Today:

— is the day before my baby turns 4. She and I have already decided that she will be my baby forever (but she still has to stop whining), even if she grows to be taller than I am. She is snuggles and blonde wispy hair and the whitest eye brows and bluest eyes and sweetness and so full of heart and happiness and love. She is the girl that loves to talk about church and her friends. She loves to sing and dance. She’s our Addieboo. I hardly ever think about her entrance into the world any longer. Rereading it now, it’s almost hard to believe it even happened. Tomorrow, Addie will be treated like a princess by her older sisters. She will eat cupcakes and open gifts. And we will thank God for her. She is precious to us and we know God has great things in store for her.

— is the day before I start a temporary, work-at-home job. Our daily schedule has been adjusted to allow time for me to work for a few weeks now, giving us time to adjust to it. I don’t really know what to expect at this point so I’m just waiting. Anxious. Hoping my daughters to make too much noise in the background while I’m skyping with my new boss. 🙂

— is one of those days that I have to remind myself that diligence is important in my life, too. I really just want to read The Hardest Peace. {Full review coming soon!} I don’t want to cook dinner or break up fights or correct bad attitudes.  Coffee, book, blanket. That’s all. But my diligence in completing my tasks does two things – #1 Honors God. I’m not doing all things as unto the Lord if I’m laying on the couch reading, while my house falls apart. #2 – I’m modeling diligence for my daughters, even diligence in the small things. So I will read for a bit, because that’s diligence too, but I will also clean up the remains of our homeschool morning and make tacos for dinner. I’ll hang out with my hubby and put my girls to bed. And I’ll pray that God would give me strength to keep being diligent in all these things.

— is a good day to be thankful for where we live. It makes me want to start counting again, when I think about how blessed we are to live on this back country road, outside a tiny country town. I’m freshly reminded that we really live in the middle of no where. It’s not fancy. It’s not loaded with modern conveniences. But it is beautiful and peaceful and I love it.

sky{tall corn and the bluest sky, taken on my morning walk}

what’s been on my mind…

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… The small group for moms at my church just finished reading and discussing this book. It’s a really good one that I highly recommend. Through this book and other things that are happening around me, I came to realize two things. Number 1 – we will never stop pointing our children towards Jesus. Our job does not end when they turn 18. For the rest of our lives, our job as mother will continue to grow and change as our children grow and change. We have to have a large vision and purpose for motherhood. It’s not about getting through the first 5 or 13 or 18 years. It’s about teaching our children that no matter how much life disappoints them, Jesus is the answer. Number 2 – as much as we try to train, teach and guide our children they will make their own choices. We must keep our vision and purpose clear in our hearts. As much as it will hurt us, the bad choices our children make are their own. We all have a free will – even these young people we are raising – and if their free will leads them down a path we would not choose for them, guess what? We need to point them towards Jesus. Not beat ourselves up. Not berate them for what they’re doing. We need to love them and point them to Jesus.

… Speaking of parenting, the little spunky girl that made me a mother will be 13 in two weeks. Can we all just pause and be shocked for a moment because I’m not really sure where the last 13 years went


… The animals on our little plot of land continue to grow. Plans are starting to form for processing the pigs. I’m looking forward to having a freezer full of meat. And I’m looking forward to not having to feed three
smelly pigs. The chickens are getting big. They spend a bit of time outside on the warm days. The plans for a garden may be on hold again for this year, as the ground where we wanted to build our garden is still too wet. I’ll grow some things in my greenhouse but my plan for a pretty garden with raised beds will have to wait.

… Our homeschool work is winding down for the summer. I have very few goals for the summer, when it comes to school work. Because, hello. It’s summer. And this is still fresh in my mind. I want my girls to have a summer. So we will do some reading each day. But we will mostly do science experiments that involve marshmallows and fire, gym class that involves swimming and bike rides, math lessons that revolve around how many loads of laundry we can get done on rainy days. As for our next school year – it’s planned. And everything except our science notebooks is purchased. I’m way ahead of the game this year and I kinda like it. I used some of these resources again (along with a Used Homeschool Book Sale page on Facebook), making it a very affordable year. A post detailing my choices will be coming up soon.

What are your plans for summer? Are you a schoolwork-all-summer kinda mom? Ready for the 2014-2015 school year?

Five Things Friday: the spring edition

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On My Heart: Am I doing things, just to do things or am I doing things that the Lord would have me do? And if I am doing the things that the Lord would have me do, am I doing them with a good attitude? Are they more than another item on the checklist, these things that are important to the Lord, or have they just been checked off and forgotten?  Honestly, I am a list checker-offer. I just like it all done. How we get there isn’t always pretty though and the Lord is gently reminding me, as of late, that the journey is as much a part of the plan as the end result. I’m trying to slow down and enjoy the journey. It’s a struggle for this charge ahead, take no prisoners kinda gal. But I am trying. So I’m stopping to look at a rock collection or tie the shoelace (for the hundredth time). I’m letting my big girls cook dinner and not worrying as much about picture perfect cleanliness when last minute plans with friends for dinner plan fall together. How we get there is just as important as getting there, my heart keeps whispering to my run ahead brain.

On My Mind: Gardening. Chickens. Pigs. Flowers. Landscaping. Walkways. Lawns. All things spring. My wonderful hubby bought me a greenhouse. I love it! Me and my little helpers planted tons of little seeds in paper cups. I think things would be doing a little bit better if it were warmer outside, but winter is not letting go without a fight this year. A more organizer gardener would have put a small heater in her greenhouse, since we’ve had some very cold nights, but I forgot. Our chickens will be arriving some time next week. We are only getting chickens for laying eggs right now. (Last year we raised meat birds.) We will do more meat birds – because I loved having a freezer full of chicken! – but not until summer. And the pigs. Well, they are pigs! Noisy, filthy, bossy fat things. They aren’t nearly as fun to watch as chickens but again, a freezer full of meat will be very nice come fall. And landscaping, walkways and lawns are slowly coming along. Much slower than my patience level would prefer but it will all come in time.

On My iPhone: Pandora is where my music is coming from lately. I listen to a few different channels as time allows. I’m trying to get into listening to podcasts, but find it difficult to focus on them. As for apps – My Fitness Pal is my go to lately. I find the simple act of recording what I eat is very impactful. Grocery Gadget is my favorite app for keeping my shopping organized. I’m trying out a few different coupon apps as well. If I lived closer to a Target (I’d be broke), I would use the Cartwheel app a lot more.

On My DVR: We just suspended our television service for a couple months but decided to try Netflix for early mornings and rainy days. I need to know what to add to my playlist! What’s your favorite Netflix show or movie?
 
On My List: My Hubster is working this weekend, so my list is pretty short. We are going to get laundry done. That’s pretty much it and that’s also enough to fill my weekend! We’ve gotten so behind on laundry. I’m slowly compiling a list of curriculum haves, needs and wants for the 2014-2015 school year. Science is a no-brainer for us but everything else is kind of up in the air. We will be prepping for our annual standardized testing this week. We are slowly wrapping up our school year and I’m so happy with our progress this past year. We are also working through another new chore chart. It seems that we can never keep one for too long. What’s your favorite way to keep track of chores?