Being a Mom is teaching me…

These are the days I want to store in my memory box so I never forget them. Yes they are hectic and overwhelming at times, but I keep reminding myself that all too soon they will be over and I will look back and wish I had enjoyed them a little more. So although my blog is suffering currently (I think of many things that I could write about but finding the time to do it is a different story) I am just here making memories and spending alot of time playing on the floor :)

being a mom is teaching me

Recently I have been thinking about all the things ‘Being a Mom has been teaching me…’ I had a lot of preconceived ideas and big words before having kids, and I still have high ideals about how I want my kids to grow up but sometimes its the little things that are hard to swallow and say, okay that really isn’t gonna matter in 10 years. It hasn’t always been easy but every day we keep learning :) (that’s the important part right?)

  • your kids actually do survive without a bath every evening (shocker right :p )
  • a toy strewn living room is not actually a dirty house
  • dirty dishes on the counter overnight is not gonna kill anyone (Okay I am still trying to learn this one… I HATE coming out to the kitchen in the morning with a counter full of dirty dishes) Just ask Owen :p
  • there isn’t a specific laundry day, you do laundry (1) when the drawers are empty of clean clothes, (2) when its sunny, or (3) when there is a dirty outfit that you really wanted to wear… and many times you only do 1-2 loads per day and feel like you are doing laundry all week :)
  • you discover that your whole house does not HAVE to be cleaned every week, or even all in one day (yes I hate cleaning and I’m sure there’s people that don’t agree with this one :) That’s okay, I’m figuring out what works for our family) When the cleaning mood strikes I attack it viciously and we may have a clean bathroom on Monday, and a clean kitchen on Thursday. :)

Those are only a few of the many things I have been learning… What are things that you have learned since having kids? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

 

A Letter to my Single Friends…

Have you ever come to the place in your life when you look back and really wish you had enjoyed ‘that’ time in your life a little more?

I have! and although I love where God has me at in life right now, it is still at times tempting to wish the kids would grow just a little faster, be at the next stage in life, be able to do just a little more on their own… and the list goes on.

But I have also learned from past experience that I will never have this chance again and if I don’t enjoy it now I will never have this opportunity again! So I am focusing on

  • enjoying the moments,
  • making memories,
  • taking time for the little things,
  • having a little more patience,
  • speaking a little kinder,
  • and knowing that if they don’t learn everything I am trying to teach them ‘right now’ that they will still be just fine :)

So that is kind of what inspired this post…

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Here are a few things that I wish someone would have told me back when I was still single…

  • Make God your #1 priority
  • Travel (especially missionary related excursions)
  • Help out a busy mom
  • Save your money (check out Dave Ramsey here)
  • Invest it too
  • Help out at local ministries
  • Enjoy the carefree days
  • Never drop your life to chase after ‘him’, let him pursue you ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Most of all, live your life to the fullest, with no regrets (yes that’s something you will be working on your entire life :)

With all that being said, yes I am happily married! And no I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

Marriage is work tho, and it will come to you at the exact time God has it planned for your life, so pining for it won’t bring it any sooner, so go enjoy each day you are given :)

And here are a few of my current blessings…

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The Winner is…

Its been about 2 weeks ago now since I had a giveaway for the book, Set-Apart Motherhood and today I am excited to announce that the winner is…..

Rebecca LaFave! :)

Please contact me via email or facebook with your mailing address Rebecca :) I pray that this book inspires and encourages you in your role in life!

If you didn’t win and still want a copy just click the link above and place your order :)

 

Baked Chicken Stir Fry THM E

I am finally back with another recipe! This recipe was slightly adapted from a stir fry recipe my mom made for us while we were growing up. I  loved it back then and now its one of my ‘go to’ recipes because its so simple and is a complete ‘E’ meal (if you’re following Trim Healthy Mama) in a short time!

Baked Chicken Stirfry THM E

 

Here’s the recipe:

 

Baked Chicken Stir Fry THM E
A delicious THM stye "E" meal.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 4 chicken breasts
  2. 1 c greek yogurt (or 1/2 c greek yogurt and 1/2 c reduced fat mayo)
  3. 1 tsp garlic powder
  4. 1 Tbsp liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
  5. 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  6. 1 pkg mixed vegetables (Sams Club has some great combinations)
  7. brown rice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Layer chicken in greased 9x13 baking dish.
  3. Mix greek yogurt, garlic powder, liquid aminos and ginger together and spread evenly over chicken.
  4. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
  5. Layer the vegetables on top and bake another 30 minutes.
  6. Serve over rice.
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 Hope you enjoy it!

Be sure to check out my Giveaway that is still open for a few days right here.

Set Apart Motherhood *Giveaway*

Have you ever read a book that was so refreshing and encouraging that you just wanted everyone to read it? I admit it has to be a pretty good book for me to get through the whole book without burning out and forgetting I was reading it. But this particular book I was sad to see that I was on the last page!
In the culture we are living in today children are looked at as a bother or a distraction. Recently I have been challenged that “Motherhood is a calling, not a job!”

