Motherhood

Lies Girls Believe Online Bible Study

Do you have a daughter that is between the ages of 8-12? Join Molly and me (and lots of other girls) for this online Bible study-Lies Girls Believe. It is a 6 week study on Monday nights. Can’t watch on Monday nights? No worries! It will be recorded and you can watch anytime over the week.

This information is from the registration site..

You can’t change the world, but you can prepare her for it.

Equip her with the Truth!
Join us this March for a special 6-week online Bible study using the content from Lies Girls Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free, a brand-new book from Dannah Gresh! We’ll meet live each Monday night at 7pm and dig into the Bible with you and your tween as we cover topics including:
•    Lies about God
•    Lies about Friendship
•    Lies about the Future
•    Lies about Boys
•    And more!

Each week will include poll questions, fun themes, Q&A time, and most importantly, we’ll give you and your daughter the opportunity to dig into God’s word together.

The study will be live Mondays  (March 25th-April 29th) from 7 PM – 8 pm EST. If you’re unable to watch live, a recorded version will be available for one full week after the live study airs.

You can register for the 6 week study here.

Or if you want to purchase the books separately, you can do that below.

Here is the book for your daughter.

Here is the guide for moms.

 

How to Remove Throw Up Smell

How to Remove Throw Up Smell.

Yup.

There’s really no elegant way to put this. Over the Thanksgiving break, I learned how to remove the smell of vomit. All three of our girls got sick over the break. One if them is sitting on the couch with me and on her second day home from school.

They got sick in the middle of the night. 3 different nights. WHY does this always happen in the middle of the night?!

We don’t really get sick often and when we do, it usually involves a runny nose, not throwing up. So this secret potion that I found may be old news to some of you, but it is new news to me.

I really will try to minimize the number of times that I use the words vomit and throw up for those of you with a strong gag reflex.

Promise.

But I know there is a fellow mom out there desperately googling how to remove the smell at 2:00 in the morning like I was.

So this post is dedicated to you. Hang in there friend, I have a solution. And you’re doing a great job.

Here is how it went down for us….

One of the girls wanted to have a sleepover at Mimi and Pop’s house. One of them wanted to stay home. And one of them is 2 so she didn’t get much of  a choice. She stayed home, too.

So the gal that stayed home wanted to sleep on the top bunk in her sister’s room. She told me her tummy hurt so I sat in the room with her for a bit until she fell asleep. Remember, we don’t get tummy bugs often so I wasn’t thinking anything of it.

Then at 2:00 am, she was in our room. Poor thing was scared to death.

“Mom, I got sick all over the room.”

She wasn’t kidding.

It was all. over. the room. Splatters happen when you lean over the side of the top bunk.

YIKES.

Thankfully, it wasn’t a night shift, and Dicky was home.

“Hey, babe! Wake up, I need help.” (P.S. I prob didn’t say “Hey, babe”. I prob whacked him in the shoulder and said “HELP!”)

So we both looked at each other and I said “Umm…I’m not good with throw up.”

Then he goes, “Ya, neither am I.”

Pause. What is wrong with us? I mean I’m a nurse and he is PA in the ER!?! We shouldn’t struggle so much. Oh well…

So rock star Dad started cleaning. I love him.

I got the blankets set up and got everything else taken care of. It was a long night of her getting sick, but we finally fell asleep.

The next morning, I went into the other room to assess the damage and it smelled pretty strong.

No worries, I thought. I will shampoo the carpets, open the windows, diffuse any oil that I can think of.

So I did all of those things.

I shampooed the carpet 3 times. I diffused (even though I have no clue what I’m doing with oils. I just wanted to get rid of the smell so I picked something that smelled fresh-ish.)

So google I did.

I came across this, and it worked!

  • 2 cups hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • A few drops of liquid dish soap

I mixed it up in a spray bottle. Then I sprayed it on the carpet, blotted with a towel and sprinkled baking soda all over. I let it sit over night and then vacuumed the baking soda up in the morning.

VICTORY!!

