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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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ (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 πŸ™‚
  • 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 πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

So that is kind of what inspired this post…

letter to single friendsphoto credit

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 πŸ˜‰
  • Most of all, live your life to the fullest, with no regrets (yes that’s something you will be working on your entire life πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

And here are a few of my current blessings…

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T.I.M.E.

I have only just one minute,
Only sixty seconds in it.
 
Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it.
But its up to me to use it.
 
I must suffer if i lose it.
Give account if i abuse it.
 
Just a tiny little minute,
But eternity is in it.
~Anonymous
 

How much time do you really have?

Normally we can find time for most things that we ‘want’ to do, but when it comes to the important things and the things that really matter in God’s eyes, do you have time?

 
TIME
 
 

I’ve been reading the book Am I Messing Up My Kids?: …and Other Questions Every Mom Asks recently and talk about being challenged! Its a great book and offers so much encouragement for  me (and you) 

Heres a little bit from the book:

You may have developed bad habits of dismissing or disregarding your kids. You may have fallen victim to the worlds attitude of children being a nuisance. May I challenge you today to see your child from God’s perspective? I guarantee you will be blessed if you do!

My challenge this week is to spend time to really be there for Shania. Not just talk to her as I’m working, but stop and get down on her level and let her know that I am here for her and she is more important then any project I am currently working on.

What are your challenges this week?

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This is All I Have to Give

Have you ever had those days when you felt like you had nothing more to give?

 Yesterday was one of those days for me. I felt like I was running non stop and nothing was getting done! I would try to complete this task only to walk by another task that I had mentally stored in my head ‘needs to be done today’ and then you know what happens, you decide to do that so you don’t forget it again and the next thing you know you have a whole lot of unfinished projects and its dinner time, and you forgot to thaw the veggies for dinner! Well that was me.

I tend to have a mental list of things I want to get done in a day and if I start forgetting them it frustrates me. But I have to remember God knew what He was doing when he made short term memory at the latter part of a pregnancy, as annoying as it is now I will appreciate it in a few months! 

This morning I decided to spend some time reading and spending time with God instead of rushing off to get everything done first thing. I already feel better about my day!

Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. 

 All day long I put my hope in youPsalms 25:4-5

Thank you Lord for showing me the right path if I take the time to ask you!

everything happens for a reason

 

Here’s something I am working on remembering this week; 

Becoming frustrated and mad will completely drain me and make me feel defeated. Turning my circumstances over to God will right my heart, change the way I look at the situation, and help me recognize glimpses of God in the midst of my broken efforts. ~Lysa Terkeurst – Am I Messing Up My Kids

In fact I just made a printable and am hanging it in my kitchen as a reminder throughout the day. Click on the link below if  you would like the printable version for yourself as well!

Becoming Frustrated Printable

 

Motherhood

Blessings as you face the daily challenges. Remember, with God, you are never a bad Mom!

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What If?

Have you ever wondered What If?

What if

What if:

  • you woke up each morning and thanked God that you are alive?
  • were thankful for the ‘freezing cold’ winter and the ‘blistering hot’ summer?
  • you quit listening to the lies that say you aren’t worth anything? 
  • you actually believed that you are beautiful?
  • you lived each day as if it was your last day?
  • you treated others like you wanted to be treated?
  • you looked at people through the eyes of God instead of what you can see with your eyes?
  • you loved more?
  • you judged less?
  • you did a random act of kindness to a stranger?
  • you quit worrying so much and trusted God more?
  • God gave us what we deserve?
  • you woke up today with what you thanked God for yesterday?

Thanked God

Just some thoughts worth pondering! 

It kinda has a way of putting things in perspective doesn’t it?

5 Ways to Prepare for Flu Season

Since we live in an old house that has many issues with insulation I have been dealing with having a sick baby way more then I like. She isn’t ‘sick sick’ but just enough that we seem to be dealing with sniffles, sore throats, and coughs quite frequently.

So here are a “5 Ways to Prepare for Flu Season” that I have been gathering that I am wanting to use to help fight off that flu bugs and make them want to stay far away from this Mama πŸ™‚ 

5 ways to prepare for flu season

  1. Build up their immune system… Vitamin C, calcium, fruits, veggies… 
  2. Keep medicines and tissues in abundance… I prefer the most natural way possible and recently learned of an essential oil that is 100% natural (no fillers whatsoever) that is supposed to be great at fighting off flu’s and preventing them so its been ordered and is on the way to my place at the moment. I will let you know how I like it once I have tried it. Its called doTerra OnGuard Essential Oil . ** 
  3. Keep them warm… Since our floor is always cold its mandatory to wear socks. I even found these cool little Skidproof Shoes at Big Lots that help keep her from sliding around on the slippery flooring we have and help keep her feet warm at the same time! I of course found some that were alot more girlish but this was the only picture they had on their website..    sneakers
  4. Stay caught up on sleep as much as possible… If we have a rough night I will often just sit down and hold her for a while until she goes back to sleep. Its alot easier to do that if I am not already way behind in sleep. When they take a nap during the day, drop everything and join them! It will make the world of a difference.
  5. Remember they are only young once… Take the time to cherish each moment, one day you will look back and miss those cuddles, snotty noses, sound of them saying Mommy, kisses, hugs etc etc.

**I am leary of alot of Essential Oils because of what all they put in them and for many other reasons but since this one was 100% natural we felt comfortable giving it a try.

What are some ways you get thru all the winter bugs? I would like more ideas πŸ™‚ 

What Christmas is Really About

Yes I may be a little behind times but last Christmas is the first time I ever saw this video clip and I loved it!

Why is it that at Christmas time everyone decides to lay their ‘grudges’ against other people down for a day and have a good time as a family, friend, etc and then the day after Christmas we pick up that ‘grudge’ and go right back to living how we were?

This year I wanna try to:

  • remember the real reason for Christmas, that is Jesus coming to earth and being born as a baby.
  • love a little more
  • lay aside grudges, hurts, control, and fear of being hurt again and forgive them completely, choosing to not pick them up again
  • enjoy every moment I have with my loved ones, there are so many hurting and wishing they had one more day
  • make memories

What are some things that you want to do this Christmas to make this a better Christmas and end the year on a better note then it started?

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