Looking Different

Things will start looking a little different around here and on my social media pages. My website and social media names will stay Mustard Seed Mommy, as that’s who I am and I will be running my blog and social media pages. On YouTube you will see our family as Mustard Seed Adventures and see our images and photographs with that on it as well.

I wanted to create something that encompasses our whole family, our dream of someday traveling (whether that becomes full time or a frequent part time adventure is up in the air right now), homeschooling, and following God’s lead. The parable of the mustard seed is all about faith, the tiniest of faith, so that remains the focus and tag line of my blog and what this is all about. Faith is greater than fear. ALWAYS.

I hope you enjoy following our adventures, whether it be when we travel, as we homeschool and raise our children. It’s my hope that even just one person comes across my blog, social media sites or our videos and learns how faithful and AWESOME our God is! Thank you to all of you who have been following my blogging journey since 2008 and those of you who are new, it’s been a long road and I’m so excited to see where these new adventures take us!

Homeschooling a Sensory Kid – Part 1

Let me start this by saying that I am not an expert, in fact I am the furthest thing from that. Everyday I learn something new, everyday I have to find new ways to parent and teach my sensory kiddo. This is only part 1 of this series, as I learn and as Bubby grows I’ll post new strategies and information we learn. So, let’s start with the basics.

What does it mean when I say I have a sensory kid? Bubby, our 6 year old, was diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder in Spring of 2016. He was 3 1/2 years old and we had known for a while that something was up. There’s nothing wrong with him, he just does things a little differently than most kids. Bubby is sensory seeker, so he needs everything to be louder, more intense, rough… he has to jump and move constantly, he stems with his hands when he is craving sensory input. It’s intense and crazy and loud most days, so we are learning how to not only raise him and help him with day to day life, but I’m also having to learn the best way to teach him.

It hasn’t been easy, he’s a tough kid to figure out. We’ve been out of occupational therapy for over a year now and waiting to be re-evaluated by a new facility here in NC. As sensory kiddos age, you find that their sensory needs change and that you need new ways to help them. That’s our biggest struggle right now, most days I have no idea what to do to help him.

My main goal right now is to help Bubby with focusing and learning to read, he wants SO badly to read like his big sister. However, he struggles with focusing and doesn’t like to work on something for very long periods of time. I have to keep things short and sweet, so my strategies that I used with Boogie do not work for Bubby.

We are trying some new curriculum in the next few months, I’m going to try some active games and tasks to help him with sight words and phonics. We are moving away from The Good & the Beautiful curriculum, and I may post more about that another time. I’m looking into going more towards Masterbooks and possibly trying All About Reading with him as well, but the price of that one isn’t my favorite!

What strategies and tips do you have to share? I’d love to hear what worked for your sensory kids! Leave a comment below!

Dreaming and Planning

As I’ve said a few times in my posts this past year, I’ve got big plans for this little site of mine. Changes, updates, a remodel if you will. J and I have some big dreams and we are doing some big planning for the future of our family.

We just got back from a week long adventure to Charleston, SC. We tent camped in the Mount Pleasant KOA and it was absolutely beautiful. It was our first time in Charleston and we loved just about everything about it there. I loved the history of the downtown area, the beauty of the waterfront parks, and the beaches… just gorgeous.

Sullivan’s Island was our absolute favorite beach there, it was quiet, not crowded, and it had a lighthouse at the tail end of the beach. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Charleston and it sparked a dream we’ve had for years. Maybe not a dream really, more like a casual idea we have mentioned to each other over the years.

We love to travel, we love exploring new places and finding hidden gems in small towns. When we lived in Tennessee we had so much fun exploring our new town and the surrounding areas. Back home in North Carolina we’ve been doing more of that and exploring areas we have never been before. For a long time we’ve talked about how amazing it would be to travel full time, to find jobs where we could work on the road and just be with our family. Full time family. That’s what we want. No more 9-5 work, no more constant busyness, no more.

So what does that mean exactly? We aren’t going anywhere right now, but we are planning. We are dreaming. I’m hoping through my blog and possibly my social media channels and YouTube we can start blogging and vlogging our journey. This will be a journey to living debt free, to finding our way to being a full time family and all the details in between. I would love to see us be debt free in less than 3 years, and full time traveling in 4-5. Our kids would be ages 6-13ish by then.

