Closer to Love

May 21, 2014

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Outfit details: Purse: Hamilton Bag- Michael Kors (gift)// Tank top: Mossimo (Target) (yard sale find 25 cents)/?Pants: Style & Co. (yard sale find for 25 cents)//Ankle Sandalls: C. Label (Plato’s Closet)//Fedora: Virtis (Plato’s Closet).

I had several possible nonsense titles for this post, like ‘Tip of the iceberg” or “Michael Jackson” haha! But then I put in my Mat Kearney Black and White cd today and sang my heart out. I just love him…LOVE him. The song I sang was CLoser to Love, so it was only appropriate that I deem the title post after this song. If you haven’t heard of Mat Kearney or maybe heard his songs and want to check him out go here. I dream of seeing him live again, it’s been since he first began years ago, and boy has he grown in the charts and even gone to secular radio (which is good and bad in my opinion, since he started out all Christian music/label). I felt the fedora hat was very Mat Kearney-ish too.

I wore this outfit for a “me” date to the local library for a “Busy Bags” DIY make and take session. I left the library with about 8 or more made DIY educational learning crafts that I made and even implemented already with Nevaeh and Xander. With school ending in about two weeks I needed more things other than workbooks and notebooks for Nevaeh to use to continue the wheels in her brain for the summer. I shall do a busy bag post or several coming up (linking up the original Pinterest sites of course for your reference).

My hubby and I came up with a plan today to begin a more routine day for all the kids starting once Nevaeh gets out of school. His focus is on gross motor times and mine is educational/field trips/daily trips or activities. So he has left me to the “lesson planning.” I am going to feel like a full time teacher again for sure. Any wisdom or ideas? It’s hard to plan around three babies nap times but for Nevaeh in general those times will be quiet times spent in her room or in one area of the house working quietly.

Now for the honesty stuff. This past week has been a roller coaster. have had feelings of ineptness, putting myself down, stress. I was feeling like a terrible mom and wife. I guess there were little comments my husband made that made me think I should have known better or completed but I held on to those thoughts and couldn’t stop entertaining them as “I am dumb or worthless” even though I knew that wasn’t his intent. I carried some hurt (funny how we hurt our own selves sometimes) until the breaking point when one of my twins (Max) ripped my husbands Bible (well a few pages). My hubby was forgiving and knew he shouldn’t have left it at reach of the babies (Max loves to tear paper), but I couldn’t forgive myself for a bit until I spent some time with God and getting more assurance from my hubby that it was ok. I believe things are better (I know it has today) so my “me” time yesterday was much needed.

What do you do for “me” time?
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  • Becky @ bybmg May 22, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Love the hat and love that song. We listen to it frequently around here. For me time, I usually shop… which isn’t always the best. When it’s nice out, sometimes I go for a walk by myself. Hope the rest of your week goes well!

    • garaytreasures May 22, 2014 at 4:38 pm

      Yay! Glad you enjoy the song too. I need to consider a walk by myself too.

  • Emmett May 22, 2014 at 8:03 am

    love your sassy hat 🙂 I always have trouble coming up with post titles – I end up doing variations of teh same ones all the time! Sounds like you had a bit of a rough few days, we all have days like that you are a good wife & mom, remember that!


    me time is usually spent taking a nap or blogging

    • garaytreasures May 22, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you Emmet- off to visit your blog again 🙂

  • Rachel G May 22, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    You look so cute in a fedora! The library outings sounds fun!

    • garaytreasures May 22, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      It was. I am all for free make and take I services/sessions. Thanks for the compliment!

  • ADA May 23, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I am sorry you had a couple of hard days. You rock the fedora though. For me time I blog, I shop, I clean (it relaxes me and makes me feel accomplished), I read or I go to a cafe and have a nice coffee by myself.

    Hoping your weekend is better, hun!

    • garaytreasures May 27, 2014 at 3:40 am

      All of those sound fantastic ways to have me time, thanks for sharing.

  • Sherri May 24, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I’m glad to have found your blog via vodka infused lemonade. I never heard of Mat Kearney before. I will have to check him out. This look is so fun. It looks like you need to be dancing somewhere on a caribbean island. I love the fedora and the bag. I’m glad you had a chance to sit with God and receive that reassurance that you needed. I’ve been there done that a thousand times. I also would love to invite you to be a part of my weekly link up called What Wives Wear. If you are interested to join in and link up it’s Thursdays at I look forward to following your blog. Have a great weekend! ~Sherri

    • garaytreasures May 27, 2014 at 3:42 am

      Thanks for following Sherri and for all of your nice comments. I am glad I joined your link up. God bless!

  • Carrie A. May 26, 2014 at 2:59 am

    Love the outfit, especially the pants they look so comfortable! My kids are out of school and this will be our first week, so I am trying to have sort of a loose schedule during the week… plan to get a zoo membership and we’ll explore one part of the zoo every week, I want to spend at least 2 days at home tho, too… We’ll probably hit up the free movies at the theater during the summer, the pool, etc. I always get anxiety when things change, like we are going from school schedule to summer schedule so I feel a little anxious until I get used to the new schedule (whatever that will be!).

    • garaytreasures May 27, 2014 at 3:44 am

      Goodness you are organized, sounds like a fun summer. I can’t wait for my kids to visit a zoo this summer, maybe towards the end of summer though so it’s not so hot.

  • Amber May 28, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Such a cute cute outfit Rachel! I have my moments too when I feel like a bad wife and mom. We all have our tough days and try to keep it together for everyone but sometimes it spills out!!! I think you did the right thing by praying about it. I can definitely relate to what you’re saying! *hugs!*
    In my “me time” I like to go to browse antique stores (I’m afraid my daughter will break something I can’t afford, ouch!), go to Target, paint my nails or blog of course!!!

    Fashion, Floss and Lip Gloss