Tuesday, May 31, 2011

31 Days Closer to Your Kids: Finale!

Shelly Final

31 days. Four weeks. One month.

I hope, now that our journey is done, that you have gotten something out of my little ramblings every day. It has been fun. It has been challenging. It has been convicting.

Let me tell you why I did this 31 Day series (and many, many thanks to Sandy for including me in this challenge!): I did it for me.

You see, I need to tell myself these things about raising kids. Every day. I need to be reminded that these precious girls are why I do what I do. I need to remember to take time to notice them, to be present, to show up, to laugh.

I am so far from being the mother I want to be to my kids. Just this morning I sat at my computer and read blogs while Julia got ready for school around me. I barely even looked up to see what she packed in her lunch!

See? I need these reminders!

If anything, I need these reminders in order to extend a little grace to myself. There is no perfect parent out there. We do the best we can do, offer it up to God, and keep trying.

The point is in the trying.

I hope that along the way I have encouraged you to practice intentionality with your kids, because I truly believe that by being intentional about our parenting we can have more effective families.

And that’s what I want. A family that honors God by honoring one another. A family that shows Who we belong to by the way we love one another. A family that welcomes the friend and the stranger alike. A family that draws others to Christ.

So, my friends, thank you for hanging in there with me. I’ll be back to the regular monkey business around here tomorrow. And on Friday, we’ll return to Fabulous Friday Food (which a few of you have asked about).

Now, go hug your kids and have a party. I know I will!

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  1. This has been a great series, Shelly. (Oh, my goodness, you're a serial blogger!) It was great to read your thoughts today and know that even though you have great advice and are a great mom and blogger, you are a real person who can admit it!!! I appreciate that kind of honesty.

    You're one of the greats in my book!

  2. I have really enjoyed this series! Thanks for the time and effort it took to write on this topic every day for 31 days. :-)

  3. Great Series, friend!! Thanks for saying "yes" when I asked you for a month of your life. I learned so much from you.

    Love you!!!!

  4. Strong work, Shelly. Enjoy the well deserved hugging and partying.


  5. Thank you for the wonderful reminders! You are a gifted mother!

  6. Thanks for encouraging me to keep on trying Shelly. I need that this week!!!