Moving, through the seasons…

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I love my husband.  He works hard.  Very hard.  He has a vision for what he wants for our family, long term, that I’m grateful for.  I’m so thankful.  But it’s a tough gig being a climber.  It’s a tough gig being the wife of a climber.  It’s a tough gig being the kids of a climber.

One of the challenges is the frequent moving that comes with each rung grasped.  When the kids were small it didn’t phase them.  But now that the kids are entering in the teen waters, it gets harder.  Continue reading

Funny and True… a little slice of real life…

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Scene: At the mall, my older children seated at a table quietly reading books, me seated at the play area watching my 3 year old play with the other children… Continue reading

What if, just for today, I… didn’t fear my closet?

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What do you see when you look at this door?

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Look pretty normal?

Not to me.  When I see this door, I cringe… because I know what’s behind it.

When I see this door, this is what I see… Continue reading

What if, just for today, I…

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Late this past summer, I found myself getting an attitude.  The, “I don’t want to”, attitude that plague’s me from time to time.  I have a special little “word” that sums it all up -*Ugh*.

One word, many meanings, and it’s easily measurable.  Broken down into 4 levels, it looks like this…

1.) The mildly irritated, I’ll do it tomorrow *ugh*

  • Often let out as more of a sigh (sometimes long / sometimes short, an exhale)
  • Audible distance: unless they were sitting on your lap, no one probably heard.
  • Looks-wise: you still manage to look *pretty* under pressure.

2.) The lukewarm, why is this happening to me *ugh* Continue reading

Long braided armpit hair …a great Mommy/Kids date night

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“Would you rather have armpit hair so long it reached to your toes… but you could braid it and you always smelled good… or normal length armpit hair but you always have terrible body odor? “… and so begins our Mommy/Kids date night!

I am always looking for ways to create fun memories with my kids… ones that they will think about long after I’m gone Continue reading

What’s really important…

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Years before our kids were even old enough for pre-k I can remember pouring over countless books, curriculum catalogs, and homeschool forums. I studied learning styles, teaching methods, curriculum approaches, and multiple intelligences. I spent hoards of time listening to lectures, webinars, programs, guessing what my childrens learning styles would be. Then I’d spend months more researching curriculum for what would *best* suit them. I interviewed other homeschool moms, asked lots of questions, and came up with a fool proof plan of attack. Or so I thought…

By the time our oldest was 4, I had his educational path well planned out. I knew what curriculum would be best for him, how to teach him, and how to troubleshoot every possible obstacle from pre-K to college. I was prepared. Sure I was a bit nervous, but how hard can pre-K be? Right?! Wrong… Continue reading

Little is needed for happiness…

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After our homeschool day was done, we all decided to jump in the pool.  We were all in there laughing, playing, and just talking up a storm.  I was just enjoying being with my children, and realizing how cool they really are. 

I was holding my youngest daughter and just skimming her feet along the surface of the water.  Back and forth, back and forth.  She loved Continue reading

You make the most of me!

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As a homeschool mom, I often find myself wondering how I made it through the day.  I mean, I can think of all kinds of things I did to help make the day go smoothly, however I know that somedays it can only be attributed to God alone carrying me through.  

At the end of the day as I sit alone watching the kids play and listening to them laugh I reflect on how awesome God really is in everyday life… I mean here I am just me.  The me who doesn’t like cooking a main dish with more than 5 Continue reading

I am so patient… or am I?

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Ever think you were really good at something, only to find out – you’re not! …Can you recall a moment when you were faced with the realization that what you thought was a strength, in a new light, was actually a weakness?  Ha!

I remember a time before I was married thinking I was quite a catch! I honestly thought I was the most patient, supportive, flexible, open-minded, fun, friendly, positive, rock-awesome gal ever! And let me tell you whoever was going to marry me was going to be one lucky guy!!! HA! Ohhh life! It has a way of whooping you around and setting you straight, doesn’t it?! Unfortunately, when it sets you straight, so often, it isn’t pretty, lol.  It didn’t take long after we said “I do” to realize that there wasn’t anything wrong with my husband, it was me! Yep, I said it, me! Turns out – I overestimated my ranking in several categories, lol. 😉 I realized real quick what a “fixer-upper” I really turned out to be!

Then, there was motherhood Continue reading