NIKKI GREENFIELD | STEADY MOTHERHOOD

Being a stay at home mom does not come easy to me.  If you would have asked me five years ago about staying home with my kids, my answer would have been a hard NO. I wanted a glamorous life filled with lunch appointments and traveling.  I thought that I would lose my identity if I stayed at home and became a mom.  What I didn’t know at the time was that God was writing a different story for my life. One that was much richer and sweeter than I could have imagined.  Staying at home with my kids, although it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, it’s also the best thing that has ever happened to me.  It’s not a glamorous life by any means (I have Emory’s lunch splattered on my shirt as I type) but it’s a sanctifying service that brings me closer to the Lord and reminds me of my dependency on Him.

So if you’re a new stay at home mom (like me) this series #steadymotherhood is just for you! 

I have introduced you to Mary Beth from Annapolis and Company , have shared with you a my top five morning to-do’s on and our kick-off post.  Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Nikki Greenfield.  I met Nikki about five years ago when Alex and I joined Riverside community church.  She’s a pastor’s wife and the Director of Riverside/West Lauderdale’s Classical Conversation.  She also has three beautiful babies (and one adorable foster baby) and has been an encouragement to my life since the day we first met.

Nikki Greenfield

 

How long have you been a stay at home mom and to how many kids?

10 years, 3 biological kids and 1 foster baby

If you could describe your parenting style in one word, what would it be?

Grace

If you could offer some advise to a brand new stay at home mom, what would it be?

Have grace for yourself as much as your child, especially on the days when you don’t feel well, or your hormones are going crazy or you burned breakfast, or your husband has no clean underwear and you forgot to start the dryer or when you feel utterly overwhelmed or completely bored or just plain discontent with your life. Newsflash: you’re not perfect! Challenge yourself to be more patient with your crying baby, more organized around the house and more attentive to your husband without expecting yourself to do it all perfectly.

What’s your one tip for getting your day started on the right foot?

Get out of bed before your baby! Honestly, I think it looks different on different days.  Sometimes a walk or run before everyone else wakes up is just what I need. Other days, it’s a few quiet moments with a hot drink and some time in God’s Word. Or it might be simply washing the dishes or grabbing a quick shower before little ones are requiring my undivided attention!

Do you have any book/movies/pod-cast/IG feeds recommendations to help us on our journey?

Hands down, Revive Our Hearts, with Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, is the podcast I listen to most. Incredibly encouraging.

If you had one whole day all to yourself what would it look like?

The beach. Coffee. A book. My journal and Bible. An undisturbed nap. That pretty much sums it up!

What do you enjoy most about being a stay at home mom?

It’s a huge privilege that I get to spend all day almost every day with my kids while they’re so small. I love that I get to be there for all their cuteness and to see the hilarious things they say and do as they figure out the world around them. In the difficult, pull-your-hair-out, hide-in-the-closet-and-cry moments, I try really hard to remember that my time at home with them is a gift and that it’ll be over before I know it.

Nikki Greenfield

Thank you so much Nikki for taking the time to share and encourage us stay at home moms. I just subscribed to the Revive Our Hearts, with Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth podcast and have been listening to it nonstop!

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EASIEST GROUND TURKEY PASTA SAUCE

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If you’re all about healthy one pot wonders, this ground turkey pasta sauce is for you!

Growing up, I remember my mom setting special time aside for family dinners. She worked, took care of my three brothers and I and every night, like clockwork, we would sit around the dinner table with a hot meal ready to talk about our day. I’ve always wondered how she managed to raise four kids and have dinner ready for all of us to enjoy.   Now that I have kids of my own, my hope is to follow in her footsteps and make family meals a priority.

When I first had kids, I quickly realized that that the key to having dinners at home was to come up with meals that are nutritious and take very little time to whip up. These days, I tend to gravitate towards one-pot wonders and dishes that are hearty and can be served for dinner and lunch the next day. I came up with the easiest pasta sauce. This sauce is perfect for the whole family because it’s versatile enough that you can make with beef, turkey or chicken and it’s so forgiving that you can hardly mess it up. Also, I like to serve the pasta already mixed in with the sauce.

Easiest ground turkey pasta sauce

Ingredients

1 lb ground turkey

Olive oil

1 small onion- chopped

Salt to taste

1 tbs Italian seasoning

½ tbs garlic powder

1 tbs of paprika

2 (14oz) cans of chopped Roma tomatoes

1 (6oz) can of tomato paste

¼ cup of water

1 box of your preferred pasta

 

Directions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to box instructions
  • Caramelize the chopped onion in 2 tbs of olive oil on medium heat, until translucent and set aside (about 8 minutes)
  • Set the same pan on medium heat and cook the ground turkey in 2 tbs of olive oil until browned (about 5 minutes)
  • Add the onions, garlic powder, paprika, a pinch of salt and Italian seasoning to the pan and cook together for another minute
  • Add the Roma tomatoes, tomato paste and water, mix to combine and bring to a simmer
  • Allow the sauce to simmer for about 20 minutes until all of the flavors marry adding salt to taste
  • Enjoy!

