“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you (Matthew 7:12).”
I believe it is human nature to pass judgements on each other. How easy it is to look at a situation from the outside and make your own interpretations. I see mother's in public being really hard on their little ones and it is so easy to think, "Geez, she is probably mean to that kid all the time. Find some patience!" Then I think of my more challenging days with Jack, and it reminds me that this poor mom could be harsh and unloving. Or she could be an amazing, loving mom who is worn out at then end of a long day. Some people put on an appearance that they have it all together, when in reality everything is hanging by a thread. And there are some who seem to have nothing, no money, small house, dirty kids, and in reality are happy and content with their life that is more held together than yours.
The truth is that we all have our own struggles, and our own triumphs. Our lives are our own. We make choices and we handle situations the best way we know how. There is no one who can truly walk in our shoes and know what it feels like to be someone else. We all do the best we can with the life we are living. Life is an amazing experience. It is unpredictable and sometimes unforgiving. Your path can change direction without warning. As I grow older, I am learning to let go of regret for things I did and some I was not able to do. I am living in the moment here and now. I wake up each morning with the expectation of greatness. I strive to be an example of the kind of person I want my kids to grow into. I am not perfect, and neither are they. But everyday we grow together.
Monday, February 6, 2012
He is holding my newest online recipie creation!! Jalapeno Popper Dip, and let me just say it was AMAZING! I stuffed myself with Super Bowl Party food. The food and the beer are my favorite part of any football game. :)
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
With three out of four kiddos sick this weekend, we were pretty lazy. Our quiet weekend consisted of naps, movie watching, a tiny amount of outside playing, and a little house cleaning.
We made it to Gracie Bleu's to support Owen's baseball team, and fill up on yummy frozen yogurt.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Me: I have been working ALL stinkin morning and I am taking a break!
Trey: No breaks babe, got to get it, lol
Me: Oh I'm sorry, what I meant to say was a break from bows, and on to my mommy/slave job. Lunch, laundry, dishes, and picking up.
Hmmm! I wasn't LOL'ing. :)
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
I bought Laiken and Jack new shoes today at Hibbett in Hernando. I love the fact that the decision was based off of how fast they could run in the shoe. Not color, style, comfort, or any other logical reason. Just by how fast they could run. And let me be the first to tell you, they are fast. They were fast in Hibbet Sports, fast on the sidewalk leaving the store, fast in AnnOlivia's, fast in the driveway, and finally fast down the hall at home. Is it bedtime yet??
The logic kids have and the way they understand things is unreal sometimes. Most of the times it's funny and sometimes I am just glad they don't understand life. About two weeks ago, Laiken started telling me about her best friend's dad, "is going to work really far away for forever." She said the little girl and her mom are so sad. And she could not come over to play b/c she had to spend time with her dad before he leaves. She also told Laiken that he wants to take her dog with him, but she didn't want him to. I was pretty sure Laiken did not have all of the facts. Today Laiken told me that the girls parents are "versed". I asked her what "versed" means. Laiken said it means your dad has to go work and stay a long time somewhere else for a long time and you have to go, "stay at your dad's" alot. Laiken said, "but I don't even know what that means...go stay at your dad's." I want to explain to her what being "divorced" means, but I am not sure what the little girls knows either. I feel sad for her and her family. I hope it ends differently for them.
Laiken is so sweet and tender hearted. Last night we were watching "Mars Needs Mom's". The martians were stealing Earth's moms and killing them. (It's a kid movie and not bad at all. I loved it!) When they came to the part were the little boy was trying to save his mom, he was seconds away from being too late and it seemed she might not make it. Laiken teared up and sighed. It broke her heart that the little boy may lose his mom. But he saved her and all ended well.
My kids melt my heart daily. Just the other day I was grabbing Jack and holding him really tight saying, "I will NEVER let you go. I want to hold you FOREVER!". Then I would grab Laiken and say the same. They squealed and I tickled them, squeezed them so tight and kept saying I would never let them go. They both kept running off. The last time I let go, Jack jumped back in my arms and said, "squeeze me again mommy, I want you to hold me FOREVER!''