Three years ago, I looked like this…Three years ago, we woke Jayda up at an insanely hour of the morning to take her to Grandma’s…it was to the hospital we went for the birth of our second baby girl. After a LONG day and an epidural that DID NOT work 😦 we welcomed Nadia Grace Kay Archer into the world…all five pounds, seven ounces of her. After a complicated pregnancy with lots of worry about her health, we were THRILLED to hear that although tiny, she was perfectly healthy. Praise God! Nadia, we are so grateful for your little life! You have brought so much joy to our family, and we thank the Lord for you. You tend to bring a smile to our faces no matter what you say-you are such a little comedian! 🙂 You are more strong-willed than I ever knew a child could be, but your daddy and I are praying that God will use that strong personality to accomplish great things for Him as you grow. Follow Jesus, my Little Peanut. Never take your eyes off of Him, and love Him with all your heart. We are so excited to see what God has planned for you! We love you!
While driving in the van today, singing goofy songs at the top of our lungs, Nadia says to me…”Mommy, are you my special mommy to keep forever and ever?”
Melt my heart!
Yes, Nadia, I’m your mommy forever and ever. I hope you still ask me that question 10 or 12 years from now. I’m so thankful you see past my faults, that you love me, and that you want to keep me forever and ever! 🙂 I love you, little peanut!!!
My most favorite Christian author is Sally Clarkson…I would HIGHLY recommend her books to any mommies out there wanting to learn from an amazing Christian woman about the joys of motherhood.
Her blog stuck a chord in my heart last night as I read it, and I wanted to journal about it.
I am becoming the nervous-nelly mother about sending my little girl to Kindergarten in August. I NEVER dreamed I’d be the mother who would get all emotional and worried, but I am! So many thoughts run through my head:
-Is she ready?
-Is public school the right choice for our family?
-Will she get overlooked in the classroom?
-Will she like school, or hate it like I used to?
-What kinds of inappropriate things will she be introduced to in school? And, will she have the wisdom to sort through those things Biblically?
The last worry is the one that troubles me most often. I don’t think I’m a over-protective mother, but there are certain things I do not want my child hearing, doing, ect. I often wonder if Jayda is strong enough to withstand some of the peer pressure that accompanies school…maybe not in Kindergarten, but there certainly are pressures within the school atmosphere.
Sally Clarkson both challenged me and put my heart as ease with her article last night. She talked about this exact thing I worry about. She said:
“In this world, at this time, the world will sing an alluring song. It is ours (parents) to figure out how to sing a more beautiful song.”
I want our home to sing a more beautiful song than any school, friend, or other outside influence. I desperately want my children to love being at home…to find solace and rest…to know that God’s love abounds in every nook and cranny of this house. I want them to desire nothing less than serving Him with their entire hearts, and seeing first-hand that mommy and daddy try so hard to do the same.
Now my challenge is figuring out how to make a home that looks like that, and I know I have a ways to go! I am challenged to love my girls more each day, and to show them in new and meaningful ways. Sometimes the pressures of life distract me from the joy of simply being a mommy to my precious girls, and I so badly want to stop succumbing to those pressures.
What new way can I show them my love today? Plan for the day…throw caution to the wind and skip nap time, get the girls a McDonald’s Happy Meal after we pick Jayda up from preschool, and take them on a fun mommy/daughter outing to the Animal Rescue League. That may not sound like a big deal, but my girls LOVE doing all three of those things and don’t get to do them very often. Will I regret it tonight when we have tired girls on a fast-food high who are begging us to go back and get the dog that I’m sure they’ll fall in love with this afternoon? Probably!! 🙂 But, at least they’ll know that their mommy loves spending time with them and doing the things that they enjoy!
Sometimes my kids say the funniest things. This was one conversation this morning…
Jayda-“Mom, how old are you?”
Me-“I’m 26, soon to be 27.”
Jayda-“Oh, I thought you were 100.”
Me-“Gee, thanks. Sometimes I FEEL 100, but didn’t know I looked 100!”
