Friday, April 11, 2014

Wisdom Project #4

I found this amazing list on facebook. It has been circulated around so much that I don't know who created it to give them the proper credit. But I am in no way claiming this to be my own work.

I think each one of the things on this list are so important!

1. Paint her nails. Then let her scratch it off and dirty them up. Teach her to care about her appearance, and then quickly remind her that living and having fun is most important.
2. Let her put on your makeup, even if it means bright-red-smudged lips and streaked-blue eyes. Let her experiment in her attempts to be like you…then let her be herself.
3. Let her be wild. She may want to stay home and read books on the couch, or she may want to hop on the back of a motorcycle-gasp. She may be a homebody or a traveler. She may fall in love with the wrong boy, or meet mr. right at age 5. Try to remember that you were her age once. Everyone makes mistakes, let her make her own.
4. Be present. Be there for her at her Kindergarten performances, her dance recitals, her soccer games…her everyday-little-moments. When she looks through the crowds of people, she will be looking for your smile and pride. Show it to her as often as possible.
5. Encourage her to try on your shoes and play dress-up. If she would rather wear her brother’s superman cape with high heals, allow it. If she wants to wear a tutu or dinosaur costume to the grocery store, why stop her? She needs to decide who she is and be confident in her decision.
6. Teach her to be independent. Show her by example that woman can be strong. Find and follow your own passions. Search for outlets of expression and enjoyment for yourself- not just your husband or children. Define yourself by your own attributes, not by what others expect you to be. Know who you are as a person, and help your daughter find out who she is.
7. Pick flowers with her. Put them in her hair. There is nothing more beautiful than a girl and a flower.
8. Let her get messy. Get messy with her, no matter how much it makes you cringe inside. Splash in the puddles, throw snowballs, make mud pies, finger paint the walls: just let it happen. The most wonderful of memories are often the messy ones.
9. Give her good role models- you being one of them. Introduce her to successful woman- friends, co-workers, doctors, astronauts, or authors. Read to her about influential woman- Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie. Read her the words of inspirational woman- Jane Austen, Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson. She should know that anything is possible.
10. Show her affection. Daughters will mimic the compassion of their mother. “I love yous” and Eskimo kisses go a long way.
11. Hold her hand. Whether she is 3 years-old in the parking lot or sixteen years old in the mall, hold on to her always- this will teach her to be confident in herself and proud of her family.
12. Believe in her. It is the moments that she does not believe in herself that she will need you to believe enough for both of you. Whether it is a spelling test in the first grade, a big game or recital, a first date, or the first day of college…remind her of the independent and capable woman you have taught her to be.
13. Tell her how beautiful she is. Whether it is her first day of Kindergarten, immediately after a soccer game where she is grass-stained and sweaty, or her wedding day. She needs your reminders. She needs your pride. She needs your reassurance. She is only human.
14. Love her father. Teach her to love a good man, like him. One who lets her be herself…she is after all wonderful.
15. Make forts with boxes and blankets. Help her to find magic in the ordinary, to imagine, to create and to believe in fairy tales. Someday she will make her 5 by 5 dorm-room her home with magic touches and inspiration. And she will fall in love with a boy and believe him to be Prince Charming.
16. Read to her. Read her Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle. But also remember the power of Sylvia Plath and Robert Frost. Show her the beauty of words on a page and let her see you enjoy them. Words can be simply written and simply spoken, yet can harvest so much meaning. Help her to find their meaning.
17. Teach her how to love- with passion and kisses. Love her passionately. Love her father passionately and her siblings passionately. Express your love. Show her how to love with no restraint. Let her get her heart broken and try again. Let her cry, and gush, giggle and scream. She will love like you love or hate like you hate. So, choose love for both you and her.
18. Encourage her to dance and sing. Dance and sing with her- even if it sounds or looks horrible. Let her wiggle to nursery rhymes. Let her dance on her daddy's feet and spin in your arms. Then later, let her blast noise and headbang in her bedroom with her door shut if she wants. Or karaoke to Tom Petty in the living room if she would rather. Introduce her to the classics- like The Beatles- and listen to her latest favorite- like Taylor Swift. Share the magic of music together, it will bring you closer- or at least create a soundtrack to your life together.
19. Share secrets together. Communicate. Talk. Talk about anything. Let her tell you about boys, friends, school. Listen. Ask questions. Share dreams, hopes, concerns. She is not only your daughter, you are not only her mother. Be her friend too.
20. Teach her manners. Because sometimes you have to be her mother, not just her friend. The world is a happier place when made up of polite words and smiles.
21. Teach her when to stand-up and when to walk away. Whether she has classmates who tease her because of her glasses, or a boyfriend who tells her she is too fat - let her know she does not have to listen. Make sure she knows how to demand respect - she is worthy of it. It does not mean she has to fight back with fists or words, because sometimes you say more with silence. Also make sure she knows which battles are worth fighting. Remind her that some people can be mean and nasty because of jealousy, or other personal reasons. Help her to understand when to shut her mouth and walk-away. Teach her to be the better person.
22. Let her choose who she loves. Even when you see through the charming boy she thinks he is, let her love him without your disapproving words; she will anyway. When he breaks her heart, be there for her with words of support rather than I told-you-so. Let her mess up again and again until she finds the one. And when she finds the one, tell her.
23. Mother her. Being a mother - to her - is undoubtedly one of your greatest accomplishments. Share with her the joys of motherhood, so one day she will want to be a mother too. Remind her over and over again with words and kisses that no one will ever love her like you love her. No one can replace or replicate a mother's love for their children.
24. Comfort her. Because sometimes you just need your mommy. When she is sick, rub her back, make her soup and cover her in blankets - no matter how old she is. Someday, if she is giving birth to her own child, push her hair out of her face, encourage her, and tell her how beautiful she is. These are the moments she will remember you for. And someday when her husband rubs her back in attempt to comfort her...she may just whisper, "I need my mommy."
25. Be home. When she is sick with a cold or broken heart, she will come to you; welcome her. When she is engaged or pregnant, she will run to you to share her news; embrace her. When she is lost or confused, she will search for you; find her. When she needs advice on boys, schools, friends or an outfit; tell her. She is your daughter and will always need a safe harbor - where she can turn a key to see comforting eyes and a familiar smile; be home.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ali's 12th Birthday Party

