July 31, 2016

PSR Alumni Sabbath

On Sabbath we took the kiddos to see where it all started. Although the weather was horrible, we had a fun day walking around camp, visiting with old friends and making new ones. The evening ended at the Campfire Bowl where Richard once again picked up his infamous guitar and played silly songs. Hearing him play brought back so many memories. I'm thankful for those memories. Those memories made me the person I am today. Today I got to share new memories with my family - and for that I am thankful.

...till next year...

July 18, 2016

Philippians 4:13

Being a stay-at-home-mom has its rewards and its challenges. This week I feel as if there have been more challenges then rewards. The kids have had too many long days and late nights in a row. They are tired, cranky and in need of a solid nights rest. 

...or maybe I am in need of a solid nights rest...and Jesus...or both.  

When I am tired, I get emotional.  And a tired emotional Mama + tired cranky kids = meltdowns all around! 

Hurray for early bedtime!! And Jesus. 

Last night during dinner, offspring #1 had a huge meltdown. Apparently his royal highness did not care for the cuisine chosen for the evening. His meltdown effected offspring #2 causing distress all around. Instead of handling things like a rational loving person, I found myself becoming rather ragey. It wasn't my best moment as a parent. But in my defense offspring #1 had been having meltdowns all afternoon and offspring #2 was feeling particularly clingy. In addition, my husband had called earlier letting me know that he was stuck in traffic and would be late. 

Later that evening I couldn't stop thinking about how I should have handled the dinner meltdown differently. I replayed the events in my head, analyzing what I should and shouldn't have done. I started to compare myself to other Mamas. I allowed my insecurities to take over. 

It is in the moments like the "Great Dinner Meltdown of 16'" when I just need to stop, take a deep breath and repeat Philippians 4:13 out loud over and over again. 

"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength" 

It is easy to become overwhelmed as a Mama of two little ones. I'm sure one day I'll look back and laugh and even miss the crazy dinnertime chaos.

Until then...

I'll keep pressing.
I'll keep praying. 
And I'll repeat Philippians 4:13 as many times as needed. 

Good Night. 

July 11, 2016

wedding weekend wrap-up

This weekend my beautiful cousin-in-law got married! The wedding festivities kicked off Thursday night with a traditional Haldi Mehendi party. Thanks to Dadi, my kiddos looked adorable in their traditional outfits. Lucas was the Bible boy and he took his duties seriously! We hung out before the wedding processional taking pictures and talking about proper Bible boy etiquette. My favorite moment was when he gravely informed one of the flower girls that she shouldn't run down the aisle. After the ceremony, we all went to the wedding reception for a night of good food, good company and lots of fun!