{I am Not Supermom}

Last week in Honest Moments, I shared about Letting Go of Worries.  One would think, I could rest easy for the rest of the week remembering the advice I shared with others. Yet, ironically, I found myself worrying more than ever about my son heading to school in a few weeks. Sometimes, I seem to think I can balance way more than I should, but God is teaching me and I am slowly learning to accept my limits and you know what, I am not Supermom. Gasp- shocker, right? I know, I know, there are no supermoms. But seriously, it can be really hard to accept that I cannot juggle it all.

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It is a hard thing to think about because we often want to do more, be more, take on more… but sometimes I think there is a time when we simply need to accept the place we are in and the limitations it may bring.

Last Wednesday, I actually became convinced homeschooling was the way to go. I announced this to my husband Wednesday morning, who, thankfully is not as impulsive as me, said well let’s just continue to pray. Wednesday was a rather crazy day. It was just non-stop between my oldest, my toddler, and the baby. As I attempted to balance it all, I tried to visualize myself homeschooling during this current season. As I visualized this, reality hit me- there was no way I could successfully home school during this season of my life with 2 little ones underfoot. My husband came home, and I shared about my day and my realizations, all of which he agreed with.

It is hard for me to accept my limitations. I see these ideas on Pinterest for home school and I become like a child in a toy store- wanting everything and dreaming of the perfect school room. I love the thought of it all. Yet, when I sit down and seriously think through it all, I realize that in my current season, it just is not practical.

Some moms may be able to juggle it all- newborns, toddlers, teaching, etc. And I am completely amazed by you all and seriously obsessed with reading all about how you do it- keep it up- it is a gift! For myself, I know this is not my gift.  Yes,  I love to teach. I love finding fun activities for us to do. However, it is just unscheduled fun. I know myself and if I home school, I want to do it with as few distractions as possible.  Right now,  I just cannot do that. My days are unpredictable. Some seem to be as smooth as ever and others are just rather crazy filled with diaper blowouts, potty training, tantrums, teaching to share… you get the picture.

So I put aside the home school thoughts (for now, you never know for the future), and I am choosing to embrace this season and accept my limits (accept I am not supermom). I pray daily for the teacher my son will have and for my son as he goes out of my 24/7 care. It is really hard- harder than I thought it would be. But God will give me strength and as the worries are daily flowing in, I am handing them over to God trusting that we are doing what He has called us to do in this situation.

Dear friends, do you have areas where you need to accept your limits? Are you trying to be supermom and handle more than you should? I encourage you to look over life, your responsibilities and pray about what you should be doing. It is hard, I know, but when we are doing what we are gifted in and called to, the blessings will overflow in ways we could never imagine.

Thank you for joining me again for Honest Moments. If you have one you would like to share please contact me. Also, make sure and stop by to read what my friend Sarah at Abiding in Grace is sharing about for Honest Moments.

 

{Back to School}

Today, I am linking up with Friday Favorites with Andrea and friends. One of my favorite things is anything and everything related to Back To School. I have a serious love for the aisles of markers, crayons, notebooks, planners- I know kind of crazy, right?

My oldest is going to be starting school this August.  Side note-  I am in serious denial and on a daily basis announce I will be homeschooling, only to announce again an hour later after handling a newborn and 2 year old that why would I ever suggest such an outlandish idea?!  I am working on daily giving this God- remember me sharing that MondayThe one thing that excites me about him going to school is taking him back to school shopping. I am really hoping that some superhero notebooks will get him excited too. ;)

So with my love for school, I thought it would be fun to gather some of my favorite blogging friends together to share school related ideas! Today, I am excited to share with you all that myself, along with 11 other sweet friends, will be sharing all things school related on August 5th. You do not want to miss this! I have looked over everyone’s topics and I am so excited to read more on each- there are so many great ideas to inspire you as you prep for school.

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I thought I would introduce these lovely ladies to you so you can get to know them before the fun Back To School Blog Hop!

