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At Faith UMC

  • Saturday, Dec. 14: Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 14: Christmas Dinner (required RSVP), 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 15: Christmas Children’s Service (Charlie Brown Christmas)
  • Sunday, Dec. 22: The Longest Night Service, 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Services, 2, 5 and 8 p.m.

In the Area

  • Friday, Dec. 13: Harris County Precinct 4's Caroling & Cocoa, 6 p.m. Details
  • Saturdays, Dec. 14, 21 and 28: Holiday Movie Nights at Redemption Square (featuring Elf, The Grinch and Home Alone 2), 7 p.m. Details

Great Places to Find Christmas Lights

Check out seven area places you can take in the beauty of Christmas lights across Houston. All of them require a good chunk of change, aside from Prestonwood, which is free to drive through.

  • Houston Zoo Lights – Details (Kerri's advice: Buy tickets online before you go. The Zoo closes at 4. Get there around that time - parking spaces start to open up. Since the zoo will not reopen until 5:30, there is a small restaurant by the park train. Hang out there and then get in line to go in.)
  • Galveston’s Moody Gardens – Details
  • Sugar Land Holiday Lights – Details
  • La Marque’s Magical Winter Lights – Details
  • Space Center Houston’s Galaxy Lights – Details
  • Santa’s Wonderland – Details
  • Prestonwood Forest (community off Hwy. 249) – Details/Map

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End your day talking with your child (or even your spouse)

Do you find time to talk, really talk, with your child...what about your spouse? What if you spent just a couple of minutes every night talking to your child? Or your spouse about something other then topics like home life, work life, the kids, etc. It would possibly change your relationship in a positive light. Here are a few questions for you to start with:

  • “Let’s start a new Christmas tradition! What would you like to do?”
  • “If you were one of Santa’s elves, which job would you want?”
  • “What app on your phone do you use the most?”
  • “What is one of your favorite Christmas traditions?”
  • “What do you look forward to most in your week?”
  • “What is the biggest challenge you have overcome?”
  • “What fun activity would you like to do as a family this Christmas?”
  • “What’s your favorite holiday food? What food should we add to our holiday menu?”
  • “When is it hardest for you to be patient?”

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6 Gifts to Give Yourself and Your Family This Christmas

GAYE GROOVER CHRISTMUS / NOVEMBER 25, 2019 / SELF

The Christmas season is almost upon us, and if you’re like most moms you’re both anticipating it with joy and approaching it with a bit of dread. After all, the weeks from Thanksgiving Day (in the U.S.) through Christmas and New Year’s Day tend to be some of the busiest and most stressful weeks of the year.

And if those weeks typically create a lot of stress for you, I want to encourage you to do something different this year. Before you think about food or decorations or the presents you might buy for family and friends, consider giving yourself and your family six special gifts this year. I can almost guarantee that these gifts will bring you more joy during the busy holiday weeks than anything you will buy in a store.

1. Give yourself and your husband the gift of deciding. Instead of just letting things happen this year, work with your husband to decide what the holidays should look like for your family.

Figure out what you really want. What does an ideal Christmas look like to you? What does it look like to your husband? Talk about it openly and honestly, and listen to what he has to say.

Establish your priorities. Make a list of the two or three things that are most important to each of you and use that list as the basis for planning the busy holiday weeks.

Let go of things that don’t fit your priorities. This is where things start to get difficult. You’ll have to let some things go because you can’t do everything (warning: some people won’t like that). This year, focus on the things that will make the season fun, relaxing and memorable.

Plan the activities you really want to do. Choose one or two activities that each family member loves and schedule them now. Put them on your calendar, because that’s the only way to make sure they happen.

2. Give your children the gift of a mother who can relax and enjoy the season. Your children don’t care if everything is perfect; they want the time and attention of a mother who is relaxed and happy.

For example, when our children were very young, I stepped back from the Christmas dinner preparations (even though they were taking place in my kitchen) and let my mom and sisters who didn’t have children do the bulk of the work.

