Spotlight on a Mean Mom – Lindsey Bell

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Would you please say howdy to our very own Mean Mama — Lindsey Bell!

I must admit, with Christmas season here, I’ve been OVERWHELMED with LOTS going on–including a trip to California last week. THANK YOU, LINDSEY, for being so patient! Lindsey is a gal I know personally, so I KNOW you’ll personally love her, too.

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Lindsey, it’s so great to have you here! Tell us a little about yourself.

I live in the Midwest with my husband, Keith, and my two boys, who are 5 and 2. 

Are you a mean mom or a marshmallow mom?

I’m both. I can certainly lay down the law when I need to, but I’m also a softy. My boys know just how to melt my heart.

What’s the toughest mean mom decision you’ve had to make recently?

A couple of weeks ago, I took my two-year-old son to the library for story hour. He LOVES story hour. Unfortunately, he was not behaving very well on the ride over. I told him if he didn’t change his behavior, we would turn around and go home. Right when we arrived at the library, he threw a shoe at me…so, without a word, I put our seatbelts back on and went straight home. His big blue eyes filled with tears, and he cried the whole way home. It broke my heart too, but I know it was the right thing to do. 

What mean mom wisdom can you share with moms? If you’re a marsh- mallow mom what’s the best mean mom wisdom you’ve been given? 

Be consistent. I have one very strong-willed child, and the best advice I have ever received about disciplining him is to be consistent and follow through with consequences. 

 

Lindsey, do you have a favorite scripture verse for your mothering journey?

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Colossians 3:23. I love this verse because it reminds me, especially on the hard days, that what I am doing matters because I’m working for my family, but also working for my God! Nothing I am doing has gone unnoticed in his eyes.

 

Is there a book that has encouraged you?

Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford.

 

What is the legacy you want to leave for your children?

For me it’s pretty simple…that I loved my God and that I adored my family. 

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Thanks Lindsey! Some of you may not know this about our very own  Lindsey Bell. She’s the author of an amazing book- Searching for Sanity: 52 Insights from the Parents of the Bible, a devotional for moms. She’s also a speaker for women’s events, she blogs!  www.lindsey-bell.com. Her book is available at this link: http://amzn.to/1oIDjjH.

 

Here’s a little wisdom–what a child defines as mean… a mom defines a little differently.

Mean Moms instill loving boundaries and have a tough outer shell to stay the course. 

The Mean Mom’s Guide to Raising Great Kids will be on store shelves March 2015!

While working on this book over the summer, mean moms and soft-marshmallow moms raised their hands to be a part of The Mean Mom Team, a focus group I pulled together on Facebook. I thought you should meet them!

Click here to join “The Mean Mom Team“. We’d LOVE to have you!

 

 


Spotlight on a Mean Mom – Mitzi Limburg

Stock image of confident casual woman isolated on white backgroundThe Mean Mom’s Guide to Raising Great Kids will be on store shelves March 2015!

While working on this book over the summer, mean moms and soft-marshmallow moms raised their hands to be a part of The Mean Mom Team, a focus group I pulled together on Facebook. I thought you should meet them!

Click here to join “The Mean Mom Team“. We’d LOVE to have you!

Here’s a little wisdom–what a child defines as mean… a mom defines a little differently.

Mean Moms instill loving boundaries and have a tough outer shell to stay the course. 

Would you please say howdy to our very own Mean Mama — Mitzi Limburg!

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Mitzi, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself!

I’ve been married for 34 years to Harlan. We have three kids and a daughter-in law!  Corey, 30, is married to Lauren; Callie, 27, and Kyle, 18. No grandbabies yet, but I’m ready! We live in Cleveland, Tennessee and have been here for 22 years.

Are you a mean mom or a marshmallow mom?

Definitely a mean mom!  I think my husband would say “marshmallow” but my kids would say “mean!”  I do have my boundaries, but I’m pretty easygoing and always seem to give them the benefit of the doubt.  I am definitely a glass half-full person, so I believe the best about my kids until proven otherwise. 

What’s the toughest mean mom decision you’ve had to make recently? 

