How's the weather? ☔🌤️
I'm seeing both snow covered trees and sunshine skies. Earlier in the week, there seemed to be a lot of snow-people-making and sledding in my feed. It looked like a lot of fun...but cold too! ❄️☃️
It was a bit rainy here today and windier in some areas than others. We had some time after visiting with family but before meeting some friends so we stopped at the Duck Pond. We did see a few ducks but it was mostly a million seagulls. 😛🦆
Not an ideal day for the park but it was nice to get some fresh air and exercise. The girls liked that park has exercise machines around the long path. They went on the stationary bike and elliptical. 🚲❤️
Sickness. Editing Deadlines. More Sickness...and more sickness? Yup. At one point, I was the only healthy person in the house. I thought one sick kiddo was bad. But to have a sick baby and a sick toddler at the same time? Oh my heart. Joy's fever got up to 104 from a nasty virus along with an ear infection. And then Ben got the stomach bug. And then just as we were coming out of the woods, we had to get Sam's cavities fixed. First time. This kid is usually pretty tough and brave but that day...I had to hold him down for the last part. I kept a brave face for him the entire time and we went to pick out his first batch of LEGOS after that. But when I came home to Ben, I lost it.
The weight of motherhood had hit me harder than ever before. That whole week just hit me like a ton of bricks. I have never felt so helpless and useless as a mom or a wife. Nothing I did made the sickness or tears go completely away in an instant. And I had just had enough. It was my turn to cry, I guess. The only word that God kept giving me was Emmanuel: God with us. With us through the pain, the tears, the feelings of inadequacy, the fatigue, the sleepless nights. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Sweet momma, you were made to let go and wear that crown. The crown of strength and joy that only comes from Him on those hard days...or weeks. We can't do this alone. It's moments like these that draw me back to the One who is more able to heal and restore my family than I could ever do. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So, during this crazy holiday season, straighten your crown, momma. Because the truth is, you've got this but you're not alone! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Sidenote: My moment is probably minuscule to so many other problems or hardships other moms have experienced or are walking through. Know that I see you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Photo by @bsidwellphoto Edited by yours truly .
There seems to be a trend on social media right now with being a hot mess. People seem to be connecting around problems all in the guise of “keeping it real”.
I’m alllll about keeping it real. If you came to my house right now I could prove it. But what if we could rally around solutions?
Commiserating with a bad mood, lackluster sleep or being in the thick of things is all well and good but I want you to know that I am SOLUTIONS and ACTION based here in the Queendom. And so are the women i am surrounding myself with. We have bad days but it doesn’t keep us from what we have to do.
There are times that I’m not as visible here on social and it’s because I’m doing what my brain needs to do to reset and rest and I’m taking the time to work through the hard stuff. So I want to encourage you in the same way- always look for the way forward, do what you need to do!
2 more quick things. Peter was sitting in his chair listening to our vintage Winnie the Pooh vinyl we have played 4,921 times. And also, I love the way the light in coming through the window- I chose a loose cotton/linen weave to enhance the morning light. 🏡
This is one of my favorite spots in the house. Where is your favorite nook to sit and enjoy?
I got this stable second-handed the first year of marriage. It use to have the entire cast of characters of the Christmas story and was placed very carefully so it wouldn’t get messed up.
This is what my nativity set looks like after 12 years and 4 kids. The small kid’s nativity is now mixed-in with the original nativity and it sets low so my kid’s can enjoy it.
I’ve heard of some unique nativity traditions. Anyone have one to share? Do you have one from a different country or a handed-down set?
Still reeling over the fact that I have a daughter. Having kids of each gender is cool. (Although I’m getting real FED UP with gender biases.) Motherhood/parenthood is not for the faint of heart. To be good at it requires a LOT of sacrifice.
Most people have what it takes to be a good parent - it’s wanting TO DO WHAT IT TAKES that causes the problem. Kids are not part time they are full time. Parenthood requires unending selflessness. I think that’s why God cherishes motherhood so much. Because moms are sacrificial and operate in servitude. It connects to Jesus in a very special way. ••••••••••• The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!”
