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Making the most of the unplanned.

Another awesome photo opportunity that almost wasn’t.  On a recent vacation we took a walk on the docks with the kids.  There were a few birds flying around when the kids started tossing their snacks toward them.  In less than 10  minutes there were at least 30 birds coming to snatch a bite!  We went back to the house 3 separate times for refills.  Over 150 pictures later we had an amazing free afternoon feeding the birds.

These are the types of things the kids will remember when they grow up.  Things we can’t do as readily in our home town.  I hope we always take notice of these opportunities for fun!!

What’s your favorite unplanned experience?

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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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Father’s Day Salt Dough Handprints

Looking for a quick , easy, messy craft for the boys of course I turned to Pinterest!   The original source from the picture I pinned is from The Imagination Tree. It’s a really cute, really fun craft.

This is part one of the craft.

Materials needed (per child): 

1 cup salt

1 cup plain flour

1/2 ish cup of water (play around with it, might need more or less depending on how long they play with it!)

That’s it!  All the materials needed are in our cupboards already.

Flour & salt in a bowl.

Add water & get messy!

Once playtime is finished, roll into a ball.

Flatten & press hands for imprinting. The big one had the great idea to be sure to do ‘which handed we are’ which means left for him & right for the little one.  I wouldn’t have even thought about doing it that way!

Bake at 200 degrees for 3 hours.  We ended up flipping ours after 3 hours and baking a little more.  They were a little wet still on the bottoms.

Before baking…(lefty)

After baking…(righty).  We didn’t paint ours yet. Going to save that as an activity to do with daddy.

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Moved to tears.

Have you ever been moved to tears unexpectedly? Have you ever felt the hand of God move in an instant so quickly it almost makes you drop to your knees? Have you ever had a song touch you in such a way that you’ve had to drop what you are doing to listen?

I love music. I believe it’s good for our soul. It can bring people together in ways that other things can’t. I’m pretty passionate about music. My oldest is already taking piano lessons.  I love all music genres. I love Christian, rock, heavy metal, hip-hop, R&B, country, classical and so on. Of course I don’t love every song I hear but I do like a wide variety.

It’s not uncommon for me to have the radio on all day long. I do other things while listening. I’m often inspired by what I hear. My boys come running when they hear one they love so we stop what we are doing and dance! My mood can be changed in an instant by hearing a favorite tune.  (Of course with the kiddos around I monitor what I’m listening to.)

Last week this song came on and it literally made me stop in my tracks. First, I was in shock that it’s such a powerful song on mainstream radio.  I had to look it up because I wanted to hear it again immediately.  Not only is she one of my favorite artists and mentions my hometown in the song – it was exactly what I needed.

The Lord was reminding me that I can’t do it all on my own. I was taking on so much that I felt I was being dragged down by it all. The things that mattered to me most were being pushed aside.  It helped me be reminded I can cast my cares on Him. 

1 Peter 5:7  Cast all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  (KJV)

By the time the song was over I was in tears.  So powerful, so true.

I chose a version without the video so you can close your eyes & listen.  Is it more than just a song to you?  Is it what you need to hear? 

Was it what you needed?  Were you moved to tears? 

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