Sassing the Lord {aka 50 pairs of socks}

This was not a planned post or a planned morning.  But GOD SAID, so I am doing it.  I started my morning with a reading in the Bible about hearing God speak and then a devotional about making someone feel seen.  I should not be surprised about what transpired this morning.

I took the boys to school this morning in a torrential downpour.  I have taken them to school in every sort of weather: snow, sleet, ice, rain, hail, etc, but this morning was the worst weather EVER.  Blinding rain.  Speeds of 40-45 MPH where 72 was the norm.  Crazy, heavy, relentless rain.  But we got there safely.  I waited in the drop off line to get them as close to the door as possible.  Moses made a run for it.  Aaron asked if I would walk him with my umbrella.  Thinking it would make a difference, I agreed to do so.  It made no difference.  Add to that the unavoidable 6in deep puddle that we had to pass through to get to the door and I delivered a sopping wet six year old to first grade.  I knew his feet were soaked.

I said goodbye and before I got back to the car, I knew I would have to get him some dry socks.

I got in and began thinking about where in town I could get a pair of socks this early in the day.  I called my husband and got an idea or two but in the middle of the shuffle I heard that voice.

And that voice said: Are your kids special?

Me: What does that even mean LORD?! (emphasis mine).

Lord: ARE your kids the only ones who deserve dry feet?  (italics for conviction purposes)

Me: Well, of course not.  (duh)

Lord: Do you really think you should go get ONE pair of socks? Come on now.  (italics for conviction purposes)

Me: I mean Aaron only has ONE pair of feet, soooo.... (maybe the Lord forgot).

Me: Lord, to get more than one pair I would have to go ALL the way to Target (less than 8 miles away).  (I mean ALL the way people.)

Lord: Mmmm hmmmm.

Me: I don't have time for that.

Lord: Finish that thought out loud please.

Me: I don't have time to go get dry socks for all the kids LORD.  (emphasis mine).

Lord: Now, doesn't that sound ridiculous.

Me: It may, but it's still true.

Lord: You're right.  You don't have time but I do.

Me: Ok.  So how will you do that?

Lord: So, is your time mine?

Me:  Not cool.

And then He cinched it with a sentence we have all said:

Lord: It's fine.  Do whatever you want.

So despite the following thoughts: I am busy, I don't have time, people will think I am crazy, I don't want to spend money on all those dern socks, girls will complain about boy socks and boys will complain about girl socks, what about the second graders? kindergarteners? (my boys are in 1st and 3rd), I don't want to drive all that way, it's raining, I AM WET, I don't want to disrupt the class, PEOPLE WILL THINK I AM CRAZY...

I went and bought the dern socks.  50 pairs, because apparently I can't add 20 3rd graders and 14 1st graders.   And apparently I can't add to do a graphic either.   So guess what that terrible math about covers? Second grade and kindergarten.   And guess what Target carries?  Gender neutral socks.

And I am not sharing this to toot my own horn because it is not worth tooting.  I am not special or possess an extraordinary gift for listening.  I am stubborn. 

I am sharing to encourage you to LISTEN when He speaks, even when (especially when) it sounds crazy. Even if you have five million reasons to NOT do it.  Even if you sass the Lord and He sasses back at you. 

If I accomplish nothing else today, kids with wet feet were seen.  And I have a story about how God hears and speaks, even down to the detail of gender neutral socks.

Do the crazy thing.  Who cares what anyone thinks?

How to organize a freezer meal swap! {the easy way!}

A couple of months ago I acquired a free spare refrigerator and with that extra space decided that I could finally get a freezer swap going in my area! I had watched lots of friends all over the states do them for years so I was thrilled to get started myself!  Getting started was simple enough, anyone can do this.  You just need a few willing friends and a little bit of time.

Here is how I got started:

1) Put out some feelers on FB.  Just a simple "I want to start a freezer meal swap, who wants to join me?" should help you see if you have an interest in your circle.

2) Once you have a few people, make a FB group just for those ladies.  Easy to add new people to, share links and put the "rules" in a convenient place.  Basically you want a place where people can find info. 

3) Set a date for your first swap! Our first two swaps had random dates but we now do the first weekend of every month so we can plan a little better and the date won't be a surprise.

4)  Assign recipes to people or if they would like, allow them to use their favorites.  Pinterest is a great resource or a quick Google search will get you endless recipes to try.  For our group I have each lady make five of each recipe.  {a little tip, make six and keep one out for yourself!}.  I feel like five is a doable amount for most people to make without feeling intimidated.

5) Set a date to swap! I try to give about a week or so advance planning.

6) Choose a neutral location and swap! Each lady brings their five meals and takes a meal from five other ladies.  Sometimes you'll have quite a few ladies and sometimes not so many.  I've swapped with as few as four and gave the extra to families we knew needed a little extra help (because if you have less than five ladies, you'll have duplicate meals)(and if you have more than five ladies, you have lots of choices!).

7) Repeat, repeat, repeat.  Don't give up if the first one isn't super smooth.  Hang in there and work out the kinks.  It is SO nice to have a meal to just pull out of the freezer on those days that are crazy!

Have fun! I have found this has been a great way to try new foods that maybe I wouldn't have before!

It really doesn't take a ton of work or time but it has great benefits! I hope this info encourages you to try to organize a swap yourself! :)

vintage inspired bible journaling prompts! {free printables}

Good morning! Once again I have some lovely little journaling prompts for you!

Feel free to drag these to the desktop and add them to a document to print off.  Use for cards, journaling, scrapbooking or whatever makes you generally happy! :) 

Have a super day while you are at it!  xo

free printable Friday - Measuring Love - Jen Hatmaker Quote

I'm currently reading "For the Love" by Jen Hatmaker and this is currently my favorite quote thus far (though the choosing is tough!).  I thought I'd whip up a little reminder for you, that you can print off and share with a friend.  We can fail at a lot of things if we succeed at loving people well! Enjoy!!

Download the file here: Measuring LOVE

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Easy No-Bake Energy Bites!

Don't let the name fool you! These cookies are wonderful little bites of goodness pretending to be mostly healthy (and they mostly are!).  Kids love them, grumpy guys love them, I love them and you will love them!

I used a 1 inch cookie scoop to make forming them easy and quick.  Store them in the fridge or the freezer! 

Easy No-Bake Energy Bites
1 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 mini chips of some variety (chocolate or peanut butter or white chocolate)
1/2 cup of crunchy peanut butter
1/3 cup of honey
1 tsp of vanilla

Combine all ingredients.  Shape into small, bit sized bits, place in a container with parchment paper between the layers and set in the fridge until you are ready to eat!

Enjoy them and go ahead and double the batch! They will disappear!


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Halloween hohos are ready for YOU!

Have you gotten a Halloween hoho yet? Cutest fabrics ever this year! 
You can either snag one "up for grabs" on the Little Bit Funky Instagram page at 
@littlebitfunkysews or email me to order one just for you!

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