Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Some Thoughts..

Photo: Celebrating 2 years of this cutie today:)

I've recently been enjoying some good conversations on parenting  that I don't want to forget. And since I don't want to forget, I'm going to post them on this blog so maybe the rest of you can enjoy some of the points of these discussions. :)

1. Point them to Jesus. All. The. Time. When they are obeying tell them how thankful you are that God is working in them. When they aren't obeying remind them that without Jesus it's absolutely impossible to obey. We all need a Savior. 

2. We shouldn't take it personally when our children don't obey, and if we do then we need to stop, pray, and get our hearts right before we deal with that child.

3. Pray. Pray with your children and pray for your children. Teach them to pray. Teach them that when they are having trouble loving their brother(or sister) that Jesus is always there to help them.

4. Praise them. Encourage them. Even when you're in the middle of correcting a child encourage them. Remind them whose image they were created in and how very loved they are.

Now you can see why I wanted to write these thoughts down and share them with you all. :) I am definitely not perfect in any of these and I mess up all the time. I'm so thankful for the wisdom of others who are willing to encourage me as I try to raise and disciple my children well. 

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Saturday, July 27, 2013


My sweet Jack turned six last Thursday.


How on earth is that possible? He really is growing up way too fast.

But despite all that, and despite the fact that it makes me all nostalgic and sentimental that my first baby is growing up too fast, I have to say that I really am so proud of the sweet little man that he is becoming. He has such a big heart and big desire to work hard.

Jack is very sweet. He humbles me sometimes with how gracious he can be towards others that have wronged him(and how quickly he forgives me when I mess up.) He is crazy about all his siblings, but him and Anna are really each others best friends. I suppose that might be one of the fun things about being 12 months apart:). He also really loves Luke, and regularly makes him cards telling him how much he loves him.

He's definitely a bit of a perfectionist which can be challenging sometimes. He wants to do everything right the first time and doesn't always take making mistakes or losing very well. But we try to use those as opportunities to point him to Christ. 

So at six Jack has lost his first tooth, can read beginner books, and can write fairly well. He loves super heroes, knights, and math(can't say I relate to that one!)

Happy Birthday, Jack! We love you and pray everyday you'll grow into a godly man!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Birthday Giveaway!

Today is my 28th birthday. Tomorrow Jack(my oldest) turns six.

So because I love birthdays, and because this seems to be a birthday week of sorts around here, I thought I'd share the love and giveaway a ten dollar Starbucks card.

To be entered, just leave a comment, follow or subscribe by email if you don't already, and if you'd like extra entries you can "like" my facebook page.

I'll draw a winner next Wednesday! Good "luck!":)

Congrats to Gina!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


It's been awhile since I last wrote down some of the funny things my kids are saying, so I thought I might need to do that before I forget!

Max is starting to talk up a storm, and with that he is also exerting some of his will now. Fights over toys break out frequently as he learns to communicate with his siblings. But the other day he had done something to Lily and I was telling him he needed to say he was sorry and give her a hug, and he goes,"Sowee, Pop!"(we call her Lily-pop.) And then he says to me,"I DID IT, Mommy!!"


Jack came up to me the other day and says,"Mommy, I think you're a genius!"

And I'm all flattered of course, and say,"Really? Wow, thanks, buddy!"

And you can just see the wheels turning in his little mind, and finally he asks,"Wait, what's a genius?"

"It's someone who's really smart!"

"Oh. Well, actually I don't think you're a genius. But I think you're a really good mommy....and very pretty too." Umm thanks, I think?! :)


While driving to a cookout earlier this month...

"Are you guys excited to go have some yummy food and kool-aid?"

"What's kool- aid, mommy?" Jack asks.

And before I can answer Anna chimes in,"It's like Kombucha, Jack!"


What funny things have your kids been saying lately?

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Farewell, Old Friend

Oh, Froggie. You have been with Jack since he was a baby. You were with us before Jack was even born, and Jack has lovingly tak care of you for the last almost six years.

You were there when Jack was sick. You were there when Jack had a bad dream. You went on every single road trip and vacation we went on. And sleep absolutlely could not happen unless you were right there with Jack.

We tried to replace you once. Jack was so inconsolable about it(I suppose he got used to your..smell..ahem..) that we gave up trying.

You were even the cause of some fights.

In many ways you were part of our family.

But, three weeks ago Jack came to Erik and I and told us he didn't want you anymore. And while a part of me was relieved that we no longer had to worry about taking you everywhere with us, I'll admit I was a little sad to see you go.

Jack is growing up, and as much as I'd like to slow the clock down and keep him little, I know that wouldn't do anyone any good. So it was with great sentiment that we boxed you up. Because even though you won't be part of our daily life anymore, you will always have a special place in our hearts.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Going to Church Alone

About a month after Luke was born, my husband had to be away on a work trip, which meant that I was left alone with the 5 kiddos for about a week and a half(we went and visited him towards the end otherwise it would've been 2 weeks.)

Luke was still staying up until close to 2 am crying every night, and then getting up a few times in the middle of the night, and then the older kids were usually up by 7:30 or so. It was a little crazy, but we got through it.

Anyways, Sunday morning rolled around, and I decided to be brave and take the five kids to church by myself. I told myself that it wouldn't be a big deal and convinced myself I wouldn't draw any unnecessary attention to myself.

Because a woman with 5 little kids never draws any attention to herself. Ahem. ;)

So I was racing around Sunday morning getting everyone ready to go, plus getting myself ready, sweating like crazy and not realizing it was only 40 degrees outside I dressed everyone in short sleeves and forgot to put on any jackets as we rushed out the door to church. When we pulled up, it had started to rain. Awesome.

Thankfully, a sweet couple saw us pulling into the parking lot, realized I was alone, and rushed over to help. They even took off their jackets and put them on the kids and  helped carry them inside the church.

Now I should mention that whenever I go anywhere I take a huge double stroller with me that feels a little like pushing a semi through aisles, and on this particular day one of the wheels wasn't working, so now I'm hot. Feeling like a terrible mother who didn't dress her children appropriately. And frazzled because my stroller isn't getting past the crowds of people too easily.

So much for not drawing unnecessary attention to myself. :)

At this point a sweet friend of mine saw me in my frazzled state(and I'm quite sure my face wasn't doing a very good job of hiding my bewilderment), and offered to help me get the kids into the sanctuary. I happily took her up on her offer, and figured if I could at least get Lily and Max dropped off in their Sunday school classroooms, church would be a breeze.

But that day neither of them wanted anything to do with Sunday School, and didn't want me to leave them. I didn't want to leave their teachers with crying children, so I decided to brave taking all five kids into worship with me. Thankfully my sweet friend happily offered to hold Max, and we survived..for a little while at least.

After about 10 different potty breaks, 2 stops to the mother's room to nurse, and one near melt down I was starting to question exactly why had I done this to myself.

Once church was over, I gave up any last shred of pride I had, and accepted help from anyone who offered.

Thankfully we made it back to our van without any problems, but it was definitely a learning experience!

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