When I was growing up, my mother faithfully attended a moms’ Bible study at our church every Wednesday morning. I spent that time in the church nursery until I was old enough to no longer need supervision. At that point I moved directly from being the one cared for in the nursery to being one of the caretakers of the younger children. I did a lot of this type of baby-sitting from a really young age. And for some reason, I ended up caring for some really challenging kids.
By the time I reached high-school, when all my friends were making their spending money from baby-sitting jobs, I was over it. I had enough of cranky babies, temper tantrums and defiant toddlers. I would much rather build racecars and sell performance automotive parts than wipe snotty noses. It’s true, it might sound awful but … I am a stay-at-home mom, and I don’t really like kids.
Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE those first few months with a new baby, when they sleep all the time and smell like Heaven. And I like the young adults they become around age 12. It is just those years between one and adolescence that I could do without.
Well, sisters, my girls are currently two and three years old. You know, the “terrible two’s” and the “you-thought-two-was-bad-wait-until-they-are-three’s.” Yeah, that is my world right now. And it is going to be a while until we are out of the years I could do without. I confess, there are a lot of days I wish I was sending my girls off to mother’s day out programs or preschool or boarding school (for the next 10 years), but God has laid on my heart to homeschool.
So here I am, and here they are, climbing all over me as I type, covering me with some unknown sticky substance. I have a lot of crankiness, tantrums and defiance in my future. Some of it will even be from my children.
Here’s the real confession: we have days that are so fun I can’t remember what life was like before children, and we have days that are so crummy I can’t remember why we had these children in the first place. But–every day God reminds me that this is where he wants me. And for that, I am content and enormously grateful.
James 1:2-3 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
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I have shared my story of how I became a stay-at-home mom with you before. It was not my plan; it was God’s plan. I have never regretted following his leading. But I am still the same person I was when I thought I would be a career mom with a husband who stayed home to keep the house and raise the children.
So I want to be totally honest with you, some days in my new role … well … they suck.
I’m not just called Penny Lane because it’s my favorite Beatles song. It’s also because I’m a bit of a penny-pincher. I LOVE a good deal, and I can smell one a mile away. Remember all those great buys I found you during Christmas in “Penny’s Picks“?
I’ll tell ya sisters, something smells delicious up in here. Read more »
The girls and my husband love making waffles. It’s a Saturday morning tradition. He loves to experiment with different recipes and most of the time, his creations turn out pretty darn good. But recently, I’m telling you sisters, he hit the jackpot. These paleo waffles are amazing. Read more »
Isaiah 64:6 (KJV)
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Before you stop reading, I promise this is not meant to be a depressing devotion. But to get to the pretty stuff, we’ve got to deal with the filthy.
To fully realize the righteousness of God, we’ve got to compare it to something. And what do we know better than ourselves?
Read more at Coffee for the Soul.
The Gift of Giving: Why We Sponsored a Compassion International Child for Earth Angel’s 3rd Birthday
When I was pregnant with Earth Angel we had a special Sunday at our church. Members of the congregation were encouraged to sponsor a child through Compassion International. We had heard great things about this organization before, and, with us starting our own family, we thought it would be a worthwhile thing to do. If you have not heard of Compassion International, they “exist as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.”
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we are honored to be a part of Raising Mighty Arrow‘s Embracing Intimacy: A Celebration of Biblical Marriage Link Up today.
Any posts related to marriage, intimacy, dating your spouse, etc. are welcome. Old and new posts alike are welcome to be linked up.
To get you started, we wanted to share a post of ours from the archives: Read more »
In time, all of us will know the sting of a death of a close family member. It is a loss that one never truly gets over. But a few times in our lives, the deaths of those we don’t even know, but admire greatly, affect us in a deep and lasting way. We remember vividly the moment we heard the news … how we felt, where we were, who was with us. Some deaths affect an entire nation. We mark the event each year by asking “Where were you when …” President Kennedy was shot, the bomb went off in Oklahoma City, the planes hit the World Trade Center.
These central, tragic events impact each of us differently. This time of year, as former NASA astronaut trainer and life-long space enthusiast, my mind is often drawn to the thoughts of the days we lost three heroic astronaut crews.
Two years ago I was finally finished with a 12 day long labor and snuggling a sweet baby girl in my arms. Recently, we celebrated the day God blessed us with Baby Love by throwing her a “Look Whoo’s Turning Two” owl-themed birthday party. Please forgive the massive amount of pictures, there was just so much I wanted to share with you!
Hopefully, you’ll get a few ideas of your own for your next party. I’ve tried to link to as many of decor items I could in case you were looking for where to get any of them. I’ve also built a special Pinterest Board with things I used and lots more ideas to inspire you.
This holiday season, my gift to you is sharing some of my gift for sniffing out the good deals. We’re calling it Penny’s Picks, and you won’t want to miss a single one.
I don’t wear many dresses, mostly because I don’t find them comfortable and don’t think they look good on me. Until now. A few months ago I found eShakti through Deep Roots at Home and fell in love with their line of clothes. I gotten several dresses from them and I’ve got to share them with you! Read more »
This Christmas holiday season, my gift to you is sharing some of my gift for sniffing out the good deals. We’re calling it Penny’s Picks, and you won’t want to miss a single one.
I love to hit up the after Christmas sales every year. This year, I’m sharing the deals I find with you! Read more »
I found a recipe once for what was called paleo vegan pumpkin doughnuts and while they had some promise, they needed a lot of work. I’ve been tweaking and perfecting them each time I make them, and at this point, they are pretty different from the original recipe, and I think, much more tasty. I’m calling them paleo vegan pumpkin cake balls because the texture is much closer to cake than a doughnut and I don’t use a glaze on them (just a drizzling of maple syrup).
Today we are guest posting over at Coffee for the Soul. If you’re not getting these daily devotions in your inbox yet, you should be.
As I read Coffee for the Soul each morning and thought about how I could contribute something insightful to this conversation about preparing our hearts for the holidays, I kept being discouraged by the idea that I just had nothing “new” to say. The many Christmas devotionals, holiday blog entries, Jesse Tree passages … haven’t they said it all about the importance of keeping Christ central to this season, guarding our hearts with gratitude, trading the busyness of the holidays for peace and reflection?
Go here to read more.
Our readers asked so many great questions after reading our post on Halloween a few months ago regarding how we decide which holidays to celebrate (and how we celebrate them). I promised to address them in a full-length post. Since there are so many different traditions and ways to celebrate Christmas, this is the perfect time to begin.
I am sure some of you are thinking right about now, “Oh great, first she ruined Halloween for us, now she’s going after Santa Claus. What’s next, baseball and apple pie?” Well, I may have some issues with many the traditional ingredients in apple pie, but I can hook you up with a Paleo version that will do nicely. But I digress …
I am very excited to announce that Sisters Raising Sisters is now a part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew for 2014! What is the Schoolhouse Review Crew, you ask? It is a group of hand-selected bloggers who test various homeschool curriculum and resources and then review them for YOU. Pretty great, right? We know lots of you have been asking for more homeschool content here at Sisters Raising Sisters. In 2014, you’ll get it.
If you haven’t yet read our review of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (our first as part of the Crew), go here to check it out.