Category Archives: Simple Joys

Goodbye Summer…

goodbye summer

Oh, Summer, where did you go?

Things I’ll remember…

Red-faced, sweaty kids.  Mosquitoes.  Fun trips.  Loving our beautiful yard.  Watching the kids ride bikes around and around and around our driveway.  Hearing our baby’s heartbeat.  Being thankful for this family and the blessing of staying home with these precious kiddos.  

Realizing that these days probably make up the best years of my life.

lots and lots of bike rides

lots and lots of bike rides

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One twin can read to the other :)

One twin can read to the other 🙂

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a weekend trip to Nashville… delicious Southern breakfast… fried green tomato pimento cheese biscuit

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A visit to the Parthenon in Nashville was a perfect complement to our Ancient Greece studies!

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These kids are always having fun together! This was a special “mom party” they threw for me!

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a Fourth of July trip to a family cemetery

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I spent time this summer doing an amazing study of Proverbs 31 through the folks at Doorposts.

I spent time this summer doing an amazing study of Proverbs 31 through the folks at Doorposts.

I kept reminders in my kitchen all summer.

I kept reminders in my kitchen all summer.

We waited and waited and waited some more for rain.  Here is Catherine singing the doxology when we finally felt drops!

We waited and waited and waited some more for rain. Here is Catherine singing the doxology when we finally felt drops!

Praise the LORD!

Praise the LORD!

a stop at the space center on our way to the beach

a stop at the space center on our way to the beach

I'll always remember that this is the summer that little sister surpassed big brother in height.  He's taken really well.

I’ll always remember that this is the summer that little sister surpassed big brother in height. He’s taken it really well.

another stop in Chattanooga… We rode the incline railway to the top of Lookout Mountain.  Yes, I shed tears.  :(

another stop in Chattanooga… We rode the incline railway to the top of Lookout Mountain. Yes, I shed tears. 😦

 

at the top!

at the top!

Legoland

Legoland

Seriously??!!

Seriously??!!

THE BEACH!!!!

THE BEACH!!!!

We had ocean kayaks during our beach trip.  Leven had a blast!

We had ocean kayaks during our beach trip. Leven had a blast!

The kids played and laughed and played and laughed all day!

The kids played and laughed and played and laughed all day!

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We serve an awesome God!

our driveway

As much asI HATED to leave the beach, I do so love coming home and driving up this driveway.

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My Catherine is just 8, but it sure doesn’t seem like it. She’s been making us cookies this summer all by herself. Her specialty is peanut butter!

 

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Look at all these twins. Charles’ and I are truly blessed! 🙂 We have the most precious god-children, and were so thankful to see them grow and be a part of their lives over the past year! This is their first birthday!

I got to see THE SWEETEST face ever.

I got to see THE SWEETEST face ever.

It was a great summer, and I’m looking forward to a fabulous fall!

Here’s to lots of memories!

Happy First Day of Fall!  

Mom and Me: Individual Time with My Kids

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I’ve had this little illustration pinned on my bulletin board (a real one, in the kitchen) for years.

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Am I a mom who shows her children how much I cherish them?  Do they really know how much I love them?  Am I giving them my time and attention?  Sometimes it is hard when there are so many of them and only one of me!  It is hard because life is so full of distractions.  Many times my sinful heart has tricked me into thinking that they are the distractions interrupting something else.  But they aren’t the “little distractions” I’ve often called them.  They are what life’s all about.

I really get tired, so tired of having most of my conversations with the kids revolve around school, training, correction, instruction.  I want quality time, quality conversations.  I have a sweet friend who prays for me each morning, and I asked her to pray that I would find ways to spend more time giving each child my attention.  I think her prayers were heard!

No more waiting to plan a mommy date or special outing.  It wasn’t happening.  I have been purposing to spend 20 minutes each day alone with one child.   That is very doable!  (Think:  how much time does it take you to check emails, read blogs, etc.)  I haven’t planned any special activities or trips; I’ve just given my time.  We call it “Mom and Me” time.

It has been a great couple of weeks!

I wanted to take my phone with me only to snap a few pictures of my time with the kids.  You can see how very simple our activities were.  Nothing fancy.  I let the kids pick an activity.

Monday:  time with the oldest son.  He wanted to teach me how to shoot his BB gun.

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Tuesday:  time with oldest daughter.  She wanted me to open a pumpkin with her to get the seeds out, jump on the trampoline, and push her on the swing.

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Wednesday:  time with youngest daughter.  She wanted to play with her dolls and stuffed animals.

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Thursday:  I was supposed to have time with my youngest son.  It just didn’t work out.  We had a grocery trip and dinner out that day, and I just couldn’t find the chunk of time.  Boo hoo!

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The Mom and Me time rotates, so we just picked back up and made time the next day!  We played in the sandbox.

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I wanted to think of an easy way to keep up with our time and who was next, but it turns out, the kids don’t forget.  They loved being able to spend time with Mom all by themselves.  If you are looking for a simple way to keep up with Mom and Me time, you could use a clothespin and a card with your children’s names.  This card is near our calendar to show the current month, but a card with children’s names would work well!

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You could use a card similar to this one with kids’ names instead of months to keep up with Mom and Me time!

I hope this gives other mamas some ideas for spending time with your precious kiddos!  We made some great memories at my house these last two weeks.  I’ve also had a chess lesson and worked on a needle point!  If you have ways that you make alone time with your children work, please share them with me!  🙂

Oh, if you are wondering what the other children were doing during Mom and Me time…. they watched a video and read books.  😉

Simple Joys {7.26.13}

Call me crazy, but I love new school supplies!  Aren’t new crayons pretty?

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I’ve been cleaning out all of the old markers and crayons to get ready for our new homeschool year.  I love it!

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Oh, and the school supply aisle at the store?!  Hold me back!  What a JOY!  🙂

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Cookie scoop, where have you been all my life?  Moms, if you don’t have one of these, get one! Oh my, I love it!  Perfectly round cookies, all the same size, in seconds!  Joy!

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Summer days…

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Playing dentist…

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Lego skates…photo

After our rain, Dad woke up and came in the kitchen where the kids and I were getting breakfast ready.  “Do you hear that guys?  Hear it?”  He cupped his hand around his ear, and all of the kids got quiet and listened for something.  “It’s cotton growing!” he said.  🙂

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The view from my bedroom window…  Leven asked for a push mower so that he can help with the yard.  Have you heard about the farmer who made his sons work in the field?  People asked him why his sons worked so hard and why he cared so much about raising that corn.  “I’m not raising corn,” he said.  “I’m raising men.”

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Leven really does like it.  He is enjoying a new responsibility, his new section of the front yard.photo

Twinnie hugs…

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“The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; You hold my lot.

The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places:

indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.”  Psalm 16:5-6

I will give you your rains…

“…then I will give you your rains in their season and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.”  Leviticus 26: 4

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We’ve needed a rain on the farm for quite sometime.  When we heard raindrops yesterday afternoon, Leven ran outside to sing the Doxology.

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“Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!  Praise Him all creatures here below.  Praise Him above ye heavenly host.  Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen!”

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I love that kid.  My little farmer.  My little worshiper.  God is good.