Fall

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We are ready for Fall in our house.  My son was telling me how excited he was about Halloween coming up, and I totally share in his excitement!  I can’t wait for the cool breezes and the leaves changing. the cinnamon, apples, and pumpkins.  Sometimes we need a change, maybe that’s why I’ve always loved every season, with it comes fresh, new changes, and growth into new seasons of life.

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I recently instructed a woman in the post My Husband Isn’t Romantic Enough, to keep a gratitude journal by her bed, and every night, to write down something she’s grateful for, and to pray over the list – even with her husband if she wants.  I thought it would be a great idea if I took my own advice and implemented this little ritual into my life.  So, this new season I’ve been keeping a journal that logs my daily activities, thoughts about our kid’s, goals for the day to accomplish and check off, a place to log my emotion (to track depression & what may affect it), spiritual insights from my devotion time, thoughts about our dog (like “vomited in our car today” lol), and then… at the end of the day and at the end of the page, there’s a space for “Gratitude Acknowledgment.”  It really has been a wonderful exercise each night to spend time reflecting on one thing in particular that I’m grateful for – it changes your whole perspective and gives you so much peace before falling asleep.

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I won’t lie though, that first night I tried this, it was hard.  It was a Monday, our busiest day by far, I had been up since 5am, my husband usually does the school run on his own since it’s the only time he sees our son in the day, but that morning, he insisted I had to come.  So we’d already done the school run with the baby in tow, ran a couple of errands together, and then my husband totally surprised me by taking me to a jeweler to order a beautiful Police Wife badge necklace – so sweet!  So unexpected :’) .  I’ve really come to appreciate this new time with him in the morning as being extremely romantic for us – whether it is just running errands together and teasing each other, or having extra time to be intimate when the baby naps.  Even with all this love and us having a great relationship and friendship even, the rest of the day after he left for work took it’s toll on my attitude.  I got the baby down at his naptime, woke the baby up only an hour & a half later (he usually sleep 2-3 hours poor thing), and we had to go pick up bubba (big brother) from school.  Because I let the baby sleep a little extra, I left later than I should have and felt rushed to pick him up on time… something I’ve learned how to handle much better since then!

Picking him up from school is like some kind of marathon when by myself with a baby.  Last week, we were faced with temperatures close to 100 F, and his pickup is on a black top with no tree in sight.  I stay there for about 30-40 minutes, too, so that I can talk and laugh with my mom friends while our kids play together.  It’s the only time I get to see some of these mommies, and even though we were dripping in sweat, our hair even plastered down and wet, it’s well worth it.  After that we make the trek to the car, feeling like we’re crossing some African desert, my huge stroller (that could seriously be a small SUV) holds all our stuff like a caravan traveling through – thank God for ice water!  We then go home, rest, start home work, eat snacks, I let my son watch a cartoon or play, the wild dog 🙂 comes in for some time with us, we dinner, I get him dressed for his sports practice, his little cleats on, change the baby, grab the dog, and travel to his practice for the evening.

Practice is outside, but it’s cooler, and with our dog… there is never a dull moment!  Super loved seeing all the kids, the high schoolers, the people running around the track.  The team we’ve joined is like a family, since they practice 3 nights a week, and see each other 4 days out of 7, you have no other choice 🙂  A 16 year old girl took immediately to Super, and after an hour, I let her take him around – she was ecstatic & so was Super!  He’d fallen in love with her ❤

After getting home, getting my son bathed off quickly and the baby to sleep, I felt like I could barely move.

I wrote my Gratitude Acknowledgement before falling asleep like a baby –

At the end of the day, I feel so exhausted… it’s so freaking hard without (my husband) at night!  I can barely even write! (True, I can barely even read my writing.)  But I’m thankful that I ended well with our oldest son, we had an argument, but I was able to de-escalate it, and keep our relationship loving even though I felt like a zombie.”

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Praying Over Our Children

With the school year about to start, and so many little ones (and big ones) returning to school for another year, I found a list our church gave us for praying over our children when we dedicate them – our baby’s dedication was about a month ago.

Our oldest is going to school for the first time, and with all the evil in the world, with all the strange things he may encounter, I feel like its our responsibility to pray over our children.

