Wednesday, September 20, 2017

two kinds of people in this world

There are two types of people in this world: the people who like to keep their hotel room neat and tidy, and the people who stay for one day and make it seem like they've lived in the room for years and never cleaned a single day in their life.

You can clearly see which camp I fall into:


And it can't even be the kids' fault this time. :)

We only spent a little time in the room over the three days, but when we were there, we were 100% on vacation. :P

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

just trust + goals this week

Last week was… crazy. :) I don’t think I did even half of my goal list. I keep telling myself it won’t always be like this, that it’s only a season. :) We seem to have a lot of things happening at one time that are killing our routine and normal sleep schedule.

After being gone for several days and missing our Saturday work day, I decided I really wanted to clean the house this morning. We went lighter on school, and spent an hour picking up the rooms and sweeping the floors. The floors are still dirty, and we didn’t finish as much as I hoped before we needed to do the next thing, but it is what it is. :) It felt good to get the house back in a little bit of order. 


we always have a pile of something waiting to go upstairs, LOL.
Tidied up feels so much better!
Here are my goals for this week (I'm really behind so any progress will make a difference!):

:: do ::
pray alone
wash sheets
clean bathrooms thoroughly
weed-eat yard (husband)
catch up on laundry
go grocery shopping
wash car (automatic, ha!)
errands: drug store + hardware store
make eye appointment
exercise when possible
mop floors
baby appointment

:: learn ::
Psalm 16

:: read :: 
Perspectives assignments
1 Sam, Psalms, Luke

:: be ::
trusting 

We see no end in sight, but I want to remember that even this time of what feels like chaos is also God’s plan for us, and He works it all together for our good and His glory. I want to remember that no matter what happens, I have peace because I know who is in charge.

My husband told me today that Nabeel Qureshi, a 34 year-old Christian apologist died this weekend after a year-long battle with stomach cancer. He was so hopeful in the midst of physical pain and very scary circumstances. Thinking about his wife and daughter puts everything in a better perspective; our problems are very easy to deal with in comparison. Please pray for his family if you think of him.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

verses God encouraged me with this week


I read this on Tuesday, feeling the Holy Spirit testify of this for me in the midst of discipline (though I could not foresee what would happen), and God strengthened my heart on Thursday!! I saw the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!! :)

God is gracious, merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love!!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

practically a vacation

Ivy was feeling well enough and moving around as usual (miraculously!), so we took the kiddos to the grandparent's house and headed out of town this weekend to attend a conference.

Who would have thought that a day full of meetings would feel like a vacation? :)


No dishes to do and someone else to make my food and supply me with endless amounts of fruit??? 


It's basically a 15th anniversary getaway. :)


We had dinner dates where I enjoyed large helpings of bread and butter... :)


And then this little lady slept all night last night, and through most of the day, so we were practically alone. ;)


I think I am feeling a little more tired than a typical vacation though. :D Hopefully we'll get to sleep in a little tomorrow before church!

Friday, September 15, 2017

our 5th little duckling

Yesterday morning, each of the older three kids brought me their special pen and their stories to edit. One at a time I marked them up, and not long after I finished the last one Zane brought me his special orange pen along with an old copy of a source text he found in the schoolroom. I asked him what he needed, and he motioned that he wanted me to edit his paper too. :) 


I made a few markups for him and he hopped away happy to have his paper edited like the big kids. :) 

I don't think this little boy could get any cuter. :) Maybe I'm getting old and sentimental, but things like this suddenly overwhelm me with this heart love so strong it almost makes me want to cry. 
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