So Much To Update! 02/18/2012
No, I did not forget I had a blog....lol!
Our computer has been out of commission for a few weeks now. There is no way I'm going to waste my time trying to blog on my smart phone...it ain't THAT smart! It's possible, but it's way too tedious.
SO! Lot's has happened around here!
Project Organize is taking me longer than I thought. I'm getting there though. The kitchen just got finished a few days ago. Things all in their place, cabinets re-organized, old stuff thrown out or donated. I took the time to really think about how I use my kitchen and what should go where. One major item was that I wanted LOTS of clear counter space. So, I made a place right under the counter for appliances. I put them in order of most used back to not used much. Even though I pull out my blender every morning to make a smoothie, I still like having an easy place to put it back. It has made meal prep so nice to have room.
Our bedroom is really what I need to finish, as well as Caed's side of his room. It is so close to being done!
We got rid of a lot of stuff and my mom let us store some holiday stuff in my dad's shop. That was so helpful as we don't have a garage like some people do!
I have to say, every step I make to get organized makes me feel less stressed! It's fabulous. I'm learning to be this way, it does not come naturally to me.
I have worked two weeks now for Larry Jordan, CPA! Larry and Lorraine are wonderful people to work for! Lorraine has patiently taught me and by this second week I was really enjoying the work since I'd caught on. I LOVE that I stay busy all through those six hours, it's pleasant time that flies by! I set up a Facebook page for Larry's business and part of my job is working on the blog for his new website. Most of the day however, I do receptionist stuff of answering phones, making appointments, greeting people as they pick up or drop off tax info, and assemble new and completed returns. It's fun, I really like it. I make more money than I ever have in my life as well, and that does not feel bad. It's not as much as some, but it's a record for me! lol.
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SO thankful for our new KIA Sedona van! We got a good deal on it. Yes, we are in debt for it but it's a payment we can make and a 100,000 mile warranty on everything! I was starting to get more sick about flushing money down the toilet with used cars than I was making a car debt payment. Once, with our old yellow Volvo, we put TWO THOUSAND into it, and the next week it DIED. Our old van was the best ever. It ran so well for 8 years for us. The transmission was going out however, and that is a very expensive fix. I started to feel we should be realistic about our lack of capabilities with cars and go for a good deal with a warranty. I was not sure this was the right thing do to though and I did not want to sway Rick either way. I prayed about it, and decided I should tell him my thoughts but I said "I"m not sure I'm right, this is just what I'm thinking but I think we should get counsel." After all, our goal is to get OUT of debt. The reality is though, in order for me to have a job that pays more, I needed a car. The other reality was, though Rick can and loves to take the bus, a family of five must have a dependable vehicle. So, Rick got some counsel and I was prepared for anything. I was prepared that God was in control and if we had no wheels for a while, he would work that out. The counsel we got was that it was better to get a new dependable, warrantied car. So, the next day, we found our van. It was all very smooth. The next weekend, I was offered this job which makes the van a REAL blessing as it now is helping us get out of debt faster!
We have been praying for years about our church. We travel quite a ways to get there since we moved here nearly seven years ago. We have been going to our church since Emma was six months old, so that is almost 11 years. It is the only church Emma and Caedmon have every known. It's a wonderful church, and more than anything, our pastor is an excellent teacher and shepherd. Every time we thought we should maybe find a closer church, we felt led to stay. This last year however, many small things were mounting. It was getting harder and harder to stay connected to our friends, or to be involved in the ministries or even children's activities. Victoria could not manage the youth group because it was another long drive in the week, and the added driving time was a stress on her homework and sleep schedule. She was the only kid in public school as well, which in and of itself, is no big deal but it was a small concern of ours.
Then, came the reality that this year in the fall, she will be at PR High. We really felt pressed that she needed to be building Christian fellowship NOW so that she had a support and accountability system in place knowing a few kids before going. So, we prayed again and it seemed it was time for a change.
Long story short, we went for the first time this last weekend to a new church that is in PR. It's also where the kids go to AWANA. Emma and Caed had a miserable morning, they were ornery, whiny and having anxiety symptoms like stomach aches and head aches. Rick and I tried to encourage them but we knew there was little we could do but let them go through it. It's not easy, on any of us.
