You know you’re a mother when…..

you sit down to put on your shoes,get one on,  and then turn to find a half eaten granola bar on the arm of the couch. So mid shoe application you get up to go throw it away. As you are doing that you see that the couch cushion is crooked so you straighten it up. Then you go throw away the granola bar all while wearing one shoe.


That’s it, there isn’t any more!


Processing Things

Life seems to roll by faster than I can get my thoughts down on screen.


I am getting better each day with learning to live with the chaos that my life can sometimes be. When I say chaos please understand that it isn’t in the negative light that the word is often used. I see it more as a  life that is so full that when I have so much that I want to pour into my kids, my husband, myself, my extended and my friends that it can be chaotic. All the emotions flying to meet the person they were intended for, praying they are received with the way they were sent. Watching each of my daughters grow a little bit each day all in their own way. Careful not to interfere, to maintain my place as the water and the wheel in the formation of this wonderful person. Growing my marriage with my husband to a deeper level everyday, really seeing who he is, who we are as a couple and how two separate beings can so wholly be one. Building friendships ever so gently and cautiously with the people that God has placed in my life…stretching myself to see them for who they are and to help meet their needs as they work to meet mine.

Truly focusing on the eternal and not on the temporal. Seeing past the clutter that exists in the living room to truly live in the moment of dancing to silly music or while playing an intense game of Candyland. Time passes too quickly to worry about how clean my house is or what someone who shows up unexpectedly will think of me. I am not promised any number of days and I really don’t want someone to remember how clean my house was. If they remember me at all I want them to say she didn’t waste a moment, she lived life to the fullest and she cherished it all.

I’m not there yet but I’m on my way.


And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.-Abraham Lincoln


Busy, busy, busy

Last week flew by and I can’t even remember all that we did!

This week feels like it’s going to move much the same way.

The big girls went to Michigan Sunday. I won’t see them again until next week Monday. They are spending time with their great-grandparents and then they will stay with their grandparents a few days. I miss them.

I finished Josh’s hat



He’s my big little brother by the way.  

Friday the bigs had a homeschool group event to attend. I dropped them off and drove around in the middle of no where while the littles napped. I hoped to find some barns to photograph. I found one and only one that I felt was picture worthy. I love barns,


The littles woke up just as I was picking up the bigs.

We then headed over to drop Aly off at a friends house to spend the night. We left there and got about 3min. down the road when I heard what I thought was a flat tire. It wasn’t. So I got back in to pop the hood and the silly thing wouldn’t work. Fortunately there was a farmer in the field across the way and he stopped to help me get it open. It was the serpintine belt.

I had called Jorry and when he showed up he decided to vall road side assistance. That’s when our friend drove up  and said that he could fix it we just had to go back to his house. It’s a good thing we weren’t too far.

3hours later we are back on the road grateful to have only had to buy the belt. That is until I hear a noise under the van a a minute later my bettery light comes on. The belt came off.

So we load the kids in Jorry’s work vehicle and call roadside assstance to have it towed. All the while I’m praying and asking God to keep any cars from rear ending us. We were off on the side of the road but it was dark and people fly on that road.

We made it home safe and sound. The van wound up needing the belt and a water pump.

I’ve never been so grateful for my cell phone!

 Yesterday the littles and I went to our friend Pam’s house to work on Christmas gifts.

Today is my day to work at our food co-op.

Tomorrow we head up north a short way to visit more friends.

Homeschool co-op is Thursday

Friday is park day.

Sat. I’m having mom get together.

Sunday I’m pretty sure I will need to rest!


Long time No See!!


  I’m back!! Did you miss me?

Thank you for all the notes that were left. I took the time off to focus on the family and somewhat in honor of the one year anniversary of my dad’s passing.

While I was gone I turned this:

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Into this about a thousand times:

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 I made these:




I loved on these:



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Enjoyed the outdoors with the family:








Got in front of the camera more:



Enjoyed the Dynamic Disaster Duo and started putting a routine in place for them:

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Watched time go by waay too fast:



 Soaked in baby love:





Missed an awesome man:

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And today I turn another year older.

34 things I want for my birthday in honor of my 34th! In no particular order.

1. Our troops to come home

2.More conversations with my dad

3. Dove milk chocolate

4. More yarn and knitting needles

5.To meet Sean Connery

6. To love myself unconditionally

7.A date with my husband

8. No TV in the house

9. A larger house to live in the country

10. The book The Last Child in the Woods

11. More time

12. A clone

13. Less housework

14. A nap

15. A dog

16. More patience

17. To do a better job of letting my kids know I love them

18. To live without fear

19. To be a good example for my girls

20. To create wonderful family memories

21. To Love deeper

22. To give more

23. To do a better job of living in the moment

24. To focus on the eternal and not on the temporal

25. Laugh more

26. Laugh loud

27. Dance more

28. Care less about what others think

29. Care more about what my kids think

30. To be a blessing to others

31. Smile more

33. Cherish more

34. Live out Loud