So this happened today 😳
It is a lot to get used to but I am so happy I did! .
On my way home from picking up the boys, I got into my first car accident. I was stopped to make a left turn and a truck coming up behind me hit me going around 50mph. I got pushed into oncoming traffic (thank Jesus no cars were too close) and was able to gas into the snow bank on the other side.
Ash was screaming, so I called 911 and they sent an ambulance as well as police. Baby is okay, Jude is okay, and I only have a little neck discomfort. Our crv is out of commission for awhile, but the most important thing is we are safe.
Not how I thought I would spend my afternoon, but I am blown away by our city police and how as a mom alone with my two kids they made me feel taken care of and safe. They kept checking on my babies and on me and came so quickly to help. Tonight I will be kissing my boys a little extra💕
Motherhood is beautiful and messy.
It is a constant dying of the self in ways you never imagined. It’s a time of learning how to care for yourself while caring for another who depends so much on you. It is a time where you learn the need to ask for help and appreciate family more than ever.
It is a time your heart has swelled up more than you can ever imagine as you watch your little one learn & grow!! All the love and worries that birth with that baby! The wanting to do it right for this little one and learning to give yourself grace when you don’t.
It is a time where in your joy you thank God with a grateful heart in awe and in your tears you cry out for God and ask Him for guidance. The weight of the responsibility to guide this little person who has been gifted to you is not an easy task. It cannot be done alone. You need support & you need community!
We always say we wish our families lived closer so we could have them near & see them more often. Those who are close & have that daily support, what a blessing!
For now, for whatever reason, God has us here in this season. And never has there been a time I’ve needed God more than now in this beautiful & messy season of being stretched.
“Motherhood is messy. And challenging. And crazy. And sleepless. And giving. And still unbelievably beautiful”. -Rachel Martin
Remember I told you that Solomon started to talk and behave like a big boy? 😝 It’s progressing very fast! He now loves to “read” and repeat all the words after me! But I realized that we don’t have much books for him so I went to the library in my neighbourhood, I was presently surprised and a little bit lost in there, because the selection of kids books is huge there! 🙌🏻 What do you read with your kiddos? Please, give me some good book recommendations for 2 year olds! Comment below 👇🏻
I got •T W O extra• paychecks today! Paychecks I got changing diapers, playing with Nathan, watching 'Dynasty' on Netflix + simply sharing my love for hair products. I dont think many people can say they get paid 5 extra paychecks a month for something so simple⚡
Simple yes, easy. . .I wouldnt say that. It takes consistency + motivation. Something I didnt have a while ago because of depression and because I didnt think I could "do sales". I'm not a salesperson. Ha, no. I'm a sharesperson. I share my experience and life. That's it.
I wanted to be able to work from home and contribute financially. And I am able to do just that.
With my 2 extra paychecks this month, you know what I'm able to do that I wasnt able to before? • pay for my heartstabbing medical bills • pay for a nice breakfast for my husband + son • pay for Christmas presents
This may seem minuscule to some, but for me, as a stay at home mom that wasnt able to work . . . It means 》everything. And I've only been doing this for 4 months.
This opportunity has changed my life in so many ways. Financially, relationships + it gave me a purpose (other than being a mom).
I'm so grateful.
What do your 5 extra checks a month look like??
🌿”Train up a child in the way he should go” - Proverbs 22:6🌿 This is the burden and responsibility of a mother that isn’t often seen as a privilege. It’s often counted as insignificant and lacking in skill. But anyone who understands the biblical job description of motherhood would know the weight of it and the role it plays not just in our time but the next. A child needs the mother’s gentle yet firm guidance, her constant prayers day and night, and wisdom drawn from the scriptures. // Every banner ordered from now on and every banner ordered but not yet shipped will include this scripture card! Motherhood is a ministry 🤱🏻✨ // #motherhood#risenmotherhood#bedeeplyrooted#christianmotherhood
I have been thinking about how hectic the holidays are (especially in ministry world!). We literally have a Christmas party every day next week except Monday. 😳 And on top of that there’s all this pressure for the season to be extra special for my toddler (chances are she won’t even remember it🤷🏼♀️) I kept thinking things like:
-oh gosh when are we going to do gingerbread houses (I’ve literally done them once in my entire life). 😆
-when are we going to drive and see all the lights?
