Friday is here! If you’re in the DC metro area it’s a pretty soggy day, but that doesn’t mean you and the kids have to be stuck in the house all weekend. Check out some of these fun activities going on in the metro DC area some of which are free! Also, check out CertifiKID for some great discounts. I have faith the sun will peek out so I listed some outdoor activities as well as indoor fun!
- The Flower Mart at the National Cathedral– Friday 10-6 & Saturday 10-5. Check out the lovely flowers and for kids there is a carousel, puppet shows, games, rides, food and a used book tent. Admission is FREE, there are costs for some activities.
- Go to the Drive In! For 10 bucks a car you can watch Star Wars the Force Awakens at Union Market. Lot opens 6:00, Lot closes promptly at 7:50, Film begins 8:15 , Film ends at 10:30. Check the website at 1 pm for rain cancellation.
- Around the World Embassy Tour– On Saturday from 10-4 pm, immerse the kids in culture with over 40 embassies! This FREE event showcases art, music, traditional dress, and lots of good food from around world! Admission is free, but bring ID some embassies might conduct security checks.
- Go Explore a Castle! Saturday from 11-2 The Heurich House Museum will is FREE! Wander through the castle and complete complete a photo scavenger hunt to win prizes.Register here.
- African-American Children’s Book Fair– Saturday 10-4 pm at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore. This is the perfect rainy day activity. Enjoy author readings, illustration workshops, live performances, and art activities. It’s FREE, but register for the event here.
- $12 for KID Museum General Admission TWO-PACK – Bethesda- This is a great deal for the little ones from CertifiKID
- $10 for Port Discovery Children’s Museum Admission – Baltimore – This is another offer from CertifiKID
- Raptor Festival-If your kids are into birds, owls, hawks then go to the Meadowside Nature Center, Saturday from 12-4 pm for a fun and informative festival. It’s FREE!
- Literary Hill BookFest- FREE event Saturday 11-3 PM on Capitol Hill.
- Kid’s Theater Festival– This is cool! Watch plays performed and written by kids for FREE on Saturday, 11-2 PM at
Don’t let the rain stop you! Go out and make some memories and have a great weekend!
There are days when the world’s noise never seems to cease. But, in the midst of all that noise is our Shepherd who quiets our minds and hearts. He leads us in abundant, vibrant pastures near still water offering our weary souls rest. He allows us to drink from the overflowing cup of living water, refreshing our soul and giving us blessed assurance as we walk in this ever-changing world. How blessed are we that we lack absolutely nothing.
Do you ever feel as though God hand picks something you specifically need to hear or read? That was my experience this week when I listened to these podcasts that absolutely were soul enriching! So, of course I had to share them with you sweetie pies! Grab a quiet corner and a cup of coffee and settle in with these 3 spiritually rich podcasts:
- Making a Lasting Impact:In Touch with Charles Stanley: This podcast particularly struck me today because I’ve been thinking about my impact on my daughter, my friends, my family, and even strangers. Is my light recognized? Do I flavor other’s lives when I’m around? I love how Charles Stanley discusses and explains and relates our life to the salt of the earth mentioned in the bible. It is truly a gem of a sermon.
- He Restores My Soul, Day 1: Revive Our Hearts with Damaris Carbaugh: I can barely wait until tomorrow for Day 2. Damaris talks about being sheep of God and how our we can worship with our lips, but our hearts are far from him. What a frank and honest testimony that hits you where it sticks, but in the best way.
- Parenting and Interruptions: Modern Homemakers with Donna Otto: This spoke straight to my momma’s heart. We all know how it is when you’re trying to get dinner on the table, send that last work email, and all you hear is, “mom, mom, mom!” Although we love our kids, the interruptions can make us want to pull out our hair! Donna talks about how we can take a different view of these interruptions and look at them as opportunities for divine intervention. This ladies, changed my attitude big time this week.
I hope these podcasts make as big of an impact on you as it did on me!
We’re finished with spring break and in a few short weeks, summer will arrive in all its glory! Single moms may find summer break and co-parenting a little challenging for several reason. One, you miss your kids. Two, you have to reconfigure schedules. Three, you want to maximize the time you have with your kids. So, here are a few co-parenting tips that will make this summer a little bit easier!
- Confirm dates in May. Some of you may have specific dates on when you’re sharing the summer. If not, I suggest you do it by next month. The more time and notice you give one another the less stress you’ll have with the transition. If your kid’s dad has 4 weeks in the summer, the quicker you know which dates the better prepared you’ll be for the months ahead. It’s okay to send a friendly reminder if you don’t have dates in the works.
- Take Into Consideration Any Camps or Special Programs Your Children Will Attend: For example, if your child is enrolled in a specific dance camp or football camp, make sure the other parent knows those dates in advance so that they can plan around it or make appropriate arrangements with you for pick up and drop off.
- Communicate With The Kids About the Summer Schedule: Kids like to know where they will be and what they’ll be doing during the summer. Keep them abreast of the schedule and get their input (especially if they are older) on how they’d like to spend summer. Ultimately, parents have to work around each other’s schedule, but it’s so important to give your kids a voice.
- Create a Keep In Touch Schedule: Depending on the age of your kids and the circumstances, keeping in touch when they are away is important for everyone. Most parents won’t make a big deal about this, but if it has been an issue in the past, talk to your kid’s father and figure out what works best for your kids.
- Exchange Important Information: Make sure that you exchange phone numbers, insurance cards, and anything else that both parents should have access to for the kids.
- Confirm Summer Holiday Plans: Take into consideration when you’re planning the summer the holidays, such as the 4th of July, Labor Day and Father’s Day. Depending on how you share holidays this may be something to consider when planning out the summer schedule.
- Stay Positive! It’s hard to be without our kids, even if it’s a day. But, we want them to happy and comfortable. Staying positive and being excited for their time with dad will encourage them to have a good time. It’s okay for them to know that you’ll miss them, but you know that they will have a great vacation as well!
- Plan a Little Fun for Yourself: This is an opportune time to get in some you time! Explore a new hobby, read a juicy book, take a drive to a new city, hang out with girlfriends and try to enjoy the free space. You deserve it!
I messed up. Like really messed up. It’s the type of mess up that makes me ashamed of myself and makes me question who I am as a Christian and if there isn’t some secret fleshy part of me that still is able to dip my toe into the darkness. It’s the kind of screw up that made me feel completely unworthy to partake in communion. It’s in these messy fleshy moments that I’m reminded how desperately I need my Savior because if left to my own devises I surely would fail. Today, Resurrection Day holds even more significance to me as I grapple with my shortcomings. I am so humbled and grateful that Jesus bore my sins on that cross in Golgotha. He loved me and took me as I am…a sinner and wrapped me in his grace, forgiveness, love and led me out of darkness onto a path of light.
Today, as I sat in tears in church he tenderly reminded me that this is why he died for me. He died for my messiness, my mistakes, my sin, my disobedience and he covered me with his blood and his grace. There is no sin big enough that can take his love away for me. I love how God gently teaches us even when we deserve his wrath. My lesson came when the Lord rolled back the curtain. He gave me a glimpse into my past, the pain, the shame and the emptiness of living in a world that I outgrew through the love of Christ and asked, “Do you really want to go back?” The answer in my spirit was a resounding no. Just like a forgiving Father he restored me. He stripped away the guilt and shame and allowed me to rest in him fully and securely. The ultimate sacrifice on cross gave me the ultimate freedom. Thank you, thank you, thank you Jesus!