May 31, 2011


My kids LOVE bubbles, but I dread getting them out because they always seem to spill the bottle all over, now, I realize that bubbles are a very cheap form of entertainment, but seriously, they sure make a mess when spilled in the garage! 

Solution: The Bubble Refill Station
I'm so excited to do this this summer, and my nephew is getting a bubble themed gift for his birthday this weekend!

From Laura at Come Together Kids
For a direct link, click on the picture!

May 27, 2011

May 25, 2011

Loving God and Parenting {In the Word Wednesday}

Loving God and Parenting

 ”Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”  Deuteronomy 6:4-9
I read this passage in Deuteronomy quite often because it’s a passage that is foundational for me in my parenting.  As I was meditating on it recently, it struck me that the command to love the Lord with all your heart,soul, and strength precedes the verse to “impress them on your children.” Is it because effective training of our children in the Lord comes as a result of our love of the Lord?
Some days are real struggles for me as a parent.  I’m tired, irritable, and impatient.  The kids seem to fight more and it takes numerous instructions before they do what they are told.  Exhausted, I come to the end of the day and I can’t figure out what went wrong.  I open the word and this passage in Deuteronomy pierces my heart.  The Holy Spirit points out to me that I can’t teach, disciple, train and discipline my children in the Lord if he is not the center of my heart.
I need to be daily connected to the vine to receive my sustenance and strength.  Loving God with all my heart means that all of my being lives for God and God alone.  He doesn’t just want outward performance or attempts to perfectly obey him; he desires my heart.  “My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways.”  (Proverbs 23:26)  He wants me to seek him first in all things; nothing else should replace him in my heart.  When we are deeply in love with someone, it’s painful to be separated from them.  The same should be true of our love for God; the very core of our being desires to be with him all the time.
In order for me to be effective as a parent, I need to immerse myself in the word and drink from the fountain of life found there.  I need to pray and feed on his word each and every day or my soul will become hungry.  I don’t know about anyone else, but when I’m hungry I become irritable.  Our soul needs its daily nourishment as does our body.
When my heart is fed each day and is full of love for God, then it overflows as I pour it out in my children.  I can effectively teach them about his love because it fills my heart, I can adequately disciple them in the word because my soul has been fed by the Bread of Life, and I can impress them with the truth of God everywhere and in all situations because he has strengthened me through prayer and the word.

For further reading:  Psalm 119, Matthew 18:1-6, Mark 12:28-34, Psalm 51:16,17
From Devotions for Moms

May 23, 2011

Final MOPS meeting - May 20

Our final MOPS meeting ever was held on May 20.  We did some activities and had time to eat (of course) and fellowship!  It was a great ending to a great first year!  Remember, next year we're changing our name... we're now called M-Life.  Moms Living In Faith with Each other!


Thanks for your support and patience over the past year, we hope that MOPS was a blessing to all of you!

Check out our facebook page for more pictures!

Summer To-Do list

Do you or your kids (or you AND your kids) have a list of stuff that you want to do this summer?  Or, do your kids often say "I'm bored"?  Here are a few great ideas for getting all of your summer "To Do's" together. 

This is a great way to display all of the ideas, and then there was a suggestion to put them in a scrapbook with journaling on the back, when you have completed an activity.
For a direct link, click the picture!

And, if that looks like a lot fo work to you, you could go with something simple.  Paper... or a whiteboard would be great too.  Just take pictures of it to preserve all the great memories you make this summer!

From the blog: "whatever"
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And, here's a link for 100 FREE things to do with your kids this summer.  (From Digital Reflections)

What are your summer fun ideas?  Comment here or on facebook and I will try to add them all to this post!

May 19, 2011

End of the year

The end of the year is coming up for a lot of us with preschool age (and older) kids!  I found this cute gift idea for the teachers in our lives!  This could be used for teachers, sunday school, daycare... lot's of things!

Teacher Appreciation Gifts
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May 18, 2011

M-LIFE {formerly MOPS} at Community Reformed Church

Yay!  You found our new site!  We are so excited to show off our new logo and name!  We feel that this name change will help us to include more moms of kindergarten age children!  Stay tuned for a lot more fun right here on this blog, including updates on what's happening with M-LIFE, summer events (also see the "Summer Schedule" page to the right), and fun ideas to enjoy with your family or with your friends!