Sunday, January 18, 2015

Devotion is Important

Here I am awake again, late at night. I've been thinking about when my days are good and when they are bad.

Today didn't seem bad, at first. I was pretty lazy this morning. I got out of bed around 10. I didn't get dressed until lunchtime. I played around on the internet most of the morning. Not productive, at all.
In typical human nature fashion, I felt I deserved to not do anything. I've been organizing and keeping the house picked up this week. I kept everyone fed and happy. So, I deserve to do whatever I want on a Saturday morning.

Well, fast-forward to Saturday afternoon. No laundry was done. The living room is filled with toys and the girls' clothes that they changed out of. The dishes are piled up. Vera keeps finding all of the lotion and wants to put it in her hair. Joshua needs held all the time because his mouth hurts. Elena, well, she is just jumping off the walls.

Needless to say, I was greatly overwhelmed. I needed to have done the laundry this morning to make room for Joshua's diapers. I needed to have done the dishes so that dinnertime would be quick and easy. I needed to be present with my kids so I could stay on top of their mischievousness.

How does this relate to devotion being important? Well. Most days, my goal is to wake up around 5:30am. Jamin is getting ready for work, all the kids are sleeping. This is when I can have my quiet time. Getting my bible reading in for the day helps me be reminded of my goals. I find encouragement in scripture and direction. I'm reminded that my work in the home is important. I am to be teaching our children good character, discipline and love. I can't do those things when I let life fall into disarray. I need to be the example and my flesh hates it.

This doesn't mean there is no place for rest and relaxation. However, chores need to come first. We can't relax when there is chaos. We can't relax when our children's needs are not being met.

This also goes well with my women's bible study I'm supposed to be doing. We're studying the Pursuit of Holiness book. One of the chapters is on self discipline. It's something I am severely lacking in. I can't even keep up with the weekly homework. Not because I don't have time, but because I waste my time. My biggest challenge in self discipline is getting to bed at a decent time. I have a goal of 10pm, but I'm finding even that isn't early enough. I'm in this cycle that I'm having a problem breaking. I stay up late because I can't get up early enough to do things I need to do without children around.Being honest, though, I don't even get anything done because I don't have the proper energy in the evening.

My goal for this year is to go to bed early so I will wake up early. Make my bible study a priority. Make the care of my household a priority. Through that, I will have better days. As a family we can enjoy the life we are given.



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Great Purge

In an effort to make our lives easier. Especially those of us doing the cleaning... (ahem) I've made a goal to get rid of everything we own.

 Just kidding. I do think we have enough to get rid of half and not be close to being minimalist. So, I'm systematically going through all our belongings. Anything we aren't using gets re-homed.

My first task is kids clothes. I've gotten rid of two bags, so far. There is a group called, Buy Nothing. You post things you want or want to get rid of. No money changes hands, no trading. The rules of the group are; give/take freely. It's great!

I'm about to show you a really scary photo of my current progress. I hope to follow up soon with a photo showing my beautifully organized bedroom ;)


What you are seeing, is the tail end of the kids' clothing purge and the beginning of the closet purge. It's not pretty, but it's only temporary. At least, that's what I keep telling myself.

Okay, break time over. I need to feed us lunch and get back to work!

Friday, January 09, 2015

Strawberry Muffins

Hello again. One post a month is enough, right? Sorry, I'll try to be better ;)

This morning I knew I wanted muffins, and we had strawberries. So, I searched for a good recipe. I found a pretty good one, but we are trying to cut out refined sugar. Just honey and maple syrup, here. :) I switched some of the ingredients and hoped for the best. What happened, was amazing!