I also rinsed the sheets and then washed them with white vinegar. It does not smell like vinegar when you’re done!

TRUST ME.

Just pour the vinegar in place of your detergent and wash like you normally would.

If you’re reading this with a sick kiddo, I hope they feel better soon.

If you’ve stuck with me long enough to read this and your kiddo isn’t sick, tuck this away for the future!

 

It Can Wait. I’m Being a Mom

I’ve got to tell you.

I had big plans for you today. I opened my calendar and had penciled in this really awesome painting tip to share with you.

But today, it can wait. I’m being a mom.

You see, as a mom, you have to make a choice to slow down and enjoy your kids.

Sure it shouldn’t be that hard of a choice, but it is sometimes. Because we often feel like we wear many hats. Sometimes I struggle with this, too. I often turn into the task master that wants to check as many things off of the list as I can.

But then a hear a little voice that says “Mom, you want to play Barbies with me?”

And she says it with such excitement and hope. I choose to say YES.

Yes to playing Barbies. Again. Because that’s the most important thing right now.

The laundry might argue that it is the most important. But it’s not.

The kids don’t have school today, so we are just laying low. We’ve slept in, will wear PJs past lunchtime, practiced piano, played Barbies, painted nails, and now we are watching Frozen. Again.

Millie turned all of the LED candles on while we were working on piano and then said “Mom! You like my Halloween?!”

So I just wanted to hop on here to tell all of you other moms that are in the same season as me to just embrace the chaos.

Sure you may feel like the ringmaster of a circus many days, but let’s try to just be enjoy each circus act.

Don’t compare yourself to others.

Be the best YOU that you can be!

It’s OK if you don’t get it all done. It can wait. Today, be mom.

YOU are ENOUGH!

YOU are AWESOME! 🙂

Give yourself grace, take a break from the hustle, and go love your family!

P.S. I know we still have to do the tasks, but making the choice to let some of it wait can be the best thing you can do. Love your kiddos through the intentional time and memories that you can create together. Or include them with some of those tasks. You’d be surprised how much fun matching socks and folding towels can be when you do it TOGETHER. 🙂

Making Our House A Home

What do you think makes a house a home?

For us, it is the people and the memories that we make together.

You see, when I started this blog, I knew that the last thing I ever wanted to do was create the impression that my house is always decorated, clean, with all laundry organized and put away.

Because let me tell you…NOPE! This is my laundry room on a good day.

I do love doing projects and it is a passion that God’s given me, but the “stuff” will never be more important than the people that are within the walls of our home. So I hope you feel encouraged when I tell you that it is OK to not always have it all together!

This was our first meal together in the new house. Let the memory making begin!

Don’t get me wrong, I may be more relaxed when the laundry is all put away (but really, when is it ever?) and there are fresh vacuum lines in the carpet, but let’s remember to take time to slow down and BREATHE. Soak in those moments with your precious family and spend those quiet moments with the Lord. He created the Sabbath and it is a GOOD THING to slow down.

To not fill in every empty spot on your calendar.

To create those boundaries and margins in your life so that you can just be present.

This is my study book. Do you like the coffee stains and preschool pickup tag that is stuck on the front?

I just recently finished this study. It is Priscilla Shirer’s study, Breathe. I went through this with a group of ladies at church and it was very convicting. If you feel overwhelmed, I would encourage you to grab a copy and go through it. Leave some space for Him and for those things He has called you to. It’s ok to say no sometimes. The world we live in may make us think that we have to “do it all”.

But mamas, no. Give yourself grace. You’re doing a great job. 🙂

Back to making our house a home. I tell my girls several times a week that “people are more important than things”. When they are having a sister argument over a toy, that’s when I like to remind them of this.

“People are more important than things.” I probably said those words at least once while they were playing Barbies here.

So, yes, I will be sharing lots of fun decor finds and DIY tutorials with you. But please hear me when I say that filling your home with love and memories is so much more important that the cutest pumpkin that you will ever find!

Even if it is on sale.

So let’s make our houses feel like homes together! 🙂