50 Years of Life, Motherhood & Marriage

19
Apr
2017

50 life lessons

I turned 50 earlier this month – a huge milestone.  

When we reach these milestones it gives opportunity to review our lives and really see what God has done and what he continues to strive to do in our lives.  Reflection brings many emotions as well as growth, and I thought I would share some of what I’ve learned over the past 50 years about motherhood, marriage and just life in general.

GRACE, GRACE, GRACE and more GRACE

I am learning I am the one I need to give more and more grace to.  I am certainly not perfect, but my expectations of myself certainly reach far beyond human capacity at times.  My husband is very good at reminding me of this.  I am not supermom, super wife, nor super friend and certainly make a ton of mistakes, but God’s grace covers it all.

Laughter is Healing

If you were in my daily life you’d discover I can be pretty darn serious.  I am learning to lighten up and find more fun in my life.  As a strong personality with huge goals, I can find it hard to relax and just have fun – but implementing a Sabbath is helping me keep balance in this area and have fun.

It’s Not About Me

This took me years to understand.  Many things in life really have nothing to do with me, but we can often take things personally.  Stepping back out of situations that arise and truly examining them has helped me in my marriage, motherhood and outside relationships.

Self-Care is Not a Bonus

In mothering especially, we give and give…. and if you are not filling yourself up, it will show in ugly ways.  For me, my temper is short and I tend to not be very positive.  Taking a run, getting a massage or coffee with a friend need to be scheduled by me!  No one is responsible for my self-care except me.

God is my Priority Daily

Things just do not go as smoothly if I don’t give my first few minutes of my day to the Lord.  Finding quiet to pray and get my head on straight for the day impacts myself and my family.  I’ve went through seasons where I’ve missed my morning quite time and they have been very lonely.

Apologies are Powerful

I am stubborn and it has taken me a long time to realize that an apology is so powerful in taking ownership of our actions.  I am still a work in progress in this area, but have come a long way.

A Smile Carrys Weight

When all else fails – smile.  I have been told I have a great smile and it makes me smile even more. I know I can shift an awkward moment by smiling, touch a heart of a friend who is struggling with a smile and give kindness to a stranger too.

Authenticity Trumps All

We’ve all lived in seasons where we try to not let others in, to see the ugly, messy side of our lives.  But it always – always backfires. I have found freedom in allowing others to see my messy side, the side that is not all that great and to know I am far from perfect.  I know God can use my ick for Him.

Never say NEVER!

When you think you are in control of your life, you’d better think again. We said we’d never do a few things – one is we’d never have more kids, however – here we are with a seven year old.  God did an amazing work in us to soften our hearts toward adoption.  We know now that our lives are for HIS glory, not ours and we are open to what He has in store for us – regardless if we think we are prepared, equipped or ready.

Take Care of Your Body

At 50, I am in the best health of my life – hands down!  After suffering from life-long depression and medicated for over 20 years and Lupus, an autoimmune disease, I have successfully found healing and restoration of my body. It took work, education and perseverance, but it was so worth it.  I now help others find that same power and it is pretty amazing.  I plan to live another 50 years and I imagine God will do amazing things with my life – all for HIS Glory!

Celebrating Easter as a Family

10
Apr
2017

easter celebrations as a family round up

This week is one of remembrance and celebration.  

Family time is where our focus is and I wanted to share some wonderful ways to keep the focus on Easter, Jesus and also add in a little fun.  

We do untraditional baskets, so I hope you will enjoy the post on how you can be creative without all the candy.  My seven year old is going to have fun making some lego easter eggs too.

I can tell you, I will be printing out a few Easter coloring pages and enjoying some quiet time – how about you?

#1: Having a Christ-Centered Easter: Ideas for Families

Having a Christ-Centered Easter: Ideas for Families

#2: Fun Easter Minute-to-Win-It Game Ideas

Fun Easter Minute-to-Win-It Game Ideas

#3: 41 Easter Crafts About Jesus

41 Easter Crafts About Jesus

#4: LEGO Easter Eggs and Basic Brick Building Idea for Kids

LEGO Easter Eggs and Basic Brick Building Idea for Kids

#5: Christ-Centered Easter Books and Resources

Christ-Centered Easter Books and Resources

#6: 250+ Unconventional Easter Basket Ideas: Themed Baskets For Kids of All Ages

250+ Unconventional Easter Basket Ideas: Themed Baskets For Kids of All Ages

#7: Easter Traditions for the Christian Family

Easter Traditions for the Christian Family

#8: You’ve Been Egged!

You've Been Egged!

#9: Free Easter Coloring Pages

Free Easter Coloring Pages

#10: 100+ Christ-Centered Easter Ideas

100+ Christ-Centered Easter Ideas

Sad News: Compassion Update

28
Mar
2017

Sad News: Compassion Update

For the past two years, we’ve been sponsoring six girls from India through Compassion with the affiliate commission I earn from Amazon when you make a purchase using my link.

It is with a heavy heart that I have to share our sponsorship with them has ended. Over the past few months I was made aware of a situation in India with the current government which did not look good for outside organizations who help the poor inside the country.  

Unfortunately, I got final word of the devastating news that Compassion must close its sponsorship program in India. It breaks my heart, but I have to believe God has bigger purposes. I choose to believe that. He will work it all out for good.