Don't underestimate the importance of this time in your life. Some days it's just plain hard and you can't wait for tomorrow - these are the moments to remember that the quality of our tomorrow depends on our willingness to be present today.

I am asking God to remind me about that all the time. After all we are only given a short season with these precious souls and then they will grow up and be on their own.

What am I doing now to impact their lives and equip them to be ready to stand up and be strong warriors in God’s kingdom?

 Do I just pray and ask God to help me with the ‘big’ things that I am faced with? I was really challenged in the book ‘Set-Apart Motherhood‘ that we should be praying and asking God to help with us the littlest things, potty training, home schooling, etc… He does care about them and it is amazing to see him work when we just take the time to ask him for help!

I was trying for a while to get Shania interested in learning her numbers and colors and her attention span was about a minute and she would be done and didn’t want anything to do with it anymore, so I decided I am going to start praying about it everyday and ask God to help her take an interest in colors and numbers and helping me teach it in a way that it makes sense to her and she can understand it.
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In less then a week she was taking an interest in it and would bring me a handful of colors asking me what color they are, and now she is counting to 4 by herself. Talk about an excited Mom :) Prayer works!

The game shown above was a Pinterest idea! I decided to find and print out flashcards with numbers on them for her. I printed out 2 sets and we play Memory with them! :) Here is a link if you want to print them out as well.

So lets get to the point! Today I am GIVING AWAY a copy of Leslie Ludy’s book, “Set Apart Motherhood”

Here is a link to some of the reviews people have left about the book.

To enter this great giveaway simply follow the steps below.

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My Big Girl is Two

Ahh finally,  yes I am finally posting pictures of her birthday party! Almost 4 months behind I know, but better late then never :)

We had a birthday party planned for her the evening of her birthday, but as you know her little brother decided it was time to be born that very evening so we had to postpone the party for a few days! What’s better then getting a brother for your birthday gift anyway?!? :)

It was just too hard to pick photos to post so I finally settled on the ones below, there’s a bunch so hopefully you won’t get bored!

 

Its still kind of hard to believe we already have a 2 year old!

We always like to give her the birthday gifts from us before everyone else shows up at the party because then there’s soo many gifts and we don’t really have the satisfaction of seeing her reaction to what we picked out for her! We gave them to her the morning of her birthday, so technically she did have a ‘little’ party on her special day.

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Her huge doll from Mommy and Daddy! Its bigger then a newborn but very lightweight! This was an awesome deal at a Kids Consignment Sale for $3 and there was just no way I could pass it up even tho she really didn’t ‘need’ another doll!! But seriously, can a little girl have too many dolls? ๐Ÿ˜‰ She was thrilled!

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Writing and drawing are some of her favorite pastimes, the one side is a chalk board and the other side is a dry erase board. She has spent countless hours playing with it.

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And… Her pink Camo recliner :) Daddy picked it out for her and it has been well used! 

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“I can sit on my chair and write on the white board all at the same time”

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This is her adorable Princess Cake decorated by Aunt Julia! We were soo pleased with how it turned out.

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 All dressed up and ready for the party.

Kitten blanket collage

I didn’t take the time to post pictures of all the gifts she got, there were a bunch! But the expressions we captured when she saw her kitty blanket were just too good to resist! Kittens are her favorite animal and she was beside herself with joy when she saw the blanket! She had to run over and kiss it :)

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 This is probably been her most played with birthday gift! From her cousin Amy, it says some Spanish words and recently she walks around saying, Ola, Ola :)         (Hello)

Eating cake

Enjoying the cake :)

 photoshoot looking at books

Julia got to have a photo shoot with her on her birthday and she cooperates so much better for pictures if she’s alone with Julia. I was so happy with the results :) Books and Kitties, who wouldn’t be happy :)

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Ahh yes, melt my heart! That adorable lil girly I get to call my own! She is such a burst of energy (and emotions) but I truly cannot imagine life without her! Thank you Jesus for allowing us the privilege of caring for one of your sweet children.

New Life

It’s been quite a while since I have been on here… I would apologize but there is really no reason to because sometimes life happens and we have to chose the important things and leave the rest.

I was pregnant for what seemed like a very long time in my mind. This pregnancy was a little harder then the first one and it seemed like I never felt completely good the whole time. But finally 8 days past my due date we had an adorable baby boy! And he was born on his sisters 2nd birthday! What a nice birthday gift :)  He was quite big and chubby and we all fell in love with him.

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Shania spent the night with Uncle Dan and Aunt Julia and got to come the next morning and meet her little baby brother! She was so excited when she saw him but wasn’t quite sure how to process it all. She quickly became very protective of him tho.

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Helping him have his first bath…

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Helping mommy burp him…

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He had pretty bad Jaundice for a few days so we put him under these lights to help get it corrected, she wanted to be like the baby too :)

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Just chilling with Daddy…

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My mom got to spend a week here with us and we all really enjoyed it! Shania loved getting to know her better too!

nwbrn (62) editedIn case I have been boring you with all my awesome pictures, here is a final collage of my sweet little prince!

PicMonkey CollageOh but wait, there’s one more, I’m sure you wanted to see his birth announcement yet ๐Ÿ˜‰

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