Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Mother's Day Prayer of Thanksgiving and Hope (Tuesday Talk #17)

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On This Day, O Beautiful Mother has always been one of my favorite songs since I was little because my grandpa and mom loved it so much.  Last year when I heard my then 2.5 year old daughter J "singing" it during Mass, I became so overwhelmed with love, gratitude, and hope.


So every year as Mother's Day draws near, I think about how much I am thankful for:


I am so thankful for all of the wonderful moms in my life: my mom, mother-in-law, godmothers, and our kids' birthmothers, who have shown such an unselfish love in their roles as mothers.

I am so grateful to God that I get to be a mom to my three little blessings: J, B, and L.

I'm even thankful for our infertility.  This cross was and is still difficult, but it is also such a blessing because it brought those 3 into our family!

I am just so grateful to God for this beautiful life I have and all of the blessings He has given us!


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But I also remember the pain that Mother's Day can bring.


For years, I avoided it and any celebration of it at all costs.  So when Mother's Day approaches, I especially pray for those who struggle on this day:


For those women who are dealing with infertility and long for a baby to call their own, 

For those adoptive moms-to-be who are waiting to bring their little one home,

For all the women who have placed/will place their babies with another family through adoption, 

For all of those who have lost their mothers, 

And for all of those mothers who suffer miscarriages and have lost a child.  


Know that you are not alone in your suffering!  God loves you.  And you are in the thoughts and prayers of many this Mother's Day.  May you always have hope and trust in God, and may you feel His comfort, peace, and love, especially on this day!


So Happy early Mother's Day to all of you Moms out there!  And to anyone suffering this Mother's Day: I know how you feel, so please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers!  May you all be blessed,

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

My Mother's Day Wish List



Mother's Day holds such a special place in my heart.  It reminds me of the unexpected, difficult, and blessed journey we have had in growing our family...and I am so grateful for every step of the way.

So to celebrate Mother's Day, there are a few serious, special, and fun things I'd like:


Via Blessed Is She

1.  "I Found Him Whom My Soul Loves" Shirt, Journal, and Print

It's no secret that I love Blessed Is She.  Their beautiful daily devotions and awesome blog (all written by real women!) have really helped me strengthen my spiritual life.  I would absolutely love to get this pack - the shirt is cute, I know just where to hang the print, and the journal will really help me focus during my prayer time.


Our beautiful rosebushes from last summer

2.  Flowers

Not cut flowers in a vase, but a plant in the ground.  There's something about nature that really speaks to me of God's beauty, so a flowering plant is a perfect gift to remind me of God's gift of my beautiful children. 


Via Chick fil A

3.  Chick fil A's Frosted Lemonade

Ok, nobody better make fun of me for this!  But Chick fil A's Frosted Lemonade is amazing!  If you haven't had it yet, it's basically a lemonade dreamsicle milkshake.  Need I say more?!  And I realize they're not open on Mother's Day since it's a Sunday...so I'll take one the day before and one the day after to make up for it. ;)


Two of the kids' cards from the past year :)

4.  Handmade Cards

For every holiday since we started dating, my husband has made me a handmade card.  And now he helps the kids make them for me too.  Growing up in my family, we made all of our cards for each other.  I guess you could say it's a tradition, so I love that now we're doing it too.  Plus, it's so precious to see what my husband and the kids come up with, whether it's a Pinterest craft or a coloring page.  There's nothing sweeter!



5.  Time with My Family

Really, what I want the most for Mother's Day is to have fun together as a family.  I like celebrating the day by going out for ice cream, taking a walk around the neighborhood lake, or visiting the zoo.  Just being together.




So that's my list....some meaningful with a little fun thrown in.  I think that honors the spirit of Mother's Day perfectly for me.  So how will you be celebrating Mother's Day this year?



               


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Our Kids' Adoption Nicknames (Tuesday Talk #16)


When we were first expecting through adoption, we decided to come up with a nickname for our baby while we waited, just like what most pregnant women do.  Little did we know the impact each of our children's nicknames would have on us and their adoption stories.   Our God is an amazing God!

But, first, here are each of their nicknames and why we chose them:


Baby Moses is the nickname we chose for our first adoption.  Moses was adopted, and it was a transracial adoption too, just like what we were doing.  In this Bible story, you could see the heartache, joy, and love in adoption (for all the parties involved), which we knew we would encounter in our journey.  It was the perfect nickname for our little one, who turned out to be our daughter J.


