Friday, October 31, 2014

Why My Sons?

Bedtime tonight passed several hours ago . . . Why is it, my two middle sons, that you insist on making bedtime whenever you want it?

Why is it when I extend your bedtime by one half hour, because I let you enjoy a movie to the end, you decide it is wrestle time on your beds?

Why is it when your names are called one of you comes down the stairs to blame everything on the other? 

Why is it that you tried to go to bed without taking a bath and putting on your pj's?

I am beginning to think you prefer to be a night owl like mama. Hmmm, I really don't think you want to keep my hours my boys, however if you insist, I may just let you try it. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Crazy Overwhelming World

This world we live in can be overwhelming. It seems like every direction we turn, the world is in chaos . . .

  • Terrorism
  • Hate crimes
  • Vandalism
  • Racism
  • Society in an uproar
  • Disease
  • Disrespect
  • Ignorance
  • Torture
  • People against people
  • Anger
  • Deceitfulness
  • Thievery
  • Dysfunction 
This list could go on and on . . .

I don't like listening to or reading the news. Tonight I was reading prayer requests on Facebook and came across a family that has been devastated by a car accident. The accident killed their baby girl and it seems has paralyzed their 4 year old daughter. All in an instant.

I was reading another post about a little boy that had a horrific accident a year or so ago. Someone keeps others informed of this little guy and his progress and struggles. Apparently, this site has been receiving horrific comments toward this little boy and his family. This type of thing is called "trolling". Why would anyone be so hateful to anyone, especially a little boy and his family that is simply asking for prayer?

Of course, everyone is aware of the Ebola scare that is currently happening around the world. 

This world is out of control! This world NEEDS Jesus.

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How do you handle the stresses of the world? What do you do to keep your home free from tragedy, terrorism and all of the "indescribable" negative influences of the world?

For us, we enjoy our home . . .  without the "noise" of the world. 

I love turning on Christian music and then cranking it up a bit. 

We spend time together preparing meals in the kitchen, each of the kids help out one night a week. 

We enjoy movies together . . . along with fresh popped popcorn with freshly melted butter.

Anyone that knows us, knows that we love, love, love God's creatures. Taking care of, loving and simply enjoying them helps take the stresses of the outside world away.

Talking with one another about this or that . . . it is also a great time to simply sit back and listen to the kids talk to one another.

Impromptu outings . . . it is generally too hard to actually plan something and make it happen as it seems something always comes up. We like to decide on the fly about places to go. I think it makes it more fun that way.

Sometimes we cuddle up and I read a few chapters from a book aloud. I love seeing eyes light up while listening!

We also enjoy touching someone else's life or family. Fun little projects to give or doing just a little something unexpected.

Evenings provide time for devotions. I am so thankful that my husband takes the time to read through devotions and have nightly prayer with our boys. I love that he shares with them his struggles and triumphs. I love that he demonstrates "how" to lean on Jesus. I pray my boys will always remember "devotion time with Daddy."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I Stopped and Gazed

I walked into my bathroom this morning, turned on the shower, opened the closet and grabbed a washcloth and towel and then I saw it . . .

I gazed out my window from where I was standing and saw this beauty outside my window.

Beautiful yellow and green leaves dancing from the tree limbs. A little further to the right a beautiful Majestic Red tree. As I stared out my window I was once again amazed at the beauty God gives us to soak in with our eyes.

God is so AMAZING! Thank you God for the beauty!

Cuckoo, Color, Drawings and Supper

The happy little bird that lives in my cuckoo clock just told me it is 11:00 p.m. He is a quick little bird and pretty accurate!

It is unbelievable to me that we are quickly approaching November! Where did this year disappear to?

The trees are putting on their beautiful Fall Color. They are so beautiful adorned in yellow, orange and red.

Katelyn has been busy with the camera AND drawing!

Artemis the Bearded Dragon

She drew this one today of Beckett . . .

She actually completed this in a few hours with a pen.

Today was a normal kind of busy . . . tomorrow should be calm ~ looking forward to that.

Came home today and made Omelets with cheese, toast and sausage links. Just say it was DEVOURED. Makes a mama feel good at what you can do with a dozen and a half eggs, 3/4 of a loaf of bread and a lb of sausage. Yes, I am feeding an army of growing boys and boy do they eat!

Time to head to bed . . . before the clock strikes 1 a.m.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

No Title

Today has been a relaxed kind of day . . .

We slept in a little or some of us a lot! 

We were able to tackle a few smallish kind of projects. 

Movies in the family room for Daddy, Katelyn and the boys. Mama had computer work to tend.

I Love Love Love Weekends!