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Strawberry Muffins

Course: Breakfast

Prep Time: 5 Min

Cook Time: 15 Min

Total Time: 20 Min

Serves: 18

Ingredients

  • 2 cups strawberries processed in blender
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F
  2. Process strawberries in a blender, just to chop them up to the size you want.
  3. Mix all wet ingredients together; strawberries, honey, oil, eggs, vanilla. You will need to warm the mixture up in the microwave 30seconds to a minute to make the oil mixable.
  4. Combine dry ingredients together and then add to your wet mixture. Stir until just combined.
  5. Pour batter into prepared muffin tins 3/4 full. You should get about 18. Bake in over for 15 minutes.

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 201
Fat: 9
Cholesterol: 41
Sodium: 215
Sugar: 12
Carbohydrate: 27.5
Fiber: 1.5
Protein: 3.6


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Making bread

On a whim, I decided instead of buying sandwich bread this week I would make it. Bread has always been a challenge for me. I've narrowed it down to just not kneading the dough long enough.
Here's the recipe we used: Classic Sandwich Bread
 
Measuring the flour

Kneading

Look! It's bread. It was a little too soft for what I'm used to, but it still tastes super good. If I could just figure out how to make a sourdough starter... That is what I really want to make.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

Crazy, fun times

So, before I write another meal plan post... I'll write something a little more personal. You know, the whole reason for blogging. :P

Now that Jamin is employed again I am adjusting to taking care of three children by myself. : 0
Things have been pretty good. The girls mostly play well together. Elena really likes her school work. She's starting to realize that the letters written in books actually have meaning. She loves to retell stories and it won't be long before she will be reading the words that are on the pages.
Joshua is still napping a lot. It's really nice when Joshua and Vera nap at the same time. I can get a lot done during those times.

There isn't a lot of down time though. Even when Jamin gets home, because then it's about time to start dinner. So I'm pretty wiped out by the end of the day.

Elena's favorite thing is pretend play. She makes up all sorts of characters with back stories. Right now an ongoing character is "Squeak Pig", her daughter. lol.
We've been working on phonics. It's amazing to me that Elena can remember the different sounds.
We do a lot of reading. Picture books, readers, and chapter books. One of her favorites right now is, "Green Eggs and Ham".
In math we've been skip-counting by 2's and 10's. Adding single digit numbers and 10's. She likes to take the creative approach to writing her numbers. Today, for example, she put curly-q's on all the numbers. She is very similar to her momma :)

Vera is starting to talk in full sentences. We've been working on potty training with her. She is very good about running to the potty unless she has pants on. sigh. So, I just have to remind her all the time. Elena has been an influence on Vera in imaginative play. Vera is now acting out stories with her toys. Since Elena and Vera are pretty dramatic, their toys are also dramatic. Their dolls have many harrowing experiences mixed in with getting ready for school.
Vera is very much "I do it myself". She likes to dress herself. And she picks out her clothes most days. She is very particular. "Not that one! That one." I'm so glad she is specific, I have no problems figuring out what she wants...

Joshua is learning lots of new skills. His favorite, I think, is blowing raspberries. I've been encouraging him to roll over. So, now he seems to be doing crunches trying to figure out how to get onto his side. He loves to stare at his hands. Sometimes he just can't figure out how to get it close to his mouth. I tell him he's trying too hard, but you know kids... they have to learn things the hard way.
He drools a lot. I don't remember so much drool with Vera or Elena. It must be a boy thing. ;)
He really loves Elena. Elena talks to him and takes care of him. He really responds to her. He'll start talking back and laughing. I love it!

That's all I have for now. I'm really going to try to make more posts.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Meal plan Oct 17-23

Breakfast
Banana oat cookies
Raw monkey shake
Eggs
Oatmeal
Banana bread

Lunch
Chicken salad
Salmon salad
Lunch meat sandwiches
Leftovers

Dinner
Thai chicken soup
Chicken green bean casserole
Beef & broccoli
Rotisserie chicken
Ravioli

Snacks
Carrot cake bites
Roasted chickpeas
Pb fruit dip, fruit
Carrots and hummus
Hard boiled eggs
Pear with goat cheese

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