Thursday, September 20, 2012

Encouraging passage

I was reading a devotional to the kids this morning and at the beginning was this quoted passage that I found deeply encouraging.  I think God leaves littles treasures for us to find in each day; thankfully I had my eyes open to this one.

Although I do occasionally work in a 'real job', my full-time commitment, my biggest gig, is mothering.  As if parenting four littles isn't enough, we include in the scope of our parenting the full academic responsibility for our children.  I feel like it isn't completely accurate to say we 'homeschool', because we are blessed to be able to utilize some fantastic educational resources available in our area including a Classical Conversations community and other 'ala carte' classes to round out our curriculum.  It's more like we 'private school' with some of the classes at home :-)!  

In any event, during this season of life I often feel stretched so thin that I can't do all the things I imagine I could or should be doing, or frankly the things I sometimes just want to be doing.  It rarely seems I even do the things I already have on my responsibility list well.  It's more about keeping everything to a minimum standard than being able to do things to the level I'd prefer, with what I envision to be excellence.  There are times I wonder if I am making the difference in this world I was meant to - you don't have much tangible to show at the end of a long day of mothering.  In fact some days it looks even worse than when you started!

From Carver of Tuskegee

"Didn't you plan to be an artist at one time, Professor?

Carver smiled.  I am an artist...I make beauty instead of recording it.  There is beauty in well-tilled fields, in healthy and happy people, beauty to living in harmony with others.  With God helping me, I have tried to create beauty according to His directing."

Although I am not accomplishing nearly so much in my life as George Washington Carver, I connected with his statement.  I was able to appreciate though my day to day right now is fairly simple, no degree or expertise required, there is still (God-directed) beauty in it.  Taking that view gives an intrinsic value to what might otherwise seem mundane.  I am an artist...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Happy May!

Adaline likes to be silly in pictures, as you can see. She got braces on in February. Afton, on the other hand, is missing a few teeth.
Here are the two 'bubbies'. Reagan was diagnosed with pneumonia a couple weeks ago and little Rush pulled up a chair to keep him company while he was resting. Whenever Rush sees a camera now he smiles, which unfortunately consists of him closing his eyes and scrunching up his face. :)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Conversation (Old footage from the littles)

videoWe were watching old family videos and came across this footage from 2005. Just Pace #3 and #4 (about 4 1/2 and 3 at the time) are pictured.

I posted The Conversation in it's entirety which is about 13 minutes. Although I know it will be funniest to us, hopefully you will get a few laughs too.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Long time, no see

Here are the four little Paces, in August 2010.
Just look at them! See the glint in all their eyes? That is why I have no time to blog. Keeping up with those four little Paces!! It's consuming.

Here we all are, dressed for church. Busy as it may be, I told Pace #1 I would freeze us in this stage if I could. I love it. I love them. This is a beautiful time in our lives, raising a young family.
They are not perfect, but they are sweet. For example, last night baby Pace #6 wasn't feeling well, hadn't napped all day, and screamed at the top of his lungs all the way home from an errand with the girls and I. The girls evidently could tell I was worn out because while I was upstairs changing baby here came Pace #5 bringing me a freshly filled ice water and Pace #4 informed me she had gotten baby's bowl of food ready. Little bitty girls ministering to their mama- it was so touching.
This is how most of the pictures turned out. Five of us trying to keep our eyes open and smiles looking natural, and Pace #6 looking every which way.
He is Mama's baby anyway, and I love him so.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Best Gas Mileage

Pace #1 does a lot of driving for work so a couple years ago we purchased a hybrid vehicle. Pace #3 adores his father and followed in his footsteps with the little vehicle you see below.
He won an award at his Cub Scout Pack's Pinewood Derby this year. BEST GAS MILEAGE!

You see him below standing up to receive his award. It is fun to see him growing into the man God created him to be. We are pleased with the character we see developing.
Congratulations on your award son!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

My Little Rednecks Sports Fans

When I affectionately made a comment about my little "rednecks" in their Alabama jerseys Pace #1 indignantly informed me they were "sports fans" not rednecks. He said if they start wearing Nascar gear in addition to their Alabama jerseys, then I can call them rednecks.

Yay for sports fans!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

KROGER - Saved 63%

For those of you who wonder "why in the world does she have a picture of groceries on her blog?!" - see the bottom of this post for an explanation.

Total spent $21.66, Total saved $36.24, percent savings 63%.

Savings broken down $22.54 Kroger plus card, $11.10 with coupons, $2.60 from bonus (doubled coupons).

The item in front you can't see (fell down - sorry) is Cover Girl Invisible Concealer. This was on clearance at my Kroger for $3.46 plus I had a $1 off coupon. Another unexpected deal was Huggies Pull-ups on clearance for $4.99 plus I had a $1.50 off coupon. Baby boy isn't ready for pull-ups yet but I thought that was a good enough bargain to buy ahead.

If you have any other questions just ask in the comments. I am thankful our local Krogers double coupons valued up to .50.

I am linking this post to Money Saving Mom weekly deals.

There is this wonderful online network of people (mostly moms) who share information about what's on sale, where to find coupons to match up to the sales, what unadvertised sales and clearances are going on in various stores, etc.. I have found it super helpful as I have begun the process of serious "couponing" over the last month or so. For example, I read in a blog post where someone had bought Smart Balance sour cream for cheap with a coupon. I looked and sure enough a. it was on sale at my Kroger and b. I had a coupon. (double yay!) I got those two containers in the picture for $.49 each. We are loving the Sour Cream Pancakes from Pioneer Woman's cookbook so anytime I find 16 oz. sour cream for $1 or less I buy at least one.

Sales very by region so that is why I said "it was on sale at my Kroger".

I plan to most more about my money-saving adventures in an upcoming post "Living on the Cheap" - so you can watch for that if this interests you.

Also I have SO many posts to catch up on - Pace #3 "Best Gas Mileage", Pace #4 had an "8th Birthday", and some cute pictures of all four "My Little Rednecks Sports Fans" and lots of other pictures.

I am so busy 'living' it's hard to make time to write about living! Also, having my own blog I've realized I am more of a reader than a writer. I definitely enjoy writing, I just enjoy reading even more. Speaking of reading, I am reading and loving Malcolm Gladwell's books so look for a post on his books too.

Happy Saturday! and Happy Savings to those who read this from Crystal's link. :)