Friday, October 17, 2014

Just Breathe

We've had a week filled with a lot of little stresses.
You know, family things.
We all have them.
things we can't tell the world on a blog.
 We've got anxiety issues  and
depression issues.
We've got oppositional behaviors and ADHD

It's heartbreaking when you are the parent, the wife
and are helpless
except to deal with it as it comes.
 We have 8 people living here each with a different personality.
Everyone needs some kind of attention
Some are needy and show it
Some are needy and demand it
Some are needy and pretend not to be.

We had cut fingers, runny noses and sick kids this week
 I had one day this week where I really wanted to go to the noon Mass
one particular child made me late
So late, I ended up leaving without her
but by the time I got to the church it was already 10 minutes after 12

I decided to go to the Adoration chapel instead
(at another Catholic church)

I was mad, but as I got out of the van
and started walking towards the chapel,
the anger completely left and I felt it lift away 
as if Jesus took it away for me.

I knew in that instant, that I was not mad, 
it was my own fault I was late
I am the adult here, I could have left sooner
(it was not this sweet girl pictured, just so you know)
 Once inside, I kept hearing these words
Just Breathe
Just Breathe

And you know what?
I did.
(this is the song I kept hearing while in the chapel)

And Jesus filled me with
His Graces
His Joy
His Peace

 Hard things happen to us all.
Every day
 It's up to us to turn to God
 Beg Him for His mercy
just waiting there for  us to ask
And Thank Him for all the blessings He has given us
like these little ones

without a problem in the world.
 Except those temporary runny noses, cut fingers and little kid things

Oh, and type 1 diabetes and a cleft lip/palate, but who's counting those?

Life is pretty great 

Remember to
Go to God
He makes all things new.

Go to any Catholic church, 
find the Tabernacle, and sit in front of it.
(you know the gold box with a red candle lit by it)
If your church has Adoration, go visit Jesus.
He waits for you and I

(this is in my neighbors backyard, perfectly in my view)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

September Thankful

 I know it's not September as my title suggests it is, 
but I'm trying to stay as close to summer as I can!
Kidding, but I am always late (and a dollar short)
It's 54 degrees today, but in the pictures I'll show you today,
it was beautiful fall weather!  (that lasted about a week here in MN)
 I  like warm, what can I say?
We enjoy a local lake park in town
Thankful for this old tree that is there, we've taken pictures in it every year!
I even used to take my daycare kiddos there and take pictures!
Fun tree!

 We love to feed the ducks!
Thankful everything is so new for these littles!
He laughs and giggles every time he throws the ducks bread, it's so cute!

 He always wants to chase the ducks!
Thankful for big helpers!
 We love to walk around this little lake, it's so beautiful
(some of us like to unicycle)

 They have a little swan pond, so pretty in the fall
 As is our backyard
Thankful for beautiful fall colors right outside in our yard
Thankful for my front view from the school table

 Thankful for my fall mailbox
 Thankful for my fall home

 Thankful for my inside view from the school table
 Why, yes!  It is quite loud and distracting.
How did you know?
Thankful for loud and crazy littles!

 Thankful we are blessed to be able to homeschool!
My school room here.
 We moved the middle girls in here with me
and the oldest 2 are with Dad in the living room, at the table. 
Tom is helping with the oldest 2 this year 
so I am able to focus on the middles and the littles.
It put the Joy back in homeschooling. 
Let's just say, I've struggled with that joy thing for a while.
(with homeschooling)
It's the perfectionist in me.
And it's a "Mary" thing.

You see, I left it up to her.
I prayed a lot.
A lot.
Like for years.

I've prayed like this:
"Please be a mother to me, to my children, you love them more than I,  you know them"
"If you want me to do this, you have to make it work, I'll do anything, just lead me"

Because it was not working.
Sometimes there are blessings in very hard things in life.

Like all the hard things my husband struggles with
and has struggled with for years.
There have been blessings in it all.
Thankful for the love of my life, the biggest blessing and gift God has given me
besides my faith.
 Thankful we celebrated the feast of the Archangels with this Devil's food cake, 
complete with pudding frosting and fresh raspberries....

Pudding Frosting
1 package instant pudding (any flavor)
1 cup milk
1  -8 oz container of Cool Whip

Mix and frost
Oh, yeah, we crushed Satan's head with our swords... 
Thankful I found this awesome yellow frame for my yellow girl at Wal-mart!
 Thankful It only took me several years to realize I could spray paint my ugly blue bench
to make it look pretty nice...
 Way better!
 In fact It turned out so nice, I did more....
(they were bright blue before)

Thankful for bubble blowing

Thankful for second cousins!
What a treasure 2nd cousins are!
Thankful for tractor rides with cousins!
(my cousin's daughter)
My cousin's husband Bob gave a ton of tractor rides!
 Thankful for my cousin and her mama (my aunt Darla)
Thankful I got to see and visit with my grandma at my cousin's home!
And celebrate double birthdays!!
Her kid's birthdays are only a week apart
They are such sweet sweet kiddos!

