Sunday, August 9, 2015

It's time again for brand new crayons and fresh packs of paper. New notebooks, sharpened pencils... I'm in planning mode again for the new school year. Our official start day, Lord willing, will be August 24th. I usually have high expectations and grand plans of what we'll accomplish, we'll see how far we get. 

My motto for our year (that I plan to print out and stick on the wall) is:

"The only way to keep chaff out 
of a child's cup is to 
fill it brimful with 
good wheat." 
~Charles Spurgeon

We've had a lot of chaff sneak in, and I'm longing for an abundance of good wheat!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Where I belong

Last year I chose a phrase to try and live out as a sort of goal or mantra for myself. Choose joy. After Josiah died I found that it was much easier to keep myself super busy. Occupy my time fully, downtime was the enemy so to speak. For the most part, it worked. on the one hand being busy constantly though does not allow much time for sadness to drift in. On the other hand it didn't allow for much joy either. I found myself going through the days in a pretty contented manner, but inside something lacked.

I hadn't noticed just how far my heart had drifted.

At the beginning of March we closed our resale shop and the kids and I are home full time again. During one of the first weeks I posted a picture to Facebook of my kids surrounding the dining room table doing their schoolwork. I sat at the end of the table with tears in my eyes.....feeling complete joy. Joy that I hadn't felt in a long, long time.

I think that having the store and being so busy was a good thing for me for the time. ...now though,...

Being home is good. Really good.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Maggie

 
September 23rd, 2014
 
Magdalena Rahab was born
 
weighing in at 7 lbs 13 ounces
 
 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Countdown to baby





It's starting to sink in that I'm due to have this baby in 6 1/2 weeks!~

I'm feeling the need to start preparing (I know you're thinking I should have thought of this sooner, right?) We already have most of the necessity things like a bed, car seat, Ergo, blankets, clothes and such so my list of 'needs' are more centered around what items we'll need as a family. Things we use everyday that I can stock up on so we won't be running to the store. 

This is what my list looks like (in addition to diapers & wipes): 

  • Paper towels
  • toilet paper
  • paper plates
  • plastic utensils
  • garbage bags
  • shampoo/conditioner
  • toothpaste
  • laundry detergent & dryer sheets
  • dish soap

And also some pantry items that will make life a bit easier like: 
  • bottled water (our well water isn't that yummy)
  • powdered Gatorade (for the hubs)
  • extra jars of peanut butter & jelly
  • Coffee k-cups
  • granola bars
  • fruit snacks
I decided when making out my menu plan this week that I'm going to try and streamline our breakfast & lunch options as well. I narrowed it down so the kids will have just a couple of options. 

Breakfast: Pick one~
Instant oatmeal (2 pkt limit each) 
or 
a ziploc with 1 cup dry cereal & a granola bar

Lunch:  ~Mom picks which and adds a fruit & veggie, will be same for all kids each day~

Hot dog
Cup o noodle
Beef & Cheese burrito
Quesadilla
PB&J 

I know those are not at all the healthiest choices, but I'm going for easy and cheap.

I'll also be doubling as many dinner recipes as possible to put the extra one in the freezer. Making ahead muffins, burritos (breakfast & lunch varieties) AND try to get caught up on the laundry...ha! That won't happen, but I can dream! 

Not your typical get ready for baby type stuff now is it? :)