Monday, November 21, 2011

in {her} shoes...jenni

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Hello Crayon Freckles Readers, I am Jenni from Kissed By A Frog, my little blog for keeping track of what goes down with my business venture, showing off craftiness, and whatever else I throw in there. I have a few fun tutorials free for the making and I host a blog party every Thursday. I would love to have you all hop over and check it out! Enough about my blog...

I have been loving Miss Andie Jaye's In {Her} Shoes Series and am so honored that she allowed me to be part of it. I must admit though that this has been the most difficult post to write and I am not sure why. Maybe, I am in a mommy slump. Maybe I could not muster up the motivation. Or maybe it is just hard for me to open the door and let peeps in to our little world. I really am not sure. But I am going to put my little heart on my sleeve and let peek into my mama mess...

These are my shoes, my dirty, disgusting, smelly worn out shoes. I would hate for you to actually be too close to them because they are awful. They are my true MOMMY BADGE, at only 2 months old they show that I am one busy lady that is not afraid to get my hands feet dirty, to run in the mud, to paint whatever the kids think paint should go on, and to take on the world.

Some days I need boots. With 3 boys and 1 girl, things can get a little thick around here. (If you know what I mean.)

And other days, I am so frazzled and frustrated with it all, that I have shoes like this;
but that is just how we roll.

In all seriousness, I love being a mother. I love waking up to my 4 children begging for whatever their little heart desires that day, changing dirty diapers, and snuggling with them until the day ends. I am one of those mothers that realized at an early age that life is too short and time flies by; so we must savor every moment, and seize the day.

When I was growing up, I never really wanted or thought that I would have children. I had BIG plans of being a Dr. or Architect or Lawyer or Broadway Singer but really did not have the motivation or drive or support system to make myself anything fancy like that. When I found out that I was pregnant with my first, my life changed. I knew that the path I was on would lead straight to NOWHERESVILLE. He saved my life. I picked myself up by the boot straps, took my rear to college, and made a better life. He is a miracle because that.

Actually, now that I can no longer have children, I think that each of them has a special story of why they are a miracle to me and my husband. They all have special talents and are wonderful little people.

We try hard to raise our children to be polite and use manners. So far so good! My toddler, the terror, is always polite even if he is screaming at the top of his lungs during a tantrum never forgets to say please or thank you.

We work towards caring and valuing others; sometimes we donate items to various organizations (out with the old), with my new business we have been able to donate new items to help others in need, we have donated our money, including allowance to help local, and we even donate our time to helping others. Last year, my now 6-y-o was given an award for having good character for always thinking about others. I think that says a lot.
Last year, she donated her hair to Locks of Love. One of her preschool friends was diagnosed with cancer.

We also emphasis the importance of a solid education. Not just an education but a good education and important it is to get the most out of what is offered to you through education. Even if it means going above and beyond what is required. We only have one that is old enough for us to know if we have made the right decision to push our children further in education and let me tell you he is a amazingly successful academically. In 6th grade he received an award for having over 1000 reading counts books, there are only 2 other people that have done that at his school. He is in the T.A.G. program in the district and another one through DUKE. He has also score in the top 2% of the nation the last 2 years on his standardized test. I was a teacher and I know and believe with all of my heart that children are capable of so much more than the education system allows them to be!

Here is during one of the awards ceremonies, "NERD" day at school, and his medal for reading excellence.

Lastly, it is of the utmost importance that we enjoy life. We have been reminded, on more than one occasion, that life is and can be very short and unpredictable. It is a sad reality but a true one. We try to teach our children that no matter what others think of us, it is okay to dance crazy even without music, laugh uncontrollably about whatever tickles your fancy, and love as if it were your last day.

I keep referencing "WE." I am sure you are wondering. But I believe that our family is a  team. We work together for the greater good. We are the Incredibles. Okay, okay, so we are not super heroes but we do strive to be super incredible!

I struggle everyday wondering if am I good enough, if I am doing the right things, if I make the right choices for them and after all of my self doubting...I WORRY! I worry about the most ridiculous things imaginable! My head always goes to worst case scenario. I am sure that I should be medicated for it but I am not. And so I worry and my children, their friends, our friends call me a HELICOPTER MOM because it would seem I like to hover. I am not always with them or anything I just like to know they are okay and safe and making the right choices. Is that wrong? Does that make me a helicopter mom? If so, well then so be it. 
Does this mean that our family is perfect? Heavens NO!

I hope you enjoyed a little walk in my shoes today. I would love to hear from all of you. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your day!

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