Arlene Pellicane – Christian Speaker and Author

Archive for May 2012

Here’s Noelle on her first day of school in kindergarten.  So much to learn.  New kids to meet.  A teacher to get to know.

It honestly feels like yesterday that I dropped her off in that kinder classroom.

And today, it’s already her last day of kindergarten.

Cue sappy music that makes mothers cry.

Thank God I still have Lucy.  I have more kinder days coming in the future.

So here’s Noelle on her last day of kinder with her little sister Lucy afterschool.

Boy, that went quick.  No wonder the Bible tells us to number our days that we might gain a heart of wisdom.  The days go fast – make sure you are enjoying and appreciating each one!

And for my other Spaniard (both my kids are learning Spanish in school), he had an amazing year as a 2nd grader.  He loved his teacher and had a very good class.  He made this beautiful picture in class and gave it to his sister Noelle.  A moment of sibling bliss and kindness!!!

Now it’s time for our annual ice cream party at our house for both kids’ classes.  Let the summer fun begin!

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Don’t you love the words NEW and IMPROVED?

I’m happy to say that my website and blog will be NEW and IMPROVED…I’ll be unveiling its amazingness next month!

I can brag about the website because the website designer Ted Slater is a creative force who is doing an awesome job.

The new website will have a Happy Husband University section where you can take enter my video classroom, meet the profs through podcasts, and even get some homework to turn your marriage from drab to dynamite!  Access to all this will be FREE so it’s going to be a lot of fun!

I’m really excited about this new chapter for the website.  I’ve been working feverishly the last few weeks developing fresh content.  So it’s a good reminder to all of us that the things in life that excite us (like a new website) are usually preceeded by something that looks a lot like hard work.

But the work makes the rewards sweeter!

What’s “NEW and IMPROVED” in your life right now?   Are you working hard towards having something new – whether it’s a new attitude, new job, new discipline, or new eating habits?  Don’t give up, the NEW and IMPROVED is on its way!

As for my website, it will be NEW and IMPROVED sometime in June!

I’ve discovered a new class at my 24-Hour Fitness:  Boot Camp.

Goodbye boring workout.  Hello soreness, sweating, and sleep deprivation.

I was invited to the class by a couple probably in their 60s that I met in the gym.  I think that’s a pretty cool way to get invited to boot camp.  Talk about persuasive!

The class is at 6:00 am which means I have to wake up at 5:25 am.  I don’t get up before the sun rises.  It is honestly painful to me to uncurl myself and stumble into the bathroom.  I rationalize with myself for a good five minutes every time the alarm clock rings.

I could go next time.  I could go to the gym later and just workout myself.  I can do a DVD with the kids this evening.

But every time I have peeled myself out of bed and went, I have loved it.

I love the camaraderie of the 10-20 people who show up.  I’ve learned more names in 2 weeks at the gym in this class than I have in one year of going to workout on my own.  The trainer gets more out of me than I would ever be able to crank out at 6:00 am if I was by myself.

She starts with “quick feet” which means you step on and off a block as fast as you can for 30 seconds.  Then she leads us through different drills.  The hour flies by.

Is there something new in your gym that you can try to give yourself a new challenge?

Maybe you exercise at home.  Get a timer and set it for 30 seconds.  Pick four activities like:

  1. Running in place with high knees
  2. Push ups
  3. Sit ups
  4. Bicep curls with a weight

Do the activities in order with 30 seconds for each.  Take a brief rest in between.  When you finish the four activities, take a water break and then start again.

Keep stringing more activities together, creating more circuits, and you’ve got your own home boot camp in the making.  Crank up the tunes and have fun!

Last week, I heard a timely message on Turning Point radio with Dr. David Jeremiah.  His message was titled “The Open Door” and he talked about how in his earlier years, his type A personality would want to push open doors.  Now he looks back and sees that it was prayer that opened and closed the important doors in his life.

If he would have gotten his early wish for a big church building, he may have never launched a radio program called Turning Point which now is heard on more than 1800 stations around the world!

This principle of praying and believing that God will open and close doors has been a great encouragement to me.  As a speaker and author, I’m never quite sure when the next speaking engagement invitation or book contract will come.

But I have not been disappointed!  I’m always so touched at how God divinely orchestrates each speaking event and book in my life.  This past weekend, I spoke to the most wonderful group of military wives at Shadow Mountain Community Church, and then at an outreach tea with WROTE Ministries at the beautiful Grand Tradition in Fallbrook.

Both events were meaningful and impactful to me.  Both events reminded me that it is God who opens the doors to do the work.  It’s so exciting to follow God through the doors.  And it brings so much peace not to force them open.

Wow, the kids really outdid themselves this year for Mother’s Day!  Kudos to their wonderful teachers at school and church for helping them make these masterpieces.  Look at my beautiful yellow corsage made by Ethan!  I wore it to church proudly on Mother’s Day.

 My ice cream card from Ethan in Spanish.  I was blessed in two languages because the other side had English on it.

Look at these darling pictures!  At church on Mother’s Day, their Sunday School teacher took photos of the kids , printed them out, and glued artificial daisies on them.

How cute is that???

This is something so easy and so creative.  The moms went wild over it.  This is a great way to do something really special with your photos.

Happy Mother’s Day dear friends!

I must admit I am coming into this Mother’s Day weary.  I’m feeling the weight of all those “mommy” “mommy” “mommy”‘s uttered during the week.

Parenthood is not for the faint of heart!

So I’ve been asking the Lord – help me to be more patient.  Help me not to feel grumpy.  Help to serve happily.

And you know what I think the antidote to mommy angst is?

Thanksgiving.

God, I thank you for my three kids.  I thank you that they want to be with me.  That they think I know everything.  That they want me to hold them.

I know the years will pass and I will wish for hugs and “mommy to the rescue” once more.

Galatians 6:9 says it well for us, “Do not grow weary in doing good, for in season, you will reap a harvest if you do not give up.”

Don’t give up moms!  You are raising the next generation of leaders.  Happy Mother’s Day and way to go!

 Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, “What!  You too?  I thought I was the only one.”  – C.S. Lewis

I love this quote in Tracey Bianchi’s book Mom Connection: Creating Vibrant Relationships in the Midst of Motherhood.  Especially when you have kids that are similar in age, moms have a instant sense of connection over shared experiences, spilled milk, and homework.

If you’ve ever felt completely STUCK with young kids at home, this is a great book to set you free.  Free to pursue terrific and meaningful friendships.  Free to reach out to your community with simple and memorable gestures like hosting a driveway event with 4 gallons of free ice cream to the neighborhood kids (page 146).

Tracey Bianchi speaks for MOPS groups and she understands the challenges that face moms with young kids.  Each chapter ends with five mom-tested tips – practical suggestions of how you can put principles into practice.  Tracey also provides helpful resources for each chapter – “Books, People, and Other Random Stuff.”

If you crave more friendships in your life, this is a great place to start.  You will get many easy, doable ideas that will connect you to others in no time.

Available May 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


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