Our Weekend

T was off last night so instead of writing we enjoyed some time together. It’s early in the morning and the family is still sleeping so I’ve got a few minutes.

Yesterday morning T got home early, around 3a.m. I was up treating a low blood sugar when he got home. I got up for my day a couple hours later and read my Bible and spent a little time in prayer when T.J decided he was ready to start his day. He was cranky so we ended up sitting on the floor reading books to help keep him quiet so the rest of the house could sleep.

I was able to get in 15 minutes of exercise once he was ready to go in his high chair and eat. He ate a little bit and then decided he wanted to get down on the floor with me.

After getting dressed and eating breakfast and feeding E, I set the timer for 40 minutes and cleaned the house during that time before we went outside in the nice cool air. I cleaned and vacuumed out the car and did some weed eating. I hadn’t used the weed eater in so long I’d forgotten how to start it but I had T show me yesterday. While cutting the grass I found an old soccer ball so I set up a couple boards to be used as goals and showed E how to kick it through the opposite goal. We spent the morning playing hide and seek and tag and enjoying the cool morning until it was lunch time.

After lunch me and T.J took a nap and E went with her daddy to the bank. She felt special going out just with daddy. When they got back we decided to go visit his parents. We packed a cooler of stuff to eat for dinner and then headed out there and visited until around 7:30 or so last night. The kids got to play with their cousins that were out there and E helped her Grandpa milk the cow.

We got home around 8:30, put the kids to bed and then got to enjoy our evening together.

This afternoon I’m going to bring the kids to their friend’s birthday party. Later this evening we are going to have church and host it at our house. We home church meaning we meet with other believers in each other’s homes instead of a church building, taking turns hosting. We us usually meet Sunday morning but since T is scheduled to work Sunday’s for the next month or so every one very generously offered to meet on Saturday’s so that he  didn’t have to miss church for a long time. Isn’t that love in a body of believers?

This morning I read Ezekiel chapter 32-34 and it occurred to me that when Jesus was referring to himself as the Good Shepherd, chapter 34 may have been one of the passages of scripture He was referring to. (I know there are quite a few places in the OT referring to God as the Good Shepherd, it’s just that this one is new to me since I haven’t read through Ezekiel before.)

Yesterday when taking my vitamins I remembered this post I had written back in July about taking them.  https://snowinlove.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/learning-some-new-health-info/

A few months later after faithfully taking them daily along with Dr. Berg’s recommendation of drinking wheat grass juice powder, I have had no relief of symptoms. Things have not improved at all. For now, I’m going to continue taking the vitamins. Essentially they are concentrated vegetable pills with herbs and I know extra vege’s can only help me but still, I’m disappointed. I’ve been reading some more research that is showing cutting out diary may help hormone issue but since I already don’t drink milk and my diet is already super limited, I don’t think I want to cut out cheese for the sake of an experiment right now. Anyways, I’ll share if I do run across something that works. Have a happy Saturday!

 

 

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This is my 200th post!

Wow! That’s hard to believe! Life has changed so much since I started this blog and it’s really neat to get to click through each month for the last few years and see what was going on at that time. This blog is constantly evolving and I’m thankful for those who read and comment for coming along for the ride with me. This is my little corner of the internet where I pour out my creativity, track my goals, share about my relationship with God and the day to day details of our lives. It’s where I often process my emotions, explore new topics and share news. Writing over the last few years has grown me as a person in a lot of ways. It’s made me a more mindful person and has helped me to live my life more deliberately. It has given me an outlet to organize my thoughts. Blogging has helped me through seasons of depression. It helps me to get out of my own mind when I’m stuck there and put my thoughts onto “paper” and get them out. Every time I see a post has been read I feel a connection to whoever that unknown reader may be and I’m reminded that I’m being heard and I’m not alone. So, thank you for being there for me. I hope as time goes by my words can be ones that edify and that this can be a place where you come to get encouraged and refreshed. In the future, if there is a topic you’d like me to write about, leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do.

I got on here tonight to continue my “journaling” of our lives lately. I didn’t even know this was going to be my 200th post until I saw the stats informing me.