Looking for more Easy reciepes? Check out this page that’s entirely about FOOD!! Also, if you have some of this sauce left over, whip up this amazing LASAGNA! 

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ACTS OF KINDNESS FOR KIDS TO DO ON VALENTINE’S DAY

Hey friends I want to introduce you to Julie from Happy Home Fairy .  I have been a long time reader of her blog, but it wasn’t until last year that we met in person.  The first time I met Julie was during a Sunday morning worship service at her church.  We were encouraging Grace to attend children’s church but she was very hesitant and a little scared to leave our side.  Julie was so kind to her.  She went out of her way to introduce her to everyone in the classroom and spent the service making her feel right at home. I’ll never forget that.  Julie is so genuine and kind and her love for God and for others is contagious! Thanks Julie!

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ACTS OF KINDNESS FOR KIDS TO DO ON VALENTINE'S DAY

Hey sweet mamas!

My name is Julie and I blog at Happy Home Fairy. I am so excited to be blog swapping with Teresa today because I just love her heart! She is funny, genuine, and loves Jesus in a way that encourages me all the time.

Today I wanted to share with you 5 simple acts of kindness that you can do with your kiddos this Valentine’s Day season! Teaching my kids to be kind and share God’s love with others is something I am very passionate about. Because the Lord’s greatest commands for us are to Love Him and Love Others (Matthew 22:36-40), I really want to love Him well by loving others well – and I want that for my kids, too! And I believe with all my heart that this kind of others-focused living brings about true joy and contentment.

Acts of kindness do not have to be expensive or even time-consuming. As a full-time working mama of 2 busy boys, I can get overwhelmed at the thought of adding another thing to our plates! But being kind should be natural and easy. In fact, some of the best ways people have shown kindness to me have been the simplest of gestures! Just a little something to communicate, “I am thinking about you,” or, “You matter!”

 

As your kids participate with you in blessing others, you will see them learning the privilege that we have to be His hands and feet here on earth for this time we have been given.

Ready to get started? Here are 5 simple ways you can be kind to others this month!

Heart Attack

A few years ago we decided that we wanted to do something nice for our next-door neighbors, so we grabbed some heart-shaped helium balloons from the dollar store, made some construction paper hearts with encouraging notes, and took a roll of tape to their house. Without them knowing, my boys and I taped the hearts all over their front windows and tied the balloons to their front door. You can see it HERE!

My boys had a blast and the end result equaled super surprised and blessed neighbors when they discovered their decorated house later that day!

Teacher Gift

Aren’t teachers amazing? Having been one myself, I know how hard these guys and gals work! So I love to teach my boys to honor and appreciate their teachers by bringing them little goodies throughout the year. This year the boys took a box of Girl Scout Thin Mints with a note that says, “You were MINT to teach!” It was so easy and inexpensive! You can grab our FREE Printable tags for that HERE.

The Widows and Single People

In the last couple of months we have had not just one, but TWO married couples in our church lose their spouses. I cannot even imagine how Valentine’s Day is going to feel for them. I also have divorced friends and single friends who find this day to be terribly challenging. Send these precious people a card or bring them flowers or a small treat. Just a reminder for their hearts that they are not alone or forgotten.

Mail Carrier

I always think it’s fun to have my boys put a surprise in the mailbox for the mail carrier! Think about it, they are the ones always filling the box and taking our mail away, wouldn’t it be magical for THEM to receive a piece of mail one day? You can find a cute FREE Printable card for your mail carrier HERE!

Babysit

When you have little kids it can be SO HARD and expensive to find a sitter and go out on a date! Why not pray about picking a couple you know who has kids and telling them that you want to watch their kids so they can go out? It doesn’t have to be on actual Valentine’s Day (hello insane crowds), but maybe a Saturday lunch? Just have them drop off their kids at your house before they go!

What do you think? Any ideas here stirring in your heart to do with your family this Valentine’s Day?

*Want even MORE kindness ideas? I wrote a whole book spurring families on toward love and good deeds! Check it out HERE!

Thanks, Teresa, for sharing this precious space of Internet with me today! You are such a gift and inspiration to mamas!

Joyfully,

Julie, Happy Home Fairy

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