The Value of a Stay at Home Mom

I was recently in a group of people where we introduced ourselves and shared what we did. As we went around the circle, it struck me how many women announced they didn’t do anything; they were just a stay at home mom.

It made me think of the value (or lack thereof) our society puts on a stay at home parent. Through the course of the day, a stay at home parent wears many hats. We become cooks, house cleaners, play mates, boo boo fixers, and, in some cases, referees.

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Living Low in a High Tech World

TECHNOLOGY.

Everywhere we look it surrounds us. From our phones, to our TV, to our  tablets, even to the cars many of us drive; it’s hard to escape the place technology holds in our society. Albert Einstein once said, “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction.” As a mom to young kids, one of the biggest struggles I face is finding the right balance for technology in their lives. Continue reading “Living Low in a High Tech World”

A Bad Mommy Day

It was going to be one of those days. I felt it as soon as I woke up; the alarm went off at 5:30 so I would have time to myself before the kids awoke and all I wanted to do was find a way to crawl further into bed.

Regardless, I dragged myself out of bed and prepared to tackle the day. No matter how much I tried, I failed to stop focusing on how tired I was. The day went by in a blur and I hoped for some reprieve in the form of nap time; Moose had other plans. Just as I snuggled up on the couch with the Jete doggy and was about to nod off, Moose came out ready to play- not even 30 minutes later. In somewhat of a haze we made it through the rest of the day and said tomorrow would be better.

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Journey As A Stay at Home Mom

Never in a million years would I have imagined myself as a stay at home mom. I am the type of person that thrives on “intentional work.” Add to that I had hormonal issues which complicated conception and fertility drugs were not a personal option for me. After discussing that with my husband and opening our home (and our hearts) to a crazy, lovable yellow lab, we had embraced as our roles as puppy parents and agreed if God had plans to make us parents, it would happen on His time.

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I am raising a sponge

I am Raising a Sponge

Raising a sponge. Such a loaded thought, but so true when watching toddlers grow. Just like every mom before me and all those after me, I am in the midst of raising a couple of sponges. Sponges are designed to absorb that which surrounds them. But what does it mean to absorb? In reference to children, absorb means to engross the attention of (someone). Kids watch and listen to everything we say and do, which means they imitate and repeat everything we say and do.

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Finding Peace

I have wrestled with the thought of putting this journey down in written form for a while. My personal insecurities tell me that it’s insignificant and can’t/ won’t affect other people. But my heart tells me there could be someone else riding a similar path and this could be a difference maker. A few days ago, I was doing my morning devotional and came across this verse:

“We have this treasure in jars of clay

to show that this all-surpassing power is from

God and not from us” 2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV

How much more clearly did God have to tell me to share my story?! And sooo…

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