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Sometimes thinking about the past weekend really helps me get through Mondays. This past weekend was a great one. I was able to enjoy watching my sons participate in a swim meet on Saturday. They are really good swimmers and continue to amaze me. My children are truly blessings to me.

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Motherhood is the hardest, most fulfilling, and best job that I will ever have. So, I treasure the moments when I get to watch them and pat myself on the back for doing a great job with them. Yes, I said pat myself on the back. Although, they make me feel appreciated. I fully recognize that I am the “bombmom.com.” That may sound a bit overconfident. However, too often, we, Moms, look and the bumps in  our children’s lives and think that we have failed them in some way. Our children, like us, are not perfect. Ideally, we would all like to learn from the mistakes of others. However, there are times that we are at the center of the lesson. Therefore, I take these situations as opportunities for my children and I. Note: I am not talking about severe life lessons as the result of criminal activity or worse. I am referring to the natural bumps along the way, like forgetting to put their homework in their backpack, talking to much in class, or finding out that someone was not really their friend, etc.

We, Moms, need to give ourselves credit for doing our best. Our best is what our children need. When we give them our best, so do they in return. You can enjoy the fruits of your labor now and in the future when your children are older. To all the mothers who read my blog, I officially proclaim that you, too, are the “bombmom.com.” Have a great start to the week!

The Unexpected Remodel

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Our family took on a small home remodeling project due to some recent water damage in the media room. As a lover of interior design, I saw this as an opportunity to upgrade the space. If the work has to be done, why not add to the budget a bit to get the most out of it. So we did.

To help me figure out what I wanted to do with the space, I spent quite a bit of time on the Houzz app to determine my colors for the space, etc. I wanted something to make the stained glass windows really POP!  By the way, I love the Houzz app. It is so easy to loose track of time when viewing the beautiful images of the homes from kitchens, baths, bedrooms, outdoor landscape and any area that you can imagine. I appreciate being able to search for specific looks, too. For example, after I decided to paint the room a dark chocolate color, I then searched for brown media rooms. That search lead to pages of images with varying amounts of brown from the walls to the furniture, and even the pillows in the room. I do recommend that you try it to give you ideas on future projects or even just for fun.  The best part…. The app is free! You can also access Houzz from the internet at http://www.houzz.com.

 

Here is a before picture… midway through the remodel.

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And here are the after photos.

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The media room after the installation of the carpet.

 

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My beautiful stained glass windows!

 

I took a bit longer than I anticipated. We upgraded some of the light fixtures, carpet, texture on the ceiling, and the baseboards.Even still, I have a few more things to do to complete the decorating, such as artwork on the walls and upgrading the bookshelves. However, I am extremely happy with the outcome. My family has a renewed desire to watch movies and enjoy the room. I even enjoy working out in the space more than ever!

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Hope you enjoyed the pictures and found some inspiration for your next planned or even unplanned remodel.  May you, too, have a Marvalous time decorating.

Black History Month

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Black History Month 2016

As Black History month comes to a close, I wanted to share a few thoughts that I have on this matter.

  1. Black History is American history. Such can be said of all the races and cultures that make up the beautiful fabric called the United States of America.  Shouldn’t it be that the advances of one race and/ or culture raises the standing of all Americans?
  2. No more hiding and disguising. We must stop trying to hide the shame of slavery, segregation, and other civil right injustices. It happened. Acknowledging the wrong doing is necessary for healing of the country and future growth.  Allowing those who feel the impacts, even generations later, to be free in their grief.  Just like how a parent hurts, when their child hurts, so does the child for the parent, grandparent, and past ancestors. It is natural to feel pain for another, even more so, when it touches your family. Grieving is the first step in healing. Then, we can focus on building a better future for all of our children, where discrimination, in all forms, is abhorred and outlawed.
  3. See the beauty in others. The only standard of beauty is love. Hate obscures and distorts one’s vision. God choose for each one of us to be here. We are all different and here with a purpose. The greatest commandment Jesus gave us was to “love one another, as I have loved you” ( John 13:34).

I am so thankful for all of those who sacrificed for the freedoms that I experience today. I do not take it for granted, I  know that, in many ways, I am very fortunate. Yet, in some areas, I still face the struggle. I promise to not give up, lose hope, or stop loving. For I do believe that the love God gave all of us is the answer. Let’s stand in truth and love. By doing so, we’ll watch our children blossom.

God bless.

 

Happy Valentines Day!

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As we approach Valentines Day on tomorrow, I wanted to share some simple wisdom about love. There are businesses, books, movies, and careers based on helping others find love, share love, and understand how to demonstrate love others. The one best description, I have ever read on love is as follows:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 (NIV)

That is the standard of love for which we strive. Love is perfect. However, we are not perfect in our demonstration of it. So when you say you LOVE someone, stop and consider if your actions towards the one you profess to love is as described above. If not, make a change and do better. Demonstrate the love you have for others not just on the holidays, but everyday. Reach out to your Mom, Dad, sisters, brothers, cousins, uncles, aunts, dear friends and let them know you care. Further, demonstrate it with acts of kindness, for example a card, a letter, a phone call, a visit, and forgiveness, where needed. I realize for some of us this may take courage. Know that when we act out of love, God protects our hearts, as well. I pray that this Valentines day is not just about the material gifts, but focused on the love that we share with each other. May God Bless you and your loved ones! Happy Valentine’s Day!

XOXO

Marva

 

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