ChristianSuperMom.com » Motherhood http://christiansupermom.com Striving for a life that glorifies God Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:22:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.5 The Secret to Being a More Productive and Confident Woman http://christiansupermom.com/secret-productive-confident-woman http://christiansupermom.com/secret-productive-confident-woman#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:00:28 +0000 http://christiansupermom.com/?p=9734 "Wow! Look at you, all dressed up with makeup and your hair fixed!!"

It was the next-morning greeting I received from the ladies at a recent women's retreat I participated in.

As I poured some orange juice and glanced around the kitchen, I noticed I was indeed the only one in the rustic cabin filled with twelve women, who had gotten dressed, fixed her hair, and put on makeup. Not that it was a bad thing that the others hadn't done that yet! I guess I was just surprised to see I was the only one who had.

Given that we were on a "restful" (and I use quotes because we were actually quite active a good chunk of the time, as we hiked and went for a run later on) get-away, I should have felt okay rolling out of bed, wiggling into a pair of jeans, brushing my teeth, throwing my hair back in a classic ponytail and calling it a day. I certainly didn't need to impress anyone. Seems the other women had the right idea.

But what about when we aren't out on a relaxing retreat? What about the time we spend in the everyday trenches of motherhood and homemaking? Do we really need to "get all dressed" for those days?

Yes!

Sure, starting the day out having to get showered up and dressed and apply the war paint to our face slows down the start of our day. It's also hard to juggle finding time to shower or apply mascara when little ones are tugging on our legs. And well, what woman really wants to dirty another set of clothing unnecessarily. Goodness, there's enough laundry to do as it is, right?

The Secret to Being a More Productive and Confident WomanThe more I've thought about it, the more I realize there are benefits to getting dressed each day. (Aside from the fact that nobody really wants to see us moms in our pajamas...except maybe our husbands, and even then, only if it's the really good pajamas, if you hear what I'm saying.)

But friends, this getting dressed every day thing? It's the secret to being a more productive and confident woman!

(...aside from seeking God first everyday...that of course, is truly the secret!)

When I get a shower, I feel clean and energized. I feel like I've had a healthy dose of much needed personal time, too!

When I dress myself in a favorite pair of jeans, a pretty top, some nice looking accessories from my jewelry box, and cover my feet with a pair of shoes (slippers do not count as shoes), I feel confident and ready to tackle the day.

When I take time out to apply some blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick, and then add some curls to my hair, I feel sexy and amazing!

If someone comes over unexpectedly, I won't feel the need to apologize for how I look. If I have to run out to the store, I'm ready. 1, 2, 3, Go! No looking in the mirror wondering if I should put a baseball cap over my tangled mane, or change into a different pair of sweatpants.  No secretly hoping I don't run into anyone I know - which of course always happens!

When I'm dressed and ready for the day, my kids take me seriously. They don't argue with my attempt to get them ready - "but you aren't even dressed mommy! I want to stay in my pajamas, too!"

When I'm feeling gorgeous and put together, my husband immediately notices it. I communicate in a more loving (and flirtatious) manner, I greet him with a smile and a kiss, and there's definitely a sense of passion "in the air" between us when we're together in a room.

Probably the biggest difference noticeable to me when I start my day out dressed and ready versus lazing in my sweats, is that I move faster and I'm focused. I get so much more accomplished! Don't you?

I really think being dressed changes our state of mind for the better.

I know you're on the other side of this screen nodding your head. You agree, but you're probably wondering how in the world we're supposed to find time to do this every single morning, right?

Here are a few tips/tricks to help you get your morning off to a great start:

  • Take your shower the evening before so getting dressed and ready in the morning goes much quicker.
  • Use a pretty hair clip or another type of hair accessory to put together a quick, yet very stylish hairdo.
  • Set out your clothing for the day the night before.
  • Allow yourself one day of the week that is set aside for wearing comfy sweats or lounge pants so you don't feel so on-the-go all week.
  • Reward yourself! Perhaps a pretty manicure/pedicure if you go all week successfully getting dressed each day?