This morning my Bible reading time was longer than usual as my Bible reading plan included four chapters. I read about Ezekiel’s wife dying and it really grabbed my attention because I don’t remember ever reading it before. Ezekiel’s total trust in God and his immediate, uncomplaining, unwavering obedience and devotion to God left me kind of dumbfounded. I prayed God would help me trust and obey Him like Ezekiel. I was also reading about the destruction of Tyrus. I spent a little bit of time reading through Matthew Henry’s commentary trying to get a grasp on the connection between the prince of Tyrus and Lucifer.

After reading I just had time for a quick shower before the kids woke up early. They wanted to go outside and wait for daddy to come home and it was kind of funny that we were in the same spots when he came home as when he left.

Thursday is my town day and I like to leave early in the morning while every one is still fresh and the kids bellies are full from breakfast. I unloaded the dishwasher, spent no more than 5 minutes cleaning out the fridge so it would be ready to put groceries in when we got back and got me and the kids ready to go.

E was invited to one of her friends birthday parties this weekend and it’s going to be a costume party so we first went to T.J Maxx and I let her pick out a costume. It’s a blue and black sparkly butterfly costume with enormous wings and a face mask. She loves it! We went to a couple more stores picking out a gift and wrapping for another party she’s going to later on. (Yes, her social life is much more interesting than my own!)

We went grocery shopping for the week at Kroger. The kids have their routine down when we go there. They want to ride in a car cart and get a free cookie from the deli. They get so excited about going to kroger! We got home around 11:00 and I unloaded the groceries and fixed some macaroni and cheese. (hear me being all southern? fixed mac and cheese? lol) We had nap time/quiet time and when the hour was up we sat and read several stories from the Jesus Story book Bible. (while I drank coffee and tried to wake up!) BTW- If you’re looking for a colorful children’s Bible story book- the more I read this the more I like it.

E has been eagerly anticipating our trip to kroger today so I could get butter so we could make applesauce cookies from the apples they picked last week. Baking with a 2 year old and a four year old can be um, interesting. T.J would not stop screaming because I was having them take turns with the ingredients and every time it was E’s turn he would scream and cry like his heart was breaking and he’d never get a chance to put something in the bowl again. I didn’t want him to wake up T so I ended up putting him in his high chair with a bowl and measuring cups and spoons and giving him his own ingredients to make a mess with. And boy was it a mess! By the time we were done the kitchen smelled amazing but looked like a tornado made out of flour had come through the place. There was so many dishes it was one of those messes where you just kind of stand there for a moment taking it in. Thankfully the kids uncle was outside cutting down trees and I told them to go watch him and that entertained them while I cleaned up. (recipe we used in the link!)

https://www.google.com/amp/www.marthastewart.com/314405/iced-oatmeal-applesauce-cookies%3famp

I drizzled icing on the cookies and the kids each had one before I brought them outside to play. It was cloudy again this afternoon and felt much cooler than last week. T woke up and we sat outside watching one tree fall after another while T’s brother in law knocked and cut them down. Slowly we began to be able to see the field and pond that makes a beautiful view on the other side of the thick woods. Our yard has always been tightly enclosed with trees but now the sun shines back there and it’s lovely. T picked out tree he wants to hang a tire swing from.

We spent a couple hours outside before bringing in the very dirty kids and showering them. We had frozen pizzas for dinner- I found some grain free pizzas at kroger. Instead of a wheat crust it’s made out of chicken! T ate with us before heading out. I put on a 20 minute or so educational video for the kids and sat and read my book. Instead of doing any more housework I put the kids to bed early and called it a night. Time for mommy to relax!

I’m really liking this on-line journaling thing so thanks for reading!

 

 

 

Starting to get into the swing of our new schedule

T got home early this morning, right after I woke up. He was all excited to show me photos of a tractor he saw on craigslist but I’m not sure at 5:30 a.m I was very enthusiastic about discussing the pros and cons of different types of tractors lol. I tried! He was ready to go to bed so I gathered up my stuff out of our bedroom and bathroom and started the day getting ready in the kitchen. Night shift life!

