The Secret to Getting What You Want

How many times have you wanted something more? New car? A baby? To go to work? To stay home? An extra vacation?

I can raise my hand and say I’m right there with you.  That grass is always greener on the other side mentality can be a real doozie to beat.  We see our neighbors with the new boat and the new car and think, “why geesh…I want that too!” We buy a new house and it’s not long before we wish we had a different one…a bigger more fancy one.

The problem with this…

It puts us in a state of want and need.  That’s no good. We end up operating from a state of lack. Like what we have isn’t good enough. We lose our gratitude. We lose our contentment.  It robs us of our joy.

So the remedy…

  1. Practice Gratitude
  2. Give freely
  3. Bless those who have what you want

There isn’t a quicker way to finding joy, happiness, and contentment than through gratitude and shifting your mind to believing your life is abundant.  When you hold onto things or money like you’re supply is going to run out, you hoard.  You begin to hold on to it. And when you hold on….more stops coming to you and you begin to lose the joy and contentment.

Being thankful for what you have puts you in a place of feeling abundant.  You begin to give more, live more, and be more satisfied.

This morning I read this verse in my Bible.

“If you give to others, you will be given a full amount in return.  It will be packed down, shaken together, and spilling over into your lap.  The way you treat others is the way you will be treated.” Luke 6:38, CEV

Sometimes I read about gratitude, mindfulness, and the law of attraction and feel like it’s venturing into a little bit of the woo-woo territory. Like how does our minds really have that much impact on our lives.  Then I read a scripture like this and it all comes together.

xoxo- Renae


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Homeschool Preschool Program

We’re on a budget, as most people should. But we anticipate that budget getting smaller and smaller in the next few months as my disability/maternity payments end. I don’t want to return to work as much as I was which means we have to make budget cuts. I’d love for my daughter to still take advantage of a “preschool-like” program but we can’t afford to send her to a formal preschool at this point.  Being an OT, who works with children, I am aware of many skills they need to develop.  As well, I can be quite creative.  The key words in that…”can be.”  I don’t feel I have the time to be creative and intentional like I want to be in educating her.  I set out trying to find some material to use and ran across this program.


God’s Little Explorers Preschool Program.  I love it.  It incorporates gross motor skills, fine motor skills, alphabet learning, number learning, sensory exploration, Bible stories, and more.  The thing I love about it most…I can look at what I’m supposed to do each day and do it! I don’t have to come up with it all on my own. This feature alone makes doing it 4 days a week practical for me.  It cost my $14 and I downloaded it. I knew it was exactly what I was looking for right away. I’m still incorporating things of my own and from my OT world as well, such as using the Handwriting Without Tears wooden pieces (she’s still not quite 3 and I don’t want to push writing letters yet, but will do more with actual formation of letters later, using HWT).

I do wish that it followed more a developmental approach to learning the letters (i.e. it starts off with X and diagonal lines are the hardest to learn.), but I’m just adapting it and not expecting that she’ll perfect any of it right away.  I’m just wanting her to engage with the material for exposure rather than expecting that by the end of it she’ll be able to write all her letters.

There are 28 weeks of lesson plans, 4 days a week. It gives suggestions for books to read, sensory activities to do, self-care activities, bible songs, etc.

We started this week. My daughter was super excited to wake up to find little X’s around the house for our “X marks the spot” treasure hunt.  We made a pair of binoculars, a journal for her to keep her letters and projects in, a box for her to store all her supplies in, and a learning map.  Today we went on a scavenger hunt around the neighborhood identifying objects that were shaped like rectangles, forming the letter X with various mediums (wikistix, wooden sticks, etc), and making the sound of “ks.”

I’ve been using it as special time for her alone during my son’s first nap.  But we  try to incorporate the information throughout the rest of the day too. Singing the song we learned, “The B-I-B-L-E” song. cross (1 of 4) cross (2 of 4) cross (3 of 4) cross (4 of 4)