Thursday, October 4, 2018

36 is knocking....

You.know those years that you can remember with fondness?  Or the years you remember that were less than stellar? Examples:

21.  I remember as the year I planned my wedding, lost my father, and started a new career.  

26.  I got pregnant with my first child.

30.  Horrible.  Every bit of it.  

31.  Started on a cruise ship.  Ended with a newborn.

35?  Well, I can't really say anything very redeeming about this past year.  

Sigh.  35 has been nothing like I had hoped it would be.  I often think of turning a new age as
much as I do about New Year’s.  I know, it’s just a day, but for me I also think it’s the possibility to
start a new page, a great year, etc.  And 35? Well, it’s been hard. Stressful, stretched beyond my
comfort zone, I have doubted so many things, and nothing this year has been worthwhile, noteworthy, or
taught me anything I didn’t already know.  Now I’m not saying that each day or year of your life has to fit
into those molds, but this past was…. Meh. Yeah, meh at best.

So, here’s to the promise of 36 to myself.  For it to be the age of discovery of who I really am now, of
awakening my soul, to not lose my voice again, and the hope that in a year, when I reflect on the eve
before my birthday, I hope I can say to myself, “It was amazing.”

Guess we'll see how it starts tomorrow.

And hopefully that comes with getting back to blogging. :-)

Monday, May 21, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday 5/21/18

Boy, has it been a while.  Life is just so busy and I don't see it slowing down anytime soon....

Anyway, on with it!

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather....  Hot.  Hot.  Hot.  It's averaging 90 now and I am just not a fan of summer.  Thinking I need to convince the hubby one day to move FAR NORTH.

Right now I am....Sitting at the table, typing this, eating breakfast, and working.

Thinking...     of an appt this week and all that the kids need to do.

On my reading pile....    nothing!  I need to make a library trip.

On my TV....        I have been watching everything on Hasidic jewish faith.  I find it fascinating.  (No, we are not jewish. I think learning about other faiths is wonderful.  We are simply Christian.  :-) )  I finished Grey's for the season.  Handmaids tale is back!

Something Interesting I watched.....I watched an Oprah special on the Hasidic faith... amazing.
On the menu for this week....
Monday - Roast, corn, rolls, mashed potatoes
Tuesday - BBQ Chicken, salad, macaroni
Wednesday - I'm not sure on this one,  I can't remember!
 Thursday - Bacon pork tenderloin, sweet potatoes, green beans
Friday - Ordering pizza
Saturday - Grocery shopping
Sunday - Dinner with friends

On my to do list....

In the craft basket....  Need to start on my daughter's bow holders.

Looking forward to this week....  I'm hoping for a calm week.

Looking around the house....Main areas are clean.  The kids rooms need a massive spring cleaning!

From the camera....  Our oldest was the flower girl in my brother in law's wedding this weekend.  I took her for a morning of pampering to get her nails and hair done.  She's growing up so fast....

Inspirational quotes, Bible verse, Devotional....

No matter what the situation, remind yourself: I have a choice.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday 1/22/18

Happy Homemaker Monday 1/22/18

The weather:::
Windy, windy, windy, in the high 50s today and for the rest of the week.

As I look outside my window:::
Sun, leaves flying, and the wind blowing everything.

Right now I am::: 
Typing this up then will pull sausage out for dinner.

Thinking and pondering:::
How to get back to the working world but do it at home.

On my bedside table:::
Books, baby monitor, and jewelry.

On my tv:::
Grey's Anatomy
This is Us
The Bachelor

On the menu for this week:::
Menu planning this week and grocery shopping on Friday, so not sure yet what I'll be making after that, so leaving it blank for now.

Monday - Pork Chops, Au Gratin Potatoes, Peas
Tuesday - Hamburgers, fries, corn
Wednesday - Tacos, Rice, Beans
Thursday - Hot Sausage subs/Meatballs for kids
Friday - Leftovers
Saturday - Daddy/Daughter dance
Sunday -  Life Group

On my to do list:::
Send a few e-mails
Reschedule an appt

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Need to get started on the emoji station for my daughter's birthday party.    

My simple pleasure:::
Enjoying a hot cup of coffee in the quiet. 

Lesson learned the past week:::
Relationships change and friendships come and go.  

Looking around the house:::
It's pretty clean, scrubbed all weekend.  Felt good to purge!

From the camera:::
My sweet husband was in Chicago all last week to see a friend and for work.  He sent me these.  :-)

Prayer List:::
Our Life Group.  My in-laws.  To see a clear course for working from home.  

Bible verse, Devotional:::
Hebrews 11:11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Great Purge

Clutter.  I don't know what to do with it all of the CRAP in our house.  I am starting to think that for each thing I get rid of, 3 more appear in it's place.  I spent last year trying to keep toys down, but with 4 kids, that's really HARD.  I am not a "materialistic" sort of person and don't have sentimental value to a lot of things, but my gosh, I am starting to feel like we are drowning in the clutter.  My word for 2018 is Focus and I realize now why God put that word on my heart.  One area I need to focus on this year is the house.  I need to focus on priorities, the house, homemaking, and working in each room to make this house feel more like a home.  We've been here 11 years, so the amount we have acquired is insane.  I remember when we bought our house, it was twice the size of our little rental house we had.  I thought when we moved in that we never fill it up!  4 kids, 11 years, and a lot of crap later, we are so out of space, it's not even funny.  Time to declutter to free it up!  

