Sweet Tiny Blessings

Month: February 2012

Bullies

Earlier this week, I took Baby C to an indoor playground not too far from home.  Normally, I hate paying for “free play,” but I needed to get Baby C and I out of the house and socializing with others to help cure my Winter Blues.

Baby C was so excited to get down and play the minute we walked in the door.  We paid for our hour of, what I thought would be fun, and put our belongings in the cubby.  Baby C took off right away.  She was the happiest little girl running around with a ball half her size.  Until some boy, at least three times her age, grabbed the ball from her and took off.  Who steals a ball from the cutest baby on Earth?

I picked up Baby C, found a new ball and headed to the divided toddler area.  As Baby C was having a ball (pun intended), out of no where, the same little boy jumps the wall, grabs Baby C’s ball out of her hands saying, “give me that,” and jumps back over to the big kid section.  I was in complete shock that someone would do that AND wondered who in the world would let their child do something like that?  A parent who obviously isn’t paying attention to their child.

My heart sank for Baby C, knowing that there would be even more bullies in this world coming her way and I won’t be able to protect her from them.  But she just kept on playing as if nothing had happened.  She began to climb the little tree house, when another little girl (who was at least 4 or 5 and looked much like the ball stealer) says to me, “Um, excuse me, but this is for big kids.”  I wanted to say, “Um, excuse yourself right out of the toddler area.”  But I didn’t.  I simply replied, “It’s okay for my daughter to play here.”

After wrapping up our hour of fun misery, I picked Baby C up and headed home.  The little events played over and over in my head and I wondered if I should have done something about the incidences that happened.  Should I have reprimanded the boy or maybe talked to a supervisor?  Or was I just overreacting and kids will be kids?

Have you ever been in this kind of situation?  What did you do or what would you have done?  This new mama needs advice and reassurance.  

Dealing with the Loss of a Loved One Prayer {Celebrating Lent}

I have lost many family members and friends to the Lord in my life.  And I’m sure you have too.  Even when we know that our loved one is in a more peaceful place, the pain can sometimes feel like too much to bare.

This past weekend, my family and I took a mini vacation to the mountains.  As we exited our condo for breakfast, we passed by many police and paramedics.  Later that day, I found out that a man lost his life due to heart conditions, while his wife was relaxing at the spa.  I didn’t know either of them, but my heart sank as I listened to the coroner speak to friends of the family over the phone.  It made me realize how precious life is and how it can be taken away at any time.

I came across this simple, yet beautiful poem that made me smile.  I hope it helps to heal your heart too.

MAY YOU HAVE PEACE

I cannot say that I know, just how you feel
For your hurt is so great, and will take God’s touch to heal
Yet is it possible for such a wound, to completely ever mend
When you’ve lost your mate, parent, child or good friend
Please know that I pray for you, each and every day
And feel God’s Holy Spirit, in small and simple ways
And then I am reminded, of such a simple phrase
With all the strength that’s in you, please walk by faith
So come to me and talk about, anything you feel
For I’ll be here in body, but Christ will soon reveal
That while it is impossible, for a friend to end your pain
HE will bring about a peace, and in your hurt sustain
Author: Brian G. Jett
If you lost a loved one or know someone who needs prayer, leave a comment below or email me.  Learn more about my {Celebrating Lent} series and let’s come together in prayer.  

The Mother of Purls Review and Giveaway

Growing up in Florida, we frequently visited Disney World.  Minnie Mouse is one of our favs!  Since we now live in Colorado, I completely fell in love with The Mother of Purls and her precious Minnie Mouse Hat . . . the perfect mix of Florida and Colorado!

Michelle is the owner of The Mother of Purls and a blessed mother of four small children, 3 girls and 1 boy, ranging in ages 2-9.  She and her husband live in Northern Michigan where she works as an ICU nurse and volunteers as a youth leader at her church.  Michelle first taught herself how to knit two years ago while her daughter was in the hospital with pneumonia.  She needed something to do during the few, long days that they were there.  So she grabbed some needles, yarn and YouTube and she’s been hooked every since!  Now Michelle finds herself so excited about knitting, that she has her next project planned before finishing the one she is currently working on.  She opened her shop in January to feed her need to knit and hopefully let others enjoy her creations too.  
I don’t think Michelle will have a problem finding people to enjoy her beautiful creations.  All of her items are hand knit with attention to detail.  Orders are fully customizable and come in most sizes.  And her prices are so reasonable.  The Mother of Purls’ knits are fun too!  Baby C received the Minnie Mouse Hat along with a pair of sweet, custom booties.  Not only does everything fit perfectly, the quality of the knits are outstanding, as well.  The hat and booties have kept Baby C snuggly and warm in this chilly and snowy Colorado weather.  When Baby C out grows these knits, I can use them as hand-me-downs for years to come.  The Mother of Purls hand knits everything from women’s hats, boot cuffs and ear warmers to baby leg warmers, booties and hats . . . and more!  
Baby C excited about her new hat and booties!

