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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mommy Moments #117

Welcome to Mommy Moments! Last week we had some great new link ups! Let's keep it up by sharing and promoting Mommy Moments and the wonderful community we have here! I have enjoyed getting to know all the new mamas linking up and sharing their lives with us! I can't wait to hear more from you all again this week!

Motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

The top viewed link this week belongs to Wife hat, Mom hat and her post The Arrival of Sweet Caroline. Welcome to the world Caroline from the Mommy Moments team and congratulations Amy, she is absolutely precious!



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Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

15 Fun Activities to Keep A Toddler Busy


We all know that some days we look down at our full-of-energy, bright eyed toddlers and just draw a blank on what to spend the day doing with them. If your toddler is anything like mine, she doesn't stay focused on one activity very long so I'm always trying to plan ahead and come up with things to keep her busy. Here is a list of our favorite things to do together that you can keep handy for those blank days. I would love if you would comment below with your favorite toddler activities that aren't on this list so I can stockpile some more ideas!

1. Read
There are so many great books out there to read to your toddler. Snuggle up in a big chair and read every word. Let your toddler turn the pages by themselves and don't rush. Reading as a child is one of my best memories, and here's your chance to make some with your child! Here are a few of our favorites right now:

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name


Clifford The Big Red Dog (Clifford 8x8)
 

2. Sing songs
Singing is an expression of what's in your heart. Let your child know how happy you are by singing songs with them! Sing serious songs, silly songs, fun songs, and even the lame nursery rhyme songs! Our favorites right now are Jesus loves me, Twinkle Twinkle, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, If you're happy and you know it, The Wheels on the Bus etc...

3. Play outside
When the days are sunny, play outside! It can be something as simple as laying out in the grass and watching the birds (or watching your toddler eat grass). Either way, being outside in the fresh air is good for both you and your toddler!

4. Visit the Library
Most local libraries have story time and other fun activities for kids. If your toddler seems restless and you just need to get out of the house, lug him/her out to the library. It may seem like a trip to get there, but story time is awesome and it gives you a chance to take a break from being the one who reads the same book for the 47th time, right? 

5. Have a play date
We all know moms can get lonely. Maybe toddlers can too! Connect with someone who has a child around the same age as yours and get together periodically. I find it's easier to relax and talk when I know that my child is having fun playing with a friend!

6. Play with play dough
Play dough is the best. Here are several great recipes if you are feeling particularly ambitious and want to make your own: Play Dough Recipes

7. Finger paint
Finger painting is both fun and ridiculously messy. Make sure you save lots of time to clean up when you are finished!

8. Blow bubbles
This can entertain a toddler for an impressively long period of time! Have them chase the bubbles, pop them, and even blow some themselves. This one is always a winner!

9. Play with water
Is it just my daughter, or are toddlers obsessed with water? Whenever my daughter is cranky and I don't know what to do with her, I always let her play with water or stick in in the bath. It always works! To make bath time even more fun, get these awesome Play Visions Crayola Bathtub Crayons. K loves coloring all over her bathtub walls and I love how easy they are to clean up after!
 

10. Go on a walk/hike
Kids love to be outside! Taking a walk or hike is a way the two of you can be outside together getting exercise and enjoying the fresh air! Find out if there are any parks with trails near you and let your toddler walk or even put them in a backpack carrier if you are wanting to go the distance! More power to you!

11. Go to the Zoo
The Zoo is the perfect place to go when you feel like you are out of options! Some zoo's are even free and offer free toddler activities. Bonus! Plus, it's a great place to meet other moms and even let your toddler interact with other kids for a while!

12. Go to a children's museum
Children's museums are the best! They are perfect for a rainy or cold day when you are stuck inside! Plan to spend the whole day there 

13.  Build a fort
Be imaginative and use blankets, sheets, pillows, chairs and whatever other household furniture you can find and build an awesome fort. My daughter LOVES when we do this. Then we eat a snack and read books inside our cool fort!

14. Play Hide and Seek
This one has become a new favorite in our home! I didn't expect my almost 2 year old to really grasp the concept yet but she is great at hiding and finding. She laughs so much while we are playing hide and seek which in turn makes it extra fun for me!

