Monday, June 29, 2015

Welcome To This Week's Link Up!





The Mom 2 Mom Encouragement Link Up Party



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Welcome to another week our Mom 2 Mom Link Up!!!

The Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-Up is built on the foundation of 1 Thessalonians 5:11


"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)"


This is a place you can come to offer encouragement to other moms as well as be encouraged. 





Your Hosts:

Sarah from My Joy-Filled Life {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Instagram}    {Bloglovin'}


Jenn from The Purposeful Mom {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Google+}    {Bloglovin'}


Tauna from Proverbial Homemaker {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Bloglovin'}


Rachael from Diamonds in the Rough  {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Instagram}    {Bloglovin'}



You are welcome to link up AS MANY of your own posts that would offer encouragement, tips, wisdom, or advice to other moms.


Some suggested post topics are:

Homemaking, Motherhood, Meal Planning, Recipes, Christian Faith, Encouraging Words, Homeschooling/Education, Financial Stewardship, Health & Wellness, Hospitality, Marriage, Discipline, Ministry, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Time Management, Organization, Crafts & Activities for Kids.......

Each week we will be featuring the most clicked on post and each of our 3 favorites from the previous week.  We will also be sharing the featured posts on our social media outlets.


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***A few things you should know before linking up:
Please link up to a specific post on your blog, not your blog's main page.
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PLEASE NOTE: Visit other bloggers - visit at least 3 other links at the party.
A link back is not required, but appreciated.  Go ahead and grab a button too, especially if you were featured.
The hosts would be blessed if you followed them.
They would also be blessed if you would spread the word about the Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-Up.



Please only link up posts from your own blog and not 

posts for others

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Monday, June 15, 2015

The Musings Of A Stay At Home Mom AND This Week's Link-Up!







I'm folding laundry when I get the call.
"Mom, I hurt my foot. Something 'popped' out. I'm not sure what it is."

I go into my 'rescue mode', aka flood the adrenaline & I fly into action.
I gotta go pick him up. 

It's about a half hour drive to get to the school. 
We live out of town.

I make the necessary calls and race to get him.
In mid race one of the kids helps me maneuver 
a hands-free call to the drs. office.

They make a spot for us & after dropping off four of our six kids
at the sitters, we then dash to the drs. office...

 ...on the other side of town.

The wait is short (thankfully)
& after a thorough check by the doc, we hear the good news: it's NOT a break!

Thankfully. Only a sprain. Not too bad.

But he may need some physio if it persists 
(apparently my son disclosed that this has happened before)

So the next day I make an appointment for a physio & a thorough evaluation.

It was only a week and a half before this venture
 that I went through a similar incident with 
another child...

I kid you not.

Only that lovely adventure included an x-ray trip with my tot & baby in tow
(no sitter that day)
Ooy.

Parenting.

It is one of those topics that brings up so many emotions.

What could be more rewarding?
What brings more satisfaction?
How can I put into words the significance of 
this hugely important role??

On the other hand...

Some day I feel more like the older version of Bilbo Baggins
 as he laments,

"Why, I feel all thin,  sort of stretched, 
if you know what I mean: like butter that has been
 scraped over too much bread...."

Yes, some days feel more like that ^


____________________



My toddler started walking pretty late.
She's 19 months & only recently took her first unassisted steps.

She had us a bit concerned that there was something amiss, 
but nope, she's just stubborn in that area as well ;)

She's walking now alright...

And running,
and climbing,
 and getting into things....

Safety measures that are taken care of aside,
she is still one busy girl to follow around!

Oh, and our little one just turned two months.
He's super duper handsome
& coos now,
and oh, you should see how much his eyes light up
after a feed.

But he's a bit colicky.
Cries for hours some days.

Took him to the drs. The chiropractors office.
Talked to the midwife.

They all think he'll outgrow it.
I'm giving him some baby probiotics for good measure.

I think it helps? Unsure.

