Hello Mornings

10495693_4526559258592_4295991574255697725_oIt is quiet and the kids are in bed, the house is clean and “Friday Night Lights” is waiting for me on Netflix.  In the season of motherhood I have been in for the last 11 years I would cherish my time at night.  I even thought I deserved it.  But what was meant to be just 1 show and a decent bedtime turned into more episodes and falling asleep on the couch.  Can anyone relate?

Then the morning time would come around and I would hear my kids in the hallway and want to crawl back in bed.  When they are really little I had no chose to get up, feed, and change them. Continue reading

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Five Minute Friday- Exhale

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Today I am joining the community over at Lisa-Jo Baker‘s blog for Five Minute Friday.  The idea is to write for 5 minutes without over thinking it.  Just share what is on your heart and mind without worrying about it being perfect.

This week’s word is Exhale

As I run up the big hill just in front of my kids’s school during my I remember to “exhale”.  It is about 5:55 or so and I am heading toward the last leg of my morning run with my friend.  It seems that as I am struggling to make it up to top I am forgetting to breath.  I am working so hard to put one foot in front of the other.  But I finally make it to almost the same spot every time and I inhale deeply and then exhale.

I am not a runner or at least that is what I tell people when they ask me.  “So your a runner?”  My response is usually “I run but I am not a runner.”

This past April I ran my first 5K. It was a big deal. I trained 3 times a week for about 8 weeks at 5:30 am. I bought new shoes, a sports bra, and running shoes. But most important was that I set a goal for myself and I stuck to it and met it.
The stage of life I am in is like nothing I ever expected. It is full of never completed tasks or goals not met.The laundry is never done neither are the dishes. The kids homework just keeps on coming. The bathroom spells like pee ALL the time.

So I decided to set a goal that I could work for.  One of the most important things I have learned through my running journey was the importance of a friend to help you stick to it. Neither of us had every run a race or even run for any distance at all.  I am the girl who only played soccer for one year because I hated to run.

We started off by walking to Starbucks getting a yummy drink and walking back.  We figured that we were doing more than those sleeping.  But my goal of running a 5K was still in the back of my mind.  So we started the program Couch to 5K.  Have you heard of it?  It is a slow progression of running and walking.  You start out running 90 seconds and then walking.  Each day you run for a little more and walk a little less.  We both thought there was no way we could do it.  But we did slowly but surely we were becoming runners and it felt so good.

During my motherhood journey there are times (a lot) that I feel like I am not really good at anything any more. There are days I feel like there is no way I am going to make it kind of like running up the hill. Motherhood isn’t measurable.  It can’t be graded or scored but man I wish it could.  Even though I don’t receive a score I keep seeking wisdom from God daily in my journey.  A new favorite verse for me has been in James 1: 4-5. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

Running and motherhood have more in common than I ever thought.  We need to persevere, let friends help us, and seek wisdom or a plan.

Come check out some other wonderful blogs at Five Minute Friday.

 

 

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Today I am joing the community of writing at Lisa Jo’s blog for Five Minute Friday.  The challenge is to write for 5 minutes on a given word each Friday.  Set a timer, don’t over think , don’t stress and then share your thoughts with others.

One of my biggest hopes for my kids ais that they would be close as they grow into adulthood.  When I see siblings who really enjoy being together there is something magic about it.  How does it happen? What did their parents do to make this happen?

As I see my kids live in close spaces with each other day in and day out I pray that they will see what I I see the opportunity to have amazing best friends right here in their house.

My kids are so different  in so many ways. I pray that they are able to cheer each other on in their differences and not compare. God made them so uniquely but chose them as siblings for a reason.

Just like so many other areas of parenting I will continue to pray for wisdom. Wisdom to teach them how to look to the needs of others before their own, help their brother up when he is down, and enjoy their company both now and into the future.

 

 

Five Minute Friday- Mighty

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Today I am joining Lisa-Jo Baker and the community of Five Minute Friday.  The idea is to follow the word prompt given by Lisa and write for 5 minutes.  Don’t over think it, edit, or plan just write what is in your heart and head.

Today’s word is Mighty.

So I saw the word last night and have been thinking about the word mighty all day.  I just keep coming back to the worship song “Mighty to Save”.  I love that song.  I remember one of the first times I heard it sung in church.  My friend was singing a few rows over from me and I can still see her posture of worship.  Her hands were raised and she was singing her heart out.  I love to watch people worship.  It makes me think about how my worship has changed over my life.  I grew up in a pretty traditional church.  There wasn’t kneeling, hand raising or clapping much. That has slowly changed for me.  Sometimes I raise my hands as a posture of surrender.

Worship to me is such a personal deep connection with God.  When I choose not to be distracted by my thoughts or the people around me worship is transforming.  It softens my heart and connects me to my Savior my Jesus.  It allows me glorify Him and praise him for who he is a Mighty Savior.

