Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Blogging break

I've been blogging for 3 years on this blog, but I began in 2007 with a private blog for family and friends. Like so many other Mom bloggers, this has been a great outlet to express myself and just meet other people from so many other places that I would have never had the pleasure of meeting otherwise.

Here on Inchworm Chronicles, my home on the web, there are 217 posts contained in these "pages" and lots of resources that I found that I wanted to spread the word about. Did you know 43 of you have found what I have to say interesting enough to subscribe to my posts? Thanks for that! It is a small number, comparatively to the many blogs with thousands of subscribers, but you are special to me!

Knowing there are people interested in what I have to say keeps blogging relevant to me. I already have an online family journal for just my husband and I, so this blog is my own forum to talk about what's meaningful to me. Comments tell me who my audience is and who wants to hear more. Thank you for those of you who have commented in the past.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Top 3 Pick-me-Ups 3/11/2013

 Why "pick-me-ups"? I find that I need a word of encouragement, a new way of looking at a problem, or a new idea to try every once in a while. I'm glad to share with you 3 of the websites or blog posts that have helped me in some way---I hope it will be a blessing for you, too!  Note: This is the last post in the "Top 3" series for now.



C u b   S c o u t s  !

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 Things I like best about Cub Scouts for my sons:
  • builds character
  • gain skills/knowledge
  • strengthen confidence
  • make friends 

 My sons like:
  •  playing with the other scouts
  • eating treats occasionally
  • receiving awards they earned (makes them feel special). 

I do remember when my oldest was a cute little Wolf scout 2 years ago. I was a little intimidated! Badges and achievements and meetings, oh my! After two years (wow, has time flown), I feel like I am getting a better understanding of the Cub Scout program. Now that I am an assistant leader in my son's Webelos den, I am getting to learn a lot more. (Boy, am I!) While I consider myself a 'beginner' in this area, I'm happy to pass on these tips today.

I am going to spare you all a long post about this topic and just include 3 links that have helped me make sense of what Cub Scouts is about, with helpful resources to implement the program in the family or in the pack. 

If you are new to Cub Scouts, reading the book that comes along with the den is a good start and attending any training (ie: Round Table) offered in your area can really be helpful as a leader or a parent.

Ready?

1. The first link is like a collection of a TON of stuff other wonderful people have put together and so generously shared. 


My favorites are the print-outs, like the one that correlates the LDS Faith in God booklet with the various cub scout achievements from Wolf to Webelos. That one is awesome. The other one I like is the Belt Loop print out that lists all the beltloops the boys can earn from Wolf to Webelos, with pictures of the actual loops and also the things they need to do to earn them. I haven't found that anywhere else, so very helpful. Click above, it's all on there.

2. Akela's Council

3. America Jane

Bonus: This almost goes without saying, but Pinterest has a plethora (of course) of ideas for Den doodles, Blue and Gold themes, and all kind of print outs, charts, record keeping, not to mention crafts that the boys can make in meetings.
    

Feel free to pass this on to any Cub Scouting families you know. 


Have a great link or idea? Let me know with a comment or email!







Other Top 3 Pick-me-ups in this series: 
3/04/13: Relationships
2/25/13: Encouragement for Mom's & Hair Caddy
2/18/13: Emergency Preparedness
2/11/13: A little humor goes a long way
2/04/13: Valentine's Day
1/28/13: Astronomy for Kids
1/21/13: Motherhood isn't for Wimps & One in a Million kids
1/14/13: Human body for Kids
1/07/13: A New Year

Monday, March 4, 2013

Top 3 Pick-me-Ups 3/4/2013

 Why "pick-me-ups"? As a Mom, I find that I need a word of encouragement, a new way of looking at a problem, or a new idea to try every once in a while. I'm glad to share with you 3 of the websites or blog posts that have helped me in some way---I hope it will be a blessing for you, too!  Keep an eye out for these each Monday  :-)


1. Relationships are something I have always had a genuine interest in. I was in school to become a marriage and family counselor when I met my husband, actually. Now, I just focus on understanding the various family relationships I am in!


Relationships, our connection to others, are vital in everyone's life. When things are not working, it makes everything that much harder. It makes sense, then, when something is not working well, to search out ways to improve ourselves and understand others and how we connect with each other better.

I came across these videos online and watched a few. There were some great ones! They are made by a Christian ministry, Marriage Missions International. There is a list of other topics on the sidebar of the webpage linked to below about dealing with siblings, parents, in-laws, ideas for romance, and lots more. They provide lots of ways to learn about understanding and improving relationships.

Marriage Videos

 This list below gives some ideas at a glance to build a fulfilling marriage.

 12 Ways to Have a Happy, Healthy Marriage
(there is one other way they left out that happens to be a favorite of ours, wink, wink)

Below is a link with tips for dealing with rough moments. It's meant for navigating reunions or holidays when around family members we may have trouble getting along with (of course, none of us have any of those, right?). I can see how the ideas shared could come in handy anytime, actually.

P-E-A-C-E on Earth

2. When I became a Mom for the first time, the Lord led me to women who mentored me with patience and compassion. From them, I gleaned tips on parenting, breastfeeding, caring for babies, potty training, nutrition, and much more.

