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I would be just fine if I didn’t eat another sweet potato until Thanksgiving, I’m just saying.

There are only so many ways that you can make a sweet potato… baked, french fries, hash-browns, and that pretty much sums it up. Think about it, what else can you really do with it (besides making it into a pie). Well the past couple weeks I was fasting by only eating seven different foods and sweet potato was one of my items. Everything was going smoothly and I had no complaints until about four days into the fast. Between the items that I had picked for the month I didn’t really have much option of sugars, besides an apple, as well as the drastic decrease of calorie intake I began to have some issues. My blood sugar dropped and I wasn’t eating enough calories in the day to even get me enough energy. So I made the executive decision to swap some items out for bread and strawberries to meet the needs that my body was lacking. But with all the switching of ingredients the sweet potato stayed. Ugh! I have a love/hate relationship with that vegetable! You see I have always enjoyed a good slice of sweet potato pie, or give me a big scoop topped with marshmallows and brown sugar for Thanksgiving! However, when I am eating them every other day without the delicious marshmallows I began to realize that I just do not care for them as much as I had thought.

I would love to say that this month I used each repetitive meal as an opportunity to be more grateful. I’ll be honest with you, that was not the case. I found myself complaining about my meals- the texture, I am so sick of the mushy texture! It would be so nice to eat something that doesn’t need so much effort to make. UGH, I am so SICK of sweet potatoes! I even found myself wanting to end the fast because I “never” learn from food fasts. All I wanted was to prove this thought so that I could eat something for dinner other than the same thing I had eaten for breakfast and lunch. Then it hit me- WOW, I have a terrible attitude! Within one week God brought it to my attention that I needed to work on my attitude, more specifically He told me to be more positive in my current circumstance. I don’t know about you, but when I hear the same thing from God three different times within a matter of five days I assume it safe to believe that this is a lesson God is really wanting me to learn!

Confession: when I learned that God wanted me to be more positive I still had about a week left of the fast. I tried to reason that since I had learned what God was showing me I was now able to end the fast early.

Not my finest hour.

Then I was humbled by my husbands response. “Maybe you learned the lesson a week early so you could spend the next seven days of the fast implementing the positive attitude.”

Wow!

So that is what I did, I spent the next week eating my fast friendly foods and praying constantly for God to transform my attitude. And He did! I have to say that it was an amazing week, I could actually feel God’s presence as he helped me change the way I thought and how I looked at the rest of my fast. It has even carried over since the fast has ended. Now when I am in a frustrating situation my mind has started looking for the positive.

Truthfully I love this lesson that God gave me because who couldn’t use an extra dose of positive some days!

Photo Credit: Marie Kare

“When you hide another story in a story, that’s the story I am telling the children.” Maurice Sendak

“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!” Where the Wild Things Are

One of Eli’s gift we got him last month for his birthday was the book “Where the Wild Things are.” I love this book! What a classic! The artwork is so fun and the story is creative. I am all about the creative and fun filled story so when we were shopping for his present and I found the book I knew I wanted to get that for him. The story is also a great lesson for the kiddos. There are probably many lessons that could be pulled but the one in particular that I am thinking of is being free to be creative, to have fun and to be yourself. Max is a fun character with lots of imagination. He let’s that imagination run wild, literally, and makes his own world. He didn’t worry about what others thought, he just continued to be his creative fun self. Besides the fun memories this story will bring, I hope that Eli will also take from it the importance of being his own creative selves, always.

Photo Credit: Brandi Jordan

Winnie the Pooh Quotes

December 28, 2011 — Leave a comment

My husband will appreciate this post, he loves Winnie the Pooh. In fact we even dressed Eli up as Winnie the Pooh for Halloween this year and yes, he was adorable! The great thing about these quotes is that they have a good meaning and are from children’s books, read them to your children now and they will treasure these stories, quotes and memories when they grow older… just like my husband. Here is the collection I put together of Winnie the Pooh quotes by A.A. Milne.

“A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.”

“You can’t stay in your corner of the forest, waiting for others to come to you; you have to go to them sometimes.”

“Sometimes,’ said Pooh, ‘the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

“Think, think, think.”

“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

“God gave us memories that we might have roses in December.”  J.M. Barrie, Courage, 1922

As I have gotten older and had a child of my own keepsakes have become more important to me. I am not just talking about things of my sons that I want to hold on to, which there are plenty of things. I am also talking about other family members, ones that have passed away. I was in the 8th grade when my gran-gone (grandma) died and a freshman in college when my aunt died. I loved them both very much and was close to both of them. As I have gotten older the things that I have been given of theirs have become close to my heart. When I was first given a few pieces of their jewelry it was special and I loved it. Now, as the years go on and I raise my child those things I have of my gran-gone and aunt mean more. They both left an impression on my life. Who I am has to do with the family that surrounds me, and since they are no longer here it is their memories, lessons and traditions that live on. When I make nachos I always think of my aunt… that was the signature meal we had when she babysat us! Peanut butter cookies and homemade chex mix always take me back to my gran-gone, not to mention that everyone in my family says that I have her eyes! And now, when I look down at my finger and see one of their rings on my hand I will always think of them. The legacy of my family lives on in me and in my children and as my children grow up the cycle continues. I hope that I will have a few keepsake items for my children that they will want to have that will remind them of their childhood and our family. I have a vision of the legacy I want to leave behind. What is your vision?