schedule, grace & discipline... this has been motherhood for me as of late. i took the month of january to focus on direction for the year and i am slowly easing back into writing, filming and sharing a few things going on in life lately. it is about 6 a.m. and still dark outside. there is so much quiet in the house and i am snuggled up on the couch trying to find words to share. i typically write at the end of the night when my energy is spent and my thoughts are pushed out between long blinks and the occasional head nod. this year I wanted to try changing that a bit. to switch things up and try writing in the early morning hours before the day begins. my hope is to be more intentionally about scheduling my time. disciplining myself to use my thoughts and words to steer my days in the direction they should go. basically, writing here will be somewhat of an extension of my prayers. Read More
we do this every year, and this year is no different.
every year we pick up a few gingerbread kits and spend an hour or so squeezing out icing and eating all the candies!!! I wanted to build homemade gingerbread houses this year where we bake our own gingerbread and select all of our own candies but the way our december is turning out, we have to go with the flow and flow meant $6 gingerbread house kits from target LOL. Read More
december, you've been a tough pill to swallow but we are pushing through none-the-less. christmas is literally days away and time is passing by faster than ever. we decorated the schoolroom to christmas music and a tiny dusting of snow just outside of the schoolroom window. lots of cuddles, lots of pjs, days have been cozy and slow. Read More
its the last day of november and, just like that fall has slipped away. it is insane how quickly time is passing by and i am trying everything that i can to make it slow down a bit. more hot beverages, more calming music, more quiet time, consolidating errands and FILMING MORE OF THE LITTLE THINGS!!!i knew this was coming, which is why i set out to make more videos and record more memories through vlogsgiving and a few other ways. while i only made it through about half of the vlogsgiving videos that i intended to share, it was good for me so I'm moving onto VLOGMAS now ;) Read More
just after breakfast and before i could start our good morning song (that lets the kids know that school is starting), she had parked herself in her brothers chair and grabbed the human body model that she had been so anxious to get her hands on. i had been eyeing the ANATOMY MODELS BUNDLE SET by LEARNING RESOURCES for a while now and they finally dropped to a price that i was willing to pay ($41.96 at the time). i came across a blog post on studying the human body and fell in love with the HUMAN BODY MODEL that they used in their homeschool. however, i did NOT fall in love with its price. ($103.00) :( Read More
i'm on day 18 of vlogsgiving and just getting around to posting day NINE. trying to manage so much as a mommy, a wife, a business woman, a friend and falling "short" far too often than not can be SO frustrating. it can also be an incredible reminder of the GRACE we have been GIVEN and the importance of patience with ourselves and with others. it is crazy hard to practice patience with others when you have none with yourself.
i've yelled at you (my babies) and attempted to dismiss you far too often lately. and, while it makes me feel incredibly guilty and like the world's worst homeschool mom the guilt fixes NOTHING. the reality is that i have been stretched, tested and under a lot of pressure but i ALWAYS have a choice. Read More
so all of my prepping and planning have led up to this day. our first official day of the human body unit!!!! i made the announcement just before we got started this morning and they looked at me like i had eight heads. "we've been on the human body for a week now mommy" :/ LOL... I love these kids. they accept my crazy, extra, all-over-the-place self and run with it. Read More
apple cider slushies, funnel cakes, roasted corn on the cob and hayrides to the witches house (not scary, just fun :). fall is finally here!!! this year has FLOWN by and OCTOBER has now come and, basically, gone. this past weekend we spent a little time with friends that have become family. i almost missed it... the chance to spend time laughing and making memories with people that we love. because, work tasks and home task can occupy your head space. but, don't let it... Read More
you know that felling you get when you head into the day already behind? when you didn't pack lunches and left dishes in the sink? when their clothes weren't laid out and you can't find anything to put on that makes you look like a decent mom???
that was today!
i'm pretty certain that the word says whatever you put your hands to will be blessed. (deuteronomy 30:9, deuteronomy 28:8) and, i've been putting my hands to so much lately!!! from homeschooling, designing, to editing films, vlogs, photoshoots and managing our shop. i do believe that we have to explore to discover what HE has for us but, i've been feeling so STRETCHED and spread too thin! and, normally the answer would be that i have taken on too much. although, i haven't felt led to let anything go :/ Read More
we packed a few bags and took a walk before lessons yesterday. mommy's favorite season has arrived and it seems that i write about it every year. it is the time of the year things start to slow down and my heart always finds itself in a very open place. open to the change that surrounds me. and, it is different every single year. this year, change is most evident in our homeschool life. in the way we learn and grow together. i've learned to trust HIM and follow HIS leading in our lives more than i have ever before. and it is, most certainly, a result of HIS faithfulness over these last four years. Read More
we have been such beach bums lately. taking every chance we get to pack up a few snacks and head to the water. the ocean is such a powerful force. the air brings such clarity, focus, and the hear the kids scream with excitement as the waves crash against their cute little bodies... well, it's priceless. Read More
i am not the best at celebrating small victories. i am not really the best at celebrating big ones either. but, we've been married for ten whole years and i couldn't feel more blessed. blessed that he found me. blessed that he loves me. blessed that he covers me. blessed to know that we will be in this together until the very end. it is a wonderful feeling.
happy anniversary baby! the best is on its way :) Read More
the big trip that we had planned for our trip to charlotte, was visiting the discovery place : science downtown. it had been recommended quite a few times and after visiting their website and seeing all they had to offer and explore, i was sold.
the lady baby took a little while to warm up to the place. there were kids all around and she can be quite the territorial one when she wants to be :) but, after a few of the kids cleared some space, she started having all the fun. Read More
i had so many places that i wanted to visit with the kids while we were in charlotte. but, i tried my best to be realistic and be kind to myself, lol. i figured that they had to have pretty nice libraries so i searched for one that we could have a little fun visiting and found imagine: the joe and joan martin center!!!! it was incredible. Read More
when i found out that we would be visiting my mother last month, i quickly remembered that she lived close-by, i hurried to give her a call and ask if she would be available to meet for the very first time. i had been following her work for years. shortly after i found her, i learned that she was a relative of brian's!!!! we have loved on each other, back and forth, over the years through social media. and, finally... i would get the chance to hug her and gush about her gifts IN PERSON!!!
her name is Vanessa Brantley-Newton and she is a children's book illustrator and an incredible storyteller. basically, my FAV! when i asked if i could bring the kids over to meet her and ask a few questions for our homeschool channel she replied with jubilee even before to answered with any words. Read More
gosh, we woke up to the most magnificent view. so peaceful, beyond what i needed and if i could pick this sweet lake up and transport it home with me, i would. the boys were anxious to get back out the the lake to fish and this sweet girl was bouncing around with joy and excitement, as always. Read More