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Do you ever feel alone? You are not. We all struggle with the toddler who won’t eat their peas and the teething baby who wakes all night long and wades in the juice pool that your dog just dumped from the table. When you realize that motherhood IS precious, and that as fellow mothers, we can laugh together – then, we can clearly see the precious blessings God has bestowed upon us….. even if you do have to clean up spilled milk, again.

My series, The Truths of Motherhood, focus’ on just that – those moments that frustrate . But ultimately, we have to laugh. And despite every turmoil, God places very precious gifts of tenderness from the little blessing in our lives. I hope you enjoy this light read – I pray that God will refresh your spirit as He encourages and sustains you.

I will be giving away a free book from this series –  199 Truths about You and Your Preschooler.    If you “like” my facebook page, you will be entered to win.  The winner will be announced on January 18th.  

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The Crockpot

Most days I feel totally out of control and disorganized.  Today was different.  At least at first.

For one thing, Mike and I had a big date tonight.  We planned to eat a crock pot dinner, and then, spend our date money on a movie.  We have not been to the movie theater in years.

I was pumped.

I woke up early, exercised,  and had the dishwasher emptied and breakfast loaded by 9:00 a.m.  The kids and some of their playmates happily built towers in the other room while I hurried to finish as many infinite projects as possible – including filling the crock pot with our dinner.

By the afternoon, I had prepared for the big date – pressing my nice clothes, putting on fresh make-up, nail polish (a rarity), and preparing the diaper bag for the kids night out with some very special friends.

But as I waited for my husband to arrive home, I noticed that our house did not smell like spaghetti.   I calmly approached the crockpot.  And cringed.  An electric surge had shut off the crock pot hours ago.

We did not have enough cash  to buy dinner AND a movie.  Suddenly, my super-momma pride was smashed.  The only thing I had to accomplish today, I had not.  No dinner.  That means no movie.  Ugh.

So, we tried to switch plans.  We would go to out to dinner.  Not as exciting but still good.

One problem.  I had just found out that I am lactose and fructose intolerant.  I hardly know what to fix at home.  We didn’t know where to go  dine – at the store, I can read ingredients but not at a restaurant.  And 5:00 on a Friday night is not the prime time to ask  a zillion questions.

So we spent an hour at walmart reading the back of frozen foods.  Chinese food is apparently the only choice.  By then, I was mad.   We had made these perfect plans and then spent the majority of our date figuring out what “fast” dinner I was able to eat.  So now, we had a crappy frozen dinner.

Then, we spent the next half hour searching for an available Redbox movie.   I was still mad and frustrated..

But God knew what we needed despite our well made plans because it was the best date we had in a long time. Once we arrived home, my sweet husband made sure I de-stressed.   He cooked our frozen dinners and gave me a shoulder massage. And we had the entire house to ourselves.  We turned up the T.V. really loud and snuggled on the couch.   I think we might just opt for this stress free version next time – even if we can afford a movie in the theater.

Next time, though, I will try to actually cook dinner.

  Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights…….

                                                                                                                                                                                               James 1:17