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delighted

April 16, 2014 in Baby, Blessings, Blog, Faith, Family, Kids by lindsaymwright

One of the neat things about blogging is that you can regularly see your analytics – what posts are most viewed, shared.  What day of the week most people read, where they’re coming from, etc.  It’s actually pretty cool (and something I used to obsess over – I rarely look at numbers these days).

Since November 15th, 2012, one of my TOP THREE most viewed posts has been this one.  Titled, “Devastated.”

It still hurts…

It also pained me to write a second, very similar post last April 30th, 2013.  Titled, “Devastated 2.”

When I tell you that Porter is a blessing, that he’s been WANTED and PRAYED FOR…I hope it makes sense.

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This child…he’s my beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

delighted…lindsay

**Tomorrow I’ll have more pictures and in the days to come, a birth story!  Thanks in advance for letting us settle in as a family of 5.**

scenes from the weekend

March 31, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Family, Kids, Love, Marriage by lindsaymwright

Phew!  This weekend was a whirlwind.

The last thing I feel like doing is sitting down to type (now, sitting down to watch Mad Men: Season Six is a completely different story).

Here’s a little peek into our weekend, filled with family (Travis’ sister got married!!), great food and fellowship.

Exhausting but really marvelous*!

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I’ll be back tomorrow with a 38 week pregnancy update!

QUESTION:  Tell me the best part of your weekend!!

splendid…lindsay

*I’m linking up with my great friend, Katie, today!!  Check out more “Marvelous Monday” posts here!*

“i could not love him more.”

March 17, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Family, Intentional Living, Kids, Love by lindsaymwright

Yesterday, Henry beat a video game that even Travis couldn’t beat.

I was asleep when it happened.  Because, you know, I’m a million months pregnant and that can get exhausting.

I know that Henry beat the game, not because HE told me but because my deliriously-proud husband came bouncing in the bedroom, down right gleaming about his son’s accomplishment.

“I could not love him more.”

Those were the exact words.

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I laid there, still drowsy and listened as this proud daddy went on and on about his son.  All I could do was smile, feeling abundant love for my husband because of his abundant love for our children.  We share stories like this all the time.  About how Clara walked up to Travis’ truck last week, placed her fingers along the words, “Toyota Tacoma,” and very slowly “read” out, “Daaaa-ddy’s Truck.  DADDY’S TRUCK!!  That’s what it say, Mama!!  That’s what it SAY!”  Or about how Henry has earned 78 stars (towards his needed 100) on his reading chart and all he wants is a set of Legos “but not the easy ones, the hard ones.”  Or how they’ll play so nicely together and invite one another to their “birthday parties,” which we celebrate nearly every day.

As parents, we can’t help but dote on those kids.  Oh my word, they can be annoying sometimes.  And loud.  And messy.  And inconvenient.  I can say all those things about them and still know that I couldn’t DO this life without them.  And not just any kids but Henry Cole Wright and Clara Kathleen Wright – those exact ones.  They’re mine.  I grew them.  I see bits and pieces of myself, of Travis, in them.

And God made me to be their mama.  Me!?!

Every tool I need to parent them in exactly the way that they need to be parented….God placed IN me.  FOR THEM.  He gives me peace.  He gives me patience.  He provides me with wisdom and strength and a mama bear-like passion.  Oh!  And He gives me rest when I need it.

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For these things, for this PRIVELEGE, I can only say, “I could not love Him more.”*

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splendid…lindsay

*And also “thank you.”  I say that a lot too.  Because we use our “man-yors” around here.

what (my kids) ate wednesday

March 12, 2014 in Blog, Family, Food, Kids, WIAW by lindsaymwright

Anyone else have a sunburn from yesterday?? It was a toasty 73 degrees here in Western North Carolina! We spent the majority of the day outside and my skin is screaming, “Abuse! Skin abuse!” today. Not so much as screaming it as being easily offended when I brush up against things and freaking the heck out.

Anywoo…in honor of “What I Ate Wednesday,” I wanted to share some of the foods that my kids LOVE to eat.  Some are healthy, some are not.

