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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Mother's Prayer


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This is my heart today, and I'm pouring it our to the Lord.


A Mother’s prayer


Father God I ask you this morning to come into my home and make your presence known. Lead me in my tasks today. Guide me as a wife, mother, friend, daughter, and sister. Most importantly, Lord, lead me as a woman after your own heart. Lord, let everything I do today be a result of your guidance.

Father, I feel far from you, and far from your plan.

I ask forgiveness for my distance. Lord, forgive me for letting the things of this world interrupt my relationship with you. For I know that I must seek you first in order to have a peace about anything in my life (Matthew 6:33), and I have been putting you on the back burner. Forgive me for not making my time in your word and prayer a priority. Forgive me for seeking people over you. Lord, I ask you this morning to change me. I ask you to create in me a pure heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me (Psalm 51:10). Father, I know that you will answer my prayer this morning. You tell me in your word that if I ask it will be given to me, seek and I will find, knock and the door will be open (Matthew 7:7).

Father, answer my prayer for a renewed spirit.

Father, I pray that I would be the mom you have called me to be, and teach my boys to love you with all their heart and with all their soul and with all their strength(Deut 6:5). Lead me in teaching them about your son, who has given us life. Lord, help me reconnect with your son through prayer and study. Help me know him better. Give me the discipline to spend time in study, prayer, and worship. Help me build my relationship with Jesus, the one and only. Because of Him, I am me, and thank you for your gift of ever abounding grace.

Father, I ask you to equip me to be a refuge for my family. Help me to be a safe haven for my husband, and build my house according to your will (Proverbs 14:1). Help me to tap into the power of the spirit you have given me and not waste it. Lord, you have given me a spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control (Galatians 5:22-23). Thank you, Lord, and help me use these gifts of grace to your glory. For I know it is to your glory that we bear much fruit (John 15:8).
I know that is your will for me, and ask you to help me become your plan.

Lord, this morning I pray that I would be a mother who glorifies you and shines a light in the world for your son, Jesus Christ. I pray that I would begin in my home through the way I act, speak, and make decisions. May everything about me be emptied and exchanged for everything about you. Let the words I speak be your words and the tasks I complete be your tasks.

Father, help me to meet with you daily and begin my day right with me you. I know the peace I have after committing my day to you cannot be compared to anything. Once I meet with you, my day has purpose and direction. When I put off meeting with you my parenting is off, my attitude is weak, my endurance is low, and my patience is thin. Help me to be the wife and mother who has her priorities in check!

Lord, I pray that you would bless my husband and his work. Bless his health, body, and mind. Help him to reach out to you. Give him peace when he begins to feel stressed.

Lord, bless my children today. I thank you for them. I thank you for the gift of motherhood. Please give them healthy bodies, and healthy minds. Help them make Godly choices, and give them a desire to know you and seek you.

Lord, I cast all my anxieties on you for you tell to me to in your word (1 Peter 5:7). I will pray about everything and worry about nothing (Philippians 4:6-7), and commit my day to you. For I know it will be a success in doing so (Proverbs 16:3)

Thank you, Lord for your grace and love!

I pray all of this in your sons’ name, Jesus Christ.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

College and a binky?

It's Mommy Confessions Monday!
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My five year old sucks a binky.

Yup, you heard me. He cannot go to sleep without it. Why I’m choosing to tell you this I have no idea? Of all the places to share this I am sharing it in Mom Blog world! Supermoms everywhere are going to have a heart attack!

My youngest son is totally attached to his binky, and I’m going to have to take some sort of action.

My oldest is 11(and you’ll be happy to know he’s no longer sucking a pacifier) did the same thing when he was little. He sucked his binky until he was five. It was a total security thing just as it is for my youngest now. He just stopped though. When kindergarten came around he just didn’t want it anymore. I think the social aspect of it was too embarrassing and none of the other 5 year olds were bringing one along with their nap mats, so it just went away. Easily. So I never really cared that his little brother did the same thing. Until now.

My youngest is different. Now we homeschool both of them, and he will never actually go to “kindergarten” (the building, the nap time). So that same motivation is not there for him. Oops.


I'm realizing he seems a little more attached to his than my oldest was. At least it seems that way. He wants it in the car sometimes if he's tired, and I had a friend over the other day. He was tired, and asked for it, and I wished I could have crawled under a rock. LOL I don't ever carry them around with me, so he doesn't ever get it unless it's bedtime, but still.