What are your thoughts about getting dressed and ready for the day? Is there something that works well for you, you'd like to share? Please do so! I love your comments!

 

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Daughter http://christiansupermom.com/christmas-gift-ideas-daughter http://christiansupermom.com/christmas-gift-ideas-daughter#comments Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:00:42 +0000 http://christiansupermom.com/?p=10054 I have three daughters. They are 25, 8, and 5.

This list is based on gifts I've either given one of them recently or plan to give in the near future. Hopefully some of these ideas will be helpful or inspiring as you determine the perfect gift for your daughter.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Daughter

Gift Ideas for Your Daughter Age 3-6

 

A totally cute sound machine to help her sleep: Cloud b Sleep On the Go Travel Sound Machine. My daughters both had this adorable little guy by the bedside to help them drift off to sleep each night when they were younger. We referred to him as "Lamby."

Because sometimes she wants to be the teacher: Pretend & Play School Set. This has been one of our most used play sets! It's seriously cute and such a hit with little girls.

Every little girl loves to listen to music and feel like she's a big girl: Apple iPod Shuffle.

Okay, I know some of you might be thinking this gift is a little "old" for your 3-6 year old, but honestly it's not. Did you ever have a Sony Walkman as a kid? I did. I loved it. This is a present day version of that. Plus it's a great way to teach your little girl to be responsible with a really cool gift that could easily be lost or damaged.

If she loves to color and get creative: Crayola Ultimate Art Supply Case. It's lightweight, fantastic storage for crayons and colored pencils, and is easy to carry around to wherever your daughter decides to plop down with her coloring books.

Gift Ideas for Your Daughter Age 7-10

 

A Mother Daughter Devotional Book: The One Year Mother-Daughter Devo by Dannah Gresh and Janet Mylin. This book has been such a blessing in our home. I read this with my 8 year old each evening before tucking her in for the night. It's prompted some awesome mother daughter chats on subjects we otherwise wouldn't have talked about.

Christian Music CD: 1 Girl Nation. I took my 8 year old to a recent Secret-Keeper Crazy Girl Hair Tour event and 1 Girl Nation was there singing as part of the event. My daughter LOVED their music, and so did I! It's good, wholesome Christian music with a great message in a fun upbeat girl band style.

A wall mural for her bedroom: Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful. I just love the message in this mural. It's something I want my girls to really embrace - that they can be their own kind of beautiful and don't need to follow the ways of the world and how society portrays beauty. What better way to be reminded of this wisdom than to see it on your bedroom wall every day?

Devotional Book: Jesus Calling - 365 Devotions for Kids. I've heard really great things about this book, but we don't currently have it yet. I'm hoping to move into this one as soon as we finish the Mother Daughter Devo.

She's growing up, and she wants music and games now: Apple iPod touch. (Sorry, I couldn't get a picture but if you click the link you'll see what they look like)

Yes, these are pricey, but as your daughter gets a little older, she will be able to handle it with care. We've given one of these to both my 8 year old and my 4 year old and they've had them for over a year without any breaks and only a few minor "whoops, I can't remember where I put my iPod" situations. Thankfully we found them - in the couch cushions. Lol!

Seriously though. They can listen to music, watch videos, play games and you can control what they have access to.

For your awesome artist: Crayola 200-piece Masterworks Art CaseWe gave one of these to my 8 year old for Christmas last year. She loves doing art and has kept this kit in impeccable condition. Since she doesn't want her little sister messing with it we have plans to get another one and give it to her sister for Christmas this year.

Gift Ideas for Your Daughter Age 11-14

 

A Secret Keeper Girl Book: 8 Great Dates for Moms and Daughters by Dannah Gresh. I just purchased this book at the Secret Keeper Girl Crazy Hair Tour a month or so ago. We haven't started reading it or going on our dates together yet, but I'm very excited to start soon.

You will totally rock her world with this one: Apple iPad Mini. Shhh...it's on the list this year. What can I say? My husband loves technology and he makes sure all of us are well equipped.

We actually plan to give one to our 8 year old, because we know it will be used for educational purposes as her school is now allowing them into the classroom. (Yes, this makes me a little bit nervous, but our daughter has proven to be very responsible with this kind of stuff so far.)

