Our world has been spinning at high speed lately. I feel like we are always at high speed and then more things go into our schedule, but they are all good things. We are moving quickly, but we are doing it together (for the most part) and praising God for the blessings! 🙂
For my husband, MBA classes have begun. How he is able to work full time and be an awesome daddy on top of going to school full time blows my mind, but he does it. It adds a little extra chaos to all of us, but he surely bears the brunt of the load.
For me, on a personal level, my eating and working out too a hiatus this summer, so I am back on my strict schedule of working out and eating somewhat right. 😉 Teaching and taxi driving has been put back in motion as well.
The kids are back to school (at home) and each have 1 sport activity as well as a church activity they attend each week. By Friday they are just as tired as my husband and I. They are still mourning the loss of their Riley cat. My oldest was the most outwardly sad in the beginning, has recovered quite well and talks about all the pets he will have when he is big. My daughter, who was the most attached, holds it all in. This concerns me a little bit. She will say things on occasion that let us know she is still thinking of Riley. She is trying to bond with the other cat now, which is kind of a cute thing to watch. My youngest, who is my old soul, was the one who went to Stormy right after Riley died to let her know what happened. He still misses her. He is also concerned that about Stormy’s buddy being gone. We can’t sure if he is more sad for himself or Stormy.
So, nothing drastic in our world. We count our blessings for that. We seem to be surrounded by friends who are suffering and we know we should thank God for our blessings as often as we pray for their lives to be mended.
I have to tell you that I love Beverly Lewis! It has been awhile since I read a chapter book from a children’s series, so it seemed a bit simple at first, but then I had to remember it needs to be simple. 😉 She has little people as her audience. We began reading The Cul-de-sac kid series as a family, but my daughter also reads them on her own. I recommend them to anyone with lower elementary aged children. It is especially great for our family since we live on a cul-de-sac street, have girls and boys, and have adopted! I love how closely the family in the book relates to our family. Most importantly, the children in the story PRAY! I am so excited that an author wrote a children’s book in which the children pray. We have only read the first book, but will definitely continue the series. Love The Cul-de-sac Kids! 🙂
When our cat died I looked for some books for the kids to read and help them. The Bible is not clear on what happens to animals when they die. There is no way for us to know if they will be in Heaven or not. Sooooo….a lot of assumptions are made in children’s books to make the child feel better. It is a great thing to make a child feel better, but in our family we want to make them feel better with truth and not assumptions. I previewed the books and ended up not giving any to the children to read, solely because of mixed messages. The worst one, however, was the one that was trying to be most politically correct. I will not mention the title, but according to the reviews it is a pretty popular choice. The entire book was great…up until the point when the author had the daddy character tell his child that we are not sure if there is a heaven or not. That closed the book for me. I understand for sales an author may not want to step on toes and offend people. However, I give great praise and credit to the authors who aren’t afraid to stand up for their faith even in children’s books. Thank you Beverly Lewis!
Sometimes the little things in life prove to be the biggest and best blessings and joys.
My youngest has an old soul as some would say. He is goofy and crazy and rotten and young, but in certain things he has an understanding, a forgiveness and an almost wise. When my daughter was sad a couple months ago about giving up her old bike (she could ride the new one, but it still made her nervous and the old one needed to go) he took the bike and said he would take care of it and moved it away from her sight. So sweet, but not surprising.
Our cat is very sick and likely not going to make it much longer…all of the kids brought her their favorite comfort items and gently tucked them around her.
My youngest told me the other day that I was his best girl friend. 🙂
A few weeks ago we were coming home from a family outing and someone was throwing out a great air hockey table…which is now in our possession.
My two second graders had to write about someone they admire and my son chose his dad and my daughter chose me. 🙂
And of course endless hugs and kisses from all of them. Life’s blessings are so sweet and simple, we just need to grasp them and cherish them.
And just to add a little turmoil to the life’s sweetness, but again on a very simple note…no crisis. My lawn mower starter is my enemy. It starts wonderfully for my husband but it doesn’t like me…and I do nothing different. Oh well! After 20…yes 20 minutes of trying to get it to start…would you believe the sky opened up and rained on me? 😛
I enjoy fresh air. When that is not an option and stale house air is…I enjoy adding a little fragrance to the air. There is a problem with that when you have a house that asthmatics live in. I love candles! It makes them sick. So…I discovered a cool website online that suggests you boil water with cinnamon sticks, vanilla, orange slices, etc…any natural scent you want. You can leave it on the stove or pour some of the mixture in a candle warmer. I gave the stove method a try today as we don’t have any candle warmers at the moment, but I think I will be purchasing them soon. I thought the rooms smelled good and they are not supposed to trigger any asthma symptoms, so win win! My choice today was vanilla and cinnamon since that is what was on hand. I am not sure how long they are supposed to last, but hoping for some time.
On a completely different scent note. It seems that our stink bugs are not the cause of demise for our animals. Our cat may be able to survive a few more years…it is likely but we are still kind of waiting to see. And our fish is actually looking like he is making a comeback. The kids are SO happy! 🙂