“Growing Little Women” devotional

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Rylee and I started a devotional book together in June … Growing Little Women by Donna Miller.
We are doing this devotional study with a group of other mothers and their 5-8 year old girls.
Our first meeting was on June 1. We had older high school girls come and share thier faith and memories of thier mothers with us. We also had afternoon snacks like lemonade, scones, muffins, cookies and fruits. We then presented our daughters with a journal… a journal that would be treasured forever.. A journal that we would both write in as mother and daughter sharing stories, insight, and quiet moments. The girls all got to decorate thier journals and they turned out beautiful.
We started our first devotion that night together. Our first reading talked about how God loved us before he ever knew us. Mothers were to share the daughter’s birth story with them. What a sweet time to tell Rylee of how loved she was before we even saw her. She soaked in every word as I told her how when I first saw her I kissed her cheek and nuzzled my nose against hers. Being strapped to a table, I couldn’t hold her just then but I wanted to feel her. This devotional series will be a special reminder of the bond we share as Mother and Daughter that I hope Rylee will always cherish.
We recently started attending Daystar Church in January as one of our New Year’s Resolutions to get our children active in church. I’m a firm believer in you don’t have to go to church to be a Christian – but the best place to raise a family is in church. Even as a child, my sister and I would catch the bus to church on Sundays and I still remember the memories we made. To see my children thriving and enjoying church as I once did really blesses me. To hear them ask questions about God and ask to do devotional time together – I couldn’t ask for more.

acts of love

It’s become quite a norm to see animals stuck in the middle of the road…
What a perfect way to teach my girls about small acts of love.
 
We are a family that loves animals.
I don’t believe in harming any of God’s creatures. So, anytime I see a little animal in danger, I try to rescue it.
 
I’ve done this since I was younger. Once, there was a stray cat that came to our house. I missed a final to take that cat to the vet. I know, I know… don’t pet stray animals. Well, I saved that kitty. My mom still has him to this day. Turns out he had some sort of torticollis (except I don’t think they call in that in animals) and a severe respiratory infection.
He healed and is currently living a healthy life.
 
I’ve saved bunnies. Countless turtles. Dogs. And even snakes, yes, Even snakes.
 
I have such an appreciation for animals. They are helpless and innocent. Much like a children.
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unwakened” – Anatole France
 
Teaching my girls to love and respect all creatures, great and small.