Introducing…Our Puppy!!!!!

Introducing…our puppy!

Snowball has arrived and stolen our hearts!  She is now exactly 4 months old.

Back in April I wrote a post titled “What I’ve Feared All My Life.”  The secret is out – I’m deathly afraid of dogs!  But I’m hopeful this puppy will help me face my fears.

This is my first pet (yep, never even had a goldfish friends) and google has been so helpful! So do you want to see how this adventure is going for us?  How the housebreaking (gross),  groomers (there’s blood involved) and vet (hello – cats!)  have been going?

Lexi and I made a video for you with the whole story!  Watch it below.

(if you reading this in a feedreader or email – click here to view the video)

And here’s some photos of our past few weeks.

Snowball 6 weeks old.

snowball at 6 weeks visiting

Snowballs visit in May.

snowball sleeping

Snowballs first day home 3 1/2 weeks ago.

snowball's first day home

One of Snowball’s favorite places to sleep while I work on my computer – right at my feet!

snowball sleeping

{If you follow me on Instagram – you may have already seen some of these photos.  If you aren’t follow me there yet – and you want a “behind the scenes” window into my life – follow me at Instagram.com/WomenLivingWell where I post daily.}

**Chime In: We are now to the — training our dog to sit, stay, stop barking at every jogger who runs by, please don’t bury your toys in my couch, please don’t poop under my dining room table, please don’t dig in my mulch – puppy stage.  How long does this last???  If you have any solutions  or advice, leave them in the comment section – we are all ears. :)

Walk with the King,

Courtney

4 {Radical} Ways To Love Your Husband & Children

playful family hand in hand running in forest

The modern women of today, want it all.

We want husbands, children, college degrees, corner offices, a big house, weekends away with the girls, designer bags, a size zero waist, no wrinkles and to be –world travelers.

But keeping a family together in the midst of those pursuits…is tough.

Let’s face it – husbands and children get in the way.  Husbands take time, compromise, and energy to please.  Children stretch our waist lines and fill our designer bags with diapers and sippy cups – hardly the life we imagined.

And so when reality sets in that our husbands and children are “taking” things from us – things we so desperately desire – dreams, goals, time and money to pursue our interests…we can grow bitter.

And a bitter wife and mama – isn’t pretty.

Titus 2:3-5 says:

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

Today we want to focus on the first 2 things older women in the church are to teach younger women.

1.) To love their husbands.

2.) To love their children.

We might assume it’s natural to love our husband and children –but sadly it is not. We are born with a sin nature and loving our family the way God would have us love them – takes the power of Jesus in our lives transforming us and helping us to display the fruit of the Spirit.

Martha Peace says that a Titus 2 woman needs to teach the younger women “to think loving thoughts, hold her accountable to be kind and tenderhearted, teach her to express affection and delight in her children and teach her how to lovingly administer godly discipline.”

4 {Racical} Ways to Love Your Husband and Children 

1.) Think loving thoughts.

I Corinthians 13:4-8 says love is patient, kind, not rude or self-seeking, not easily angered and on and on the list goes.  I encourage you to read this passage (and memorize it).

We need to apply true genuine love in our homes.  This means when our husband is late –we are patient.  When our children misbehave — we do not scold them rudely.  When our husband needs our help –we are not self-seeking.  When our children disobey — we are not easily angered.  A Christian home should be warm and loving as we reflect the love of Jesus to our families.

2.) Be Kind and Tenderhearted.

Ephesians 4:31 & 32 tells us we are to put away all bitterness, anger and slander and be kind and tenderhearted.

When our husband or children push every last button – often we explode and what comes out is ugly.  Much verbal abuse is a result of bitterness, anger and slander…a {radical} woman of God exchanges these sinful traits with kindness, compassion and a tender heart.  Is your heart tender toward your family? Do you display compassion?  If you struggle with this, ask God to soften your heart and memorize Ephesians 4:31 & 32.

3.)  Express Affection and Delight in Your Husband and Children

“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth– for your love is more delightful than wine.” (Song of Solomon 1:2)  Our husbands need our affection. They need us to hold their hand, rub their back, and greet them at the door with a smile and a kiss.  They need to know we don’t just love them but that we like them – we delight in them.  Have you done this lately?

Psalm 127:3 tells us “children are a gift from God”.  But some mothers have chosen to leave their children for a boyfriend or to chase their dreams –or worse they have aborted them.  Some women never leave the home but their hearts are far from their children.  The shell of the mom is there in their lives but she is not interested in getting on the floor and playing a game or listening to what is on her child’s mind. Others are so incredibly obsessed with making their children perfect, so they can look good, they push their children away.

Give out hugs and kisses generously.  Look your children in the eye when they are sharing a very long…long…story.  Listen to them.  Let them know you delight in them. Tell them you love watching them swim or jump on the trampoline. Tell them how much joy it brings you that they are your little girl or boy. Delight in your husband and children.  Shower your family with affection.

