Still HEAR! By ‘Daddy, Watch Me!’

‘Daddy, Watch Me’ Followers!,

After a month and a half of silence, I’m still here….HEAR! That’s right hear…because I finally feel like my hearing is beginning to arrive (see what I did there, leaving room for a higher ceiling of hearing potential). Nice of you to join Sir Hear, please stay? So, FINALLY!, and it happens just as I am closing in on 4 months after being activated. In my last post I said I was “sidelined”, and now I’m going with I’ve “rebounded”, made the comeback and came back stronger!

Before I get into specifics, I must bring you all up to date. The last time I checked in with you all, I think I showed some obvious frustration, and that’s my fault. My sister read it, and sent me a text, “you seem pissed off”. Well…. that’s because I was, and I  am was a terrible example of a man following through and acting on his word about patience. But, the good news is, I set myself straight before it was too late. From the beginning, I said I must have patience … did I? Not so much… at least for 3 months.

How did I set myself straight?

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100 Happy Days Link Up #4

Hi Friends!

We are so excited you are joining the 100 Happy Days Link Up. If you would like to know a little more about how this party got started we would love for you to check it out.

Here are a few things that have made me happy this week:

  1. Ponies! On Saturday my Momma, the kids and I went to pick up two ponies. It is so refreshing to have new faces in the barn and it makes me so happy to begin the “horse life” with my children. There is no better life 🙂
  2. My Dad’s and Eric’s birthday are this week! I am so blessed to have such wonderful men in my life. I am so thankful for them. Happy Birthday Daddy and Eric! I love you both!
  3. A mid-week break. I really enjoyed spending Veteran’s Day with my babies. We groomed ponies, spread rye grass seed, planted some mums, and painted toe nails. But most importantly, we thought, talked about and prayed for the men and women (and their families) who scarifies for our beautiful country. Thank you for your service!
  4. Lastly. Beautiful, clear blue skies and sunshine make me happy! It has been rainy and gloomy here for the past week. It was so great to see the sun and some slightly fallish weather.

I hope you have been seeking out the happy in your days 🙂

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Teaching Thankfulness

Slide1While being thankful shouldn’t only occur during the month of November, I do find it to be a great time to talk about thankfulness with my children. So often all I hear is I want, I want, I want… and truthfully, I find myself lost in the same thoughts. But what about all that we already have?! Our gracious God is the giver of all things and he desires us to be content in what we have. Not only content, but thankful.

-Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17-

This month PG and I are getting intentional about our thankfulness. I created little “I am Thankful or you because…” cards and each day I sit down with her and she chooses one person the is thankful for. I ask her why she is thankful for him or her and I write it on the card. My plan is to mail these cards or hand deliver if possible. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with; 3.5 year olds really have a way with words 🙂 I hope to share some of them after we get rolling. If you’d like to print your own cards there is a link below. I printed mine on white card stock for durability. Alright y’all, let’s get out thankful on!

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3rd 100 Happy Days Link-Up

Hi Friends!

We are so excited you are joining the 100 Happy Days Link Up. If you would like to know a little more about how this party got started we would love for you to check it out.

This week has gone by so fast! Here are a few things that have made me happy this week (and last).

  1. While saying bedtime prayers with our 16 month old little boy, after saying Amen, he put his little prayer hands together. This just made my Jesus loving heart skip a beat! There is really nothing that brings me more joy than to see and hear my children building a relationship with God! Their wonderful preschool also plays a big part in building this foundation; so, they also make me very happy!
  2. My Man, that good lookin’ husband of mine! He makes me happy. There is something about a man who can get his hands dirty outside, play with doll houses, pray for his family, enjoy some guy time ,and then complete my to-do lists that includes folding a load of laundry and scrubbing toilets. He is versatile! Annnnd  I seriously don’t know what I’d do without him.
  3. The backroad that we take on the way home is finally reopened! You know it’s a big deal when a school wide email gets sent out about it. We can now enjoy our 45 minute ride home as opposed to the 55 minute detour. It’s the little things, folks.
  4. The sharing. I throw a small party in my head every time I catch a glimpse of the kids actually sharing something. Usually it’s quite the opposite. The other day however, PG offered CW a bite of her apple, and reminded him to say please and thank you. This made me chuckle because she rarely says those words herself, without being reminded. But hey, teaching others is a good way to teach yourself, right?  Here’s to the days ahead of blissful playtime and perfectly mannered children 😉 Eh? Eh!
  5. Essential oils! They helped Eric and I kick flu like symptoms yesterday! I’m telling you people, these oils are bottles of amazingness!

