Swinging Sisters

 Posted by on April 5, 2011  3 Responses »
Apr 052011

Beginning our theme for April, Habits for a Happy Mom. A habit I’ve learned is to stop and take in my window view. To pause – right in the midst of the day – and to notice…

The backdoor swings shut.

It’s my cue to peek, just a bit, through my kitchen window. I lean over as I put the big pot on the stove. She’s swinging. Long legs scrape the dirt. Kick up dry, orange dust.

She’s singing now. Leaning way back on that swing – the swing her almost thirteen years are too big for. I can’t hear but can tell she’s singing and swinging freely. Continue reading »

Celebrate every day

 Posted by on October 20, 2009  7 Responses »
Oct 202009

Why not find something to celebrate every day? A lost tooth, an extra measure of kindness, diligence in school work or finding the long-lost library book.P3090557

At first we just pulled out the special plate for birthdays. But then I read this celebratory idea and love it.

Several times during the week someone gets the special plate. Often we rotate through the family based on age. Even Mama and Daddy get a turn!

Whoever has the special plate at supper time gets to lead us in the blessing. Then at some point during the meal, when tummies are about full, we ask the question. “What do you appreciate about ___________?” Continue reading »

Cleaning Thankfully

 Posted by on October 12, 2009  4 Responses »
Oct 122009

It is so easy to feel bogged down by the day to day business of taking care of a family. You finally get the last pair of socks folded and put away when today’s laundry gets tossed in the hamper. Muddy paws and feet traipse across your freshly mopped floor. The couch pillows never seem to stay on the couch for more than 10 seconds. An hour after you finish dusting, you can see the next week’s dust beginning to accumulate.

I was grumbling to myself one day while wiping smudges off the window for the millionth time, when God spoke to my heart. He said, “be thankful for the little fingers and noses that made those smudges.” It occurred to me that day that all those things that make life as a mom so challenging are perfect reminders of everything I have to be thankful for.

  • I’m thankful for the never-ending pile of laundry. It is a reminder that God has given me a house full of people to love and that he has provided for our need for clothing.
  • I’m thankful for the mountain of dishes because God has given us plenty to eat.
  • I’m thankful for the toys that are always scattered about – a reminder that God supplies not only our needs, but so many of our wants.
  • I’m thankful for the socks that are left on the floor because their presence means my husband has been spending time at home.
  • I’m thankful for the muddy footprints because they are proof that my children have been outside becoming intimately acquainted with God’s creation.

I’m still working on a way to be thankful while I’m dusting, but you get the idea.

A Habit of Gratitude

 Posted by on October 7, 2009  2 Responses »
Oct 072009

 A Habit of Gratitude

Psalm 100
A psalm of thanksgiving.
1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. 3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
I was so inspired by a friend of mine that was spending time on her blog listing out all the big and small things, everyday things and extraordinary things that she is thankful to God for. I told her I just loved her way of thinking. Then I happened to be on a blog (A Holy Experience) where the author spoke about a Gratitude Community, the Thousand Gifts and had her own list of of things she was thankful to God for and I was inspired all over again. Come to find out my friend had also been inspired by this blog (A Holy Experience) and had decided to start her own list. Well, now I am starting my own One Thousand Gifts list and joining the Gratitude community. (see below)
Here is just one of the comments made by Ann (meet her HERE) from A Holy Experience that inspired me: Too often I miss Him, oblivious, blind. I don’t see all the good things that He is giving me, gracing me with, brushing my life with. True, He is everywhere, always. But maybe, before The Gift List, I thought of Him as further off, not so close. When I started to see all the things that I love bestowed upon me, I started to see Him as near, present, everywhere, showering me with good things. Seeing the things I love all around me gives me eyes to see that I am loved, that He loves me.