Does she have a cool study Bible yet? Try this one: Girls Life Application Study Bible NLT.

I highly recommend a good study Bible for every child. She may open the box and view it similar to a pair of socks, but it's truly one of the most valuable gifts you'll ever give your child. But don't stop there. Read it with her!

Your girl might truly appreciate some new jewelry. Two-Toned Sterling Silver with Yellow Gold Flashed Heart Center Cross Necklace.

Gift Ideas for Your Daughter Age 15-18

Because these just look so awesome and teenage girl cozy: Microfleece Nap Socks. Get them at your local Brookstone store. They'd make a lovely stocking stuffer.

She's been begging for one of these, hasn't she?: Apple iPhone.

 

An opportunity for her to journal what's on her heart and then offer encouragement to her girlfriends: Hot Chocolate with God - Beautifully Made Journal, Notes, and Gift Cards set. This is just too cool.

If you're just not sure because she's so picky or already has way too much stuff: Amazon Gift Card. You can't go wrong with this.

 

Gift Ideas for Your Young Adult Daughter

Christian Music CD:  WOW Hits 2014 Deluxe Edition. I get the latest WOW Hits CD every year. It's always on my Christmas list. The music is a nice Christian mix to help any young (or old) adult feel a little closer to their Creator.

A classy place to keep her smartphone: Cassie leather smartphone wallet. If you've never shopped at Red Envelope before you'll find all kinds of lovely things to choose from.

Every young woman loves to curl up with a blanket and a good book from time to time: Nap throw blanket. You can get it at Brookstone or on Amazon. We have one that we keep at the foot of our bed and I snuggle up in it almost every evening while hubby and I are catching up on the day's happenings. It's so soft and...wonderful!

She'd most definitely get use out of this: Apple iTunes gift card. Again, this is one of those gifts you seriously can't go wrong with.

What young woman doesn't love candles?: Cinnamon Caramel Swirl 3-wick candle. Bath and Body Works has some awesome seasonal candles on the shelves right now.

For her journal writing: Paper Mate Liquid Flair Medium Tip Felt Porous Pens. I have these pens and use them in my journal and when I'm noting things in my Bible. They are so smooth and gorgeous. If she loves writing, these will bless her sense of creativity so much. I'm even planning to tuck a pack of these in my 8 year old's stocking this year because she's always trying to use mine.

 

Because every woman needs a journal to pour her heart into: Cavallini Roma Lussa Leather Journal. I also have this journal and I love it! It's a 5 x 7 size, leather, and you can get it in different colors too, like red! :)

 

 

What did I miss? Do you  have a great idea you'd like to share? I'd love it if you would!

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30 Days of Christmas Fun http://christiansupermom.com/30-days-christmas-fun http://christiansupermom.com/30-days-christmas-fun#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:00:58 +0000 http://christiansupermom.com/?p=9984

 

Tis the season to be jolly!

Here are 30 Days of Christmas Fun you can enjoy with your loved ones:

1.  Bake Christmas cookies together.

Some of our favorites are homemade frosted cut-out sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, gingerbread man cookies, snicker doodles, and peanut butter blossoms.

2.  Deck the Halls.

Have a family Christmas decorating party. I love looking at the ornaments and decorating the tree with our daughters. We turn on the Christmas music, enjoy hot chocolate and talk about the significance of the ornaments as they come out of the storage container.

3.  Go sledding!

Grab the sled and go find a fun sledding hill in your neighborhood, or better yet, do an online search for local tubing hot spots. There's one in our area we will definitely be trying out this Christmas season.

4.  Build a Snowman.

Actually, build a Snow Family. Don't forget the carrot noses, buttons for the eyes, some twigs for arms and a few scarfs and hats. :) Don't forget to take a picture. If you get plenty of snow early enough this could even make for an awesome Christmas card photo!

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If you’re anything like me, not working in some form or fashion on a Sunday is downright challenging. I’m a doer and a goer and I have this never ending list of things I need to accomplish that I’m always somehow chugging through.