4. Lovingly Administer Godly Discipline

Hebrews 12:11 says “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”  Disciplining our children is important.  And HOW we discipline is even more important. Some mothers are too harsh, commanding, and controlling.  Other mothers give too much freedom and their children walk all over them.  And still other mothers focus on self-esteem or making excuses for their children.

The world cannot teach a Christian mom how to discipline because when we discipline, we should always be guided by the principles of God’s word.  This means we need to know God’s word. We need to be reading our Bibles.  The world is not guided by God’s word — so we cannot follow their parenting ways. Our goal in discipline must be to reach our child’s heart, bring them to the foot of the cross and “produce a harvest of righteousness and peace.”  I believe that we must be doing  numbers 1 through 3 from above, before our discipline will be effective.  We must be loving, kind, compassionate, and affectionate because it is within this sort of relationship that God works.

Love.

God is love.

And the greatest commandment is that we love God.

And the second greatest commandment is that we love others.

And the Titus 2 older woman is to teach the younger women…how to love.

Love your husbands and children.

In good times and bad a {Radical} woman keeps on loving.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

***This post is a part of the Summer {Radical} Women Living Well Series.  Here are the other posts in this series.

{Radical} Women –Living Well

4 Qualities of a {Radical} Older Woman

5 {Radical} Qualities Young Women Should Pursue

The Effects of Feminism on Women in the Church

 

10 Disney Frozen Party Ideas – Food, Games and Fun!

10 Disney Frozen Party Ideas
frozen table

Last Friday we had a fabulous Disney Frozen Pajama Party with Lexi’s 3rd grade Homeschool Group.
(The group is called Classical Conversations - sadly we were missing two of the girls.)

Frozen friends

Alexis wanted me to do her hair like Elsa’s coronation.

So this was our version.

(I followed this video >> here <<. There is ribbon in her bun but it’s hard to see.)

Frozen Party Elsa's Hair

Pizza was on the menu but is not show below.

Here was our menu:

Frozen Blue Punch

Blue Party Punch with snow<<<click on the link for recipe

Frozen Olaf in a Bag

Frozen Olaf's Nose

Frozen Snowballs

Frozen Snowman Snack Mix

Frozen Sven's Ice Chips

The Craft

While waiting for all the girls to arrive, we cut snowflakes out of coffee filters.

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The Games:

Pin the Nose on Olaf

Frozen Party Pin the Nose on Olaf

 

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 Hot Teacup

(played just like “Hot Potato” to the tune of “Let It Go”)

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Mirror Mirror On the Wall  - Who’s the fairest of them all?

(Have each girl sit on their pillow. One girl stands in the middle and says “Mirror, mirror on the wall – who’s the fairest of them all?” Then she hands the mirror to one of the girls in the circle. The girl looks in the mirror and says ” girls with brown hair or girls with a dog or girls with white socks…”  All the girls that fit the description get up and switch seats – the girl left without a seat gets the mirror and continues the game.)

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 A Scavenger Hunt

(I used lyrics from the Frozen Songs, for example: “Love is an open _____.”
So the girls look for an open “door” to find the next clue.
All of the clues were found >> here << as free printables)

Frozen Scavenger Hunt 2

Movie Time!!!!

Frozen Movie Time 2

Frozen Movie time 3

 

We had such a fun evening together!

The girls danced around the room singing all the songs in unison.  Our family feels incredibly blessed to have these girls in our lives.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

** Back in 2009, I had a Cinderella Party for Lexi.  If you are interested in seeing how I did that one – click here.

Cinderella party

 

Hope For Single Moms

Hope for Single Moms

Are you a single mom?

Angela Thomas was a single mom for 7 1/2 years.  Her story and the hope she offers in this video below is simply beautiful.  I pray you will find comfort, wisdom and encouragement from her here.


(If you cannot see this video – click here)

Walk with the King,

Teaching Our Children To Judge

Teaching Our Children To Judge

A great post by Mitchel Owens at ForTheFamily.org

Does the notion of teaching children to judge make you nervous? Does it seem wrong? Aren’t we suppose to love one another, not judge one another?

The world tells kids (and adults) not to judge because judging equals intolerance.  In an effort to bolster the argument, some may even point out that Jesus said we shouldn’t judge each other.

Such reasoning sounds good, right?

Wrong.

We MUST teach our children to judge if we hope to prepare them to one day stand firm in their faith.

The irony of the world using Matthew 7:1 (the “judge not” verse) as support for tolerance – more precisely a Christian’s tolerance of sin – is that the world doesn’t actually believe in the validity of the Bible (except when it’s convenient).

{read the rest of this post at ForTheFamily.org}

Walk with the King,

Courtney