Parenting is sure full of adventure :)

I guess every blog post should have a purpose
and not be a rambling of sorts of a housewife/stay-at-home-mother
who is venting...(smile)

So I suppose my purpose is this..

If you're out there, 
and you're a parent too
 (a father, a mother, a step parent, a foster parent, 
a god parent, an adoptive parent, a mentor/spiritual parent, etc. etc.)

Then you'll know how crazy hard this gig is.

This Parenting Job.

Cuz our kids have our hearts.

And we're super duper in love with them.
Want the very best for them.

We pray that God's best will come to pass in their lives.
& pray...and pray. And stand in prayer some more.

We help pick them up when they fail.

Encourage them in their successes.

We walk with our kids through the mundane,
and the amazingly seasons of awesomeness they 
may experience.

Yet, some days it feels overwhelming.
Quite.

Very much actually.

 However, on occasion, we can see the fruits of our efforts
combined with the Lord's goodness.


Here's a couple passages that may encourage you,
especially when the going gets tough:


2 Corinthians 4: 16-18
"Therefore we do not lose heart....
for momentary, light affliction is producing in us an 
eternal weight of glory fay beyond all comparison, 
while we look not at the things which are seen, 
but at the things which are not seen; for all the things 
which are not seen are temporal, 
but the things which are not seen are eternal."

Philippians 3: 12-14
"I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things
or that I have already reached perfection.
But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.
....I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing:
 Forgetting the past & looking forward to what lies ahead, 
I press on to reach the end of the race &
 receive the heavenly prize for which God, 
through Christ Jesus, is calling us."

Be encouraged.
He is with you.

In it all...

Galatians 6:9
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we DO NOT GIVE UP" 
(emphasis mine)

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The Mom 2 Mom Encouragement Link Up Party



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Now, a big THANKS to everyone who was able to link up with us. We love to see all the posts that you share :)

So, please come & join in this week`s party, link up any applicable posts, AND please don`t forget to visit some other blogs as well.


The Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-Up is built on the foundation of 1 Thessalonians 5:11


"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)"


This is a place you can come to offer encouragement to other moms as well as be encouraged. 





Your Hosts:

Sarah from My Joy-Filled Life {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Instagram}    {Bloglovin'}


Jenn from The Purposeful Mom {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Google+}    {Bloglovin'}


Tauna from Proverbial Homemaker {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Bloglovin'}


Rachael from Diamonds in the Rough  {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Instagram}    {Bloglovin'}



You are welcome to link up AS MANY of your own posts that would offer encouragement, tips, wisdom, or advice to other moms.


Some suggested post topics are:

Homemaking, Motherhood, Meal Planning, Recipes, Christian Faith, Encouraging Words, Homeschooling/Education, Financial Stewardship, Health & Wellness, Hospitality, Marriage, Discipline, Ministry, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Time Management, Organization, Crafts & Activities for Kids.......

Each week we will be featuring the most clicked on post and each of our 3 favorites from the previous week.  We will also be sharing the featured posts on our social media outlets.


Most Popular From Last Week (A Tie!)


Simple Joys Of Home: 10 Ways To Reduce Clutter


Favorite Dollar Store Cleaning Supplies - What To Buy


& please be sure to check over at Proverbial Homemaker, The Purposeful Mom, and My Joy Filled Life to see if you were featured there!



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***A few things you should know before linking up:
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PLEASE NOTE: Visit other bloggers - visit at least 3 other links at the party.
A link back is not required, but appreciated.  Go ahead and grab a button too, especially if you were featured.
The hosts would be blessed if you followed them.
They would also be blessed if you would spread the word about the Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-Up.



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posts for others

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Weighing In On My Weight Loss Journey! AND This Week's Encouragement Link Up Party!!!






Weighing In On My Weight Loss Journey:
From A Mama Of Six







It's not the first time that I've had two babies back to back.
No, this is actually the third time that I've had two children within 2 & 1/2 years!