Victoria was the most excited and she seemed to like it the most. She was excited that adults came over and talked to her, invited her to the youth group and really welcomed her. They treated her like a mature young lady. She really liked that. She is excited to try youth group soon.
Emma went to the Sunday school class but was negative, especially about one little girl in there that was "so annoying and would not stop talking..!" I told her perhaps God was going to use this little girl to grow HER character. She looked at me with quite a face...lol. Caed did not want to go to his class but I took him afterwards to meet the teacher and see where they meet. I told her our situation of starting over and that he had never been to any other church. Turns out, she is a really sweet older lady who worked with Victoria in Awana's and was so fabulous. I think she will be great for Caedmon. We will be asking him to go in this weekend.
The preaching was the hardest part for me. You cannot beat John Marc's preaching! I knew this would be the hardest part! I knew my criteria would be high for any poor preacher I ever heard again! The preaching was good, it was just way more random that we are use to, and that was irritating to me. Still, God is encouraging me to hang in there and I was encouraged by the reaction Victoria had and that the people were VERY friendly. There seems to be a good mix of people there. Working moms, stay at home moms, homeschoolers, public schoolers...etc. We knew that was not a reason to leave our previous church, but it is helpful for our family to have more variety in the people. At our church we have been at for years, there is seemingly three segments of people. The younger families have a lot of variance. There are lots of public school little kids, and some homeschoolers. The older couples are incredible, lots of joyful people Rick and I have loved for years, but their kids are all grown! In our segment, the group we have been close to for years, everyone has stayed in homeschooling and mom's at home. That is fine, it's great in fact, and it's not a reason to leave (therefore we didn't years ago), but it does make our social interactions different. Our children are different, they talk about different things, they face different things. It's just a fact. It was harder and harder to be really close to this group with our schedules and experiences being so different. Thankfully, we are not nixing them from our lives, we love them all and want to stay connected, but it is nice with this move happening anyway, to see some variance in families with kids our kids age. I'm all for bringing diversity if diversity does not exist and I've no problem being the odd ball, but it's not bad either that I won't have to work so hard at that with this change, and neither will my kids. That could take some stress off of us all.
It would be just as hard, and has been from what I've heard mom's share, for a homeschool mom to be at a church where all the kids are in school. It's just a fact.
So, we are looking long term here. Our kids need to build fellowship for the circles they will be socializing in. Emma and Caed will soon enough need a good youth group and relationships to take them into the challenge of High School years as well. So, ripping the band aid now seems to be what God has for us. I just wish we could bottle up our pastor and take him with us. On that note, we are going to try as a family to keep up with his sermon's via internet during the week and we are also going to continue to be in our local community group to keep up those relationships we have had for years. It's going to be weird but we are all a family of believers so.....
So, as you can see, this family has been through some real changes all ready for 2012!
I feel hopeful though, really hopeful, and encouraged. I feel some stress has lightened and I look forward to the days ahead. Rick and I feel this will be a year of getting some things together, to have some things fall into place, to have some new beginnings and to heal from some really stressful years.
Wow, that was long...I'm done for now lol.
I'm hoping to do a video this afternoon of the house updates. I'd hate to leave you all with just that last video....eeek!
So, I'm about to die in my house. I've had it. Mind you, most of it is aftershock from Christmas. It's also me filming before anything is done. That is not traditional really in blog land or YouTube land. Most people video when it's done. I'm doing this for motivation, I'm anxious for the finished one.
HEY! While I was posting this my birds chirped for the first time!!!! Yeah! There is hope for them yet perhaps. I LOVE the sound of the birds in the house. The fun thing with Sunshine was that she would "talk" to the Guinea Pigs. Now they will be across the room from each other so they should have lot's of chances to "talk".
A Walk Turned Into Adventure 01/03/2012
Well, I took it easy today so I wanted to go for a walk with the kids. We started out as soon as they got off the bus at 4:30 (I'm referring to my younger group of Emma, Caedmon and my friend Michelle's kidos) and did not get home till 5:40.
We took out time to take pics and some came out great. I love my phone and it's fun pic filters.
