Surviving Partner-less

I miss my other half! This week has been long and tiring and makes me so greatful for such a great teammate to help me. I don't know what I would do without him!

Laura Kate has decided to regress back to NOT sleeping through the night. She misses her daddy and things just don't seem right without him here. It throws off both of our routines. It makes my heart sad because I know how much she loves her daddy!

So how do I survive?

1. Very sleepily
2. Lots of treats (for the toddler and the mommy!)
3. Sticking to the routine as much as possible
4. Fun projects (like LK's first pedicure)
5. Prayer, Prayer, Prayer, Prayer, (and in case you are wondering, like LK's PDO teacher, if I pray over her at night before I put her down, the answer is yes. Every full moon I pray over her --and every moon in between. ;)

We are surviving, but very ready for our man to be back home with us!!!
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Surviving Two Services with Grace (and Caffeine!)

Kyle and I decided long before we decided to have kids that we want to do more than just attend church. We want to be a part of a growing body and be able to love people by serving. We want to model for our children the importance of loving by serving. One of the greatest needs in any church bodies is Children’s Ministry volunteers. We consider it a joy to serve and love on kids as much as possible, EVEN THOUGH that comes with a little sacrifice. We know that it is so important to model Godly behavior, love, and service to the church body to our children so that they will grow up with service as part of their daily behavior and vocabulary. At the same time, we also know we need to be personally fed with the word and worship.

BUT, it is still isn’t always a walk in the park for the child. I mean, try explaining in a loving voice the importance of service while said child is screaming and clinging to your leg in front of an audience of twenty other people, right? But since in this case the long-term benefits out-weigh the short term, we work to make it happen every week.

We still have not perfected the “Sunday Morning Survival Kit” by any means, but we are learning some things that help the morning go more smoothly.

1. Think Ahead. Get good sleep on Saturday night and prep your kids at bedtime by praying for servant hearts that would glorify Christ. It helps Sunday mornings go more smoothly if the diaper bag is packed, clothes are laid out, and alarms are set.

2. Come prepared. Make sure you bring any security item your child needs for comfort (lovey, passy, sippy cup, etc…) If your child normally would eat lunch during the time of the second service, bring a snack to feed them between services.

3. Ask for advice. Talk to other parents or children’s leaders and teachers, and brainstorm with your spouse.

4. Pray. Pray. Pray. Before-during- after. Ask the Lord for a good morning, for patience, and that he would honor your service and sacrifice that HE might be glorified.

If you are not serving in Children’s Ministry because of the difficulty of having your child in both services, I would encourage you just to TRY and keep trying. The need is GREAT and you CAN help. You can be a breath of fresh air to parents and friends at your church while modeling service for your children.
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New Blogging Ideas

Hello blog world,

You may notice some changes in the Wiley blog, starting with the name! I'm excited to have a new game plan for the blog in hopes that it will motivate me to write more!

Check out the tabs across the top of the title! Read the Basic Info tab to read more about why I'm going the direction I am!

Get excited!! Fun stories to come!
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