Friday, November 10, 2017

happy as a bump on a pickle

"look, mama, I'm smiling!"
Eden Grace (6)
life through your children's eyes is so colorful,


"if we lived in a covered wagon could I run along aside?"  "sure, no problem"
"if Grandma came to visit and I showed her your room what do you think she'd do?"   answer, "Get back on the plane."
"Moriah and I want to watch the horse movie and Eden wants to watch Go Diego.  So she's 'out-counted' "  (this took me awhile.  Eden was "out-numbered")
"Mom, did you know that boys have eyelashes too?"
Eden (5) to Truman (8m.) "Aww, little kids grow up so fast."

no more carrots

"when I get bigger than you...I won't eat anymore carrots." Alexis

I'm the.....

At 5:38am I'm the wife...snuggled close in the early cool morning breeze coming in the window.
At 5:46am I'm the  shaken awake by little fingers touching my face.
At 6:13am I'm the short order cook.  Quickly dishing out cinnamon toast, steaming oatmeal, and refilling orange juice in zippy cups.
At 7
I'm the farmer feeding the chickens.
I'm the detective looking for clues to find the matches belonging to 5 pairs of church shoes.
I'm the church greeter.... smiling, shaking hands, kissing babies.
I'm the bubbly Sunday School teacher....acting out scenes from David and Goliath as I perch on top of a stone bench.
I'm the spiritual church member praising God during the singing of praises and hymns.
I'm the spirited junior church leader director main dude person... trying to figure out how to entertain a giant group of fidgety kids after they've been in church for 2 hours already.

when disciplining means a game of Candy Land

"I told you to sit over there!"
"Why did you hit your sister?"
"Don't throw that in the house!"
"If I have to get up......."

Discipline.  That ugly but very, very crucial word.  Because...let's face are ornery and will try to find their boundaries and stretch their limits.  We could sit together and argue all day about our personal opinions regarding it.  Not today.

I want to share a fresh idea that my mom talked to me about, probably before I even had kids.  The more children I have the more I see how my attention has to be divided between them and all my other responsibilities.  I know this advice is golden.

So here is a great MOM TIP:

It's in all of us to need {crave} attention.  So the next time Jr. doesn't listen or is bugging his sister and making her holler don't get frustrated at them and just assume they are a "bad" kid.  Stop what you are doing and focus some attention on them.  One on one.

I have literally seen my children transform from a wild bundle of energy into a cuddly quiet just by me getting down on their level and showing them some individual lovin'.

Your days are full.  There's no denying it.  Between laundry, lunches, and dishes....many times I feel like I'm bearly holding things together.  Today, I taught school to the older three….{fractions…ugh}, worked on phonics with the 6 year old, and the baby is half-way clean and his belly is full.  We all survived the day....SCORE.

Something else to make things go smoother:
OUR HOUSE RULE for boardgames is only 2 people play at a time.  Because most of my children are so small it is very distracting to play..say, Chutes and Ladders….when you're trying to keep the little kids from bumping the board, chewing on the cards, or forgetting their turn.  So anytime I sit down and play a game with them I only play with one child at a time.  It makes the games go much faster, smoother, and they get some "mommy" attention.

A world of change

many days we run around and wonder why life is hard and things don't go our way.
  Did you think to pray?
  Not just the hurried, "Lord, why isn't this working?" 
or "Lord, help me find my keys."  

I'm talking about quiet time when you spend enough time with the Lord that you listened for His voice and direction for that day.  As a mom of 5 little ones I can't fit in hours of Bible study I barely get to use the bathroom at any point of the day without being interrupted.  Just being honest.

But a verse or two read in sincerity and a muttering of your prayer sheet is a good way to start your day.  It will make a world of change in your day.

praising the Lord with dirty hands

(my lil' model was not very willing and didn't really believe me when I told her to get her hands muddle so I could take a picture of them.)

Monday, July 6, 2015

the music of flip flops

"Come on, John, lets go hunt dragons."
"Ok, Bryn"

 I smiled at Drago as we watched the kids circle around the house.  Singing a goofy little song and waving their plastic coat hangers in search of dragons.  Normally he follows the kids to each corner of the yard.  For right now he was content settling down and just watching.  
 Suddenly John turned and laughed like he really saw one.
The kids and I spent a lazy day.  We organized a couple closets and I baked a chocolate pie from Grandma Hutchen's recipe....because I love my honey.  And apparently being in a kitchen that is 400 degrees is a new weight loss plan.  As long as I don't eat the pie.

"Mom, I love flip flops.
  They make such a beautiful sound when you walk in them." Eden, 7

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