A thought struck me like a barreling locomotive last Saturday on a Thomas the Tank Engine train ride— this is my toddler's last summer being two. Okay, okay, I know you're all thinking, "Obviously, Erin!" I just never realized how fast my child’s life seemingly speeds by compared to my own. Year to year I feel like pretty much the same person. Yes, I’ve matured, learned new things, and gained a wrinkle or two. But for the most part, I’m still the same old me.
Liam, on the other hand, grows faster than you can snatch up dropped food to beat the 5-second rule. From the moment he wakes, the adventure of nonstop learning and blissful playing begins. This is my boy's only summer to be two. Maybe you've shared similar thoughts.
So we know time is flying by. Let's enjoy the fullness of everyday moments this summer. Let's also be intentional with our time and not click on every single dramatic, fearsome, or political link that pops up in our Facebook newsfeed.
And that’s why I compile the “Links I Love” every few months — to cut through all that internet noise and share articles from other authors that cultivate fun or inspire intentionality. (Oh, and to share more tasty recipes, too!) This is your family’s last summer in 2016.
Live it intentionally.
Links About Faith & Family:
You’re Not a Martyr, You’re a Mom—and Your Children Aren’t Supposed to Make You Happy: “When your children are at their worst, they’re not abusing you, mama. Even though it may feel like it. The truth is, they’re just children being children. And how you respond will make ALL the difference.” Something I think all of us moms need to be reminded of from time to time.
A Fruitful Summer Ministry for Stay-At-Home Moms: We can’t afford to look past ministering to widows. “One of the most helpful assets to a pastor in the local church in regard to caring for elderly widows is a stay-at-home mom. Here are five practical ways a pastor can train young moms in his church to take their children and visit elderly widows.”
7 Lies We Tell Our Children: “We all lie to our kids. Sometimes it’s on purpose and for what we deem a good purpose. Sometimes it’s because we so want them to believe something, to feel better, to overcome a challenge, or to work through pain that we will say anything to try to help. Sometimes it’s because we’re idiots and just don’t realize what we’re doing.” This article is a must-read for parents of all ages.
Links About Food:
Creamy Chicken Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole: My sister-in-law originally introduced me to this recipe, and it’s become a favourite in our house! A good dish to try for even the pickiest of eaters.
Spicy Shrimp with Cauliflower Mash and Kale: This new take on cauliflower mash and spicy shrimp look especially tasty. I’ll be adding the cauliflower mash to the menu this weekend!
Links About Fun:
7 Secrets of Fun Families: So many great ideas to make the everyday extra-special for kids.
10 Ideas for Non-Digital Family Fun on Road Trips: More fun ways to be an intentional parent — even on long car rides. (That way you can save those Curious George DVDs for when you’re really desperate.)
Now it’s your turn. What are your favourite links from the last month? Share them below!
Hi! I'm Erin – a follower of Christ, wife, mama of two, and registered dietitian. Welcome to my blog where I write about intentional motherhood, intuitive eating, inspired discipleship, and whatever else I feel like! I'm so glad you're here.
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