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Reflections of a Mother's Heart

Magnets for Mess March 18, 2009

Filed under: Brad and Me Plus 3 — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:33 pm

Little boys seem to be magnets for mess!  Whenever I take my boys out, they come home dirty.  The dirt, mud, and dust just jump on them, like a magnetic attraction.  I am convinced that Logan and Luke could play all day in a sterile white room and end up covered in dirt!

For example, a simple outing to the grocery store ended in the very great need for a band aid and a clean shirt.  Logan ran his fingers along a cooler case and cut his finger on a piece of glass.  It bled profusely and we had to ask a cashier for a band aid (I typically keep a stash in my purse, but apparently had used them all up on other emergencies!).

One morning while doing school, I realized Luke was mighty quiet.  I went to check on him in his room and found him covered head to toe in diaper cream.  My first reaction was to laugh and grab the camera.  Then,  I gave him a bath.  Do you know how hard a greasy cream is to clean out of hair??

One Sunday afternoon, Logan ran outside to play in his church clothes before I could remember to tell him to change to play clothes.  It was the first time he had worn his new khaki pants, and he looked so cute!  A couple of hours later, Logan came in with muddy red clay knees and a HOLE in his new pants.  I was not very happy!

Today, I took my children plus a friend to the park.  Well, this adventure ended august-2008-0151 in Luke having to be stripped of his pants, shoes, and socks before getting into the car because he sat in a huge mud puddle.  He couldn’t help it, bless his heart.  He comes by it honestly…his brother is the same way!

When I wash their clothes, I remember how thankful I am that I have my children and that they are healthy enough to run outside and play and get dirty.  As the Bible says, “Children are a gift from the Lord” (Psalm 127:3)  Amen!

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“Wrestle, Daddy!” March 17, 2009

Filed under: Brad and Me Plus 3 — Michelle Ferguson @ 12:25 am

One of the things that does my heart so much good is to see my husband playing with our children!  Honestly, I love the break it gives me,  but really I love to see him enjoy our children and spend time with them since he is gone all day.

When Brad came home from work tonight, two-year-old Luke ran to greet him and said, “Wrestle, Daddy!”  My children know that their daddy loves to play with them, and when he gets home, that is their special time.  Instantly, Brad can transform from pastor to playmate as he gets down on the floor and puts headlocks on three kids at the same time.  I love the bonding that takes place between them as they roll, push, and pull each other (all in love, of course!).

Dads are huge influences in the lives of their children.  Let’s not underestimate how important play time with Daddy is.  I thank God for the daddy in my children’s lives who is willing to play!june2008-006

 

Chopsticks March 15, 2009

Filed under: The Ferguson Family — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:55 pm

Lindsay has just finished a unit of study on China, and to celebrate, we went to  a Chinese restaurant on Friday for lunch.  Lindsay and Logan got chicken and broccoli with noodles and ate their entire lunch with chopsticks.  They wanted the authentic Chinese experience!  Luke even wanted to “try” the chopsticks and ended up grabbing his thumb more than his food!  While eating, we noticed the beauty of the written Chinese language around the restaurant and the lanterns hanging above each table which are so typical of the Chinese culture.  It was a fun way to spend a Friday lunch!

 

Proverbs 25:21

Filed under: Laughter and Lessons — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:03 pm

july-2008-349Laughter: As Logan and I were reviewing his Proverbs 25:21 memory verse (which says “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat.  If he is thirsty, give him water to drink.”), I asked him what it meant.  He replied matter of factly, “He wants us to feed our enemies and starve our friends!”

Lesson: After regaining my composure, I explained that God knows we are already going to do these things for our friends.  It’s easy to love our friends by sharing a meal with them or caring for them when they are in need.  However, God also knows that we are not as willing to love and care for our enemies, so He has to tell us to do this!  It takes practice to be good at this, but with God’s help we can learn to love our enemies!

 

“I don’t want to survive, I want to live!”

