mom-mode post #224 – on 5-minute Friday

November 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

Today I’m joining the crowd of 5-minute Friday and writing for five minutes on the word wonder.

I have been thinking about son a lot lately. Like any mother, I fret about his development, his eating habits, how much he sleeps. Needless to say, I think about him a lot. He is my only child after all.

But what has really been on my mind as of late is how much I love him. I mean, when he was first born I was amazed and how such a tiny being could take over every crevice of my heart like he did. I never thought it would be possible for this love to grow even more.

Now I know what my mom always. How her love for me grew each day. I guess that in the midst of the newborn sleepless nights, toddler tantrums and potty-training, I wasn’t noticing how much my love for him was growing each day. Now that many of the storms in my soul have settled, I can see it and I’m in awe.

If me, a mere human can love her son so much. I wonder how much my Lord loves me. More than I’ll ever know.

So tell me mamas, does your love for your child ever stops growing? 😉

beginning to grin

Oliver at 2 months



mom-mode post #219 – on time to process

September 28, 2012 § 3 Comments

I had a few minutes to spare this Friday, so I thought I’d join Five Minute Friday again!

Today’s word:


O has started to act up this week. Little naughty behaviors, a few temper tantrums. The attention-getting type, you know?

In the midst of all the packing, I was trying to grasp what was this all about. How could I help him? Then it hit me. Just as I, a grownup (I guess), am trying to understand and make sense of all the emotions a big change entails, so is my 2-year-old. Without enough words to express it, to grasp it, his ways tell me he needed some grace and perhaps some time to sit down and process through it.

So we made a countdown calendar. Nothing Pinterest worthy, just some pictures on a page. “Mommy and daddy were extra busier these days”, I said. We are getting ready for our big plane ride to Gram and Gramps!”

My little toddler surprised me with some newfound eloquence: “I ready mommy. I go on de plane. I ready to Gram and Gramps.”

Truth is, we both needed some time to process.

mom-mode post #214- on keeping the focus and digging deeper

September 14, 2012 § 4 Comments


Today I’m giving this 5-minute Friday another go. Here are my best five minutes on the word focus:

It was sometime after I turned thirty. I realized my life was in desperate need of real focus. I wasn’t getting any younger, it was time to get my behind in gear and fulfill a lifelong dream: Be one of those people who wake up early and by the time people most people are filling up their first cup of coffee, you have worked out, read your bible, put a load of laundry in.
I decided it was time to focus on the things I want to be in life, be the example I want to set for my son. Block out the distractions. Facebook, blog feeds, other people’s ideas. Focus on what I believe the Lord had tugged at my heart for some time.
After much prayer, one Sunday night, I finally sat my alarm clock for 5:30 am. The first few mornings were rough.
Sixty days later, I have lived to tell the story. I’ve completed a round of the Insanity workouts, a bible study, prayer and I feel much more focused throughout the day. No longer chugging down tons of caffeine just to keep me going.
Turns out that just a bit of focus in the morning was what I needed to turn my days (and my life’s goals) completely around.
I mean, once you tackle Shaun T. first thing in the morning, there aren’t many other obstacles in my day I feel I can’t handle.
I am that much stronger. That much more focused.


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