(throw back friday- baby sawyer and baby ben sharing a swing circa 2008.  Look at those heads, oh gosh.)
I have seen these posts on Sometimes Sweet for a while and I thought I would do my own.  I feel like these will be fun to look back on and see what all we were doing and thinking.

Watching- Project Runway and just loving it.  I am so excited for the finale next week I cant stand it.  Also the debates, on and off.  I get so nervous watching that I have to change it every when it gets too much.   And I guess, really everything else on tv if I am being honest.  I could not be more excited about fall TV.  Final season of the office, parks and recs, new girl, 30 rock, the mindy project, ben and kate, revenge.  I love it all.  We also finished (jeff did and I am almost there) breaking bad on netflix.  We still have the fifth season to watch. I love love love breaking bad.  Love it.  It is definitely one of my favorite shows.  It just makes it so hard to go to sleep! 

Listening to- Mumford and Sons and Avett Brothers' new albums.  LOVE them both.  Love them.  I was so excited and have been waiting for their cds for what feels like forever.  ok, thats not true.  I have been on the edge of my seat waiting for Mumford and Sons.  I have been on the fence about the Avett Brothers.  Allison and Jeff love them, and I love folk and Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe and all of that, I just couldnt get into Avett Bros.  This cd really changed my mind, though. I am loving it.  My friend Brooke also made me a mixed CD of her favorites and its amazing.  Loving that too.

Thinking about- Where we are going to move next.  I dont know where exactly that will be.  I really am trying to cherish every last thing in tyler (I Know we dont move for like 9 more months, but you know about my emotional prep that I must undergo for survival).  I have loved it here.  I did not really think I would at first.  I had trouble finding my groove for a little bit, but now I feel so at home.  It just makes me want to stay.  I am also reading Shannan's Going posts and they are so inspiring to me.  I have wanted a specific kind of ministry for as long as I can remember and have been trying to figure out how to go about that.  How to see exactly how God wants to use me. I want to be moldable and usable but my supreme selfishness gets in the way constantly.  I am trying to let God move in me and break me of that and it is really consuming my thoughts right now.  It is inspiring and moving and kind of hard seeing all of the ugly that I harbor inside and dont even really want to let go of.  All that to say, I want to help people and I want to help people in my neighborhood and around me for so many reasons. I dont want to just bless the blessed or have a life that is focused on exterior.  So in moving, I want us to focus on what is around us and how to find the right place that God can use us (not that there is one right place.  I know that.  And it makes it even harder sometimes hahahh!).  That was a mouth full, sorry.

Trying to figure out- How to balance after school activities and dinner and volunteering and free time and all of that, without complaining.  I want to find balance for my family and teach my kids how to say no, but I also want to be available.  And I just love a good time.  So, if something fun is happening, I want to do it; same for my kids.  I want them to get to, too.  But sometimes it leaves me grouchy and hard to be around....you're welcome, jeff barstad.

Looking forward to- This weekend woo hoo!!! We are going for real camping with the neighbors and my cousins and I could not be more excited.  Only one night at a time; I dont know if we are really ready for more than 24 hours, but we will give our all for those 24 hours.  And my cousin lindseys bachelorette party is coming up next weekend! I can not wait to see all my cousins and her friends and party all weekend.

Reading- I just got Ellen's memoir and I am excited about that.  I recently finished Diane Keaton's and it was so so good.  I also got Great Gatsby to reread since the movie is coming soon.  I want to be refreshed.  I am also reading 7 by Jen Hatmaker and being convicted on every page.  She is amazing.

Making me happy-  Getting to see Jeff tonight.  He has been gone since wednesday and I cant wait to see him and my cousins and neighbors tonight. Just probably really excited it is friday.  

Hope everyone had a great week!! Have a fantastic weekend.


Nina said...

3 things - I love Ben and Sassy's huge heads. I am also loving Mumford and Sons right now! And I love the idea of "currently." How fun to look back in a few years to see where you were, I have to start writing things down. So yes, I'm pretty much stalking you.

Lifethrualinds said...

Love this post. Love the picture and the introspection. So cool. And you are not selfish. And God will use you wherever you go next. And I hope it is a couple hours closer to us. Love you.

Kate said...

I miss you Kristen Barstad!! And I love that you love the new Mumford and Breaking Bad and New Girl. Do you watch Downton Abbey?! That will pretty much suck away some hours of your life. I want you to live in Austin. It is so devastating not having you at ACL...we didn't even go today...maybe partially b/c there's such a void without you there :) Oh, and that picture of the twins is pretty much the most awesome thing ever.

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