A Mommy’s Time With Jesus

So every morning I try to spend time with jesus.  For me, this is just a time of prayer (confession, repentance, surrendering my heart and plans to His will, etc.) and reading scripture.  I have really had some stuff on my heart lately.  I’d been wanting to take some time and ‘get it all out’ in prayer with God.  I do that by journaling.  Here is what my journal was from late last week: (I’ve omitted some details that don’t need to be ‘out there’ just yet!) Still … you’ll get the gist:  More

I Burnt The Resurrection Rolls

Seriously.  I burnt them.  See …

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The tops don’t look so bad.  But you’ve used those prepackaged crescent rolls before, right? You know how GREAT they are when they are lightly browned? Where they are fluffy and just cooked all the way through? These were hard and flaky.  Check out the bottoms …

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YUCK! I bit into one and threw it away.  My sweet kids?  These guys?

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They ate them right up!!! They didn’t even care.  Isn’t that sweet 🙂

My hope in Jesus dying on the cross to make a way for me to have a relationship with God the Father is so deep and hits on so many levels, but it also hits on the basic level of this:

I can’t even make resurrection rolls correctly and I need His help to just make breakfast every day!!! Praise Jesus for the hope He gives us!!!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

You can find the recipe for ‘Resurrection Rolls’  like I did, by googling it.  🙂 

Show your love through … Blueberry Muffins

So we’re talking about how to show your love to others this February season.  It’s an easy thing to do … It just takes some intentionality and a bit of effort.  One of the ways I show that I love my children is to make them special things that they like.  My daughter loves these blueberry muffins.  I haven’t made them in a while and she’s been asking for them, so what a better way for me to show her that I love her and I’m listening to her than to make them for her.  They are super easy and very delicious.  I wanted to share the recipe with you today.  My variations, although few, are in parenthesis. More

Clean Ten-A Saving Grace for Parenting

Have I told you about Clean 10?  I got the idea years ago from a random blog I read once.  Maybe I found it on Pinterest? I really have no idea.  I would give credit where credit is due, but I really can’t remember where I learned about it! I do know I tried it once, shortly after reading about it and it revolutionized the fighting, whining, crying, awful-ness that A.L.W.A.Y.S. comes after telling my children that it is time for them to clean their rooms.   More

It’s A 3 Day Weekend!!!

And you know what? I couldn’t be more excited.  For a few reasons …

1. I’ve been struggling with Cedar Fever … more on that later … and I can’t wait to just rest. and enjoy.

2. I get to rest and enjoy!  yay!

3. I get to be with my family!  yay!! These guys can be super fun!

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So what are you going to do with your day?  We’ll do a bit of everything.  Some normal stuff: cleaning up, laundry, intersecting fights and bickering with {what we always hope is} gospel-filled, truth centered conversation.  That’s the hope at least.  And we’ll do some fun weekend stuff … watch some football, play games, watch a movie, go to a UT swim meet.  And we’ll rest up, of course.

Although I’m feeling better this morning {God has graciously provided relief from Cedar Fever with a careful concoction of Allergy-D Meds, water and lots of kleenex}, I’m still going to avoid time outside like the plague.  Indoor fun is what I’m clinging to on this longer weekend.

So join me,will you, in being intentional about bringing love and enjoyment into your weekend … be it a 1, 2, or 3 day one. 🙂

A Beautiful Autumn in Austin…Part 2

I just have to follow-up on yesterday’s post.  I had the opportunity to go to Austin a few days in November and babysit my two grandchildren.  It was so fun and I experienced first had the colorful trees.  We live a little north of Dallas and we too had an unusually beautiful fall.  It was just about as pretty as it gets for Texas.  Anyway, while in Austin, I took a few adorable pictures of my grandchildren playing in the leaves and I just had to share them. enjoy!

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When Your Child Wakes You Up For The Fourth Time In A Night…

Well, it draws many questions … What is going on?  Did you wet the bed?  Bad Dreams?  Spiritual Warfare?  Too cold?  Do you need another blanket?  Do you have to pee?

It draws many emotions … I’m tired; yay! It’s only midnight, 5-6 more hours of sleeping!; oh, dear goodness, NO … It’s only 2 am.; is it bad to turn on the TV at 3 am and just let him sit there while we sleep?; it’s 4:45 … may as well just get up.

It’s weird.  Sometimes I’m actually angry when kids wake me up a lot at night.  That’s kind of revealing … it shows the selfishness of my heart for just wanting uninterrupted sleep.

The ability to not go back to sleep at 4:45 also shows the condition of my heart around certain circumstances right now.  I was worrying.  “what does she think about me.  I don’t want her to think I’m that kind of person, etc.”.  It makes me want to go to said person and say certain things … reiterate things just to make sure she knows I’m not that kind of person.  Control was creeping up.   More

31 Days: Let’s Just Be Honest Day 29: Pumpkins & Messiness!!

We carved Pumpkins today! It was great.

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31 Days: Let’s Just Be Honest Day 28: This Girl

Today, we get to celebrate this girl:

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She loves to laugh and smile.

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31 Days: Let’s Just Be Honest Day 24: My youngest

Let’s Just be Honest: I love this guy!

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Today he is another year older. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane … More

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