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Do you need this posted on your refrigerator today?  It is a great thought to keep in our minds often. I started reading Desperate this week. The subtitle is Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe….. doesn’t that just make you want to read the book? Who hasn’t been in that place as a mom, more than once I am sure, when you look around and say to yourself or perhaps outloud, “I just can’t be a mom today”. And yet, most moms don’t have sick days, substitutes they can call on and the vacation days are few and far between. The hours are long, there are no weekends off and yet the years go by quickly. These tiny babies grow up into toddlers and then preschoolers and next thing you know you wonder how they got to be “that tall” already. As hard as the day-to-day mothering is, I do want to be an intentional mom. A mom who when looking back on a year feels it was a year well spent. Who can see growth in her life, in her children and family. One thing that was really impressed on my heart this last weekend was that MY kids were given to ME because I am the mom THEY NEED and they are the children I NEED. This song has been playing through my head often this week as I try to keep remembering that each moment is important and each little thing we do for children matters and what we are doing today is going to impact eternity.

One Heartbeat at a Time

 

 

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I was so thrilled a couple weeks ago to find my review copy of this book in my mailbox. I sat right down and flipped through it and found something for lunch 😉 It happen to be a day when several of my kids were fighting a cold and so we made the Simple Thai Broth. It was wonderful. I served it up in Christmas mugs and just about everyone finished their servings. The leftovers went into the fridge for me! We also tried the Quinoa and Chicken Soup recipe and it was well liked by all here. I canned the leftovers in my pressure canner for future meals. There are several others that are marked and we will be trying soon. This is a great season for soups and we have them often during the winter months. The pictures in this book are beautiful, the directions are simple and clear. Plus there is a couple pages at the beginning explaining making broths, soaking grains and some tips on cutting and chopping veggies that I really enjoyed. The only change I would make to this cookbook is to have it spiral bound, making it easier to have open on the counter while you are cooking, but the book itself is wonderful and I would highly recommend it. And I am pretty sure the margins are wide enough I could probably have it put into a spiral  binding without loosing anything.

If you haven’t seen or read Kimi’s blog The Nourishing Gourmet, I would encourage you go over there and look around, she has some wonderful posts and I love reading her blog on a regular basis. And when you can, this is a cookbook well worth adding to your kitchen!

thanks to Kimi and Victory Belt Publishing for providing a review copy to me, the opinions above are all my own

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I am linking up to The Nourishing Gourmet’s Pennywise Platter

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“But it is the way I respond to my children in everyday moments that gives me the best chance of winning their hearts.

If I have integrity and patience in the small moments of life that are so important to my children,

and if I approach them with a servant’s heart,

then I have a far better chance of influencing them in the larger and more critical areas of life.

~Clay and Sally ClarksonEducating the Whole Hearted Child, pg 63

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Desperate

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“Hope for the mom who needs to breathe”….. does that ever sound like you?

I know it sounds like me sometimes. Probably at least once a day, things get crazy around here and I look around and I am quite sure where to begin…. the dirty diaper, the crying baby, the hungry toddler, the boys that need some school time……  yeah, things like that, things that can’t just be ignored or put off.

But in my busyness, I am finding more and more some days I just need 5 minutes of “adult” talk time, by email, phone or text, someone who when they see “AHHHH, I’m going crazy, is it nap time yet??” or “when the maid finishes at your house send her over to do my dishes and bathroom” –  will smile and understand. But many of those around me are either like me, days filled with many things and little ones or live too far away from me to drop in for a cup of tea. So, I decided to do a “small group by email” study with this book. Starting in late January, we’ll take a chapter a week and talk and discuss about by email. So far we have one “really far away” friend and one “kinda far away” friend and 3 other ladies here in town that are going to join me. If you would like to join in as well email me and I would love to include you!

Meanwhile, be sure to visit the Desperate Mom site this week and participate in the giveaways that are going on.

The first one is for a weekend with Sally and Sarah Mae being loved and pampered and the second one is for a year of free housecleaning and the third one is for a year of free massages. I don’t know about you, but since a 20 minute bath at 11 pm or grocery shopping with “only” 2 kids is a welcomed break around here, these sound wonderful to me 😉

So, be sure to visit Sally’s site, Sarah Mae’s blog and the Desperate Mom’s site and BUY THE BOOK sometime. I haven’t read it yet, but I am really looking forward to reading it.

 

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And it feels like I lose my sanctification 183 times a day over drawers left open and toilet seats left up and go figure and its just like us and of course, we’re that family who loses Jesus not 24 hours after Christmas and can I still run away and make it back in time to make lunch?

from A Holy Experience 1-3-13

I love reading Ann’s posts. I love her pictures and her way with words. They almost always “hit home” and I can really relate and often feel that tug of “oh yes, I need to change” that a word of truth brings to your life. But today, Ann made me laugh. Her boys made me laugh… cause I can totally see my brothers doing something like that and my own boys doing it when they are a bit older ;-)…… and just in case you were wondering Jesus and his bed have been missing around here since Tuesday evening. Finally located Joseph, Mary and the drummer boy and then this evening my 4 yr old girl pulled little Jesus and his bed out from under the couch and just as matter of factly as she could said “oh, here He is, I better put Him where he belongs”

Is Jesus where He belongs in your life today?

I really love Ann’s word for this year too, IN, it reminds me of a verse in Psalms that I find myself repeating often. “IN His presence is fullness of joy”. When I don’t feel joyful I find myself realizing I am not in his presence as much as I need to be and by spending time there with Him joy comes.

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Over the last 3-4 days my blog reader has been full of posts on the new year… looking back over the last year or posting goals and ideas for the coming year. I enjoy reading them, mostly. Then as the thoughts of others and myself merged in my mind sometime Monday – New Year’s Eve (just in case you are as confused as to the actual day of the week this week as I am) I looked around the house and just sighed. It was a mess. The laundry was piling up thanks to my dryer that decided to gnaw on small pieces of clothing while drying them and we needed to swap out the dryer for another one. The dishes hadn’t been done all day. Most of them made it to the sink though. The kids had made a royal mess of the family room and the toys were slowly creeping up the stairs into the living room. You know, since it was clean, it was much easier to play here. It was the last day of 2012. My dreams of a spotless kitchen, caught up laundry and a picked up house were not happening. Phrases and thoughts from Ecclesiastes started filling my brain. Things like “all is vanity”, “striving after the wind”, “yet no end to all his toil” – you know, real encouraging thoughts 😉 Then I remembered one of my favorites passages from there, Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 and thought it was rather fitting for this stage of my life.

“Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of this life that God has given him, for this is his lot. Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and the power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil – this is the gift of God. For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart.”

This is God’s gift. To enjoy life. To enjoy the toil of this life. ‘Cause what we are going to remember from these toil filled days are the moments of joy.

So while, this season of life may feel filled with things of endless repetition and thankless days and the same messes day after day, it’s also a season to find the joy. To rejoice in the little moments. To tune into the kids play for a few minutes and smile at their conversations. To take a few minutes and do the puzzle they’ve asked for help with. To not worry too much about the unfolded laundry on the couch. To snuggle a few extra minutes with the baby that is growing so quickly.

So, while in my mind I have several “goals” and ideas for this coming year, I think more than anything I want to enjoy this year. I don’t want it pass in a blur of everyday business, I want first find the joy and then through the joy see the growth and accomplishments that come with it.

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