Friday, March 28, 2014

give me's friday!

1. My boys had a busy week last week, plus they both spent the night with my parents once last week. By Saturday they were WIPED OUT! These are pictures of them Saturday afternoon. They were in the midst of a deep sleep. The "I better wake them up or they may not sleep tonight" kind of sleep. I love watching my boys sleep and being able to snap a photo.

2. Sunday was a busy day for us. We had a meeting at church late that afternoon followed by an evening service. So to spare my boys of sitting through a lot of talking later, we dropped the boys off with my parents after the morning service. Being that the boys were gone I had a chance to go feed cows with my husband. (Yes on Sunday, sometimes it must be done) I forgot how much I enjoy feeding cows with him. Usually I don't tag along because the tractor is full of boys! I actually really wanted to get on the couch, but felt bad for him and decided to go along, but in the end it made for a great afternoon.

3. I was "that Mama" on Monday at co-op. And by "That Mama" I mean the Mama whose child is peeing off the top of the playground equipment Mama. Pants dropped and all. And before you go taking his side, it was not a "mergency." When I got to him (he didn't see me coming) I overheard him tell another child "That's funny isn't it." Y'all. I was disgraced! I saw him out of the classroom window where I was helping clean up so we could go home. I immediately went to him, pulled up his pants, and marched him to the door. All my friends were watching. They got a good laugh about it and about the fact that even though I was steamin' mad I stopped for a split second to put a bow in a little girl's hair who asked. They all reminded me that he could do a lot worse. I have good friends. I haven't got the "you're kicked out of co-op because your child has no raising" letter yet, but I am waiting.

4. We tackled shoe shopping on Thursday. Of all the things I do with my boys this tops out my least favorite. Nonetheless, we were close by the shoe store and I knew pickings would be getting slim. The older my boys get the UGLIER the tennis shoes get. I don't know if that is the case for girls, but no one is making cute little boy shoes. They are all neon green or orange, which draws my little fellas in. I try to explain that not everything we wear matches up with NEON! My boys always seem to be WILD UP when we get in the shoe store. Probably because I walk in circles. I even had a good talk with them before going in because, well I REMEMBER previous trips. We got shoes, I don't love them, but we got shoes. I only felt as if I was going to get the shakes once or twice. Then we booked on for a nice lunch a Cracker Barrel (their choice). I reminded myself that it is such a blessing that I had money to buy my boys shoes, as some Mamas are not as fortunate, and I will try, really try, to have a better attitude the next time we need shoes. Which I hope is not until the Fall.

5. Tuesday was National Ag Day. Now I didn't write a post full of agriculture education or a post advocating for agriculture, but I wish I did. I want to learn more and grow in this area. One way I am learning and growing is by reading other advocates blog posts. I learned something new from Confessions of a Farm Wife's post, When GMOs were Prize Winning, Not Picked On. I hope you will read it. I realize many people have concerns about what they eat and there are many misconceptions out there. Before you judge or make a decision out of fear, research.

Hope your weekend is blessed!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

breaking out of the mama funk...

This week has been full of blessings, that I am sure of, however two days this week I have found myself in a little bit of a "funk." The kind of funk! The first day I didn't think much of it, just survived. But the second day I started thinking about the things that have helped me turn a & I might combust! kind of day into a kind of day. These are the things that help me...maybe they'll help you too, or just remind you of what does help you, so you'll be ready. 'Cause honey...Mama said there'll be days like this!

1) Praise and Pray...I try to make this my starting place. Sadly it's not always. But you'll often find me praying "Dear Lord these children are driving me crazy, please help me to see them as you see them." That is a prayer I turn to a lot. I want to see my boys as my Savior sees them. In fact I want to see all God's children how he sees them, young and old. So I often pray this prayer about others too (not the driving me crazy part, ok, yeah sometimes I do pray that :)).

2) Turn on Worship Music...I love the Pandora app on my phone. It's so awesome how God can orchestrate the right song playing at the right time to lift my spirit or to speak truth to me that I need to hear.

3) Read the boys a book...I once heard that if you want to change your mood do something for others. It kind of stuck and turns out to be true for me. My boys love to be read to and I have always loved reading to children. Even when I was a classroom teacher it was one of my favorites. Now sometimes my boys may be in a grumpy mood as well, and tell me they don't want to read a book, but I tell them right back...too bad because that's what we're doing. This works for us. We find ourselves snuggled up on the couch captivated by the pictures and stories. Now it may take more than one book and the fussing may return, but we always have a few moments of peace and it usually makes for a peaceful time afterwards. Books are medicine friends! Pick one up!

4) Read my Sweet Savior pins on Pinterest. I love Pinterest. I pin these beautifully designed Bible Verses because they speak truth to me in that moment and in other moments that I need them.

5.) Paint with my before you think I've come off my rocker, just understand that even though it makes a mess it lifts all of our moods. I am no artist, but painting relaxes me. I think it relaxes my boys too. They are always up for painting. Playdough works well too!

In making this list I also thought about how making a phone call to complain to my Mama/husband/friend sometimes have come into play. I know that sometimes we do need to "get it out" and I think it's fine to talk with someone about what we are dealing with. However, for me, I have really been challenged lately to speak only positives about others - starting with my husband and children. So if "getting it out" means talking negatively about others, I need to refrain.