As my children have grown, I have found less of a need for that kind of mentoring in those areas, but with the things I am just beginning to experience as my kids grow and their needs change, I still find myself craving the company of a woman who has experienced much of this and has a heart to share with me what she learned/would have done differently! For some unexplainable reasons, having a woman to walk beside just makes my heart calm.

That is one reason why blogging has been a tremendous blessing in my life. I enjoy feeling validated, encouraged, get new ideas, and more from the sweet women who are blogging. I can't tell you how many times I was feeling overwhelmed and then I clicked over to another Mom's blog and there was a post she wrote that alleviated the emotions I was experiencing or just brought a smile to my face. These wonderful women are in various stages of raising kids, but I tell ya, I need to hear from them all! Being in the company of others experiencing similar things while raising kids is a life saver, indeed!

Has anyone heard of or participated in this Titus2 Mentoring Women program? It looks wonderful! It reminds me of the LDS church's Relief Society program. I wrote a blog post about that HERE.

It also reminds me to continue honoring my dear mother and mother-in-law, as well as sisters and sisters-in-law and aunts, for the wonderful people they are, to receive the blessings of wisdom they desire to share with me.

Last, I know there are wonderful women at church, beyond my peers, who I can ask questions of. I wonder if I could also consider asking one of these women to be a mentor to me for a time. I think that would be lovely!

3. Relationships are precious. Our time as women on this earth is precious. The lives of people we can touch for good are precious.


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May we each be encouraged to seek for the knowledge and support we need to complete our callings in our families to our fullest potential for good (even if that just means lots of patience)!

I am grateful to the many, many men and women whom I have had the privilege to learn from, from within my families and from without. Those of you who read and comment here, and the things you share on your own blogs, have been a strength to me and have been such a blessing. Thank you!

I hope someday to learn to be a helpful and kind mentor to many others who seek it. I am grateful for those who are willing to play this role in my life because I acknowledge my need for them, absolutely!

God is always willing to listen to our prayers, our frustrations, our lack of understanding, or anything we feel a pressing need to lay at His feet. Sometimes God was the only one who could understand and direct me to the comfort and answers I needed in my times of frustration and despair! I need to try to go to Him first more often. (I am sure that would help! I want to be better in this.) I encourage anyone with questions, struggles, problems, or difficulties of any size or shape to go to the Lord in prayer, with faith, and make your requests known.

"Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication 
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
--Phillipians 4:6 


Who are your mentors or people you've looked up to and received helpful advice from? 

What has helped you strengthen ties in your family or find solutions to problems you've faced?


 


Linked to:

The Modest Mom Blog's Modest Monday and a Link-Up
A Wise Woman Builds Her Home's Wise Woman Link-Up



Other Top 3 Pick-me-Ups in this series: 
3/11/13: Cub scouts
3/04/13: Relationships
2/25/13: Encouragement for Mom's & Hair Caddy
2/18/13: Emergency Preparedness
2/11/13: A little humor goes a long way
2/04/13: Valentine's Day
1/28/13: Astronomy for Kids
1/21/13: Motherhood isn't for Wimps & One in a Million kids
1/14/13: Human body for Kids
1/07/13: A New Year



Monday, February 25, 2013

Top 3 Pick-me-Ups 2/25/13


Why "pick-me-ups"? As a Mom, I find that I need a word of encouragement, a new way of looking at a problem, or a new idea to try every once in a while. I'm glad to share with you 3 of the websites or blog posts that have helped me in some way---I hope it will be a blessing for you, too!  
 Keep an eye out for these each Monday  :-)

1. Ever feel intimidated by "those other women" who can seemingly handle every thing perfectly, all the time? (We all feel that way sometimes!) This inspired me:

"But I didn’t start out “built for it”. Nobody does. Kids require things of us—selflessness, hard work, physical and mental endurance—that none of us is fully equipped to provide for them. There’s no special mommy gene that I’ve got. If I can do this, anybody can."

Read more at Get Along Home. Great reminder that we are all dealing with stuff and doing the best we reasonably can. 

2. How to Keep a Beautiful Home @ Nursery of the Nation

(hint: this post is a little different than you may think at first glance)

3. Hair caddy!

This little tip of mine came about because I like to be able to find hairbrushes, spray bottles, elastics, mini bobbie pins and other clippies, etc. when its time to fix my daughter's hair. This way it's all in one place and can go any where. It also comes in handy when on Sunday morning the boys' hair needs some work and we are about to go out the door to church....yes, often we only care about their hairstyles, or lack or, once a week ;-)

I am thinking of putting another one together so we have one for each level of the house.


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Enjoy your week!


 



Other Top 3 Pick-me-Ups in this series: 
3/11/13: Cub scouts
3/04/13: Relationships
2/25/13: Encouragement for Mom's & Hair Caddy
2/18/13: Emergency Preparedness
2/11/13: A little humor goes a long way
2/04/13: Valentine's Day
1/28/13: Astronomy for Kids
1/21/13: Motherhood isn't for Wimps & One in a Million kids
1/14/13: Human body for Kids
1/07/13: A New Year