Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Ring Around the Big Tree

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Joining in Wordless Wednesday.

In His Word Wednesday


Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendour is above the earth and the heavens. Psalm 148:13


My Mother-in-law has taken enormous strides this week. Her infection numbers are now back to normal. She is more alert, and has even asked to go home earlier this week. (She still has a trach in, so she is mouthing everything she says). She is doing extremely well! She is still breathing fast and is still on the ventilator . . . but compared to where she was she is doing great. She still has a lot of recovery and physical therapy left. Thank you for all your prayers . . . and keep them coming. God answers prayers!


Visit Megan for more encouragement in God's word.


WFMW - Keeping Track of Leftovers


I have had a lot of trouble in the past keeping track of leftovers. Weeks after I put something in the fridge, I'll find in a container in the back . . . full of fuzzy and smelly food! So I devised this plan. I have a whiteboard hanging right next to the fridge. When I put leftovers in I write what it is and the day I put it in. As I use it I just cross it off. Then I erase and start over at the beginning of the next week. We are actually using our leftovers and I no longer find disgusting, moldy leftovers in the back of the fridge. Works for me!!

Go to We are that Family for more great tips and ideas!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Purge, purge, purge

One of the most important things when living in a small space is to get rid of lots of STUFF!! Let's face it, when you have kids stuff just multiplies. I often wonder where it all comes from . . . I wonder if my kids are sneaking things in while I sleep!

STEP ONE is to go room by room, drawer by drawer, piece by piece and decide which things are deserving of a place in your life. Everything you own takes precious time and adds clutter to your life and space. If you use something, then it is worth the time to keep it up. If you love something it is also worth the time to clean around. Only you can decide whether something makes the cut or not.

If you don't use something or love it, then get rid of it. If it is trash, then trash it. If it can be used by someone else, then you have another decision to make. You can either try to sell it or give it away. If you have the time and inclination - then go ahead and try to make a little dough. If you don't, though, don't feel guilty and store things 'in case' you have time to sell it in the future. Pack it up and donate it to someone who needs it. I fall into the second category. I used to feel guilty that I was giving away something that maybe I could sell . . . but I then realized that, for me, it wasn't worth the time and energy. So, I let go of the stuff AND the guilt. Again, that's a decision you have to make for yourself.

Once you make the initial purge, your job isn't over! When you live in a small space you must continually weed things out. I've heard some people get rid of something for every thing they bring into their house. I just try to go through things several times a year and ask myself, 'is this still useful to me? Do I still love this?'. If the answer is no, then out it goes!

So, take your time. . . and start purging. Try to just work for 15-20 minutes a day. You'll be surprised at all the STUFF you purge from your home and your life.

Gratituesday - Homemaker


Whenever you fill out a form it's inevitable...it asks for your occupation. I have always been reluctant to check the homemaker box. I didn't want to be a homemaker...it was so old fashioned and archaic. I was a Stay at Home Mom...a full-time Mother. My life revolved around my children and not my home.

I viewed a homemaker as someone who cleaned and cooked all day long. Someone whose home was more important than the people who filled it. Someone who worked, worked, worked and never played. I wanted no part of that life.

Recently, though, I've realized that homemaker isn't equal to housekeeper. A housekeeper keeps a clean house, but a homemaker has the job of making a house a home. Making a retreat...a place to escape the world outside. A place filled with memories. A place filled with love. The kind of place that we all want to spend our time.

So I am trying to embrace my role as homemaker. Unfortunately, that includes some of the mundane tasks of keeping a home running - but it is so much more. I want our home to be clean and filled with the smells of good food cooking. But, I also want my home to be a place my husband can't wait to come home to . . . a place filled with my children's laughter . . . a place we can all find peace in this chaotic world.

I think this involves atmosphere more than anything. The small touches that makes a house a home. Making each day a special day. So - I am so thankful that I am blessed to be able to have the job title of homemaker - and pray that I daily make this house a home.

Visit Heavenly Homemakers for more Gratituesday!

Building Our Marriage Challenge



Apologize for something you've done wrong.

Monday, September 28, 2009

McLinky Blog Hop - 3 Things Every Parent Should Teach Their Kids

1. How to change a tire. I've never changed a tire. And although I know the step by step process on how to do it, I'm not confident I could do it if I needed to. I think all kids should not only know HOW to change a tire, but actually have practice in doing so. I just hope I haven't jinxed myself . . . I'll probably have a flat tire the next time I'm driving by myself!!

