To be honest, blogs can stress me out. They just seem to take up time and effort whether that’s writing mine or reading others! Plus, I can sometimes read a blog and feel like I have no cool talents or that I’m the worst mom ever! So, I haven’t really been doing any “blogging.” Well, I have been reading some decorating blogs, which I love and hate at the same time. Love because I can see new ideas, hate because it makes me not like my decor and wish I had more money. But that will be a whole ‘nother post (upcoming: redecorating on a budget). Sooooo, to get to part of the title on my post, my goal is to blog more regularly. I love having the memories written down, the pictures documented, a place to vent on one of those days, and a place to express the times that fill me with joy. I don’t think I can even attempt to fill in those (many) months of not blogging, so I’ll just start from now. My hope is that anyone who would even read what I write would leave feeling encouraged, and not alone (know what I mean, as a mom? do you ever feel like you’re the only one who doesn’t, say, do a critical thinking preschool activity everyday with your kid(s)? Not to knock those moms who do that, but sometimes I wonder if it’s something I should be doing if I want to raise a productive, problem-solving member of society.) Oh well, my kids are learning plenty of problem-solving techniques through Sprout. I mean, it’s like “preschool on TV!” ;)
Reid – a soon to be 4 year old – He is definitely his father’s son. He’s very black and white, a perfectionist who on the positive side wants things done right, but on the flip side, he gets very frustrated and doesn’t even try to do some things. Just wants me to do it so it will get done correctly – anybody have a child like that? How do you help them try stuff? He is also a complete left-brainer. L.O.V.E.S. numbers. In fact, that’s become a great consequence: “If you don’t obey Momma, I’m going to take away your Granddaddy numbers for the day!” Works every time. (oh, and all the sets of numbers have names: Granddaddy numbers, magnetic numbers, little numbers). I love watching his strengths develop. I pray that God will equip me (and Matt) with helping him pursue his strengths, and improve his weaknesses.
Jace - (almost) 18 months old – Loves to be where the action is- is this so typical 2nd child? Doesn’t want to miss a thing!!!! Although, my once laid back baby has become a master at fits, arching his back, and crying loudly if he doesn’t get his way. Already. I remember Reid not really going through the tantrums until closer to 2. Whereas Reid is our shy, people have to gain his trust before he lets his guard down little boy, Jace is our Mr. Good Time Charlie, doesn’t meet a stranger. So funny how our 2 boys are so COMPLETELY different from one another!
But, as much as I play referee, I’m so thankful that these boys have each other as brothers and I hope that their differences in personality only strengthen their bond.
My friend, Brittney, organized a focused prayer calendar that I think is such a good idea. My prayer this week is about our family’s plans. The verse is: Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Prov. 19:21. So applicable to me. I love to plan out and dream about what the future holds (2 kids or 3? STILL the big debate in our house). But, I’m trying and praying to give that over to God. Not to say don't plan, but I’m not going to be anxious and worry about what might happen. The Lord’s purpose will prevail. Very comforting to think that I don’t have to worry or be anxious in order for something to happen.