Parenting Our Children Uniquely

I’m guessing I’m not the only one, but I’ve always loved taking personality quizzes. I think we like to search for something that defines us. Tells us what’s unique and special about us. Where our strengths and weaknesses are and the things that we are good at. Some of these quizzes even give us a better understanding into why we behave the way we do. But have you ever taken a personality quiz for your children?

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I recently read, Raising An Original by Julie Lyles Carr. It’s a book on parenting your kids according to the unique personality and temperament that God has given them, AND it even comes with personality assessment tools for your kids!

It’s often too easy for me to fall into the patterns of parenting each child the same, or parenting them the way I think should work. The problem with that is, my kids are by no means the same person! They aren’t me or their daddy either! They are their own unique persons, with unique gifts and talents.

The book mentions thinking back to when you were pregnant with your child. What were they like even before birth? It’s hard for me to think back for each of the girl’s pregnancies, but it’s interesting to think of adjectives for this current pregnancy. So far I would describe this baby boy as active, strong, and responsive. He seems to always be on the move, kicks hard enough to make me cringe at times, and if I ever stop moving and in my head think, “how you doing, baby?”, he usually answers with a kick and a wriggle!

So instead of taking the cookie cutter approach to each kid, I’m trying to understand each of their personalities and learn how to help them grow and discover their God’given gifts and purpose. I’m not perfect, but I think the point is trying. Trying to understand our kids and offer grace to both them and ourselves in the process. Knowing that God has entrusted us with raising them, but that ultimately, they are in His hands, just as we each are!

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Maternity Picture Tips

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This last week the girls and I took advantage of the beautiful weather we are having in Ohio and went outside for some mommy and girls maternity pictures! With some awesome help from my sis in-law, we managed to get some great shots! The only downfall was that we didn’t get to do family pictures, as daddy was at work! If you’re thinking of trying to take your own maternity, here are some tips that you may be able to use!

  1. Make or grab some inexpensive props– I made some inexpensive flower crown for the girls and myself to add a pop of color and a touch of whimsy to the pictures. I didn’t spend much on the flowers and they were pretty easy to put together. They were the perfect touch for some fun and girly pictures!
  2. Have your helper keep snapping pictures-When you are taking pictures with kids, sometimes it’s hard to get them to cooperate! Keep snapping pictures and you’re bound to wind up with some good shots, or at least memorable ones!
  3. Shoot in raw and use natural light-Natural light will only help enhance and increase the beauty of each pictures. When you shoot in raw you can maximize this lighting even more! I have done some simple editing in each picture, which I was able to do because of shooting these pictures in raw.
  4. You don’t have to wait until the end of your pregnancy to take pictures-Take the pictures when you are feeling great! We took advantage of the beautiful weather and a decent sized baby bump at 6 1/2 months!
  5. Have fun and try out different poses-Have fun with the process and try out lots of different poses! You might not know if something will look good until you try it!

Enjoy some pictures from our own maternity photo session! 

P.S. This awesome maternity dress was one of the items in my first Stitch Fix! A Stitch Fix stylist hand picks items out just for you and you get to try them on at home and decide if you want to keep them, or send them back! If you want to try out a fix for yourself (only $20 for the stylist and then that $20 will go towards whatever items you decide to keep!) use my link here and help me earn credit on my account! Then go share with your own friends and earn your own credit! Thanks!

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Easy Halloween Costume DIY

With Halloween right around the corner, you may be one of those people that has had their kid’s costume planned since last Halloween! Or perhaps you are one of those people that hasn’t given it a second thought and likes to scramble last minute to put together an outfit and deem it as creative!  In the past I haven’t put much thought into costumes. When Gracie was younger we never took her anywhere for trick or treating, so there wasn’t much need to come up with a costume idea! Then we discovered Boo at the Zoo a few years ago. The last time we went we threw together a princess outfit for Gracie and Lillie went as a giraffe in an adorable hand me down get up that someone had given us to use for play. It was great! Last minute costumes can still be totally awesome, and chances are, your kid is more concerned about the goodies they are getting anyways!

This year, I found myself wanting to put together something fun for the girls…because we all know how Pinterest can easily sway you into that frame of mind! I happened upon some awesome DIY costumes that I knew the girls would love. If you have a girl…or perhaps a boy that’s really into tulle…you can make just about any costume using this idea! All you need is a crochet tutu top, tulle, the ability to make a knot, and you are good to go! You can find exact instructions for the sleeping beauty costume here, but you could really alter this to any princess, super hero, or animal costume you could think of! It really is as simple as cutting the length of tulle you want for your skirt and then knotting it into the bottom of the crochet tutu top!

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Gracie loves Princess Aurora, aka, Sleeping Beauty. She is all about the pink, and the minute I mentioned making an Aurora costume, she was sold! Lillie doesn’t have quite as strong of a preference as her big sis, but I thought she’d make a pretty cute Snow White, and she seemed to like the idea!