I hope your week has been filled with smiles and happiness and not too much halloween candy 🙂

 

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Uni and Leo (Halloween 2015)

Another great Halloween is in the books! This year was lots of fun because both kiddos could actually walk up to the houses to get their candy. This year PG went back and forth (daily) on what she wanted to be. It started as a Unicorn, then a dragon fly, then there was mentioning of an angel, or a ghost, but ultimately we settled with a Unicorn…. mainly because when I finally decided to ditch the DIY costume plans, that was all Target had left. I took that as our sign, A Unicorn. Clayton William was the most adorable lion, ev.ER!, RAWR! Thanks to his Moonie for snagging that costume at her favorite store 🙂 The lion costume was actually perfect, fitting, and quite traditional, as Eric was also a lion around the same age.

This year we teamed up with the same group of friends as last year and took on their neighborhood. Sadly, I’m pretty sure we will never have trick-or-treaters in our neck of the woods. We went with a potluck chili dinner and I also brought this delicious pumpkin dip, which was a hit and super easy to make! Check it out!

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This little lion broke into the candy early!

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Our little Uni filling her bucket.

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I loved watching them walk up the houses together. And their tails :)))

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This wagon was a life saver! The only way to trick-or-treat with littles!

I hope everyone had a great Halloween! Now onto Thanksgiving!

 


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HAPPY THURSDAY!!

Last week I had the opportunity to introduce you to the 100 Happy Days Link Up. If you missed it and would like to know a little more about how this party got started we would love for you to check it out.

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The other hosts and I have had so much fun reading all your posts- they have been encouraging, uplifting, funny, and unique. Thank you so much for linking up. Each of us chose a post to spotlight but before we do, here is what we have been up to!

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Cabbage Patch Kids and Community by Kate

Facebook, Insta, Pinterest, Twitter

10 Ways to Embrace Imperfection by Alison

Facebook, Insta, Pinterest, Twitter

5 Amazing Reasons Why You Are Significant by Valerie

Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter

I’m Sorry But… by Linzee

Facebook, Google+, Twitter

Daddy, Watch Me by Elizabeth

Pinterest, Insta, Bloglovin

A Love Story You’ll Want to Fall In Love With by Tiffany

Facebook, Insta, Pinterest, Twitter

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(“This was medicine to my over-planned, tired, Mama heart. I go to bed so many nights regretting that I didn’t give my children enough time or enough spontaneity… and my “To Do” list still hasn’t been checked off. I love when Mama’s empower other Moms.”)

Laugh Together chosen by Kate

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(“Caroline appeals to my wanna-be-hippie side with this post about saving loads of money on laundry (no pun intended)! Her all-natural ideas encouraged me to make my own laundry detergent. Thanks, Caroline!” )

I Haven’t Spent a Penny on Laundry chosen by Alison

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(“I loved how Katie takes you on a stroll through the park while encouraging the individuality of each mama with her freeing words, “However you do it, enjoy it!”)

Dear Mama at the Park chosen by Valerie

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(“I really love the way Holly is able to take an ordinary moment and make it extraordinary. It made me take a step back and reevaluate my weekend. Thanks Holly. “)

Fun Friday Moments chosen by Linzee

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choose happy

(“I can totally relate to how this Momma is feeling. Her list of ways to choose happiness seem like things we should already be doing, but they get lost in the routines of life. Happiness is sometime a choice, and it’s always the best choice!”)

Choose Happy chosen by Elizabeth

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Morning-Day-Three…Doesn’t-Go-As-Planned.-Change-Your-Perspective.-Be-Thankful.

(“I love how sweetly and sincerely Emily reminded me to shift my perspective when life isn’t going the way I planned. Her grace and charm inspired me to take back my mornings and welcome the unexpected, unplanned moments with a song of joy in my heart.”)

