He fills the longing soul with good things. Ps. 107:9

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Daybook - 10/29



::Outside My Window::
 Gusty winds blowing in Bright, yellow-and-white light.  This morning they harvested the corn in the field across the street.

::I am Listening to ::
The sound of Corin playing in the cereal crumbles on the floor.

::I am Thankful For ::
Time with my family this past weekend.

::I am Pondering ::
 Those days when the melancholy side of my personality is most present and I struggle with a vague, gray-ish feeling that I'm not about much anything important, that I'm not well liked by very many, that I tend to do things wrong.  I have to fight these days with Truth, Action, Vitamins.  And SLEEP!   : )

:: I am Remembering ::
 Many fun hours this past weekend with my family in Cincinnati:  shopping, cooking, laughing, talking, learning.  Deanna and Mark were still in the states after flying in for my cousin's wedding last weekend.  And Rachelle took a day off of her busy Grad School schedule to hang out with us on Garen and Crystal's day off.  It is unspeakably good to be all together.

:: I am looking forward to/Dreaming of ::
Our first snow of the winter!  

:: Some of what I've been reading::
 Just started reading Steady Days. Resisting the urge to go curl up in bed on this blustery day and read myself to sleep!

::From the Kitchen::
 Watching Ann Voskamp's new Bible Study together has Corin and I hungering for warm homemade bread.  Probably not the better part of wisdom for me to do that with the week's responsibilities and to-do list.  But hearty soup and thick slices of soft homeade wheat bread smothered with strawberry jam would sure hit the spot for supper tonight.

::I am Thinking::
 That I want to forever squeeze this 3-year-old boy and not let him go.

::I am Creating::
 This week:  gift baskets and cake pops for a school fundraiser

:: Towards raising hungry learners::
Having a hard time nailing my thoughts down here:  I do know that I would much rather raise kids who have a perpetual hunger to learn and grow than to raise kids who know how to regurgitate facts without fitting them into life. 

I am also dreaming of consistently doing a read-aloud time together before devotions.  I am thinking that it isn't hard for us to be consistent about our family every night just before bedtime.  So why couldn't I just move it ahead 15 or 20 minutes and read together first?  But somehow that time of night - between supper and bedtime -  is so busy with finishing up supper chores, sometimes unfinished practice, making sure the 5th grader has her homework and projects finished up, evening chores, teeth, etc. and prep for tomorrow.   Not stressing over my lack of reading time, just wishing and thinking.  If I did manage to start reading time consistently, It might actually help us move that bedtime 30 minutes earlier like we need to.  I can tell when some of my kids could benefit from just a little more sleep each night.  And this is "tea-and-biscuits" season when there's nothing quite like cozying up and reading together.

::Towards Rhythm and Beauty::
Still don't have the suitcases unpacked.  I was purposeful last night, getting home late and exhausted from Cincinnati, to at least put the suitcases and Christmas gifts in an out-of-the-way corner of the living room so they wouldn't trash the whole house while I work through them.
::To Live the Life ::
I have been thinking (and worrying) about a habit of mine that I want the Lord to refine.  It has to do with talking too much (and maybe too strongly?) when I become passionate about a subject.  Not sure what to do, exactly, with this part of my personality.  Knowing that God made me passionate and talkative (*blush*) on purpose.  But not to the point that I turn people off and wear them out with my never-ending verbage.  So I am asking Him to refine and remind when it's time to zip it
 
::I am Hoping and Praying::
 That God will prepare and strengthen me - through prayer - for whatever the future holds.

 :: In the Garden::
 My mother-in-law Rose came over last week with three big, gorgeous yellow mums she had bought for me and planted them in my garden!  They make me so happy when I see them.  Thanks so much, mom!

 ::Around the House::
Last week Monday night:  we returned from a trip to Missouri (my cousin's wedding).
Tuesday:   I was sick in bed and only did some of the basics.
Wednesday: Unpacked suitcases, did laundry & cleaning, repacked and packed the van, 
 Thursday:  taught lessons all day and drove to Cincy Thurs night.   

