If you are anything like me, you are a dedicated planner. As a mom, I find that life just seems to go smoother when I anticipate needs and prepare accordingly. The world tells us to plan for anything and everything. … Continue reading
For all you moms who sometimes wonder if you’re getting it right…and pretty sure you aren’t lots of times—this is for you…if you’ve ever felt like you were losing the battle of the wills, or what in the world you … Continue reading
Christmas simplified once and for all…forever and ever amen! Every year right about this time I say to myself…THIS year is going to be different! We’re not going to get swept up into the Christmas tornado of running too much, … Continue reading
I will forever remember that call I received from my son’s Sunday School teacher….”Mrs. Davis, I am not sure if you are aware of the fact that your son put a large sum of money in the offering toward the … Continue reading
Disqualified: A word I have heard over and over the last several months that just has me riled up! A word that the enemy is using to discourage and defeat believers. Be honest with yourself. Can you readily complete this … Continue reading
Divide and Conquer was our strategy. There were five of us attending Lifeway’s DotMom conference in Birmingham and the break out sessions offered were so intriguing we decided to divide and conquer to get as much out of the conference … Continue reading
It’s a day very meticulously and thoughtfully designed and planned to celebrate your daughter’s unique passions and dreams for life. The day is never shared with a sibling. It belongs to she and Mom only. It’s a day where there are no other obligations, nothing to cut short your time spent together. It begins early and goes for as long as the fun continues.
Why have a Mom / Daughter Day?
Life is way too fleeting and way too delicious not to have one now and then. You’ll learn, in your one on one conversations, things that you would most likely never hear when other siblings and family members are around.
While having lunch one afternoon with my six-year-old daughter, I asked her if she dreamed of being a Mom one day. She replied with a very well thought out answer, “Yes, I want to have 10 kids and I want to home school them.” I thought I knew her personality as well as I know my own, but that answer revealed to me that I was sitting with a little girl who is, although wonderfully close to me, very much her own person. I decided in that moment that I would make sure to have many of these Mom and daughter conversations. I want to learn as much about her as I can.
When is the best time to have a Mom / Daughter Date Day? Continue reading
“Southwest! There it is. Pull in quick before someone else gets it!” I said. We were late…very late. After unwillingly throwing ourselves into the early morning surge of commuters, we arrived at the airport without a minute to spare. Before getting our boarding passes, we knew we had to turn in all eleven of our television production gear cases to baggage claim services. Hastily, with clammy palms, we slung our tickets and licenses onto the counter, hoping that the agent would hear our urgency. The slow, sluggish clicking on the keyboard let us know, however, that he did not share our distress. The tilt of his bifocals and the look in his eyes spoke to me saying…my morning coffee break is four minutes away whether you board this flight or not. We stood silently and watched. We feared any distraction from us would cost us precious seconds. I began to think that we were not going to make our flight.
“And… eleven. That’s it. Yo-o-o-u’re set.” Before he could finish his sentence, we were off the curb and back into the car. We still had to park the car, ride a shuttle bus back to the concourse, make it through security, find our gate, and get our boarding pass. Three rows down from the bus stop we slipped into what appeared to be the last parking space left in the airport. While dragging two computer bags, my purse, and my jacket, I prayed that a shuttle bus would come soon. What if we just missed it? Continue reading
If you announced one morning that all electronics, video games and television were banned for the day, would your children know what to do? Yes they can read a book but seriously, is that how you would have spent the day as a kid? No way! We knew how to play! Because of the electronic age, the art of real true “play” is fading away…unless we reclaim it Moms and Dads.
When I was a little girl, my Barbies were my world. As I choreographed their imaginary lives, I could be anyone I wanted to be. I was beautiful, smart, and it never rained on my red sports car convertible. The one thing that I loved to do most with my Barbies was decorate my “Townhouse”. And I had connections. You see my Mom (who I lovingly refer to as Martha Stewart South) worked as a consultant for Home Interiors, a home decorating company. She would save all of her old merchandise brochures and give them to me. I would painstakingly cut out framed pictures, lamps, and figurines and tape them to the walls of my townhouse. Continue reading
The kids are in bed, the house is quiet, you finally take a moment to exhale, maybe even sink into your favorite chair. While you’re there, do you ever reflect on the accomplishments for the day…I mean truly take an account of what all has happened from the time you first opened your eyes that morning? I know that when I actually take the time to define the meaning of the day’s events I begin to see that for the most part, life is moving toward positive spiritual growth even through set backs. We begin to see how God orchestrates every minute of the day for the divine purpose of growing us. We begin to see that even though we always feel there aren’t enough hours in the day to do what we want to do, that somehow we actually accomplished a great deal and that ultimately, there was just the right amount of time to do what absolutely had to happen in order for God’s plan to remain in motion.
Do you keep a reflection journal? If you don’t, oh you should. It’s like a growth chart for grown-ups! Write down your prayers. Write down your goals. And instead of writing a “to-do” list, write a “Ta-dah” list where you reflect and celebrate all the things that were accomplished in your everyday life as well as your spiritual life. Write down life lessons learned. Write down how God has answered a prayer. Watch your faith grow faster than your children are shooting up that chart. Watch the next morning come with less worry and anxiousness, knowing that you’re already set on a spiritual path that leads to good for all of those who love the Lord.
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