Monday, November 30, 2009

My Thanksgiving Miracle

I know many of you reading my blog have followed my Mother-in-law's illness and prayed for her and us all summer. I just wanted to show you a picture I shot at our Thanksgiving on Friday. She was given a 4 hour pass from her rehab facility to join us in celebrating.

Sarah with Nuna - the first time she's held her since June!!

Anyone who doesn't believe in miracles should after seeing this picture!! This is the first time Lenore has held Sarah since June . . . something we didn't think we'd ever get to see. They took no time getting reacquainted. I just wanted to thank all of you for your prayers . . . God answers prayers and still performs miracles!

She is set to come home for good on December 10th. She's working on gaining her strength back, but otherwise is totally fine.

I ♥ Faces - I ♥ Tooshies



This week's theme for I Faces is a little different - I Tooshies. After looking through all my photos I realized I don't take a lot of pictures of tooshies. This picture is from my cousin's wedding. Not a tooshie in the traditional sense - but the tooshie is there!! Make sure to check out all the other tooshies at I Faces.

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Christmas Countdown . . . Secret Santas



Last week we each drew a name of someone else in the family (except Sarah). Then, we are planning to spend the next month playing 'secret santa' with each other.

What does a secret santa do? They do nice things for each other, complete each others chores, leave small gifts or notes . . . all without the other person knowing. Then on Christmas morning they have a small gift for their secret Santa and reveal their identity.

I wanted the kids to focus on each other instead of thinking only of themselves . . . we'll see if this helps! They've really enjoyed doing special things for each other - although the younger ones don't really get the secret part! We didn't even make it one whole day before everyone knew who their Santas were. Hopefully, as they get older they'll be able to keep the secret better!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving! We are spending the day tomorrow with my family, then leaving their house to head to my in-laws until Saturday. Due to the holiday I will not be hosting Loving My Husband Fridays . . . maybe you can tell him something you love about him in place of it on Friday. I have so much to be thankful for . . . I serve a wonderful God who is full of love and grace.

This year I had each of us list the things we were thankful for. I'll be adding them to our annual Blurb book. Here is a rundown of everyones list (except Aaron, who didn't complete his, LOL):

Me:

  • God's saving grace
  • The best husband in the world
  • 5 beautiful children
  • A roof over our head
  • Abundant food
  • Lenore's (my MIL) miraculous recovery - she should be coming home next week
  • Family
  • Church family
  • Homeschooling
  • Good Health

Caleb
  • My Family
  • God
  • Jesus
  • Micah

Josiah
  • That Nuna's doing better
  • That Nanny didn't get sick
  • That Jesus died on the cross for my sins

Rachel
  • Daddy
  • Mommy
  • My Brothers
  • J J
  • Sarah
  • My House
  • Jesus
  • My Toys
  • My Shed

Jada
  • Daddy and Mommy
  • Our House
  • My Toys
  • Polly's


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving - and remember to give thanksgiving to God!!! (And don't eat toooo much!).

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Building Our Marriage Challenge

Make sure to give your husband time with his family during the holidays . . . and have a good attitude about it!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Loving My Husband Friday

From Drop Box

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 the link. 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 the Bible portion of our homeschool with our kids each evening. I love hearing him share God's word with them - and know they are learning more from him than they would learn from me!


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Field Trip #1

We took our first field trip of the year yesterday to the Windy City - and boy was it windy!! We visited the Field Museum and then caught an early supper at Rainforest Cafe. The Egyptian exhibit was a great reinforcer of all we learned last year. The kids spent a lot of time in the Nature exhibit - getting up close with many different kinds of animals. They also really liked seeing Sue - the T Rex. Jada was scared of practically everything, but everyone else had a great time.

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Building Our Marriage Challenge

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Write a list of all the things you are thankful to your husband for and give it to him.

Monday, November 16, 2009

What I've been reading lately . . . .

I've read a few books over the last few months that I've enjoyed and wanted to share with you.

Three (3) Novels By Pamela Aidan: An Assembly Such as This, These Three Remain, Duty and Desire These three books tell the story of Pride and Prejudice through the eyes of Mr. Darcy. If you are a Pride and Prejudice/Jane Austen fan, I highly recommend this trio! (4/5)


The Wednesday Letters by Jason F Wright - This book tells the story of a family who finds the letters the father writes to the mother - one every Wednesday of their marriage. Family secrets are revealed and the family is left to deal with them. This was an O.K. book. I thought the idea was good, but the characters were very 2 dimensional. I really didn't feel like I knew any of the characters at the end of the book.(3/5)

Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)New Moon (The Twilight Saga, Book 2)
, Eclipse (The Twilight Saga), and Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)
by Stephenie Meyer - I loved this series so much! I read all four books in four days! I think most of us have heard about the storyline . . . a girl (Bella) falls in love with a 'vegetarian' vampire (Edward). Unlike the previous book, the characters came alive in this book. I found myself thinking about Bella and Edward like they were people I knew. A beautiful love story! (overall 4.5/5 . . . although the last book I didn't enjoy quite as much).

