A bit overwhelmed is nothing new

February 4, 2013

You guys didn’t know this but apparently I traded in my “stay at home mom/ business owner” job to drive a big yellow bus. (Ok, it’s not yellow. But it should be). Introducing Elizabeth Priddy, Taxi-mom of the century.

Am I cut out for this? Hardly. In fact, I often wonder how in the world I let myself get to this place. I have the misfortune of being one who is easily overwhelmed (can thank ADHD for that) and while I’m usually able to manage alright, lately with the pending household move, I’ve let more of my spinning plates fall to the ground.

This blog is one of them.
(Writing my childrens’ “thank you notes” from their December birthday party is another)

I actually LOVE to write out all my thoughts and share them with the world, I just don’t feel like there is any time to do it. Am I alone here? I thought as my children got older they’d naturally be more independent and I’d have more time, right? WRONG.

Its a whirlwind.

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What I’m taking as my “take home nugget” of life here is that all those wiser ladies are right (you know exactly who I’m talking about too):: We will never have “enough time.” We will never have “enough energy/motivation.” We will never be as impeccably organized as Martha Stewart leads us to believe she is (well, not until we have that level of hired help, I’m sure)! We’re all just doing our best here…putting one foot in front of the other… sometimes tears streaming before we even leave the house, sometimes the tears being our own. God doesn’t tell us it will be easy. I understand that. (Some days I even respect it). On days when I’m weary of breaking up the fights in the back seat, making a second sandwich because the dog ate it, stressing about the finances of building new and living at home, worrying I’m not “contributing enough” (will I ever be enough?), and WHY is my heart flip flopping out of my chest?…I stop and take a deep breath. At the end of the day, it is all going to be ok. It is.

And I cling to the notion in my heart that we won’t be given more than we can handle. But sometimes I wonder, isn’t it completely necessary for God to give us more than we can handle? Lest I think I really CAN do this myself?

So, (deep sigh)

Gift #1418: taxi-mom status, #1419 feeling overwhelmed… #1421: being reminded that I “cannot.”

Lord, thank you for reminding us that we “cannot” when we think we’ve got it all together.

Valentines Day limited edition session! :)

January 23, 2013

Now is the time, y’all! Make your appointments for the CUTEST valentines to share!!! Think this is a great idea? Tell your friends by “Sharing” below! Can’t wait to capture your cupids! xoxo

LOVE letters Limited edition Valentines session, Priddysweet Portraiture 2013

The best app for Moms of preschoolers and up

January 18, 2013

I was on pinterest the other day just doing my usual perusing and came across a pin that I MUST share with everyone if you haven’t done it yet!!

Raise your hand (or thumb) if you have a child of school or preschool age. Ok now raise your hand if you have a bunch of kid art in piles on various surfaces in your house…(go ahead, don’t be shy). Well, I DO!! When I was in Kindergarten, I specifically remember a time when I saw my art folder reducing in size. It absolutely broke my heart when my mom said “we can’t keep every single piece of art you bring home from school.” I could not for the life of me understand why!? But now, as a mother of two toddlers, I see the issue. Fortunately, new technologies give us easy and convenient ways around this.

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“ARTKIVE” is an app you can download (its $2.99 and worth every penny!) that solves this problem! Take a picture of the art with your phone as it comes in. Artkive dates the image (you can change this if you are like me and have piles of old art work), allows you to choose which child made it, what grade they are in (includes preschool years in a drop down menu) and then saves the photo to a folder. When you have captured all you can possibly capture you push print and it PRINTS it in a BOOK (at a very reasonable price calculated per page) for you to keep! No more piles of art work and still a way to treasure your children’s artistic beginnings. :)

Seriously. GO. Download it now. You can thank me later. (Whoever developed the app, you’re awesome!!)

Share with your friends!! Tell the world!!

Just in time for the holidays!

November 6, 2012

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What is Faith?

October 16, 2012

The phone calls this weekend were something we were anxiously awaiting and avoiding at the same time. 4 months of negotiating (and making progress, mind you) left us high and dry as someone else swooped in at the very last second, fell for the seller/seller’s realtor’s scare tactics and put an end to our vision of what would be our next “home.” With a snap it was gone.

“It will be ok,” “You will find another perfect place,” “That just means something even more amazing is around the corner.” yes. I know (and I do truly appreciate). But lets not fool each other.. it doesn’t make it any easier to swallow.

Scouring the internet on Saturday night I came up with no replacement (at least not in our price range). Like a young girl just fresh out of a break up, I was searching for my rebound of a farm home to replace this false security—the feeling that “we knew” where we were ending up. I sat in bed with crocodile tears. I sat in church with crocodile tears (trying not to ruin my mascara). There were lots of tears…and thankfully through them, healing and an “ah-ha” moment.

A voice. Poignant. Truthful and out of the blue: “Is it really faith if you can SEE what is on the other side?”

Silence. More tears and more words: “YOU. DO. NOT. BELIEVE.” Read more

sweet smiles {william 3 months}

October 11, 2012

I know I say it a lot. But I really do mean it. I can’t get enough of this kid. I’m completely smitten. His crystal blue eyes and his sweet chubby grin. I just want to squeeze him. So. Adorably. Cute!!!!!

I’m adopting him. Ok fine. At least every 3 months I am. {remember William’s Newborn photos? look how much he’s grown!!} Read more

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