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My dryer was broken last week. This is a real bummer with 5 little kids running around ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thankfully, my mom lives close so we can always do a load or two there. But I ended up with quite the mountain of laundry by this weekend when we got the dryers switched out and working. I think I have done somewhere around 10-12 loads since Sunday evening………..

( I loved this from Sarah Mae’s post yesterday!)

I struggle too with “LBS”, though mine is usually “piled on the couch” syndrome ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย But, I must say, I am very proud of myself, I got everything folded and put away that had been washed and dried yesterday morning and had a clear couch. Then, despite having a horrid head cold and headache all day yesterday with the temps unusually high for us as well, got everything folded that was on the couch before going to bed. Didn’t get it put all away though, since kids and husband were already asleep in the bedrooms. But, I am keeping up with it. That couch will be cleared soon!

Today’s challenge is the dining room. I would love to straighten out my china cabinet as well. We will see if I have the energy. Or if I just settle and straighten up the kids coloring books and school corner ๐Ÿ˜‰ Other than that, perhaps the biggest challenge will be whipping down the dining room table that is very needed at the moment!

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Halfway!

Alternately titled the easiest way to do your first 20 weeks…….

After my little A ย was born last September I thought around a years break would be good before having another baby. I thought a summer not pregnant would be nice, after spending the last 2 hugely pregnant. It might give me a chance to lose a little of that lingering baby weight ;-)…. we were open to another baby whenever it might happen, but I was kinda hoping for a tiny break.
Well, sometimes God answers in unique ways. I got a little break. And He met me halfway. We are getting another little blessing. And I just found out about 3 weeks ago that I was even pregnant. And then last Friday, found out that contrary to my thoughts that I wasย ‘at least 8 weeks along, but probably more like 10-12, and wow, wouldn’t it be great if it was any further then that’ย to finding out at my first visit to the midwife that I was 19 weeks, 4 days along…….. yep, halfway thru the pregnancy already! Do have any idea the strange feeling that is? Still adjusting to the thought ย that I was pregnant to begin with, to find out that I have been pregnant since sometime in February and didn’t realize it till the end of May? It certainly adds some fun to a routine pregnancy and a fun story for the 6th child to have! And makes me feel a wee bit better about that 5 pounds I was so proud of losing one month just to gain back the next ๐Ÿ˜‰ And explained why, once I realized I was pregnant, I really started feeling big and showing so much already! Plus, I really had no idea I was pregnant, none of the early nausea, decreased bladder size, losing my taste of coffee and other food aversions, I have really felt so good and the last month or two especially had increased energy and motivation. Truly, His grace is sufficient and He never gives what we cannot handle with his strength!
Of course, at the dr’s appointment they did an ultrasound to determine my due date since I didn’t have any idea how far along I was. She started with feeling my belly and said right away she thought I was farther along then 8-10 weeks judging from the size of my belly and such. Then she couldn’t get the measurements to calculate on the portable one, she said she didn’t have much experience measuring a baby that big! Even I could tell from what we were seeing baby was bigger then all the other early ultrasounds I have had. So, the actual ultrasound tech had me come in and she checked. She ended up measuring body, head and thigh to get sizing and determined the 19 weeks, 4 days along, with a due date of early November 2012.
I told her we would love to know what it is, if she could see anything ๐Ÿ˜‰ And so she checked and HE was happy to let us know is a little boy that we have coming, confirming our thoughts it would be a boy!
I got to send my husband a fun text with a picture of the little fella and tell him how big he is. Got to love today’s technology! We told the kids that evening they were getting another brother and they are all thrilled and excited. ย I am too ๐Ÿ˜‰
Though I am sure with all these little ones, my posting might not be super consistent, I really enjoy the ability to interact with others and share my thoughts. If I could figure out a way to think a post and have it type itself that would really help!

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All this week I have noticed tons of butterflies enjoying this bush in our front yard. It’s a huge bush, not overly attractive and only blooms once a year so it’s pretty for a few weeks of the year ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I do drive right by it every time I leave the house…… and wow, I have been so surprised at the number of butterflies around. My 3 1/2-year-old daughter loves it, butterflies are very girly ๐Ÿ˜‰

And every time I see them the thought crosses my mind, I feel like a butterfly.

