Saturday, April 14, 2018

Change

We always have changes going on around us. Every single day there is some sort of change. 
Our mood changes. Our thoughts. Our Motives. Our Talents. 
There is always change in our revolving world here on earth.
What happens when you get a change in your home that REALLY changes things?
How do you react?
I guess that is the REAL question. How do we REACT to the change. 
I know many of you that read here are mothers and wives like me.
Over the past few months we have went through a change in my husbands work schedule. At first it seemed minor. But after we are having to live it, it seems huge. Then other days, it seems minor again. It is easy for us to feel sorry for ourselves. Like this is the end of the world. 
Being at home alone with the children for many weeks at a time gives you a real eye opening experience. You realize just how much your husband helped in the evenings. How much his comforting words at night were needed. How you long to have a good adult conversation with your spouse again. How many more days will daddy be gone for work. 


All we can do is pray. Give it to God. Hope that whatever change we are going through, that we will be strong. I don't pray for my husband to magically get a new schedule. I pray for strength for me, him, and the children during this big adjustment. I have realized I am not super woman, nor am I perfect. But I can give it my best for my children and husband. Be the wife and mother that God is allowing me to be. Be blessed for a working husband who always honors his work change. Good or bad. 

So with that, I am choosing to embrace change. To find the positive in it. For when my husband comes home, we will rejoice that his work is done for a bit. We will cherish the time with him even more. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Gathering around the Table


Today, I would like to talk about having a family dinner time.

Is this something that your family does?

It is easy for families to turn to other things as their "family" time.

 

Clean up the dinner mess, and plop down on the couch for some TV time?

Or does everyone go in their different direction after dinner?

Or is mom always left with the dinner mess, while all the children scatter away to do whatever they want to do in the evening time?

As a family we have many choices to make. How will our evenings look?

In the past I have taught in the public school here and there. When the topic of dinner at the table come up in a story or in a piece of text, I would always ask the students what dinner time looked like for their family. Boy was it heart breaking!!



It sure made me change my attitude about dinner time. 

So what, it's just dinner time. But no, to children it does mean a lot!!

Many children would share with the class about how their family rarely eats at the kitchen table. They would share different ways they have dinner. Some would eat in the living room around the TV. Some would not really eat dinner but just have snacks. Some would even be allowed to take their plate to their bedroom. Mind you, we live in a very rural area of WV and much poverty happens here. 

What would the LORD have us do for evening dinner time? 

I believe if he were to talk into my home, he would love nothing more than to see us gathering around the table talking and eating our meal. No TV. No noise. No phones or radios, toys or homework at the table. Just the family and food. 



The children expressed to me after they shared their home life, that they would love to sit around the table with mom and dad. Mind you, this was a year in Kindergarten. Little 5 year olds, yearning for that time with their family. How I would love to have had them into my home for a sit down meal. 

Eating in a car fast food is no place either. On occasion when we pick up dinner after Sunday evening church, we will bring it home and sit at the kitchen table with it. 


Be careful of how you choose share your family meals. 

Many evenings, my husband is not home at 5:30 and wont return from work until 8pm. He has expressed that is too late for the children to wait on him, and so we eat at our normal 5:30 when he is gone to work. Even with him gone, we all sit at the table. 

Even if I have one child at home because the others have went for an evening with their grandparents, we still sit at the kitchen table. 

Look at them. Talk to them. Share stories, and talk about the day. 

I learn so much from my older boys days, at the dinner table. It is a place that everyone opens up. 

It really does mean a lot to the children and I'm sure it will brighten your life as well. 

**I share with you our pictures of picking strawberries last summer. Such a family fun experience. I thought we had WAY to many when we went to the cash register. I was nervous this was going to be expensive. It turned out to be ok, and I thought how will we eat all of these. We brought them home and as a family cut the tops and washed them. Put them in freezer bags. They didn't last 2 months :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

A West Virginia Spring

It has been a very wet Spring so far here in West Virginia. 

We have gone from 70 degrees, to snow, to rain now. We have a forecast of rain and 58 degrees for the next two weeks or so. 

Our Easter forecast looks to be dry. Praise the Lord!


We have many projects for the upcoming weeks. 