I felt guilty, but I also thought that enjoying our children on Christmas day was more important than spending the entire day in the kitchen.

3. Give your husband the gift of your time and presence. Make plans a couple of times a week to enjoy spending time together.

Do some of the Christmas errands together and turn them into a date, like doing some shopping for the kids and then going out for coffee or dessert. Or do something fun or relaxing that has nothing to do with the season (sometimes you just need a break from it!).

If you can’t get out of the house, put the kids to bed and watch a Christmas movie or another favorite movie. Make time for sex regularly, remembering that sex is about you too, not just your husband, and that it can be exactly the stress reducer you need!

4. Give yourself the gift of “enough.” At some point in the season (long before December 24!) decide that you have done enough, bought enough, planned enough and prepared enough.

5. Give your family the gift of outdoor activity. Go outside almost every day as a family and walk, bike, hike, skate, sled, play soccer – whatever makes sense in your part of the country.

6. Give yourself the gift of relaxation. Take time regularly to do something that really relaxes you such as take a long bath, read a book, take a walk, drink a glass of wine, watch a Christmas movie, or meet a friend for a cup of coffee.

The Christmas season will always be a hectic and bustling time of year. (And that’s part of what makes it fun.) But it doesn’t have to be overly stressful, and it certainly doesn’t have to be chaotic. This year, to make sure you get plenty of the bustling and little or none of the chaos, decide to give yourself these 6 gifts that will mean more than any gift you can buy in a store.

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Print out and share with your children or even spouse!

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20 Realistic New Year's Resolutions for Moms

Tired of making January promises you never, ever keep? Try this new approach.

By Jenna McCarthy / Parents Magazine

When it comes to New Year's resolutions, I'm as guilty as the next mom of being a teensy bit overambitious. (And honestly, I'm not even sure it's possible to learn Italian, get a bikini body, and pay off a lifetime of debt in twelve short months anyway.) Rather than setting myself up to fail by January 3, this year I'm going to beat the system by striving for goals that are actually doable. Join me?

  1. "I will drink less wine." Notice I didn't say less than who/what.
  2. "I will cultivate patience." Cultivating takes time, people. Rome wasn't built in a day.
  3. "I will stop making impossible New Year's resolutions." See #4.
  4. "I will work on reducing stress." Impossible New Year's resolutions stress me out.
  5. "I will save money." Not buying that new car I want will save us 50 grand! You're welcome, dear.
  6. "If I pin it, I will make it." [deletes all pins and closes Pinterest account]
  7. "I will drink more water." You can't make coffee without water, right?
  8. "I will put on workout clothes twice a week." It's not a guarantee I'll go, but it is a necessary first step.
  9. "I will go to bed earlier." Honey, put the kids to bed, wouldja?
  10. "I will stop wasting so much time on Facebook." Instagram is better anyway.
  11. "I will not let the kids talk me into getting another dog." PLEASE SEND BACKUP.
  12. "I will not sweat the small stuff." Just don't try to tell me that anything involving my kids, my job, or my hair is small stuff.
  13. "I will try to maintain my current weight." Beats gaining!
  14. "I will stop catering to my children's bottomless list of food whims." I'm not being selfish; I'm building better eaters.
  15. "I will try something new every week." (I'll also try to make sure that something isn't a new type of wine more than 50 percent of the time.)
  16. "I will read more." Considering the last book I finished was in 2011, this shouldn't be too hard.
  17. "I will stop saving fortune cookie fortunes." But they'll still come true, right?
  18. "I will be kinder to myself." This should come in handy after I gain weight and console myself with a wine-and-Facebook bender.
  19. "I will strive for balance." I'm actually not even sure what this means, but it doesn't sound particularly daunting, so there you go.
  20. "I will practice more yoga." I'll just be over here corpsing if anyone needs me.

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MIF LEADERSHIP

We are here to encourage you, serve you, help you and be a listening ear. Please don’t hesitate to contact one of us if you need anything at all.

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