Not A Coconut

 …If you wanna be a coconut, you might as well hear it, you can’t be a Fruit of the Spirit.

It’s a silly song we sing with our kids, but there is a lot of insight and truth to be had from this little message!

Children are an amazing blessing – and, as we all know, they bring a hefty dose of responsibility, challenges, and even stress into our lives.  No matter how achieved we may be in our parenting skills, each of us will fall short at times. The desire to be a wonderful parent may be in our hearts, but truth be had, we can’t be our best if we’re not first being true to ourselves.

A good tree produces good fruit and a bad tree produces bad fruit.

We all possess individual strengths and are called to use our gifts in our own, unique way to achieve a common good. No one gift is more praiseworthy than another – despite the pressures often placed by our society – pushing us to be a coconut, kiwi or some other exotic and perceived glamorous fruit, but you might as well hear it, that’s not the Fruit of the Spirit.

What may seem like an ordinary acorn today will someday be great oak tree – that tree will produce amazing fruits!  Nope, not a coconut…

I’m talking about:

Love
Joy
Peace
Patients
Kindness
Goodness
Faithfulness
Gentleness
Self Control

We are to work hard, listen to our hearts, ask for guidance, seek our individual calling, and ripen the fruits we innately possess in order to enrich the lives of those around us – and for parents, that means our children. 

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Colossians 3:23

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.  1 Corinthians 12:4

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 1 Peter 4:10

Bubbly Solution Solves “Mommy, Where’s My…”

It’s about that time of year again, time to shuffle around the crawl space, dodging cob webs and imagined creepy things to pull out the large box that has, over the past several months, been pushed to the far back corner – the one in my storage space with the word “WINTER” in large capital letters.  Inside lay a dormant assortment of gloves, hats, scarves and several other random, fleecy items that help make the chill of the season a little more bearable.

For the next several months, we’ll be sending our kids to school with innumerable amounts of gear to keep those little fingers, toes, heads, and bodies warm…and that’s in addition to the many items they already have to lug along: backpacks, books, folders, drink cups, lunch boxes…the list goes on.  So, we face another endless challenge of motherhood – to keep track of our kids’ belongings – and we know what a task this can be as we pass by the overflowing lost-and-found bin at the school.

Well, this year I’ve discovered a solution that is not only simple but looks super cute – and my kids love it!  Say goodbye to that ol’ Sharpie marker and hello Name Bubbles.  These identity stickers are waterproof and water-resistant.  They are adorable, easy to use, dishwasher safe, survive the laundry, and guarantee that on that one morning (just the one) that you’re running late you won’t forget to label the sippy cup! 

Name Bubbles, found at www.namebubbles.com, come in a variety of shapes and sizes with fun icons to make personalization recognizable for kiddos who are too young to read their name.  My children sampled the full daycare package, which includes Name Bubbles that are laundry and dishwasher safe, so we have them on everything.  After hearing wonderful things about this product, I figured we’d be pleased with our Name Bubbles, but I have to say that I continue to be impressed with what these little labels can survive. 

I’m thinking Name Bubbles are my gift solution this season for the difficult-to-buy-for kiddos in my life – a fun, unique gift that is not only useful but can help make life a little easier for both kids and parents…and might help to control the heaping overflow of the lost-and (not yet) -found at school!

Victorian Horrors – Full Review!

Cultural, Creepy…Victorian Horrors

Cobwebs on the chandelier?  Not a problem at this Mansion.

Looking for something festive, fun, and most certainly unique for this spooktacular season?  Make it a datenight or bring the whole family – your kids won’t soon forget a visit to a REAL HAUNTED HOUSE!  Check out Victorian Horrors at the Molly Brown Mansion…

Friday, October 15 and 22
Saturday, October 16 and 23
Performances begin every 15 minutes from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
Shows do sell out, so arrive early or buy your tickets in advance!

If you’ve visited the Molly Brown House Museum before, you’ll be impressed with the delightfully spooky transformation the home takes with an ambiance of authentic, historical charm and a sophisticated splash of horror.  Excerpts from classic tales are read by professional actors and volunteers under flickering candlelight as haunted tour groups are guided from one room to the next.  The setting is casual, intimate and yet charmingly eerie.

Several of last year’s exceptionally skilled cast has returned – along with some delightfully entertaining fresh talent – to share stories from the writings of long-dead authors such as HG Wells and Edgar Allan Poe.  Your kids aren’t even going to notice that this is an educational and cultural experience with the spooky atmosphere and frightful readings…and they can even get comfortable on the floor!   I have had the privilege of reviewing Victorian Horrors for the past two years – my seven-year-old son has accompanied me both times.  While some details of the stories are beyond his understanding, he enjoys the enthusiasm and animation of the storytelling and an evening in a haunted mansion.

I think you’re going to love this ghoulish experience – just be sure to bring someone you love because you’re going to want to cuddle them real close!

$15 for members, seniors and children; $18 for non-members.  Details at: http://www.mollybrown.org/.

A Haunted Weekend at the Mansion

Looking for something festive, fun, and most certainly unique for this beautiful fall break weekend?  Make it a datenight or bring the whole family – your kids won’t soon forget a visit to a REAL HAUNTED HOUSE!  Check out Victorian Horrors at the Molly Brown Mansion…

Friday, October 15 and 22
Saturday, October 16 and 23
Performances begin every 15 minutes
from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

If you’ve visited the Molly Brown House Museum before, you’ll be impressed with the delightfully spooky transformation that the home takes with an ambiance of authentic, historical charm and a sophisticated splash of horror.  Classic stories are told in several of the Mansion’s rooms with a casual setting, complete with flickering candlelight.

Watch for my review – coming soon - of this year’s cast and classic stories! 

$15 for members, seniors and children; $18 for non-members.  Details at: http://www.mollybrown.org/

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