A Weekend in Pictures – 19th/20th March 2016

This weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday. We remember Jesus coming to Jerusalem and the beginning of the Holy Week. Lent will be over in just a few days and we are really looking forward to Easter, which we will celebrate from next Sunday until Pentecost.

 

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For this last Sunday in Lent we decorated our dining table …

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… and prepared some home-made waffles.

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Spring is coming now…

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… which we enjoy a lot! Check out these beautiful blossoms!

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Our children love to create their own learning environments. Trying different tools is a great thing to do …

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… repairing the dishwasher is also a lot of fun …

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… let alone doing jigsaws!

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At the end of the day – or weekend – even the busiest child needs to take a break, though.

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Two under two – No-Cry-Solutions…

As a young Mom of two kids under two you are in special need of No-Cry-Solutions – and they are not always easy to find…

Children are so precious, they are always honest, they are generous, they gracious, they are funny and sometimes they are even wise. We can learn a lot from them – mostly about ourselves. And mostly in situations that are very demanding.

As a parent of two kids under two you will maybe face situations like that more frequently than other parents, e.g. in moments when both kids are crying. And how do you find a No-Cry-Solution after all?

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Well, sometimes you won’t, that’s a fact. But most times you will, so there’s no need to get demoralized. What about leaving the room for just two minutes for a quick prayer? What about singing a song you and your children enjoy – not just to calm them down but also for you to cool off?

In our family Mom had  to (and sometimes still has to) learn to ask herself a real basic question: “Is it really necessary for the children to do as I say right now?” That may sound too simple, but it sure is very effective: Does the toddler really need take a nap right now? What about a quick family hug first, or another song, another story or just another five minutes time to play or do whatever the toddler needs to do.

Will the world really fall apart if the toddler takes her nap half an hour or an hour later? The secret to Mom’s No-Cry-Solutions is to cool things down by slowing them down. Slowing down things helps to not getting to excited about things.

And one thing that never hurts and always helps is a quick prayer.

 

Two under two – our new series on Living a Catholic Fairy Tale

Two under two – an introduction

 

Life is changing – always and in every moment. Life can be challenging, life can be painful and life can be so beautiful. And sometimes it is just everything at the same time.

But how is life with two kids under two?

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Is it possible to find a good solution for one of those moments when both kids are crying? How do you make enough time to play with your older child? How do you survive Holy Mass with two kids under two? Is there any chance to have just a few minutes to yourself?

If that sounds interesting to you you’re more than welcome to follow our new series “Two under two”. And be assured: There is definitely no way to handle all those challenges without God’s grace!

Do you need encouragement? #2

“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.”

~ 2 Timothy 1:7

The Bible tells us that God gives us everything we need. Sometimes we feel we want more than He actually gives us or something different because He doesn’t answer all our wishes the way we think He should.

We know we should be thankful but sometimes we’re not. Sometimes we ask ourselves what it actually means, that God gives us everything we need. In those times we can come to 2 Timothy 1:7 to remind ourselves what it is that we really need.

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God gives us a spirit of power and love and self-control. And that is what we really need in our day and age! God knows how easy we get discouraged and distracted, He knows how often we feel weak and angry, and He also knows all of our weaknesses.

And for that reason He offers us hope, because He loves us. He gives us a spirit of power and love and self-control because He knows how weak we feel. And He knows that this is exactly what we need.

Do you need encouragement?

Our goal is to encourage and inspire our readers with this blog and to motivate them to follow the plan God has for their lives. So this is our new category: Encouragement. In this category we share encouraging comments and quotes and ponder them. That way we hope we can encourage you in your everyday life and maybe we can even help you with some worries that have burdened your heart. Our first encouraging quote is of course a biblical quotation:

Do not fear: I am with you;
do not be anxious: I am your God.
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

~ Isaiah 41:10

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This is such an encouraging bible verse to us! No matter how hard some situations seem to be, God is always with us. He never leaves us. Sometimes we might not hear his voice or feel his presence. But he is always there, and he always listens to us, and he always cares.

So we can always lean on him and let him be strong for us in those moments when we can’t be strong ourselves. He is always willing to carry us through those moments.

Book writing journal #5

Milestones

Right now we’re at the point where we already have all the texts that we want to have for our book. Isn’t that amazing?

It sure is. We’re very excited.

Does that mean we’re almost done?

That’s a no!

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Sometimes we feel now comes that part in our work that is even more demanding. We have to revise every single text, make every single text sound great AND make every single part of every single text of the book really deliver our message. Plus we have to make sure every endnote and every reference is correct.

And no, that’s not all: We also have to make plans concerning layout, publishing, marketing, etc.

Do we sound like we’re complaining?

We hope not, because we’re not. Writing a book is a great experience and an adventure. And loads of fun. It’s exhausting, too, but that’s just part of the process and that’s fine.

Please keep praying for us!

Book writing journal #3

The lessons we have to learn

Sometimes everything comes different than originally anticipated, sometimes the concepts we have just don’t work for our projects. We are facing multiple situations like that right now with our book writing project.

In our last book writing journal we shared our need to spice up our texts because they seem fairly dull to us. However, it turns out that this is just not as easy as we thought. Plus we maybe have to face the fact that our book is going to be a more informative one and maybe less personal than we hoped in the first place.

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Writing a book is a great experience and an adventure, but it is also a huge challenge! Sometimes we get so frustrated scared no one will ever read our book. Those are the times when we just need to give our fears to the Lord trusting him to lead us on our way telling us what he wants us to do.

Those are the times when we have to just stop, take a break and remember that we are writing this book for him eager to share his word and his plan for married couples.