Finding the Perfect Image

 

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I know when I first started blogging it was difficult to find what I was looking for in the free stock photo category and I spent so much time looking that when I figured out the time and money I was spending thousands of dollars of my precious time searching for an okay free stock photo.

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Why I Teach My Children to Respect Police Officers

Over the past several months, I have seen so much disrespect and crazy comments about the police force. I am sad that parents feel the need to teach their children to take a side whether that is the police or Black Lives Matter. The long and the short of this is EVERY LIFE MATTERS. It doesn’t matter if you are white, black, latino, or purple your life matters. However, on that same note, it doesn’t matter if you are a teacher, a firefighter, a store clerk, or a police officer your life matters as well. A persons skin color or profession does not make them a good or bad person. Doctors are there to help people and sometimes they commit malpractice. Teachers are there to teach and sometimes they act poorly with students (sex, naked photos, bullying, etc). Police officers are there to protect and sometimes the wrong person gets shot. Being in any given profession does not mean that everyone in that profession is a good person, there is still evil in the world, but it also does not mean that, because of one persons mistake or bad choice, that everyone in that profession is evil.

 

That is why teaching your children to respect others, no matter who they are, is essential. Going off some of the ideas of today, many would like to make you believe all police officers are bad and they are out to get people, so Black Lives Matter has to put a stop to it. But, people seem to forget that these same officers, who are all supposedly killing everyone for sport, are the ones who come when you get in a car accident, they are the same ones who come to your house when you think someone has broken in, they are the same ones who put their lives on the line daily to keep people, who really do have bad intentions, at bay and make it safe to walk around at night.

 

Have you ever stepped back to think of what their family feels like when they leave home for work, especially now? Can you imagine what it is like to wonder if your dad, mom, sister, brother, or child will come home after their shift? Can you imagine the stress these families face every time they see that an officer was shot down just because they were a police officer?

 

Respect goes both ways and if you want your children to really understand respect, they have to understand that everyone deserves respect, and everyone’s life matters.

 

So how do you teach that? You have to have genuine conversations with your kids when they see these events happening. By explaining that, yes, there are bad people in the world, but that if one person does something wrong (ie. Police officer, pastor, husband, wife, parent, teacher, doctor, etc.) it does not mean that everyone in that group of people is bad.

 

I cannot teach my children to respect their parents, grandparents, teachers, and then exclude police officers.childrens-946842_1280 EVERYONE DESERVES RESPECT. Do you really think that you can exclude one group of people? The answer is no. We live in a world with no absolutes and we are confusing our children by saying one thing and only applying it to what we want to.

 

 

In the end we are dealing with a logical fallacy, A+B doesn’t always equal C and one mistake (whether on accident or on purpose) does not make one group of people all bad. Police Officers are there to protect us and they do so by placing themselves in the line of fire. So, the next time you hear about a police officer who shot someone or was shot themselves look into it before you jump to conclusions. Things are not always what they seem r how people reporting on them make them seem. Take a minute and think about it from the other side.

 

How do you talk to your kids about Police Officers? How are you explaining these events in your home?

Ready to Start a Bible Study?

In the next few weeks we will be starting a Bible Study that will also be featured here in Coffee Corner on the Imagination Signing website! I am SO EXCITED to get this started! We will be working through different books of the Bible using the Good Morning Girls curriculum, which was originally meant for online use! This will be a great place to ask questions as well as share what you are learning! Sign-up for our Coffee Corner newsletter to get updates and encouragement during this study as well as some great resources from Good Morning Girls! Also, check out my post and tutorial on Bible crafting here!

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We need your help deciding what study to do as well! Below are the links to look at the studies we are considering doing first. Vote below to let me know which study you would like to see us do!

Joshua Journal     Proverbs Journal     James Journal

 

What Bible Study Would You Prefer?

Easy DIY Ribbon Bookmarks

 

I know not every person is great at crafting and we tend to laugh at the Pinterest fails floating around the internet, so here is a cute and easy to make bookmark for your Bible, planner, book, or whatever you need it for!

What You Will Need:
~Ribbon
~Paperclips
~Scissors
~Clear Nail Polish

I chose 3 different ribbons that matched nicely together because I am not good at making not matching look cool and I really liked the hearts and fluff this ribbon had to offer!

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I then cut each ribbon into 5“ strips and put a tiny bit of clear nail polish at the ends to make sure it did not fray.

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After the nail polish was dry, I tied each strip to a paperclip to create my little bookmarks.

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They look so cool in my planner and I can hardly wait for my Beautiful Word Bible to get here so I can put them in there as well!

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Check Out Rookie Parenting!

rookieparenting-2016-05Parenting can be a hard thing to handle. There are so many different methods, all with pros and cons. Questions like, “Do I homeschool?”, “Should I focus on other languages?”, and “Do I have what it takes?” are common questions that I hear all of the time and even have asked myself. However, we are lucky to have many resources at our finger tips. One of these resources comes from our friends at Rookie Parenting! They have so many resources to get you started on the right path such as advice on temper tantrums, parenting, and science activities! Take a look at what they have to offer and comment below with some of your favorite activities!

Click on the Picture below to go check out this awesome blog and if you blog leave your link in the comments!

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Do you have any parenting blogs you like? Comment below to let me know!

 

 

 

When God Calls: Hevi Kabisa!

