Love Compels…💞

Love is one the strongest emotions one can have.
It can be the one thing that drives you, causes you ACT and not just feel.
Love…Compels. Leads. Creates.
Love turns empathy into action and a conversation into a plan.
Love picks up where words left off.
Love creates an opportunity where there was once only a problem.
Love transforms a negative into a positive.
Love changes. Love forgives. Love accepts and moves on without being disrespectful.
What is LOve compelling you to do??

A Better Tomorrow…

I wish I could say that I have perfectly behaved children at all times but I can’t. Our son had the worst attitude because he couldn’t go to football practice due to the rain and while volunteering today his twin sister decided that she was going to stand in her self-made puddle…of pee.
And our youngest barely reaches my kneecap but can throw a tantrum that most kids could only dream of…
But instead of me sulking and mentally calling myself the worst mother ever, I’m choosing to not freak out.
I’m choosing to smile and be pleasant when I really want to yell and flee from my home.
I’m choosing to clean up the messes, wash the clothes, hand out the consequences, give the speeches…and continue to believe that I’m a good mom and because God gave me these children, he’ll give me the grace to handle the everyday things that come up with love and compassion.
So, cheers to a better tomorrow! Xo
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My Children Suddenly Forgot To Say Thank You…

For the past week or so, there has been a reoccurring theme with our children…them not saying thank you. They say it after I tell them that they didn’t, but it’s after the fact and it just doesn’t feel the same.
A couple of hours ago the same thing happened. They asked for hot tea (one of their favorites), I made it and then called them in the kitchen to get it. And they got their little teacups and walked right back into the den.
I called them back into the kitchen and reminded them that they didn’t say “thank you”. Of course they said, “oh, thank you Mom”…
This time it wasn’t enough. I made them put their teacups back on the countertop. I explained to them that saying thank you is how you show appreciation and if they don’t do it at home with me, then they won’t do it outside of home. And if they aren’t appreciative, then they won’t get what it is that they wanted.
So, my plan of action is to address this again during dinner, to look up some scriptures to give them and to continue to bring their attention to how important being thankful is.
So, how do you deal with your children if/when they forget their manners?
Xo

Mommy Declarations!

Hi All!! I have such a heart for Mothers! I know first hand what it’s like to be so caught up in being a wife and mommy that it can be hard seeing myself doing anything else. Specifically the things that I am gifted to do…created to do. For the past week I have been making my declarations everyday and I can see the difference. I’m taking the time to change my mind and my actions are following.
I pray that whatever it is that God has called you to do that you do it…all while being the best wife, mother, sister, friend (and whatever else you are!)ever.
You can do it!  

Today will be a great day! Everything that I need to get done will be done w/out dread, with excellence and on time.

My children call me blessed! I am a mother after God’s heart, therefore I speak positively into the hearts of my children.

I am loved. I am beautiful. I am God’s daughter. I am confident in myself b/c I have complete confidence in my Daddy God!

I walk in my God given purpose on purpose daily.

I live under an open heaven! Every blessing that God has for me I recieve, with a grateful heart.

I am blessed to be a blessing.

I am productive. Everything I put my hands to is blessed.

The Beginning…of something great (and helpful)

Today I got a text that totally got my attention. It was from a young lady I know asking if I had any spare diapers b/c she had ran out and didn’t have any for her son.
I know that this text must have taken so much courage to send. I think that I would have been embarrassed, upset and maybe even a little negative if I were in her shoes. We texted back and forth and I told her that I would bring her the ones that I had w/me (b/c I was on my way to pick up our oldest daughter from school) but I would get her some while I was out.

While I was at the store it hit me that if she was going through this that there were probably a lot of others in the same situation. I’ve had an idea for awhile that God has called me to help young women but honestly the thought of it was scary and overwhelming. In the past I’ve let me thinking that I didn’t know enough or that I wasn’t a scholar of the Word or finances stop me from moving out of my comfort zone. But today I thought “just start”.

