Monday, June 15, 2015
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Monday, May 18, 2015
That has got to stop.
Ya'll our identity does not come from how many people heart or don't heart our life! Our identity comes from being a son or daughter of God!
It's not perfect, but I promise you there will be passion.
It was also high time I took facebook off of my phone and it might just have been the best thing I did all year. Now I can choose pockets of time to hop online on my computer (UPstairs in my office) instead of scrolling on my phone (in my pocket) every time there was a lull or a brief second in between tasks.
I NEED sleep.
I want to find rest on a daily basis and not struggle through each day waiting for the next vacation.
Let the shift begin!
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Inevitably this created a missions trip for me too...holding down the fort and caring for five children while daddy was gone.
The kids were also on Spring Break.
Now before you think, "I don't know how she does it?" Let me explain a few things.
Words that should have stood out to me more:
I've been silent on the blog and I've tried to take some time to gather my thoughts.
You see, prior to the trip I decided to clear my schedule, take some time off from blogging, house projects, essential oil consults...this would be a great time to focus solely on my kids.
I am literally going to go crazy...no, I HAVE gone crazy!
I love my kids...put me in a locked room with each of them one at a time and it is like a dream come true. My favorite people...one on one quality time...I am in heaven!
Being in charge of all five of them for ten days with no school...I literally felt broken.
I CANNOT do it.
I whispered as tears rolled down my cheeks.
"God, I need you more."
And I realized that without having the pressure turned up, I had been coasting along for months on my own abilities.
It was that day that I discovered that taking my Bible in one hand and a dry erase marker in the other, suddenly gave me the power to change my perspective.
I can't do it all.
But HE can.
He is always with us.
God, is always with us.
But if we think we have it all under control or have "our" systems in place...we forget to look for the one who has all of the strength that we need.
Gazing out the window.
And what better place than this...than to put a constant reminder up of where my true strength comes from.
These are the words that carried me through...
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Today the only "tip" I have for you is to lay down your own abilities at doing this whole mom thing the way that you think it should be.
Then go grab the closest dry erase marker and your Bible and write whatever truth you need to be reminded of most right up there on your cloudy kitchen window.
In the coming days you will still have to look for it.
You may have to be standing directly in front of the window to see it.
But the next time your standing there, doing the dishes and the tears are rolling down at the impossible job before you. That truth will carry you through.
"He gives strength to the weary..."
What truth do you need to be reminded of today?
Monday, March 23, 2015
However, then I find that I spend a lot of time at home organizing all of the stuff. You know what I mean...all of THE STUFF.
Simple, I long for simple.
But it doesn't just happen. I have to intentionally work towards simple. I have to make choices for our family based on simple. I have to choose to not buy another thing that we really don't need and instead...
Well, here is the story of what happened recently.
Two of our family's values are gratitude & generosity. (Sam and I sat down a few years ago and narrowed down our family's core values to seven things that we wanted our kids' childhoods to be marked by. Things that they would leave our house after they have grown knowing were REALLY important to our family.)
Does that mean that I have the most grateful kids on the planet? No!
Does that mean we have a perfect family that holds to these core values all of the time? No!
It simply means that while we are doing life together as a family, Sam and I are going to do our best to teach our kids (and remind ourselves!) that being joyful, thankful, patient, respectful, generous, compassionate & responsible are all really important to our family.
How does that play out in real life you ask, well...I'll give you one recent example.
You see, I feed five kids three meals a day on a regular basis. I often hear...
"I don't like that."
"What's for dinner?"
My kids make statements every day based on their needs and their wants.
I get it...
However, I often tell them,
"There are kids all over the world who don't have enough food to eat."
Or, "Do you know what the word "starving" actually means?"
and then I think...
How do I connect the dots for my kids?
How do I create a culture in our house where my kids are thankful for their food?
How can we help feed the hungry?
Her idea was genius!
So we gathered, we wore hair nets, we learned how the packing process worked, we all picked a duty (I helped seal bags and managed to somehow not seal my fingers in the process), they played party music (because I'm happy...), we sang, we cheered, we tallied each box and by the end all of Melissa's friends worked together to pack 22 boxes!
That was enough food to provide four thousand, seven hundred and fifty two meals!
We are totally planning a family trip to go back there...soon!
While I was at FMSC I also saw a t-shirt with a Mother Teresa quote on it that I had never heard before. It summed up everything I had been feeling but couldn't put the words together to say.
FMSC is based out of Minnesota but they have MobilePack events that go all over the United States. They also have this t-shirt available online with a donation of $50. That donation covers the cost of one box of food...enough food to provide 216 meals!
Maybe you can gather your tribe to celebrate a birthday, take your book club on an outing or grab your neighbors and go pack meals. If you can't get to a packing event, maybe your family could save some money in a jar to donate towards buying the food that is packed. All of the food is provided by donations.
We also have some dear friends, Justin & Sarah who work with a ministry, Master's Heart, to provide food security to the many orphaned children of Mozambique who are struggling to survive. Their ministry is the real deal and so are they! To get your family involved with helping to provide food for one orphaned child you can go here.
Suddenly the question is no longer...how can I help?
How many kids can our family provide a meal for today?
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Thursday, March 12, 2015
Ya'll, it HAPPENS!
One child, two children, ten children...it happens!
I grabbed my swiffer duster, broke out the vacuum, switched the items, sorted the bins, stacked the books and stood back to gaze intently.
If it wasn't for the fact that quiet time was about to conclude upstairs I would have totally grabbed a cup of tea and just stared at this little organized haven for a moment longer.
You see, what I am learning as a mom is that the "norm" for my kids' play room is that there are going to be lots of treasures under the couch.
And most definitely the books won't stay like this...
Nor will the toy bins always stay sorted like this...
Monday, March 9, 2015
When KFC debuted with Popcorn Nuggets we decided to intervene and have the kids try them. Why? Because they stand out from the competition. KFC Popcorn Nuggets are 100% white meat and are never formed or pressed into uniform shapes like the competition. It's crispy and the chicken is one solid piece.
Now my mouth is watering...
The kids are always eager to help when it means that dinner is about to commence.
Unfortunately, in the process, a few kids got hot sauce on their plate accidentally instead of ketchup...oops. Getting the right sauces ordered for each child and then passed out correctly is a whole other topic. Oy vey!
Hot sauce aside, our kids were thrilled and gobbled up the goodness...every last bite. (And nobody spilled their water which was icing on the cake!)
Who in your life needs a "Nugget-vention!?!"
A few days after our dinner my kids saw this commercial. They laughed and giggled and said, "those WERE really good!"
Immediately, I thought back to our night out as a family, our hot sauce dilemma, yummy Popcorn Nuggets and how everyone walked away with full tummies and a great family memory!
Do you or a friend need a nugget-vention? Tell me in the comments.
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