Monday, December 29, 2014

5 Things I Learned in 2014

Of all the things that I learned in 2014,
these are the ones that flew from my mind to the paper the quickest.

5 Things I Learned in 2014:

1.  "If you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time."
From "Say Goodbye to Survival Mode" by Crystal Paine.
Yep...I forgot to plan for 2014.
Hoping to not make that mistake again!

2.  Discipline has to take place in the heart, not with a list of "do's and don't's".
This one is true for moms and kids alike.
A concept that I learned from Jim and Lynne Jackson of Connected Families.

3.  Parenting is hard.
I've spent many years coasting through, thinking, "I've got this!". It's very humbling when you find out, "I don't got this".
And, so comforting to know that "God's got this."

4.  Pound some nails in the wall and hang some pretty pictures!
Worst case scenario, you have to take 3 minutes to patch and paint.
From "The Nesting Place" by Myquillyn Smith

5.  A Mother's Prayer:
"Lord, meet my kids at every turn!  May they not click a link, turn a corner, or have a conversation where they don't run smack into you!"


I'm so thankful to learn from wise people.
Like my mom, who looked at me and my sister-in-law at our Christmas Eve Brunch and said, "You girls.  Do not spend one minute of your time giving in to the feeling of Mom Guilt."
She said it with such conviction, and I needed to hear it so desperately, that it brought me to ugly tears.
I was a mess.  
But, let's all remember that our kids are not our Report Cards!
We are doing the gosh darn best that we know how to do.
If we are asking God to do this thing with us,
and if we are trying to educate ourselves on how to raise this generation, then I think we're doing OK.

Here's to a wonderful 2015!

XOXO Tiffany

"Living with purpose means wisely choosing and committing to a few of the best things for the season of life you're in."
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

December...

Merry Christmas!!!
Love, The Millers

My blogging in December took a back seat to the wonderful + crazy Christmas season.
I wish I could get rid of the "crazy" and just enjoy the "wonderful".
I did not mail Christmas cards/photos this year.
It felt like a good year to let that tradition go.
I decided to do a Facebook/Instagram/Blog Christmas greeting instead. 
So, on Christmas Day, after our breakfast burritos, 
and before heading out to the theatre to see Unbroken (amazing),
we set the tripod up out on the deck, walked out there with fresh snow falling,
and snapped our family picture.
A few minutes later, I posted it on Instagram and Facebook,
and our Merry Christmas greeting was complete.
I think I found a new tradition.
A tradition with more "wonderful" and less "crazy".
(although, if you've ever tried to get a family photo, you know there's plenty of crazy going on in between clicks...ugh)

I hope your Christmas season was wonderful!
I'm so thankful that God loves us (sinners) so passionately,
that he would send a bit of himself, Jesus, to this earth, to teach us how to live.
May we never forget that kind of love,
and may we always look to Jesus to understand how to live.

XOXO Tiffany

"For unto us a child is born...and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace"
Isaiah 9:6 (King James Version)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

A Guest Post!

I got asked to guest post on a little local blog!!!
The Non-Toy Gift Blog asked me if I'd write a post for them regarding a trip that my kids and I and some friends took to the Bakken Museum last year.
From one little blog to another...that was fun!
Be sure to check them out, they have wonderful lists of gift ideas as well as local activities.
Thank you Stef (non-toy blog) for being so kind and wonderful to work with!

You guys...I am planning a Planning Day!
I asked my sweet husband if I could have a Planning Day sometime between now and December 31st.  Well, his first reaction was, "You need a whole day???".  Isn't he cute?
I should have started by asking for a Planning Weekend and then settling for a Day.
Regardless, he agreed.  It is not on the books yet, but I will have a Planning Day in the next few weeks where I will plan out 2015.  I mean...I am going to go crazy.  I have never done anything like this, but I have big hopes and dreams for 2015, and if I don't get a plan written out, that year will come and go like so many others have.  I have a running list going of all that I would like to accomplish in that day.  A few things on the list are:
-52 weeks of meals
-52 blog post ideas
-schedule dates with my Sweetie
-schedule dates with the kids
-make my 2015 planner (I already have it designed)
-sewing/etsy goals
-prayer/bible study plans

Well, really the list goes on and on.
I don't know where or when, but this thing is happening.
I'll let you know how it goes!

Would you enjoy a Planning Day???

I'm hoping to write 3 more posts this month.
And then I'll let you know what my blog plans are for the New Year.
#ilovefreshstarts

XOXO Tiffany

"When you feel out of sorts, try to make someone else happy, and you will soon be so yourself."
And Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott