Friday, August 31, 2012

Letting go

Letting go can be so hard on many levels. In today's competitive world we want to push our children, to the next grade, the next level of a sport, or....fill in the blank. When you are told your child has special needs, and just takes longer to "get it", even though you have heard it you still want to encourage them to be the best they can. You want them to be like their peers, on "grade level" so to speak.
Since making the decision to home school almost 4 years ago at the time our son who was considered "special needs", I thought I would feel relief in the fact that he no longer had to keep up with the other kids, but I still find myself struggling years later. I know that the Lord has a purpose for him just as he does all of our children. Today I pray that the Lord will help me to let go. Let go of what I think he needs to do, let go of who he will become because the Lord already has that worked out. The verse that comes to mind Psalm 139:14 " I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well: )

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

survive or thrive?

Lately I feel like I just "survive" the day. With Daddy gone quite often, & 7 children to care for it can be more of "survival mode.". There are meals, chores, laundry,school work, piano practice,training them to get along, & more. I don't want to just get by. I really need to find my groove with a better routine so that we can thrive and work together as a team. I would love to hear from other families what has worked for you?? My beautiful brood...some wanting their picture taken, 1 trying to get away...hehe

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Smart shopping

Here is our 2 year olds cute foot wearing sandals that cost a whopping $3.20 plus tax(orig. about $10)They are from my all time favorite store, Children's Place. Shopping their Monster Sales, or end of season sales you can get pieces for 2-$3, and they almost always have 20% off coupons. Another store we frequent is Kohls. Just cannot beat their deals when they send a 30% off coupon, plus you earn Kohls cash(you earn $10 for every $50 you spend). I would like to find some local thrift stores, and learn to sew more as well, but since we pass most clothes down our current method works well too. How do you shop smart for your family?


Here is our precious Sarah in a swimsuit from Crazy 8's. I think it is my new favorite store. Great sale going on now. You can get pieces $5.98-$8