Posted by: littlebitofparadise | April 6, 2015

Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter from the Weinert’s! We had full hearts yesterday celebrating with Church, a house full of relatives, an Easter egg hunt in the backyard, and lots of love and laughs.

We also announced that Bear Cub Quattro is on the way!

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I’m about 9 weeks, due in early November, and so far I’m just as sick and miserable as I’ve been with all my other pregnancies. :o) Thus the unannounced blogging sabbatical this past month(s)! I’m so hoping to write a bit more often in the coming weeks – I miss connecting with y’all here! In the meantime, I pray you are well and enjoying beautiful weather and wonderful celebrations of Easter.

Love,

Steph

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Posted by: littlebitofparadise | March 26, 2015

Holy Heroes for my Boys

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I’m excited to tell y’all about a resource that has made my toddlers’ experience of Advent and Lent SO MUCH FULLER each year. I guess I should start with some sort of disclaimer that this is a pseudo-sponsored post. To call it sponsored sounds almost ridiculous to me since before my girlfriend Jenny, who works for Holy Heroes, offered to send me one of their latest coloring books and CDs to review, I had thought to myself earlier in that very week, “I should send an email to the Holy Heroes staff and let them know how much we’re loving their resources this Lent!”

Jenny sent a book and CD. Here’s some of the Holy Heroes resources that I already owned:

So as I said, this post would’ve been coming your way extra gifts from HH or not. Pinky swear. ;0)

Have you heard of Holy Heroes before and do you use their fabulous resources with your children? I’ve blogged about them before because we’ve used their Advent and Lent resources since my oldest was about two. My Dad also shot this video with some of the Holy Heroes cast a few years ago – it’s a great introduction to some of the work they do.

My boys have grown up with Holy Heroes resources, and I cannot speak highly enough of their products. I love the Advent and Lent videos that they send via email daily throughout those liturgical seasons. The videos are short – usually under 3 minutes – and give young children a little lesson on some aspect of the readings of the day, the Feast of the day, or the liturgical season. This Lent, we watched the daily emailed videos right after breakfast before we left the table (iPad or Smartphone works great for this!). Because the video lessons are narrated by children (they’re called “Guides” on the videos), my boys have extra rapt attention while listening to the little lessons. It’s a brilliant play to communicate truth to children.

My sons also love the Holy Heroes coloring books. Now that HH sent me their latest, Road to Calvary, I think we own all of their coloring books. Mark, my 4 year old, is particularly fond of these coloring books. I must admit, my personal taste doesn’t favor the illustrated version of Jesus in the early coloring books. He is a bit gaunt and gangly and just not my favorite depiction. But I’ve kept my opinions to myself and the illustrations haven’t seemed to bother my kids one single bit. (Also I should mention that the Jesus in the new Road to Calvary coloring book has gained weight in his face and looks much more normal! =)

Holy Heroes’ line of Glory Stories is fantastic. I’ve given their fully narrated and professionally produced CDs as gifts to my nieces and nephews for years. They’re always a hit. One of the newest Glory Stories is The Stations of the Cross. I’ll be honest, my boys are just on the cusp of being too young for this CD (They are 4, 3, and 19 months right now). Children even a  year or two older than my gang would be the perfect age to start listening to it. In the next year or so, I can see myself playing this CD every Friday in Lent. It’s a perfect accompaniment to the Station of the Cross poster I made for my kids years ago, and display for them each Lent.

Well y’all shouldn’t be surprised that if I was going to write a “pseudo sponsored post” I was going to ask for some free gifts and discount codes to share with me readers, right? Of course I asked! And Holy Heroes gave me some great deals to share with you for your Easter basket shopping!

First, Holy Heroes has just released a brand new Saints Matching Game! It’s so fun and a perfect Easter basket stuffer. It’s on sale this week on Holy Heroes website, but my readers can get it FREE with any purchase from Holy Heroes. [Add the matching game to your cart, add any other item, and enter code m4tch4U at checkout].

