A Morning Self Care Routine

The last meeting we had for our homeschool co-op a woman spoke who had homeschooled for over 30 years. One of the things that she pointed to as to her success as a long term homeschool mom was regular self care.

Early on in my parenting I realized that I had to do everything in my power to wake up before my children so I could meet my needs so that I would be ready to meet theirs.

Some seasons of life come with exceptions such as having a new born but once I was through that stage I had to get back to taking care of my needs first thing in the morning to maintain my health and be happy.

I chuckled to myself when the woman at our co-op shared what her morning routine looked like all those years because it was so similar to what I have been practicing and refining for the last few years in my career as a stay at home mom.

This is what mornings look like for me every day outside of being sick or a family vacation or something.

5:00 a.m wake up, make coffee, sit and slowly drink it while I read my Bible and pray. This takes around 40 minutes. I also check my blood sugar and take insulin first thing in the morning but I know that’s very specific to me. Other people take medication or vitamins though so working them into your morning routine may help you remember.

I then do a 15 minute stretching routine using a youtube video. Nothing intense, I’ve just learned that it is absolutely impossible to stretch and relax with a 2 and 4 year old crawling all over me. If I want to stretch I have to do it while they are asleep. Stretching also helps gets my blood circulating in the morning.

I make my bed. It may seem strange to include that in self care but I have a couple reasons for doing this before the kids wake up. One, if they are up they want to help which means they jump all over the bed and pull the blankets off faster than I can get them on! Also, if I don’t do it before they get up I may not get to it all day and a made bed makes me feel like something has been accomplished. It’s a mental boost!

I get dressed and do my hair and makeup. I timed myself this morning and I have my hair and makeup routine down in less than 5 minutes.

Before leaving the bathroom I tidy it up. This enables me to be able to shut the master bedroom door and keep the kids out. They are welcome in there when they take a bath or when we are having family cuddles but generally I keep them out so they don’t get their dirty selves all over my bed and get into stuff. I like walking into my bedroom after a long day and have it be a toy free zone.

I’ll usually have a few (as in 5-10) minutes to check email and FB and write any texts I need to send out later in the day. My goal is then to not be on the internet or having my phone in hand until they are asleep for the night. I’m not perfect about it but my general guideline for myself is no surfing the internet while on the job!

I need to work on teaching my kids to stay in bed until 7:00. That was a point that the woman who spoke at the homeschool meeting brought up. Pretty often they start yelling, “Mama!” around 6:30 and it makes our morning more stressful because they have not gotten enough sleep and are still tired. Also, I would really like to know I was going to get a solid two hours to myself every day. I have heard of clocks that light up at a set time to let a child know it’s okay to get up. That may work for my four year old but I really have no idea how to teach a 2 year old to stay in bed. He goes to bed around 8:00-8:30 and I run him good throughout the day. My four year old rarely naps. I just have two very energetic kids!  If you have successfully taught a toddler to stay in bed until 7:00 share in the comments!

Doing this list of things in the morning makes me feel ready to meet my children with a smile and say, “I’m so glad to see you!” If I don’t have my needs met I’m usually thinking about me instead of them.

I view motherhood as my job so I view 7:00 a.m as “clocking in” and my aim is to be ready to clock in just like I would be ready to clock into any other job.

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Easy and free fall decorations plus a neat video about the reformation

I love walking around Hobby Lobby looking at and touching all the fall decor and imagining where I would put it in my house. I realize though that that stuff is expensive and after the fall season it goes back up in the attic. I knew I could come up with something beautiful without spending any money if I tried, and I did! It’s not much but here’s what I came up with..

We don’t burn wood in our stove any more so I used it as an area to decorate. The gate around it makes it an area I can make pretty without my 2 year old pulling down the decorations. The kids were playing outside while I worked on it and E’s reaction of “Wow!” when she saw it told me that it was good enough. I did something I call “shopping around the house.” I look for every day objects that I have in various rooms and group them together to make something pretty. The glass jars were in the cabinets, the washboard was in the kitchen, the antique rug beater (?) was on top the fridge. And what could say “fall” better than combination of purple beauty berries and red oak leaves picked from the yard? I lit an apple scented candle which pulled it all together. The table runner was something that mom used to have that I asked for when I got married. With little children it’s not very practical for the table but it looks nice here.

 

I did this easy craft with the kids. It wasn’t exactly free, I spent a few dollars on the wreath base and something around $1.50 for a pack of 100 clothes pins. We already had the paint. You can’t see it in the photo but on every clothes pin there is written something different we are thankful for. It was neat to do this with E because last year when she was 3 she didn’t grasp the idea fully of talking about things we are thankful for. She understood it this year and it was exciting to recognize that growth in her.