So that’s what I did; just started! I started by supplying a young lady diapers and wipes today. And that’s what I am going to build on–supplying a need. I know that there has to be other mothers in my city who are, have been or know someone who may need diapers for their child. I will be building from this experience to not only collect and distribute baby items but also encourage young mothers to be their best in every area of their life…the grace that God gives me, I want to give to them.

So, the journey of “Thee Mommy Diaries” begins…your prayers, ideas/expertise, and/or diaper donations (all sizes needed, hey I have to start somewhere right?!) are much appreciated! I’m thankful for purpose…my God given purpose-to be a help to young mothers in need:-)

Prayers For our Children(week#3)

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Father in the name Jesus, I pray that you equip my child to be a light in the world. I pray that she never be afraid to share her faith in You and that the way that she lives and carries herself point ppl to You, in Jesus Name, Amen.

Father, I lift up every teacher and staff member at our children’s school(s). God fill them w/your love and your light. Let them display the fruit of the spirit towards all they come in contact with and meet. Lord let every teacher be renewed in their mind and spirit. Let their be a godly respect between every teacher, parent and student, In Jesus’s Name. Amen.

Have a great week everyone!!

Patience and Faith are my Virtues….

So…the past couple of days my sweet, much needed virtues of Patience and Faith, have been much needed.  I went to the Dr. yesterday and was told that my little man was still very high up and I was only dilated 1 centimeter.  And then on top of that I have to get another ultrasound to see how much are little guy weighs, my doc says that she is estimating that he will be 8 pounds or more.  This news was not music to my ears!!!

I honestly was going to this appointment hoping and praying that there was going to be some relief for me in near sight.  All my fellow mama’s know about the discomfort, heaviness, anxiety, and sleepless nights that come along with the tail end of pregnancy.  And I just wanted out!!!  I want my body back!  I didn’t want to have to push out a 10 pounder and I just want to see my little guy, and know what his name will be (yeah, I had a dream about another name last month, so now the name that we already had is in question :-))

But right now, with the baby chillin and the other things that have been coming up lately, I have decided to let patience and faith be my anchors.  I am believing that even with everything that is going on that God’s best is going to come from it and I still have a lot to be thankful for.  Regardless of when our baby comes and how much he weighs, I am extremely thankful to be his mommy.  I am thankful about how God has blessed my womb with my 2 previous pregnancies (40   weeks exactly w/Virginia and 39 weeks 1 day w/twins) when I was told that I wouldn’t be able to carry any child to full-term b/c of a weak cervix.

So for me I have to keep going back to my anchors, the very things that will keep me grounded and steady~patience and faith.  I have to be PATIENT w/the process and have FAITH that all things are going to work out for good and that God’s glory is going to be shown in my life.  I can’t say that I have it all together but I can say that I am believing and expecting to receive the best from every area of my life!!!

So, how about you?  What virtues are you holding on too right now????

Top Ten Before Baby To-Do List

Hello All!!!  As I was in the shower, this post came to me!

“Top Ten Before Baby To-Do List”!

1. Shave~yep this is my #1! Maybe it’s just me, but I want all my areas to be “decent and in order” for delivery day!!!

2.   Stock Up~Sams and Target runs are definately in my future! Diapers, wipes, personals, and other odds and ends are needed!

3.  Get a Pedicure~ No explanation needed!

4.  Order a Pretty Hospital Gown~  for some reason, I just want something that is super comfy yet FAB at the same time!

5.  Get a New Phone~ The new Galaxy Note II looks great!  I love the thought of being able to get everything done on one great device.

6.  Finish Organizing Home~ our laundry room needs to be cleaned, cabinets reorganized, and I would love to freshen up our living room w/new pillows, drapes (in a pretty, deep eggplant color) and getting the carpet cleaned.

7.  Get a Haircut~ nothing too drastic, but I am seriously thinking about cutting off a few extra inches just b/c I will be in the house for awhile.

