He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor.

(Proverbs 21:21 NASB)

TEN COMMANDMENTS OF A WIFE & MOTHER

“When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls. Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize. She brings him good and not evil, all the days of her life.” - Proverbs 31:10-12

My Mission Statement needs to have this attached.

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My Crazy Family & How to Keep from Killing My MIL

Honestly, by the grace of God is the only real explanation I can put to it. I would sadly have to add my own mother to the list. I have a very difficult time understanding the way these people think. What motivates people to attempt to destroy others. Or for that matter, to be indifferent to others? Have you ever wondered why someone would intentionally hurt or injure another person? I have always held the idea of "Do Unto Others as You Would have Them Do to You".

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10 Things New Mothers Need to Know

Advice for new mothers is not in short supply. I personally like the tidbits of information that can be derived from a seasoned mom. These are thingsni would want my children to know when they become moms. So it's real down to earth and not slot of tech or book taught info.

10 Things New Mothers Need to Know

1. Get your rest. You are allowed to sleep when the baby sleeps. Not getting enough rest can cause your milk to not let down if breastfeeding. If bottle feeding you need to let your body heal.

2. It's OK if the only thing you accomplish in a day is to; Make your bed, shower, brush your teeth, eat and get one load of laundry done.

3. Shower, get dressed, brush your teeth and eat, everyday.

4. Don't wake the baby in the middle of the night to feed. If they are sleeping long during the day and up all night, you might need to make some adjustments to the day time schedule. Waking them during the day rather than at night is always better. They will wake up when they need to eat.

5. Swaddle a cranky baby. If colicy, add a folded up receiving blanket across their belly and wrap them snuggly. The blanket will add needed firm pressure to help ease the belly ache. You can add to the comfort by warming the blanket in the microwave or dryer. Over the counter colic drops, even the homeopathic ones are beneficial.

6. I recommend using a baby sling. I liked that I could keep a baby comforted and still make a drink or prepare a snack for the older myself or other children.

7. Whether breast or bottle fed, some babies need that extra sucking a pacifier can provide.

8. Research circumcisions. Don't just follow the crowd.

9. If a babies skin is cold to the touch, they need warmer clothes or a blanket. When you keep them warm they are most comfortable. Let the baby guide you not the weather.

10. Love them! Everyone is unique. Each child with have different qualities.

Do you have a mom tip that is not listed? I'd love to hear it. Leave a comment, something you learned that you would want to share.

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Successful Mothering…What is your parenting dream?

Dishwater Dreams has some interesting

and thought-provoking tidbits to get your brain working.

 

 

Secrets of Successful Moms

Don't try to make your kids be independent too early.

Ironically, when they know they have someone to rely on, they become more self-reliant, better able to cope with all life throws at them, and more motivated to success.

 

Parenting. I like this one. It is

  1. True!
  2. It will create happier adult children.
  3. Improves the outcome of or Legacy.

So, what do you think? In the day and age of hovering parents and over indulgence, will you provide a stable mental and emotional foundation for your child or grandchildren?

I know this has been my "life's work". To raise children that are self-reliant, motivated and emotionally and mental stable. I've grown up with the woman who puts down my success and cheers my failures. I've lived the In-Law nightmare of "Mother Knows Best"--NOT! Why did I come out better off than my brother's and sister's? Well that is a whole nother story. :)

I've always read self-help and parenting books. I've put my mind to raising "Great" people. I want better than I had for them. I've spent my days really getting to know my kids. You know what I mean? What really makes them "tick". I think it is like Intentional Parenting. To me, it was parenting with a purpose.

I'm proud of my children.

They are learning to be leaders.

 

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Free Summer Stress Package for Mom

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Free Summer Stress Package for Mom

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Just One Word For Last Year…


One word to describe last year would be "New" or maybe "Different". What about "Improved"?
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I decided in January that I wanted to do something for ME! Imagine that! Don't get me wrong, I have done many, many things for me. Like...

Making sure I got some quiet time.
Mom and Dad get to have a quiet cup of coffee after supper.
Being a SAHM, I needed to do this for me as much as them.

I made my resolutions for the year and posted them here. OK, Are You Tired Of Hearing It? I'm very proud of my comments and the wonderful people that took the time to read my post. The absolute BEST part of 2010 is that I jumped on the wagon! Yes, I got a domain name, I've been postponing it and I am now one of THEM! http://musingmom6.com has a very nice ring to it! Now if I can get everything updated?!?!


