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 🙂
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!
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,
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 🙂
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?
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.
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 you. Psalms 25:4-5
Thank you Lord for showing me the right path if I take the time to ask you!
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!
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 🙂
Build up their immune system… Vitamin C, calcium, fruits, veggies…
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 . **
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..
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.
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 🙂
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
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?