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Being thankful in the mundane.

Being thankful in the mundane has been running through my head these past six weeks.  It’s been a recurring theme during this Proverbs 31 bible study.  Remember that it is He you are serving, He you are glorifying. 

In all the wildness of being a wife and mom it’s hard to feel the joy in washing mounds of laundry, sweeping crumby floors and changing dirty diapers.  I’ve really been trying to make an effort in praising these seemingly monumental tasks set before me each day. 

‘Thank you Lord that I have a house to clean, a roof over my head and a bed to sleep in.  Thank you so much Lord that I have a washer and dryer to clean my clothing when I so choose. Thank you that I send my children to bed with full bellies even though most of it ends up on the floor!

I thank you Lord for the massive amount of toys I pick up each day because the pitter-patter of little feet is something I prayed for relentlessly for months on end.  I will remember I don’t get to pick and choose the best parts of this life I chose.  It comes as a package deal.’

Is there something in your life you are really dreading?  Something that causes a screaming, writhing, fist-pounding fit inside?

Might I suggest looking at the alternative?  It has really aided me in remembering to be thankful for what I do have rather than wallowing in pity. 

Since I am still working on my thankful list I’d love to hear your thankful in the mundane prayers!! 

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Path: A Letter.

To my boys,

It is my ultimate dream in life to watch you grow into loving, spirit-filled, Godly men.  I pray that you choose the best path for you.  I want you to be happy in the life you lead.  I pray your father and I are living a peaceful, meaningful, God-filled example of a life to inspire you.

Years from now I want you to follow your dreams.  While I’ll always look out for what’s best for you, I’ll always feed the dreams that lie in your heart.  You can do anything.  You can be anything!  You are brilliant, charming, loving, special and amazingly unique.  You inspire me every single day to want to be a better mom.

Thank you for being part of my path.  It was a dimly-lit, dirt-filled path until you entered our lives.  Your father and I are so proud of you both and always will be.  We love you and are thrilled to guide you down your path until you find your own.  It’s exciting to know that you will find your own but it will never be too far from ours!  I love you.

Always & forever,

Mom

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Change of scenery.

Change of scenery or change of attitude?

In a very last minute decision we headed with some family to the beach last week. It had been planned for months but with all the recent changes in our lives we weren’t sure it was the right thing to do.  Was now a good time to be away?  Could we really justify the spending?

Turns out it was a welcome change to our normal routine. The stress of the many changes going on in our lives was bringing us all down. We needed a refresher. We needed a change of scenery.  We needed to be a family without the distractions of every day life.

I learned so much last week.  We woke in the morning with happiness, after all we were at the beach!  We spent long days exploring, feeding the birds, playing in the sand and just having fun. We climbed into bed at night exhausted but still took a little extra time to wind down. We were carefree, relaxed and patient.  Why is it we had to be 12 hours from home to experience this? 

The bottom line was we had allowed our stress spill over onto the boys.  They were reacting to us, they could sense our stress.  Being away from home changed our attitudes thus changing theirs. There was still some bickering but much much less than in the weeks prior.  They had their parents back!

It’s easy to look elsewhere for a reason for the chaos (job stress, financial woes, grumpy kiddos).  All we needed to do was look within to realize it was us.  We put the stress of home on hold to clear our minds. We enjoyed our children again. We let them be kids rather than expecting too much of them. 

Could you use a change of scenery?  Rather than making changes to the scenery perhaps a slight change in attitude will change the scenery around you!  Of course getting away from the hustle and bustle is always refreshing but we can make each day refreshing depending on how we approach it. Remember: 1 Peter 5:7  Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you.

 

A pic of the boys carefree, loving each other and enjoying vacation.

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Through the eyes of a child.

Looking at life through the eyes of a child. Seems so simple, so inviting, so liberating.

I’ve been a bit stressed out lately.  Feeling overwhelmed at everything expected of me right now.  Jobs have come/gone in the past year, hubby is back in school, kids are growing like weeds, housework, housework & more housework, working out plus the bible study which I so desperately need to do for me right now and so on, and on, and on…..

It’s been a little crazy around my house. I was feeling down and out the other night questioning whether we were doing the right thing in certain areas of our lives (school, jobs, house). Mostly I was concerned how it was affecting the kids. Are they happy? Do they feel the stress we feel?  Am I being a good mom despite all that’s going on?

God answers prayers. He answers us even when we aren’t really questioning Him.  He knows our innermost fears.  I’ve had these questions floating around in my head for the past few weeks keeping me up at night. I couldn’t help but wonder how on earth I’m supposed to balance everything I have on my plate.  I was convinced I either needed a bigger plate or needed to get rid of something on it.

I found this picture drawn just before the kids went to bed the other night. It was a blessing to my eyes!  The big one is almost 6 now and is becoming an awesome artist.  He definitely gets his artistic ability from his daddy!   He drew this picture of our family.  Look at us! We are smiling, happy, filled with joy (even our cat is happy).

It really helped me slow down to try to see things the way he sees things. He sees the smiles, the good times, the fun of our life.  It gives me the energy to continue on and trust that what we are doing is right. I need to remember to ‘see’ and focus on the good rather than focus on the tough.

So here we are!  Hubby (yes he does have hair, not sure why there isn’t any in the picture), me with my one long hair : ), the little one with his curly hair and the big one with his wild straight hair.  I will treasure this photo. It’s going right in his special box.  This is how he sees our family.  He doesn’t see the stress, the panic or the fear.  He’s comfortable in his world. I am going to start viewing life as he does.  I will run with this and see my world through the eyes of a child.

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Taking the time.

Last night reminded me to take the time to listen.  If I had been too busy I would have missed one of the most amazing moments I’ve ever experienced.

We went to the nursing home to see my husband’s grandma for her 89th birthday.  We brought home the balloons from the party.  We were late, the kids were tired and it was way past bedtime.

Trying to get the kids out of the car and up to bed an hour past bedtime is tough. We were tired and ready to relax.  The kids wanted to let the balloons fly up in the air.  We stopped and took 10 minutes to do this. It was SO worth it!!  The Big One said to me that he was sending these balloons to heaven for great nana.  My grandmother passed 2 years ago.  I still can’t believe he remembers her!  Hearing him call up to heaven ‘Jesus can you make sure that these balloons get to great nana’ instantly made me tear up.  This morning he immediately asked if I thought she would have the balloons by now. Of course she has them and she loves them is what I told him.

If I had cut him off, not allowing him to tell me what he wanted to do I would have missed one of the sweetest moment I’ve experienced as a parent.

I found this on Spiritually Speaking.  It is perfect as a reminder to listen and take the time.

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