I came across a few links that you may enjoy . . . I know I did!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Preparing for Winter

It isn't too early to be thinking about Our Winter Preparedness. We can't put it off any longer folks . . . winter is quickly approaching!

Are you prepared for what winter is going throw at you this year?

With my large family, I appreciate posts that help to remind me it is better to be prepared than to be caught unprepared and in trouble.

I have read and heard several times that our little area of the world is in for another brutal winter. Of course, those weather people can only predict what they think, but that is enough for me!

Number 1 on our Must Have list is a Generator!

We are thankful that we have our Generator! Our generator provides all of the electricity needed to run our entire home in the event of a blackout. What about you? How are you prepared for power outages?

2. NOAA Weather Radio! No exceptions!
3. Water - bottles or gallons
4. Emergency Medical Supplies - In our home we have asthma and allergy issues. I must make sure we have items for both situations to handle any emergency that could emerge from asthma or allergies. 
5. Routine medicine you have been prescribed by your doctor. Make sure you have several days worth.
6. Flashlights and extra batteries. Also have a crank powered flashlight . . . just in case.
7. Non-perishable food
8. First Aid Kit
9. Manual can opener
10. Blankets
11. Garbage bags
12. Books or board games for family
13. Wrench to shut off utilities if need be
14. Don't forget about your pets - make sure you prepare for their survival too!
15. Your Bible!

I have a few books on my reading list:

In our home we are also prepared for those little emergencies with doTERRA Essential Oils.

What oils should every household have on hand in case of an emergency? Maybe you have wondered, What will I do if someone in my family gets ill, has pain, or is emotionally distressed during an Emergency, Blackout, Natural Disaster? What if a doctor was not readily available? Knowing what your body needs and having those needs met is something every home should be prepared for.

doTERRA has an Emergency Preparedness Kit that I highly recommend!!!

It has been my personal experience that doTERRA Essential Oils are extremely helpful in so many situations. My boys have learned quickly the oils are God's gift to us.

Emergency Preparedness Kit 

Being prepared for emergencies gives you and your loved ones the feeling of safety and security. Provide your family members with peace of mind with the dōTERRA® Emergency Preparedness Kit.

This kit includes:
• 15 mL bottles of the oils that are essential for every home: Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano, Breathe, DigestZen®, On Guard, Frankincense, TerraShield®, AromaTouch®, Purify, Clove, and Lemongrass
• 5 mL bottle of Deep Blue®

• Fractionated Coconut Oil
• wood storage box
• diffuser
• Family Physician® Audio CD.

I would love to hear what you are doing to prepare for what Winter has in store. If you are interested in being proactive in keeping your family healthy, please contact me, I would love to assist you.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Conquer, Purge and Eliminate

Today found us in FULL Conquer and Sell mode.

In case you don't know what that is . . .

We are:

 cleaning out 


finding game pieces

putting Rokenbok sets together

get rid of it


As Mom to Five,  there are times when we must pull up the bootstraps and take hold to certain recurring situations that plague the home. We are in the midst of those times.

You know how you tell the kids to clean up, put things away where they belong, etc. How do your kids do?
Well, without mentioning names, let me simply say
"Not So Good" in our house.

This morning I went into the Library to tidy cabinets . . .
I opened a few drawers and doors shook my head, shut the doors and drawers and knew it was going to be a long day.
So, armed with my garbage bag and stool to sit on I began sifting through. I began with the game cabinet # 1 . . .
just to keep the explanation short, I listed all on Ebay.

Cabinet #2 . . .
more games that I went through, decided which would remain and piled up that which would be listed on Ebay.

Drawers . . .
We have several that held Curriculum we are no longer using.
It will be listed tomorrow . . .
all of it.

Randy was in the basement putting together sets of Rokenbok.
Let the listing begin!

Tomorrow, we will finish listing the multiple items from today's
purge. I have also warned the boys . . . their rooms are next Saturday, so be sure things are tidy and everything is with what it belongs. If Mom, Dad and Katelyn have to go through it . . .

"It is Outta here"

NO Questions Asked
No Exceptions

Please know that the boys have had every opportunity to put their things away where they belong. We are simply DONE with finding things where they don't belong. Someone may actually think toddlers live in our house.

For instance:

garbage wrappers in the game drawer

games in the wrong box

crayons mixed with markers

crayons thrown anywhere they land

papers, coloring pages, etc all stuffed in drawers

Lego thrown in baskets, books, under furniture, in the dog toys, between books . . .

books tossed behind chairs, the couch, hidden with underwear

games missing the major pieces
(maybe they are hiding out with the missing socks)

Nintendo games not in cases
(Nintendo games are like the crayons and Lego pieces)

dirty clothes hidden here and there
(it takes longer to hide it than to take it to the laundry)

toys hidden under couch pillows and cushions

toys left abandoned on the stairway
(very dangerous, especially on wooden staircases)

The list goes on and on and on and . . .
you get the picture.

We tell them to put away their things.

We threaten to get rid of them.

They put them away for a day or two and then we are back at the beginning again. So . . . it is past time we followed through.
(just keeping it real)

Today alone, I listed twenty-one actions.
Tomorrow I dare say I have just as many, if not more.

Once we are done going through the house . . .
the kids rooms
the storage room
the whatever, catch all room
the basement family room
the basement mudd room
the second storage room
the garage
(of course this will take several more weeks)

we will begin at the office in the storage rooms . . .
we have plenty there to keep us busy for months!

That should be interesting!

If you don't hear from us for a few days, you may want to summon help. We may have been buried alive in STUFF.

and God Laughed

I was chatting with a dear friend yesterday about my kids. Katelyn first . . . several years later the boys . . . and God Laughed, I told her. I truly, truly meant every word.

I totally believe God laughed the day our world changed into "the home of unexpected".

Four boys under one roof definitely qualifies as a challenge, but it also excels in laughter. My boys make me laugh and I am sure they have God laughing too. They come up with the most interesting and crazy sayings, actions and ideas which keep us on our toes. There are times as I find myself smiling that I stop and ask, "God, are you seeing this? Do they make You laugh too? 

Cameron caught Grandma and I off guard today. Mom and I were chatting as we were walking out to her car after her visit with us today . . . Cameron quietly put lil' Sophie into her "to go" bag and put her into the front seat of the car. The next thing I see is him smiling ear to ear in the back seat of Mom's car. Neither of us heard or saw him get in, but there he was ready to surprise us. God was watching and I know he laughed.

EJ came inside after helping clean the duck house and Cody asked, "Where is Katelyn?" Without even thinking about it he quickly answered, "She is outside hugging the ducks!" You know . . . I could picture her doing that in my mind. Can't you just see God shaking his head from side to side laughing at my boy?

Cody had a bit of a tummy ache one evening before dinner, so he headed into the bathroom for a bit. Everyone else had sat down to dinner as we didn't think Cody was up to eating. After about ten minutes he came out of the bathroom, closed the door, walked to the dinning area and said loudly, "Well . . . I Totally KNOW what my problem was AND I don't think you want to go in THERE anytime soon!" Oh my eight year old! I know I laughed, and I think God did too.

Ryan is always trying to catch me off guard. He quietly sneaks down the stairs and behind me as I am at my desk or in the family room to make me jump. One night I was ready for him . . . I heard his little ninja self coming down the stairs, so I quietly got up and went the opposite way and within seconds we were face to face . . . HE jumped and then laughed because I scared him. Then immediately he said, "I love you". I believe God laughed.

Boys are certainly different "creatures" than girls! They find humor in the strangest things. Sometimes I don't find the humor in something that they find humor in simply because I am female and they are male. They definitely make life interesting, crazy, insane and humorous.

From my world of:

  • silliness
  • boy-isms
  • stinky feet
  • competitiveness
  • insanity
  • giggles
  • boy feet changing to man feet
  • boy smells
  • loudness
and everything else that screams I have FOUR boys 12 and Under that live in my house . . .

Take time this weekend to make God laugh, don't let my boys have all the fun!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sufficient Grace For Today's Trouble

I was reading Dear Jesus by Sarah Young today and came across this:

My grace is sufficient for you, but its sufficiency is for one day at a time.

Dear Jesus,
I desperately need to learn how to live in the present moment. My mind so easily slips into the future, where worries abound. I also spend way to much time analyzing things in the past. Meanwhile, splendors of the present moment parade before me, and I am too preoccupied to notice. Part of the problem is my tendency to strive for self-sufficiency. Help me learn to rest in Your sufficiency, depending on You more and more.

Beloved, you need MY grace in order to live in the present.
Grade is all about My provision for you, and accepting that goes against the grain of your natural tendencies. Do you really believe My grace is sufficient for you? If so, then it makes sense to stop your anxious striving.

My Grade is indeed sufficient for every situation you will ever encounter. However, you must learn to receive My provisions by looking to Me continually.

Each day you face a number of situations requiring My help. Moment by moment, I proffer to you the needed assistance. Your part is to recognize your neediness and receive what I offer. My Presence is with you always, providing everything you need. Don't worry about tomorrow's needs. My sufficiency is for one day at a time - today!

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 
2 Corinthians 12:9

Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. Psalm 34:5

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:34

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