Silence

I shared this morning on social media about how I just don’t have words for blogging right now. I really don’t. So I hope you all can be patient with me as I wait for God to open up this avenue again. In the meantime –

I’m getting a haircut today.

I’m abundantly thankful for gardens and the gift of growing food.

I’m reflecting on 1 Peter for the next few weeks (along with my whole church). It’s good for me to remember what Jesus really went through, what the apostles went through…makes my life seem like cake.

Homeschooling is going well.

Work is going well.

That’s about all I got, friends. Hopefully, I will be back soon.

The Changing Seasons

It’s almost October. The season of falling leaves and busy calendars around here. It’s also the month that contains two birthday girls in this house and they’re big birthdays this year. My beautiful blonde Alyssa is going to be 13. Thirteen. Thirteen years of her sparkly blue eyes and hilarious personality and of learning to live with her food allergies. And our little Addie, our baby that didn’t want to breathe when she was born, will be 6 in two short days. And tomorrow morning? Tomorrow morning, they’ll all get ready and load into our truck and happily go into their first weekly enrichment program of the year. Most likely, they’ll go without even looking back at me for reassurance.

They’re growing up.

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I always thought that I wouldn’t be one of those moms. You know, the sappy moms that stared longingly at the young mom surrounded by little faces that needed her. Although I don’t miss crying babies (canigetanamen?), those little faces that needed me? Sometimes when I realize they’re not so little any more, my breath catches. They’re growing up. They’re learning how to do this thing called life on their own. Because no matter how cliche it sounds, it’s true. To everything there is a season. Babies don’t keep. And one day you really will wake up, only to realize that your crowd of little faces aren’t so little any more.

There are moments during our average school day when I find me wishing I could clone myself. The oldest has to get to her science class, but the 8th grader that is doing so great in pre-algebra needs me for her daily lesson and the very bright little 1st grader has finished all her work for the day. She’s bored. And the 4th grader? She’s outside with the rabbits instead of doing her handwriting. Every one needs me, and a different part of me. But more and more, I’m finding moments when everyone has gone through their checklist for the day. They’re working in their rooms or at the table. And they don’t need me at all. Almost every afternoon I find myself in this weird position of not knowing what to do with myself. Everyone is doing their own thing, whether it be working or school or just playing. There’s no more nap times or ‘help me, mom!’

And I realize I really have become that mom. Young moms – no matter how exhausting and annoying and menial the day to day is, just love it. What an honor! Just look at them. Those little faces were given to you my God to nurture and raise and teach. And the menial things? They’re laying the foundation for the not-so-menial things that will sneak up on you before you know it. Because any mom that’s not so young can tell you that little children exhaustion is nothing compared to the emotional and mental exhaustion of older children and teens. Watching your children walk through real hurts or issues is so much harder than potty training. I promise.

So young moms, take it from this not so young mom and just pause for a moment to love the little people that surround you. And not-so-young moms, don’t mourn for too long. We’re raising world changers and they won’t learn anything if we’re trying to hold them back.

 

{I’m going to go wake my almost 6 year old up so I can hug her now.}

The Proverbs 31 Woman – The Original Pinterest Mom

We’ve all seen it. We get on Pinterest and see photos of these amazing supermoms and their perfect crafts, school projects, and perfect meals with all prepared with a smile. Plus it all coordinates and her house in the background of every photo is spotless. Even her laundry room is cute! How in the world are we – normal, every day, clinging to Jesus and a cup of coffee moms – supposed to compete with that?! So then we go to the Bible and find the Proverbs 31 woman. Hello! She’s the original Pinterest mom! Seemingly perfect and untouchable.

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{repost} words

Do you know what Matthew 12:37 says?

Sobering, isn’t it?

It is for me. Because, honestly? Sometimes words fly out of my mouth like out of control darts, before I can reign them in. I hold the power to bless or curse with my words. I can build or break. It’s all just words, not sticks and stones right?, but we know the truth. Those words can be so powerful – both for good and for evil. How are you using your words today?

For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

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What I’m Sensing

 

Things have been so slow around here! Summer has got me all relaxed and lazy, which unfortunately means this blog suffers. In an effort to give myself some structure (apart from a fun giveaway here and there – another one later this week!), I’ll try to fill in these blanks once every week or two. Do you have a blog and want to join in? Use the graphic below and leave your URL in the comments! I’d love to hear what you’re up to!

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