Friday, September 26, 2014

Curl up with a Click, 4th edition

A compilation of some great reads around the internet - because I may not have time to curl up with a good book until the kids are 18!

Three fads that are killing your joy "It is a God-given drive to be the best mom you can be, but our calling becomes an idol if our joy depends on our performance."

This artist updates her 2 year old daughter's artwork Just... wow.

The motherheart of God: fierce, strong, wild "My mothering heart holds the fiercest, strongest, wildest and most protective love I have ever known. And it is nothing, nothing, nothing compared to the way the motherheart of God loves me."

48 tips from the world's worst potty trainer (a cautionary tale)  "7. Post your decision on when to potty train on Facebook. Solicit dozens of unwanted opinions."

A quick fix for a pouting kid "In that difficult moment, choose to connect with your kid. Confront the issue head-on."

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Exciting News

If you like to pamper yourself, make sure to come to our 9/30 meeting with Kim Benson (occupational therapist). The Hidden Spa has decided to sponsor us, and I'll be giving away $30 gift certificates to TWO lucky moms in a random drawing!

As always, please RSVP here and let us know if you'll need childcare! The sooner we know, the better!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

My New Favorite Podcast

Do you listen to podcasts? I used to listen to them on long road trips (before kids, ha!). I recently discovered a great podcast for parents called The Longest Shortest Time. Have you heard of it? They're about 20 minutes long, fun to listen to and very easy to relate to.

Here's one that will make you cry: The Shortest Day

Here's one that will make you laugh: The Parent's Guide to Eating Over the Sink
They made a little video to go along with this one. I giggled the whole way through because I have so been there!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Welcome Back to MOPS

Welcome back to MOPS, ladies! I'm so excited for our new year to begin. There's lots of fun stuff in store!

I came across this beautiful poem in the book Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey (highly recommended, by the way!) and wanted to share it with you as my prayer for us in the upcoming year.

Let Us Be Women Who Love

Let us be women who Love.
Let us be women willing to lay down our sword words, our sharp looks, our ignorant silence and towering stance and fill the earth now with extravagant Love.
Let us be women who Love.
Let us be women who make room.
Let us be women who open our arms and invite others into an honest, spacious, glorious embrace.

Let us be women who carry each other.
Let us be women who give from what we have.
Let us be women who leap to do the difficult things, the unexpected things and the necessary things.
Let us be women who live for Peace.
Let us be women who breathe Hope.
Let us be women who create beauty.
Let us be women who Love.

Let us be a sanctuary where God may dwell.
Let us be a garden for tender souls.
Let us be a table where others may feast on the goodness of God.
Let us be a womb for Life to grow.
Let us be women who Love.

Let us rise to the questions of our time.
Let us speak to the injustices in our world.
Let us move the mountains of fear and intimidation.
Let us shout down the walls that separate and divide.
Let us fill the earth with the fragrance of Love.
Let us be women who Love.

Let us listen for those who have been silenced.
Let us honour those who have been devalued.
Let us say, Enough! with abuse, abandonment, diminishing and hiding.
Let us not rest until every person is free and equal.
Let us be women who Love.

Let us be women who are savvy, smart and wise.
Let us be women who shine with the light of God in us.
Let us be women who take courage and sing the song in our hearts.
Let us be women who say, Yes to the beautiful, unique purpose seeded in our souls.
Let us be women who call out the song in another’s heart.
Let us be women who teach our children to do the same.
Let us be women who Love.

Let us be women who Love, in spite of fear.
Let us be women who Love, in spite of our stories.
Let us be women who Love loudly, beautifully, Divinely.
Let us be women who Love.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Best Books to Teach Manners

Toddlers have no idea what it means to function in polite society. They're adorable little narcissists, really, but it can get to be a problem when we leave the house or interact with others in general.

If you're in the same boat, I've compiled a list of some great teaching books you may want to read with your little ones.

Excuse Me by Karen Katz

What If Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick

Time to Say Please by Mo Willems

Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller

Don't Do That by Tony Ross

How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Nobunny's Perfect by Anna Dewdney

Rules of the Wild by Bridget Levin

What about you? Do you have any favorites to recommend?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Curl up with a Click, 3rd edition

A compilation of some great reads around the internet - because I may not have time to curl up with a good book until the kids are 18!

What should a 4 year old know?  "We are such a competitive culture that even our preschoolers have become trophies and bragging rights. Childhood shouldn’t be a race."

Be sexy, but not too sexy, and other stupid things we're telling girls "Girls, sit by me, let me tell you a story, and let’s hope it has a happy ending."

The important thing about yelling "She’s scared of me, I thought with the most painful realization imaginable. My 6-year-old child is scared of my reaction to her innocent mistake.
With deep sorrow, I realized that was not the mother I wanted my children to grow up with, nor was it how I wanted to live the rest of my life."
Dear White Moms This was a powerful read. So heartbreaking. We're all in this mothering thing together!
Teach us to realize the brevity of life "I feel like parenting is defined by this constant angsty tension – wanting so much for a hard phase to be over, simultaneously feeling guilty that we are wishing it away, and then immediately grieving each stage as soon as it has passed."

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Cards for a New Mom

My sister is expecting her first, and I've been having so much fun finding a congratulatory card for her! Nothing says you care more than sending a handmade card.... but in my case, it's more like nothing says you care-but-are-too-busy than buying a handmade card made by someone else!

Here's a fun roundup of some of my favorites:

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If you're looking for the perfect gift to go along with that card, check out these great ideas!