Five Minute Friday- Fight

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Today I am joining the wonderful community at Lisa-Jo Baker for Five Minute Friday.  This is my third time writing on a prompt for 5 minutes.  The deal is set a timer, write on the word given with no corrections or extra time to think just write.  I am excited to write today because last night I joined my first Twitter party and chatted with some bloggers who are part of the Five Minute Friday community.

The word is FIGHT

The first thing that comes to mind for me is my kids.  They fight all the time.  It doesn’t matter what it is about.  It can be about the front seat, the last bit of cereal, who is player 1 on the Wii.  They fight all the time.  This is a part of parenting I knew was coming but didn’t realize how hard it would be to parent.

I am constantly talking to them about being a peacemaker which I would say is the complete opposite of a fighter.  Being a peacemaker means putting others needs or wants before their own.  So easy to say but so hard to do.  We are so selfish to the core all of us.  Like so many other parenting moments I am faced with my own struggles. Being selfish is a daily struggle for me. I am trying to so hard to teach my kids what I so need to learn myself.

I try to be honest with them about how hard it is and that only with the help of Jesus can we begin to be peacemakers.  We learn from the Prince of Peace how to put others first.  So as I struggle to model for them what it means to be a peacemaker I remember the verse “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will inherit the earth.”

So join us at Five Minute Friday today and share your thoughts on the word FIGHT.

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Light ‘Em Up 2013


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Super Excited to share with you one of our family traditions.  This past year we joined Courtney  at the Little Light o’ Mine to teach our kiddos about giving at the Christmas season. 

I am always looking for ways to not just tell my kids about giving to others but actually doing it.  This was a perfect way to tangible make that happen.

I have a range of ages of kiddos but this seemed to fit a variety of ages and personalities.  The basic idea behind “Light ‘Em Up” is to do some simple random acts of kindness to a variety of people in your community.  I explained it to my kids by saying when you do something nice for someone you will see their face or heart “light up”. We also talked about how Jesus is the light and we are trying to share His light with others.

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Here are the steps I took to make this happen in our family.

1. Take the No Guilt Pledge

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1. I am a mom with mouths to feed, etc. – this isn’t the #1 priority
2. I have other Christmas traditions that are good and worthy
3. If I don’t implement this, I am still a great mom
4. If I try this only on one day, I am still a great mom
5. If I see a mom that goes big with this, I can celebrate her and not
condemn myself
6. I do not have to plan every detail, I can leave room for what might just
happen if our hearts are open to the needs around us.
7. No matter my budget or ounce of craftiness, I am open to see how this
might work – my family, our way.

And, then you realize. It’s the purpose of life.
And we have all year.
And our whole lives.

Let your light shine. Matthew 5:16

Please don’t add this to your plate if it is too much.  What I love is that you can do how ever many things that you want to do.

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2.  Make a Family Plan 

Talk together as a family about why it is important to give to others this Christmas season.  We sat down two different times to look over the list of 100 ideas from Courtney’s Light Em Up ideas.

I asked the kids to let me know if it was an idea they wanted to do.  It was fun to see who was attracted to different acts of kindness.  To be totally honest my kids were not completely engaged the whole time.  

I have to remember that I am modeling for them the idea of giving to others.  It doesn’t come naturally to put others first.  

So don’t think it was all sweet with Christmas music in the background as my selfless kiddos joyfully were excited to give to others.  Just keeping it real. 

3. Narrow down your list 

We decided as a family to try to do 12-15 ideas from our brainstorming session.  I looked at the list and narrowed them down.

 I needed to be realistic about what we would actually do.  I then made a list on our chalkboard in the kitchen with the ideas.  I LOVE this! It really helps me to have them in my sight every day.

 As we do them I mark them off.  Last year we didn’t get to all of them.  That is ok!  

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4. Get supplies

Decide on your budget as a family.  There are plenty of ways to Light Em Up without spending lots of money.

I headed to the store to get Gatorade (for gardeners), OJ and donuts (for the trash guys), gift bags and a few gift cards.  

It is really helpful to have your supplies ready so you can be ready to hand treats out when you are out doing shopping. I also had my kids make some poster cards with “Thank You” written across them.  These were given to many different people.  

There are tons of Light-Em-Up-Gift-Tags-2013 (1)  and printables available for free at Light ‘Em Up

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5. Share, share, share

It has been really fun to share my experience with others.  

If you want to join the Light ‘Em Up community then share you ideas on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #Lightemup13.

 I would love for you to comment below and tell me your stories or tag me on Facebook with your cute pictures.  I am hoping to post here our family’s experience this year too.  

Check back and follow our adventures.  It is my hope that we help each other out as we spread the love of Jesus this Christmas season by teaching our kiddos to think of others first.  

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So excited to see what God has in store this Christmas season as we Light ‘Em Up.

Merry Christmas!