Feb 15, 2016

Love Is in the Air

Happy Valentine's Day 2016! 
From our family to yours!

This is the man I've been kissing for 10 years now. I sure do love him!

You know you love your kids when you buy them more stuffed animals and sugar.

 The girls and I were outside jumping on the trampoline and they decided they wanted to chase the sunset. So I said, "Let's go!" We jumped in the car (well, as fast as jumping in the car a family of 6 can do.) And we drove about a mile from our house to an empty field on a high point in town. It was gorgeous. It was so fun to see the children run happily and free. My heart was filled with love. 

 Kairi wanted to send her balloon into the sky with a message on it. She said, "Happy Valentine's Day! Love God! from Kairi" 

Sometimes I have to take pictures like this to prove I was actually there too. Kids, when you look at pictures from your childhood remember that moms are always the ones behind the camera.

My loves, I am so thankful we get to chase all the sunsets together.

Feb 11, 2016


Where did all my color go?!

I am so gray. I'm tired of being gray. I dress in all gray everyday. My attitude is gray. My personality is gray. My energy is gray. 

I don't want to be gray anymore... I want to have and be COLOR!!! 

And I'm excited to have turned a corner and be on my way to find color again.

What is color?

It's loving myself. It's loving my life. It's being alive and awake!!
It's enjoying these precious kiddos. It's living my life.
It's MORE than just surviving.

I'm not content with my discontent any longer. 

I'm awake and I'm going to find and create the joy and laughter in my day again.

Feb 10, 2016

Letting Go of Pinterest Perfection in Homeschooling

I've been in a slump in our homeschooling. 

Learning how to teach a first grader and a pre-k kid with a toddler running around and an infant takes some time to adjust and adapt. And that is exactly what we have done. We've taken time. We've adjusted. And we've adapted.

I started a book yesterday by Karen DeBeus, called Real Homeschool: Letting Go of the Pinterest Perfect and Instagram Ideal Homeschool.

I am very excited to dive into this book to be encouraged and get out of this slump. I love our curriculum, My Father's World, however, I feel the need to spice it up with a lot of Pinterest-y add ons. When Kairi went through the Kindergarten curriculum that Brayce just started this is what our week looked like: HERE We painted with flour, went on a moon rock hunt, painted rocks with glow in the dark paint, made moon dough, had oreos with the moon phases, and had a campout with a telescope and s'mores. 

Brayce gets crayons and scissors...

And she is perfectly happy and loving it. I need to take the pressure off of myself and realize that something is better than nothing. I have to do what I can at this season in my life and let go of the desire for more. The curriculum gives a complete and well rounded education. If I feel like adding something in - awesome. If we want to skip a thing here or there in the lesson plan - we can do that too. 

That's the freedom we get with homeschooling. So I'm losing the guilt and learning to have fun teaching and learning again. 

The one thing I want to do is be consistent. I want to be doing our sit down school work 4 or 5 days a week. Building on top of and adding to what all my children are learning. The rest can be as simple or as lavish as we want. But consistency is going to be key for learning.

"A real homeschool may not look beautiful on the outside, but on the inside, the heart work is being done and the Lord is working."

"Homeschooling is about so much more than a snapshot of a day; it is a lifelong journey. It is about education, discipleship, family, and eternal matters. We are shaping a whole new generation in a countercultural way."

Kairi's favorite subject is Math! This girl loves her math workbook! 

This is her first time doing school with her new reading glasses. 

"If we are distracted by worldly things; before we know it, we will have shifted from our eternal perspective to a worldly one."

I have to stop and ask myself, "Am I trying to be like the world or like Him?"

Today I asked Brayce how we can spend time with Jesus and she said, "Do school." 
I love that we get to focus on Him during our school time and throughout the rest of our day! 
Thanks for the reminder, sweet girl!


I'm tired of always being inside of my own head. I feel trapped. Is that just me? I am an introvert, a homebody, and a stay at home mom. Not a lot of opportunities for chit chat with the outside world. Maybe this is why I tend to talk the cashier's ears off at a store. I love to journal and spend time writing out my thoughts there. But without discussing them or getting them out I just feel like they always bounce around in my head. My husband quite impresses me that he can actually be thinking nothing at times. Like how is that possible? I am constantly thinking and processing things. I long for that peace and rest. So this morning as I was having feelings of being trapped inside of my own mind, this sentence came into my thoughts: "I need an outlet." 

So here I am again, blogging. 
The place I can share my stories, my life, my thoughts, our days, and whatever else from the comfort of my couch. An introvert's dream. 

I think I am excited to be back. 

Feb 4, 2016

PPD Post Partum Depression

Post-Partum Depression is real and it sucks. I suffered with some really bad depression 12 years ago for a few years. And with anxiety for the past 13 years. I've been pregnant 3 times in 3 years, including a miscarriage, 2 newborns, weight gain and 2 foster care kids. Hello survival mode. This past year I've experienced #ppd for the first time. My baby boy is almost 7 months old and yesterday I had a major breakthrough and I am finally beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am so thankful for my supportive, patient husband. God is transforming me and is my Healer. I will crush #ppd and my joy, love, passion and energy will return. It's not that I love over sharing, but I wanted to let you know if you are suffering with #depression, #anxiety, or #ppd- you are not alone. 😘
Yesterday I went to Target by myself to do something thinking. I walked out with this adorable outfit. I'm on a clothes shopping spending freeze and haven't bought any clothes in over 4 months. But I realized yesterday I haven't bought Parker a single thing "just because" since he's been born. His brother is 16 months older than him and he hasn't needed anything. But yesterday I wanted to do something for him just because! And look how cute he is! Kicking #ppd to the curb!


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