Another great deal – Holy Heroes activity books for the two holiest weeks of the year are on sale right now for 50% off! Check them out here.
As I write this, I’ve got Bear Cub #1 and Bear Cub #2 sitting next to me at the kitchen table coloring in Holy Heroes books. They really do love it. And every single coloring page, without fail, they always ask me to read the caption at the top of the page which tells that part of Jesus’ story (by the way the coloring books are bilingual!).
I hope you get a moment to browse the Holy Heroes website and check out their fabulous products for children. In the meantime, here are some original Bear Cub artwork, ala Holy Heroes, for your viewing pleasure:
By Mark Ignatius:
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 Last but not least, Garrett Ambrose:   
(Sometimes they get the two of us confused ;0):
Posted by: littlebitofparadise | March 12, 2015

The Secret to Contentment in Marriage, Motherhood, and Everything Else

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The great “Secret.” That simple, elusive, easy to forget secret to success at marriage, parenting, friendship, and everything else in life.

Every time I hear this passage or read it and let it really sink in, it makes me want to weep. Because “the secret” is so simple. It’s pure, and small, and powerful, and it changes everything.

Everything.

Read this with your heart wide open:

Philippians 4:4-19 (emphasis mine)

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.

10 I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me; you were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I complain of want; for I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content. 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound; in any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want. 13 I can do all things in him who strengthens me.

14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedo′nia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving except you only; 16 for even in Thessaloni′ca you sent me help once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift; but I seek the fruit which increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more; I am filled, having received from Epaphrodi′tus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

HE is the secret. He’s the secret and the answer, to everything.

In Lent, and in Easter, He’s the secret. In the midst of a toddler tantrum, or out alone with your spouse on date night, He’s the secret.

More than anything I want to live this secret to contentment. And as a mother, there is nothing I want more than to share this Secret with my sons.

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” – verse 13 

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Posted by: littlebitofparadise | March 9, 2015

Welcome! I’m So Glad You’re Here.

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Over the weekend this little blog had lots of new visitors and new friends thanks to my talk featured on the Catholic Conference 4 Moms. I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself and The Fam, and to welcome you. I’m so glad you’re here.

I’m Stephanie Weinert, wife to Peter and mom to Mark (4), Luke (3) and Garrett (18 months). We live in Charlotte, NC and hope you come visit us here in this beautiful little city.

Despite my eye rolling and assurances to God that I would never date someone I met on the internet, I met my husband on Catholic Match, and you can read that story here.

Before I was married, I worked for my Dad, Steve Wood, at his marriage and family apostolate called Family Life Center International. I ran the marketing division, the young adult ministry which was called NEXTWAVE, and I hosted a radio show on the EWTN Radio Network for young adults (also called NEXTWAVE) for 6 years – right up to the week I got married. It was a blessed time in my life – I traveled a lot, I met so many wonderful people, and I learned a lot about family life before I had one of my own. I’m really grateful for those years and that good work.

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My new life as a stay-at-home mom is the hardest and most wonderful job I’ve ever had. This year we also started homeschooling our eldest, and so far so crazy and so good!

In my “spare” time (ha – I know) I read, I (try to) workout from home, I cook awesome “man food” recipes, I paint and repaint the furniture in my house (follow me on Instagram for that story), I teach classes on essential oils, and I beg the Hubs for more date nights.

Today is the last day of the Catholic Conference 4 Moms, and it seems you can re-view my talk, or view it for the last time, for free today if you’re registered (or register today and hopefully you’ll still get the Day 4 talks email).

Looking forward to connecting with you new readers! And the rest of y’all…well you already know I love you. =)

I invite you to follow me on Instagram and Facebook, and subscribe to my blog here or on Bloglovin.

XO, Steph

P.S. Some posts from my blog that you might want to check out, because they pertain to my topic at the CC4M, or because they’ve been popular with my readers, are:

Meet the 2015 Supermom

Mommy Will You Play with Me? 

37 Ways to Romance Your Husband

NPF Sucks 

Hands Free Mama…and the Mom with the Phone Addiction

What Not to Forget on Your 2015 To Do List

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Posted by: littlebitofparadise | March 5, 2015

Moms: You Are All Invited Over for Coffee (I Actually Really Mean It!)