Sarah @ Abiding In Grace
I have loved doing monthly themed link parties with Sarah and getting to know her more. She also shares on Mondays about her own Honest Moments- always so encouraging.

Becky @ BYBMG
Becky is another friend my the monthly link parties. I love seeing how she puts together the cutest outfits using her thrift store finds. She is super sweet and always very thoughtful.

Elizabeth @ All Kinds of Things
We actually met in college and then have been able to get to know each other more as we both love blogging. Elizabeth has been one of my top support people in the blogging world. I am always inspired when I read what she has to share whether it’s a great tip for the home or a delicious looking recipe.

Ashley @ Words About Waverly
Seriously, this girl has such a beautiful style! You will love checking out how she dresses her adorable daughter. I am always impressed with the beautiful outfits.

Tara @ Mrs. Coach Sims
I have been able to get to know Tara through our monthly link ups and have loved it! She is always sharing fun stories and encouraging thoughts. I know you will just love getting to know her.

Morgan @ Morganize With Me
I have been a follower of Morgan’s blog for quite some time. When I first found her blog, I was drawn in immediately.  She is just one of those girls that I look up to a lot. Plus she is an amazing organizer and that is something that I love! She also shares wonderful health and fitness tips!

Mandy @ Almond Place
We have recently become “blogging friends” and I immediately felt at home with Mandy. She is a mom to 3 and I love seeing how other moms of 3 handle life in general.

Becky @ Tales of Beauty for Ashes
Becky hosts a fun Link Party on Saturdays (make sure and check it out!) and we also are a part of the same Facebook blogging group. She has so many great tips on her space ranging from blogging ideas to marriage advice.

Rachel @ Garay Treasures’s
This girl is so sweet and such an encouragement to me. She also has a great sense of style and is always sharing her latest looks. We have bonded over our past jobs in schools and I always love hearing her ideas.

Mila @ Mila’s Milieu
Mila has some truly wonderful ideas. I love her thoughts on balance and family. She is very inspiring blogger and I know everyone will love getting to know her!

Stasia @ Our Life on a Budget
I recently have had the pleasure of getting to know Stasia. Immediately, I was challenged by her posts about her relationship with God. I know you will be encouraged by her.

That’s all of the lovely ladies, and of course there is me as well :) I hope you mark your calendars and stop by on August 5th for our Back to School Blog Hop!

* I want to say thank you to my dear friend Rachel of Garay Treasures’s for sharing about Living In This Season on her blog today. It means so much! Also, my sweet friend Sarah from Abiding in Grace shared about me as well- so much sharing today- it is just so exciting! Thanks ladies!

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{Christmas in July}

Christmas in July Gift Exchange.

How fun was this? Thank you to Courtney from Sweet Turtle Soup and Jenny from The Chronicles of We for setting up this fun gift exchange! The boys and I had so much fun preparing a package for Laurie’s little one.

The day our package arrived from sweet Ashley of Words About Waverly, was such an exciting day for my little ones. This package brought us hours of fun entertainment as a family- thank you so much Ashley! Make sure and stop by and say hi to Ashley, she has an amazing sense of style for her and her daughter.

Here are the fun items we received in our Christmas in July Package:big bubble wand, toy guns, popsicle molds, water balloon launcher, balloons with little pump, squirt guns, and rings for baby. Everything was just perfect for these boys! *I forgot to take a picture of little Claire!

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As you can see, we had a great time! These gifts have been the perfect addition to our summer fun! I definitely hope this gift exchange will happen again next Summer- thanks again.

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{Simple Coffee Station}

Coffee in the morning, and usually in the afternoon, is my special treat. It is something I look forward to.  I have special memories of my grandparents stopping by in the afternoon and my mom serving coffee with some cookies (we always had homemade cookies in the house, my mom is just that amazing). This was a relaxing time as we sat and shared stories with one another, so even though my afternoon cup is usually drank among the craziness of 2 little boys making LEGO creations or racetracks being built, it is a comforting habit.