The rundown:

  • I’m the type of mom/person who feels like if my kids get 2 veggies and 2 fruits in a day, we’ve WON an award.
  • We buy mostly conventional foods but I do make a point of buying organic MILK, CHEESE and the “Dirty Dozen.”
  • From April through September, our lunches consist of “Snack Plates.”  see below.
  • Clara will eat anything under the sun (she seriously digs broccoli…dipped in ketchup) and Henry could live off of Applegate Chicken Tenders and PB&J’s.
  • In my cupboard, you’ll find whole grains, a box of Fruit Loops, all-natural fruit leathers, Lance cheese crackers and Blue Diamond almonds.
  • I try to balance what’s on sale with what my kids will eat with what I would like for them to eat.

It all comes out in the wash and equals one big happy, well-fed, thriving family.  Above all else, we focus on a “food is fuel”-mentality and banish talk of calories or being skinny/fat.  We don’t obsess.  Food is food.

Here’s a look (aka every picture I could find of my kids and food):

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QUESTION:  Were you a good or picky eater as a kid?  What types of foods do you feed your kids?

splendid…lindsay

shopping scenes

March 6, 2014 in Blog, Family, Kids, Trips by lindsaymwright

Yesterday, Clara woke up with a cough.  No fever, just a cough, but I still didn’t feel right about taking her to the gym.

With nothing else planned for the day, we moved on to Plan B.

Go to Asheville and shopNaturally.

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^^Dollar bins FTW.^^

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^^Many thanks for the generous compliments I got on this dress on FB and IG.  It had a small hole in it so I put it back.  :/^^

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^^Well thanks!^^

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^^Still going strong on my self-imposed “salad a day” goal!^^

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^^From Target.  Probably most excited about the Noosa yogurt – have you tried it?  Like heaven.  Clara’s dress comes in second.^^

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^^Greenlife scores – obviously we bought all.the.snacks.^^

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^^I mean.  How could I not?!^^

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^^A walk (scoot?) was very much needed after spending all day cooped up in the car and store buggy.^^

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When I think about this little family growing in a few weeks, it makes me want to savor the time I have with only a 5 and 3-year old.  We’re SO excited about Porter joining in, but for three (almost four) years now, Henry, Clara and I have spent every single day together.  I’m cherishing this time and trying to make mental notes of how great life is right this second.  It’s precious to me.

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QUESTION:  What’s one thing you actually NEED to go shopping for??

splendid…lindsay

reading comprehension

February 21, 2014 in Blog, Guest Post, Homeschooling, Kids by travisvwright

Henry is at the stage where he’s learning to read.  With the right incentives. he’s made rapid progress towards his rewards.  He’s to the point where he can sound out pretty much any word.  Well any word that can be sounded out.  How do you explain to a 5-year-old that the “o” in “both” is a long vowel, but the “a” in “bath” is short.  Or that you can “wind” up the rubber-band fan and it will make the “wind” blow.  Or how about when you have to “read” a sentence twice to be sure you “read” it correctly.

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Really makes you wish Christopher Columbus and the other guys who found America (collectively known as the “founding fathers”) would have declared independence from a different country, like France.  It would have also been a good idea because there were a lot less French troops they would have had to fight.  When you really think about it, (in addition to the language drawbacks) England was the dumbest country to declare independence from because of their military presence.  Off the top of my head I can just go alphabetically and think of countries that had no military here at all, Azerbaijan, Botswana, Cambodia, etc.  Really the revolutionary war could have taken a lot less than 1,776 years if we had been smart about who we addressed with the declaration of independence.

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But I digress.

English is what Henry is stuck with.  Sounding out words he could do.  But once he got a word, he would go on to sound out the next without remembering any of the words that came before.  His reading comprehension just didn’t seem to be there.  So we decided to hide his incentive (BTW it’s Legos), and plotted a scheme where he could only get them by the power of reading comprehension.  We came up with a scavenger hunt.  He loved it!

splendid…travis

creating fitness-loving children

February 17, 2014 in Blog, Body, Family, Goals, Inspiration, Kids by lindsaymwright

I get that it’s winter. 

I get that it’s freezing (heck, we got 10 inches of snow last week!). 

But my kids are ANTSY to move

And even though it might not feel like it when you’ve got children running circles around the house, flailing body parts and jumping up and down all.day.long, your children might not be getting enough exercise. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the last 30 years, leaving more than a THIRD of our children overweight or obese (source). Genetics and diet play a role, yes, but our trend towards inactivity can also be to blame.

