Join me in my daily walk through the joys and struggles of parenthood. Share a word of encouragement or be encouraged. Cry a little, laugh a lot, but know it is all in divine order.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Fun Friday - National Smile Day

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As you get dressed today, remember to also wear your best smile. Why? It's National Smile day.

Smiles are powerful. They can connect people, ease tension and they can brighten someone's day. A healthy smile can help you develop confidence. Test it out now. Pick up a mirror and smile at yourself, give yourself a wink. Now share that glamorous smile with someone today.

I dare you to smile today.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Motivational Monday – Words Have Power

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Do you remember that childhood chant, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me?” Well, words can hurt, but they can also encourage, inspire and provide comfort.

Here are some of my favorite inspirational words…

·         “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right”
·         “I can – I will – I do”
·         “Every expert person was once a beginner”

Words have power. Words can transform our lives.

Today is Memorial Day. It’s the day we celebrate fallen soldiers. We remember the men and women in the military, who lost their lives serving our country. Your service is appreciated.

To the military families who have lost loved ones, be encouraged.

“God is fixing the broken pieces of your life. Get ready for restoration. God is preparing you for everything.” Women_of_prayer (Instagram)

Do you have a favorite quote or affirmation? Use your words to encourage someone today.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Fun Friday – Humorous stories about parents and children

Did you know that laughing is good for your health? It’s true. A good laugh exercises the muscles, gets blood flowing and it makes you feel good. Find something to laugh about today.
Below are jokes I came across and wanted to share with you. Some of these I have shared in the past.

A woman invited some people for dinner. At the table, she turned to their six year old daughter and said, “Would you like to say the blessing?”
“I wouldn’t know what to say,” the girl replied.
“Just say what you hear Mommy say,” the woman replied.
The daughter bowed her head and said, “Lord why did I invite all of these people to dinner?”
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The Seagull
A four-year-old boy and his father went to the beach. There was a dead seagull lying on the sand. The boy asked his father, “Dad what happened to the birdie?”
His father told him, “Son the bird died and went to heaven.”
Then the boy asked, “And God threw him back down?”

The Lamp
A six-year-old boy called his mother from his friend Charlie’s house and confessed he had broken a lamp when he threw a football in their living room.
“But, mom,” he said brightening, “you don’ have to worry about buying another one. Charlie’s mom said it was irreplaceable.”

Teacher vs Mother
Summer vacation was over and little Mac returned back to school.
Only two days later his teacher called his mother to tell her that Mac was misbehaving.
“Wait a minute,” the mother said, “I had Mac with me for three months and I never called you once when he misbehaved!”

The Haircut
Little five-year-old Johnny was in the bathtub and his mom was washing his hair. “Wow your hair is growing fast! You need a hair cut again.”
Little Johnny replied, “Maybe you should stop watering it so much.”

Laugh as often as you can. A laugh a day helps keep stress at bay.

What are you laughing about today?

Monday, May 20, 2019

Motivational Monday – Me Too, I am God’s Masterpiece

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I am Courageous                     I am Blessed
            I am Unstoppable                    I am Gifted
                        I am Victorious                        I am Healthy….

I am God’s Masterpiece.

It was Sunday morning service at church, women filed through the doors wearing outfits in soft yellows, blues, and peach. It was Women’s Day, the suggested colors were pastels, but more importantly, the theme of the day was, Me Too, I am God’s Masterpiece.

The English Oxford Dictionary defines masterpiece as a work of outstanding artistry, skill or workmanship. The Bible says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10

In the midst of confusion, fear, and doubt it is difficult to see ourselves as God’s masterpiece. We have to remember that each of us was uniquely created for a purpose and on purpose. When we study God’s word we learn that He wants all that is good for us. He sees us as a beautiful creation.

Repeat to yourself…

I am Confident                                    I am Favored
            I am Strong                                  I am Grateful
                        I am Able                                 I am Whole

You are God’s masterpiece.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Motivational Monday – National Women’s Health Week

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Ann Arbor's Goddess 5K Run for Ovarian Cancer

Do you want to feel healthier? Take steps to focus on your health beginning today. It’s National Women’s Health Week, celebrated each year beginning on Mother’s Day. You can take charge of your health by becoming active, schedule preventative health screenings and eating healthy.

An article in Women’s Health provides a seven-day plan. The plan for day one says, never miss a Monday workout. It says to do your toughest workout on this day because you more rested than later in the week. One doctor was quoted as saying, “start Monday like you’ve already won the week (Robin Berzin, MD).”

Other advice suggested by Women’s Health said to meditate daily, meal prep, and take a day to relax. We have to learn to listen to our bodies; when you are feeling tired…rest. My mother is infamous for saying, “your body needs to rest to refuel.”

Is there an area in your health that you’ve been planning to work on? National Women’s Health Week is an opportune time to make your health a priority. Read the full article in Women’s Health by clicking here

What will you do to feel healthier?

Friday, May 10, 2019

Fun Friday – The College Graduation Dilemma

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The tune of Pomp and Circumstance is playing in my head.  My eyes tear up, causing my vision to blur. In less than two weeks I’ll make the trek across two states to see my son graduate…maybe.

We have run into a bit of a hiccup, a slight problem. There are four of us who planned to attend my sons’ graduation. However, the letter that arrived in the mail indicated that, “…each student will receive three tickets. No additional tickets will be given due to the capacity of the facility.”

