december, you've been a tough pill to swallow but we are pushing through none-the-less. christmas is literally days away and time is passing by faster than ever. we decorated the schoolroom to christmas music and a tiny dusting of snow just outside of the schoolroom window. lots of cuddles, lots of pjs, days have been cozy and slow.Read More
i'm on day 18 of vlogsgiving and just getting around to posting day NINE. trying to manage so much as a mommy, a wife, a business woman, a friend and falling "short" far too often than not can be SO frustrating. it can also be an incredible reminder of the GRACE we have been GIVEN and the importance of patience with ourselves and with others. it is crazy hard to practice patience with others when you have none with yourself.
i've yelled at you (my babies) and attempted to dismiss you far too often lately. and, while it makes me feel incredibly guilty and like the world's worst homeschool mom the guilt fixes NOTHING. the reality is that i have been stretched, tested and under a lot of pressure but i ALWAYS have a choice.Read More
you know that felling you get when you head into the day already behind? when you didn't pack lunches and left dishes in the sink? when their clothes weren't laid out and you can't find anything to put on that makes you look like a decent mom???
that was today!
i'm pretty certain that the word says whatever you put your hands to will be blessed. (deuteronomy 30:9, deuteronomy 28:8) and, i've been putting my hands to so much lately!!! from homeschooling, designing, to editing films, vlogs, photoshoots and managing our shop. i do believe that we have to explore to discover what HE has for us but, i've been feeling so STRETCHED and spread too thin! and, normally the answer would be that i have taken on too much. although, i haven't felt led to let anything go :/Read More
tonight, we put up our christmas tree and i have to admit, I'm sad to feel fall pass by so quickly (sorry, no christmas pictures yet, I'm just not ready) !!! i am pretty sure that time is flying by and I'm having trouble figuring out how to slow things down a bit. my dear husband has been on a new job for three whole weeks now and i snapped a few photos for old time sake. it was his first saturday OFF in a VERY LONG time and we spent it doing "normal things" with BIG gratitude.
the gratitude that I've felt since that first saturday OFF is most certainly a result of a change in perspective. he has had saturdays off on jobs in the past and i had no clue how much i took them for granted until they were taken away. i know that may sound bratty. i am aware that there are plenty of people that have to work long hours and through the weekends etc. but, its just not something that i want for my family. and, to have our weekends back again is pure GOLD in life right now.
my perspective changes when i think of them... i often say to myself. what would i say to him/her if they were in our shoes... experiencing the same challenges that life has thrown our way.... I've been thinking this way a TON lately.
i want them to know that purpose is where the prize is and that perspective and progress mean so much during challenging times. this is random, i know. but, so key. troubles don't last forever. just keep moving forward, just keep walking, one day at a time.
everything we did that saturday was so basic and i loved it! my dear husband washed the cars and the lady baby tagged along.
she is getting so big so quickly and i don't have another baby to buffer the sadness of all my babies growing so very quickly. it sucks.
there is a tree right outside of our front yard, that turns the most beautiful shades of fall and sheds all its leaves within a week. every year i get pictures of my babies jumping, laughing and playing underneath that beautiful tree!
every year this beautiful tree lets go of its gorgeous leaves with certainty that next year will bring new beauty. i want to do the same. i want to give out the best of me, all my love, all my gifts... with certainty that these beautiful parts of me will never dry up and always produce new and better each and every year.
as hard as it is to watch them grow so quickly, i have to adjust my perspective, they are were my purpose lies and it is in them that i find my prize.
i promise you, this average, basic, normal saturday... was the best thing that has happened to us in such a long time :)
from syreena, with love
i have followed compassion.com for years now since first reading about them from one of my favorite bloggers ashely who blogs at underthesycamoretree. she has been a compassion blogger for years and i have always seen it as one of the causes that i would love for my babies and i to be a part of. so i was delighted to hear, one sunday morning, that my church was hosting the compassion experience! i had just recently signed up to become a compassion blogger, in hopes of raising awareness of the work that they are doing. being given the opportunity to visit the compassion experience with my littles just a few mondays ago, seemed like the very best way to begin my journey as a compassion blogger and i am so very excited.
there is a section of the compassion website that addresses questions of weather or not the experience is appropriate/beneficial for young children. now, having visited with my 3,5 and 7 year old, i would say yes!
when you get started on the experience, they hand each child a device and a set of headphones to allow for individual control of the stories you will hear as you walk through the different sections/childs stories.
i must admit that, with little ones, it is a little hard to juggle. hard to try and keep them on the same track with the stories at the same time as well as manage what their eyes are seeing and their tiny hands are touching while inside of each pod.
what i decided to do, by the time we got to the second room, was focus my attentions on my big since his attention was following the story along with the environment that he was experiencing. while my little and the lady just explored.
one thing i noticed is that they didn't seem too surprised by their environments and the stories they were hearing. they seemed pretty comfortable with each setting and not so "out of place". i am not sure if i will be able to communicate this very well but i was very happy with their responses. to me, their responses meant that i have been doing a decent job talking to them about the lives of others in the world. it meant, to me, that their hearts were soft and not shocked by hearing the struggles and sufferings of others. i try my very best to have heart-to heart conversations with them, often, to help them understand that we are here to spread/share Gods love for his children in a world that is broken and covered in darkness.
^^^ listening! i love this kid!!! ^^^
i was so glad that we fought through the challenges of the day and made it to visit the experience on its very last day at our home church. i would recommend you visit compassion and check out some of the awesome work that they are doing to bring more and more light to our world. there are many different ways that you can support their efforts and help to make a difference.
and of course we vlogged about it, if you would like to see what our day was like :)
from syreena, with love