The Year of Motherhood: Discovering our City

This post was written by contributor Jamie Ivey.

Bucket List for your city

Not long after we moved to Austin I discovered a blog written by a mom in town that had made a list of all the things to do with your kids around Austin before they go off to kindergarten. It was her own little mom/child pre-school bucket list.

The truth is that when my kids go off to school I lose about 40 hours a week with them that I would have normally had with them when they were not yet in school.  I remember being challenged to actually do the things in my city that people write about and encourage tourists to do.

It was then that I made my own little fun list of things I wanted to do with my kids and this month we were able to scratch some of those things off of our list.  It worked out perfectly for us to be on Fall Break this month, so I was able to do fun stuff with the kids during the day when most kids around us were still in school.  What I discovered was that my kids were eager to see new sights around our town as well.

Out of my comfort zone

This challenge forced me to get out of my mommy comfort zone and do new things with my kids.  If we are all honest, sometimes it’s just easier to do the things we always do with our kids, rather than trying new stuff.  This challenge forced me to think outside the box and not just go to our normal play ground on a day we have together, but yet find a new one to go to and explore something new. 

We visited a museum that we had never been to, climbed a “mountain”, and visited a new pumpkin patch that we had never been to.  This challenge was fun for me and also stressful (because I had to plan), but it was so much fun! 

It’s a joy to see your kids experience something for the first time and have so much fun!

November is for serving

In October, we focused on discovering our city, and November is for serving our city. 

I have always wanted our family to serve together, but each year I feel as though I have that one kid that will ruin it for us all.  I either have a child that’s too young, or one that will surely lose their mind and throw a massive fit during our time of serving. 

This month I’m determined to serve our city somehow together as a family.  This shouldn’t be hard to find somehow to serve, but the hard part will be to make us actually do it.

I would love to hear from you about this!  How do you serve your city that you live in?  Do you volunteer as a family? 

I need tips!  I want my children to love to serve, but sometimes I just don’t know how to do that well as a family.  Leave your comments HERE for me about this!

About Jamie
Jamie lives in Austin with her husband, Aaron, who is the worship pastor at The Austin Stone Community Church, and their four kids. She’s passionate about loving her husband, following Jesus, talking about adoption, and trying to be the best mom she can be to the four cutest kids in the world. She loves family nights, reading a good book, and could eat Mexican food three times a day. You can find her blogging at, or on twitter @jamie_ivey.

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