I realize by this point you’re either loving me or hating me. Some people think it’s no big deal others think its crazy! That’s fine. I can handle the backlash I may get today, but I wanted to play fair, and actually “confess” something.

Now I have to tell you that he isn’t walking around Target with a binky hanging out of his mouth. It’s solely a sleeping security thing. He wants it when he has to go to bed, or he’s tired. Mostly, he never wants to use it around anyone, b/c it’s so not cool, and he knows it.

I guess I could just throw them out, but I don’t. He would be devastated. Deep down I feel like he'll just give it up when he's done with it, and why force him? It's not that big of a deal. The other half of me wonders if he ever will give it up. Is he going to college with his binky? The Supernanny would so be having a field day with this one.

So that’s my confession. My five year old sucks a binky, and I haven’t done a thing about it. I'm not even sure if I'm that motivated to do anything about it now. I'm just telling you. and I might as well tell you he's 5 and 1/2!

If you follow the rules you’ll be nice to me. Perhaps you have some magic potion or idea I could use to get him to give it up.

Most of all, I just want you to confess something “mommy” you really don’t feel like sharing. That’s really the only thing that’s going to make me feel better. If I have some dirt on you, we’re good.







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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Smile Sunday


Every Sunday Mama Hen hosts Smile Sunday. I love it!
It gives me a reason to remember all the things that put a smile on my face.

There's been plenty of smiles on my face this week. Here's why!


I took the boys fishing with my dad Friday, and had a blast. I hope they remember all the fun times we have! My parents live on the intercoastal waterway (can you say JEALOUS?) and their dock is the perfect place to catch fish. I don't know what it is, but it's a guarantee the kids will catch something there in a fairly short period of time. Now that's my kind of fishing! These smiles definitely bring a smile to my face for sure!

We spent the day fishing and swimming, and just doing the summertime thing. I'm trying not to take any of this time for granted.

 This one captures something special enough for a smile too. My oldest was so protective of his little brother out on the dock. He was so worried that he was going to fall in. Of course, he was fine, but how sweet?! They fuss and pick on each other so much, but boy do they love one another!



 Saturday brought more smiles! We took the kids to the beach and my youngest couldn't get enough of the waves! He wanted to stay out there for hours!
The pics speak for themselves, don't they?

I love watching them out there. It's made the Smile Sunday cut for sure!






And last but not least, this picture my sweet baby boy painted for me on Wednesday!
Seriously! What more could I ask for?

Thanks for stopping by today.
Take some time to remember those little things that make you smile.
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A happy heart makes the face cheerful.
Proverbs 15:13







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Thursday, June 24, 2010

A new kind of career mom

Well, Friday brought more than just a post...
I was Tickled Pink at 504 Main and Mama Hen sent me not one, but two awards!

I’m Tickled Pink at 504 Main

Holly, thanks so much for featuring my blog and post! I'm flattered!

AND...

I heart awards!
I love to give them and I love to get them! I'm a sucker for recognition that way.
I want to thank Mama's Little Chick for thinking of me for these.
 She's a wonderful mommy and blogger, and I really am flattered! Thanks Mama Hen!

The first award is Your Going Places Baby Award!

The rules of this award is to tell where you see yourself in ten years and then pass it along.
In ten years I see myself on a date!
By then my oldest will be in college and my youngest will be fifteen.
I'm thinking hubs and I can manage a dinner and some drinks by then.
On a more serious note.
Perhaps I will be continuing my college education.
I want to focus on the boys now, but by then maybe that has a place.
I'm gonna be one of those old ladies in college...Whatever!

I pass this award on to Adriana at Just by Living.
Her blog brought me to tears yesterday, and I loved her writing.


Mama Hen also sent me the Versatile Blogger Award!


With this award I am supposed to tell 7 random things about myself and pass it on.

1. I used to smoke a long long long time ago...gross!
2. I'm named after my grandma.
3. The "shoebox" I'm always referring to is my house.
4. I'm addicted to the Twilight books.
5. I LOVE Beth Moore Bible Studies!
6. I'm the youngest of a family of five children
7. I love sour patch kids...mmmm!

I'm passing this award onto Mindy at The Inquistive Mom.
She's got a great site, and I like her take on blogging!

Thanks again Mama Hen! You are so sweet to me!



You're still going to read my post, right?
hee hee :)
No, really though...