First set were 16 months apart.
Second set were 2 years & 3 months apart.

This last set are only 18 months apart.

The difference this time is that I've aged.

I turned 35 a couple of weeks ago & I realize that weight loss
is NOT coming easily any more!

Now basically with every pregnancy I've had a tendency to pack on the weight,
and these last two were no exceptions.

This time, however, I found that by the end of both pregnancies (due to joint paint)
I could barely walk & became almost completely sedentary.

Recently I started looking at the scale again
& realize that I have at least a forty pound weight loss journey
ahead of me...

 I could even stand to lose a few more if I want to be in the healthy section for my BMI.

It finally dawned on me how much added girth I had acquired during pregnancy 
number six, when I had a series of comments come my way...

"So when are you going to start working out?"
"In my day after we had babies we wore a girdle (in reference to my 'mama pouch')..."

And my personal favourite: 

"When are you due??"

Ouch...

I forgive you; I forgive you; I forgive you ;)

Last year after baby number five, during my short break of not being pregnant, I had taken
up biking as my latest hobby.

It was actually quite exhilarating.

The wind at my back, and since we live in the country, it's such a lovely view.

It brought me back to fond memories of my childhood, where bike 
riding was the only mode of transportation that got my anywhere 'far'.

My friends & I rode almost everywhere in our little neighbourhood.
I was definitely in good shape back then :)

So, this past weekend, I made a decision.

One day at a time. One step at a time, I am going to get back to 
my goal weight.

I got on my bike for the first time in almost a year!

It felt great. Wonderful.

I also, for good measure, threw in a swim at a nearby pool & got in a few lengths.
Not many, but I counted at least four.

Not bad, not bad.

Yesterday I went for a walk with my eldest daughter.
Got a healthy smoothie at our local smoothie bar to take along with us.

To be honest, when I look in the mirror (& at the scale!) I still feel a bit overwhelmed
at how far I have to go.

But I realize that ANY change worth making can be like that.
One small step at a time.


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"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." (Galatians 6:9)

Feel free to share in the comments section, what YOU'VE recently done towards your 
own personal health goals.
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The Mom 2 Mom Encouragement Link Up Party



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Now, a big THANKS to everyone who was able to link up with us. We love to see all the posts that you share :)

So, please come & join in this week`s party, link up any applicable posts, AND please don`t forget to visit some other blogs as well.


The Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-Up is built on the foundation of 1 Thessalonians 5:11


"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)"


This is a place you can come to offer encouragement to other moms as well as be encouraged. 





Your Hosts:

Sarah from My Joy-Filled Life {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Instagram}    {Bloglovin'}


Jenn from The Purposeful Mom {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Google+}    {Bloglovin'}


Tauna from Proverbial Homemaker {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Bloglovin'}


Rachael from Diamonds in the Rough  {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Instagram}    {Bloglovin'}



You are welcome to link up AS MANY of your own posts that would offer encouragement, tips, wisdom, or advice to other moms.


Some suggested post topics are:

Homemaking, Motherhood, Meal Planning, Recipes, Christian Faith, Encouraging Words, Homeschooling/Education, Financial Stewardship, Health & Wellness, Hospitality, Marriage, Discipline, Ministry, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Time Management, Organization, Crafts & Activities for Kids.......

Each week we will be featuring the most clicked on post and each of our 3 favorites from the previous week.  We will also be sharing the featured posts on our social media outlets.


Most Popular From Last Week


My Morning Motivation...Make Over Your Morning



& please be sure to check over at Proverbial Homemaker, The Purposeful Mom, and My Joy Filled Life to see if you were featured there!



Don't want to miss a Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-Up?  

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PLEASE NOTE: Visit other bloggers - visit at least 3 other links at the party.
A link back is not required, but appreciated.  Go ahead and grab a button too, especially if you were featured.
The hosts would be blessed if you followed them.
They would also be blessed if you would spread the word about the Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-Up.



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posts for others

And now for the link-up! 





   
   



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