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Gracing our way through Summer

Aaaaaaand we are officially in summer mode. I’m suddenly being transported back to my youth and the inevitable “I’m booooored” or “Now what???”. It could potentially be a very long summer. I’m hoping it will be a good one. I have to say, preschool graduation was beyond adorable. My heart was pretty much bursting from all the cuteness that was 40 preschoolers singing their hearts out and getting their certificates and grad caps. So sweet! I cannot tell you the comfort that there is in knowing that your child’s teacher loves, values and respects the children in her care. We were very blessed this year to have not one, but two teachers who took the time to learn about my son, teach him and grow him. The change we’ve seen in him between September and now is incredible and I’m ever thankful for that blessing in his life.

Now that we’re in June, we have 3 months of time to fill. I know I have the best of intentions to make the summer a rich time of family, activities, play dates and fun but in reality, I’m pretty sure that there will be days where we just sit around and do nothing all day. I don’t know about you, but I often find myself wishing that I was a “pinterest mom”. You know, full of ideas, plans and beautifully flawless execution of a multitude of original and creative events and activities that are the awe and envy of mom’s everywhere.

Never underestimate the power of a mud puddle.
Never underestimate the power of a mud puddle.

In reality, I am much more of the “nailed it” mom. I try a few things here and there and end up with a huge mess of “what in the heck?!” on my hands. I used to be really put down and discouraged by that and if I’m being totally honest, I still am some days. I would love to provide that kind of richness to my kids but it’s just not part of my make-up. For me, fun is more along the lines of making obstacle courses in the basement (and praying earnestly that they won’t result in a trip to the emergency room), running races in the back yard or me just sitting on my lazy arse while the boys destroy something I don’t care enough about to try and stop them. Tell me I’m not alone in that?!

Field trip to Staples anyone?
Field trip to Staples anyone?

Pinterest-fails aside, I’m really hoping that this will be a fun summer for our family of 5. We have one trip planned to get away for a few days, and I’m hoping that I can brave the beach and some hiking with all 3 kids on my own. We’re very lucky in that we live very close to a provincial park that gives up loads of opportunity for adventure. It’s just a matter of getting ourselves there to enjoy said adventure!

Baby and Mike hanging in the yard.
Baby and Mike hanging in the yard.

So as we (and likely many of you) wade our way into the summer heat, let’s make a promise to make the most of our time, do the best that we can and not stare at each other when there are temper tantrums going down (that includes the adult ones…or am I the only one who has them…). Let’s vow to use things like pinterest as a tool but not as a requirement for success. Let’s give ourselves a butt load of grace and patience in knowing that some days the stars will align and other days, success means catching your 3 year old before he eats the sunscreen.

Cheers to summer mayhem!

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A Mother’s Heart for Her Preschooler

This is the last week my oldest is in school. Hard to believe that in a few short days, I will have a preschool graduate. I’m not anticipating being overly weepy at his concert because I’m not really the type to get that emotional (or maybe I’m in denial and am going to be eating…

When Grace is no longer on your path

Have you ever felt the dimming of a light in your life? Something that you once felt such passion toward, that came naturally, that you delighted in and felt like you shone a light all around you when you did it, now seeming so hard to bring yourself to do? Like that passion is still…

8 years…

I gotta say, I don’t often talk about my hubby. You won’t see pictures of him here or me ever mention him by name. I actually am not a fan of the word “hubby” but I’m just too lazy to write “other half” and “husband” seems so formal and if you know me, I’m anything…

Finding Grace in my Parent Fails

As parents, we have moments where we can’t help but pat ourselves on the back for a job well done (what’s that? you ate the dinner that I didn’t burn, without complaint or bribery??? Score). Aaaaaand there are those moments where parent-fail doesn’t even scratch the surface. I’m talking about more than burnt dinners (check),…

Adjusting my Focus Upward

How is it only Wednesday?! Seriously…I feel as though I’ve lived a week in only a few short (yet long) days. This has been one of the most exhausting weeks I’ve had in a long time. Physically and emotionally. And I couldn’t be happier for it. Without going into specifics, there is a lot going…

My 2015 Focus Words-being Intentionally Thankful

As always, I’m a little late to the party but I assure you, there’s good reason. I started thinking about focus words back in December and couldn’t settle on one and figured I just wouldn’t pick something for this year and instead, continue on with last year’s focus word of “Simplicity” and build off the…

Releasing my Restless Heart

In a continual effort to make every moment count, to slow down, and to place a higher value on myself and my need to do less in order to do better, one of the things I’ve really wanted to focus on is my time with God. My prayer life hasn’t always been great (you know…