Rarely do I allow myself an hour or two to sit lazily with my family in front of the TV, and I’m a little embarrassed to admit my husband and I have decided many times during Saturday evening discussions whether or not we’ll be taking our family to church the next morning, all driven on how packed our To Do lists are.

The Importance of Observing Sabbath

Why is this a problem?

Well, it’s a problem because we’re teaching our children what’s acceptable or not acceptable through our own example.

A few weeks ago I set off on a mission to paint my daughter’s bedroom. I was determined to get the job completed before the weekend was over. My husband had a stack of documents pertaining to our personal finances he needed to go through.

We blew off going to church. We slept in. We had brunch together as a family and then we each went to work on our tasks for the day. The kids went outside to play.

I couldn’t shake the feeling of guilt.

  • We should have been at church that morning instead of sleeping in.
  • We should have been spending time together as a family, instead of all going our separate ways to work.
  • We should have placed God as a priority, and at the very least, listened to worship music while enjoying our brunch or discussed scripture with each other since we had chosen not to go to church, which didn’t just affect me and my husband spiritually, but also our children!

This got me thinking.

What does scripture teach us about Sabbath?

Exodus 16:23 says:

He said to them, “This is what the Lord commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’”

God instructed the Israelites not to cook food on the Sabbath because He knew the busy routine of daily living would become a distraction and the people would get caught up in those activities instead of worshipping Him.

Exodus 20:8-11 says:

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it, you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Resting and worshipping on the Sabbath day isn’t just an old testament law - it’s one of the Ten Commandments! God commands us to rest and worship Him! He knows we need our spiritual tank filled up so we can be more effective in doing God-glorifying kingdom work on the days when we are working.

In Nehemiah 10:31, scripture teaches about not buying or selling on the Sabbath because it makes the Sabbath about money rather than God.

Luke 4:40 tells us that in Jesus’ day the Sabbath went from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday. A 24 hour period.

So what’s okay on the Sabbath?

Think about it from Jesus’ perspective. He observed the Sabbath, but he also worked miracles on the Sabbath. He did this out of love for others. He did this work because it was the morally right thing to do.

So we need to ask ourselves... Is the work I'm doing being done with greedy intentions, placing money first? Or is the work being done out of love for others? Is the work serving God's purpose?

My choice to paint my daughter’s room was done as an act of love and service toward her, not for my own personal gain. Still, we missed church which wasn’t putting God first or teaching our children to put God first - so that choice was NOT serving God’s purpose.

A better option would have been to go to church, have brunch together as a family afterward, and then paint her room - or better yet - spend time with her face to face and paint the next day instead.

You may be thinking, “I have a job that doesn’t allow me to have every Sunday off.”

I'm not the authority, but this is my thought about it. Go back to how Jesus would view your work. Are you working with greedy intentions (asking for the extra work/hours so you can earn more money, even though you may not necessarily need the extra cash) or do you work because your employer demands a particular schedule and it’s important to keep your job which is necessary to provide for your family?

Have you asked for Sundays off?

In some cases - not all - letting your boss know it’s important to you for faith reasons that you have Sundays off is all that’s needed for a schedule adjustment. However, if that’s not possible, the bible also teaches us (in Ephesians) to submit to our employers. Do what you have to do because it’s the right thing for your family.

Just be sure to take a day that you are off work and observe it as your Sabbath day. Rest. Read scripture. Pray. Spend quality time with the people you love. Refuel.

I’m praying God will speak these Sabbath verses to my heart and my husband’s heart in the weeks to come, changing our choices for His glory and according to His commandments.

How do you spend Sunday? What tips can you share with me and other readers that help you and your family stay self-disciplined in observing God’s commanded day of rest and worship?

 

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I love growing herbs and using them for cooking. As I've been on the gardening journey the past few years I've come to appreciate the fact that food just tastes better when cooked with fresh herbs!

This year I planted all of my herbs together in a whiskey barrel. The parsley apparently loves it's whiskey barrel home because it's been growing faster than I can use it!

Actually, it was starting to crowd out any sunshine for the other herbs to grow and thrive.

I was beginning to get irritated with it when I'd check on my plants.

