Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pumpkin Patching

Every day I have a list of things that I want to accomplish as a mom:

1. Tell Claire I love her
2. Tell Claire God loves her
3. Teach her (or reinforce) something new
4. Make her laugh (a real belly laugh)
5. Get on the floor and play with her 

It's a short list on purpose - I like being able to accomplish my goals!

When we went to the pumpkin patch this weekend I figured this would be a great opportunity to do all 5 things at once...

These are pumpkins Claire. They are orange. God made these pumpkins, and God made you. God loves you!

Daddy and Mommy love you too!

But someone wasn't in a laughing mood...

So we tried again...

And again...

And then, when we had finally come to terms that getting a teething baby to smile/laugh/be joyful wasn't going to happen, we got this...

And our pumpkin outing was complete!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What a Responsibility

I've noticed recently how often I label Claire.

She is stubborn passionate, active, social, curious, passionate, talkative, funny, loving, passionate, and did I mention passionate?

Maybe because life seems more manageable when things are properly placed, neatly arranged, appropriately labeled.

But people aren't that neat. And this baby (with her nasty boogies this week, and banana infused hair-do) is definitely not neat.

I've always been told that I wear my heart on my sleeve and that I am horrible about hiding my emotions. Well, this baby definitely got my emotions.

She feels things. Deeply.

When she is mad she spits. When she is happy she laughs and gives kisses. When she is frustrated she throws things. When she is scared she snuggles. When she doesn't want to do something she can cry and spit and throw things.

Sound like anyone you know?

Emotions are good, they are a gift from God who created us with emotions as a reflection of His emotions and character. But all these gifts can be used for good or evil. It's my job as her mom to teach her how to reign in her emotions. How to control them rather than be controlled by them. How to use her anger to stand up for what is right and just and true. How to use her joy to encourage, love, and bless. How to use her passion to inspire, lead, and act in faith.

What a responsibility.

The Pampered Bird


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