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

that mama~

Fall has jumped right in like a champ with beautiful weather, leaves falling right on time, scampering squirrels collecting their nuts.  We've worked the summer away really, not even having enough time to be miserable from the heat...hardly.  I'm almost certain this is the first time in our married life that we have actually felt like we've had a "weekend" ~ with Jer being a firefighter his schedule is always rotating never giving us a weekend feel, but with all the work we've been doing on the new house, reserving the weekends to be active with the kiddos, doing something other than work, we have had the opportunity to look forward to the weekend, making us realize "weekend" living.  Whew that was a long sentence with a lot of weekend! :)





This little guy is talking up a storm these days ~ very expressive in what he is feeling.  If something is yummy, funny, or he's hungry, or  recently the washing machine was being loud, he said "scary".  Lately he's also expressed how dark night is and that he doesn't like that.  I'm thankful that he can express by words his emotions, as it has kept much frustration away.  Being able to understand and help him has been huge, something I think most of my late talkers struggled with, which ended up in lots of screaming.  






We have been back to lessons for a while now, though taking quite a bit of time beforehand to evaluate each child, seeing where they are ~ moving some up to higher levels in certain subjects, skipping some levels, while other levels remained going in order.  We use Christian Light Education for all subjects now, making things quite orderly and mindless(mostly) for me.  They come in Light Units, so that we don't have to have extra pads of paper, they can just write in the workbooks.  That's nice to not have to keep up with lots of extras!  I've been trying to check their work at least a couple times a week, but really this is something that needs to be done daily...a challenge for me, I must admit!

Mostly everyone is doing well, with tidbits of fussing from a certain little miss.  This is no surprise though ~ born to walk this journey at her own pace, with her own set of rules.  A girl after my own heart, truly.  Being so familiar with this way myself, I realize now as an adult I musent do her any "favors" by being easy on her, allowing her to slide by, being "free".  This a big part of my personality, but also a huge life long struggle.  Left to my own thoughts as a child I struggle now with being committed to finishing things all the way, and not quitting.   I have been working on that though, and doing much better, now that I see what the problem has been.  I will not allow her to quit and give up so easily.  Perseverance pays off, even mostly when it's tough.  I'm still quite relaxed you know, just aware.  

Recently the reality of being a mama of a collage age child is taking me aback.  Can this really be happening, and I'm truly not ready to be that mama.  Confession ~ I feel mostly like a child raising children, ya know?  How can I possible be old enough to have an eighteen year old.  How can I possible have a child thinking about going to collage.  Really I'm afraid that it's just going to keep happening, it is you know, once stair step children start growing up, they all start growing up.  I'm just not ready for this faze of life.... I'm just not ready to be that mama!!!!!

Love,
JM

Fourth of July 2010

Forth of July 2011

Forth of July 2012