What are you tackling this year?

Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday 1/8/18

{ Happy Homemaker Monday - 01/08/2018 }

Where did the weekend go?  Heavens...

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather.....It is supposed to be in the high 50s today, then 60s, then back to 40s.  It was in the 20s last week.  I'm over it.

Right now I am....typing this up, the oldest 2 are at school, youngest 2 asleep, and getting the day going.

Thinking....About all I need to do this week and month.
Nothing, surprisingly.  I need to find a few new ones.  

On my TV.....Bachelor, This is Us, and a few documentaries.

What I found while surfing the net....that there are entirely too many people that think they know way more than they do.  :-)

On the menu for this week....
Monday - Roast, Carrots, Mashed Potatoes
Tuesday - Stuffed Peppers, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans
Wednesday - Meatball subs, fries, corn
Thursday - Chicken Tacos, Rice, Beans
Friday - Homemade Pizza and Salad
Saturday -  Leftovers; eat out of the fridge
Sunday - Life Group

On my to do list....
Finish Annslee's birthday invitations
Get oldest signed up for dance class
Calendar straightened out
Dentist appointments made

In the craft basket....Annslee wants an emoji party, so I'll be working on different things for that this month.

Looking forward to this week....Getting back to normal after the holidays.

Looking around the house....  It's not too bad.  I'm planning to start my yearly decluttering this week, we just seem to acquire so much stuff and it's just so frustrating.  So, time to do make a major overhaul on it.

From the camera....
Oh, sweet Michaela Faith.

On my prayer list....   My sisters, not to let outside influences effect them.  My girls.  My focus to stay on getting healthy and in better shape.  For God to lead us on several paths that we aren't sure on.
Bible verse, Devotional....

Matthew 5:23-24New International Version (NIV)

23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you,24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 12/18/17

So am I the only who can't wrap my head around the fact that Christmas is in a week?  How is that possible?!?!

Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
Cup of coffee with peppermint creamer, toast, and sausage.  

Right now I am:::: 
Typing this and making a mental note of all the things going on this week.

The weather outside::::
Cloudy, dreary, and cold.  My favorite!


Looking around the house::::
Clutter.  Is it just me, or does the house always get insane during the holidays?  Alas, I do love the decorations up.

On today's to do list::::
Cleaning.....Dust and mop   
Cooking....I'll make dinner tonight and start planning for the holiday baking

Currently reading::::
I'm so excited!  In the mail on Friday came, My One Word: Change Your Life With Just One Word
Book by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen 

I'm so excited to dig into it before New Year's.  It's the theory that instead of resolutions, you pick a word.  

On the TV today::::

The Crown Season 2
On the menu this week::::

Monday -Pork Chops, Sweet Potatoes, Peas 
Tuesday - Chicken Stir-Fry w/ peppers and rice
Wednesday -   Breakfast for dinner
Thursday - Meatloaf, Potatoes, Veggies
Friday - Grocery Shopping
Saturday - Polar Express, so we will grab something while out.
Sunday - Christmas Eve will be at my brother in laws.  Christmas day is here.  Lots to plan.

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
Pull all the ornament crafts out, need to see what I need to get so we can get started on them for the grandparents.


Looking forward to this week::::
Spending time with my kids doing Holiday things.  :-)

Favorite photo from the camera::::
Our sweet girl (the oldest)  had her first piano recital yesterday.    

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses::::
Once you need less, you will have more.-  TobyMac

Monday, December 4, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 12/4/17


Christmas is in three weeks.  3 weeks.  How is that possible?  Ready for a BUSY week ahead!

Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
I had some sausage, hash browns, and fruit with coffee.  It hit the spot.

Right now I am:::: 
Typing this, listening to the kids play, and the dryer going.

The weather outside::::
It's 80 today, because, Texas.  It'll be in the 50s the rest of the week and I'm happy about that.     

Looking around the house::::
It's looking like Christmas, everywhere.  :-)

On today's to do list::::
Cleaning.....Laundry, so much laundry.  That's about it, it got a good cleaning yesterday.
Cooking....I'll pop some cookies in the oven later and dinner tonight.

Currently reading::::
Nothing!  I need to get to the library.

On the TV today::::

This is US, need to catch up.  
Love Actually- been wanting to watch it this year.
On the menu this week::::

Monday - Chicken Drumsticks, Potato Wedges, and Peas
Tuesday - Soft Tacos, Cilantro Rice, and Beans
Wednesday -  Spaghetti and Meatballs, Garlic Bread
Thursday -  Grabbing Chick-Fil-A, the oldest has a program at school that night
Friday - Grocery Shopping
Saturday - TBD
Sunday - TBD

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
Type up the rest of the Christmas list, need to figure out what's left to pick up.
New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::

Made an easy Chicken Parm this week.  Everyone loved it.
Looking forward to this week::::
Catching up on wrapping.

Favorite photo from the camera::::
Our sweet baby turns 1 this week so we had her party yesterday.  I'm all sorts of emotions about it.  

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses::::

Be still and know that I am God.  Psalm 46:10