Busy Mamas, I’m inviting you over for coffee this weekend. Every single one of you. I want a chance to encourage you in your vocation, challenge you in your incredibly hard job, and just give you a hug and a cup of liquid sleep and offer my friendship and commiseration. :o)

Thanks to an awesome event called the Catholic Conference 4 Moms, I can actually connect with you over coffee…although more accurately I’m inviting myself over to your place – to your kitchen, your family room, your laundry room. I can’t wait to connect with you!

On my way to meet the film crew for the taping of my talk, I grabbed a drive thru coffee to bring with me to the filming. I wanted that coffee cup right in front of me while I spoke into the cameras. I wanted it there as a visual reminder that my hope was to connect with you in your home, over coffee, sister to sister sharing the journey of motherhood.

The Catholic Conference 4 Moms is an online conference that runs March 6 (tomorrow!) through March 9th. Every day several (short, to the point) talks will be emailed to you, and you’ll have a chance to watch the talks in the comfort of your own laundry room, yoga pants, messy bun, and all.

The speaker line up and topics are incredible. I feel beyond honored to be part of this line-up with some of my mom-crushes like Rachel Balducci (aka Boymom extraordinaire), and Leilia Maria Lawler!

You can Register Here for the conference, and the first talks will be sent to your inbox tomorrow.

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Looking forward to having that cup of Joe with you, and being encouraged in my motherhood right along with you, my sisters on this crazy awesome journey.

xo,

Steph

P.S. Here are some sneak peek screen shots of my CC4M presentation. Oy being on camera is hard. ;o)

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Posted by: littlebitofparadise | February 25, 2015

5 Easy No-Stress Ways to Incorporate Charlotte Mason Education in the Home

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Last year I read a ton of books, blogs, and articles about education. As our first child approached the kindergarten age, I certainly felt the urge – maybe even the obligation – to read up on different educational philosophies, methods, and practices.

Charlotte Mason’s principles for education particularly interested me because many of my friends used her method with their children, at least loosely, and I was raised with many of her ideas implemented in my parent’s home.

“Education is a discipline, an atmosphere, a life.” –  Charlotte Mason 

After reading several books about Charlotte Mason education, I must admit I started thinking to myself “What’s all the fuss?” and “why does Charlotte Mason always sound so complicated and formulaic to outsiders and newbies like me?

To put it bluntly, many of Mason’s ideas are just practical, common sense approaches to raising children and guiding them as they discover the world for themselves. Most of her ideas are not rocket science, they’re just what I’d call “intentional common sense” about fostering a deep love for the child and creating an environment for him where learning is naturally encouraged, celebrated, and promoted.

Am I over-simplifying Charlotte Mason? Absolutely. But I think that for many of us parents, simple and easy is how we need to hear about such ideas. We’re all stretched thin for time and talent. Yet I think we all can create an environment where our children are encouraged to stretch their minds and hearts and fall in love with learning.

Just a few intentional yet easy, no-stress steps can help foster a Charlotte Mason education in your home, right now. Starting today.

Here are five of my favorite no-stress ways to foster a love for learning environment in my home:

1. Pandora: Good music played throughout the day. 

Introduce your child to a love of music in all it’s wonderful, varied forms. We have Pandora on our TV through our ROKU device, and we play classical music in the morning, and a wide variety of genres during the afternoon. We have Pandora pre-set stations for most of the classical and neoclassical composers, and our kids have grown familiar with their names and their music – I let them choose the stations and they take turns picking Telemann, Scarlatti, Bach, Handel, and so many others.

In the afternoon, we play Celtic music and have a dance party, or Italian opera, or “oldies”. Today during lunch we played a Bluegrass station, and my 3 year old piped up and asked if there was a Red Grass station we could listen to next. ;o)

“They must be left alone, a great deal, to take in what they can of earth and heaven.” – Charlotte Mason

2. Take them on walks and let them play outside daily. 

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Unless the weather is too cold or wet to make it safe for little ones to be outside, I take my children on a walk every day with our triple jogging stroller. I don’t make a big deal (actually I don’t make ANY deal) of looking at nature or trying to learn anything while we’re outside, but the truth is, kids are curious about nature. If you make the outdoors a part of their life, they’ll learn to love it. They’ll learn to be curious and brave and inquisitive about nature.

