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Modeling Faith January 17, 2012

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Another Monday, another sick child in the house.   I am trying to remain positive and calm.  Put away harsh words.  Trying to be understanding and patient.  I’m ready for winter to be over, school to be out…chill.  It is important to manage my anger…I have little eyes watching.

This weeks  Gentleness Challenge had some good Proverbs about the tongue.  I am quick to get angry, and Prov. 14:29 says that brings folly.  More often than not I’m regretting my short answer, or exasperated sigh…and seeing my 8 year old do it to.

I need to be a good example.  I can manage my children’s behavior when they are with me but it’s when they are out in the world, I want to have confidence in them.   I need to model my faith to my children.   They need to see me walking my faith out.

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Roasted Salsa January 13, 2012

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i made this amazing roasted salsa after seeing it on, da da da dum…Pinterest!  It was truly yum. O.  Roast your tomatoes, garlic, onion, serrano, green pepper, say 20 minutes.   Add fresh cilantro and jooshz it up in the Ninja (favorite kitchen tool currently) and enjoy with salt, lime and chips.  FYI did you know all limes are imported???  WHAT?  Americans can’t grow limes?  anger.  I didn’t know this and I’m a limey lover~

 

How I Felt My Week Went January 10, 2012

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 2 Corinthians 5:17 says: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

How I felt my week went:
1. 4 day school week helped, but getting back into the groove after Christmas break was rough.  Grouched at the girl, lectured her on the way to school.
2.  Got in 2 Zumba classes, wanted to do 3, but ….ahem.  Girl grounded from attending Y.  Yelled at said girl “GO TO YOUR ROOM”
3. Plans changed on me when I had my day planned one way…well you know how that just makes you easy to get along with.   who says I’m over committed?
4. Hubs had to work on Saturday…:(  Single parenting sucks.
5. Brodester getting sick again…after being well only 1 week. 😦 😦  ello Calgon!
6. Leading worship Sunday was amazing….”Behold our God, seated on the throne,  come let us adore HIM”, small groups with mind altering discussions and Chinese food 🙂
7.  read below

I couldn’t wait for Monday to watch read/hear more on gentleness b/c after the night I had last night…I was sure I wouldn’t feel one willy nilly like being gentle today.  Brody coughed the whole night.  THE WHOLE NIGHT!  I took him into the steamy bathroom twice, gave him sips of water.  I thought I would be exhausted and grouchy today.  But I wasn’t.  The Lord sustained me through morning routine with an 8 year old girl, Walmart trip, oops turn around cause I  missed a stop to return water bottles, doctors visit, 2 trips to the pharmacy, working from home, laundry, etc.
I didn’t even remember it was Monday until the kids were in bed and I got out the laptop and got really giddy~~~
A few things I took away from the video:
One of the girls said something about “recognize their talents”.  I need to be  mindful to do that.  Chloe craves encouragement and I always feel like I’m pointing out how she could do this better or that an easier way.

They talked about telling joy stories to your kids.  I want to slow down and give my kids something better to remember me by than just a monstrous lecturer.  I want them to see themselves making a difference in this world.  I want them to imagine themselves doing great feats for God.

A couple of quotes  Angela mentioned from Sally Clarkson’s book “as a parent our success is to raise children who love God and follow Him” &  “what He has  called us to do, He will give us the ability to complete”.  That last quote is a pearl of wisdom I need to share with my daughter!
I actually sat down tonight after the kids were in bed and didn’t feel wretched, like I’d ruined a little girl’s spirit by yelling, or rushing her off to bed, etc.  I’m not feeling proud…just thankful to God for making me mindful today.

Our Assignment for the week: I encourage you this week to smile more, hug more, SLOW DOWN, listen, take a deep breath.  When you feel like screaming – whisper.  Pray pray and then pray some more.  Take time to write out, meditate and memorize the 2 verses above, as you pursue gentleness.
Galatians 5:22,23 says: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.


Please Lord help me to be mindful in my gentleness….

