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.
4oz Elmer’s Glue (we used the clear glue)
½ tbsp. of Baking Powder
1 tbsp Contact Solution
Any color Food Coloring
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.)
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
I can honestly say that my husband 100% surprised me this Christmas. We had decided that are Christmas present to one another was to spend New Year’s at the beach just the two of us. Our first year of marriage we spent New Year’s at the beach, so five years later we wanted to recreate that weekend. So Christmas morning I was taken by complete surprise when he pulled out a big box that had my name on it. The gift tag said to: Mommy….. Love Joseph, Taylor & Emersyn. To my surprise I received a new laptop that I was really needing. My old dinosaur of a laptop was no longer portable, it always had to be plugged into the electrical outlet. The second it comes unplugged I lose everything that I was working on, if I hadn’t saved it and let’s face it my almost two-year-olds favorite thing to do is unplug mommy’s laptop……this mommy’s not laughing when that happens. My blog post has become few and far between because with a four year-old, an almost 2-year-old (who already thinks she’s going on 18) and a dino of a laptop that not only has to always be connected to an outlet and takes an hour to load up……..nobody’s got time for that!!!!!!
Writing is a good stress reliever for me sometimes and just my way of possibly helping or encouraging another Mommy that may just need that extra little encouragement. I know I need that extra little boast of encouragement sometimes. So as we get ready to say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016, it’s time to make those New Year’s resolutions that we have every intention of keeping but always seem to break at some point. Well this time I am not making resolutions, I making New Year’s goals.
My New Year Goals are:
– continuing to grow in my relationship with God by spending more time in his word and through bible study classes
-date night with my husband once a week…….even if it is just sitting together on the couch watching his favorite show
-keeping my patience more with my children. My mother-in-law is always telling me I have the patience of Job, but I don’t think I do!
-now that I have my new laptop, keeping up with my www.blessedmoments.com site. I would love to be able to blog something every day, but let’s be realistic….two to three times a week.
I am going to come right out and say this…I despise the games like Candy Crush, Angry Birds or whatever stupid names these games have. I know I have family and friends that play these games and that is fine, whatever floats your boat. I understand these games are entertainment and a hobby for some, just as Pinterest is a hobby for me. Granted let’s be honest spending time on Pinterest results in new recipes for dinner or new decorating tips, not quite sure what Candy Crush results in. I mean it’s not as if my husband has brought me any chocolate from playing it. Yes, if you can’t tell, I think these games are just flat-out stupid! No offense meant to anyone that may play them, this is just my opinion.
I guess one of the main reasons, I find these games so ridiculously stupid, is the sheer fact that people become addicted to these games and they begin to consume their lives. These games start to cause problems in families. When these games start to take priority over spending time with God, your spouse and your children then it has become an addiction. In regards to your spouse, if you spend more of your time playing these games than spending time with your spouse, it is an affair. Yes, you heard me an affair, which means you are cheating on your spouse. Proverbs 19:3 (ESV) says When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the Lord. In twenty years what will be more important…you finally made it to level 350 on Candy Crush or that you spent time with your children making memories. I know that I want my Taterbug and Ladybug to look back and feel a sense of warmth and love of their childhood. I don’t want them looking back and thinking oh, I wish my mom or dad spent more time with me than being on their phone playing games.