I’m praying specifically for my sons’:

Salvation –

Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.  Isaiah 45:8; 2 Timothy 2:10

Growth in Grace –

I pray that my children may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  2 Peter 3:18

Love –

Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit who dwells in them.  Galations 5:25; Ephesians 5:2

Honesty & Integrity –

May integrity and honest be my children’s virtue and their protection.  Psalm 25:21

Self-Control –

Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be alert and self-controlled in all they do.  Psalm 19:10

Justice –

God, help my children to love justice as You do and act justly in all they do.  Psalm 11:7; Micah 6:8

Mercy –

May my children always be merciful, just as their Father is merciful.  Luke 6:36

Respect –

Father, grant that my children may show proper respect for their selves, others, and for authority figures, as Your Word commands.  1 Peter 2:17

Biblical Self Esteem –

Help my children to develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.  Ephesians 2:10

Faithfulness –

Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, but bind these two virtues around their necks like necklaces and write them on the tablet of their hearts.  Proverbs 3:3

Courage –

May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions at school.  Deut. 31:6

Purity –

Create in my children a pure heart, O God, and let that purity of heart be shown through their actions.  Psalm 51:10

Kindness –

Lord, may my children always try to be kind to each other and to other children at school, as well as show kindness to their teachers.  1 Thessalonians 5:15

Generosity –

Grant that my children may be generous and willing to share, and so lay-up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age.  1 Timothy 6:18-19

Peace-loving

Father, let my children make every effort to do what leads to peace, and to live a life of peace with others, as much as it depends on them.  Romans 14:19

Joy –

May my children be filled with the joy given by the Holy Spirit, may their joyfulness be catching, and may I as their mother create a home where joy abounds.  1 Thessalonians 1:6

Perseverance –

Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to run with perseverance the race You have marked out for them, without giving up, and with confidence that they can do all things through Your strength.  Hebrews 12:1; Philippians 4:13

Humility –

God, please cultivate in my children the ability to show true humility toward all by displaying a gentle, peace-loving attitude.  Titus 3:2

Compassion –

Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of compassion.  Colossians 3:12

Responsibility –

Grant that my children may learn responsibility, for each one should carry his own load.  Help them to become mature adults.  Galatians 6:5

Contentment –

Father, teach my children the secret of being content in any and every situation, through You who gives them strength.  Philippians 4:12-13

Faith

I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them. Luke 17:5-6; Hebrews 11:1-40

A Servant’s Heart –

God, please help my children develop servant’s hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly, as if they were serving the Lord, not men.  Ephesians 6:7

Hope –

May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13

Willingness & Ability to Work –

Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work at it with all their heart, as they are working for You and not just for men or their teacher.  Colossians 3:23

Passion for God

Lord, please instill in my children a soul that “followeth hard after thee,” one that clings passionately to You.  Psalm 63:8

Self-Discipline –

Father, I pray that my children may acquire a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right, just, and fair.  Proverbs 1:3

Prayerfulness –

Grant, Lord, that my children’s lives may be marked by prayerfulness that they may learn to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers.  1 Thessalonians 5:17

Gratitude –

Help my children to live lives that are always overflowing with thankfulness and always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Ephesians 5:20; Colossians 2:7

A Heart for Reaching Out to Others –

Lord, please help my children to develop a desire to see Your glory declared among the nations, Your marvelous deeds among the peoples.  Psalm 96:3

Teaching Tots

For past few weeks, I’ve been training to be a Nursery Teacher each Sunday – I love children of all ages, but there is something special about 12 months to 2 years.

They are so innocent, so cute, so openly cuddly – being in that room for an hour makes me long for another baby!  I absolutely love playing with them, I get a high from loving on them, teaching them.  Who knew??  Of course I love my son, I love playing and teaching him, but to me that’s different… he’s mine.  I had no idea I’d feel the same way about other children – children I’ve never met until that moment.

When I was an ambitious & determined, full-time working mom in the research industry only a few months ago, every time I’d go to my son’s school to pick him up, the 3 and 4 year olds would surround me and talk to me, stare into my face and tell me I looked “preeetty,” that they loved my hair.  Some of the little girls would actually reach out and touch my blonde hair and play with it, or pretend to brush it.  I love children.  Maybe I missed my calling lol.

Fast forward to now, being my son’s “teacher,” he loves having me all to himself.

When I started this home-schooling thing with him a couple of months ago, he laughed and decided I was his “Miss Mommy.”  When I was just a little older than him (4 or 5?) I remember clearly thinking my parents were robots – there for me and me alone.  My son isn’t that way at all!  He’s completely aware of the fact that I’m human, he’s known my name now for almost a year (he asked when he was a little over 2 1/2)!  I didn’t know my parents were real people, much less that they actually had names.

My son & I LOVE playing the most ridiculous songs and dancing around the house – it’s impossible to not have fun when you’re teaching a child.  Or when jamming out to one of my favorite fellow Jews, Sacha Baron Cohen’s I like to Move It, if you have kids you MUST have them listen to this!