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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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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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Family Fun at Myrtle Beach

27 Jul

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We recently took a family trip to Myrtle Beach, and I am now saving up for my summer home there!!lol…jk…but I would like to visit each summer. 🙂

It was five days of fun, and I didn’t want to leave – I hope heaven is just like it!haha..

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We slept in, (as long as the babies would let us,) 🙂 then went downstairs for the continental breakfast. Then, we went down to the pool – there was a kiddie pool for the babies, a lazy Susan, four adults pools, and two jacuzzi’s.

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Then we went down to the beach, set up our tent, and spent the morning there. Then it was nap time for the babies, and jacuzzi time for mommy. 🙂

When the babies woke up from nap, we would either go to the amusement park, out to eat, or to visit family. Here is a picture of the menu from the burger place. 🙂

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In the evening, we would go back to the pool, and  my parents would take the babies for a walk on the beach to gather shells.

We had a great time at Myrtle Beach, and hopefully it will be a family tradition each year! 🙂
Blessings,

Lauren

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Do you choose money over family?

24 May

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Recently someone hinted at me that if I wanted to make more money, I would need to work more.

I don’t think this person was bad…they just had different priorities from me.

God has a different plan for each of us.  Some work in an office, some work from home, some work in the house taking care of their kids, and some work on the missions field in India! 🙂

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And I hope that one day we can all get to the place where we understand that just because someone takes a different path from us, it doesn’t make them wrong, (or us better!)

In regards to the person who thought I should be working more hours to make more money, maybe for them, it is a priority to live in a million dollar home.

For me, I would rather have my nice 2700 square foot home, (which is more than enough space for my family and I,) 🙂 and not have to work 16 hour days and never see my children just to keep up a mortgage.

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Yes; some people must work 16 hours just to keep their heads above water, so I am not judging them at all.

But for me, I have the choice, and I’m fine with what I have. I’m not going to work more and be away from my kids just so I can have a nicer car.  I don’t just want to see my kids before they go to bed, or when they’re already asleep for the night.

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So for me, I choose to forego the money and have that sweet time with my little ones, cuddling, watching “Cars,” and eating Crunch Berries after dinner.  🙂

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Remember – it doesn’t matter what other people have to say about your choices; it matters what God thinks!

Blessings,

Lauren

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I can’t…I’m a Mom

14 May

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Recently a friend of mine asked me a question that stuck with me: “what goals would you be accomplishing right now if you didn’t have kids?”

When I heard this, I felt a little sad.

Why do we think we have to wait until our kids are older or grown to accomplish all that God has for us?

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And while the friend who asked this question has a million and one wonderful things that she is doing, I thought about those who believe the lie that they must put their own lives on hold while they raise kids.

Yes; God has different plans for everyone.  Some are meant to stay home.  Some are meant to work.  Some are meant to do both.

But nowhere in God’s word does it say that because we have kids, we have to put our own goals and dreams aside to focus 100% of all energies on our children.

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My children are a blessing and I love them.  🙂  That said, I am also raising them to know that just as mommy spends quality time with them, Mommy also spends quality time with Daddy, as well as time on personal projects and work.

Today if you are a parent and are struggling with feeling like you are wrong for chasing your dreams and goals because you have kids, please know that that is a lie.

Your children are not burdens meant to slow you down.  With God, you can accomplish your dreams while still loving your kids and being a great parent! 🙂

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Blessings!

Lauren

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Who says Christian parents can’t party???

26 Feb

 

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First of all, I don’t mean an animal house type of party where parents are swinging from the chandeliers…lol…when I say “party,” I mean having a good time, being silly, and enjoying ourselves! 🙂

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During a few of my bridal coaching sessions, a lot of the engaged ladies seem surprised that I have ladies nights out, that my husband and I go out on “date night’s” without the kids up to twice a week, and that I go away for the weekend with friends sometimes.

They often ask, “I thought that once you had kids, the fun ends…”

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I want to debunk that myth! 🙂

Here are a few ways to have fun even after the kids:

1. Plan sitter swaps – they are totally free.  Ex: I watch your kids on Tuesday night, and you watch mine on Friday.  Simple as that… free babysitting, and the best part is, your kids are totally safe, (so you can relax while out,) because you choose another family that you know and trust.  Voila – now you have a built in Friday night out every week! 🙂  (Have a few families that you do this with, or start a group, and you’ll always have free childcare for when you want time away with your spouse or friends.)  🙂

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2. Bring the party to your house!  Instead of spending a whole lot of money eating out and having to worry about the kids acting like crazy animals at a nice restaurant, (lol,) and spending $5 on a kids plate of macaroni and cheese that you could have made for 25 cents at home, 🙂 invite everyone to your house for a party.  Have a movie and toy room set up for the kids complete with snacks and non-messy finger foods, and then the adults can hang out in the next room over, playing games, talking and eating.  Or, make it a potluck – that way, you won’t have to do all the food prep yourself.  I usually make the main course, like some kind of chicken or tacos, and I provide the soda and juice.  Then, everyone else brings a side.

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So the next time that someone says, “oh you’ve got kids…I heard it all goes downhill from there,” please kindly correct them! 🙂

Blessings! :)

 

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After the CT. tragedy…

19 Dec

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Here is a picture of my kids enjoying a friend’s birthday party on Saturday – I can’t imagine life without them!  🙂

I am sure that you were shaken to your core when you heard the news about those precious babies a few days ago.  (…And while I don’t want to take away from children who are killed overseas everyday,) I do think that the recent events in CT caused so many of us to rethink our everyday lives.

No longer can money, living in the suburbs, or sending your kids to the best schools equate a safe environment.  These days, violence can hit all parts of society.  And while I won’t get into the causes and effects, I will encourage you to live every moment you have to the fullest NOW!  🙂

God willing, we’ll all live to be 125, 🙂  but in reality, our next breath isn’t promised.  So let’s stop worrying about if we’ll be able to afford the latest $500 Coach purse, (no offense to those who like Coach…lol,) or worrying about not being able to afford yearly Disney trips like our friends family’s might.  Let’s stop worrying about if everyone likes us, if we’re the perfect weight, or if we live in the “right” neighborhood.

Let’s turn our eyes to the things that last the test of time: God, family, friends, and helping others.  After all, heaven and earth will one day fade, but God’s word remains the same, (Matthew 24:35.)

So today, I am going to do my best not to worry about the silly things that so easily distract, and to enjoy napping in my warm bed, hugging my kiddies, and not being angry about having to change diapers every half an hour…lol!  I am going to be grateful that I have a husband who helps me with diaper duties, 🙂 that I have real friends who love me for the crazy person that I am, and that lately, I have so many unhealthy Christmas goodies to eat! 🙂

What about you?  What are you going to enjoy doing today?  Whatever it is, enjoy it!  I’ll be enjoying my nap.  Good night! 🙂

Blessings!

The book is due out in the Fall of 2012. :)

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