Sitting on my rustic back porch, on the porch swing my husband made for me. It is made from our children’s baby crib that they outgrew. I saw the idea on pintrest and I loved it. As I’m sitting here, kicked back and relaxed, swaying back and forth, I bask in how lucky I am, but I’ve rarely stop to notice. It’s naptime at my house, so I decided to go outside. Normally I’m playing on Facebook, watching T.V., etc. during my downtime. Not today. Today I sit here in the quite. No music, no T.V., no cell phone. Everything’s quite. Except nature. The birds are chirping and singing. I think I’ve counted about six or seven different types of birds just by their chirps. I hear the horses stomping in the pasture. The breeze blowing through the leaves and the dog’s tags hitting the porch floor as they roll over to find another comfy spot. The crickets are chirping loud and even the buzz from the flies sound relaxing. Not only the sounds are soothing, but the smells are so refreshing. Every once in a while I catch a whiff of honeysuckle, or the dirt of the freshly plowed field. The different smells from the pasture. The hay, the grass, just the horses in general. Then there is the view. The view of real life from my point of view and not someone else’s. The clouds rolling in and covering the blue sky with white fluff balls. Two deer slowly walk across the field, making their way towards the pasture. A beautiful cardinal hopping across the grass, trying to find food to take back to its nest. This is all the best detox and reset I think I can ever experienced. We all just need to unplug at least once a day. No music, T.V., phones, Facebook, etc. For just a little bit. We would all be much nicer, relaxed and stress-free people. If we would turn off everything and experience the one thing that can’t be turned off. Nature.
“Too much of that TV slush will surely turn your brain to mush! Come outside, and you will see, God’s creation is much better than any old TV!” ~ The Berenstain Bears Discover God’s Creation by: Stan and Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain.
My beautiful family and I are extremely outdoorsy. It doesn’t matter how hot or cold it is outside. We will always try to find something fun to do. We may have to take a lot of water breaks in the shade or dress in multiple layers of clothing, but we will enjoy our outdoor activities. One of our favorite activities is riding fourwheelers. We also enjoy sports, going to the lake (or anywhere with water), camping, fishing, and hunting. When my husband and I first started dating, that was one if the many things we both had in common. The love for outdoors. So, when we had our children, we wanted to be sure to share the love. All of our outdoor activities are just a great way for us as a family to spend quality time together. Of course, there are days when it’s too hot, storming, or we are just plain exhausted from going, going, and going that we need an indoor break to watch t.v. or play games. But for the most part, I would much rather my kids enjoy and expierence mother nature than staring at screens all day, every day. I do understand that most of today’s shows and games are educational. But, what better way to learn than experiencing it. 😀
Bullying is a topic sometimes I feel doesn’t get talked about enough. I was bullied in different ways growing up, some that I have had to learn to get over in my adult life. And even still as adults, we get bullied. One thing that irks me, is when I see someone comment on a bullying post “teach your kids to fight, problem solved” or “maybe you shouldn’t raise your kids to be a wuss”. The list goes on and on. Well, the fact is everyone is made different. Not everyone is born with the fighting mentality or the confidence to stand up for themselves. But, there are people who are. So, why not, instead of name calling kids that are being bullied, teach kids who are more strong minded and confident to stand up for those that aren’t. A little bit of compassion goes a long way and maybe someone else’s confidence will build another’s. It’s sad that children are committing suicide and doing other terrible things because they are being treated this way and feel they have no where to turn or no one to turn to. With that being said, I wanted to share a song that I wrote. It’s called “Inside of me”. Paramount songs did the recording so it would sound more professional. I hope yall enjoy it.
I know what you’re going through. Dropping your precious child off on their 1st day of school. Whether you are a stay at home mom or a working mom, it is one of the hardest thing. You see the nervous and fearful look in their eyes. Your heart just aches because this is something they have to do and there is nothing at that moment that you can do to make them feel better. They cling to you screaming and crying for you not to leave them, they will miss you, please don’t leave. And you have to leave. Knowing that they will be fine, but your heart still breaks into a million pieces because all they want is you, and you leave. Then you cry the whole way home, and possibly the whole day. You feel like a bad parent, you feel you’ve abandoned your baby. You’re anxious all day, wondering how they are feeling, are they having fun, do they still love you, are they angry or hurt. But I promise, it’s going to be ok. I have to keep reminding myself of this, even though this is my second child starting school. My first child had a rough start, but we made it through. It was hard, but now he is in 2nd grade thriving. Every day got better. You would think I would be more prepared, right. But, we never are. Just remember, right now may seem like the toughest times and how are you going to get past it. Just remember, It’s going to be ok Momma. This is just another stepping stone.
I have 2 children, a 4 year old daughter and 7 year old son. Of course, now they are at the age that they don’t take naps very often. As a parent, we all know how valuable nap time is. It’s the quite time, the get chores done time, the time to myself time. I remember when my children where at the napping age, if I had to rock them or hold them until they fell asleep, once the mission was complete off to their beds they went. Mommy would then have her 1 or 2 hours of free time to do whatever. With this being said, just the other day, after my daughter spent a long afternoon playing at her grandma’s house, she came home and took a nap. For the first time in a while. Heck, I think out of the whole summer she maybe took 2 or 3 naps. Now, normally when my daughter does take a nap, she will tell you she’s tired and lay down on the couch or in her bed and go to sleep. But, on this day, she didn’t fall asleep in her bed or on the couch. She climbed up in my lap, snuggled her little head up on my chest, stuck her thumb in her mouth and went to sleep. I looked around the house at the dirty dishes that needed to be cleaned, laundry that needed folding, vacuuming that needed to be done and I thought to myself “not today”. Could this be the last time my baby girl wants mommy to hold her while she sleeps. I couldn’t even remember the last time she wanted me to hold her while she slept. Of course we snuggle in her bed before she goes to sleep at night but, she’s a big girl now, and pretty independent. She likes to do things her way and prove she’s not a baby. But she will always be my baby. So no, the chores did not get done. They will always be there waiting. Cherish every minute with these beautiful gifts we are given. The chores will always be there, but before we know it, time goes by, and we are left wondering where it went.
Thanks for joining me! I will be posting blogs on life expierences, short stories, and also some of my songs. Thank you for visiting my site. I will be updating soon so stay tuned.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton