Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fall school girls picture update

School days are upon us in many realms- every now and then the girls love to pose. I exclaimed today is school-picture day.  They all chose their own outfits and props.  Yes, the two year old is wearing the same dress she always does. she LOVES that thing.

The weather was very bright morning light and a moderate breeze, hence the squinty eyes.

  We don't technically give the kids boundaries of what grade they are in but just for fun today- this is what we will say,

Piper - "along for fun"  pre-school


Felicity- "pre-school"


Tabitha- "kindergarten"


Adalyn- "1st grade"




Zoie- "2nd grade"



My school of all girls




I also have a sweet 11month old boy that gets to teach with me.

Another loss, the tests don't lie..

How do you prepare yourself for an impending loss?
Just 6 short days ago, we were surprised to see the 2 pink lines that told us we were expecting another child. Yes there was a little shock and fear, but God quickly filled our hearts with joy and excitement. You see we have 6 children aged 8 and under and almost two years ago we lost another to a miscarriage at 9 weeks, some people may think our family is complete.

The lines started very light and faint, then they got darker each day that I took another test. On Sunday the lines were the darkest they'd been. We went ahead and told most all our family and church over the last few days.  Monday morning arrives and the lines have now gotten lighter again, maybe a fluke I think. I test again a couple hours later the test now turns up completely negative, again negative after lunch.

We choose to not prevent children in anyway and to also not try excessive means to conceive children either.  Meaning we come together as husband and wife as is biblical and we allow God to be completely sovereign as He is the creator of life.  It is really the laid back approach, nothing to think about on our parts- other than trusting God.  Each loss and each birth have deepened our convictions in showing us that we do not have control over this.

As I saved this post overnight, there will be no more wondering and waiting. First thing this morning I started the bleeding, confirming to me that the tests indeed were accurate; I was pregnant, I am now not pregnant, I am in the midst of a second miscarriage in less than 22 months.

It is so amazing how short and long one week is when you find out such exciting news.  You really go through all kinds of hills and valleys of emotions and thoughts. You plan so quickly for this new little life with all sorts of daily questions and changes to routines. For now some of those things can quickly return to how they were,  Now I will try to rest, and lean to reading and prayer.



The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34: 18-19

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139: 13-16

As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. Eccles. 11:5

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:6-7

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Overwhelmed

Phew..... Phew................Phew....
That is me breathing very deeply, as I try to live well.
Today is the last day of July, we have been in our home for almost an entire month.  I still have boxes in almost all the rooms.
I have read that moving is the third most stressful event you can endure, coming in just behind death and divorce.  In our 12 years of marriage, we have moved 14 times. Praise the Lord- we are still married. :)
Add to that raising multiple children and some days I just get weak.
But all is not lost, I know God is in control and will give me the strength and grace to get through. However the struggle with my flesh is always nagging, and my time with the Lord feels rare. I feel inadequate as a wife, mother, teacher, and christian.
I am grasping for encouragement and praying just to persevere as I try to order my daily tasks.

I have been enjoying the book Simple Prayers by Kenneth and Karen Boa so I will end the post with a little scripture and quotes I find encouraging:

 from page 567, day 283
"I will be strong and courageous, and act. I will not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God is with me. He will not fail me or forsake me. (1Chronicles 28:20)"

from page 341, day 170
"I will be diligent to add to my faith, virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness,love. For if these qualities are mine in increasing measure, they will keep me from being barren and unfruitful in the full knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:5-8)"

prayer
"Lord, I thank You for Your purity and for Your judgment of unrighteousness. I thank You for the gift of eternal life in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and I ask that my character would grow and mature."

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

3 Beautiful Winners!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Happy 10 months Ezra!




Hard to believe, my first baby boy is now 10 months old!
He is the cutest, sweetest, calmest little guy.
I think having five big sisters is shaping him to be quiet most of the time, and just a little loud if he really needs something.

Since his birth, we moved to Florida and then back to Colorado and then to our current home.  He has handled it all in stride, and kept on nursing like a champ. He currently has just his two bottom teeth and can sit up.  Following in Piper's footsteps, Ezra does not appear too interested in crawling or walking.  He likes to play with sippy cups more than bottles.  He is an outdoors-man and is still happiest near mommy whether in or out.  He has had a handful of cookies/crackers/ yogurt puffs and fresh fruit- but continues to rather nurse at least every 3 hours.

I love looking at him and imagining the man he may become or trying to figure what he will look like as he grows.  My favorite moments with him are when he is very tired after nursing, I walk him around holding him up near my shoulder so he can burp.  He will stay so still and cuddle so close, it melts my heart. I feel badly that I am usually the one to stop the embrace when I have to lay him down because the other children need something.

I pray he continues in good health, and for God to grow him in His image to love and serve Him in all things.
















Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beautiful! Skincare and Giveaway










Today I bring you a review of Beautiful Skincare from Trusted Health Products. Make sure to scroll to bottom for giveaway details...



Beginning with an unimportant but fun detail, they label bottles with your name- so simple but encouraging!

I was so excited to do this review, I was offered it way back when I was still pregnant with my baby boy who is almost 10 months old- I was so busy I never got around to accepting, but I was always thinking about it.

