parenting

Move over He-Man, Antoniette Pacheco has arrived….

Antoniette Pacheco is awesome, what more can I say. She is a mom, a marine, and girlfriend of Frank Medrano (who is pretty impressive himself, after her of course, yay girl power).  I recently came across her on Google and started following her on YouTube and Instagram because I was so impressed, and I am one that is hard to impress. Yet, she impressed me, and it is not only because of her athletic ability, and her super toned bod that I hope to have some day, but it was because of her attitude and her dedication to her health in spite of being a mom. She doesn’t let being a mommy get in her way she makes it fun for both her and her daughter and I am totally for that. (I work out with my kids as well but I am not as committed as I need to be, and she inspires me)

In addition to being impressed by her for those reasons, she is also a marine, which means she fights for my freedom, and that alone is enough to make me appreciate her.  So in honor of Antoniette Pacheco I am writing this post, for her service, and for inspiring mama bears all over to be greater. Thanks Miss Pacheco!

-A Humble Fan 🙂

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I leave you with this…

The other day as I was reading through The Word, and trying to think on how and what to pray for my husband (a couple that prays for one another is a powerful thing against the enemy 😉 ) I came across the Lord’s Prayer in the scripture and was reminded that sometimes there is no need to pray in length about what I desire and need from our God because he already knows our needs and our desires. So as you go through your day today, I leave you with this image, in hopes that you take the time to recite and give God glory for all that he does and all that he knows prior to you asking him for anything.

Thank you Father for your love, mercy and your grace upon our imperfect selves. Amen 🙂

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Photo Cred: http://cardiphonia.org/2012/11/20/singing-the-lords-prayer/

Stop the Mommy Wars: Empowering Photo Series

Stop the Mommy Wars: Empowering Photo Series

This is a pretty awesome thing that happened, and more moms should share their attitude. 🙂

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Photo Cred: herscoop.com

“Put It On A T-Shirt” Collection: Mama Bears Roar

One of my favorites, for reasons unnecessary to explain……we rock Mama Bears!!!

(P.S. I know bears don’t roar, lol)

The Best Dollar I Ever Spent

Imagine yourself, if you will, with a headache in the confined space of your car with your two beautiful lovely arguing children (yes I am being sarcastic) screaming at each other in the back seat. You want to yell at them and tell them to shut their traps, but you know they will probably end up crying and that will just make things worse. You could also tell them to be quiet but who knows how long that will last, especially when they will more than likely start telling on each other to get one another in trouble.

Ahh the joys of parenting people. I swear my kids wake up each morning and make a list of every little thing they want to argue about in order to annoy one another and ride my last nerve into the sunset. For the longest time I would fight with them to be quiet and stop arguing but now I have a game that I have developed that resolves this problem with not only a smile on my face but also my children’s and it only cost me one invisible dollar.

It is called the quiet game people. I have decided to pay my children one dollar to whom ever can be quiet the longest. One dollar is all it cost me for minutes on end of unadulterated peace and quiet. Do you know how valuable that is to a mother? Let me explain, if my husband offered me a diamond ring or a weeks worth of quietness in a place where no one would be asking me for anything, hands down I would take the latter.

Here is the kicker……I never actually have to spend the dollar. You’re wondering how does that work? You are probably thinking “My kid would be begging me for the dollar until I gave it to them.” The way I get away without ever having to spend the dollar, is because I can pretty much always guarantee that my kids either never did their chores at home or will do something else they aren’t supposed to do and then they lose the dollar for misbehavior. So when Thing 1 ask for his dollar, if he wins the game, I simply ask “Is your room clean?”, “Did you behave in the store today?”, “Did you put away the dishes out of the dishwasher?” Usually the answer to this question is “no”, so he loses his dollar.

Some parents, I am sure will think it is bad for me to try to bribe my children  to be quiet or to “lie” to them about getting the dollar knowing they will never actually get it, and to those parents the only thing I can say is; tough cookies my friends! As the blog title implies I am trying to keep my sanity so I do what works for me and my household. My kids like playing the game as they are in hopes that they will someday get this imaginary dollar, and I enjoy the momentary peace and quiet it buys me. I don’t claim to be a perfect parent but this game works for me so I am sharing it in hopes that maybe it will work for some other mom who is struggling to keep her sanity.

In closing I would say that this tactic (on the battlefield of parenting), I am sure will only work for a few more years as my children are 4 and 6 now. I know as my children get older that they will begin to recognize the fact that they don’t actually ever get the dollar. For now, I will enjoy these moments of silence that my imaginary dollar affords me.

“Put It On A T-Shirt” Collection: Everything Happens For A Reason

Hilarious!! Hehehe This one always makes me laugh, I am sure most people have wanted to say this to someone at some point in their life. lol

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Mama Bear Wisdom- “Who are you living for?”

I have a network of moms and wives that I speak with about “the joys of being a wife and mom” (please know this statement is drenched in sarcasm, lol). Anywho one of the things that I constantly hear from my fellow wives is how they tire of always feeling like they have to be the responsible one, or the planner, or the bigger person in arguments with their significant other.

Now I know how they feel as I have most definitely been there myself. There were many of times where I have gone to God and said “God, why do I have to be the one who submits or the one who has to be considerate or the one who has to do what’s right. Why can’t I be the irresponsible one or the selfish one sometimes” (please know that of course I am these things sometimes but when I go to God I am whining and feeling sorry for myself, sue me, God still loves me 🙂 )

Nonetheless one day God answered back and he simply asked me “Well who are you living for, yourself or me?” That simple question really helped me put things into perspective because as I answered the question (with the obvious, “For you God.”), God revealed to me that if I was living for myself than fine I have every right to feel like it was unfair and I could go on complaining. However, if I was living for him than I needed to suck it up and get over it, because he has called each of us in every relationship of every kind to play a role and to want to be anything other than who He has called you to be, is to be living for yourself.

So, I encourage you the next time you find yourself confronted with feelings like the ones I described above with your significant other, or any other individual you maybe in in a friendship or working relationship with,  and you feel it is unfair, ask yourself “Who am I living for?”

peace and gummy bears to you….

-Mama Bear