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#Thoughtful Thursday Week 6: Faith




  1. complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
  2. strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.


The past few weeks have been pretty emotionally tiring here at the Math Lovin’ household. Life has given us a whole bag of lemons and some days it’s been hard to find the sugar to make the lemonade.

I’ve been trying to keep the faith. Faith in myself to be able to do what needs to be done no matter where this crazy life takes us. Faith in God, I know he has a plan but I’d really like a preview to the next steps. Faith that everything happens for a reason, even if I have no earthly idea what that reason could be.

Because, you gotta have faith… (Cue George Michael)


Our first quote, from J.R.R. Tolkein:

#ThoughtfulThursday Week 6: Faith (Tolkein)

I like this quote because I think it’s a simple reminder that keeping your faith is hardest during life’s challenges. If life was always a walk in the park it would be easy to forget about all of the things I have for which to be thankful.

Our second quote this week is from Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel:

#ThoughtfulThursday Week 6: Faith - Elie Wiesel

This particular quote hits home mostly because of who said it. If a Holocaust survivor can live his life with a faith that strong there isn’t much that could possibly happen in my life that could ever compare to what he experienced. I also like this quote because it reminds me that it’s okay to be angry and frustrated with the hand I’ve been dealt, but I have to use those feelings to strengthen my faith.

Our last quote this week is from Martin Luther King Jr.:

#ThoughtfulThursday Week 6: Faith - Martin Luther King Jr.

This quote is my motivation to make the first step toward whatever may come next even though I have no idea where or what the next step might be. Life goes on, things don’t slow down, and your responsibilities don’t disappear when things don’t go the way you planned.

When life hands you lemons you just have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move on.


You gotta have faith!


#ThoughtfulThursday Week 5: Mothers

I’m sure you all know that Mother’s Day will soon be upon us once more. This year my Mother’s Day will be different than it has been in the past because now I’m also a mother.

I’m celebrating being a mother. I’m celebrating all the wonderful things my mother has done for me and my family. I’m celebrating the way my mother-in-law raised my husband, because without him I don’t think I would be the kind of mother that I am. I’m celebrating having two loving grandmothers who were around to help instill their values in me and that they are still here to love on my little girl.

Today we celebrate mothers.

I decided to share some quotes about mothers a little before Mother’s Day so that all you crafty, Pinteresting people out there that might want a nice quote for a project still have plenty of time before the big day is here!

So, without further ado…

Mother - Agatha ChristieI love this quote.

There really is nothing like the love of a mother for her children. I can attest to this sentiment, there is truly nothing I would not do for my daughter.

She is my motivation.

Mother - Tina FeyTruer words were never spoken.

Never in my life have I been as happy as I have been the last 18 months of my life. (Through pregnancy and now 9 months with our Dragonling. ) However, I cannot remember a time I was this tired…

Seriously, not even in college.

Mother -Gyllenhaal Being a mom is hard.

It’s the hardest job I’ve ever had.

Why are there so many mothers criticizing other mothers? Why aren’t we more supportive of other women in the same shoes as we? What do we think we’re going to accomplish by putting down someone else who probably just needs a little support?

Next time you see a mother out with her kids and struggling in some way be supportive. Tell her she’s doing a good job.

Don’t tell her how you would handle it if they were your kids.
Don’t tell her what she should be doing differently.
Don’t make a stressful situation more stressful.

Just let her know that you believe in her.

Mother - WildeI couldn’t have said it better myself.

mathlovinmama-1Motherhood is the great equalizer.

It doesn’t matter where a child is from, what they’ve been through in their life, or if you agree with the lifestyle they’ve been raised with… When a child is hurting, every mother hurts. When a child is in need, every mother wants to fulfill that need. When a child is in danger, every mother wants to bring them to safety.

Mothers are one of the most precious commodities our world has to offer. We should appreciate them more often.


This week I found my quotes using the Mother’s Day quote finder from ProFlowers. The quote finder features 80 quotes from famous people about mothers. It was really hard to pick the best ones, and obviously I couldn’t put all 80 in this post so you should definitely go check it out for yourself! It might just have the perfect line for inside your Mother’s Day card. (And send Mom some flowers while you’re there. 😉 )

Quote artwork courtesy of ProFlowers.


What are you celebrating this Mother’s Day? I’d love to hear some of your favorite memories of you mothers!








#Thoughtful Thursday Week 4: Optimism

Optimism – /ˈäptəˌmizəm/


  1. Hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something.
  2. PHILOSOPHY: The doctrine, especially as set forth by Leibniz, that this world is the best of all possible worlds.

It has been a stressful few days here at the Math Lovin’ household, so this week’s theme is going to be optimism.

For some people optimism comes easily and for others it’s a struggle to move past the reality of a tough situation to see the positive. Personally, I can fall into either group depending on the day. I consider myself a realist, erring on the side of optimistic but this week it has been hard to stay to that side of the spectrum. I definitely needed some inspiration to get me through the week.

Here are a couple quotes that have kept me going this week:

We must return optimism to our parenting

Dragonling has had a rough week. She’s been having tummy issues as well as teething.
I keep thinking one morning she will just wake up with a full set of teeth ready for some steak. Seriously… any day now would be great.