We all had an amazing weekend! The weather was great! We went to Oma & Opa's to have the party. Enjoy these pictures that sum up the wonderful day! 

Little Miss got an iPod touch 5th generation from her Dad's family. Needless to say, she is one happy tween.

I think she loves her Oma!

She got a total of $160!!

Wiffleball and Kickball time!

Uncle Kurtis helping Lily through the obstacle course Oma made!

Best. Home. Run. Celebration. Run. Ever. 
lol I love my brother!

I am so thankful that the weather is getting better finally, and we can all start getting together more often. This has probably been the longest winter of my entire life. In more ways than one. So glad to see it go!

Mermaid Island!

Today I took the girls shopping to spend the money that they had. Aimee found a mermaid doll and fell in love with it of course. She just couldn't wait to get back home and finish up her homework so she could play with it. She opened it and played a little while and then came to me and said, "Can I put some water in the bathtub and put my mermaid in it and some seashells??" I said yes and she said, come on Lily lets go play. It was so cute. I hadn't went in there until after I put them to bed and when I walked in there, this is what I found. There is something so cute and sweet to me about toys in the bathtub. Just solid imagination play time! I didn't want to forget this memory!


81. Lily singing the cats to sleep. 

82. Taking the girls shopping to spend their money! 


Monday, April 7, 2014

Keep Counting Blessings!

For a couple years, off and on, I was participating in posting 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp. There were just a few things about it that just wasn't meshing well with me. For example, I have always been one to go by the motto "Count your blessings, not your worries" and have realized all the little blessings He gives us daily as well as the big ones. So when I learned of her book, I was like, Yeah, that's what I have been doing all my life! And I just kinda jumped on the band wagon. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I want something that is different from hers in my own way since I was doing it all before also, and something I can share with others and welcome them to use also. Thus was born Keep Counting Blessings!! I didn't like the idea of putting any kind of limit on it. Don't  just count your blessings for a little while, KEEP counting them!! Post as many as you want and number them as you go as an instant reminder of just how many things there are to be thankful for! Use the hashtag #KeepCountingBlessings and/or tag me in your post so I can see them also! Life is a constant blessing so join in!

Ch-ch-ch-changes! sure has been a long winter. I am so glad to be seeing the light of Spring!!!

 I have been MIA since October, but have been thinking about this blog often during that time. The longer I was away from it, the more I missed it and the more I realized that I must have put too much pressure on myself to try to post daily and have a set schedule like I could even hit the ground running and keep up with the people who have been doing this for years. I honestly don't even know if that's what I want to become. I think it would be nice but I don't want to stress myself out about making blogging a full time career. I think the break was VERY much needed and let me refresh myself and think about what I want to do with it. Don't get me wrong, I beyond love this blog. Everything about it down to the name and theme are perfect for me. It's one central location that all my branches can come back to. I have the wisdom project for the girls, I have #KeepCountingBlessings and who knows what else will come up! I just want this to be a no pressure, anything goes, post-what-I-want-when-I-want page! Everything else is in the Lord's hands to put where he wants! Already writing this post is making me feel better by tons!!