I collected stones from around our property to make a fire pit. When I think of fall I think of sitting around a toasty campfire.

I cleaned up around the mailbox, set out a pumpkin and called it good enough. I want to try and spruce up the porch a bit before thanksgiving but currently it is covered with tools and boxes and stuff we are using to work on the new swing set.

Have your kids seen this video of the life of Martin Luther told with play mobile toys? It’s really neat and gives a solid gospel presentaion.

I learned about it October 31st when listening to this podcast by Amy from raisingarrows.net. She tells about how their family started a new way of observing halloween and reformation day that I thought was really interesting. I’ve never heard of anyone doing it the way she did.

https://www.raisingarrows.net/2017/10/halloween-reformation-day-podcast-030/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

trying to trust God instead of panicking after seeing the podiatrist

I’m home after seeing a podiatrist this afternoon. I have a bunion on the outside of my foot that has become so deformed and inflamed I can’t put a shoe on. It’s been there for a while but I used to be able to wear thick socks and loose fitting shoes. Now, even the weight of the blanket at night touching my foot or laying with the side of my foot touching the side of the mattress is excruciatingly painful. I’ve been wearing flip flops in 35 degree weather and the last few weeks when my feet were icy cold I wore old lady looking slippers outside and to town. I tried ordering protective gel pads made for bunions but they didn’t help any.

The doctor took some x-rays and said I needed surgery if I was ever going to wear a shoe again. When looking at the x-ray the bone on the side of my foot looked mangled and he said even though I have no memory of it I must have broken my foo,t probably as a child. The area is really inflamed.

He told me I needed a pretty extensive surgery involving breaking the bone, reshaping my foot and putting in a screw. he said I would need to stay off my feet for 6 weeks and use a walker and crutches to get around the house. I had to hold back tears as I said, “That’s not possible! I have a 2 year old and a four year old and my family is out of state!” He asked me if I had any ladies from church who could help. Realistically even though I have helpful people in my life my children need all day care and there is no one who could come and help for more than a few hours. There is certainly no one who could drop every thing to care for my kids and home for 6 weeks! Recovery from a c-section wasn’t even that intense!

He told me since I can’t stay off my feet that long what he can do is shave down the bone which would provide temporary relief. I’d have to stay off my foot for a couple weeks but it would be a matter of just the flesh healing not a bone. He said it would only be a temporary fix that my foot would probably become deformed again in a few years but by then my children will be older and less dependent.

I’m still really overwhelmed. I told God I trust Him in this but it’s scary to let go of control. Maybe someone else would like the idea of having an excuse to let everything go for a couple weeks but not me! The idea of having my house a wreck and not being able to drive and not being able to take my kids to play outside for a couple weeks scares me! How will I get groceries? How will I bathe children on one foot? God knows I am a control freak and I see a big hurdle of sanctification coming my way!

Pray for me. Pray I will be able to figure out the details of child care. My husband is in a work situation where the time he will be able to take off will be extremely limited. I don’t have a date set yet, they are going to call me. I want to get it done before the end of the year because our insurance has a deductible but apparently every one else is wanting the same thing and they are pretty booked.

Also pray for me that I can get my blood sugar under control. I recently started back on the insulin pump after a year of using shots and it’s been a big adjustment. It will take a while to figure out how much insulin I need when. I started on it a couple weeks ago and have not been able to sleep through the night one time since. Last night my blood sugar was so unstable I was up almost every hour. The doctor said day of surgery they might cancel it if my blood sugar is high. Also steady blood sugar will be imperative for healing. I will have to take antibiotics and pain killers and both will affect my blood sugar and health.

After I get a surgery date I have to find a primary care physician who can do blood work. The thought of one more doctor appointment is just kind of overwhelming. If I wasn’t in such awful pain and if my feet weren’t freezing cold I’d just say forget it! I wish I could!

I know that’s a lot of ramblingly but I need prayer. Most of all I need to trust God and be okay to let go of control for a little bit. I need to understand that if the kids have to watch movies for a couple weeks they will survive. I feel awful anytime they watch T.V so thinking about them just laying around watching T.V for a couple weeks freaks me out and already preemptively brings on the mommy guilt. “If they have to watch T.V and eat peanut butter sandwiches for a couple weeks they will survive,” I’m trying to tell myself.

Tell me, have you had a surgery while your kids were little? How did you make it through? What worked and what didn’t? Even if you haven’t had surgery has there been a time in your life when you had to let go of control and that was difficult? What did you learn?

