Being a YES mom

If you follow our little fam on instagram, you probably couldn’t miss the fact that we took our first little vacation as a family of four. We had so. much. fun.

One the way down to the beach on Mother’s Day afternoon, I told Matt that I wanted this to be a week of YES. I wanted to say yes as much as possible. We are pretty disciplined people on the reg and that means a lot of no-nonsense parenting. Being strict isn’t a bad thing but I was beginning to feel that maybe we were using an iron fist where a gentle nudge could have worked just fine.

I always feel like the beach helps me to regain a sense of balance. It’s like I find my center there. If I feel like I’ve been swaying too far from one extreme to another, it just seems like everything evens out.

This week was no exception. We said YES so much that we started recognizing things that really were necessary to say NO to. Funny how it happened. We relaxed but we didn’t feel like we were being permissive.

We also found we started to enjoy this parenting thing a lot more. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve always liked being parents. Though goodness knows it has it’s moments. But we didn’t take ourselves so seriously. We just enjoyed Reese for who she was. She wanted to play on the wooden train longer? Well, we didn’t have anywhere to be that night. What could it hurt? So many times we are in such a hurry to get to the next destination, we miss out on the journey with our kids. Sounds very Hallmark channel, I know, but it’s true. Lingering a little longer was so sweet. We slowed ourselves down and let ourselves operate on her time frame for a few minutes.

I know what you’re thinking… “give kids an inch and they’ll turn into little dictators bossing their parents around and ruling the roost!” But the craziest thing was that saying YES actually made our NO carry even more weight to her little ears. Once we said it was time to go, she was much more willing to GO. And as we allowed her to have a little more freedom to just be two years old in all it’s craziness, we saw that it didn’t hurt anything.

I read once that you have to recognize the difference between childish irresponsibility and willful disobedience. Striving to set an environment where she has more freedom to be who she is kept us from having unrealistic expectations for her. For instance, if she wants to walk up the back steps by herself every day instead of walking up the front steps with us, she can do it. When she first asked, my initial response was “No, you need to walk with mommy” but then I thought about it further and realized “OH! Another opportunity for YES!” So up the back stairs she went. Maybe that was our biggest takeaway. Keep your eyes open for chances to just say YES.

Since we’ve gotten home we’ve returned to a lot of our daily disciplines but the difference now is that we are looking for opportunities to say yes. And it’s been so fun. I highly recommend it! After all, like every grandma tells me in Target, “These little years go by in a blink! Enjoy it!”

So let’s enjoy this, Mommas. Let’s say YES as much as we can. Let’s be YES Moms. Let’s look for opportunities to say YES to our kids so that our NO carries more weight.

Happy Weekend to YOU!!!!

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Memory Verse Monday – Week 3

Hi, friends!

So excited about this awesome verse this week and I promise we will post a video tomorrow so you can see the hand motions. I think having little cues helps a LOT with remembering these verses week after week.

“Let no unkind words come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up.”

Ephesians 4:29
This one is pretty self-explanatory and if your kids are anything like mine, you won’t have any trouble finding opportune times to teach about speaking kind words. Some translations use the word “wholesome” instead of kind but we decided on kind since that’s the word we already talk about on a daily basis. 
Hope y’all have a great week!
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Memory Verse Monday – Week 2

Hey y’all!

I hope you had a fun with your littles learning last week’s verse. We will be working on ours from the beach this week!

Here’s our verse:

“Be strong and take heart all you who hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:24

The motions we do along with this one are to show your muscles, hands on your heart, point out, then point up. You can probably see where each motion will take place in the verse.

One of the things we have found to be helpful in memorizing scripture is leaving reminders of the verse around the house and in the car. These can be really simple note cards so don’t try to make them too fancy. Just get them up!

Another thing that’s helped us be consistent with talking about our verses is always saying them the same times during the day. We do ours in the morning and at night. We like to go thru all the verses before bed time so it takes a while but it’s so worth it.