I worked very hard at leaving things nice so that these back-to-back trips wouldn't send us into chaos. 
Today I am feeling a bit hung-over after our trips and overwhelmed by all of the extra projects that must be done this week.  Reminding myself to stay focused on the basic routine tasks to keep everything smooth in the midst of extra stuff and activities.

 ::One of My Favorite Things::
 Candles burning.

::The Kids::
Kayla:  I am having trouble helping her to communicate her feelings verbally in a healthy way.  She prefers to lock herself in the bathroom and cry or just knock her brother's head off.  We are officially in preteen years. 
: )  Praying for wisdom.

Karissa:  We are going to soon have to re-focus on breaking her habit of sucking her fingers.  She found them when she was a tiny baby and we haven't decided to put an all-out effort into breaking the habit yet.  I am of the mothering philosophy that it is best to let kids do some things in their own time, because when they are ready the transition is almost effortless.  This, however, has been an example of where that method did not work out. : )  Eight years old and still sucking those 2 fingers.  We tried a couple of months ago and were not prepared for the severe emotional, mental and physical toll it took on her.  I knew, then, that I was going to have to choose a time when she could afford some nights of difficult sleep and I could afford to deal with the added stress.  I also ordered some powerful essential oils to help support her system. It's going to be rough, re-routing this habit.  But I think we are ready to take it on.

Caiden:  Having trouble with bugging people. All he has to do is breathe a certain way, it seems, and he knows how to get under his sisters' skin.

Corin:  Still wears his underwear backwards.  Always. And his jeans.  I took their fall pictures recently and even left his jeans on backwards.  It's just part of who he is.  

:: The Man of the House ::
Shot a wedding last weekend while I was gone to Missouri to my cousin's wedding.
Attended Aldersgate Forum last week, then came all the way home with his dad so he could drive me to Cincinnati Thursday night after I had taught all day.  He's sweet like that.  He did a college session at Youth Challenge - gave them some solid, down-to-earth, conversational advice about being steady and disciplined.

He has been working on shopping for the best deal for our kids' main Christmas gift...a practical gift we are all going to love!

::A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week::
Think I will probably cancel my OB appt. since I'm down to the 2-week appointments and all they do is weigh me and listen to Christian's heartbeat.  I don't really need to hear his heartbeat because he's beating his own drums in there!  And I certainly don't need them to weigh me. Every two weeks.  Sheesh.  Give a girl a break. There's a KID living in there!

Lots to do in preparation for our school's Soup Supper fundraiser, also need to do finances, go 2 different places to get the van hatch and engine fixed, make space for putting away the loot from our Wolf Family early Christmas, mail off pictures from 2 weddings, teach lessons 7 make sure everyone is on track for recital night. Plus all the normal stuff it takes to keep a family of 6 afloat.  I want to take my belly and go to bed : )

Oh! And I almost forgot, I am planning a very simple family Reformation celebration tomorrow night since the kids will be at a fun Kids Club Autumn celebration Wednesday, hosted by our church's amazing children's workers:  Gene and Angie Davis!  I will probably just have a nice cozy dinner and do a short version of our "Evening of Reformation."  We might just review the story and have each kid in charge of retelling one aspect (kindof like we do at our Passover Seder).  We'll probably pull out our "Reformation Day" tub of costumes since it's easy and quick and adds a lot.  Sounds like a good chance to use the beautiful new family communion set David bought me in Israel!!


:: Love this Quote! ::

Books are standing counselors and preachers,
always at hand…
having this advantage over oral instructors,
that they are ready to repeat their lesson as often as we please.


~ Oswald Chambers ~




:: A Picture from our world::
My cousin and uncle fixing my flat tire in Missouri (SO thankful!)


I love being with my family.


Deanna's husband Mark and my cousin Kevin talking it out on the front porch of my Aunt Nancy's beautiful home.