This year I hope to find more of the Peace, Joy and Grace that Jenny observed in my post. I have been struggling with how to put this post together and she gave me the inspiration I needed. I have stated before, I'm not the best at getting my thoughts down in print. But I can say with assurance, I am doing better. I know this is what I am supposed to be doing. My writing will get better, in time. My direction will be more clear, like anything else, in time. I'm also finding some interesting blog resources that may help me improve my chances of succeeding as a mompreneur.


This next year, I wish you all the BEST of whatever you are resolving to do. Make it do able, not out of reach. You will have a better chance of SUCCESS.


Now, I'm going to get back to planning my next Babystep. Will you join me?


I'm linking up with Mama Kat. I chose this prompt from Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop.
Choose a word that encompasses 2010 and describe why. What word will you choose as your theme for 2011?

 

 

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Have You Ever Gotten One of “Those” Christmas Gifts?

Mama Kat

I guess I would have to describe my position in both my husband's and my families as the "Black Sheep". I have always been one to go against the grain, not wanting to be like anyone else and just be me. In saying that, you should know:

1. I did not have a teenage pregnancy.
2. I did not Have to get married.
3. I was 24 yr old when I walked down the aisle with my "Prince Charming".
4. We didn't use birth control to remain childless for 5yr to get a financial foundation set up.
5. I did not return to college.
6. I am a SAHM.
7. I am HAPPY to be a SAHM.
8. I have more than 3 children.
9. I have a deep and personal relationship with God.
10. I have only been married once.

July, 2005, my husband lost his job. Not for poor performance, downsizing. We were beginning to find financial footing, then it was all pulled right out from under us. This was the second time in 15yr of marriage we went through losing a job.

My mother-in-law is not a very nice person. That said, she is also a full blood German and thinks God granted her the authority to dictate everyone's life.

The last 3 years she has given me some very thoughtless gifts. I have never said a word to her, but the look on her face is pretty much, "I don't care!". These items were "re-gifts" and not even anything I could have tried to use. I'm 5"2', the sweatpants were "Tall", a dated Christmas bell (she would have gotten this from her bridge group exchange) and a small sample/hotel bottle of hand sanitizer. This woman is ruthless. She then gave my husband a check for $150, she had never done that before!

Needless to say, even my husband is at wits end with her. We skipped inviting them to Thanksgiving this year my blood pressure just couldn't handle it. We haven't made any real plans yet for Christmas and my blood pressure is still not under control. After 20 years of her aggravating ways, I'm ready to divorce her and keep my husband.

OK, I've wanted to find a writing prompt I could relate to and this may be it!

 

My question to you, Have You Ever Gotten One of "Those" Christmas Gifts?
Please leave a comment and tell me about your experience.




PS. I will expand on my "list" in a later post.

 

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Wednesday Blog Hop!!!

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Hope you all have a great day!!

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Just Another Day In Paradise
and
Sharing the Bible with Musing Mom

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My Take On The Mommy Wars

"It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy."   ~ George Lorimer









One has to wonder, with the on going debate, SAHM vs Working Mom what is the motivation to debate? What are we really debating?

Being a SAHM  my work is viewed everyday. Yes, those of you that look for your approval, acceptance, in your work are not traveling in my work place. Nor am I in yours. I have a plan not unlike your business plans, project teams, boards, etc. Mine is my home, my family and my business is growing, productive, worthwhile, genuine people. 


My commodity...is more precious than any single item on the market that money can buy. 

Personally, I have no idea how you do it. You get up, get youself and your children out the door, on to the sitter, school, whatever your situation. Then off to your work. You all have a variety of what it means to "Get your day/work started. You put in a full day, that could be an office, a factory, retail business these are just off the top jobs that I can think of. Then your day starts going in reverse. Mine at this time is similar. 

Each individual family will have "their routine". Are you an activity burdened family? By that I mean, some families from both walks of life have their kids in sports, music, 4-H, etc. This is something I found to be very difficult with my situation. My husband is often not home on any given night, no chance to say you go here, I'll go there. At this point, in my home, I run into the difficulties of the single parent.


I get my laundry, grocery shopping, meal planning, mommy time, etc done while my children are at school. I'm not competing for me time while the kids are competing for mommy time.

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. -Chinese Proverb


Loving how you are, wherever you are, is mostly about accepting yourself, not what others think of you. The only opinion of my life that matters is the one God has left for me with St Peter at the gates of heaven. 



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