Hi, I’m Angie! I am the modified mommy, and this is my blog. Together, you and I will explore marriage, parenting, budgets, fitness, and homemaking. Life has taught me that things don’t always turn out the way you thought they would. Sometimes life throws you curveballs, and you have to learn to roll with it. But through it all, the most important lesson I’ve learned is that God’s plan is better than mine. Every day is a blessing, and I’m learning to adapt and find joy in every part of life!
Before I got married, I pictured my future life as a stay-at-home mom, completely relying on my husband’s income to support our family. I would happily follow a color-coded cleaning schedule, joyfully prepare home-cooked meals every night, and have a steaming hot love life to boot. I was going to submit to my husband’s authority without question, lead a couple’s Bible Study with my leadership-gifted hubby, and DIY the heck out of every part of my life. I told myself I would read lots of books, wake up early every day, and produce obedient, genius children who would never dream of throwing a fit at the grocery store. *I’ll pause here so you can get a good laugh in.*
Boy, has my life been flipped upside down. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve learned that it’s okay not to fit into some stereotypical mold. It’s freeing when you stop trying to be somebody else. And I’ve learned a secret that I’ll let you in on…NOBODY fits that mold. I’m not even sure who that “somebody” was that I was trying to be. But I have a feeling we all have tried to be a certain “somebody” at one time or another. God has beautifully created each one of us uniquely, and the diversity is extraordinary. It’s beautiful. So let’s celebrate it!
Does that mean I don’t clean, cook, or work hard in my family life? Of course not!! But I modify. I am learning about my unique gifts from God, and modifying my original expectations to fit my natural leanings, desires, and callings from Him. Over and over throughout different areas of my life, I hear my fitness instructor (and friend), Jessica, in my head: “You can modify, but you can’t quit!!!!”
For example, I always dreamed of the day I would send my kids off to the private school I attended, and then felt the calling to homeschool. WHAT?! I don’t like crafting or routines, and I’m terrible at follow-through. “You can modify, but you can’t quit!!!”
Or when my third child was born and surprised us all by having one normal leg & one extremely short leg with a tiny two-toed foot. We wondered if and how he could ever walk, run, and do the physical things our other kids enjoyed so much. He has taught us over and over, “You can modify, but you can’t quit!!!”
So, here we are. Adjusting when we need to, but not giving up. There is so much freedom in this, and I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned as I’ve “broken the rules” over and over again!
Need to provide budget-friendly and healthy meals for your family, but hate to cook? …Modify; don’t quit.
Love fresh food and flowers, but have a brown thumb? …Modify; don’t quit.
Have early-rising kids, but function better as a night owl yourself? …Modify; don’t give up!
God bless you, and I appreciate you following along through this journey! I hope you will be blessed beyond measure!