My Media Free Month.

That break was SO refreshing. I definitely needed it.

I totally recommend that you consider if it would be a good thing for you. Even if it isn’t for a whole month just to take breaks or set limits or have purpose in your social media habits!

Go read this blog and then this blog. She articulates better than I ever could.

Was it hard? Somewhat.

There were so many things I wanted to ask the people’s opinion for during last month.

For example:

  • How do you vacuum carpeted stairs? Especially, with a heavy Dyson…
  • What do you do when your 1.5 year starts burping and farting and then announcing it? Even, if he does say “cuse me” at the end.

Overall though, I loved my break and will probably do it again. Maybe not for a whole month but take time to just remove myself when I feel it’s necessary or real life has a lot going on that day, etc.

I think going forward one thing I will do to help me use my time wisely is not put that Facebook icon back on my phone. I keep my computer downstairs in the basement and I’m on it all day long for work. So I rarely retreat back to the basement during the evenings. I think that will help me not scroll so much at night when I could use my time to be with my boys, cook, prepare for the next day, read, etc!

Speaking of reading, I did it so much more than I normally do. The bible, books, to my son… I just had more time to read when I wasn’t reading statuses.

Have you thought about taking a break? What’s stopping ya?!

Also… seriously, how do you vacuum carpeted stairs? Still haven’t done it… yes, I moved a month ago.

Wordless Wednesday.

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Training Tuesday.

Its’s no wonder I don’t always feel good at my job. This made me encouraged and laugh out loud.

so so true, and I enjoy some of the hats more than others.

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Select this link to read all about them: http://www.learndash.com/9-essential-instructional-designer-skills/

 

 

Marriage Mondays.

We got to witness a wedding this past weekend.

I love weddings and the parties afterwards. Except as a side note, I cry every.single.time a mom dances with her son now. Ever since I had Haddon I just cant handle it. haha

Kevin talked out of the book of Colossians, which is a trip down memory lane because Bill taught out of that book for Micah and I’s wedding.

You know the sweet, lovey dovery, promise to do this, promise not to do that speeches that happen?

Married people you already know this, but those promises arent kept. Not on your power alone anyway.

Unmarried people when you make those vows to each other, that covenant, know that you need a higher power than the two of you.

I remember the first time I watched our wedding video. I cried and cried at that part.

Not because we didnt have a happy marriage we did and we do, BUT there is some ugly in it. Not constantly but it happens.

Fortunately, we forgive, we offer grace, we love without keeping records of wrong (well at least try not to), we look to the ultimate example of love.

Yes that wedding day involves lots of decision making and will be a great day to remember! Probably one of your most top three ever. Those butterfly feelings wont be there every day.

Its the nitty gritty every day interactions that really shape your relationship though. We need a shaper bigger than ourselves.

The one who made us, molded us, knows our selfishness inside and out, and died for it so that we could truly see an example of real love and then love in return. 

 

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Foodie Friday.

Welp, I have made many things in the last couple days and I havent taken a picture of any of them! whoops.

Here are the things I’ve tried:

  • A new lasagna recipe
  • Choc filled croissants – a friend from Newport News got me hooked on these (thanks Michelle!)
  • Poppy seed chicken
  • Meatloaf
  • Chicken, Broccoli, Mushroom stir fry (with coconut oil)

Everyone should go pick up the ingredients for the choc filled croissants and make them tomorrow morning.

Here is all you need:

- Frozen Pastry Sheets

- Semi sweet choc chips

- MILK 

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recipe and photo link

 

Teaching Moment Thursday.

Being a mama is one of my greatest joys.

Every day I get to impact this soul. Sometimes the responsibility of it can seem like a burden if I am being honest, but I remind myself of God’s truth it is a huge BLESSING. 

We are entering the stage of working on “the heart”. I have this little independent man who I want to let learn and grow and discover himself but also balancing that with obedience. The Lord says children are to obey their father and mother.

Well I’ve realized that I need to stop asking questions so much?

“Haddon, do you want to go take a bath?” “no”

“Haddon, do you want to get your diaper changed?” “no way”

“How about we go upstairs now, OK?” “no”

um… okay here is the deal. Of course he doesn’t want to go take a bath if he is playing with trains!

As he grows older he will have ample opportunity to voice his opinion and get a say in how things are done. However, I have realized he is not even two yet. When mama says something, Haddon needs to obey. Right away. All the way. With a joyful heart. The way we are supposed to obey God.

“It is time to take a bath now, let’s go.”