While reading about the coming destruction of Jerusalem prophesied by Ezekiel I read this verse, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” Ezekiel 22:30. It made me so thankful that I have Jesus to stand in the gap for me!

This is the workout video I do more than any other. When I first started doing it some of the positions like the downward facing dog pose was difficult for me but I’ve gotten stronger and more flexible.

E woke up before her brother so we had time to just lay on the couch together and cuddle. She told me she was going to marry her brother when she was older and then when I told her that wouldn’t work out she asked if she could marry daddy and then asked if she could marry me. She also told me she wished I was a queen ant having lots of babies. Classic examples of conversations with E ha ha!

I made the kids hardboiled eggs and toast and started some laundry and unloaded the dishwasher before getting ready to head to story time. On Wednesday’s at 10:00 the library does a story time geared more towards preschoolers. I have brought E just about every Wednesday since she was 18 months old. They read a few books, played a couple learning games and did a craft. There is usually anywhere from 10-20 kids there.

We came home and had lunch and then quiet time/nap time. I spent some time ordering school photo prints, and answering e-mails and texts. After getting caught up on dishes and laundry I helped E fill out a post card that she had decorated for one of her Aunt’s and we went to the mailbox together to send it off. We had in the mailbox some updated photos from one of our Compassion children. E was thrilled and I’m glad she has a relationship with a child all the way in Uganda.

https://www.compassion.com/m/default.htm If you’re interested in learning more about Compassion International here’s a link.

Me and T brought the kids outside to play. It got cloudy and cooled off considerably. We had a really nice time sitting on the tail gate of his pick up and talking while the kids played. It was probably my favorite part of the day.

E talked me into letting them have a bubble bath in the jacuzzi instead of a shower. I put waaay to much bubble bath in and the bubbles got really out of hand much to the kids delight! I wish the internet was fast enough to load photos right now- T.J was practically buried in bubbles!

While I bathed the kids T made us all dinner and we got to eat together and cleaned the kitchen together before he left. Isn’t he an awesome guy? The kids started a tradition where we go out on the porch and yell, “Good-bye!’ and “love you!” at the top of our lungs until he is out of sight.

After dinner I did a little bit of Mother Goose Time preschool with the kids and then I sat and relaxed with my book while they watched Preschool Prep videos.

I vacuumed some but that was about it before feeding the kids some warm apple sauce with cream and then tucking them in.

On Wednesday’s at noon in our area the tornado sirens get tested every week. When I was a newly wed I started this thing where whenever I hear the sirens I say “I love you” so that when my husband hears the sirens he can know I’m saying I love him. Today when the sirens went off I heard E start shouting from the other room, “I LOVE YOU DADDY!” It made me smile to have built such a fun little thing into our family culture. The funny thing is we say it even when we know he’s sleeping or is not where he will hear the sirens. It’s been so many years it’s just something we do now!

Do you have any small traditions or things you do that are a part of your family culture?

 

Can I be chatty again tonight?

The kids are in bed and it’s time for me to chat with you about our day!

This morning I read Ezekiel chapters 20 and 21. It’s been really heavy reading through Ezekiel and sometimes I wonder what the take away is supposed to be for me. This morning after reading those heavy chapters I made this list of things I can learn about God from those chapters.

  • God is just
  • God sees everything
  • God won’t let wickedness go unpunished
  • God’s answer to my questions may be different than what I expect to hear

I wrote a while back about taking prayer walks in the morning outside. I haven’t been doing that anymore since it became spider season and the wood spiders or whatever they are string themselves every where and I don’t want to go out early in the morning! Instead I have been using a free app on my phone called PrayerMate that mixes up your prayer request and presents them to you a couple at a time. It also has devotionals on it.

 

For probably the last couple years I’ve been doing different 15 minute workouts put out by fitness blender. This was a slow and easy one to wake me up and get my blood flowing this morning.