Filed under: Brad and Me Plus 3 — Michelle Ferguson @ 8:50 pm

On this rainy, Sunday afternoon, my daughter is at a friend’s house and my baby is napping.  That left my middle child, Logan, with nothing to do.  He and I decided to watch “WALL E” with the works…popcorn!

As we watched, I was struck with a quote in the movie by the Captain when he said, “I don’t want to survive, I want to live!”  Those words took me back to the time when Logan was born.  Lindsay had just turned two, and Brad and I were living four hours from our closest relative.  After family left and Brad went back to work, I had never felt so abandoned, overwhelmed, and helpless in my life!  I really did not know what to do with two babies who were so demanding of my time and services!  Between late nights, middle of the night feedings, entertaining a two year old, laundry, dishes, meal preparation, and trying to keep up my house, I felt out of control.  I remember telling a friend that I simply tried to “survive” each day and if everyone in our home was clean and fed, it was a very good day!

If you find yourself in a similar situation, take heart in God’s word, which is always a source of comfort.  John 10:10 says that Jesus has “come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  He wants us to live life with hope and joy because we were made for more than this world. He wants us to enjoy life, living in the spirit, moment by moment.  He can help us if we ask Him.  He gives us the grace and energy to care for our families in the midst of great fatigue.  If our focus is serving Him, we can experience life at its very best.  Wipe a nose, dry a tear, give a cuddle, read a book, prepare a healthy snack as if serving the Lord and you will be blessed.  This time in your life with infants and toddlers is fleeting, so enjoy your work as a mommy with a new persepective!  Don’t just survive, live abundantly!

 

Mothering for Today March 11, 2009

Filed under: Brad and Me Plus 3 — Michelle Ferguson @ 2:10 pm

Parenting is a tough job!  I am thankful God gives us guidance in His word.  Here are a few things the Lord has taught (and is still teaching) me!

1.  EXPRESS your love daily for your children.  Of course we do this in many ways:  making meals, making sure they have clean clothes to wear, bathing them, driving them to their many social events, and wiping their sweet dirty faces.  However these things don’t always scream “I love you” to our children.  They are too young to appreciate how these actions express love.  So we need to make sure we tell them we love them.  Play with your children and tickle them.  Hug and kiss them, and lovingly touch them as you talk and cuddle.  At night, I kiss my children’s palms and tell them to wrap their fingers tight around that kiss and  keep it until they need it.  They have come to love this ritual!  “(if I) have not love, it profits me nothing.   Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”  1 Corinthians 13: 3, 7

2. EMPOWER them with God’s word.  Read scripture to your children.  There is no better way to start or end a day than in the Bible.  It helps to focus us and put our day into perspective.  Singing Bible verses is a great way to memorize scripture for the purpose of hiding God’s word in our hearts.  God’s word is living and refreshing to our souls.  “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”  Deuteronomy 6:6-7

3.  EQUIP them for adulthood with a strong foundation in their childhood.  Pray for your children and pray with them.  One day builds upon the next, so seize your time with your children and build into them Christ-like character, respect, obedience, and a thankful heart.   “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.”  Psalm 92:13

4.  ENCOURAGE your children.  They need to know they are special to you.  Be their biggest cheerleader, so they don’t need to look to anyone or anything else to fulfill that need.  I  try to specifically encourage each of my own children at least three times a day (ex. “Good job reading that big word!”  “Thank you for helping your sister!”  “That was very polite thing to do!”)  A little word of encouragement goes a long way.  “Encourage one another and build each other up.”  1Thessalonians 5:11

May the Lord bless you in your Mothering for Today!

 

“That’s not the baby I prayed for!” March 9, 2009

Filed under: Out of the Mouth of Babes — Michelle Ferguson @ 6:47 pm

Lindsay and LukeOne afternoon, baby Luke was interfering with a building project of Lindsay’s.  She had spent a lot of time working and re-working a train track.  When Luke got up from his nap, he wanted to play too, much to the frustration of his big sister.  I reminded Lindsay that this was the baby she had longed and prayed for.  Without hesitation, she replied, “That’s not the baby I prayed for!  I prayed for a baby sister!”