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Regaining Momentum

I have tried to regain momentum in blogging a couple times before. The problem is I think I took on too much, too fast. This time around I want to keep things simple. I want to share what is on my heart and mind. I want to encourage you. I just don’t want to drain myself in the process. So for now I will just be posting once a week.

I would also like to invite you to join me in prayer as I begin writing my very first bible study. This will be a study on obedience and seeking the Lord. This idea is one that has been a seed planted in my heart for awhile now. It was only yesterday though I began to see what that seed was growing into.

It has really grown out of my desire to find a study to help guide and teach my young children what it looks like to obey. See we can tell them we want them to obey ourselves or God all we want, but unless we reach their hearts and show them what healthy God-fearing obedience looks like they will fall short.

So if you are here today reading this I thank you. I thank you that you haven’t completely given up on me. I thank you for your patience, as I seemingly disappeared and got myself together.

To Be An Awesome Mother

Dearest Friend,

It doesn’t take much to be an awesome mother. There are just a few things to remember.

Awesome Mother

Sometimes being an awesome mother is letting the kids run through the water from the hose in their clothes.

  • Love your child with all your heart
  • Give yourself grace
  • Extend grace to those who need it
  • Don’t try to be like that mother (You know the one, the one who we think has it all together.)
  • Set boundaries that work for your household

I can’t tell you what loving your child will look like, because every child and every parent is different. Some parents excel at showing our love through time spent playing games with the kids. Others of us excel through cooking meals from scratch every night. Or perhaps none of those are you. You just do your best each day and get in snuggles every chance you get, and that is great too.

There are days though you will feel like you have blown it. In those moments you may have given too harsh of a punishment, yelled too loud, or were just plain mean don’t lose heart. You can use this as a teachable moment. In these moments I go back and apologize for my poor behavior. Then I explain what I could have done better, and ask for forgiveness.

 

Sometimes those around us just need an extra measure of understanding. They need our love instead of our discipline. Get to the heart of the issue and address that. Sometimes the poor behavior of others is a symptom of a larger issue of the heart. Just love them.

Remember you were uniquely and wonderfully created. The bible says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” It also talks about how each of us has a different purpose here on this earth, if you want to read more about it, go to 1 Corinthians 12. So what all this means for you, dear friend, is no two mothers will do the job the same. We were each created with different skills, abilities, and strengths. Play to your strengths and you will be awesome.

Following suite with the above no two households are the same. So what that means is that I might need rules in my home that you never even considered. Maybe your home is too lenient for my taste, but it works for you. Or perhaps you are even more strict than I am. The bible says very little as to exactly what a home is to look like.  (That is a post for another day though.)  From what it does say though we can determine how it is best looks in our individual homes.

I can’t say that this will always be easy to do, because some days it is hard to extend grace. Other days that nagging voice creeps in and makes us doubt whether we are enough, or doing it right. On those days remember you are loved.

Much Love,

Sara

***What would you say to a friend who doesn’t feel like she is enough?***

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School Evolves With Spring

Spring has arrived in Alabama.

The kids are more easily distracted from book work. The lure of a warm sunny day calls to them. It beckons to be played in, and discovered. So with that our lessons evolve from snugly days reading, afternoons coloring, regular crafting, and page after page workbook lessons to a world of discovery outdoors.

School Evolves With Spring

Paige’s craft from when we discussed chickens.

We are discovering animals  anew. Long walks lead to a discussion on cows, and their nature. An introduction of the baby chicken to their new environment, begins a discussion of life cycles. The planting of seedlings produces a wonder in the cycle of life that the Lord has created. The children marvel at how a seed so small can grow so large, which again open the door for more discussion.

School Evolves With Spring

The baby chicks around 1 week old.

Teamwork and diligence are demonstrated as a green house is being assembled. The value of hard work is being passed on to the next generation.

School Evolves With Spring

Rusty and a family friend working on the frame for our large greenhouse.

Playtime out doors brings its own lessons. Creativity and imagination develop as they turn an old box into their play house. They learn the value of sharing when there are three of them and one softball bat. New skills are being discovered as they are roller skating, riding bikes, and learning to climb trees.

The lessons don’t stop because the weather is warm. They simply evolve.

There is time enough for book work and crafting when the weather is  poor. So while the sun shines I will let them play, for in play they are still learning.

What are some ways that you can inspire learning outdoors where you live?

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No-Cook Playdough Recipe

My girls and I are fans of anything crafty. I love sitting down working with them on a project. It is just so much fun to see what they will create or how they will interpret what I demonstrated. Sometimes though when they really want to create, I still have house work to do or other work that needs to be done.  This is where playdough comes in, because a little girl can see crayons for only so many days in a row before revolting. (Disclaimer: While yes, I pull out the playdough when I have other work to do, I still must be nearby to supervise. Playdough must not leave the kitchen!)

We have done store-bought playdough in the past. In terms of consistency, it is great I know what I am getting, but it can get expensive to have to continually replace. I also prefer homemade because then I know first hand what is going into the product, and then the girls can also get involved in creating it.

