Sunday, July 31, 2011

Not forgotten

I've been gone for much longer than I had ever thought I'd be from this blog! So many things have happened in the months since my last post. Let's do a quick run down of what has transpired since our last chat.

1. We made it to Disney World and enjoyed EVERY.single.minute. In reality we are hoping to take another trip next year if all works out.


2. My hubby walked the line with his Bachelor's Degree in May. After finishing up a couple courses this fall, he'll officially be done. Hallelujah!

3. Hubby also got his credentials to be a minister. So proud of him for sticking it out!

4. We accepted a job, that has been on our hearts since we were dating all those years ago. We became houseparents at a children's home a couple of weeks ago. It's been a whirlwind, but exciting all at the same time.

That leaves us to today. It's been two weeks since we unloaded the UHaul and began a new life. The emotions and uncertainty and change made it a tad, well emotional. I finally got almost every single box out of our house, but have a ton to figure out in the garage since yesterday. One of my besties and her family accepted a job here too, the same weekend we moved. So today, they moved in to their cottage. All the emotions I felt are flooding her at the moment and I feel for her. Yet, I've moved to a new place in my emotions of feeling settled finally, and I know it will take a bit of time, but she'll be there soon too! How amazing it is to share this opportunity together with my hubby as a couple, but then to throw GREAT friends into it as well and we can't say anything more than we are blessed!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Reflection and Renewal

This past week has been a time to step back and reflect. I am truly thankful for these times. Too often we can get wrapped up in all the things to do and not be thankful or get refreshed.

Over the past year, the sound and feel of my car has changed. We've taken it numerous times to the dealer, but each time they hadn't found anything wrong. Then after picking up my kiddos from the babysitter, the engine light that has remained on began blinking. The engine puttered and I knew it was the moment that they would find something wrong. And I was right!

The boys and I have been "stuck" per say, at home for almost a week. Though heading to the grocery store is imperative at this point (with needing whole milk for a one year old), I am more than happy to just be content here while things get fixed. In a way I wish my life was more like this one I'm playing this week (minus the homework). Being able to not run my household on a schedule of outside schooling, snuggling with my munchkin who is teething a little longer and looking forward to what is to come.

I'm happy that God chooses moments like these, though not always convenient with our schedules, to give us a time to take a step back and get the important things done in life. We have a big change in our lives coming up with graduation. I can feel it. And I am ecstatic at all the possibilities layed out before us. I'm also putting my trust in God that He has it all under control. Thank you God for giving us times of reflection and renewal, for we need it more than we think!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March Challenges

In keeping with the spirit of March Madness, I am giving myself a few challenges. 20 days of doing (or not doing) each item. Since we are also planning on a spring break trip for two of those days, it will be even more of a challenge!
  • Bible--I am rereading the book of Acts again, since I have to complete my course work for the book. My goal though is to continue beyond Acts.
  • Exercise--my hubby and I purchased some games to work out to this past month. This evening the little boys and I workout out to Zumba. So cute watching a 1 year old boogie!
  • Caffeine--I am working on completely cutting caffeine out of my daily diet, but I am okay at least one cup a day. This way I'm not going cold turkey or forcing myself into a riot :)
  • Games--Facebook games are addicting! Plus I enjoy something that only takes about 10 minutes at a time. Mr. T also enjoys watching me play those games. But it's time to give them up for a while.
  •  Homework--By the time Spring Break comes around, I would like to have my courses from last fall completed and on track to finish the three courses for this semester. Counting down the days!

Someone said that repeating something for at least 20 days (or 20 times) in a row makes a habit. So here goes...

Monday, February 28, 2011

Marvelous Monday

Marvelous Monday...

Teaching elementary school, we would come up with cute names for each day of the week. Then write a welcome letter each morning for the students to dissect. Marvelous Monday, Terrific Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, and the list goes on...

Mondays are just ugh days for me. Really, I'm not quite sure they are so marvelous, but I am trying the positive thinking approach at the moment. In reality by the end of the day my mind and body are completely spent. The boys and I get up around 8 or 9am. Sounds idyllic right? Well, when I get to bed around 1 or 2 am, it's still barely enough sleep. We eat breakfast. Then on Mondays (and Wednesdays) we head to "big school" for speech therapy for my oldest. Then turn right around and go to the babysitters while I teach.

It really does affect the boys schedule that I try to keep as consistent as possible. I want them to feel comfortable in their day to day life, so they can feel safe, secure and learn. Lunch at 10:30 am too early on these days? Yes...especially when we just ate breakfast at 9am. No nap for a 1 year old because Mommy (or Daddy) isn't around? Not fun. Poor thing crashes hard the second he is fastened in his car seat.

The joy of teaching my college students is beyond words. Yet, I'm exhausted. It's now 11pm and though I have a list a mile long of things that need to be done. The first thing that is most pressing can't even pop into my brain. I might as well write off these days of doing anything constructive. Just loving on my babies and being mommy and wife is the most important.

