Showing posts from July, 2012

Preparing for Sunday

Saturdays are spent preparing to Worship our Savior on Sunday. With four little ones, its very important in our family that we are well prepared, otherwise our Sunday mornings are crazy and we don't usually feel prepared to worship and learn.

Here are some things we do to make sure we are well prepared to leave Sunday mornings.

We line up everyones shoes Saturday evening.....

Lay all the kids clothes our and Dad and I make sure our clothes are ready to go....

I pack the diaper bag with diapers, wipes, extra clothes for the little ones, water cups, a some sort of snack, usually bananas or popcorn to be eaten on the way home or in the nursery if we get desperate.

I plan to either have a crockpot meal, so that all I have to do Sunday morning is throw the ingredients in the pot and turn it on, or have a very simple meal that has very little prep work for when we get home. 

We eat our big meal after we get home from Morning Worship, then everyone takes naps. =) Then we all eat a bigger…

Sweet Fellowship!

I had such a sweet time of fellowship with my kids this morning! I've found that if my kids are up before 7:30, it doesn't go well. :-/ So, the way it works is if they wake before 7:30, they have to stay laying down somewhere so they get enough rest. At 7:30 they are allowed to get up. Breakfast is at 8. For whatever reason all four were up before 7:30. sigh. Josie was awake at 6:40 wanting to nurse, so I fed her then got my shower. When I got out, the middle littles were awake and Abby was behind them after a few minutes. I had Josie in her bouncy seat and the older three were laying in my bed. They still had about 10 minutes before they were technically allowed up, so we had story time. I asked if they wanted me to read a story and Felicity, 3, excitedly says "Yes! A Jesus story!!" =) I was already planning on reading them a Bible story, but it was so sweet to hear her request that.

We all laid on the bed and I read them Luke chapter 4. They aren't usually all …

Calendars to (attempt to) keep me organized =)

After reading the book Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman, which is an extremely helpful book, I started making my own Home Management Book. It was fun and its very helpful! My oldest daughter, 7, was looking through mine as I was teaching her how to use it. She was very inspired (and dramatic =D) and decided to make one for herself to use in her bedroom. It was cute to see her working so hard on it. =)

Once I got my Home Management book up and running, I started nailing down my daily and weekly schedules. Once I got it figured it out and how it works best for us, I started making up a monthly calendar for chores. After doing that for two months I was kinda burned out on it. Sad, I know. BUT! It took a couple of hours to make it. I am holding out on buying a ready made, large calendar, so I make my own. =) I take four pieces of construction paper, set them together in a square, line up the edges and put a few pieces of tape on it. Then I take my trusty ruler and marker and measur…

I've decided something.....

I've decided that dishes.....

and laundry.......

grow when I'm not looking. =) I'm convinced of it! I JUST did dishes and I have some in my sink again! And the baskets always have laundry in them. =)

Now the big question that I need an answer to....if laundry is always growing, then why do I have a sock bin half full of socks that don't have matches? sigh. My heavy pondering for the day. =)

My Mission Field

I've had a rough few days physically!! While tending to my son who had fallen and cut his lip, I had an iPad dropped on my foot. ouch!! I wasn't able to walk very well on it for 1.5 days, but it was a very pretty shade of blue. =) Then Saturday morning I was sitting on the ground talking to my baby, stretched and put my back out a little. grrr. I take good health, my feet and my back so for granted most of the time. So when I get injured or sick, it really makes me count my blessings and I strive to be grateful for them even when nothing is wrong.

I woke up this morning feeling pretty good! I still have a little pain in my back, but its not holding me back from doing my normal activities, and I can walk just fine on my foot. Praise the LORD!! I was sooo excited and so very thankful to be fully able to serve on my mission field!

What is my mission field? When someone says "mission field", most people think of a missionary working in a different country or of some sort…

Helping Mama

Having littles ones in the kitchen helping isn't always easy..or help keep you sane =) but its a great time of learning and can be great fun!! Two of my littles ones helped me make laundry soap this morning. First they helped me measure and pour the ingredients. We had to measure out six cups of water, so Micah helped me pour while Lissy counted - we got to work on coordination and math! They also got to stir the mixture together in the bucket and had a blast doing it!