Before the kids woke up ad my husband got home I was able to get a shower in and tidy up our bedroom and bathroom. Around 7:00 they woke up and T got home. T went to bed and I made the kids french toast and sausage and myself eggs and sausage.

I was able to unload the dishwasher and take out the trash before getting the kids dressed and ready and everything loaded up to go to toddler story time.The theme of the day for the toddler story time was “our bodies”. Afterwards I invited a mom there and her daughter to join us at the park. We hung out until it got close to lunch time and started heating up.

We hired my brother in law to come with a tractor and do some work on our property. When we got home my kids entertained themselves while I made lunch by standing on the porch and watching their Uncle knock down brush and trees.

We ate lunch and I managed to clean the guest/kids bathroom before it was time for nap time/ quiet time. I put out a couple activities from E’s preschool curriculum that she could do on her own while I rested.

My husband had made an appointment for our van to get worked on. The radio and some of the electronics stop working on it. I had been asking him to let me take it in because I was worried he wasn’t getting enough sleep. I was glad that he ended up asking me to take it in so he could go back to sleep. He really needed the rest. I ended up having to entertain the kids for almost an hour and a half at the car dealership before being told that it wasn’t an easy fix like they thought and that they would have to replace the whole radio next week when the parts came in. I had brought our bag of library books and we read through almost the whole thing while we waited. Before we had left the house E didn’t want to leave because she wanted to watch her uncle on the tractor but I told her she could bring some change from her piggy bank and pick a snack from the vending machine in the waiting room. She was all about that!

When I got home I laid E down for a nap since she had fallen asleep on the way home and then plowed through the laundry that needed done. I made a cup of coffee, put on a learning numbers video for the kids and got the bills paid, the junk mail shredded and a meal menu and a grocery list made for when I go shopping Thursday.

Before T left for work we walked around our newly cleared land and discussed plans for our future. In one day our cleared land was doubled in size- if not more. I never could have imagined how nice it would be cleared.

T left and then I brought our dirty kids inside, ate dinner, bathed them and then cleaned up the kitchen. I tucked them in spending some time to lay next to E and take turns listening to each others heart beats. I told her it sounded like her heart was saying she had a good time playing at the park today. She listened to my heart and said, “Your heart is saying you had so much fun playing with your kids E and T.J at the park. And it says you have diabetes but when God comes back you won’t have diabetes anymore!” It surprised me she said that but I’m thankful she know Jesus is coming back and it will be an awesome event!

Thanks for letting me share about our day! I enjoyed writing this!

Snow in Totality!

This week we packed up our mini van and became one of “those people” to drive hours to be in the center line of totality to view the eclipse. Sunday morning we carpooled with our friends from church who have two boys to a campsite in MO.

Here’s us stopping for some Mexican food on the way up. “Say eclipse!”

 

 This was our first time camping together as a family. My cousin and his family who live nearby the campsite came and visited with us which made our weekend! We hadn’t seen them since my wedding 7 years ago and we had a blast catching up!

 

The next morning we packed every thing up and headed to a spot on the map that my husband had been looking at and thought would be a good viewing spot. After some dirt road driving we got to the spot on the map and it was actually a really pretty park on a lake. Other people there told us that they had found the spot because it was on a list of the 500 best places in the country to view the eclipse. I was very impressed that T had just found it by looking at a map and deciding it looked like a good spot!

We picnicked and entertained ourselves by talking to other people who were there and asking to see their telescopes and viewing boxes that they had brought. Every one was really friendly. We were offered glasses by multiple people and it did my heart good to see how giving and friendly people were. In front of us was a 13 year old boy named Tyler from Chicago who was going to be homeschooling this year. He was interested in astronomy and I’d say he was well on his way to becoming an astronomer! He made our time educational and fun and kept everyone informed about the time and what was happening and what we should be looking for when.

 

There was a group of tie dye wearing hippies probably in their 70’s who had brought sunflowers to make crowns with. They made E a crown and made her a little flower child. Isn’t she beautiful!?

In these photos below you can see the phenomenon where the shadows from the tree we were under became crescent moon shaped. Tyler was explaining to us what it would look like before it happened but it was hard to believe until we actually saw it! Neat huh!?

