Mommy Real

I am generally the stereotypical mom/teacher whose immune system is strong and doesn’t have time to be sick.  😉  Well, some crud came and hit the whole family hard this week.  During the worst day for all of us, I was scheduled to take dinner to a friend, which I loved doing (no complaints).  But after teaching sick kiddos all day, cooking their dinner, and delivering it, I was spent and so were they.  Again, not complaining, this is just leading up to my mommy failure.  It was just about six on our way home and I was debating dinner for us.  My mind, nose and head were clogged and so we pulled into the grocery store where I proceeded to buy packaged sodium.  For those of you who know me, this is not my style, but sometimes something has to give.  And I felt extremely guilty laying down the made for kid tv dinners, as well as donuts for the next morning.  But, such is life.  And the kids love donuts!!!  🙂

Monday Devotional

This is a prayer priority of mine, so when this devotional came in my inbox I had to share.

This from Bible Gateway NIV Devotions for Moms

Someone once remarked, “The closer we get to someone, the more our impression will depend upon who they are rather than what they do.” Counterfeits don’t fool many, especially family members. If we want our families to adopt the spiritual principles we believe in, we’ll have to model them with sincerity. Living this kind of life out before our husbands and children and the world means showing them the “real thing” and not just some semblance.

When Joel writes about rending our hearts and not our garments, this is what he means. Anyone can look like they belong to God on the outside, tearing their outer garments in grief about their sinful state the way an Old Testament priest might. But those with genuine faith rend their hearts. They open their hearts to God and to others for inspection.

We can’t fake it with our kids. We won’t be able to fool our husbands. The longer they live with us, the more their impression will be of who we truly are, not just what we do.

My morning devo

This is not my wisdom, but it was in my inbox this morning and I had to share!   This is a mom devotional from Bible Gateway.

Wise Up

Proverbs 24:3–4

Additional Scripture Readings: Joshua 24:15; Proverbs 2:1–6

When we think of the wise, we might picture esteemed scholars padding through hallowed halls of learning. In their hushed offices and remote library stacks, they seem to have a monopoly on wisdom and understanding.

But where does wisdom really come from? How do moms like you and me wise up?

From living life well. Wisdom grows when moms and dads make careful choices about their priorities and the amount of time they spend with their children. It arises when arguments are settled with sane solutions and siblings are coaxed to peace. It develops when families work together to squeeze extras from meager incomes. It blossoms when celebrations mark special achievements. Most of all, wisdom comes from living all of life’s days with an attitude of desiring and working toward God’s best in our families.

Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come from hallowed halls of learning. Sure, learned folks are smart enough. But the truly wise are those who learn to live life well, day in and day out.

Baby Love

My children were once super small, helpless, “innocent” blessings.  I was never the mom who was sentimental about putting their clothes away or giving them away, because I was always excited for the next stage.  There were a few special items/outfits that I packed away instead of giving away.  In my sentimental mind, I wanted to hold onto those items.  In my practical mind, I didn’t know why.  Would my grandkids, someday, wear these clothes, or would they just moved from box to box and house to house?  I decided to have their most special clothes made into quilts.  I decided it many years before doing it.  But I now have all 4 quilts and I adore them!!!!!  Yes, 4, we used intended clothing and bedding items for Joshua’s.  It is so nice to have sweet memories on display for me to treasure each day.  

Michelle, from Willow Creek Studios, is the master behind these precious quilts.  I highly recommend her and her talents.  You should check out her website.

http://willowcreekbaby.com/home

In the meantime, check out my photos below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

orange julius

Because I do not always want to be teacher mommy or rule maker mommy, I decided to incorporate Cooking Days and Science Days into our school days…plus try to be fun mommy during non-school hours.  😉  Cooking and Science Days are so fun for the kids though that I really do not need to be rule making mommy in a strict way…they follow because it is fun.

Today is Tuesday and Tuesdays are cooking days, so we made Orange Julius.  I LOVED orange julius as a kid…and it is still so yummy!  Easy and quick too.

Orange Julius

1 1/4 cups orange juice

1 cup water

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup ice

Put all ingredients in blender and mix until smooth and frothy.  Enjoy!

Alex Cross

Still on my break from Clash of Kings...Alex Cross books are such quick reads and quite entertaining.  I do seem to predict a lot, but that’s okay…they are simple easy reading and work for a busy mom.  I still do not like the language, but I don’t see that changing in the books to come.  I just finished Violets are Blue and Four Blind Mice.  Will pick up the next 2 this week.  I am considering completing the Alex Cross series and then heading back to Clash.  We will see.  🙂

Bittersweet

Today is a special day for many women across the globe.  A day where they can either celebrate their mothers or their children…in some cases both.  Sadly, for some, it is neither.  My prayer for those women is that they know how special they are, how loved they are, and how important they are to the people close to them and to their Lord and Savior.

