May 9, 2016

The First Move

Oh my, it has been quite awhile since I have posted! My last post is right around the time I officially resigned from my teaching job. It was nerve-racking to say the least! We put our home on the market and it sold in 11 days, much sooner than we expected. Our new house, which is also my husband's late grandparents' home, was not move-in ready. We thought we would be able to get it ready in about 3 months time... HA! Let me take you back in time.

February 21, 2015
It was my sister's birthday, but that is not AT ALL what I was thinking about! It was the worst snow, ice, and sleet storm our area had seen that winter. It was also moving day. Luckily my husband has one amazing friend, Steve-O, who is always there for him (us) when needed. Through everything, including our first date and wedding, he has been there. Also, my husband's brother and our sister in law (Derek and Amber), despite having three children of their own, were also there to help out. We would find that they were some of the only people who would come through for us during this entire process. I am so grateful for their kindness, hospitality, and helpfulness through everything. Amber came over and help me throw our few remaining belonging into whatever boxes they would fit into.

Derek, Steve, and Brandon began loading up 2 trucks and a van to make the 30+ minute trip back and forth. Meanwhile, the skies began to open and sleet began to fall. Once finished, Amber and I took my then 10 month old and 3 year old, buckled them in tight, and headed out to brave the sketchy streets to her house. We drove toward the highway only to find it grid-locked with cars backed up for miles. So, we turned around and made our way on slippery and windy back roads. We made it safely. All the while the men were still moving everything out to the new house. Finally, when all was moved we were all safe back at Derek and Amber's house we could relax a bit. The kids were getting tired and our 10 month old started to cry for a bottle. My heart sank. I had stopped nursing here around 7 months because due to work I had stopped producing any milk. So there we were, with a baby crying for a bottle, and we had none. I had packed the bottle and formula in a box that somehow made its way to the new house. Amber did not have any bottles on hand because she nursed her son like a BOSS until well over a year.

It ended up being a very long night and a very long year ahead that no one involved was prepared for!

In my next post, I will provide some moving tips that helped the packing and unpacking process go smoothly as well as some common moving mistakes to avoid. Did you read the part about throwing everything into boxes at the last minute? Don't do that...

Until next time ~ God Bless.

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February 5, 2015

The Journey to Become a Stay-at-Home Mom

I have begun my journey to become a stay at home mom. My husband and I have talked about it and have gone over the financial side of it multiple times. It does not seem to add up, but I cannot deny the push I am feeling from God to do this. I am currently an elementary school teacher, making a humble salary. And after daycare is paid for, I bring home less than $150/week. I continue to ask myself why I go through all the stress for $30/day and to PAY for someone else to raise my children?

Don't get me wrong. I honestly do love teaching. I adore my students and enjoy enriching not only their minds, but their lives. I also plan to go back... someday. The bottom line to our decision is that we feel I should be the one to raise our children. God intended for me to stay home with them - it is my calling.

Today we had a snow day and I have fully enjoyed every second of being home, from keeping the house tidy to playing with our kiddos. When it is Summer break I do not get bored staying home with them, I sincerely enjoy it. Every. Crazy. Second.

Now, I know staying home is not for everyone. Some women are very career driven and I completely respect that. I am not, however. I am very family driven. My husband and I often joke that I belong in the 50's because I enjoy everything that comes along with staying home and keeping up the house.

Within the next 3 months we will be moving out of our current home and into a new one and I will officially begin my new full-time "job" as a stay at home mom. There are many big changes in store for our family and I feel incredibly blessed to have these opportunities. God continues to be faithful and it is time to trust Him 100%.

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January 2, 2015

Ringing in 2015

Well, it has been a good 6 months since I have updated my blog. I am not sure if I even have any followers anymore! I would love it if you would leave a comment if you do follow and read. Ellie Ruth was born in April and is now 8 months old. Time started going quickly when Brody was born, but now I feel like it had been turbo-charged. This is probably why I fell off the wagon in updating.

I want to get back to it for a few reasons. It helps me stay focused on my goals and aspirations. When I write about how I am obtaining my goals and sharing it with my wonderful readers, I tend to stay on track a little better. It also allows me to share my knowledge and ideas that might be helpful to others.