 Speaking of sweet....
 Thankful for sleeping toddlers.
On a mattress.
On my bedroom floor.
We need to get him a bed and figure out where he can go, I know.
 Thankful for big kids to help littles with praying and counting during our family rosary
 Thankful this little girl will always be my  kitchen helper, even when all have given it up!
(making Chipotle Pork Tacos here)

Thankful some flowers are still blooming...
October Thankfuls coming soon...

Thankful for big and small things and everything in between.

Friday, October 3, 2014

More Updating

 Gosh sakes, I'm so sorry my blogging has been so irregular!
I've just been having a hard time juggling my time!
Once I get here, I end up getting distracted.
My "mom induced ADD" is getting worse.

Newest activity in our home:
2 more girls are unicycling!!
Parades are going to be even more fun next summer!
We are so blessed because our Deacon,
 also our friend and fellow homeschooler,
teaches unicycling and  has practices every Monday evening.
(The Ringsmuth Riders)
He also teaches a Catholic Apologetics class to homeschool kids grades 9-12
My oldest is in it and loves it.

What an amazing man.
He gives so much of his time to others. 
And we get to reap the benefits.

Another family I know runs our homeschool soccer.
As in, every fall til November, every single year, 
for  like 15 years or more, they have run this awesome opportunity for 
other homeschoolers!
I have 2 girls that love to play.
I'm going to guess 80-100 kids show up each week

This family that runs it, donates their time, they are not paid,
they just do it. 
They are amazing and we get to reap the benefits.

I remind myself of this:

Small things, Jamie, it's OK to do small things.

After a week of doctor appts, lunch dates
 (Star of India with a daughter that was studying India)
clothes shopping (Why can't they just stay the same size for, like a few years?)
homeschooling, piano, groceries, and more groceries, 
I needed some down time.
You know, some time to blog.

After I folded these 6 baskets of clothes!!

I still need to bake some pumpkin bread 
and sort through some girl clothes for my friend in Fargo
(we are going there tomorrow--I can't wait!)

 Saturday jobs are done (the kids) were supposed to be scrubbing the floor...
OK, Oh, my! Melt my heart. 
You can mop later.

I got distracted there.
I was updating.

Everyone always asks about these two little cutie pies.
So I'll go onto them!
Aren't those toesies just the cutest?

She has been a Type 1 diabetic since May 1.
And she's doing super, in fact, I'll let her tell you about it!

She's doing awesome!

 And Sims here, he's such a character!!
He's just such a blessing.
He brings so much joy.
Well, both the littles do, to us all!

He has speech every week, in our home.
He just learned how to say the "P" sound and the "B" sound.
This is a major thing, as he still has a tiny hole in the top of his mouth
It's a lot of work, as you'll see in the video, but he can do it!
It will take a lot of practice for it to become natural.

 Isn't he a sweet heart?

We are going south for the winter!!
We will be gone for December, January, and February.
(We have someone that will be staying in our home for us)

We have hotels reserved, a trailer rented and a condo ready for us!
(and plans to meet a few friends!)
It will be an adventure of a lifetime.

We are still planning on moving.
Our plan is to finish fixing up the house in the spring 
and move when the house sells.

I'm still pushing for TEXAS!!
(San Antonio to be exact)
but ARIZONA is still in the running.

It is really up to God, 
because we have weavered back and forth like 4 times.

 I am reading this again.
LOVE it.
I'll be done on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

I ache for the poor.
Every time I see a homeless person, 
I feel sick inside.
I try to give them whatever I have, 
but I don't always have cash. 
Last week, I asked a woman what I could buy for  her in Wal-mart, 
(she was standing outside of the store)
she had 3 kiddos with her...all she wanted was waters.  
I asked if I could buy her snacks and juice for the kids, 
she said yes.  
Seems so little.
(I threw in a Wal-mart gift card)
It was only one day though.

I so wish I would take them home with me, give them a good home cooked meal,
and a place to sleep til they get back on their feet.
But I also have to be realistic, 
and keep my family safe.

What are we supposed to do?
What does God want us to do?

We pray for them whenever we see them.

My love for the  poor is one of the many reasons I love St Mother Teresa
In 33 Days to Morning Glory, Saint Mother Teresa is quoted as saying 
"Be the one"

It's because of Psalm 69:20
Scorn has broken my heart and has left me helpless;
I looked for sympathy,  but there was no one, 
for comforters, but I found no one.

"Be the one"
I've been contemplating this a lot.

Be the one.

 I've been struggling daily
with getting up earlier 
so I can walk on the treadmill.

Why is this such a struggle for me?

Oh, hush!
You know, when I saw this one I had to share it with you!!

This is what my front yard looks like right now.
It's Freaking 48 degrees outside right now!!!

I need to start counting down the days....

I saw these at Sam's Club and couldn't resist.
Come on!!
You know  you used to watch it!
You know you loved it!

We are watching these tonite.
(Tom and Jedi are going to play cards tonite anyway)

This summer I started writing in a notebook
"100 things I love"
which, to my surprise turned into a lot more!

I plan on sharing these things with you 
and I plan on writing my Thankful's soon too.
How about a Catholic apologetics post?

Hmmmm...we'll see.
I've got to bake some pumpkin bread.

Have a great weekend!


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