Saturday, January 21, 2017

We've moved

We've moved!  You can find me at my new space Under 

Monday, November 7, 2016

moved in








We are moved in!!!  I love it here.  Still getting used to everything...light switches, where everything is.  It's very different from the tiny house...strange, really.  I didn't think it would be that different, moving to a bigger house.  It's so strange to be spread out, to not turn around and there be people and everything you need at an arms reach.  Everyone and everything in my space for two years was normal and now everone is everywhere, in different places and I have to walk to get ANYTHING I need.  So many windows and lights.  A big bathroom with dirty clothes and shoes on the floor and NOT in the way.  Multiple people in the bathroom and kitchen at one time with plenty of room.  I gave ALL three littles a bath AT THE SAME TIME, making bath time much shorter.  I know this all sounds like I'm crazy and this should be normal for normal people, but for me, it's just been so long it feels that I've forgotten how this life goes outside of my tiny house world.  I am adjusting...slowly.  I know we just moved and I don't have any sort of rhythm yet.  I know it will come with time.
And this time change, oh this time change, and moving at the same time...oh my!  It may take a little longer to get into a rhythm with so much to adjust to.
Our basement, which is the boys bedrooms is not finished yet, so they are having to hunker down in the living room, shutting things down quite early.  I got done putting baby S down, with it being only eight o'clock.  I was tired, but decided it wound not be wise to go to bed that early, plus I was hungry and wanted some popcorn.  Well with all the lights off, hubs and I decided to eat our popcorn and applesauce by candlelight in the dining room.  It was nice, and quiet, and very peaceful, but we must get the basement done soon!

JM

keeper of the home










Something I've been thinking on~ Our homes are set up by us.  We decide what comes into our homes and as the gatekeeper of our home, we are responsible for keeping our homes pure and productive and watching over hearts.  For everyone this will look different, but lots of things will be alike also.  I was talking with a friend the other day of how unproductive I felt like my home was, of how my children are always mostly bored and unproductive, that they just want to be entertained.  She was giving me some ideas of things I could do to render this situation.  As I thought about this dilemma further, it came to me that I was just "letting" life happen, instead of "setting up" life to happen.  I wasn't requiring much, so I wasn't getting much in return.  So now I'm thinking...thinking of what I want to see in our days, what I want to see in my children.  What kind of friends would I like for my children to be.  What kinds of skills would I like for them to have.  What kind of knowledge do I want them to know.  What are we reading, playing, experimenting with, watching.  What should be priority...important to me, my husband, my family.  If I want to see the results that I desire, then I've got to put in the time and resources.

JM

eighteen





 

You know when I talked about not being ready to be "that mama", well guess what!?  This one turned eighteen...yes I have an eighteen year old.  Can I be that old ~ yes I suppose its true.  This guy, I don't even know what to say...He's such a blessing and a guinea pig all in one.  You know what they say about first borns...you're lucky if they turn out normal, or so I've heard! :)  No really he definitely has ups and downs, as do all people, but over all he is a pretty happy go lucky guy.  He is extremely caring and absolutely loves the littles, though they try his patients sometimes, but whose patients aren't tried by littles!  He's a wonderful big brother, always usually willing to take a tag-a-long, ready to talk and explain the unexplainable(by mama), teaching, drawing for, spelling out words for the littles.  He has a different personality, but then so do I, which is why...I think...we get a long great, well mostly great.  
He has recently gotten a job showing how responsible he is.  I never have to remind him, get him up, really help him in any way.  This was a bit surprising to me.  He has always been one to rise to the occasion.  When you think "oh he'll never be able to do that" ~he does.  This job hasn't been easy, working all kinds of different hours, even until four in the morning, but he makes it and is adjusting well...now.  
He has been considering what he wants to do...looking into collages and such.  I guess we shall see.  One of my mama/schooling policies has always been ~ if you want to do something bad enough, you will make it happen...not me...you.  This theory came through schooling this kid.  Anything I wanted him to do was a no go.  He had to do it himself, so here we are.  He wanted to play guitar, for example.  I said I would not pay for lessons all for him to waste my money and quit.  We have plenty guitar playing friends and a dad, so he will teach himself or not play.  He now plays very well, all self taught through his dad, music, and cd's.  It has become one of his greatest passions and is in happy zone if he's playing.

So these cupcakes ^^^ bright purple icing...
Normally I make our cakes, but due to being so entirely busy, I bought some cupcakes for thus birthday with purple icing(his favorite color).  We've never had any food allergies, or aversions, which I am completely grateful for, but with these cupcakes came quite a surprise! We all wiped our icing off, not wanting the dye on our face/teeth, plus it tasted quite bitter, but the two smallest boys did not.  Some time passed into the evening and I noticed how unusually frustrated baby S was getting at his toys...really, down right angry.  Well I thought maybe he was just getting tired, so off to bed we went.  During nursing him though, he was very restless and angry...kicking and swing his arms.  He finally went to sleep and oh my.  All night until about fourish, he was restless, kicking and flailing around, yelling out.  Over the next couple of days, I was sure to not give him anything with food dyes and he was back to his pleasant self.  I'm not one hundred percent the dye was it, but we won't be finding out any time soon!

