Hope for a mom

Truth for A Mama, From a Fellow Mama In The Trenches

Thoughts from a fellow Mom in the trenches

 

One of my hopes with starting this blog was to encourage other moms out there… I had dreams of encouraging and inspiring.. But, then, I found myself hesitating to speak on anything involving the heart of motherhood or family, because I’m here in the middle of it too. I stop myself from saying anything because, “who am I?” How could I help anyone when I’m neck-deep in the trenches.

Truth is

I don’t feel equipped or strong or wise and sometimes (most days) I don’ t feel right for the job in front me.

I see a friend struggling or she tells me she doesn’t know how to keep on going or what to do with a situation.. I want to tell her truth, I want to fill her with life-giving words. Truth is.. I do know the TRUTH!! And it IS exciting, thrilling, and absolutely life-giving!!!

Truth is

The Lord has not turned His face from us, He has appointed you and me to this far-reaching, Intensely important role of MOM!! And you know what? He knew exactly what He was doing. And He doesn’t just shove us into this and leave us  (like the hospital does when they send you home with a day old babe and say good luck)

Truth is

He really has equipped us with all that we need and His power is available to us. Hebrews 13:21 says that God will “Equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. ”  He is aware that it is daunting and that everyday we feel exhausted, overwhelmed, and unsure….

But that is exactly why he sent his bravest, toughest, soldiers for the job. He knows everyday is a battle, a battle for the hearts of our children, for their protection, their training.

truth for a mama

 

I know these things in my heart. but I still stop before saying them to my friends the majority of the time. I don’really believe them for myself or at least I temporarily forget them. I start to think things like “how dare I speak so boldly when I’m honestly cowering in front of my calling at this very moment.

Even now, you might be tempted to envision me sitting at beautiful desk, in a beautiful peaceful home writing all this to you. Maybe you see my kids playing so quietly with everything in it’s place. Truth is, I’m sitting in the dark, hiding in my room, typing this into my phone because it takes to long to locate my laptop. I can hear chaos in the living room, I left them with sheets and chairs to build forts and ran in here for just a break from the noise. My dishes are piled high in the sink, mostly because I tried to do way to much this morning and didn’t even finish the dishes from last night. I ruined an entire pot of yogurt that my husband was looking forward to and I’m leaving to attend an out of town conference tomorrow and the house is a complete mess. I haven’t packed or even figured out how to get the boys to sitters and all those details.

 

(updated to say: Turns out I can’t just copy and paste things from my phone notes on to here…. or I don’t know how to, so now you can picture me sitting with my laptop retyping this furiously, while my kids are eating way to many gold fish and watching tv so that I can finish this, before I lose my nerve to share it.)

So, Here’s the thing I’m trying to learn… I cannot wait for my life, and situation and calling to get figured out. My friends can’t wait around for me to perfect all this before helping them. If I do we all drown.

Instead, When a friend so bravely shares her struggles or concerns.  I can and should speak love, peace, and truth to her. In doing so, I’m not saying to her, ” see how I’ve figured this all out? ” But I can say I feel you, I hear you.. ” I can “preach” a little truth to myself in the process!

Christ’s truth for us is in fact true… Even when we forget it. Did you know that? He doesn’t change with the winds  (Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is (always) the same, yesterday, today, [yes} and forever (to the ages). )

 

He doesn’t rely on us for his identity or his power. BUT, He sure does long for us to rely on Him for ours!!!

 

Mommas in the trenches. Let’s do this hard thing! We aren’t alone in any stretch of the imagination.

 

YOU are loved, and Amazing, even (and maybe especially) when you don’t feel like it!!!!

 

~ In the trenches with you,
Deanna Grace

Know any Mamas in the trenches? Would you share this with them? Maybe add an encouraging “we can do this” word for her!

Hey even if all you can do is cry together.. it sure it better than crying alone! 🙂

 

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smothered beef burritos

Smothered Beef Burritos – Instant Pot Conversion

Today I am excited to share with you another family favorite recipe!

Smothered Beef Burritos now converted to the Instant Pot!

instant pot burritos

I’ve been really trying to convert some of our old  crock pot recipes to be prepared in the Instant Pot. We have a lot of crock pot recipes, I use to grab my crock pot 2-3 times a week. and Now thanks to the Instant Pot I haven’t touched a crock pot in about a year and a half!

 

So, we have really been missing this Smothered Beef burritos recipe and I’m so excited that it is now ready in under 30 minutes instead of 4-6 hours!!!

