Hello friends, family, and followers,
It has been a busy season for me and I have let a few things go in the process of gaining order and routine in other areas of my life. Blogging was set to the side as well as some other projects that I personally enjoy.
What have we been up to?
Schooling has been going pretty consistently over all. Still following the Robinson Curriculum approach. The boys (12 & 8) have really transitioned to self-led learning for the most part. The 3rd grader still needs some prompting at times, but his attitude (I hate school) has had a turn around. So after a year and a half of balking school, now he gets it done and shrugs about it, “eh, it’s easy”. Go figure.
The fun part of parenting and homeschooling for so long, is that everything comes easier from tried and true experience. In enters Preschool fun, Tot School, and some Baby Love. We have a few preschoolers, 2 Tots, and 2 babies. All but one is part time, so getting a doable “schooling” routine down for them all has taught me some more flexibility. Some of the kids are three days a week, one is half days only, another is here for only two days a week but for 14 hour days. Most have been with me for a couple of years now and are getting ready for “Kindergarten lessons” as they will have another year with me while turning 5 this fall/winter. Now that I don’t have any littles of my own, and the grandkid potential is still out, I am thrilled to love on these Little Friends of mine!!
So last fall I became determined to strive for health and fitness. It has been a learning curve to try to set aside time for myself. Fitness takes time. It has been filled with ups, downs, and plenty of plateaus. I am down 22 lbs as of Oct 31. I have a long ways to go to get to a healthier me, but I’m embracing the journey. Frankly, I am surprised at how much emotional health has to be addressed in the process of all this.
I have a few writing projects on hold. One I’ve been intentionally avoiding as God keeps persisting on it, and two others are in the works. I am also opening myself up (mentally preparing) that speaking to an audience may also be on God’s agenda. I’ll be letting you know how that unfolds.
Bless this man who has provided much for his family in ways beyond monetary means. Faith, respect, integrity, fellowship, guidance… He’s such a rock in our family. Not perfect. None of us are; yet faithful to serve his family in hard work and dedication to provide for us always. He’s worked hard labor for decades, runs a home-based business (The Good Life), always finds time (and energy) for his kids, and continues to love me through all my flaws.
I have 6 kids (of my own).
More if I want to include teens that have lived with us in the past.
Bryson (3rd grade, the youngest) has transitioned a lot this year. Finally out of “being the baby” mode, and is stepping up to be more helpful. Loves documentaries; specifically anything space related. Tends to be a sports fan like his older brothers, although he has not really expressed an interest in actually playing any sports. He does like to work out in the garage with me, so that’s been fun!
Andrew (5th grade) has really matured this year. He steps up to help out when needed, gets his school work done without asking (most times), has been incredibly patient with his younger brother, loves reading to the preschoolers, enjoys drawing his own comic stories.
Katie-girl (Freshman) is back at dance after a 2 year hiatus while working on some severe food sensitivity issues. It’s good to see her back in her element.
She still has a ridiculous amount of hobbies and interests (crocheting, knitting, sewing, drawing, foreign language, make up and hair specialties, fashion, photography, etc) As long as she gets her core school work done, she’s free to explore self-led interests as she wishes.
TJ (20 next week) works full time, helps teach at Sunday School, helps coach a local soccer team with his two older brothers, and seems to be the go-to brother when someone needs help with something. We also call him “the baby whisperer” as he scoops up a baby when gets home from work. They love him!
Nick (23) is getting married in June. Woo hoo, it’s about time. They’ve been dating 5 years now, and his fiance, Kailynn, has been a part of our family all this time. She finished college, got her degree last year, and finally they set a date! He’s a fire inspector, and currently coaches soccer with his brothers.
Joe (28) is happily married to such a lovely young lady. They have bought a house. He currently got his dream truck, and they like to do some traveling. No grandbabies…. yet. Fun fact: Joe is ordained and will be doing Nick’s wedding, while TJ will be the best man. Love that my kids can bless each other into adulthood!
As a mama of with half my kids grown, I am incredibly blessed to continue to see my kids friendships with each other flourish. It is a treasure that on most Sundays they all come home to hang out with each other. God is good!!!
How is your life?