Motherhood

A life full of Seasons

Can I get sappy with you for a minute? This mama is really starting to comprehend how quickly life goes by....how fast our babies are growing up and how precious life really is. I have always loved being a mother, but something about this past year has really changed and just increased this motherhood joy x100. Do I have moments of frustration? Yes. But loving on Mia literally makes my heart explode. Watching my son in his first year of kindergarten? UGH, I cant take it. I LOVE it. I love watching him do his homework and practice writing his name. I love reading with him and just seeing him truly thrive in his classroom. And my oldest, Brooklynn. I love seeing her be the first one awake, already in her uniform and reading because she just cant wait to get to school. Maybe its the postpartum hormones and emotions that are still running rampant through my body. Or maybe I just have truly come to a place in life where I find pure joy in motherhood. But a few things that I think have a lot to do with it is my decision to step back from work. 

A few years ago I was working all week long, weddings on the weekends, blogging, traveling for work etc. I called myself the "Yes Man". If I got a call for work, I said yes. Being a single mom before my husband and I met, I tasted the bitterness of not having money, not being able to provide for my own children and facing the stress of it every single day. It was horrible. So in an effort to "never have to feel that again", I said yes to everything. But guess what? It didn't work. We still ran into financial troubles, we still did not have an abundance of money and we still struggled. The lesson? Where was I placing my faith and trust? In myself. And that just doesn't work. 

We have had such a busy summer with the move and trying to sort out renovations, unpacking, school shopping, family in town etc. But I am so looking forward to this year. I want to hold on to every single day with Mia, because she will soon be ONE and it is literally breaking my heart. I feel like I just had her! and just for some sweet memories...look at this baby when she was still fresh...

I think of all the sweet memories I have with Mia and from my two older babies and it is something that I just hold so dear to my heart. Motherhood is incredible. Motherhood is a gift. An absolute gift. And I cannot imagine my life with out these kids.  

So excuse me while I go sneak my babies out of their beds to cuddle me in mine...because why not. They won't fit in between mommy and daddy forever. And I think this mama might be super heartbroken when that happens.  

 

Sunday Night Scripture // Vol 1.

Pay close attention, friend, to what your father tells you;
never forget what you learned at your mother’s knee.
Wear their counsel like flowers in your hair,
like rings on your fingers.
Dear friend, if bad companions tempt you,
don’t go along with them.
If they say—“Let’s go out and raise some hell.
Let’s beat up some old man, mug some old woman.
Let’s pick them clean
and get them ready for their funerals.
We’ll load up on top-quality loot.
We’ll haul it home by the truckload.
Join us for the time of your life!
With us, it’s share and share alike!”—
Oh, friend, don’t give them a second look;
don’t listen to them for a minute.
They’re racing to a very bad end,
hurrying to ruin everything they lay hands on.
Nobody robs a bank
with everyone watching,
Yet that’s what these people are doing—
they’re doing themselves in.
When you grab all you can get, that’s what happens:
the more you get, the less you are.
— Proverbs 1:8-19 MSG

Lets talk about our kids, life and motherhood for a minute. Life is busy. (Ugh, I cringe at that word busy, more about this later). But we have so much going on. Cooking meals, dishes, grocery shopping, cleaning the house, working, errands, church, dance, gymnastics or soccer etc. But then we still have to care for ourselves...so haircuts or colors, mom needs new shoes (because her Nikes have holes in them), or mom gained weight from her pervious pregnancy and nothing fits so time to go to the gym...Its never ending. But in the midst of all these demands, how many of them are eternal? How many of these demands are pushing us towards Jesus and our relationship to him?  Better yet, our childrens' souls? Their Do we even have time to think about that? And how crappy do we feel when a lightbulb goes off and we realize our kids are not babies, and they are actual humans and we haven't spent two seconds praying for their future. (Or am I the only one?) 

They are in school now, and making friends. They are socializing and their personalities are beaming. But what have we done in preparation for this? And what can we continue to do to ensure that they are not only making good choices, but also leading other children to make good choices? 

Before my son started Kindergarten, we went over some scriptures together. We talked about how to shine Gods light when he starts school. One of our favorite things to do is say our affirmations together. Scripture based affirmations. We like to speak life over the kids and foster an environment where they can speak life over themselves and BELIEVE in what they are speaking. One of the affirmations that has stuck with my son is, "I am the head and not the tail, I am a leader and not a follower". For memory sake, we combined two scripture based affirmations. (Deut. 28:13 & Josh 1:6). He loves these, and it has seriously changed his behavior, especially in public settings. But we repeat these and it amazes me how many times he encounters situations where the other boys at school are misbehaving and he is recognized by his teachers for not engaging and also for leading the other boys in a different direction.

When I came across Proverbs 1:8-19, it totally jumped out at me. I've read Proverbs 1 a dozen times, but when I read it in "The Message" version, it meant something totally different. So this week, our family will be in Proverbs. Reading together as a family, studying what it means and finding ways to apply it. But I challenge you to pray for your children's future, for their friends or future friends, their one day boyfriends or girlfriends and eventually their spouses. And to pray for an unending amount of wisdom to guide them and support them through out all their relationships.  

Lord, I pray that you equip my husband and I with the wisdom needed to raise these children in a way that would honor you. I pray for protection and that you guide them in their decisions about friendships and relationships. I pray that the children, teens and adults that enter my kids lives would bring them closer to you. I pray that their friendships & relationships honor you and shine your light through them.  I pray for protection against broken hearts, disappointments and expectations, that the might Trust you and your provision throughout out their lives. Amen. 

 

What are some of your favorite scriptures you like to pray over your children? I would love to hear! Comment or shoot me an email! 

 

Monday Planning

Mondays, after the kids have gone to school, I jump right into my weekly plan sheet. This is where I literally sort my brain out, get everything on paper and how I function as a mom of 3 + business owner. Monday's are normally difficult for most. We have our weekend blues and just wish we could lay in bed a little longer. Were not ready to be slapped in the face with school papers, to do lists, grocery shopping, cleaning etc. As a mother, our demands are endless. But My hope is that my "Time Management for the Modern Mom" Ecourse will help alleviate some of that stress and bring some sort of peace for you and your family. 

What are some of the things you struggle with during the week? Do you feel unaccomplished? Do you feel stressed and overwhelmed? Do you want to lock in a weekly date night with your husband but don't have time? I would love to hear your struggles and some things you wish you knew about managing your time better! 

Also, I will need some beta testers once it is completed so drop me a line if you want one of the 5 spots to get his course for FREE before anyone else does!