Change Your Perspective chosen by Tiffany

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Thank you so much for linking up! We hope you will grab your Spotlight button!

The Link-Up

The Link-Up is open to ALL THE PEOPLE. Any blogger can join us for the link up! From sharing a post about making your Grandma’s famous pound cake to completing a playroom reno project, if it brings you happiness we want to know about it! And of course, if you are doing the #100HappyDaysBloggerChallenge you need to link up, too:)

The Challenge

I want to challenge you to seek the happy moments in your day. I don’t know about you but sometimes I get so wrapped up in the bitter that I miss the sweet. They are there! Each Thursday I will be sharing a post spotlighting my Happy Days of that week. I may have 2 moments to share or 7- it just depends on the week.

Will you join me?

I don’t want this to become a stressful task added to your already-busy to-do list. If you want to participate but don’t want to commit to participating every Thursday- THAT IS OKAY!

Help us follow and encourage you by using the #100HappyDaysBloggerChallenge on your posts and social media.

House Keeping

  1. Please remember the purpose of this link-up is to bring some Sunshine to your readers. No Etsy sites, sales pitches, competing Link-Ups, or giveaways, please!
  2. Follow each host on at least one(1) Social Media channel
  3. Grab a button and throw it on the bottom of your post or link-up page.

     

     

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5. Please only link original content each week (i.e. nothing that has been linked here previously).

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“Sidelined” by ‘Daddy, Watch Me!

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It has been an entire MONTH since I’ve updated you all on my Cochlear Implant journey. I wish I could tell you that the reason for the long absence was simply because I was waiting to see if I could give you all a better update with juicier details by waiting longer between posts, ultimately giving me more time to see changes. Surely, that would be easy to buy into–but, that’d also mean I’d be lying.

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100 Happy Days

Hi Friends!

I am so excited !!! I have the opportunity to introduce the inaugural “100 HAPPY DAYS Link Up!”(and all bloggers everywhere did a little Happy Dance! ). These past few months have been nothing shy of stressful, and toll taking. Between job searching (and starting), cochlear implanting and lung collapsing, life has just been full. I found myself struggling to laugh at the silly things and brush of the things that just don’t matter. Where had my joy gone? And then the opportunity came about for me to join this fantastic 100 Happy Days Challenge. What a simple, fantastic idea!!!  The more I thought about it the more I loved it. There is so much to be happy about in this wonderful life. Things may get crazy, but there is always  something to be happy about! I think sharing about what makes me happy will help me to realize how much I truly have to be happy about. I hope you can join us, may it be a blog post, or  any form of social media, just use the hash tag #100happydaybloggerchallenge!

So here we are!

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Meet your hosts:

 

A Kreative WhimKate is a messy mama, chaotic wife, and chronic DIY-er. She wants to be a mom, wife, and friend full of calm and graceful words, an organized home, and 8 hours of sleep. Instead she is she is constantly biting her tongue and waging war with sticky floors, tan walls, laundry baskets, and bedtimes. You can find Kate at A Kreative Whim to follow more of her messy life, ramblings, and maybe even snag a recipe or two.

 

Alison

Alison is a wife, graduate student, blogger, and Jesus-follower growing in grace and truth daily. She loves coffee in the morning, experimenting in the kitchen, camping with her husband, and reading in a hammock just about anywhere. Her blog – Life of Scoop – exists to encourage authentic community grounded in biblical truth. Basically, it’s some good soul talk in the midst of the mundane.

 

lynzeeLinzee is a full-time working mom of the two most amazing little girls. She married her high school sweetheart. And, man, she is one lucky lady. Linzee is a preschool teacher at, hands down, one the greatest preschools there is and has an educational background in Special Education. She has a passion for helping every child succeed in any way possible which is part of the reason she started blogging. “I want to reach families who otherwise wouldn’t know ways to target important skills.“

Since entering the blog world, she has shaped and modified her blog SaltySweetSmiles to better suit readers. Just like teaching, nothing is ever the same. The more experience she gains, the more changes she makes. Her prayer is that one post has helped you in some way. 😀

 

Elizabeth

Elizabeth is wife to one handsome husband, momma to two precious babies, big sister, daughter of two wonderful parents and child of one amazing God! Join me as I blog about our life at Created in Grace and everything that it may entail. My husband has also joined me on the blog to write on his journey of receiving a cochlear implant! Thank you for reading 🙂

 

Valerie

Valerie is a busy mother of four energetic children and a wife to her husband of nineteen years. She writes about learning to grow closer to God and family through the daily struggles in life. Valerie’s mission is to bring hope and encouragement to struggling marriages, overwhelmed moms and people striving to face their fears and know their worth. You can find Valerie at Cord of 6.

