Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Snippets

My sister informed me this morning that it's been 14 days since my last post. Has it really been that long? I knew it had been awhile and I've kept telling myself, "I'll blog later tonight." Each night I've told myself, "I'll blog tomorrow..." I guess it's true, tomorrow never comes, all we have is today.
This is what I woke up to today, isn't she gorgeous and growing!?
Jenna woke up not feeling so great, she was symptomatic for strep so she and I had a date with our pediatrician at 4 today and sure enough, she has strep. Praying the rest of us don't get it, she gets is quite often and usually no one else catches it.
We are doing it! School that is, it's going really well. Far better than I could have or should have expected. The Lord has been so gracious to me. Bethany and Joseph are enjoying it. It's amazing how working their little minds brings them happiness and satisfaction. After school they are eager to play together and all of the kids seem so much less restless and irritable with one another. I love watching them learn and being able to talk to them about what they are thinking.
I choose to only focus on one day at a time. I will not worry and stress about tomorrow or how this is all going to work out. We take each day as it comes and make adjustments for that day. If Anne is fussy, I will not let myself fall to pieces worrying that she will be so tomorrow, or that if I hold her all day long she will require it tomorrow. Sometimes what gets me feeling the most overwhelmed, is worrying about what might continue or be a problem. If I think about only this moment and doing what needs to be done right now, it's more attainable.
After our first day of school I realized we needed to really focus on some areas, like addition and subtraction. I decided that we will not open up our new math books until we recover some lost skills. Instead of hammer away and struggle because of lack of speed, we would take 2 weeks and focus on laying a better foundation. Hopefully this will eliminate some of the frustration and tears we had the first day.
Psalm 43:16
But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, The Lord is great!
I feel the need to be clear and say, it is only because of the Lord's saving help that I am able homeschool and mother these five children. The Lord is great! I very much feel His presence and strength with me. My heart is so full of gratitude to Him for allowing me to live this life with Him. He has given me such amazing children. My plate is very full, my house is busy, many people don't understand it but I can only do this because of His help.
 Our first week of school, a very dear friend brought us supper, just because. It was such a blessing to me, but also encouraged my heart to think that God provided relief to my very long daily to-do list. Anne has taken some unusually long morning naps and I know those also are God alleviating some daily distractions during school time.
 Of course much has happened in the past 14 days...
Joseph lost his first upper front tooth. We were beginning to think it wasn't going to come out, it had been loose for a long time. He insisted that is fall out on it's own. He was downstairs and I was upstairs and all of the sudden I heard him yell, "ICE CREAM!!!!" I couldn't figure out what was happening until Bethany came up and said that Joseph's tooth was bleeding, a few seconds later he pulled it out. We always have ice cream when they lose a tooth. I love the way he talks now.
The weather was so nice last weekend, we went for several walks. Bethany and Joseph want to ride their bikes everyday, I still can't believe they are big enough zip up and down the street. They both are maturing and changing, we are so proud of them.
 Brady is still busy as ever and shows no signs of stopping. He is saying more words everyday. We are working on obedience with him and not screaming at people because they don't understand what you want, or give you what you want, or let you do what you want, or don't do what you want fast enough, or... :) He has no intention to ever going into a church nursery, so we are working on many of these things every Sunday during the church service, it's definitely the most difficult 2 hours of the week.
He's loud, rough, sweet, chunky and hilarious! He's learning how to eat with a spoon.
 He is still proudly wearing the friendship bracelet Bethany made him, so sweet. He talks about Jenna all the time and calls for her often. One night he woke up crying, from a bad dream possibly. I can't remember the last time he woke up in the middle of the night. He was crying and kept saying, "I wan Jen-na!" over and over.
We've had lots of cousin time lately.
I walked past the girls room the other night and Bethany was reading to Jenna from The Jesus Storybook Bible. I've said it before but this book is my favorite, so good!!
 I read this quote on a blog and thought I'd share,
Blessed are those who need Him enough,
To know Him enough,
To love Him enough. . .
To know HE is enough."  p. 90 Mercy Triumphs
My baby is hungry and crying... I'll leave with the rough draft and a very abrupt ending to a long overdue blog post.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice to hear from you. Your world seems very busy but wonderful! You are so very bleased.