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Transitioning To A Toddler Bed...

As parents, my husband and I are navigating life with a newly turned 2 year old. It seems like just when we seem to have a pretty good handle on one stage with her, our daughter moves onto the next. So far, most stages have been pretty similar, a few tweaks here and there. And then a scary new stage hit that we weren’t prepared for. A Big Girl Bed.

We had read several articles about when to transition your child into a toddler bed. Most of which had the same sentiment, if you feel comfortable leaving your child in their room by themselves overnight, then you can transition any time. We had a good long laugh about that, and commented that they clearly don’t know our daughter and what she is capable of…. (we sometimes affectionately refer to her as Hurricane Leah, as she can completely destroy a room in under 2 minutes).

We thought we had time, a long time, before we would move her into a toddler bed. And then it happened. She jumped out of her crib. And as history has proven, she only needs to do something once before she not only remembers it, but masters how to do it.  

Prior to the jumping out of the bed, her sleep schedule had started to deteriorate. She suddenly wasn’t sleeping through the night and made for a cranky girl and parents. And then there we were, with no choice but to quickly change her bed to the next stage, fearing more sleepless nights with who else knows what!

After quickly Leah proofing her room (much more intense than baby proofing), we took the leap. Holding our breath, we watched her on the baby monitor after we left her in her big girl bed. Two seconds in, she got out of her bed. And….. Everything was okay. Actually everything was better than okay. Nothing was destroyed, she played happily for a bit… crawled back in her out and rocked herself on the rocker (Yes, it was beyond adorable) until she got sleepy then crawled back into her bed and slept the entire night.

The little miss checking out her new "big girl bed" after we put the toddler rail on her crib.

We thought we knew better, we thought she wasn’t ready, we were scared of the unknown, all of which kept us from all living happier.

It is amazing how this strangely mirrors my faith walk. How many times have I thought I knew what would be best, or thought I wasn’t ready to do something God asked me to do, or just scared of what was happening in my life.

And after being on the other side of all those situations, I see now clearly how God was orchestrating His big plan...and yes the outcome was more amazing than anything my brain could come up with.

So what are you scared of, or not ready for, or what is that plan you think is best for you? Maybe its time to let go and “transition to a toddler bed”. Will it be easy? Probably not, but the outcome could be more amazing than you could ever imagine!

Lorie Richards
Multi-Media Coordinator
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Take extra steps, recall the journey and celebrate the moments

The odometer on your vehicle says 99,999.9, you continue to drive down the road you watch with anticipation as the 100,000 appears on the odometer, then you look away. As you reflect upon that moment some things may go through your mind, other than time for a new vehicle. You may recall the journeys to places near and far. This morning my vehicle odometer read 166,650 miles. I would not had noticed it except for thinking about this blog. I began to think of the journeys in this vehicle, a surprise Disney trip for the grand boys on the midnight run through Georgia, stuffing the van for a son’s move to and from college, trips with friends to Colorado and vacation destinations. I recall many conversations, tense moments, awkward moments and laughter. Journeys of joy and treks of trepidation.


I use a Fitbit to track my steps. I have a daily goal of 10,000 steps. Before I started tracking my steps I had no clue of how many steps I took. Since tracking my steps I have walked 7,873,222 steps, over
4,000,000 this year. I find as I get closer to racking up the next million I recall the extra steps taken. My walks often are contemplative and moments of inspiration. I remember many steps in preparation of ministry events, serving at a conferences, walking and talking with friends, family creek stomping experiences, shopping for bargains and walking the hall of a hospital. I recall extra steps that take me
new places.


This year we will celebrate our 40th anniversary. I am feeling the pressure to do something big on a limited budget to celebrate our lives together. I am sure in the next couple of months the memories will be like opening a photo album as we reflect upon our love and our lives. We will journey down memory lane from the wedding, to the honeymoon, to our first home, the birth of our children, and the places we have lived. We will celebrate the joys, be amazed at the moments, share tears of times of disappointment and loss. This is described as a big anniversary in similar ways, we experience those same emotions and thoughts as we face a birthday that takes us from __ 9 to __0. We find ourselves reflecting on the past and celebrating the moments.

We have just clicked into the New Year. For many we have said good riddance to 2015. We have greeted a hopeful hello to 2016. We have reflected on the past and look to a new year. Filled with dreams, hopes and future. On Facebook you are reminded of the year in memories, as the app gathers your pictures then puts them in a collage of moments to remember and forget. We look at the date and see what reunions, anniversaries and special moments will be marked this year.

But in reality it is just one more mile on your vehicle, one more step on my Fitbit, one more minute or day in your life. I wonder if we can transfer the principles of landmark markers to everyday life what would change. My goal for 2016 is to daily “Take extra steps, recall the journey and celebrate the moments.”

Larry Crane
Director Of Children's Ministries

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