I'm a grandparent and I would LOVE this as a gift! (Hint, Hint!)
blank canvas frame
green acrylic paint and brush
small red Christmas balls
pretty ribbon of your choice
black paint or marker
paint sealer such as an art fixative spray or Mod Podge
Paint green paint on you child's feet (one at a time). Blot on paper towel to remove excess. Press onto the canvas. Repeat with other foot. Tie and attach the ornaments to the ribbon and bow with hot glue. Write "Mistletoes" on the bottom. Watch the hugs and kisses come your child's way!
Have fun with your child!
(Thanks Jenny for sharing this cute idea!)
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” -Luke 2:14
I love hearing about and incorporating new family holiday traditions… the big ones and the small ones. At one point during my children’s growing up years I almost stopped some of the ones we had been doing for years. Not because I had gotten lazy but because I didn’t think my family cared one way or another. What I found out was that they did care and they did expect the yearly traditions even if they didn’t always vocalize that. So I started back doing them all, the manger scene, the Christmas Eve pickle hunt, the Christmas cookies, even the Kight family touch football game!
I decided to ask the MOPS moms what traditions they do. (Watch out Kight family, more traditions may be added this year!) Here are some really great ideas from the ladies:
Alec’s family has a “Cousin’s Christmas” at Thanksgiving. Her mother’s side of the family gathers during the Thanksgiving holidays to enjoy Christmas so that at Christmas time they are all freed up to head to the other sides of their families. This allows both sides to have their time together without hurt feelings and someone feeling slighted or left out. This would alleviate a lot of stress!
Allyssa wants to start a new tradition she read about this year. It’s to give the children a box to open on Christmas Eve. This isn’t just any box though. This box is packed and wrapped especially for the night Santa is to come. It contains popcorn, a Christmas movie, and new Christmas pajamas to wear while watching the movie. She plans to get the whole family cozy on the couch and spend some special moments of laughter and fun together before the big day! Oh my, that sounds like great memories in the making!
Alec uses her traditional saying as a guide for buying Christmas gifts in her house, “Something to wear, something to read, something they want, something they need”. That will keep her focused and away from a lot of impulse buying that busts the budget.
Sarah’s family has a tradition of getting together with EVERYONE from her mom’s side of the family during the holidays. It’s a huge group she says but she looks forward to seeing and catching up with everyone!
Ashley’s family does the Advent calendar with her children during the month of December. She also hangs 25 candy canes on the tree. Each day they can take one candy cane off and enjoy it as they count down to Christmas!
Aren’t these great ideas! Thanks for sharing ladies! Have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy every moment with your family!
"In the journey of parenthood,
you don't have to see the whole staircase...
just the first step."
I saw this statement on the internet and started really thinking about it. I recently have been convicted about how much I needed to do just that ... concentrate only on today's steps.
You see, a year and a half ago our eldest son and daughter-in-love moved to Ft. Lauderdale to pursue what Preston felt God was calling him to do. In May of 2015 my other son, daughter-in-love and only grandchild will be relocating to Castle Rock, Colorado. That's all well and good except WE live in South Carolina!
Don't get me wrong, I am truly excited for all of them. Each truly believes God has called him there and for that I know they will be truly blessed in their obedience. They are stepping out on faith that this is where God wants them.
Would I have preferred God to have consulted me about the location and distance from home? The mom in me says "yes" but then the Christ follower in me has to smile and say that I know that's not how it works. He understands how I feel though and he does not negate the apprehension. He knows a mom's heart and how much every mom loves their child. He knows that of you too.
As moms we have the tendency to want to know what God will be doing today, tomorrow, next month and next decade when it comes to our children. We want to plan, rearrange, avoid, and, yes, even divert God's plans to follow our plans instead of the other way around. Through many seasons of frustration and anxiety as a direct result of my trying to redirect the inevitable, I've gained the realization that God knows best when it comes to those special beings we bring into this world. What I am asking my Father to help me do in this situation is to help me (and them) take one step at a time and to stay focused on trusting him TODAY while reassuring me that he will take care of the rest.
I have no doubt some of you parents are thinking, "Well, if you only knew our situation you couldn't say all of that so confidently". My response would be that I'm not always confident and that's exactly why I so very much need to keep asking and letting him reassure me that he has each situation on his radar.
So in this season of Thanksgiving, I'm finding strength in letting God take the lead. I thank him for each step he takes our family through regardless of the difficulty because I've come to realize we will all grow from the journey. I thank him for past steps but especially for today's steps. Tomorrow I will ask for enough grace and mercy for the steps that come at that point.
Especially in November, thankfulness should be a constant. What needs to be in the forefront for you? In a sentence or two in the comment section below please share what you feel your Father wants you to be thankful for and maybe even what you need reassurance in. Sometimes making a public admission tends to hold us more closely accountable. Parking Space Faith desires for us to be a family that can share our hearts with one another.
Thanks for your willingness to share and hopefully allowing someone else to not feel like they are the only one out there struggling.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33
Here's some Mom Favorites:
For the 3 month old and beyond (maybe even through teen years!), moms love the Arm and Hammer odorless refill bags for their diaper pail. Your nose will love this investment especially when solid foods are introduced!
For the 6 month old, Allyson loves the Exersaucer by Evenflow. It strengthens Titus' fine and gross motor skills as it entertains him and gives her time to fold the laundry or grade papers for school.
For the 9 month old, Lauren loves the Portable Diner Placemat by Summer. It keeps the eating surface at restaurants sanitary and the small trough catches dropped finger foods so the waitress will welcome them back the next time!
Also for the 9 month old, Harper loves her Sit and Stand Learning Walker by V-Tec. It's very sturdy and supports a wobbly toddler as she learns to take steps independently. She also loves the activities for counting, shape recognition, and learning her animal sounds that are located on the front panel.
So moms and dads, consider this your sweet baby's first Christmas Wish List! Have a great and memorable Holiday and take lots of pictures!
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