Archive | March 2015

Extremely Difficult Mommy Decisions

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As a Mom, sometimes we are faced with extremely difficult decisions.

Do you let the kids into the bathroom while you pee or do you lock them out and endure the banging fists? You locked them out and now they are screaming “Mama! MAMA! LET ME IN! I wanna go pee wit you!” Bang bang bang. And then suddenly all is quiet. You relax for a few seconds when out of nowhere: BANG BANG BANG! They are back and they aint banging with their fists no more! Do you get up in the middle of your business and rescue your new hardback book i.e. their battering ram, or do you stick to your guns and pee in um peace?

Here’s another. The kids are playing outside but dinner will be done any minute. “Time to go inside. Let’s wash up for dinner!” you say. “Wah Meer Meep eeee Noooo! (<–a toddler’s way of warning you of an impending meltdown) Mama! I wanna stay outsidee! Pwease!!!”  Do you let the kids play another 10 minutes or drag them inside now–kicking and screaming? Neighbor one is outside watering his plants. Neighbor two is checking her mail. Do you really want them to experience the deafening screams of a child in full blown tantrum mode? Neighbor two doesn’t have any children yet…what if she thinks you are abusing your children and calls CPS on you?? Hmm. The roast has been in the crockpot for 8 hours so ten more minutes can’t hurt, right? ~10 minutes later~ She is still thumbing through her mail. Really?? Lady, I hope there is a jury summons somewhere in there (Just kidding)! Your stomach rumbles. Who cares about CPS, it’s chow time! “Come on kids,we are going inside NOW.” <insert primal toddler screaming>

The kids are sleeping. The house is unnaturally quiet… Should you take a shower or take a nap?? You are exhausted because your children tag teamed, keeping you up all night! Coffee is UHmazing but realistically, it can only do so much. But on the other hand, dry shampoo can also only do so much and today will be the third day since your last shower. Definitely an extremely difficult Mommy decision.

Here’s a real life example…not 30 minutes ago…

I am rocking my 17 month old (spoiled much??) to sleep when suddenly the moment I’ve been waiting for arrives! His eyes are finally closed and his breathing slows. It is *DRAMATIC PAUSE* Mama Time! Can I get a whoop whoop?? My brain starts racing and I’m thinking, “Should I take a bubble bath? Read some Scripture? Paint my nails? Write a blog post—wait a minute. What is that on his face?” A big fat sticky smooshy booger is hanging right inside his left nostril! Cue: Extremely difficult Mommy decision time. Do I give in to my Mom OCD and pick that sucker and risk waking him up AKA risk losing my precious Mama time?? OR do I ignore my instincts and lay him down? I was literally chanting “Pick the booger or paint the nails?” Sweet dreams little one! I chose the safe route, of course, and here I am writing a blog post. We’ll see if I get around to painting my nails. Happy Tuesday, folks!

What “difficult” decisions have you had to make lately?

Ditching the Monday Blues

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Oh Monday, here you are again. Faithful friend, you never fail to knock at our door. On the one hand you are a new start: a blank canvas itching to come to life, but on the other hand, how heavy is that reality? You are blank and boy does it take effort to press on and endure where needed and to and change where God calls for change. But Christian, this effort, this canvas, it is a gift. That God would let us be a part of his plan, take an active part in his Kingdom, wow, that is an incredible opportunity we often take for granted. The very fact that we have another go at this never ending cycle is not a curse but truly a gift from our Lord.

We don’t have to live in the past, in our mistakes, in our sin, or in our failures. His mercies are new Every. Single. Day. And despite our shortcomings, God is still choosing to uphold us with his righteous right hand. Never forget, the Lord has created THIS particular day, THIS particular week and is intentionally sustaining YOUR particular life at this very moment. Our great God has good and marvelous works planned out for you to do. Things he planned for you to accomplish before you were even a blip on the radar.  No this doesn’t mean your life will always be a cake walk and yes there will be things too big for you to handle but he gives us the strength to press on and can bring good out of any situation and can bring good out of any week. Isn’t it amazing that He wants to use you in his kingdom THIS week and he wants to shine light into your darkness TODAY? Not only does he want to use you, but this great God, who calls what is not and immediately it is so, this great God wants to know you on a deep and personal level. This week, we have the opportunity to glorify God, play a part in his Kingdom, and grow closer to our Maker. Wow. Thank you, Jesus, for this new start. Thank you for giving us spiritual life and for sustaining our physical lives. You’re reading this which means you have physical life. But do you have spiritual life? Knowing there is a God and knowing that God are two very separate things. Have you ever taken that first step of turning your life and “canvas” over to God? Click here for more information on how to take that step. But also please please feel free to contact me directly. I am always happy to talk about your relationship with God.

