Laresa Watkins

19/31 Days

Oct 19, 2017

It has been 4 years since we ventured to the NC State Fair.  I was pushing our gigantic double jogging stroller and the kids could hardly ride any of the rides.  Here we are at the giant pumpkins:

We finally went back today, and had a fantastic time.  I tried to recreate the above photo.

Wow, the kids have grown! It was so much easier to take them to the fair now that they are a few years older.  Just a word of encouragement to those with toddlers: it gets easier!

We all got to do our favorite things: Jason and I got to see some of the animals and eat some different foods (I had cheese fries and fried pickle chips), Jason wasted $1,000,000 dollars on impossible-to-win games, and the kids rode every ride they could fit on, some more than once.

We did find that Charlie was too big for some of the littlest rides.

And Maddie was too little for some of the bigger rides, which posed a little problem for Miss Thang.

Jason and I rode just a few rides with the kids.

But for the most part just enjoyed our time together.

We had a great day, and maybe even got our Christmas card picture.  But you’ll have to wait until December to see that.

15/31 Days

Oct 15, 2017

I have written on mom guilt before:

Letting Go of Mommy Guilt

This was 3 1/2 years ago, and I while my mom-guilt is so much better (a result, I am sure, of better sleep and generally improved sanity) it still pops up sometimes.

Yesterday I felt guilty because we didn’t go to a festival in a nearby town.  We went to a dairy farm last week, spent several days either at friend’s houses or with friends here, and this week we’re going to the fair one day, zoo another, and pumpkin farm another.  WHY, then, do I feel guilty that I am not providing my children with this fall festival experience?

Is it because I have friends who took their kids and posted the pictures all over Facebook and Instagram? Or because I made the kids stay home and clean their rooms instead? Or because the real reason we didn’t go is because I just didn’t want to leave the house? I really don’t know.  I just know that I felt it.

I have to go back to the verse that I used in my first mom-guilt blog post:

“The thief’s purpose is to steal and

kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich

and satisfying life.”

John 10:10 (NLT)

Such a relief to remind myself that every day I have is a blessing, and God means for every day to be rich and satisfying.  Maddie and I thanked God tonight in our prayers for all of our blessings, that we have each other and that we get to do so many great things.

I’m just going to hang onto that.

14/31 Days

Oct 14, 2017

Saturday-A Haiku

Wanted to sleep in.

Jason had to wake early…

So I had to, too.


Saturday-Another Haiku

Bugged my kids all day.

Made them clean their nasty rooms.

I’m the best mom, right?


Saturday-Yet Another Haiku

Family movie night.

Original Ghostbusters.

Want to scare the kids.


Saturday-The Final Haiku (A Continuation of “Saturday-Yet Another Haiku”)

The movie we chose,

May not have been the best choice.

Need a bigger bed.


9/31 Days

Oct 9, 2017

About once a year, Charlie and Maddie will beg me to have a lemonade stand.  I’ll put them off for awhile because it is a little trouble, and I don’t particularly enjoy sitting at the road begging people for money.  🙂

Today I gave in and we sold stuff at the end of our driveway, but it wasn’t lemonade this year.  Really, I didn’t have to do any work, aside from carrying some chairs and duct tape down the driveway. (On a side note: To my friends with babies and toddlers-it does get a lot easier!)

Charlie has been working for days making comic books.  He wrote and illustrated them, and I helped him make copies and staple them together.  He sold them for $1 each, with each customer also receiving a free copy.  He did not sell the original copy, though, since he was charging $10 for it.  My little entrepreneur! He’s saving his money up for our visit to Disney in a couple of months.

Maddie sold some drawings that she has been working on for several weeks.  She is a tough one when it comes to school, and I haven’t been able to find a subject that she really enjoys.  This year we began studying history and different cultures, and it was so wonderful to see her fall in love with those subjects.  She is really concerned that there are people in the world that don’t know God and don’t have Bibles, so she wants to do something to send Bibles to China or India.  She has been drawing pictures that she wanted to sell to fund this.  All of her pictures sold today, and we’ll be donating the money to the Gideons tomorrow.  I’m proud of her and inspired by her giving heart.

Anytime we do something like this, I am so touched by the people in my community.  The first people to stop were people I have never even seen before, and they saw the kids and knew how happy it would make them to sell something.  Our neighbors, family, and friends stopped what they were doing and came to buy something from C and M.  It definitely made me feel grateful to be where I am.

“What can I give back to God
for the blessings he’s poured out on me?” Psalm 116:12

4/31 Days

Oct 4, 2017

Today-A Poem


Woke up this morning, ’bout 6:45.

Drank 2 cups of coffee, began to feel alive.

Read my devotion on She Reads Truth.

Took my online class: The Creative Classroom.

Turned on the news, heard some feet upstairs.

Kids trudged down, a mess of wild hair.

Considered working out…the idea quickly fled.

Made some biscuits and gravy instead.

Got the husband off to work, and a load of laundry started.

Built a rocket with the kids-don’t worry, I Instagrammed it.  😉

Time for school-grades 1 and 3.

Reading, writing, math, and history.

We study times tables and adding doubles,

missionaries in China and prepositions.

Fish sticks for lunch, macaroni and cheese,

some carrot sticks and a salad for me.

Clean up the kitchen (I spend all my time in there).

Still haven’t had time to wash my hair.

Make my bed then back to school,

missing summertime and the swimming pool.

School finally over, I look around this place,

wondering what to do with our rocket to space.

While texting with my friend about her big mom bladder,

I hear screaming upstairs, yell “What’s the matter?”

I break up a fight and hand out punishments,

tell Maddie to pick up her Barbies and Charlie to put on some pants.

I finally get around to taking a shower,

but it is interrupted-breaker trips and no power.

Time to start dinner, the house is still a mess,

Jason’s probably on his way home, and my hair is still wet.

I stick a casserole in the oven,

fold the laundry I started that morning.

The day winds up, dinner and baths,

bedtime, stories, cleaning up the day’s aftermath.

And finally… I sit.

Trying to stay awake so I can type this.


And ready to do it all again tomorrow! Right, moms?


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