“Not Me” “I Didn’t Do it”

Love is

My kids are not perfect. I am guessing yours aren’t’ either. I am so far from perfect.

Lying seems to be the biggest issue in our household of late. I realized in talking to my husband about this issue tonight, that I am one of the biggest parts of the problem.” First rule of management, it’s always your fault” (Pardon the Bug’s Life quote)

You see I have been taking the list of wrongs, and applying all 5 of those recent wrongs onto one little instance. A book being misplaced right before reading time, shoes that keep being lost as we are trying to leave the house. I could keep going. But I realized tonight that if I do keep going, it would be airing our dirty laundry for the world to see. Keeping a list of wrongs, and if I am honest thinking the worst of my kids.

Then I am going to need to humble myself, and apologize to my kids for letting the heaviness of that list affect the hearts of our family. The building up of our home.

The math doesn’t add up, I cannot take the averages of all the wrongs done in our household, and keep letting them fester until all the wrath of all the wrongs, gets dumped on to one person. That just perpetuates the “Not me” mentality. “Oh, I messed up, but this might be the thing that really makes Mom mad, so I should not own up to what I did.” So instead the defensive not me monster jumps out and we all lose at point.

How as Mom’s are we supposed to let all those list items go? They feel so big, and frustrating in the moment.

First, take a deep breath. Think of this issue, considering redemption. Think of your child in the precious worth of eternity. Take a moment and think of what is true, what is noble, what is gentle.

Now, we need to either love and strive with them until completion and repentance with forgiveness, or realize that we don’t have enough evidence to prove guilt. Read the scripture about that issue, pray with them and let go and let God. All scripture is profitable, right?

So, tomorrow I am planning to show my kids a physical example of the heaviness of keeping a list of wrongs.

 I am going to take a bag and let them each put an item in that bag.

I am going to ask them to list the items in that bag as well as who put it there.

We are going to make a list of those things, weigh the bag in our hands, then compare our list to keeping a list of wrongs.

Can we remember correctly each item and who placed it in the bag?

Does the list get jumbled?

Is it frustrating to all of us when we make a mistake on that list? Or use someone else’s name with an item?

Can we keep list like this in our hearts?

How does keeping that list of wrongs make our hearts feel? Heavy like the bag?

There is hope.

Hebrews 11:1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Our hope is that despite our feeble efforts. God is indeed using the things not seen in our children’s hearts to bring glory to himself, and to bring further good into the lives of our children.

Psalm 103:14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. (KJV)

 

 

 

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Scripture Memory Hearts…

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Scripture memory is important. For everyone. But it isn’t always easy. So, I am starting to work on some ways to make it more fun, touchable, and beautiful. Making God’s word, taste, see, and beautiful is part of our calling right?

Today, I created this printable PDF for us to use.

Print of the hearts, use pretty colored ink pens, and add your favorite verses. Mix up and have the kids put them in order.

Put them in order, and take words away, and see if you can still say the verse.

There are all kinds of fun options with this Scripture Hearts PDF.

I know Momma, its one more thing to do.

However, this benefits more than just your kids. Make a beautiful peaceful space, and as you are writing the scriptures, meditate on it. Let God apply his word as a healing balm to your heart, as you prepare to minister to your kids hearts. Below is a picture of my pretty space. Just a corner of my table, very recently cleared of breakfast dishes, and schooling. (those breakfast dishes, are calling, but for now, I am letting my heart rest, as I prepare the scripture hearts for our encouragement, and God’s glory.)

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I need to find a pretty way to display these, but for now this works. Just in putting it up two of the kids, read it. Yay!

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Kitchen Tips for Young Families…

 

Plan

Make a plan…

Wether it is,

Plan A Bullet Journaling…

Plan B Free Printable Menu planning sheets

Or Plan C

A Chalk Board Menu

All of these planning options give you place to start a list items of items you need from the store. As well as a place to start budgeting, and saving. We use YNAB (You. Need A. Budget) to help keep track of our budget.

Also, I have found this this PDF of average food cost helpful. As we allocate monies for our grocery budget.

 

Bubble Wrap Baby Hat… (reversible)

IMG_0022 IMG_0023 IMG_0024 IMG_0025While on trip to D.C, I had lots of hours in the car to knit. I am in the process of making a lot of very classic cuffed baby hats to donate. I was getting tired of the same old pattern. So I decided to try a new one. However with poor cell reception in places, I ended up making up my own pattern.

Here it is…

Bubble Wrap Reversible Baby Hat.

Yarn – Baby Bee Sweet Delight

Sport weight

Needles size 2-3 circular needle size 2 or 3 double point needle

Section 1

Cast On 72

Rows 1-21 work in 2X2 ribbing. Pattern as follows Knit 2, Purl 2.

Section 2

Knit 5 rows

Section 3

Purl 2, Knit 2 around.

Section 4

knit around.

Section 5

Knit 2, Purl 2

Repeat sections 2-5 until measures 8″ from cast on edge.

Section 6 – crown shaping.

*Knit 1, ssk, knit 13, knit2tog. Repeat from * 3 times.

Knit 1 row

The above is your crown decrease move to double pointed needles as you need.

Once you have decreased to 16 stitches, cut working yarn using a tapestry, thread through last 16 stitches, and pull tight.

Weave in ends.

The Gift Bag That Keeps On Giving…

Until recently we lived with 6 people in a two bedroom house. We knew moving in that it would be a temporary place. Realizing I would have major space limitations. I had to get really creative. One of those ways included forgoing the traditional gift wrap, and tissue paper bin. You know that place where you put all the re-gifted gift bags. Only hoping you will have a place to use it that doesn’t know it is second hand.

Well, in my search for ways to still give beautiful well loved gifts, I discovered the magical gift bag. Yes, it is Once Upon A Time, epic kinda of magic. 🙂

You just need a touch of this…

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A pinch or two of color. The choice depends on the poison, er uh, I mean theme of your choice…

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Combine all ingredients…

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You might have to play around with the mixture. But be sure to take precaution. After all “All magic come with a price”

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Once your done, personalize your magic so it goes directly to the person you are aiming for.

And ta da… You have the perfect reusable gift bag, and it doesn’t take up room. And you don’t have to worry about re-gifting. It keeps on gifting. Kinda like the energizer bunny. And that is my kind of magic!

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Below is one that I made to hold adorable, baby shower gift.

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