10. What is the biggest thing the Lord has taught you since becoming a mom?
Can I pick two? :). I would say patience and open hands. Patience is truly one of the greatest gifts you can give your children. They will feed off your positive or negative energy. Aiden is at the age where he is frustrated because he can't always communicate exactly what he wants and the age of tantrums. If I am not upset or flustered then he seems to be calm and gentle fairly quickly. Also, it has been a hard lesson for me to learn to share my littles. I have learned that I am not in control of them, God is and that I need to let them bless others by sharing them.
"When a woman has a kingdom heart, she has an active understanding of what matters most to the heart of God. She lives in the balance of passion and contentment. She learns to love well, give without regard to self, and forgive without hesitation. The woman with a kingdom heart may have a duffel bag full of possessions or enough treasures to fill a mansion, but she has learned to hold them with an open hand. Hold everything with open hands. I don't think we are ever allowed to grab hold of anything or anyone as though they matter more than the kingdom of heaven. When you hold relationships with open hands, then people come in and out of your life as gifts of grace to be cherished and enjoyed, not objects to be owned and manipulated. And then when you hold your dreams with open hands, you get to watch God resurrect what seemed dead and multiply what seemed small."
11. If you were a car, what kind would you be?
Hm, well I have been driving the same car since I was 16 (black 4runner) so in a weird way I kind of identify with it. Maybe a jeep wrangler though? I am pretty free-spirited.
12. Aside from kids/pets/husband, what's one thing you would grab if your house was on fire? Pictures!!! And I have one painting I painted that I would probably grab too...oh and Aiden's blankies (ie our pillowcases that he turned into his blankies)
13. What would you do with a million dollars?
No question, I would make my kid's dreams come true
14. If you could meet any cartoon character, who would it be and why?
I had to think about this one!! I am pretty sure that I decided on the little boy from UP. I would invite him to play with Aiden, he is so stinkin' sweet!
15. If you could pick one super power, what would it be?
This one is hard too! I really have no idea. Something awesome that could protect my family.
16. Did you have any trouble getting pregnant?
This one made my heart drop a little. I did not have any trouble but have many many friends struggling in this area and have seen the incredible heartache involved. I had easy pregnancies too until my bedrest & preterm labors.
17. I would love to know what your childhood/college years were like and what things you learned during that time and what you wish you would have known at that time?
Gosh, how I wish I could go back and talk to myself then. This answer could be sooo long so I will try to narrow it to a few. I would tell myself to focus on God rather than myself. I would tell myself to not be so insecure. To waste my time worrying about so many silly things. I would have gotten involved in more meaningful things, I would have picked a different major in college and would have been more loving in general.
"Have you ever met someone that is sort of infectious, they are incredibly loving, kind....they build you up and make you feel really wonderful when you leave from spending time with them?"
Those are the kind of people we all want to be around.
Those are the people that build us up.
Make us better.
We leave their presence filled, rather than drained.
I wish I was that person then....and now.
*headband links coming soon!