Enjoy these pictures of our little princesses in their attire as we attended Boo at the Zoo this last weekend. If you’re still in need of a costume for your little princess, go get yourself a tutu top and tulle, and start knotting!

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Ohio Fall Weather Fun

With the change of seasons comes excitement…especially after making the recent move back from Uganda to Ohio. Uganda is beautiful and mostly sunny and hot. And while this may make me look like a glass half full kind of person, sunny and hot can get old! I appreciate sunny, hot days, but I’ve always been a person that is fully in love with mild Spring and Fall days, so to me, this recent weather has been a small taste of Heaven!

On a recently gorgeous day, we decided to take the girls to Ramseyer Farms. We have always enjoyed being able to go there each Fall when we are able. They continue to add more and more fun Fall activities each year and the girls love exploring and trying everything!

Fall is such a stimulating season. It seems to intensify each of our senses with exploding colors as leaves change, the touch of cozy sweaters as the air turns crisp, the smell and taste of pumpkin flavored everything, and crunchy leaves under our feet.

We enjoyed getting to spend a lovely day outdoors using all of our senses and appreciated some of the wonderful things that Fall has to offer!

What are some of your favorite things to do in the Fall? Do you have a favorite place to visit or a favorite pumpkin flavored food? Comment below and enjoy the pictures of our day!

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The Beauty of a Poor Night’s Sleep

Sleep. I vaguely remember what that feels like. A good night’s rest. Plenty of room to sprawl out. Room to roll over when you feel the need. The ability to go to bed when you choose and wake up at a decent hour after a night of uninterrupted sleep. That kind of sleep has long eluded me. I will admit that I brought this lack of sleep on myself though. Approximately 4.5 years ago when our first child was born, a restful night’s sleep became a thing of the past.

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I can remember when Gracie, our first born, entered this world. You know that you’re going to get less sleep with a newborn, but somehow you can never quite be prepared for the extreme amount of sleep deprivation you are about to encounter. Gracie was the greatest gift and miracle my husband and I had every received, but at times we also wished that she came with an off switch, or at the very least, a dial to turn down the volume of incessant night time (and day time for that matter) crying.

You know how before you have children it’s way too easy to judge people’s choices with their children? Like, for a random example, you say you will never let your kids sleep in your bed. And then said child is born. This child happens to be a horrible sleeper and by four months the only way anyone is going to get any sleep is if this child is beside you in bed…all night. You do what you gotta do. You let that child sleep in your bed every night for close night time nursing and now at least you don’t have to get out of bed. Lesson learned. Don’t judge.

Then we had baby number two. Gracie was just turning two years old. She stayed in her bed partially through the night, but would usually still end up sleeping with us. It’s beautiful and frustrating all at the same time. It’s ridiculous how sweet and innocent your baby can look sleeping next to you. It’s also ridiculous how much space a tiny, sweet child can take up.

“Hey, Mom, and Dad! You guys have this king size bed so I can lay between you guys horizontal and form the letter ‘H’, right? Because I really want to use the maximum amount of space this bed allows. I want to help you get your money’s worth, k?”

So with baby number two, we eventually learned our bed would now have four occupants, but two of those occupants didn’t know how to stay on their side of the bed. They also enjoyed frequent potty trips, tossing and turning, crying, and eating, and also waking up really, REALLY early…even on Saturday.

At some point my husband and I realized that while not ideal, we could function, mostly normally, on pretty low levels of sleep. Somewhere along the way our bodies adjusted to frequent night awakenings, early mornings, and managing to sleep with a little body pressed tightly up against or directly on top of us.

For about the last year we have all been sleeping in the same bedroom, though the girls have a separate bed. Sleep has become less of a peaceful experience, but in some ways a more beautiful one. We’re still not able to crawl into bed, lights on, chat in a normal tone, and then know we can go to sleep and wake up when are bodies are fully rested. Our nights involve sneaking into a dark room, guided only by the light of our phones, whispering to one another and quietly saying prayers together, which include asking for the angelic favor of a full night’s sleep! We know one of us will most likely have to get up in the middle of night and that it will be a miracle if everyone sleeps in till 8 am, scratch that, it will be a miracle if everyone sleeps in until 7 am! Then there are times when one of the girls ends up sleeping snuggled up against me, and while I should be sleeping, all I can do is stare at them. Stare at the wonder of this child that truly is a gift from God, sleep deprivation and all. This is a beauty that can only be found in a poor night’s sleep.

Now, after approximately 4.5 years of poor sleep, I’ve learned not to judge, do what you gotta do, and treasure those tiny snuggles. Someday, yes someday, you’ll sleep again. Though for us I don’t see that time coming anytime soon. Hello January 2017 baby, and good bye sleep. See you in another 10-20 years.

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Every Monday, Keri, and I host a link party specifically for moms to share encouraging posts. We would love for you to link up your posts on motherhood below and connect with some other mamas.  Join us with #mamasharesmonday as we share our moments of motherhood.  

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