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Favorite Food Delivery

If you know me even a little, then you know that I love food!

So, when you are reading what I’m about to tell you, and you think to yourself… this chick is a bit to excited about this… You would be right! haha but, you should still read on…

favorite food delivery

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Mom and three boys

letters to my Sons…. #1

Letters to my Sons…  #1

Truth is you are usually too much for me…

Your high-octane energy, simply put, exhausts me.

Everyday, at some point in the day, I find myself shaking my head and wondering how I can keep going.

There are three of you after all. And you need so much, seemingly all of the time.loveandscribbles.cradle

Sometimes I just wish I understood you all just even a little bit.

For example: Why is everything better with a sound effect? Why does noise not bother you and in fact the louder the better seems to be your motto? Are bodily functions really that funny to you?

But, when I’m not frozen by my confusion I am overwhelmingly amazed by you!boymom adventures

All ready you have shown me more strength and courage than I think I’ve been able to muster up my entire life. Your boldness to embrace the unknown adventure which to you is in fact every day life. The curious way you are discovering every little thing around you in this great big world.

The strength you find inside of yourself to notice when you just need a cuddle from me in the midst of your conquering. HINT: I’ll take those cuddles anytime you need! I need them too! letters to my sonsAlready, inside your small bodies is an enormous heart and a tenacious spirit.

God has created you with a warrior bravery and it’s incredible.

So, I guess at the end of the day, what I’m trying to say is.. Thanks!

Thanks for letting me learn right along side you! Thanks for protecting me from the bad guys and keeping me on my toes.

I promise to keep praying us through this whole journey and even when I’m frustrated and confused I’m loving every bit of you!

I’m so glad I get to be

Your Mama

art for homeschooling

Homeschool Art Fun: an addition to our day

Today I wanted to share with you all a fun addition to our day for our homeschooling schedule.
If you are like me then this end of winter almost spring time is a hard season to keep our momentum for school work going… so we have been needing to shake things up a bit!

Enter a Youtube channel we quickly fell in love with! SideNote: We are very careful with our use of Youtube with the kids, in fact at this point this new channel is the only one the kids are allowed to watch right now, because it is way to easy to stumble upon unhealthy things on youtube! But, with some wisdom and a lot of parental control Youtube can be a great resource!

Our charter school teacher told us about this channel.

It’s called Art for Kids Hub!

 

You guys, this family has a lot of fun on this website/channel!!! It’s a Dad who has a blast teaching his kids art! On the website you’ll find drawing, painting, sculpting, origami, cutout projects. And if this is something your little artist really gets into you can buy a membership for lessons that seem even more detailed and learning based then the videos we’ve already watched.

 

So far William has only followed some of the drawing videos.. “mr hubs” draws an object or character one step at a time and one of his kids follows along. It’s easy to following along too! And they just have so much fun together, I’ve found myself stopping to watch and laugh along with them!

 

AND so important for this momma… most of the lesson require NO PREP and are self-contained, so you can watch them in any order… or like William has been doing, search for ones that interests your little artist most!

Here’s their website: https://www.artforkidshub.com/

And we are discovering our little guy is a budding little artist!!!

 

check out some of his first drawings!

 

here’s a list of awesome art supplies to get you started!

 

 

And don’t forget to subscribe to our new friends channel for lots of artistic fun!

 

Do you feel like your momentum is lacking this time of year? I know I’m having to get pretty creative to keep us going these days… hope this helps you as much as it has us!

 

Here’s another fun art activity we did with a salad spinner!

Crafty Art for Homeschooling

home planner binder

New Year Binder Planner

How do you prepare for the New Year?

I thought I’d share some of my favorite ways I get my planner, household binder ready for the New Year since 2018 is coming up quick!

Also, I’d love to share how I prepare my heart and our family’s goals for the coming year, so read on if you are already thinking on into January! 🙂

I know EVERYTHING is turning to technology and it really is amazing.

We use a calendar app on our phones that links my husband and I together, which is so helpful when we aren’t at home. But I am still very old school when it comes to how much I LOVE binders and to do lists and such.

I’ve had a master house hold binder for a few years and every year it changes a bit. You really want to personalize it the way you need it to work for you. And those needs change as your family grows and changes.

home management binder

A couple years ago I had a section dedicated to pre-school and what I wanted to accomplish with the boys. That isn’t really necessary now that we are in a charter school and it is all kept either online or included in our curriculum.

