Friday, January 29, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. Psalm 127: 3-5
Friday, January 22, 2010
I think it is so important to teach our children to help out around the house. One day they will have their own home and they will need to take care of it, so it is my responsibility to teach them. Keeping a home neat and clean does not just come naturally to everyone. To not teach them is doing them a disservice. I also think they should start learning as soon as possible. Now I'm not talking about being a slave driver. I do believe children should be children, but I don't believe that means all play and no work. Part of life is about fulfilling responsibilities, and we all have the responsibility of creating a happy home environment. The way to do that is to teach our children this responsibility as well. If everyone is doing their part, then no one person is having to do too much.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Today we decided to enjoy the sunshine, after all the rain we have been getting. We couldn't have a picnic on the ground because it's soaked, so we had one on the front porch.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
It's not always easy to find time to spend with your kids. You have to make time. So many times we let modern conveniences take our precious time from us instead of giving us more time. How is it that it seems family quality was better back when we had less "conveniences?" I'm mainly speaking of the TV/computer. It's nice to have the world at your fingertips in a matter of seconds and to know what is going on through the news, but I wonder just how much we are truly giving up to have these. Besides, what is on there that is worth watching or more important than spending time with your children? Now don't get me wrong, I'm not judging anyone. I have been there too. It has only been in the last couple of years that we have cut back on the amount of TV that our family watches. Every day I make the choice to spend time with my family doing something like playing games or reading, instead of spending time watching TV with them (not really with them they just happen to be in the room while the TV is on). There is a BIG difference. Have you ever noticed that when everyone is playing together you don't mind the noise of little ones and they don't seem to get in the way as much. Yet, when you are watching TV you are always telling the little ones who are playing to be quiet and move (because they always seem to be in front of the TV). Ever think maybe they just want your attention? Ok, ok, I'll get off my soap box here because I think you get the picture.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Today is my daughter, Kaitlyn's, 10th birthday. (For those of you keeping up, yes this is the third birthday three weeks straight). It's hard to believe that 10 years ago today I was holding her as a newborn in my arms. She is such a sweetheart and always has been. She was my easiest baby; sleeping through the night at 8 weeks old (I could lay her down and she would just go right to sleep), then when she would wake up she would just sing until I came to get her, she potty trained quickly and didn't have hardly any accidents at night, she can keep herself entertained for long periods of time playing or drawing. She loves to be cuddled with and is a compassionate person. I am proud to be her mother and feel that I am blessed to have her in my life.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Every Friday night we have Family Night. It started back when Josiah was born as a way to spend some extra, special quality time with Christiana since the baby, Josiah, took so much of my attention. Jim decided he would take the night before his day off work, which at the time was Monday night, to hang out and spend the night on the floor, watching TV and snacking with Christiana while I stayed in the room with the baby. As Josiah grew older and the next baby came, Josiah joined them and then so on and so forth. It has now become Friday night and all the kids except the baby sleep on the living room floor. We usually make pizza, have popcorn and sometimes a dessert treat and watch a movie together. Since we don't watch TV during the week it is a treat to watch a movie together. Now that we have seven children, Jim and I usually go to our own beds once everyone settles down to sleep (I just don't do very well on the floor anymore, besides there's no room). Even after all these years, I look forward to Friday night and the time we all come together and hang out and the kids still get excited as well. There's just something about hanging out together and doing something different than your everyday routine that's fun. I love hanging out with my family, and try to always remember that these days will be gone too fast. So take the time now to make your children feel special by doing something special with them and enjoy these days, make lasting memories and laugh together. I can only imagine that you will be glad you did.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Today is Joshua's Birthday and he is one year old. It's always amazing to me how much a child accomplishes in their first year of life. Joshua has 7, going on 8, teeth, and he is walking all over the house. I never grow tired of watching my children grow. Each one has their own little personality and Joshua is a happy little guy that brings joy to everyone he meets. I am blessed to be his Mom. Thank you Lord for letting me be His Mom. Give me the wisdom and discernment to bring him up to be the man that you would have him become.
Another aspect of "How do you do it" is how can we afford a large family on one income. First of all, we are not rich. You don't have to be rich to stay home with your children. My husband, Jim, is a subcontractor for security. He is a technician in security, as in security systems. We do not have any other businesses at this time nor does Jim have to work two jobs.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
I suppose one of the main questions I'm asked when people see me with all my children is "How do you do it?" usually followed by "I can't even keep up with the two that I have." My standard answer has become, "One day at a time and by the grace of God." Which is true. I decide not to worry about what tomorrow will bring and just focus on each day at a time and trust God's grace to help me with whatever that day brings. Now saying that doesn't mean that I don't plan ahead. My day is full of schedules and plans. I don't think a large family works as smoothly without some kind of direction. But what I want to focus on today is the grace that comes from God that helps me with each day. I recognize that I could not do what I do without Him.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Last night, everyone was kind of hanging around after supper, some in the living room playing board games, some upstairs in their rooms and my husband in our bedroom with his laptop checking emails and such. I was in the living room with some of the little guys when we start hearing my husband, Jim, laughing. I ask him what he's laughing at and he tells me that he was watching a video a friend sent him of extreme sheep herding. Figuring I'll watch it later everyone continued what they were doing. About 15 minutes later our 5 year old, Jonathan, goes into the bedroom to hang out with Jim. He looks at his Daddy and asks him if he could watch the video of the slapping sheep. Not quite understanding what he said he asked Jonathan again and again Jonathan asked if he could watch the video of the slapping sheep. It was at that moment that I heard Jim laughing very hard. I asked what was so funny and he repeated what Jonathan had asked him. Finally understanding what was going on I began to laugh too. You see, when Jim had informed me that he was watching a video on sheep "herding" Jonathan interpreted it as sheep "hurting" so it was only logical to him that the sheep must be getting slapped, that why they were hurting. We all got a good laugh out of it, since all the family had to come find out what was so funny, and kissed and hugged on Jonathan because he's so cute.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Today is our oldest daughter, Christiana's, 14th birthday. I can't believe it's been 14 years already. Where has the time gone? I am so proud of her and all her accomplishments over this last year. She is a joy to be around and the life of the party. She is beautiful inside and out and I hope she realizes how blessed our family is to have her in it. I pray that God will bless her all the days of her life and that she will continually seek His face.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
So I thought I'd post a note about reading through the Bible in 90 days. I decided to join the challenge through the Raising Olives community since I honestly have never read through the entire Bible from start to finish. I've started with reading through in one year, but never finished. So I thought that if I joined others and became accountable to others that I could do this, besides 90 days isn't that long and I figured I could press through and do this one.
Friday, January 1, 2010
Just a funny story I had to share...We went out to eat tonight, and as usual, as we walk in the restaurant people stare at the size of our group. I wonder what they're thinking. Some look at us as if we are going to disturb their quiet evening out (then seem pleasantly surprised when they realize how quiet and well behaved our children are at restaurants), others smile as if remembering the days when they had small children and others seem to wonder how we can afford to take our family out to eat (with coupons and water for everyone). Each older child has a younger buddy they help and keep track of. So, as we are leaving the restaurant and crossing the parking lot, Kaitlyn our 9 year old, starts yelling out to one of the little boys and trying to get him to stop running in the parking lot (a BIG no no for our kids) and herding him back closer to our group. As the little guy turns around Kaitlyn realizes he's not one of ours and we all get a chuckle out of her innocent mistake. You know you're part of a large family when you try to corral all small children around you to join your family.
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