A Serving Heart

It’s Palm Sunday. We just got home from church, I read the kids a story and I was inspired by it to write a blogpost. Now I am sitting here, outside on our deck, surrounded by beautiful spring weather, praying that God will help me to put this idea in my mind, into words for this post.

Serving.
verb; perform duties or services for (another person or an organization)

If you are reading this, you are more likely to be a mom, a stay at home mom and on top of that maybe even a homeschool mom. Our main duty is to raise our children, our precious gifts, cleaning up all the trails of messes they leave around the house what feels like all.day.long. If you are like me homeschooling your children, you need to add hours and hours of teaching each day.

Day in and day out. That is what we do and besides that, shower them with love, cuddle with them and join in some playing. The time we spend with our children is so precious and can be so very good for our souls and seeing them understand something can be so very rewarding, but still, there are days when we might feel like not living a truly fulfilled life. Is this what we are supposed to do? We can be stuck in our routines and feel like it isn’t important and meaningful.

We hear and see other moms or friends talk about or post on Facebook what they are doing with their life and you start to wonder if you are in the right place, if that is what you really want to do with your life. Raise? Teach? Clean? On top of that sometimes it doesn’t even get noticed or honored. Do children really understand all you do? All the love and time you pour into them? All the hours you spend online trying to learn more about how to become a better (homeschool) parent? Does anyone notice that you’ve cleaned up the kitchen for the 5th time today or that they have clean laundry to pull out of their dressers (or laundry basket)? Does your spouse see what you do all day (or just what you didn’t get done)? I am guilty of catching myself, asking my children if I am their servant.

Take heart my friend, even

The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve … Matthew 20:28

If you have children running around in your house, when you took the leap of faith and decided to homeschool them, this, this is your calling! God is faithful and he will provide for what he has called you to do. Have faith and trust in Him.

Do all the things you do, whether it is at home, raising and teaching your children or the volunteering at church, with a joyful heart. Don’t expect for praises from man,

Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men, Ephesians 6:7

You will get rewarded. Maybe not daily from your family, but there will be moments when your husband tells you just how thankful he is and your children will too. Maybe they won’t even tell you until their grown up how much they appreciate everything you have done for them and that they are what they are because of what you did, so God could take it to work. Always remember

For God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you showed for His name when you served the saints-and you continue to serve them. Hebrews 6:10

 Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1. Corinthians 15:58

If we are obedient to the calling we received, we will indeed get rewarded.

I am not trying to tell you to be and feel like a maid, not at all. I am in no way trying to give someone the feeling that they need to feel like less, not important and that all they need to do is housework. Actually the opposite! The work you do within your house, for your family and the volunteering (at church) is so very important.

I know the (homeschool) mom life can be overwhelming, there are days when you feel like you just can’t handle it all. You know what? Take a break. Take a deep breath. Go do something fun with your children. Spend time with them, they need you too so you can do your work within them and Mommy needs a break too once in a while (Take it!). If the house needs to wait, it needs to wait. But when it’s time to wash some laundry again, face the pile of laundry with a smile, be thankful for having children, that they are having fun playing outside and that you are all able to make memories aka make messes in the house together.

Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men Colossians 3:23

It doesn’t mean that everything needs to be perfect, do your best in everything you do and if you are busy with your children or out volunteering at church, do what you can do.

You, the mom who is reading this, you are important. The work you do is meaningful and doesn’t go by unseen. You also don’t have to do it on your own

He gives strength to the weary
and strengthens the powerless. Isaiah 40:29

You are loved, blessed and wonderfully made.

EASTER BASKET IDEAS

It’s April. It feels like it was New Years yesterday, but here we are, close to celebrating Easter and with that comes a time again for us parents when we need to think about what we should get for our children. If you are like us, that process might be even a little bit more difficult, because you are thinking about how to handle a good balance between giving them presents, but having the main focus on why we celebrate Easter in the first place.

We are taking the week of Easter off from school, at least with our 1st grader and I definitely plan on posting what we are doing during that week, for now I just want to share a few ideas with you on what you could get for your children to fill their Easter baskets. We want to keep it simple, maybe so are you, but sometimes it can be hard to find something “small”, but nothing that ends up being unloved or “junk” in a few days or weeks and not give them an overload of candy.

ART SUPPLIES

Kwik sticks

Our children LOVE arts & crafts. Which I think is great. KWIK STICKS are definitely a big favorite in our home(school). It’s our toddlers favorite way of drawing at the moment. They dry fast and are mess free (compared to liquid paint).

 

 

 

 

FUN SCIENCE PRODUCTS

Our BUTTERFLY GARDEN was a big hit last school year and our 6 Butterfly gardenyear old just asked again last week if we can raise butterflies again. It’s fascinating and so much fun. Pair it together with some great books about butterflies and you have a science lesson without them even knowing, because the enjoy it so much. {And once you own everything needed, you can just order new caterpillars and raise butterflies over and over again}

 

 

Something that has been on our wish list for a while is a ROOT VIEWER.We are going to start talking about seeds and with Spring being here it seems like perfect timing to add this to our collection of fun, educational toys.

root viewer

BOOKS

Books. You can NEVER have enough books. If you have no idea what to get your children, buy them books, that is always “the best” present.

A BUTTERFLY BOOK that goes along with the butterfly garden. The booksbutterfly from this series are beautiful, we absolutely adore them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or a book that is a great match for the root viewer, that teaches the children how THE SEED BECOMES A PLANT.

from seed to plant

 

 

 

 

 

A book about SPRING for your little ones.

Spring is here

OUTSIDE FUN

We always like to give toys for outside as well, it just seems perfect with the weather getting warmer and the days getting longer.

CHALK. Why not. I know it can seem a little uncreative as a gift, but they are always great to have and to give, so the children can live out their creativity.

chalk

 

 

 

 

Another gift they can use outside is a JUMP ROPE. Makes them go outside, get their bodies moving even more and they can have hojump ropeurs of fun with it.

 

TOYS

Have you heard of SCHLEICH animals? They are fantastic! They are sturdy and not a cheap plastic toy. They seriously last, we own some from my when me and my siblings were younger (and my youngest sibling is 22). Schleich animals are made beautifully with lots of details schleich. Our youngest loves dinosaurs and reptiles, our 6 year old likes to play with baby animals, horses and fairy items. They play with them in the house, in the bathtub and outside. Add some to your collection or start it up and you have always something you can add if you are in need of a gift. If I would have to get “rid” of toys and just keep one kind, they would be on the top of our list.

 

TEENAGERS

Do you have a teenager in your house that is difficult to shop for? A easy fix for that isgiftcard A GIFT CARD. They can browse through amazon and choose what they want themselves or maybe they do even have their own wish list and they can order something they have on there.

If you want to add something to it, add a BOOK, new fun PENS for journaling, nature journals, letters and just to add some pocket socketcolor and fun to writing in school or a POCKET SOCKET for their phones, for Facetime, selfies, videos, etc.

 

 

I hope this list helps you a little with inspiration, there are so many more ideas that aren’t too expensive or big and meaningless. I am truly only sharing with you what we have in our home(school), what is loved or things we would really like to give to our children.

If you have more questions about other art supplies, book suggestions {because there are so many more, but I don’t want to go too crazy with this post}, games or something else, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Leave a comment below or send me an email and I am happy to help you the best I can.

 

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