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Thought I needed a nap, instead I made some mom juice to sip on and opened my #whymotherhoodmatters book and journal ☀️ HAPPY FRIDAY, FRIENDS!
Blue skies and sunshine; happy barefoot kids; green grass and dandelions #isitfinallyspring #northidahowinter #northidahospring #momlifePR #naturalhealthrevolution #fit2bmama #ameomom #lifegivinghome #lifegivingparentbook #whymotherhoodmatters #springtime
Raising kids is no joke. Whether you stay at home or go to work, it's a dichotomy. Exhausting and Rewarding.
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I love taking my kids to the library. Every Thursday morning I go to preschool hour with my grandchildren and every Thursday afternoon we go back to the library for an educational program for my older kids. We check out books and activity bags and we have a wonderful time.
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I come home tired and they walk in the door with huge stacks of books and activity bags that they picked out on their own for another week of learning and enjoyment.
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If I pretended that it was all a glorified Instagram moment then I would be lying.
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Inspiring our kids to learn and trying new things, also means there will be inconvenient moments when they seek this out and we are ready for a break.
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Today, three girlies walked in with cookbooks they checked out at the library and dozens of recipes they could not wait to experiment with.
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I was tired.
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But I told my girls that I was willing to let them each try one new recipe if they cleaned up their mess and I could only supervise. It was a deal.
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A few things I have learned over the years is that I do not always have to be 100% fully present for my kids to learn or experiment with creativity. I do not need to feel guilty and they will not resent or have memories of me telling them I am tired.
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My number one lesson this year in motherhood has been to know and remember that my kids learn from me in so many ways but they also need to know the value of rest.
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We left sunny and warm to travel northwest across the state line to foggy and cold. It was worth it for time with family and our annual (belated) Easter egg hunt. I don’t have too many traditions carried over from childhood but an outdoor Easter egg hunt with cousins on my parents’ property is one of them. Easter dresses or winter coats, flip flops or rain boots, sun or fog...It doesn’t matter, I love it either way. Yesterday, or maybe a life time ago, I was running across the wet, spring grass with my pastel woven basket gathering up eggs before my sisters or cousins found them. Now my kids search the same land with their cousins, egg baskets in hand.
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Fix yourself and you’ll fix your situation. How do you fix yourself? Align yourself with the One who made you. He’s got the power. (Anyone else sing that with me? 🎤) He is on your side. In Him, you are known + loved times infinity (and beyond)! 💗
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Don’t know where to start? Just take one step. Pray. Ask Him to be a part of your life. He doesn’t discriminate. And, He already knows you’re not perfect. He loves + wants you anyway. No matter your past. No matter your present. He wants you. Right. Where. You’re. At.
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Before I wrote a book, it took me almost 5 years on a journey to understanding and BELIEVING I was actually a writer. I wrote my book curled up on my bed with my back against the headboard and my bedroom door rotating motherhood in every real and interrupted way possible. There wasn't a cabin retreat or escape to coffee shops with quiet creative workspace.
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I believed that if I was a writer then I could work with what I had.
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Believing is the first leg of any journey. God cuts away the rough spots as we let the plan unfold.
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This is my new office, tucked away in the attic and slowly becoming the inner pieces of who I have become and everything I love. Maybe someday I will write the other books tucked away in my heart and mind, but until then, I am living out the life I've been given. Deeply immersed in every way, with rolled up sleeves and my heart fully exposed, so that someday I can believe again, that God isn't finished with me yet.
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Today I added the silhouettes of my children and as I stepped back, I praised the Lord for each and everyone. They are my story and I am overwhelmed watching God write theirs!
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23 years ago, this guy came rushing into this world with such fierceness that I barely made it to the hospital. 12 minutes after taking an elevator (with a panicked older gentleman stranger)to the delivery floor, our Matthew was born into his dad's arms and I was so shaken by his eagerness to join us, I couldn't even hold him.
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That's Matt. A quiet strong leader. Fierce in his love for the Lord and others.
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Happy 23 years to a son that gives his best in everything he does and isn't afraid of the vulnerability to living out loud. I love you ❤️
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“Motherhood is a capture-and-release process set on repeat.”
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A friend once told me to “Love hard, but hold on loosely.” I have kept that wisdom close to my heart and tried so hard to live it out. It’s rarely easy. .
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I think of Samuel’s mom in the Bible, who was barren, and pleaded with God for a baby. She told Him she would offer her baby up for His service in the church if He were to bless her. And, He did. And, she kept her promise. If it were me, I would be oh so tempted to say, “Uh. Just kidding! Thanks for holding up your end of the bargain, though!”
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At the end of the day, it helps me to remember that these sweet faces He’s given me are only mine on loan. It is scary and wonderful all at the same time. It freaks me out because, who am I to be in charge of them?! And, it’s so wonderful to know that their Creator has got their backs. He will ABSOLUTELY fill in the gaps where I inevitably leave them. Praise the Lord!!
summer is around the corner ☀️ amelia can’t wait to go swimming 🏊🏻‍♀️
does she look more like me or her dad?
Tonight, I was standing in the middle of my great big life and coming to an even greater realization...
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My life is big in every way and working hard to shrink into the shadows of small and quiet some days is like climbing Mt. Everest.
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I'm not complaining.
I'm aware of how blessed I am (I've been down that road of being reminded of this when my big seems "too big." So, thank you)
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Even when life looks like book writing, homeschooling, family time and the cheery faces to the blessings we have in this big life...
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On the other side of the screen there is:
*a lot of serious parenting going on
*serious in depth heart conversations with multiple children
*lessons in relationships and life at wee hours of the night with half grown adults *washing machine and appliance dilemmas for many many people
*transportation coordination
*graduations and weddings
*births and trauma *every day food prep for a healthy happy home
*and my favorite: disagreements between siblings while reading their Bible verses during personal devotions (like breaking up arguments during God time isn't just a little /big lesson in its own.)
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This big life takes big courage and a big dose of grace and strength.
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So, while I'm not complaining or carrying on in a big way...I could use a big dose of prayer, smiles, cheerleading and God's new mercies every single morning. Couldn't we all. Big or small.
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This book. Is changing my life. My walk with God is being inspired. He’s faithful to meet us right where we are. #whymotherhoodmatters #motherhood #homeschoolingmamma #fivekids #twobonus
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love my sweet flowers bella picked for me while i was working one weekend. love when the kids' thoughtfulness comes thru without it being prompted by anyone. 😍
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