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Captain Fussybuckets is learning about forgiveness. He doesn’t really understand the concept, but he knows how to say “I forgive you.” He’s learning that even Mommy & Daddy make mistakes and when they do, it’s a good thing for him to forgive us. This morning, I (Mommy) was watering my plants and I accidentally tripped him with the water hose. OOPS! I felt horrible, he got hurt, he cried, Daddy got him a band-aid, but in the end, he told me “it’s okay, I forgive you.”
This got me to thinking….how many times has someone hurt me or someone in my family, and I didn’t forgive them? Or I said I forgave them, but I really didn’t…. I truly believe he HAS forgiven me for causing him to get hurt this morning. When he is reminded that his boo boo hurts, he says “it’s okay, Mommy.” (Now if he’ll forgive me for smaller things in ten years, like not letting him get a new video game or go swimming with his friends….probably not! ha!)
God tells us to be like the little children. This is just another way we can live that out. When someone does me wrong, whether or not it’s intentional, I must remember CF and his sweet spirit and ability to forgive me. God forgives us, so we must forgive others. I know some circumstances are huge and forgiveness is not easy, but I think we will be more at peace if we do forgive.
So….here’s your challenge for today, as well as mine. Think about someone who needs your forgiveness. You don’t have to tell them you forgive them, but it might help. Think hard…..is it an old boss? Ex-boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse??? Friend? Neighbor? A random guy at McDonald’s who yelled at you for getting in his way? Think about it. I’m trying, too!!!
|This is not the Captain, of course, but a 3 year old that was in our care and yes, that is baby powder.|
|This is a good day for our floor.|
|Playing in the mud with Cousin Z.|
|Nothing is safe. Nothing.|
|And last but not least, this is the reason I say you will never stop baby-proofing.|
Our family is full of huge Mavs fans! (well, except those few Spurs fans, but we'll forgive them for that, for now. :o) We are SO thrilled that the Dallas Mavericks WON the 2011 NBA Championship!!! What a rollercoaster, emotional season!
To celebrate the Mavs' victory, I have rallied some Dallas Mavericks fans who have Etsy shops (www.etsy.com) and they have donated some WONDERFUL Mavs gear! (Seriously, I want to enter to win all of these items but of course, I won't. :o)
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Pendant Description: The pendant is 1" in diameter.
Note: Pendant is NOT waterproof! Pendant is not intended for small children as it is made out of glass and could crack if dropped.
*The one pictured above is 8 1/2 inches
Not only are these bracelets a great rustic male or female fashion accessory but they are eco friendly! Don't be fooled by the fantastic braiding these bracelets have a duel purpose – they can also help you survive in the wilderness!
Wear it to work or tear it apart bear grylls style, you choose!
5 feet of royal blue 550 paracord
5 feet of black 550 paracord
Black snap clasp
8 1/2 inches long
3/4 inch thick
This particular cover fits a 15" steering wheel but convo me if you would like one bigger or smaller. I can also alter the pattern if this pattern doesn't suit you. Just convo me if you would like something a little different. Total turn around time on these is approx. 14 days – including shipping.
Machine washable with like colors, hang to dry or low tumble.
WARNING: NOT TO BE USED WHILE VEHICLE IS IN OPERATION. FOR DECORATION ONLY.
All of my hair bows are hand-sewn for durability and the ribbon ends are heat sealed to prevent fraying. All bows are originally made with alligator clips, but can be made by any type of hair hardware of your choice.
I don't remember the first time it happened. I do, however, remember the last time it happened. It wasn't pretty. I remember many times that it happened. One day, in particular, I was about 7-8 months pregnant with Baby D and I took an early Saturday morning trip to the store. I also took along the 12 year old boy who was in our care at the children's home and Captain Fussybuckets, who wasn't 2 yet. We had to go to get a few items, I forget what they were, but all CF wanted was a balloon. And boy, did this store have balloons. After all, he is a toddler. He didn't want to ride in the basket. So I let him down. Mistake #1. This kid was running around like a wild banshee, finding things he wanted and then discarding them when something else caught his eye. The 12 year old was getting annoyed. I was getting annoyed. I almost cried because I was sure no other child in the history of children was this horrible.
Before kids, I scoffed at the parents who would buy their kids candy and toys when they were throwing tantrums. And somehow that day I got out without buying Fussybuckets anything, but I'll tell you, my mind was racing with what to get this kid to calm down. Now when I see kids that are acting out in the store, I want to buy that kid a huge chocolate bar, just to make the Mommy (or Daddy or Grandma…) feel better.
