Monday, August 23, 2010

Simply Vintagegirl Giveaway!

This is for all of you who have little girls at home who love being little girls! Emily Rose over at Simply Vintagegirl Blog is giving away set of "Daughters of His Story Paper Dolls: Bundle One (3 Collections)" and a copy of their upcoming project. If you would like to see the Paper Dolls collection, you can do so here.

So pop on over and enter to win today! :D

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

12 New Things

Sarah Mae over at Like a Warm Cup of Coffee is hosting a learning project where you learn one new thing each month or 12 in a year! How could I resist joining in? So here's my list, subject to revision. I'll try to keep you all updated on my progress. And if you'd like to join in, make sure to link up your post of Sarah's blog so others can rejoice with you!

August~ learn to make shoo fly pie (I first tried in when I was in PA for a friend's wedding in 2001, I just hope I can find a good recipe for it!)

September~ Keep my house up and running once our new little blessing arrives (I didn't do so well with this the last time around. :D)

October~ Start Christmas dresses for my girls...before December!

November~ Make something homemade for all the ladies and girls in my family (that's my mother, mother-in-law, 2 sisters, my sister-in-law and 2 nieces...)

December~ Get my Christmas cards out early, as in before Christmas

I'm still working on the rest of the list, but I'll post more as I get the ideas. :D








Monday, August 16, 2010

Love Their Children

"to love their children"

If you stop and think about it, you wouldn't imagine that you would have to teach a young mother to love her children. Don't we all know the expression, "mother's love"? Don't mothers automatically love their children? Doesn't it come as part of the "motherhood package"? The short answer is no. Most feel drawn to their children when they are born. Babies are so helpless; most of us understand the need to protect them from the world and anyone or anything that would try to hurt them. And most probably continue to show that kind of love through the early years but as our children grow, and start to think on their own, we lose that protective love and suddenly we don't know if we even like our children anymore, must less love them.

This is why mother's need to be taught to love their children. Loving our children is more than just a mushy, "oh, he or she is so cute and cuddly" feeling, although that is a part of the love we are talking about. But more importantly, we need to learn to love them, in what I would call, a constructive way. You have to know how to look beyond what seems good when you are exhausted and just want quiet. You have to be committed one hundred percent to what God would have you to do with your children, before you have them because once the come, boy is it easy to compromise and bend those rules and change them on a whim until the next thing you know, you have no rules or worse yet the children don't know what they are because they have changed so many times. Then you find yourself wanting to be away from your children as much as possible, searching for excuses not to spend time with them. No longer do you love them and want to do what is best for them, you just want them to leave you alone.

We should love to be with our children; they should be a joy for us to spend time with. We should be able to see them as people, who if given the choice, we would befriend just to have their company. If we do not seek to have our children with us, because we do not take pleasure in their company, we have no one to blame but ourselves. We mold the character of our children, whether by determination or by default. We either make them what we want them to become or we simply allow them to be influenced by who ever will take the time to do so for us.

I pray that we will take the time to train our children, as the Bible tells us to, so we would desire their presence and their companionship all their lives. I hope that we will learn to love our children more and more each day!

To read the previous post in the series to love their husbands, you can click on the link here.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Our view of Children

There is a quote, the context of which I haven't been able to establish, but that I think sums up nicely how the world and even some in the church view abortion. It is from Frederica Mathewes-Green and says, "No woman wants an abortion as she wants an ice cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg." Children are a trap and women who want to have abortions are just trying to free themselves from it.

God says in Psalm 127, "Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate."

Should we argue with the One who made us all? Aborted and not aborted alike?

Monday, August 2, 2010

A Giveaway for All Expecting Mothers

I love reading Mrs. T's blog, Domestic Felicity. She is so encouraging and sweet and I was thrilled to read that she is hosting a giveaway for a beautiful maternity dress. You can find the link to see the dress and sign up for the giveaway here!



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