Monday, June 29, 2015

Mommy guilt

Dear fellow Mommies,

Have you ever had the feeling that you messed up?
Haven't been a good enough Mom lately?
That you haven't done enough? 
That you should be doing this or that?
That you miss the past times with your kids?

Mommy guilt is real and one of the most difficult feelings for a Mom to encounter. And maybe it can be a good thing to help us recognize the need to spend more one on one time with our children.

I'm here to tell you that you are enough :)! God made you for a deep purpose in raising your children and being blessed to be called "Mom." By calling upon Him, we can help eliminate the feelings of guilt.

I know I've felt those feelings listed above before and it is a heart wrenching feeling. God created each of us so very special. We may not do 'this' or 'that' but we can do 'something else' really good :).

Mommy friends, lets try to stop comparing ourselves to other Moms. Because I'm sure you've heard it before but "Comparison is THE thief of joy." And it is so true. Every single Mom brings a beautiful characteristic to the table in their own homes. Our kids need us to be happy in our own shoes. And I believe that helps them feel loved.


Another thing is that kids offer so many new beginnings. What a blessing that is! Maybe we messed up yesterday by being too tired, too busy, too impatient or whatever it may be. But here is the most beautiful part::::Tomorrow is a brand new day! Actually any time is a brand new time to start fresh! Lets make the most of it. I know I will!

I want to start spending more individual time with each child on a regular basis. I've gone on some "Mommy & son dates." And they sure are fun!! That is definitely one of my goals to keep up with each child and my hubby! :)

Love your fellow Mommy friend, Jamie



Friday, June 26, 2015

Favorite things

Friday is here!

And I'm linking up with...

Momfessionals

Here are some of my favorite things lately...

1.) I'm really loving this Women of Faith Bible study on "Overcoming Worry." It has really been comforting and amazing! One of my favorite things is doing my devotion while drinking some good coffee in the morning. 

Check it out HERE if you'd like to order it.


2.) I am smitten with these Randy tees from LuLaRoe clothing. I had a party recently and love the clothing I was able to earn and purchase. The material is super soft and comfortable. I wash mine in cold water with other like items and air dry. They wear so well time after time. I also love my skirts and dresses from their line. The large selection of unique patterns is unbelievable. This particular pattern below is one of my faves! Timeless!

 Check them out at Lularoebyhannahlarowe & Lularoebymeganlillion on Instagram and Facebook. You won't regret it! :) And if you're in the area you could book a fun party that is open house style and it'll seriously rock! :) 




3.) This book right here I got from my sweet friend for my birthday. Just finished it and I really really enjoyed it! How sad to think that back in the 1920's some children were adopted for the work they can provide. Such a beautiful & raw story. Now I'm looking for a new book to get started on. 



What are some of your favorite things lately?
Jamie :)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summertime so far '15

This has been my very favorite summer thus far. I don't know if it's because the kiddos are getting older but it's been extremely fun!

Just before school was out for Austin we went fishing. He caught this nice bass and was beyond excited. You can check out his video HERE on youtube. And he is the one who wanted his fishing video on youtube. He loves watching fishing videos on there and wants to put all sorts of fishing videos on there. His passion for fishing is fierce and I couldn't be more proud of the patient and persistent fisherman he is.



When Troy was done with PreK for the year we celebrated together. We went to the park just the 2 of us. And he climbed all the way to the top of this rope tree! Yay, what an accomplishment.


We had yummy Subway for lunch and took a selfie :). 


Daddy and Austin have been doing some target practicing with their bows. 
I absolutely love watching them!


The boys have been in soccer and it sure has been a blast watching them play.
 Austin is really enjoying it!


They also did football camp. How cute are they?! Those were some hot days but oh so fun!



The kids picked me some beautiful wildflowers. I love flowers! Especially when my kids pick them for me!


We went to the park/river while waiting for my oil change. And the boys decided to do a little fishing. It was such a beautiful day.

 


And we did a little water fun in the backyard and bike rides almost daily. And so much more fun to be had.

Loving this summertime!
Jamie :)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Whole New Perception


The other morning I was driving solo in the morning with a lot on my busy mind. I was thinking about the future (and worrying) and giving it to God in prayer. 

I found myself looking out the window and started seeing the telephone poles in a whole new light!

A perfect and beautiful cross was what I started seeing while gazing at them. My whole perception changed about my thoughts on the future in that moment. 

I heard God's voice telling me something new with each passing of the telephone poles. And from this simple photo below you can see in the distance that they just keep on going.


I love you!...

I died on the cross for you!...

Do not worry!...

I have a plan!...

You are mine!...

Don't ever forget it....

My mind went instantly to Christ dying on the cross for all of us. He didn't do that years ago for us to forget the true meaning behind it. But I know it's because He loves us so much and wanted to die for our sins so we didn't have to and wants us to forever remember.

It's mind-boggling to know that. But He knew the future and what it would hold. And He STILL knows the future and what it holds for each of us. Therefore, not a thing will change by us worrying about the future. But with our trust in God, peace will come. And how beautiful that is. 

And those cross shaped telephone poles went on & on & on. Just like God's love goes on & on & on for you!

And to this day I will never look at one the same as before. I hope the next time you see a telephone pole that you will be reminded on God's love for you! 

"Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge."
*Psalm 61:8

Jamie :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

In The Storms of This Life


In this world we will go through a storm at some point. Whether it be a small or large storm is uncertain.That storm can be anything that is difficult for you to handle. 

I learned recently that while in the storms of this life the waves outside of your "boat" (self) may be crashing, pushing, pulling, swaying you, freezing, uncomfortable, scary and frightening (that all being life events).

