So God Made a Teacher Collection (Sale!) ➔

CarolingWristlet

“I’m going to start making a list so we can go caroling.”

My five year old is always making plans. And proposing activities for the family. And as he apprises me of said plans and activities, my answers vary.

Uh, yeah… let me talk to daddy.

Ummm… perhaps. Let me think about it.

Uhhhhh, sure. We might be able to make that happen.

And so on, and so forth. I pretty much never give a clear cut answer. And I almost always “need to consult with daddy”. Because I don’t want to commit us to every whim he comes up with. But I’m gonna be honest. I may not always actually be listening to his whole story. Or his plans. In fact, if he asks me while I’m cooking dinner. Or while I’m wrestling the littlest during a diaper change. Or while I’m having mommy personal time. Well. During those times, I sometimes slip up and give an answer without remembering that a reply to him is written in blood shed from my very own heart. Yes. It’s that serious.

So when this charming little visionary recently stated, “I am going to make a list for caroling.” I thought little of it. And when he then questioned something in the vein of, “Can we go caroling tonight?” I brushed it off with a response of, “Not tonight. Tomorrow night, k?”

Here’s what I thought I’d said with the answer of, “Tomorrow night, k?”…

That’s not really gonna happen.

Here’s what his 5 year old ears heard with the answer of, “Tomorrow nght, k?”

Yay! I can’t wait to go caroling! You plan it and I’ll show up.


Because the next day, he came home from school and got to work. On the wristlet, pictured above, for me to wear while we caroled.

And then, on a “set list”, which, was actually 4 pages of paper stapled together with the names of the 5 songs we’d be performing at the no-less-than-three houses we’d be caroling for.

Blerg. What’s a mom to do? I’d let my guard down and he’d caught me at the perfect moment of distraction. And so, I couldn’t renege. I’d said, plain as day apparently, “Yes! Tomorrow night!”. It was one of those karmic moments that was tugging at me saying, you tell them to listen… and you didn’t… and now you need to pay up.

So, we did it. The five of us piled into the car, complete with set list, and I reached out to a few friends to see if they were available, and we went caroling.

It was pretty hilarious. Because while I’ve been caroling before, and rather enjoy it, I’ve never been with a family of only 5… 3 being under age 5… one not even old enough to hum a tune. So the fact that we were actually making it happen was a darn near Christmas miracle, in my opinion. The oldest with his “set list”, led us through the songs. The middlest stood front and center, singing right along with the oldest. Daddy sang as he held the wee one who was staring at the recipients, likely thinking how did I end up in this family

And I, well, I was partially giggling… partially bubbling over with giddiness, singing right along.

Because I watched how seriously the five year old was taking his choir director title, looking at his papers. Telling us what was next. And I listened to the three year old sing the words, clear as day in a mama’s ears, right along. And I smiled at the hubs for taking all of it in stride and just going with the flow, like usual. As we sang Hark the Herald Angels Sing. And loudly shared Jingle Bells. And others. It made me smile as I sang the familiar tunes. That even though we were doing something a little crazy, we were all doing it together. And having a genuinely good time. Because some day, my kids probably won’t even want to be in the same room with me… but for now, we’re a caravan of carolers, 5 strong.

We sang for a couple of my best friends and they were good sports. We sang for a neighbor who, I think, may have thought we were intoxicated. Just my husband and I, of course, not the children. But we sang out loud and spread Christmas cheer… just as my five year old had hoped for.

Caroling as a family of 5 in Omaha is not something that I would have ever put on my Parenting Bucket List {Let’s be real… I’m not organized enough to have a parenting bucket list} but sometimes five year olds are put in your life to make sure you don’t let yourself get too old and boring. And to keep singing the song in our heart. In fact, maybe that’s the whole purpose of parenting. Who knows.

The next morning, he asked if we could go caroling again this year.

I heard the question.

And I listened to the question.

I thought briefly.

And I responded, “Yes indeedy. As long as you make the set list”. 

A-caroling we will go.

LWC-Spotlight-SideAd (2)

[adrotate banner=”81″]

[adrotate banner=”82″]

Ashli Brehm

Ashli Brehm = Thirtysomething. Nebraska gal. Life blogger. Husker fan. Creative writer. Phi Mu sister. Breast cancer survivor. Boymom. Premie carrier. Happy wife. Gilmore Girls fanatic. Amos Lee listener. Coffee & La Croix drinker. Sarcasm user. Jesus follower. Slipper wearer. Funlover. Candle smeller. Yoga doer. Pinterest failer. Anne Lamott reader. Tribe member. Goodness believer. Life enthusiast. Follow me at http://babyonthebrehm.com/

Lent For Kids: 40 Ways To Spend 40 Days

In: Featured, Kids
Cross with bird

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season leading to Easter. Our 3-year-old has been talking about the Easter bunny since January, when he finally understood that Christmas was over. While I’m happy he’s excited for the upcoming holiday, I really want to find some good, concrete ways to help him learn that this time of year is not only about bunnies and candy in eggs. So, I’ve decided to come up with 40 ways to spend the 40 days of Lent with kids. Some of these will work better with older children, while others are great for...

Keep Reading

Chocolate Pot de Crème

In: Featured, Kitchen

Chocolate and romance go hand in hand and with Valentine’s Day around the bend, why not have a beautifully simple and romantic dessert on the menu? With Valentine’s Day falling on a Saturday, it might be a little more difficult to get those reservations to go out to eat to celebrate. If you end up staying home, why not have an easy, romantic dessert to finish your meal? Made in a blender or food processor and refrigerated, this recipe is easy to make and the result can be a beautiful and elegant dessert that will put the perfect cap on...

