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Blogging through the Alphabet – R January 12, 2014

Filed under: ABCs,Family,home,Kids — jbuxton @ 6:00 am
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R is for Romance

Ok everyone has got to have a little romance. Especially if you are a mama like me with to littles running around. There are a few things that we do to keep the romance alive.

1st we always kiss good morning and goodnight it may sound silly but some days are so crazy that may be the only contact we have all day. Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels like some days are so crazy that you forget sometimes to give your hubby a kiss or tell him that you love him.

2nd we plan a date night every week. Now we don’t go out every week but we do designate a night to be together and talk or watch a movie or sometimes have a late quiet dinner. Or go out and get some coffee (decaf so we get some sleep even though we are staying up later then 9pm lol).

3rd we do couch time. Now this may not sound super romantic but it is for our kids…couch time if you’ve never heard of it, it is the time that when my hubby gets off of work and spends time talking with me before he goes and plays with the boys…this shows our kids that we are on the same page and that we love each other enough to take time to catch each other up on what has gone on during the day.

4th we have a big mirror in our room and we write each other notes on it just because :)

5th we tell each other that we love (for me) and respect (for him) each other. Because well we do. :)

What are some ways you keep the romance alive in your relationship?

Jessi

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Blogging through the Alphabet – Q January 8, 2014

I’m back!! After falling off the blogging wagon I’m back at it :) so here is me picking up where I left off :)

Q is for Questioning God

Do you ever have those moments when you wonder “why me?” Or “why haven’t you answered my prayers?” Or even “why on earth am I here?”

I have had those moments and the only thing I can do is look back at how God has provided for me and how his plans have worked out so much better then the plans I made for myself. You know everyone loves to use the verse in Jeremiah as a good one when you are questioning God because he says “For I know the plans I have for you declares, The Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” And I like that verse but there are a few others that make me think about why I am questioning God like when I read, “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.” (Psalms 139:16). It’s all in his book so why do I think I know better then Him. It’s like when my 3 year old tells me he is going to run around the house with his socks on (we have marble floors in our house which make for good occasions to slip and fall flat on your face) and I tell him that he shouldn’t do that because I know more then he does about socks on marble floors and slipping.

Or what about when Jesus said: Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:29-31)
You know after having both my sons my hair fell out and in like big clumps and so much that I thought I might have a bald spot but even with all of that going on God knows the exact number of hairs on my head…have you ever tried to count the strands of hair on your head? I tried once when I was a kid and I remember giving up not too far into it because I knew I could never get an exact count but if God knows the exact number of hairs on my head don’t you think I could get it through my head that I don’t need to question God.

This the God who created everything and I’m going to sit here and say “man God I can’t believe you didn’t do this for me” really! Please don’t get me wrong I’m not trying to judge you I’m just putting my feelings down. I wonder at the way my son talks to me sometimes so defiant and demanding, I wonder if that’s how we sound to God? Or maybe like when my son asks me why about everything under the sun. Do I sound like that broken record saying why, why, why all the time instead of saying you know what God I trust you to do what’s best for me even if it is painful or challenging or even frustrating.

One of my most favorite verses that I turn to is “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)”
God gives us specific instructions to trust in The Lord and not to lean on our own understanding…wow that’s like a slap in the face. Like God saying “wake up Jessi you don’t know as much as you think.”

So I guess if you’ve been questioning God lately you need to go back to the basics…Trust in The Lord. I have to do that on a regular basis.

Jessi

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Blogging through the Alphabet – P November 16, 2013

P is for Pity Party

I have a tendency to throw myself a regular ok maybe daily pity party….anyone with me? When my kids are pushing all my buttons and I can’t take it anymore I start the party…I usually start out with something like if my kids would only obey…if they would just mind their own business (like not getting up in the other brothers face or knocking him over)….then I get into nap time and oh my goodness they yell and scream in their beds and I can’t even remember how many times my 3 year old has gotten out of his bed or peed in it durning one nap time….it could drive a woman to insanity….I tell myself other peoples kids act better then this why did I get the crazy and non listening kids…then it hits me…I don’t need to throw myself a party and need to come back to reality that everyone’s kids do this or at least do something (and if your kid is an angel I don’t wanna hear about it lol).
My kids have a natural sin nature. So instead of getting upset with them I have to realize that I need to teach them the proper way to play or treat their sibling/friend/cousin. It’s my job as the parent to live out Christ’s love to them and teach and train them up in a way that honors God. It’s not my job to pout about why everything is going wrong I need to leave that to God to handle and do my best with what I’ve been given…now I’m not saying that I’m never gonna have another pity party but I’m going to work hard at seeing the positive and making the best out of every situation….so if you see me or hear me having a pity party just remind me (gently) that I need to get off my butt and get back to life.

