Dear Mama of Babies…

25 Mar

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Here is a picture of me when my “babies” looked more like babies.  :)

Although my “babies” are now 2.5 and four, I can still remember those sleepless nights, and lately I’ve had so many moms ask me if it “gets any easier,” (almost as if they’re asking in hopes for reassurance.)  :)  So this note is written with lots of love for mamas of babies, or maybe just for those who are curious!lol…  :)

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Dear Mama of Babies,

When you became pregnant, you imagined your sweet cuddly baby, and how you would wrap your little one in all of those soft blankets, and hold them in your arms.

You still do all of those things, :) but add to that spit up, poopy diapers, waking up every three hours at night to breastfeed or pump, and having someone who needs you 24/7.

And if you have older kids, it is even harder – you have older ones who want your attention, plus a little one who is crying, and you might not even know why.

Mommy, know that one day that baby will grow legs and start walking.  :)  He will use the bathroom on his own, sleep through the night, and drink juice from a sippy cup.  Soon there will be no more bottles.  There will be lots more sleep.  There will be time in the morning to put on foundation, blush, eye shadow, and even eye liner too…but you will still probably wear a “mom ponytail” just b/c it’s easier.  :)

And if you’re feeling bad b/c you once had a career and you wonder if you still have “a brain,” :) realize that you only get to have a baby once.  Enjoy it!  You have the rest of your life to continue your career as Biochemist.  :)  And while some Moms are Biochemists and also have babies, don’t feel bad b/c you’re not doing both – to each her own.

I was back to teaching online a day after my babies were born, and worked part time two mornings each week just two weeks later while my mom watched the babies, and it worked out great for me – but don’t feel bad if you’re not working, and don’t believe that lie that you’re not “productive” just b/c you don’t have a job outside of the home – God has a different plan for every woman, and motherhood is a high calling. :)

No more comparisons.  No more wishing this time away.  Yes; it is a tiring time, but one day your babies will be toddlers, and you’ll wonder where the time went.

Hang in there mama! :)

Blessings,

Lauren

 

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Lauren is a Christ loving mama of two who enjoys being a wife, a mother, a friend, and a Jesus follower! She enjoys ministering to women of all ages, and inspiring others to live out their purposes for the Lord. Her hobbies include blogging, speaking, making and selling all-natural soaps and beauty products, cooking healthy foods, and doing Zumba. Along with homeschooling her children by day, Lauren also does SAT/ACT, Writing, and Spanish tutoring by night, and enjoys working with students while sipping hot coffee at Starbucks. She also enjoys traveling, the beach, being a minimalist, laughing, spending time with friends, finding more ways to be more frugal, and having movie nights with her husband.

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Adventures in Homeschooling

29 Jan

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As some of you recently know, the kiddies and I just started homeschooling, and we absolutely love it!

Because the babies are so little, I am mostly doing learn through play, but we also have some basics that we do every day: letters, numbers, penmanship, Bible, reading, practical life activities, Spanish, and Montessori inspired lessons and stations.

OK – that was a little more than basics, :) but for a former teacher, I can’t help it – I love learning and I love teaching my kids to love to learn too!

Here are a few pictures from today – keep in mind that it snowed last night, so that made homeschooling even more fun – we got to learn while cozied up under blankets, and the kiddies were excited, knowing that they would get to play in the snow once school was done! :)

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Here is a picture of Gabriel doing a lesson on patterns and colors with glass rocks.

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Here is a picture of Zoe playing with letters and numbers.

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Although I am not a “puzzle person,” lol, I am learning to enjoy it for the kids sake! :)

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We started early today, so we finished around 10 a.m. – enough time to watch some fun educational videos that reinforced our Spanish, (Dora!!,) :) and Sesame Street videos that reinforced our numbers and letters.  We also did some singing and dancing with maracas that I brought back from missions trips to Mexico.  Also, Gabriel dressed up like a ninja, but he declined any photo ops!lol…

I’d say it’s been a fun day so far!

