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How to Keep Your Kids Busy During the Summer

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"I am bored!!!" Have you heard it yet???? I have. I think I heard it on the first day of summer. The pages of their books were barely closed...and they had nothing to do. Then I look in their room that is packed with toys, gadgets and games...and then I see the pool in the backyard glistening in the sun. And then I remember they are bored. LOL

I know things have changed since I was a kid. My mom just released us outside and we found something to do all summer long. We rode bikes, played in creeks, made forts and played house...we came inside only to eat. And we ran until it was almost dark. Summer was fun. And we didn't have any electronics. We were only allowed to watch television on the weekends. TV was never an option. And an iPad wasn't even close to being invented. We had an Atari (remember those), but that wasn't for the every day. We had to keep ourselves busy.

Allowing our kids to be creative creates flexible, self-sufficient adults who can think out of …

Road Trip 2018

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Weeks ago Matthew and I had reservations to spend several days at a Bed and Breakfast in St. Augustine. Our thoughts were to hang low, get some sun on the beach and at the pool and to have some down time. Sounds perfect, right? It did sound good to me too. Especially after the past few months of busy. But then at the same time I get super bored...really fast. I am not sure how much quiet I could handle. And on a whim, about 2 weeks ago I saw a tweet with someone's picture in front  of the Magnolia Farms Silos. And I said to Matthew, "let's go to Magnolia Farms instead." And most husbands would probably say no. But mine didn't. We started to map out the distance... yeah, it's 1136 miles to Waco, Texas. That's a long way. It seemed crazy, but then the more we talked about it, the more tangible it seemed.
And so we did it. Yeah, we drove all the way out there. We left super early...in the middle of the night basically, and got to New Orleans by noon. Neithe…

The Mixer

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Years ago my mom was hurt in an accident and she was hurt pretty badly. She wasn't able to walk for a few months. She basically hung out in the recliner at my house waiting for her knee to heal. It took several months. I was her caretaker those months…I had to do everything for her. It was tough. I had five kids…my youngest was only 2 years old, I was homeschooling and my house was really busy. But you do what you have to do. Right? Now, with my mom gone, I sure wish I could go back to those days. Now I realize it was an honor to care for her.
This blog post really isn’t about that. During that time she watched a lot of television. Of course, she didn’t have anything else to do. We still have crazy memories of her watching Seven Brides for Seven Brothers over and over again with my girls. Not her choice…it was the girls who were obsessed with that movie. After those few months she absolutely hated that movie…lol  And she seemed to watch QVC a lot. Remember QVC? Where you could shop…

Big Announcement!!!

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When we prepared to move back down to Florida my husband encouraged me to take a rest when we moved and to start with a clean slate. I was wearing so many hats...babysitter, mom, tutor, doula, homeschooler...and he suggested that I pray about what I was to do next. Go to Florida with no expectations. First, I was to rest. And that was so important to me. I needed to get my life back and to get strong again. I was weary and tired when we signed on our house on that afternoon of January 25th. I was more tired then I have ever been. Mentally, emotionally, physically...I was wiped out. And then we had to move our family 500 miles and set up a new house. I needed a rest.

I am still resting and enjoying my new life here. I am being careful about not jumping into too much. My family has to be my priority. And that's where I am right now. But I also have been in prayer about what will be next. What did I want to keep in my life and what did I want to bring to a close. Working as a doula …

Exchanging the Mountains for the Beach

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So, how exactly did we get here? Back to the beautiful beaches of Florida.  How did we leave such luscious landscape in the mountains and the clear, crisp air? We never thought that we would be back in Florida...except for an occasional vacation. It was never on our radar...we were so happy and content making roots in NC. Why would we ever leave? Even my mind is blown from the events of the last nine months. So, here is our story.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55: 8-9

Last September, Matthew was gearing up for the next open enrollment season in his job as an insurance manager. He would spend weeks training new and old agents as they prepared to sell for the season that runs from October to the end of December. Matthew, for the past 3.5 years, continued to work for the same insurance …

Return of Me: 30 things about me!

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Wow, it's been forever. So much has changed in my life in the past few years. I loved blogging a few years ago and then my life went on full speed ahead. And now I am back. I surely am not the person that I was just a few years ago. So, here are 30 things about myself that will get us reacquainted.

1. I am living back in Florida. Wow, how did that happen???

2. A door opened that we couldn't ignore in my husband's career and we took it.

3. I miss so much about NC, but at the same time I am at such peace here in Florida.

4. We have such a lovely home here in Florida.

5. We have a pool.

6. I have been living in my bathing suit.

7. The heat hasn't bothered me yet. (Maybe I shouldn't say that yet)

8. I am still married to the most amazing man...22+ years and counting.

9. Five kids still...one in college...two in high school and two in middle school.

10. I don't miss the baby stage at all.

11. This season we are in is wonderful with the kids...we can have alone time…