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Encouraging Words for When You Think You Are Doing This Mothering Thing Wrong

Perfect Mother

Your tween says something so defeating it pierces your soul and you have to wonder, “Who is this kid?!”…then immediately ask, “Where’s the nearest boarding school?”

Maybe your toddler has been a perfect little Angel all day until…you walk into Target and the melt-down in the cracker isle begins. I mean, the explosive, throw-thy-self-on-the-floor-with-bloodcurdling-screaming-and-crying kind, and you are tempted to yell out, “Does anyone know whose child this is?”

Moms, we’ve all been there. The meltdowns never really go away, they just evolve into bigger drama. {sigh}

Some days it feels like we are doing this mothering thing all wrong. Well, we’re not. It’s just how kids are.

So, here is a collection of my favorite pick-me-up words for those days when you just need someone, anyone, to say something nice to you. I am here to tell you…

Don’t let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life. ~Anonymous

Someday you just have to create your on sunshine. ~Anonymous

You haven’t dropped the ball–you’ve just had a bad day. ~Lisa-Jo Baker

You have to have a bad day every once in a while, otherwise you’ll never know what a good day feels like. ~Anonymous

I don’t pray for God to take my problems away, I pray only for God to give me the strength to go through them. ~Jose Lazano

And lastly, if those words of encouragement don’t work for you, try this…

One day

Repeating that one has gotten me through my share of hard days!

May you have a drama-free, tantrum-free, stress-free Memorial Day weekend!

Words + Image Monday

Take a moment this Monday, before the hectic week starts, and just breathe. By the way, if you’re reading this and it’s not Monday…it still works. You’re welcome.

Joy quote (Background Photo: Source. Photo Editing/Typography: Ribbet.)

May your week be filled with joy. May you find that joy in the presentness of life. (Yea, I just made up a word.) May you anticipate the great things to come, but also stop to notice the great things that are happening here and now. Give thanks for joy, no matter how small. May you be present and in His presence this week.

You Are Not Alone

You are not alone I took this photo last fall on a trip to Guanella Pass, Colorado.

At the summit, it is quiet.

As in total silent.

Just the wind and my breath.

Peaceful and fresh.

Smells of snow.

Standing on top of the world I realized two things: It’s freakin’ cold, and I am not alone.

I am physically standing alone; taking in the wonder of this glorious mountain. But, I am not really alone.

We all struggle. We all suffer. We all want to give up sometimes.

But, once we confess our struggles to others, we find there are others climbing the same mountain.

There is community is sharing our same struggles.

If you are struggling with something in your life, share it with somebody, anybody. There is a strength that comes in numbers. There is a strength in community. You can’t do it alone.

Of course, there is the Almighty number one who shares in your struggles yesterday, today and tomorrow. The One who created that glorious mountain. Lay your struggles at His feet. He doesn’t want you to go it alone. He made that community for you.

You are not alone.

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Last year I took a photography class at the Botanic Gardens (read about it here). Since meeting photographer Cedric Pollet at that class, I now look at bark in a different way. On a hike this summer, I photographed this tree with a bark heart near Mt. Evans, Colorado.

Do What Brings You Joy.

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Be kind…

Always be kind

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Yesterday in church we prayed over members of our congregation. Members volunteered to step up on the stage and put it all out there confessing their worries, struggles, or illnesses.

One by one they asked for prayers for their broken marriage, brain tumor, mental illness, surgery, family loss, single-mommy-ness, depression. These are people, just like you and me, who have heavy hearts, heavy lives…heaviness.

If there is anything that can snap you out of your self-pity it’s hearing the hard walk others are taking everyday.

But, as I pointed out to hubby, we all have heaviness in our life. Just because you’re not carrying the same weight on your shoulders as the next person, it doesn’t mean it’s not a battle to you. Your heaviness is…well, heavy to you.

So, be kind, because you don’t know the battle the mom sitting next to you is battling. She may look like she has it all together. She may even look like she has a ‘perfect’ life. But, to quote Dr. Phil, “you don’t know what you don’t know.”

And, if you do know someone who is fighting a hard battle tell them that you know. Lend them a hand to get over that hill.

