Category: Heart Reflections

Oct 22 2014

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A kid activity that teaches about how our words impact others.

We have been working through two devotional books with the girls lately.  One of them goes through the Bible in a year and the other one is more of an hands on activity with a lesson called Object Talks for Any Day by Verna L. Kokmeyer.  The kids like both of them, however, we only do the Object Talks devotional on days when we have a little more time because they require preparation, an activity, lesson, and conversation about the lesson taught.

This particular lesson was about our words and watching what we say to others. This was a great lesson for the beginning of the school year as well as a great reminder for all of us (both kids and parents) that our words have an impact on those around us.

Objects:  A plate and tube of toothpaste.

Applicable Bible Verse:  “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14 (ESV)

Activity:

  1. Ask for a volunteer.
  2. Have the volunteer squeeze all the toothpaste out of the tube onto the plate.
  3. Ask for another volunteer.
  4. Have them try and put all the toothpaste from the plate back into the toothpaste tube.

Lesson to Talk About:  Like the toothpaste our words can come out pretty quickly and easily, however, once our words are out we cannot take them back.  We have all said something to someone and instantly or later realized it probably wasn’t the best thing to say.  Our words can have a powerful impact on those around us.  They can make people laugh, cry, hurt others feelings, and much more.  Plus when we speak poorly to or about others it makes us look bad as well.  It is important that we allow our thoughts and words to be good, encouraging, wholesome, and kind to those we encounter.  What we fill our hearts and minds with will often come out our mouth and reveal what we are truly thinking.  Much like the impossible task of getting toothpaste back into the tube we cannot take back the words we say to others.  The toothpaste in this example was contained to the plate, however, our words can make a big mess and cause hurt to others for a very long time.

We all could spend a little more time focusing our hearts, minds, and thoughts on good things.  Life is short and we want to spend our time being an encouragement and blessing to those around us.  May we seek God’s wisdom regarding our thoughts and our speech.

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We used a sample of Tom’s of Maine toothpaste I received in the mail for this activity. A sample size is big enough to get the point across!

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Brina squeezing out all the toothpaste onto the plate!  Like the toothpaste, it’s amazing how quickly our words can come out of our mouths.

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The toothpaste is out!

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Karlie attempting the impossible task of putting all the toothpaste back into the tube!  Once our words our spoken we cannot take them back.

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She tried a lot of different ways to get the toothpaste back into the tube – fingers, toothpaste cap, toothpick, and more yet it was a messy and impossible to get it all of the toothpaste back into the tube.  The girls like these type of devotional lessons because they are interactive, have a creative and visual way to teach the lesson, and they tend to be more memorable for them.  All of us could probably use a reminder regarding our words and the impact they have on others.

 

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Oct 20 2014

Last week I was able to some items crossed off my list, but not as many as I hoped due to a painful pinched nerve.  This week will be a little different because I will not be spending the week with my immediate family.  I know I will miss them terribly, but I hope to be able to help out extended family and be a blessing to the people I will be spending time with this week.  Hopefully I will be able to keep up with everyone and get a lot accomplished throughout the week.  You will notice my weekly goals will be altered a little too since I will not be available to help with the normal activities around my immediate family.

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Read A Horse Called Wonder by Joanna Campbell (Book #1 of the Thoroughbred Series) to the kids
  2. Plan one special activity with the family
  3. Prepare for Upcoming Fall Events & Trips
  4. Spend time Monday – Friday helping the kids with Homework
  5. Attend After School Activities
  6. Lunch Boxes & Book Bags packed the night before
  7. Ride Bikes with the kids - it didn’t get done with my pinched nerve
  8. Go for a Walk with the Kids - a couple of days it was all I could do to get through the day
  9. Attend School Board Meeting
  10. Give Jake a haircut
  11. Make Toffee per girls requests
  12. Cook up Ground Hamburger and Freeze for future meals
  13. Make and freeze Spinach Cubes for Smoothies

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day - I did not do a good job of drinking my water while traveling this past weekend
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)
  3. Exercise at least 5 times this week - it didn’t happen
  4. Pedicure – my toenails could use a fresh coat of polish

