Monthly Archives: August 2012

When Life Doesn’t Turn Out The Way You Thought…

It’s upsetting, I know.  I think we would all be lying to ourselves if we said that eVerYtHinG in our life has turned out exactly, if not better, than what we had planned.  Sure, some areas in our life have exceeded our expectations, but let’s face it; other areas have been a big disappointment.

You are experiencing what all people go through at some point in their life.  We all have crosses to bear so don’t be fooled into tHinKing the rest of humanity never has to deal with disappointments.  We do.  It’s just a part of living.  Frustrating, I know…but that is why heaven will be so GREAT!  It will truly be a life with no worries, disappointments, or sadness.

We aren’t in heaven yet, so where do you go from here? Take a sigh of relief, because you are in G O O D hands.  God knows that we live in a difficult place and He is here to help us!  I know you can’t iMaGinE how He could fix your situation.  And He probably won’t fix it anywhere close to what you had in mind (nor in your timeframe!), but He IS the answer.  As hard as it is, just trust, pray and watch for His signs and He will lead you on the right path.  Be pAtieNt and know He will ease the pain we are going through.  Either way, what do you have to lose?

Hang in there!

Lara

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Easy Shell Wreath

This summer while my son spent hours in the ocean learning how to boogie board, my daughter and I collected seashells.  My kids loved painting the big shells, but I came up with this idea for all of the muscle shells that we found.  This wreath was SuPeR EaSy to make and the only items that I needed to purchase were the foam ring and the burlap!

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Buy a plain foam wreath at your local craft store

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Wrap the foam wreath in burlap and secure with hot glue gun. Make bow with burlap and secure with hot glue gun

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Glue shells to burlap with hot glue gun

Happy end of summer!

~Robyn (Jersey Girl)

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{Tricky People Are The New Strangers}

Ok, I just had to share this blog post (the link is at the bottom of this article) I pinned on Pinterest because it is so vitally important to the SaFeTy of our kids!!  In this day and age it can be a bit challenging protecting your kids from predators.  (And disheartening that we even have to have this discussion in the first place!)  However, KnOwLeDgE iS pOwEr!!  So arm yourself with knowledge.

I strongly suggest clicking on the blue links at the end of the article (or here).  They are relatively short lists that contain tips to teach your kids:

PREVENTION TIPS , RED FLAGS & WARNINGS, a THE SUPER-10, PLAY IT SAFE FOR KIDS AND GROWN-UPS!

Whatever you do, don’t stress out!  Don’t panic!  Instead be proactive and prepared.  It will not only protect your kids, it will ease your worries as well!!

HaPpY PaReNtInG!!

:)

Robynn~

http://www.checklistmommy.com/2012/02/09/tricky-people-are-the-new-strangers/

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What Am Complaining About?

We live in a world that is constantly striving for perfection and it’s only natural to get wrapped up in the cOmPetitioN.  Wanting the perfect “life”….ya know the perfect house, car, body, job.  Don’t forget giving the perception that your family gets along perfectly and that you have no problems.  Ha!

And when some of these areas in our life aren’t PeRfeCt, what do we do?  Panic and complain.  We get down because we feel like everyone has things bEtteR than we do.  We push ourselves to extreme measures just so we can try to keep up with everyone else.  The sad thing is, as we waste time stressing about keeping up, we are missing the big picture right in front of us.

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I have to remind myself of the important and aMaZiNg things happening before me, instead of complaining about what isn’t perfect in my life (like how my house has a zillion unfinished projects, I forgot to sign my daughter’s homework, or the fact that I have poison ivy on my face and I have a wedding to attend this weekend.  Eekk!).  Maybe you are so fixated on the fact that you want a new kitchen table during dinner time that you completely miss a sPeCiAL MoMenT from your kids who are sitting in those old worn-out seats.  Or maybe every morning you spend your drive envying people that don’t have to leave as early for work, when you are really oVerLoOking that God yearns for your attention the most in the early morning hours.

Take advantage of the good things happening right in front of you.  When your thoughts drift toward craving perfection, stop and search for the gOoD in those imperfect moments.  After all, your life may not be as bad as you think.  It all just depends on how you choose to look at it :)

Lara

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They Are Paying Attention!

Today I got an email forward from my mom that really made me think.  It was a beautiful poem about what goes on in the mind of a child when we ThInK they aren’t looking.  There are so many times I clean up the toys only to have them scattered around the house an hour later and think to myself….Why do I even bother?  This poem really touched me because it made me realize that as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends we may not instantly see the influence we are having on the children in our lives, but they are always WaTcHiNg us and taking in the little things we do day in and day out.

When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking

Author: Unknown
When you thought I wasn’t looking,
I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator,
and I wanted to paint another one.When you thought I wasn’t looking,
I saw you feed a stray cat,
and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.When you thought I wasn’t looking,
I saw you make my favorite cake for me,
and I knew that little things are special things.

When you thought I wasn’t looking,
I heard you say a prayer,
and I believed that there was a God to talk to.

When you thought I wasn’t looking,
I felt you kiss me goodnight,
and I felt loved.

When you thought I wasn’t looking,
I saw tears come from your eyes,
and I learned that sometimes things hurt,
but it’s alright to cry.

When you thought I wasn’t looking,
I saw that you cared,
and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn’t looking,
I looked….
and I wanted to say thanks for all the things
I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.

~Robyn (Jersey Girl)

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{One Sure Way To Drown}

One thing my family loves to do in the SuMmEr is go to the swimming pool.  My 4-year old, Belle, loves to jump into the pool and swim to me.  Last week after she had finished one of these drills she said,

“Momma, I didn’t worry, because worry will make you drown.”

She was referring to something I had previously told her along the lines of, “Whatever you do, don’t panic.  If you panic you can drown.”

Although she got my words mixed up a bit, she had made a PrOfOuNd statement,

“Worry will make you drown.”

Maybe worry isn’t an issue for you.  Instead it may be depression, sadness, fear, regret, doubt, despair or some other debilitating factor in your life.

Regardless what you may be facing, if it is overwhelming it can make you drown emotionally, mentally, or spiritually.

So what is the answer?

Faith.  Faith is the LiFe-PrEsErVeR of our soul.

And although faith doesn’t take you out of the ocean of turmoil you may be in, it will keep you afloat until calmer waters prevail.

So whatever you do, don’t panic.  Hold on to your life-preserver and don’t let go.

:)

Robynn~

P.S. Here is a life-preserver of faith I like to hold on to in difficult times:

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  James 1:2-4

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Who’s Paying the Price?

Have you had a cruddy day at work recently?  Did something not go your way?  When these disappointments or frustrations happen, who do you take it out on?  People at work or your loved ones that had nothing to do with your Bad DaY?

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We can all use the reminder every now and then.  Don’t take out your bad day on the people you love the most, just because they are the ones that you spend the end of your day with.  We can all relate to MoMenTs when we were having a wonderful day and our loved one walked in the door and immediately changed our mood for the worse.

I especially have to ReMemBer this with my kids.  When I am stressed my voice ends up yelling when, on a normal day, I would speak to them in softer words.  They look at me like, “What did I do!?” and deep down I know that they didn’t deserve the treatment I gave.

So whoever it is–spouse, friend, kid, co-worker–try to bite your tongue and let out your frustrations doing something that won’t bring ThEm down (go on a run, pound into a pillow…whatever you can!).  I guess I am writing because I need this reminder more often than I’d like to admit!!

Honestly,

Lara

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