Hope you have a great week!

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Memory Verse Monday!

Hi, friends!

I am so so so so SO excited to be starting this new series here on the ol’ bloggity blog. We have been working with Reese on memorizing scripture each week for about six months now and Matt and I have been blown away by how much she can soak in! But it really just makes sense…

Why do our kids have the ability to recognize and recite the theme song of every Disney channel Jr. show? Two words. Consistent. Repetition. Add in a little enthusiasm for actually wanting to know the words and voila!

But these words that we are teaching them are so much more than words. Their are hundreds of places in God’s word that talk about the power of scripture, but this is my favorite:

“So is my word that goes out from my mouth; it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire.” Isaiah 55:11

I don’t know about you but I’m all about God accomplishing what He desires in the lives of my children. So I’m sold out and on a mission to teach them to know and meditate on His word.

Since we started this venture a few months ago, I have had a few moms ask me how to do it and where to start. The Bible has lots of great stuff to say but I have been feeling the Lord leading us to very specific types of scripture to begin with.

We are focusing on verses that contain premises, promises, and premises WITH promises. That’s a tongue twister but here’s an example:

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4


This verse contains a premise followed by a promise.
Most of the verses will be aimed at specific behaviors that we are already trying to teach our children to walk in, but many of the verses will be about who God is and what He says about our children. 

I’m a firm believer that community support makes SO many things better. It’s my dream that this series will take the guess work out of teaching your kids the word and will give you the direction you need to begin a new chapter in the life of your family.

Here we go! Our verse for the week of 5/4/15 is

“My delight is in the law of the Lord and on His law I meditate day and night.” Psalm 1 :2

Short Devotion Guide: What does it mean to delight in something? Remember back to Christmas morning? What was your very favorite toy you got? Did it make you really happy? Delight is another word for “happy”. When we delight in something. it means we are just sooooooo excited about it. Now the next part of this verse says something about the law of the Lord. That’s just a fancy way to say our Bible! We want to know what’s in our Bible so we can get excited about it! God says so many wonderful things especially for us so that’s why all day long we want to think about His word. Being reminded of how special we are to God will help us to have the right attitude about whatever is going on around us. 
Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for your words! Help me to delight in them and think about them day and night. I love you!
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Eating Soup for Lunch… and other ways I’m teaching food it’s not the boss of me

It’s not fun admitting that I’ve struggled with food choices in my life. I have a desire to be healthy and fit but I also just really love to eat. I love the whole experience that surrounds food. Not to mention, the food itself.

But the most powerful thing I learned while doing the Whole 30 is the idea that food is fuel for your body. I have always known this to be true but creating habits that reflect this mindset is a different story. It’s so important that I’m putting the best fuel in my body so I can be a good steward of this “earthly tent” I’m occupying (were you even ready for that super deep spiritual reference?).

So today as I was eating soup for lunch, all I kept thinking about was how I wished I wasn’t eating soup.

I’m ok with soup. Sometimes I love it. Especially if it’s cold and rainy outside and I’m snuggled up under a blanket drinking it from a great big mug. There I go with the experience thing again. I’m telling you, it’s no joke!

Today was sunny and beautiful outside. A little warm and SO not a soup day. But out of all the options in the fridge, it was the best one.

So now that I’m looking back and lunch has been had, I’m realizing the power of being disciplined in the moment. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not always disciplined in the moment. Last night I had an almond flour muffin at 10 pm just because it was there.

I’ve still got a ways to go.

But I’m just constantly amazed at how much little choices we make on a daily, almost hourly, basis make the difference in the long run.

So if you’re eating soup for lunch or any other food that’s not causing you to salivate and lose your mind over it’s utter deliciousness, I’m with ya!

One step at a time I’m teaching food who is in charge. So take that number five from chick fil a with a sweet tea and a side of sauce… also known as “What I kind of wish I was eating for lunch”.

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