E handled the glasses great and showed more interest and understanding in the event than I thought she would.

Somewhere around 80-90 percent totality strange events began to occur but I won’t try to explain them LOL-

 

You could feel the excitement and energy of everyone around us as the sky began to darken and the bugs grew quiet. “Bailey’s beads!” shouted Tyler and we saw them. Next, “Diamond Ring! Diamond Ring!” It was breathtaking. “Glasses off!” people shouted followed by the groups excited whoops and hollers. We experienced somewhere around 2 minutes and 40 seconds of totality. People sat transfixed, and later T and I discuss what it felt like to loose all self consciousness as we experienced the moment. “Glasses on!” and then just as fast as it got dark it got light again and we sat there blinking commenting on how strange the light looked.

T and I decided we better get on the road and try and beat some of the traffic instead of waiting for another couple hours to view C4. Our kids were pretty tired at that point as well. Thinking we could beat the traffic was a laughable idea- it was just as bad as was predicted. It took around 3-4 hours longer to get home than it took to get up there the day before. It was so worth it though. It’s something we got to experience as a family with friends that we’ll be talking about for years.

 

Here’s some photos we took on the way home while on highway 7. People who live back in CT (where I am from) often comment that they imagine Arkansas as flat and dry and they are so wrong! Aren’t the Ozark’s breathtaking? My photos can’t do this view justice…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While at this look out point we meet some people who told us about the eclipse coming up on April 8, 2024. The center of totality is supposed to be in Hot Springs AR! Looking forward to it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a hint… and “World Schooling”

This morning before the kids woke up while I got dressed and tidied up my bedroom and bathroom I listened to this power of moms podcast. I listened to it a long time ago and I’ve been thinking about it and wanting to listen to it again.

So here’s your hint… We’re going to be traveling internationally. That’s kind of an understatement about the situation but it’s your hint for now!

Like most areas of my life I’ve spent so much mental energy thinking about how to make this trip productive I’ve forgotten about the fact that this trip is going to be fun and adventurous and educational and an amazing bonding time for our family! We are going to a place in the world that will allow us to interact with people from all over the world all at once!

 

Anyways, this podcast is so inspiring and so much fun to listen to! Listen in on a conversation with a mom with 5 kids who took them on a trip around the world. It includes how they afforded it, comical stories from their trip, tips for traveling for young children and more. She also makes a case for why experiencing radically different things as a family is really positive for a family. I also really now love the word “Worldschooling”. Yeah, that’s my hint, we’re going to become a World school family!

https://powerofmoms.com/encore-make-family-travel-dream-reality-episode-177/

Family fun from this weekend and Monday goals

My husband has been on a different work assignment at work the last couple weeks and he’s been working 4 days a week (day shift) and has had 2, 3 day weekends in a row. It has been AWESOME! This past weekend we crammed so much fun stuff in.

Saturday morning was cooler than usual so T wanted to bring the kids to the zoo. Once we got to the city though it had already gotten above 90 degrees. I remembered someone telling me about this indoor kids place called the Wonder Place so we brought the kids there instead. They had an indoor climbing area and a dress up station and a pretend market and restaurant, lots of imaginative play stuff. They had a craft room and a water table and a sand area. The kids had a blast!

http://www.thewonderplace.com

We ate lunch at the Root Cafe which is a place that uses locally sourced ingredients. It was neat to show E the map on the wall that showed the location of the different farms that grew the food we were eating and also the scrapbook that had photos of the farms. http://www.therootcafe.com/menu/

That same day we went to their grandma and grandpa’s and visited with two of my husbands siblings and their kids. Doesn’t T.J look so cute on Grandpa’s tractor?!  I can’t remember but this may have been his first time on the tractor.

Today it’s Monday and I have goals for today! I’ll share my goals and then you drop your goals in the comments below! We’ll help each other get stuff done!