-when are we going to bake all the cookies?
-well, probably missed the mark on the advent calendar😬
-ummmm, christmas cards?!🤦🏽♀️
-alllll the shopping that needs to commence -the planning for multiple parties🤘🏼 And then I realized the magical phrase this season: good for her, not for me. Good for her, those Christmas cards are adorable, not for me right now. Good for her, cute gingerbread houses with her kids, not for me. Good for her, very thematically planned christmas party, not for me.
Just realizing I can stay in my own lane and I don’t have to be everything to everyone. Seems like I needed that reminder this season. Maybe you do too. If it’s not for you, then don’t stress about it!
Never have I ever done a #FridayIntro , but there’s no time like the present time to get started, amiright?? I’m a wife, mom of 3 plus a 1 year old lab, Shampoo advocate, physical therapist, and women’s health enthusiast, all rolled into one.
3 facts about me:
🌼I love to learn. I love reading and having conversations with people. I ask a lot of questions, not because I’m trying to be defiant, but I’m genuinely curious and interested.
🌼 I love sweating and fitness. HOWEVER, the current season of life I’m in, I have taken a step back from sweat dripping, 6-7 days a week, joint pain inducing workout programs. I am doing yoga right now, on my schedulel,3-4 days a week. I’ll be honest, I don’t know if I’m making excuses and going soft on myself or just learning to listen to my body. I do know, that once I changed my mindset I felt better about myself in my skin, so I take that as a win. 🌼I always thought I would rock at the working mom thing. As in, I thought I would work outside of the home full time, I would have the perfect amount of time management skills to do all the PTO, all the baking, all the cooking, all the memories.
Let’s have a good minute to laugh. 🤣 Go ahead, out loud, I won’t be offended.🤣😂 BUT, it’s amazing how priorities change. I noticed after #1 . DEFINITELY started noticing and acting out on it after #2 , and took major life changes after #3 so I could stay home. With the partnership that I have, tho, I have an opportunity to grow as a professional, as a leader, and bring in an income, all from the comforts of my own home.
What about you? What are 3 things about you?? I loooove getting to know people and learning from them (see #1 !) 📸 cred: my 3 year old son😍
// There are a LOT of new faces around here lately 😳 so I’ve never done this before but I think it’s time for a little #fridayintroductions !
If you haven’t been here long, here’s a bit of my story to catch you up:
+ my husband and I met online and were married within the year. we just knew, yeah
+ we got pregnant only one month later, and have a sweet (almost) six month old baby boy who has so much personality I can hardly keep up
+ I have two degrees: one in events and one in theology. After all that I ended up starting my own business and working from home 🤦🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️ but the things I learned then are so helpful now!
+ I seriously doubt that I will ever decide on my enneagram or Myers-Briggs type so you’ll just have to bear with me
+ I am super passionate about finding the best deals and quality (hello weird Dutch + Italian mindset mashup), organizing your life, and holistic wellness. And I believe it all starts with less
+ my fridge holds more condiments than ingredients #sorrynotsorry
+ I am a HARDCORE board games enthusiast and undefeated Risk Master but also learning to be nicer about it so I don’t lose all my friends 😂
Tell me something fun about you that I can’t learn from your profile! If you aren’t feeling creative (don’t worry I’m not either) tell me what meal you’d kill for right now. I need inspiration 🌮
You know what it feels like when you’ve ‘found your people’?
