Do you ever have one of those days when it suddenly feels like life sucks? You know... you are really feeling sorry for yourself and start to convince yourself that nothing has gone right for you in years...
Today... this evening really... has felt like that for me. I don't know why... or maybe I do and I don't feel like I need to share... but I just might need a good cry and some alone time.
I feel the way my kids probably feel when I send them to their room to change their attitude... I guess I need to change mine.
For the moment, however, I am struggling. I am fighting. I am not happy with anything. I feel lost and alone and hurt and... like a big baby.
Or Fall... for those of you, like me, who would rather...
I am really excited!
This year, summer just didn't do it for my family. Normally, we spend huge amounts of time sitting by the lake swimming and relaxing...
Not this year...
With 3 pretty major surgical adventures, one really broken leg... it just didn't happen.
We barely made it out there!
So, I am enjoying the cooler temps. You know, I love this time of year. Really great weather, but no snow!
I start to feel the desire to cook again, because it isn't so stinking hot. I love the smells and the colors. The mountains around here are starting to show the first colorful signs of change! Beautiful!
I even sleep better! The nights cool off and the comfort and warmth of the blankets are a pleasure...
In case you missed it... I love this time of year!
You want to show them that you have also gone through times when you thought you had it all together... only to find out that if you had listened to those who have gone before you, have more wisdom... you could have saved yourself a lot of heartache.
Most of all... you just love them...
No Matter What!
Nothing can change that...
And so... I pray and hurt and love... and pray some more.
Miranda is learning so much this year. She is cruising through her classes because she can't wait to move on the next level.
In science, she had to make a balance. So... like any good homeschooler... she went out to the garage with her dad and broke out the table saw. They had a blast sharing this experiment together. Miranda is now an educated young lady on the table saw and has a better sense of of mass and all that goes a long with that.
Ari's surgery was this morning. She is home and feeling pretty good. She has a eye patch to keep the area untouched. Tomorrow the patch can come off.
P.S. Now that I don't feel like I am losing my mind from all of the chaos...
When Ari woke up in the recovery room... she immediately starting calling for "mommy"! When mommy didn't come to her, she called for daddy. When the nurse came for us a few minutes later, she was red faced and crying because she wanted the comfort of familiar faces. YOu know, those people that she knows love her. The ones whose arms she gladly calmed down in and immediatley fell asleep... Oh, I love being a mommy!
** Little Man... " I don't want to wear pants. Let's roll them up, so I can run. They will be long shorts! Yeah, that's a good idea."
** Mom's voice still sounds like a teenage boy going through puberty.
** Lily having to do the talking for mom... which she loves!... but no one else thinks much of.
** The three little ones playing their newest favorite game... Hide and Seek... Ari being "it" and staring at a corner for at least 20 seconds and then, having checked the corner thoroughly, saying, "Nope, no one there." ... and moving on to look somewhere else.
** Coughing, choking, sneezing and everyone running for the tissue boxes... strategically placed around the house.
** Ari asking twice, so far, to go potty! Loving that!
** Texting my husband with a scripture that means something for us right now... and knowing that he will appreciate it.
Does anyone else think it is incredibly strange that the darling in the photo above will be 20 years old in one month?!!!
I am completely freaked out by this...
I think she should be around 11... maybe 12, but no more. She should be moping around the house, thinking life has given up on her... she should be writing in her journal about all of that middle school drama...
My husband spent this day painting my living room. I didn't help at all except to move a couple of things and vacuum. What a guy! He will finish up the hallway tomorrow... then... who knows!
I was getting ready to tell you that I had lost the family camera... not the professional one, but the regular one... but, we just found it. So, I will get to take and post some photos this week.
Yesterday, Mark and I went out with a wonderful couple and their 3 kids to take pictures. We had a blast and now, I am in the editing process. Fun, but stressful at the same time.
A couple of our friends from church had baby number 2 last week... so, we will be doing some newborn pics and family pics with them soon. I am so excited to hold that little munchkin!
Okay, now... I am off to fold some more laundry, since today has been all about the laundry for me. I have currently loaded, washed, dried and folded about 8 loads and still have at least 2 to go. Now, I am a laundry freak. I don't let it pile up for long. However, in a family our size... it doesn't take long to accumulate that much laundry. In fact, it takes... maybe, 2 or 3 days. That's it! So, as you can guess, laundry is a never ending project in this house.
One day, we decided to make an obstacle course in the house for the kids to travel through the jungle. They went through a waterfall and through vines... the kids laughed and wanted to do it over and over again.
Miranda is my co-conspirator in this pre-school project. She is such a great help. She put the jungle course together and went through it a few times herself!
The only thing limiting us is our imagination. We are having a blast and learning at the same time... the best combination!
So, by now, you probably know that we homeschool. We believe wholeheartedly in homeschooling. That is not to say that my older kids never went to a public school... in fact, my oldest was never homeschooled. However, even she will tell you that she can see the benefit of it. I am amazed that my kid was among the very top students in her graduating class and yet, she really struggles with some areas. I never had a teacher tell me that she had any struggles or needed to work on anything. Everytime we met with a teacher it was to inform us of what a great kid she was... and still is.
My second daughter had a mix of homeschool and public school. She will tell you that she wishes she had been homeschooled all the way through! Yeah, so do I!!
I won't go into all of the details of why we homeschool and how we feel about the public school system. It would take too much time and start too many arguments. Let's just say, that I firmly believe that what we are doing the best thing for our family.
This year, we have 3 pre-schoolers. Their ages are 4,3 and 2.
They are amazing! They love learning and have made leaps and bounds. I constantly get comments from people who are so surprised that they are as young as they are because they are really smart.
One of their favorite activities this year has been to frost squares. We were learning all about squares and decided that square graham crackers would be a great treat... if they had some frosting on them. So, the kids had a blast ( a messy one) while frosting their snack.
We have also made zebra cakes, decorated with black and white stripes...
They love everything we do in school, but they really love their special snacks!
Married for twenty-two years, Mom to eight kids ages
21,19,16,12,11,5,5,3... (and the most amazing son-in-love in the world!) and yes, same mom and dad for all!
I love sewing, crafting, singing,photography, hanging out with my main guy and those awesome kids!
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