Few Favorites Friday: Home Alone edition

On Monday I shared that my husband Bruce would soon be going out of town…the truth is he had already left that Sunday afternoon and was gone this week. Fortunately, he arrived back safely last night. Whew. We survived. There were definitely moments that I hope my children block from their memories (don’t know if I will ever forgive forget them myself).

One lesson I learned this week is the value of community & allowing community to step in and help. A few gifts of grace:

  • Phone call from my mentor reminding me: “This is the day the Lord has made…” Which helped me focus on seeing the positive in my day.
  • Offers to have us over for dinner or bring us dinner.
  • Enough food from one friend that fed me for 6 meals!
  • A kind dad at Pump it Up who included my boys while he played with his own child (they needed some big jumping, wild, fun).
  • The worker at Pump it Up who let me slide down the big slide with my boys without wearing the required socks.
  • New exhibit at the Nature & Science Museum…great conversations with the boys about weather.
  • A sister who came over…held Knox while I put the boys to bed, then folded laundry for me.
  • Knowing all the people who I could call and they would help me in a heartbeat.

Here are a few more specific favorites:

1. Frito Salad:

My friend Kari brought us a yummy salad this week. I thought I would share it with y’all because it’s pretty simple, delicious…& just a little naughty. 😉

2. Pizza Making {Mommy Break}

This week I got a text from one of our babysitters. She asked if she and her fiance could come over and make pizza with the boys for dinner. I answered with a: “Um, yes! Yes you can!”

She texted me the day before asking what kind of pizza they liked. When they arrived she looked at me and said, “We’ve got this, you can go do whatever you need to do….even if it’s just sit down & breathe.” <—an angel in disguise, right?

I went upstairs to fold laundry (which did require me to sit down & rest). A few times I snuck downstairs to snap some pictures of their work in progress:

Making Dough

Spreading the Sauce

Voila! Mac Brothers’ Pizza (coming to a street near you!)

Our sweet sitter (& fiance) also completely cleaned the kitchen & took the trash out to the alley! Truly gave me the boost of energy I needed. Amazing.

3. Hot Chocolate & God

During the #hellomornings* Spreecast (basically a video conference call with 78 other women!), Kat Lee ( from inspiredtoaction.com) shared a super idea. One of the participants asked: what should she to do if her child wakes up while she is  having her early morning quiet time? (remember #hellomornings is waking up FOR my kids, not TO my kids).

Kat shared how when that happens she makes her kiddos hot chocolate. They grab a Bible/books to read through. Then they chose a name written on a stick of someone they will pray for.

Well, on Wednesday I told my boys about this idea and they loved it. We wrote names on popsicle sticks and placed them in a jar labeled “prayer”. The next morning, since Bruce was out-of-town, we all sat at the table. They had their hot chocolate and Bibles, I had my tea and Bible. For about 5 minutes we sat and focused our hearts on God.

To be honest I didn’t think such a thing would be possible with 3 boys. However, they proved me wrong. It wasn’t the deepest, most meaningful quiet time I’ve ever had. But it was the sweetest. I will treasure these pictures…

*If you are curious about #hellomornings…check it out here or the link on my side-bar. Sign-ups for the Summer Session are going on now. Session runs from May 14th thru July 8th.

4. Little Lights Missionary Biographies” by Catherine MacKenzie–Ashley

 My friend Ashley (who has 3 adorable little girls) sent me this favorite. I definitely want to check them out & buy some for our “hot chocolate hellomornings”.

“These biographies are sold separately. There are eight books in the series, including biographies about: Amy Carmichael, George Muller, Corrie Ten Boom, David Livingston, and Hudson Taylor. I would recommend them for ages 4 and up. Each book is about 24 pages long and presents the gospel beautifully. I adore children’s books and have many favorites on our bookshelf. I love how these tell true stories about brave men and women who gave so much of themselves in order to further the Kingdom. Good for kids to read some nonfiction!”

What were some of your favorites this week? What are your survival strategies when your husband travels?

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8 thoughts on “Few Favorites Friday: Home Alone edition

  1. Found your blog through the Yancy Blog Tour! I’m one of the writers over at When You Rise. Thanks for the missionary books recommendations. I’ve never heard about those and am excited to check them out! Just added them all to my Amazon wishlist. Nice to meet you! 🙂

    • They do sound great, don’t they! So glad my friend Ashley shared them with me. I need to order copies for us as well! Thanks for stopping by (I checked out your site through the tour as well…so much fun!).

  2. Love the popsicle prayer sticks and I’m going to check out those books. Glad you made it through your week…being without hubby/daddy is so challenging.

  3. I love that you are still minstering to me years after being my PA and neighbor at Taylor. You are awesome!

  4. HI! Would love to know what the names are and who writes/publishes the devotions you have for your boys, i’m looking for a new kids Bible for my toddler. Also I saw Jesus Calling on your table and didn’t know which form you have, I see that there are devotionals and study Bibles. Wanted to see your recommendations before ordering.
    THanks!

    • Hey Stevie!

      I just have the regular Jesus Calling: http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Calling-Enjoying-Peace-Presence/. But I’ve heard great things about the journaling one or the one that has the Scripture references written out on the page so you don’t have to look them up. http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Calling-365-Journaling-Devotional/.

      Looks like they have one for children too…I don’t have that for my boys but it looks great!

      I don’t know the age of your kiddos. My boys (6,4,2) like the “Jesus Storybook Bible”. We have several other children’s Bibles. My eldest son’s school recommends: “Egermeier’s Bible Story Book” by Elsie E. Egermeier. It’s the closest to the actual Bible…but requires you to read to them (fewer pictures).

      Right now my boys are so young that we are just focused on learning the Bible stories. Soon we will enter the world of devotionals for kids. I would love to hear if anyone else has recommendations!

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