MoTR Monday

I know Monday’s are usually crazy but today was actually pretty great. We were busy but this morning was wonderful. When I woke R1 and R2 had done their chores and were watching a show. I made coffee and then headed to the school room to get R1 set up. We started by reading our devotion and then working in his prayer journal.

He thanked God for his parents, sisters, family and friends. He asked God to forgive him for being mean to his sisters, being disrespectful and lying.

And then. He asked God to help him understand His word! I was floored.

He read through his prayer and then I prayed over him and we went on with school.

R1 was saved in Sept of ’09 and most times I feel like I’m failing miserably at showing Jesus’ love to my kids. Thankfully I have a wonderful church family who steps in to fill any gaps. They are pouring into him every Sunday, and soon again every Wednesday. We have made some great friends here and even those I am not close to are wonderfully caring and genuine.

God is good. So good.

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MoTR Monday – Bedschooling and Detoxing

This has been an awful day. There I said it. I was ready for the day to end before noon! My kids have been watching waaaaay too much TV lately and it has rotted their brain, turning them into monsters. No more TV in this house. The detox isn’t pretty but I know it won’t last long.

My plan was to start school today but on Friday I pulled something in my neck and could hardly move all weekend, therefore, the school room is not ready. (We’re turning R1’s bedroom, which is actually the playroom, into the school room.) In addition we are rearranging the house – switching the living and dining areas. So the house is in disarray, to say the least.

As a result we had school on my bed today, and probably will tomorrow, too. :) It was interesting, that’s for sure and I wish I had taken a picture. I pulled the girls princess table up to the foot of the bed and they did their work there while R1 and I sat on the bed (while the girls took turns walking/jumping/climbing over us). It’s going to take me some time to figure out how to engage the girls while teaching R1 without using the TV. Pray for me.

MoRM – What I’ve Learned

It’s been a long road, this becoming a woman, a mother, being comfortable in my own skin. I’m still not there yet but I’m much closer than I have been before. God has refined me. Changed me. Broken and rebuilt me. And while it hurt, boy did it hurt, I am so grateful.

I’ve learned a lot.

I’ve learned that any friend worth having doesn’t care if your house is clean and doesn’t care if you see her dirty house.

I’ve learned that everyone is ugly on the inside. The true beauty is when someone is honest and open enough to show you their warts.

I’ve learned that the best friends I have ever had are the ones who love me IN SPITE of my shortcomings (and there are many).

I’ve learned that being a mother is a blessing straight from God that should never be taken for granted – and yet it can’t be helped, we’re human.

I’ve learned that my husband is downright amazing. He just is. I thank God for creating him for me, because there is no doubt in my mind that the Lord created us for each other.

I’ve learned that honoring my mother doesn’t mean that I have to dishonor myself.

I’ve learned that my children WILL do as I do and not as I say.

I’ve learned that I have to fill my cup before I can pour into anyone else’s.

I’ve learned that God is nothing short of miraculous. That He is loving, forgiving, merciful, just, righteous and I am crazy about Him.

I’ve learned that the messier my house is the happier my family is and in 30 years no one will remember that the house was a mess.

I’ve learned that life is short.

I’ve learned how to love. And how to be loved.

And that is amazing.

MoTR #3

This is my living room right now.

Saturday Mr. Fox and I spent the night away from the kids and while my sis kept them from destroying the house, it wasn’t perfect when we got back. :) Yesterday we didn’t get home til noon and then we went to Costco for a few hours – and we were beat so we watched a movie and went to bed.

This morning I got up bright and early and took the kids to pick blueberries so we were gone all day – and then we were in the pool ’til 5:30 when we got back. I made a quick dinner and then ran to Target while Mr. Fox put the kids to bed.

And so here I sit. Not wanting to clean up. And to be completely honest on MoTR Monday, I won’t clean it up. Not until tomorrow anyway. :)

Ministry of the Real Monday – on Tuesday

Yesterday we were going to go pick organic blueberries. I was going to drop the little off with my sister and take her biggest with me and we were going to have fun. But it rained. So we sat home and did laundry instead.

So, we decided we’d go today instead.

And then R3 puked at 11pm.

And again 3-4 more times this morning.

So, we sat in front of the TV and she puked and nursed and slept.

And the bigs won’t go outside because it’s “hot” even though it’s cloudy. And I have a headache and just want to go back to bed.

Ok, so after all that I realize this sounds very whiny so I have to clarify that I’m really not whining. I’m disappointed we didn’t get to pick blueberries, as are the kids, and I’m sad that my baby was sick. But I’m also happy that I have a baby to hold when she’s sick. I’m happy that we have a roof over our heads and a TV to watch when I need to do nothing but hold a sick child all day. I’m grateful for wonderful kids that understand that Mommy has to hold the baby – for kids that walk by and rub her head, ask her how she’s doing and sing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star to her while she nurses.

All in all, it’s not a bad life, even when I’m puked on.

Ministry of the Real Monday

R1 had Science Camp this morning from 9-12 and DH needed to yard work so I loaded all 3 kids up. We dropped R1 off and then the girls and I went to Big Lots, Dollar General and Chick-Fil-A. The girls played in the play area for all of 20 minutes (seems they don’t know how to play without their brother) and then R2 announced she had to potty. Off we go.

She potties and then decides that there is one tiny drop in her panties and so she needs one of the new pair out of the package I bought her at Big Lots. Of course, now R3 needs one of her new pair, too. I go to the car, grab them and back to the bathroom we go. I change both girls into panties and we go out to order food.

We eat (with LOTS of “R3 EAT” on my part – all she wants to do is get down and wave at the baby sitting across the way) and then, of course, R3 says she has to potty. We go to the bathroom, but she doesn’t. So we go BACK out and I get the girls their ice cream cups and we sit down. As they’re about 3/4 done, R3 says she has to potty and I’m thinking she’d better MEAN it this time. I grab my bag, throw R3’s stuff away and R2 bring her ice cream to the bathroom. R3 potties this time (YAY!) and we head out. As we’re walking down the aisle R2 drops a spoonful of ice cream. I turn to grab a napkin and when I turn back R3 is LAYING ON THE FLOOR LICKING THE ICE CREAM UP! I freaked a little, I admit, “Ries NO!!!” ROFL

We FINALLY get in the car and go pick up brother. And I.AM.Beat. I don’t think I really realized how much HELP my son is!!

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Coming Soon – A New Monday Ritual

Starting next week, every Monday will be a Ministry of Reality post.

Here’s how one mom (who inspired this all and coined the phrase, but I won’t name her because she doesn’t have a blog to link to that I know of) described it:

The basic idea of “my”Ministry of Reality Ministry…is being able to be REAL about life. Homes are not always (not *usually* even!) spotless, children are not always dressed adorably, children do not always “behave,” marriage is hard, and there aren’t simple answers to hard questions. Being honest about all of this makes it easier (in my opinion) to live life… because we can ASK for help about problems we aren’t covering up. We can be encouraged by others’ stories of surviving similar seasons and trials.

We are still working out the details, and hope to have a hostess and a handy link thing and maybe even some blog buttons or such… but more important is that we hope it is a time of real sharing and encouragement for other moms. I don’t think any of us are quite sure where we’re going with this, and for some (raising hand) the thought of sharing about our real life in a way that is not edited to reflect only a nice tidy corner of our life or living room can be a bit daunting. But I am looking forward to it!