Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sitting in the car...

Have you ever done car time? Or do u regularly, like me, sit in the car while your child/children are asleep?

That's what I'm doing now. Other mums that I speak to in passing don't tend to like their kids having sleeps or naps in the car. I'm not sure why. Am I missing something? For me there are so many advantages. In fact I don't see any negatives.

1. The girls get a needed sleep.
2. I don't have to struggle or work to get them to sleep.
3. They are both asleep at the same time.
4. I get things done.
5. I get time for myself.
6. Its at least 30mins of peace and quiet. Guaranteed.

So what do I do with these moments? Use them. Love them. Treasure them.

...And take time to read a book, pray, blog (ta-da!), pay bills online, check the family budget, text a few friends, Facebook, drive to the supermarket, eat something, dream up a yummy dinner and sleep.

Monday, June 25, 2012

I need sleep!

Ah, I'm so tired tonight! I've been up since 4.30am. Hubby left this morning on a school camp for 1/2 the week. So I'm flying solo with the two girls. Call me super mum!

I know I should go to bed and get some sleep while I can but this is the first scrap of time I've had for me all day. Plus I just don't like going to bed without my best friend. I miss you babe.

Please girls sleep through the night. Sleep the night away. And give mummy some precious z's. Who am I kidding? I'm going to bed now!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Christmas shopping done

I'm very excited to say that all of my Christmas shopping for the kids in my world is done! Woohoo!!!

So that's my two girls and their six cousins all with presents. I just have to pick the lay by up and wrap them. It's such a relief.

Thank you Target toy sale.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Special Moments

This morning my oldest daughter and I decided to do something different for breakfast. We made a special moment, a creative memory.

It doesn't take a lot to make a smile on your child's face. We made the most of our opportunity... it's pouring rain outside and my other child is still asleep.

We made a yummy breakfast of toast and fruit salad then ate it while watching, dancing and singing to The Ultimate Countdown of Silly Songs by VeggieTales.

Try making time today to do something with your precious bundle. Do something out of the ordinary and make a special moment smile. It's fun!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

An old grump

How to not be grumpy first thing in the morning? ... I wonder!

You see I've never really been a morning person. People who really know me agree that even before having kids I needed 10 hours of sleep each night. I prefer that most days start anytime after 8am. That way I can just slowly get up. Make my breakfast and hot chocolate then sit peacefully somewhere (usually the couch or kitchen floor) and slowly wake and move and think. Reading a book or the paper sometimes is nice.

Things that set me off onto my grumpy war path are:

Being woken unnecessarily
The tv on before 8am
Being hungry and no food left to eat
Someone yelling at me or arguing
A baby who won't stop whinging an doesn't want to be put down and
Being rushed!

My dear hubby (DH) would probably add another to that list; "any day that ends in 'y'". Lol!

DH also says he doesn't want the girls first glimpse of me in the morning to be like that. I tend to agree. So I guess I'd better work on it.

I will try to remind myself to Rejoice in the Lord always and to see the best in every situation. Starting tomorrow...

Friday, June 15, 2012

Queen procrastination

“Don't bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we're in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn't think of such a thing—you're at least decent to your own children. And don't you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?”
Luke 11:13 MSG

I read this verse this morning and was reminded that I should be bringing a need to the Lord. Truth is I've known all week that I should be but I've been putting it off. And I know he's just waiting for me to come to him in prayer.

Why have I been putting it off? Because I'm scared. Pathetic really. But I've been a situation for such a long time. One I don't want to be in and been struggling in my own strength and capabilities to get out of it. However now I know the breakthrough is just around the corner I'm comfortable and stagnant. I'm also nervous about going to him because I know that God answers prayers and will give to me exactly what I need when I go to him and ask.

So today (after my lil reminder) I'm going to get off my pathetic chubby mummy butt and go boldly to him with my request. No dilly dallying, no stuttering or procrastination. Just do it!

I encourage you also to stop procrastinating and do whatever it is in your world that needs to be done. If I may make a suggestion; don't do it alone. He's waiting for us to come.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Psalm 139:13-16

Psalm 139:13-16
The Message (MSG)

13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother's womb.
I thank you, High God—you're breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I'd even lived one day.

Say no to equal love

There's no equal love in our house...

...Not anymore. Recently I went to Adore, an annual Christian womens conference. I loved it! It wasn't just the girlie chats, the romantic Parisian decorated foyer, the free photo booth and pamper lounge or the good food. I learnt stuff. Real good stuff.

I want to share one small thing I learnt. But first let me say I didn't get it straight away. It didnt gel or click until a week later after i'd pondered it and looked at it from another angle. So hear me out before jumping in or judging. Actually the speaker said something similar before she dropped the bomb too.

I don't love my kids equally. They don't get the same amount of love in the same way or at the same time. I don't look at them the same or talk to them the same. Everything is different. I love them differently.

When I first heard this concept I thought 'oh my gosh!', I also thought 'isn't that playing favourites?'

But the explanation makes sense. Are your kids exactly the same? Do they look the same, think the same and act the same all at once? Every single person on this planet is different. There is not one of us that is duplicated exactly 100% the same as another. Not even identical twins. For a start everyone has their fingerprints and their own DNA. We might have similarities with someone else but in other ways we are different. We have all been made uniquely and wonderfully. See Psalm 139:13-16 in the Bible.

So if we are all different, why should we be loved the same? We should be loved according to our needs and who we are. That doesn't mean that we are playing favourites. And it doesn't mean we are loving one more than another. I believe that it is possible to play favourites but it is not done purely by loving differently.

So instead of equal love, try unique love. I am.

P.S. I would do absolutely anything, whatever is needed to love and protect both my girls.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

My kind of crazy

So what is it like having two babies born 11 months apart? I love it! I dont know any different. But there are days it seems a little crazy. Who am I kidding? Very crazy!

At the moment it looks a little like this... 1 or 2 overnight feeds. The official day starting at 5.30am. Going from one job straight to another while working out in my head how to accomplish the next three jobs. Quickly grabbing food, water and toilet breaks for myself whenever I can take them. Breastfeeding the baby with an active/unsettled toddler sitting on my shins getting a ride. Sometimes having to depend on Giggle & Hoot and Sesame Street to help me do laundry, dishes or cook dinner. Doing the weekly grocery shopping is interesting. I take the girls with me and we visit Coles, Aldi & the butcher in between sleep and feeds singing songs as we go. Dancing in the lounge with one or both on my hip making up songs. Snot, burped up breastmilk, poop and banana have all touched me in some way. And that's all before 11am. Sometime I wonder why I bother putting clean clothes on.

These moments are all normal for me. But I have a specific way - my way for doing things. I do things my way because i know it works. And if it works it's a little less crazy :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Growing strong & healthy

My family: Growing strong & healthy

Our 2nd daughter was born Early January. Not only was her conception a miracle but her birth was one of a kind. Total labour time was 1 hour 25 minutes. We just made it to the hospital!!

Born healthy & perfect (as all are to mothers eyes). She is a delightful addition. We all adore her. So our family has grown from three to four.

It's hard to imagine that I was told by doctors (and according to medical tests) that I may never have children.

I am blessed. Thank you God. Thank you.