We have had to give a few “pushes” to our 27-year-old daughter to get her going on career plans.  It’s been hard because she is such a Jesus-loving, caring, smart, wonderful young woman.  

 What mean mom wisdom can you share with moms? 

The best mean mom wisdom I have is to raise your children up to become godly men and women.  To do that, you have to have discipline and boundaries.

Tweet This– Your job is not to make your children happy – remember, that’s not how God treats us and He is the best parent of all!  Love them enough to make them follow the rules. 

The second bit of mean-mom wisdom would be not to make your children more important than your marriage – putting your husband first shows your children what a healthy marriage looks like and gives them such security. 

 

Mitzi, is there a mom in your life who encourages you?

 

Joanne, you might think this answer is odd, but my daughter’s best friend is a young mom who has made it her life’s calling to be a wife and mom. She absolutely ENJOYS each day with her hubby and kids. I remember feeling this same way as a 20-something wife/mom. So, I LOVE seeing the next generation living this out.

I just LOVE that, Mitzi. It’s so true that no matter what a mom’s age, she can impact all of us. Do you have a favorite scripture verse for your mothering journey?

 

When my older kids were teenagers, I would always reference scripture and say “Let’s Philippians 4:8 that” – meaning what’s right, good, true, etc. I would have them think about music, movies, etc.  I’m sure they can all quote it!

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

 

What is the legacy you want to leave your children?

I want them to know I was a woman after God’s own heart – I didn’t do it perfectly, but I truly wanted to please God.  I would also like my children to know that I loved their daddy with all my heart and them second only to him.  I want them to remember I was their biggest cheerleader and truly believed they could do anything!  And I pray they always know that being a Mom was the best thing I’ve ever done.


Majesty in the Mundane – Holiday Encouragement

40 days - majest in mundane teasiWe have a special guest today and I couldn’t be more excited.

Friends are the perfect way to experience a little encouragement this time of year. I’d like to introduce you to one of mine, Teasi Cannon. (Follow her on Facebook and purchase her book, My Big Bottom Blessing!)

Teasi has become one of God’s gifts to me in Tennessee. Just this week I was in the Bible study class she leads where she mentioned some of her thoughts about what she’s written in detail below. I loved what she shared last week and I love that I’m able to share it with YOU  today.

Majesty in the mundane? I’m all in!

There’s no better way to prepare for the holiday season than by placing the King of Kings back on the throne of our hearts. (Tweet This)

I pray it encourages you.

 

Majesty in the Mundane

I’ve been told the most fitting definition of insanity is, “doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result.” If that’s true, then what I’ve suspected all along is true…my entire life is insane.

Day after day I make my bed, throw another load of laundry in the machine, rinse dirty dishes, replace empty toilet paper rolls, and pick up wet towels. Day after will-this-ever-end day. Yeah…I gave up on “expecting a different result” a long, long time ago.

And I’ll be honest; over the years, there have been many times this insanely mundane cycle has lulled me into a near paralyzing depression.  Oh, how I ached for something to come along that could rescue me from my domestic pit.  The phone would ring, and I’d answer with hopeful anticipation – knowing this would be the call that finally changes it all.

“Hi, honey,” I’d hear my sweet husband say on the other end.  “Just called to tell you how much I love you.”

 What? How dare you call just to tell me that? Did we win the lottery? Did someone offer to send us on a free trip? Did we win a new car? Ugh.

I know. It’s awful.  My husband’s words were so sweet, and my disappointment was simply horrible. But I couldn’t help it. I was desperate for change – desperate for something – well…majestic to break the monotony.

Maybe I’m not the only one who feels this way.  Maybe there are others who are dreading the alarm clock in the morning because it means frying yet another egg, making yet another bed, etc. And maybe others are looking for something majestic to break the cycle – to give a deeper meaning to the day.

