Thursday, October 23, 2014

Red the Donkey

My boys ask me to tell them stories before bed every once in a while. They pick an animal, and I make up a story as I go. Some of the stories turn out okay. When they like a story they ask for the same characters again and again. One of their favorite stories is a donkey named Red.

Since I am a writer, I thought I would write a few of these stories on my blog. I hope your children (and maybe you too) will like them.
Red was a little donkey that lived on Farmer Smith's farm. All the animals on the farm liked Red, and thought his named fit him well. Red loved carrots and would do just about anything for one. 

One day Farmer Smith needed to take Red to another field across the farm. 

"Come on Red! Get in the trailer so I can take you to the south field," Farmer Smith said while patting Red's nose. 

"I will not go. This field is right beside a row of carrots in the garden," Red huffed. He was insistent on staying put, and sat down in the field beside the carrots. 

"Red, these carrots are not for you," the farmer protested. "The south field has more room for you to run and there is a surprise for you as well."

The donkey crinkled his lips and snorted. The farmer had put up with enough nonsense. Red watched the farmer walk to the garden and pull up a fresh, ripe, bright, orange carrot. Red's eyes began to widen and his mouth began to water. 

"A delicious carrot," Red thought to himself. He began to lean forward toward the farmer. His eyes glazed over and he could not think of nothing else. Red had to have the carrot. Farmer Smith threw the carrot into the back of the trailer, and Red scampered after it. As soon as Red was in the trailer, Farmer Smith closed the door.  The little donkey looked behind him, but he didn't care that he had been lured in because he was eating the scrumptious carrot. 

The farmer reached the south field, and unlocked the door to the trailer. "Here is your new home, Red," said Farmer Smith. He turned to see Red sitting in the trailer with a look of disgust on his face. 

"I will not be moved from this trailer," stated the stubborn donkey. 

"You will change your mind when you see what is on the other side of the hill, Red," laughed Farmer Smith. 

"What is it?" asked Red. 

"A hillside full of carrots. I planted some in the field earlier this year. I knew that you would need to move to this field, and I wanted to have something special for your arrival." the farmer said with a smile on his face. 

Without a second thought Red jumped from the trailer and darted up the hill. On the other side of the hill were rows and rows of carrots, and they were all for him.

Red ate three carrots and then turned to the farmer. "Thank you, Farmer Smith!"

Farmer Smith replied, "You're welcome, Red. Enjoy the carrots and your new home."

That night Red slept under the old oak tree in the south field with a belly full of carrots. 

The End


Let me know what you think of this little story. Thanks!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Measuring Success as a Mom

Success has different faces, different meanings, and different voices to each individual on the planet. As a woman, I had a definition of what success would entail for my life. When motherhood came knocking on my door, the meaning of success drastically changed. There was just one problem. How would I measure success as a mom? How would I know that I was doing a good job? Everyone with a child has their own opinion of whether you are raising your child correctly, but I needed to decided for myself.

There are some mornings when I seem unstoppable, and then some days where I don't get dressed until lunch time. When Javen was a little baby he had severe acid reflux and many days I would have to change clothes three or more times a day. Those days were spent cleaning up a baby and not much else. Now that I have three children, my life seems hectic but in different ways.

I catch myself apologizing to my husband for not folding the laundry or cleaning the kitchen everyday. One day he told me that he is not my master and doesn't expect me to get everything done.


I didn't have to mark anything off his mental checklist? He went on to tell me that my job is caring for the children and the house and that every day is unpredictable. The children are the main priority and I am putting unrealistic demands on myself.

Again, what?!?

I am the one torturing myself everyday. I am the one that looks at Pinterest and demands that crafts be made, the one that requires a sparkling house, and the one that has to bring in extra income. It's impossible to be everything to everyone at the same time. I know this, but somehow it sounded like something that only applied to parents who work outside the home. This all important truth still has to be repeated multiple times every week. 

