Monday, November 14, 2011

in {her} shoes...wendy

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i'm so excited about today's in {her} shoes post.  Wendy from Designed to Dwell is one of my first bloggy buddies.  she's super talented and has so many great ideas!  it has been so inspiring to read her blog as she transforms her home.  and she has an amazing nature playscape for her kiddos to play on!  here she is....

Hi from Ohio! I am a small town Kentucky girl who moved to a big city in Ohio to attend Bible college. Although I would have never mentioned it at the time, I was secretly hoping to get my MRS degree, in which I succeeded! My husband, Mark and I got married when we were 21 and still in college. We each graduated with degrees in education. Mark chose to use his in the workplace, and I chose to use mine at home, as I became pregnant with our son shortly after graduating! Since then, our family has grown and our son Ezekiel is now in second grade and Eliana, our daughter, is in preschool.

{Eliana in my shoes}

For me, one of the biggest challenges of mothering is relinquishing control. I like to be in control, but after having children, have quickly realized that there is very little I am actually in control of! The only thing I can truly control is how I respond to the various situations I find myself in (which is not always flattering).

{I had no choice but to relinquish control of last year’s Christmas pictures!}

For the most part, I feel like I have control over my life. I can somewhat control what my kids wear, what they eat, and how they behave, but unfortunately, the things I can’t control seem to be the worst. I wish I could control heartbreak, accidents, illness, learning difficulties…the list goes on, but I am blessed to have a Savior who is always there to give comfort when those times arise and in whom I can trust with control over all of our lives. I think I pretty much always thought I was in control until my son suddenly started having seizures & other medical issues beginning at age three.

When times are tough, I can always count on my children to remind me of how blessed I am. When I am sad, they always manage to make me smile and there is never a bad time for one of their sweet little hugs! I even think, that when I’m sick, just seeing them makes me feel a tiny bit better! Whenever I question my parenting skills, listening to their sweet prayers or seeing how nice they are with one another, makes me realize I’m on the right path (for the time being anyway!).

There are several values we hope we are instilling in our children! First, we want them to have a close relationship with their Heavenly Father and to make choices in their lives that would be pleasing to Him. We also want them to be respectful of both people and things. I remember my dad always talking to me about, “going the second mile” and I hope that my children will often find themselves going the second mile to help others out. I also hope that they will always have a close relationship with each other.

I really hope that when my kids look back on me as their mother, that they won’t remember all the times I lost my temper or got upset over something small! Hopefully, instead, they will think of me as their loving mother, their biggest cheerleader, and their soft place to fall.
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