Friday, April 12

Five Minute Friday: Here

Five Minute Friday

I'm always afraid to start a Five Minute Friday post... always afraid that my mind will come up blank... or negative. But every Friday (or Saturday or Monday as the case often is), I am so thankful for 5 minutes of freedom to write without worrying about what comes out, without editing and backtracking, without it having to be just perfect.

Wanna join in? Be sure to check out Five Minute Friday at Lisa-Jo's place!!



I didn't always want to be here. Not when HERE was 4 kids in four and a half years, crammed into a 2 bedroom trailer. Not when HERE meant three kids in diapers for six long months. Not when HERE meant discontent, disillusion, disappointment in myself. But HERE is where God wanted me then, and here is where God wants me now.

When it's fighting and whining and feet stomping and door slamming (Seriously, can pre-teen angst start this early?). When it's fevers and all night coughs, when it's vomit--from the top bunk. When it's disagreement on parenting styles/parenting decisions with the one who parents my kids with me.

But HERE is also conversations with my 5 and 6 year olds about believing in Jesus, moments of dancing in the living room with all my girls while singing at the top of our lungs to "This is the Stuff." Here is snuggling with my almost 10-year-old boy and giving thanks that he still fits on my lap and that he wants to sit on my lap.

Here is my mountain with a gorgeous view

Here is a house with a red door

Here is my family with one loving husband and four crazy kids. (photo courtesy of Darker Shades of Brown)


The best part of this community is the comment love! I try so hard to visit a handful of posts and leave some love. I'd love it if you would let me know how this post encouraged you...


  1. I love it, Julie Anne! Here often isn't where we want to be, but it's always where He has placed us! And it can be so hard to find the beauty-especially when cleaning the puke. :) Thanks for this encouragement!!

  2. Your kids are so cute! Happy FMF!

  3. I LOVE the picture of your kids! So fun!!! I often feel, too, that I cannot go 30 seconds without having to break up a fight or fix a booboo. I agree that it is those precious moments - unexpected questions, comments, dances, hugs and kisses - that shock me back to the reality of my beautiful life. Thanks for writing this!

  4. I love your honesty of the ups and downs of motherhood. I hate to be one of those older moms that tell you that you are going to miss these times but you will

  5. Thank you for being honest. Be blessed:)

  6. Love your thoughts here. I too have had problems with wanting to be "here", but I am learning, just like you, and I think that is what matters

  7. Tell me more about your life, more about your adventures! (I think i better read more......on this here blog).

  8. Your "here" sounds pretty amazing! God bless you and your family!

  9. Thank you for sharing your "here" and your kids look adorable :)

  10. OH I love this and I can relate, I have felt like that before!! Loving that picture!!

  11. So glad to have come upon your site! I laughed (in total sympathy) with vomit from the top bunk! We have three boys and will soon begin fostering. "Here" means so many things--such a mixed bag. Thank God for them all.

  12. Loved your post! I also have had a hard time with here being in a tiny trailer. But I love the joy you discovered in it as I have also. Love the pics...such a beautiful family!

  13. Love this post!!! I love all your posts....I just need to comment more often!


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