What I Learned in April {5/2/14}

Hi y’all! :-)

On Fridays I typically share five highlights from the week, but like last month, I’ll be sharing what I learned this month and linking up with Emily at Chatting at the Sky. So without further ado, here are five things that I learned this month …

ONE. Painting, even cabinets, isn’t that difficult when you do it right the right way. 

Over the last month, we’ve prepped and painted our kitchen cabinets. I had promised myself that I would never do this again, but I’m so glad that I did! When I took the time to set up, prepare the surfaces, and take as much time as needed to do it right, it wasn’t that hard!

Painting Kitchen Cabinets - MrsBomb.com


TWO. I really do love reading, and I miss it when I don’t get to do it. 

We went to the beach for my birthday weekend and I read most of the time. It was wonderful! Over the last month I’ve read A Million Miles in a Thousand Years and How to Win Friends and Influence People. I’m working on a couple more right now that are wonderful and I’ve got a whole stack of books for my birthday that I can’t wait to dig into! I keep a list of books that I’ve read this year here and the ones that are on my reading list here.

THREE. Traveling for work isn’t really that glamorous. 

I had to travel for work this week and while I enjoyed eating out and staying in hotels, the rest of it wasn’t really that glamorous. Our flight home on Wednesday afternoon was cancelled so we had a 6am flight home on Thursday instead, which required a 4:30am alarm. Yuck. The other downside of traveling for work is that Matt doesn’t get to come with me so I don’t get to share the experiences with him… even though I’m sure he feels like he does with the play-by-play I give him when I get home. 😉

FOUR. Sometimes it’s worth grabbing the camera and going back outside. 

A few weeks ago when I was walking Trixie around the neighborhood, I was impressed by a gorgeous tree in our neighborhood. I went back inside, grabbed the camera, and walked back over to the tree. I felt silly at the time, but I’m so glad that I snapped a few pictures of the tree. I hope that I can remember this lesson and that I’ll start doing a better job of documenting through pictures.

Friday - MrsBomb.com

Friday - MrsBomb.com


FIVE. Sometimes it’s best to opt out. 

Matt and I had signed up to do a mud run a couple of weeks ago, but we woke up that morning to rain and a temperature in the 40’s. I hesitated to drop out but in the end we chose to stay warm and dry at home. Matt pointed out to me that I tend to hang onto things that I’ve committed to, even if letting go would be wiser. Like with the mud run – I felt like we should do it simply because we’d signed up; be cold, miserable, and probably get sick simply because we had signed up? That doesn’t make sense. Anyway, I was glad Matt pointed it out to me because I’ve been thinking about whether there are other things I do that would be wiser to give up. Do any of you do this too or am I the only one? 


I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! We’re at the beach for a weekend of sunshine, water, relaxing, and lots of reading. Hooray!


5 Things I Learned in April

I’m linking up with Emily at Chatting at the Sky, with Lauren for High Five for Friday, with Diary of a Real Housewife for Friday Favorites, and with the girls of Five on Friday (DarciAprilChristina, and Natasha)You can see my other Friday posts here.

  • http://www.therandomwritings.com/ Rachel G

    The color of your cabinets is really pretty!

    • Helen Archer

      Thanks, Rachel!

  • Lisa

    I can relate to so much of this list of yours. We had some real novices paint our bedroom…disaster! Another harder project took TIME but came out great for just the reason you mention here. Also…I’m loving the reading I’m doing this year. I’m trying to figure out why I love it so! The pics are a-mazing! I’ve really been benefiting from participating in my own photo-a-day challenge (I talk about it on my “Learned” post over at http://www.mywordstudy.com) and have come to really enjoy photography although I’m not that great at it. But I couldn’t agree more that it sure is a blessing to document some of the beauty of this amazing life God blesses us with. Oh, and by the way…my husbands best advice for letting go of your commitments is the story of Herod giving his word and being unwilling to retract it even though it cost John the Baptist his life. I never thought of it the same ever! I told you I could relate to so much in your list. Blessings to you….

    • Helen Archer

      Hi Lisa! Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a note! 🙂 I’ve never heard that relationship between Herod and the need to sometimes let go of commitments – how interesting! I’m hopping over to your blog, as it sounds like we have a lot of shared “learning”! 🙂