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Freezer Meals Prepped for future meal
  4. Clean out & Organize Refrigerator / Freezer - had to let this one go with a the stuff going on this week
  5. Clean House including all 3 bathrooms, dusting, floors, and bedrooms - only basic cleaning was done
  6. Put Fall/Winter Clothes in Closets and dressers and put Spring/Summer Clothes in the Attic - put away in closets but the still haven’t gotten the clothes back in the attic
  7. Refill kids vitamin container
  8. Refill Baggie Drawer and Lunch Box Container
  9. Pool taken down and put away - pools drained, but not put away

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  3. Work completed for clients

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car – working on it
  2. Payoff Outstanding Debt (new microwave, refrigerator, and other debt) – working on it
  3. Pay October Bills
  4. Recent Receipts Basket Cleaned Out, Organized, & Receipts Filed
  5. File Paperwork
  6. Earn some Creative Cash
  7. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget - didn’t even make it to the grocery store with my pinched nerve

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Mail at least one note to Jake and the girls
  2. Speak to my husband and kids at least once a day
  3. Send at least one Text, Picture, Instant Message, or Email a day to let them know I am thinking about them
  4. Have Hangout chat with the entire family at least once this week
  5. Prepare for Upcoming Fall Events & Trips
  6. Spend time with extended family

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)
  3. Exercise at least 5 times this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. Keep up with my laundry
  2. Update Evernote with any home / yard / pets activities for Jake and the girls

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  3. Work completed for clients

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car
  2. Payoff Outstanding Debt (microwave and refrigerator)

I think it is important to share and encourage each other as we seek to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.  I want to live intentionally not just hope all my dreams and goals come true.  When I focus on small steps of improvement I am able to see results as I get closer to my goals.  Some weeks I get closer to the goals I have in my life and other weeks a take a few steps back (life happens, emergencies occur, people get sick).  Once the goals are written down and shared it provides a guideline for what I aim to accomplish this week.

Why Share My Goals?

  • To keep me accountable
  • To share a piece of my life with you as I strive to be a better Child of God, Wife, Mom, Friend, Homemaker, Entrepreneur and the many other roles I have each week
  • To have my goals consistently written down so I can gauge progress more accurately
  • Create healthy habits in my life
  • To encourage you to share your goals with me as you continue to grown and learn

How did you do this week on your goals?  Feel free to share or link to your list of weekly goals.

The picture above is one that I created for my own purposes, however, The “SMART” acronym was originally coined 30 years ago by Peter Drucker in his classic work, Management by Results.

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Oct 16 2014

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Occasionally, Jake has to travel for work and there are times when he is gone random craziness happens at home.  On this particular week Jake was gone it was busy with a lot of school activities, tutoring, animals getting out of their pen, doctor appointments, sick kids, and more.  This particular day had a tough afternoon noon of school work, followed by chasing the goats back into their zone (multiple times), leftovers for dinner, a couple of not-so-cool Mommy moments, and running around trying to get the kids in bed on time.

By the time the girls were in bed I was exhausted and ready to relax, but lunches still needed to be put together, dishes washed, kitchen picked up, bills to be paid, and more regular household duties waiting for my attention.   I decided to take 10 minutes and sit down, on the couch, and reflect on the events of the day.  While sitting there I started thinking about everything I could have done better regarding my interactions with the girls in some of the sticky situations specifically regarding my actions, words, and attitude.

As I was thinking about the day I looked over at the dry erase board and saw a note from Karlie.  Some days you don’t know if they realize how much we love them…..then they do something spontaneous and sweet like this simple note that melts my heart.  And brings more tears!  We are not perfect parents by a long shoot, but it does a Moms heart good to know that they really do feel loved and appreciated even in amidst those hurried, frustrating, and crazy days.  I had no idea this note was on the dry erase board or when she put it there with everything going on that day, but it was the perfect encouragement boost I needed for that evening.  Thankful for my kids and for their thoughtful ways of showing love.

She picked yellow so it’s a little harder to read, but it says:

I love Daddy.

