Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cue the Crickets

Nothing, nothing, nothing is what you all have been hearing, err...reading around here.  In the last week I have planned and executed a 30th Surprise party for my hubby, we celebrated last Friday with 50 of our closest friends, yes 50!  Molly had 3 dress rehearsals and a dance recital, and I planned a housewarming party for our church's new building.  It's been a tad busy in our house.  Plus this week we are gearing up to celebrate Easter in our church's new building, so my husband's every waking moment is spent at church and mine is trying to stay sane at home!

But hopefully I will get back into my groove of sporadically blogging, ha! 

My in-laws were able to come for a visit to celebrate Eric's 30th birthday and watch Molly's dance recital.  It's always fun visiting with them, staying up late playing cards, and laughing over silly things that I usually say or do.  The girls love seeing their grandparents and running around with grandma playing games.  We did an Easter egg hunt on Sunday with the girls.  My mother-in-law and I stuffed and hid eggs all over our house, and Molly and Lucy ran around finding them.  It was a lot of fun!  Lucy of course enjoyed the candy and Molly was intrigued by the Mexican jumping beans she found. 

Despite Spring officially happening last week we still have about 3 feet of snow on the ground with no hopes of it leaving.  With Spring break next week, I am a little worried we will be trapped inside all day, everyday!  I am actually trying to find some cheap and fun day trips to do with the girls.  Eric wants to finish our work-in progress basement, so the girls and I need to escape for a couple of days. 

Well, time to move one to the next thing on my to-do list today...and hopefully I can get caught up on reading some posts from the last 3 weeks! 

Happy Wednesday!  

Friday, March 15, 2013


Tonight I am feeling blessed, beyond words blessed.  Which is funny becasue all I did was hang out with my kids, something I do on a daily basis, but tonight it just felt different.  I just don't want to ever forget this feeling. 
blessed: enjoying happiness
{according to Webster}


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Resurrection Eggs

One thing I love about Molly's age {5} is I feel like we are getting to the point of intentionality with each passing holiday and she is getting it.  Since she was little we have always talked about the importance and significance behind Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, etc.  But now I feel like she gets it, or is getting it, and it makes it fun for us as her parents, too.   

Three years ago I bought resurrection eggs after Easter on sale.  I thought they looked like a fun way to share the Easter story with Molly {and now with Lucy}. 

 What are resurrection eggs, I am glad you asked.

Resurrection Eggs are 12 eggs that come in a carton, each egg is filled with something physical {it fits in your hand} that you will use to tell the Easter story.  Each day you will read the "daily devo/thought" from the little booklet, open the egg for the day, and then discuss it with your kid.  Molly likes to hold the object in her hand and examine it, she will ask questions and we will talk about the object for the rest of the day. 

I am a visual learner so I love anything that can be a physical reminder of what I just learned about.  If I look at a stone I can remember the stone that was rolled away from the tomb, etc.

With Easter coming up on us you can still probably find Resurrection Eggs at your local Christian Bookstore, or find them online.  Even if you miss the first day due to shipping, it's easy to catch up.

We also will be reading some stories from the Jesus Storybook Bible.  I love that Bible! 

How do you make Easter come alive for your kids?   

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Easy Easter Decor

On Sunday I started decorating for Spring and Easter.  I love Spring colors, well really any color that could make this nasty Wisconsin weather seem cheerful.  I usually decorate my buffet table in the kitchen for holiday/seasonal stuff.  That's my designated area to do what I want with.  But Spring is different, I have different decorations that can't just be displayed or lined up on the buffet table without it looking like a garage sale.  So I take over the mantle and parts of our shelves in the living room.  I spread it all out, and as my husband would say "litter my stuff all over."

As I was decorating I realized I had nothing for the buffet table, oddly enough.  So I pulled out my wide mouth glass hurricane I purchased from Goodwill so many years ago.  I had extra floral strands I was going to use with a candle, but decided to put some plastic Easter eggs to use. 

So I just dumped the eggs into the hurricane and hoped for the best.  Honestly, it has taken me a while to warm up to the plastic factor going on in there.  But overall I like it, and it brings a pop of color to our boring beige kitchen.  Plus, after Easter in a couple weeks I will change the eggs out and probably use the floral strands with the candle.

Easy peasy, 1, 2, voila Easter decor...

Monday, March 11, 2013

Miscellany Monday

Happy Miscellany Monday!

1. When I turned the calendar from February to March I was shocked...for us typically boring people we have something scheduled every weekend during the month of March, EVERY.WEEKEND!  Most weekends multiple things on each it April yet?

2. Every Thursday morning for the last 5 weeks Lucy and I have been attending story time at the library.  While I can't say it's the greatest, I think she has fun and it at least gets us out of the house and me out of my sweats :)

2. Lucy attended her first ever legit kid party on Saturday.  {At least that I can remember}  We left big sis at home with dad, and Lucy and I headed off to party.  And then when the birthday girl started opening gifts we headed for the door.  I know Lucy needs to learn to be okay with other people receiving gifts, but I was so over the whining and crying.  For mommy's sanity we left.  I did the same thing with Molly when she was younger, too.  For me it's not worth the battle right now. 