How about you?   Do you homeschool?  How do you teach your kiddies?

Blessings,

Lauren

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Lauren is a friend, wife, homeschooling mama of two, blogger, in-home babysitter, and freelance Spanish and SAT tutor who loves fruit smoothies, reading the word, teaching Spanish to her kiddies, (and other people’s too, for that matter!,) :)  doing Zumba, listening to soaking worship, and laughing and being silly with friends and family.

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Feeding a Family of 4 on $60 a week

19 Jan

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Recently my friend sent me a funny message: “I know you are a rock star and do a super tight grocery budget for your fam and was wondering of you might share some secrets or tell me some good resources? I really need to cut back and I figure that would be a good place to start.”

Ok, first of all, I am not a rockstar, :) but I did appreciate the compliment!lol…  Here are some tips I gave her:

1. For every meal, we have one main dish (ground turkey, chicken or fish) and one side, (fresh fruit or roasted veggies.)  We don’t do traditional expensive sides, and it helps us to save money and eat healthier.

2. Snacks are granola bars, home-made banana bread, yogurt, fruit smoothies, air popped popcorn, (a bag of popcorn seeds cost around $1-2,) chopped fruit, and some kind of healthy veggie chip

3. I don’t buy juice, but if my husband buys it, :) I will give them a tiny bit of juice in their sippy cup, kind of like flavored water.

4. A few nights a week we have grilled cheese sandwiches or regular deli sandwiches, (homemade of course) :)

5. I always have fresh fruit in a bowl, (apples, bananas, and tangerines,) and strawberries in the fridge

6. Additional sides are a side salad (just lettuce, tomatoes and onion,) and homemade chicken noodle soup (water, one piece of chopped chicken, celery, and onion)

I hope these tips helped!  Let me know if you have any other money saving suggestions! :)

Blessings,

Lauren

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Lauren is a friend, wife, homeschooling mama of two, blogger, in-home babysitter, and freelance Spanish tutor who loves fruit smoothies, reading the word, teaching Spanish to her kiddies, (and other people’s too, for that matter!,) :)  doing Zumba, listening to soaking worship, and laughing and being silly with friends and family.

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When You Feel like you’re not good enough

15 Jan

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Here is a picture of my kids riding their bikes in the backyard – and yes, you can see the homemade safety patio gate made from lawn chairs, a toy roof, and the grill!lol…just trying to keep my babies safe! :)

Often, I wonder if I’m doing everything I can to be a good mom.  In whatever stage of life we’re in, career person, mother, father, student, or wherever we are, we often have a nagging sense that we could be doing more, or doing a better job.

As a mom, I read all of the mommy blogs, but lately, I’ve had to step back.  I have had to realize that God has equipped me to be the best mom that I can be.  Yes; I can read and study on how to do better, how to best educate my kids, what activities to do with them, and all of the parenting techniques that I can find in the  books, but nothing is better than just being a person who loves God and has His peace surrounding you.  :)

That’s what my kids will really benefit from – a mama who is totally and 100% focused on loving and pleasing God – let’s face it…the peace, joy, and love that radiates from someone who has been in the presence of our Lord is just amazing, and everyone can feel it and enjoy it! :)

Whatever stage you’re in, set your eyes on things above.  Nothing else matters but God.  If you lose your house, you can still have God.  Material things come and go, but a loving relationship with your heavenly Father, and the peace that it brings, will stand the test of fire and time! :)

Blessings,

Lauren

Lauren is a friend, wife, homeschooling mama of two, blogger, and freelance Spanish tutor who loves fruit smoothies, reading the word, teaching Spanish to her kiddies, (and other people’s too, for that matter!,) :) doing Zumba, listening to soaking worship, and laughing and being silly with friends and family.

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When people laugh at your beliefs…

23 Dec

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Maybe you have shared about Christ or the Bible with your friends, and they have laughed, told you it’s no longer relevant, or even gotten angry with you.  Maybe you’re feeling let down after a negative experience with sharing your faith.

