One thing I just love about church publications is how simple they make it to do the little things with your littles each and every week. I found this fabulous FHE idea in the July Friend and just had to share with you all. As a busy mama I am super-duper grateful for any quick and easy ideas for family night and this one is simply the tops.
One thing that I absolutely love about the gospel, is the encouragement from our church leaders to have a family night once a week. One dedicated evening that is all about teaching, learning and growing together in the Lord and in our family love. I’ll admit we have been seriously slacking in this department the past
6 years few years … but that doesn’t mean we give up. In fact, it’s the very best reason to start NOW.
Last night we had our first family night in over a year! It was admittedly a little painful – with short attention spans, a few tears and a dance party somewhere in the middle. But we did it!! [Read more…]
I cheated hard with my 80/20 rule. It was more like a 70/30 rule – and I’m okay with that. I’m just a girl with a mean hankering for french fries + Polynesian sauce, who really, really loves to workout.
I added weights to my workout – or rather
After 32 days of straight rain the sun finally broke through and blessed the Bay Area with a warm sunny day. It was the perfect day for sight seeing in the city and doing all the tourist-y things we hadn’t done since we were kids. We visited the wax museum, Ripley’s believe it or not, dined at The Rainforest cafe, and to top it all off we went up to the top of Coit Tower and enjoyed the beautiful view of the city and the bay.
It was there, at the top of the world, where he quietly bent over and whispered in my ear that he had a confession to make…
I woke up with all three littles in my bed this morning. Elbows were flying everywhere and when someone’s foot made contact with my head I admittedly lost it and kicked them all out. I immediately felt a huge wave of guilt and frustration with myself.
I took a minute during church to contemplate on that frustrating moment this morning and realized my mistake. I realized that I have been looking too inwardly lately. Too self centered and too self focused. Somewhere this week I lost my main focus and goal, which is to show love always. To love my children and my husband unconditionally and to put them first in all things, which sometimes oddly means putting myself first. It means taking a minute or 30 to physically and mentally prepare myself for the day and for my role in it.
I’ve been avoiding posting this photo for 3 weeks now, because it still gives me the creepy crawlies to think about it. And here’s the story why:
We had decided to do dinner at Costco after doing the shopping and the kiddos didn’t hold out very well for us. They wouldn’t stay seated, wouldn’t actually eat much and made more noise and mess than the whole affair was worth. And at the very end of it all Rhys spilled his soda all over the floor and he and Avery both tried to ‘help’ dad clean it up. During all of the commotion I finally ended up picking up Avery to help keep her out of the puddle and I noticed Rhys sneaking awayfrom the corner of my eye. He was moving slow and toward the interior of the wear-house so I didn’t think too much of it as I turned to get a visual on Quinn.
Of course Quinn was being a punk and decided to start running toward the front door. Again, he’s a smart big kid and knows to stop at the entry door so I didn’t worry about him as I grabbed the cart and left Eric to go look for Rhys, who I now couldn’t see anywhere….
My heart started to race just that little bit that a mom’s heart does when she instinctively knows something’s off… I quickly yelled down to Quinn and asked him where his brother was to which he shrugged his shoulders, and then I saw him. IN THE PARKING LOT being chased after by one of the shopping cart workers.