remember is wherever you are, whatever you are doing… “work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for men.”

And, stop using that dirty little word “just”. You and I are not just anything. I’m just a girl from Kentucky. I’m just a football player’s wife. I’m just a mom. That “just” word is holding you back, holding me back from what I AM.

I AM a girl from Kentucky.
I AM a football player’s wife.
And I AM a mom.
We are something and whatever that it is… it is enough.

Sunday Scriptures + T-ball Finale

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John 6:47

This picture was taken at the University Club of Kentucky after the big storm blew through the Swings for Soldiers Classic. I love this verse because of the promise Jesus gives us. Luke learned a different verse this week at Vacation Bible School. This was his first year to attend and he had so much fun learning about Jesus. Their verse was Isaiah 30:21 that corresponded with LifeWay’s Journey Off the Map. Jacob and I loved hearing Luke talk about what he had learned throughout the week.

Luke also wrapped up his first sports season this week with his last t-ball game. I can not tell you how proud I am of this kid. After the first week of t-ball, Jacob and I sat down and had a serious talk about if he should even play… we might have even used that dirty word “quit” in our conversation. You see, Luke cried at the first practice and game. I’m not talking about a few tears. It was all out, scared to death crying. He was pitiful. We finally got him to sit in the dugout and I stood on the other side of the fence and held his hand throughout the game. Yes, I was that mom. I didn’t want to completely baby him, but I wanted him to feel safe and ease into this thing called organized sports. By the next game he was willingly sitting in the dugout after a little prodding and by the third game he was batting and playing in the outfield! I’m not going to lie Jacob and I both shed a few tears over him overcoming his fears.

By the end of the season, Luke was asking when his next t-ball game was and was running into the dugout to be with his teammates. My momma heart was so proud of my little guy! Now, bear with me, here comes the Luke picture overload:

IMG_0076Is there anything sweeter than cousins dressed in t-ball uniforms? These two are 17 months apart and are best friends.

IMG_0153Both of my children smiling and looking at the camera at the same time? It’s a miracle and had to be documented!

IMG_9977Luke got the game ball after his game on July 7th! He was so proud!

IMG_0167The head coach had to miss the last game, so Jacob got to fill in as the first base coach. Luke loved having his Daddy on the field and Jacob loved getting to coach. I’m not sure who had more fun!

IMG_0258The pitcher gets a LOT of action in t-ball and Luke finally got to play the position in his last game. Can you tell he took it seriously? When they said, “get your glove on the ground” he took it literally. Hah! He had his game face on the whole time!

IMG_1287_2Sweet, sweet t-ball babies! Go Reds!

IMG_0810And, in case you were wondering whose kid this was… check this out! Jacob on the left and Luke on the right at age 4. I promise I had something to do with this kid, but you sure can’t tell!

Sunday Scriptures (on Monday) + Father’s Day

ABC Scriptures TDon’t you just love gifts?!? Of course I love to get gifts, but the older I get the more I enjoy giving them! Especially the really sentimental ones or the ones I just know the recipient is going to LOVE! It brings me joy to gift things to others! I think it’s my love language toward others and towards myself because giving just feels good. Have you ever given a gift that you knew the recipient would LOVE but would cost you everything you had? I know I’ve never given a gift like that. But, that’s what God did. He gave us his son. He traded his son’s life for our sins. My sins. Can you even imagine giving a gift that big, that costly? That’s why this verse is so amazing. God can imagine a gift like that because he gave it to you and me. WOW! It truly is indescribable!

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15

We had lots of big plans for Father’s Day weekend! We were going to celebrate big with both sides of our families, but Luke came down with a vicious stomach bug on Thursday night and it derailed all of our plans. He was just pitiful but is finally making a comeback. Thank goodness, I’m so happy to have my talkative little ball of energy back to normal.