Without realizing it we had a mini semester study on Carolina trees last fall. One day we were coming home from our walk and Luke, then almost 3, started naming off the different trees based on their leaf shapes in all the neighbor’s yards. I realized that over the course of the fall they had been asking me “what’s the name of that tree/leaf” and I answered or looked it up for them. Natural, stress free learning 101.

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3. Display maps, atlases, and globes in your home. 

Charlotte Mason wanted children to have a deep insatiable curiosity about the world. She suggested maps, atlases, and fine art prints readily accessible to the child. Thankfully, my husband and I love maps and we love to travel, so we have maps in most rooms of our home except for bedrooms and bathrooms. My children will gladly engage in a conversation about continents and countries and where they hope to travel in their lifetimes. We don’t force geography lessons, we just let them spin the globe and let their imaginations spin with it.

“They must grow up upon the best. There must never be a period in their lives when they are allowed to read or listen to twaddle or reading-made-easy. There is never a time when they are unequal to worthy thoughts, well put; inspiring tales, well told” – Charlotte Mason

4. Have LOTS of good books easily accessible to children, and get rid of Twaddle.

Charlotte Mason writes strongly against dumbed-down children’s books that do nothing for their development or love of learning. Last year we did a full overhaul and got rid of tons of books and are still working to rid our home of Twaddle. (I wrote about that journey here).

I also rearranged our bookshelves so that good books are more acessible to our children. I find that often small kids prefer to pick a book off a table or out of a basket, than to choose one from a bookshelf. We still keep the majority of children’s books on bookshelves in our playroom, but I’ve also placed baskets around our home full of books I’d like them to have easier access to. All day long they go sit on the floor with a blanket or in a small rocking chair next to those baskets and flip pages.

I’ve also started using the library a LOT more. I use websites like Elizabeth Foss and Shower of Roses to obtain good Twaddle-free book lists, and then I max out my monthly library hold limit, and go pick up 20-25 books at one time. It keeps the kids always interested in books since the titles are always changing month to month. (Our very favorite library finds then go on my Amazon wish list for our children’s library :o)

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“What is required of us is that we implant a love for the Word.” – Charlotte Mason 

5. Read a verse of the Bible to them daily.

When it comes to educating our children, regardless of the method, the only thing we REALLY are required to do as parents is to instill in them a love for God. Truly, that is the bottom line of a parent’s duty toward a child, isn’t it?

I’ve found it helpful to read a verse of Scripture to my children every day. Not a whole chapter or even a whole passage, just a verse. To let a few words of actual Scripture (not dumbed-down Children’s Bible story books) soak into their minds and hearts.

So there you have it: Play Pandora. Go on walks around the block. Hang a few maps. Take trips to the Library. Read the Bible.

Five easy and stress-free ways to foster education, right?

Now it’s your turn – I’d love to hear your ideas for EASY ways to foster a love for learning in the home.

“…my object is to show that the chief function of the child–his business in the world during the first six or seven years of his life–is to find out all he can, about whatever comes under his notice, by means of his five senses…” – Charlotte Mason

Posted by: littlebitofparadise | February 13, 2015

Single Ladies: What’s on My Heart for You

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Every single February 14th, it’s the single ladies who are most on my heart. There is so much I want to say to you – to tell you how often I pray for you, how much I understand the cross of desiring marriage and family life when you feel so alone and lonely, and sometimes even hopeless. I want to bring you each a latte, and a hug, and a subscription to Catholic Match (just kidding about that last part….sort of ;o) ).

