“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
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All in all it was a day full of priceless memories and an experience I will never forget.
“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~
Next month our sweet feisty little Ladybug will turn two! Time is passing by way to fast. It feels just like yesterday we were anticipating her arrival into this world.
Yesterday she fell asleep in the car on the way to pick her brother up from school……that’s usually never a good thing!!!! She thinks that a quick 15 to 20 min power nap in the car is all the napping she needs for the day, until around 5:00 in the evening when she is irritably tired. Look out everyone when that happens!!!!!! Well when we arrived home from picking Taterbug up from school, he went right on down for his nap but Missy on the other hand was determined she was not going to sleep without putting up a fight. Her fighting sleep was different this time! It wasn’t that she didn’t want to go to sleep, she just didn’t want to go to sleep in her bed. She actually wanted me to hold her and rock her to sleep. This was all God’s plan. He knew I needed power nap too! So to the living room we went. We sat in the chair and I rocked her back and forth and I think I started to fall asleep before she did. She finally dozed on off and I attempted to stand up to go put her in her crib but those beautiful blue eyes popped opened. I realized she just wanted to be snuggled in her mommy’s arms and this mommy loved every moment of her other quick power nap.
I never turned down those moments to snuggle with my two children because I know the day will come when moments like these will fade away.
Once we arrived home from our mini vacation at the beach ringing in the New Year, Taylor wanted to go to McDonalds. He wanted it just to be him and I that went. He insisted that we must eat there and not just go through the drive thru. I agreed to taking him to McDonald’s (even though my mommy brain was saying “um buddy MawMaw & DaDA just took you to McDonald’s for lunch) after all I had missed him and any time that I can give him that is just the two us of is super special because he has a younger sister that gets a good bit of my attention. He went outside with his dad to “help put the car seats back into the car”, well I look up at the door when I hear him call my name. What a super sweet moment, there was Taylor at the door with the most beautiful dandelions I had ever seen. My son not only brought me flowers but he had picked them all by himself. I was the luckiest mommy in the world at that moment.He insisted that I bring them with us to McDonald’s on our date. Taterbug has such a sweet personality……when he wants to! Yes, there are moments at home when his personality is anything but sweet!
We had a great time together on our mommy & Taylor date to McDonald’s. Moments like these are what melts my heart and wipes away all the frustration from the moments when his listening ears seem to have went on an extended vacation and feel like they are never coming back.