Sep 302015
 

Count Your Blessings 300x171 Count Your BlessingsHow is it that we are the ones who are supposed to be teaching our kids things every day, yet they can teach us more in one little gesture than we can in a lifetime?

Like most moms, my mornings are crazy. The two teenagers have to be woke up more than once. I go up to their room and wake them, they swear they are awake and start to stir, but it always takes one or more trips upstairs again to actually get them awake enough to start getting ready.

My five and seven year old girls are easy to wake. One time does it for them, and they get right up, but then there is hair to do and lotion, and usually arguments over what shoes they get to wear. Is it PE day? PE day means tennis shoes, or can they wear whatever they want to (which usually is boots, no matter if it is going to be 75 degrees or not). Then there is the baby who has to have a diaper change, and milk in her tummy. Book bags, which should have been packed the night before, have to be checked and daily medicines have to be laid out. It gets crazy! I get frazzled a lot, especially when we are running late.

This morning was no exception. I was irritable with everyone because no one was moving fast enough for me. I was thinking about all that had to be done today and anxious to get the kids off to school to get to my lists. My 16 year old had me awake since 5:30 with another of his migraines and I was worried about him…And then, it happened. Aaron, my 17 year old, stopped me dead in my tracks and just pulled me into one of his big bear hugs. I am reminded in that instance how fast these times are fleeting. I will not have all these precious ones in my home to get out the door for school long.

My oldest has already moved out, and the rest will too in the blink of an eye. I started to cry and apologized to everyone for my impatience and grumpiness. Many people would love to be parents and have these mornings. There are parents who have lost their children and would give anything to have these crazy mornings with them again. Lesson learned…count your blessings even in the craziness.

Sep 112015
 
fb pic 300x202 Brooks Boutique is Open for Business

Brooks Boutique offers adorable clothes for your precious little ones.

Introducing my newest business venture — Brooks Boutique!

How can it already be September? Summer came and went in such a blur. My husband is a teacher, so not only are my kids home for the summer, but Todd is too. Having everyone home means summer is full of fun and family time, but for a work at home mom, it can make it difficult to focus and get a lot of work done with all the activity and noise in the house.

So, with a little sadness, I sent them all back, and now it is time for me to get back in the swing of things and get my businesses running smoothly again. I do still have my 11 month old home with me, so I will use her as the excuse as to why it is already well into September, and I have not got the smoothness going yet. I have launched a new business to go along with my current entrepreneurial pursuits. Having three little girls now, and loving to dress them up in cute little outfits, the next obvious business to go into was to sell children’s boutique clothes.

I can offer good prices to my customers, as well as save money for my own three little ones. There are so many cute clothes that I am planning to offer for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Make sure you go “like” the Facebook page “Brooks Boutique” so you don’t miss out. Right now, I am only taking pre-orders. I will post the outfits available and take orders, as well as payments, for 1-2 weeks. I will then order them and they will arrive within 2 weeks. I am excited to team up with a friend and offer monogram and appliques on any outfit as well.
So, be sure to visit “Brooks Boutique” on Facebook and check out all of the latest styles for your precious little girls.

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Jun 072015
 
11328907 10207129977152023 387382315 n 300x284 Happy Anniversary

My husband, Todd, and I on our Anniversary.

Most girls dream about the fairy tale. You meet your prince charming, fall in love, have a huge wedding, and live happily ever after, right? I had wanted those things since I was just a little girl, and I also wanted lots of babies. When teachers asked my classmates and I what we wanted to be when we grow up, I always said a mom. My friends said doctor, lawyer, nurse, veterinarian, etc. Those things were nice, but I wanted to be a mom.

I met Todd when I was 15 years old through a mutual friend. We went out a time or two, but my parents were not too keen on the idea that I was 15, and he was about to turn 20, so it fizzled out, and we both went on with life. God brought him back into my life when I was 19 and the rest is history. We dated for just 5 months before he put a ring on my finger, and a year later, I had my fairytale wedding. Life had begun for me and I was so happy.