 

Sick Again January 9, 2012

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I asked Brad exactly 6 days ago if I dare put away the breathing treatments….lest I jinx myself.  I even put the tissue box up back in the bathroom.  And, now Brody is sick again.  Coughing, coughing, coughing.  Nose running non stop.   Saying “owie” with his finger stuck in his ear.  He’s a much better sick baby than Chloe was…but he does cough most of the night.  I’m just not sure what to do.  You can’t give 19 month olds cough suppressant, or decongestant.  So, I’ll probably call the doctor in the morning.  Chloe had tubes at 11 months.  I was hoping not to go down that road with him. 😦
I’ve been smarmed all day and I just got over this bad sinus thing so hopefully I won’t get it again.

Praying for my baby boy to stop coughing and fall asleep soon….

 

Gentleness Challenge January 5, 2012

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A  Facebook friend posted this link today….it immediately caught my attention.  Gentleness.  I hopped on over to the blog and what I found there sucked me right in.  “It’s interesting to note that all of the fruit of the Spirit address this very issue – the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control (Gal. 5:22).  When we walk in the Spirit – we will be gentle mothers.  But when we walk in the flesh – we lack all of these attributes.”

When I think of words to describe myself, gentleness is not in the top 5 (or 20).  It’s a word I use a lot when lecturing/praying/yelling at Chloe.  I urge her to be gentle and kind.  I in turn, need to show gentleness and kindness.  Ugh!  So hard for me.  Mother’s are supposed to be gentle!   Chloe brought to my attention that I’m more sympathetic with Brody than I am with her.  It’s easier to be gentle with a baby…but she’s right.  I need to slow down and be intentional.

Thoughts from the first video:

“The kindness of the Lord leads to repentance” Romans
“Sometimes we feel that we need to play the role of the Holy Spirit in our childrens lives and impose great guilt on them so they will be hesitant to sin anymore.”  SHOCKING, but so true.  And admitting this stings.
Leave room for GOD to get in there and do His job.  Learning a balance.  Childrens hearts withering away…not connecting.
Lastly, Loving and leading them to God but being in authority over them.

Great stuff in this 10 minute video.  Makes me very interested in this Sally Clarkson book Ministry of Motherhood from which these videos were taken….may have to check her out!

 

Easy Peasy October 15, 2011

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Another great recipe.  Easy Peasy Pullapart.   I just made up that name!  Because it really is easy. 
1. Bundt pan
2. 1 can Grand’s biscuits
3. 1 stick butter
4. 1/2 cup brown sugar
5. 1/4 cup maple syrup, Mrs. Butterworth’s, whatever you got.
6. dash vanilla
Coat bundt pan with non stick spray.  Boil #3-6 in a saucepot and let bubble for at least 1-2 minutes. (this is the key to getting it really caramely, not just glazed)  Pour half the bubbling caramel mixture in the bottom of the pan.  Lay the biscuits in a pinwheel formation on top of each other.  Pour on rest of the sticky mixture.  Bake @ 375 for 15 minutes.  Let sit 1 minute before turning over onto a platter. 
Pour yourself a cup of coffee and lose yourself.  (disclaimer, I don’t measure.
You CAN cut back on butter if you want….but WHY)

 

Franks Addiction October 13, 2011

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Hello, my name is Courtney and I’m addicted to Pinterest.  It’s been 6 hours since my last pin.  You thought I was going to say how addicted to Franks Redhot I am…well, yes, I’m starting down that road again.  When I was first married, we put Franks on everything.  I got a little burnt out on it, only wanted it on my wings….well I’ve been finding great ideas for the home, and recipes on Pinterest.   The first one I’ve tried is Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese!  It really was delish.  Here’s how it went…
Bread: ( i prefer sourdough)
shredded cooked chicken (canned, rotisserie, etc)
Franks Redhot to your taste, 1/4-1/2 cup
Cheese of your liking (provolone melts great)
Mix your chicken and Franks.
Butter up your bread, slap on the cheese and chicken.  Toast to perfection.
Lick your elbows and enjoy~
You could eat this with soup or just by itself with some celery sticks.