But friends, have you forgotten that the word tell us in James 1:2-4, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Frankly, the world isn’t always going to like Christian views. That’s nothing new, but it doesn’t mean that you should stop living for Christ. It doesn’t mean that you should change or water down what the Bible says. Even if people laugh, keep on loving and speaking the truth.

As followers of God, we can’t be swayed by people who mistreat us, laugh at us, or don’t want to hear our message. Jesus was persecuted, and if we follow Him, we probably will be too. Dust your feet off and keep on loving. Be the bigger person. And if not everyone accepts you or your message, that’s OK.  :)   Jesus loves you, so take your eyes off of your circumstances, and keep your focus on the only one whose opinion of you really matters!

Blessings! :)

Lauren

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My Happy, Frugal Thanksgiving Wish

28 Nov

 

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Here is a picture of my hubby and I at a recent wedding.  Like most Thanksgivings, we ate a-lot!lol…  Let’s face it.  For most of us, Thanksgiving is all about the yams, stuffing, turkey, (repeat!lol,) and then passing out in front of the TV to watch football, and starting over.  :) Yes, I love to eat too, but let’s not forget to remember the thing we should be most thankful for – all the blessings that our God has given us.

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Here is a picture of some of the food at a recent party I attended – this might look like a simple spread to some, but let’s not forget that there are people out there who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.   We’re upset that we haven’t lost weight, while others are wondering where their next meal is coming from.  While we are busy trying to de clutter, design, and stage our houses, there are people who are wondering how they’ll get toys this Christmas.  (Below is a picture of my son and his friend – we went through the toys and gave many of them away.) :)

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So, let’s not get so caught up in the gluttony and materialism, and forget to thank God for the things that really matter – for the things that are eternal.  Set your eyes on things above.  We are on this earth for a short time.  All of the riches, 401K and retirement savings, awards, glory, houses, and things will one day slip through our fingers as we pass on to be with Jesus, the eternal lover of our souls!  Let’s begin living for the things that really matter, and give thanks for the little things! :)

Blessings,

Lauren

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God gave me Freebies! Yeah!!

16 Nov

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Wow – it is almost the end of 2013!  Can you believe it?  This year has had it’s shares of ups and downs for us for sure! 

We moved to a new house, (after going back and forth with the previous owners for almost 6 months,) I started a new job, we endured two government shutdowns, (my hubby works for the govt.,) the babies started a new preschool, and the list continues…  :) I once read somewhere that 3-4 changes/yr can cause stress, and we probably had almost a whopping six or more changes this year!

But even with all the changes and financial ups and downs, God has still been faithful.  He’s blessed us during times of financial strain, and restored us with sweet reminders that He is still God! :)  Here are just a few:

1.  I found out that I have a three foot rosemary bush in my yard.  Fresh  and FREE herbs!!  Can you say rosemary chicken, rosemary veggies, rosemary everything!!!lol…last night I made rosemary veggies, and this morning, I made smoked sausages and onions with rosemary for lunch. 

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2. When we visited my husbands family down South, we had a nice little free vacation, went to football games, out to eat, and played around at Walmart!lol…It was a nice break!  :) When we left, they gave us a cooler full of fresh meat from their freezer.  Meat is expensive these days.  That meat lasted us for a whole week, and we didn’t have to buy groceries.

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3. About a month back, I went to a women’s conference, and stayed at the end to tear down.  I asked where the two veggie trays and hummus needed to go, and they told me to take them home.  Again, a week’s supply of fresh veggies and two industrial sized tubs of hummus.  Thank you, Lord! :)

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I truly believe that God orchestrates events to show us that He hasn’t forgotten us and is still in control. 

I pray that He blesses you too and reminds you that even when life gets tough, He’s still there.  Hang in there and trust Him to get you through!

Blessings,

Lauren

 

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