       If so, I think I have a bit of hope for us all.  I think I’ve finally found it…the majestic to break the mundane.  And it started when I found this poem:

Holy as a Day is Spent
 
Holy is the dish and drain
The soap and sink, and the cup and plate
And the warm wool socks, and cold white tile
Showerheads and good dry towels
And frying eggs sound like psalms
With a bit of salt measured in my palm
It’s all a part of a sacrament
As holy as a day is spent
 
Holy is the busy street
And cars that boom with passion’s beat
And the checkout girl, counting change
And the hands that shook my hands today
And hymns of geese fly overhead
And stretch their wings like their parents did
Blessed be the dog, that runs in her sleep
To catch that wild and elusive thing
 
Holy is the familiar room
And the quiet moments in the afternoon
And folding sheets like folding hands
To pray as only laundry can
I’m letting go of all I fear
Like autumn leaves of earth and air
For summer came and summer went
As holy as a day is spent
 
Holy is the place I stand
To give whatever small good I can
And the empty page, and the open book
Redemption everywhere I look
Unknowingly we slow our pace
In the shade of unexpected grace
And with grateful smiles and sad lament
As holy as a day is spent
And morning light sings “providence”
As holy as a day is spent
 
-Carrie Newcomer, Quaker poet-

 Frying eggs like singing psalms? Folded sheets like folded hands?  Really? Can it be this simple? Can it really be as simple as looking for diety in the daily? Looking for a word from the Master in all that I do?

I decided to give it a try. And before my eyes it all changed.

I saw the familiar strands of runaway hairs in my bathroom sink…and I thought:God knows just how many of these fell out this morning…and He knows precisely how many are left on my head. Thank you, Father, for knowing me so well.

I saw a million dust particles floating around in the light of my living room window…and I thought: the Father’s thoughts toward me are more numerous than these floaters. He is constantly thinking good things about me.

I folded a load of towels…and I thought: these towels are bending down in humility, just as my Savior humbled Himself for me. Thank you, Jesus, for taking my place on that cross.

 The majestic found me right where I was. It can find you.

It might not change the circumstances of the day, and it probably won’t do the dishes for us.  But it will change us on the inside if we let it.

God is truly everywhere. His Majesty is everywhere. In every day.

Over and over again.


Spotlight on a Mean Mom – Jenna Martucci

Spotlight on a Mean Mom shines on MOPS leader, Jenna Martucci!

Welcome to our weekly “Spotlight on a Mean Mom”!

Has your child ever said you were mean? It hurts, doesn’t it?

Here’s a little wisdom–what a child defines as mean… a mom defines a little differently.

Mean Moms instill loving boundaries and have a tough outer shell to stay the course. 

The Mean Mom’s Guide to Raising Kids will be available March 2015.

I had some help from some very special ladies while working on this book over the summer. Mean moms and marshmallow moms raised their hands to be a part of The Mean Mom Team, a focus group I pulled together on Facebook. (If you’d like to join or want to be interviewed yourself just click on “The Mean Mom Team“. We’d LOVE to have you!)

Today’s spotlight shines on someone I’ve known for a very, very long time. I can’t wait for you to meet her. She’s been a dear friend of mine since we were MUCH YOUNGER  and looked way better in a bathing suit.

Would you please say howdy to our Mean Mama — Jenna Martucci!

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Hi Jenna! So glad to have you with us today!

Hey Ya’ll!  My name is Mean Mom aka. Jenna Martucci and I currently live in Omaha, NE with my three beautifully made kiddos – 12 year old twin sons Alexander and Christopher and 7 year old daughter Addison Grace.

Jenna, why don’t you share with us your most recent “mean mom” decision.

My most recent mean mom decision has had to do with following thru with a commitment that my son Alex has made.  He really struggles with emotions of not feeling like he gets to do fun things like ALL his friends do.  He is very active but we limit organized activities to two a season which interferes with all the FUN stuff whether it is high school football games that he can’t go to because of baseball practice or school fun activities because of scouts.  We don’t let him go to those ‘FUN’ activities because he has made a commitment to whatever activity was already scheduled that evening and he really struggles with us being “mean” because of it.  We never let him have any fun RIGHT!

Do you have a little “mean mom” wisdom you can share with us today? 

