Someone’s watching you

This past week our little family enjoyed a few days of doing nothing!  We were beach and pool bums for 3 days.  
It was great to just stop and listen to our children.  We did what they wanted to do, talked about what they wanted to talk about, and watched what they wanted to watch.  We learned that they are growing so fast and there’s no stopping time.  It seems like yesterday that Eli was Eans age and I thought that would never change.  Now Eli is a brilliant young man with his own opinions and dreams.  I love that he ask a million questions about life.  He’s retaining all the information given to him for His future.  I’ve always known it but realize more now than ever, that every move I make is so important.

Eva mimics everything I do.  She always says, “mommy can I be your helper”? I’m teaching her how to one day be the “keeper of her home”. She loves to help me cook, and she’s now learning how to do the laundry.  She also tries to be the “boss” over her brothers, which they both despise, but it’s in her to be a nurturer.
Ean seems as if he is growing overnight.  Talks like a big boy and smiles at every turn.  He watches his older siblings and his siblings are watching us parents.  

The saying “you become what you eat” is more than just physical.  You become what your surroundings are.  Us parents set the atmosphere for our home.  I want my kids to feel like they have a safe and loving environment to grow in.  Part of the safe environment is discipline. Believe it or not…  Children feel like they have a more solid foundation under them when there is a leader seeing that all rules are set and being obeyed.  But there is also a time, (like this past week), to throw the rule book out the window.  No bedtime, eat cookies before dinner, and mom and dads bed is open for those who get scared in the night.  

Let your children see that you are the leader and you are setting rules for their protection, but I also believe that what makes a great leader is a great listener.  Take the time to hear their thoughts and desires.  Shut out the job, and worries of this life and spend quality time with your family.  

Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

This scripture is no doubt talking about the spiritual things of life but I also believe it’s for the practical. 

Parents, we are raising the next generation and they are watching us!
Let’s lead them to the place of greatness and success. 


  1. Carol Abear
    Jun 7, 2012

    You and Aaron are so wise in the way you are raising your children. One of the greatest mistakes parents make is not listening to what their children have to say or how they feel. I am always praying for you guys. Love you much.
    Carol Abear

    • Amanda Crabb
      Jun 7, 2012

      Amen Carol. We are learning daily. So thankful for your prayers! Love you!

  2. Nita
    Jun 9, 2012

    I am going to try and print this for the young married with children, what you have written is what they need to know, children are our gift from God we are to take care of that gift, I enjoyed your videos with your family, it’s a pleasure to see a couple who love and enjoy each other and their children, it’s becoming a rare thing especially in the church. Love and Blessings for you and your family.

  3. dimple
    Jun 11, 2012

    Happy Birthday Amanda! May God bless you with many more years.

  4. Mrs. Moracco Mullins
    Jun 11, 2012

    You are such a beautiful person, inside and out. It’s good to see a husband and wife work together in the home and in the ministry. I pray that God continues to mightily bless you and your family, as I am sure He will. Please keep us lifted up in prayer(Randy, Teresa, Gabrielle & MyKaela) Thank You!
    Happy Birthday….May the Lord Bless you and Keep You and May HIS Face Shine Upon You Today!

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