8.  Meal Planning~ this will be a big plus and will save me time during the day, which I am sure I will need w/four kiddies 7 and under!

9.  Go On a Day Long Date w/Hubby~ our alone time will be limited! Between a new baby, him working full-time, returning to coaching w/ in a month and running his own program for young men, we need a day just for us before Baby Boyd gets here!

10.  Pack My Bag~  now w/ my runs to Sams and Target completed and hospital gown ordered, I will have everything that I need to pack my hospital bag…including a cute and comfy outfit to wear home from the hospital (thanks to Target’)!

Could you add anything else to my list?  If so, leave a comment!!! Blessings~

Prepping For Boyd Baby Number 4!!!!

It has officially started for me!!! The major prepping (for the most part) for Boyd Baby Number 4!  Our little guy’ s bag is packed, his clothes and bottles are washed, and my birthing plan is in place.  I am officially 35 weeks and the countdown has begun in our household.

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Like most mothers, I am still a little nervous but also EXTREMELY ready to see my little guy and to no longer be pregnant.  The weight gain hasn’t been so bad but the season of “uncomfortableness” (is that even a word?) and feeling like I am carrying a ton are now in place more than ever…I’m currently dreaming of the day when I no longer have to give myself a pep talk when it is time for me to get up out of bed and off of the couch:-)

I often think about about who’s he is going to look like and how much he will weigh.  One of my biggest thoughts is about how going from three kids to four is going to change our everyday routines.  How will our schedules change?  Will I be stuck in the house for weeks at a time?  How will our twins adjust to their new little brother?  Will I turn into the mom whose always late and is constantly in sweats b/c of a lack of sleep?  Will the hubby and I ever get to have date night again?  Will our fourth child be our last child?  How long will it take me to lose my current baby weight annnd the previous weight from the twins too (please tell me that I am not the only Mama is this situation?!?!?)?  And on top of all of that we had our name picked out and then all of a sudden a few nights ago a totally different name kept popping up in my dream~so now we are also waiting on confirmation about Baby Boyd’s name…what is his name going to be?!?!  There are so many questions swirling through my mind that sometimes I just have to call a “Mental Time-Out”…and right now is definately one of those moments!

Although it can be challenging for me, my plan of attack is focusing on the best and confessing the best possible outcome:  A calm, event-free natural delivery, a healthy baby boy, a smooth family transition,a speedy recovery, peace, help available when it’s needed and everything we need being provided.

With the packing of bags, picking up the last few items, doing some re-organizing and speaking out the best, that is pretty much the bulk of my baby prepping!  What about you, how did/do you prep for a new bundle of joy and what is the most valuable piece of advice that you can share with me and other mommy-to-be’s????  Blessings!

I Have Peace…

I have PEACE.  Not because I received something that I have prayed and believed God for.  Not because I got an extra thousand dollars in the mail.  Not because my kids have been on their absolute best behavior.  And not because my hubby gave me the bag, new phone and mini Ipad that I have been wanting~believe me all these things would be great for me to have and I can even see myself doing my happy dance, big belly and all, if I were to receive any one of these things…

But these aren’t the things that have brought me peace, a peace that I have never felt before.  What/Who has brought me peace is God and His presence.  Not the type of presence that is overwhelming and makes me jump and run but the type of presence that is subtle yet strong.  The type of presence that is assuring and that keeps you in a calm place even when there might be a thunderstorm going on all around you.  That’s the type of peace that I have been experiencing…This is the peace that I hope that you can experience too, all the time, everyday.

The peace that tells you that all is well even when the physical doesn’t match up.  The type of peace that will cause you to pray a silent prayer that is from so deep within that it’s even difficult to speak it into words.  The kind of peace that reminds you to confess your desired results instead of confessing the current.  This is the type of peace that I have been experiencing.  I pray that you experience God’s peace too…

Hebrews 13:20, 21~Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Philipians 4:7~And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

John 16:33~I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In these world you will have trouble.  But take heart! I have overcome the world.