Feb 20

A Calm Place For Our Kids

Oh, the beauty of a precious pregnant belly!  It is such an exciting time, just imagining and wondering what this tiny little person will be like.  The miracle of how two tiny pieces of two people can become another person, I shall never understand it.  Simply amazing!

A Calm Place For Our Kids

Growing in the cozy warmth of his (or her) mother’s womb, everything that baby needs is provided in that perfect environment.

But after that baby is born and as he grows, there is wealth of overwhelming stimulations daily in his face.  Gone is that quiet cozy environment and it is replaced by what can be a very scary place!

My first child came into this world eager to explore and learn and loved every new thing.  He was so flexible, listened well and we took him everywhere and traveled often.  Parenting was a breeze! When I saw kids in a store or restaurant throwing a tantrum or whining or being disobedient, I (shame on me) thought something was wrong with the parents.  I thought to myself all they have to do is….

I was apparently a very naive parent…I thought I had all the answers.  And so…then I had my SECOND child and my eyes were WIDE opened.  Boy, did I have a lot to apologize for to those parents I had judged!  …….

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Feb 08

Parent/Child Notebooks

When I had one child, It seemed that I had more time to be patient and listen.  It was easier to connect with that child because there was no one else vying for my attention.  Now that I have three children, I find it more difficult to connect with each of them personally throughout the day.  I feel like my oldest child, especially, gets pushed aside while I deal with the busy-ness of my three and five-year old boys who have a passionate love/hate relationship with one another.  The best of friends, the worst of enemies!  I am currently in the referee stage of life with them.  If everyone survives until bed time, then we call that a successful day! :-)

Meanwhile, my nine-year old has dreams, cares and inventions that he wants to share, but I am often unable to give him the full attention he needs.  I always say, “Just a minute”…but a quiet minute hardly ever arrives in our home.  Three boys…need I say more?

Parent/ Child Notebooks

So this month in our MOPS group someone had the great idea to put together parent/child notebooks for each child.  Parent/child notebooks where anything goes and it’s just between that child and the parent.  It is a place to ask questions, share thoughts throughout the day, make up a joke…anything!  And then it gets passed back and forth between child and parent daily.

When I presented this idea to my nine-year old, he was as excited as I was!  What a great way to make a connection and give him the attention he needs.  As my younger boys get older I think I will do the same with them.  These will be such an awesome memory to look back on in years to come, as well.

We are passing our notebooks back and forth by hiding it under each other’s pillows.  It’s a fun thing to find there at the end of the day.  You could also come up with some sort of mailbox or other delivery system, keep it fun!

If you are not sure what to write about, I love these conversation starters!  They cover a wide variety of subjects and I am sure you will both find out new information about one another.

Conversation Starters from imom.com

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  Proverbs 22:6

Blessings to you and your family! ~Kelly

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Jan 25

A Beautiful Mess

The theme for MOPS this year is “A Beautiful Mess.”  Sound appropriate?  Any of you dealing with messes in your own life?  If you’re not in one now…well, it’s coming.  As moms it is so difficult not to look at other moms and be tricked into thinking that THEY have the perfect life.  Beautiful home, well-behaved children, strong marriage.  We are so quick to compare our worst to their best.  God doesn’t compare his children to one another…he compares them to HIMSELF, to the example that Jesus set for us.  So by that standard, we are all a pretty serious MESS!

A Beautiful Mess ~Mops.org

One of the most encouraging things for me as a mom is hearing the successes and difficulties of other moms in their parenting journey.  I have been so blessed by hearing the stories of other moms in my MOPS group.  This week was especially exciting for me as our speaker was Susan Merrill the director of IMOM.

A Beautiful Mess, Susan Merril at MOPS

I have been using  IMOM printables for years!  I post them on my fridge, my bathroom mirror, all over the house as they are helpful reminders and encouragement through tough daily parenting moments.  The conversation starters are some of my favorite tools.  Great for those awkward moments when you are at a loss for words and for developing a deeper relationship with your children.

Susan has an incredible story!  Her adoption story, especially, hit me so hard with the realization of how God puts events together in such amazing ways that it clearly could ONLY be His doing!  He’s pretty awesome like that :-)

I picked up Susan’s book, “The Passionate Mom” after she spoke  and I am excited to dive into it!



I encourage to you check out any of these resources, I know you will be blessed!  ~ Kelly

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Jan 15

Creating A Dream Board For the New Year!

A New Year always brings new hopes, dreams, plans…We’re gonna climb that mountain, lose that weight, change that character flaw.  Hopes and dreams flying about in our heads, but it’s overwhelming, we don’t know the process to get there and so by mid-January we’ve already forgotten or given up.  Aren’t New Years resolutions made to be broken anyhow?


Do you have big plans for this New Year?  Have you put together a list of goals?  I have a horrible tendency of starting off with a bang and then quickly getting distracted and fizzling out.  So how to keep this from happening?  How to keep the sparks flying throughout the year?

My favorite way is by creating a “Dreamboard!”


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Sep 23

A Houseful of Boys (and me…)

Recently, I was preparing for an out-of-town business trip.  I was not packing my usual “mommy” clothes, since I would be traveling kid free.  So as I tried on a few items before packing them, I was completely surprised by the reactions of the boys in my house.  When I walked out into the living room with a dress on, my two-year old very excitedly proclaimed, “Mommy!  You are a PRINCESS!!”  And when I painted my toe nails, all three of my young boys were so enamored with my sparkly toes, couldn’t get them away from my feet!  Clearly, I don’t do “fancy” very often, ha!  I was so surprised by their reactions, but then it really got me thinking…

A Houseful of Boys!

Being “girly” in a houseful of boys (and me) is my chance to be the example of a what a future wife might look like for them.  Not that I want them to marry someone just like me, but I don’t do girly things enough.  I play in the mud and the rain, inspect bugs, race cars, rough-house and wrestle, chase the bad guys and study lots of boy-ish things in our schooling!  So I think it’s high time I brought on the girly!  I want them to know how to care for a woman, how to respect and love her, and what qualities they might want in a future wife.  I often feel like I don’t fit in around here already, but maybe that’s okay!

I can make the ordinary, extraordinary.  I can decorate a comfortable home for my boys.  I can get fancy once in a while.  (Not just with my outfit, how about the table too?)  I can be an example of a godly wife by supporting, encouraging and even smooching my husband in front of the kids. Grossing the kids out every once in a while is a necessary part of parenting, I’m sure!  ;-)

I can get so caught up in the mundane of life, that I forget what an amazing opportunity I have!

A Houseful of Boys

Whether you have boys or girls, young children or all grown-up, God has chosen YOU to be the loving example they need.  Embrace the task set before you, challenging as it may be and you will reap the rewards if you do it in God’s strength, not your own.  Blessings to you, my friends!  ~Kelly

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