“Haddon, you have a dirty diaper, mama is going to change it.” 

“Time to go upstairs for lunch, beat you there!”

I just finished “Dont Make Me Count to Three” I totally recommend it for anyone entering the “obedience/discipline/heart change” stage.

She encourages moms to require obedience, from a young age, without having to count to three to get that obedience.

As the title hints… when we count to three we are teaching our kids they don’t have to obey us right away, they get three chances to obey us. Disobedience the first two times is not obeying, she uses the term “delayed obedience is not obedience”. It’s been really encouraging as I start this with Haddon.

If he doesnt come when I call him to head up for the night, I say, “Haddon God wants you to obey mama right away, all the way, with a happy heart, do you think we could try that again?” Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt. We just started this week. 

I can see good effects already. When I use “right away, all the way, with a joyful heart” he looks at me like wow she is serious.

You can say it in a super sweet way, you can say it sternly, I’m sure for each kid and situation it will be different!

Mamas, encourage your babies to obey you which in turn is preparing their hearts to obey God.

*dont be worried they will be mad at you either – we love with authority and they learn to respect and love us for it*

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Wordless Wednesday.

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Training Tuesday.

I am supposed to write about my profession on training Tuesdays. It was a crazy day and this will be brief.

The best sort of training has analyzed their audience first, so that we know who we are teaching.

Adults learn well when they know WHY it matters to them. Is it relevant to their life?

i never want to forget how good God was today for two main reasons that I can’t really speak publicly about right now. God made himself so relevant to me today it was ridiculous. I went from being in the craziest of moods to downright thankful. He is so good.

He knows me so well and meets me just where I am.

new neighbors and friends – just a huge way God loves :)

Marriage Monday.

“Never ever expect me to know what you are thinking”

It was either right before or right after Micah and I got married when he said those words.

Those words that shed light on the fact that no matter what my nonverbals were saying he wasn’t going to know, and even moreso he wasn’t going to try and guess.

Due to my husband just throwing that out there early on, I think we have become pretty good communicators. Yes of course, there is always room for growth.

It does the both of us a huge disfavor for the both of us though for me to pretend like he will “get it” if I just don’t talk to him about things.

Wives– don’t ever expect your husband to know what you are thinking, just talk to them, you actually end up saving a lot more time, emotional energy, and thoughts this way.

Husbands – be the type of guy your wives can freely and lovingly talk to, no matter what the situation.

21 Months.

Haddon you are almost two!

While still absolutely delightful you are definitely showing your more independent, rebellious, stubborn side…silly me. I knew you were born a sinner but I thought those things might have passed you…

Nope, they are there but we are learning together how to deal with them and most of all you are a joy and gift from the Lord. Including those other times because who doesn’t need some sanctification… and those moments are sanctifying for the both of us!

Plus, I don’t know how much of this new stuff is “you” and how much is you acting out because of all the change you have had occur.

I cherish our time together and cant believe how quickly these years are going. I absolutely love being your mama.

You are starting to show a silly and humorous side. You love to get a reaction from people. In fact, the first thing out of your mouth when dada gets home is “mama’s bed” and then you tease him until he tickles you getting you to say “daddy’s bed”.

You are obsessed with little golden books right now. Particularly, “happy truck” – actually known as “The Happy Man and His Dump Truck”. In the story, the man has a dump truck and he takes animals on a ride. The first animal that rides is a pig and now you always get your little toy pig and put him in your own toy trucks.

I love seeing you put things together. Watching you grow is such a blessing to daddy and I and we being able to do it together again!

You like to help now. Except your help with the dishes actually looks like a lot of water being wasted and clothes needing to be changes. Your help with sweeping looks like my pile of dirt being distributed to every where but the dust pan. Most of all your help looks like an independent little boy with a servant’s heart in the making and a desire to learn. The “extra time” is worth it every time.

You love me a lot lately! I’m okay with it. You’re one of my very favorite people in the world.

We read our bibles together in the morning while you eat oatmeal and pick out all the strawberries first.

You love to play at your new playground and seem to be really enjoying your new house.

Your new house has stairs and while you do have fun going up and down them by yourself, your new favorite phrase is “mama hold”.

You are starting to put more than two words together and form your own little two and three word sentences… I cant believe you are almost talking to us. Of course dada and I understand you way more than anyone else… but that’s besides the point.

You make funny faces and have as of late started to announce when you burp and when you toot toot… such a boy.

Such a sweet, fun, and darling 21 month old boy!

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