Monday, September 25, 2017

Jesus Saves Bro!

We started off our weekend with Harper's class leading the school assembly Friday morning.  Each class does this once a year.  Somehow our classes have gone back to back but the good news is we are done until next year.  Harper had a line and she did great! 

Saturday all the grandparents came in town and were able to go to Hollis' soccer game.  It's almost October but it is sooooooooooooooooooo hot.  She had quite the fan club.  

Sweet Joseph wanted to come see her play.  And she was thrilled! 

This morning was a big day because Hollis was baptized.  She was saved about a month ago and we wanted to schedule her baptism for when her grandparents could all be here.  Our friend Hutch is one of our pastors baptized her.   This is him practicing with her.  We help with baptisms and it's always so neat to hear the salvation stories each week before baptisms.  

Hollis helping us with baptisms and hearing those stories helped her to be ready to make her own decision.  And since she helps us and watches people get baptized all the time - she was probably the most prepared kid to ever get baptized. ha! She was so sweet and so excited.  

We were so proud of our sweet "bug" as we call her.  She said she just felt so happy after! 

This was Hutch baptizing her.  

After church we all went out for a good lunch.  It was such a special day.  

Jesus Saves Bro! Yes He does! 

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.  Ephesians 2:8

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  John 14:6

Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Favorites

I have been using Urban Decay eyeshadow for the last several years.  I love it.  The last palette I bought was the smokey palette but it's about time for a new one.  

I can't decide between the Heat 

or the Rose Gold palette.  Any small and brown eyed girls out there? Which one do you use or would you use? I'm leaning towards Rose Gold.  

We got our Magic Bands today.  We leave for Disney in three weeks and I'm SO excited!!! 

We will be there for the big Halloween Party so we are dressing up as Disney princesses (and one prince).  I found this shirt on etsy and this skirt at Target.  And we had the headband! I ordered the girls dresses.  We will be the same thing for actual Halloween.  We always have a family theme and looks like we are keeping it up at least another year.  

We got school pictures back this week.  I think they are so cute.  I can't believe I have a first and third grader.  

And the cutest Cowboys fan ever lives at my house! :-) Scott is a huge cowboys fan and I grew up wanting to be a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader (ha ha ha! well at least when I was 5).  

Today is the first day of fall and we have a fun few days coming up! 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Give Grace

Back before I had kids and I was a single lady, I would go to Walmart or other places and see kids screaming and I would give total side eye to the moms.  "Get control of you child!" is what would be in my brain.  I totally judged all moms when their kids weren't behaving.

And then I HAD kids.  

And I was humbled and gained a ton of empathy.  I'm thankful for that.

Now I'm a mom of three and one very, very busy toddler who hates shopping carts.  I try to go to the store when they are all in school but I also have to pack a ton of stuff in those hours and it happens that to make the best use of my time, we need to all go to the store after school.  I also try to go at night but now that we are in school and activities - by the time everyone is in bed, I'm too tired to go. And I could do grocery pick up and I do but that involves planning ahead and sometimes it's the last minute trip after school for lunch supplies and dinner!

All that to say I'm often at Walmart with all three kids.  My girls are well behaved and helpful.  Will Holden has good days and then he has days where he won't sit down or he's yelling.  It's stressful.  I try to make the trips as quick as possible for the sake of everyone involved.

But I can't tell you lately how often I have received ugly looks from older people.  I want to say "did you not have children?" " Do you not remember?".  I just wish they could offer a simple smile and a little encouragement.  It would go so far.  Frowns and rolled eyes are not helpful.

I still remember the day that Harper was around a year old and having a bad day at Walmart.  She was throwing out goldfish everywhere and then dumped a whole package out.  I was on the floor on my hands and knees picking up goldfish and wanting to cry.  This precious woman stopped me and offered the kindest words of encouragement.  I don't even remember what she said and she probably doesn't even remember this happening - but this simple gesture meant the world to a struggling mom.

I'm willing myself to remember when my kids are grown how hard these young years are.  I may even buy a bunch of Sonic cards to stick in my purse to hand out when I see that struggling mom with an unhappy toddler. Or at the very least smile and say "hang in there".

I brought this subject up on my instastory the other day and was met with hundreds of DM's from people who agreed with me.  Tons of moms who experienced this daily - it isn't just me!

Life would be a lot better if we all just encouraged each other.

And not just in the grocery store.  And not just moms with toddlers.

Just put ourselves in others shoes and walk around a bit.

(and maybe I should smile and try to encourage the grumpy older people.  Putting myself in their shoes - maybe they are just having a bad day.)  See what I did there? Trying to give grace.