Thursday, August 21, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Remember when I said I wanted to start doing this every week? Here goes week two...several weeks later.
B - I love you. You had your first flight in a helicopter this week. I can hardly believe we've made it this far. And I can't wait to see what comes next.
J - Every day you are becoming more and more of a little boy and less and less a toddler. I overheard you singing to your sister this week while I was busy - little boy, you touch my heart.
W - You and I have gotten some one-on-one time this week, and sweet boy, it has been precious time to this mama. You have a way of expressing your thoughts with words that excites me for what's coming.
A - This week you turned two months - two months, baby girl! Each day with you is something to cherish. Your sweet smile and calm spirit continues to fill our home with joy.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Friday, August 8, 2014
I know....I KNOW....it's been forever. Guess I'm still learning to juggle three kiddos...
I took my boys to a store today. A store that is not my favorite. But it is close. We needed to get out of the house and get something new to do (we ended up with Hot Wheels coloring books, but that's not the point of the story). And my youngest boy had a screaming, crying meltdown...through the whole store. And more than one customer asked what was wrong, why wasn't he being good. And for an instant, I was embarrassed of my boy and his behavior. Thank goodness I was able to nip that yucky feeling in the bud, because just seeing my boy at his worst is like seeing one pixel of a masterpiece.
What they didn't see is:
my son is extremely smart (and I'm not just saying that!)
he is extremely kind and loves his siblings fiercely
he is an encourager
he is passionate (well, they saw that a bit)
he is handsome
and in this moment in time, he is mine. Mine to nurture, to snuggle, to read to, to care for. And I love him all the fiercer for the times when being a parent is hard.
We all have bad days and bad moments. Days when we need more grace. And sometimes, we just need a long nap to turn things around.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Staying home with my children is the biggest blessing of my life. I love it! (And, quite frankly, never really liked working in an office, even in my degree field)
But...it can feel a little unproductive. Laundry, dishes, vacuuming: even though these chores are a blessing to my family, they have to be repeated often and it can be discouraging to not "do" anything else all day.
So I write lists.
My mama is a list-writer, so I know I come by this habit honestly.
Because the needs and energy levels of my family fluctuate daily, I like to write a list for the week instead of a daily to-do list.
I put chores (laundry, cleaning), hobbies (quilting, silk screening, photography), quick tasks (empty the dishwasher), and long tasks (clean out the hall closet, clean the bathroom).
It's a good way for me to feel productive and make a good use of my time instead of letting things that should be done in moderation use up large chunks of time (Facebook and Pinterest, I'm looking at you two!).