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October 31 - What we celebrate!



We try very hard not to make nuisances of ourselves about our feelings & beliefs concerning Halloween.  But I thought I might be blog-brave....take a risk.....and just share a little of our opinions and personal choices concerning Halloween.  As a child, I did dress up in cute costumes and go around the campus and dorms collecting candy.  And I turned out okay, I think. : )  But I will admit that we do not understand the excitement over a holiday that openly admits to being about death and gore and superstition and evil.   (In our town, we have even had our Bibles stolen on Halloween night!)  Those are not things that we like or love or care to celebrate.  Costumes and candy?  Sure!  But devils and witches are real.  And frankly, they are scary.  In real life, not just in the Walmart displays.  I have a hard time understanding why a Christian family would want to hang ghosts from their trees.  It's an opinion. Don't shoot me. : ) 

I would venture to say I am rather sensitive to the spirit world. (For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Eph. 6:12)   I have had conversations with a friend whose mother was a witch. My friend was dedicated to Satan.  Her name was Angel. The things she told me are burned into my heart.  What I learned makes me want to cling to the power and light and goodness and protection and safety of God and to avoid - in every way possible - the darkness of the evil one.  I have a healthy fear of real, living, roaming Evil. 

I am not inferring that every Christian family who dresses up in cute costumes and collects candy is purposefully celebrating the devil.  (We have had multiple talks with our verbal children about not being a nuisance at school trying to convince people that Halloween is bad. : )  In fact, we have very few friends who DON'T celebrate Halloween.  We have confidence in Christian people who make decisions that are different from ours. Of course!  That's to be expected. But what if I put on a Bunny costume on March 31 of  next year and told you I'm not celebrating Easter, I'm just enjoying spring and candy.  Or what if I decorated with green and red and put up a tree in my living room and opened gifts on Dec. 24 but told you we just like winter and gifts, not Christmas? 


I do understand that there are lots of people who celebrate Easter who aren't celebrating our Risen Jesus.  And there are people who put on witch (or bumblebee or fairy) costumes who aren't celebrating Satan.


I guess it just makes sense to us - for our family -  to draw the line a bit wider. Please don't be offended if you have a different take on this holiday.  Stand firm in your beliefs without being threatened by mine.  We can agree to disagree. 

We are very aware that going back to to some of the ancient customs of almost any holiday can bring up paragraphs about false gods and superstitious behavior.  But this holiday certainly takes the cake as far as evil-ness goes.  

This is just one example of thousands of historical descriptions:  

Ancient Origins of Halloween ( from history.com)

Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.
To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.



We're a little weird around here.  We don't celebrate Halloween in any way. We don't even hand out candy. *gasp*  (I told you we were weird.)    We celebrate Reformation day!  Which just happens to be on October 31.  Every year.  And is one of the most important events in Christian History - which set a direction for who we are as Christians today.   Doesn't it sortof boggle the mind that we ignore this history-turning-event  in favor of a holiday that celebrates blood, death, witches, goblins, bats and spiders?
Who likes bats and spiders?!

We aren't sad about our kids not getting to dress up in costumes and have fun with friends and go out collecting candy.  Because they DO get to dress up in costumes and  have fun with friends (and goodness knows there's no shortage of sugar in their lives!) 

It is very interesting that everyone knows about Halloween, but not so many are aware of the whats, whens, or whys when it comes to Reformation day.  I am hoping to blog about the happy, safe, Christian side of October 31 tomorrow!

 In case I don't get time to blog again this very busy week, here is a sneak peek of some of our hilarious fun celebrating October 31 - Reformation Day!  

Our favorite Reformation Day resource:  "A Night of Reformation"  We have used and loved it for years.

Part of our home Reformation Day celebration last year. 2011

Watching the Papal Bull burn!! 2011
Even the old people get in on the Reformation-Day-Fun!!  (Mr. Ron Coleman and Mr. David Fry - jousting it out.  Reformation Day 2009)  I think this picture is just priceless.





