Last week of School

It has been an exciting and an adventurous year for our family. We started off the school year with two parents on opposite work schedules, mom running around everyday it seemed taking care of the three kiddos, and there seemed to have been a few too many arguments that seemed to have been unnecessary. I don’t know how we have survived this year, but by the grace of God, we did! Yay!

Finally after 12 years of being on second shift, my husband made the change to first shift to be with our family. This year was the year that we had three kiddos on three different teams and I just couldn’t do it anymore by myself. I can’t say enough how much it meant to me for him to make the change. Having your husband home in the evenings helping with bath time, homework, and dinner just made everything so much easier.

Kaylee was moved up to Softball and is doing amazingly well. Chris has been able to help out with coaching Chelsea’s tball team. We pulled Walker just because it wasn’t fair to his team or us to not give full commitment to each individual team.

This year had been all too familiar with suffering.

Suffering is a gift from God. Jesus was said to be a man of suffering. He was familiar with suffering; it wasn’t a foreign concept to him. We can be deeply grateful for that simple fact.

Because Jesus suffered, we can receive tremendous courage when we suffer. Out very own Savior knows what it is like to hurt. Jesus knew who to turn to when all else had left him. He knew that suffering would cause him to press in even more to the Father’s love and affirmation.

*Hebrews 5:7-8 Yet while Christ was here on earth he pleaded with God, praying with tears and agony of soul to the only one who would save him from premature death. And God heard his prayers because of his strong desire to obey God at all times. And even though Jesus was God’s Son, he had to learn from experience what it was like to obey when obeying meant suffering.

When Jesus tells you to take up your cross and follow him, you can have the assurance that as you do, his leadership will guide you straight into the loving arms of the father.

 

Life does get hard, but I have children and a father in heaven who love me and that’s enough.

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Hot Mess & A Messy Mama

This evening I came home from work not knowing what I would cook for dinner. Although, I must say that I was thankful for the rain canceling games and practices. A break is always nice! 

Tonight I just felt obliged to fix a grilled cheese sandwich with cheese doodles and applesauce! 

I sat and ate my 1/4 of a grilled cheese sandwich and here I am while the kiddos are in bed, writing in my blog 

Having three kiddos is such a hard task-it really is!!! I’m sure mamas that have more kiddos have it harder!

All the kids are just as excited to see me as I am to see them, but they all want attention one at a time one on one. 

This is basically how tonight went⬇️


It just seems so fast paced from the moment I walk in the door to cook dinner to washing and putting them to bed!

Not to mention, they played in the rain when they came home today!


How do you mamas handle routine? Do your kiddos play sports? How do you manage during sports season?

Of all the things…I’m just thankful God loves this hot mess of a mama! 

These moments go by too fast! We were just married the other day…


Had three beautiful babies yesterday…


…and now everything is going and moving along at such an incredibly fast pace that I can’t keep up!!

Prayers for all you mamas out there tonight!

Goodnight, mamas💜

Greatness of Love

In the moment we hold our newborn for the first time, a new kind of love washes over us. Holding that precious baby is overwhelming and wonderful. We feel at a degree that we have never felt before. It is impossible to define or measure or contain our emotions.

We have the ability to love to such a degree only because God first loved us. He loved us so we could love him and love others. Without him we couldn’t know the greatness of love.

We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

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The Busy Bee

We seem to think that the busier we are, the better we are. The more activities our kids are in, the better we are equipping them for whatever is to come. Busyness doesn’t mean we are better. But it isn’t bad to be busy either-as long as we don’t have the perspective that the fullness of our lives is determined by how busy we are.

Jesus spent a lot of time in relationship with others. His busy was different than ours. There is so much fullness to be had in quiet evenings at home with our family, a Saturday morning with nothing to do but make pancakes and stay in pajamas, a long walk outside with our kiddos, or tea with a friend. Let’s not put busy on a pedestal; it has a proper place in life-just not the top rung.

The Lord is good to those who depend on him,to those who who search for him.

So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.

And it is good for people to submit at an early age to the yoke of his discipline: Let them sit alone in silence beneath the Lord’s demands(Lamentations 3:25-28)

Slow down. Enjoy the journey.


Kaylee and I have ADHD and we are learning to work together! It’s a challenge! We both like to cook and stayed in our pj’s the entire day on Saturday and cook! We learned patience, silence, and even learned more about each other…also, I was sick and needed the rest😂


This little farm boss babe is just that..a boss! It takes patience, again, to discipline her the way Christ wants us to discipline our kiddos because of her high spirited attitude. 


Posting our Disney family vacation pictures made me realize we did not practice patience, maybe that’s why so many things happened to us! He had pink eye and we were extremely hot and frustrated and mad at our photographer for being hot and exhausted-maybe hangry, but I’m sure it was because we were hot. It’s in the past now.

How do you practice patience? How much of a busy bee are you? Are you good at these things as a mom?

Single Mom status

Monday, I was faced with a choice: take kid A to her first softball practice or take kid B to her tball practice. This mom can’t be in two places at once and the struggle is real. A million thoughts go through your head:

  1. Will kid A be mad if I take kid B instead?
  2. Will kid B be mad if I take kid A instead?
  3. What if we just don’t go at all?

My husband works evenings and it’s difficult to split your time when three kids have four different places they need to be.


This mom job can be hard, but I have a God who gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers…after all, moms are soldiers.

Then it’s Wednesday night church and I’m the hunter and gatherer of the children. Making sure they’re clean, hands are washed, but today we decided to throw that all out the window because it’s so beautiful outside, I decided to take our kiddos to the park and get some energy out of them and enjoy the beauty of the fresh air.

Not to forget the two most important days that my husband has off.

We utilize this time for strict family time. It can be a struggle, but manageable when approached the right way.

How do you handle the crazy? The “run your kids everywhere” and be here at a certain time crazy? 

What would Jesus do?

The expression may have become a cliché, 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)

Delete

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.