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PARENTING WITH A PURPOSE

How to Travel with Littles | 7 Tips for a Successful Road Trip

Posted in FAMILY, PARENTING WITH A PURPOSE
on December 6, 2016

It’s that time of year again.  Before too long, we’ll be making the fourteen (yes, you read that right) hour trek to Illinois to visit family for the holidays.  Honestly, we’ve made this drive so many times, that by now, we actually look forward to it.  Because it means fourteen whole hours of being together.  No work, no stress (except for my husband’s slight case of road rage), no house to clean, no laundry to sort, no meals to prepare, no dishes to wash.  Just the four of us and our dog, together, all day long.  It’s a rarity these days… all of us being together for more than an hour or so in the evening.  I think we’re all aching for quiet family time.  A break from, well, LIFE.  To be honest, it doesn’t happen as often as we’d like it to.  I’m guessing that many of you are nodding your heads in agreement, or letting out a long sigh because your heart aches for a quiet break together with those that you love the most.

A road trip gives us all an opportunity to have a little adventure together.  We make it fun.  Don’t get me wrong, there are tears and at least one dreaded blowout, but our kids have always been troopers.  A huge blessing, no doubt.  It’s a much needed recharge to prepare for a busy week ahead.  Spending time with our family and friends is something that we all look forward to, and enjoy.  But, if I’m being completely honest, it’s also tiring.  Sleeping in different beds, trying to adapt to different routines (while doing our best to keep the kids on their schedules), attempting to meet up with each and every family member and friend, chasing our toddler around every non toddler-proofed house, and living out of suitcases.  It’s exhausting, but so worth it in the end.  There are so many moments treasured and memories created.

Since we’ve done this long-distance traveling thing a time or ten (although this will be our first time with two littles), I thought I’d share a few tips for those of you who also have plans to travel for the holidays.  We, by no means, have it all figured out, so I’m eager to hear your suggestions as well.  My husband and I know firsthand that all children are different, and that each child’s needs are going to be met in different ways.  These just happen to be a few things that work well for us. Continue reading

Adjusting to Life as a Family of FOUR

Posted in FAITH, PARENTING WITH A PURPOSE
on October 18, 2016

Sweet Mamas,

Life looks a little different these days, and I can honestly say that my heart is SO FULL.  All of the fears and worries about becoming a mama of multiples have been put to rest.  I thought I’d dig a little deeper into those feelings and share how life has changed now that I’m a mama of two.  I hope that you find this post encouraging in whatever season of life you may be in.  I’d love to hear your stories too, so please share below!  If there’s anything I’ve learned over the last two years, it’s that it DOES take a village!  I am convinced that the need for community and oxygen go hand in hand.  We’re in this together, sweet mamas!

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PARTY TIME

Posted in PARENTING WITH A PURPOSE
on October 6, 2016

When we moved to North Carolina, we didn’t know anyone.  Combine that with the fact that the majority of our family lives 800 miles away.   So to celebrate Luca’s first birthday, we opted to save the money and enjoy a low-key day together as a family.  Fast-forward one year, and God has so richly blessed our family with more sweet friends than we can count on two hands.  That, my friends, calls for celebration!  So, we decided to throw a birthday party for our T W O year old (after convincing my SUPER SAVER husband that it would be worth the money to have all of these memories stored up in our hearts).  Considering that Luca loves all things trucks and tools, it was a no brainer to throw him a construction themed party.

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Scripture to PRAY Over Your Children

Posted in FAITH, PARENTING WITH A PURPOSE
on October 1, 2016

Nothing gives me more peace than praying for those that I love, especially when it comes to my babies.  I never truly understood what it meant to worry until I birthed my first babe.  I started babysitting when I was eleven years old, and by the time I became pregnant at age 22, I was sure that I knew the ins and outs of being a mom.  I was confident that motherhood would be my ‘thing’ and that I would know exactly how to embrace this new blessing.  After all, I had been fixated on this whole motherhood thing for the last two years (a story for another time).

Then my son was born {insert all the HORMONES}.  While words cannot describe the instant and unconditional love that I felt holding my sweet newborn for the very first time, I was quickly flooded with all the emotions that came with being a first time mom.  I became fearful that I would not be able to live up to God’s plan for me as a mom.

Dear mamas, I have found that the absolute best way for me to release this fear is to pray over my children.  Our church (mecklenburg.org) has been so gracious to create a class called, Second Steps, which is designed to teach parents how to raise Godly children during the transition from baby to toddlerhood.  We were provided with invaluable resources that I will forever hold close to my heart.  I would like to share some of those with all of you.

Protection

“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”  Psalm 91:11 (NIV)

PRAY:  Father, I pray that you would command your angles to guard (your child’s name) every day.

Knowing God

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.”  Ephesians 1:17 (NIV)

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To him be the glory both now and forever! Amen!”  2 Peter 3:18 (NIV)

PRAY:  Father, I pray that you would reveal yourself to (your child’s name) so he/she knows you intimately. Continue reading

FOR THE TIRED MAMA

Posted in FAITH, PARENTING WITH A PURPOSE
on October 1, 2016

I think of you.  I think of you in the late hours of the night, and before the sun rises in the morning.  While I am nursing my littlest babe, you are on my mind.  There’s something comforting knowing that there are mamas all around the world up at the wee hours of the night, when sometimes it feels like you’re all alone.  Exhausted beyond measure, and alone.  But, you’re not.

With my first, I was up every two hours for the first eleven months of his life, nursing him back to sleep.  While I loved nursing, and the bonding time with my babe, I was so tired IT HURT.  This time around, little Theo started sleeping through the night at a mere eight weeks old.  This was something I had prayed and prayed for, and I truly believe that the Lord provides us with what we need, exactly when we need it.  But, sleep or no sleep, being a mama is TIRING!

So, I’m here to ask all of you… How do you recharge?

And in regards to helping your babe sleep through the night… What has worked for you?  What hasn’t?  What would you do differently next time?  I love your feedback, and you never know what might help another mama!

But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. | Isaiah 40:31

Run to Jesus, sweet mama, and find rest in Him.

Love + Hugs,
Skye