School is Getting Fun

My kids are appreciating school now and so am I. It just took a few days to get into it. Now, we are having fun. It helps that we are not doing many extra-curricular activities this year. I said no to coaching this year so we have more freedom to travel and bring the dog to PE. Also, we are just having tons of family time and more going on to help with because we are third and seventh grades now. More is expected because they are growing into their skin more. The dog really has changed everything. We go to the dog park about every day and that is fun. We just have so much fun. It is working now. And it n is good for us all as a family. Love it. Praise God! Reinforced for me that if you obey, God rewards by making it fun in time.πŸ˜„β€

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A Half Hour of Playing Legos Has Exponential Value

If you wanna make your kid’s day, bring home some Legos and put them together with them. Turn off the phone, ignore it’s existence and just play with b your child. Talk. Pretend. Imagine. Be. Bask n in appreciation for this memorable moment with your child. You’re welcome.πŸ˜„β€

Being Present Under False Pretenses

Just to be entirely honest, I recently became privy to a flaw within my being. I noticed that when I do not get adequate alone time to parse my thoughts and pray, I turn into a secret escape artist. I am present for my family but very much elsewhere simultaneously in thought and spirit. I have often been present under false pretenses. So I am aware of it now and confess and repent, determining (and off to a good start) to be better, be present. I used to be so good at that and I am getting it back. So, my strategy is to tell my family that I need some time so I walk the dog alone in the morning and pray and then I am available and actually fully present for them the rest of the day. And it is working. Cherish and be there for your family and you will notice a difference in their behavior. God is good!πŸ˜„β€

Just My Daughter & Me

Since the weather did not cooperate with her swimming idea, we went to the movies and saw Aladdin. It was such an enjoyable movie, better than the cartoon, in my opinion. So good. And on the way home we stopped for ice cream. We have needed this time together, just us. She has been making bad decisions lately and so I am determined to spend more dedicated time with her and guide her better. She is searching for how to act better in a more developed body and hormones are going crazy. So, as parents, our role is as guide and leader, present to do so. Punishment rarely works without proper loving guidance and leadership applied. So we cleaned the house and clothes together the last two days and today vacation to the movies. We had a great time and we will continue moving forward together. Praise God!πŸ˜„β€

Preparing for Homeschooling

Amazingly, it is August already. August. And already the second day of August. So…

Time to prepare the best I can. Time to clean up the study spaces and work and craft spaces. Time to get books ready to go and accessible again. Time to neaten and declutter and prioritize. Time to get a new calendar and figure out field trips.

I was dreading all this prep stuff but now I am getting excited. I so love teaching my children! I feel so spoiled being able to homeschool them! Praise God for this gift!πŸ˜„β€

A Weekend to Forget

Tonight was thr visitation and rosary, tomorrow is the funeral mass, and in a few days after will be the graveside service. My brother in law was Catholic. That is how they do it. Tonight, at the open casket visitation, the shell was there but the soul and spirit were gone. I barely recognized him without his huge smile, making the somber shell of him appear many years older than the 77 year old he was. There was immense sadness for he was the eldest of 8 and by far the most accepting and happy. He welcomed everyone into the family and represented them well as far as hospitality goes. In fact, if you were a pretty woman, you were maybe too heartily welcomed? But I digress. Today, with 2 siblings unable to attend due to distance and health, the remaining 5 were here and all the families celebrated the life of and mourned the loss of Mike LaLonde. He and his wife were miraculously married for over 50 years and she will miss him greatly.

The rosary was said tonight and my upbringing was not Catholic, so I just listened. The repetition was mind numbing. Same words repeated over and over, same prayers. Did they think God did not hear the first time? Is my Savior hearing impaired? I wondered at this. Why pray to Mary? The Bible never says to do this. I do not understand, I guess, not having grown up in the Catholic faith.

I asked the wife how she was doing and she said, “I want to get through this and forget this weekend”. And I feel her. I understand. Just get through it. Forget. Try to live for the remaining family, for kids and grandkids. Just get through and forget and heal from the enormous rift in the physical and emotional self. Just breathe. Be. Forget. Forget every day for over 50 years coming home to that big smile. Vacations. Fishing trips. Illnesses and recoveries. Happy occasions. Family events. Forget all that? No, to celebrate all that by forgetting the goodbye. Forgetting the bad- for there always is bad. Letting that go and forgiving it. Releasing it. Forgetting on purpose.

Just a jumble of thoughts. Good to see family but good to forget why we saw them. Get to celebrating life. Many still to love here. Many to reach for Jesus. We need to get to that.❀

Eventful Day Blessing

So, today was very eventful. I am on my 6th day fasting and was feeling very tired and a bit lethargic, hard to get up in the morning. Once I did, I walked thr dog on a long walk (about a mile), helped work on paneling the studio with poly wall sheets, swept and mopped and caulked my mom’s house, touched up some knicks on the tub and aink with a fiberglass repaur kit, worked more on sorting through the studio, then we were told that my husband’s oldest brother was in the urgent care unit of the hospital and is on a ventilator so we go visit for a few hours. There was more tucked in there with my daughter but you get the gist. An eventful day. I am exhausted and have to get up early for a fundraising yard sale at church for missions.

But before I get some sleep, I wanted you to know that God answered my prayer for time to pray and strength as I fasted. That blessed me. I never would have made it through a busy day like that on no food and with time to pray without Him. Also, all those things blessed other people. Visiting my brother in law and his family ministered to them, showed we cared. Cleaning my mom’s floors ministered to her and helped her have a clean house despite being quite infirm. That was a blessing. Working on the studio ministered to my husband who cannot always help do the work because of his bad knee and overall health. That was a blessing.

The thing is that what we do matters. And being there to help, despite what you feel like or think you can do, matters eternally. These things are never overlooked by our Savior. Bless someone today! It feels heavenly! ❀