Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday mumbo-jumbo

  • My sister took this picture of Brady at the kids soccer games.  I adore it!
  • Seems like bullet points is just the way I live life these days.
  • First off, I have finished a website I've been working on for nearly 3 months.  I'm joining my sister in her photography business, shining image photography.  We're excited about working together and being creative together.  The site is just up and running, more to come soon.  Please check it out.  We'd love to take some pictures if you're interested!  We also have a fan page on Facebook, if you like us let us know!
  • I still have pictures to post of Jenna turning 3 and her Max and Ruby birthday party.  Maybe I'll get them up this week.
  • Friday was our last day of school for the year.  It's my last year of having only one child in school for many years to come!!  It's been so fun getting started on this journey.  Though I plan on home schooling all of our children through their high school graduations, it's all about taking one year at a time, even one day at a time.  Bethany is officially finished with first grade, what a great year we have had.  She has learned so much.  I caught her reading a christian parenting magazine this morning.  I'm not sure if that's a good idea or not!?  Learning is power right!?  Maybe I should subscribe to Clubhouse.  I can't keep this house full of fresh reading for her little mind.
  • We're going to have a great summer.  I can't wait to go camping.  Joe has 11 days left of school and then we'll be able to enjoy being together all day.
  • As much as I'm looking forward to summer break I'm not looking forward to hot weather.  This is my least favorite season.  I'd much rather have keep-the-windows-open weather than keep-the-A/C-running weather.
  • I've been running again.  It's been awhile since I tried to get in shape.  The last time I tried to work out, I ran my health deeper into a pit of exhaustion because my thyroid was a wreck.  No matter how hard I forced myself to workout, I reaped no positive results.  My thyroid levels have been regulated for a month or more so I've been running.  It's hard, but not nearly as hard as it was when my body was broken.
  • I'm still tired these days, but it's a totally different kind of tired.  It's the normal kind of tired that comes from being a mother  to 4 children, getting up once or twice a night to nurse a baby, and running after a long day tired.  I don't get much sleep but it's bearable to be this tired and I can function and push through it for the most part.  The kind of tired I have had for the past 5 years prior to now was beyond description and something no one understands until they have it.  It's a wall of fatigue and exhaustion that can't be conquered by determination and will power or caffeine.
  • I've put in nearly 7 running miles in the past 5 days.  My speed is nothing to brag about so I'll keep it to myself.  I'm all about focusing on the positive!
  • My body is sore all over.  I love that my kids are the perfect size to walk on my back.
  • Bethany's ears are bothering her.  She says she can't hear well and has been in pain over one of them all night.  We are going to the doctor this afternoon.
  • I've been reminded of this scripture as I've been working through the reality that I have very limited time for anything outside of my home.  Sometimes it's difficult to not be able to help others in ways that I would love to get involved.  Then I realize that I am where God has me.  He will allow me to do the things he calls me too.  I don't underestimate the importance my daily life with my kids, sometimes I just wish I could add to it.
  • Things lay heavy on my heart sometimes and I wonder why God would give me such a burden for people or things when I outwardly can't do anything to help.  How I do underestimate the power of prayer.  Doing is not just going and physically helping, it's not just time spent working, doing is also praying.  This mommy doesn't have much time for serving others like I'd love to do, but I certainly have time for praying while cooking, cleaning up toys, nursing a baby and painfully running at my slow pace.
  • I recently read this from E.M. Bounds, "Prayers are deathless...Prayers outlive the lives of those who utter them." WOW!


OneMommy said...

Wow, what a list! I hope your daughter's ears feel better fast. Ear aches are terrible! My husband loves to have our daughter walk on his back, too. LOL.

Nate and Erin said...

Yay for running! I'm so glad you can run again, that really does make me smile! Hope your summer gets off to a great start. PS. I was completely inspired by your painting....that I went to Lowes and picked up paint chips....we'll see if it gets any further than that for me!