I only wanted to get a few things done in the garden before the kids started in on each other. I thought I would be witty and put them to work with me, but their attention span at two and three proved them ill-equipped for the monotonous task of weeding. I gathered materials for them to do a small activity and returned to plucking green patches of grass. The final squabble between my two toddlers sent me over the edge. After angrily gathering everything up and barking a lot of things at them I would regret later I sent them off to an early nap. Then the guilt settled in.....
Imagine how smoothly my morning scenario could go if I made this one change when emotions escalate. What if, instead of screaming at my children, I paused and reminded us all of Colossians 3:20 “Do all things without complaining and disputing.”? The H component is to hide God’s word in your child’s heart. God’s word… Continue reading H is for Hide
We are late again this morning. There is not enough time to stop and explain every detail of why I need my child to put his socks on before his shoes. I yell, he cries. Everyone feels frustrated and defeated. I flash forward 15 years when he isn't under my authority anymore, and instead an… Continue reading T is for Talk
I catch a glance at the time and cringe. I have about ten minutes before the effort it would take to get them out the door wouldn't be worth the energy it would take to get them ready. I head to their room to wake them in spite of my ongoing, hopeless monologue. Cypress, my… Continue reading T.H.I.N.K. Method
Do you remember the story from grade school about the little boy who had the no good, rotten, stinking day? I was thinking about that after I had what seemed to be a really rotten day not too long ago. It all started at Target. Which is crazy right? Like what mom can have a… Continue reading It’s All Good.
It's a new year. Then new year brings this sense of a fresh start. Who doesn't love a fresh start? I'm a little early to the new year resolutions as I really made 2019 a year of personal growth. It began with an long, overdue overhaul to my health. Through that journey I gained a… Continue reading Priorities
I am so loud. I yell more often than I would like to admit. I yell to get my toddlers to get their act together. I yell to get my point across in a disagreement with my husband. I'm a yeller. Better yet I am a recovering yeller. Maybe you can relate? Maybe you have… Continue reading Still, Small Voice
There is really NOTHING I hate more than someone telling me to do something when they CLEARLY are not even doing that thing. It's so easy to fall into this trap of do what I say and not what I do, but that is BOLOGNA. And nobody even likes bologna okay. Be a person that… Continue reading Practice What You Preach
Words. The Bible says that the tongue is a small thing but it can bring life or death. Isn't that powerful? I've always loved words. I love to speak them and to hear them. I love to hear people's stories & struggles. I love how I feel after leaving an encouraging conversation with someone I… Continue reading 10 Affirmations to the Burned Out Mama
"How do you do it?" I get this question a lot, and honestly depending on the day I answer it differently every time. My youngest, Jovee was born on Christmas. Cypress was two and a half and Sparrow was one and a half. Needless to say it has been a LOOONG winter. We've encountered days… Continue reading Surviving Three Two & Under