I ♥ Faces - Autumn Beauty


The theme this week at I Heart Faces is Autumn Beauty. The leaves have been gone here for weeks now, but I got this picture of Rachel during the peak of Autumn beauty . . . and I happen to think Rachel (with her October birthday) is indeed an Autumn beauty!




Fall Beauty


Visit I Heart Faces to see more Autumn Beauty.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sarah - 8 months old

8 months

I can't believe that Sarah is 8 months old already! Could be because she still doesn't sleep through the night, LOL! We took our monthly photo with her bear. She seems so much bigger this month - probably because she is finally sitting up so well!

8 months


8 months

Friday, November 13, 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 the link. Then pray for the marriages of the others who post, and give each other a little encouragement to keep our marriages strong!

My husband is my perfect match. I think it's so amazing that God created someone who seems made just for me. I am so thankful that God orchestrated our paths to bring us together. There is no one else for me.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Gratitude Challenge - Grateful A to Z

I participating in the Gratitude Challenge hosted by Tiny Prints. It is a 21 day challenge to focus on the brighter things in life. Today's challenge was to make a list of things I'm grateful for using the letters of the alphabet - then post it somewhere public! I chose to post it here on my blog.

A to Z list of things I'm grateful for:

A - Answered prayer
B - Books
C - Church Family
D - DeBrand Truffles
E - Educating my children at home
F - Family
G - God's love
H - Husband
I - Ice cream
J - Jesus' sacrifice
K - Kisses
L - Laughter
M - Movie nights
N - Notes of love
O - Offspring (Caleb, Josiah, Rachel, Jada and Sarah)
P - Photography
Q - Quiet Evenings
R - Roof over our head
S - Servant's hearts
T - Table full of food
U - Uplifting words
V - Van that runs
W - Wonders of God's creation
X - eXcellent adventures with my family
Y - Yesterday's precious memories
Z - Zany kids

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Veterans Day!!

Thank you to all the veterans for all your sacrifices! You are true heroes!

I ♥ Faces -My Story in Photos "Thankfulness"

This week is a non-judged week at I heart Faces. I'm a little late, but here are just a couple of things I am thankful for.

Family
I have been extremely blessed with the perfect husband and five wonderful children.

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My Mother-in-law is a true miracle. By ALL accounts she should not be here. She is a testament that God does answer prayers. She is completely breathing on her own. Her brain is perfectly normal. She's talking and her normal self once again. She's still working on physical therapy . . . but she makes gains there every day. I know many of you spent the summer praying for her, and I just wanted to thank you!

I have so many other things to be thankful for, but these are the big two right now! Head over to I heart Faces to see more Thanksgiving!

Wordless Wednesday - How Girls Play with Trains

Train Love

WFMW - Junk drawer Organizer


Everyone I know has a junk drawer. Some look junkier than others! Several years ago when our junk drawer had gotten out of control, I decided I needed to tame the junk monster. So, I started searching online for an inexpensive option and found this.

Now my junk drawer is under control, and things are easy to find (if my girls would just stop stealing my tape!!). My junk drawer organizer works for me!

Visit We Are That Family for more great tips and ideas!

Friday, November 6, 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 the link. 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 Aaron is an avid reader. Although I don't read as much now as I used to, I love that we share the bond of a love of books. (The only problem is when he reads a book first - and then lets things slip while I'm reading !!). I love finding new books I know he'll love - and reading ones that he recommends to me.




Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Designated Hot Spots


I first heard of 'hot spots' at Flylady. (If you've never checked Flylady out - I encourage you to! I've gotten a lot of valuable ideas from her site. Although I don't implement her system, there is still a LOT of great tips and tricks). If you aren't familiar with the term, it is a spot in your home that accumulates stuff. We all have them - the spot right inside the door where we throw the mail, the dining room table, the kitchen counter. Ever since we've heard the term, we affectionately refer to several spots in our home as 'hot spots'. Because we get tired of them looking so awful, we have chosen to make designated hot spots. We still need to go through them periodically and cull items, but they are contained until that time. Here are a couple of examples of the designated hot spots in our home.

All the doors in our house open into the main living area. We have this large coffee cup (It is actually a planter, but I have repurposed it) right inside the door. It's a place to toss small things. As you can see, it is also used for some of the current books we are using.



We have one main living area in our house. It can get pretty cluttered and lived in. So, we use this 'hot spot'. Can you see it?


Yep. The ottoman is a storage ottoman. We use it to store diapers and wipes (to make quick changes easy!!). Aaron stores all his 'stuff' in there along with the read-alouds and bible books for our homeschool. We also just toss odds and ends in here if we need to make a quick clean up. If it's on the couch or the floor - there's a good chance it will end up in here.


I think having hot spots are inevitable. What we've tried to do is disguise them. I still need to go through the hot spots periodically . . . . but until I can get to them they are hidden from view. Where are your hot spots? Is there anything you can do to make your hot spot a little more invisible to others? Do a little brainstorming and let me know what you come up with! I'm always looking for creative solutions to storage needs.

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