15. Play a game
I know you're thinking that there's no way your toddler will sit still long enough to play a game. I thought so too! But when I brought out the Alphabet Feely Box, she sat down and played through the whole thing with me, matching up each object to the letter on the mat. If you are looking for a fun toddler friendly game, I highly recommend this Alphabet Box!
 What are you favorite toddler busy bags or activities?  Check out the other mama's blogs for their ideas.  And be sure to link up with us below if you also have a post on this topic. 
In the difficulty of motherhood, it's so important to find other mamas to relate to.  Toddlers can be a handful and leave you wondering what to do next.  This series is here to help you navigate through toddlerhood while being able to relate to other mamas going through the same thing.  We may not always know what we are doing but we give it our best shot anyway.  Come back each week to check out our new topic and read along with the other hosts of our One Year and Beyond series!
 
Oct 2:     Toddler Diaper Bag Essentials 
Oct 9:     Learning to love your post-pregnancy body
Oct 16:   Busy Toddler Activities
Oct 23:   Keeping in Shape While Caring for a Toddler
Oct 30:   Sick Day Tips
Nov 6:    How to Not Lose Your Patience with your Toddler
Nov 13:  Favorite Toddler Outings
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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Mommy Moments #116

Welcome to Mommy Moments! Last week we had some great new link ups! Let's keep it up by sharing and promoting Mommy Moments and the wonderful community we have here! I have enjoyed getting to know all the new mamas linking up and sharing their lives with us! I can't wait to hear more from you all again this week!

Motherhood has its seriousness and frustration as well as its laughs. That's why we are here. Life is much easier when traveled with companions! So mamas, let's join together in the spirit of motherhood and share our moments together. We want to hear the happy, sad, tough, terrible, hilarious moments that make being a mother the best job in the world!

The top viewed link this week belongs to Saved By Grace's post titled The Bible And Alcohol. Laurie does an in depth study on what the Bible has to say about alcohol. Although Christians do disagree on this topic, it is always great to read the thoughts of both sides. Thank you for sharing Laurie!



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Now, link up your post!
Post can include anything related to mommy-hood, children, homemaking, pregnancy etc. If you aren't a mom yet, feel free to link up your preparation for motherhood, your journey as you try to conceive, or even a post that would be encouraging to the other moms in the party!

Then, explore some of the other posts in the link-up and say hello to some new blog friends! 


Please, pretty please, we'd love it if you would tweet or share the link up on Facebook so we can all make even more friends!
We would also love it if you could add the Mommy Moments button to your post or blog so everyone knows where you are linking up! If you are not able to copy/paste the code on your page, please e-mail one of us and we would be happy to send you the code!

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Your life with cancer has purpose. Don't waste it!

I don't typically write posts that pertain to current events, or controversial topics. Although I do have strong feelings about things that take place, I feel like I often lack the experience to address them. 

There is one story this week that really hit home for me. I mean really close to home. That story is Brittany Maynard's story. Brittany is a 29 year old, beautiful woman who is terminally ill and has chosen to commit suicide on November 1st of this year. 
Brittany Maynard

I have never seen people come together and cheer someone on to end their life like people are doing for Brittany. The general response to someone attempting to end their life would be to pull them off the bridge, knock them out of the way of the car, flush the pills and do whatever necessary to stop them. It actually blows my mind that people are encouraging someone to end their life! Life, no matter how small, how old, how healthy or how sick is life. God-breathed, invaluable life. To end life, is to play God, and that's a dangerous role to try to step in and fill.

I realize I can't convince anyone to do anything, but if I could sit down and chat with Brittany, here's what I would say...

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Brittany,

I first watched your story after spending a few hours in the hospital with my own "Brittany". You see, I have a friend who, like you, recently found out that her cancer had passed the blood brain barrier. She was given the news that she not only has 4 tumors in her brain, but 14 cancerous tumors throughout her whole body.
Last week, 3 seizures caused by her brain tumors sent her to the hospital where she is being medicated to prevent future seizures and regulate her pain. 

All of this happened in just a matter of a weeks time, so you can see why your story captured my attention. 
  When I watched you sharing about why you've chosen to end your life rather than suffer, I understood why you wanted to end your life because I've been watching my friend wrestle with intense pain. Pain so bad that some days she can't even keep food in her stomach or even sleep.

Would it have been easier for my friend if she had chosen the same route as you are planning? Maybe. But she would have missed out on SO much, and robbed her friends and family of the joy that it is to care for her and bless her. She would have missed the pretty daisies in her room, the foot rubs, the deep and meaningful conversations that we may not have ever sat down to have otherwise, days of hugs from her mother, moments of holding hands with her hubby, and memories with her children. Even though she is in pain, she is still living. 