I was inspired by a blog I read this morning. Classy Career Girl. She wrote a post about asking your boss for a vacation, and had a list of good reasons to use your vacation time. I took comfort in the fact that I could still relate to the working girl.

It’s been a few years that I’ve been a SAHM, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Each day I spent in the career world was spent missing my kids and praying for the job I have now.

Before I made the move to stay home with the boys I was a title agent. I managed a small office and spent my days handling real estate closings, dealing with clients, homeowners, builders, blah, blah, blah.

Although I don’t miss this job AT ALL, I do miss the purpose of it. I had clear direction every morning. There were needs I filled within the company; I had confidence (most days) to take the bull by the horns. I was great with people, and customers, and I had a sense of pride in the job I did. I learned quite a bit about business while working for this company, and so much of it stuck with me.

The post I read got me thinking about how I manage my home.


I don’t always look at it from a business stand point, but I should.

1. Stop micro managing. Quit trying to be in control of every little thing that happens around here. Give up some responsibility to the kids to take care of the things they are big enough to handle. Give them age appropriate chores and be consistent. Give them clear expectations, and don’t sweat it, if the job isn’t done exactly the way I would have done it! The point is to give the kids a sense of purpose, and build their confidence. Not that they do the job perfectly! Chores around here usually seem like more work for me. So I rarely stick to a program. That's because I'm a pain to work for!!

2. Schedule appointments with cushions. When I would schedule closings I would always allow myself time to deal with an unexpected problem, or difficult customer in between appointments. However, when I schedule things around here they are always back to back if not on top of each other. Use outlook to get organized or some other kind of daily planner. Or better yet, make sure there are days we don't leave the house at all.

3. Delegate. Need I say more? As the manager of this house I need to make sure things get done, but I don’t have to be the one to do them all. This goes back to getting the kids involved. Perhaps hiring that landscaper hubs has been begging for? We have a dishwasher. My oldest can load it. We own a washer and dryer. I need to teach the kids how to ues it. You get the idea. I tend to do everything! But I'm realizing that's my fault. Theboys enjoy helping me when I actually let them!

4. Encourage your staff. Give your kids props for all the help they are. Thank hubs for working so hard. A simple thank you goes a long way, and quite frankly I don’t say enough.

5. Take a lunch and a couple 15 minute breaks. What’s that? When I worked I got a lunch break. Most days here I forget to eat lunch, and end up munching on junk all day or gorging around 3:00 or 4:00. No wonder I’ve put on some weight since I’ve been home. 15 minutes would go a long way here if I just took it! Can you imagine how good it would feel to just take 15 minutes to regroup?! Go back in your bedroom. Pray, read a magazine. Just sit with a cup of tea. 15 minutes isn’t going to stop your house from being orderly. This might help my mommy ADD! Everyone needs a break. Schedule a specific time each day to take your 15. Perhaps late morning and again before hubs gets home. Doesn't this sound heavenly?!

6. Keep reasonable office hours. My office opened at 8:30 and closed at 5:00. Due to the nature of the business, we extended those hours most days, but that doesn’t have to happen here! So what does opening at 8:30 and closing at 5:00 look like? Get up and get ready for my day before the “doors open”. Be ready for my clients family! Have all housework done by 5:00. Since I’m home, and I’m the boss, why not stop housework earlier, and plan to play with the kids before hubs gets home. Then maybe they won’t be desperate for his attention right as he walks through the door. Perhaps they would be calmer upon his arrival if I gave them some one on one later in the day? Sometimes you just have to stop! It’s all going to be there tomorrow anyway. That’s how I felt about the pile of files on my desk. No matter how long I stayed at the office, they were there when I came in the next morning. The laundry is my file that won’t go away!
 It. is. my. worst. customer.

7. Be a pleasure to work for. Nobody wants a negative boss. Stop complaining. Smile. Do something unexpected to show your appreciation for your employees family. Baking always works around here. :)

8. Take a vacation!! Treat yourself evey once in awhile. I tend to wait for hubs to recognize my "work". Bring me flowers, and a gift certificate for a pedi. THIS NEVER HAPPENS!! Hubs is wonderful, don't get me wrong. But he's not a romantic, and if I wait for him to treat me I will never get my treat! So, don't be scared. Schedule your own pedi, plan a day to go the beach or park alone and sit. Just make time for you. Some things cost money. Spa treatments and pedis are not exactly something I'm running out and getting. Money is tight, and I try to be frugal. But I have something I like to call "mommy money". I sell stuff on ebay we no longer use, or you could have a garage sale. Get the kids involved and help them earn some extra cash. Put some of those funds towards your "mommy money". Use it for something you like.

