Joy and Peace come together

This amazing M.O.M., Rachel Marie Martin, from Finding Joy, puts into beautiful words exactly what I was thinking just the other day in my search to find Peace from the Pieces of my life. So grab a cup of hot chocolate or walk into Starbucks (like Rachel says) and pull up a chair and read these beautiful words.

With my husband traveling more often then I would like (but I'm so grateful he has a job that provides for our family) I find myself more tired and feeling like I'm missing the boat in the M.O.M. department in so many ways.

After reading Rachel's words I thought about what would make me feel better about what we are really missing. I've decided I need to make dinner, NO Matter What. I don't want to cook when my husbands not home, but I think I will feel better as a M.O.M. if I make at least/most 3 meals a week. I only need 3, because we always have left overs and I'll give myself and my kids the option one night to have whatever kid food they want.

I'm sticking with the advice I was given 12yrs ago.....
"If you're a good M.O.M. 60% of the time, YOU'RE a GOOD M.O.M."

Democrat or Republican.....

....I think we all can agree the Ann Romney's speech was passionate, loving and POWERFUL.

I'm not a big political follower and wasn't watching the conference when this aired, but my husband was and encouraged me to watch it. I found myself moved with love for her and all human beings.

My husband said that reporters are saying that this speech is THE BEST speech EVER given by a republican woman. My response: "Maybe all of the other woman didn't have as much faith and belief in their spouse as Ann Romney has in Mitt's abilities to do what she says he'll do. Maybe all though other Presidents are were good President's they weren't the same man at home as a husband & father as they were politicians and Mitt is, therefore Ann can speak so strongly because it's true. Maybe Ann believes so passionately about Mitt Romney because she's the only one that truly knows what he's capable of and knows without a doubt that he can succeed if given the chance."

Democrat or Republican this is a great speech for all women, I hope we can agree on that.

you know you're a M.O.M. when....

.....the mama bear can come out whenever needed.

Oh my Goodness, has this happened to you?
I was at a park watching my kids play and they had included a couple to other kids. I had a feeling this was not going to end well but I let them keep playing. A few minutes later I see one of the other children go the their Mom. I didn't hear what had taken place but both of us walk closer to the kids and this other Mom starts yelling at my child. I started asking my child questions about the incident and then had to tell the Mom to stop yelling at my child. She then turned and yelled and me and got an inch from my face and that was IT(full blown red headed mama bear came out) I started yelling to protect my kids. The other Mom's friends talked her down and we went our separate ways, but man that was intense. (my blood is boiling as I right this, haha)
I explained to the kids that we shouldn't yell at other people, but that if I had to I would do whatever it took to protect them from any sort of danger.

you know you're a M.O.M. when....

.....back to school are your favorite words to hear come August.

The words back to school mean so much to me these days and I think it's funny, because there was a time when none of my kids where in school and I didn't even care. I guess I had a different kind of schedule. Although school comes with homework, after school activities, projects and teacher meetings, we all crave the routine come August.

Love Notes from Hallmark

I don't know about you but I LOVE getting LOVE NOTES in the mail. I was so happy when I walked into the Hallmark Suite at EVO and they said pick out some cards and send it to whoever you want. I wrote my message and they stamped and mailed it for me. It was so sweet when I got home, all the kids and the hubby had a love note in the mail from me. Did they feel special? Oh, yeah!!

Hallmark has a whole line of cards just to encourage kids to be their best selves. I felt like a great M.O.M. sending them a card and they felt extra special, just like they should. 

Remember how we used to write notes in Jr. High to each other and pass them secretly in the hall between classes? Well now kids can text bump each other between classes. It's a simple message in a high tech text band. Something new, something fun for a my baby who's starting Jr. High this year.

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you know you're a M.O.M. when....'re willing to let your body transform from it's original state to a M.O.M.

It doesn't matter if you adopt, a dad, or are pregnant, the months or years before your baby is born is so straining on your body as least something never bounces back to the way it was before. I'm not sure anyone can truly understand what you're signing up for to be a M.O.M. I was determined to get my pre body back no matter what. Inevitably the day came when after I had relished in the my milk producing voluptuous chest that it deflated and I was left with foreign objects hanging from my front side, I knew then things would never be the same.
The joy I felt before becoming a M.O.M. will never compare to the joy I find in my children. 
The sorrow I felt before becoming a M.O.M. will never compare to the sorrow 
I feel when my children are hurting.
What have you lost and gained in the joys of being a M.O.M?

you know your a M.O.M. when....

...when punishment for your kids is most of the time more of a punishment for you.

Spunky has had a bit more sass lately and it has landed her in a bit of trouble. Instead of listening to the fact that if she cuts out the sass she won't be in trouble any more, she lays it on thicker. 
What's a M.O.M. to do?

Autism Phenomenon's

How do you say "Come Play"?
At our house most of us use our words to ask someone to play with us, BUT for the Rock he doesn't have the words accessible yet so he'll hit us on the knee, pull our hand to where he wants to go, growl then run away or bring the play toy to one of us. He's definitely learning by our example of how we play with him, the growling might be my favorite.

Over the years therapists have asked about using pictures for him to show us what he wants to do, but that never seemed to work. This last year, school started signing most of what they say and from there the Rock has learned how to understand a few sign language signs. So now when we sign the words he knows he understands what we want him to say. This is one of the most fascinating things to me. I don't get how he knows what we want him to say, but that the words won't come naturally yet.

The Rock knows where we are at all times!
All we have to do is go somewhere once and it seems the Rock knows where we are at all times. If I make the wrong turn (from where the Rock wants to go) the Rock starts screaming. I have to tell him before we leave where we're going so he knows what to expect but that doesn't always mean I'm going the "right" way.
Last week we were driving home from a water park an hour away from our home (we'd been to this place the week before), when we left I turned a different way than before and boy did I hear it. I couldn't believe that we were an hour from home and he knew which way to go to get home. I hope this comes in handy one day.

One day it clicks
We have been working on the Rock dressing himself for about a year and he never showed much interest in it and I was not sure he had the fine motor skills to do it. Well one morning HeMan goes to get the Rock ready for school and to his surprise there is the Rock fully dressed (shirt backwards) in school clothes. We were both shocked! Nothing different had happened the day before, it just seems that when the Rock wants something he does it and when he doesn't want it he won't do it.

See's more than we know
The Rock likes to stand on top of the AC unit in the backyard while it's running to feel the wind and watch paper/ribbons blow. I hate him on top of the AC unit so I started turning it off. One day the Rock pulled me by the hand out to the AC unit and put my hand on it (I assume asking for it to work), I ignored the gesture and took him to do something else. A few minutes later he went off to do something else and I went to the kitchen. Along comes the Rock to the hallway and climbs on a table and starts pushing the thermostat buttons. I put him on the floor and off he goes outside to the AC unit, as I can only assume as to see if it's on after pushing the buttons. HOW does he understand that? No one showed him that the thermostat inside makes the AC unit outside work. HOW can he understand that and not the simple words and commands?

These are just some of the Autsim Phenomenon's that have happened lately. What ones have you encountered?