I Have Been Blessed

All about how God has blessed me. In my marriage, with my six children, through homeschooling, and our faith with recipes, large family living, and updates on our life.

It Worked for Me

Here are some things I have done in the past (that I should probably institute again) that have worked for us in the past to streamline, organize, and create better harmony in our house.

Toy Storage – the solution to a Never-Clean Room: When the kids were having a particularly hard time keeping their rooms cleaned, and I was tired of seeing toys everywhere – we did Toy Baskets. I gave each kid a basket and put a name tag on the handle. Each kid was allowed to choose 10 toys and put them in their basket. All other toys got boxed up and went upstairs (which is our storage room.) Those were there toys for the week. Each night I had them turn in their basket to me with all ten toys neatly tucked in the basket….toys not in the basket got added to the upstairs collection, hence losing them a toy. On Mondays, they had the opportunity to swap out their toys for new toys. This worked for us because it meant there were only 50 toys in my house (5 kids after all!!!) and I saw real quick which toys never got chosen, which toys were favorites, and it fostered cooperation as the children often chose toys that went together. Maybe after Christmas we will institute this again!!

Another thing I should really do – Sometime before Adreya was born, Mom and I worked together to do a Once-a-Month Cooking Day. We cooked and cooked and cooked and at the end of the day had about 30+ meals to put in the freezer for quick dinners. I really need to do this again especially with Cassidy on the way. I should really plan this for a Saturday in January!!!!! One of the most simplest things we did on that day was to simply pre-cook hamburger, chicken, and taco meat. Even these small advances helped make for getting dinner on the table quicker! I also like the idea of making something for Austin for his lunches that can be tossed from freezer to cooler (like breakfast burritos or something.)

Motivated Mom’s Planner – I have probably bought this a couple of times (it is only $8). It is a daily (or weekly) House cleaning and Bible Reading Planner. It has a simple to-do list of what should be done around your house. If you do what’s on the list, the idea is your house will stay company-ready. I usually do pretty good in January, then slip away from it. I’ve bought the planner for 2012 and plan to keep up with it. I really appreciate the fact that includes chores I often don’t think of (change out kitchen  towel), but also includes the chores that need to be done daily, weekly, monthly, yearly right into the lists without me having to think about it. (MotivatedMoms.com) Like I’ve said, I’ve done this before, but often fall away. I’d really like to stick with it this year.

It’s the end of the year, and I find myself not only preparing for what the possibility of the new year can bring to us, but also really looking forward to the addition of one more!! I’ve decided that I am going to wait until after Christmas to start really preparing the house for baby Cassidy and just the thoughts of pulling out baby clothes, setting up a bassinet, etc. has me even more excited to meet her!

I am So Blessed!

Five Special Blessings to Me Today: Ice (I chew ice while pregnant as fast as I can freeze it!), Cooler Weather (at 30 weeks pregnant, I am happy to be out of the 80’s), A lighted Christmas tree when all the other lights are out, Clean Bedrooms (all 3 kids rooms are clean, or at least were clean at some point today!), Christmas Music

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Busy, Happy

I don’t really believe in coincidences. I believe that God knows exactly what I need, and creates the circumstances so that my need can be fulfilled. I believe that is one of the myriad of ways he takes care of me. Lately my hormones have been off the chart as I process the end of this miscarriage, and God knew I needed to stay busy or call it a day. So, I am busy. I was able to work today and going again tomorrow (which is also a huge financial blessing to us!). I have two Beauticontrol Parties scheduled for October. Two kids having birthday parties in October. A Brother-in-law having a birthday too! A nephew getting dedicated! I am working the last week in October (a whole week!) I have stuff selling on Ebay. A Close to My Heart order to place next week. I am busy, and I am happy.

Austin said when I came home today he could tell that I needed the day off (to go work!) He got to do all the fun “Mom” stuff. He put the toddlers to work cleaning off their mural, and they are doing a pretty good job! He gave the baby a haircut. (Big task since he is like an octopus when you are trying to hold him still!) Brendyn got school done. Everything was in order and everybody was happy when I got home, and I can’t ask for anything more than that. God knew the man I needed to complete my life, and He gave my husband to me.

Five Special Blessings to Me today: MY HUSBAND!!!!!!!!, Happy Kids, Mountain Dew (I need the caffeine), People who buy stuff from me (BeautiControl, Ebay, CTMH), Sisters-in-laws who I have been chatting with much more often and enjoying it.

Hope your day is more blessed than mine!

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