Why not, then, make my coffee area look just a little more lovely? Today I will share how I created a simple coffee station. Here is the coffee area before hand:

Coffee Station BeforeThe coffee maker was a recent Christmas gift from my husband and will grind the coffee- which I love. The white container is what holds my coffee. In the basket (which I got from Goodwill) are teas, my vitamins, and the phone charger. One of my favorite things in our kitchen is this mug holder. It was a great find at a little shop back in Michigan.

Project determined- I got out my chalkboard paint and taped off a little rectangle on the container and started painting!

Coffee Station PrepHere is the finished product, below, and I am pleased with it. Although I do want to get a chalk pen and try using that to make the writing neater.

coffeechalkI love having this chalkboard label on my coffee jar- it breaks up the white of the jar and adds to the space. What are some ways you like to use chalkboard paint?

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Linked to: Frugal Crafty Blog Hop

{Toddler Tuesdays}

Hello friends~ Today, I am over at Life on the Parsons farm sharing some fun activities to improve language/communication in your toddler. I came across Ashley’s Toddler Series a couple months ago and just loved the idea! It is so encouraging to read the weekly posts from moms all over who are going through similar things with their little ones. I know you will enjoy reading about Ashley’s life on the farm- it fascinates me and my boys would just love growing up with all the animals! Make sure and hop over to read about the activities I shared and to read some of Ashley’s latest posts.

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{Letting Go Of The Worries}

Worrying and being a parent seem to go hand in hand. Lately, my worries have mainly been centered on my oldest starting school in the fall. I will wake to feed our youngest and then lay there long after she is back in bed, thoughts swirling. Are we making the right decision for school? Will he be okay making new friends? Will it be too much? The worries go on and on…

Have you had these worrying thoughts? It can become rather consuming Today, I want to encourage us to focus on letting go of the worries.. Whether it is worrying about the future, the present, or even what has already happened- we need to learn to let it go.

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I love this verse in Psalms- in HIM my heart trusts. I do not need to fear or worry because I can have trust in God. Life may not go how I have planned, but I can trust in His plan.

Lately, when I wake in the middle of the night and the worries kick in, I start to pray. I pray that God will provide the right teacher… for the other kids… and for my Jack. Honestly, I still have moments of worries and fear. This will probably always be an area I struggle in, especially as a parent. However, I know I don’t want to waste my days worrying about every little thing. I am working on choosing to let it go and go to God. It is hard… Even as I write this, in the back of my mind worries still linger. So I pray and I seek God praying to simply trust in HIM alone.

Thank you for joining me again for Honest Moments. If you have one you would like to share please contact me. Also, make sure and stop by to read what my friend Sarah is sharing about today.

{Morning 5 Must Dos}

Everyone has their own routine. Even if you say you are not a routine person, there are things you may do everyday without even realizing it. For me I have come to find there are 5 things that are must dos for me each morning. If I can do these simple things, my day gets started out right. Even if by lunchtime it is pure insanity over here ;) Usually these 5 things take about 1 hour for me to do… So I like to have them all done by the time my littlest is up, currently at 9am. Then I feed her and we get going on an activity.

Morning 5 Must Dos

(1) Pray, pray, pray- Seriously, friends, the power of prayer is huge and lately I have needed every ounce of extra strength as a parent. Some mornings are slower than others and I have moments to sit at the table eating breakfast and can read and pray a little (don’t get me wrong in the background there are usually requests for more food, arguments to break up, etc). But some mornings we have stuff going on and so I just talk to God as I get ready or make breakfast. God listens no matter what so the point here is simple- talk to Him!

(2) Eat something and always have coffee- I am a big believer of eating a good breakfast. Currently, I am enjoying oatmeal in the mornings with my coffee. Just eat, girls it will give you energy for the day! And I have a serious love for coffee so I always will have at least a cup (usually warmed up about 3 times because I never just sit and drink it all at once).

