I am not a label wearer, when you are 5'10, you don't get that privilege, if the jeans are long enough, I buy them. Period. Don't really care about the label or style. Bellbottom, fine. Skinny jeans, great. Bootcut, perfect.
Please do not misinterpret my first paragraphs, I like nice things, and have nice things, but boy do I love a bargain! Coupons, clearance racks, furniture off the side of the road...Woohoo! So much fun.
BUT, above shopping, I value time with God, time with family, time with friends, and hard work! These are things I have tried to bestow in my own children, to be grateful for gifts received and to be gracious. In this family you are given what you need and earn what you want... Our girls know that we need to be "responsible" with our money and make good choices. Lily, my 5 year old, will keep me on my toes, "Mommy, do we need that?" when shopping the dollar bins at Target. I guess we don't need it :(
HostingWe are blessed to be in a position to give. We want to be generous with our giving. I would love nothing more than to spoil these children, all four of them. But is that helping them? Is that being responsible? Is that Godly?
Alex asked for a hat last week, "Of course, you can have a hat." Thinking to myself... OOO ... shopping, maybe Marshall's will have a good deal. My thoughts were interrupted...
Excuse me, huh? "I don't understand"
Adam chime's in from the other room... "VANS hat!"
Seriously...we are getting particular now!?!?
"OK Alex, you can earn a Vans hat. You will have to work for it though."
"He can help me paint the fence." Adam says, now joining the discussion in the kitchen.
Alex, at first was not too keen on the idea of working for his hat. He actually told us no and that was that. But two days later, when he remained hat-less, he asked again "Wan's hat?"
"You ready to paint a fence?" I hoaxed.
|Love "oops" paint from home depot, 7 dollars!|
Yana has come such a long way with God's healing grace. The girl who would shutter when Adam came near her, will now play with him in the pool and grab his hand while they cross the street. She will run down stairs and greet me with a huge hug when I return from work. She will share and take turns with Lily and Elliot, and is no longer hoarding items (food, toys) in her bed. She knows that she and her things are safe here.
|Love this smile, pure joy.|
After all the fun outside, my cousins let all the girls put on make up and try on different hats.
"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
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