2. To smile at strangers. A simple way to spread happiness to others.

3. To listen more than they speak. Most people spend so much time talking that they never listen to others. Even when they are 'listening' they're just thinking about what they're going to say next. I think it so important to actually listen to others and what they are saying.


MckLinky Blog Hop
Special thanks to Shoplet.com-Purell Hand Sanitizers for sponsoring this blog hop.

I ♥ Faces - Blue



This week's theme at I Heart Faces is blue. I took this picture of my nephew on vacation. I love the bright blue sky behind him.

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Visit I Heart Faces to see more 'blue' photos.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Small Space Living

When we moved into our 1200 square foot house 6 years ago with 3 small children (3 years and younger) it was small. We have since added 2 more kids - and it feels even smaller. Seven people in 1200 sq ft gives us a little under 172 sq. ft. per person. We've considered moving (most recently this summer) but have decided to make do where we are. We've tried, instead, to make the most of the home we have.

During my time living here I've scoured the net for tips and ideas for large families in small spaces. Unfortunately, I've haven't found a lot! So, I thought I would share how we live well in our small house. I'll try to give tips and ideas that we use in our home. I would love to hear your ideas, as well! I'm always looking for ways to streamline our life and home. I'd also love to hear about any blogs you read that are full of great ideas for living in a small space.

So do you live in a small house? If so, how do you mske the most of your square footage? Do you read any blogs that really help you?

Friday, September 25, 2009

Loving My Husband Friday



Loving My Husband Friday is for taking the time to focus on the positives of marriage. A time to build up your marriage and your spouse. Focus on something you love about your husband,
something he did to encourage you this week, or just a tip on how to keep your marriage strong. Let your husband know you're bragging on him...everyone loves praise and accolades. Try to spend the rest of your week focusing on all the great traits of your spouse...especially when your tempted to focus on the bad! And don't forget to pray for your husband and marriage as you write your post.

Add a link to your post to Mr. Linky. Then pray for the marriages of the others who post, and give each other a little encouragement to keep our marriages strong!





Aaron and I both get money from several people for our birthday. Aaron took his (along with some money from a wedding he did) and bought a new couch for our living room. It is one of those L-shaped couches (are they called sectionals?) and we can now all fit! Before the kids had nowhere to sit but the hard, cold floor. He loves his new couch - and one of the reasons he mentioned that he loved it was that he gets to sit with me every evening on it! Before he would sit on the couch and I would sit on the chair . . . but now we can snuggle together every evening. I'm thankful I have a husband who WANTS to sit with me on the couch - and is willing to spend his special birthday money on something for the whole family. Love ya, hon!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Sarah and Papa

In His Word Wednesday



Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD will hear when I call to him. ~Psalms 4:3


I want to thank you all for the prayers you've been sending up for my Mother-in-law. She has seen some improvements - then some set backs - then some improvements - and so on. They removed her gall bladder last week hoping it was the main source of her infections. It seems to have helped, as her infection markers have decreased . . . although she had another fever yesterday, so another infection may be coming on. She had some signs of increased brain activity over the last 3 weeks that have given us hope that her brain may be O.K. . . . although the doctors do not seem to be as encouraged as we are. Several different doctors over the last several weeks have suggested that they do not think she is going to get better.

Our prayer is still for complete healing. We have seen so many miracles in the last 2 and a half months. . . and we believe God can still perform more. But, to be honest, we are starting lose heart. Please pray for a complete recovery for her - and for our family as we deal with the roller coaster of emotions. And please pray for my father-in-law. He has been such a devoted husband through this whole ordeal. Through his love he has shown everyone a picture of loving 'through sickness and in health'. Pray for continued strength for him.

Visit Megan for some encouragement in God's Word.

In my absence . . .

I haven't been very faithful with my blog posts lately . . . I just haven't been in the mood for talking. Do you ever get that way? I didn't even update with a post of vacation - even though I took over 800 photos!!! Here is a couple:

I can't believe the summer is gone and fall is upon us! Summer just seemed to disappear on us. Josiah was baptized the last weekend in August.

We traveled to our cousins wedding in Nebraska over Labor Day weekend. Aaron performed the outdoor ceremony. Sarah and I before the ceremony:

Sarah enjoying her first plane ride:

Hopefully I can do a little better at posting.

