Posts Tagged ‘children’

View from the backseat {Wordless Wednesday}

I’ve mentioned before that I save every single photo my oldest takes on my iPhone.  Over the past 2 years he’s taken over 1000 photographs.  Periodically I go through them…just today I found this.

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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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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,


Linking up with The Gypsy Momma

It’s a #FiveMinuteFriday flash mob! <—click to tweet this!

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

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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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