I have tried my hand at both cooked playdough recipes, which for us were a flop, and no-cook recipes. A simple Google search led me to The Best Ever No-Cook Play Dough Recipe. Anna, the author of the blog, offers up this simple recipe. It creates a soft dough that the kids have used for the last two days and there have been no signs of drying out. It produces a great end result that I will turn to again and again.

As great as the result was though I noticed it was stickier and tackier than playdough should be, when I followed the recipe exactly. So what follows below is a slight adaption of the original recipe. (It is worth noting that she does say that you might need to add a touch more flour, but since what I had to add, 1 cup, was more than a touch I will explain how I did this.)

No-Cook Playdough Recipe

No-Cook Playdough Recipe

(Adapted from The Imagination Tree)
 
 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (reserve one of the three cups)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • Up to 1.5 cups boiling water (add in increments)
  • food coloring (optional)

 

Directions

  1. Mix the flour, oil, and cream of tartar in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. On a low-speed add the oil.
  3. Add the boiling water in  1/4  cup increments mixing until the dough is smooth.
  4. If you still have tacky sticky dough and the mixing is not helping go to your flour reserve, and add a 1/8 cup at a time till dough is smooth to touch.
  5. Divide playdough into the different number of colors that you wish to create. Work food coloring into dough by hand, kneading the dough as you go. (This can get a bit messy so gloves are an option here.)

Store your playdough in an airtight container, and it should last for months.

 

Valentine’s Day Sun Catcher and Giveaway

***Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. This just means I get a small referral rate paid out to be for each item purchased using a link (not all the links.) I also promise to only endorse products I fully believe in and any comments related to the products are 100% my own, unless otherwise stated.*** Getting ready to write the post for today I noticed that this will have been the 10oth post I have a published. It is a small milestone, but a milestone none the less. I just thought I would share that observation, before sharing today’s craft.

Valentine's Day Sun Catcher and Giveaway

Valentine’s Day Sun Catcher

 

Materials:

  • Tissue Paper
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Single sided self-laminating sheets

 

Directions

  1. Cut your tissue paper in 1×1 squares to 2×2 squares . (You could cut other shapes as well but use your sizes for squares as a guide for rough sizes of the other shapes.)
  2. Using your marker draw a heart on one of the self-laminating sheets.
  3. Peel off top strip of the back off the self laminating sheets and using painter’s tape secure the sheet to the table there. Finish peeling off the rest of the backing and secure at the bottom edge using more painter’s tape.
  4. Now that the project is set up invite your toddler or preschooler in the room.(Those are the ages I have found enjoy this most. I have done this with a child as old as six and as young as a 18 months.)
  5. The child can stick the tissue paper anywhere on the self-laminating sheet, but the only part you will need will be the part inside the heart. Let them place tissue paper till their hearts are content.
  6. When they are finished, peel the bottom strip of painter’s tape off.
  7. Peel the backing of a second self-laminating sheet, and gently secure it to the back of the one your child has been working on.
  8. Carefully remove your sun catcher from the table (it will still be secured by the top strip of tape.)
  9. Cut the heart shape out.
  10. Now you will have a heart-shaped sun catcher.  (How to hang them will be your call. I simply use shipping tape and tape them to a window. Although you could get a hole punch, punch two holes, and then string some yarn between the holes.)

Have fun and enjoy the beautiful colors.   Now in celebration of 100 posts I would like to offer a giveaway. In this giveaway I will be offering two books and .

Desperate is a joint effort by Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae each lady has a way of writing that speaks to the heart and encourages the soul. In their book Desperate they are seeking to encourage the desperate mom, the one who feels alone, who is stressed to her max,  and just needing to feel a little less alone. It is a book that speaks to the heart of every mother whether you are a brand new mother or a veteran mom of many, because at times we all need a breathe of fresh air and encouragement.

Under the Sun Giveaway

Educating the WholeHearted Child was wrote by Clay and Sally Clarkson. It was wrote with the homeschooling family in mind. Even if you are not homeschooling or not planning on it, this a book that I would recommend to every family, because every parent is a teacher and every home a classroom. It will provide a comprehensive over view of using real books and real life to nurture the heart, soul, and mind of your child. Quoting the description on Amazon, “Whether you are a first-time homeschooler or a longtime veteran, this comprehensive guide will equip and empower you for your journey of faith as a family. Discover the joy of bringing relationship-based, book-centered learning into the natural daily life of your home.”

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Fruit of the Spirit: Love Your Children

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“Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.” Colossians 3:21

 

“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”  Deuteronomy 6:6-9

 

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.  Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.  Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.  They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.”  Psalm 127:3-5

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From these three verses it is clear what the Lord expects from parents. What is not clear is how we implement these truths. That there, is the beauty of the deal. There are many ways to raise your children in a Godly, loving home, and still seek after the truth of these three verses.

Whether you homeschool or send your children to the local school, you are still doing the best job you know how. Maybe instead you did CIO or maybe you co-slept. Maybe you used formula or maybe you were a mother who did extended breastfeeding. There is no winner and no loser. One parent is not better than the other. We are each doing the best job we know how to do, but still there are a few things that EVERY Christian parent should be seeking to do with their children.

