One of the values we instill in our children is stewardship. We start off when they’re young with their toys and the reason why they should take care of them. We explain that everything we have is a gift from God and that it’s our responsibility to be good stewards of everything He has given us.
With Grace, we’re able to talk about money, time, talents, and resources and that we are going to be held accountable one day for how we spend what we have been given.
Here are three areas we are showing our children how to be good stewards.
Toys– our kids have been blessed with numerous toys. We keep some downstairs in the living room and some in their bedroom. Every day, they get a chance to play with their toys and when they’re finished it is their responsibility to return it to its proper place in the same condition in which they found it. We explain to them that just because the toys are theirs, it does not give them the liberty to mistreat them.
Time– We purpose to start our mornings (after breakfast) with school. And because we value each other’s time, we emphasize the importance of staying focused on the task at hand. If Grace decides to play or lose focus, during the allotted school time, we explain to her that she is not being a good steward of her time. The lack of stewardship in this area usually results with her not being able to do a fun activity in the evening. Although she is four, she is very aware of when she is paying attention and when her mind is elsewhere.
Finances– It’s fun to see children handle money. Grace has a few chores around the house that she receives financial compensation for. It’s nothing big, but quarters add up. We have been able to instruct her in the importance of being a good steward of your finances and that if the whole dollar is spent as soon as it’s recieved, then there won’t be any left over for the toy she’s had her eye on. We are also teaching her about giving to God and to others.
Here are a few Bible verses that are helping us in the process of teaching stewardship.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s very grace” 1 Peter 4:10
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much” Luke 16:10
Speaking of stewardship, I want to share with you a company that is raising the bar when it comes to sustainable clothing. PrAna is a clothing company that shows love for our planet. They offer sustainable, recycled, fair trade certified and hemp clothing items that are versatile and classy (here’s is a video on why hemp matters and why organic cotton matters)
This shirt for example, is the most comfortable shirt I’ve ever own and I see myself throwing it on during the spring to play in the park with the kids or dressing it up with skinny jeans and boots for date night.
Also these pants are soft and have an elastic waist band that embraces my post baby body. I can see myself strapping on some heels and a cute top and heading straight to church.
We are getting ready to celebrate Emory’s eight months and although this has been a crazy ride, the past eight months have really been the most incredible for our family. Not only did we add our third baby to our bunch, but we moved our family across the country and are experiencing a lot of firsts as a family of five.
With all of the changes that have been going,it has been important for me to feel as comfortable as possible and one of the ways I like to do that, is by making sure that my wardrobe has plenty of transitional pieces. For me, transitional pieces have to be versatile and able to be worn year-round.
It’s been five years since I was pregnant with my first child and since then I have been in and out of the weird post-baby transitional stage. My body hasn’t bounced back fully and adding more babies to the bunch have thrown my body for a loop. I still have a lot of my pre-baby clothes that I can’t get myself to part with, but I mostly live in a transitional wardrobe that I’ve curated over the past few years. I wanted to share with you a few tips that have helped me through this weird post-baby stage.
Go by the way they feels not by its size. Sometimes size can be deceiving. Instead of going straight for your regular size jeans try on a couple of sizes bigger and just see what feels right. I have a pair of jean shorts that fit me very comfortably and I loved wearing them throughout the summer months, but I would have never picked them out because they were about four sizes bigger than I would usually wear. I’ve lost some of the weight but having that extra room allows me to move around and chase after kids rather than feeling restrained by my shorts.
Layer. Layering pieces help me to not only make the best use of my wardrobe, but helps me mix-and-match and get creative with the pieces that I do wear
Find a brand that makes both confort and style a priority. I love Pink Blush! They are a trendy online boutique and I have been talking about them since before Haddon and was born. I like the way they focus on the transitional stage and their prints and fabric always make me feel pretty and put together like this mint green floral chiffon dress. Also, because transitional stage is a priority for them, I know that I don’t have to worry about the fit because they are always flattering.
The transitional stage is tough. Your body is adjusting,your hormones are through the roof and finding something to wear shouldn’t be a daunting task. If anything, having transitional pieces in your wardrobe take the stress away form having to fit into all of your pre-baby clothes and who needs that stress?
My dad is a watch aficionado. I have the fondest memories of him completing his ensembles with a perfectly fitted wrist watch. He passed on his appreciation for watches the day he wrapped my first 1990 casio watch around my wrist. Since then, I’ve had an appreciation for all things watches and I’ve started a collection my father would be proud of. Teresa has always known that about me, and over the years she has been an intrical player in the expansion of my collection. When Jord wood watches reached out to her about collaborating, she did not hesitate to think of me and picked this incredible Dover series Koa & Black wrist watchto add to my repertoire.
I really love this wrist watch. First off, this Dover series men’s Jord watch is made of Koa wood giving it a medium gold to reddish brown tone that compliments almost everything I wear. It also has a bold black face that pops when the light hits it and because woodwork is so unique, this watch is one of a kind.
I wore the watch to work for a couple of weeks and received so many compliments on how unique, interesting and intricate the wood work is. Overall I am very happy with the choice Teresa made and with this watch!
Here’s the cool part.
We’re partnering with Jord wood watches to giveaway a $75 e-voucher to one lucky winner!
Growing up I’ve always wanted a sister. I saw my friends have amazing relationships with their sisters and I always wondered what life would be like if I would have had the opportunity to become best friends with someone so close to you.
When Emory was born, my heart leaped for joy at the thought of her and Grace one day becoming the best of friends, who stay up late at night giggling about their day and have each others back as they do life together. I think they’re going to have an amazing relationship, one that I always hoped for and the best part is that I’ll get to witness all of it.
A couple of weeks ago Free-Babes Handmade sent me these BEAUTIFUL sailor bows for the girls and all of the happy feelings about having a sister rushed in. Call me crazy mom, but I see a future filled with matching bows and outfits for these two (maybe they’ll even let me sneak a matching mom-top!)
The bows are “The Adelaide” Liberty of London sailor bow and the mini sailor bow for Emory. They come in a beautiful floral pattern that bounces right off their dark black hair. Also, the mini sailor bow comes with a super soft nude-colored, nylon headband that is surprisingly gentle on Emory’s little head.
Also, I think Grace is going to be an amazing older sister. I don’t know if it’s the newness of it all but she’s helpful and caring and goes out of her way to make sure her little sister is doing well. She even went as far as to offer to feed her. Bless her little heart.
These two make me so happy!
So here’s to sisters, to Free Babes Handmade, and to bonds that start off with headbands and grow into beautiful lasting relationships!