Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Sexualization of Babies

Some onesies make me want to cry.

"Chick Magnet"

"I Hate My Thighs"

"Future Heartbreaker"

"My Daddy's Got a Shotgun"

"I Like Nipples"

The list goes on and on.  I'm sure you've seen them too.  Maybe you've laughed at them and maybe you've been disgusted by them.  Either way, you're taking a stand and teaching the next generation what is ok and what is not ok.

Why My Son Will Never Have a Baby Girlfriend

I, for one, want to be instilling in my son (and future children) the exact opposite message those shirts give out.  I want my son to learn to respect girls and women so why would I put him in a shirt that called him a "future heartbreaker"?  I want him to respect women's bodies so why would I put him in a onesie that says "I like nipples"?  I want my future daughters to have a positive body image, even at a young age, so why would I put them in a shirt that says "I hate my thighs"?  I want my future daughters to have healthy relationships and to trust Nate and I to get to know the guys she's interested in or dating so why would I put her in a shirt that says "My daddy's got a shotgun"?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop

Faith and Fellowship Guidelines

1.  Link up a post (not just the link to your blog) from the week that shares what the Lord's been doing in your life or speaking to you.
2.  Put the button on your blog post or blog so that others can hear about this wonderful group of Godly women.
3.  Visit as many blogs as you're able and get to know your sisters in Christ!

Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop

Your Host:

Susannah1Susannah from Simple Moments Stick

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

We Like to Move It, Move It

The Start of Something New

We have a HUGE announcement that I'm so excited to finally be able to share on the blog!  (No, I'm not pregnant)  As most of you know, Nate finished classes in seminary last December and officially graduated this past spring.  Ever since he finished classes we've been working to figure out what the next step is for our family.  (Remember when I tricked you all into thinking that the next step was that we were moving to Africa??? {Check the date of that post!})

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My Real and Raw Advice for Mamas-to-Be

I recently went to a baby shower of a friend.  Before opening presents, we all went around the circle sharing advice for the mama-to-be.  I was one of the few women there who was in the midst of baby-hood.  I was one of the few who was in the trenches, knowing first hand what this mama to be would be experiencing in the coming months.  Most of the women either had grown children or were still childless. 

This shower was at the end of a long week - a week with a grumpy, teething baby.  A week where I didn't get much accomplished.  A week where I wondered when this season would end.  This shower came on a day when I left a tired, crying baby with my husband thankful to get a few hours of grownup time.

As we went around the circle I heard a lot of advice but the two pieces of advice that were repeated over and over were:

1.  Make sure to go on date nights with your spouse, even when your little one is very little.
2.  Embrace every season you child goes through and enjoy it because it only lasts so long.

As each person shared their advice and it inched closer and closer to my turn, a few tears dripped down my cheeks.  My heart was heavy and it seemed like these women just didn't understand.

Finally, it was my turn.  I smiled through my tears and looked at the wonderfully sweet mama-to-be.  I wanted to be all rainbows and unicorns and give some happy-go-lucky advice but, instead, I gave her advice straight from my heart. 

Real and Raw Advice for the Mama-to-Be

This is the advice I gave her and the advice I give any of you who are beginning this journey of motherhood:

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