We gave Jacob his Father’s Day gifts on Sunday morning and I think he really enjoyed them! His favorite gift was his book from Luke. As you can tell by the picture, Luke was still puny on Sunday morning and Lyla was still half asleep.

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Happy Father’s Day to Jake! I’m so thankful for him and his deep love for our kiddos!

Since we cancelled all of our weekend plans, I had time to tackle a project that I started in March… last March. As soon as I found out we were having a baby girl, I knew I wanted to sew her bedding. I wanted it to have lots of pink and lots of ruffles! I scoured pinterest and drew out a plan for the crib bedding of Lyla’s my dreams. It has been a labor of love to say the least. I created the teething rail cover, quilt, and bed skirt before she was born and decided to wait on the bumper and throw pillow. I knew I wouldn’t use a bumper with her as a newborn so it wasn’t necessary at the time. Well, fast forward to now and our 10 month old baby girl needs a bumper! Yes, I’ve read the articles that circled social media too, so please don’t chastise me for using one. I used a bumper as a baby and so did Jacob and Luke and we are all well and good.

While I didn’t take the time to do a full tutorial on how to sew the bumpers, I will tell you that it was super easy! I promise to post some sewing tutorials in the future, but I always get so excited to sew that I forget to stop and take pictures. The bumper was the most daunting item of the ensemble, but it turned out to be the least time consuming. I purchased bumper pad inserts found here at Hobby Lobby using a 40% off coupon and just followed the instructions that came with it – easy as that! Here are the finished results:
IMG_9600This is a rare sight! Lyla Rae is actually IN her crib!

IMG_9605This is how Lyla really feels about being in her crib! She prefers for Mommy to hold her in the rocking chair while we both stare at her empty crib!
At least it’s pretty to look at now!

Sunday Scriptures + Social Media Break

I’ve been a bit of a slacker on the blog lately. Actually, I’ve been a bit of a slacker in life in general lately. I’m not exactly sure where all my time has gone. I seem to always be busy, always rushing, always trying to fit just one more thing in my day, but I never really seem to accomplish as much as I would like. When life gets busy, the blog is the first thing to go, but hopefully I will be better at posting more frequently. (Like I haven’t said that a million times already?!?)

Taking a social media break is on my 30 in 30 list and I had planned to take the break in the fall. However, I feel like the time is now. It’s become an unconscious habit to pick up my phone and check my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds. I literally do it without even knowing it. I am addicted and I’ll be the first to admit it. My fingers swipe across my phone and I mindlessly scroll through my “friends'” thoughts, pictures and opinions. I do this so I will be connected, so I will know the latest news and see what’s going on in everyone else’s world. But, while I do this, I’m missing out on my own world! The more time I invest in my superficial social media relationships, the less time I have to invest in my REAL relationships with people I dearly love. I find myself being jealous, bitter and even angry over the things others post. I’ve got to reel in my bad habits and nip them in the bud! So, starting today I will be done with social media for a while. I’m not going to put a number of days on it because I don’t know how long I will need to break my habit. I will continue to write on here and will be posting my new blog entries on Facebook and Twitter, but I will only be doing so through WordPress. So, if you leave me a comment on either of those sites, I won’t see it. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little sad about my break up with social media. I love seeing pictures of everyone’s kids and I love to shop on social media as well, but overall, I’m excited to get rid of the unnecessary distraction!

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These verses always seem to be so fitting for me each week. This is actually last week’s verse, but I’m behind on sharing, so this verse gets to be our focus for two weeks. I’m hoping that by nixing social media from my daily activities it will allow me more time to set my mind on things above!

We are so very excited that this is the last week of off season training for Jacob and he will be home in Kentucky with us for five glorious weeks! This will be the longest the four of us have ever been together and we couldn’t be more excited!

I would love to know your thoughts on social media. Love it? Hate it? Addicted to it like I am? One of my best friends recently told me she thought social media was going to be the downfall of society. I’m thinking she might be right! Hah!

Happy Sunday!