I love Mommy.

I love Brina.

I love Oreo, Snowball, and Skipper.

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Oct 01 2014

My Girls - Brina and Karlie

Sweet Brina Bee!

I am so thankful for my girls!  They are growing up too quickly.  It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago when they were little ones crawling around the house.  God chose to bless us with these girls.  It has been a fun adventure raising twins!  Not everyday has been perfect, but we have so many reasons to be grateful for these two blessings.  They have made me grow more as a person.  They bring more love and laughter into my life than I ever realized was possible.

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My sweet Karlie Kool Kat is always game for a road trip!

Both girls are very different, yet perfect and gifted in their own special ways.  I pray that God will give us as parents the wisdom to raise them into amazing young women.  I know I will make mistakes as their Mom along the way, but hopefully they will overlook those mistakes and  know that I love them despite those not-so-good-moments.   It is my prayer that they will seek God’s wisdom and direction in their lives.

I want to go through life focusing more on the good memories and letting go of the little things that get my feathers ruffled.  Life is too short to not have fun, smile, and enjoy the blessings God gives us everyday.  For those of you who are new to my blog these two girls were the inspiration for my blog, Blessings Multiplied.  They continue to amaze me with their creativity, learning, talents, and their love for life!  I look forward to many more awesome memories with these two sweet girls and seeing how God uses them to make an impact in the lives around them.

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Apr 30 2014

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The other day I was filling out a card for a cousin who recently had a baby.  As I was writing the card I had a whirlwind of thoughts, advice, and things I wanted to share with this couple who just recently began this wonderful parenting journey.  This is part of what I shared with them which was also a great reminder to me and hopefully an encouragement to you if you’re a parent as well.   I have edited it to remove their specific names on the card.

Congratulations!  We are so happy for your sweet family!  Welcome to the crazy and fun parenting party!  Wishing all of you a lifetime packed full of laughter and wonderful memories.  Praying that parenting will be a great adventure for you.  We are thrilled for all of you and wish you the very best!  Many Blessings!

Parenting Tips We Want to Share  (I added a couple more to the list since writing the card):

    1. Laugh as often as possible (even at your own mistakes)
    2. Make a point to hug your child and tell her that you love her everyday
    3. Cherish the memories, they really do grow up way too fast
    4. Show grace and mercy often
    5. Never discipline when you’re angry
    6. Take lots of pictures, especially of your times together
    7. Seek God’s wisdom daily for your life, marriage, and parenting
    8. Be a positive and encouraging cheerleader for your kid
    9. Take time regularly to listen to your child
    10. Breathe deeply and count to 10 when your patience is being stretched thin
    11. You will feel more like a “SuperDad” and “SuperMom” after a full nights sleep
    12. Spend quality one-on-one time with your child
    13. Read to them, sing with them, and play with them
    14. Pray a lot – some days you’ll really need it
    15. Protect, guide, and nurture the best you can then trust that God will work in their hearts
    16. Words can be used to build up or tear down (make sure to chose them wisely)
    17. It’s the little things that make the biggest impact on our kids
    18. It doesn’t have to be flashy or expensive to be fun
    19. Be content with your life
    20. Give generously to others
    21. Find teachable moments each day  (kids love learning new stuff)
    22. Speak kindly to and about others (little eyes are watching what you do and hearing what you say)
    23. Stand up for what’s right (even when it’s hard)
    24. Allow your kids to make some mistakes on their own so they can learn
    25. Get creative and have fun together – life’s too short to be boring
    26. Smile, slow down a little, and enjoy this wonderful part of your life
    27. Make the “normal” everyday events exciting
    28. Go on adventures
    29. Do family devotions and pray together
    30. Explore and try new activities together

There are so many areas of our lives that are stretched when we are parents.   While being a parent is the most rewarding experience it is also one of the most challenging.  It feels like I am constantly making mistakes or doing/saying something that’s not edifying or encouraging to my kids.  Yes, they know very well how to “push my buttons,” but that doesn’t mean I have to over react either.   Thankful for my kids and the many lessons they teach me about parenting.

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