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Carla - posted on 09/11/2012
Hi, Lindsay! Isn't it amazing what a baby brings to your life? I helped raise my 4 brothers and sister, our 3 bios, probably a dozen 'strays' the kids kept bringing home (I told them to quit bringing home stray dogs and cats, so they started bringing kids--they knew I couldn't say no to them!), nieces and nephews, and now our grandbabies. They are like little sponges, knowledge-wise, so we are always on the computer looking up pictures of something or interesting facts. We go for nature walks, even just go in the back yard, or 'tower' as they call it. We are ALWAYS looking for new things to learn. We got an aquarium and it has proved to be such a fascination for them! Our little 18 mo/o grand niece stands by it by the hour! We are teaching them, but we are also learning ourselves. It 's a win-win situation!
God bless, sweetheart. You have just started out on an amazing journey. Enjoy every single day of it, even the not-so-good days. They go by very quickly.
Linday - posted on 09/10/2012
Hello every one, my name is linday I'm 24 years old I have a 8 months
Baby boy, this little human makes ma do all new and difference kind of thinghs such learning a second lenguage to tech him, or join a grup of moms. In a different country . I really love this energy that he is givin me.
Nancy - posted on 08/08/2012
Hi Brandy, welcome to the Christian mommy group. I know what could be a nice hobby to do is scrapbooking,reading books, or just having some friends over for coffee. I am not sure what you like but there is plenty to do. Just find what interests you.
Robin - posted on 08/08/2012
Hello everyone! My name is Robin and I am 41 with a 22 month old little girl named Chloe'. I also have a daughter who is 23. This is all new to me again but I'm loving it. I'm excited about this site. The Lord is truly Good to ME!!!!
Angela - posted on 07/27/2012
Hobbies are great - everyone should have one or more hobbies. They're part of what makes life worthwhile, unlike a job which you have to do in order to make a living, hobbies are what you do to make living enjoyable!
And it's often hard to find the kind of hobby which doesn't require vast amounts of time, money, effort and attention etc ... But I can make a recommendation based on personal experience ....
Try keeping a journal - an art journal or visual record. All you need is a hard-backed notebook to start you off. I suggested an art journal because it has visual appeal, you don't have to do loads of writing and you can stick all manner of mementoes and souvenirs into it. Let the pictures and visual stimuli tell the story! Bus or rail tickets from a memorable journey, cards from hotels you stay at, maybe letters, greeting cards, postcards etc .... perhaps a pressed flower here and there, a lock of your child's hair, a Christian tract from a memorable preacher you listened to one time and boarding passes from flights you went on. But if you prefer, you can keep the kind of journal that's just written - the choice is yours!
The art journal creation I describe is really a blend of scrapbook and art journal. But a traditional scrapbook doesn't have lines for writing on and I believe the written part is still important. Plus the term "art journal" usually means something with plenty of artwork in and not everyone feels they're especially artistic. You're the one creating this "masterpiece" so it can contain exactly as much original writing and original artwork as you wish. Pictures, cuttings and souvenirs from secondary sources are still individual to YOU because of the way you have presented them, grouped them together and for what they mean to you. So any way you look at it, your journal/scrapbook is an original creation. Here's a weblink that may be of interest:
When your notebook is filled with writing, pictures, keepsakes etc .... you just get another one and do the same! It's very cheap - all you need is a notebook, a pen and some glue. Even pictures or cuttings from newspapers, magazines, catalogues & advertising brochures can go in if they have some relevance to anything you've done, experienced, bought or sold! You might like to add some colour of your own like an occasional wash of watercolour paint, or a few written entries in different coloured pens, a little sketch or doodle in colour. All your bits and pieces you stick into your journal you're getting for nothing - you can add photos if you wish but these are something that will cost you money and the idea is to make something really attractive, memorable and personal for next to no cost at all.
Written entries you could put in might be memories of things you did, Bible verses that are especially meaningful to you, a short poem that appealed to you (maybe even some poetry you composed yourself!), quotes from books you liked, a special recipe, a joke or proverb from a Christmas cracker, or something about someone interesting you met.
You can get your children to start their own journals or help you with yours. Although you're young and not even thinking of the day you'll depart this earthly life, your journals will be treasured by your loved ones after you're gone. You're capturing aspects of your life in the present - but making history in the way you do it.
Just fill your pockets with interesting bits and pieces as you go about your daily life and you'll have an amazing journal when you have stuck in the various things you've collected.
The other angle to doing this is to do it electronically. Start a blog and link up to other blogs and interesting websites. There is plenty of free webspace available on the Internet so this is a hobby that can also cost you very little.
This is a hobby which will give you personal satisfaction, you record memories and create a little bit of history. Completed journals and scrapbooks actually sell for a great deal of money to collectors. But would you really WANT to sell something so special to yourself?
Carla - posted on 07/27/2012
Hi, Brandy, welcome! I understand your feelings--it seems like all I ever did was go to work, come home and work and fall into bed to do it all over again tomorrow. This passes, and believe it or not, you will MISS it when it's gone. I would suggest visiting Hobby Lobby (which is Christian-owned, by the way), or Michael's and stroll the craft aisles. My dil does beautiful stained glass wall hangings, my sil makes vases and Christmas ornaments with mirrors, I am down to just knitting now because of health issues, but I used to crochet, knit, make jewelry, sew, etc. It's particularly fulfilling to have something you like to do, but also can make Christmas, birthday presents or just an 'I love you' present. I also found this forum and I can't even remember how now, but I love to get acquainted with the ladies here and interact with them. Again, this helps me, but also encourages and strengthens others, so it's a win-win situation.
Have you prayed to find out what God wants you to do? Sometimes our ideas are a 180 from what He wants, so pray and seek His will. He will NEVER steer you wrong. If we ask for direction in every aspect of our lives, (a) we get in the habit of asking about everything so we don't 'forget' to pray when something big comes along, and (b) His ways are perfect. AND He may tell you something you didn't think of. Even riding your bike after dinner is done, maybe getting all the family on bikes--it's great exercise, a great stress reducer, and family time, all rolled into one.
God bless, sweetheart. Motherhood is rough, but with God's help, we survive and thrive.
Kelsey - posted on 07/26/2012
Hi Brandy. You have chosen a great community here. If I have a problem I am particulary stumped on, I bring it up on here and there is always great advice. Better yet, women here truly loved God. And I just want to say that if you are a mom, you do much more than work and go to church :) But with two little girls of my own, I understand the hobby part. God Bless! Message me if you ever want a more personal chat.