I'm no longer a "career mom", but I'm making a career out of being one!

Thank you Lord, for this job! I feel so blessed to have it!

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Almost 12 Years Later


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I was thinking about the past yesterday. Almost 12 years ago I brought my oldest son home from the hospital. He was precious, tiny, and real. I was young, naïve, and clueless. For the first few days of being home I felt like I was babysitting. I was in my apartment with this new baby, and I was alone.


It’s such a hard time to think about because it seems like it wasn’t even my life. For some time I was a single mom. I made the mistake of wasting my time with the world’s biggest loser right out of high school and a couple years later I got pregnant. Although finding out I was pregnant was shocking, having my baby was the only thing I had been certain of up to that point in my life. There was no way I was going to listen to the loser and do the thing I cannot even bring myself to type. I wasn’t sure of much, but I was sure I was going to be a mom, and I wasn’t going to raise my son with him. I got away, slowly, and with some back and forth, but I got away from the loser. Sometimes I think having my son was the only thing (at that time in my life) that would have gotten me away from him. I didn’t care enough about myself to do it, but I cared enough about my baby. Becoming a mom gave me direction and purpose before he was even born. All of sudden it wasn’t about me anymore. No more wasting time.

When I brought my son home from the hospital we were alone. All alone. Just the two of us. Honestly, I wish I could remember this time more. I wish I could place some of the feelings I had, and deal with them. I’m so detached from this period of my life it’s hard to remember everything I was going through. I had friends and family, of course. So we weren’t alone like some people are. I had emotional support, and good friends. One of my best friends, who is now my husband, and the only man that has ever been a father to my children, was there every step of them way. He was (and is) my best friend, and has never missed a day of my son's life. But, for some time, I was single and it was scary.

In the first months I did everything you were supposed to do with a baby. Fed him, bathed him, changed him, took care of him, got up in the niddle of the night with him, everything. But looking back now almost 12 years later, I wish I could go back for just a few days, and hold him. Did I miss out on some bonding time? Did I watch him when he slept long enough? Did he feel safe? Did I come fast enough when he cried? I would breastfeed. I wouldn’t go out with my friends for a girl’s night. I would hold him, and hold him for a long time, without thinking about anythng else. Just him and me, and I would cherish it. I would be the mom I grew up to be, but I would have been her then.

It’s hard to admit that some of these memories are in clips, and the first year of my oldest son’s life is a little blurry. I can remember everything about my youngest son’s first year. But it’s a struggle to remember this part of my life. Really remember it, and it kills me.

By the grace of God this life is like one I don’t recognize, and I guess you could say we all lived happily ever after. My husband is an amazing father, partner, friend, and man! A good man! The girl in my story seems like someone I barely know. She was so young, fragile, and clueless. God is so good, and even when I had nothing to with him, he had everything to do with me. My family is evidence of his grace and power, and I'm so thankful.

I know my children are happy, and most people that know me might be shocked that I feel like this, but I do. I missed that first year with my son, and I wish I had it back for just one day.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A landscaper and maid?




 











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Monday, June 21, 2010

Mommy Confessions Monday!

It's Mommy Confessions Monday!
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Link up so we can read your confession.
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Do not let an unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,
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I don't want to be the mom who sits at the computer all day. I don't want to be the mom who reads and writes blogs while her children turn into Mario and Luigi. I don't want to be the mom who gets a muffin top and a typing workout..my confession today is...I have been that mom!

 I've been having so much fun reading so many new blogs, and playing with mine,
that I've been sucked into the vortex of blogging!

Maybe my mommy ADD wouldn't be so bad if I turned the computer off?
So in the spirit of getting my butt in gear I'm beginning "flying" lessons today!

Does anyone else FLY?
I highly recommend this site for anyone who needs to get their housekeeping routine in gear! This week's zone is the master bedroom. I'm not sure is the Fly Lady is totally onto me, but this is by far my worst room! Sadly, our master bedroom is the catch all from all other rooms in the house. You may have read my story, and know how I feel about my "shoebox", and today it's too small! UGH!

Thank you, Lord, for a roof over our heads. I am grateful, don't get me wrong. But can't I be grateful and frustrated? I'm just saying...
There's never enough space, and if I don't stay completely organized things get crazy. That's pretty much how they are right now, and I can't take it any longer.
So, I'm beginning my zone work, getting the kids back on a limited screen time schedule, and turning off the computer! Seriously, do I really think I'm going to gain followers if I'm checking every five minutes to see if I have a new one??

Can anyone else relate? Please tell me you can! Start flying, and get things organized at your home!
Just FYI...I love the Fly Lady's routines, and techniques, and they do work! However, I HATE her emails! There's just too many, and I never read them. I just check to see what zone she's in, jump in, and try to get her daily missions done. I also LOVE her weekly home blessing hour. This makes a HUGE difference!
But, I don't worry with all the other hoo ha.

So, until later...MUCH MUCH LATER!
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Sunday, June 20, 2010

What makes you smile?

A happy heart makes the face cheerful.
Proverbs 15:13

Today I'm joining Mama's Little Chick for Smile Sunday, and I cannot think of anything better today than my hubs! It's Father's Day after all, and he definitely brings a SMILE to our faces! Hubs is an amazing husband and father. The best word I can use to describe him is selfless. Through the many years we've shared together he has always been my best friend and the person who can make me smile the most. He understands me better than anyone I know, and makes me want to be a better parent and wife. He's never to busy for us, and he always make time to play with the kids. He amazes in this department. Sometimes I'm even jealous of his patience and priorities. Even if he's had the worst day ever at work, the kids would never know!

T BALL COACH  
SURFING COACH
SCIENCE GUY(NOT REALLY-BUT HE'LL DO ANYTHING FOR THEM!)
SKATEBOARDER
MAGIC ICICLE MAKER
ROOFTOP ADVENTURER
THE LOVE OF MY LIFE

Happy Father's Day, Babe! I love you!
YOU ALWAYS MAKE ME SMILE!

Join us! What makes you smile today?










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Friday, June 18, 2010

Tickled Pink!

Today I'm joining Holly for Tickled Pink! I've got some things I'm giddy about today, so why not?!

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I'm tickled pink that...
I'm getting Seventh Generation dish soap for $.50!
I'm tickled pink that some of you really liked my post about Miracles,
 because it was special to me too, AND
I'm tickled pink over a recipe, my Grandma and some pillows, and a handmade giveaway!

 If any of you haven't tried Seventh Generation products, DO!
I love their stuff, and so does hubs. Their products are 100% organic, and have no harsh perfumes(which is why hubs loves them!) He usually complains a ton when I clean, b/c I'm a chemical junky,
but with the Seventh Generation stuff there are no harsh fumes!
Right now the dish soap is on sale at Publix, combine with coupons, and get it for $.50/bottle!
They are usually $2.99 each! I'm not telling you this as a review or promo, I just love their stuff!
Be sure to check this deal out and others HERE.


It tickled pink that I'm starting to get some readers!
I was so touched that many of you really found inspiration in my post about miracles.
That post was special to me too, and I also needed that reminder.
I was tickled pink that you liked it, and I truly enjoyed reading every comment!
Thanks again for reading and sharing your thoughts!

I was tickled pink this week when I made a yummy heart healthy recipe for hubs and he loved it!
 I featured a recipe from Meagan at Frugal Fun and Fortune, and it was easy to make and super delish!
She has a great site with some money saving tips and recipes too.




Thanks for letting me feature this Meagan! :)

If you have a recipe that you'd like to feature leave me a comment with a link to your recipe!
 I need one for tomorrow!

I'm tickled pink I've gotten started on my 30 things vow,
 and went shopping with my grandma for material to make pillows with this gorgeous fabric!
The boys and I had a wonderful afternoon with her. We went to lunch and shopping.
Spending time with my grandma is priceless.
She's eighty five and I want the boys to build some wonderful memories with her while they can.
This day was definitely one of them!

Here's a peak at the fabric I picked out.


...and, HEY! It's pink-BONUS! I will be sure to keep you posted on my sewing lessons. I'm looking forward to finally figuring out how to do this! I figure pillows are easy, right?

And here's a sweet pic of the boys and my Grandma...



And last but not least...I'm tickled pink about a handmade giveaway!

Lisa over at http://www.justalittleoffcenter.etsy.com/ is generously donating a Tushy Cushie for my June giveaway! Lisa is a homeschooling mother of 9! Yup, you heard me, 9! She is super creative and talented. These shopping cart covers are just one of her many tricks, and they are ADORABLE!

To enter the giveaway go HERE!




I hope you all have a fantastic Friday!



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