Monday, October 8, 2012

in {her} shoes...adrienne

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i'm so excited that Adrienne from The Iowa Farmer's Wife doing a shoes post today!  Adrienne is such a gorgeous woman, inside and out.  Bear and i met up with her and her family this summer at the zoo.  she has such a warm and welcoming spirit.  some of my favorite posts from her site are the Coffee Filter Fall Trees,  the Felt Ice Cream Cone game, and The Grouchy Ladybug activities.
I'm delighted to be guest posting as part of the In Her Shoes series at Crayon Freckles today! I'm Adrienne, aka The Iowa Farmer's Wife, and I blog about child-centered activities, homeschool preschooling, simple crafts and healthy eating. The goal of my blog is to chronicle our indoor and outdoor adventures, and if we happen to inspire someone along the way - that's a bonus! 

I have 2 adorable munchkins who keep me on my toes and make me smile all day long. Sweet P is my independent 3 year old who currently loves playing dress up, having pretend parties and doing Baby Bear Preschool. My 1 year old (how is he 1 already?!), Sprout, is a super snuggly boy who is turning out to be much different than his sister! I'm married to the sweet Farmer and we try hard to live a simple life. In addition to staying home with my kiddos, I teach speech communication courses at a local university and serve as co-coordinator of my MOPS group. 
  • What is the most challenging part of being the type of mom that you are?
I think I have really high expectations and sometimes I have to remind myself that my daughter is 3, not 13. But I also believe that if you set your expectations high, your children will rise to meet them. Another challenging part involves the way we feed our kids. It's easy when they are babies, but gets increasingly difficult as they age. Eating healthy and knowing what we're putting in our bodies is important to me and something I strive to teach my kids. 
  • What is the most rewarding part?
When I hear my daughter quoting scripture or singing songs about Jesus, my heart sings. I often worry that I'm not doing enough to teach her the love of Jesus and when I hear her talk about Him or sing about Him, I know I must be doing something right! Also, hearing my daughter say thank you unprompted! And the most rewarding part? Big hugs, snuggles and slobbery kisses.
  • What do you think are the most important values parents can instill in their children?
Hands down: how to love Jesus, love others and love themselves. 1 Corinthians 13 says it all. If we teach them to be kind, unselfish, to share with others and have wisdom and faith, but do not teach them to love, none of the others will be lasting. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  

  • If your children could describe you in 3 words, what would they be?
Loving, creative and playful. Sweet P loves to play in her room upstairs and while she's content to play along, she's ecstatic when mommy joins in! Her favorite activity right now involved piling things in the middle of the floor and dancing around it. We play follow the leader and gallop, run and dance around. Her smile when we do this is the best. And I hope they think I'm creative, especially when it comes to meals and school activities! And if my goal is to teach them to love, then being a loving mom is definitely on the TOP of my list! 

As for my shoes, I'm a flip flop kinda least in the summer. I'm an Uggs kinda gal in the winter, but ONLY because I live in Iowa! I wear my shoes into the ground and am not opposed to hand-me-downs! In fact, the shoes in the picture are hand-me-downs from my sister and my Uggs are hand-me-downs from my BFF. Shoes are also the hardest thing for me to buy for myself so I rarely by new ones unless I need a new pair of tennis shoes. We don't wear shoes in the house and flip flop weather can't come fast or stay long enough.

I hope you'll pop over to the Iowa Farmer's Wife to visit us or pop over to Facebook to see what we're up to!

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