This morning I was thinking about you all, all of you who have purchased gifts so far this month. You have no idea how incredibly encouraging it is to hear about. It has helped me push through, to keep going forward when all I really want to do is stay in bed, pull the covers over my head and lie there until August. Seriously. These acts of kindness and support for us and for Options for Women are appreciated more than you know. Though many of you are out of sight (and out of state!), your actions have whispered love and hope. They’ve confirmed to me and to my husband and children, that Matt, indeed, is not forgotten. What a gift. What comfort. What sweet joy.
My pick for Options for Women today is the VTech DM111 Audio Baby Monitor. How wonderful to hear your baby from another room, from out of sight. Much like I hear you, dear family and friends. And you sound beautiful.
FUN FACT: Matt and his little brother (child #6) were the two kids who rocked in this rocking chair almost daily! Matt would rock, read, and cuddle with him without hesitation.
My Options for Women pick for today is another book. Any book. When parents read to their children, it opens a whole new world. Books are adventures, and adventures take us to places where we’re free to imagine and dream. We all need to dream, for it is dreams that give hope when life throws us curve balls like unplanned pregnancies or financial hardship or any number of unexpected situations. When life whizzes by with these tough issues, we need to slow down, take time to read and dream. Often, it is in reading to our babies, telling them of the stuff dreams are made of, that we ourselves find our own dreams coming alive in hope. Buy a book today and give a child and mother new dreams, new hope, new possibilities.
FUN FACT: One favorite book when my kids were little was “The Poky Little Puppy.” We had so many favorites, it’s hard to choose just one. It’s like asking which of your kids is your favorite! They all are! 🙂 ❤
I didn’t post today. Things didn’t go as planned. That’s how many of the women find Options for Women, too. Life isn’t always easy and you find yourself in unexpected circumstances. Or, in some cases, expecting. I’m not sure where I heard it, but it’s said that all babies are good, just not all are easy. My pick for Options for Women is The First Years Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn To Toddler Tub.
The reality is that sometimes life leaves you needing a bath. We all need to be washed clean, whether newborn, toddler, teenager, or full-grown adult. I hope the gift purchased today will bring joy to the mother who receives it, reminding her that through Options for Women she can not only receive an infant bath tub, but Living Water with it. (John 4:14)
FUN FACT: This photo of Matt and his sister was taken at a friend’s farm. We loved visiting them on their dairy farm, but let’s be honest: the first place the kids hit when we returned home was the TUB! 😉
Friends, parenting is hard. It requires doing hard things, persevering things, things that drain us at times of our strength, our hope, and our confidence. Parenting requires fortitude and stamina because there are necessary practical pieces to parenting. Practical things like wrestling car seats in and out of vehicles. Trust me, you know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever had an infant or toddler.
I’m going big today on my pick for Options for Women because I went big today on facing my giants. I drove my 16 year old son to his place of employment, the same place of employment where his older brother worked when he was the same age. Indeed, it was while on his way to work at Pioneer that Matt had his accident and died, July 29, 2011.
I’ve been surrounded, even overwhelmed, by support this month. Will you join me, please, in overwhelming support of other women doing hard things like carrying and raising a baby? Through Options for Women, we can make a difference. We can provide long-lasting support and hope.
My pick for Options for Women today is the Gerber 5 pack of Onesies. Onsies are usually the very first piece of clothing our babies wear. They’re just that little extra piece of layering parents want to give their babies. We just want to wrap them up in all the love and goodness we can, right? What a joy and a gift to be able to give a baby their most basic human need.
It’s not long after that, our babies are dressing themselves in outfits that meet those amazing imaginations of theirs!
FUN FACT: Matt dressed in camouflage for years, I think! He and his brother had incredible adventures in the world of make-believe!
Today is Matt’s sister’s and brother’s birthday. They share the same birthday two years apart. So, yes, two gifts today. And since there are two birthdays, I am going double on my pick for Options for Women today!
I’m choosing the “Dear Zoo” book and the Fisher-Price Baby’s Bouncer, Geo Meadow. What child doesn’t love a “Lift the Flap” book?! And a baby bouncer? Talk about a life-saver when mommy has to prepare dinner or keep baby safe when an energetic toddler sibling hasn’t quite learned the “gentle” touch yet!
FUN FACT: One tradition handed down to me from my mom is homemade birthday cakes. I continued the tradition with my kids, and they still eat homemade cake for their birthdays. (The exception once or twice has been a Dairy Queen cake. #causeitsDairyQueen!)