This is what it used to look like.

Parsley

Since I don't cook mid-eastern food in our home, (and I really need to work on improving my fruit of the Spirit known as patience) I made a rash decision some of the parsley had to go. So in crazy lady fashion, I grabbed the gardening shears and started chopping away at it. Then I asked my daughters to help me put the clippings into a large trash bag.

Yes...trash bag. I can't even believe we threw it out. I can't even believe I didn't email my friends and ask them if they'd like some fresh parsley, or deliver a handful of it to each of our neighbors that don't happen to have gardens. I can't believe I taught and endorsed waste to my daughters!

I'm telling you, I strive for SuperMom status, but I fail regularly.

*sigh*

Here's what my plant looks like now.

Parsley Now

Yes, I know. I'm such a dummy sometimes!

I'm totally kicking myself!

Instead of doing my research on parsley BEFORE taking ginormous scissors to it (I probably looked ridiculous standing there with shears bigger than the whiskey barrel itself!), I waited until three days later to start researching ways I could use this herb.

It turns out, parsley is actually quite useful. It's related to celery. I can see the resemblance, I suppose.

Did you know it's also the most popular herb out there?  Yesiree!

I'm shocked too!

I'm the kind of person who usually shoves my parsley garnish to the side of my plate when I'm dining in a restaurant. Don't you? I suspect there are many people who do that!

Did you know there are also quite a few health benefits from eating parsley?

  • Parsley reduces water retention and bloating.
  • It's a rich source of antioxidants.
  • Parsley is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K.
  • It boosts our immune system reducing the chance of catching a cold or the flu.
  • Parsley has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • It freshens breath!

Interestingly, excessive amounts of parsley can cause problems in pregnant women.  I also found some interesting information here about parsley.

Parsley in Cooking

I can't believe it never occurred to me, but parsley can be added to a green salad. We eat green salad at least 4 times a week!

It can also be used in omelets - we are an omelet loving family, rice dishes, pesto or other homemade sauces, mashed potatoes, meatballs (I already use it in these) and in burgers. I know my husband will not eat a burger with parsley in it, but that doesn't mean mine has to go without!

My greatest question though was how do I store all of the excess parsley?

Storing Parsley

Parsley can be chopped up and stored in freezer bags in the freezer for up to 6 months or it can be mixed with some water and frozen in ice cube trays, too.

Well, now I know. It's not all bad though. At least the Oregano and Mint are finally seeing some sunshine and might actually grow a little faster.

How do you use your fresh parsley? I'd love for you to share in the comments!

 

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I know many of you have followed my writing for a while now and you probably already know what I'm all about. (Thank you for hanging with me, by the way!)

However, I know I've picked up quite a few new readers over the past several weeks and if you're one of them, you might be interested to know a little bit more about me.

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10 Things I Learned From My Mother-In-Law http://christiansupermom.com/10-learned-motherinlaw http://christiansupermom.com/10-learned-motherinlaw#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:00:03 +0000 http://christiansupermom.com/?p=1224

The other day I was pondering what I would say if I were asked to speak about my Mother-in-law and the kind of woman she was. Of course, my mind was flooded with sweet memories of her and as I sat down to journal my thoughts I remembered a blog post I had written two years ago on this very subject. 

So this is an updated version of that post. She was really influential in who I am today because of her example, and I was truly blessed to have known her and to have held a special place in her heart.  She will be greatly missed, but her legacy will live on forever in our family. 

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Mother-in-law's tend to get a bad rap, don't they? They're notorious for intruding where their noses don't belong, speak boldly and unapologetically about what's on their minds and rarely say 'no' to their grandchildren, despite what mom and dad have communicated the answer should be.

I'm so glad, this was not the case with my mother-in-law. {Ok, she did spoil her grandchildren, but what grandmother doesn't?}

I mean, I'll admit when I first met her she did seem a little rough around the edges, but it didn't take me very long to realize she was one of the most genuine, compassionate, and loving women I'll probably ever be able to say I had the privilege of knowing.

And she had wisdom!