Isn’t it funny how we never hear or see God until we are in a pickle? Rather the problem is that we do not try to hear or see God until we have reached a point where it seems like we cannot return. Then, BOOM, there God is in our face because He has been pursuing us all along. He knew what was going on, He knew we were desperate, and He was just waiting for us to turn our face towards him and listen.

 

If you have little ones or are a nostalgic Disney fan (I raise my hand for both!), you have probably seen the Lion Guard in one form or another. If you have not seen the movie kick off of the show, I highly recommend it. However, there are some great lessons in the Lion Guard that come out through adorable characters and cute phrases.

 

One of those phrases is from the star of the show Kion, who is the son of Simba and Nala. (Nostalgic of your childhood yet?) is Hevi Kabisa! This phrase means totally intense in Swahili. Keep that in mind for this next part.

 

Kion finds out he is leader of the Lion Guard and starts to assemble his friends, who he feels are the strongest, fastest, bravest, and keenest of sight. However, Kiara finds out, letting Simba know that Kion has assembled his friends, which gets Kion in trouble and he feels lost in his calling.

 

Like in any good Disney movie, there is a song to move the story forward and Kion explains that he thought that this was his call and now he is not sure. Just when it seems like he is going to give up, BOOM Mufasa (AKA God in our lives) is right there saying that He is there for him and that this is his calling that was ordained for him before the beginning of time (because you have to be born with the “gift” of the roar). When he hears Mufasa, the first thing he says is, “Hevi Kabisa!” because when you hear God it is TOTALLY INTENSE!

 

Just like Kion, we all have a calling (1 Peter 2:9). Whether you heard the call yesterday or thirty years ago, God made you for a purpose and He wants to tell you what that purpose is and make it known to you. called into our purpose in life and sometimes that dream God placed in us doesn’t seem like it is happening, but seek God and He will place you on the path that leads to your calling. Even when the people around you seem too think you are too young, too old, not pretty enough, not skinny enough, not a good enough mom, too strong willed, or what ever people say about you, keep on keeping on because God is behind you when you are aligned in your calling and people can see it just like the lions in the sky.

 

How do you experience God? What is a Hevi Kabisa moment you have had?

When I Grow Up: Being Mom

“What did you want to be when you grow up?” I curiously asked my Mother-in-Law on our way to lunch with my two little ones. We had been talking about my business and how my Brother-in-Law was finishing up school to be a lawyer, and I was dying to know what she had imagined herself doing when she was little. I was expecting something like be a teacher, or a ballerina because she is a very ambitious woman.

She looked at me on that windy mountain road and said, “I wanted to be a mom”. I was a little shocked. My Mother-in-Law, a successful business woman, wanted to be a mom. She proceeded to explain that she, “lived in a generation where they didn’t ask girls what they wanted to be. Everyone assumed you would be a mother, and that the man would take care of working.” And that was that.

Obviously, in this day and age, we live in a world where girls are, asked what they want to be, and are encouraged to pursue those dreams. You can see women picking themselves up by the bootstraps to make a better life for themselves everywhere you go. From the single mother who works and finds time to get to every school function to the first generation college student working several jobs to put themselves through school, there is no lack of talented up and coming women. I was one of these rising stars in the eyes of my peers, and then I got married and found out soon after that I was pregnant.

As a mother and a business woman, sometimes the lines get blurred by sleepy eyes, sick kids, a working husband, dirty house, and the other 500 items I still have to check off my list and I lose sight of my ambitions and dreams. Before I became a mom, I was convinced I could conquer the world, and at the time, I was. Then we found out we were pregnant with our precious little girl 4 years and 5 months before I planned on even trying to get pregnant. Thus, my five-year plan didn’t work out as well as I had hoped and the people that had been giving me accolades for my accomplishments before were not impressed with me creating human life. I fell into depression and walked around blankly for many months with no clue what I was supposed to do with my life and feeling completely useless to my husband, society, and to myself. My success had been what gave me value and being a mom with dirty hair, dark circles, and puke on every shirt did not make me feel valuable at all.

One day I woke up though, and had to ask myself what I wanted to be when I grow up. I had forgotten my passion and drive because I became focused on what society told me after I had a baby, that I was not as valuable, that I was “wasting my life”. I had to change my thought process and “stick it to the man” so to speak. I decided that I would rise above the assumptions of my circle of family and friends and show them that I could be a mom and follow my dreams, even when those dreams have temporarily changed or are put on hold.

I can tell you not everything I thought would be happening in my life right now is happening, and that is okay. I am a mom first and foremost, but I will not let society shame me for thinking about my future as well and neither should you. We have to stick together as moms and not degrade every parenting style and life choice everyone makes. Take the time to take care of you today because if you are empty, you cannot give anything you don’t have to your kids. They will thank you later for taking care of you, your husband will thank you, and you will thank you. Don’t throw your dreams away. They may be on hold or temporarily change, but hold onto them and like Walt Disney said, “Keep moving forward” because you got this momma!

 

Easy Strawberry Banana Smoothie

 

milkshake-1021027_1280Easy Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 banana sliced and frozen

7 frozen strawberries

1 ½ cups of apple juice

Pre-Prep:

Go to the store and buy a couple bunches of ripe bananas, a bag of frozen strawberries, and apple juice. Put the frozen strawberries in the freezer and the apple juice in the refrigerator for later. Slice all your bananas and place each banana in a separate Ziploc bag. Place bananas in the freezer over night.

Smoothie Instructions:

In the morning, or when you would like a smoothie, combine one banana bag, frozen strawberries, and the apple juice in a blender, blending until smooth. Pour into glass and enjoy!

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