Mommy Monster

I have started a new Bible study this week titled “No More Perfect Moms” by Jill Savage. This study is exactly what I needed because unfortunately the Mommy Monster comes out at my house more than she should. You see, my name is Jenny and I am a perfectionist. However, this does not mesh well with mommy hood. Why? Because neither myself nor my daughters are perfect people. I know you are shocked by this revelation!

Its the unrealistic expectations that I bring upon myself and my girls that cause this monster to rear her ugly head. God is revealing to me that having these unrealistic expectations are going to make my life and my girls’ lives miserable. They will tear us apart and I am not willing to let that happen just so that the people around me can think that I am supermom.

What unrealistic expectations do you have? What could hinder your happiness? What could cause or is causing unneeded stress and pressure in your life?

Is it frustration that your body will not let you breastfeed? Because we all know that “you are a horrible mom because you aren’t nursing”. (PS, YOU ARE NOT A HORRIBLE MOM IF YOU CAN’T BREASTFEED)

Is it frustration that your 1 year old won’t potty train? Newsflash….they are still a baby! Stop making them grow up before they are developmentally ready? This is going to cause unnecessary frustration in your home. (Rant over)

Is it frustration because the other moms around you feed their children all organic, natural, vegan food at every meal and it is all you can do to get them fed, period? #mcdonaldsforthesecondtimethisweek

The list of frustrations could go on and on. My question to you: is it all worth it? Is it worth the anger, frustration, heartache, pain, drama, tears, and brokenness?

I am preaching to myself too when I say…don’t let the Mommy Monster come out because of unnecessary expectations.

Proverbs 14:1 “A wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.”

You can check out more from Jill Savage at her website http://www.nomoreperfect.com.

 

Glue Sticks and Markers and Pencils, Oh My!

It’s that time of year again! The time when parents are happy and giddy because they no longer need to babysit their own kids. The time when students cringe every time they walk into a store and see the “back to school” section. The time of year when every teacher’s bank account takes a dive bomb because of the beautiful dollar spot at Target! (Darn you dollar spot! You get me every time!)

The O.C.D comes out in me every July and August. My planner is filled out and ready to go. My lesson plans are written out. My supplies are bought and organized for a new school year. I have even bought all of the girl’s school supplies too! It feels so good to have beaten the back to school crowds!

If there is one thing I have learned after 9 years of teaching it is this…those yellow Crayola boxes never last the first week (sometimes the first day) of school. I refuse to constantly tape those things back together a hundred times a day. I have bought individual hard plastic crayon boxes for each kid in my class. I have also bought one for my oldest daughter, who will be in first grade next year.

I have also learned that 5 and 6 year old’s are very disorganized and lose things ALL THE TIME, including their crayons, markers, and pencils. In my own classroom I have a “lost and found” bin where we put things that have been found on the floor. If a kid is missing their black marker, they check the “lost and found” bin to see if it is there. To help my oldest daughter keep a track of her supplies, I have labeled them all. Yes, every colored pencil, crayon, marker, etc. I am hoping this will make her life and her teacher’s life a lot more simplified.

Again, I have O.C.D and I know that labeling each school supply is not on every parent’s agenda, but it makes this teacher’s and mama’s life a whole lot easier!

SALE!!! School Uniforms

As both a teacher of a private school and a mom who has children that attend that private school, I am always keeping my eyes open for great deals on school uniforms. I know that Old Navy has had a BOGO deal going on, however their uniforms are still quite expensive. Sometimes I can get good deals at Target, spending around $12 on shorts, pants and bottoms. BUT, right now the best deals I have found are at Children’s Place!

Why I choose Children’s Place:

#1…FREE SHIPPING!!!! They always have free shipping which knocks off about $5 from your total!

#2…POINTS PROGRAM!!!! Signing up for the FREE points program allows you to earn cash back. Normally you earn 1 point for each $1 you spend. Once you hit 100 points, you get $5 back on your next purchase. BUT right now they are offering double points which means that you get 2 points for every $1 you spend!

#3…ADJUSTABLE WAIST BANDS!!! God bless the person who first thought of adjustable waist bands! I mean seriously they are amazing in that now my girl’s clothes can last them just a little bit longer which means I am not constantly spending money on their ever-changing bodies.

#4…CHEAP PRICES!!! Right now, you can buy school polo shirts for $5.18, sweaters for around $8, skirts for $5.98, shorts for $6.78, pants for $7.98, and dresses from $8-$11!!!

Of course, Children’s Place has regular school clothes too, and right now they are 60% off!!!!!

So what are you waiting for?!?!?! Clink the link below to start your shopping!!!!

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“All Things Are Become New”

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

Since the day that both of our daughters were born we have been praying that they would develop a personal relationship with Jesus. As Christians, Philip and I know how important it is to have that relationship with the One True God. HE is the rock that we build our family on. HE is our light in the darkness. HE is our peace when hard times come. HE is our joy.

On January 21, 2017, Adilynn accepted Jesus as her personal savior! What an amazing day that was. She had been asking questions about salvation for many months before, but on this day she was ready to ask Him in to her heart. So, after our youngest daughter went to bed, Philip, Adilynn and I crawled up in our bed and we talked, cried, and prayed together. It will be a day I will never forget.

As Christians, we believe that the next step after salvation is baptism. We know that baptism is not what saves us, but it is an act of obedience that symbolizes our belief in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection along with the burial of our old self as we continue life with our new self. It is also our way of telling people that we are followers of Jesus! Adilynn knew that after asking Jesus into her heart she needed to be baptized, however she chose to wait until our family from out of town could be here.

My family came in earlier this week from Georgia and Oklahoma and they were able to witness Adilynn’s baptism last night at church. It will be a day that I, and I know Adilynn, will never forget.

Salvation is a free gift that exceeds any material thing you could ever receive on this earth and you DO NOT have to do anything extreme or amazing in order to receive it. All you need to do is admit you are a sinner in need of a Savior,  believe that Jesus died and rose again, and ask him to become the Lord of your life.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. -Romans 10:9

 

Introductions

Hi readers! Let me begin by introducing myself to you. My name is Jenny and I am a born and raised Floridian, living the dream with my husband and our two daughters. I am a kindergarten teacher at the private school I attended growing up.  I have been blogging since 2008 over at http://www.robertsfamily0310.blogspot.com, but have decided to switch things up a bit and start a new blog.

This blog will focus on all different areas of our lives. I will be writing inspirational, family, classroom, and home decor posts. I am not a polished writer. In fact, my writing may be quite boring, but I do hope that you enjoy getting a small glimpse into my not-so-perfect, perfect life! cropped-untitled-export-0010.jpg