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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Are you a good mom?


Today's One Year and Beyond topic is feeling confident as a mom. Some days I feel like a great mom, and on other days, a lousy mom. So what am I? Am I a good mom? How do I find confidence in my role as a mom?

Being a mother has shaken my world more than anything ever before. In a moment's time, a life became my responsibility. There is nothing more terrifying and exciting than that.

In a culture where mothers are compared, contrasted, studied, criticized and even publicly picked at, it can often feel like we can do nothing right. There are so many people everywhere telling us how to do things and telling us what we're doing wrong.
It's overwhelming.

I learned quickly that the minute you decide something is right for your child, there will be someone there telling you that their way is better. The reason this drives us crazy is because we care! We want to know what's best for our child so we can give it to them. With so many different methods, warnings, advice, and recommendations from everyone, we have to make the final call on what we choose for our child.

It's hard to be confident when not everyone agrees with you!

What I have learned is to base my confidence in fact rather than feeling. Feelings come and go depending on my mood, my week, the events of the day, what people are saying about me or to me, or even my daughter's demeanor. My daughter is controlled by her feelings which is why she can cry "my life is ruined" tears one moment and the next moment be dancing and laughing.
 I'm not two years old, which means I can control how I feel.

I can choose to feel confident as a mother for the following reasons:

1.  I know that I love my daughter immensely. I love her so much that my heart aches when I look at her and think about all the things I want for her. 

2. God chose me to be her mother and her to be my daughter. God doesn't make mistakes.

3. Being a mother is my calling in life right now. God equips those that He calls. He has given me the capabilities to be a good mother as I rely on His strength.

4. Confidence does not equal perfection. All I can do is make an informed decision to the best of my abilities and then trust God with my daughter. After all, she belongs to Him and He can care for her better than I can.

I hope this encourages you mama as you seek to be confident in who you are. It doesn't matter what other people are doing, or saying, or recommending. God gave you the special task of raising your little ones for His glory. Be confident in who He has called you to be!

For further encouragement, here are some past posts related to this topic:

  How do you feel confident as a mom?  Check out the other mama's blogs for even more on this!  And be sure to link up with us below if you also have a post on this.  
July 10:  Keeping your marriage alive with a toddler
July 17:  Favorite summer toddler activities
July 24:  Helping Your Toddler to Communicate (Words, emotions, etc.)
July 31:  Dealing with Separation Anxiety
Aug 7:    Car Trip Necessities
Aug 14:  Deciding when the time is right for baby #2 (and/or how to handle these questions)
Aug 21:  Tricks for eating out with your toddler
Aug 28:  Feeling confident as a mom (How to feel this way, Your struggle with, etc.)
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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.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mommy Moments #109

Welcome to Mommy Moments! Last week we had some great new link ups, and guess what? We made it past 100 link ups! HOORAY! You all are awesome! 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 once again belongs to Wife Hat, Mom Hat and her post 34 weeks (with a pregnancy we decided not to pursue). This post is just part of the story of how Amy became pregnant with their third child. God does amazing things!


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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! 


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Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Ice Bucket Challenge: where to donate your money to save lives without destroying lives

I recently shared an article on Facebook titled "Why I Cannot Accept The Ice Bucket Challenge."  I shared the article for one reason: to alert friends and family of where their money may be going if they were to donate their money directly to the ALS Association.

I disagreed with this articles main point, however. I don't think there is anything wrong with accepting the ice bucket challenge. I think it's great that so much awareness has been raised as people pass on the challenge to friends and family.

I don't think it's great, however, if the money given in lieu of this awareness is donated to a cause that is simultaneously destroying human lives in the name of saving other human lives.

I wanted to share my thoughts further on this topic because it is one that I am passionate about.
Life.

We talk often about our rights in life.
Our rights to choose,
our rights to be happy.
Oh yeah, and our right to live is pretty important as well.

Every life has a God-given right to live. The idea that someone should designate certain lives to be used for scientific research is sickening, and unfortunately that is exactly what the ALS Association is doing with their funding.

Quote from ALSA.org:
Stem cells are cells that have the ability to divide for indefinite periods in culture and give rise to multiple specialized cell types. They can develop into blood, bone, brain, muscle, skin and other organs. Embryonic stem cells are undifferentiated cells that have the ability to form any adult cell.
Where do embryonic stem cells come from? 
Human embryonic stem cells are derived from fertilized embryos less than a week old. When a sperm fertilizes an egg and creates a single cell, this cell has the potential to form a complete organism and is called totipotent. In the first hours after fertilization, this cell divides into identical totipotent cells. After approximately four days, the cells start to specialize and form a hollow sphere of cells called a blastocyst. 
And here is a quote from another clinical trial that ALSA funded using an 8 week old baby.

These stem cells have been engineered from the spinal cord of a single fetus electively aborted after eight weeks of gestation. The tissue was obtained with the mother's consent. The cells are transplanted into the ALS subject's spinal cord after laminectomy, an operation that removes bone surrounding the spine. After the spinal cord is exposed, a device manufactured for this purpose will be mounted onto the subject and will hold a syringe filled with the cells. 
Source here.

Here is an ultrasound photo of my daughter when she was just 6 weeks old.
Notice the caption: baby. Not fetus, not a science experiment or a lab test. A life. 
Her life.
I got to hear her heart beat when she was this tiny.
I even watched her squirm around.
I loved her even when she was this tiny because I knew she was a baby. My baby.

