Bringing Out the Best in the Strong-Willed

I have a strong-willed child.  After reading things about this special type of child/person, I made a few realizations: 1. I was a strong-willed child, too. 2. Strong-willed people get things done. 3. It is not a bad thing.  At all. Even though I am not technically the first born in my family, I did and do function as the first born in character traits (plus there is an extensive gap between me and the next sibling up, so that statistically adds to the potential for first born traits).  I used to think I was more like a middle-child, but … Continue Reading →

Cultivating Contentment in Your Children Part 2

For Part 1 click here. I have a feeling this idea is going to have a lot of “Parts” to post.  We are continuing to learn about contentment around here.  It’s a theme in our household, and maybe it’s because we are human. Lately, we’ve had some extra fun.  There was a sweet baby born, there were two birthdays celebrated, and family and friend visits, and a birthday party.  With all of this excitement came lots of gifts! I do love gifts. This doesn’t mean I’m too picky though.  I don’t have expensive taste, and I don’t mind a free gift … Continue Reading →

When More Fun is Calling

The last week has been stressful.  I don’t know exactly why other than the fact that I have been less patient, feeling pressure of getting some things done before the new baby is born – which will be anytime within the next three weeks or so.  Also we had a vacation last week, so perhaps getting back into routine was harder? Homeschooling has been moving along, chores are getting done, books are being read, times with each child and with my husband have been intentional, I’ve been reading my Bible and praying and seeking the Lord, but I have felt … Continue Reading →

Bringer of Joy

A few weeks ago I wrote about our attempts to find out the gender of the next little blessing we expect to join our family in April.  You can read that here if you are not up to speed. Well in an unexpected turn of events, my initial ultrasound appointment with my midwife’s backup physician was changed to a much earlier date.  One of the most fun parts of this was that we got to surprise my husband.  I had to go during the day while he was at work because of the office’s scheduling, so I decided to just not … Continue Reading →

And So We Wait

It’s a funny thing when it is clear that our plans are not God’s plans. I really enjoy finding out the gender of a baby of mine while I am still pregnant.  I know there are strong opinions on this, and I honestly don’t look at it very strongly (so chill, people – I know there are “so few surprises in life, etc, etc”).  The reasons I like to know are not really tangible ones, such as knowing how to decorate or which clothes to buy.  I just like bonding beforehand with a name and prayers geared toward this specific … Continue Reading →

Cultivating Contentment in Your Children

  Several months ago I wrote a post about discontentment.  You can read that here. Since that time, I have been praying and intentionally working on contentment not only in myself, but also instilling contentment in my children’s hearts. This is such a valuable life lesson, and I pray they can learn to form this habit of contentment at as early of an age as possible.  Not that they will never struggle with it.  I’m sure they will.  However, I pray this will be such a part of their lives, that it will be quickly noticed by them when they … Continue Reading →

The Mother Sheep: Leading, Peace, Insight, and Encouragement

*The following first section of this post is an excerpt from another post from a couple of years ago (You can read part 1 here and part 2 here).  However to further illustrate the point of this post, I have included this excerpt at the beginning.  (Photo by iStockphoto/ilbusca)* Sheep are the most frequently mentioned animal in the Bible, believe it or not, and for good reason.  The more one gets to know sheep, the more one can realize how much we humans relate to them.  The bottom line is this: Sheep need not just a shepherd, but a very … Continue Reading →

Monthly Memo: July and August 2013

This summer was pretty amazing for our family.  It went by so fast because we were having so much fun (future posts will share more about this).  And now it is time to get back to normal routine…and SCHOOL. Planning the School Year: As mentioned before (here), we homeschool around here, and it is time for another school year!  My school age children are in first grade and pre-kindergarten this year.  I am really pretty excited about the plans for this year. Last year was kindergarten for my oldest, and we used the curriculum from My Father’s World (I didn’t have … Continue Reading →

Grace-Full Mama

  “The LORD is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.” (Psalm 145:8 NASB) I love my job.  It’s my calling.  I am a wife and a mother.  I love it.  It’s not easy, really, but it is still wonderful and worth whatever it costs. I want to be a good mom.  I want to parent well.  I love the feeling of victory when instead of freaking out and losing my patience, I actually witness God’s grace moving through me to help me be patient.  That is growth that I can praise the Lord for, and it is really … Continue Reading →

The Overcommitted Mommy

I used to be an overcommitted mommy. “How do you have time for all the books you read and for Bible study?” “How do you have time to homeschool?” “How do you have time to dance and paint and do things you want to do?” I get these questions often lately.  Over the last year I have painstakingly assessed my list of responsibilities and involvements to continually keep myself from overcommitting.  This came quickly during my pregnancy with my third, and I have been increasingly adamant about staying flexible and free for my husband and children. There are of course times that are … Continue Reading →