Reformation Day Celebration @ FCA 2008
The Diet of Worms (Hilarious worm eating contest) Who ever said studying Church history was boring?!
This story has excitement, danger, kidnapping, lightning, and crazy romance!  Martin Luther (a monk) married Katie (an adventurous nun who escaped the convent with her friends in fish barrels!). 

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Just a little happy-heart music for a draggy morning

All you Absolutely-No-Christmas-Music-Until-December people, my apologies for ruffling your feathers.  Don't judge!  Don't hate! 

At least I'm smiling now. This can make even laundry and dishes seem fun!




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Daybook: 10/14 - getting ready for trip



::Outside My Window::
 It is such a neat day...the wind has been gusting - hard - all day.  But it's not too chilly.  It's beautiful.

I have also been keeping track of the puppy-making progress in the kennel outside my kitchen window.  It is very interesting to watch their mating behavior.  They seem to have a special connection during mating season.  But I think they had a lover's quarrel!  At one point, Max was in Maggie's face barking loudly and repeatedly.  He usually only barks at intruders and small animals in the yard.  Weird.

::I am Listening to :: 
 
Chanticleer Christmas.  (Caiden who recently woke from his Sunday nap and is working on his kung zhu with a huge screwdriver and bemoaning the fact that he threw away the instructions. He is not impressed with my relaxing music.)

Caiden:  "What is this?"
Me:  "It's called Chanticleer"
Caiden:  "I call it crazy music!"

::I am Thankful For ::
This season of calm in my life. 

:: I am Remembering ::
Grandma Parsons.  It won't be right that she won't be at Luke's wedding.  Stinging tears behind my eyes, just wishing for her to be with us - it was her favorite thing, being together.  Planning on taking a big box of Russell Stover chocolates for the family to share in the hotel in her honor. : ) She knew how to celebrate life, that's for sure.  Bummer. Now I'm crying for real.

:: I am looking forward to/Dreaming of ::
My trip to Missouri on Friday!  My cousin Luke is getting married in Springfield.  Rachelle is coming to spend the night with us Thursday night, then the kids and Chelle and I leave bright and early Friday morning.  I have been loving this season of normalness at home - but I'm ready for a road trip!

:: Some of what I've been reading::
 I cannot recommend Simplicity Parenting enough.  I am almost giddy with happiness at the affirmation of the lessons God has been teaching me over these years.

::From the Kitchen::
 I've actually had a more interesting cooking week.  Especially Friday - we cooked up a storm.  I tried some new recipes.
 
Karissa and I made a double batch of these and froze them in pans.  Then I put them in a ziploc (to get my pans back and save space.)  Just pull out what you need for dinner, let them raise to double, and bake for 10 minutes!

Loved this!  My kids and husband are not fans of the texture of celery and carrots in recipes, but I left them in on purpose.  They cooked up so tender the kids didn't even seem to mind.  I also used white velveeta instead of yellow.   This soup was very rich and cheesy.  It was good warmed up the next day, too.
Pulled up these two recipes, then sortof made up my own.  I used both sausage sauce and marinara.  And hamburger.  I meant to make 2 lasagnas, one for now, one for later.  But somehow I ended up making one monster that was too big for our family, so I wrapped it and froze it for company or giving away or a tired day...

Some not-new stuff:
Enchiladas:  I also made up an extra pan of (not new) enchiladas when I fixed them for dinner one night and froze them for later.  I just follow the recipe on the back of the enchilada sauce can.  Small whole wheat tortillas. Extra sauce.  Lots of cheese on top.
Blueberry Pie (frozen double pie crust & 2 cans of blueberry filling.  Brush inside & top crust with eggwhite.  Sprinkle a tiny bit of sugar on top crust for browning. Poke slits in a pretty star design in the top.  Cover edge of pie crust to avoid burning.  Extremely easy and gorgeous.)