One of the reasons my sweet single friends have my heart so much on Valentine’s Day is because I look back on my single years and realize, much to my shame, how much I pined and whined and prayed for the wrong thing, or at least not the highest good, in a future relationship. I so much desired a Hollywood-ized idea or romance that, sure, is fun and exciting and wonderful. But I’ve learned through the joys and struglges of marriage that it isn’t the main thing I should’ve been wishing for, looking for, in a spouse. 

Ann Voskamp posted a beautiful reflection today about How Real People Make Shades of Real Love. So worth reading. And for all of you who are on my heart this Valentine’s Day and probably don’t even know it, I’m re-posting what I wrote to you last year about finding a love that is the most precious of all. 

Love and prayers and lots of hugs, 

Steph

***** My post from Feb. 14, 2014 *****

Today is a day with such loaded emotion in a lot of ways. I remember when I was a single lady, I absolutely hated this holiday. I felt left out, alone, and extra sad that I didn’t have someone to love and shower with gifts. It was depressing not to have a Hottie to put on a LBD and heels for so we could go order the couple’s special at The Melting Pot together. In my head, I constructed a perfect Valentine’s Day that I imagined most married couples experienced every February 14th.

I’ve had the most insane February so far, and it’s given me a new clarity about Valentine’s Day.

Our entire family has been battling the flu from hell for almost two weeks. I first got the flu symptoms on Tuesday February 5th, and between then and now I’ve been the most sick I’ve been in my entire adult life. There were days I could hardly get my head off my pillow. And then my husband got the flu, and then all three of our children fell prey to the beast. To be so weak you can hardly hold your baby without sitting down is kind of scary. To be up all night coughing up a lung because you’ve contracted bronchitis, but still have to be awake enough to feed and comfort you children the next morning, is a nightmare.

I feel like I’m coming out of a ten day drunken fog. Today is the first day I’ve gotten dressed in real clothes since February 5th – not lying.

With the type of profound sickness my family has just been through, there’s a special kind of mental clarity that comes through such weakness and suffering.

Single ladies: those of you longing for a man to love you, to shower you with treats and gifts and kisses on Valentine’s Day and every day. Listen closely because I have found a key to happiness in love and I want the same for each of you:

It’s not the man who showers you with presents, roses, chocolates and kisses that is going to steal your heart and melt it into a pool of adoration a thousand times a day.

Sure, those things are nice, but they aren’t what you really want for ever into eternity.

Instead, look for the man who will serve you to the point of laying down his very life for yours each and every day. In big ways and small ways. Find the man who’s love shows forth in the outpouring of all he’s got for the woman who is his all. 

I guarantee, ladies, that in the grand scheme of life, you want the man who walks the halls at night with a teething baby because his wife is too weak to life her head off a pillow. You want a man who, instead of bringing you bon bons, drives around town to find the best comfort food takeout to bring home to a wife who’s completely lost her appetite. Find a man who loads his babies up in the car to take a long drive so his wife can take a nap in a quiet house.

These things seem very mundane, don’t they? But here’s the truth.

It’s in the giving and the loving in the every day little way things of this world that will form a strong knot of love that will not soon be undone.

Find the man who serves you, putting your needs above his own, and you’ll find a friend and lover who will adore you forever. He’s the one you want to say yes to – a million times over.

I find it funny that on the Feast of Saint Valentine our culture celebrates amorous love, when today we celebrate a martyr saint: a saint who if he taught us anything about love, taught us that the highest love is love as sacrifice. Sacrifice and suffering and offering for the One you love and Who first loved you.

xo,

Steph

PS. Peter (aka Mac) Weinert if you happen to read this today, I love you forever plus one and this song is what’s playing in my head about you today. I’m so very grateful God gave me you.

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Cause God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
And for when I think I lost my way
There are no words here left to say, it’s true
God gave me you

Posted by: littlebitofparadise | January 12, 2015

Don’t Forget the Most Important Thing for Your 2015 List!

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I had firmly resolved not to blog about resolutions this January, since plenty of wiser folks were already sharing their thoughts and plans and goals for a New Year.

