Archive | March, 2013

He is Risen!

31 Mar

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
-Psalm 135:1

Every Sunday lets give a little extra thanks to God for our gifts.

Halleluja! He is risen!

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On this Easter, or, Resurrection Sunday, Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice and redemption. What more is there to say, but that I’m eternally grateful.

I hope everyone has a blessed Sunday enjoying family and friends!

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This Moment

29 Mar

This Moment

Joining SouleMama with “This Moment”

Sunday Thanks

24 Mar

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
-Psalm 135:1

Every Sunday lets give a little extra thanks to God for our gifts.

It is Palm Sunday, the day to commemorate Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem. Tomorrow Passover begins at Sundown and the Easter holiday is upon us. There is so much to be thankful for! 

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Today, I’m thankful for the preservation of history and the availability of technology to share memories with family and friends who are geographically distant. This photo of my great-grandpapa came across my newsfeed via facebook. It was taken two years before I was even born, but what a treasure. I only slightly remember this man, but I know he was an amazing story teller and infinitely kind. Through the power of technology and social networking I’ve been able to learn more about my family and stay in touch. It’s such a treasure….

Messy Monday… what the heck happened?

18 Mar

How does this happen? I organized… I cleaned. I had proof. This post, it proves it, you saw it. It WAS clean…. 

And after only an hour and a half of being awake… This is what my messy Monday looks like: 

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*le sigh*

In terms of the 14 week challenge, the living room is actually THIS week, so I’m a little ahead. It won’t take long for this to get put back together, at least. So for my personal challenge I think I’m going to tackle the sun porch/ “gym” area. The goal is a place for the boys to expend some energy, a place for me to work out and a little sitting/ gaming area for the big people. A tall order, I think which may take more than 1 week. I need to find a table for out there, (I’m thinking a round dining table) and clear out a lot of clutter. I also need an organizing solution for our reenacting gear and work out equipment. I want to have the baby cage around the treadmill, and let the boys roam free in that room. We shall see…. So, here you have it. The sun porch as it is…. 

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Boy do I have my work cut out for me, huh? 

 

Oh! And if you would like to share your messy mondays with us, post your link in the comments! 🙂 I don’t know how to make a button for you to grab but we can be old fashioned and post links. 

Sunday Thanks

17 Mar

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.
-Psalm 135:1

Every Sunday lets give a little extra thanks to God for our gifts.

 

I’m so thankful for dedicated animal rescue workers! All of our pets have been rescued/ adopted. They may be quirky, but they have all been loves. 

 

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Today, this (big) boy should be coming home to live with us. He was saved by an amazing woman from being put to death in South Carolina. Currently, she is fostering something like 17 cats, and 9 dogs. If you can find it in your heart to adopt or foster an animal yourself, please consider doing so! We are coming upon “kitten season” so there will be a flood of new cats needing loving homes as well. 

If you can’t foster or adopt, please consider donating to your local shelter, rescue organization or individuals who take it upon themselves to turn their lives and homes upside down to give shelter to these animals. 🙂 

If you would like to see some of Lokie’s friends who are waiting for furever homes, leave a comment and I will get you in touch with someone. 

Work with children is the work of children

14 Mar

I talk a lot about play here. We know play is important to children, but so is work. Children learn through imitation which makes it vitally important that children see us (parents) WORKING, and then we allow them to both play at grown up work and be involved in our work.

Work means many things, especially in the home environment. Here, most of my work involved cooking, cleaning, mending, etc. Recently my boys are  showing lots of interest in these things. They have a play kitchen in which they spend lots of time “cooking” (banging around pots and pans) and “cleaning out the fridge” (emptying everything out and putting it back in. They also started stealing my cleaning supplies. The broom, dustpan and swiffer are favorites, so I decided they needed their own tools to help. Even at 13 months (tomorrow!) there is still plenty they can do and pretend to do. Since A’s favorite tool was the swiffer I was inspired to get them their own. I asked friends and posted to craigslist hoping to score one or two cheap to no avail. Then, one fateful day I went to the dollar store for random junk (cleaning supplies and Easter stuff) and there they were. Swiffer knock offs. Not nearly as “nice” as the real thing but given that they are going to be used by toddlers, I was not worried about their cleaning efficacy. Hubby will be cutting them down to size. I also got them each a pail, floor brush, small spray bottles (which I filled with water for “cleaning solution”) microfiber dusters and dust pans. SCORE! So far the dusters and swiffers are the favored items. The boys help me clean their table and sweep the floor. It’s really cute and a great learning experience for them. I really need to snap some photos of this cuteness to share with you.

In the mean time… Today we had other work to do. Our home is ALL wood/ tile/ laminate flooring. So we need rugs. I started this rag rug some time ago (and may have posted about it…) but it got pushed aside. I’m trying to clean out my stash and WIPs, and we need rugs. So out this bad boy came and the boys decided to help me work on it. They had fun playing with the strips and picking which color went next. “Hobbies” and “crafts” like this should not be ignored as work. It’s still work. Making necessary items for the home instead of running out to buy them is rewarding for both you and your child and should not be dismissed. This sort of work is also a great time for other teaching moments. Colors, counting and simply learning to be still for awhile while you work. (Sewing and knitting are great ones too that my boys are certainly not ready for!)

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It comes down to this. Letting children help you work is important, even if it’s inconvenient and you end up having to wash the floor again or untangle several yards of cloth strips. The investment in teaching them and letting them learn by doing and being involved will pay off ten fold and more.

 

Messy Monday Part Two. The Mud Room Quick Clean.

11 Mar

There is still the work of spackling, painting and probably adding some more hooks and shelves, but this is the change that morning can bring. Aren’t my floors lovely??? Hubby did them for me for Christmas. I’m so spoiled.

PS. What’s a good cleaner for slate tile?

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View from the kitchen, hats, gloves, mittens, little boy shoes and other misc. stuff neatly put in baskets in the book shelf. 

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“My” boot mat under the bench, slippers in the basket to the left

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This is just cool. It’s the boys’ sled, and it’s engraved with their names and the year. 🙂

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So that’s that. Any guess on how long it will stay this way? A day? Probably.