I am looking forward to the semester being over. The time when I am done with school, when hubby graduates, when home school truly begins and when my life quiets down a bit into a bit more of a non-chaotic place. Until then positive speaking will have to continue to bring up my happiness until Mondays really truly turn into quiet, slower Marvelous Mondays.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

My First Day Book

A dear friend of mine writes a DayBook post about once a week. Obviously, I haven't been on in a while with school and everything taking up so much of my brain processes. So in order to ease myself back into the groove of blogging, I hope to start "day booking" with the best of them!

For Today:

Outside my window: The sun has already set for the evening. It's finally starting to feel like spring. Instead of the breath catching cold that shocks us upon opening the door, it is a gentle ease from inside to outside living. The Ozarks are once again bracing for a big storm. Instead of snow, it will most likely be tornadoes. Though most people are looking forward to the storms as a whole, I personally would much rather have lots of white fluffy snow instead of those tornadoes!

I am thankful for: So many things! God is just truly amazing, even in the toughest of times. Though I could make a list that goes on and on and on and on, I am going to narrow it down to just one thing each day! Today, I am thankful for all my boys. My hubby and I have been together for 15+ years and I couldn't imagine a day without him. My two little ones just light up the day!

From the Kitchen: I hear the dishwasher rewashing the last load. Dislike the second process, but it is much easier than washing everything by hand. Our kitchen has a new addition! Yesterday, the boys and I took a quick look at the locate furniture store, just to look mind you, and we came away with an absolute steal on a new kitchen table and chairs. I feel like God's hand just led us through with the price, the perfect pieces for us and the fact that another couple who just got married will be enjoying our old set for free!

I am thinking about: So many things are on my mind this evening. 1. The excitement of our first family vacation in less than a month 2. All the homework and grading I have to get done in the coming week 3. Starting a new daily routine 4. Realizing that in two months our lives will change with graduation. It's all exciting and a little nerve racking, but it's all in God's hands.

I am hearing: The sounds of my boys laughter while in their beds. It almost doesn't matter how tired they are when I send them to bed because their little bodies will keep them feeding off of each other for hours.


I'm leaving you with a picture for thought:


It comes from our kitchen just a couple weeks ago. Hubby sent me my favorite flowers, carnations, for Valentine's Day. As you may notice in the background is the 'start' of our home schooling area. It's all been re-arranged with the new furniture, but that is for another time...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow, snow, snow...

There is just something completely magical to snow, even as an adult. The mention of snow in the forecast and I get all excited! I'm sure there is something about the fact that I'm a school teacher by heart. All those years wondering if school would be canceled, first as a student and then as a teacher. The giddiness of it all!

I woke up this morning having all the school districts around us closed, but having many friends in our town still having to go to teach. Our district closes rarely, so when it does it's a miracle. For me it's a double miracle having the college close. I find it quite enjoyable though to have a snow day at home! The boys and I stay in the warmness of our house. T still gets to do his school work as usual. Once nap time is over and B comes home from work, we'll all head out to play in the snow for a bit. Then it's off to warm baths before a warm and cozy dinner.


God has truly blessed us to be able to be home and enjoy his work, all while still getting things done like school work and teaching!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Years

Though this year has started out quite crazy with finishing out homework from last year, I'm still looking forward to all the new things that will be happening this year! So excited!

1. We are taking our FIRST EVER family vacation. Hubby and I did not have a honeymoon either, so this is literally the first! Planning a trip with my bestie and her family to Disney World for spring break.

2. Hubby finally graduates in May! We are starting to get his resume together and praying about what districts to apply to for a pastorate. Goal is to get family pictures taken later this month to attach to resumes.

3. Being healthier in all areas of our life is a huge thing this year. Adding exercise to our daily routine and buying organic when we can is at the top of the list!

4. Our oldest T starts Kindergarten in the fall. At this point we've decided to home-school. Heard a lot of opinions from people regarding it and still feel strongly that if I don't do this, I will regret it later. It's odd that I went to school to become a public school teacher, but am choosing to keep my kids at home to school. My how plans change as we get older.

I've decided not to make New Year's Resolutions this year. In all I just want to be healthier and leave plans in the hands of God. What's the point of making plans if God is the one in control anyways? I did make a list of the things I would like to accomplish in life. Mainly a few items, but in all the plans and path is set by what God has in store for us. That's what I'm excited about the most. He has the best plans and though life gets rough at times, His plans are SO much better!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Struggling

As we welcome in a New Year. (One that I'm very excited about by the way.) I'm still struggling with school work. The feeling of treading in water over my head is becoming unbearable at the moment. See, I still have 9 credit hours, yes 9, that I am trying to somehow complete before the next semester starts in a week and a half.

I'm overwhelmed. Who's idea was it to take on another degree anyways? Oh yea, God's! So I'm determined to get this done so I can be finished with school this spring. At the moment I'm not sure where the time or focus will come from. Trying to help my hubby finish his math course, since I've somehow become the math wiz of the house. Then making my daily focus my children, it's almost ludicrous to have any thought processes happening in my brain for school work.

The OCD part of me, which is not actually diagnosed by the way, is itching at putting away anything resembling Christmas and trying to get the house back in a livable order. But I am trying SO hard to ignore it all so I can finish up. I'm drowning, I'm crying, I'm trying to get over the fact that it's okay not to be so well put together, but it's overwhelming...