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Make A Family Love Note Mailbox

Family Love Note Mailbox

My children love writing notes and drawing pictures for our family and their friends, so that is why I decided to make a mailbox for our home for Valentine’s Day.

From now until February 14, the whole family is going to write love notes to each other and “mail” them in our Love Mailbox, and then on Valentine’s we will open the box and read all the sweet notes we have sent to each other over the course of the previous month.

The only problem I see is that in a family of 7, I may have used too small a box! My children are so excited over this idea they have been writing love notes like crazy! I may have to put a limit on the number of notes to be mailed each day so our box doesn’t run out of room. Or I could always make another one; it only took a couple hours, and most of that was drying time.

If you want to make a mailbox for your family, or even for your classroom, you just need a few basic supplies.

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I seem to have tons of Young Living boxes lying around my garage (I love my essential oils!), so I used one of the NingXia Red ones. It is about the size of a shoe box, but really any size or type of box will work.

First I pulled off the plastic tape that was holding the ends together, because it is difficult to paint over plastic, and then closed the ends back up with plain paper masking tape.

Then I cut a mail slot into the top with my box cutter. If you are doing this with kids, an adult should handle the box cutter. My husband cut his hand with one at work once and needed stitches, so it’s not something you would want a child to get a hold of.

Then I painted the top and sides of the box in Tuscan Red acrylic paint. I needed 2 coats to fully cover the writing on the box. You can see in this picture that I used the slot to steady the box while painting the sides.

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Next I used 3D paint in Iridescent Gold to write on the front and make the hearts on the top, and 3D paint in Gold Glitter to outline the slot. You could really let your imagination go wild at this point and decorate it however makes you happy, though. You could put stickers, cut-out construction paper hearts, whatever you want.

To make the flag, I painted a craft stick black and used Elmer’s Glue to tape it to the side of the box. I cut a triangle out of cardstock, painted it gold, and glued it to the top of the stick.

That’s it. Super simple project. It only took me half of an afternoon, and like I said before most of that time was waiting for the box to dry between coats of paint. I let it dry completely overnight before the kids could start mailing their letters.

Here are a couple more pictures of the finished project:

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Let me know if you made one. I would love to see how yours turns out!

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His Mornings Are Magical

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We were sitting on the couch, half asleep, watching some random television show together.

It had been a rough couple of weeks, but also a special couple of weeks. We had a new baby in the house, so sleep was hard to come by.

Finally, for what seemed like the first time in ages, all 5 children (baby included) were in bed and we were enjoying just relaxing together.

Someone on the tv was making a joke about how when you are a parent, mornings are the worst part of the day because before you even open your eyes there are little people screaming for your attention.

I was sitting there in my sleep-deprived stupor, hanging on every word he was saying and nodding right along, when I caught my husband grinning out of the corner of my eye.

As I was turning to look at him, I started to voice my agreement with tv man, when the most beautiful words came out of my man’s mouth and stopped me in my tracks.

“My mornings are magical.”

He then went on to explain how much he loves it when, every morning, our children come one by one and get into the bed to cuddle with him. He said it was the best part of his day.

“And then when you give me the baby, it gets even better.”

If hearts could pop from being overwhelmed with love, mine would have burst out of my chest.

Here is this man, this amazing man, saying that he loves it when our children wake him up in the morning. He loves it when I hand off the baby to him after a night of waking every every hour to nurse so I can finally get a little bit of sleep.

I thank God for bringing us together. We are so different, but I’m starting to see how well that works. I am a night owl. And his mornings are magical.

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A Favorite Poem & Link-Up

Growing up, my mom had a poem up in the hallway, and to this day I still remember the words. I don’t remember the title or the author, so forgive me on that, but the poem has stuck in my head all these years. I find myself repeating it more and more these days with a new baby, and you’ll see why. Here is the poem:

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait ’til tomorrow

For babies grow up, we’ve learned to our sorrow.

So quiet down cobwebs,

Dust go to sleep.

I’m rocking my baby

And babies don’t keep.

I’ve watched my older children grow up before my eyes. I truly can’t believe how fast the time has gone. I really can’t believe I have a teenager already! It seems like a lifetime has passed since I had her, but at the same time it feels like just yesterday. Funny how time flies, isn’t it?

So I am taking all the time I can to enjoy my sweet baby. The laundry pile may grow a little, but that is easily taken care of. When my baby grows, there’s no turning back the clock.


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Happy New Year! 2015! Seems like just a few years ago we were wondering if life as we knew it was going to collapse with the Millennium welcoming in 2000! Time is just flying by! Thank you for taking the time to party with us each week! We really appreciate YOU!

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Essential Oils-Start Your Year off Right!

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I LOVE Young Living Essential Oils! My children love Young Living Essential Oils. Even my husband, the skeptic, has grown to love Young Living Essential Oils!

No matter what the ailment or injury, my family has learned to check with mom to see if “there’s an oil for that.” And for the most part, there has been. These past 7 months since I became “oily,” I have been able to keep chemical products to a minimum in my home. And we have been so much healthier because of it.

I would love for you to enjoy the same benefits for you and your family. Young Living has so many great oils and products, and I can be sure that what I’m using is safe because they are the only company with a Seed to Seal guarantee. Here are a few other blog posts I have written about essential oils:

Purification

Thieves

Valor (no longer in the Premium Starter Kit, but still one of my favorite oils and not very expensive to add on)

NingXia Red

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In addition to oils, Young Living has a yummy antioxidant juice called NingXia (pronounced Ning-sha) Red. They also have something called NingXia Nitro, which I haven’t tried yet but am very excited to! There are so many testimonials from the Facebook groups about how much energy and motivation people have from drinking their Nitro. Energy plus immune-system support?!? Sign me up! My new baby has been pretty fussy and I think it could be from my coffee, but with 5 kids I have had a hard time kicking the habit. I’m hoping the NingXia Nitro will be able to help. And since I am so excited about trying it, I am going to share the love! Anyone who purchases a Premium Starter Kit through my link (at the bottom of this post) in the month of January will get 2 tubes of NingXia Nitro to try right along with me. Not to mention the Quick Reference Guides and Reference Pages that I will send you for FREE so that you will know how to use all these amazing oils.

