Last week I spoke on a panel at the ladies retreat at my church. The question I was asked: “How do we recognize the signs of comparison vs contentment in our lives as it relates to Social Media Envy? And how do we gain and maintain a balance between living a real life and being caught up in the fantasy world of Social Media?” My answer: Set boundaries for yourself. Take regular time off social media to focus on the real life in front of you. 1 hour a day, 1 day a week, 1 week a year at minimum. (Thanks Techwise family!!) Make sure you are living life’s best moments without a phone in your hands. Focus on gratitude - the good stuff all around us instead of other people’s squares. And take hold of “life that is truly life” in 1 Tim 6. A life of generosity, relationships, contentment.
This last week was so very significant for our family, and I’m so grateful. But most of all I’m grateful that I didn’t share the best moments, but hid them in my heart. I took some time off of social media and felt every moment to the full. You should try it. When you want to reach for you phone, resist for just a bit. You’ll be so glad you did. 💕 #millyandlyndon #millyraytoday #lyndonraytoday

Time is passing all too will quickly with this little one. She said “mama” AND popped two little teefers in the same day 😭 #holdme . Goodness she is so so special! #lyndonraytoday

It took me a long time to be okay with trying to have a baby. And even then - I couldn't never bring myself to say we were "trying." I was so nervous, so scared, so unsure. I realize fully that this is a crazy thing to share, especially when so many women struggle with infertility. All I know is - every story is different, and every story requires surrendering to God’s better plan, whatever that plan is. And on mornings like this, when Milly looks at me and says "I want Lyndon in the covers with me!!" and I giggle for an hour with them, just playing in their room together... I realize that God was so, so incredibly gracious to me when giving me this two precious girls. I fought Him on it for 7 years, and I had to walk a path of true surrender to get to the point of being okay with having babies. (I was type A and driven and that is just how God wired me!) But now? I look back and thank Him - on my face THANK HIM - for the fact that the BEST things in life have come in the broken beauty of motherhood, that my marriage is richer for it, my heart has certainly grown in it's capacity to love, and I understand the love of God more now than I ever have. These sisters are my daughters. I sometimes still can't believe it's true. #millyandlyndon #millyraytoday #lyndonraytoday

I called my sister in tears. The simple frustration of keeping my kids clothes organized left me labeling myself a "bad mom." Silly, I know, but it was one of those days. Clothes were exploding out of their drawers and closet, half of them didn't fit any more, and it was too much for me as a nursing-around-the-clock mama and business owner. When the heck would I find time to dedicate to their closet? And I have to do it every 2 months because, guess what? BABIES GROW!!! Fast!!⠀
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She said, "Keeping your kids clothes organized has nothing to do with whether or not you are a bad mom. NOTHING." And then I cried some more. So if you need to hear those words today, listen close:⠀

Keeping your house organized has nothing to do with you being a bad mom.⠀
Feeding your kid goldfish has nothing to do with you being a bad mom.⠀
Throwing a pinterest birthday party has nothing to do with whether or not you are a bad mom.
Your heart, your love, your guidance: that makes you a GOOD mom.
Then my sweet sister @hopefilledhome texted me back an almost-novel of how she keeps her 5 kids clothes organized that she learned in the trenches of motherhood. So while I needed to hear it didn't make me a bad mom, I also needed to hear how the heck to actually keep their clothes organized!⠀
Today I share that, and all the other tips of my kids organization, on the blog today in the very last post of the #howwedoitseries ! Link in profile! #millyraytoday #lyndonraytoday #millyandlyndon

This little girl is just a DELIGHT! 6 months and a little cherub. I adore her squeals and belly laughs and her sweet eyes and puffy hair. My little peach 🍑 #lyndonmonthbymonth #lyndonraytoday #winstonthedane

Overwhelmed with gratitude today. Merriest Christmas from our little family to yours! #rayfamigram #millyraytoday #lyndonraytoday

4 months with this one. 💕 She loves to talk loudly to her sister and sleep and giggle. Her smile is so bright and full of life, it’s straight from heaven. #lyndonraytoday #lyndonmonthbymonth #winstonthedane

Sometimes you get a visitor at lunchtime when you’re practicing your Trumpet who smiles the whole time you play #teamwillix #trumpet #lyndonraytoday

3 months with this sweet girl. She loves to talk and her cheeks won’t stop for nothin. 😍 #lyndonmonthbymonth #lyndonraytoday

Because when will I ever get the chance to dress up as matching unicorns with my girls again?! 🦄✨ #millyandmama #millyraytoday #lyndonandmama #lyndonraytoday #millyandlyndon

Milly had a royal meltdown, the dogs were crazy, I snuck away to feed Lyndon in the new Suriano truck in the middle of everything, Dozer chased off some deer, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Doing work and life with these friends is the good stuff. So, so thankful. #nrpteam #millyraytoday #lyndonraytoday

"Live love.
Let love invade you.
It will never fail to teach you what you must do."
- Carlos Carletto
#millyandmama #lyndonandmama #millyandlyndon #millyraytoday #lyndonraytoday 📷: @elizabethtate_

We may or may not have been in our jammies all day long, and I don't hate it. Sabbath today before a wedding tomorrow - soaking in these snuggles with my girlies. 💕 #lyndonraytoday

Mid day baths are my favorite. 🛀🏼 (So are receding hairlines 😂) #lyndonraytoday

I have always, always been afraid of natural childbirth. My whole life. And even though I delivered Milly naturally, I was more afraid the second time - I think because I knew what it felt like. Yet once again I felt the Lord calling me to it - not because He's mean but because He wanted me to be free of fear. And let me tell you - He set me free. Her birth story was so very redemptive for me!

I get pretty personal on my blog today as I share part 1 of my sweet Lyndon's birth story. Part two (and her dramatic entrance into the work) is coming tomorrow! Link in profile. 💕 #millyraytoday #lyndonraytoday 📷: @elizabethtate_

2 months! She has the prettiest smile and the most gentle, "knowing" eyes. Loving every moment with this little lady. #lyndonraytoday #lyndonmonthbymonth #winstonthedane

After two amazing weddings two weekends in a row, you better believe I'll spend today in my jammies snuggling these two precious girls, napping myself if I'm lucky enough to get them sleeping at the same time, watching episodes of Friends and doing something simple for dinner. Maternity leave is the sweetest, and goodness am I grateful for the #nrpteam who allows me to rest and be with my family without a worry in the world. #millyraytoday #lyndonraytoday #millyandlyndon

This little beauty is quickly becoming my best little buddy. Someone once told me to "be a student of your children," and I'm learning how she's very similar yet very different from her sister. It's a big weekend for her - her first road trip and nights away from home! We shall see how good of a road warrior she is 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻! Goodness I love that little face. 😍 #lyndonraytoday

And so it begins! One month 😍 #lyndonmonthbymonth #lyndonraytoday #winstonthedane

Loved celebrating the newest member of the Ray fam!! Sweet Lyndon! #78DaysOld #SweetMiaJames #DearMiaJames #MiaJamesToday #LyndonRayToday

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