Today is a special day for me.  My mom is the greatest.  She is such an example of a Proverbs 31 woman.  She works hard, gives much, sacrifices, loves, is patient and has a love for the Lord.  She is pretty perfect when it comes to moms.  Today is a day I can celebrate her and how blessed I am to have her in my life.

I am doubly blessed in that I also get to celebrate my children.  My 4 children.  Today is a bittersweet day for me.  I have so so so so so much to be grateful for…a great mom, other great women in my life (grandmas, aunts, sisters, cousins, nieces, friends), and children that melt my heart.  (I have great men in my life, too, just am focusing on women today)  It is also a day that hurts my heart.  I miss my Joshua…every day, but today hits harder than most.  We will be going to the cemetery (or Joshua’s Park as we call it) as we do every Mother’s Day to make sure his area is the most decorated in the cemetery.  We will go through the explanations again as to why we are there when he is not, why we leave him presents that he can’t play with, and why sometimes we are sad even though he is in the best place he could ever be.  These topics are difficult for adults to make sense of, but the kids grew up with their brother in Heaven and have accepted it in their own way…they make sense of it in their own way…sometimes I think they understand it more than we do.

My day will be happy, too, because I can just hang out with my kids.  My oldest son at home with us is a miracle.  We put a lot of effort into getting him home…all of it worth it for sure.  He has a giant heart and a lot of love!  He loves God and people.  He is great!  My daughter is close to Jesus.  She loves to learn, is super smart and is good at caring for others.  My youngest is a bit of a goofball.  He also loves Jesus and cuddles and life.  He is in a testing phase right now, but we love him anyway.   All our miracles are truly miracles, none arrived easily, and each is a tremendous blessing.  I am grateful for my children even when they push their limits….I am blessed to have children to hug and scold and discipline and teach and LOVE.

For all those who are saddened today…you are in prayer.  For all of those who have reason to celebrate, let those loved ones know how blessed you are that they are in your life.  And for everyone…enjoy a beautiful Sunday…a gift from God.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Macaroons

So tomorrow we are celebrating Mother’s Day early with my family.  It will be an interesting day…first the half marathon, then a Mother’s gathering and then, sadly, we have to go to a funeral home after.  Kind of a crazy mix of events.

My mom, who is amazing, is hosting.  We debate over this every year, because she is my mom and I don’t want her to do any work.  However, since we are doing it a week early and it is the day of the race, I couldn’t debate it too much this year.

So…I forced her to let me be in charge of dessert.  I can keep dessert safe in the car while I run.  I opted to do a bite size dessert platter with mini brownies, mini angel food cupcakes with almond frosting, biscotti, mini chocolate chip pies, chocolate cookie type doughnut type deliciousness and macaroons.  The macaroons my husband and I had out around Christmas time and today they taste exactly … exactly… exactly like they did there.  I hope they do tomorrow as well.  😉  Anyway, thought I would share the recipe…it is a great one.

http://old.post-gazette.com/food/19991209eggwhites2a.asp

Enjoy!

ps…I am also getting an ice cream cake on the way…yummmmmmy!

A Unique Family

Our family is unique, just as any in the world.  We have a child in Heaven, one adopted from another country, and two born to us biologically.  All our God’s…He just gives us the opportunity to be blessed by them.  And we are!  Despite Joshua leaving too soon, he remains a forever part of our family and is a continual blessing.  The smiles and hugs I get from my children here on earth are cherished.  As my blog-journey continues, more and more information will be shared about each of my children…none of them came to us easily in our eyes, but the whole time God was working.

We have known many who have lost children at some stage or age.  In the past month and a half we have been given news of 3 born still.  It certainly strikes deep and hits hard, but we know that part of Joshua’s purpose during his short life was to help others going through similar pain, so we embrace them and their stories.  We keep them in heart and prayer.  And we remember.  We remember Joshua, but we also remember God’s promise to never leave us.

Death, especially of a child (regardless of age), is one of life’s hardest trials, in my humble opinion.  God never promised us an easy road, but He does walk all of our rocky roads with us. The days I miss my sweet boy the most I still rejoice, for I know it is selfish of me to wish him with me when he is in The Perfect Place. There are no answers for the pain on this side of Heaven, but we know God is good all the time and His ways are higher than ours.

Each person has trials in this life…they can’t be escaped.  But God is unchanging…He and His ways are perfect.  We need to cling to Him in trials, maybe most especially in trials we don’t understand.

A Little About Me

I am just a regular girl, mommy, wife.  I am blessed beyond what I could ever imagine.  The Lord has given me life eternal!  There is no blessing greater than that.  AND…on top of that, He has given me a God seeking husband who has been by my side through joy and sorrow.  He has also shared with me my four precious children, one who is already in His presence.  However, I will not post their pictures on this blog…just a bit of my internet paranoia.  I enjoy writing, photography and experimenting in the kitchen.  I am taking a journey to the Son and want Him to use me in full capacity until I join Him at the end of my life on earth.  

Philippians 4:13  ~  I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything You gave me.”  ~  Emma Bombeck