I did all of these on my second bad day this week. God showed up, y'all. I turned on my worship music and really forgot all together it was still on. After making lunch for the boys, I was cleaning up the kitchen while they ate. The song "Redeemed" came on by Big Daddy Weave. I know my boys have probably heard this song before, but I had no idea they may know the words so clearly. Out of the blue my wild, crazy and rough little four year old started singing "I am redeemed. You set me free. So I'll shake off these heavy chains, wipe away every stain, cause I'm not who I used to be. I am redeemed." In that moment I melted, God humbled me, and I praised him.

Oh sweet boy I pray deep in my heart that someday you will know what it feels like to truly be Redeemed. With tears in my eyes I pray that you both know, that you know, that you know, you are Redeemed and have a home in Heaven. I pray you and your brother have a real relationship with God, have awesome faith and boldness for your King. I love you boys.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

what farm boys do...

In honor of National Ag Day, I am pulling out a post I wrote this past Summer, but never got around to posting.

What Farm Boys Do...

The morning has been quiet. Peaceful, maybe a little too quiet. No sooner did those thoughts run through my mind do I hear "Get your foot out of my field!" Oh Me!

And I wonder if any other Mamas hear so much fussing over fields! (Which are throw rugs...yes this is what my boys fight over throw rugs, but they make for awesome fields!)

However, this is what my farm boys do, sun-up to sun-down they farm and they farm hard. They've really never taken much to other toys, at least not for long. Except for blocks that yield themselves to bags of seed, bales of tobacco, etc. My little one rises early and happy, like his Daddy. Ready for the day he exclaims "I've gotta go check my barns and then bale hay." The oldest thinks he is the best tobacco stomper there is, because his Nana tells him so.

"Time for breakfast" I call out. The little one calls back "I gotta crop one more row." Well I'll be, I guess they needed one more dump to fill the barn. And who am I to let breakfast get in the way with the barn being filled?

national ag day

It's National Ag Day! I love my farmers, young and old!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

be beautiful for me

A big part of starting this blog, for me, was to write about how God was speaking to me. Mostly in hopes that HE could use it to encourage someone else. However I have found that these are the hardest posts, the ones I hang on to and file away because they bear the deepest parts of my soul. In hopes of clicking "publish" more often, I am going to try and post something encouraging on Sundays. Let me know what you think and I would love to hear how God is speaking to you.

I have issues. Self esteem issues. I don't know where they come from but they hang around and creep out at the worst possible times. I truly believe this is just a way that the Devil attacks me and sometimes it takes me a little bit to see it as that - an attack. A few days ago I was getting ready for a gathering. At this gathering I would see people that I don't often see. While I was attempting to get ready I looked in the mirror and it happened, I thought it and I said it... "You look awful." Yep, and I truly believed it, as I have many times before.

Yet this time my Sweet Savior whispered to me "Just be beautiful for me today."

Oh my, such inspiring words. And I knew deep in my soul what he meant...just be kind, encouraging, loving, and serve as if you were serving me.

"Just be beautiful for me today." Wow. How many times have I made my getting ready time about stressing out about how I look to others, when I could be praying to my Savior to use me in the lives of the people I will see, to point them to Him. To glorify him, to praise his name.
Ladies, young and old, I pray the next time you are discouraged about something on your outside that God will whisper to you that HE is concerned so much more about your inside. And to him you are lovely.

Friday, March 21, 2014

give me's friday!

1. If you want a telemarketer to hang up on YOU...let your very talkative, somewhat wild four year old answer the phone (wish I had this one on video).

2. It's not everyday you find a chicken in your doghouse. My boys found one in our dog Bruno's dog house on Thursday. It made for an interesting morning because we don't have chickens and I wasn't aware that any of our neighbors had chickens either. Turns out a neighbor recently bought some chickens. This dear soul must have had a fox or something chasing her. So maybe our little Bruno was a hero with all the barking he was doing the night before. He also nicely shared his bed for the night. Her name is Lucy and she was a little hurt. Other than that we were sad to see her go. I may or may not have have texted my husband that it felt like Christmas finding a chicken in the dog house. (No we are not getting chickens)

3. Wet days make for farmers working on equipment in the shop which makes for extra greasy clothes. Mama always said Dawn Dish Detergent is the best for getting out greasy farmer stains. I believe she is right as I have tried lots of different concoctions over the years, but you must put a little scrub into it. Wouldn't that make an awesome commercial for Dawn... a farmer's wife getting out his stains?!? Somebody call Dawn, but you heard it hear first. :)

4. With Spring on my mind this verse has been on my heart...

5. Spring is here! The weather is nice here and I hope it is where this finds you!

Friday, March 14, 2014

March Days...

Just a little update on what we've been up to in March...
We celebrated Dr. Seuss' b-day with a party at our Homeschool Co-op. I have always wanted my boys to be Thing One and Thing Two for Halloween and they of course have never wanted to do such so this was a perfect opportunity to fulfill some Mama Dreams. I, of course, waited until the last minute on their shirts, but they turned out ok! The boys were excited to paint their hair blue. R (Thing 1) was upset that his hair would not stand up like his brothers (being that he had just had a haircut). I wanted to tell him I was sorry he got good hair and didn't get his Mama's wild hair like his poor brother did, but I restrained myself and just kept adding hair spray and texture cream. In the end all was well and A asked me about a zillion times if his hair was still standing up throughout the day. The party was complete with lots of Dr. Seuss themed food, goodies and a very cute photo booth.
March has also brought some nice warm days and mud puddles. Perfect for farm boys. I snapped a few pictures of them and couldn't help, but snicker at them in their shorts and boots.

I hope March is treating you well!