 

Oh and here’s a little trivia for you- a bunion on the outside of your foot is called a tailors bunion. I read that tailor’s used to sit cross legged as they worked and sitting in this position so long would deform their foot. After reading that I read the kids a Beatrix Potter story about a tailor. In her painting he is sitting cross legged on top of a table sewing. I guess that was a thing!

My outlook for this monday morning:

My outlook for this monday morning:

People matter more than things. My children matter more than my to-do list. Dishes that need washed are just things. These little people are eternal souls and the loves of my life. Which matters more?

Let them help- they love it. Even if it means more time and more mess. If I can’t get everything done while including my children than I am doing too much and my goals are unrealistic.

Say yes. I have no control over our schedule which has been changing hourly. Instead of making plans for the future just live in the moment for a while. Say yes to tag and yes to reading books and yes to all the things that feel like distractions from what needs done.

Smile. Make eye contact with these little people and tell them that they are my world.

Say yes to spending time on my health. It matters. Even if the kitchen floor stays un mopped, I need to take steps today to preserve my health for the future.

Get outside. Breathe fresh air. Move my body. Take the time to prepare nourishing food and take time to savor it.

Talk to God, read His Word.

Be there for those who need me. Ask, “how can I help?” When someone needs help make what is important to them important to me because I love them.

Put away the phone and other distractions. Be present. Be available to sit and listen. Breathe and be thankful.

Have a happy Monday and thanks for reading my thoughts! As a list making organized person who likes to be in control, I’m learning to let go and be in the moment and live a life that matters! It’s a hard balance, being available for my children but also juggling other responsibilities that have to get done. I only have today with these little people though and I want to make sure I don’t miss what’s most important!

 

 

Life right now and 2017 goals

This past weekend was T.J’s 2nd birthday. My baby is two!! How is that!? I don’t want to touch those curls with a pair of scissors yet. I know those curls may never grow back and I also know that when he gets his first hair cut he’ll look like a big boy. Those beautiful golden curls are my way of having my baby just a little bit longer!

Let me tell you about life right now- 4 and 2 years has me ON MY TOES! In a lot of ways it’s the funnest stage of motherhood I’ve been in. I like to do stuff and experience new things with my kids and the older they get the easier this is to do. In other ways though this is the most intense season of parenting I’ve ever been in!

It’s finally cooled down around here and I am loving the cold weather! My husband is working on building the kids a swing set on his days off and its been exciting to see it take shape. He designed it himself and it’s going to be the swing set of all swing sets! I can’t wait to show it to you completed. You’ll probably find me spending my days playing on it once it’s done lol!

Yesterday I accomplished something that I never have done before. I finished reading the Old Testament! I started back in January using a read through the Bible chronologically reading plan. Typically over the years as I have read the Bible I have skipped a lot of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and the minor prophets. It was hard for me to read something that I didn’t really understand.

Three things helped me tremendously this year and I would suggest you try them out. First, reading it chronologically gave me an understanding of where it fit in with the story of the Bible and when it was happening historically. Each time an event would be recorded I would read it each time it was recorded in the Bible before going on to the next event. It helped me keep straight what was happening when. It also gave me a better understanding of why the prophet was saying what he was because I understood the time he was living in and what was going on.

Two, before reading a book I watched a video by The Bible Project on Youtube. These give really good overviews of each book. It helped when reading through detail heavy passages to not loose focus of the main objective of the book.

Three, I read before my kids woke up and I read before I did anything else. With a few exception such as family vacations where I read during the day I have been reading early in the morning when I am free of responsibility or distractions. I also make sure I don’t do anything before I read that way if my kids wake up early I haven’t spent that time getting dressed or whatever before reading. I can get dressed while they are awake and with me, it’s more difficult o read when they are talking to me and needing me.

Also, I should add a number 4. I prayed and asked God to keep me faithful and I believe He did help me. We can do nothing without God including establishing habits of spending time in His Word.

I hope that encourages you to get into your Bible or to keep being faithful! I hope to finish the New Testament by the end of the year.