Pumpkin Bread (from a box mix!)
We used our cool heart-shaped tube pan for this loaf.


::I am Thinking::
 That we need to work harder at truly getting the kids in bed with lights out by 8:30 instead of 9:00.

::I am Creating::
 We are tickled pink with our new table chalkboard. 

  1.  Buy an old picture from goodwill.  
  2.  remove glass from frame
  3. clean glass with alcohol
  4. paint the glass with a spray primer (that says on the can it is okay for glass)
  5. let dry thoroughly
  6. paint several coats of chalkboard paint (I used the spray kind from walmart)
  7. chalkboard markers work really well and are visible.

Someday I might paint the frame white, but we it like this for now.  We like having it so much, we are thinking of making another one for another part of the house.  I painted the back of the girls' door with chalkboard paint awhile ago and they love it.  I would like to have one for family messages, schedules, chores, etc.  I am thinking of trying out the chalkboard contact paper.


I am hoping (like an idiot) this week to sand and finish painting the boys' name letters and get them up on their wall.  But it's no big deal if that doesn't happen this week.  Packing is a priority. (Now that I've made my schedule for the week I am cracking up that I even dreamed of doing this.)

:: Towards raising hungry learners::
Seriously doubt if we'll even be very good practicers this week, much less anything else too creative.

::Towards Rhythm and Beauty::
Did I mention that you should read Simplicity Parenting?  Excellent information about the power of rhythm in your home.

I have quite a lot of traveling coming up in the next few months before baby Christian arrives in early Jan.  For some reason, traveling is one thing that seems to mess up my rhythm and get me behind.  I have analyzed and nailed down some of the reasons for this and some things I can do about it.  Lord, help me to do them well and keep us in a fairly smooth rhythm as we finish out 2012.


::To Live the Life ::
 I  have been thinking about sounding ungrateful in my communication.   

For instance, I am unbelievably grateful to be expecting another baby.  I am immensely aware that there are many women who long to be pregnant ONE time - much less 5!  But to be honest, pregnancy is a fairly miserable experience for me from beginning to end.  I do it for the babies that result. : ) And if you talk to me for any amount of time, chances are the pregnancy, due date, etc. will come up at some point.  I talk about pregnancy because it is part of my world.  And I'm a pretty real person.  I"m not saying I bellyache and carry on and on, but I talk about what is real in life.  I'm not too comfortable talking about "the weather" for too long.  I'd rather go home and do my dishes than talk all sweetsie surface stuff.  But I am aware that in the process of talking real, I can sound ungrateful.  Like I'm complaining about one of the most amazing blessings a woman could ever have.  

The same idea applies to my house.  I'm not gonna lie - it has taken me years of hard work to learn to sort and toss and organize to fit the 6-7 of us into a home that is completely adequate but small-ish for our size family.  And that is part of my real world.  So I talk about it and blog about it!  But I am daily grateful for what I am learning, and I absolutely love the fact that we are all together no matter where we are in the house.  I am unspeakably glad that God placed us here in this cozy house with the humongous yard and sunsets over the cornfield.  (I know I'm gonna miss it someday!)  But an acquaintance said something the other day about me "complaining" about having a small house.  It hurt my heart.  I am not likely to change into someone who doesn't talk about real life, but I very, very much want to be someone who communicates the gratitude that I feel every day.    

I don't have all the answers to this, but it is something that is rumbling around in my brain. I want the words of my mouth to be acceptable to my Abba.
 
::I am Hoping and Praying::
That Uncle Danny's body will be strong enough to accept and use the strong treatment he has started for Lyme Disease.  

:: In the Garden::
 Mom Fry is coming tomorrow to plant my mums in the ground! Aren't I spoiled? I usually don't get around to it and they just die.  