You know you have made the right decision if it makes your kids think you’re the meanest.  If we let them do everything they wanted and they were always happy with us we would not be doing our job raising them to be responsible adults. They need to know how to follow thru and be respectful and responsible for themselves and each other. Being “mean” is way harder than being nice, for me anyway, and that can make parenting hard, but in the end it is so worth it.  I can already see the responsible, wonderful men my boys are grow up to be and it makes my heart sing!

 Jenna, has being a mom changed the way you look at God? 

TOTALLY!  I look at him way more now from my knees than I ever did before being a mom.  Really in all seriousness, being a mom has made me realize more than before that all things happen thru God and with God at our sides and we need Him to carry us thru the parenthood stages.

Being a “mean mom” means putting your husband BEFORE your kids. How do you keep your marriage a priority in the Martucci home?

I think this is always hard with kids, but I stop what I am doing when he comes home from work (if I can do so safely) and I sit in the bedroom with him while he changes clothes so we can share our day. Also, I work from home. So I try really hard to accomplish the list of to do’s and internet surfing (FB checking and email) during the day so that on evenings we are both home, after the kids are in bed we can sit together on the couch watching a show we BOTH LIKE to watch and talk. Those items on the to-do list that I don’t get done have to wait for the next day and no more time is spent on the computer. It is like quitting time at any other job where you leave it at work.  I leave it all in the office until morning. It is our time to connect in quiet without distractions.

Jenna, it’s been GREAT to have you here today. Is there anything else that keeps you busy besides your family? How can other moms connect with you? 

I am a ministry leader with MOPS Int. as a MOPS Volunteer Staff ministry coach for Military MOPS.   Plus, I am a Tastefully Simple consultant and leader helping busy moms with the scary question “Mom what’s for dinner?” for 11 years now and have a business Facebook page   www.facebook.com/TastefullySimplewithJenna  and website www.tastefullysimple.com/web/jmartucci .  


For the Love of God –It’s HERE!

 

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The day has finally arrived! Jenny Sulpizio’s book has launched.

Am I a little excited? Um, yeah…

Do I wish EVERYONE would click on this Amazon LINK and order one of their very own.

ABSOLUTELY!

Instead, I’m giving away a copy of my own. So,  “LIKE” or share  Jenny’s author page with your friends and leave a comment below and I’ll pick a winner on Friday–because I’m just AWESOME like that.

While you’re here, make sure to read Jenny’s words below. You may not be able to wait for Friday for your chance to win. If you’re impatient like me, here’s the Amazon link to order your book today.

A message from one of the dearest gals I know–Jenny Sulpizio. 

“Being new is never easy especially when it comes to finding your faith. But you don’t need a big neon sign to point the way to God. Instead, you need a friend to tell it to you straight, equip you with information, and provide some much-needed encouragement along the way. Indeed, you need guidance from a woman who has already walked a mile in your shoes.

Jenny Lee Sulpizio invites you to silence those doubts, experience God’s grace, and breathe in the unconditional love you were always meant to know. It’s a guide for women unsure of their Creator, in search of answers, and interested in pursuing a genuine relationship with the Lord. Because this walk with God — this journey with Jesus?It’s about to change everything.

 

WILL YOU STAND IN THE GAP AND MINISTER TO THOSE WHO HAVE YET TO DISCOVER GOD’s GRACE, FORGIVENESS, & LOVE?

Each one of us knows someone in desperate need of the grace and freedom found in a relationship with Jesus.

Someone who needs her fears recognized, her questions answered, and her disbelief turned on its head in light of the Truth. Because it’s time, isn’t it? Time for you and I to reach out. To lead. To do more. It’s time to encourage a world that’s willingly ignored God, to start embracing Him instead.

In For the Love of God, Jenny Lee Sulpizio invites her readers to silence those doubts, experience God’s grace, and breathe in the unconditional love they were always meant to know. It’s a guide for women unsure of their Creator, in search of answers, and interested in pursuing a genuine relationship with the Lord. Because this walk with God — this journey with Jesus? It’s about to change everything.

Join us in this movement, friends. Together, we can impact this world for Him. #IAMHIS  #GODSGIRL bit.ly/gods-girl​jenny sulpizio


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