Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cross country move again...

Well as the pattern of my life goes... we are moving again..







Seriously, next week at this time, Golden Movers will be back with that huge truck/trailer loading all our personal items. And we will load up our six little children for a noisy adventure (27 hours of driving) back to "our earthly homeland."
Prayers for the journey please...
we will be driving two vehicles this time, so only one driver per vehicle

We have greatly enjoyed our time in Florida, even the creepy crawly creatures.  However the majority of our family still resides in Colorado and we love and miss them terribly, and the mountains too.  God provided a job opportunity for Levi and we figured now was as good of time as any. So toot toot off we go.

I have been off facebook now for more than two weeks, and I do miss keeping up with friends and their photos. I need every ounce of time I can get to pack this house and raise these blessings... next blog will be from COLORADO.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Starting a new review

Hey everyone,
I am getting started on some new parts of our home school this month, one of which I am super excited to try-

K5 Learning has an online reading and math program for kindergarten to grade 5 students. I've been given a 6 week free trial to test and write a review of their program. If you are a blogger, you may want to check out their open invitation to write an online learning review of their program.

I am currently on a break from Facebook, and hoping to possibly structure our days a bit more and so I am excited to see how some of the girls like this reading and math program.  I will write a full review at the end of my 6 week trial and maybe a couple updates along the way. 
Check it out and let me know if you have used this before or what you think about it.


Monday, February 24, 2014

The 24th

Today is the 24th of Februrary.  I have failed miserably at my blogging everyday this month challenge, but I have blogged more than ever before- so still winning in my book.

And more importantly, two of my sweet children and my dear hubby were born on the 24ths of three different months.Anybody have any unique patterns in their family, like all in one month or something? tell me about it.  I have been glad to not have children in the same month as of yet, and I love that a celebration is always just around the corner, rather than a massive busy month but I could see the potential fun in that as well.  So today my two youngest kids are 5 months and 27 months. This is also my biggest gap between births- kids that are the farthest age apart.

Here they are, sweet prince Ezra and sweet 'P' Piper Jubilee

The first pic is full of uncertainty and attitude

                                 then they pull out the smiles together......

One more of just the big 5 month old

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Reading lists

I decided to post a list of books we have read recently-so I can keep better track- and maybe quick overviews and/or ways our family is using them.

The first is the Bible of course, we try to read at least 3 chapters a day. This is very basic for some, but a real chore for others, depending where God has you. However, we feel as often as we eat, we should be fed spiritually by reading the word.  We don't always read chapters in a certain order, but there are plenty of scheduled reading plans out there that are great. If you are not currently reading even one chapter a day- I encourage you to start with Proverbs, great to read as a family and one chapter for each day of the month and you can repeat as often as you like.

Next I love a nice devotional. This weekend I finished up

Delight-Full: 31 Days to a Happier Baby . . . And Wholehearted Motherhood 

by Kate Collins.  It was a very easy and encouraging book. By a young mother of 8, a series of daily(short) chapters made for new or seasoned  mothers. I loved the personal stories and the realness of it; like talking with a close friend that sweetly shares the gospel and God's love where we need it most. I wish I could meet her. Watch the trailer

A great Bible study aid we use is Balancing the Sword.  by Alan Wolfe.  

We really enjoy Kevin DeYoung's work. This is a perfect balance of practical sanctification and union with Christ.

And lastly, I am still slowly inching my way through Desperate, I started this the day it was released and am ashamedly only in chapter 8. I really am a desperate mom. I do enjoy it and plan on finishing in the next two weeks. It is great to read alone or in a group setting, and is like having a Titus 2 conversation( and it is written that way) as it is authored by 2 great ladies. This book has QR codes at the end of each chapter linking to discussion videos- so handy :)

I am hoping to post new reading lists monthly, now you tell me what you've been reading..

Monday, February 10, 2014

Facts about Florida

This post is all about the things we either like or dislike about Florida, The main differences we have noticed between Colorado and Florida.

We love the weather so far, having only been here for fall and winter- It is pretty much our ideal temp, not too hot and not too cold.

We have found the cost of living to be significantly higher. When we were getting ready to move, everything I read online said Florida was less expensive than Colorado.
Main expense increases are car insurance and groceries, things that are pretty much necessity.
milk is at least $1 or more per gallon here than in Colorado
our auto insurance increased by 750%

We have some very friendly neighbors, praise the Lord- but in general people out and about are a little less friendly.

Roads are narrower, more toll roads and more traffic here in the great Orlando.

Creatures lurking everywhere- from bugs to lizards to snakes to raccoon to armadillos, you name it, we most likely have it. Lately we have experienced a number of dead frogs appearing in our garage and inside our home. The adjustment period is slow for this girl. I like to be free of pests and unknown "friends".

Our number one struggle is having left our family and friends and trying to form new personal bonds.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Most consecutive days

I think I am finally breaking new ground, on my blog.. daily posts for almost a whole week. WOW
If I have time tonight, I will schedule a post for tomorrow too or there won't be one.
 In case anyone was reading my blog yesterday and wondering, the ladies retreat was a fun time and Ezra was a Champ. I returned home to my loving family bursting in all directions as if they hadn't seen me in months. Children really are a joy!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Forgetful Fridays

Oh Friday, such a FUN day of the week. The evening that is most anticipated at our home each week. Not really for anything particular, just because we are always excited to say, "Daddy has the next 2 days off!"

We usually watch a movie as a family or spend more time doing Family games, singing, or dancing together.
And we are more relaxed and fun with our food choices, and just overall excited.

This day however, I am looking forward to going to spend the evening at a local Spa/hotel with the ladies from church. Although we have been in Florida more than four months, I haven't really gotten to know people well yet, so I am really excited for the fellowship.
I am taking Ezra and a few books, praying Ezra is his usual self(calm) so that it will still be a "retreat". Prayers for him to not keep me or the whole hotel up all night please.

This is just my quick blog entry today- as my hubby gently sent me a reminder to not forget to blog-  OH yeah, it is still February- I almost forgot.

What do you do on Fridays?