I love how creating homes that thrive, learning, and growing together is a deep passion of mine and considering none of these are easy tasks, I need people to inspire me, encourage me, and come alongside of me along the way!!!
Oh how I wish we could all sit in a cozy living room with coffee or tea...but since we can’t at this time, these squares (or I guess 6 rectangles above!) will do!
These ⬆️⬆️⬆️mamas above have been so encouraging and inspirational to me as I’ve kicked off Stories Begin At Home! Check them out and give them a follow! I know you’ll be inspired too! Let’s keep building our tribe, ladies! Happy Follow Friday!!!
When I saw this tree, growing right there in the wall of a building in Copenhagen, I thought of the old adage: bloom where you’re planted. Today on the blog I’m talking about my own version of this saying and our unofficial family motto. Be Where You Are. •
Whether it’s due to our physical location, life stage, or some other circumstance, being present during the holidays can be a challenge. Today I’m encouraging myself (and hopefully you as well) with the reminder: just as trees let go of their autumn leaves to prepare for the winter snow, we have to acknowledge that we do not have the capacity to hold the past and the future together with the present.
Read more on theindecisivemama.com (link in profile)
// "I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return]." 🙌🏻
Clinging to the promises of His faithfulness, to the one who takes brokenness and makes it beautiful, who is faithful in the process. 'Cause I don't know about you, but this mama is especially thankful for that truth this morning. ☕
I’ve been going through The Praying Women’s Devotional by @stormieomartian and today’s was just what I needed to hear, to encourage in this exact moment. • •
🖤3 years ago after welcoming our sweet Brynn to our family I struggled with post partum anxiety. I felt the life had been sucked out of me. (@kaylaleskiw wrote a beautiful post yesterday about her feelings recently and feeling dull and flat and I could relate 💯 % - go read it!) •
A week ago I had similar feelings where it felt like I had took a step backwards, losing motivation and the wiping bums and daily tasks felt so dull. • •
✨In Ezekial 37:1-14 God uses Ezekial to prophesy about dry bones being brought back to life.
It’s in the lifeless moments that we think are dead and useless that God is waiting to work in us and through us to bring life to those situations! Pray and know that God has the ability to restore hope and bring life back to those areas whether it be in parenting, marriage, work, daily tasks etc.
watching them learn and try new things is a privilege. last night my toddler was beaming at his contribution to my doodle because it was his first time holding a pencil, and I’m never throwing this away!
this winter my is goal is daily creativity with L and bringing baby g along for the ride. we’ll see how it goes! it could be as simple as putting stickers on paper, but I’m excited to watch his imagination + creativity grow! plus this mama still loves playdoh + coloring books so maybe it’s a little for me too 💁🏼♀️
I often ask myself, why did God ordain motherhood so that it’s always mixed with exhaustion and joy? Why not just joy without the physical trials and joy without occasional anxiety? But I realize I really wouldn’t be praying so much, relying on His provision and providence so much, and practicing discernment and seeking wisdom so much, if everything was simply perfect. Faith would be obsolete. And that’s why motherhood is a ministry, from the smallest the most repetitive tasks to those big significant roles as mamas, we are serving our King and doing kingdom work. We are an example to the next generation.
Motherhood is also about making memories with the little ones. The ladies behind @havenandpine are mamas that know that well! They’re the sweetest best friends that do business together and spread their love for Jesus together. We want to give away our mama ministry banner and this sweet “making memories” tote to one deserving mama! ————————————————————————- // Like this post, follow both accounts (@saltstains.shop & @havenandpine), and tag on both posts a mama friend (or many) that could use this encouragement this Christmas✨// Winner will be randomly selected on 12/17!————————————————————————- For US residents only! Not sponsored by Instagram ————————————————————————- #motherhood#mamaministry#kingdomwork#christianmotherhood#risenmotherhood#bedeeplyrooted
I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not near:
a star shall come out of Jacob,
and a scepter shall rise out of Israel;
it shall crush the forehead of Moab
and break down all the sons of Sheth. • Who was speaking? • When did this take place? • Whom was the speaker prophesying about? • What words are used to describe Jesus? Why? • Let’s unpack this verse by looking at the names Jacob, Israel, Moab and Sheth. • Jacob - a name that has appeared in the Bible many times, what is his relationship with Jesus?
