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Good Family Reading

So, we have been doing a lot of family reading these past few months.  We all enjoy it.

It started with just the kids and I , midday, before nap with the Bobbsey Twins.  My mother in law gave us a couple of the series, and we can’t get enough of them.  Then, I think it was off of the jacket of the book, that I discovered Old Mother West Wind.  I started this in the evening, and Bebe kept urging me on…”Just one more chapter.”  Now, I know the sound of my voice soothes him and puts him to sleep, but it’s been fun reading it together as a family.  Today I read a couple chapters after lunch while the kids were tinkering around at the tree fort.  But before I began, my little man Eli said, “No, no! Daddy wants to hear it too!”  🙂

Anyways, I thought I’d share these if you’re looking for some good, wholesome, family reading.

Enjoy!

The Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope

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Old Mother West Wind by Thornton W. Burgessold mother west wind

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Re-evaluating Life

Bebe took the two big kids and went on anexcursion. A two day trip to Utah with a mission…snowboarding! They are all thrilled, this being the only time they’ve gotten to ride this season.

Last night, Joy girl spent the night at her friend’s house. This was her first “real” sleepover! Wow.  She’s getting big…

So that left me with just my two little ones last night.  And some much needed time to think…

I’ve been having a bit of overload lately.

My two youngest, we’ll call them “Grace” and “little Man”. (Ironically, Grace is her middle name and she sure needs a lot of God’s grace to keep her safe as she tumbles through life! And then, little Man is as just as stubborn as an old weathered man!) Anyway, they are at each other constantly. I am attempting to homeschool the other three: 4th grade,  2nd grade and Kindergarten. Yes, attempting; feeling like quite a failure these days.

On top of the normal, we have had a terrible time lately with allergies and asthma. This has meant numerous breathing treatments and “chest clopping” daily for the last month. Add to that, crazy house cleaning like I’ve never done…and don’t enjoy – and you’ve got one worn out mom.

Last night was good for me. I sat down to do my bi-yearly (or so) “homeschool review”. It’s a time to reconsider what each of my child’s needs are. Their strengths, weaknesses; how I can care for each one individually. And then I reformat a new schedule that will hopefully accomodate everyone.

I didn’t get far at all.  All of my kids need more of me.

And I already feel like there is not enough of me to go around (and I’ve not at all mentioned that I am a wife and have a responsibility to my husband too!)

So, I somehow ended up on a few websites, blogs, and the Lord brought me to a better place.

Re-evaluating my life! Yeah, that’s big.

Instead of trying to “fix” this one area of “how do I fit all my homeschool in?”, He brought me to a deeper issue of what is my purpose and how can I work with HIM to fulfill the call He has put on my life.

Now I’ve got some praying and thinking to do. I will certainly revisit this. It all needs to simmer in my mind and heart for a bit first.

Plus, little Man is climbing on the counter and I need to go get their chest x-rays done again before picking up Joy girl.

I’ll be back again soon. Until then, may the Lord give you vision and clear instruction for your calling!

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A New Season

We have been adjusting to a new schedule.  New in many ways! I think I’ll get to that in a later post though.  For now, a little background.

My dear husband (“Bebe”) has accepted a full time position at our church.  This is huge for us.  It has been our prayer for over 12 years to be able to serve the Lord in a “full-time position”.  We have basically been serving the Lord “part-time” for many years, although not for a wage.  We are so very blessed by this answer to prayer. We are free to commit all our energy to Him!

This change has also come on the heels of a very long few months for our family.  Bebe had been working a lot out of town, spending a  night or two away, working 16 hours a day (no joke).  Then when he was home, he was too utterly exhausted to do much of anything else but rest.  That can be challenging for 5 little ones who are excited to see their daddy, and a wife/mother who is desperately needing some adult interaction and reprieve from those 5 sweet little ones.  In fact, we were ready to pull back from serving in the church all together. 

I “had it out” with the Lord one day.  I told Him, “Well fine, Lord.  If you just don’t want us to serve you right now, FINE! I’ll stop fighting with you, I give up God!”  And, interestingly enough, it was that very weekend our senior pastor invited Bebe to join the pastoral team.  Wow.  Maybe I should’ve “given up” sooner!

Job 23:10, 14   “But He knows the way that I take…For He performs [what is] appointed for me…”

Don’t you wish you could just remember this basic truth more often? I wish I could! 

During those few months, I struggled.  Too much really.  I could look around and see others in more difficult situations than myself.  Husbands that had to be gone for months.  I could see marriages falling apart.  I was trying to be thankful that Bebe was only gone for a few days at a time.  I was definitely thankful for our marriage, and the faithful love that we have for one another.  But, I just found myself really struggling.  I don’t know why, still.  And it kind of bothers me. 

I desire to trust the Lord so completely that all else that transpires in my life is truly viewed through a heart and mind that is at peace with Him and that which He allows in my life. 

Psalm 25:4   Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths.

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My Purpose…

My friend Ashley, got all this started.

http://www.oneordinaryday.com/2011/04/11/mother-thoughts-chapter-3/

The Book: The Mission of Motherhood  by Sally Clarkson

Here’s what I have to say…

I really am enjoying the book, and am sad I have to return it to the library!

I was totally convicted reading this chapter. But, really encouraged as well. It brought me back to some of the “basics”. Being a homeschool mom,  I find it very easy to gauge how good of a day we have had based on how much school we accomplished.  The children are in on it to!  Not really a bad thing…they are excited to announce to Dad when he gets home “We finished all our school today Dad!”   Although, that is great, I need to be careful that THAT does not become my mission.

