The Smile of a Mama

The smile of a mama….

It can lift. It can lift hearts, moods, the sense of a bad mood lingering. A mamas’ smile can change hearts. A mamas’ laugh can do more than any of these things. It can change the atmosphere of a home. Whether we moms would like to admit it or recognize it, or not, we are the atmosphere changers in our homes. 

When husbands arrive home from work, when children come home from school, or walk in from doing an “outside of home” activity, it is so important for us to greet our family members with a smile, a hug, and a happy spirit.

Today, on the way to go pick up our cat, Jack, from a surgery (a surgery that is costing more than the cat itself…sigh…) I had a moment where I could have lost it, and yelled and thrown a mini-mama tantrum. My four children, ages 7, 5, 1, and newborn, were basically creating chaos behind me as I drove down the highway. It all started with a, “mama, will you turn up the song!” and another trying to tell me a very in-depth story about the cows on the side of the road and yada yada, and a toddler crying because he is already overtired at ten thirty in the morning, and a newborn who did not get to have his full morning feeding. So, it continued on like this: the child who wanted the music turned up hit the one who was telling the story because she wanted to hear music and the other would not be quiet…
So, anyways, I think the kids knew…by the way the music disappeared and the way I turned that rear view mirror with a crank…that mama was gonna blow her top. Instead, I viewed the chaos behind me while keeping one eye (yikes) on the road ahead and I suddenly found it quite humorous. I smiled, and then I laughed. You wouldn’t believe what happened next, everyone was just happy. The music went back up, and happiness ensued.

In that solitary moment as my van continued toward the destination of cat retrieval, I had a thought. I’m a mood changer. Im able to change moods easily; with my children and my husband….and I’m feeling convicted.

That’s all.

How have you noticed that a mama smile or laugh has changed moods and atmosphere in your homes and lives??

Blessings, mamas, Elise Mae

Summer Fun

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We are having a lot of old fashioned fun this summer, so far! We are continuing our school work. Our daughter is working on letters and letter sounds, while our son continues to polish up his reading skills. Both of the kiddos are also doing their first math class with MathUSee. They’re both primarily hands-on learners! Which makes things fun and interesting!

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“G” finished his very first reading primer through Pathway Reader. He absolutely loved it! He’s so proud and so is mama! We were on our way to the next reader in the series but he decided he wanted to begin again in this reader to see how good he was. His fluency has, of course, improved greatly, as well as his confidence, which is such a huge blessing to see.

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MR “S” is having fun playing with his toys, if course!

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While the kids are learning and playing and having summer fun, mama is trying to soak in all the summer beauty while I can! Before we know it, the snow is going to cover the ground.

Blessings, Elise Mae

Where To Start….

Good evening, ladies. 

Do you ever feel like your’e being swallowed up by the world? By TV, Smartphone, Internet (Facebook, Twitter, Social Media)? Do you catch yourself getting a little panicky thinking, ‘I know these days go too quickly, I want to make sure I do not let a moment slip by?’ I do too. It is more difficult to be intentional in today’s world than in any time period. Ever….I mean think about it…Women in eras gone, they did not have Facebook vying for their attention. They did not have a phone and a constant way to connect with others at any second of the day. They were not silently competing with one another through Instagram photos. No, I do not believe that it was any easier to raise a child then, than now. But, the refreshing thought of zero distractions is something that I think about often. 

I have often contemplated leaving Facebook, shutting down Twitter (I really do not use Twitter often), and Instagram. I have thought of getting rid of my smartphone.

Then I think about how the women behind the blogs, and websites, and behind the pictures, have changed my life course. These women have shared and bared. They have shown me what it is to become a woman who can live for God, and the way he intends in doing what I do (being a wife and mother). I have been inspired by these women. So, I think, I need to set limits instead. Be intentional. That word. Intentional….it is my mantra. I want to be all there.

I want to watch my daughters hair blow in the wind as she swings on the swingset, I want to see the sweat on the brow of my son as he plays catch outside, I want to watch our one year old explore his world, I want to have real conversation and hand-holding moments with my husband. I want to be all there. 

Do you ever think, what a perfect way Satan has been able to get hold of us, getting us distracted, and pulling us into something that is so completely time consuming and beautiful-moment-wasting? I think about our computer, TV, phones….I think about how they are portals into the world and the worlds ways. 

So many young women are influenced today by reality TV shows (like Real Housewives of such and such County) and are left feeling hollow, not good enough, and empty because they want a life that is comparable to the lives of these women on TV. Would it not be refreshing to have more of a culture in our world that we could observe “Real Housewives of Gods Kingdom” instead? I wish there was more of that out there…

The worlds ways are distracting, and seem glamorous and tempting. 

But…..

I want simplicity.

I want joy.

I want the abundant life that Christ died for me to have. 

I want to live a life of thanksgiving and thankfulness. 

I want to smile and laugh and run with my kids. Giggle at something funny, watch lighting outside, read a book together, cook a meal together…I want to be there….here…

I want to spend time with my husband…what a gift.

So my challenge going into the weekend, and the next week (and always) is this: Put the phone down, shut down the computer, be intentional. Set times for such things….and enjoy the life God has given me, not missing one. single. moment.

Will you join me?

{EliseMae}

New Adventures

A new adventure.

I have done this once before. But, this time it will be different. I am committing it to the Lord, for His Glory. All for Him. I keep hearing a little voice saying “write”. I keep questioning that little voice. I think to myself, “oh, but Elise, there are one million other bloggers, women bloggers, Christian women bloggers”….but God. I am determined to write. Just write. And my questioning….”but God?”….becomes BUT GOD. He can do way more than I can to reach others….and if it is in his will and if the little voice I continue to hear telling me to write, just write, is True, then my words will reach who He intends to read them….

So I have started upon this adventure of writing again. I am going to write being led by the Holy Spirit. I am choosing not to look at my stats and my followers numbers, and become obsessed with that, but to keep my eyes on Him. The true AUTHOR of all things….I seek only one thing…to glorify my Lord, to bring more women to Him and for them to see that abundant and joyful life is possible….I am seeking Him in all things…So here goes nothing!