Fast forward to a few days ago. I left Baby D at home with Daddy (because let's face it, I'm a wuss and I avoid the two child, one adult grocery trip like the plague!) Fussybuckets had just woken up from a nap, had a good snack and a drink, and we were on our way. Since we just moved in, we still had a lot of stuff to buy, even though we had been shopping the week before. There were a lot of "I wants" and "I wish I could haves," but every.single.time. that I said "not right now, please put it back…." the 2 1/2 year old
demon precious child of mine actually put whatever it was back. (yes, I was letting him walk on his own, he's earned that privilege. If he wanders or throws a fit, it's back in the cart!) I was flabbergasted. He actually put it back! From sippy cups to cookies to random other things he thought he wanted…he always put them back.
The true test came at the end of our shopping trip. M&Ms. WHY ON EARTH DO THEY PUT CANDY IN THE CHECKOUT LINE????? Seriously. These people are TRYING to kill us, I just know it. Anyway…..he grabbed some M&Ms. (This kid loves chocolate like his mommy.) Trust me, I was starving and wanted the M&Ms, too. But I politely asked him to put them back, and he did. He actually had a semi freakout because he couldn't find where he got them from. It probably LOOKED like a train wreck to everyone else, but our groceries were bought with no candy and we both left, feeling happy.
I immediately called Daddy to brag about this awesome behavior. And some may frown upon this and call it counter productive, but whatever, it was my call. A few hours later, Daddy went to the store and bought him some M&Ms at my request. I explained to him that because he always put the things back at the store when I asked him to, I chose to reward him. I made it very clear, though, that if he had thrown a fit, he would not have gotten anything. (and hey, they were peanut M&M's, so there's a little nutritional value in there!)
Now listen. I'm not saying that I'm a good parent or that his behavior is indicative of anything that Daddy or I have done. Maybe he was just having a good day. There have been times since then that he has been out of control and things we are still working on but that's what I've learned…that everything is a process. I just have to remember to continually stay patient with him and someday his behavior will change.
And don't get me wrong. I still think he's one of the most rambunctious, attitude-y, often times naughty 2 year olds out there. But, it's all about the baby steps, right?
p.s. If you see us in the store, and CF is having a bad day and throwing an epic tantrum, please just look the other way and pretend you don't know us, okay? ha ha !! Because it WILL happen again!
|Daddy and his boys|
Our sweet Baby D turns 6 months old tonight at 10:25 PM! :o) I cannot believe he is already half of a year old! Was it really 6 months ago that we became a family of four? I know, I say that all the time, and will continue to say it. I still don’t believe it’s been 2 1/2 years since we had our first son, either!
Baby D is SO much fun. He will be crawling soon, once he figures out how to get his knees up or just use his arms to drag his body, army crawl style, like his big brother always did. He’s enjoying baby food, fruits and vegetables, and is a pretty laid back kid. (knock on wood!) He is working on his first tooth, and it should be here any day! He’s napping longer, sometimes, and this makes him in a better mood. He’s also rolling over in his sleep and then wakes up and starts talking, probably trying to figure out what just happened. He doesn’t know how to roll back over, but at least all it usually requires is Mommy or (usually) Daddy going back in, flipping him over, and giving him his paci!
Happy birthday, Baby D!! We love you!
Our new house is lovely. It is perfect for our little family of four. The backyard is fantastic for Captain Fussybuckets…there is a game room/converted garage for the youth group, quiet neighborhood (except for the bass at 2 AM on Sunday morning…), but there is one, teensy little problem.
What an exciting time in the Fussybuckets house!! Yesterday was Daddy’s first official day at his new youth & family ministry job at our new church home! Last night was also the first night of Vacation Bible School at our new church and we had a blast! There were tons of kids, music, fun, snacks, and more!!! Captain Fussybuckets LOVED it and Baby D tolerated it (haha!) We had SUCH fun learning about how God made us and loves us!! We can’t wait until tonight when we get to go back!
After VBS, we invited the youth group over for a Dallas Mavericks watching party!!!!! It was so much fun to see my husband’s favorite team that he has been following for YEARS and YEARS WIN THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP!!! It was awesome! It was such a sweet victory for the Mavs and I’m the emotional sap who is thrilled beyond words for Dirk Nowitzki and the rest of the team!
The Captain got to stay up late…not too much later than his bedtime, but he was o-u-t OUT when I shut his bedroom door! But don’t you just love when you *think* they’re going to sleep in but really, they wake up earlier? Love it. Not. Oh well. Maybe he’ll take a good, long nap today!
|on the couch, watching TV…instead of sleeping in bed!|
Last but not least, I was featured on another great blog today! Head over to great expectations and check out our super quick Pepperoncini Beef recipe!
Have a great Monday! Yay, God and yay, Mavs!