Thursday, June 26, 2014

Happy 7th Birthday Baby Boy!

Dear Kyle,

I am so thankful God blessed us with you. You are a such a wonderful little man.  I admire your perservance through some things you dealt with at a young age. Some may say you are a high strung but I say your passionate. I love your spunk even if it challenges me. I know God is going to use it to benefit His kingdom. You are super smart. You have a wonderful sense of humor. You are sensitive, honest, and funny to the max. You treasure your dad with the highest regard. You snuggle with me everyday and I love your hugs. I love how you twirl the front of your hair when your relaxed. I love your innocence. You are going to do great things in the Lord. I am excited to see your future. Happy Birthday, little man.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summer Fun- June Family Fun-Hiking

We have been having some fun this summer.  I have been trying hard to be intentional to have a summer filled with fun, but also order. It is so easy to become mushy brained and lazy in the summer.  I know...I know...its SUMMER!  But I can only take so much of laziness and mushiness and then it turns into stinky tudes. So....I have made a plan for our summer. Using Pinterest I planned certain things for certain days. But don't worry I also planned lots of free down time as well.

Monday-Make It Day

Tuesday- Trip Day

Wednesday- Work Day (volunteer, random acts of kindness)

Thursday- Think N Chill Day (play games, research, extra reading)

Friday- Free Day and Family Night (I run errands on this day and I also plan to do some scrapbooking)

Saturday- Family Fun Day Time Activity

Sunday- Sabbath

So...I planned out how many weeks we have until school starts and marked off church camps and such and then figured out how many trips to plan, things to make, ideas for volunteer work and then planned it out accordingly.

I also have set up a structure to make sure they have a balance of things we feel are needed everyday and also free time.

We all have been sleeping in, staying up late, veggie outing, and lazyin.  I think we have had a good balance of that and now we are going to be a little more structured but with plenty of time through the week and day to have LAZIN.  Smiles!

We went hiking today and had a great time. But I am tired. I enjoyed seeing my children smile and laugh. Embracing nature and loving God's handiwork is such a wonderful experience.

 They played in creeks and streams.  We finished up with a picnic and on the way home we treated ourselves with snow cones.  YUMMMM!  My favorite is Blue Raspberry. We hiked 4 hours today. I can honestly say I am TIRED!   Below is a natural bridge out of sandstone. 

 Illinois is known for wildflowers and prairie terrain. I love the wildflowers here and when I am low..... just a drive in the country to soak up some rural beauty and wildflowers always refreshes my spirit. Along with prayer and praise music of course *Wink*

We had a lovely day and I am looking forward to our summer plans.  I am also prepared that life happens so I expect interruptions and flexibility! 

Thanks for popping by!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Where to go from here?

I often think of this little place and wonder what to do with it.  Delete it?  Keep it and post when I can? Change directions?  I just don't know. Time and lack of words is my two reasons for not being consistent here. I feel like I am always pouring out and by the end of the day I have nothing else to pour out. I started this blog to share tips, advice, and to encourage. Then I changed to more a journal, and then a homeschool record, and then back to a whatever blog.

There have been so many benefits from writing a blog and reading others blogs. There are also cons of course.

I am in prayer about this place.  Thanks for anyone who is still out there reading this.