We have been:

-Preparing for new carpet in our home.
-Hoping to buy a tiller to till the gardens better.
-Painting a few rooms to spruce them up!
-Finishing our bonus room project a little at a time.

I'm sure most of you know that are on a tight budget, that projects take time. We have been praying and steadily getting our bonus room finished that is above the garage. We wanted it to be finished before Christmas but we are no where close. I have learned through marriage and life, that projects take time. Especially when you are not going into debt for them.


I have a few flower beds that need spruced up as well. That is my love!

I love to make a new flower bed and enjoy adding to it here and there. 

We were at Lowe's today, and those spring pansises are calling my name. But I held off :)

How is your Spring going where you live?

Monday, March 5, 2018

Baby #4!!

We are expecting baby BOY #4 in late August, Lord willing!


We have been blessed with three boys so far. 

All of our boys have a name that starts with a K. We have my husband that is Kevin, our oldest son is Karson, our 2nd son is Kipton, and our youngest son is Kase. 

Coming soon....another K named blessing :)

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Dinner Time



Around 3:30/4:00 I begin the dinner process each night. 

I am thankful to be able to do this.

I know it is a blessing to have dinner on the kitchen table. We pray for the children in the schools that aren't having a meal around the table. It is such a great time for conversation and sharing.


I hear of many families who sit around the living room, while watching TV. This upsets and saddens me, as I know the Lord would have us sitting together while sharing a meal and conversation.

Tonight, I am taking a meal to a dear family friend of ours. They are in deep sadness over a situation.

It is always my hope that I remember how important it is to share a home cooked meal with others when times are difficult. I know after having babies, it's always nice to have a meal brought to the home. There is just something about dinner that is special. 

John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
A great meal to take to a family is baked spaghetti with salad and garlic bread. That is our meal to share tonight. It is easy to pack up and easy clean up for the family you are sharing with.

I know there are many ideas on Pinterest as well. 

Have a blessed Thursday!

~Stacy

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Any Spring Weather?

Here in West Virginia, we have been having spring like weather. 

Tuesday it was 80 and Wednesday 72. It was so nice to have that warm weather.


I can't wait to get outside and get my flowers planted, and our garden going. 

It is a lot of work but very worth it. I miss the green grass between my toes, and being able to take long walks to the fishing hole that my boys enjoy. 



What about you??

Are you itching for Spring?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Snowy Days in January

It seems we always wish for a white Christmas, but it doesn't happen so often here in West Virginia.


 However, we always get the bulk of our snow in January and February.

We've had many snowy days here lately. Today comes 3-5 inches more.

The boys love it. Not so sure about the mommy's who have extra laundry, but trying to embrace the love of it.


Monday, January 1, 2018

Winter Blues


Is it really a "TRUE" thing to have the winter blues?

I decided to do some research for myself.

 Google says: "You may have what's called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. The condition is marked by the onset of depression during the late fall and early winter months, when less natural sunlight is available. It's thought to occur when daily body rhythms become out-of-sync because of the reduced sunlight." 


Interesting. 

I know personally I feel some days I suffer from the winter blues. Mainly, I just love being outdoors. Many days we eat all three meals outside during the summertime. We have three boys that NEED that outdoor sunshine and fresh air. To release the energy, and play away until the sun sets. 

Then winter comes. 

We are stuck indoors, but it could be a good thing. 


I feel almost like a bear hibernating. More time to rest and relax, but that is where the winter blues set in for me. I like to keep busy. I do stay busy with my boys and with keeping of the home. I am one that loves being home. 

But I LOVE being outdoors. 

Here in West Virginia it has been 3 degrees in the mornings. Our boys still brave the cold once or twice a day and bundle up and go out for about 20 minutes just for some fresh air. 

I hope you are somehow, beating the winter blues. 

I am dreaming of the warm springy days where we will be creating and planting our gardens. 

What about you? What are you looking forward to?

Friday, December 29, 2017

Your Christmas

How was it?
Ours was very simple. We have 3 boys and they enjoyed every minute of it. I am thankful to have boys who are truly thankful for the holiday and have positive spirits.

I am blessed to be home with my boys. Home is a place that I love to be.