JM

Sunday, October 23, 2016

discovery





















We had the opportunity to go to the discovery park only 45 minutes from where we live.  It was fun seeing all the different variety of learning.  Science, history, exploration.  I of course was behind the camera, so you get to see my favorites! :)
My heart truly belongs to log cabin and old time living history.  I can never get enough of seeing the old ways of life and figuring out how to embrace it for my own life.  Being very thankful where I am with modern conveniences, I just love to treasure some of the simplicity of history.
It was a pretty warm day so the kiddos enjoyed soaking their feet in the cool fountain.  The kids enjoyed all of what they say, but I think their favorite was the huge slide they got to go down as many times as they wanted.  I didn't get a picture of that...I don't know why.  The littles loved the play area, that I didn't actually discover until about the last 45 minutes of our visit.  They played non stop while I relaxed.  It was a fun but long day! 

*a neat fact...Jers dad and uncle bought and restored cars just like the first three pictured above!
Also Jer being a firefighter it's always neat to see old fire trucks and read about their history.  He thought it was funny that they had fire trucks back then, but they were't strong or big enough to pack the men, so the fire truck went along to the fire with the men chasing behind.  

JM

this little community








A simple breakfast of eggs and toast has been fixed. The kitchen has been cleaned, so I sit drinking my hot tea and...observe.  I look around my tiny home and feel cozy and blessed.  Thankful for such a small home, that stays nice and warm from all the body heat...ten bodies in 800 square feet provides plenty of warmth!  
As I write, another few are reading, some are sleeping in, some are bundling up to go outside, and one ~ always that certain one, is looking to see if there are any breakfast leftovers.  Happily he is told "yes you may have the left over eggs".  He sits very pleased that his belly can be extra full this morning.  We all find comfort in many different things, his comfort is food.  It has taken me this long to really understand him, with this comfort, enough to know that even if it's just a tiny bit of something, after everybody is done and mostly after everything is already cleaned up, he will be back!  Some would say "nope kitchen is closed", but for him ~ he feels special and taken care of...loved, coming back for what is left and getting to sit down and enjoy the last tidbits.  As for me it's my pleasure to love him in this way.  I cherish the thoughts of him growing up with such memories of how his mama loved him so!  
I find comfort and cherish these rare quiet mornings when everyone is full and happy and busy with their own, that I can sit and drink my tea, and write.

I'm so thankful that years ago I was taught to make my home a refuge, a place where love abounds and everyone feels safe.  Safe from the outside world, influences, safe to be yourself, to relax, to enjoy life uninhibited.  To talk and laugh and cry.  This little community within these four walls is the smallest community type to live in, but so unique and special.  We have the privilege of learning how to communicate, relate, fight, make up, work together, love ~ all in a safe environment, where judgement doesn't exist and where forgiveness abounds. 

Jesus is our center, our standard, our example.  If we are aware of this truth daily and we are striving to be like Him, then our little community can only succeed!

JM

Saturday, October 15, 2016

almost








Oh that hat!  A new favorite lately...she has been wearing it often!










Our house remodel is almost complete, well complete enough to move in, finishing tidbits along the way...after we move in.  This remodel has been the most challenging one in the eight years of doing this.  We have basically bought and sold house after house for eight years, after we completely renovated our first house we ever bought fifteen years ago.  Was that confusing?!  I do vow to NEVER do this again :) totally remodel, that is!  We are tired...to say the least, though I will have to say, this weather has given us a new energy to finish.  I know we will enjoy life to the fullest again...soon!

I must say that I have decorated every square that I can get to, that's been finished!  We've moved quite a bit in already, trying to clear out storage as much as possible.  It's nice to see things that have been packed away for so long.  We enjoy being their now, while Jer works on what needs to be finished.  I can relax and knit while the kiddos run around playing.  The water should be finished TODAY, that's right...today!!!  We are planning on moving in after the water is done and he finishes hooking up a couple wires.  We are so excited!

We got the chance to use my fire pit the other day, when temps were cooler.  Can anything be better then knitting and reading and doing lessons on the deck with a toasty fire!

The boys and Jer are digging under the house trying to detour water from coming in one spot of the basement floor.  It was hard work, but watching the littles help carry buckets of dirt out for the big guys was a treat.  They wanted to help so badly.  It was mostly dug out already, they just had a bit more to go to hit bottom.  Oh the memories we are surely making!

I decided to repaint my cabinets from a seaish blue to this mustard yellow...LOVE!
The buffet was left by the previous owner.  Jer stripped and fixed, and I painted it.  I really like how it turned out, not sure of the color at the beginning.  I think it works perfectly with the blandish colors in the living room though.  It dresses everything up and makes it feel so bright and cheery in there.

When all is finished and we're moved in, I hope to do a little house tour!

JM

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