We celebrate 22 years this month, and these are a few things I have learned about marriage along the way:

1) Things will not always be sunshine and roses! I think it took just a day or two on our honeymoon, no less, for the first fight to ensue. I can’t even remember what it was about, but I’m sure it was over something stupid and trivial; just like most fights are. I have learned to let the trivial things go. You are joining two separate people with two different personalities. You will not like the same things, feel the same ways about things, or agree on everything. Storms will come to your marriage. Life can be hard sometimes, and you cannot control that, but you can control the way you handle it.

2) When you go through storms together, you can let it bring you closer or break you apart. We were married only 10 months when we faced our first storm; the loss of our first child. Carlie was due in June right after our 1 year anniversary, but at just 7 months pregnant, I started to hemorrhage and was rushed to the hospital. As they were preparing me for an emergency C section, we lost her, and we were faced with the labor and delivery of a child that would be born sleeping. There was a funeral to plan and an empty nursery to face when we got home. We did not grieve the same, but we drew closer to each other, and more importantly to God, during that time. We were still very young in our marriage, and it was a hard time, but I learned that I can count on my husband when I am at my lowest to be there for me, and we let the storm (the first of many) to draw us closer, when it could have easily went the other way. That would serve me well when we lost our third child in the same way and had to do it all over again just 2 years later.

3) The happy times are what keep you going! The birth of Wade, Aaron, and Jacob were some of the happiest of our lives. Also, adopting Alaina and Sydney and making them part of our family! (We continue to welcome more through fostering and/or adopting) When the whole world around us is crashing, we can be secure in the knowledge that we have each other to share the joys of life.

4) Don’t sweat the small stuff. In the long run most of the things you argue about really mean nothing in the long run. If it won’t matter in 5 years, or even next week, let it go (sorry, I had to, I hear the song a million times a week, thanks to my girls).

5) Be each other’s #1 cheerleader. Building your spouse up and not tearing them down means a lot to the other person.

6) Take time for a date, sometimes with 6 kids, which means just riding to the store alone for us. As we have added more children, getting a babysitter or big brother who is free to help gets tougher, but that alone time and remembering the “US” we were before kids can mean a lot.

7) Keep dreaming together. When we got married we had dreams. Some of those have changed, but we find it important to keep dreaming and planning for the future and things we want to do individually and together.

8) A successful marriage should involve 3…you, your spouse and GOD at the center. We had a saying on our wedding program that said “A cord of three strands can’t quickly be torn apart”

So, these are my thoughts today on my 22nd Wedding anniversary. Does this mean our marriage is perfect? HECK NO! lol We have our days, just like everyone else, but I do know one thing for sure…I love him more today than I did 22 years ago!

Oct 242013
 

staceywbrooks 150x150 Welcome and Introduction from Stacey W. BrooksI want to thank you for taking time to stop by my website. It is my intention, and my goal, to help each of you to achieve success in your endeavors and to reach your goals. Learning to start a career online can seem like pipe dream in the beginning. You aren’t sure where to start, you are unaware of all of the applications and resources available and you have no idea where to turn for help.

It is my goal to help each of you learn what you need to know to start your home business and to earn the income you need to achieve all of your personal and career goals. I will be talking about several different ways to earn money online and provide you with options–giving you the ability to chose what will work best for you.

When I began my online work at home journey, over 10 years ago, I didn’t really have the help I needed and I knew nothing about where to turn for help. Following in the footsteps of someone who has already walked though the overgrown fields of the Internet–and made it out the other side–gives you a leg up in your online work from home journey. It still won’t be incredibly easy, but it will be easier than going it alone.

I hope that you enjoy the information I plan on sharing with you and I hope it helps you achieve your goals and live your dreams.

If you would like to learn more about one of the opportunities I use to earn an income online, please visit MCA Work from Home.

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