I appreciated the reminder of the very reasons we have chosen to homeschool. To be able to be the one who nurtures our children. And that indeed takes time and purpose.

As the author was talking about a full time working mother giving her children the “leftovers” I felt like she could’ve been describing me! And yet I am home all the time with my children!   I MUST remember, the reason I am at home is for them, not me!

Prov. 14:1 has also really been the verse that I have been meditating on alot.

[Pro 14:1 NKJV] – The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.


 It certainly does take a determined effort to build; the tearing down seems to happen rather naturally being the sinful fallen creatures that we are.

A great chapter…a lot to think, and act upon.

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Successful Day

I feel very accomplished today. 

It may not seem like much to others, but for me it was a successful day.

Started with early morning devotions and shower BEFORE the kids even got up!  That is THE BEST way to start the day.  If I can do this before I hear any little pitter patter, it’s  a good start. 🙂

Then my little cowboy shared his devos with me.  It was about how important it is that we always remember God’s Word.  Good lesson to hear from my 7 year old boy.

Before breakfast I played a few rounds of Boggle with the “big kids”.  This, at times, will include my Audrey Joy.  She wanted to play boggle too.  She does so by writing down all the different letters that she sees.  Isn’t that cute?  🙂  I enjoyed sitting with Ms. Grace when she got up and doing a magnet book.  Our mornings are not usually this enjoyable or laid back…especially when we need to be out of the house by 9:45am!

A twinge of chaos and then off to gymnastics.  The three tiny ones, of which my Joy girl is sometimes a part of, had fun.  I had fun watching them.  My homeschoolers had a productive time there also.  The best part though was watching Andrew run around with glee shouting “baby! baby!”  He just could not get enough of those little baby girls.  He chased them all over the place!  Ms. Grace is being promoted to Tot 2 next week!  So that puts us at a gymnast in Tot 1, Tot 2, Tot 3, Boys Level 1 and Hot Shots Intermediate.  Whew – makes me tired just thinking of it all!

We got home and finished chores, had lunch, and then after some quiet time we actually finished our schoolwork.  I got to spend some extra time with my Joy girl.  It was fun…she surprises me with how much she enjoys learning.  Or maybe it’s just that she enjoys spending one on one time with me.  I guess she’ll take whatever she can get!

We finished the day with play time, pizza and a movie (with snuggles on the couch with Annalisa).  And a chapter of Nate Saint (and more snuggles with Annalisa).

I feel like it was a well rounded day.  I shared a special moment with each of the kids. Now THAT is an accomplishment! 

I wish it wasn’t such a big deal to “fit” this in, but sometimes at the end of the day, I think, “Did I spend a moment with each of my children individually?”  Unfortunately alot of the time the answer is “no”. But today, I can say YES!  THAT right there is what makes me feel like I accomplished something today. 

I’ve still got a kitchen (and dining room) full of dirty dishes, crumbs and greasy fingerprints.  Still have tons of laundry, stacks of papers, and unfinished tasks to complete.

But, my children know that they are loved and special, individually.

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not the ordinary Monday

My husband spent the whole weekend doing ministry.  He was really busy.  The kids were busy as well.  Cousins were in town, which means a non stop whirlwind of a time.  Fun, no doubt!  But it can wear me out!  I’ve been busy as well, trying to get our schoolroom in order.

So, I look forward to Mondays.  Why?  Because they are our “stay at home day”.  I look forward to not going anywhere.  We catch up on chores; the kids remember they can enjoy being at home with each other.  And me, I like not having to GO anywhere.  We eat left overs for lunch.  It’s just a day I’ve really come to enjoy.

At breakfast Monday morning, Bebe (aka – my husband) asked me what my plans were for the day.  I could tell something was brewing in his mind.  So I told him my plans, then, held my breath and asked “What’s on your mind for the day?”  Oh nevermind, was his response.  I persisted.  “We’ll talk in private” he said.  All the kids ears perked up…they know what that means!  Something fun is brewing, but mom and dad have to figure it out.

Within the hour we were getting packed up for a picnic in the forest (with no bread or meat or… in the house, it was a little tricky!).  Swimsuits on, sunblock in hand, water bottles filled and off we went. 

It was wonderful!  We drove in his truck, in which we do not all fit!  So the two big kids got to ride in the camper shell.  (Another mommy gulp on that one.)  Once we got into the forest, our first stop was picking wild blackberries on the side of the dirt road.  There were enough for everyone to get a few ripe ones. Yes, they were yummy!  Then 4 wheeling down the trail we made our way through the wild flowers to a swimming hole.  Maybe better termed a splashing hole!  It was great fun.  Andrew tried to eat the wet sand. Emily layed down in 5 inches of water on her belly and tried to swim.  We almost caught a tadpole.  We examined a little baby frog.  Audrey even peed outside.  Annalisa and  Eli explored up stream. I played and had fun with my kids.  Bebe was refreshed. He loves the outdoors, but often goes by himself.  It’s often just too much work to pack everyone and everything up. 

Well it wasn’t my “usual” Monday, but probably the best one in a long time!

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for the birds

I have been attempting to use these last few weeks as “wrap up, catch up on all the homeschool stuff we didn’t seem to finish”.  So we have been learning alot about birds.  The kids are really enjoying it.  Their drawing skills have drastically improved, no way in part to me, their teacher.  So, I splurged and bought a $2 bag of bird seed and we made our own birdfeeder.  It’s only been up since yesterday, maybe the birds haven’t caught on yet.  Or maybe $2 bird seed is just too cheap.

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