Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Another Stocking to Hang!

One of my favorite things to do for the Christmas season is to hang the stockings! The children get so excited and it is always fun to see the line of stockings grow! I need to get a different one for Lily, but I got this little blue one for free last year. I want to look around and find a prettier one on sale after Christmas.
I tried to get the kids to line up under their stockings. Not the greatest of pictures, but it shows the personalities of each child very well!
Here is Andrew painting a Christmas cookie at the craft fair. I'm so glad I took them. There were HUNDREDS of people and it was hard to find a place to sit down, but we managed to find some good stations and the kids made a bag full of crafts. Thanks, Margaret for inviting us!

Here, Jess and Andrew are making ornaments with their picture on it.

So, can I just say yesterday was horrible? I became drill-Sergeant mom and my kids and I were all stressed. It was not fun and at the end of the day, I realized that I had prayed for everyone but myself. I never once prayed for strength or for the Holy Spirit to fill me. I was ashamed and confessed my sin. Today is going to be different. I am going to pray and love the child that is being extremely difficult and I am not going to let that child run my emotions or everyone else's. I am going to be consistent and loving when I discipline her. I can only parent like that with God's help. So I'm taking a deep breath and starting over. Pray for me...
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13 comments:

Toni Floyd said...

Love the stockings pic and yes it does show their personalities! hee hee We had a tough afternoon/evening around here too with a certain older child but her dad took her aside and they spent some time together talking and that helped ALOT! Just some good old fashioned time with Dad talking out her feelings. I'm sure blessed that he initiates that because I was so worn out and emotional over the way she treats me at times. I'm so thankful he'll come in there and say to her that's not an acceptable way to treat your mom and let her know that her sinful pride and stubborness are not going to run our house. Parenting is tough business!

Morgan said...

Cute stockings! What room did you hang them up?

I have found myself doing that too sometimes- pray for everyone other than myself. Having a testing child can be very taxing. Consistently disciplining is exhausting sometimes! I'll pray that you have the patience and joy today.

christy rose said...

All of those stockings are so cute!!! I know what you mean about the drill sergeant mom. I step into that role sometimes too and have to ask God to forgive me and help me. He always leads me back to Him and how He parents me, revelation floods and restoration begins! :) Praying for you today!

I am blessed! said...

I'm glad I'm not the only drill-seargent mom. I feel bad, too, but it is so stressful sometimes. We go to Bible study on Wednesdays from 10-12:15 and it's so hard to recover from. My mom is there and all the kids want to go with her and it doesn't help when she asks them to the ranch with her. I feel like the lone voice saying, "Remember school?"

Kimberly said...

Love the stockings - OK, there is one theme I've noticed on all the blogs I read this week - Drill Sargeant Momma is out in full force this week! She's even {express shock, gasp here} shown up at my house, uninvited! Thankfully she was shown the door, and the nice patient Momma returned!

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

Great job, Toni! Courtney is a good dad, too.

Morgan, the stockings are hung up right when you walk in the door above the coat rack that my hubby made.

It is so hard to get out sometimes. It feels like it is not even worth it some days. I like my routine and when it is off, everyone seems to be off.

Kimberly, is there something in the air? Isn't this supposed to be the month of joy and cheer? LOL!

Cassandra-ann said...

I love the stocking pic! I still have to get one for Bella so we can hang all ours up :-)

Cat said...

Drill sargeants unite! When they all come out maybe we can lasso them, throw them into some corral spa and take the day off!! I've been a drill sargeant too, with my 3 students who are wonderful, smart boys, but boistrous this week, and it's driving me crazy. I think I don't want to be doing what I'm doing, but they don't either. So, let's pray for each other, take the day off from drilling and smile lovingly at our dear ones!

Tina said...

Loved your post and your transparency. I so often feel like that at night as I'm going to bed - I look back and see where I haven't gone to the throne when facing difficulties during the day (which results in a lack of patience - loved that post too! and also leads to a nasty display of my sin nature). It's so easy to get into autodrive and forget to move over asking God to do the driving. Thanks for the post (and the great reminder for myself - esp. as I face a busy day tomorrow). Lifting you in prayer.
By the way, love the photos of the stockings, esp. the baby being held under hers. :)
Have a great day!
In His love,
Tina

...they call me mommy... said...

Praise the Lord that His mercies are new every morning! I'm right there with you, Staci!

Julie said...

Aw, how sweet. It is so cute to see them all lined up by their stockings :)

~wifemomnurse

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I love seeing all your stockings. Can I just say, "Wow, that's a lot of stockings, ha ha ha!"

I'm so glad you finished well today. I feel like I did, too. It really helps when we call each other in the morning to get pray and get centered on what is important. Love ya, sis! You are so God's gift to me. I'm so lucky to have you as my twin!

Love ya,
Jackie

OurLilFullFam said...

I love the stocking pics! Look how blessed you are!

We have almost the same coat rack. Mr. Brown built it for me, it looks like we run a school sometimes - well I guess I do since they school here at home, but it reminds me of a kindergaten classroom withthe hooks and all along the wall!

Even Jesus had to get away to pray for himself, so we must too and not be so hard on ourselves when we forget! I hope you have a better day today!

Stephanie

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