 In just the past week over 40 people have stopped by her room to see her. And I guarantee that every one of those people walked out of her room with a new perspective of their own life and a hope for eternity. You see, even in her pain, my friend is changing lives. 

Even though she has reached the point of pain and suffering that you are trying to avoid, I see more dignity and strength in her than I have ever seen in anyone. She hasn't given up. She is brave, and I bet if you give yourself the chance to face those final days, you will be surprised at the strength and peace God can give.

Maybe you are afraid of causing your friends and family more pain. I will be the first to admit that it's not easy to watch someone you love hurting. But I also wouldn't trade for anything those moments by my friend's bedside smiles, hugs, and conversations about hope and heaven. Seeing her smile in the midst of all her pain is something I will NEVER forget.

 You see, she is making a difference from her hospital room. She has changed my life by her courage, her faith and her ability to smile and have hope in the midst of the most difficult circumstances. 

Brittany, I'm praying that you find that hope.

Kara Tippetts, a terminal cancer patient herself made the following statement: 
Suffering is not the absence of goodness, it is not the absence of beauty, but perhaps it can be the place where true beauty can be known."

I can testify to the fact that my friend has never been more beautiful in her entire life. I pray, Brittany that you too will choose to fight, be courageous and show the world that life is sacred, not something to be discarded when suffering is around the corner. My friend is living proof that even suffering is not wasted. Please don't waste your last years, months, weeks or even days. Every moment here on earth has meaning, even the painful ones.

My heart hurts for you, Brittany. Up until recently, I never saw how evil cancer can be. It hurts not only the body it is inside of, but everyone around who is watching. I'm not saying it's easy, but I want you to know that your life is valuable and beautiful. Even your cancer is for a purpose. Please don't leave this earth until you know what that purpose is. I pray that one day I may meet you in heaven, but until that day, please know that you are loved, and prayed for by so many.

With all my heart,

Faith


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Finding contentment in a post-partum body


There's no question that pregnancy changes a woman's body. While the degree of change may be different in every woman, we are all still left with something different than we started with, and a poochy tummy covered with stretch mark scars on top of the hormones, stress, and lack of sleep can be a difficult thing to accept.


It's easy to get caught up in what's different, what we can't change, the scars that refuse to fade, the extra layers of skin, and the parts that just don't lay right anymore. But dear mama, I want to encourage you to change your focus from what you look like to what you are. There are countless women out there with great bodies, no stretch marks and nothing saggy. But NONE of them can be your baby's mama. None of them get to rock your sweet angel to sleep and cuddle them close. None of them get to watch those bright eyes soak in the world every day, or hear "I lub you" come out of those chubby lips for the first time.

I also want to remind you that your worth isn't found in what you look like or what you are. Our worth is found in Christ. He loved us enough to die for us. He, the King of the Universe calls us His daughters, and that had nothing to do with the way we look, that's for sure. 
Yes, I believe we are called to care for our bodies which means eating healthy foods and staying physically active, but ultimately, how we look in this world doesn't even matter in the grand scheme of things. 

I want my daughter to grow up knowing that she is worth far more than a toned stomach and skinny thighs. How can I teach her that If I am not content with what God has given me? And so I choose to be content and grateful for what I do have, even if a stretch mark free stomach isn't one of those things.

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Have you learned to love your post-pregnancy body?  Check out the other mama's blogs for their stories.  And be sure to link up with us below if you also have a post on this topic. 
In the difficulty of motherhood, it's so important to find other mamas to relate to.  


Toddlers can be a handful and leave you wondering what to do next.  This series is here to help you navigate through toddlerhood while being able to relate to other mamas going through the same thing.  We may not always know what we are doing but we give it our best shot anyway.  Come back each week to check out our new topic and read along with the other hosts of our One Year and Beyond series!
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Oct 2:     Toddler Diaper Bag Essentials 
Oct 9:     Learning to love your post-pregnancy body
Oct 16:   Busy Toddler Activities
Oct 23:   Keeping in Shape While Caring for a Toddler
Oct 30:   Sick Day Tips
Nov 6:    How to Not Lose Your Patience with your Toddler
Nov 13:  Favorite Toddler Outings
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Colossians 3:17 
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
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