Being A Mom on Mother’s Day

Although Mother’s Day is supposed to be a day where mothers are celebrated, pampered, and catered to, we know the truth don’t we, ladies?  Mother’s Day or not, we never stop being moms. It’s a 24/7 job. No, not a job,…a calling.  And it always calls to us.  Once we become a mother everything changes.  I’m not just talking about giving birth to a child.  I mean truly becoming a mom. Whether a child comes into your life through the miracle of birth, the blessing of adoption, or the commitment of foster parenting, there is that moment where a woman’s whole way of thinking…of feeling…of viewing the world completely shifts.  She is no longer the center of her own world.  That child becomes the center.  It is an amazing thing that, once it happens, can never change back.  You become a nurturer.  That’s how you view your child and your world from here on out.  Even on Mother’s Day there is no break from that.

I spent this Mother’s Day weekend not focused on myself, but on my family, specifically my daughter and supporting her as she took to the stage to perform in a college dance showcase.  I also reached out to the other mothers I know through texts to connect with them, each of whom were spending their Mother’s Day nurturing their children or loved ones.  One fellow mother was at the Emergency Room with her daughter who was suffering an infection, because that’s what moms do – we drop everything and be a mom.  And my husband says that the wife of a friend of his was also at the hospital on this Mother’s Day…because she’s a Delivery Room nurse.  Instead of being with her husband and children (who were still on her mind), that mother was helping other women become mothers.  She was still nurturing.  Still being a mom.

Our families, our friends, and our children may try to tell us that Mother’s Day is our “day off”, but it isn’t. There are no days off. And that’s okay. There aren’t supposed to be any. Even if there were we wouldn’t know how to have a day off from being who we are.

Thank you for Mother’s Day, but if you’ll excuse me I have to get back to it, because you know…I’m a mom!

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He Is Not Here. It’s Easter!

1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

Matthew 28:1-10 (KJV)

Happy Easter to you!

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Got Green?

You don’t need to be Irish in order to appreciate this day and the history behind it. (But if you don’t want to get pinched you better get some green on!)

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Happy Valentine’s Day

I hope your Valentine’s Day was blessed.

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It’s a New Year! Are You Willing to Be New Too?

It’s a new year, 2018!  With the new year comes the hope of new things: new opportunities, new adventures, and new blessings.  We often look at the coming new year with anticipation of newness coming our way from the world around us.  Are we, however, willing to be new within?

God’s word reminds us, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)  If you want it to be a new year with new opportunities, adventures, and blessings, it has to start with a new you.  Motivational speaker Les Brown says, “If you want to keep on getting what you’re getting, keep on doing what you’re doing.”  What he means by that is if you like what you are receiving in life then keep doing the same things to maintain those results.  However, if you do not like how life is going for you, if you want things to be different, then you have to be different.  You need to try new ideas, try new methods, and have a new mindset.

If you want this to truly be a new year, be a new you.

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Out With the Old and In With the New This Christmas!

There are Christmas traditions and then there is Christmas baggage.  When my husband and I were first married, like many young couples, we did not have a big budget for our first Christmas.  For decorations we had to be resourceful.  We made our own out of paper, beads, glue, ribbons, and some dollar store items.  They may not have been made with much money, but they were made with much love and we enjoyed them.  Over the next few years we inherited some “vintage” Christmas ornaments from my husband’s grandparents (a lot of them) and we added those to our homemade decorations.

As time went on, however, we found that we were putting out these decorations at Christmas simply out of habit.  It was what we did, right? That’s what we were supposed to do.  But we really didn’t have any connection to them anymore.  The old ornaments from my husband’s relatives meant something to him as a child and our homemade decorations we special to us at the time.  Though we have fond memories of Christmases past because of those old festive items, they no longer reflect who we are today and certainly don’t reflect our family as a whole.  Christmas is supposed to be an exciting time of new beginnings and salvation (“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior, which is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:11). In our house it was the same old same old.

So this year it is out with the old and in with the new! Embracing the spirit of our first Christmas together (and the spirit of Cornbread Wisdom), we kept the budget small and found bargains at stores like Ross and Daiso, as well as finding discount decorations a little closer to Christmas Day at Target and Kmart.  And because it wouldn’t feel like us if some items weren’t handcrafted, we made some new Christmas decorations from dollar store items, only kicking them up a few notches from where our very first Christmas was.  Doing this helped bring the family together, paid honor to the past, brought a breath of fresh air, and started new traditions.

If you’ve been doing the same thing year after year at Christmas time try changing it up with something new.  A fresh outlook on the festivities can help bring a fresh insight into the meaning of the season.

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What Are You Thankful For?

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving Day? No matter what we may be going through, if you dig deep enough you will find there is always something to be thankful for.  But being thankful isn’t an obligation or a duty, it is need.  We need a spirit of thankfulness just as we need a spirit of forgiveness.  Thankfulness conditions our hearts to receive the blessings that God gives us.  It opens the door for a two-way conversation with Him and builds it into a true relationship.

When we are thankful before God for life’s blessings we show Him that our hearts are worthy to receive more.  When we are thankful before others we show them what a loving God can do.  So what are you thankful for this day?  Have you thanked God, and have yet let others see that spirit of thankfulness that points toward Him?

“I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.”
– Psalm 9:1 (NIV)

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Constitution Day – The Forgotten Holiday

Have you ever heard of Constitution Day? Many Americans have not, and yet it is a very significant day in our nation’s history.

Constitution Day is the federal observance of the ratification of the Constitution of the United States of America. It is a remembrance and celebration of the founding document that this country was built upon. The U.S. Constitution was officially adopted in 1787 by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

For many years the day was known as “Citizenship Day” until in 2004 when congress officially renamed it Constitution Day.

Want to learn more? Follow the link to the Constitution Day website.

http://www.constitutionday.com/

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It’s Labor Day!

“I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.” – Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 NIV

How much do you know about Labor Day (other than all the great sales)? Did you know that the first Labor Day was in New York City in 1882, but that it wouldn’t be until 1894 that it became a national holiday? Read this short, informative article from Patch.com to get the full lowdown.

https://patch.com/us/across-america/labor-day-2017-fun-facts-holiday

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Independence Day 2017

Stay safe, have fun, enjoy your liberties & freedoms, and give thanks to who made it all possible.

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