Keep Reading

Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup

In: Featured, Kitchen

Written By:  Rachel Gnagy @ Inscribed Photography & Design (recipe originally from here) One of my favorite ‘girly’ meals to make is soup served in bread bowls. I love getting the Broccoli Cheese soup at Quizno’s (it’s healthy because it has broccoli, right?) and Panera’s Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice soup. YUM. So when I saw a recipe on Pinterest for creamy chicken and rice soup, I thought I would give it a try! You will need: 1 Tablespoon of olive oil 2-3 carrots, sliced 2 cloves of garlic, minced 5 cups of chicken stock 1 cup of cooked chicken,...

Keep Reading

Chicken Cordon Bleu for Two

In: Featured, Kitchen

Written By:  Rachel @ Inscribed Photography (Recipe originally from here) Valentine’s Day is coming up and with that in mind I wanted to bring you an easy, delicious meal for you and your special man. This recipe is by far the easiest Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe and it is super yummy too! Pair it with some steamed veggies on the side and something chocolatey for dessert and you’re all set for a romantic dinner for two. For the chicken, you will need: 2 chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise 8 slices of deli ham 8 slices of Swiss cheese 1...

Keep Reading

Easy Weeknight Beef Stroganoff

In: Featured, Kitchen

We all have those heirloom recipes we grew up with, but when you get married you inherit a whole new set of recipes your spouse grew up with, too. This stroganoff recipe is one that my husband grew up eating and then cooked frequently for himself before I took over in the kitchen. (ha.) He made it for me once while we were dating, and I will admit – I was super skeptical. Generally, these sorts of humble dishes aren’t my cup of tea – the ones made with cream-of canned soups and noodles. However, I tried it and was...

Keep Reading

Hanging Onto Hope: The Dream That Saved My Baby Girl

In: Faith, Featured, Journal, Kids
Hanging Onto Hope: The Dream That Saved My Baby Girl www.herviewfromhome.com

Family and friends often assure pregnant women that their “maternal instincts” can be relied on to guide them into motherhood. This previously undiscovered gift will reveal itself the first time she holds her child. As a mother of four I believe in this instinct, but also recognize that experience and wisdom help. The birth of our fifth child, Kinsley, has introduced me to another source of guidance and strength that I never anticipated. Kinsley was born the day after Christmas. She was pink, beautiful and certified by the medical staff as being in perfect health. She was welcomed with unconditional...

Keep Reading

Bow Your Head and Vote, Yes the Outcome is Rigged

In: Featured
Bow Your Head and Vote, Yes the Outcome is Rigged www.herviewfromhome.com

“Keep in mind this is God’s plan! And who am I to dare question God’s plan!” I say it over and over as I watch this mess unfold before me. This mess, America is calling an election. I have never been impressed with the two-party system. It allows too much power to a select few and limits our freedoms. So, as I watch and listen and pray, as Trump and Clinton march to the White House, I only hope more Americans now see the disaster that is the two-party system. Two people that should be sitting in jail are now...

Keep Reading

This Kick-Ass Cancer Survivor Shares 20 Easy Ways To Make Your Life Healthier Today

In: Featured, Health, Healthy Living, Mental Health, Motherhood
This Kick-Ass Cancer Survivor Shares 20 Easy Ways To Make Your Life Healthier Today www.herviewfromhome.com

I recently went through quite an experience with my health. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September of 2015. Following my diagnosis, I underwent a treatment regimen of chemotherapy, double mastectomy, and then, 28 rounds of radiation.  Before my diagnosis, I felt the healthiest I have probably, in my whole life. I was exercising regularly. Eating, conscious of my health. And after birthing three kids in 6 years, finding ways to focus on myself once again. And then — WHAM — cancer.  Excuuuuuuuuse me?!?! Cancer?!? I was, for all intents and purposes, a 33-year-old with great habits and a great...

Keep Reading

The Great Melt Down

In: Faith, Featured, Kids, Kitchen
The Great Melt Down www.herviewfromhome.com

When my brother Bobby and I were little kids, one of the great treats of summer was a journey to a neighboring town where my dad would buy each of us a hand-dipped ice cream cone. During the drive home, my mom would turn around from the front seat and point out drips that we back-seat-riders needed to lick up quick. I, the ever-eager pleaser, would anxiously eat my ice cream as quickly as possible, barely taking a breath between licks. Bobby, on the other hand, came up with the more reasonable response. He would grin at Mom and bite...

Keep Reading

The Best (and free) Drug Prevention Strategy

In: Featured, Health, Healthy Living, Kids, Relationships
The Best (and free) Drug Prevention Strategy www.herviewfromhome.com

A secret Facebook group has been uncovered by police that connects kids as young as 12 years-old to places where they can buy drugs. (see the link to the story at the end of this blog)  Shocking? Yes. Surprising? No. Kids find a way, don’t they? So what can we do? There are apps we can buy. There are rules we can make. There are punishments we can deliver.  Yet the best prevention of all is our relationship with our young people.  Time together, conversation, and honest sharing of our lives is the most effective way to influence our kids–even...

Keep Reading

Get our FREE phone wallpaper to encourage you as the new school year begins

It's bittersweet for a mother to watch her child grow—but you both are ready to soar.