Our World Adoption Day picture...with Baby Moses  :)



Baby John was our nickname for our baby the second time around.  This comes from an exchange Jesus has with His Mother Mary and His disciple John during the Crucifixion:  "When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, 'Woman, behold, your son.'  Then he said the disciple, "Behold, your mother.'" John 19:26-27   Another beautiful story of  "adoption" in the Bible, and another perfect nickname for our little one who became our son B.



"For this child I prayed." 1 Samuel 1:27


Baby Samuel was the nickname we chose during our third adoption.  "For this child I prayed." 1 Samuel 1:27  Although it's not a story about adoption, it is about a child long waited and prayed for, just like this little one was to us.  Our Baby Samuel became our son L (only 1 short month ago!).


All of these nicknames are so dear to our hearts because they are the names that remind us of each individual adoption journey to bring J, B, and L into our family.  And also because with every single one of their adoptions, we received special "miracles" with each name.

Each of these "miracles" gave us strength during the rocky times surrounding their adoptions because they helped us to see God's Hand in each of our journeys to bring them home.  The miracles gave us peace in knowing that He was in control.  

Each child's miracle story is truly amazing, and they blow me away every time I think about them.  I'm looking forward to sharing all 3 of our adoption miracle stories with you soon! 

But in the meantime, I'd love to know - what did you nickname your little one while you were waiting for them to arrive in your family?  Do you have a special meaning behind the name?  Please share!


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Feeding Your Soul by Keri at Living in This Season

Today, we have Keri from Living In This Season with us!  We are so glad that we've gotten to know her better through the blogging world - she is a real gem.  Keri is such an inspiration and encouragement to women.  Two of our favorite posts are Finding Hope in the Darkness and The Secret to Doing It All...but everything she writes is fabulous, so definitely check out her beautiful and inspirational space!

               



Hello Sweet Little Ones readers, I am overjoyed to be over here sharing today. My name is Keri and I share over at Living In This Season. It is such a passion of mine to inspire and encourage others to live fully in their current season. I know how easy it can be to wish for the future or the past, but in doing so we are robbing ourselves of so much joy in our here and now. Through inspirational posts and practical tips, I share a little of my season and how I am attempting to embrace it.

Today, I am going to chat with you a little about something that God seems to be teaching me lately. I am a mom of 3 little ones. My oldest is 5 1/2, then I have an almost 3 year old and 8 month old. It is amazing and wonderful and also very busy and tiring. Motherhood is tiring, isn't it? I mean just sit and think about your day yesterday. It is nonstop and many times 24/7. Now, don't get me wrong, I absolutely love it. This is what I always wanted and hoped for. As much as I love motherhood, I also am learning that I cannot become consumed with this role.

It is easy to become consumed with it though. We tend to live and breathe being a mama. The thought of doing something for- gasp- ourselves- comes across as selfish and guilt fills up our mind. Or is that just me? I said earlier that God has been teaching me this lately because it seems to be a constant theme in my life right now. My kids need so much of me right now (I mean my 8 month old will not take a bottle- so you get the picture, right?!). I love pouring into them. Motherhood is such a ministry in my mind, but I also know that in order to minister to my little ones, I need to be filling up myself as well. A dried up, worn down mama is not going to be of any use to her children.

I want to ask you a question a minute friends, when was the last time you did something just for yourself- something that fed your soul? There have been times when if I asked myself this, I would really have to think and struggle to find a time. A pile of unread books sat on my dresser, a basket of unfinished crafts awaited my creativity... Reading, creating, writing... these things feed my soul. I can sit down and read for 10 minutes and come up so refreshed and ready to serve. It is amazing what a little thing like repainting a frame can do for my mindset.

Today I challenge you with 3 things:  

- Figure out what feeds your soul.  

- Pick one of these things and tell a friend or your husband about it.  

- Do it. Schedule it in if you have to.

Your kids need to see you enjoying life. I want my children to grow up enjoying and loving life. I want them to sit and savor the taste of chocolate or a good cup of tea. Or to snuggle under the sunlight reading a lovely book... God created this amazing world filled with beautiful things to enjoy friends... don't push on one more minute without feeding yourself. When we care for ourselves, we can then go out and care for our family as we ought to. Let go of the guilt and feed your soul, friends.

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