It’s a Monday!

It’s definitely a Monday! It’s one of those Monday’s where I wonder if I’m on hidden camera. It’s the first day of soccer camp and everything is running smoothly for the most part, Taylor’s up super early but then the reality of the morning hits. We’re frantically looking for shin guards and trying to convince his sister to get dressed. Finally the shin guards are located and Emersyn is dressed everything seems to be back on track and we’re ready to go and that’s when what I thought would never happen happened! I had always said my kids would never cut their own hair……I wouldn’t be one of “those parents”……….famous last words! Do not ever think for one second that Oh my kids will never do that, or my kids will never etc” Taylor grabbed his age appropriate scissors and (pretending) said “I’m giving Emme a haircut, I’m cutting Emme’s hair!” So of course Emme not to be out done gets the scissors from him, thinking she’s pretending too….and says “No Taylor, I can cut my own hair….I can do my own haircut.” Well to her surprise and my complete shock because it all happened right in front of me before I could stop her. Thankfully it is not that noticeable when it’s brushed because it could have been a lot worse. I’m glad the rest of the day went on as the “normal typical” never ending always interesting mommy roles. Oh and how could I almost forgot this! Before the whole haircut fiasco, a complete an utter meltdown over the fact that she wanted her hair pulled back with this! All of her hair. I beginning to think I’m on hidden camera show because the things that they get so upset over and what can happen in a moments notice. Here’s to hoping Day 2 of getting ready for camp goes better.

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Freedom! 

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬ “The secret strength of a nation is found in the Faith that abides in the hearts & homes of the country.” ~Billy Graham ~ My prayer is that these two precious gifts continue to grow in their faith and hope in God. That they also continue to grow in their love for our great country. My heart is warmed every time that I see them just naturally stand up without any prompting from us, when they hear our National Anthem being played. I pray that they understand that our freedom is not free, that it was bought with a price. I want them to know that even though men and women paid the ultimate sacrifice and still today pay the ultimate sacrifice to allow us to have the freedoms and liberties that we have, it was Jesus who paid the ultimate of ultimate sacrifices for not only our freedom but our salvation too. Jesus died on the cross to save us of our sins.  “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14

When Life Gets Sticky!

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It was just another Summer morning with me trying to keep the kiddos entertained and lets face it keeping my sanity. This morning, we were going to try making slime. What I did not realize was what God was going to reveal to me through this activity. We used the recipe that used Contact Solution.

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Slime/Gak

4oz Elmer’s Glue (we used the clear glue)

½ tbsp. of Baking Powder

1 tbsp Contact Solution

Any color Food Coloring

Glitter

Mix together in a bowl and more contact solution can be used to make it less sticky and manageable.

Helpful Mom Tip: (store in a sealable sandwich bag and the slime can be played with later.)

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This activity kept my kids entertained for a while. The more the kids played with the slime, the more God started to reveal to me how he is just like the contact solution used to make the slime/gak. Let’s face it motherhood gets sticky, motherhood gets messy but God’s word makes things less sticky and more manageable. God never says life will be easy but He does say he will never leave us or forsake us. He is always with us and  this only happens when we continue to stay in “Contact” with Jesus and God’s word. The simplest of activities with your children can be turned into teachable lessons on God’s word and God’s goodness.  So mom make some fun slime/gak moments with your children and remain in “Contact” with God’s word.

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Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. John 15:4

A man who endures trials is blessed, because when he passes the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12

 

 

Here’s to a New Adventure!

The journey of Mommyhood is an adventure all in itself, but my adventure is starting a new endeavor today. Today begins the new chapter in our lives with Joseph starting school in the evenings. I have so many emotions going through me all at one time. I am happy and excited that he has made the decision to further his education and what opportunities that it will open in the future with his job, but I would not be honest if I did not say I’m nervous, scared and a bit overwhelmed with the fact that this means I will basically be a married single mom during the week. I am truly thankful to have to family support that we have my parents and his parents that will be able to help me out some. This is not going to be just an adjustment on me, but a huge adjustment on the kids. I know that with the God on our side we will make it through this.

This week with Joseph starting school is not going to be a typical week because of a cruise to the Bahamas that has been booked since the beginning of this year. So not only does this mommy have the emotions with the new going to school adventure, but has the many emotions of being away from the kiddos. I am excited to get away for almost a week and to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary in the Bahamas, but I am also having anxiety of being away from the kids in a way I have never been before. Taylor will turn five in less than two weeks and the furthest that I have been away from them was a five-hour car ride away. This trip is different, I will be on a boat in the Atlantic, I can’t get in a car and come home if something happens. I know that they will be fine and have a great time because they will be with their MawMaw & DaDa, but I am still a mommy with the mommy anxiety.  

I know that it is important that Joseph and I get this time away. With so many changes coming with him starting school that we need this time together. The only way we can take care of our children, is to make sure we take care of ourselves and our marriage too. So here’s to the new adventure and more mommy moments! Stay Tuned!

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The Blessed Moments Mom

Mommy, I’ll Stay Home With You!

I experienced something with Taylor this morning, that I have never experienced. He did not want to go to school, he wanted to stay home with me. The whole drive to school he was trying to convince me to take him back home once we dropped Emme off in her classroom. He wanted to stay home with me to the point of saying he would help me with the laundry. I thought maybe once we actually got to the school and went in, he would be okay but I was wrong. We dropped Emme off and walked across the hallway to his classroom and he was holding onto my leg and crying. My heart was breaking because this is completely out of the ordinary for him. Anyone who knows him, knows he loves going to school. He is usually already in the classroom and I have to get his attention to tell him bye and to have a good day, but not this morning, this morning was a first and a worst!