Custom booties for Baby C.

Keeping warm in the mountains with her new hat.

Stop on by The Mother of Purls’ Etsy Shop today!  You won’t be disappointed.  Ready to shop?  Use the coupon code {TINYBLESSINGS} at check out to receive 10% off your order.  The Mother of Purls would love for you to connect with her on her Blog and Facebook Fan Page too!


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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for writing this review post.  The Mother of Purls provided product for review, but my review and opinions are my own and were not influenced by outside sources.

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A Prayer for the Unemployed {Celebrating Lent}

Losing a job is ONE of the hardest things I went through.  And the inability to find a job was just as crushing.  I knew I was a good great employee.  I was honest and hard working.  And I loved my job.  I did my best each day.  But as the economy took it’s toll, so did my job.

I know there are so many people out there in this same situation.  Your self-esteem and self-worth begin to crumble as each rejection comes in.  It stinks.  And you wonder, why me?  So, today, my prayers go out to the unemployed.  That they keep faith and not lose hope.  No matter how long it takes, know that God has the perfect position for you.

I found this beautiful prayer online that does not have an author.  I wish I had this prayer when I was seeking employment.  I hope this prayer brings comfort to you or someone you know who searching for a job.

Dear Lord Jesus Christ,
You wanted all who are weary
To come to You for support.
Lord, I am worn out
By my inability to find work.
Guide my steps to a righteous path;
Give me the patience
To find opportunities with a future.
Calm my worries and fears
As my financial responsibilities mount.
Strengthen my resolve;
Embolden my heart to open doors;
Open my eyes to see life beyond rejection.
Help me believe in me.
Let me realize other ways
To bring about your kingdom on Earth.
Let me grow as a person
That I may be worthy
For Your greater glory.
In the name of the Father.
Amen.
If you are unemployed or know someone who is that needs prayer, feel free to leave a comment or email me.  Learn more about my {Celebrating Lent} series and let’s come together in prayer.

A Prayer for Mothers {Celebrating Lent}

Ever since I became a mother, I have a new appreciation for a mother’s love.  Moms love with their heart and soul that can’t be described in words.  From the moment their child is placed in their arms, their heart has changed forever.

Today’s prayer is for Moms:
For single moms
For married moms
For moms who lost a child to the Lord
For moms who lost a child to mental illness
For working moms
For stay-at-home-moms
For adopted moms
For biological moms
For moms with a sick child
For moms with a healthy child
For happy moms
For depressed moms
For struggling moms
For moms with gifted children
For moms with children who struggle
For anxious moms
For calm moms
For lonely moms
For moms with lots of friends
For moms with illnesses
For healthy moms

For all Moms!

I ask God to bless and watch over each mommy today.  No matter what they are going through, lay Your comforting hand and show your love to the moms who raise Your children.  May they make the right choices and follow Your plan.  May they trust You and know that You are always by their side.  Please give them the energy they need when they feel tired and weak.  Strengthen them when they are down or feeling discouraged.  Thank You, Lord, for the blessings of all moms!
If you are a mom or know of a mom who needs prayers today, feel free to leave a comment or email me.  Learn more about my {Celebrating Lent} series and let’s come together in prayer!  
May she who gave you birth be happy. ~ Proverbs 23:25     

Celebrating Lent

This will be the first year that I can remember where I will officially not be celebrating Lent.  And it’s tough, because this season of the church year has always been one of my favorites.  The Lenton season has always brought new life and meaning, as well as, helped me to grow as a christian.  But after our meeting last May with the deacon, I am sad to say, I am still homeless.

