I have a bad case of momnesia. (Motherhood induced amnesia.) Or do I have pregnesia? (Pregnancy induced amnesia.) Maybe it’s simply old age. Whatever it’s called, I find that remembering things is harder and harder everyday.

When I have a lot to do, I rely on my trusty to-do list for help. It helps me remember AND prioritize the things I have to do. It’s simple, colorful and seems to make running errands a little easier.

I hope it makes your life a little easier too!

Download our to do list and start using it today!

(It’s set up with 2 on a page. Simply fold in half or cut down the middle and you’re ready for action!)

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There are 4 weeks left (or less) until the birth our newest family member. I’m cleaning, washing and sorting in eager anticipation of welcoming BabyFish into my home.

I am in full-on nesting mode. I remember doing this before KidFish was born, but this time is SO different. Last time, I collected clothes, blankets, diapers, books, toys, gear, furniture, etc. I collected any and every thing that seemed remotely useful for me or a new baby. This time, however, I’m not collecting. I’m purging and simplifying. Not just baby stuff, but my stuff, kitchen stuff, household stuff, stuff in storage…everything.

Why?

In the past 4 years, I’ve learned that kids (and I) don’t need much. At least, I don’t need nearly as much as I’ve collected over the years. In fact, I’ve learned that too much stuff actually stresses me out.

I’ve learned that the things I need most aren’t things at all. I need love. I need hugs. I need laughter. I need space to be creative. I need to explore. I need to go outside and soak up sunshine. With this knowledge, I gladly let go of my unnecessary possessions to take hold of the things I (and BabyFish) need more.

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My Mother’s Day Gift

Today, people all across America are celebrating Mother’s Day. Daughters and sons are bestowing gifts of love, appreciation and gratefulness upon their mothers in the form of flowers, cards and hugs. Husbands are showering their wives with jewelry, dinners and spa days for bringing their offspring into the world.

This year, I’ve decided to give myself a gift—the gift of permission.

I’m giving myself permission to…
…not be “pinterest perfect.”
…say no.
…not do it all.
…to parent from my strengths, not my weaknesses.
…be the mother that I am, not the mother people expect me to be.
…admit that I don’t have it all figured out, and likely never will.

I hope this Mother’s Day is filled with grace, hope, love and freedom for moms everywhere.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Favorite Books This Week

It can be difficult to find a good children’s book with art that’s equally as good. Sometimes the stories are great, but not the art that goes with it. Sometimes it’s the other way around. This week, KidFish and I went to the library and found a few simple, creative, imaginative stories with amazing art! I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

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1. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
This was my favorite book when I was little. Now, I finally get to share it with my own child.

“One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight.” Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement. Full of funny twists and surprises, this joyful story shows just how far your imagination can take you. It’s a must read that sparks creativity and imagination.

2. Art by Patrick McDonnell
A rhyming tribute to a budding young artist named Art…and his art. KidFish enjoyed this book so much that she asked me to read it over….and over….and over.

3. Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
When is a box not a box? When it’s a mountain, rocket ship, sail boat, or anything else you imagine it to be. KidFish loved this story…especially the pages that said “It’s NOT a box!” because those were pages she could “read.”

4. Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
This is a follow up to Antoinette Portis’s book “Not a Box.” A stick is a stick….unless it’s NOT a stick!

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7 Week Countdown

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It’s been a little quiet here the past few months, and there’s a very good reason. In 7 weeks, life as we know it will change forever. We’ve have had 33 weeks to prepare for the change, but it’s the kind of change that no one can ever be truly ready for. If you haven’t figured it out, 7 weeks + 33 weeks = 40 weeks, the time it take for a baby to be born! In mid June, we’ll finally get to meet our little man face to face. We are so excited!

Today and Tomorrow

Today I will be kind to KidFish.
Today I will be gentle with KidFish.
Today I will express my love for KidFish.
Today I will laugh with KidFish.
Today I will dance with KidFish.
Today I will speak the truth in love to KidFish.
Today I will encourage KidFish.
Today I will be gracious to KidFish.

For I know that how I treat KidFish today affects how KidFish will treat me (and others) tomorrow.

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These are a few of the books we’re reading this week. They range from advanced (for a 3 year old) to super simple.

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1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

2. Missy’s Super Duper Royal Deluxe #4: Field Trip by Susan Nees
In this book, Missy’s class goes on a field trip to the state capitol. Missy cannot wait to visit what she is sure will be the most awesome gift shop ever! But she soon learns that the capitol does not have a gift shop. Missy decides this simply MUST change! Since the students are all partnered up for the day, Missy cannot go anywhere without Oscar. Missy knows she is supposed to complete the tour along with the rest of her class, but does Missy do anything like everyone else?

3. My First 500 Words by Jenny Tulip
This is a simple “find it” book. It’s nice having books that KidFish can “read” all by herself.

4. You Are Special by Max Lucado
Every day the small wooden people called Wemmicks do the same thing: stick either gold stars or gray dots on one another. The pretty ones–those with smooth wood and fine paint–always get stars. The talented ones do, too. Others, though, who can do little or who have chipped paint, get ugly gray dots. Like Punchinello.

In this heartwarming children’s tale from the best-selling pen of author Max Lucado, Eli the woodcarver helps Punchinello understand how special he is–no matter what other Wemmicks may think. It’s a vital message for children everywhere: that regardless of how the world evaluates them, God cherishes each of them, just as they are.