My years of working in the early childhood field, I was the one trying to comfort moms when their child was having separation anxiety. Today I was the mom receiving the comfort and the reassurance. I have to admit it felt strange, it felt so unfamiliar but at the same time very familiar. Thankfully he was all better and ready for the day before I actually left the school. While talking with the Assistant Director, Taylor had come down the hallway with his teacher to the bathroom and with hustle and bustle of children coming in and parents leaving, I did not even see him come down the hallway. All the sudden I felt these sweet hands wrap around me and say “Hey Mommy” There he was with those big brown eyes and happy smile. His teacher told me we went potty and that we are all better and ready for the day. What a sweet relief to leave the school and know that he was all better and happy. Praying tomorrow goes better!

When Flour Leads to Prayer

2016-04-22 10.07.14When being out of flour leads to talking to your four-year-old about praying. We never know what God is going to use as an instrument for teaching about him. That is exactly what happened Friday. I had told Taylor that we would make some chocolate chip cookies that he and his sister could take to have at their MawMaw and DaDa’s house for the weekend. This mommy was doing good, I had the butter sitting out to get to room temp while I prepared the kids pancakes and sausage for breakfast. After breakfast I went to get the remaining ingredients for the cookies and that is when I realized that we had every ingredient except the flour. At that moment I knew that the trip to the store was a must and let’s face it……… all us Mommies know that a quick trip to the grocery store is never just a quick trip when kiddos are in tow.

I think we were out the door in record time, I think partly because it looked like it was going to start pouring rain at any moment. So we are loaded up in the car and to Walmart we head. On the way to this really quick trip to Walmart, if there is such a thing as a quick trip to Walmart…….anyways this mommy starts going over the expectations at Walmart. Listening Ears, we are only getting the few things on the list, we will not be walking out with any toys. Then this mommy starts talking God and asking please let the rain hold off till at least until we get home or let it rain while we are in the store but stop let it stop before we leave to get back in the car. Then all the sudden I hear Taylor in a sweet little voice saying “Jesus, please don’t let it rain!” My first thought was they do listen to me ha ha, but I knew in that moment this was the perfect opportunity to talk about how God always answers our prayers according to his will. That sometimes God’s answers are not always how we want them or think they should be answered but that his way is always perfect. We just have to simple ask God for his will to be done. God hears our prayers no matter how big or how small that they may be.

Well God heard our prayers and he answered them, the rain held off! He even answered this Mommy’s prayers and the Walmart trip went great. There were moments of asking for things which is fine but I am just thankful that the dreaded answer “No” did not trigger complete full blown tantrums……this time!!! The rain even held off on the way home from the store. On the way home we continued our discussion on prayers because Taylor says “Mom, look it didn’t rain!” Yes, Taylor God answered our prayers about the rain and God will always answer our prayers but it will not always be exactly how we want them to be answered. Sometimes God’s answer will make no sense to us and we will not understand why and that is okay. God’s way is always right, perfect and for his glory. We need to give God thanks in all circumstances.

 

The Blessed Moments Mom

Springtime in Augusta

This past Sunday was one of those magical moments that I dreamed would come true one day. I have lived in the Augusta area all my life and had never stepped through those magical gates leading into the prestigious Augusta National golf course. I had seen the world-famous golf course on TV and in pictures but I had never actually been inside the Augusta National until this past Sunday. What made this day even more special was that my first time inside the Augusta National was also my Taterbug and my sister’s first time as well. I have to admit my eyes started to have happy tears when I was holding Taylor’s hand to walk up to and through those world famous gates into the prestigious Augusta National. It was a feeling that I will never forget. I heard another patron say welcome to Disney World for Adults and he was 100% correct. While we were there for the Drive Chip and Putt Finals, we only had limited access to the golf course. Having only limited access to certain areas of the course, means that seeing inside the Augusta National is still on my bucket list…..it is only halfway checked off.

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Now I have to be honest, I am not a huge golf fan but there is just something magical and special about the Masters tournament in Augusta. The Masters is the one golf tournament that I will sit and watch on TV…..which is what I have to do because I have never had tickets for practice rounds or the actual tournament. One Day……One Day I will obtain tickets, but for now I am thankful for having the chance to see part of the Augusta National.

Seeing the excitement in Taylor’s eyes was priceless. He was so excited to get to go to and watch the Drive Chip and Putt championship, that he had told us the day before that he need to go to bed early and get a goodnight sleep because he had a big day tomorrow. He was correct we did have a big and exciting day ahead of us.

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Once he watched some of the kids that were competing in the Drive Chip and Putt finals, he started to pretend that he was playing golf. He is definitely my little sports fanatic.

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I knew that there were some “must get” or should I say “must eat” when going to the Augusta National and that is the famous pimento cheese sandwiches and the egg salad sandwiches……..and of course we cannot forget the famous plastic cups with the Masters Logo on it. You cannot beat $1.50 for a sandwich and $1.50 for a sweet tea. One of the best Pimento Cheese sandwiches you will ever eat. I added some Carmel Popcorn as well and it was delicious! Another must is a visit to the Pro Shop to get those Masters memorabilia with the famous Masters logo on it.

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All in all it was a day full of priceless memories and an experience I will never forget.

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“In golf as in life it is the follow through that makes the difference” ~Anonymous~

“Golf is a compromise between what your ego wants you to do, what your experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do.” ~Bruce Crampton~

“Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots-but you have to play the ball where it lies.” ~Bobby Jones~