Ok she didn't know how to turn on her computer and she often struggled to figure out how to work her TV remote control and DVR.  For that matter, I'm fairly certain she didn't even know what a DVR was, even though she had one. Technology wasn't her gift and that's totally fine.

Her wisdom really radiated in being a woman and all that role entails. Be it mother, wife, grandmother or friend.

In fact, she actually taught me a thing or two…without really trying to teach me anything at all. She was just who she was and I listened, observed and learned from her example.

10 Things I Learned

Here are 10 things I learned from my mother-in-law:

  1. I learned her secret to being a good parent.  Being a good parent doesn't come from reading parenting books. There's no magical formula. A good parent loves their children unconditionally, prays for them, teaches them right from wrong, and is there to pick them up when they fall. A good parent understands there are various seasons of life. Some are great. Some are scary. The key is to cheer for their child during a winning season and encourage their child's spirit through the more difficult times.
  2. I learned age is only a number.  Every grown woman, no matter her age, has a beautiful young girl thriving within her soul. A young girl who loves her dolls, adores her bears, and cherishes her bunnies. A young girl who still enjoys the royal treatment of a Princess. A young girl who even into her golden years, still gets excited about Easter, Christmas, and Birthdays.
  3. I learned a mother's heart always has room to love one more person.  A mother is a woman of genuine compassion. She deeply loves her children. Yet it takes a very special woman to deeply love the spouse her child has chosen. To accept that spouse into the family and treat them as her own flesh and blood child, is to love as Jesus loves.
  4. I learned a mother is always in demand, even when she doesn't feel needed anymore.  Sometimes in life, God forces us to slow down and allow others to take the lead. This can be difficult to accept, especially when we've always been the mom who has everything perfect and under control. Through this, God finds special ways to show us that we are still needed and loved by our family. Even if it's something as simple as ironing a newly earned patch onto a granddaughter's Daisy vest. Recognizing those blessings for what they are, makes slowing down a little easier to accept.
  5. I learned there's value in being open to trying new foods. Church potlucks can be very scary! You just never know what strange looking food concoction you'll be faced with eating. When you're active in your church family though, potlucks often can't be avoided unless you're willing to go hungry or potentially offend a fellow member of your women's group.
  6. I learned we are responsible for making sure our children attend church and Sunday School each week. Training your children in the way of the Lord really does make a difference in how they handle life's inevitable storms. When they have a relationship with their Lord and Savior and know His word, they are better equipped to stand strong, confident, and secure in God's presence and protection. Of course, I also know it's not just the church's responsibility to teach our children God's word - in fact, it's primarily ours.
  7. I learned to plan for the worst and hope for the best.  A mother should always keep a well-stocked house. You never know which day your grown children or their spouse will ask the question…"Do you happen to have…..{fill in the blank}? Or when your granddaughter will ask "grandma, what's for dessert?"
  8. I learned there is such a thing as SuperMom! Especially when it comes to matters of the heart.  A mothers hug has power. Power to calm nerves. Power to confirm acceptance. Power to aid in healing a broken heart. Power to rebuild courage. Power to lift spirits. Power to flush out negative emotions. A mothers hug makes everything alright. A mother's words also hold great power.
  9. I learned a mother's legacy often begins in the kitchen.  There is no greater aroma than the one that screams "homemade cookies!" when you walk into grandma's house. Homemade peanut butter blossoms and chocolate chip cookies make everyone in the family happy…especially the grandkids.
  10. I learned what it looks like to live life with a kind, caring heart.  Be generous in everything you do. Jesus commands us to care for the poor or less fortunate. A woman who shows genuine kindness gives time, money and heart to those in need. True compassion is to give without judgment, give without expecting anything in return, and to give out of love.

This list only begins to describe my Mother-in-law - a woman who loved God, loved her family and loved her community.

How has your Mother-in-law blessed your life? I'd love for you to share in the comments.

