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“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:12 (NIV)

“Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.” Psalm 61:1 (NIV)

Today I was thinking about my post from yesterday and all the things that we have learned in the past 6 months and how quickly that time goes. We went with Aunt Paige to her doctor’s appointment, she will be having her baby in two weeks! I thought about all the emotions I felt when I was close to delivery and how it all can be overwhelming since it is an experience that you never really can be prepared for until you have done it once. We were talking on the way to her appointment about this and I told her the truth… pregnancy, labor/delivery and Eli have been the one area in my life that I have been able to truly be at peace with and know that God’s hand and protection is always there. I believe that the reason I have been able to stay this way is the amount of time I have spent in constant prayer for my son from the beginning, I was even praying for him before I ever knew I was pregnant. The prayers we say for our children are the strongest, powerful and most loving thing that we can do for them. If you read my blog the other day about my struggles and realizations with anxiety then you know that I am preaching to myself here. If I have not only seen but have experienced the peace that comes from truly giving your pregnancy and child to God then why has it taken me so long to do this in all areas of my life? Trust me I have asked myself that very same question plenty of times. But, I know that if I can give my pregnancy and child to God which are both very big for moms to do; then I can give all areas to Him and experience the very same freedom. I will never stop praying for my son, as he grows the things I pray for will change with his age. But, he will grow up to know that his mom prays for him daily. We don’t need to worry about our children, we need only to pray!

“I am still convinced that a good, simple, homemade cookie is preferable to all the store-bought cookies one can find.” James Beard

“Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” Kevin Arnold, The Wonder Years

Today on the radio they were talking about how food is such a strong factor with memories. How true this is, you can smell a certain food and it brings back a rush of memories. What foods do that for me? Well… the smell of peanut butter cookies and homemade chex party mix cooking in the oven. It brings me back to family get togethers. It was a staple. Any time the family got together my grandma (or as we called her, gran-gone) would have these two things ready for us! Sadly she has passed away and my son will never get to meet the wonderful woman that she was. But, I intend to keep her memories alive! I actually started a new tradition a year before my son was even born, the first year we got to host Thanksgiving. I made her party mix the night before so everyone could snack on it while waiting for the big meal. I have also decided to have the cookies be something that me and my children make together Christmas afternoon (once they are old enough of course). These amazing memories that I have are ones I want to pass down to my children. When it comes to raising children I believe it is so important to pass on traditions and that is what I intend to do. Now, I can’t pass down every tradition my family did because then where would it leave space for my husbands traditions or ones that we want to make for our family. But, picking those memories that really stand out and mean something are important. So, you may wonder why cookies and party mix are so important to me. Well, not only was it something to count on, but, it was just an example of her loving and generous spirit. It was something that only she would make for us, and we got to help to… usually licking the beater! She loved hosting and making us her snacks from the bottom of her heart, it was just one way she showed us her love, and… even though I have the recipe, no one can make it better than she did! What traditions are you going to pass on?

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” Charles R. Swindoll, The Strong Family

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My son will be six months old this week! Wow, does time fly by! He is at such a fun stage… almost sitting up on his own, two teeth have almost made their way in, and he is working on crawling. He goes in circles and backwards but has not officially crawled yet. I have so many videos of him doing nothing because I think he is about to crawl and I want to capture it. I know what will happen… he will crawl when I am not in the room or if I am, I wont have the camera on. As much as I want him to crawl, I am okay that he hasn’t. I am trying to enjoy every moment while he is little because I know how fast this time will go. One day he will be crawling and the next he will be in school. When it comes to raising children we need to take every day as a gift and enjoy each moment we have at every stage, because one day they will grow up. We can’t stop our babies from growing up, all we can do is take joy in each stage that they are in and do our best to raise them right. No my little one is not crawling yet and he is by no means anywhere near growing up and leaving home, but with each milestone he comes to I am reminded that he will not be little forever. So I am taking each milestone as a gift and treasuring each one, taking joy in my time spent with my son because one day he will grow up.

 

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 (NIV)

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2 (NIV)

To many times we believe that we can not change the world and we allow ourselves to get caught up in the routines of life and the “normalcy” that we all believe we want. As Christians are we truly normal or even supposed to be? To be honest my husband and I began praying while I was still pregnant that we would not raise our children to be “normal” as considered by society’s standards. Raising passionate, Christ following world changers means in today’s world that you do not raise “normal” children. You raise weird kids- but in a God kind of way– the most amazing way! I believe that my son can and will make a difference in this world. The first step in raising him so that he believes this to is for me to no longer strive for the “normal” life, but the God kind of weird. Raising by example! Our family has decided that “normal” is just not good enough, it will not do! During Easter weekend at church this video was played. What a truly inspiring point it has! The sermon was inspired from the book Weird by Craig Groeschel. Let’s all take a step back and realize that we were not placed in this world to strive for the comfortable “normal” life we all tend to aim for. Let’s strive for God’s weird that impacts the world!