  1. do mother goose preschool time with the kids (which includes sand and tin foil boats today-they are going to have so much fun!)
  2. do my Monday chore- 1 hour of mopping and vacuuming and picking up the floor area
  3. remember to read the kids today’s chapter from the book of Proverbs
  4. get done my daily morning chores
  5. since T figured out how to get the jets to turn on in our jacuzzi tub, give the kids a super bubbly bath with the jets on!
  6. I realized that it’s been over month since I’ve painted my toenails and they look um, bad. lol! Give myself a pedicure!

What does your Monday look like? Enjoy your day!

Are you going to see the eclipse?

Have you heard about the total solar eclipse that is going to be visible from the U.S August 21? We are going to travel to another state so that we can be in totality and get to witness first hand the moon completely covering the sun. Haven’t heard about it? What about shadow snakes? Have you heard of those!? Check out the video below!

Neat huh? We’re going camping for the first time as a family, it should be an adventure!

 

Well, I’ve got a busy weekend ahead of me. We’re showing our house today, tomorrow, and then we are having an open house Tuesday!

So this happened today…

I don’t know if I’ve ever read the book of Obadiah or not but this morning it was part of my Bible reading plan. It’s just one chapter long and as I was reading about the Edomites towards the end of the chapter I start thinking, “wait, is he no longer talking about Edom? It sounds like he’s talking about the whole world now. Is this prophecy?” I looked up the Bible Project’s video on Obadiah and it’s really good. Watch it and read the book!


This morning I took the kids to story time at the library and theme of the day was shapes and colors. This afternoon we continued the color and shape theme by getting out the new play dough set I picked up off the clearance shelf yesterday at Wal-Mart.  After we cleaned up dad helped E with some handwriting practice while I snuck outside to set up this surprise!

It’s bubble bath in the kiddie pool and ice on top the tarp and in the bowl. I came in the house after setting it up and looked out the window squinting at the pool saying, “Hey, E! Something strange is happening to the pool, we better go check it out.” I guess my tone of voice was a little too serious because she got scared and didn’t want to look! We had to convince her it was going to be something she would like and to go look. She tip toed until she got close enough to see what it was and then got really excited! T.J liked the ice and entertained himself by putting it in a little beach toy and carrying it around the yard a few pieces at a time until it all melted.

Hope you’re enjoying your summer and finding ways to stay cool!

2 minute date and other fun stuff

So today I did some cool stuff. This morning I took the kids to the splash pad at city park. We got there around 9:00 so we could try and beat the heat but it was HOT! When we left a couple hours later it was already 98 degrees and this afternoon got over 100 degrees so I had to come up with some stuff to do with the kids indoors. E has been asking to make slime ever since she made a slime experiment a couple months back at the library’s “mad scientist club.” I googled “slime for kids” and came up with this very easy and totally fun slime. Seriously-it took about 30 seconds to stir together and E loved it! I was pretty impressed with this stuff! 3 ingredients- glitter glue, contact solution and baking soda. The slime was strong enough and stretchy enough to stretch across the room but pliable enough to play with like play dough. It felt like silly putty- just an enormous ball of it!

http://www.elmers.com/projects/project/elmers-glitter-recipe 

 

While at Wal-Mart today I saw on clearance these cute little toy mailboxes and while I very rarely buy my kids toys for no reason they were only $2.50 so I surprised them with them. Totally worth the money when E “read” to me her letter that told me she loved me as high as the trees. (how cute is that!?) When I tucked her in tonight I told her that hearing her read me her letters was my favorite part of the day.    

 

While at Wal-Mart I picked up one of these dark chocolate with chili bars. I was thinking about it because I had recently been reading a date night at home idea on tolovehonorandvacuum.com and she mentioned these chocolate bars. It was fun to bring it home and having something new to try with T. He was headed to work but we tried it together and I dubbed it a “2 minute date”. We both agreed the concept of mixing the chocolate with the chili was good but would have been better if it had been like a 80% dark chocolate because at 47% the predominate flavor was just the sweet. Anyways! It was something new and we laughed. 

And why do I not make my kids smoothies more often!? Tonight they sucked down both spinach and cod liver oil that I added to the fruit and yogurt. I need to do smoothies way more often!