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There is very few store bought decorations on my Christmas Tree. For the past several years the kids and I have made homemade ornaments to hand on our tree. It has become a tradition. I wanted to share with you this years pick.
We dont just make one or two for our tree. Each child makes one for grandparents. So in total we usually make 8-10 decorations. This year we chose to make reindeer out of popsicle sticks.
I do all the cutting and hot gluing while the kids enjoy putting their artistic abilities to go use. They love to paint, draw, color, and make all kinds of music.
If you would like to know how we made these or if you wnant to see past decorations, let me know. I am thinking of making a tutorial.
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You are walking through the grocery store. It doesn’t matter which one or even what city. You are either there for one thing or for many things. There it is, that sound you hope you don’t hear, a child screaming or baby crying. Do you sneer at the mother or father? Do you tell them to control you children? Or, are you the mother or father of the screaming child?
I caught myself the other day walking through our local Wal-Mart listening to a child crying and my first thought was “Can you please keep your child quite!” Wait! What? Did I just really think this? What in the world are you thinking? I have two kids of my own and I understand how the parents feel. The stares, glimpses, sneers, and rude comments don’t help.
I’ve been there. In fact I was there today. All day! The kids had moments where they get along and some where they just couldn’t stand each other. I was doing well today. I felt like this mom thing was going well. Then we decided to go to the store and everything just broke.
I explained going in that we were not going to buy any toys, we were there to get shorts and yogurt. That’s a weird combo, but it’s true. So mom bladder kicks in and we take off to the family restroom in the back of the store. Well guess what is on the way? The toy department, so what does my son want to do? Look at the toys. I explain that I am going to the bathroom and then we are going to check out and go home. Of course that causes a major break down.
Walking through the store with “that kid” who is crying and causing a scene, he gets so heated that he actually got the “concerned look” from people. Was I embarrassed? I was “that parent,” and I wasn’t embarrassed. Here’s the thing, ADHD comes in many forms, no one case looks the same. He doesn’t work well through his emotions and sometimes trying to talk to him only makes it worse. I chose not to engage, checked out, and walked out of the store. He calmed down once we got home, I am learning to choose my battles and look for the key factor to defuse them.
When my husband got home we had dinner, gave the kids a bath, and sent both kids to bed early. I told my husband, “I would just like one day of complete obedience, of them getting along, and doing what is expected of them.” Then my brain flipped and said, “How do you think God feels?” I get it now! Babies are born selfish. They need their mom for everything. They grow up with “mine” on the brain. We have to teach them not to be selfish. How do I teach my children to not be, when I am the very personification of selfish? “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” Philippians 2:3.
Deuteronomy 5:33 says, “Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.” Deuteronomy 8:6 (NIV) goes on to say, “Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to Him and revering Him.” Walk in obedience. Revere (respect or admire) Him. I need to work on my obedience to God and set an example for my kids! “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.” 1 Peter 1:14. Oh Lord, I don’t want to live in ignorance any longer; I want to be less selfish, and to live in obedience. For my children, I choose to be obedient.
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I am a mom of children with disabilities and disorders. Now don’t get me wrong. I know moms with children that have a harder time then we do. I’m not discounting their struggles, stresses, or strength. This is what I am experiencing on my journey.
My toddler is deaf (socially correct “hearing impaired”). My 6 year old has been diagnosed with ADHD and has been tested for hearing loss that determined there is a dip in his hearing (not enough that he needs hearing aids). All of which have been inherited. We just recently found out that my husband may be on the hearing impaired spectrum. I sometimes feel as though I am the only one who is truly the impaired person in the family. I feel like the odd man out.
To be honest, I feel frustrated that I am the only non-hearing impaired person in our family. The toddler has limited vocabulary and communication isn’t always easy. We have been working on teaching what little ASL we know, which is not much. Baby sign language helped us with our son who didn’t start fully talking until he was almost 2. Even then he was hard to understand.
I find myself apologizing and explaining that they have these less than normal qualities. This is the way God made them. Why am I apologizing for who they are? These are things I cannot control. Our little girl was born deaf. Hearing loss is more common than a lot of people realize. Some people don’t even report it in fear that it would make them less accepted into their environment, whether it is at work or home.
-About 20 percent of Americans, 48 million, report some degree of hearing loss.
-About 2-3 of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable hearing loss in one or both ears.
-Almost 15% of school-age children (ages 6-19) have some degree of hearing loss.
Being “hearing impaired” has not stopped the toddler in anyway. She is the most independent, loving, caring, brave, strong, loud, and stubborn little person I have ever met. We meet once a week with a speech pathologist to work on communication. She is very smart and does real well in therapy. She is almost 2 and has only been walking for a month. She is moving (speaking) at her own speed and that is so frustrating for me. It is frustrating for me to not know what she wants or needs. I have to continue to ask for the reminder that she will get there and how far she has come along. It is like watching a flower bloom. You have the ones that blossom quickly and then there is that one that takes its time opening up and showing its full colors.
I love my children. I love who they are and I thank God every day for the blessing of having them in my life. It isn’t always easy, but life isn’t meant to be easy. How would we grow if life was easy? I’m working on my personal growth, learning how to better communicate with my children, and to not let the things that are out of my control, control me.