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Reflections of a Mother's Heart

Cherish and Cheer Your Children June 28, 2009

Filed under: Parenting with Purpose — Michelle Ferguson @ 7:24 pm

June2009 131Let’s face it!  Childhood is the funnest time of life!  Children are carefree!  They have no worries of finances, no major responsibilities, no job pressures, and quite honestly, that’s how it should be!  When was the last time you heard a child complain about a dwindling retirement account?  Or talk about rising food and gas prices?  Or wonder how they are going to pay for a car repair?  It’s silly to think our kids would worry themselves over these things, and as parents, we could learn a lesson from them.  Just as our children trust us to completely take care of them, we need to trust our God  to provide for all of our needs.  Matthew 6:32-33 says, “For your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.”

Cherish your children!   Spend time with them!  When you spend time with your children, you can act like a kid again!  Make memories with them.  Here are some things my husband and I  love to do with our three children:  indoor picnics, Family Night (where we watch a  family- friendly movie and eat in front of the television…a real treat!), going to the water park or pool, reading books, playing board games, putting together puzzles, cooking, Story time at the library, day trips to fun and educational places (zoos, plantations, museums),  and volunteering at a food pantry.

Cheer your children!  Encourage them, show them compassion (even when drama is involved), and love them!  The best way you can love your children is to love your husband!  Children are most secure and stable if they know that mom and dad love each other.

My oldest child turned nine in April.  I sadly commented to my husband on her birthday that half of her time in our home is already gone!  What precious and fleeting days these are!  We need to let our children be children!  Don’t rush them to grow up because it will happen all too soon!  Cherish them and cheer them!  Make their childhood happy and carefree as it should be!  However, be sure not to neglect godly discipline and correction!  Our children have only one childhood and we, as their parents,  need to make it count!

What are some things your family likes to do together?  Leave a comment.  I look forward to reading your ideas because moms can learn a lot from each other!

 

Pudding, Pecans, and a Plant June 23, 2009

Filed under: The Ferguson Family — Michelle Ferguson @ 7:35 pm

I was planning my menu and making a grocery list.  Brad and I were having a couple over for dinner.  We enjoy entertaining, and our children get really excited whenever we have friends over.  I only have one child this week (my two-year old) because my older two children are spending the week with friends out of town, so you would think my life would be easier this week.  Ha!

My oldest son started with pink eye Sunday night at dinner when we met our out of town friends who would take he and his sister home for the week.  After buying an OTC homeopathic pink eye reliever, we decided to send Logan on home with our friends.  I would simply call our pediatrician’s office Monday morning and get a prescription called in for him to a local pharmacy.  Well, as soon as the pediatrician’s office opened at 9:00am, I called and left a message for a nurse to call me back.  It took about 45 minutes for a return call, which I totally understood with it being a busy Monday morning for them.  The weekends (the “off hours”) seem to produce lots of medical issues…why is that?  Anyway, the nurse could not have been any sweeter, and she said she’d call in the prescription right away.  I gave her a few minutes and then called the pharmacy, and they did not have the order yet.  So I waited, called back, and they had received the order but could not understand the name of the drug on the answering machine, so they put in a call back in to the pediatrician’s office.  I called the pharmacy back around 11:30, and they had received what they needed and the prescription would be ready in TWO hours!  I was not very happy, but decided I would try and practice patience, that fruit of the spirit my husband has been preaching on.  I called my friend and told her when she could pick up the prescription, and finally at 1:00 pm, my Logan got his first dose of eye drops, four hours after my initial call for help!

I did manage a grocery run in between the pharmacy phone calls.  I got everything on my list and headed home for lunch.  As Luke napped, I worked on dinner.  While I assembled my Creamy Baked Chicken casserole, I was also making my salad dressing and toasting  pecans for the Strawberry Spinach Salad.  That’s when I noticed the burning smell.  I ran to the stove and saw my pecans were blackened.  Had it been fish, blackened would have been okay, but not the nuts!  I put the frying pan aside and moved on to the Peaches ‘N Cream Cheesecake and that’s when I noticed, in my rush and distraction with calls to the pharmacy, I had picked up a box of “cook and serve” pudding and not instant!

At that point, I knew another grocery run was in the making.  When Luke got up from his nap, I handed him a snack and we loaded up in the car and headed back out.  On the way, I remembered that I had been needing to buy a new flowering plant to put in my bunny planter on the front porch.  I pulled out my dead pansies a few weeks ago and had not yet replaced them.  I am a person who has to make lists for everything.  I keep a continuously running grocery list on the side of my refrigerator.  I had no time to write down what I needed for this trip, so I reviewed in my head what I had to get.  “Pudding, pecans, and a plant.”  All the “P’s” made for easy memory!  I quickly darted around the store getting my “P’s” and headed home again.

Dinner came together beautifully and dessert was delicious.  We enjoyed an amazing night in Christian fellowship.  My new friend even asked for my recipes.  I need to make sure I emphasize the “instant” pudding part and advise her to buy extra pecans….just in case!

 

Smoothie and a Movie June 4, 2009

Filed under: The Ferguson Family — Michelle Ferguson @ 12:53 am

Today, I took my three children to the water park.  Now, that’s a lot of work when doing it single-handedly!  Three to one!  It’s mentally challenging and physically engaging.  At one point, I told my older two children they had to stay together in the wave pool because I only had two eyes, one to watch them and one to watch Luke!

Lindsay, Logan, Luke (and I)  had a blast!  We swam in the pool and played in fountains of water.  We jumped over waves, zoomed down slides, splashed each other, and laughed a lot.  Lindsay and Logan even carried inner tubes up a tall flight of steps to ride down a twisty tube…four times!

When we spend days like this at the park, we love to go home and shower, put Luke down for a much needed nap, and make fruit smoothies.  The fun doesn’t end when we leave the park.  We go home for a smoothie and a movie.  The kids pick a movie to watch and enjoy their cool drink!

It was a beautiful, sunny day, and I am so thankful I could spend the day playing with my children and having summer fun!  We are building memories together!  In fact, I can still feel those waves right now!