3. We had to leave the party a little early to begin with, so the crying over the gifts was perfect to sneak out, because I had to help my little ballerina get ready for her mini-dance show.  One thing I love about Molly's dance school is her teacher.  Sure, this is her 42nd year teaching dance, no lie, and she is a little out there at times, but she sure does love to give back.  Molly's dance teacher doesn't just teach little kids dance, she teaches senior citizens how to dance, too!  Miss Kathleen {the dance teacher} also likes to show off her little dancers to her big dancers.  So to get ready for the big recital we go around to different senior centers and perform for the residents.  It's fun to watch the kids perform and show off their moves, and deep down I am always praying that by recital time they look 100 times better than they do now! 
{ #1 Sorry the pic is so big, Blogger wouldn't let me re-size}
{ #2 I have reverted back to side bangs as you can see}
{ #3 The jury is still out on #2}
4. We tried for a good picture yesterday and I think we finally got one after 25 tries...

{Again, wouldn't let me re-size}

5. I started my Spring decorating yesterday.  I finally took down V-Day stuff 2 weeks ago and never did anything, and then this past week when our small group came over everyone commented on my lack of decor for Easter/Spring...even guys noticed.  So I knew it was time I did something about it.  I have a lot of Eastery stuff, at least I feel like it, so after Easter the bunnies will go away, but most of the Spring'ish stuff will stay.  So here's a sneak peek...
{Again with the pic re-size, my word!}

So there is my Miscellany Monday, how about you?

Friday, March 8, 2013

When Your Mom Heart Breaks

Wednesday night I was giving Molly a bath...which side note, I am that mom that dreads baths.  I am not a water person and hate the thought of water splashing and getting on things that should not be wet, like the floor.  However, over the last couple of months Molly and I have had a lot of really good conversations while she is taking a bath.  So we were just chatting away, I was pinning on my phone, and all of a sudden she burst into tears.  Like the flood gates had opened, she was sobbing, then soon started the ugly cry.  I had to wait for her to calm down a little to figure out what was going on.

Once Molly was able to use words, she told me that she lied to her teacher.  Now, Molly is your typical people pleaser, she wants everyone to love her, more than want, she needs everyone to love her.  It's a difficult balance beam she walks on every day.  I guess another little girl in her class asked her if she knew how to tie her shoes, and before Molly could say no, the teacher jumped in and told Molly how proud she was of her for learning to tie her shoes.  Insert 5 year old moral dilemma.

Molly decided to remain quiet, because in her words "it made me feel really good that my teacher was proud of me."  Who even knows at what time of day that happened, but by 7pm that night, Molly couldn't hold it in any longer.  She felt awful, and I felt awful.  Oh how she sobbed and sobbed.  Molly's eye were that "cry swollen" when she woke up yesterday morning.

I faced a dilemma, one I thought before it happened I knew how I was going to respond, but I started to waiver a little bit.  I always knew if my child lied, they would go apologize and right the wrong.  But when Molly is sitting there feeling terrible because of her own conscious, I was heartbroken and not as tough.  On one hand I knew her teacher probably wouldn't really care, or might not even find out that Molly lied.  I mean obviously she would know when Molly would need help tying her shoes, but would the teacher say anything, probably not.  But on the other hand I knew Molly needed to ask for forgiveness and tell her teacher that she lied.

It was hard telling Molly that the next morning she would be asking for forgiveness and confessing that by not saying anything she did indeed mislead and lie to her teacher.  Oh how I knew her heart was breaking with the thought of confessing.  Molly is so me.  When I was younger my guilty conscious always got to me before my parents did.  I would always tell on myself.  Molly was so worried her teacher would not like her anymore, or wouldn't want to be her friend.  I assured her that her teacher would still like her, and the world was not coming to an end.

We went together after the bell rang, I held her hand, she confessed, and she asked for forgiveness.  Molly was so brave, she didn't cry, however, I was in tears and so was her teacher.  We explained that we are working on tying our shoes, and that we were sorry for not telling the truth.  Oh friends, this was so hard.

Her teacher was so gracious and understanding.  Later in the day I received an email from her teacher telling me how she was able to talk to Molly a little more about the incident and how she told Molly she was proud of her for telling the truth and doing the right thing.  Oh how my heart lept with joy for a wonderful teacher that loves my daughter. 

The devotion we read before Molly went to bed last night was all about mercy, very fitting.  So we were able to talk again about sin and forgiveness, and showing mercy. 

I know Molly will lie again, I would be fooling myself if I thought this little incident has cured her of her own free will.  Parenting is tough, like really tough, and as nice as it would be to pat myself on the back right now because my kid ended up doing the right thing, I am not going to.  Okay, maybe one little pat, but after that it's back to crawling down in the trenches again.  Because if parenting has taught me one thing, it's that the next battle is around the corner. 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Floor Signing

Two weeks our church met in our new building...if you didn't know we bought an old Wal-Mart and are renovating it.  The floor in the auditorium was scheduled to get carpet laid the next day, so we all gathered to write names on the floor of the people we were praying would find Jesus.  It was a very cold and gross night, so we weren't sure how many to expect or how people would receive this new thing we were doing.  But it was awesome!  People kept filing in one by one, family by family, and small group by small group.  We had over 200 people there to write names on the floor.

It was a great experience to have with Molly.  We talked about the people we wanted to find Jesus, or even find a church home, and what that all meant.  She asked questions and we did our best to answer her honestly and in a kid like manner.  Molly was so excited to participate.  And as a parent, it was awesome to see her get excited about sharing Jesus with people.

Molly wrote about everyone in her class down, along with some teachers, and some other people she thought of.  And she does pray for them, and talks about inviting them all to church.  As stressful as this building has been, it's been totally worth it because it has created a new energy amongst our members.

I am so proud to be part of a church that prays for the lost and will do whatever it takes to reach them.