Mother’s Day : Wikipedia
Things to Help Through the Lonely Times During Isolation:
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(In) Courage :When Mother’s Day Hurts.
As I sat in the pew, the pastor preached a stirring sermon on the attributes of motherhood. All the things he said were true. They just didn’t apply to me. And when the time came for all the mothers in the sanctuary to stand and be honored, my head dipped and the tears flowed. As mothers all around the room proudly rose from their seats, I prayed silently.
I’ve known for most of my life that I haven’t ever handled grief properly. That is why I began this journey towards learning to grieve with hope with my besties. We’re in the midst of our book study through Grieving with Hope, by Samuel J. Hodges.
Every week we’ll each be sharing our thoughts on the same chapter. It is our hope and prayer that as we learn to grieve holding tightly to the hope we have in Jesus Christ that others will be encouraged and strengthened that are on their own grief journey.
You can follow my journey towards grieving with hope here.
(In) Courage : by Sarah Mae
It takes time and practice to grow into mothering with wisdom and maturity and grace and gentleness. But the more we practice, the more we keep on, step by step, slow and steady, learning, doing, listening to older moms, staying before the Lord and relying on His Holy Spirit, the better we will get!
Yes Mother’s Day is hard for me. Very hard.
Mother’s Day is an emotional minefield for some women.
I’ve gingerly tip-toed this day for 38 years. I know it’s pain, treachery and discomfort.
But this post isn’t about me. This is for you, female friend. It’s for women I’ve never met. I’m offering you an understanding heart that identifies with your hurt and a path to release that can make you feel better, relieved and peaceful. I’m writing you today from a heart not yet fully healed from the scars of adoption relinquishment. But I desperately want to be. Like you, I’m working it out. Becoming healed.
Maybe you’re a mom whose felt death’s dagger cut your child or children away. Whatever the means, your loss is personal, permanent, stinging. It could be you’re a birthmother separated from your child through the adoption process.
You could be dealing with the pain of infertility, a single woman longing for…
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The Busy Mom : Heidi St. John
We were in desperate need of community that got off the porch and moved toward us.
I found it one night at a church community group bonfire. A sweet older mama called to me as I walked out of the house, her house actually, headed toward the backyard festivities. I thought she was talking to one of the other ladies in the group because she said she had something for whoever it was she was speaking to. She said it in the way you would talk to an old friend whose Tupperware you were trying to return. We had only just met so I thought surely she wasn’t talking to me.
But she was.
She was getting up off her porch to come toward me.
From Sarah : Good Morning, Saturday. By the time I finished writing this it will already be afternoon on the East Coast.
I went to catch up on my emails this morning and found a message from
She Reads Truth.
It it, I was reminded to take This Day, and spend time in prayer and Bible Study. To spend time with Our Lord.
As I sit here writing this looking out over the waters here at the park :
(Do we ever really write anything by hand theses days?)
I wonder if most of us take the time each week….each day…. to really talk to the Lord.
For many, Sunday’s And Wednesday evenings are the time for worshiping . To have fellowship with each other.
I don’t get to church nearly as often as I should. I seldom get to my Lutheran Church.
I enjoy the Little Community Church just down the road from us. It is a country church and I know almost everyone there. Yet, for me it’s these special moments when I see the beauty of God’s Creation .
I find myself praying to Him. Thanking Him for all that I have.
Other times I cry out asking for his help his guidence.
Take some time today, to really talk to God. To really listen to what he has to say.
Taste Of Home : Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May) commemorates Mexico’s victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Celebrate this occasion with a scrumptious spread of food from south of the border, including favorite Mexican recipes like salsa, quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas, margaritas and more.
This is a post I posted in 2015. Check out the food.
Newspaper Ashes : Trim Healthy Mama May Meal Plan
Here’s my plan (with links & page numbers!) that I’ll be following in the next month. This includes a mix of old and new recipes from both the cookbook and Pinterest. Variety keeps me committed! Feel free to share or pin this post to look back on for inspiration as you head into another brand new month.
Sharing from Google. The shrimp looks fantastic.
Today marks the 154th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo, a bicultural celebration that has become synonymous with margaritas, cervezas (beer) and the occasional controversy. But we found most people don’t know the real story behind this holiday.
So here are five facts that will probably surprise you about Cinco de Mayo:
1. It’s not Mexico’s Independence Day: Cinco de Mayo commemorates the triumph of the Mexican army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. This victory occurred over 50 years after Mexico’s Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16.
“The significance of Cinco de Mayo is that it represents Mexican resistance to foreign intervention, it is a moment where Mexico as a young nation rallied to defend itself,” said Raul Ramos, Associate Professor of History at the University of Houston. “But it was not a struggle for independence. Instead it represented a struggle against imperialism.”
Ramos noted that prior to the first Cinco de Mayo, Mexico was a nation with strong regional differences, from the Pacific coast to Northern Mexico to the Yucatan. “The Battle of Puebla helped the country coalesce around the idea of a unified Mexican identity.”
2. Cinco de Mayo commemorates a military victory over France — not Spain. Why was Mexico at war with France? Because the Mexican government had defaulted on its foreign debt to several European countries, so France invaded our southern neighbor.
Napoleon III hoped to install a monarchy in Mexico (which he was able to do for a few years before Mexico ousted the French). “The French army was considered the best army in the world at the time, and they had not been defeated in decades,” Professor Margarita Sánchez of Wagner College told NBC News. “So this was a real David versus Goliath situation that inspired Mexicans at home and in the U.S.”
3. Cinco de Mayo is a bigger celebration in the U.S. than in Mexico. “Recent Mexican immigrants are often surprised at what a huge thing Cinco de Mayo has become here,” said Sánchez. “They do celebrate the holiday in Mexico, but it is only a big deal in Puebla.”