And that gives us 2 options:

We can lay down in our boat & wait (pray)
 OR
we can paddle harder.


What will you choose to do?

And some of the time all we can do is wait, give it to God and trust in Him. And that is a hard thing to do sometimes because we want to try to be strong on our own and do something. But, I promise it is easier to just give it to God right away. I've learned firsthand that doing that is the best way and I'm still learning and working on it. And there is a time to walk in the direction God is leading you.

I am reminded of Matthew 8:23-27. When the disciples were in the boat with Jesus while the storm was brewing Jesus was sleeping. The disciples were all scared and nervous. They shouted for Him to save them. Jesus replied: "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" He then got up and stopped the storm. And the disciples were amazed! 

It's not whether we face a storm in this life it is HOW we will respond to the storms. If we can manage to trust in our God and His lead...the crashing waves will be much more bearable. 


Promise.


"I will praise you in the storm" (By: Casting Crowns) is such a great song!

I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

[Chorus:]
And I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to you
And you raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can't find You

But as the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

[Chorus]

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth

[Chorus x2]
Sincerely,
Jamie :)

Monday, April 27, 2015

I know this girl...


I know this sweet girl who defines what precious is. She has beautiful eyes that squint when she smiles. Her smile brightens the entire room that she enters. It reminds me of someone very special. Her teeth are adorable. She has a button nose that she likes to wrinkle up. She has such pretty hair that looks absolutely adorable in pig tails. And she has eyelashes for days.



She's brave and independent. She isn't scared to try new things like slides but does not like to be put too high in the air. She is careful when she walks. And always has been very careful not to fall. She is a cute runner. She can kick the ball outside like a little soccer player. Throwing the ball is also one of her favorite things to do. She giggles as she plays. A new favorite is wearing her helmet around the yard and going on bike rides.

Her giggles are so sweet and a very frequent occurrence. She especially laughs when she's on the swing and I say "I'm gonna get you!" and tickle her belly. She's very ticklish around her neck and feet. She's a chatterbox and will attempt to say just about any word. One of her favorite words is "Uh Oh!"and she sure loves to clap.

She is very tuned into details. Looking at pictures around the house is one of her very favorite things to do. And she will point and tell who is who. As well as take a picture down and carry it around kissing the faces and squealing. There are 2 boys who are absolutely smitten by her. She is always on their mind. From the moment they wake up. They would do anything for her and would be lost without her. Oh goodness, how she giggles with them and follows them around. And there is a wonderful & strong man who thinks the entire world of her.


She knows to pray before she eats and begins folding her hands when we say "Let's pray." She isn't very picky with her food except for tomatoes. She prefers ranch dressing for her carrots like some boys I know. And she loves "Wa Wa" (Water) so much along with "Cackers."

She loves to put lip balm on her lips...all by herself. She likes dresses and skirts and twirls in them. She loves her babies and blankies. Shoes are one of her love languages. Wearing shoes/boots around the house is a favorite activity with a stocking hat on. A little fashionista in the making. She's a girly girl for sure but also doesn't mind getting dirty outside.


She is an animal lover. Pup pups, fish, cats, cows, and deer. She squeals with absolute joy when she sees any kind of animal. And she will follow them around the house wherever they may be. Seeing the blow up cows around the local grocery store makes her giddy "Cow!" she says as she points excitedly.

Looking through books are one of her favorite things! Paging through them brings her joy as well as pointing at the pictures. At bedtime she already knows the routine; she cuddles with her blankies as she gets a couple of books read, songs sung and a prayer before going to bed. She loves to be held and cuddled. And gives some of the sweetest kisses of all time.


She loves so many. A pure little princess with a heart full of love is who she is. And how eternally grateful we are for her!


Love Forever

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Joy in a Child's eyes

We've had some really beautiful weather. Last week we had the perfect opportunity to blow some bubbles in the yard. My kids were having a blast running after the ones I was blowing.  And they loved catching and stomping on them. 

Pure joy on their sweet faces!


To watch Troy's expressions when he would catch a bubble and to listen to his giggles & cheers was so refreshing. And then he said it was my turn and wanted to blow them for me to catch. At first I just tried to catch the ones within reach. But he shouted "Mom, get them!! Quick!!" He wanted me to run after those sparkling bubbles as he was. So I started having more fun with it and ran after them with giddy excitement on my face.  

And he was having just as much fun blowing them for me and watching me run after them as he was when it was his turn. I love that! In a child's eyes, those amazing, flying bubbles are so magical. They are one of the only up close things that fly. And children can make them fly all by themselves. Being able to do that is a beautiful feeling. 

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The other day I was vacuuming and found lots of change under the seats, stuck in tiny crevices. I was in a hurry vacuuming while the kids were napping and at first was just vacuuming up the dirty pennies that were really hard to reach. And I thought I'd maybe get them out of the big shop vac canister when I was finished. Maybe.

And THEN I remembered what Austin and Troy do when they see a penny on the side of the road. They RUSH to it and pick it up and stuff it in their pocket.


And they excitedly shout "Look, Mom! I found money!!"

So excited about a penny. What would they do about those pennies under the seats? They would dig their little hands in there and try to be the first to get the coins. They would be grateful.

And at that thought I quickly picked up the penny I was eyeing to vacuum up and stuffed it in my back pocket. It may be just a penny but it still adds up. And I smiled thinking about my sweet kids.

Kids give us great perspective. Whether it be from watching our own child, a niece/nephew, cousin, friend's child or a child at the park.

Jamie :)