Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I am really having a hard time with Christmas this year. My eyes have been opened to see the commercialism and religious (or non-religious) rituals that so many people have bought into. Now that the scales have been dropped from my eyes, I'm having a really hard time transitioning from all of the ways we used to celebrate Christmas, to making this Christmas all about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I can't help to think about how He must feel about Santa. Our God is a jealous God and I know He doesn't like us making idols out of anything or anyone and that is what I feel Santa has become for so many households. My heart really breaks for Jesus because He deserves so much more than a quick prayer over your family dinner or a quick, "Thank you Jesus" for the gift you got.

He came to this earth as a tiny baby in a manger. And He left this earth with His body nailed to the cross to pay for our sins. Is it really too much to truly give Him ONE day out of the year to celebrate Him and everything that He means to us and has done for us?

I really want to honor Jesus this year and each new year to come. I want to thank Him more, praise Him more and spend more time alone in His presence. I don't want the presents, trees, lights, decor, dinner, or family gatherings to overshadow Him! I honestly could care less about all of those other things. I want to take communion with my family to remember what He did for us and to receive His blessings. The thing that makes this transition hard is our children and also the guilt trip I get from adults who think we're robbing our children of a part of their childhood that they can never get back.

My Christmas wish for you is that you will take even just a few minutes and bathe in His presence and remember why there even is a season. It's ALL about HIM! Please don't forget that, no matter how you choose to celebrate!

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Well, I have WAY too many other things that I try to accomplish on a daily basis, and potty training has recently taken a turn downhill. I'm not sure what happened, because he was doing so well. I think in order to keep myself from having a stroke, heart attack or anurism, we are going to go back to diapers for a while. I am really getting sick and tired of cleaning pee off of the couch and poop off of the floor, and spending 80% of my day with a 2 year old who is fighting the urge to poop, next to the potty. So for now, goodbye messes all over my house and hello diapers!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Potty Training ~ Day TWO

So it's day two of potty training and we've made some MAJOR progress, thanks to our friends M&M's. I give him one M&M for each time he pees in his potty and 5 for each time he goes #2. He has peed MANY, MANY times in the potty today, but has also had a few accidents. He has also gone #2! I had to catch him when he was squatting and set him on the potty, but it worked! I'm one proud momma right now! I'm also one very exhausted momma! I'm loving the money we are saving on diapers though! We'll see what tomorrow brings. It should be interesting because Daddy will be home and get to experience this first hand. :0) I'm excited to have the extra help!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Potty Training ~ Day ONE

I've decided to start potty training Stinky Face. He is 25 months now and shows all of the signs of readiness. The problem is, he's a male...therefore he's stubborn! LOL Today we went through about 6 pairs of underwear, but I'm happy because we saved at least that many diapers! Let's see what tomorrow brings. I don't know what to expect, but I'm happy to at least be giving this a try and saving some money in the mean time.
This is his frog potty. When we think it's time to go, we tell him to go sit on his froggy!


Before food coloring

G.Q. experimenting with colors

All of the great colors he created

My little baby getting messy

G.Q. getting messy

Uh oh, things are starting to get out of control!

This is G.Q. after Stinky Face smacked him across the face.

Bath time!!!


Monday, August 9, 2010


This year I felt like putting my son back in public school because homeschool has always seemed so hard for me. I let him go to a public school to tour it and see what it would be like. He got all excited and wanted to go, but I didn't have peace about it in my heart. But at the same time, I didn't have complete peace in my heart about homeschool. One night, I got alone with God and asked Him what His will was. I should have done that before I took my son on a tour of the school.

This is what the Lord spoke to me. "God did not give me the ability to homeschool to be stressed out all the time. He gave me this opportunity to spend quality time with my children while they are young, to lead them down a path of righteousness. He has provided everything needed to homeschool and part of the reason we are broken right now with our finances is because it is not God's desire for G.Q. to go to public school. He has already provided for homeschool needs and next years needs will be met as well, with abundance. By then we will all realize that it is God's desire for both children to be schooled at home."

Now there is COMPLETE peace in my heart about our decision. I thank God for such a timely message and I greet homeschool with open arms, trusting Him to help me be the mother and teacher that He has called me to be. He doesn't lead you anywhere in life without equipping you with everything you need!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Baby Signs

Our little 17 month old has been learning sign language to help out with his communication skills. He is doing great with simple signs such as ball, bite, more, please, cracker, drink and play. It's adorable and almost unbelievable that a child so young can understand sign language and pick up on it so quickly. Being Christian parents, we want to make sure that Jesus is a part of everything we do. So today, I taught Stinky Face the sign for Jesus. It's very simple. Take you right middle finger and place it in the palm of your left hand. Then take your left middle finger and place it in the palm of your right hand.