Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Today I found Happiness...

- in spending time in the violin makers shop, getting my growing girl a new, bigger violin (she's already practiced 3 times today!)

- in dinner with my mom and the kids.

- in picking the brain of my new friend Kris who has 15 kids, ages 25 to almost 2. I left feeling happy, grateful, and relieved.

- in watching Jameson jump around again! He got another bee sting which kept him pretty quiet for a few day.

- in Eleanor wearing her first of many pairs of Salt Water Sandals.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Finding Happiness

This girl who spent some quiet time with her mama this morning. She is so sweet and funny. So grateful she's ours.

The "big kids" playing together this morning. I sat and listened to the sweet sound of them talking about how to build their town.

The rain that poured from the sky. I am grateful that our plans for the day were cancelled and all we have to do today is enjoy one another and this beautiful day.

Bill surprised me this morning with coffee. He had already left for work, but came back to bring me my precious americano. I love him.

These two were making bookmarks for family and friends. I should learn from them to be more generous.

I am feeling happy today. Happier than I have felt in awhile. I am slower, and more thoughtful. Working on making these habits that stick around.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


I am reading this book tonight. On page 27 I begin to cry, my EXACT thoughts, feelings, emotions are written in this paragraph. It is the EXACT place I am at. I was shook to my core. This book is speaking to me. God is speaking to me.

"I wake to self-hatred. To the wrestle to get it all done, the relentless anxiety that I am failing. Always, the failing. I yell at children, fester with bitterness, forget doctor appointments, lose library books, live selfishly, skip prayer, complain, go to bed too late, neglect cleaning the toilets. I live tired. Afraid. Anxious. Weary. Years, I feel it in the veins, the pulsing of ruptured hopes. Would I ever be enough, find enough, do enough?"

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Pen

The week is flying by, and for that I am grateful! It's been a good, full week. We finally have a wonderful, AP family supporting doctor for the kids. After months of searching and asking around, he was right under my nose. The husband of a good friend of mine. I just didn't even realize he had a family practice. I am so excited to have a doctor who homeschools and doesn't vaccinate his own kids, what a blessing he is to our medical community!

Baseball is keeping Jameson busy. He love, love, loves baseball practice. I don't love trekking out to the field with 4 little ones, keeping them happy for an hour and trekking back, but seeing him so excited and eager makes it worth it. We have our first game Saturday. I am excited about the snack bar and bleachers, two things that soccer didn't provide. Bill and I are hoping that he likes baseball better, besides, baseball uniforms are so much cuter!

After last months bee sting reaction, we have to carry an epi-pen for Jameson. Even though his sting was on his leg, his was reaction was severe enough to necessitate an epi-pen. If he had been stung closer to his head, it wouldn't have been good. I've learned that bee sting reactions are more severe each time you are stung, and can happen in half the amount of time...pretty scary! We were told to administer it right after the sting, even if he doesn't appear to be having a reaction. The fact that there is a hive in our neighbors tree (which extends into our yard) makes me very nervous. I am hoping we never have to use it, but I do feel better having it. I need to show him and Bill how to use it, although I'm pretty sure Bill wouldn't be able to do it due to his trypanophobia.

We've been trucking right along in school. A few weeks ago I planned out the rest of the year. Mostly, so I would know when we are done. It helps you to keep going if you know you'll be out of your misery soon, right? Not that I'm comparing homeschooling to misery or anything ;) We should be done the last week in May. So excited! I have really enjoyed this year, but I will enjoy our summer more!

Monday, March 14, 2011

I'm back

(I really intend to blog most days, but it just never quite makes it to the top of my to-do list. I think I am afraid of not doing it "right", I couldn't even explain what "right" is, but I am going to blog anyway, I'm forgetting too many things I want to remember.)

Eleanor's cast came off last week!! It even came off a day early due to an abscess on her little toe, yuck! I had hoped that as soon as the cast came off, her walking would resume like normal. That is not so. She continues to walk just as she did with that horrid thing on, on her toes with her leg slightly out to the side. Everyone assures me that it will just take some time and she will walk normally, I'm not so convinced. I'm anxious about her Dr appointment tomorrow so I can get his advice.

Jameson is obsessed with flying. He asks me daily if he can sprinkle salt on his head to help him fly. I suppose they have seen Peter Pan a few times. He is quite serious when he says it, and think I just might let him try it one of these days. He won't believe me when I tell him it *probably* won't work anyway.

Funny Abbie moment...while folding clothes the other day she asks me"Mommy, why are all my things made in China??" I chuckled inside and then proceeded to fell slightly crappy. We talked about why, I gave her the 6 year old version.

Ada is sweet as sweet can be. She spends a lot of her day with me, she makes me laugh.
Just a normal Monday here. School lessons, lunch, quiet time, dancing and playing outside.