Monday, September 30, 2013

Children in Church Matter

Each Sunday morning, as we are getting ready quietly while Miles naps I pray that church will go well for us. You see, Miles doesn't do well in the nursery. He lasts for about 10 minutes before he breaks out in his pterodactyl cries (really screams) and a nursery volunteer has to tap me on the shoulder during the service. Nursery is the only place he does that and I've tried every trick in the book and nothing has worked – not bringing toys from home, not leaving a bottle, not having his special blanket he sleeps with.

It wouldn't be an issue if he was calm and quiet during the church service. I love how light hearted and joyful Miles is but it does make for a few distractions during church. He plays peacefully with a book or toy for a few minutes then wants to smile and interact with people. One smirk from a fellow church member, and he's squealing with delight. Super cute, right? It sure is, but it's also a little disruptive. Typically, we try to keep him in the service as long as we can before either my husband or I have to take him to the back of the room or hanging out with him in the nursery. It's hard because one or both of us miss the sermon and worship. But I'm at a loss for what to do.

I recently came across this post by blogger, I Am Totally "That" Mom called "Dear Parents with Young Children in Church." In the blog post, Jamie advocates that keeping your young children in the church service is a good thing – it matters. I love how she puts this, so I won't try to summarize, I'll just take it directly from her post...

"I know you're wondering, is it worth it? Why do I bother? I know you often leave church more exhausted than fulfilled. But what you are doing is so important. When you are here, the church is filled with a joyful noise. When you are here, the Body of Christ is more fully present. When you are here, we are reminded that this worship thing we do isn't about Bible study or personal, quiet contemplation but coming together to worship as a community where all are welcome, where we share in the Word and Sacrament together. When you are here, I have hope that these pews won't be empty in ten years when your kids are old enough to sit quietly and behave in worship. I know that they are learning how and why we worship now, before it's too late. They are learning that worship is important. "

We all worry that our children are misbehaving, taking away from someone else's worship experience or even worse of all, we worry that we are being judged as parents. Little people are an important part of the body of Christ and we know that Jesus loves them deeply. My prayer for next Sunday won't just be that church goes well, but that God is glorified through our family and that Miles can contribute well to the worship of Jesus!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Brown Beauties (or Booties, hehe)

I've always wanted the perfect pair of dark brown leather boots, and I've had many pairs that were posing as perfect. I never want to pay $100 for a nice pair of shoes, I just can't justify it. Most days I check out the Zulily app and see a ton of things that are on sale but I don't need.

But yesterday, I saw these beauties for only $42. I really hope I like them as much in person, as I do online.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Why I Like Mornings

Some of my favorite moments of the day happen in the dim light of the early morning. Mornings bring a day full of new opportunities. Any troubles and stresses of yesterday seem a little less important.

My mornings occur early because of our crazy cats who if I don't roll out of bed by 5 am will cry so loud they will wake up Miles. So I set my alarm to beat their hungry cries. Usually I head downstairs, feed them then start my morning with coffee, emails and some time in the Bible with a study from She Reads Truth. But lately my eyes have been so heavy that I just have to curl back up on the couch for a few more minutes of shut eye. Then Miles wakes up between 6 and 6:30 while Mike starts getting ready for work.

These days I find myself excited each morning about what the rest of the day will bring. Miles is at such a fun age where he is learning new things everyday, work is busy but not stressful and it's my favorite season of the year! There is so much grace in my life and I can't help but praise God for being so present in my heart and this house.

photo from here

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Naptime Nonsense

Ugh...another sleep issue with Miles. Now that he has learned to pull himself up and stand while holding onto something, he won't nap. He just stands at the rail of his crib and cries as he chews on the side. If he's not standing, he's sitting down playing.

I need some advice on how to get him to go to sleep easier! Maybe he's spreading out his naps and I'm putting him down at the wrong times. Yesterday before bedtime, he was awake for 6 hours! He just refused to nap, and then it got too late that we didn't want to put him down.

What a silly baby, naps are awesome!!

If he's not napping, why not go play at the park? By the way, check out Miles' little bruise on his eyebrow. He's getting a few more bumps and bruises now that he's cruising around.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Local Blog Feature

Eek, I'm excited to announce that my shop was featured on a new local blog Love and Lancaster. The creator is Kathleen Lapp of Essence Photography. I met her last year over coffee to talk about our businesses and our client processes. She's got a big heart and an infectious passion for her budding business. 

Check out the blog and Kathleen's photography website

Thanks for the feature Kathleen! 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Coffee Date 8.30

Good morning friend. I hope you don't mind having coffee together early this morning. Miles was awake and ready to go at 5:20 this morning. Doesn't he know that Saturdays are for sleeping in?

I'm loving these painted bowls from West Elm. The morning would be a little more cheery with a bowl of cereal in one of these beauties.

How was your week? Mine was pretty good but went slowly. Miles had been boycotting naps for the past four days so it seems like I am always chasing the next nap. He's going down for a nap now and in hoping it takes!

I hope you don't mind me talking about work a little but. My Etsy shop had a bunch of new calling card orders this week. I love working in my shop because it gives me a chance to work directly with customers and create something from start to finish. I sell premade designs that can be tailored to fit the clients specific wording and color choices. Then once the design work had been approved, I print it on high quality 110lb. Double thick cover (probably doesn't mean much to you, but I like paper) and hand trim each piece. I like literally having my hands in each step. Every card is inspected to make sure it's up to my standard. That might be more detail than you want on my process but it's something I enjoy talking about, so I know you won't mind me rambling for a bit.

How was work for you this week? How's your family? Any big plans for Labor Day weekend?

I can't believe that it's almost September. I love autumn, but it bums me out because winter is not far behind. But Miles will turn one in January, and I can't believe how fast the past 8 months have gone by.  The first three months felt like years, but the spring and summer were gone in the blink of an eye.

I wish I had more to talk about this week, but I'm feeling a little worn out and want to hibernate for the day.

I'll talk to you soon sweet friend! I'll leave you with these lyrics from Mumford & Sons' Hopeless Wanderer:

So when your hope's on fire
But you know your desire
Don't hold a glass over the flam
Don't let your heart grow cold
I will call you by name
I will share your road

But hold me fast, hold me fast
Cause I'm a hopeless wanderer

photo from West Elms website (link in text)