I love how this came out. I wish I'd waited for those people to pass though. It really shows the clean surfaces after the renovation.
I called this "where old meets new". Such an old place with electric Christmas lights amuses me.
Cute kids. My friend's kids look so mellow here! Trust me, that is funny. Oh, and you can see the swamp of mud Caed got into right before this. His right shoe is actually not even on all the way, as it came off with the pull of the mud. He walked the rest of the way home with one sock and one shoe. That is along walk people.
Caedmon has a plastic spoon from stopping at the diner where I work to get yogurt before our walk.
Lovely Twilight Moon
So, I've been inspired to walk and take pics of my town more. I'm thinking of heading out in early morning light to see what this iphone can really do. The filters are fun, but even the original pics are amazing.
Another Pantry Challenge 01/03/2012
I did this Pantry Challenge last year and it was a good way to save money in January after spending it in December. Especially now it looks like our van's transmission may be going out! Also, one of my New Year resolutions was to cook more than I have been.
I've taken inventory of the freezer and cupboards and I'll try to post what I come up with. I buy a great deal at our Grocery Discount so I get canned food when it's 35 cents a can. I bought a lot right before the holidays and I do want to use it up.
This week's Plan (and share ideas or comment what you have that you don't know what the heck to do with!)
So, there are my first five meals.
Old Year, New Year 01/03/2012
Last year could be summed up in one word: CHALLENGING
The spring found us laying new flooring in 80 percent or more of our home. I did most of it myself. Rick and our friend Jake did an awesome job on the living room. I could not be happier with the way it is now!
I started a new job in July. That was crazy stressful. I was pressured to learn very fast or else get some pretty harsh criticism from my new boss. It was like being in the military. I had to memorize where everything was or I was not paying attention. After a month of this, I was having adrenaline problems again. That got better and now the job is going smoothly.
Beyond that I had a LOT of relationship challenges. New people to navigate at work, teenage drama at home, and trials with friendships. It was intense.
So, it's not that I didn't like 2011, it's just that it was a tough one. I was so emotional at the end of the year because of some of it. I realized one day that I had fear issues. I had so many challenges in a row that I became fearful that I would not survive anymore. So, that was an interesting emotional hurtle to get through at the closing of the year.
Yet, it's all in love that God has done these things. It made me address some stuff before the year ended that I'm frankly glad he brought to the surface for me. I can start the new year new. It also gave me some graceful perspective for people I encounter. More on that also later on.
So, here are my new year thoughts/goals:
So, I think that is the top of the heap there.
A REALLY Lazy Day 12/28/2011
Yep, it's Christmas break and what's the point in cleaning? I mean really, I cleaned all this up BEFORE Christmas! Now, it's party hearty, munchy munchy, and bumin cozy! This why it's good it does not last forever. By Monday I WILL be ready to shuffle them off to their classes and clean up this monkey cage.
For now though, I've been on the computer all day setting up this site while they hang with wii games, ipod touches and a rediculous amount of technology. In fact, I went into my room (I have my friend Michelle's kids today whom I consider my family by now) and four of them were crashed on my bed, "watching" a movie and all but Caedmon (who has no portable devices yet) had a tiny screen infront of them. "That's it!" I declared, "I'm counting to 10 and yall better be outside! 1-,2-,3-. I did not believe in counting to ten when they were little to get them to obey but it really works when they are older and try to give you the "wait, I'm almost done with this" technology excuse. Out they went and out they still are and it's getting dark. Neighborhood kids fill my yard and although there are still one or two devices being surrounded by curious little faces, at least they are out.
I'm posting some videos from the day on the video page as well.
To end it well, it's a good day to order pizza and watch some Christmas present DVD's. Yeah for Christmas Break!
Whew! I Finally Found Something! 12/28/2011
I have been working on a new blog host for hours now. I've been all over and Weebly seemed to be exactly what I need. I love how custom-able it is. I love that I have a Home Page! It's much like Family Lobby only updated to today's technology. It's also much easier to navigate on mobile devices.
So, thanks for coming to see my new "home"!
First Post! 12/28/2011
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I'm simply a wife of one great man and the mother of three vibrant children. Victoria is 14, Emma is 11, and Caedmon is 8.