A Brief Note on Seasons

Maybe I’m the only one that does this, I don’t know maybe you do it too…

I can be completely enjoying a summer day – warm breezes through the windows, sounds of happy girls playing in the sprinkler, growing things sprouting a perfect vibrant green in my garden, the taste of fresh veggies or smoky barbecue – perfection, right? But then something will strike me, a stray orange leaf or a puff of dandelion that looks like snow – and I momentarily wish for another season.

Autumn – it’s brisk days, the freshness of new books and schedules making everything seem exciting. Winter – the hustle of gift-buying, cookie baking, and party planning. Spring – the first long walk, following my girls zooming away on their bikes and that first smell of blooming lilacs. Even in the brief and beautiful summers found in Northern New York, sometimes I wish it away as I remember the other seasons we enjoy. It’s so like motherhood, isn’t it?

All too often, I find myself thinking back to when my girls were those ages. It was so much easier then. Moms with children that are that age – they have it so easy. They don’t have to deal with ______. Life was so much less complicated then. But if we really remember clearly, moms, no ages are easy because each age and season comes with it’s own unique challenges and struggles. Yes, no doubt about it, having two daughters of babysitting age in my house is amazing. It makes a lot of things easy. But it’s also a season with two teenage daughters and a tween coming up hot on their heels. Discipline and teaching isn’t as cut and dry as it once was. Relationships are challenging, as girls stretch their wings and bump into a sister who is also stretching.

My words have been pretty lacking around here, I know, and this isn’t adding much. But as I consider how our season is shifting once again – our oldest turns 16 in a few short days! – I thought about how easy it is to just constantly look back and wish. Or maybe you look forward and wish. Just look at the faces around you, and wish to bring love and life and the Gospel into this moment, into those lives. This moment, this age, this day is only lived once. Treasure it, mommas. There is a season for everything.

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Morrow’s ‘Welcome to College’ Survival Pack Giveaway

Does your high school senior nervously gulp when asked what his or her life plans are? Give him or her encouragement and peace of mind with Jonathan Morrow’s Welcome to College, what J. P. Moreland calls “the single best volume I have ever read for preparing students for how to follow Jesus and flourish as his disciple in college.” Jonathan Morrow tackles the tough questions that arise during these formative years. Each chapter of this new edition has been updated, and the author has included a new chapter on Christianity, homosexuality, and the Bible.

Join Jonathan and other parents prepping their kids for college in celebrating the excitement of the next life stage for their kids by entering to win the College Survival Pack Giveaway (details below) and by attending his author chat party on April 11!

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • One copy of Welcome to College
  • One $50 Target gift card
  • One $25 Amazon gift card
  • One $25 Starbucks gift card

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 11. The winner will be announced at the Welcome to College Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Jonathan and other parents with kids prepping for college, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

RSVP today and spread the word-tell your friends about the giveaway via social media and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!

 

Our Thoughts:

My 15 year old and I both really loved this book. The author’s tone is matter of fact, while encouraging young people to think for themselves and consider the many aspects of each of these difficult topics. It’s the kind of book every young person should read before moving out to the real world. Challenging, thought-provoking, and packed with Biblical truth. We highly recommend it!

Books For Easter 2017

Am I the only one that still feels like Easter should be a month away, if not more? Where did March go? But with just over a week left, it’s the perfect time to finish up your Easter shopping with some books. We all want our kids to learn more about following Jesus, so why not place a book in their Easter baskets with that candy?

I’ve got one book recommendation for each age group – preschoolers, early readers, tweens, and teens. If you have a girl in your life, these books are great additions to their book collection. Fresh new books, reading outside in the sunshine – perfection. (Now we just need sun here in Northern New York!)

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When Words Hurt

I was picking up my daughter from the nursery at church. The worker seemed annoyed, so I asked if everything went alright. She started by telling me briefly about her job, but I can’t remember what she said because for a moment I was so confused by her words.¬†But then came the rest of her explanation –

If you spent less time trying to teach her to read at 3, and more time disciplining her then she wouldn’t be so difficult to handle.

I was crushed.

What she didn’t know is that I wasn’t trying to teach my daughter to read at all. She just was picking up books and watching Sesame Street. Didn’t know that I was exhausted because it seemed all I did was discipline and direct this little ball of energy. She didn’t know that I was struggling with how to train her to listen to me, when all this little one wanted to to was talk and move and ask questions. so many questions. This tired nursery worker¬†just assumed something, based on the 40 minutes she spent with my precocious toddler and judged my parenting.

So how do you respond to such a statement?

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