One thing I have learned is that “religion” is not perfect, but my God is.  And though I haven’t found my home yet, I’ve met some pretty incredible and faithful people that God has brought into my life.  We’ve attended a local church and I found a mommy’s group filled with God’s love flowing threw so many encouraging women.

So this year, I’ll be celebrating Lent a little bit differently, not with the church, but still in my heart.  Last year, my Lenton promise was to worry less and pray more.  I also made this a part of my New Year’s Resolution this year.  I want to expand on this a little more.  I’m going to take time to pray, and I mean, really pray, for someone or a group of people who are in need prayers, each day of Lent.  My goal is to share with you each of the 40 days, but I know it may not be possible with a toddler and life circumstances.  I may have to get creative as of when and where I’ll be praying.

Though I pray often and throughout the day, I’m often praying for myself.  So I really want to be focused on praying for others.  I know I’m not anyone special, but if you would like me to pray for you or someone you know, please feel free to leave a comment or email me.  I would be more than happy to pray for you.  And I hope my readers will join me in prayer too.

For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20

The Winter Blues

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” Philippians 4:6

I’m ready for summer!  The past couple of weeks have been rough on me, emotionally.  I love the sunshine and I can’t stand being cooped up in the house all the time.  There was plenty of snow last week, then I got sick and Baby C had a fever for 3 days.  So we have been stuck in the house.

You know you have the winter blues and cabin fever when you are pumped to take your baby to the grocery store.  And I hate grocery shopping.  The only thing I needed was milk for Baby C, but I found myself pushing the cart down many of the isles very slowly, just to be out of the house.  I’m really looking forward to getting out more next week.  I sure hope there is no snow in store.

What do you do to lift your mood when you have the winter blues or cabin fever?

Horizon {Find Happy} Giveaway

My new year’s resolution this year is to take baby steps  to create a healthier life for my family.  In doing so, we have switched to organic foods whenever financially possible.  One of my favorites is Horizon dairy.  It’s not easy making healthy decisions for your family every day.  That’s why I love all the resources Horizon provides, including topics from animal welfare to healthy eating, differences between organic milk and conventional milk, and ways in which Horizon helps support parents.

Horizon also offers great tools, resources, coupons and a Toolbox for Mom on their Facebook page.  They have launched a “Find Happy” app on their Facebook page, as well.  Participants are asked daily questions about Horizon to help unlock a series of maps that will eventually help locate Happy, the Horizon cow gracing all Horizon packaging.  The first 50 people who correctly identify Happy’s location will be entered to win a trip to Jamaica!  

Horizon is also offering my Sweet Tiny Blessings’ readers a chance to win a Horizon’s reusable bag, coupons, pen and notebook, just like the picture below.
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My Valentines

I have called you by name: you are mine….I will be with you…. Because you
are precious in my eyes and glorious, and because I love you. Is. 43:1, 2, 4

At the beginning of February of last year, Baby C came home from the hospital a second time. We put her in a sweet Valentine dress gifted from Grandma and Pop Pop and her tiny, red, Dorothy shoes from Pop and Bebe.  I tapped her tiny feet together and reminded her there’s no place like home.  I remember feeling so excited and extremely nervous, all at the same time.  I would finally have my baby girl home in my arms, but was unsure if I could protect her from harm.

A year later, Baby C is doing extraordinary!  And every year, at this time, I will remember all the love and support I received from my family and friends.  I will always remember the prayers they lifted high, their calming words and comforting hugs.  
I Asked God
I asked God for a flower, he gave me a
bouquet
I asked God for a minute, he gave me a day
I asked God for true
love, he gave me that too
I asked for an angel and he gave me you.

John Raine –
Happy Valentine’s Day!  What special memories do you share with your family on this day?

The Pacifier Is Back

Baby C was slowly letting go of her paci habit.  She had only been using it to help her fall asleep at night or for nap time.  But ever since she started teething again, the paci has returned in full force.

Baby C had never been effected by teething before, but these recent teeth that are popping through have really caused her pain.  The only thing that seemed to soothe her, was the rocking chair with her paci.  Now that her teeth have broken through the gums, she refuses to let go of the paci.

It wouldn’t bother me so much if it wasn’t for her crying whenever she misplaced it.  She’ll put it down while she is playing or reading her books and forgets where it is.  Then I have to search the house endlessly until it is found.  I think I’m going to stock up on pacifiers this week.

What is your sweet tiny blessing’s attachment item?

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