So often, I feel like I go thru my day flitting around like a butterfly, seemingly fluttering aimlessly, going around and around in circles, landing and re-landing in similar branches and doing the same thing over and over and then fluttering around some more. Does that ever describe your life too?

But in spite of the all the fluttering and aimless wandering, that little butterfly is accomplishing it’s purpose in life. It is getting “something” done, it is doing what it was created to do. And most days, even those that seem unproductive, thanks to the constant call of 5 little ones, the oldest of which turns 7 in a couple of days ;-), I am doing what I am supposed to be doing – being a mama to them. Feeding them (again and again and again), cleaning up after them, making meals, reading books, washing laundry, moving from one thing to another from sun up to sun down and starting again the next morning after what always seems to be too short a night – might look like flitting and flirting from flower to flower and accomplishing nothing substantial to someone on the outside, but I know THIS is what I am called and created to do.

I have followed along with Sarah Mae this week as she started her “31 Days to Clean-Reboot” this week. I have her original book, but haven’t gone all the way thru. I don’t think I made it out of the first week the first time around ๐Ÿ˜‰ but I am going to try to be a little better this time. I may not do every little thing, but I do want to tackle a couple of areas of the house in the next few weeks (in-laws coming for a visit are always a good motivator!) so as she suggests various activities I am going to try at minimum assess that area in my home and work on something!

This week she has been in the master bedroom, organizing and purging the closet, dresser, under the bed. I have gone thru my closet and purged recently but I did need to deal with the clothes that were going away, so I removed the piled collection from under the crib and moved them into a big bag and put them with my stack of thrift store donations. And since we have several sets of kids clothing stored in our room as well as our clothing, re-folding and organizing the shelves needs to be done on a regular basis, so I am hoping to get caught up on the straightening up of those shelves today too.

Plus this week I did a major “kitchen counter” remodel – reorganizing, putting away and clearing clutter from the counter and putting in shelves. I must say, my counters look wonderful!

You can follow along too with Sarah Mae following this link and work on some late “spring cleaning” if you like!

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I was given the opportunity to review this book a couple of weeks ago before it’s release tomorrow.

Bottom line? ……….. It was wonderful. Totally worth the read and the purchase. ๐Ÿ™‚ I cannot recommend it high enough.

The details? ย …………. Misty took 23 days and worked thru heart, house and homeschool prep activities to guide in preparing for a new homeschool year. The one thing I loved about this was it wasn’t just about getting your school things in order or planning your curriculum but encompassed the whole of the preparation since as homeschoolers, we aren’t “just” doing school, we are also still a wife to our husband, mama’s to our children and responsible for the day-to-day running of the household. The 23 days – which can easily be done over a longer course of time if you have it ๐Ÿ˜‰ – take you from preparing your heart and mind for what you are doing, where you are going and how to go about accomplishing what you need to, to practical steps such as organizing & cleaning the various rooms in your home and working thru planning and purchasing the school books and supplies you will need for the coming year.

I am planning to print out this book so I can take notes as I go and work thru it over the next 2 months in anticipation of our coming school year. I know this year, I feel like we ended rather disorganized and scattered about, so even though I have a good idea of what I what to do in the coming year, being able to plan and work through it in an organized manner is going to be incredible helpful.

As a young homeschooling mom, young in that my kids are going to be 1st grade and kindergarten this year, not really young in years ๐Ÿ˜‰, I find Misty’s advice and encouragement so refreshing and practical to my life. As I have “gotten to know her” thru her blog the last couple months I find so often a certain post, thought or challenge speaks to me directly in struggles I am going through in my life. I would urge you to check out her blog ย Encouraging Beautiful Motherhood as well!

Whether you are a brand new homeschooler or a veteran at it, I think this book would be incredibly valuable and loved as you prepare your heart, home and homeschool for the coming fall!

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