The Surprises of Motherhood

Motherhood has surprised me.

And I’m not just talking about my third child.

Every phase and every stage have left me saying, “Well, hello, there. I wasn’t expecting you.”

Like the burping-everything-you-say-phase–I’m so over you.

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We are also currently in the siblings-arguing-over-every-little-thing-stage.

This one might kill me. Or cause me to kill. I actually said the other day, “I hope you have three kids just like you!” And then I think I heard my dear mom laughing wildly somewhere.

But there have been good surprises, too. Phases I didn’t know would bring me so much joy- like my son’s quick wit or the way my teen daughter helps dress me.

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Or the way it feels to hold my children-as crying babies, or sulky teens, we are a perfect fit and even when we hurt each other, we heal each other.

Motherhood is hard.

I lay awake at night and pray for my children and mostly for their mother.  I am torn almost every day. Am I hurting or helping? Do they need grace or discipline? God help me to know which to offer when.

Motherhood is beautiful.

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I see glimpses of who they are becoming. It takes my breath away–these small moments of glory when they choose well, put others first, live out integrity when no one is watching.

Yes, I have been surprised by motherhood.

If you’re a mom or have a mom, I encourage you to read my friend Lisa-Jo’s brand new book, Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a Mom. It’s a beautiful, uplifting story that will remind you to look for the breathtaking moments in the mundane. It will encourage you to keep up the good, hard work.

And on a tough day that leaves me speechless or a good one that surprises me with delight, this book works for me and it will for you, too.


WFMW: AmazonSmile

Amazon.

Y’all know I’m a big fan. It’s the only place I can knock out half my To Do list with a click.

And now, you can support your favorite 501c3 charity when you shop at Amazon. Click here to sign up.

What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.
How do I shop at AmazonSmile?
To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.
And you can give back to Mercy House through Amazon Smile.  Pretty cool, huh?
How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?
On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

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Plus, now until March 31st, for every new person who signs up, Amazon will GIVE $5 bucks to Mercy House if that’s your charitable choice. Click here to get started (it’s super easy and a very quick click!) 

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It definitely works for me!


WFWM: “Honest”ly, Something I Love

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I’ve become one of those people who lives by a list. If it’s not on my list, it isn’t happening.

This has nothing to do with me being over 40. Thank you very much.

It never fails, I always leave something off my grocery list and I have to run back to the store for important things like soap. Because you can only ask your family to bathe with shampoo as a substitute once or twice really.

My friend Jessica told me about Honest Company that delivers these necessities to your front door every month and even better, they are affordable and organic. She wrote a killer review that shares the pros and cons of the products.

I recently started off with a free trial of the Essentials pack (there are also Diaper and Wipe and Health and Wellness options, plus a lot of other products). FYI: Shipping is $5.95 and you are signed up for a monthly delivery when you join, but you can cancel it if it’s not something you love.

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I might just be hooked.

I like the Honest Co. because:

  • I don’t have to add these basics to my grocery list every month.
  • I don’t have to leave the house to get what I need.
  • The bundle option saves money-35% off retail.
  • I can customize what I need for each month.The Essentials option comes with 5 mix/match options. And only order when I need it.
  • It’s quality product I feel great offering to my family
  • Every purchases gives back to a charity that support families and children with needs.

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Honestly, my favorite is the hand soap and the healing balm (works amazing on dry skin).

I honestly think this might be a good option for busy moms!

The Honest Co. works for me so far (click on my affiliate link to learn more).


WFMW: Experiencing the Resurrection with Your Kids {E-book}

It’s hard to believe that we are in the days leading up to Easter.

We always try to take a few days and talk about this monumental event in our lives. In the past, we’ve created our own Resurrection story eggs and planted our own Resurrection gardens.

This year, I think we will use our senses to explore Jesus’s ultimate sacrifice on the cross and his triumphant resurrection. I love this little ebook my friend Amanda created.  It’s not too complicated and I think this hands-on approach will make it more real to my children.

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My older kids are big enough to help me get items ready, read the scriptures and even teach their little sister. Here’s how it works:

A Sense of the Resurrection: An Easter Experience for Families has activities that focuse on one of the five senses–for example, smelling the perfume Mary used to anoint Jesus’ feet, hearing the rooster crow after Peter’s denial.
1. It’s only 12 activities. They can  be done the 12 days leading up to Easter or spread out, a few a week.
2. The activities are not just crafts–they are big memory-makers (like making bread for the Last Supper) or what I like to call “memorials” where you make a craft-project that transforms your home (like making sparkly window catchers to remind you of the bright angel who rolled Jesus’ stone away).

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I think this ebook is practical way of teaching such an important subject is a great way to share what Christianity is all about with our kiddos!


WFMW: DIY Prayer Board

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I love love love inspiring, intentional home decor.

And so when I saw this project my sweet friend Justina posted on Facebook, I knew I had to make it.

But I also know that I have to do laundry first and I didn’t want y’all to have to wait for me to get to it. So, I asked Justina to share this beautiful idea with you.

1. I just took an old unattractive picture out of the frame, painted it with one coat of paint I had on hand.

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2. I used thumb tacks & twine to finish it.

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3. After it dried, I hung it in a central place in our home:

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4. And added the faces we have been praying for by name during our little Devo time every night, and I can’t even explain how awesome it’s been for our family. I want to add mini flags to represent where everyone is in the world.
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P.S. While praying for our missionary & ministry friends, we now pray with our eyes open!

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Thanks so much for sharing, Justina! Isn’t this the best idea, y’all? I love the visual reminder and I can’t wait to make one! I think it’s the perfect place to add our Compassion kid’s pictures and those we pray for regularly.

And seeing my family on that board, definitely works for me.