Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again
I’ve always had a close relationship with God. Never questioned it just have faith that I know the truth. I love that G has expressed that same faith. You see.. for his father it doesn’t come as naturally so I’m thrilled that he’s picking it up and believing! He asked me about a year ago if God was a person or a cloud…sometimes I really wonder how to explain things, but I do my best!
Proud to have this beautiful art in our entry way (sorry, not the best pic) but it was handmade with love by my dear friend Andrea (retrohipmama) and I love it!
Probably long overdue, I finally decided that we needed to go to church! So when my church going bff was in town and looking for a church to attend while they were here, I suggested the one down the street from me so that we could try it out and if we liked it, that would be our new home church! So, we went to church for the first time two weeks ago on Sunday and when I picked him up from Kidzfest and asked what he learned it was that we should tell all of our friends the good news and then they can tell people the good news and pretty soon, everyone will know the good news! And also, when you give someone a sticker, you should say “Jesus loves you!”
Our time after church has become one of my most treasured times with him. We discuss what we learned and how to apply it to our lives. We discussed Matthew 19:19 “Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” I used this opportunity emphasize that God is telling you to listen to Mommy and Daddy 🙂
On our way home from our walk one evening, G asked to stop at our next door neighbor’s house to say hello… I think he’s off to a great start!!
I have no words to express my love for this child! And having a faith focused home is soo important to me and I couldn’t be happier with how G is picking things up, open to the word and enjoys praying. I am thrilled to report that G and his Daddy have been praying together too!
Whether you are a mom that goes to work every day, works from home or is a full time mommy… we all have guilt of some sort. When I go to work, I feel bad for not being with my son, when I’m working from home, I feel like we should be doing projects and my friends that are stay at home moms feel bad when they are cleaning and feel as though they should be doing flashcards with the kiddos.
The bottom line is, we all have struggles with our situations. We are all in the search of “balance.” I’m learning that quality is better than quantity. Yes, I would love to stay at home with my son but I am really trying to focus on making sure I’m “PRESENT” with him when we are together.
I always tell him I’m never too busy for him. We all have things that we need to get done… dishes, laundry, paying bills, etc. but our time with our children and families are so precious. I feel blessed that Greyson loves to help. Acts of Service is definitely his love language. He loves to help me cook, do laundry, dust, garden.
Don’t feel guilty for doing the things that you need to do. The laundry fairy is not going to come in the middle of the night and take care of those loads for you. Try to get your little ones involved. Let them clean out the lint for you (one of Greyson’s favorite things to do!). You are also encouraging good work ethic! G knows that as a part of the family, he’s got his “jobs” and he loves contributing!
Find rewards or chore charts that work for you and your family! Here is a great reward system that a girlfriend of mine came up with for her 11 year old. (check her out)
Let go of guilt, be present and enjoy you family!
In most areas of life I am a “take the bull by the horns” sort of person. My parents never had to drag me to school kicking and screaming. I was the kid that loved school and obeyed the rules. I’m still very much that way today. I am a rule follower! My mother taught me at a very young age a lesson that has stuck with me to this day.. she would say, “shoot for the stars and you’ll land on the barn roof… but if you shoot for the barn roof, you’ll land on your backside.” So, in most things I do, I do them full force! Don’t tell me I cannot do something or I’m going to prove you wrong! Oh yea, I’m also pretty competitive.
I work an 8-5 job that I very much enjoy but I also need to keep busy. I love sales. I’ve always loved the challenge of sales. When I got laid off from my sales position as a Loan Officer for a Mortgage company a couple of years ago, I took a job that was not in sales but had other good qualities.
I soon found out that I needed something more. I need to be able to reap the benefits of what I sow. I want to set new goals for myself and kick butt and take names! Wait, did I say I was competitive? I found this perfect balance when I got into direct sales. I was able to set goals for myself, I was able to sell, have a flexible schedule and best of all, I loved it! And I don’t feel like it’s work if you love what you do. I love people, networking, marketing, helping people feel good and improving their lives. I started selling Gigi Hill Bags because I loved the product and there was a great deal going on for one day only. So, I took a leap and signed up. Couldn’t have come at a better time! Shortly after signing up for Gigi Hill I was asked by my Jamberry Nails Consultant… “hey, you love these things and you keep sending referrals to me because everyone is commenting on your nail wraps… Tawnya, are you sure you want to keep sending them to me or would you like the sales for yourself?” Oh,well when you put it that way… sign me up!
So now, here I am, loving what I do. Every part of it! I think the things that we strive for most in our lives is balance. I’m learning that it’s okay to say “no” to things and people. It’s okay to take a break and do things for yourself, to make yourself feel better.. you can’t be anything to anyone without first “taking care of u.”