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism

I think the first sentence of this one is what got me. I can be hopeful without being optimistic, and I can have optimism without hope. I prefer to be hopeful as well as optimistic, but I think it’s important to realize that one can exist without the other.

I think that about wraps up this week. Be sure to join me again next week for a special Mother’s Day edition of #ThoughtfulThursday. (Yes I know it’s not Mother’s Day yet, but maybe some of you Pinterest savvy folks needs a cute quote for project!?)


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#ThoughtfulThursday: Week 3 – Family

I chose family for our topic this week for a couple reasons.

First, for me, family is the most important part of my life, aside from my faith. Family is one of the first things we have an understanding of as children. We grow up in a small, safe unit that helps to shape who we become. Every bit of who I am comes from the way I grew up within that family unit.

And second, the last two weeks my family has been in need of extra Momma time. Dragonling has been sick and is teething, and Papa Dragon was sick and is still recovering. That meant everything else got pushed off until things could get back to normal, and I wouldn’t change a thing. (Except maybe the being sick part.)

So, without further ado: Family.

Family – /ˈfam(ə)lē/

  • noun
    1. A group of parents and children living together in a household.
    2. A group of people related to each other by blood or marriage.
    3. All the descendents of a common ancestor
    4. A group of objects united by a significant shared characteristic.
    5. A group of people united in criminal activity.
    6. In Biology, a principal taxonomic category that ranks above genus and below order, usually ending in -idae or -aceae.
    7. In Mathematics, a group of curves or surfaces obtained by varying the value of a constant in the equation generating them.
  • adjective
    1. Designed to be suitable for children as well as adults.


09 You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them

Everyone has heard the expression, ‘You can’t choose your family.’ Sometimes we use it as a way to brush off the things about our family we don’t particularly like, but I think it should be used more as a way to be thankful for what we’ve been given.

Have you ever thought about what would be different if you got to choose your family?  Sure there are traits in members of our family we may not like, but think about what other things would change if you could fix those traits. Would the change you want cause another behavior or attitude to change? Could you ever engineer the perfect family?

Probably not.  Even if you did you’d never know it because eventually you’d find something you’d want to improve upon. It’s human nature.


10 In every conceivable manner, the family is a link to our past, bridge to our future.

 I think this one is pretty cut and dry. If you look at your life the only people who are there for all of it, are family. Doesn’t matter if it’s a family you were born into, or one that developed through you life in another way; family is always there.


#ThoughtfulThursday: Week 2 – Peace.

Welcome back to another installment of #ThoughtfulThursday.

Today’s topic of thought: Peace.

Peace – /pēs/

  • noun
    1. freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility
    2. freedom from or the cessation of war or violence
    3. a ceremonial handshake or kiss exchanged during a service in some churches, symbolizing Christian love and unity
  • exclamation
    1. used as a greeting
    2. used as an order to remain silent



When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will have peace.


I think this one deserves a little extra thought. If we look at all the big problems in the world, a lot of them come down to choosing something else over love and compassion. This world could use a little more love.


You can't claim you're for peace if you're not willing to disturb it


I like this one because it seems a little counter-intuitive at first, but if you dig a little deeper you realize how true it is. Societal status quo is not for peace, so in order to achieve peace the status quo needs to change. Disturbing the peace to achieve peace… Imagine.



Don't let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace


This one kind of makes me think of the popular phrase, “Not my circus, not my monkeys.” Self explanatory, in my opinion.


Peace cannot be attained by force; it can only be achieved by understanding

The idea that peace can be forced upon any one is absurd. Making war to get peace has been going on for hundreds of years, it hasn’t worked yet. Why do we keep trying?   If people could take a little bit longer to try to understand each others lifestyles, cultures, and points of view  we would be a lot closer to achieving the mythical “world peace”.

Thoughtful Thursday: Week 1 – Welcome

Funny, insightful, and inspirational quotes have always been an interest of mine. I have note cards, post-its, and journal pads with these quotations scrawled across them all over my office.  I have since high school, when I started writing a quote in my assignment planner each week.

In an effort to share my favorites with you (and clear out some clutter) I have officially decided to make Thoughtful Thursday a weekly thing. I hope you enjoy these quotes and take time to share a few with your friends and family.

Without further ado:

Live like there is no tomorrow, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like nobody is watching.

Okay, so this one might be a little bit cliche but I think the sentiment is valid. Basically, it’s carpe diem with a few more words.


Hope is a waking dream. - Aristotle

Little known fact, I actually minored in philosophy so I have a lot of random quotes from philosophers floating around. I particularly like this one because I believe hope is a concept with which everyone can relate. Every person hopes for something. (Even if they don’t want to admit it.)


Choose rather to be strong of soul than strong of body. -Pythagoras

Everyone knows that strength can be measured in many ways. While it is admirable to have great physical strength, I think it is much more impressive to have strength of soul. Strength of soul is not something you can practice. It has to come from life experiences and personal growth.


Passion makes the world go round. Love just makes it a safe place. -Ice T

I don’t really think this one needs much explanation. Without passion our society would still be living in the stone age. Nothing in the whole world was accomplished without someones hard work and dedication.

This concludes the first installment of Thoughtful Thursday.  I hope you come back next week for more quotes to get you thinking about life, love, and maybe even Star Wars.