Exercise is important for children for the following reasons:

  1. It controls their weight.
  2. It helps them sleep better at night, for longer and higher quality.
  3. It helps them have higher self-esteem and self confidence by improving their well being.
  4. Exercise reduces blood pressure.
  5. Exercise reduces risk of diabetes and some types of cancer.

The American Heart Association recommends, for children 2 and older, 60 minutes of physical activity a day.  If you don’t have an hour, split it up in two 30-minute periods.  So the question is:

How can we as parents get our children to LOVE fitness?

Here are five easy ways to get started today!

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Be the change you wish to see!

Our kids pattern behavior that they see in us, whether it be positive or negative.  Make sure that you yourself are meeting the recommended daily exercise requirements.  For adults, this means at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.  Sweat doesn’t necessarily have to be involved – you can take a walk around the block, work in the yard or play Frisbee.  As long as you’re moving, it counts!  Create a habit of physical activity for yourself and your children will most likely follow suit!

Get them involved in SPORTS!

In most states, children as young as 4 years old can be involved in community sports such as soccer, baseball and gymnastics (we all know how Henry’s soccer season went. Winking smile).  Karate is also a great option – often perfect for children who need a little more discipline structure.  Childhood involvement in sport activities has been proven to increase the likelihood of ADULT involvement in such activities.  Contact your local recreation park to learn more about sign up dates and deadlines!

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Head to the park!

Exercise should be FUN and who doesn’t have fun at the park!  Playing at the park for 30-60 minutes should provide plenty of physical activity for your child!  YOU can even get in a good workout at the same time.  Think Monkey Bar Pull-ups, pumping your legs on the swing set or triceps dips off the park bench.  <-although I gotta say, it is kinda nice to just sit on the bench in peace.

Make it a FAMILY affair!

Get outside and play active games, such as “Red Rover”, “Capture the Flag” or “Tag”.  Take family walks down at your local track or greenway and let your little ones run beside you.  Better yet, bring their bikes along – just don’t forget the helmets!

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Purchase active video games.

If all else fails and you’ve got to stay inside, purchase an interactive video game system, such as Wii Fit, XBox 360 Kinect or a Playstation Move.  The initial investment for these products might be steep, but they can be “played” everyday and are a great way to sneak exercise into your child’s day.  (We’re “borrowing” my sister’s Wii right now and LOVE it for those days we can’t get outside.)

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Overall, I think one of the best gifts we can give our children is SELF ESTEEM.  Yes, self, meaning it must spring from within them.  But when we encourage and praise (both when they win AND lose), we play a role in fostering up that child’s self image. 

Tell them they’re super fast (!!). 

That you’ve never seen moves like that (!!).

That they have a super high jumps (!!).

(use the word super a lot). 

Hands down, praise is one of the best parenting tools I have in my bag of tricks!  (it also happens to work on husbands too. #amiright)

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QUESTION:  Any tips to add??  How do you get your kids off the couch?

splendid…lindsay

snow day scenes

February 13, 2014 in Blog, Family, Kids, Wordless Wednesday by lindsaymwright

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Boy, oh boy – did we get some snow!!  Maybe 8 inches or so?  Who knows.

The day was a good mix of activity and rest – cuddling and lots of sledding.  I managed to get the bump into my winter gear….but just barely.  Good, comforting food and many cups of Throat Coat tea (I drink this tea regardless of whether I have a sore throat – love the taste).  I was able to paint Henry and Porter’s closet in preparation for a mini-renovation that my BIL is doing this weekend.  OH, and my MIL took the kids for FOUR hours during the afternoon – I slept and caught up on my bible reading.

A great, great day.

Now where’s Spring?

QUESTION:  Did it snow where you live?  What’s your favorite thing about snow days?  <-the food.  Sledding makes me feel super old.

splendid…lindsay

wordless wednesday

February 5, 2014 in Blessings, Blog, Family, Food, Kids, Love, Wordless Wednesday by lindsaymwright

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More Wordless Wednesdays: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 (Colorado Edition), #7,#8, #9, #10, #11, #12 (Color Me Rad edition), #13

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QUESTION: Leave a wordless comment below if you’re awesome.

splendid…lindsay