Jesus and Burgers

So last time we were together I mentioned that motherhood was, kind of sort of, making me have the urge to drink and cuss....then I left you hanging for about a week.
Did you think I was drowning myself with wine coolers?

Thankfully, I haven't been, but I have had several Slurpees!

And for the record, I don't drink anymore, but I don't think it's wrong to drink. Did you know that Jesus' first miracle was to turn water into wine at a wedding? If it's good enough for Jesus, then it's good enough for me. I just prefer not to.

In fact, I have to avoid some Bath and Body works hand soaps, because one whiff can bring me back to a bad strawberry daiquiri experience in college. And like my friend Anna's mom says, " You never saw a girl dancing on the table with panties on her head, that WASN'T drinking!"

For the past 2 weeks Marcus's normal 24 hour shift has turned into 36 hours. They have had special training after each work day. So that makes him gone 2 days in a row. He's been repelling off water towers!

I was thankful he was home yesterday and we got to go to the new In and Out burger. Don't tell Katie, she was at school and missed out!

It was really good. And we enjoyed our day together.
I know lots of moms do this motherhood thing by themselves, even some that have spouses! I give you a lot of credit. I NEED my partner!

As an "older" mom, that waited a long time for a baby, I let a lot of stuff go. And I try not to worry about milestones or little things. They just aren't important to me.

BUT, things I refuse to "let go" are disobedience and being disrespectful. Now that Katie is approaching 2, those things come up more now. So a bigger chunk of my day is spent disciplining. My most important goal for Katie is to love God and love others.
It takes discipline to not be selfish!
And that disciplining wears- me -out!

About a month ago I got the Book, Jesus Calling.

It's a daily devotional. So far, the main verses and messages have been about just trusting God, leaning on Him and depending on Him for EVERYTHING. Don't even look at your circumstances to determine how you feel about your life. Just look to God. AND don't try to do things on your own.

One of my favorite verses is Provers 3: 5-6
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your was acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."

In Summary:
#1. I am crazy about this kid

I could just kiss her face off!

#2. Being a good parent is HARD and I couldn't do it with out my husband, cheeseburgers, Slurpees...AND Jesus.



Nicole said...

Amen and Amen.

Tonja said...

First off your daughter is too cute!!

Being a mom is hard. My boys are 4 & 6 and I am still having to discipline throughout the day. I think my four year old has hit the terrible 2's a little late.

And I agree husbands, slurpees and Jesus make being a good mom so much easier :))

Brandy Bruce said...

I don't think I could make it without my strawberry margaritas. I love those things! (But I'm a fan of slurpees too!) And that pic of the cheeseburger and fries just made me decide that's what I need for lunch tomorrow. Yum!

Kristi said...

Dina, I adore your blog! Keep up the good work! Being a mom is the biggest blessing,next to Jesus, but oh so hard too. My girls are 19 and 15 but I remember the days when they were your daughter's age and trying out their independence. Dr. Dobson's book, "the Strongwilled Child" is excellent! My mother gifted me her book from when I was a child. Ha! I never really considered my girls "strongwilled children," but the book was invaluable to me! I teach high school students. It is easy to see what parents invested time and effort in raising their children with Godly boundries and those who didn't think it was worth the effort~ which is terribly sad. Hang in there...when she is a teenager, you will be so thankful you took the time to set the boundaries, reinforce good behavior, and correct behavior.

amberdawn said...

I LOVE Jesus Calling! And, there is also a kids edition! Yep! We read it every morning at breakfast. And to be honest, the kids version really helps me "get it"! I don't know if that means I have the mind of a child, or if I just need lots of details-LOL. And I love that my book and their book are the same on that date, just told in different ways. :)

Marla said...

I've been reading your blog for awhile, but I don't think I have ever commented. I especially love this post...you make me laugh! =)