 ::Around the House::
  I love flylady zones....for several reasons:
  1. It helps my brain to deal with the constant checklist of all the things that need to be done around here below the surface. I can pass an area that needs focused attention and relax a little knowing that it's zone will be cycling back around soon.
  2. It tells me exactly what to focus on and when.  
  3. It helps me to not get in the very easy rut of keeping busy with the daily cleaning & maintaning without ever getting to the deeper cleaning/decluttering/organizing that makes the daily cleaning easier.

 ::One of My Favorite Things::
 Windy Autumn days with the leaves blowing everywhere and speckled late-Sunday-afternooon sunlight.  Corin didn't know what I was typing, but he just came over to me and said...."Mommy...yook at the yeaves falling!"  He knows magic when he sees it, and often brings our attention to a beautiful sunset or some other pretty wonder.

::The Kids::
 David and I got home tonight from church (across the parking lot) later than usual after talking to friends.  The kids had created a restaurantThey baked frozen Jack's pizzas, break-n-bake cookies, and had drink options and chips.  It was fun.  They took our orders as we came in, put a napkin on my lap, refilled our drinks, the whole works.  They even left us a little pocket of money hanging on the door to cover our bill.  We did get a laugh over the one starving 6-year-old waiter who looked hungrily over our shoulders after our food had been delivered to our table and moaned, "Oh...I wish I could HAVE some."  We discussed that it may not be a good idea to do that if he were really working as a waiter.  It was hilarious.

:: The Man of the House ::
 Is doing his final talk on Israel in church tonight.  I have enjoyed so much learning from him.  I always learn from him.

:: Love this Quote! ::  
Miay Someaway {im awsome in piglatin}
(I've been hacked in piglatin by Kayla) I was trying to squeeze a blog into the moments on a Sunday and left it open on the computer.


::A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week::

YIKES!  It's a travel week, and it's gonna be a doozy....I should seriously be in bed right now getting ready for this!  I will absolutely, positively NOT get all of this done, nor in the time scheduled.  But my brain always needs a dumping/planning session to feel like I have a basic plan to work from.  I take my basic daily & weekly tasks, then figure out where I can add the "extra" stuff that needs to happen....like packing and van repairs.  There's something about getting it all out there on paper that helps me organize my thoughts.  This becomes a checklist that I highlight.  Stuff that doesn't get done can be moved to the next day or just skipped.


MONDAY
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
Desk Day
Errands Day
Laundry/Clothes
Pack/Clean
LEAVE!
Zone:  Kitchen Windows & declutter
Wash kitchen Cabinet fronts & walls
Kitchen drawers
Clean out fridge
Pack cooler

Import CD’s/file

sort papers
Call Mr. coleman – chapel piano Wed.

Call Tami – appt. for car guy

Call insurance - roadside
Put money in envelopes

Find Medicaid Cards

Schedule van repair – John H.
 
Start packing (pick out outfits)

Call mom about Sunday
 schedule/hotel

Pick up van part motor
Take van to huffers for repair
10:00 – CALL MEGAN finalize wedding photography schedule

Finish & print wedding schedule

Take wedding info clipboard to Jonelle

Walmart:  milk & cereal for david

Library returns
Video returns

Take dinner to Janice Brown between 5-6
1753 E. Washington
659-2202
BBQ chicken
Potatoes/corn/rolls
Pumpkin caramel dessert
Straighten basement

Take van to jail for detailing

Me time

House hot spots

Text students – remind no lessons tomorrow
Finish Packing

Pack Van

Clean House
Kitchen floor
Dust
Bathroom
Entryways
hot spots?
vacuum

Check Laundry

Kid baths/wash & curl girls hair
PACKING LIST:

Girls clothes (4 days)
Wedding Clothes
Girls socks/shoes
Girls pj’s/undies
Curlers/Hair stuff

Boys clothes (4 days)
Wedding clothes
Boys socks/shoes
Boys pj’s/undies
Pull-ups & wipes

