This week, our girls are out of school for fall break.  We are heading to the beach tomorrow for some good ole' fashioned family time.  I love the beach this time of the year and can't wait to spend a couple of days being lazy with my hubs and munchkins!  Since the girls are out of school this week, I decided to make Monday "Mommy-Twins Day." We started our morning with a haircut for the twins.  They got TWO suckers each from the hair salon so they were pretty happy!  For some reason, I was nervous about getting their haircut for the first time, but y'all it really does make a difference.  Their hair curls better and isn't as stringy once all the dead ends are cut off.  If you are hesitant about getting your child's haircut, I would encourage you to do it!



After their snip-snip, we went to a pumpkin patch at a local church.  They thought that the patch needed to be re-organized and started to place all of the baby pumpkins that were on the table next to the big pumpkins on the ground.  I finally convinced them to hand over the pumpkins to the people checking us out and we left with four baby pumpkins, one big pumpkin, and one small pumpkin.  I wanted to paint the smaller pumpkins when we got home but realized that all of our art supplies are either in storage or Montgomery.  Oh well!

Once we left the pumpkin patch, we headed to Chick-Fil-A for lunch.  Maralee was more concerned with playing than standing in line (of course!) so I just let them play and then we went through the drive thru and took our meal home to eat.  It was really easier that way and they were ready for a nap by the time we got home and ate lunch.

I was so thankful to get to spend the day with just my girls.  I love working and my new schedule but I do cherish the days that we have absolutely nothing to do and can plan time to just hang out and play.  I'm sure as the girls get older, our hang out time will be spent at the mall and nail salon but that is okay with me (the twins might have to just sweet talk their daddy!).

At the adoption conference Raleigh and I attended, we got some great advice from Greg Haswell about speaking life into your children.

He shared these three points about the power of our tongues:

1. Has the power to give life or death (Prov.18:21)

2. Has power to direct (James 3:3-6)

3. Has power to define (Eph. 3:14-15)

He also spoke about how we, as parents, need to be consistent and constant with speaking truth into our children.  Raleigh and I loved this concept.  We want our girls to grow up knowing that they are loved by us and Christ and that they were created to love.  I want my girls to be confident young women that are brave and Raleigh desires for his girls to have a positive influence on the people they encounter in life.  I know those two things seem so big but we've found that it is easy to speak life into our children even at two years old.  We tell them how well they are doing with their manners and how proud we are of them when they try to go tee tee in the potty.  We frame their artwork and give them a high five when they walk on the balance beam.  We kiss, we hug, and we laugh.  Our children are secure  because we are providing them with security and love.  It starts small, but that is what it takes to grow children that will want to live life out loud.

[box_light]What about you?  What are some ways that you speak life into your children?  Do you have any advice for growing live out loud children?[/box_light]

Till next time, let your light shine!

Blessings, christen

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