Friday, May 22, 2015

Teacher gifts

I have taken a little tiny break from blogging. The stomach bug got our  house and we were down for the count and I had to finish the school year teaching. It got really rough and crazy for the last couple weeks.
 Now it is summer break and I can be lazy. Yay for lazy days of summer.

One of the posts I had in planned was to post the teacher gifts I gave the teachers at the end of the year.
I always try to do something simple, but meaningful.

 I always try to give books that describes the teacher or teaching in general. Books to me are the best gift. They can used year after year. I have the kids write a note in it and then I always add one as well. We sign are name and date it. 
I remember teaching and getting books with a note inside and I to this day, still use the books and remember who gave it to me.

I gave this book to the elementary teachers. It is about a class describing how unique each teacher is. 
I asked the kids in word to describe their teacher and that was he word we wrote in the page.

The preschool teachers got Mrs. Spitzers Garden.  The teacher in the book has a classroom of plants. She waters them everyday and makes sure they are growing . At the end of the book, the flowers have grown into beautiful plants, just like preschoolers blossom towards the end of the year. 
The kids love giving them and the teachers love receiving them. It's a win , win.

Hope everybody is enjoying your summer so far.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Super heros

We all know those moms that by 8:00 am they are dressed in nice outfits,makeup on, ready for the day. No bags under eyes, perky. Kids are well behaved. 
 There cars are crumb free, the kids are always put together. There house is clean , I mean no crumbs on the floor left over from breakfast, door handles not sticky, no scuff marks on the baseboards, no pee on the floor... Anyway get my drift?  That is not reality, that is a fantasy to me. 
 I know that I am pretty good mom. I do loads of laundry, make sure everybody has their favorite breakfast because we all know as soon as you cook the same thing for everyone, they will not want it.

My house may have some clutter and tiny toys in the corners, that I see everytime I walk in the room, but ignore. I may have more crumbs than I probably should on the counter. The dishwasher needs to be run ,  and spilled frozen corn spilled in the door of the freezer and I have no idea how long ago that happened.
 Being a super hero mom is being a kid , just like your kids. Have fun and enjoy the time. Believe me, it took me a long awhile to embrace this part of motherhood. Letting go of the things that don't really matter, but hugging the moments and things that do.

What I am saying is , the mom I described in the beginning, doesn't exist. If they do than they have a maid or nanny or help of some kind of help. 
We are imperfect and dishelved and that to me is a super hero mom.
We cannot do it all and if help comes along, take it, embrace the break. Ask for help, we are superheroes, not super moms who can do it all.

So let go of the mom you think you should be or want to be and be the mom
You know you are and be the superheroes our kids know we are. It does not matter to them about anything I listed above, but that you embrace them with your arms wide open and always know you are and will be their forever super hero.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Our calling as moms

As moms we have a calling. We are called to pray for our children;to pray that our kids will want to obey the voice of Christ on their own.
When we pray , we ask the Holy Spirit to draw each child to the lord, giving him the desire to be his obedient child. Christ like.
As powerful as our words are and as persuasive as we are,we as moms do not have the power to change our children's heart to follow Christ... This is why we pray for them right? Only GOD changes hearts.

Our job or calling as a mom is to be Christ like and follow Christ, but sometimes it can be an impossible job and challenging.
 We can be filled with courage, with God's ability.

God doesn't call the equipped,but equips those he calls."
We can keep going with confidence and give praise and glory to him.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Boy vs girl / old post

I decided to just pick a post and publish it. It is crazy when I read all my posts, to think so much has happened and how big the kids are. I plan on doing a similar post like this, but a lot  of these still stand true. I decided to keep the pictures because they are so small!

My boy loves his mommy/then
Now/ still loves his mommy, but really loves his daddy.

The boy has the I really do not want to pretend I love my sister look.

Girl has the sassy, diva, drama ways

Girls have the I know how to pose way.

The goofiness side too

My boy and girls can be equal in imagination

My byhas the charm

My boy is a rockstar

The automactic nuture she has with babies. 

My boy has addiction to football

My girls have the style.

  I just love the difference and the similarities they love and I love them to peices no matter what.

What are the differences and similarities with you kids?

Friday, April 24, 2015

A hurtful promise

So how can a promise be hurtful?
As Ryan and I are preparing and a few months out for planting a church and follow Gods promise, 
We are going to feel pain of obedience and sacrifice.
Here is the thing, we LOVE our church and our small group is like family to us, BUT in order to follow Gods calling, we have to leave the church, our friends and our comfort zone.
Walking into the promise of what could be means leaving the comfort of what is.

God needs us to feel the pain before we can enjoy what is ahead. This is so hard for me to grasp. It scares me, yet excites me. 
I  am scared for change and starting over. I   am scared I will not be the woman God intends for me to be to new believers and  old believers.
I am excited because we are planting a church in an area that needs one. I am excited to spread the love Jesus to those who need it and will embrace it.
 God promises good things to happen and we have to understand that sometimes pain and obedience come with those plans. 
Ryan and I are so blessed to be given this opportunity to open and lead a fresh new house of God and do his work, however it is hard letting go of our control  and Let God have complete control.

 As we pray and be thankful , we also will grieve to what we are leaving and know that God promises through the pain of obedience. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Iced coffee

I posted on Instagram my afternoon pick me up was my homemade iced coffee and I had a couple requests for the recipe.

It is super easy to make.
                 •coffee ( cafinated or decaf)
                  • milk or almond milk or half    
                  • sweetener (I use stevia or 
   • I always add a little 
                    Chocolate syrup, but it can 

                Add coffee and milk
                Sweetner and anything else 
                Ice cubes


 Pour in cute mug or jar, pop a straw in and ENJOY!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring inside

I love signs of spring outside and I also enjoy it inside . I have a few peices that I added that let me enjoy spring inside.

I love terrainums, my mom has them everywhere in her house. They give that fresh spring/summer feeling. 

I love throw pillows. Pillow covers are the best right? I can change them out with every season, however I am digging these pillows right now though , so they are here to stay.

This table is right by my front door. It is one of my favorite spots. 

These simple tulips make me smile. It's the first flower that blooms and so many colors. 

And just because... I finally decided on my collage wall. I am sure I will trade out a few things , but overall  like it!

Do you have spring in your house?