Tomorrow I need to run out to do some grocery shopping and errands. I normally take my boys right along, but with flu season here in full swing I decided it may be best if they enjoy some daddy time at home.
What about you? Do you do your shopping alone, or do your kiddos tag along each week?
I have done both and I don't really have a preference. I love my children and enjoy them much.


Blessings on the upcoming celebration of 2018!


Saturday, December 16, 2017

A New Calling for our Family

This is a post I never thought I would actually get to type. 
I see many others type on the subject, but never thought I would be doing it. 
We have been brought to the world of homeschooling!!!!!!
EEEK!!!!!!!
A little background:
I have my teaching degree in elementary education. I soon realized after graduation and substituting some, that it was not something I had a huge love for. You see, this is because I graduated college with a 16 month old and newborn. How I got through that time in my life, I still don't know. 
With God's help.
My heart was at home with my babies. There was NO way I could leave them to go teach in a classroom all day. So I didn't. I stayed home. 
I will say that some years, the world got me. It sucked me in saying "Stacy, you have a degree for this you must do something with it." I listened, and was miserable. I was away from my boys and we were all miserable. 
So off the teaching wagon I went. Back home to my happy place. 
When our oldest son (we have 3 boys 9,7,2) was in Kindergarten I brought up the idea to my husband that we should look into homeschooling. He shot that idea down.  Would not even talk to me about it. 
I asked again when my son was in 1st grade. He shot it down again. 
It wasn't until the end of my son's 1st grade year when the transgender bathroom issue hit the news. He said, you may be right on this. Let's look into it. At that point, I got scared. Our good friends who have 6 children were pulling their children out of public school and so we had the support. However, I got cold feet. So I dismissed the idea. 
The next school year came (my boys were in 2nd and 1st) and the thoughts would come to mind about homeschooling, but I really was scared and worried that I couldn't do it all. I would become a failure. 
My oldest son had a very hard year. With a teacher with no compassion and love. It was super hard to hear his stories each day, but we survived. 
It wasn't until this year come November (boys are in 3rd and 2nd grade now) that we are both ready for this new calling. Many circumstances have come and we feel this is best for our boys. I don't want to share many details in our reasons why because I wouldn't want to down our public school system. Even though I don't agree with their ways, I also know many great teachers who give 100%. Sadly, not all of them love teaching and it only hurts the children. 
First my husband and I said, well we will pull them out at the end of this year. Let's let them finish the year and then pull them so it's a quiet leave. Then as time went on in December, we realized we were only keeping them miserable week by week, day by day. My husband actually made the choice to pull them out. 
In our state of WV we must give the 2 week notice of intent to homeschool. We drove while they were in school and did that. So we now are waiting out our 2 weeks. This coming week is our last week of public school. I can't tell you how freeing it feels, and how excited and ready our whole family is. I feel ready, not scared or worried like before. My husband is fully on board. It is just a wonderful feeling. 
Our boys do not know. We have ordered the curriculum and supplies needed and we will give it to them on Christmas morning. I believe this will be the best Christmas we have ever had. That is my prayer. Attached to the supplies and books, we will write a letter saying that they will not be returning. 
We are thrilled, and so excited for just 9 more days. It has been quite hard for me to keep quiet. I like to share everything with my kids, and it's been hard keeping this from them. 
If any of you, have read this long post and are still awake :) please let me know if you homeschool. I would love and like any advice you have. I have met some awesome women in the blogging world that have just shared and prayed for us. I am so thankful for these Godly women. 
I hope that your December is filled with love and peace during this season. 
I will update everyone with pictures once they open this package :)
Happy Saturday!
*I share these pictures with you, because it warmed my heart to see our family in the past and present. We have all grown so much. Physically and spiritually. Boy am I thankful.*
My husband was driving us home from his parents yesterday evening after we went for a visit. Out of now where he said "Isn't it so great how God gives to those who are patient? I am in awe that once we started living out the bible, things were just easy." Not to say our life is a piece of cake, but I think he means that everything has fallen into place. With his job, homeschool, etc. I just couldn't help but cry. Tears just streaming down my face. Here is this man who was not raised or brought up in church, and was the farthest from the Lord when we first met. He has changed and turned his life around. I am so blessed and thankful for what prayer can do.