There are lot of beautiful planners out there, ready-made and some customization if you are wanting to just order something. But building my own with printables here at home has really worked for me!

You really need to think about what you want to use your binder for.. what are some of the goals you want it to help you reach… and what areas do you need to stay organized in?

Designerblogs.com is seriously the best of both worlds in that you can get a complete and pretty extensive planner BUT you still print at home for the best customization possible, you only print what you want to use, so you aren’t left with a binder that doesn’t work for you! Isn’t that great? and just look at how beautiful these pages are??!!!

Check out all the pages included in the Ultimate Life Planner! 

Here’s the description for the ultimate life planner:

“Using the My Life Planner is the best way to declutter your mind, develop rock solid habits, and crush your goals! The planner includes everything you need to stay organized throughout the entire year! Mix and match these planner pages with the pages in The Ultimate Blog Planner and you’ll be nothing but unstoppable this year! “

2018 Life Planner - DesignerBlogs.com 

Look at what all is included in the advanced package of the ultimate Life Planner:

The planner includes 50 meticulously designed pages of organizational goodness! Here’s a look at what you’ll receive:  

  • CELEBRATIONS
to do list planner page printables

 This really has everything and more that I’m looking for in a planner

 I would have never thought about tracking things like my workouts in a designated area.. how motivating will it be to see it all filling up!??!

First thing in my binder is always the monthly calendar pages!

I find that even though I have a calendar updated on my phone all the time.. it is nice to just see a whole month in front of me!

There’s also some weekly reminder pages, to do lists.. etc.

Usually every year I will print a couple of something new like a to do list or weekly schedule or something and give it a test run before I print very  many of them.

Cleaning schedules are helpful too and you can have an entire section dedicated to it. Things like those chores that need only to be done once a month or twice a year…

This year I’m adding a blog planner section to my binder ( I tried a seperate binder last year but I think it will work better to have it all in one) I am really trying to make 2018 be a great year for Loveandscribbles and I know I need to be more organized and scheduled.  I love how the pages on designblogs.com fit right in with the Life Planner!

The Ultimate Blog Planner

blog planner printables

Look what all comes in the blog planner:

You can get these 12 pages for FREE

CALENDARS

  • 2018 Calendar
  • Undated Monthly Calendar
  • Undated Monthly Editorial Calendar

POST PLANNING

  • Post Brainstorming Guide
  • Post Topic Brainstorming
  • Weekly Post Planner

TO-DO LISTS

  • Weekly To-Do List
  • Blog To-Do List

OTHER

  • Cover Page
  • Contacts
  • Usernames & Passwords
  • Blank Planner Page

Then the full package comes with all of these too:

ADVERTISING

  • Advertising Tracker
  • Facebook Advertising

STATS & ANALYTICS

  • Yearly Stats & Analytics
  • Blank Yearly Stats & Analytics – new!
  • Monthly Stat Tracker
  • GOAL SETTING

    • Monthly Blogging Goals
    • Yearly Blogging Goals

    SOCIAL MEDIA

    • Social Media Planner
    • Weekly Facebook Post Planner – new!
    • Weekly Instagram Post Planner – new!
    • Pinterest Post Planner – new!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMAIL CAMPAIGNS

  • Email Campaign Tracker – new!
  • Automated Email Planner – new!
  • Email Campaign Planner – new!

FINANCE

  • Monthly Finance Tracker
  • Yearly Finance Tracker

OTHER

  • Affiliate Programs
  • Giveaway Tracker
  • Sale Tracker
  • Sponsors
  • Change Record – new!
  • Printing Guide
  • Printing Instructions
  • Copyright & Terms

2018 Blog Planner - DesignerBlogs.com 

planner 2018

Binders, printables, and accessories are the simple things that help me feel like I can tackle the New Year!  And in complete nerd fashion.. Office supplies are some of my favorite things! 

It’s funny how a nice pen or pretty binder can motivate me to stay organzed or at least try! 

planner stickers

If you are still with me in this long blog post, thanks for sticking around! I hope some of these ideas and resources can be helpful for you as you head into 2018! 

Remember I said there was one more thing that I hoped to share about coming into the New Year. 

 

  I love to journal and I really love looking back at what we were doing on any given day a year, two, or even three years ago. 

One thing I’ve found to be super fun and motivating is to list our goals of the new year.. Both individually for each of us and as a whole family!  

I just found last years and really enjoyed looking at how much of the list we had actually accomplished.

