Let it Go

One major part of my quest this year is to simplify my life. This means de-cluttering my home (even more) organizing what is important and not stressing over the little things. I feel in doing this it will allow me more free time to focus on perusing the desires God has placed on my heart.

This week I got started on my home. Material possessions really hold little value to me so getting rid of things via trash, donating and selling what I can is not difficult. Clutter is something that drives me absolutely bonkers!!! So a good purge through my home is almost therapeutic. I think of how much precious time I waste cleaning, and I don’t mean wipe down a counter, sweep the dirt under the rug cleaning. I talking full on OCD everyday all day long cant relax if my house isn’t perfect cleaning! Its freaking exhausting and such a waste of my time here on earth. I even purged my closet and my boot collection….It got that seriouse!

” Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the bird of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

-Mathew 6:25-27

The next area organization. After going through and purging my home of what is not needed or deemed a necessity this next task has proven to be quite easy. Less stuff; less to keep organized. See it’s that simple 🙂

Now it’s time to stop focusing and stressing over the little things. We tend to complicate every single aspect of life. One big realization hit when Kreed was born. I very quickly learned that no baby is alike. Rylee slept AMAZING from like 4 months old till present time. She almost never fought naps and slept through the night only waking maybe once to look for her nuk. Then came my wonderful Kreed….no joke I think the kids allergic to sleep. I started reading article after article about sleep training, researching techniques, spent hundreds of dollars on chiropractor treatments. You name it, I’ve tried it. But guess what none of them worked. Then that still small voice spoke to me. Hmmmm, could the reason he’s not sleeping well be because he’s a baby and that’s just what some babies do?….YUP! So I just let it go and kept reminding myself that this will not last forever. If he fell asleep on me I let him sleep on me, if he was having an extra rough night and slept better with me in my bed, you bet I let him sleep in my bed. And wouldn’t you know it, this past week he has slept in his own crib all night only waking once to eat. Once again so much precious time was wasted and so much stress I caused myself worrying about something my baby took care of on his own.

” Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

-Philippians 4:6

Most importantly as I go along in this journey I’m thanking God for everything! I mean everything! I get all the groceries put away (one of my least favorite tasks to do) you bet I’m thanking God for that fridge full of food. Rylee comes home with a good report from school. I’m thanking God for granting her with the patients to sit still. Kreed sleeps good at night, praise Jesus! Kreed poops his pants after being constipated for two days, HALLELUJAH!! At this point in Kreeds life he’s probably wondering who this guy is that makes him sleep and poop! 🙂

I strongly feel that in doing these things I will be able to focuse more on what God wants of me and more able to enjoy what truley matters in my life. I will be able to laugh more, travel more freely, enjoy more time with my kids and just overall truly live more.

God Bless

-Ashley unnamed

By Ashley Voss

Hello and Welcome to my page! My name is Ashley, I am a stay at home mom of two beautiful littles Rylee and Kreed. My husband and I started Our Love Story all the way back in the 4th grade. It was a messy ride at times until about 3 years ago. After going through troubled waters we decided to rebuild our entire life on the foundation of Christ. Since then we have been created a beautiful life together. We enjoy working on our little farm house, traveling and camping with our kids and coming up with unique ways to keep on dating all these years later. We have built this life by simply accepting God's grace. I can't wait to share our story with you.

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