I sat down to write final goodbye letters to our girls and wasn’t quite sure what to say. Goodbyes are hard, but we wrote a short note and my son made a drawing on their letters.

Compassion Girls in India

I received final photos of the girls, which we will keep and I will continue to pray for them. If I could ask you to please pray that parents, especially those of these girls, will continue to put a priority on education and that they will be encouraged to attend school and not fall behind in their studies.  

This is a huge part of what our sponsorship did with these girls in India. They got a great education, which can make a huge difference in their future.

I wanted to update you all with this news and let you know I am currently working with Compassion to find six girls at another location that our blog can sponsor. I will share an update as soon as I get it.

In the meantime, please know that the funds collected through shopping through my Amazon affiliate link will still be set aside and given to Compassion. I believe in this organization and am proud to collaborate with them in helping to care for those who need it in all parts of the world.

Thank you so much for your faithfulness to use the Amazon link when you shop and to help make a difference in the lives of these girls.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day as a Family

7
Mar
2017

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day as a Family

Do you and your family love to celebrate holidays? If you do, this post is for you!

Ever since my kids were little, we would take almost every opportunity to shift from the ordinary and celebrate the little things. Having some fun celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is a winner for sure.

Plan now for some fun to make your day as a family filled to the brim with happy memories!

#1: St. Patrick’s Day Photo Booth Props – The Dating Divas

These photo booth props are adorable and great to make some Facebook or Instagram worthy photos!

#2: 20 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids to Make – CraftRiver

I am always in need of some fun craft ideas. This is full of creative ideas.

#3: 10 Things for a Family-Style St. Patrick’s Day – Let’s Get Together

Here is a plan already put together. No brain work required!

#4: St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Learning Pack – Homeschool Preschool

Super cute printables to keep any little one busy and entertained!

#5: St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt with Free Printable Clues – Happy Money Saver

Fun treasure hunt for the entire family.

#6: St. Patrick’s Day Word Search – The Typical Mom

I love a good word search and I am passing that love on to my seven year old too!

#7: St. Patrick’s Day Minute to Win It Activities – Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher

If you have a large family or want to invite some friends over, this will be a hit.

#8: St. Patrick’s Day “I Am Lucky” Craft – What I Have Learned

Another adorable craft. This may be my favorite!

Do you have a family tradition for St. Patrick’s Day? I’d love to have you share in the comments.

Hope for a Weary Mom: 6 Tips to Overcome

27
Feb
2017

Hope for a Weary Mom: 6 Tips to Overcome

Exhausted, overwhelmed, and numb. Any of those feelings hit close to home?

Last week I shared with you all about my season of loneliness (a topic we never want to discuss or admit). But I am here to see. I am surviving and pulling up my bootstraps and pushing into a new season of expectation.  

Yes, I’m expecting amazing things!

So, what do you do in the meantime during that transition of feeling worn out and weary? Whether it’s a season of loneliness, toddlers running you ragged, or a season of health challenges, maybe you can implement a few tips I am currently using to give myself grace.

Batch Cook

Oh my word. This is a life saver for me right now. To be honest, there are days I don’t want to cook and am worn out physically and emotionally. So I am thankful that when I make a batch of soup or a casserole, I have been doubling my recipe and making sure I have ingredients on hand and freezing a batch. I can grab something in the freezer and dinner is taken care of.  

Rest

This is a hard one for me, and I rarely ever just relax. But times are changing and my body needs time to recharge. Our emotional health is important and will impact our physical health. Finding time to sit, listen to music, and nap. Yes, I said NAP! Snuggling up with a warm blanket and a book is nourishment for your soul.

Let the Guilt Go

I have let my house get a bit chaotic for my own liking the past few months. One reason is I know we are moving, but the second reason was because I was exhausted. I have done the minimum and, you know what, we all survived! I have changed my perspective and chosen to use that time to relax instead of get all upset because I should have ran the vacuum. Find a balance that fits your season for right now.

Play with Kinetic Sand

Yes, this one is a bit odd, but putting aside our “normal” means doing some things NOT normal! For me, it was sitting down and doing Kinetic Sand (one of my son’s favorite activities). I am so not about the play, but when you are needing to change things up a bit, drawing, coloring, or using your hands in mundane activities can be really good! We have had quite the collection of sand, toys, and imaginary play.

Get Outside

I have said this one before (many times), but I know it can be work in the middle of winter. Whether you deal with snow, freezing temperatures, or lots of rain like I do, it is not always easy to just get yourself outside. But do it anyway. Especially when it’s not easy. I can often make excuses to stay indoors for days on end and it will feed my exhaustion and overwhelm. Seeing the inside four walls of my home day after day will exhaust my spirit. Getting outside I am reminded of God’s goodness and His caring for what is around me. I love the fresh air and my body needs the activity for sure.

Get Yourself Some Flowers

Yes, get yourself some fresh flowers to brighten your space. My favorite flowers are tulips and they can bring a smile to my face in an instant. You don’t have to spend a lot, but grab yourself a bunch of daisies, tulips, or maybe a potted primrose and brighten your space up!

What is your tip for seasons of weary motherhood?

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