Wisdom

Mom Feels....

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💋 Today I kissed them all and sent the kiddos to school. What a drastic change. I am so grateful for the summer and the memories I made with this crew. My heart almost hurts from the good. I think bc I know that this stage can’t last forever and it’s unhealthy for me to desire it to. But I still do it all the time. I did it when they were tiny and I do it today. BUT in the midst of that wishing I also can’t wait to live life by their side and watch them do incredible things. Just feeling the heart mom feels ♥️ and loving and appreciating them. Every. One. #backtoschool 🚌

I'm going to make it

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HEY! You know what? I’m going to make it and so are you. I was recently asked how I was doing and I gave a canned, "I’m doing pretty good" answer and when I asked him the same thing he happily said, “You know, Im going to make it.”

I ♥️ this answer. Real and optimistic. Whatever you are going through you will make it! There is just no avoiding the mud in life but there is a light. Get this..

When you start digging a well you’re just moving dry dirt, and sometimes you dig for a very long time. And then you might hit mud and maybe that seems even worse. You have to go through all of that before you hit water💦 . Before you make a well. Keep in mind many wells were dug by one person, long ago but their work has benefited people for thousands of years. Keep digging, you are going to make it!

💧 Well talk inspired by @jasherfeellove@behotyoga

Stress

Fun fact: trees, especially Bristlecone pines, thrive with stress. Poor soil, blasted by the sun and little water are typical environments for these trees. In learning this and contrasting it to how much of a toll stress can take on human beings has me pondering and mostly hoping that I can absorb a little of their tolerance! Anyone else?

I am REAL

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my friend malea

🌺 I am not perfect, I am real. 🌺 I hope you tell yourself that when that ugly little voice pops in your head showing up just long enough to get you down. 


I think its interesting that you might be the person who either:

🔹looks at a photo like this and declares, “Becky, look at her butt!” 🤔 Thinking, how does she dare post a photo like that of herself on the internet!!!

OR

🔹looks at a photo like this and thinks what the heck is she talking self love for, she’s perfect! She has no idea!

What's interesting is that no matter where you are at physically, you can always find someone in better or worse condition than you. This is the part I am talking about. Wherever you are on that spectrum be kind to yourself. Loving yourself is the first step toward being healthy. Recognize the ugly voice for what it is and what it makes you and CHOOSE TO LISTEN to the nice little voice that scatters flowers all over in your brain! I loved when I saw a quote a long time ago from @mamabear.fitness saying, “You are not fat, you have fat. You are not fingernails, you have fingernails. ” (It stayed with me!👏🏼)

👓Focus on standing in a place where you accept who you are, independent of what you have. Hoping to spread a little self ♥️ into your life.

A Family of Friends

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🙏🏻Pray to be best friends in your family. 
When my boys fight I tell them that in order to hang out with their family like friends, (and do cool stuff) that we have to treat each other like friends. It works, but we talk about it, A LOT! Anyone with me? 
Let’s just hope at some point it sinks in! Focusing on being best friends at least gets us closer to actually being friends. Parents don’t give up and kids give in! These are the relationships that last!

Passing On - Hard Work and Values Through Apricots

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🍊A kind neighbor shared their bounty with us. We love apricots! 
We had so many we had to do something with them. This year we decided to give dehydrating them a shot. I involved the whole family. I’m so hoping they will thank me someday because heaven knows they don’t now. 
Even though I would not have said, that sitting in my Grandmothers kitchen snapping beans and shelling peas, was fun for me as a young girl, I would say, that I have fond memories of doing it. It taught me the value of hard work and planted wholesome seeds of the importance of growing and storing our own food. 
So hoping my boys get a shred of something like that! Do you make your kiddos help with projects like this in the kitchen?

Father's

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Our lives are, in reality, the sum total of our seemingly unimportant decisions.

It could be that the best way for a father to bless and influence his children is by doing simple things with them, day to day, over and over: tying ties, playing soccer, washing dishes, weeding the garden, working on homework—just being together. Lasting memories are built in moments like these. Each daily decision to set a good example, to live with integrity, to love with loyalty, and to spend time together strengthens the bond between father and child. Surely there’s no better use of a father’s energy, heart, and time. - From our awesome concert we attended this morning. Also attended by the sweet spirit of my own Dad who has graduated. I love those sweet divine visits. And I love pondering the seemingly small moments that make up Fatherhood. Very grateful today ♥️ Love your Daddies!

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Video: ❤️ Love Extravagantly❤️

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Talking about loving the people in our life! And loving them extravagantly! Even though it’s hard sometimes! 

People, we can do this! We can be givers and we can find a place to stand that is with love! ♥️

Don't give up on giving. It's the giver who always wins!!

One on One Time

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Just a little one on one and individual attention is a game changer for this one. Anyone have any kiddos like this? 
Tonight we shared a walk and yesterday we played his new game together - the smallest amount of time goes a long way but it’s something I need to remind myself to make a priority. If your looking for a good game for kiddos check out Dragon Wood. So fun!

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