Dilemma. Who will attend the graduation and who will remain behind – Mom, Dad, Brother, Granny? Perhaps we’ll have to draw straws or play Eeny meeny, miny, moe to determine the graduation attendees. I asked, no one would agree to this.

Here’s each family member’s argument (from my point of view)…

Mom – I carried him nine months, went to every pre-school soccer game, basketball, football, parent-teacher conferences, gritted my teeth through homework assignments and so on.

Dad – helped with homework, disciplined with tough love, taught him to drive…

Brother – he’s my brother and that’s enough

Granny – prayed the hardest, provided guidance, unconditional love

I came up with the above arguments without asking each family member. What shall we do about attending graduation? Here are a few options.

A.       Tell brother “too bad, so sad” you have to stay home
B.      Take a ladder and scale the side of the building and peek through a window to see the graduation ceremony
C.      Everyone takes the trip and make a decision once at the graduation location
D.     None of the above
Two family members have said that they will stay behind so someone else can attend the graduation. 

Hint: It wasn’t me.

One positive thing about this dilemma is that the graduation ceremony can be viewed live stream.

In less than two weeks, the tune of Pomp and Circumstance will be played live as my graduate crosses the room and shakes the hand of a college dean. Another memorable family moment. Is it more important to be there in person or is the end goal to show love and support however that can be accomplished.

Have you ever faced a family dilemma such as our graduation situation? What approach would you take with a dilemma such as ours?

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wordless Wednesday - National Gardens Day

National Gardens Day is celebrated the Friday before Mother's Day. It was established to bring awareness to public botanical gardens, arboretums, and zoos.

Below are gardens in Michigan.

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Leila Arboretum - Battle Creek, MI

Frederik Meijer Gardens - Grand Rapids, MI
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Meijer Gardens
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Meijer Gardens
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Matthaei Botanical Garden - Ann Arbor, MI
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Matthaei Botanical Garden
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Name your favorite garden, zoo, or arboretum to visit or one you would like to visit.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Motivational Monday – How to teach your body a new language

Downward Dog, Child’s Play, and Triangle Pose. I learned to speak Yoga and encouraged my body to do the same. My body looked the part in grey flare-leg yoga pants and a loose fitting top. However, my legs trembled in Tree Pose and I had to pop one eye open with seated poses (Just to be sure I was performing them correctly).

Barefoot and lying on my back, the white towel underneath my torso and head served as the yoga mat I’d forgotten to bring. I was determined to try this form of exercise that I’ve heard has so many benefits. The lights were low, the instructor directed our movements in a low soft voice. I arched my back into a bridge position.

I’m not new to exercise, but when it comes to yoga, I am a novice, a newbie, a girl who doesn’t know what the heck she’s doing. This form of exercising is like learning a new language for me. The thought occurred to me, how do I teach this new language to my body? Simple, one bridge, tree pose and ankle rotation at a time. You take baby steps.

Do you remember when you first learned to ride a bike? You started out with training wheels. When you felt a little confidence, you took off one training wheel, you could still lean to the training wheel side if you felt your confidence slipping. This was only my second time participating in a yoga class.

On my next visit to a yoga class I will know a little more of the language and how to carry out the poses. My leg will tremble a little less in tree pose, my bridge will be a little higher and my ankle rotations may not crackle as much. I am teaching my body to twist, bend, and stretch through the language of yoga.

Yoga may not be the fitness language you’re teaching your body. Could it be Zumba, Burpees, Martial Arts or something else new that you’re trying?

What new language do you want to teach your body? If I can do it, so can you.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Fun Friday – National Fitness Day – Get Your Sweat On

“Health is wealth.” I heard this statement on the radio the other day. Two radio personalities were discussing the importance of health. They talked about investing in your health. Not long after that broadcast, I read National Fitness Day is celebrated the first Saturday in May.

National Fitness Day is a great reason to make time to invest in your health. Put in the sweat equity and you benefit from the results. No excuses. Begin where you are. If you have not exercised in a long time, begin by rolling off of the couch and going for a walk. Strengthen your arm muscles by completing a set of curls using gallon milk jugs.

If you are one who exercises regularly, step up your game for National Fitness Day. Challenge yourself by adding something new to your workout. If you lift weights, increase the size of your weights. If you typically run a mile, go for a mile and a half. Have you ever wanted to try Yoga, Zumba or martial arts? Go for it.

National Fitness Day is about celebrating the “strength and empowerment” found through fitness. It’s about challenging yourself to grow. Click here to learn more about National Fitness Day.

What are you doing about your health and fitness?

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Words of Wisdom – Weathering a storm – 3 Quotes to get you through difficult times

April showers bring May flowers. This familiar saying can be applied to the figurative storms of life. You have to look for the good that surfaces after a storm. While going through a storm, find ways to rise above your personal clouds. There is sunshine waiting.

Below are three of my favorite quotes for weathering a storm.

1.      “A set back is a set up for a comeback.” Les Brown
2.      “When like knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.”  Les Brown
3.      “Never make a permanent decision based on a temporary storm. No matter how raging the billows are today, remind yourself: ‘This too shall pass’”  T. D. Jakes

There is a blessing on the other side of a storm. Think about the rainbow that dances like a ribbon across the sky after a rain. A transformation has taken place. You are resilient. Rise above your challenges and come back stronger.

Be resilient
Be steadfast in prayer
Be determined

Your breakthrough is coming.

What tips do you have for weathering a storm?