I’m excited to see where God takes us, I’m excited to see what God does with our lives and the lives of our family. There’s always that chance that he’ll change the course in the next few years, but we are ready to follow His lead.

A New Adventure…

I’ve been absent for a while because I have been CRAZY busy you guys! I’ve embarked on a new adventure and I’m thrilled to share a little bit about it with you.

Have you heard of Usborne Books & More? If not, you are missing out! UBAM is an amazing company that provides a wide range of books for all ages. We’ve been fans for several years and in February I decided to try out this whole book lady life!

I won’t admit how much money we spend on UBAM books prior to becoming an independent consultant, that is one of the main reasons I decided to join! Not only am I earning free books, but I’m also earning 25% on commissions and enjoying that same discount on my own orders!

Yes! This is my favorite aspect of Usborne Books & More. By hosting a party you can earn FREE books. Yes. FREE. I love that I get to share these awesome books and help others earn some of them for free and discounted to add to their home libraries. I do Facebook parties, so they are all online – you can hang out in your PJ’s and earn or buy your books right in your living room! I would love to help YOU earn free books – shoot me an email if you are interested! [readwithsarah[at]outlook[dot]com]

Wondering why I joined and why I love UBAM so much?

  1. Earning free books… who doesn’t love free books?
  2. The extra money it provides – 25%!
  3. The flexibility of my job and more importantly, that my job doesn’t feel like a job!
  4. The discount! I get 25% off my orders (you order full price and get back that 25% in commissions).
  5. No minimums. No quotas. No pressure. You choose how much you want to work.

Another way to earn free books is by joining me! I make absolutely ZERO on your consultant kit when you join. You get some awesome incentives in your first twelve weeks, including the opportunity to earn back the cost of your kit! There are NO minimums or quotas to keep up with! Let me know if you are interested in more information on joining!

Now for the fun part! I want to share some books with my readers! I have a few books stashed away to giveaway and it’s easy to enter! Just fill out the widget below and I will randomly choose a winner on 5/1/19!

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Grit & Grace Book Review – Blog Tour

It has been a LONG time since I’ve read a book that truly matched everything that I feel. Being a mom is HARD. It just is. You give and give and give without getting much in return, but you don’t complain because it’s what you were born to do! Doesn’t make it less hard, but you do find yourself feeling weary, broken, lost. I’ve only gotten through the first several chapters of this book, but I can already tell you that it is powerful.

Grit & Grace had me from the beginning. If you’re new to Mustard Seed Mommy, let me give you a little recap on who I am before I tell you why this book matches me so well. I’m a homeschooling mom to four children (ages 2-8), I struggle with anxiety and panic attacks, have a child with a sensory processing disorder, and I’ve been rediscovering myself this past year. What do I mean by that? I felt like I had lost myself over the years, the person I was no longer matched the person I had become, not a bad thing, but a little scary when you actually realize it. So I’m finding myself again, I guess you could say.

So, like I said, this book had from the very first page. Let me summarize what this first section talks about. Suzanne writes about how she was responsible for getting her three young children (infant and toddlers) to church on her own, she was late, disheveled and overwhelmed. She realizes that this mom life is HARD, you find yourself giving away everything, but not getting that reboot that you need. She needed to rediscover herself and she needed Jesus in the process.

I was also touched by the 2nd and 3rd chapters – the 2nd chapter is entirely on “Stolen Identity”. As I stated before, I have felt like I’ve lost myself, my identity has been stolen in a way by marriage and motherhood. Then chapter 3… the first few sentences, and I quote, “My oldest son has a sensory processing disorder, which means little  abnormalities in his clothing or environment can throw him off.” THAT. IS. MY. LIFE. My 6 year old has a sensory processing disorder and it is one of the most difficult things I’ve dealt with as a parent.

I cannot wait to continue reading, I’m excited to see how it helps me grow closer to my Father and remember that I am loved and important.

The authors of this “Devotions for Warrior Moms” are Suzanne HAdley Gosselin and Gretta Kennedy. These women met when they became roommates at Multnomah University. They weren’t big fans of each other at first but they worked through their differences and ended up being best friends and remained roommates the entire four years of college. Twenty years later they came together to write this devotional book, and here it is… Grit & Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms.

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I received a copy of this book in return for a review and publicity during the Grace & Grit blog tour. All opinions and statements are my own and a positive review was not required.