(3) Get ready for the day- Now this may mean changing out of my pjs into yoga pants and a tank. That is okay. I always feel better about the day when I at least change my clothes, wash my face, and brush my teeth. Some days I may put some makeup on or an actual outfit, it all depends on plans for the day and how our morning is going (aka how well the boys are playing while I do this).

(4) Clean up breakfast- Okay, I know I am OCD about things and this is one of them. Usually while my coffee is brewing and breakfast is cooking or whatnot, I quickly unload the dishwasher. Then after we eat, the boys bring their plates to the sink and then we load the dishwasher again. I wipe down the counters and ta-da it is clean! One thing that helps here is that the night before dinner was cleaned up and the dishwasher was filled up to run during the night.

So that is it- my 5 simple morning must dos. What do my boys do during this hour? Well usually they watch tv and eat their breakfast. As much as I am not a fan of the tv… During these morning hours it is a much needed. Some mornings they may play with something or be on the iPad. It varies and I do not stressabout it because for me I need this hour in order for our day to have any chance of survival!

*Special note- Remember grace. I shared in the past about throwing out the routine We all have those mornings. It is okay. Just pick back up the next day :)

What do you find helps your day start off right?

{DIY Dry Erase Family Calendar}

The other day I was sitting at the dining room table eating oatmeal and drinking my coffee and our family calendar caught my eye- immediately I realized I had a new project to tackle. I shared before how I used an old picture frame from Goodwill and some scrapbook paper to make a dry erase calendar for us. I absolutely love this calendar. When plans change I can simply erase… No messy pen scribbles.

This calendar has been one of my favorite projects but there was one problem- I now have 3 little ones and so of course seeing just 2 pictures on it, I knew I needed to change it.

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A normal person would have just pasted in a picture of the baby and be done. But the more I looked at the calendar, the more I wanted to change the entire thing. So I got out my scrapbook paper and set to work.

Lately, I am pretty obsessed with bunting (remember how I added it to my pallet board?) so I finished off the project with a little bunting on the top. All I used for this was some tape and scrapbook paper. Super simple and now I have a whole new look to my calendar! Of course as I see it hanging there I want to repaint the frame maybe a light gray? But that’s for another day :)

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Want to make your own dry erase calendar? Go for it! Head to your local Goodwill or thrift store and find a frame of your desired size. Break out the scrapbook paper and have fun! Let me know if you make one- I would love to see it!

Don’t forget about the fun link party going on. Head on over and link up your family activities, I am loving seeing all these great ideas. :)

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{It is Okay Dear Mama}

For when you are too tired to cook dinner- It is okay dear mama
For when you let the kids watch more cartoons than you ever would have dreamed you would allow- It is okay
For when you are still in your pjs and it is noon- It is okay
For when you eat that entire bag of chocolate- It is okay
For when you feed your lil ones pb and j for lunch and dinner- It is okay
For when you leave the house and realize your son clearly does not match at all- It is okay
For when the house is a mess- It is okay
For when you don’t have the strength- It is okay

If we are honest, haven’t we all had these moments? And you know what? It is okay dear mama…  You are not a bad mom, you are just a mom like every other mom striving to do your best in raising little ones.

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Rather than let guilt consume us and tell us we are the worst moms ever, we need to give ourselves Grace… Because you know what? There are no perfect moms. Yes, you say but you don’t know my friend so and so. Trust me friend, everyone has rough days.

So I urge you today, as you stare at the piles of laundry, step on Cheerios, lose your patience… Give yourself some grace. You are an amazing mom dear one, you are raising some incredible kids. Let go of the guilt and let the grace flow in.

The past couple weeks, I have been trying to regularly share Honest Moments. I am so excited to announce that this will be a regular thing on Mondays. Also, my friend, Sarah from Abiding In Grace is going to be joining me for this series. I know you all will love Sarah, so make sure and stop by and see what she has to say! She is an amazing mom of 3 little ones who shares her faith, about adoption, the trials of life and much more.

* If you are interested in sharing an Honest Moment please email me at livinginthisseason (at) gmail (dot) com

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