Look at Matthew 1:1-17 for your answer.
In light of what you’ve read in Matthew, what
does it mean that “a star shall come out of Jacob”? ______________________________
The holiday season has you stressed and overwhelmed?
Join us in the next few weeks as we go through our Advent reading plan to shift our focus back to the Lord in the most wonderful time of the year.
Follow us so you don't miss out on this Advent reading plan made for busy moms like you!
Just glance up. ✨
I recommend putting this art print up over a changing table for a reason: we’re there A LOT especially in the newborn days!
This is the Nursery 911 Art Print. It is a digital download in the shop and includes a list of 20 scenarios or feelings a new Mom of a little might face or experience and it is paired with a reference of Biblical encouragement 🙌
It is a great last minute Christmas gift for any new mama or mama to be. The file comes with a handful of color options 💕 just print it out, pop it in a frame, and you’re good to go!
What are your kids into these days? Sporty things? Musical things? Collect all the things? Cut the things up into a million pieces onto the floor? (I still remember that stage well....we'll call it The Era of Building Fine Motor Skills.)
As you may have seen in recent photos, the girls are into all things music. Surprisingly, this is the first year we have ever invested money and time into this interest. I mean, we had instruments and they were in choirs that put on productions, but it was nothing that required more than dropping them off and picking them up from rehearsals and attending events. They still like to do a lot of it for fun...as evidenced by an early morning solo ukulele jam sesh in the pic.
This was one challenge I had as a new mom and even now. I've had this conversation with many mom too. Knowing what to join and how to participate before if it's not their thing vs. demonstrating commitment, etc. I really wanted whatever they commit to be something they really love and not so much out of duty or even talent, if that makes sense. (There was a recent @hellomornings podcast episode with @jjhellermusic on this very topic - Following After God's Dreams.)
What are you into these days? Do your kids see you make time for the things you love and God's dreams for your life?
We’ve had so many pictures in front of this tree over the years. It’s crazy to look back over them and see how much our kids have grown and changed! Sawyer basically looks like a teenager in this picture—and my favorite is the way he has his arm around his sister 😍. They drive me crazy and make me question myself a hundred times a day...but in the end, I’m just so thankful that God chose me to be their mom.
P.S. Everett’s facial expression is the BEST 😆. That’s what I get for trying to make him laugh by sticking out my tongue!!!
Owning it and Going to Battle
The past week had been a doozy: a sick, clingy baby - power struggles/yelling at the toddlers - and a marriage conflict that gave me puffy eyes for a solid 24 hrs. ALWAYS FUN. 🙄
But Oh how sweet His provisions were while I was down. One friend let me come sit on her couch for hours, snuggling this puppy 👆🏼😍, while she shared roads she has walked, and encouraged me in my specific struggles.
The trials He allows always serve a purpose.. and I have choices. I can wallow, justify, defend, sulk in how I was hurt, ‘give up’ after failing my kids yet again.. OR I can surrender, own my mistakes (not just focus on my husband’s), ask my girls for forgiveness and let Him shape ME.
Another friend challenged me to go beyond only praying against Satan’s attacks. She reminded me that it wasn’t Satan’s fault that Eve ate the apple. He tempted, but it was HER choice.. and all our sins carry consequences. I want to own mine and go to battle against them. (pride, selfishness, control, anger). All while living FREE from guilt and shame, thanks to the cross. 🙌🏼❤️
My circumstances may not change much… but my heart is softened. I have freedom and hope. Praise God for that..
Christmas is an opportune time to share with others the greatest news that exists, namely, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. .
You may be someone who wants to be a light to others during Christmas, but are finding yourself already getting too distracted with the peripheral stuff to be intentional in this.