Oh and one more thing! I had written previously about my upcoming A1C (a measure of average blood sugar) and shared my goal of getting it down to 5.5 before the end of 2017. My first A1c of this year was 5.6 (pretty close!) then 5.8 and this past week it was 5.9. My next A1c will be done in January 2018. I didn’t meet the goal I had set for myself- but that 5.6 was pretty close and I really need to tell myself good job! An insulin dependent diabetic maintaing an a1c in the 5’s for a year without very many lows and without an insulin pump (using old school syringes) is quite a feat! I can be hard on myself and I can be a perfectionist but if it was anyone else I would say, “I’m proud of you!” So, I’m happy with myself and I believe I worked as hard as I could to be healthy this year and really did my best. At my diabetes appointment this past week my doctor (with a south african accent) said, “I’m really quite pleased with these numbers.” He’s not very expressive so it was his way of saying, “This is awesome!”

Share with me in the comments- what helps you to be faithful to reading scripture on a daily basis? Have you read the Bible through? If not, do you have a plan to get started? What other goals are you working on right now?

 

 

 

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!

 

 

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!

Can I share my day with you?

I previously wrote about how my husband was on a great schedule and how it was going to come to an end soon. He’s back on a kind of difficult schedule for a while and to be totally honest I tend to get a little depressed when he works these hours.

I didn’t come on here just to whine though! I do have an idea! I made a small list of things that bring me happiness. Things that I enjoy doing. At the top of the list I made is sharing about our life on this blog. I usually feel like I shouldn’t. I feel like that when I write it needs to be applicable to others and that just writing about our day wouldn’t be beneficial or even interesting to anyone else.

I thought about it though, and since I know I normally get a bit down during this shift and I know that recording my life with my children makes me happy, maybe you wouldn’t mind seeing posts like these.  I think the act of writing about my life helps me to see my blessings in black and white and makes me realize how good my life is! I hope you enjoy them! Please pray for me during this time and also share with me in the comments what kind of things you do during difficult seasons that bring you joy.

First thing today was Mama’s morning time:
Quiet time (bible reading, prayer and a hot cup of coffee!) I’m currently reading through the book of Ezekiel

I recently found this youtube channel for diastase safe workouts. I did this one today

I made the bed, (at least I got it ready for my husband to get in it), got dressed for the day, started a load of laundry and tidied up the master bedroom and bathroom.
A little after 7:00 the children started to wake up and my husband got home. My husband went to sleep and me and the kids had breakfast and I got the dishwasher unloaded
E wanted to know if I would wrestle her. Before 8 a.m wrestling is not high on my priority list but last night I listened to this interview by Rachel Stafford and I was encouraged to set the timer for just 10 minutes and wrestle with my kids like there was nothing else on earth I’d rather be doing. They loved it!

After that I was ready to sit down so we read from The Jesus Story Book Bible and a couple library books.
I folded and turned over a load of laundry then brought the kids to play in the yard while it was still cool out.
I sat and read some and E made a mud bakery for me to shop from.

I cleared off and sweep the porches and watered the flowers, working slowly enjoying my time.
I brought out for the kids warm bowls of fresh from the crock pot apple sauce that I had prepared last night from the apples the kids picked last week when I took them to a pick your own farm.
When it was time to go in the kids were so dirty they had to go straight to the shower!
After I made myself another cup of coffee, we started in on our Mother Goose Time. We played a “would you rather” question game, a phonics game, and read an “I can read book” that came with an activity to help the child recognize the words. I was really surprised but towards the end of our phonics game E was recognizing the words, “dog” “frog” and “fog”. While doing the I can read activity she was able to spot the differences between the words “he” and “she”.

 
We had lunch and then I laid T.J down for a nap and set up E with crayons, paper, a pile of books and play dough on a cookie sheet. I set the timer for an hour. The rule during our quiet hour is she has to entertain herself quietly while T.J and I nap. If you’re interested it was the article in the link below that got me started on quiet time and helped me to start getting the rest I need.

https://powerofmoms.com/mommys-naptime-101-2/

Quiet hour was over and my husband got up about the same time. The afternoon was spent doing dishes, picking up toys, mopping and spending time relaxing with my husband.
I drove to town by myself while T watched the kids and I went to the library that belongs to our homeschool co-op and spent a lovely time browsing curriculum in silence. I returned some things and picked up a couple things for the kids before stopping buy the grocery store to get a few items.
When I had got home T had already started supper so we finished preparing it together and had a family dinner before he went to work. His shift starts later in the evening than usual so it was neat to get to do that. He played with the kids while I cleaned the kitchen and then we all went outside to wave good bye.
I put on one of the preschool prep videos for the kids and kicked up my feet and read some before starting their evening routine and putting them to bed.

Now that the kids are in bed, I’ve looked over E’s preschool lesson for tomorrow and I am enjoying the quiet as I write. It’s been a nice day and thank you for reading! It was an ordinary day but as I wrote about today I felt so immensely blessed, it really made me happy!