Colossians 3:21 tells us though that no matter our choices we still need to speak love into the lives of our children. Our children have tender hearts. They are seeking love and approval. Clay Clarkson in his book, Educating the WholeHearted Child — Third Edition, says, “God has designed your children’s hearts to expect love from their parents. When they don’t receive familial and parental love, it is a kind of neglect of their spiritual and emotional nourishment, in the same way that not receiving food would neglect their physical nourishment. A child whose need for love is neglected will begin to close their heart and emotions out of self-protection.” See though you don’t have to embitter, as the bible says, or neglect their spiritual and emotional nourishment, as Clay describes it. Instead encourage them, express your love in words, hug them, and show them just how much you value them. Are your actions matching your words?

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 clearly expresses that we need to teach our children what the bible has to say to them. We can not do that though if first we are not seeking the knowledge ourselves. Live a life that you would be proud for your child to imitate. Are you spending time reading and learning from the Lord each day? Do praise and worship songs fill the air of your home? (They need not be the only songs, but are they given any air time?) Our children are aware if what we are preaching is matching up to the life we are leading. We don’t need to do everything perfectly, but we need to continue to grow in the Lord. Even in our mistakes they can learn much. But it doesn’t stop there. Are you spending time reading to them, and teaching them how to apply what they read to their lives? Guide them.  They need us to be an active guide, not just modeling the behavior we expect, but teaching them how to find the answers for themselves as well.

Children are a heritage

Psalm 127:3-5 Is a reminder that I have written on the black board by my laundry room. Our children are one of the great gifts that the Lord has to offer. Yes there will be days they challenge you. Parenting seems to stretch you in ways you never realized you needed stretching, and when the days get long and your patience gets thin, it can be easy to forget they are a gift from the Lord. So today I remind you to breathe and tell yourself that the Lord gifted these children to you. He didn’t bring them to anyone other than you. God saw to it that you would be the parent to your child. Appreciate that for a moment. He has trusted you with his workmanship (Ephesians 2:10,) his sons [and daughters] (Galatians 3:26-27.) It is that reason I have Psalm 127:3 wrote in large letters in my home, so when my patience runs thin I can remember that they are his gift to me. And your children are the Lord’s gift to you.

So today I say love your babies. Go raise them with the knowledge of the Lord. Get through the day-to-day issues of this world the best way you know how, and know you are loved. (John 3:16)

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Lessons From The Baby: How To Share With Your Older Siblings

Sharing: Even when the request doesn’t always make sense, when it is with in your power to do so, do it. It is nice to share.

Lessons From The Baby: How To Share With Your Older Siblings

She is wearing the baby’s pants. This little girl is 4, and she is wearing pants for a 12-month old.

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13: 16

Lessons From The Baby: Where To Find Comfort

At the end of a long day/ week/ month/ year, heck a long hour,  it is alright to long for the comfort of your mother’s arms. (And if your mother is not available you can seek comfort in the Lord.)

Lessons From The Baby: Where To Find Comfort

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.” Isaiah 66:13

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

There is hardly anything as comforting on a cold winter’s night as a bowl of hot soup. To me there is no soup better than that which was homemade. From beyond that point I am not overly particular. You could serve me a creamy tomato soup, zuppa toscana, potato, chili (is that a soup?), etc… But one that is easy and very forgiving is chicken noodle soup. Don’t have chicken? Use turkey. Out of carrots? It’s okay it is still a delicious soup. You get the picture.

Recently though I thought I would try making my own noodles for the soup and let me tell you what, amazing! It was so much more comforting and filling having fresh noodles in the pot.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

  • 2 quarts homemade chicken broth (Click here for a link that very nicely explains how to make your own broth.)
  • 2 breasts chicken meat *
  • 1 batch homemade egg noodles (I have found this recipe comes together nicely and is relatively simple to prepare.)
  • 2 peeled and sliced carrots
  • 2 stalks celery cut in half (length-wise) and sliced
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic pressed
  • salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, cayenne pepper

 

  1. Cook your chicken in either a lightly greased fry pan or a non stick pan, after having seasoned both sides with your poultry seasoning.
  2. While your chicken is cooking add your vegetables to the pot with your broth.
  3. Flip your chicken. Finish cooking on the other side.
  4. Now I use a pair of shears (that I keep just for meat) to cut my chicken up to add to the soup pot. If you don’t have sheers just chop up your meat.
  5. Turn your pot down to a simmer, and cover with a lid.
  6. Now here is when you will make your noodles. (Follow the steps provided in the link for noodles, above.)
  7. When you are done making your noodles go and check on your pot that has been simmering. When your carrots are fork tender and your noodles.
  8. Once you add your noodles cook for another 3 minutes. (Fresh noodles take less time to cook that dried.)

*If you like a soup that is a little heavier on the chicken by all means add more. But then you will also probably need to add more broth as well. Also it is worth noting this is a good way to use left-over chicken, say from a roast. If that is the case just chop up your meat into small pieces and throw in the pot.

Enjoy!

***What is your favorite kind of soup?***

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