Sunday, September 30, 2012

31 Days of Keeping your Head Above Water

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Way back in the beginning of summer I read about the 31 day blogging challenge  and I thought it sounded like something I might be interested in trying, so I started thinking of topics.  31 posts on the same thing seemed daunting to me.  I'm not much of an expert on anything and couldn't think of anything I could share that anyone would care about.  I made a list but was unsure about any of the topics.  Months passed and the Nester posted a reminder about the challenge.  I decided I really wanted to try.  So, I sat down and made another list.  That's when the topic came to me ... 31 days of Keeping Your Head Above Water.

Maybe it sounds dramatic, but for all of you out there who have families I think (hope?) you feel the same way sometimes.  There are days, weeks, sometimes years that we feel like we're drowning in the responsibilities of life.  Most days I feel like I'm drowning in laundry, toys, schoolwork, activities, squabbles, etc.  You get the idea.   Let's face it.  Parenting is hard.  Marriage is hard.  Being a Christian woman is hard. I think most of the roles we have in life are hard.

I'm going to spend the next 31 days talking about keeping your head above water.  I will preface this series with the caveat that I am no expert.  I'm just a woman trying my hardest.  I have days of failure, and days of success.  I'm going to share the things that help me.  Some of those things I don't always do ... but I regret it when I don't!  If you ever feel like you're drowning, please join me for some encouragement and helpful hints on surviving life with children!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Through the kids' eyes ....


Rachel, Jada, Sarah and even Alex sometimes take my point and shoot camera and shoot the world from their eyes.  Most of the pictures (especially Sarah and Alex's) are pretty bad.  But, occasionally they capture some pretty good ones!  Just a few recent ones:

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Fall To Do List

  • Pick pumpkins at a pumpkin patch
  • Roast marshmallows around the firepit
  • Corn Maze
  • Build shelves in school room
  • Jump in leaf piles
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Finish girls' Disney autograph books
  • Finish decorating touches in girls' room
  • Hike somewhere with beautiful leaves
  • Make artwork for dining room
  • Put up porch light
  • Kill thistle in flower bed
  • Keep a family thankful list
  • Plant daffodil bulbs
  • Make candy corn cookies

Summer To-Do List

We didn't get to everything on our summer list, but we didn't do too bad.  This summer seemed to fly by ... and it was just so hot!  I am looking forward to the cooler weather of fall!

  • Go to the Zoo
  • Hike at Potato Creek
  • Visit Art Museum
  • Turtle Days
  • Go to the Splash pad
  • Swim at Chain O Lakes
  • Visit Shipshewana Cheese Factory (and stop at E & S)
  • Drive-in
  • Take girls to see Brave 
  • Rachel and Jada Swim Lessons
  • Caleb Camp
  • Caleb Art Class
  • Girls overnight camp
  • Redecorate Girls' room
  • Clean out and reorganize Junk Drawer
  • Clean out and reorganize Pantry
  • Clean out and reorganize shed
  • Plan school year
  • Reorganize school room
  • Make Preschool Activities

Friday, September 14, 2012

Over the course of a day ...

On the tenth, I tried to attempt ten on ten (one picture every hour for ten consecutive hours), but I missed by a couple of pictures.  I just happened to be my 35th birthday!  Here is a little glimpse into the day.

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The girls made me breakfast in bed, then the whole family joined us in bed!
 
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Some morning tickles.

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Joe giving Rachel a little ride.

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Jada spending her birthday money!
 
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Lunch at Olive Garden.
 
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On our way home.
 
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Alex tackling Joe.


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Joe playing catch.
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Alex trying on my shoes.
 
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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Jada is seven!!


Today my sweet Jada turned 7!  She's smart. sensitive, and kind.  She's cautious, only learning to ride her bike at the end of this summer.  Now that she's learned, she loves to ride her bike and spends hours riding every day.  She loves playing outside.  She's funny and has a great sense of humor.  She's quiet and sweet.  She loves Phineas and Ferb.  She likes to play with Polly Pockets and Liv Dolls.  She loves to color.  She loves to read.  Her favorite movie is Soul Surfer.  She's the baby of the older four ... but the oldest of the younger three ... yet, smack dab in the middle of six. 

Happy Birthday, Jada.



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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Snapshots of Life


Some phone photos from the last few months:


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The lazy way to give Alex a wagon ride.My little rocker!















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