Take time now to pause and think through what things are the most important (focusing on Jesus) and what things are lesser important (having your decorations perfect, etc.) during Christmas. 👉Let the Scriptures guide your thinking about priorities.👈
May your hearts desire be to enjoy Jesus and speak of His incredible worth through this season of Christmas.
Link in profile will take you to an article that will give you examples of how to tackle this in your own life and not waste your Christmas.
I love this picture. It looks like it was shot on the old film camera that my dad used when we were little. It’s blurry and a little out of focus and I love that. Her smile is perfect. A few minutes of playground time and mom’s presence were exactly what she needed this afternoon. 💕
I’m looking for someone special .....
Specifically a woman who is this kinda girl.....
. 👩👧👦family is her priority .
. 💪🏼a former athlete or has just always had a passion for fitness/wellness .
. 📝loves a good checklist & feeling productive
. 🙏🏼works & trusts like Ruth
. 👯♀️has never been a “girls girl” but craves to be a part of a community of Real Women, who fix each other’s 👑
. 🎯has a love affair w/ Target, yoga pants & dry shampoo .
. 💛 has a heart for others .
. 🍺loves a good burger & beer but knows (or wants to know more) about Balance .
. 🧗🏻♀️call her persistent, stubborn, or whatever but she refuses to quit when things get hard .
. 💰ready to earn extra money w/ the real potential of creating a full time income (like I have done) .
🏃🏻♀️will live now like most won’t, so she can live later like most can’t
. 📌is ready to do something for her, so she can be better for others
SHE IS READY TO BECOME PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER.
To build an income working on her own health/fitness goals, paying it forward to others & sharing it on Social to inspire others & shine light into this world! ✨✨
THIS is the woman that I want to work with! Do you know her? .
Are YOU her?
I’m hosting a private group where I share the how, what, when, where of how I built a successful biz from home while raising my 3 Littles. .
I’m taking just 5 women this month to personally mentor. Only 5 because w/ holidays & momlife, I fully practice what I preach (of family first)& will take these women under my wing to teach them the same. 😉
Please drop a 🏃🏻♀️below & then fill out the app in my profile link.
Must be from USA, UK or CAN. .
Can’t wait to share this with You! 😍
Re-growth along my hairline is REAL 😎 and this little man seems to be teething again so soon after his first two little teeth so mama is getting no break and his poor finger he keeps gnawing on isn’t gettin a break either👆🏼🤤🤪 and today he tried formula and said “nope!” 🙅🏻♀️ so yeah it’s been a day without rest. But remember, the days are long but the years are short! Only the constant prayers muttered under the breath sustain us 💛 #motherhood#risenmotherhood
I’m a control freak, I think I can admit that by now. I love endless to-do lists, and plans, and accomplishing things. It gives me joy to check boxes off of my lists (sometimes I even add really dumb things to my list just to experience the pleasure of checking them off 😂🙈 Anybody else do this?!). However, my well intentioned zeal and energy can often turn into idolatry — worshipping the creature rather than the Creator. Aka. Worshipping finishing a to-do list rather than the One who said, “It is Finished” on the Cross.
But how can a person tell if they’re worshipping an idol? If when something is taken away, it leaves them devastated and hopeless. Which is precisely what happened today. I woke up intending to meet someone for coffee, go grocery shopping, clean the house, and have people over for dinner. Instead, I got super sick, had to cancel all of my plans and pretty much laid in bed or on the couch all day. I felt like a bad mom for not engaging in tons of activities with my girls, like a poor wife for not cleaning the home, like a failure for not being able to have our neighbors over for dinner, and like a poor disciple for not getting lots of time in the Word. But thats because I’ve been worshipping what I DO rather than what’s been done.
