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Monday, September 14, 2015

Happy 5th birthday, to our baby!!!

Our sweet little Rose, 
We cannot believe its been 5 years since you came into our family. You are such a gift to all of us. You keep us on our toes, make us laugh, give the BEST HUGS and amaze us with such beautiful love for your siblings. 

You love helping and our tradition of peace and apple picking is one of your favorites!

You're the ONLY one who is WILLING to stop for a picture for mommy these days. 

Being the youngest of 6 and in an active family sometimes you just need to be little and sleep in the car! 

This summer you really hit some milestones in swimming. Going under water is super fun to you now! 

Your god sister painted your face at the church picnic this year. That was special to you. 

Thank goodness you have your brother who is only 18 months older than you...he's your best buddy! 
  Keep smiling and giving those awesome hugs little girl of ours! We love you to pieces and can't wait to see who you become and how you make Jesus happy with your life! 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

3 Ways to make your days first meeting with the most important One!

  Who is your first meeting with every morning?





  In that order?

  I've been thinking about this over the last few days. We are such a busy society. Living in these times of technology and fast paced living it seems there are always distractions tugging at our thoughts. We know in our heart that our first moments of the day should be spent with Our Creator, yet we still find ourselves in the habit of having other 'meetings' first.

  Who do you visit with first thing in the morning? Are you sleeping next to your phone, so that when you wake up you can check it to see who has texted or emailed or if who has posted on Facebook?

  I've come up with 3 ways to help you be focused on God at the start of your day. There will be time for all the 'catching up' with people and meetings, but these are some things I've tried and they've worked for me, so I'm hopeful that if you're looking for help in these areas you might try some or all of these n

#1 Don't have your phone or computer in your bedroom at all. It's distracting in the morning, so have it put away somewhere so it won't be 'calling you' first thing each day.

#2 Make some goals for yourself. Maybe when you get in the shower your Morning Offering will be said? Hey, Jesus went to the mountain to pray, right? Why? Because he wanted solitude and quiet. Well, you know, we all can't get to a mountain easily, but I know solitude and quiet for me is found in the shower or even the bathroom. If you're a busy mom like me then I'm guessing you'll agree! So, the bathroom is a great place to start your prayers for the morning.

#3 Find a place in your home that you want to be part of your morning ritual. My 'place' kinda moves. We have a prayer room in our home that I absolutely LOVE. It's a real gift for our family and we use it a lot, but there are some days when I want prayer time out on our deck because the weather is amazing or under the lamp in our family room in a comfy chair. And some days when I'm driving kids around and have a few minutes to spare I 'll stop in an adoration chapel or church. Wherever you have your prayer time make it a morning 'ritual' of sorts. Maybe it's Step 1, take a shower and say a morning offering. Step 2 get coffee and head to prayer space, etc. Set up a routine that you can follow easily each morning. Don't make it hard. Make it enjoyable and appealing to all your senses.

These are the things that work for me! I hope you can try some or all of them and come up with your best morning ritual. Save the technology for AFTER you've had your most important meeting of the day.

Have a great week everyone!