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Small Beginnings

“For who has despised the day of small things?” Zechariah 4:10.  Right now I feel like I am on a hamster wheel built of laundry and dirty dishes and cleaning up rooms and phonics battles and whining sessions and teething sessions. Throw in the occasional bathroom scrub and frantic vacuum session to round it out and it is E.N.D.L.E.S.S. I’ve said this a few times to a few people. Convicted even as I say it because it is so whiny...

Choices

Yelling is a choice …. Yelling is a choice.  I am struggling. This is my current battle waging. I am impatient, I want my J girl to hurry up. I am learning that being on time is never more important than speaking kindly to her. Getting schoolwork done is never more important than living and breathing patience. Obedience is not effective when enforced by fear, by volume. When my frustration wells up in my throat and swells my voice and she hasn’t...

Treasure Hunt

Have you ever had those days, moments, where you wish you had photographic memory? Jewel of days where you wish you could tattoo every second behind your eyelids, etch each separate moment into the folds of your subconscious, so that decades from now, you can float them up crystal clear and just as precious as the day they happened? Tonight was like that. We decided to hide from the trick or treaters (don’t judge, puhlease…) spend the evening enjoying God’s general...

Velveteen Mother

‎“A Velveteen Mother — made Real by the years — the way grace can happen to you. And not all at once — but you become. And grace becomes you.To be just a Velveteen Mother: worn and weathered down to the exquisite beauty of the frame of the Cross.” ~ A.V. from this  post at (in)courage. I can’t get this out of my head. I’ve cried over this today. First of all, I cry every time I read the Velveteen Rabbit,...

The Jamester

I have been marveling over my kiddos anew lately. Last Saturday night, I was going through little J’s baby clothes (the itty bitty ones) to pass on to a girl in our church and I was in awe of what has transpired in four short years. I know I will go through some form of this on a continuous basis as my children move through the usual milestones, but this is sort of the first time. So-the Jamester-I have been...

Small Offering

“Motherhood provides you with an opportunity to lay down the things that you cannot keep on behalf of the people you cannot lose. They are eternal souls, they are your children, they are your mission field.” . . . . . . I have read this article, previously but after my day yesterday (ugly), it reduced me to tears today. “Think about the feeding of the five thousand when the disciples went out and rounded up the food that was...

My Life’s Work

I have told many friends now, new and old, that I feel like the last four years in Alaska really functioned to narrow down and direct me to a specific ministry, in my case, it is serving and mentoring young Army wives. Then, God placed me in a situation where I will not interact with a single one for one whole year. Now I’m confused. It occurred to me that perhaps this year should act as a season of preparation...