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Welcome to Living My Full Life

Well, I finally did it. I bought a domain for my blog!Ā Allie’s Life is now Living My Full Life.

I’ve been wanting to make my blog a “.com” for years, and I’m glad I finally took the plunge. My old web address (allieksmith) had my maiden name in it, so it was definitely time for a switch since I haven’t been a Smith for almost three years now.

How has it almost been three years since our wedding?!

Aside from the new name, things shouldn’t look too different around here. I plan on keeping my content the same–you know, pretty much whatever randomness pops into my brain and life šŸ˜‰

I absolutely adore having this space to share and connect with friends from around the world. I have been so blessed by the connections I’ve made with others via blogging.

So, where did the new name come from? It came from one of my favorite scriptures.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

Those words were spoken by Jesus toĀ Pharisees as he explained who he was. I was inspired to name my blog Living My Full Life because I want to do just that–live life to the full for Jesus.

I want to do whatever God has for me to do, and liveĀ the live He has given me to the full. My blog should reflect and document that, as I hope it hasĀ since day one!

So, without further ado welcome to Living My Full Life!

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Five Things

Hello! It has been almost a week since I last blogged and I’ve missed this little space.

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This week has been busy with work and pet sitting, but I found a little chunk of time to pop in and share five random tidbits from my life lately!

1. I was thinking yesterday about how listening is a dying art in today’s culture. I know I’m guilty of being a bad listener at times. I’ve caught myself thinking of something I want to say before the person I’m talking to has finished their sentence. Ugh.

Feeling and knowing that I’m heard and understood is important to me. I’ve been making an effort to listen, really listen, to others when they communicate with me. Our culture is full of distractions that pull us away from true, deep connection. When someone talks to me, I want to always give them my full attention.

2. I’ve been enjoying The Language of Flowers lately. It was recommended to me by Amy (and probably ten other people) and I’m wondering why it took me so long to pick up this book. It’s fascinating.

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3. I looked up Youtube videos on how to tie baby wraps so I could bake and hold Malcolm at the same time. I used a big beach towel and it kind of worked. I’m still eyeing up cat strollers on Amazon.

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4. Pet sitting has been randomly busy for me lately. I so enjoy the company of animals. I constantly go back and forth on whether or not I want to pet sit full-time. It’s a tough decision, mostly because the income isn’t always steady. Speaking of pets, I took Lola to the vet on Tuesday because she has an ear infection. Poor girl!

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5. My cousin sent me this picture of her adorable daughter, Macie, the other day. Ten minutes later, my aunt sent me the same picture of Macie.

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I had some suspicions about the reasoning behind the influx of baby pictures, so I texted my mom to discuss.

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Jimmy and my mom are convinced if I ever become pregnant that I’m going to have twins. The thought of twins scares the living daylights out of me. It’s easy for me to thinkĀ I can’t do itĀ when I think about babies in general. The truth is that I can’t, but God will equip me for whatever He has in store for my life. Whether it’s writing a book, passing statistics, raising a family, or something totally different. God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.

Children are something Jimmy and I talk about often. Whether we adopt, foster, or have biological (or all three, or none) is something we pray about diligently. It’s a huge responsibility and privilege to raise a human being. We trust that God will guide us and equip us for whatever His plans are for us šŸ™‚

Tell me a random tidbit from your life lately!