And I can't imagine her life ever being taken from her other than by the hand of God.

Whose decision is it that a life should die so that another might live? That certainly is not ours to make. 

Some may feel that this is an attempt to bring up a negative side just to put a damper on all the good that is taking place through the ice bucket challenge.

I would argue rather that this is an attempt to make the good even better by donating to a pro-life organization searching for an ALS cure using stem cell research from consenting adults, umbilical cords, animals and a variety of other resources.

Here are some pro-life organizations you should consider donating to as an alternative to ALSA (whether you chose to dump cold water on your head or not)!


Friends, I hope this post in any way does not come across as insensitive to those suffering from ALS or supporting family and friends through this terrible disease. I care deeply for those who are physically in pain and for their families who have to watch them suffer. This post is not meant to discourage awareness or donation but rather to help people be informed and donate to save lives with ALS without destroying innocent lives in the process. 

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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.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tips For Peacefully Eating Out With A Toddler


Eating out with a toddler can either be a fun experience,
or it can be the most embarrassing moment of your day...or week...or year!


Although we still have our embarrassing moments (I think they are just a part of parenting), we have learned a lot over the past year on how to better prepare for our eating out trips so that they are enjoyable for everyone.
Yes, even the other people in the restaurant. 

I know many people who simply do not take their kids to public restaurants because of what may happen. Honestly, that used to be me, until I realized that I was placing my fear of possibly offending strangers in the restaurant over my family's happiness. 

I loved this post by Matt Walsh called, My kids cry in public, and I'm not worried about it anymore

He says this:

"I am a parent of young children, and they have as much a right to be out in public as anyone else...My kids deserve to be here as much as you do, and they should no more stay tucked away and hidden than you should. 

Sure, I won’t let them scream if I can help it, and I’ll teach them to be disciplined and respectful in public just as they ought to be at home. But I won’t go out of my way to shield you from them, as I have up until this point. I’m not going to rush into the godforsaken ‘cry room’ every time my daughter makes a sound, and I’m not going to issue preemptive apologies to my fellow passengers whenever I board a plane with them, as I’ve done in the past."

And I couldn't agree more.

So if you are where I have been, don't let the fear of your child causing a scene keep you from enjoying life with your family and your little one!

There. I'm done with that little rant.

Now here are some of the ways that I prepare when we head out to a restaurant.

1. Request an extra menu for them.
A menu really looks like a giant picture book of food. I'm sure it doesn't make sense in the mind of a child why mom and dad get a picture book when they don't! It's usually not a problem at all to get them their own menu, whether it's a kids menu with crayons (score!) or a regular menu. It keeps them from feeling left out and provides a nice stretch of quiet entertainment. Who knows, it may keep them occupied for so long you want to buy the menu and take it home with you!

2. Bring snacks.
I know this sounds absurd. After all, you are going to the restaurant to eat, right? Well, turns out that kids get hungry around meal time and that can really affect their mood. They don't always understand that the food is on it's way, and when they sit down to eat, they want to eat. Yes, they do need to learn patience, but that's better taught at home than a strange environment. I always bring little munchies for my daughter while we are waiting for the food to arrive.

3. Order a kiddie drink (even if it's just water).
I used to think that if K had her sippy cup that she didn't need anything else to drink. Come to find out, it's not about being thirsty, it's about the super cool cup with the straw that is appealing! Kids like to copy what they see mom and dad doing so make life a little easier by making that possible.

4. Pack a bib and toddler silverware.
I carry a little pouch in my diaper bag with a spare bib and a set of toddler silverware. It can be hard for toddlers to maneuver with a giant shiny fork or spoon. Can you imagine trying to eat with a fork or spoon that is larger than your entire mouth? I would cry too.

5. Bring a book or toy.
When my husband and I eat out, we often take a lot longer than our daughter. She gets right down to business shoveling the food in her mouth and then she's done. Done, done, done is how she likes to put it as she attempts to climb out of her high chair. You get the picture.
To keep her at bay, I usually reach for a favorite book or toy to keep her occupied so we can finish our meal in peace! 

  What is your secret trick to eating out with your little one?  Check out the other mama's blogs for even more tips!  And be sure to link up with us below if you also have a post on this.  
July 10:  Keeping your marriage alive with a toddler
July 17:  Favorite summer toddler activities
July 24:  Helping Your Toddler to Communicate (Words, emotions, etc.)
July 31:  Dealing with Separation Anxiety
Aug 7:    Car Trip Necessities
Aug 14:  Deciding when the time is right for baby #2 (and/or how to handle these questions)
Aug 21:  Tricks for eating out with your toddler
Aug 28:  Feeling confident as a mom (How to feel this way, Your struggle with, etc.)
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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.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mommy Moments #108

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 once again belongs to Tawnya from All of Life's Little Adventures and her post Not Your Average Breastfeeding Story. Every breastfeeding story is different and we learn from the things we did right AND wrong! Tawyna shared some of the ups and downs she faced while breastfeeding her daughter. Thanks so much for sharing Tawnya, and keep the great mama posts rolling!



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 Like A Morning Cup Of Coffee

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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Colossians 3:17 
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