Those of you that know me, know that I love things that are healthier rather than highly processed toxic chemicals. Very important when placing on our largest organ-our skin.

 So the number one thing I love most about Beautiful is: Beautiful uses a rare combination of live fruit, nut and plant extracts to feed your skin cells and promote youthful, moist, beautiful glowing skin.




 Description:

Beautiful
  • 100% pure and natural botanical oils – live cold pressed solution.
  • NO preservatives, parabens, GMOs, synthetic chemicals or additives of any kind
  • Feeds your skin cells the nutrients they crave
  • Beautiful, healthy, young-looking skin
  • Great for all skin types – oily or dry
  • Includes A. M. Moisturizer and P. M. Revitalizer
  • 100% Pure “All-in-One” Skincare: replace your moisturizer, cleanser, toner, firming gel, protectant, repair cream, blemish controller, age-defying serum



In all honesty, I have loved using Beautiful.  I started on June 7th and today is July 22nd, my bottles are still 3/4 full.  Admittedly I moved in the middle of that time and skipped a few days here and there because I am forgetful, I don't use many beauty products so routines are sometimes hard to establish. So my results are not as dramatic as they probably could be.  I do love the silky softness and way my face feels and I have noticed more light reflection/glow.  I also really like the sweet citrus smell.  I do think I will continue to only use this for skincare and the occasional coconut oils for moisture. My husband is a lover of health products and is getting ready to try the version for men- simply called The Man






I tried to get my pictures all around the same time of day and light source and similar pose, gee that is harder than I thought. None of these are edited, but day 1 and 35 are taken with the same camera, and day 9 and 25 are taken with a different camera.  On day 9, you can see I did have a blemish break out, which they warn about and said is completely normal as your body brings some bad stuff to  the surface.


I really encourage you to read all about the ingredients of this great product and how nourishing it is to your skin and give it a try.  


Now the GIVEAWAY-   3 winners will each get 1 bottle of  Beautiful AM moisturizer Completely FREE

A. M. Ingredients: 100% Pure Botanical oils of almond, orange, lemon, avocado and olive.

 The giveaway is available for U.S., Canada, England and Australia only! Please list our Eligibility Requirement: You – or anyone in your household - may win one bottle of Beautiful one time only. Previous winners please do not apply.
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Monday, May 26, 2014

K5 Review

Sadly, my 6 week free trial time has come to an end.  I have loved using K5learning with our girls, and they have loved it too- well as much as they can love school-time. 

My favorite detail about K5 is the tracking and reports it provides for the student, teacher, and/or parent(s). I was excited to see where they started, how they got better and how they compared to average "grade levels"


 Although we made a cross country move half way through our 6 week trial time and were not "on-line" as much as I would have liked, I feel my kids really benefited from the lessons and I plan on continuing to utilize K5 and plan on purchasing for this next school-year.

I found K5 to be a great fit for my kids, who have loved other computer education programs like abcmouse and starfall.com





How it Works
Kids complete an online assessment of 8 key reading and math skills, and then work
independently at their own pace through over 3,000 online lessons and activities. The lessons
are animated, interactive and simple enough that a 4-5 year old can use them independently. We
automatically choose lessons for students (based on their assessment and past lessons), track
student progress and provide reports for parents.

Benefits for Kids
K5 helps kids learn essential reading and math skills, develop good study habits, and fulfill their
academic potential.

Benefits for Parents
K5 makes life easier for parents by allowing for effective, independent study by kids. Simplified
interfaces, automatic lesson selection, student tracking and reporting all contribute to minimize
the amount of daily supervision required.

K5 Learning is designed as a practical tool for busy families who take education seriously. In 
comparison to other educational websites, K5 has the following attributes: 
 clear emphasis on curricula based education, not games / entertainment 
 online assessment for placement of kids at appropriate skill levels 
 kids work independently and at their own pace 
 minimized time requirements for parents (simple interfaces, automatic lesson selection, 
student tracking and reporting) 
THE K5 PROGRAM 
The K5 program includes: 
 an initial online assessment of each child’s math and reading skills, 
 award-winning, curricula based reading and math content, 
 over 3,000 online multimedia activities, personalized for each child based on his or her 
assessment, 
 a highly structured environment which allows the student to proceed through the lessons 
in a logical fashion at his own pace, 
 ease of use which allows even 4 or 5 year olds to work independently, 
 attention to child safety with no external links, advertisements, chat or similar, 
 comprehensive reporting to parents, 
 24/7 availability and no downloads 

Features for Parents 
 Reporting – Parents can access comprehensive 
reporting online including progress reports, quiz 
results, spelling words learned and the progress made 
on each math fact. 
 Assignments – Parents can choose from any of our K5 
Reading and K5 Math lessons and assign them at any 
time to their child. Parents can also assign particular 
spelling words to be studied. 
Program Costs 
K5 is available on a subscription basis for $25/month or $199/year with substantial discounts for 
siblings. Each subscription includes a free math and reading assessment and unlimited use of 
each of K5’s four programs, K5 Reading, K5 Math, K5 Spelling and K5 Math Facts. A 14 day 



Be sure to go to the website if you want to know more