My clothes (4 days)
Wedding Clothes
Socks/shoes
Pj’s/undies
Hair/purse/shower bag
Book to read
6:30 Make bed
     Devotions
7:00 Kid am  Cheklsts
     Breakfast
7:30 kids out door
     My breakfast
     Start laundry
8:00  clean/Dishes/floor
8:30  Switch Laundry
        Fold Laundry
9:00 DESK DAY
10:00  Zone (kitchen)
11:00 Corin read/nap
11:30 Start packing
12:30 lunch
1:00  Pick up van part
2:00 take van to     
       huffers/walk home
3:30 Kids home/snack
4:00 Kid checklists-aft
     Practice with kids
5:00 Make supper
6:00 Eat Supper
         Cleanup, dishes
7:00 Kid cheklists-pm
8:00  Evening devotions
8:30 kids to bed
9:00 Make Lunches
        House boogie
        Prep for tmorrow
9:30  Bath/read
10:00 Bed
6:30 Make bed
     Devotions
7:00 Kid am  Cheklsts
     Breakfast
7:45 kids out door
     My breakfast
     Start laundry
8:00  clean/Dishes/floor
8:30  Switch Laundry
        Fold Laundry
9:00 Zone (kitchen)
10:00 Call Megan
Finish wedding stuff
11:00  RUN ERRANDS
1:30 Put away groceries
2:00 Corin read/nap
3:30 Kids home/snack
4:00 Kid checklists-aft
     Practice with kids
5:00 finish supper
5:30 supper to Janice
6:00 Our Supper
         Cleanup, dishes
7:00 Kid cheklists-pm
8:00  Evening devotions
8:30 kids to bed
9:00 Make Lunches
        House boogie
        Prep for tmorrow
9:30  Bath/read
10:00 Bed
6:30 Make bed
     Devotions
7:00 Kid  am Cheklsts
     Breakfast
7:30 kids out door
     My breakfast
     Start laundry
8:00  clean/Dishes/floor
8:30  Switch Laundry
        Fold Laundry
9:00 Clothes/basment
10:00  Zone (kitchen)
11:00 Corin read/nap
12:30 lunch
1:00 Me time
2:00 take van to     
Jail for cleaning
2:30 House Hot spots
3:30 Kids home/snack
4:00 Kid checklists-aft
     Practice with kids
5:00 Make supper
6:00 Supper
         Cleanup, dishes
7:00 Kid cheklists-pm
8:00  Evening devotions
8:30 kids to bed
9:00 Make Lunches
        House boogie
        Prep for tmorrow
9:30  Bath/read
10:00 Bed
6:30 Make bed
     Devotions
7:00 Kid am Cheklsts
     Breakfast
7:30 kids out door
     My breakfast
     Start laundry
8:00  clean/Dishes/floor
8:30  Switch Laundry
        Fold Laundry
9:00 Zone (kitchen)
House Cleaning
10:00  PACKING-clothes
11:00 Corin read/nap
12:30 lunch
1:00  Finish Packing
2:00 pack van
3:30 Kids home/snack
4:00 Kid checklists-aft
     Practice with kids
5:00 – Make supper
6:00 Supper
         Cleanup, dishes
7:00 Kid cheklists-pm
8:00  Evening devotions 
(curl girls hair)
8:30 kids to bed
9:00 Make Lunches
        House boogie
        Prep for tmorrow
9:30  Bath/read
10:00 Bed –
Rachelle Here!
DVDs/Player/cords
CDs/AUDIOBOOKS
Kindle/cord
Headphones for kids

Books for kids
Paper/crayons
Few cars for Corin

Snacks/trip lunch
Drinks
Cooler
Stroller
Jackets
Medical Cards
Lumix/cords
Videocamera/cords
Ipod/sync/cord/mic

Money
Get emergency credit card from David


:: A Picture from our world::
We had so much fun this week on our field trip to the corn maze/pumpkin patch.
 




So many fun things to play in and do at Exploration Acres!


It was FREEZING all day!
On the bus trip back to school, Corin conked out with his little pumpkin that he picked out of the pumpkin patch.





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