…So I suppose this post will be a classic example of how good I am at keeping resolutions.  :o)

I want to share something I learned from my father. I’m a slower learning. Dad has been keeping this practice – now a habit – daily for as long as I can remember. And finally, this January, I’m taking it to heart.

Every morning when my Dad sits down at his desk, he writes on his daily planner notepad. At the top of the page he writes Psalm 90:12, which says: “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Dad always teaches that if we keep an eternal perspective about our life and how fragile and fleeting our time on Earth is, it will help us approach our tasks and lists with more wisdom, prudence, and productivity.

After writing the verse, Dad then prayerfully makes two lists for his day: the “To Do” list, and a second one: “Not To Do.” I’ve heard my father say that one of the hardest things to discern in life is when to say no, even to very good, very worthy, very exciting things.

It’s the second list that my Dad makes in his planner that has been on my heart since Advent.

For my little family, the past year and a half has been insanely busy. The Hubs and I are both active, (at least partly) choleric, type-A personalities, and it’s been easy for us to fill our plates, our calendars, and our to-do lists to the brim. This past fall, I’d say the main culprit of the to-do list insanity has definitely been me.

While being busy and doing a lot of things is very fun, and very good, it comes with a price. My spirit has not been restful, my prayer life is not as strong as it should be, and I’m easily distracted from core responsibilities of my vocation by really fun, really good, other things.

Right before New Years the Hubs and I went out for a date night and discussed our past year – the good, the bad, the things that needed to change, and also made some goals and plans for this new year. I realized after the date night that the things we resolved to look at more closely or change were all good things that we decided we should take off our plate, or decrease in our lives, in order to make room for the core important things to our family.

And I thought of my father, and Psalm 90:12, and the “not to do” list he faithfully prayers over each day.

My only resolution this year is to pray for more guidance on the things I should take off my to-do list – to make myself more open for God’s call to rest, refresh, refocus on what matters most.

On that date night with my husband, I reflected that the happiest season of 2014 for myself and the kids was late spring/early summer. I realized it was at that exact time that I decided to take a 2 month blogging sabbatical, in an effort to spend more time in other areas of life (personal reading, working to de-clutter the house, and spending most of my time outdoors with the kids.) It was such a happy, blessed time here at home.

Blogging is a blessing in my life – I love the chance to memorialize events from our daily life, connect with others, and tap into the wonderful online community that is blogging. But after last year’s blogging break I feel such release and relief from any pressure to grow my numbers, build a bigger or better blog or online presence. I’m content with giving my blog attention when I can, and shutting down the laptop when it’s time to focus on other things. In her book Bread and Wine, Shauna Niequist wrote: “Maybe it was the change in the air, or the other changes under our roof, maybe it was the nature of writing – so much activity in the mind and the heart and the fingers, [that] sometimes you have to close the computer and live in the world again…”

That was my summer, closing the computer and giving myself a chance to refocus. I hope to do that occasionally this year as well, taking needed breaks to pray and think over balance and priorities.

In the meantime, I can’t wait to share more of my heart and our lives with you here on my blog, and I so look forward to connecting with you here this year. If you’re still gearing up and goal setting for 2015, perhaps you’ll write Psalm 90:12 on a little note next to your daily planner, and remember that there are two important lists for a balanced, happy life: the do’s and the don’ts.

Happy New Year!

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“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” 

— Psalm 90:12

 

 

Posted by: littlebitofparadise | January 9, 2015

Meet the 2015 SUPERMOM

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I’ve noticed a recurring theme on “mom blogs” as the calendar turned a New Year: lots of moms are writing about once and for all “throwing in the towel” and committing to give up any notion of being – or ever becoming – “Supermom.”

While I understand the sentiment and the full heart this resolution comes from, I vigorously disagree with moms who want to give up trying to be Supermom.

I think every mother should strive to be Supermom every. single. day. I think it should be our singular challenge and an all consuming passion. Trying to be Supermom should be the reason we run with perseverance and fight that good ol’ fight every day. We should strive for it, sweat for it, cry over it, laugh as we conquer it.

Who is Supermom?

Perhaps I should start by telling you what She does.

She gave up her “career” to stay home so her kids could have her presence each day.

