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 πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚ 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.

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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 πŸ™‚

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?!? πŸ™‚

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? πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚         (Hello)

Eating cake

Enjoying the cake πŸ™‚

 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 πŸ™‚ Books and Kitties, who wouldn’t be happy πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚  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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ˜‰

Dustin announcement

Petting Zoo

We have been wanting to take Shania to a Zoo this summer and we kept pushing it off until finally we decided to take the chance on the way home from Missouri a few weeks ago. We had planned to stop in at Grant’s Farm in St Louis but when we got there they had 45 min to 1 hr wait (in the sun) and this pregnant lady was not in the mood for that πŸ™ so we decided to just head on home and try later. Once we left there we checked out google πŸ˜‰ and found Lazy L Safari Park in Cape Girardeau and it was really close to the interstate anyway so we decided to stop in and check it out. They don’t have alot of animals but it was enough to satisfy Shania and give us a little break from traveling!

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(3) editedThe Camels were kinda ugly! It looked like they were in the middle of shedding πŸ™

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 Watching all the deer…

(6) editedMany different kinds of goats. Riding on Daddys shoulders was of course the best view!

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They were having quite the time of it!

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So many beautiful birds! 

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 They even had a few Zebras!

 

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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