I have decided I am putting my teaching blog on hold for now. Yes, I do a lot of great things in my classroom, but I am honestly trying to focus more on my family and what is going on at home. As of Monday, our home will be officially on the market. We have lived here since 2006 and have put a lot of heart and soul into making this house our own. It will be sad to see it go. On a positive note, we will be moving into a similar house on much more land {5 acres!!} with a shop where Brandon can easily work on his fabrication projects. It will also have 5 bedrooms and a play room. One of the bedrooms will become a craft room {can we get a hallelujah?!} and one will become a guest room. I am excited about decorating and making this new place our own. The plan is to post about all the projects I am working on as well as before and after pictures.

That is all I have for now. Like I said, please comment! Let me know what you guys want to see or read about.

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February 1, 2014

{five} valentine's Day Crafts for Kids

Happy February!

I have a two year old who *LOVES* to spend time with his mommy. Around the different holidays I try to find fun crafts to do, and with the cold weather these have been easy, fun, and perfect for my lil man and me!

{one} Mystery Valentine

  • I found this one at Craftaholics Anonymous. Instead of words, I am going to write letters and let him paint over them. He will love to see the letters appear!
{two} Tissue Paper Hearts
  • I do this type of craft a lot with Brody. Sometimes we wad up the tissue paper and sometimes we don't. I found this craft at Brilliant Beginnings Preschool. They have a LOT of other great ideas, too!
{three} 'I love EWE' Valentines

  • I think this craft is great! Found at My Kids Make..., Instead of using just two cotton balls, I drew an outline of a sheep and let him glue on the cotton balls in the shape.
{four} Hand Poem
  • This one I found while browsing Pinterest. Click on the picture to get a better view of the poem. I would love this even more if my lil man could write his own name!
{five} Tie Dye Coffee Filter Valentine Heart
  • This one is my favorite of the five! It is so simple and Brody LOVED it! I found it over at Meaningful Mama's Blog. She did a great job using pictures and giving instructions step-by-step. 
I will try to get pictures of the ones Brody and I did together. He is such a little ham... always smiley for the camera! Until next time - God Bless.

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January 21, 2014

The Mom Sets the Tone in a Household

A few months ago, a good friend introduced me to the blog Living Well Spending Less. Her name is Ruth and she has some amazing ideas. A lot of my posts are passing on some great information and different tid bits I like. This is one that I thought was really insightful.

It is true that your children watch everything you do, listen to what you say, and mimic your actions. As a teacher, I learned how to stay calm and reset my mood long ago when I felt angry. I have perfected it to the point of not even feeling anger anymore! It is amazing. I also feel, however, that children pick up on everything you do. If you eat in the living room every night, they will think that is what you are supposed to do. If you and your spouse fight with each other (verbally, physically, or emotionally). Your children, even at a very young age, will pick up on that. When they get to the age where they begin to form friendships, they will think it is ok to act the way you do toward your spouse.

I would like to leave you with this: Treat them well. Teach them well. 

And thank you Ruth for another amazing post.

Until next time ~ God Bless

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January 1, 2014

Easy and CUTE Pillow Case

Back in high school, I took 4 semesters of sewing. I ended up making a quilt and helping friends make their prom dresses. I LOVED to sew. Well, I think the last time I even attempted it was 10+ years ago.

Well Santa {my wonderful mother} gave me a sewing machine this year for Christmas! I was so excited to jump in and get started again. I was not sure how much I would remember, so I chose a few beginner projects. First up, a pillow case for my lil man. He recently started using a pillow and since we are striving to be minimalists eventually, we did not have any extra pillow cases laying around.

I found this awesome pattern and idea from MADE by Dana. Other than having issues winding the bobbin, I was able to jump right back in. If you need to make a pillow case, or just looking for a beginner project, this one is AWESOME. It is a step up in cuteness from the norm, yet still easy enough for a beginner.

Lil man loves it already!

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December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas!

I am FINALLY finished with grad school! I am still waiting for my new certificate and diploma in the mail, but I am {almost} officially a certified elementary school counselor. It took a lot of work and 2 and a half years, but I DID IT!

I know I haven't posted since July, when things were a little calmer in life. It sped up to 100 mph this past semester, but now I can finally relax again and share all of my cute, cute ideas with you. Right now, I am 6 months pregnant with our baby girl. Our lil man will be a big brother come April. He is so very excited!

This was just a short update post to get back on the board. I will be posting more often now. We are still working on getting out of debt, minimalism, and other projects. Be sure to check back often.

Until next time, God bless.
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