Sunday, November 18, 2012

perfect remedy

I have found the perfect remedy for being too busy! On Thursday, we cut back our school work to the bare minimum, enjoyed a lovely walk in the sunshine, went shopping to fill up shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, and spent hours building a gingerbread house for our co-op party on Friday.

We're all feeling much better now!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Life is feeling very busy lately. Like, out-of-control, no time to savor the moments, kind of busy. Which leads to one stressed-out mommy. Our kids are in several activities right now. Audrey does dance two times a week. Liam does basketball two times a week. They both have weekly piano lessons and go to Awana on Tuesday nights. Liam has weekly speech therapy. And we all participate in a homeschool co-op on Fridays. Add to this homeschooling, errands, appointments, church, time with friends - and it feels like too much! Our schooling is more rushed. Our 'down-time' is almost non-existent. I don't remember the last time we had 'quiet time' - something my kids love as much as I do!

But I'm torn. I feel like because we homeschool, it's important that they are involved in activities. Time with friends. Instruction from other adults. Time away from me and their siblings. But I don't like what we've become. I'm more snappy. The kids are more snappy. Because let's face it - we're tired.

I'm not quite sure what the answer is. Our activities are all good things. But I feel like we're sacrificing His best for us on the altar of 'good things'. And it might be time to rethink this.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

happy birthday Liam!

Liam is 8 years old today! He had several choices about how we could celebrate this event and he chose to have a weekend family birthday party. So he made a list of all the things he wanted to do - and we did them!

1. Dinner at La Fiamma
2. Dessert at Menchie's
3. Bowling
4. Slumber party in the playroom
5. Family Nerf Gun war

We all had a great time. He has already decided that he wants to do it again next year! As an added bonus - Nana and Papa were here for some of the weekend. Papa's birthday is also this week so we celebrated them both.



Happy birthday Liam! It is a privilege to watch you grow. We are very proud of the young man you are becoming. We love you!!

Monday, November 5, 2012