This week, may we be aware of his presence and remember these truths. Stop worrying about what your canvas is going to look like. Stop worrying about whether or not you have the energy to keep going. Instead, look to Jesus and let him guide you with his broad strokes as he brings your masterpiece to life. Let us boldly set out to proclaim his glory and may we ever set our eyes on Christ.

“This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice in be glad in it.”
Psalm 118 24

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
-Lamentations 3:22-24

“Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.

He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.

Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;

but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;

they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.”

-Isaiah 30:28-31

A Graceful Garland

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“Hear, my son, your father’s instruction,
and forsake not your mother’s teaching,
for they are a graceful garland for your head
and pendants for your neck.” -Proverbs 1:8-9

Let us be sure that we are making a “graceful garland” and “pendant” that our children can one day wear. When they eventually reflect on our words of instruction and example will these verses apply? Are we teaching godly truths that they will be able to firmly stand upon? I pray that it may be so.

Mystery Poop – Mommy Horror Stories

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A couple of days ago, while I was on my way to change my 1 year old’s poopie diaper I heard my 2.5 year old screaming from the other room. Ran to see what was up and he had gotten my hand sanitizer in his eyes. Called poison control and they said I needed to flush them out for FIFTEEN min to avoid cornea damage. I knew that would be akin to Chinese torture so I called our Doctor’s office in hopes they would tell me it was no big deal but they said the same thing. Decided a bath would be the best way to get it done so I started the bath water, changed my 1 year old’s poopie dipe and then while I was checking the water temp my 1 year old fell RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME (my ninja reflexes momentarily left me!) and busted his lip open. At the same time, my 2.5 year old tells me he has to go potty. I ask him if it can wait a second and he runs off to the living room. Guess that’s a yes? A few seconds later he comes back holding his empty diaper that has mysterious poop smears on it and tells me “Mama poopie came out of me.” Nope. That was not a yes. And I’m like, “What? Nooo! Where is it?” He says, “I dunno. Can’t find eet.” We looked around for a few minutes but in hopes of avoiding cornea damage I decided it could wait. (A day later and I still haven’t found it. Am super duper hoping he flushed it down the toilet!) Frazzled as all get out, I finally get my 1 year old’s lip to stop bleeding, wrap his cast (another disaster story from a couple days back) in a bazillion layers of plastic, put both my kids in the tub and proceed to water board my poor toddler for 15 min! Thankfully he got over his fear of water in the face and started laughing by the end of it. Unfortunately in the heat of his excitement he accidentally pushed my one year old under the water which resulted in a slightly soggy cast. Bah!

Then yesterday, my 2.5 year old is sitting in his high chair (the type that is buckled onto a regular chair) when all the sudden he leans forward quickly at just the right angle and the whole chair tipped right over. Had the thing for over a year without any incident. Sadly, he cut a huge gash into his chin from hitting the edge of the table on his way down. He kept saying/crying “Mama why is this happening to me?” Broke.My.Heart. While I am trying yet again to stop one of my children’s bleeding, my one year old decides it is the perfect time to nurse and is freaking out that I am unavailable.

Meanwhile, sitting quietly in my washer is a big wad of poo. Not the mystery poop, no. This little gift was from a few days before when my toddler woke me up saying “Mama! I’m awake! I have a poopie and Ima takin my diaper offfff.” When I ran in and saw that he and his bed was covered in poo, without thinking, I grabbed him and wadded up the blankets before checking for any hidden turds and threw them into the laundry room. Later I threw them into the washer forgetting to check them over. The next day after having let the load sit too long, I was about to add more detergent when I happened to notice a big chunk of poo happily sitting on top of everything. Took me 30 min to get my washer cleaned out. Not the way I wanted to spend nap time…especially after the hard work of keeping my kids ALIVE but hey, it’s something to brag about on my blog, right? 😛

Your turn. Comment below and share your own Mommy horror stories. Please tell me I am not the only Mother whose children are bent on giving me a hard attack! What have your little munchkins been up to?