Get Over the What-Ifs

What if I look silly?

Fierce Falcons Shot

Fierce Falcons Shot

What if the porcelain china breaks?

Jumping for Joy and Excessive Sugar

Jumping for Joy and Excessive Sugar

What if people don’t understand what I am trying to say?

Silly parental picture

Silly parental picture

What if we can’t speak the language?

Festive Mask

Festive Mask

What if the birthmother changes her mind?

Deep in Festive Thought

Deep in Festive Thought

What if my kid wears something that doesn’t match?

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Manly Fierce Falcons

Get over the what-ifs…they are holding you back.

Follow His calling and live in the Light.

"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:5

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5

*Pictures from Joyful’s birthday celebration. The theme was masquerade party!

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Second Hand Smoke or Possibility to Evangelize?

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The background is three different neighbors’ fences.

We live in a neighborhood where all the houses are close together.

We really enjoy the location and even the quirky rental house.

With this house comes the ability to see into 6 different houses from our own windows.

And most of our neighbors are outside smokers too.

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That’s not our house behind the Third.

Awhile back, I remember a friend ranting on social media

how one of her neighbors smokes

and so that keeps the kids and her inside.

She was very concerned with her kids’ lungs getting second hand smoke

(understandably, she is given the responsibility to care for them).

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That’s our place behind Hallmark.

For some reason I felt the Holy Spirit pricking my heart over this situation.

What was irking me?

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Trying new things

What is typically seen as a deterrent can be viewed in a positive manner.

Could God use our shared backyard to be a witness to the neighborhood smokers?

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Joyful strongly holding the parrot named Seven.

Could this be a blessing in disguise?

What’s more critical?

Worrying about secondhand smoke or the destination of my neighbors’ eternal souls?

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Visiting our local farmers’ market and listening to live music while snacking on free treats!

So I pray,

pray for wisdom to know when and how to share my faith,

pray for courage to share,

pray the neighbors see beneath all our muck that life’s all about our Savior.

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With God all things are possible, especially when stretched on our tippy toes.

A totally unrelated garden update:

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Dutiful son watering the tomato plants

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I have to admit, I haven’t seen any growth on the tomato plants, but the weeds sure like it! And I don’t take the time to weed very much.

As An Introvert I Like to Travel

This is a brilliantly silly post bent on encouraging the introverts

to step outside their house and try overseas traveling!

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 I grew up in Japan.

I have been to several other countries on various trips.

I married a guy who’s job (Lord willing) is to travel.

But I am an introvert.

Is it possible to love to travel and be an introvert???

Most certainly YES!

One of my childhood homes in Japan

One of my childhood homes in Japan

1. When you are traveling, you’ll likely be in places where there’s a lot of people.

But you don’t have to interact with those people!

You actually can stay incognito and people watch

because others are distracted by everything around them.

I like to people watch, do you?

My family many years ago

My family many years ago

2. If you are going to a country that doesn’t speak your language,

you have every excuse not to talk to anyone!

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Fresh Vegetables

3. Have you ever tried ethnic food in its respective country??

That’s reason enough to go!

And it’ll give you some good conversation topics when you are back with society.

Little Me

Little Me

4. Ironically enough, traveling overseas allows me to meet new friends.

And it’s kinda nice, they typically live all over the world

so maintaining their friendships is easier

because you are reduced to social media and email.

(Pretend Skype & Facetime don’t exist!)

Are you an introvert?

Do you like traveling?

Every Day Lifesavers

As a mom, you know those times that you feel that everything may bust?

Well, try including these lifesavers to give you space to breathe.

I pull out these lifesavers in my typical day…

Hallmark's Nap Position

Hallmark’s Nap Position

1. Implement a nap time.

Whether all the kids nap or not, it’s grown into a quiet hour

where the older kids play alone and the babies nap

and mommy gets a few moments alone.

Now the kids look forward to it

and depend on the alone time.

And mommy gets giddy!

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Joyful, the Third & Hallmark take an opportunity to delight in the outdoors!

2. Spend time outdoors every day

Whether it’s running around the park,

walking to the urban grocery store,

throwing sand in the ocean

or exploring new grounds,

outside air and new scenes shake up everyone’s outlook in life.

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How can you say no to this?

3. Teach the kids to play together

Yes, all kids fight at some point

but do your best to integrate sibling play

throughout the day.

After awhile, it just becomes second nature.

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Sisters sharing memories together.

4. Encourage a love of books.

Maybe start reading to the kids in their birth language

but also encourage other languages.

Young children’s brains are sponges with languages,

use that to your benefit!

As you show a desire and love for reading,

the kids will follow.

Arabic textbook for me

Arabic textbook for me

5. Encourage imaginative play

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Dinosaurs at the library

 

As kids read, they’ll develop creative imagination.

Play dress up with them,

let them wear your necklaces

and clomp around in your boots and heels.

This brings hours of play for the kids!

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Knight/Princess Joyful

6. Include them in what you enjoy

Explain what the rules of football are,

show them how to knead bread,

pull out pastels and let the kids paint pictures.

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Mr. Optimist explaining tennis to Hallmark & Sweet Cheeks

 And then realize, sometimes, the kids just want their mama.

Let go of the dishes, forget the dirty bathrooms,

remind yourself there’s fixings for quesadillas for a quick dinner

and remember your worthiness is not in what you accomplish but who you are in Christ.

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Sweet Cheeks trapping me so I couldn’t possibly forget her.

Let Your Kids Be Kids

I am not talking let them run all over you, but I do mean, to encourage you to find the balance of calm, quiet and serene children and wild, overzealous, crazy.

We try to do both in our home.

If you are looking for some fun ways to let your kids enjoy this stage of their lives, here you go!

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Add sand down the slide and you go down faster!

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Let you kid stick toys down their jammies.

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Occasionally let the kids eat on the kitchen counter and make a huge mess with all the pomegranate seeds.

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Let your kid dress up like a super hero for the entire day, running errands and all!

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Explore outside

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Remember you can’t take your furniture to heaven with you.

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Go camping and let them eat s’mores.

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Let them poke sticks in the campfire.

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Take pictures of them and treasure the memories!

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Take them on dates and let them eat a whole chocolate shake with cheese quesadillas!

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Realize there’s going to be bumps along the way.

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Let them make their own hideout in one of your kitchen cabinets.

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Let them attempt “dangerous” actions.

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Enjoy their silly faces.

How do you let your kids be kids?

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