Happy Mother’s Day

When I read Proverbs 31, I think of my mom.

She’s the strongest person I know. When I was in preschool, my mom was going through college, trying to get her nursing degree. At this time, my dad was diagnosed with cancer the first time.  My mom attended college, worked full time, raised a preschool child and cared for a sick husband.

Now my mom is once again caring for my dad, who has stage four metastatic colorectal cancer. I watch her struggle, but I also watch her trust God and continue to be a faithful Christian . I am both amazed by her strength and proud of her resolve on a daily basis.

My mom has always supported me and encouraged me, even when she didn’t agree with my plans. 

My mom has always prayed for me and with me. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Proverbs 31 mothers. We are blessed to be your children.

And Happy Mother’s Day to my mama!

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Mommy Monday: Five Cheap DIYs that will make your backyard an awesome play space 

We are slowly but surely trying to turn our back porch into our happy place and our back yard into a haven for our family. We currently have a wood play set for our kids but nothing else for them to really play with and enjoy. Here are five ideas I would truly love to incorporate into our back yard.

1. Paver hopscotch 

Actually, this picture from City Moms contains three things I’d love to create in my own backyard for my girls: a paver hopscotch, a flower garden, and an outdoor chalkboard. The paver hopscotch could be made with concrete pavers and spray paint, and fairly inexpensively.

2. Outdoor chalkboard 

What a neat looking play space for kids! The organizer in me is loving the hooks for hanging sand toys and chalkboard supplies.

3. Music wall 


Your neighbors may not love this one, but your kids will. There is an orchard not far from us that has a music wall and our daughter loves it! You could do this cheaply and could probably find most of these items at yard sales and thrift stores.

4. Mud kitchens 

How cool would this be? I would have spent so much time playing with this kitchen back when I was a kid. You could probably find a lot of these items at the Habitat for Humanity Resale store. 

5. Fairy Gardens 


Fairy gardens are kind of trendy right now. I can honestly understand the appeal. It’s like a cute little miniature world. Like a doll house with flowers. My little girl has been interested in making a fairy garden for awhile now.

I hope you have enjoyed this top five list! Have a great Monday.

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Week in pictures- Mother’s Day

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day.

I had a wonderful Mother’s Day with my sweet family. I also spent it with my mom and my husband’s grandmother and mother, but we didn’t take pics with them.

I snapped this sweet pic of my girls before church on Sunday. It was hard to get a good pic of both girls looking the camera and behaving.

I shared this funny collage of all the attempts to get them both looking at the camera. In the top pic, both are crying. There was some hair pulling and some pinching going on.

I also snapped this gorgeous picture of a beautiful, clear sky after days of rain.

Have a wonderful week! We’ll see you again soon with more pictures.

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Tuesday: Motherhood and Organization

Getting organized: Organization and Motherhood 
Photo by Hillary Graves Photography 
Motherhood and organization truly do go hand in hand. Well, let me rephrase that. Motherhood is messy, unpredictable, and often, nothing goes the way you’d planned- so the more organized you can be outside of those things, the better off you’ll be. There aren’t any do all to end all ways or formulas to make life with kids more organized, but as always, there are things I can share that are working for us. 
1. Have a good, well-structured routine. 
Luckily, my kiddo is like me- she craves order and routine. This makes having and sticking to a routine easier. When we get home, we immediately pack Mommy’s lunch (E doesn’t want to pack a lunch, so she eats daycare foods), lay out clothes for tomorrow, do chores and start dinner. After dinner and some play time, it is bath time, devotions and story reading time, and bed time. The hardest part of our routine to maintain is bath time and bed time- it’s not surprising that we all function better when we stick to the bed and bath routine. 
2. Prepare for the next day, on the night before,  as much as you can. 

I’ve already mentioned that we pack lunches the day before, so all we have to do in the morning is grab the lunch box out of the fridge. We also set our clothes out the night before so we’re not struggling in the morning. We make sure bags are by the door, and anything we need to bring with us that we don’t usually have, we make sure it goes into the bags. On the weekends, we launder Emorie’s daycare blankets and sheets and then put them right back into her bag for Monday. We also put dinner items in the fridge the night before so they’ll be thawed and ready. 
3. Teach your kids to pick up and put up.

My kiddo has had the toy bins in her playroom labeled with a word and picture since she’s had a playroom. I was initially chided by a family member that the labeling was well-intentioned, but she was far too young at 18 months to know where to put away her toys. She took to it well, and still knows where to find and put things away. Granted, sometimes getting her to put away her things is a battle at times, but she knows she has to do it, and she almost always does. 
4. Kids CAN do chores.
Chores for kids by ages - way too many kids aren't able to take care of themselves.:
Have you seen this post on Pinterest about age appropriate chores? Some of these I had never even thought of for my kiddo. Luckily, she is still at the age where it is fun to help Mama clean. I am planning on taking advantage of this as long as I can- I know she is eventually going to think cleaning is not fun and she’ll try to get out of it. We don’t have her making her bed just yet, but she can dust, help load the dishwasher and sweep. 
5. Regularly clean, organize and assess all kids’ spaces
We have a bin in both girls’ closets for outgrown clothing. We toss the clothes into the bins and either pack away Emorie’s outgrown clothes for Aubrey to use, or we donate them. I have a similar bin in mine and the hubs’ closet so we can do the same. We utilize consignment shops so we can get a little bit of money out of our donations. This cuts down on having outgrown items to take up spaces in closets. The same goes for toys- pack away outgrown toys and throw away the broken ones. 
6. Create an “emergency car kit” and keep it stocked at all times. 
We created a kit to keep in our van- we have a plastic “toolbox,” filled with necessities such as baby wipes, tissues, hand sanitizer, bandaids, trash bags, extra feminine supplies, pen and paper, safety pins,  nonperishable snacks, cleaning wipes, and, now that we are having another baby, there is also an extra diaper or two. There is also a bin with CDs and DVDs, and one with books and toys for my kiddo on long car trips. Of course, you do need to keep an eye on the kit in case you are running low on something. 
What are some of the ways you keep your family and your kiddos organized? 

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