To-do lists aren’t bad. But they become an issue when we rest in them instead of what Jesus has already done because they will ALWAYS fail us. Our inability to accomplish everything ought to remind us that we’re finite and frail and that’s a good thing. So, today, God used my sickness to remind me that I’m human and have need of a great Savior. One who has already accomplished everything I couldn’t, namely conquering sin and death. And that truth is LIBERATING. It’s precisely because I’m NOT in control that I don’t have to worry that my children’s futures are ruined because I didn’t read enough books today or that my neighbors won’t know Jesus because we didn’t have them over for dinner. God’s in control and that’s a very, very good thing.
//She is far more precious than jewels//- Proverbs 31:10
I gotta remind myself this for the days the enemy wants to tell me otherwise. My worth is found in my Maker. I am who He says I am. I may see flaws in me, but He sees the blood of His Son shed for me. I may be a work in progress, but the Potter is not finished with me yet. I am His diamond...formed under pressure & ready to shine.🖤
My everyday lunch date.💓 Today I granted her request to eat lunch on mommy and daddy’s bed while we watched my most hated/ her most loved you tube channel. How can I say no to a cute face like this!? There will most likely be crumbs in our bed tonight, maybe more on Josh’s side, (😉) but it was worth it! Love these fleeting, simple moments with my girl.
You don’t have to look too far to find someone that celebrates Christmas differently. Maybe it’s when they decorate they tree or what kind of lights they use. When differences arise, it’s easy for us to get defensive or prideful. I’m over at @morning.by.morning today discussing the importance of our unity in the gospel & celebrating our freedom we have in Christ. Link in profile.
Last minute Christmas shopping still happening here 🙋🏻♀️ I will say I’ve actually sent out Christmas cards this year (the first time I’ve gotten around to it in 5 years 😬) How is your Christmas tasks going this season?!
You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup———
We all know the saying, but how many of us put it into practice? .
What’s something you’ve done to fill your cup lately? .
When you are at your BEST, you can be your Best for others & trust me..... it will be noticed. 😉
Taking time for you & pouring into yourself, will benefit those around you. .
I challenge you.... do something to take care of YOU today sister. 😘😘
Maybe you are like me - caught in this seasonal tug-o-war of making all the memories, maximizing the moments and yet simplifying, paring it all down.
But what if our ride on this pendulum is only further distraction from the point, a grounding of our eyes, a cancer of our hearts?
The challenge is to see Him here, friend. Amidst the twinkly lights and the plethora of distractions, let’s not miss this.
“If we put a present in our heart then Jesus would take it.” Inspired by @carissayoder, I asked my boys two questions at lunch today. “What does Jesus love?” “How would you plan a birthday party for Jesus with the things he loves?” My oldest’s birthday is on the 30th, so we’ve talked all about the things he loves and how they will be incorporated into his special day. I talked with them about how I wouldn’t plan Josiah’s favorite activity for Kesed’s birthday. Or give him one of daddy’s favorite things for his gift.
So, what does Jesus love? How do you celebrate Him with the things he loves?
It led to a great discussion. And early on my three year old (who I wasn’t sure would be interested in this discussion) piped up: “If we put a present in our heart then Jesus would take it.” I asked him what that present would be and he replied: “kindness.. kind toys... flowers...” 😂❤️ It was such a sweet and three year old-ish moment. ❤️ This will definitely be a continued conversation in our home. 🎄❤️ PS I asked him to come take a picture for me and he insisted on standing like this so he “looked like a cross” ❤️
As I was reading and the kids were playing, I overheard two college girls discussing finals. "Oh to be a carefree twenty-something..." I thought remembering my college days. Even though motherhood is wonderful, I do miss those carefree days sometimes. Then they said, "Do you remember being a kid and not worrying about anything?" "Yeah, look how much fun they are having!" These girls were watching my kids play, and it was making them miss the worry-free fun of their childhood. We accidentally spilled lemonade and as the kids and I scrambled to clean it up, a silver haired lady smiled kindly at me from across the Chick-fil-A. I couldn't help but wonder if she was thinking, "Oh, I remember those years," and perhaps missing the messy days when her children were little.