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Love, Sarah Mae
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This was me in ’09, all preggers, making my first Thanksgiving turkey. This year I will make my second.
This morning I asked my friends on Facebook if they’d share with me their favorite Thanksgiving traditions and recipes (I have yet to have a Thanksgiving tradition, so this year I’m going to steal from you all!). You can read all the responses here. My two favorites are these…
From Meghan Fravel:
We hand out gallon Ziploc bags to the homeless full of essentials. Since Justin traveled A LOT this whole year he literally filled up a small Backpack full of hotel shampoo’s conditioners, soaps etc and we added that to the bag plus toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, granola bars, small bottle of water, bible track and a pair of socks or gloves. We go to a neighborhood that has a lot of homeless men, women and kids and give them bags and usually bring some of our thanksgiving food to them as well.
From Krystle Bowen:
We decorate a tree on the side of the freeway with Christmas decorations! A little Christmas cheer for those travelers and especially truckers!
And here are three recipes, one from my family, and two from my readers…
Sweet Potato Casserole, a dish I make every year:
Ingredients: 2 large cans of yams, 1 c. sugar, 2 tsp. vanilla, 2 eggs, 1/2 stick of butter, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk. Topping: 1 c. brown sugar, 1/2 stick butter, 1/2 c. four, 1 c. pecans.
Directions: Mash sweet yams well. Stir together filling ingredients and yams and put in buttered 8 x 8 pan. Stir topping together and put on top of potato mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until bubbly.
Fancy Potatoes (Submitted by Meghan Fravel):
Make regular mashed potatoes but add 16 oz of cream cheese and 1 cup of sour cream. Mix it all together, put it in a baking dish, top with cheddar cheese, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. YUMM!
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My little girl threw up last night.
We were cuddled up having family movie night, watching The Grinch, when she said, “Mom, can I go to bed early?”
“Sure, honey. Are you okay?”
“I don’t feel good.”
I got up with her and we walked together up to her bedroom. I got her bed ready, and just as I was getting a trashcan to put by her bed, she went to the bathroom and threw up.
I held her hair.
I cleaned her up.
And I tucked her into bed with lullabies playing on her CD player.
“Mom, you don’t have to stay, I don’t want you to get sick.”
“It’s okay, God make moms to take care of their babies, and to comfort them.”
She smiled wearily.
I snuggled up to her and rubbed her head. Soon, she feel asleep.
I came downstairs and, after tucking the other little ones into bed, and I got into my own bed. I leaned over to my husband and told him how glad I was to be able to comfort our children.
I told him how I have no memories of a mama cuddling up to me, rubbing my head, and nurturing me, sick or otherwise. But no matter, because I can do that for my babies. And it occurred to me how often I think of myself as a failure as a mom. I don’t teach them scripture enough, read to them enough, do enough. Sometimes I let them watch too much T.V., and I wonder, “Am I just a big failure as a mom?”
You know what? No! I’m not a failure as a mom, and neither are you.
I’m deciding right now not to focus on my weaknesses, or my failings, but rather on the fact that I love my children and they are taken care of, nurtured, prayed over, snuggled into, and invested in.
Not perfectly, but lovingly, by the grace of God.
I do a ton of things wrong, but God gave me these children, and He knew my personality, my weaknesses, and my strengths. And He made me a mama.
I think the enemy wants us so focused on our weaknesses so that we can forget about all the good things we bring to our children.
I especially think that if you’re concerned if you’re doing a good job or not, you probably are a great parent.
So here’s the bottom line: Keep on loving your babes with what you’ve got and who you are. Focus on the good things; parent through your strengths. Don’t compare. And when you’re really struggling with thoughts of failure, remember Paul’s words in Romans 7:15-23:
For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.
Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
You are not alone in your feelings of failure. But you are not a failure. You are a good mom. So you friend, you keep on.
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The Allume 2014 Conference will be held on October 23-25th in Greenville, SC. 10 Super Early Bird tickets will go on sale at midnight, EST November 29th (Black Friday).
The rest of the tickets will be on sale March 1st at midnight, EST.
Hope to see you (and hug you for 6 seconds) there!
P.S. To read stories from those who attended Allume, click HERE.
P.P.S. To watch the keynote speakers at Allume, click HERE (you’ll see my face!).
All photos are by the amazing Kim DeLoach. See her blog HERE.