Wednesday, November 22, 2017

#Blessed

One of my 2017 Intentions was to write 17 posts about blessings in my life to help purge negativity.  I'm finally getting around to it in this #Blessed series. 

I am blessed to the be mama of GAVIN.

I always tell Gavin that he is my favorite little boy in the world. Since he only has sisters, it's easy for me to say, but in all honesty, he is one amazing kid.  Of course we have our struggles, but Gavin has blessed me in so many ways.  Because of his disability and homeschooling, we spend a lot of time together.  Gavin can look at me and I can pretty much tell what he is thinking.  He is also very loyal to his Mama and can be a sweet and caring gentleman when he wants to be.

Most of all, I am blessed to watch in awe of his bravery as he faces very difficult circumstances.  I honestly don't know how I would handle it if I was in his shoes, but he just rolls with it.  You tell him he has surgery, no big deal (you take away electronics and that's a whole different story)!  Finally, I am blessed to watch Gavin grow in his faith.  At 7 years old, he has taken it upon himself to read the Bible.  He's already completed the book of Genesis and is working on Exodus now.  It is amazing to me and inspires me to step up my game! 

I've been collecting different Bible verses when they speak to me and I though John 9:2,3 was very fitting for Gavin (Brian and Macie, too!).

"...'Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?'
Jesus answered, 'Neither he nor his parents sinned, 
it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him.'"

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

#Blessed

One of my 2017 Intentions was to write 17 posts about blessings in my life to help purge negativity.  I'm finally getting around to it in this #Blessed series. 

I am blessed to be a mama to MACIE.

I tell Macie all of the time how special she is because she is the one who made me a mom.  I wanted to be a mom for as long as I can remember and she made that dream come true on October 13, 2008.  She has humbled me, challenged me, frustrated me, and helped me to grow in so many ways.

Watching a little human that you grew in your belly grow, learn, create, and develop is such an amazing thing.  We have laughed together, cried together, created together, and even screamed together.  Today we are closer than we've ever been.

When we are given children to raise, we have to remember that they aren't ours.  They belong to God and I am blessed that he entrusted this little soul into my care.  I need to give it my all to help her be the best her that HE wants her to be!

Monday, November 20, 2017

#Blessed

One of my 2017 Intentions was to write 17 posts about blessings in my life to help purge negativity.  I'm finally getting around to it in this #Blessed series. 

I am blessed to be celebrating my 10th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY.

WOW...I can't believe that on New Year's Eve, Brian and I will be celebrating 10 years of marriage.  I've said it, and many others have commented, how we've been through more in our 10 years of marriage than many face in 20 or 30 years.  That being said, it is a blessing that we are still together and sticking it out.  Yes, we love each other and have created a family together, but marriage is flat out hard.  I think it is hard for everyone, but when you add extenuating circumstances such as mental illness, sick children, financial struggles, job losses, deaths, etc, it is even more difficult.

Marriage is a covenant.  It is not something that you can easily decide to quit (even though it is very tempting at times!).  I am blessed that God has protected our marriage even in the darkest times and had faith in us even when we didn't.  Each day, week, and year is a blessing and I need to look at it like that versus a burden (ever heard it referred to as the old ball and chain?).  God blessed me with Brian and I want to cherish that blessing!

#Blessed

One of my 2017 Intentions was to write 17 posts about blessings in my life to help purge negativity.  I'm finally getting around to it in this #Blessed series.  

The number 1 Blessing in my life that I am most grateful for is my FAITH.

I honestly do not know where I would be without my faith.  As crazy as my life is and as difficult as it is to function at times, I've grown deeper and stronger in my faith instead of  pushing it away.  It is my calm in the storm and grounds me when I need it the most.  Going to Mass on Sundays, reading the Bible together as a family each night, spending time with God praying the Rosary or just listening to him, and teaching my kids how to live the faith bring me such peace and joy.

I have such negativity and ugliness thrown at me on a regular basis, so I am blessed to say that my FAITH is what carries me through and helps me to move forward being the best person I can be!  At the end of the day, my relationship with GOD is what matters the most and I strive to have a closer relationship with him every day I am here on this  Earth and look forward to being with him in my eternal home in heaven.


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Family Fun (A Random Post I Found in the Drafts)

I randomly found this post in my drafts...It was obviously from January and I have no idea if I've posted these pictures. However, they are super cute and I can't believe almost a year has passed and my babies are growing so fast!


My mom gave me these handcuffs as a joke since we'd done the Escape room and the kids wanted me to lock them up!












Oatmeal Mask



Twins!


Dream Car Museum

Jr. Thunderbolts Game








Our Thanksgiving Traditions

Last year, we started a new tradition. We have our own Thanksgiving on the Sunday before actual Thanksgiving.  Last year, I decided to do it last minute so while it was good, I didn't make very much from scratch.  This year, I thought about it a lot more and planned ahead.  We had a large menu and as Lilah said, "We are having a FEAST!"  We had turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, brussell sprouts, shells and cheese, stuffing, rolls, and pecan pie.  I planned to make extra so that we would have leftovers.  The girls helped me make the pie and I did the rest.  I honestly can't believe it, but everything was done at the same time and everything turned out great! 

To set the table, we used a variety of colorful Fiestaware and Pampered Chef dishes, our new Disney silverware, Princess House glasses from my Aunt Nancy, and a table cloth from my Grandma Wolf.  We also added some cloth napkins and place cards the kids had made for a dinner with friends earlier this month.  Of course, we always talk about things we are thankful for.  Brian claimed this will be a yearly tradition and I couldn't agree more! 
OUR  FEAST!
I made the potatoes from scratch, but I didn't make a turkey.  I bought and oven roasted one that we just heated up.  I may tackle a turkey at some point, but if I'm being honest, a whole cooked turkey isn't my favorite. 

Roll Recipe

Stuffing Recipe

Pecan Pie Recipe

Friday, November 3, 2017

Homeschool Highlights

Narrative Writing: We've started working on bigger writing pieces.  Our first type was narrative writing using an organizer.  It broke everything down into manageable steps.  I was so impressed with the outcome and the kids were so proud of themselves!  As a final touch, I had them each present their story to the family one night.  




Read Alouds: The kids and I still really enjoy read aloud time.  I read different chapter books to them and we wait until after school time to include Lilah.  I often introduce them to different styles of books and series.  It's increased the kids' reading because they will look for other books in that series or by that author at the library.  It also teaches great listening, comprehension, and vocabulary skills, as well as, helps them make connections.  I love our read aloud time and don't plan to give it up anytime soon!
Informative Writing: Our next type of writing we tackled was informative writing using an organizer.  Gavin picked pandas to write about and Macie picked dolphins.  They each checked a book out at the library and we followed the steps.  Once again, I was very impressed with the finished product.  They are also so proud of themselves and could't wait to share their writing with Daddy and Lilah at dinner!







Mystery Reader: Macie was able to be the "Mystery Reader" in Lilah's class this week.  She picked a book (Who Will Carve the Turkey this Thanksgiving?), practiced, and read it to the class.  We worked on projecting, expression, holding the book up so everyone could see, and slowing down.  I could tell she was nervous, but she did AWESOME!  Mrs. Weatherholt was so impressed by her and the kids were in awe.  Lilah was very excited to have her big sister as the special mystery reader.  It was such a great speaking experience for Macie with so many life skills built in and also a great memory with Lilah!  Who knows...maybe Gavin will be next!