This weekend…

school fundraisers

Selling chocolate bars for $1

It’s 5th grade fundraiser time for next year’s outdoor lab. The World’s Finest Chocolate bars for $1. If you know us and want some chocolate…let me know. Alex has 60 bars to sell, or I will have to buy the chocolate that doesn’t sell. Help me!

james bond car

James Bond’s Car

This weekend the school had a huge fundraiser during the kick off of their book sale. There was also a car show, which Glenn took his Charger to show off. But, more importantly, there was a black Aston Martin. I am not so much a James Bond fan as I am a Daniel Craig fan. You know what I mean? If money was no object? I would buy this car.

school fundraisers

Also, there was a chili fundraiser

They called it a chili cook-off to raise money. I have participated in a few chili cook-offs…this was more of a buy-a-bowl-for-a-dollar-and-get-some-chili than a true cook-off. We didn’t even get to vote. Parker ate 2 bowls of chili and a ton of chips. It was a cheap lunch for 4, only $7. I really shouldn’t complain. Years ago I (with Liz and Kari) made a Pumpkin Curry Chili for a cook-off that would have killed the competition! Am I right, Liz?

at the park

At the park

lobster tacos

Lobster Tacos

Date night with hubby at Red Lobster. The Lobster Tacos were so yummy! And, not once did I say, “Stop fighting with your sister and eat your dinner!”

December Daily | Day 25…for a child is born…


…a son is given to us.

The government will rest on his shoulders.

And he will be called:

Wonderful Counselor,

Mighty God,

Everlasting Father,

Prince of Peace.

7 His government and its peace will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!

Merry CHRISTmas!

Can you be too Christian?

So, have you heard of that Broncos quarterback named Tim Tebow? Since I live in Tebow Land, I have heard more than my fair share of Tebow news. The good news is the media is finally taking notice of the Denver Broncos. The bad news is they aren’t really paying any attention to the game.  Never mind that the Denver Broncos are 8-5 and 1st in the AFC West.

It’s all about the QB and his faith-on-his-sleeve.

He’s been called a devout Christian (like it’s a bad thing). Overbearing evangelist. He’s been known to wear Bible verses under his eye when he played in Florida. Tebow always, first and foremost, thanks his Lord and savior Jesus Christ after every game. He makes no apologies for it either.

Some people love him because of it.

Some don’t like him for that very reason.

Where Kardashians reign, even Hollywood has taken notice. With all this media scrutiny I got to thinking. Why is Tebow’s faith such a big deal? It’s not like Christianity is a new-wave religion. The majority of Americans claim to identify themselves as Christian (76%) and 82% believe in a high-being or God.

The question: Is it okay to believe in God, go to church on Sunday, read the Bible, but not okay proclaim your God-love every single day in public?

Does Tebow’s Christ-loving proclamation make people uncomfortable? Former Broncos QB,  Jake Plummer said he wishes Tebow would just “shut up” about it. “I think that when he accepts the fact that we know that he loves Jesus Christ then I think I’ll like him a little better. I don’t hate him because of that, I just would rather not have to hear that every single time he takes a good snap or makes a good handoff.” {Source}

Is Plummer right? It’s fine and good to  love Jesus Christ but we don’t want to hear about it? Love Christ in private?

I tend to think that it makes people uncomfortable because they feel inferior in their own faith relationship. To have that kind of faith and love that Tebow exhibits is a great thing. It’s a precious thing. It’s the kind of love that all Christians should strive for.

Tebow has said, “And that’s the thing about my faith: it’s not just something that happens when you’re at church or happens when you’re praying or reading the Scripture. It’s part of who you are, as a person, as a player, in your life and everything.” {Source}

I don’t know what to make of this Tebowing. That’s just weird. And I don’t know what to make of this Christian backlash either. I think it makes for some interesting conversation. Love it or hate it.

I do know this: Tebow’s bold faith and last-minute quarterback plays can’t be ignored.

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I wrote this post last year: There’s a new quarterback in town…and he brought his Bible. My question was about the backlash against Tebow and his faith. I still don’t have the answer. Anyone have any ideas?

The secret to success (accordng to Steve Jobs)

Think Steve Jobs (co-creator of Apple computers, along with Steve Wozniak) and you think S-U-C-C-E-S-S. He began with nothing and created a brand that has become a leader in computer innovation. Undeniably he knows a thing or two about running a mega-successful company. I stumbled across Steve Jobs’ 12 rules of success a few days ago. {drum roll, please…}

1. Do what you love to do. Find your true passion. Do what you love to do a make a difference! The only way to do great work is to love what you do.

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