What about you? Do you have regular pity parties?

Jessi

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Typhoon Haiyan help November 12, 2013

Filed under: Haiyan,Philippines,Typhoon — jbuxton @ 7:10 am
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Friends,

Most of you are aware of the devastation in the Philippines caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan last week. Our missionary team, Global Surge, is engaging in a relief effort for victims of the typhoon.

We are planning to focus on Bantayan Island where we have ministry partners. Bantayan Island has a population of 129,154. There were 600 people taking shelter in an evacuation center in Bantayan as the storm hit. During the storm the roof collapsed killing nearly everyone in the center. This is just one example of the devastation, as the entire island is in ruins. Families, businesses, and churches have all been affected by this tragedy.

Our goal is to give $25,000 for immediate relief efforts on this island. We will provide clean water, food, temporary shelter, and other needs initially.

Next, we want to give $50,000 to help our partner church on Bantayan Island rebuild and continue to provide relief to the community. Doing this will meet physical AND spiritual needs in the area.

Please consider donating and helping the people of the Philippines.

100% of the funds will go to relief efforts. All donations are tax-deductible.

DONATE NOW

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Blogging through the Alphabet – O November 6, 2013

O is for Out of time

Seriously. I feel like as a mom with small kids that I spend my whole life taking care of one kids need and then next kids needs and then my husbands needs….I struggle with feeling like I’m all out of time for myself. Does anyone else feel that way? Well your not alone…I’m right there with ya sister…I as a mom I want to provide everything for my kids and my husband….I want them to have all their needs met. But getting from one meal to the next I don’t feel like I get to think…I feel like for me I’m completely out of time…so I’ve tried to find some time for me in all the craziness that I call my life…

usually I make sure to take some time for myself when my boys are napping and currently my 3 year old taking a nap is a hit or miss but none the less I still try and read a book or watch a little tv or take a nap myself.

I also take a hot bath sometimes after my kids go to bed to just be alone…because any mom knows that you don’t get to go the bathroom by yourself anymore…

And lastly on my hubby’s day off he watches the kids for the afternoon so that I can do whatever I would like to do (isn’t he a sweetheart!).

How do you give yourself a little bit of time?

Check out these blogs that I’m Blogging through the Alphabet with…

Jessi

 

Philippine style trunk or treat October 27, 2013

We went to a trunk or treat here in Manila hosted by a moms of preschoolers group. It was lots of fun and our little Reece loved being woody :). So here are a few pictures to let you see how it went….

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We decorated our trunk as the zoo. It was super simple and looked pretty cute and I didn’t have to buy anything (thank you Pinterest). There were maybe 15-20 cars and around 50 kids. Over here in the Philippines Halloween isn’t such a big deal as in the states but it is starting to get more popular. Like our subdivision we live in here is hosting a Halloween party for the kids in the neighborhood and then the kids can go trick or treating afterwards so I’m planning to take the boys to that also.

So there you go that is how we do Halloween over here…not too different from back home in the states…

What did your kids dress up as?
Did you go to a trunk or treat? How did you decorate your car?

Jessi

 

Blogging through the Alphabet – N October 22, 2013

Filed under: ABCs,Baby,Boys,Family,home,Kids,Motherhood — jbuxton @ 7:35 am
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N is for Night time

I don’t know about you but for us, having a set routine at night helps my boys calm down and slow down and be ready for bed…we have followed babywise with both my boys and have found it to be very helpful and in there it talks about having a bedtime routine to do with your kids. Our night time routine varies a little for each boy but for the most part it goes like this:

Bath
Brush teeth
Pjs
Bible story
Hugs and kisses
Bed

This is pretty much what we do with our boys every night. And they are so set in their routine that the min we start it they start to yawn and they start rubbing their eyes.

It’s funny how something so simple as having the same routine makes our night that much easier.

Do you have a nightly routine that you do with your kids? What does it look like for you? If not you might consider trying it and see if it helps your kids wind down and mentally get ready for bed.

Check out the other blogs that I’m Blogging through the Alphabet with….

Jessi

 

 
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