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So what are you waiting for? It’s a new year! Time for a new, healthy outlook on life. Give these oils a try already, would ya?

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Parenting Lessons from King David

King David

I’ve heard it said that babies don’t come with instruction manuals. I think that used to be true, but anyone who has given birth in a hospital lately will tell you that you are sent home with a plethora of instructions, from how often to feed your baby, to how you should put your baby to sleep, even what is an acceptable temperature range for baby to be at. And if that isn’t enough, there is an endless supply of information at our fingertips via the internet. Instead of there being NO instructions now, I think sometimes new parents can feel overwhelmed with just how many instructions there are, and how contradictory some of them may seem. One source says to put your baby to sleep on her back, another says side-sleeping is best. You may read that babies feel comfortable at the temperature you feel comfortable at, but a well-meaning relative may insist that baby always needs to be bundled up, regardless of the temperature outside. With all the ever-changing information available, where is a parent to turn?

I have found much parenting wisdom from my Bible. The Word of God never changes. It was written by the Creator of heaven, of earth, and of people. I trust that my Creator knows how to take care of His creation. Sure, there may not be exact instructions as to how much a baby should eat at each feeding, but there is definitely wisdom to be gleaned about how to raise your baby into a responsible adult.

Recently my morning devotion had me reading from 1 Chronicles 22, about King David setting up all the materials his son Solomon would need to build the temple of God. There is a lot that we can learn from King David in this passage about how to raise our children. Here is a list of 5 passages from that chapter and the parenting advice I gleaned from them.


 

1) And David prepared iron in abundance for the nails for the doors of the gates, and for the joinings; and brass in abundance without weight; Also cedar trees in abundance: for the Zidonians and they of Tyre brought much cedar wood to David. And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be builded for the Lord must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death. –1 Chronicles 22: 3-5

David not only had a vision for his child’s life, but he prepared for it. He didn’t just wish and hope that Solomon would build a temple, he set everything up for him so it was easy for him to do so. Likewise, we can’t just wish and hope that our children will grow up to love God and to be good people, we have to prepare them to be. If we want our children to have a relationship with God, we have to model that relationship to them by reading the Bible with them and praying with them and going to church with them. If we want our children to be honest people, we have to teach them to be honest and model that same honesty that we want them to have. You can insert any trait here that you want. If we want our children to possess it as adults, we have to prepare them as children by teaching them and modeling it for them.

2) Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him to build a house for the Lord God of Israel. –1 Chronicles 22:6

David told his son exactly what he expected of him. David didn’t just hope that all his preparations would lead his son down the right path. He told him exactly what that path was. Now we as parents can’t expect to know exactly what our children should do with their adult life, but we can know certain things about how our children should live and act. Parents should not only lead the way, but tell their children to follow.

3) And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build a house unto the name of the Lord my God: But the Word of the Lord came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build a house unto my name; because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight. –1 Chronicles 22:7-8

David was honest about his goals and his shortcomings. He was honest about how his choices in life affected him and the consequences he had to deal with because of those choices. I think too often, parents don’t tell their children about their faults and sins because they want their children to look up to them. Children admire honesty. A child isn’t going to love you less because you told them about some bad choices you made and the lessons you learned from them. It might even stop them from making those same choices and having to learn the hard way like you did. Trust me, I know it can be hard. I got pregnant when I was 15. I’ve made tons of bad choices. But I talk to my teenage daughter about them. I tell her about the choices I made and the fall-out from those choices. She listens. Take the allure out of the unknown for your children. Shine light on the dark paths so they don’t have to walk them blindly. You just might save them from some of the heartache you had to go through.

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4) Only the Lord give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the Lord thy God. –1 Chronicles 22:12

Regardless of your best efforts, only the Lord gives wisdom. As parents, we need to intercede on behalf of our children. Pray for your child’s future. Pray that they will follow God and be good people. You may fail. Your child may fail. But God never fails. He has the power to pick any of us up and put us back on the right path. We may never know what difference our prayers made in the lives of our loved ones until we get to Heaven someday.

5) David also commanded all the princes of Israel to help Solomon his son, –1 Chronicles 22:17

This goes back to the old saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I think this is even more true in this digital age we live in. My teenager just got a social media account, and I have asked my friends to follow her and keep and eye on what she is posting, in case I miss something. I welcome advice from my friends, especially those whose children are grown and living right. They’ve been in the trenches, they know the struggle, and chances are they have more wisdom than me in this area because they have more experience. Ask for help for your children. Look to leaders and those who are walking with the Lord to help look after your child’s well being. This doesn’t in any way let you off the hook as a parent, but it builds a community for your child. When children know their parent’s friends love them and are looking out for them, they might think twice before doing something they know is wrong, because they will have more people to answer to and more people who might catch them! Back in the day, kids knew that if a neighbor caught them acting up, their parents would hear about it. Nowadays it seems like most people turn a blind eye. We need to get that sense of community back.


Raising children is hard work. I’m so thankful for the wisdom from God’s Word to shine some light on what I should be doing as a parent. And I take great reassurance in the fact that God loves my children even more than I do. I have prayed many times for God to help my children turn out right even though it seems like I am doing everything wrong. When all else fails, turn to God. And show your children love. Love goes a long way!

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