Parenting by Example


Hey guys,

I learned a lesson recently from my children. Isn’t that always the case? We, as parents think that we have all the info, all the authority, and the best ideas around and then a 5 year old comes in and speaks truth right when we needed to hear it!

Well, my youngest, Shawn, is normally a big eater. He was sick, though, recently and although the rest of us were eating normally, he had to kind of take it slow, eat some easy to digest foods, etc, so that we didn’t see the food come back up right away:). As he is 19 months old, I was not able to reason with him. I gave him a bite here and there of applesauce or bread or something and he stared at the rest of us eating yummy foods like chips and pizza, etc. He kept begging for the food that we had but I could not give it to him and could not explain to him why he couldn’t have it in a way that he would understand.

It dawned on me later that this is exactly how we are with God sometimes. Sometimes I look up at God and wonder “Why can’t I make the big bucks and get all the cool gadgets that I see other people have?” “Why can’t I be a size 6 like that girl?” “Why do I have a gluten sensitivity and have kids with allergies and have to get all of this special food?”

Well it may be that there are perfectly good reasons for all of these things, but I am not capable of understanding them yet. God reminds us:

1 Corinthians 3:1-3  1Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. 2I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.3You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?

I also can remember a time when Ethan was younger and he was convinced that bandaids caused all of his pain. He always remembered having a bandaid when he had an “owie”, so he thought the band-aid was the reason he had pain and was deathly afraid of them. No matter what I said he wouldn’t allow me to cover any cuts with bandaids. He had to learn on his own that the “owie” was the reason he needed a bandaid and the bandaid itself was meant for his own good.

Father forgive me for the times that I am stubborn. Forgive me for thinking that your ways are just like mine and that if I can’t have something right now or if I can’t be or do what I want, you must be keeping me from something good. I know that you are good. I know that you always look out for me and that one day I will understand as you do. Remind me of your wisdom, day by day!

Let me know if you have any other parenting insights that you learned from your children! They could be inspirational, or just funny!



Celebrating Small Victories

Hey guys –

Here are some small celebrations I have had in the last couple of months. I have been keeping tabs on these small victories to remind me that even if I’m struggling I can always find a blessing in life somewhere!

  • Proverbs 11:25 (MSG)The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.

  • Two days after Ethan got in trouble for hitting someone: Ethan’s school calling to say he had a good day and was listening well at circle time
  • I am comfortably wearing a pair of pants that I have not been able to even zip up since being pregnant for Shawn. My weight has plateaued for awhile – but this one pair of pants finally fitting me makes me strut down the halls at work today like I am superwoman!
  • Getting one of the 3 baskets of laundry folded and put away
  • Said no to ice cream even though my husband’s ice cream was taunting me and I had yogurt instead – *punch* – take that temptation!
  • I am finally understanding a new process at work and don’t have to ask my boss questions every 5 minutes anymore:)
  • No students yelled at me today!
  • Shawn is not sick anymore and is sleeping through the night better!
  • Sam and I actually had a few date nights this month thanks to our parents’ babysitting!
  • Parent-teacher conferences went well – Ethan is a Math whiz – so not like me:)

What are some of your own small victories that have kept you positive in spite of struggles in life?

AubreeKraut fam all dressed up

Red Hot Mama

Did you ever have a bad hair day? How about a bad hair color day? So, I was dying my hair last night. I chose to get a little adventurous…. I usually do medium or dark auburn and it covers up the small amounts of gray I have been getting lately but it doesn’t look that much different from my regular hair color. So this time, I went with light auburn. Apparently when I purchased the hair color I ignored the part that said “intense”. The title is “Light Intense Auburn” but should really be called “Red++++++++”.

Sam, my husband, jokingly said to me “Can I call you Red?”

Um, no, that will not be tolerated…….. Don’t make me get my sassy pants on!

I’m gonna chalk this one up to an oopsy and pray that God takes pity on my poor noggin and lets the next few shampoos wash most of the red out!

Um ... yeah... epic hair dye fail......
Um … yeah… epic hair dye fail……

Hissy Fit

Hissy Fit

We all one up each other in our hissy fit rants 🙂

Do you know that feeling when you are working on something, it goes horribly wrong, and you just want to have a hissy fit right in your office?! Some of my coworkers doubt that I am capable of hissy fits because I am usually pretty even tempered at work. Do not let my cover fool you, my fellow workers! I can be a crazy hot mess as much as the next girl but I usually cover it with smiles and casual light conversation and shut the door to my office, hoping that I don’t have any meetings scheduled right away. Usually, my husband is the only one that gets to see my hissy fits, occasionally my children, especially when they are being disobedient. Why do we do that? Why do I lash out at the ones I love the most? It could be that they can not complain about me to my boss or fire me. It could also be that I know they will love me regardless of my crazy hot mess or my stressed out basket case or whatever kind of bad day I am having. Someday I will learn to take my hissy fits, crazy hot messes, and stressed out basket cases to God and let him fill me up with peace and hope for a better day tomorrow. I’m pretty sure that I run faster and longer on the days that I am stressed out, so that is one benefit. It could be that the reason I started running was because I knew that I needed some alone time to sort out my thoughts to prevent the onset of craziness I hear runs rampant with busy working moms. It could be that God knew I needed to be alone in order to listen to him calm my spirit and reassure me that it’s going to be okay and that I’m going to make it through another struggle. Regardless of what people think of me, regardless of how I have acted or how I have felt, God will always be there running the race alongside me and pushing me on over the steep hills. Thank God that I am not in charge of everyone else. I am just in charge of my own attitude and how I react to situations in life. 

Good luck handling your own hot messes out there!

Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.


Welcome and enjoy!


My name is Aubree Kraut. I am 31, married to the love of my life, and have 2 wonderful young boys. As most busy working moms, I sometimes find myself waiting for the next big event, the next holiday, the next exciting weekend, etc. The point of this blog is to remind not only myself, but also those around me, that we all need to stop and live in the here and now and enjoy life sometimes. Sometimes, we need to be goofy with our kids, go on a date night, and just enjoy life the way that we were created to.

I promise to be honest with you, while not revealing unwanted or unnecessary information;). I welcome your comments, although, I ask that any complaints be sent to me privately. I hope that I can inspire you and you can inspire me while we go through the ups and downs of this journey called life together!

Many blessings!


My hubby and I on a date night!My hubby and I on a date night!