What would Jesus do?

The expression may have become a clichΓ©, but the question is the most important one we can teach our children to ask themselves. It only takes a few seconds, but those seconds could change the entire course of their lives.

Would Jesus stand up for the girl being teased! Would Jesus lie about where he was going? Would he take that drink? 

This world offers endless temptations, and some of it can be a lot of fun-at least in the moment. Whether it’s us, a trusted friend, or an intriguing new acquaintance, sometimes we just want the opinion of someone for just about every decision we make. We need to encourage the only source that matters-the power of prayer!

We all get easily caught in the moment. Gods wisdom is the only true wisdom. Open your heart to God; let him show you the parts you are keeping from him, the decisions you save for yourself. Ask him for the courage to turn everything over to him!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. 

Seek him in all you do, and he will show you which path to take!(proverbs 3:5-6)

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Immediately after the moment, we went to hit delete. We want to go back in time just a few minutes when we could feel our blood pressure rising and knew we might say something we’d regret. We knew we might lose control because we just couldn’t handle it anymore. We were done. I was done. 

But the moment comes, we react, and then we apologize: it’s the vicious cycle of our humanness. Thankfully, through the blood of Jesus Christ and our repentance, we are forgiven, set free, and released from the burden of our mistakes. We are given a clean slate to start over. 

Some days, like today, that gift feels bigger than other days. Some days, we rely heavily, on the grace of our Lord and Savior just to get through the day and that’s ok. 

Ephesians 1:6-8 To praise of the glory of His grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace which he lavished on us.

Did you know that you ARE forgiven through the blood of Jesus? Accept his gift; and you are forgiven. 
Forgive yourself and keep moving forward.

Hello, Sickness, it’s me…

It’s late on a Sunday night and I’m in my bed with three little kiddos who are comfortably fast asleep and I’m watching ‘Trolls’. I could watch anything, but I’m watching Trolls…

Sickness has returned to our home….again. I’ve been down all weekend with stomach pains and nausea, while my poor kiddos have been suffering with runny noses, high temperatures, and running around naked. Yes, running around naked, my son. 

We spent all evening with Kaylee in the ER. The ER was super busy and Kaylee had a super high temperature. I typically don’t go to the doctors office, never mind the ER, however, the last time Kaylee’s temperature got that high she had a febrile seizure. I’d rather be in a hospital knowing if she had a seizure, she would be safe, than at home with me not knowing what to do. 

We decided to leave since the wait had gone up and her temperature seemed to have gone down; we just went to Kroger and stocked up on ice pops and plenty of rest.

Being sick is such a Debbie downer; we all just want to be waited on and rest and watch a movie, read a book or whatever. 

In Proverbs (17:22), A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. 

We have to remember that while we are sick, we need to make sure that our hearts are joyful, our minds are happy and our souls are at peace. If not, it’ll take so much longer to get better. 

We also have to remember that in Jeremiah, (Jeremiah 29:11) the Lord says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Please keep our family in your prayers as we continue to heal and clear up this poor sick family. 

“Love the Chattins”

When God commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves, he wasn’t saying to have them over for dinner one night and check it off our list. We should love them literally as we love ourselves and our children. This can be difficult. We can’t get over that unkind comment made last week, or last year.

We are commanded to love even when it doesn’t come naturally to us. Our flesh wants to seek revenge or simply not be hospitable. Jesus loved all he encountered. He desires us to be his hands and feet-his walking and talking love here on earth. When we say that we love the Lord, and yet do not show it to those around us and to those we “hate” we look no different than the world.

“Love the Lord God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

Is there a person is your family or a friend in the community who you’ve wanted to connect with but haven’t? Can you invite them over for a dinner? Lunch date? Breakfast date?

You can spread the love of Jesus by loving those around you-especially those you “hate” by engaging in conversation, inviting them into your home, and/or learning about their life.

 

 

Back to Bedtime Routine

The holidays are over and that means that tomorrow our kids will head back to school. It has been two weeks of non-routine ways in our household and tonight means that this mom has to buckle down to make sure our kids get back into the best routine possible.