Sarah - 6 months




I'm a little late posting this - Sarah was 6 months old a week and a half ago. The pictures have been sitting, waiting in the camera. . . this morning I finally set them free!!! Here she is with her bear:
And here is a few shots from the quick photo shoot I did in the yard with her. I'll admit . . . I forgot she was 6 months old until about 5 minutes before we had to leave for Sunday Evening Church, so I had to rush in a few pictures!

To see how she's grown, check out her at one month, two months, three months, four months, and five months.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Building Our Marriage Challenge



Initiate intimacy with your husband.

I ♥ Faces - Candid



This week's theme at I heart Faces is candid. I took this picture of my nephew on vacation while he was eating his twizzler. He is such a cutie - he's a lot of fun to take pictures of.


Visit I Heart Faces to see everyone elses great entries!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Loving My Husband Friday


Loving My Husband Friday is for taking the time to focus on the positives of marriage. A time to build up your marriage and your spouse. Focus on something you love about your husband,
something he did to encourage you this week, or just a tip on how to keep your marriage strong. Let your husband know you're bragging on him...everyone loves praise and accolades. Try to spend the rest of your week focusing on all the great traits of your spouse...especially when your tempted to focus on the bad! And don't forget to pray for your husband and marriage as you write your post.

Add a link to your post to Mr. Linky. Then pray for the marriages of the others who post, and give each other a little encouragement to keep our marriages strong!




I love that my husband does things he doesn't want to do . . . just for me. Yesterday he crawled into the crawlspace to clean out the plugged dryer vent. I really appreciate that even though the crawlspace is no fun to go in, and he didn't know what he was doing, he did it anyway. And hopefully my clothes will now dry much faster!! Thanks hon!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Building Our Marriage Challenge


Send your husband out for some free time to do something he loves.

I heart faces - Contemplative




This week's theme at I Heart Faces is Contemplative. I took this picture at my in-law's house earlier in the summer. Jada was looking so intently at the flowers and I thought it was so cute.
Visit I Heart Faces to see more contemplative faces . . . and add your own!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Loving My Husband Friday



Loving My Husband Friday is for taking the time to focus on the positives of marriage. A time to build up your marriage and your spouse. Focus on something you love about your husband,
something he did to encourage you this week, or just a tip on how to keep your marriage strong. Let your husband know you're bragging on him...everyone loves praise and accolades. Try to spend the rest of your week focusing on all the great traits of your spouse...especially when your tempted to focus on the bad! And don't forget to pray for your husband and marriage as you write your post.

Add a link to your post to Mr. Linky. Then pray for the marriages of the others who post, and give each other a little encouragement to keep our marriages strong!





I love that my husband is someone I can lean on in hard times. Our summer has been an emotional roller coaster, and Aaron has given me comfort each time I've needed it. Yesterday was an 'up' day . . . but I'm sure than 'down' is just around the corner. But, no matter what happens I love having a husband who will be there for me.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

in His Word Wednesday



Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

I would like to ask for more prayers for my MIL. She is fighting another infection - her WBC count is double what it was when she originally came into the hospital septic. She is extremely sick once again. We've also learned in the last several weeks that her brain has been damaged - we do not know whether it is permanent or temporary. Please also pray for my FIL - he's been by her side every day for over two months now. . . he's exhausted, but his faith remains strong. I really appreciate all the prayers we've received on her behalf.

Visit Megan for some encouragement in God's Word.

Jada is 4!!!!



I can hardly believe that Jada is 4 already! I don't have any digital pictures of her as a baby handy, but here she is at one:




Here she is at four:


Happy Birthday, Jada!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Loving My Husband Friday


Loving My Husband Friday is for taking the time to focus on the positives of marriage. A time to build up your marriage and your spouse. Focus on something you love about your husband,
something he did to encourage you this week, or just a tip on how to keep your marriage strong. Let your husband know you're bragging on him...everyone loves praise and accolades. Try to spend the rest of your week focusing on all the great traits of your spouse...especially when your tempted to focus on the bad! And don't forget to pray for your husband and marriage as you write your post.

Add a link to your post to Mr. Linky. Then pray for the marriages of the others who post, and give each other a little encouragement to keep our marriages strong!




Wow! Friday came fast this week. Sorry I was late in getting this up! I love when my husband fills our Netflix que, he includes plenty of 'chick flicks'. I know he doesn't enjoy watching them, but he is willing to because I do (and to just spend time with me).

We're off to a wedding in Nebraska tomorrow. If you think of us, pray for safe travel. It's only my second time flying. . . and my first time taking my baby on board . . . so I'm a little nervous! If you have any tips for flying with a baby, let me know!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

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