Sometimes indivually goals are pretty practical (coming of age) sort of things. Like a boy needs to be potty trained or we need to say goodbye to pacifiers or something similar. I also like to try to think of fun goals too.. like maybe investing in an interest that we’ve noticed etc. 

Ryan and I might set goals regarding our budget or a goal to go on more dates, 

For family goals they tend to be mostly practical as well.. items we want to do to our home or adventures/trips we hope to have, 

Writing it all down on one sheet of paper, can really be fun to look at throughout the year to remind yourself of the big pictures. And if your kids are old enough you could even set these goals during a family meeting! And don’t worry if 2018 has already started when you are reading this.. It’s not to late to have a great year! 

 

Thanks for sticking with me on this long post.. I hope you have an awesome New Year and that 2018 is full of Hope, Joy, Love, and Peace,

Deanna Grace

Freezer cooking with Once A Month Meals deal

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Most everyone knows how much I love my Once A Month Meals membership! And how much it has changed the way I prep food for our family!

Once A Month Meals is having a sale on their memberships for Cyber Monday!!

Today ONLY!!

You can get a whole year membership for 40% OFF!  And guess what? Even if you have tried them before, maybe you tested it out on a one month membership… You can get a year membership at the SALE price!!!

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*Making a whole year of membership only $8.33 a month!!!! (if you aren’t ready to jump in for a year.. you can still try it for on a month to month membership for $10 a month.)

You’ll have access to tons of tips and tricks for Freezer cooking. Choose from thousands of menus and recipes that can be customized to fit your family.

Select any type of prep, cooking, and serving. (our favorite are the Instant Pot meals that are ready straight from the freezer on busy nights)  choose from Oven, Stove, Easy assembly, Grill, Crock pot, Instant pot.. and more.  You can search for specific Dietary needs like allergen, Dairy free, Gluten free, real food, Paleo and vegetarian.

They have Recipes for Breakfast, lunch, Dinner, side dishes, snacks and Dessert! All to be prepped and frozen for when you need them!!

Did you get a new Instant Pot this week?

Or did your grocery store have a crazy deal on Chicken breast this month?? Now you have a ton and don’t know what to fix? You can select a menu to utilize that deal even more!

There are so many reasons why I love Once A Month Meals. We have been using them for about 9 months already and really enjoy the resources they provide.

If you want to read some of our reviews of Once A Month Meals here’s a couple of things to read:

Once A Month Meals!

Cooking once for the whole month. Take 2!

Instant pot: Lunch, chicken in minutes!

 

 

Instant pot for lunch?

Yes! I can make chicken (from the freezer) in minutes and tada delicious lunch is happening for this momma!!


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Everyone knows by now how much I love the instant pot.

 

I really enjoy using the instant pot to help me stay on track at lunch time!

An easy way to make sure I get my protein in the middle of the day is by cooking chicken.

cooking in the Instant pot means you don’t have to thaw it!!!!!!

So, usually I just throw one frozen boneless chicken breast or boneless thigh in the pot and season it however I’m feeling that day.

 

My current Favorite seasonings are:

Cumin, chili powder, onion powder, and cyan pepper – if I want to make a something like a taco salad or just a little black beans.

Garlic, salt, pepper is my go to when I just want to have some veggies or a salad.

Celery Salt, olive oil and pepper is yummy too!

Really the options are endless

 

Cooking this in the instant pot couldn’t be easier! I just grab some chicken out of the freezer and throw it in! I like to use the metal trivet that came with my pot. I feel like the chicken is a better texture when it isn’t sitting in the water/juices. Also with just a little bit of chicken like this, I find it doesn’t need that much liquid to pressure cook. Chicken produces quite a bit of it’s of its own juices (yum chicken broth) and less water makes it come to pressure faster!! So I only put about 1/2 a cup into the bottom of the pot.

 

I set the pot for 15 minutes (high pressure) and make sure it is set to seal. And that’s all I have to do!!!!

Usually I set this and then start the boys lunches! By the time I’ve got them sitting and eating, my lunch is done and I get to eat too!!! yay!

 

 

Last week I had sweet potatoes! So, I seasoned my chicken as usual and threw the sweet potato in the pot along with it. I set it to the usual 15 minutes and it was seriously perfect!!!

 

Happy Instant Pot-ing to you all!

 

 

 

Check out these other instant pot related posts:

seriously easy instant pot yogurt

cook once for the whole month

Instant Pot craze

 

 


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