  1. After dinner, we usually start off by gathering clothes that our kids will wear and putting them into a bin with their names.(this will help alleviate morning chaos)
  2. Showering; our kids are still young enough to shower together and this saves time for mom. While the kids are in the shower, I’m gathering their pajamas, undies, and socks and anything else they need for bed. Also, making sure they brush their teeth! There are many time apps that give timed visuals on when and how they need to brush their teeth. 
  3. Story time. Story time is crucial, kids respond better at bed time when you read them a story. 
  4. Bedtime Prayers: we say the same prayer at bedtime so the kids understand that it’s important to say prayers. 
  5. Lastly, hugs and kisses! It’s so important to show love to your child, regardless of how angry they’ve made you feel during the day. Forgive and forget, tomorrow is a brand new day.

I want to hear your bedtime routines! Share your routines with me at: momsminivansmesses@gmail.com and you could see them in an upcoming post!

Post Holiday Money Management for Children

Did your kids get money or gift cards for the 2016 Holiday season and you’re unsure about how to spend it? 

If you’re like us and your kids received a couple of gift cards and cash this Holiday season, here are a couple of pointers to help your child keep on point with their finances at any age.

1. Open a Savings Account

The earlier we teach our kids about saving money, the more secure and confident they will become with life savings later on in life. Even at the early age of four, if you are making regular trips to the bank to make deposits or withdrawals, then your child will want to mimmick you and of course your cutie will be subject to a lollipop. No deposit is too small for your child. Be sure to park the minivan and take the kids inside, this will also help your four year old with manners and social skills. Allow the child to be as independent as possible and allow the banker to help your child as well. Interaction is key and a trip to the bank can be super educational for you and your family. 

2. Gift Cards

Did your child receive an unwanted gift card for the Holidays? Don’t know what to do with the unwanted gift card? A lot of Coinstar Kiosks accept gift cards and exchange them for cash(for a small fee, of course) Be involved and communicate with your child:

  1. Does the child want this gift card?
  2.  Would your child rather have cash instead of a gift card?
  3. Can we take the money we get from the gift card and make a deposit into our newly opened savings account?

On the flip side, if your child wants to keep the gift card:

Discuss with your child that they have the flexibility to spend the gift card how they choose. With gift cards, kids are able to make the final purchasing decision on their item(s).

Set spending limits with their gift cards by letting your child know that they can make several small trips rather than just spending the money all at once. 

Regardless of how your child spends their Holiday money, make sure to be involved in all decisions as much as possible. 

It’s Christmas, Mom!

Each year our country seems to slip further and further away from the true meaning of Christmas. 

This year has been different for our family, we decided to take a step back and focus on what’s really important during Christmas=Family, love, the birth of Christ, and being present. 

We took the kiddos to see lights=a first for us which will be the beginning of many more “Going to look at Christmas Lights” tradition in the Chattin household. Here are just a few below:


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The kids had a blast and they were able to bring their cell phones, they were only allowed to use them to take pictures:) They took many pictures and were able to show everyone, not to mention, the excitement of showing the pictures to everyone. 

The kiddos are also out of school for two weeks 😳 They are enjoying their time off, Im sure.

Chris and so decided to take the kiddos to visit the festival of trees and our family had a blast..we went with friends, which made it even more fun!


This Christmas as far as presents go, we decided to keep it light. “Santa” is bringing the kiddos rainboots, dolls, socks, play dough and a few Christmas cookie cutters, with a few cooking materials. We decided to keep it lights since we are really just sick of toys! Having multiple kids means an over abundance of unnecessary and unwanted toys, that end up getting donated or sent to other home eventually. We also did get the kids cell phones and so far they’ve been using them for games, taking pictures, and listening to Christmas music! This year just seems so much more festive with the kids growing up. 

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We also celebrated our baby boys birthday, as he turned four!

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Visiting friends along the Christmas season is fun, too! 

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We still have a lot to do before the weekend comes, but rest assure that on Christmas morning we will be reading the story of the birth of our Lord and Savior from the Bible to our kiddos. It’s a tradition Chris’s grandmother started and we want to follow.

From our family to yours we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday!

Moms, Minivans, & Messes