 

tiffany

Tiffany is an Army wife of 9 years and a homeschooling momma to four little ones, with number five soon on the way.Tiffany blogs at This is Amazing Grace about Christian living. She has a heart to wrap people up in the arms of grace while helping them learn to walk in love, experience freedom, honor truth, and live for Him.

We would love for you to follow us on Social Media:

Kate- Facebook, Insta, Pinterest, Twitter

Alison= Facebook, Insta, Pinterest, Twitter

Linzee- Facebook, Google+, Twitter

Elizabeth- Pinterest, Insta, Bloglovin

Valerie- Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter

Tiffany- Facebook, Insta, Pinterest, Twitter

The Challenge

I want to challenge you to seek the happy moments in your day. I don’t know about you but sometimes I get so wrapped up in the bitter that I miss the sweet. They are there! Each Thursday I will be sharing a post spotlighting my Happy Days of that week. I may have 2 moments to share or 7- it just depends on the week.

Will you join me?

I don’t want this to become a stressful task added to your already-busy to-do list. If you want to participate but don’t want to commit to participating every Thursday- THAT IS OKAY!

Help us follow and encourage you by using the #100HappyDaysBloggerChallenge on your posts and social media.

The Link-Up

The Link-Up is open to ALL THE PEOPLE. Any blogger can join us for the link up! From sharing a post about making your Grandma’s famous pound cake to completing a playroom reno project, if it brings you happiness we want to know about it! And of course, if you are doing the #100HappyDaysBloggerChallenge you need to link up, too:)

House Keeping

  1. Please remember the purpose of this link-up is to bring some Sunshine to your readers. No Etsy sites, sales pitches, competing Link-Ups, or giveaways, please!
  2. Follow each host on at least one(1) Social Media channel
  3. Grab a button and throw it on the bottom of your post or link-up page.


     

     

     

     

  4. Post up to 3 links. Visit 2 new posts for every 1 link you post.
  5. Please only link original content each week (i.e. nothing that has been linked here previously).
  6. By linking up you give 100 Happy Days permission to:
    1. Share your post/one image in a future post or round-up
    2. Add you to the 100 Happy Days Link Up E-mail List. If you do not want to be on the e-mail list PLEASE DO NOT fill in that segment on the form.

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Did You Say HOMEWORK? – By ‘Daddy, Watch Me!’

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It sure feels like I am growing younger these days. Sure, we all know that I am on a journey of learning how to hear again- and that should be enough of turning back the clock, but of course it IS NOT… now it comes the….HOMEWORK.  I kid you not, I have now been assigned ‘activities’ to do in my own time, as if that ‘own time’ even really exists with two youngins to entertain and care for. I most certainly do not want to do this ‘homework’ in my precious personal time–please pay me. I’d rather wash the dishes, I don’t like being told what to do in my free time, that makes it NOT free time, right? Besides, I honestly thought ‘homework’ had been eliminated from my life once I receive this fancy sheet of paper called a college diploma! Sigh.

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Leading As A Deaf Daddy- By ‘Daddy, Watch Me!’

It’s no secret that Life is not easy. Life as a father is even harder. Life as a Christian father is even tougher.—But, Life as deaf Christian father is even more challenging.  

I am on this Cochlear Implant journey by choice, a choice made by the Christian Daddy within me and because of my upmost fear of not being capable of being the Daddy that my children need me to be. Looking back, it was an emotionally draining decision, but at the same time it was also such a clear-cut simple decision — because I personally felt that if I kept my original ear(s)—I’d fail at fulfilling my duty as a  father for my children—particularly as the LEADER figure in my household.

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