valmariepaperThe things I learn as I teach Vivi lessons. I told her this morning as she whined for Vana's oatmeal instead of wanting her eggs. "There are some good things about being a big girl and there are some good things about being little. We just have to enjoy it when it's happening." A reminder for me and all of us today. What are the good parts of your season? Do you want to let it pass you by only focused on the tough stuff? This season with little is exhausting but the giggles and cuddles are for now. If I focus on the tears and the lack of personal space, I will miss out on the good portion of this season. Every season has something. What is it for you? Please share! Someone else may be in a similar season struggling to find the good today!! Also, I took this pic a few weeks ago but those baskets of clothes are literally in the same spot right again. 😬 #valdoesmotherhood
- displayinggraceThat's so good...my hubby and I talked about this today. He worked third shift from the time our youngest was born until now 3 years later...it's been hard but it has freed up him so much to help me in the season of new baby and toddler. Now he is going back to regular shift which I'm thankful for but I'm grateful for the season we had...it taught us so much.
- sayhellotohopeI love this thought! So many times when I'm telling my girls something I find that I am speaking it to myself, too!
- valeriekeinsleyYesss this is exactly what the Lord has been pressing onto my heart recently! My husband is away at the police academy until June, only home on weekends. God has really been showing me that I can do more than just survive this season and that it's truly possible to thrive. Some things I'm already seeing: me becoming more independent since I can't rely on text-complaining him all day, more self discipline in sticking to routines I know help our days flow smoothly, staying way more connected to Jesus throughout my day since I don't get to clock out when Matt (aka my "relief") gets home and I feel like I need that grace even more, and tons of special bonding time with Xavier before baby joins us in June.
- summersikesAgreed, there is growth & God's goodness in every season. This season for me involves digging through the dirt of my resurfacing desire to control outcomes especially as my boys get older & I realize how tight my grip has been. Surrendering daily to our mighty Savior through prayer who is faithful to show me which heart "weeds" need to be pulled. Believing that if I continue to plant seeds of faith, hope & love in my children's that He will make them grow into a garden for His glory! 🙏🏼 @valmariepaper always inspired by your words & Kingdom work, keep shining!🌟
- marissadodgenI would say the whining. The incessant, loud whining. But that comes with giggles about tooting & words said wrong & excitement about cows, butterflies, & airplanes.
- marissadodgenThank you for that reminder.
- thisbeautifulseasonOh my goodness yes yes yes💕🙌🏼💕🙌🏼 This is the sole reason I started my blog & my heart behind it! "This Beautiful Season" to savor the beautiful moments in our current seasons of life so we don't miss the good stuff💗
- intentionallydesignedThis is so good. Isn't it funny how they can teach us so much. I'm reading the book Parenting right now thanks to your recommendation and it's opening my eyes to so much!
- thisbeautifulseasonRight now this season looks like a lot of waiting & praying. My husband and I both work full time. We've been in the midst of the longest home buying process. & this next year just holds a lot of unknowns. I spend my days teaching preschool & spend my nights Dreaming big & hustling for God's glory blogging and working on a business, in hopes of one day staying home with littles of our own. But in the mean time I'm learning to cherish the now. The freedom we have without little ones, though my heart longs to have our own someday. The community and friendships made working outside the home. The creative passions the Lord has weaved into my heart. 💕 Choosing to count the fruit in each season has been so life giving.
- elizabethcravillionIn this season of the chaos of little people, I'm learning self-discipline in ways I've never been able to master it before. Refiner's fire!
- cakes427I am in a season of waiting and wondering and hoping that some day I will be married and have children. Though I long for my season to change, I am thankful for the life I have and the opportunities that have come my way. I have been able to travel freely and serve on medical mission trips for the last 10 years. I have also been blessed with amazing friends that are in the same season of life, and I am so thankful for their support and encouragement. I am learning to trust God and His perfect timing!
- mrskristysteffenIn my season of homeschooling 5 kids, age 4-12, there isn't much me or down time. I did the math today and it's only 14 years until the littlest is out of my nest. It made me want to soak up the good the Lord is giving me now! Laundry baskets, dishes and all! It also made me want to get help with the deep cleaning of the house so I stop thinking about it and concentrate more on my kiddos!
- caractranthamSo so good! Thank you!
- kelly.4dSo true. My current season I never would have anticipated in my life- living abroad for my husband's job and not having a job of my own but with no babies yet. There is a lot of waiting and adjusting after having been in a very high need job in Memphis, never anticipating a season of being a stay-at-home wife before a stay-at-home mom. But the Lord has been leading me into the uniqueness this season has to offer- serving our church that is young and growing rapidly so has a lot of needs, such quality time with just my husband unburdened by the weight of my former job, so much time to dig into the Word and huddle closer to the Lord, the chance to intentionally pause and reflect and then build the habits that I want to exist in our home and in myself once we hopefully do have babies....there are lots of blessings, im realizing, in this unexpected and challenging (language learning is no joke!) season
- amy.fortefirst week home with my newborn, and it has been every high and every low imaginable (including a cancer a diagnosis for my Dad). but moments where I get to put my newborn son on my chest in bed and just feels his warmth...they fill me with gratitude and joy. and the moments where feedings are going terrible and I feel like a failure and am reduced to sobbing because I have NO clue what I'm doing...they fill me sorrow. but in the highs and lows is the sweetest time I have ever had, and I do not want this time to race by in the least.
- becky_schlabachTaking care of my 2 year old granddaughter during the day while mommy and daddy teach is exhausting and limits time to myself, but I definitely don't want to forget to treasure all the hugs, giggles, dancing to music and this wonderful time to pour into her life! Before I know it, she will be off to school and this precious time will be in the past! Thanks for the reminder to focus on the good part of this season!
- firstname.lastname@example.org Amy! I'm so sorry to hear about your dad in the middle of this season! We literally found out about Tyler's dad having cancer while we waited to be discharged from the hospital after Vana was born. I did a ton of bouncing baby and praying! Such an emotional time of ups and downs! You're perspective is so good though and will definitely help you enjoy the best parts of this season.
- 5am_provisionsHi @valmariepaper Do you know about Amaranth oil :)
- mhansen53I am a grandma of 12 and wife of 43.5 years. After feeling yucky most of my life, I was diagnosed celiac 3 weeks ago. It is a learning curve for me and good for my 63.5 year old brain!! I have been through a lot - infertility, then children - 3 in 3 years - then 3 stillborn, then an emotional breakdown...homeschooled my children through it all til college, helped out with husband's business, exhausted a lot!!! I pray for all of you "young'uns" as I truly understand!!! It is tough at your age with all life encompasses!!! But...the Lord is good all the time!!! Praise Him that His mercies are NEW every morning!!! His grace is sufficient and in our weakness HE. IS. STRONG!!! Never give up!!! Find the positive every day!! Keep a gratitude list - even if its just that you got up today!! And put a smile on!! It truly makes a difference!!! From someone who is passionate about life and Jesus!!!
- aleshablessed"What are the good parts of your season?" - I love this! Thank you!
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