Thursday, October 12, 2017

Apple Orchard Fun























The children's activity club groups at our church went to the apple orchard on Saturday.  The parents and smaller children were able to come as well.  My youth boys and their friends went as well.  It was such a nice time.  The children went with their leaders for activities and the moms that had little ones went around together.  It was nice to watch Sebastian gorge himself on apples and feed all the animals.  Asianna was sooo cute.  She loves animals and she calls them all "doggies".  She was fascinated by the goats.  "Hi doggie, hi doggie."  It was too adorable.  They went on hay rides and my oldest, Marquice, even took Sebastian on the hay ride with him.  After that he was set on hanging with the older guys instead of mommy.  So sweet.

I just love fall and old fashioned, simple fun.

Have you visited any apple orchards with your family lately?

Love,


Stephanie


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Laundry (Need I say More)






So the laundry has gotten away from me again.  I honestly don't know how it happened this time.  I've been working on laundry for two days now.  I'm almost finished and hopefully this time I can keep to a system.  It's just too much to let it get piled up because then I end up doing what I'm doing now....working on laundry for two days. I would prefer to do a little at a time and keep it organized.  I also had my husband add some hooks to the laundry room in order to hand line dry clothes and pieces that I'm ironing.  I really love this and it's been working so well.  Except when I forget to take them down and the cats get it at night.  I also vowed to never have the "futon" laundry basket and the "playpen" laundry basket ever and it's in the playpen again.  I had some people tell me that big families just live with a laundry couch.  I can't live like that.  I like a clean house.  When it's cluttered and dirty I can't concentrate on anything else.  I need more discipline in keeping up with my schedule and keeping the children aware of their responsibilities.  It's a work in progress, but I'm hopeful.

I also was given a few bags of hand me downs and I usually take some out and give the rest to charity for lack of space.  I usually end up needing more clothes for the children, can't afford them, and wish I had kept the hand me downs.  I decided to make one of the shelves in the laundry room that usually holds food into a clothing shelf for the littles.  Now they have the closet upstairs and this one.  I really like this concept.  Hopefully they'll be pictures of a consistently clean laundry room in future posts.  Am I thinking too big?

Have a great day.

Love,

Stephanie

Happy Paint and a New Asthmatic





Oh I am so happy even though it's been done for a while. My husband finally had the time to paint the living room and dining room in grey and white paint colors.  The living room was that awfully, dark and depressing Teal.  Which was a wrong color in the first place.  Somehow the guy who mixed the paint messed it up and I wasn't there when he did it.  Also, the dining room was a horrible dark faux wood and it was just beyond depressing.  It swallowed up any decorations that I put up and it just made for not a good mood.  I believe that if a family is home quite often it should be a place that they love.  I love this so much. My teenagers didn't want me to do it because they thought it would look bland.  They came in after the rooms were painted and told me that they loved it and it seemed so much brighter.  Now to find time to paint the hall downstairs, up the stairs, the hall upstairs and all the bedrooms except ours.  Hmmmm, I have no idea when that'll happen.  I would love it to be done before Christmas.

Sebastian was diagnosed with asthma recently.  Three times when he became congested it got to the point very quickly where he couldn't breathe at all.  Twice Aaron took him to the emergency room which is thankfully only 2 minutes away.  No waiting,  they sent them straight back and hooked him to a nebulizer.  After the third incident I made an appointment with the pediatrician and sure enough it was what we suspected.  Well he's number 3 for the children.  Mekhi and Hadashie have just occasional, mild problems.  It was way worse when we lived in Michigan for some reason.  My husband also uses an inhaler every now and then.  Such is life and in it all I feel blessed.  I'm thankful for natural solutions to help and try to prevent bigger sickness and I'm thankful for modern medicine as well.  I try to keep a healthy balance of both and that seems to work for us.

I hope that you're having a great week.

Love,


Stephanie

Busy, Happy Days











Busy soccer weekends and all the life in between is what's been happening here.  Friends that love us and we love them, time to rush around and time to relax.  It's all winding down into cooler weather, but our days are still full sometimes.  I use to be so very stressed with all of the fast activity.  I'm still a person that likes to relax and prefers to live in slow motion, but God has helped me.  He gives me strength to survive and handle going places and taking care of things when my husband is busy or working.  He's so faithful.  And I do love this abundant life that He's given us here.  We have our fall church conference coming up and they'll be soccer then as well.  I even think that the little boys will be able to play on an organized team this time and they are very excited.  It'll be nice to see friends and family that we don't see all of the time.  I look forward to the weekend.

I hope you have a great day.

Love,

Stephanie

Birthday Celebration






We had another birthday back in September.  Jabari Caleb turned 9.  Oh my word where is the time going.  I remember his actual birth so vividly.  Well, I remember all of them vividly honestly.  He wanted a chocolate cake and red velvet cupcakes.  His gifts of course were all super heroes and gift cards so that he can go and buy more super heroes of course.

He is just the sweetest delight our little Jabari.  We're so happy that God gave such a wonderful addition to our family.

Love,

Stephanie

Okay being Me (Mommy)






A lot has been going on here.  Nothing new in the outward.  The busy life of a large, happy family has been the same.  There's been a lot going on with me inwardly.  I'm at a point in my life where I'm really faced with who I am.  Who I want to be.  What impression do I want to leave on my children.  For so long I've tried to live up to this image that my mother and some aunts have had of me.  I think that some of my friends have had this impression too.  In truth, I don't feel spunky and hip anymore.  No, I don't feel old, but I feel settled.  I have children of all ages.  When they go through situations and need help and comfort I want to be there for them.  I don't have time to worry so much about what I look like.  I mean yes I do like to look nice, be attractive to my husband, and feel good about myself, but the constant idea of trying to try something new and "better" is something that I've had enough of.  I know that a lot of people don't have this issue at my age, but I'm a very late bloomer and I'm honestly just settling into who I am - authentically.  In truth, I'm just a homeschooling, Christian mom and wife of 8 children.  That's enough for me.  And yes, that's a new toilet brush on the table at tea time.  It's real life over here folks.


I'm 42 years old.  It's time for me to stop caring about what others think and do what makes me happy.  Who cares that people may think that I need to dress more fashionable or hang with the younger crowd. This is me and I love my children and my husband.  It's time I start loving myself.

My husband bought me this cup as a surprise the other day and it really put things into perspective for me.  I've heard mom's say that they want to know who they are and they don't want motherhood to define them.  What's wrong with motherhood defining me? I love my children, I love being a mom for several different reasons.  If that's my only job in life here on Earth I'm happy with that.

I hope you have a great day.

Love,

Stephanie

Apple Orchard Fun

The children's activity club groups at our church went to the apple ...