Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Gift for Children

Hi!
I wanted to share with you a Christmas gift that my husband and I are giving our children this year. We have gotten them both a decorative box to be stored in the top of their closet. What goes in this box? What is it intended for?

It is the "You are So Loved and So Special" box.

It is "The wonderful history of (insert child's name)" box.

 Many moms do not have time to scrapbook or carefully document each and every memorable event or moment in their children's lives. These boxes will make it easier on you. Each child will have their own special box that you put keepsakes in for them. Put things in there that will remind them of how much they are loved by you and the family.

They are only allowed to look at it on special occasions or if they are feeling down. Whenever they are out of the house and settled- You give them their special box as a gift.

 We are going to make a personal photo book for each child every year (shutterfly is what we use). We will give them their photo book every year at Christmas for them to put in their very special box.

 Also- We have put a decorative notebook in each box. Every year at Christmas or Birthday we will both write them a personal letter in that notebook.

Here are some examples of things to put in the box:

~Jot down funny things they say -date it- and toss it in the box

~snapshots that show love and fun between themselves and their siblings

~Any special birthday card that they receive that has a sweet note written in it

~Some of your favorite artwork by them ( be selective- try to live simple and clutter free- but still preserve memories)

~Favorite Toys/clothes/books

 ~A list each year of their favorites (would be good to keep in the notebook)


Will add Cute Letters to the box soon with a catchy title
Enjoy! I hope you do something similar to this for your kiddos! (or husband) (My husband and I have a box together for special things)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mom Heart

Hi Friends! I just wanted to share with you about a GREAT book I've been reading. It's called The Mission of Motherhood. It is written by Sally Clarkson. I've been working on reading it for a while now. I started the book and thought there were so many good points in it- so I started marking them with cute little tabs. However, as we all know living with a toddler... things don't always work out perfectly. One day my sweet, sweet, little girl thought it'd be fun to rip out all my tabs. So, I started over- But got smart with my pinning. I wrote down the notes that I'd like to remember in my own personal journal. The way the book is written after each chapter she gives you "Something to Think About" which is a mini-bible study and "Something to Try", a practical way to put the wisdom into action. I only get a few minutes in the morning to read so currently I am going back through the book and doing the bible study each morning. It is very refreshing. I have already put into action several of the "Things to Try" suggestions and I can testify that it has been very rewarding for my soul as a mother and a wife. I am about to start the next book that goes after this one called The Ministry of Motherhood.  
With all that being said... She is hosting a MomHeart conference next year in Dallas, TX. If you could any way make it... I know that it will have an impact on your life for the better. Here is the link if you are interested. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Intentional LOVING

Hi Everyone!
Thank you so much for stopping by to read my post. I just wanted to follow up on my last post about preparing a peaceful time for your family during this busy season. I decided to do it for my husband this morning. He has had a couple of busy weeks and has two more ahead of him. I made homemade cinnamon rolls and made him a sweet card. I could tell that his spirit was refreshed after a peaceful morning to start the day before the chaos begins. My original plan was to do this for my family, but I don't know about you but I am against waking sleeping infants and toddlers at 5 am to have a peaceful family breakfast. So, instead we will  do shape pancakes on a weekend morning.  I encourage you to do something out of the norm routine for your spouse this Christmas season.  Let's be DOERS and NOT SAYERS!  
My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and truth. 1 JOHN 3:18

Pin this on Pinterest if you plan on doing something special for you loved one this season. I would love for you to come back and post pictures of your special breakfast.

Blessings~
Amanda

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

CHRISTmas Special

Hi Friends~


Thanks so much for stopping by to read my posts. I just wanted to give you some encouragement for the upcoming CHRISTmas season.

 Without looking far, it is very easy to identify how commercialized this sweet and precious holiday has become.

It often stresses people out with the cooking, planning, and gift buying more than it brings the joy, thankfulness, and excitement that it should bring.

I just wanted to check in and share with you a little about my family. I have really been praying for the Lord to help me as a mother to help me be more creative and resourceful to foster good, close, meaningful relationships in our home. The things that our children are going to remember are the sweet memories and the traditions that we create for them.

They are not going to remember what "toy" or "gadget" you bought them.

When they are older and reflecting and looking back on their childhood, it will be those sweet memories that fill their hearts with love, joy, and comfort.

So I challenge you this CHRISTmas season to focus more on the love and relationships as opposed to the commercialization that we are everyday faced with. There are many things that you can do for all budgets that will help teach your children the true meaning for the season and create great family memories.

 Get Creative and Resourceful. Leave a comment with one of your favorite resourceful family traditions. Let's create a "idea bank" for all our readers.

Here's One:

Have a special family breakfast (Before CHRISTmas or CHRISTmas Eve) to talk about the season. We have small young children so we will be doing lots of small, easy to understand talk with our sweet and precious gifts) You can choose the topic. Throw on some sweet CHRISTmas music in the background, light some candles, and set the table all nice. Put a little card,verse, or song title by each person's plate that has to do with the season. My favorite is "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" It is a very comforting and encouraging phrase to me. Make it special and intimate. The fact that the breakfast is not on CHRISTmas or CHRISTmas eve makes it even more special and exciting. Don't choose a date to do it every year. Make it random. You will best be able to tell when your family needs a refreshing moment with the busyness of the season. Wake up early to do this and surprise them. (Cinnamon Rolls are always good and appreciated) This may seem like a lot of work, but I promise SERVING your family is WAY WORTH IT! I truly believe that the LORD will bless you for it.


Blessings~
Amanda

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Alright... Here it goes

As many of my close friends and family know I've been wanting to start this blog for a while now.

However, I haven't done it because of my own insecurities... Will anyone care? Will anyone read it?

Is my web page pretty enough? Do I have it designed well enough? I've been waiting for quite some time now for the optimal moment to make my big blogging debut. I've had all kinds of little tid bits that I wanted to share. But, I just haven't done it.

After spending some time trying to pick out the perfect font yesterday... It dawned on me how silly I was----- All I was doing was making excuses for not doing. That's something that I'm kinda big on right now. I feel like people in general "talk" about doing stuff, but there is no action.  I don't want to be like that.


Well... Here it goes... I'm going to try and leave my fears behind and start this journey. I don't know where it will take me. But I can tell you that I am excited and am looking forward to this adventure together. I hope you will join me.


Blessings~
Amanda
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