Playing with my children, feeding my children, teaching them to be respectable citizens, teaching them about Christ, and keeping them clean are the main priorities. The house is my second job. I constantly remind myself to go play trains with Pierce when he asks, to take the time to tickle Alayna a little longer, and to discuss another football game with Javen. My children are my success. 

So how do I measure success during the day to day grind of motherhood? There are life long goals, monthly goals, and daily goals. Everyone has to decide the overall goal of success that comes when your child leaves the nest. As for the monthly goals, I try to include making memories at a part of the plan. The daily goals vary, but they include playing with my children.

What defines success for you as a parent? Do you stress over motherly success and whether it will measure up to society, your upbringing, or your expectations. I'm still a work in progress, and my next goal is to write down the things that I view as daily, monthly, and life long successes. Writing goals down always helps put them in perspective. What are your thoughts?

On the parenting roller coaster,


Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Review and Activities: Mimi and Bear in the Snow

Mimi and Bear in the Snow by Janee Trasler, is a cute book about keeping up with your things. Children are constantly losing their favorite toy or blanket. Who am I kidding? We adults lose our phones or car keys half the time too. We need to read this book as much as our kiddos.

Mimi frolics in the winter snow and takes her beloved Bear out to share in the fun. When it's time to come inside, Mimi cannot find Bear. The next day, Mimi retraces her steps and finally finds Bear. They are reunited at last, and Mimi learns to keep track of things. Retrace your steps! How many times have we done that in our lifetime?

*Scavenger Hunt
*Hide and Seek
*Build a Snow man (with cotton balls if you live in an area with no snow)
*Dress up a teddy bear for winter
*Have your child help put away the summer clothes and get out the winter ones.

Happy Reading,


Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday's Fave Five

The weekend is here! Angels are singing Hallelujah and the birds are chirping. This week has been long, eye opening, and tiresome. The good news is that my family doesn't have Ebola, Frisco Mercantile is open, the Pin Junkie Pinterest party is going on, and I can start wearing scarves soon. Here are some more of my faves from this week.

1. Last weekend my sister and I went to OKC to pick up some things that my Mother gave us. The one thing I wanted more than anything else was this tea cup and saucer. It was my great-grandmother's, and I'm thrilled to keep it in the family.

2. We also loaded up Mom's table and her hutch. Rachel got the hutch, and my empty formal dining room now has a formal dining set. Thanks, Mom and Dad! I pulled a U-haul trailer behind my minivan. You should have seen me try to back up the trailer to load it up. Thankfully, that was the only time I had to back up.

3. Wednesday, my table at MOPS went out to lunch. It's so nice to get to know these wonderful ladies this year.

4. Javen had his first project due, and he did a fabulous job.

5. I couldn't agree more, and I need it hanging in my closet. :-)

What fabulous plans do you have for this weekend? Have a safe and fun weekend, and I'll see you on Monday.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pinterest Party with Pin Junkie

I'm co-hosting a Pin Junkie Party! What fabulous thing have you made from Pinterest? Share your great finds, crafts, recipes, and goodies by following the link below. I can't wait to see what everyone posts.

Two years ago, Bonnie a.k.a. The Pin Junkie decided to actually do the things she pinned on Pinterest.  She made a few crafts, tried a few recipes and had so much fun, she wanted to share her love of Pinterest with everyone and The Pin Junkie was born!  Now she's completely addicted and working her way through Pinterest one project at a time.  You can join her at:

The Pin Junkie is celebrating it's two year blogiversary and these bloggers are helping to celebrate in style with a HUGE link party! When you share your crafts and recipes at this party, they will be seen on all 40 of these blogs!

Party Rules
1.  Share anything family friendly - crafts, recipes, DIY projects.
2.  Visit other links at the party.  It's always nice to leave some comments and pin from the original source.
3.  Visit and follow a few of the co-hosts.  They'd love it if you dropped by to say hello!

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