 

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The Day I Screamed at a Groundhog http://christiansupermom.com/day-screamed-groundhog http://christiansupermom.com/day-screamed-groundhog#comments Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:30:24 +0000 http://christiansupermom.com/?p=7899

Rubbing my sleepy eyes, I peeked out at the garden from my second story window. The zucchini was thriving! The leaves, so big and beautiful! Oh, I can't wait to see the squash this plant produces I thought to myself, already daydreaming of what I'd do with the surplus of ginormous zucchinis I imagined would one day decorate my kitchen counter.

An hour later the girls and I departed for Vacation Bible School. It was stressful too. I taught the preschoolers the Bible story each day and let's just say those adorable little faces really challenged me.

So naturally when we arrived home after three fun filled, exhausting hours of singing, games, crafts and bible story I was ready to recharge my mama self with a tall glass of iced southern sweet tea and some creative writing. My girls took off outside to play in the yard while I clicked away on the keyboard.

Then it happened.

My oldest daughter came inside to tattle on her baby sister for hitting her. As she grumbled on, I happened to turn and glance out the open window near my computer...the one that looks out over my garden (which is really only a glorified flower bed sitting at the back edge of our property).

And there it was.

The biggest, fattest, brownest groundhog I have ever seen!

At first my reaction was "Awww, look Faith! A groundhog, how cute!" Until I noticed the very short haircut it had rapidly given my zucchini.

*gasp!*

"NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!" I shrieked.

The groundhog turned his head, cheeks full of zucchini leaves, to see what the awful sounds-like-a-40-year-old-woman-with-PMS-just-discovered-she's-out-of-chocolate screeching was. He then darted into the forestry easement right next to our property.

Wise choice Mr. Groundhog. Wise choice...

If you've followed my Facebook page at all, you probably already know I've been struggling with deer eating my garden, but the one thing I was getting comfortable with was knowing they didn't seem to have a preference for the zucchini. They had tried it and basically spit it out, never really bothering it again.

Instead the deer gave my sweet pepper plant a haircut.

We've also been dealing with gophers digging tunnels all through that flower bed, right up to the trellis that sits smack dab in the center of four thriving Roma tomato plants.

And bunnies. Baby bunnies my daughters are absolutely in love with. I haven't seen it with my own eyes yet, but I'm convinced they're nibbling on the bottom branches of my tomato plants.

The week before Mr. Groundhog showed up was when the deer took out my sweet pepper plant...multiple times. My Mother-in-law (and a few Facebook fans) suggested placing Irish Spring soap near the plants to keep the deer away. So I loaded up some old panty hose with Irish Spring and strategically placed them near the plants.

The next day, one of them was completely gone! Pantyhose and all! I imagine some little critter out there either likes the taste of pantyhose and soap, or decided to take it to decorate its nest.

Now, before you tell me to just put up a fence to keep the critters out of my garden, I'll share with you that a fence and full size raised garden bed, framed with beautiful wood (as I envision my dream garden to be) with a tasteful looking fence around it, was not in the budget for us this gardening season. Plus, this is my "test" year. We just moved into our house in November and I had no idea what to expect from the local wildlife.

Okay...I suspected it would be a problem, I just didn't expect this much frustration.

My Poor Zucchini - I think I'm going to cry... | Blog Post: The Day I Screamed at a Groundhog | ChristianSuperMom.comWhat did I do about the zucchini?

After running out to the garden to make sure the groundhog stayed away, I immediately dug up the remaining roots of the zucchini plants and planted each of them in separate flower box containers.

I then placed them strategically in the landscape beds right next to our house. Not too close to one another. Far enough away from the whiskey barrel of herbs on the sidewalk and the 4x4 garden container next to my garage that have both so far gone unnoticed by the animals.

While I was at it, I moved my cucumber into a container too.  And the sweet pepper.

So far so good. Well, except for the birds enjoying the first 3 big juicy red strawberries before I had a chance to pick them.

Friends, I really love gardening. Even though I know there's a high probability that without a fence around my plants, I'll get very little, if any, produce out of them, I'm still hopeful and I'm still trying.

Continue on this gardening journey with me, will you?  If nothing else, you might get a good laugh at my travails...just as my husband seems to be getting every time he hears another exasperated groundhog story from me.

Have you planted a garden this season? What has been your greatest gardening challenge? I'd love for you to share!

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