She can’t give up her job, and for good reason, so she puts on a brave face when she kisses them goodbye each morning.

She wipes noses and fills sippy cups.

She sings songs with her kids.

She turns on the radio and lets them sing along.

Her house is a Pinterest-worthy model of spotless clean.

Her house is a wreck and she wonders if she’d qualify for the show “Hoarders.”

She jumps out of bed ready to face the morning on her own fuel, sipping lemon water while she makes their breakfast.

She drinks coffee in the mornings like a Boss. She wears three coats of under eye concealer to hide the battle scars of a long night with children.

She cooks all three meals from scratch from all organic ingredients.

She opens cans and thaws freezer meals.

She cuts coupons and meal plans weekly.

She does drive-thru because it’s 5:30 and they need to eat and she needs to breathe.

She vaccinates her children.

She hasn’t given them any shots.

She rubs his back every night when he gets home from work.

She falls sobbing into his arms and asks how can she possibly do this again tomorrow.

She spends quiet time each morning in prayer.

She makes her work her prayer offering.

She packs a homemade meal for their daily lunch box.

She sends cash in their pockets for the cafeteria meal.

She homeschools her kids.

She drives them to the school herself each morning.

She walks them to the bus holding their hands.

She spends hours on the floor playing with her kids.

She gave them siblings and toys to play with so she can do other things.

She always gets dressed in cute lovely outfits before breakfast.

She wears yoga pants and ponytails six days a week.

She fills Costco carts with wholesale diapers twice a month.

She hand washes cloth diapers at the end of each day.

She shops at Walmart.

She shops at Whole Foods.

She often does craft projects with her toddlers.

She hates the sight or smell of glue.

She spritzes on a designer fragrance each morning.

She smells like spit up and poopy and drool.

She sits down to an intentional meal three times a day.

She eats the ends from the toddler’s grilled cheese sandwich while she walks the halls with that teething little one.

She gives them medicine from a bottle when they are sick.

She makes ginger compresses and doles out homeopathics for their owwies.

She spanks them for blatant disobedience.

She sends them to the time-out chair.

She breast feeds exclusively.

She climbs the stairs with a lovingly warmed bottle of formula in the wee hours.

She builds forts out of blankets and pillows, and cleans up after them all by herself.

She sits on the floor for tea sipped out of teeny tiny china cups.

She plays dress up, and rocks baby dolls.

She lets her kids watch TV.

She canceled cable as soon as her kids were born.

She teaches them about God. And life. And love.

She wears perfectly applied makeup every day.

She never gets around to applying makeup, but she knows the kids don’t mind.

She is consistent with exercising and her workout DVDs. You’d never know she’s ever had a baby.

She accepts the extra pounds as a sign of the love she’s born.

She’s comfortable in her own skin.

She hates the baby weight and wishes she had the time and energy to lose it.

She prays hard.

She complains.

She smiles.

She laughs.

She cries.

She yells.

If you ask her if she’s happy you can see it in her eyes.

Because even though the world is hard, days are long, time is short, and she often feels inferior…criticized…judged… lonely… under appreciated…just plain ordinary… and sometimes even a failure…

…even after all this, if you ask her if she would choose to do it all over again, she’d tell you she would. Times a trillion.

Because she loves them. Truly, madly deeply.

She’s not ordinary.

She’s not normal.

She’s not crazy.

She’s not sane.

She’s not attainable or repeatable or reachable by any other woman.

If you’d like to see what Supermom looks like, snap a selfie and post it in the comments below.

Ladies, meet the 2015 Supermom:

Her name is YOU.

*****

A New Years Challenge:

Take a moment today to tell a mother how amazing she is and how important is the job she does for her family.

And if you know someone who could use a little reminder of how awesome she is, please share this with her!

Posted by: littlebitofparadise | January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Hi Friends!

Just popping in for two seconds to wish you all a Merry Christmas and happy, healthy, holy New Year!

Looking forward to connecting, growing, learning and laughing with you lots in 2015.

Love,

Steph (and my Guys)

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