I guess it’s really time to start looking into some anti-wrinkle creams, and start taking better care of myself! 🙂
I’ve been listening to Nadia sing the O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E song all morning, and it blesses my heart. Now, if she could only get the hang of actually incorporating that obedience, that would be ever so helpful! 🙂
After her time-out this morning for disobeying (despite the fact she was singing O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E the entire time she was DISobeying!), we talked about how obedience is so important because it’s what God wants from everyone. I told her that God wants Mommy to obey Him, and that He wants Nadia and Jayda to obey Mommy. I tried to explain to her that she was obeying God when she obeys Mommy. She looked at me ever-so thoughtfully and said, “Mommy, I think I just want to go up to Heaven and see Jesus and God.”
Our conversation related directly to what I had read in God’s Word this morning…
“I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And He (Jesus) took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.
Nadia’s faith is so simple and real to her, and I love it! I want to foster that faith and continue to teach her about God’s wonderful and sacrificial love for her so that when she’s old enough to fully comprehend his love and mercy, she’ll decide to make that faith her own and ask Christ to save her from her sins…oh, how much joy that brought us when Jayda made this life-changing decision last year!
I want to have that child-like faith…thank you, girls, for re-teaching me what that means. I love you both, and so does Jesus! 🙂
I’m learning an awful lot from my youngest daughter, Nadia. Those of you who know her well will chuckle as you read this because anyone who knows her knows how very active, strong-willed, but so darn cute she is! You can’t help but get upset with her one second, and laugh at her the next-although, I wouldn’t really recommend it, and we try very hard not to laugh when she’s in trouble. 🙂
We honestly started to wonder a few weeks ago if she had a hearing problem. Then we realized that it is just SELECTIVE hearing…a problem, indeed, but nothing medical! When Nadia is in the midst of something, it’s next to impossible to get her attention when you’re asking her or telling her to do something. Jayda is so opposite…she can do a hundred things at once and still understand what you’re saying to her. But not Nadia-she’s a one-thing-at-a-time kinda girl. Long story short, we have realized over the last several days that Nadia hears EVERYTHING we say to her while she’s acting like she’s not hearing us…she’s just choosing to ignore us! Oh, it frustrates me and we have had so many disciplining issues because of it.
As I was laying in bed the other night praying for her, it hit me like a ton of bricks…I am the SAME as Nadia when it comes to listening to the Word of God sometimes. Oh, I hear what it says alright…I just CHOOSE not to listen to it at the time. Just as she CHOOSES to ignore her daddy and mommy sometimes, I have CHOSEN to ignore the loving commands and guidance of my Heavenly Father before.
Proverbs 15:1 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.” I know that’s what the Bible says, and I believe it’s true…yet, I often CHOOSE not to use a gentle answer with my children or my husband.
Exodus 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before Me, declares the Lord.” I think that I love the Lord with ALL my heart, until I realize I’ve let other things crowd my desire and longing for Him alone. It’s not that I can’t love Him with all my heart, it’s that I sometimes CHOOSE to put other things before Him.
James 1:22 “Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what is says.” Wow…that verse really hit me where I’m at today. I do not want to be merely a hearer of the Word of God. I want to do what it says!
All in all, I’m continually amazed at what I learn from my children. They have brought me so much more joy and love than I could ever have imagined! They’ve also taught me more about myself than I could ever have imagined or wanted to know…I’m telling you, the inside of my heart isn’t very pretty sometimes.
On a much lighter note, I’m painting again! (Surprise, surprise!) I’m tired of my dark family room, so I’m lightening it up with a much lighter wall color as well as painting all the trim white. Just yesterday I painted our brick fireplace…it was a really dark and ugly brick color, so I painted it a creamy-white to match the trim-huge difference already! I’ll post before and after pictures when it’s done. In the meantime, here’s some before and after shots of our recent master bedroom re-do…it’s amazing the difference some patience, persistence, and lots of paint can make!