Recipe is on another post titled Homemade Cleaning Solutions

Galations 6:9 - Do not grow weary

Ever had one of those days where you just want to curl up in your bed and wait for the next day to start so you can begin the day again with a fresh start? Or want to pull all your hair out? sigh. I was having one of those days this morning. I'm so thankful its gotten better!! I think every mama's theme verse should be Galations 6:9 - Do not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. =) I was quoting that verse to myself a lot this morning.

Two of my kids were sick all last week, my husband was traveling, we had to make a trip to the doctor, we had a traumatic event happen in our neighborhood....augh!!! With Dad traveling and kids being sick, their behavior wasn't the greatest. Most of it was due to being sick and being at an age where they don't know how to handle being sick, so it shows itself in crying....a LOT of crying.

We went to church yesterday morning, but I spent the entire time in the nursery because Micah felt miserable…

Its the little things....

Look at this adorable bracelet my oldest daughter made for me!!!

The large M stands for Mama and the four square beads surrounding it have the first letter of each of my kids names - Abigail, Felicity, Micah and Josie. =) She came up with the idea all on her own and surprised me with it. I LOVE it!! Such a sweet gift!

Bruising or muscle pain? I have a solution for you!!!

Last night I was awake for about an hour with my knees and ankles aching like crazy. Ouch! I'm not used to driving a lot and I had spent almost three hours driving yesterday. Add in not having enough water yesterday, equals mama having aching knees and ankles. Sigh. I couldn't take it anymore so I forced myself to get up and get my Arnica Cream out of my purse. I rubbed it on wherever I ached and within a few minutes I noticed I wasn't hurting as bad. I was soon able to get to sleep again! Yay!!! Kids have a tendency to fall a lot, get bumps and bruises, especially when you're not at home where you can easily care for them, so I keep Arnica Cream in my purse for that reason. :)My little nephew is at the age where he's starting to stand and uses furniture to walk around....which means he falls more. He has benefited from my cream on more than one occasion. :) I have a friend, who is in her 50's, fall and bruised her arm super bad. It looked horrible! I offer…

Diaper rashes aren't much fun

If you've never had one of your kids have a diaper rash....please write me and tell me your secret!! :D My kids have all had them at some point, ranging from really bad to pretty minor. I've tried using aloe straight from a plant and buying a couple different types of natural diaper rash cream. The more I learn about products labeled "all natural" is that it's not always exactly all natural. But I've found something that works sooooo good on diaper rashes! Coconut Oil. You can buy it in most grocery stores now, in Whole Food stores, online in small jars or huge five gallon buckets. We recently bought one gallon of it from and went through it pretty fast. So next time the five gallon bucket goes on sale, we're buying it! Back to diaper rashes.....just rub a little coconut oil on your little ones rash and the next time you change the diaper, you should see improvement. Exiciting, no? :) My little one got a rash and I forgot we h…

Natural Flea Control

Don't you love home remedies?! I know I do!! We've been using natural remedies for a number of years now, and I'm amazed at how little I know sometimes. I'll be doing some research for a specific remedy and will learn something new about Tea Tree Oil or Garlic. Herbs and Oils are amazing things!!

I just bought a 4oz bottle of Tea Tree Oil from and when it arrived, they had sent me a 4oz bottle of Peppermint Oil instead. sigh. I bought the Tea Tree Oil to use for flea control. They have gotten sooo bad in this Florida heat. Bleh. I was all set to email Amazon and ask if they would give me a discount on Tea Tree oil or give me some credit since they made a mistake, but then I decided to do some research first. I learned that I can use Peppermint Oil for flea control too! In the exact same way too! Since the Peppermint cost less than the Tea Tree, I just asked for the difference in the prices to be refunded me. Amazon was great and gladly did that for me. yay!

Croup, Fevers and Aching Ears, Oh my!

This past weekend I had one sick little boy. =( We left on Friday to go visit family, stay the night at my parents, then help get ready for our Presbytery Church Camp on Saturday. Friday night, we went to a friends house for dinner. She had just bought this house and hasn't done a lot to it, except start moving in and making the inside homey (its sooo cute!!!). Anyways, she has a small goldfish pond...thingy out front. My 20 month old son had no idea it was water as it had green algae stuff growing over the top of it. Both his dad and I were telling him no and to stop! He was trying to comprehend what we were saying and even trying to stop walking, but the ground sloped JUST a little right there and he had too much he fell in. He was fine for the first second, but then he went under. I was standing 3-4 steps away from him, holding the baby in her carseat, the two older girls were standing near him, but aren't old/big enough to do anything to help. I'm soo…