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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Keeping it Simple

It is 2am and I am up making paper flower pin wheels for Buttercup's birthday party which is in 12 hours. I am not the most organized person, but I have never been so unprepared for something as I am for this party (well maybe a couple of exams during my party years in university come close) in any case, I have been up tonight making a castle cake, the pinwheels, trying to clean the house, making a list of everything else I still need to do... I feel like any moment I am going to crash and burn... In the midst of all of this it has hit me profoundly that what matters most is that my kids feel loved, and that is not through birthday parties (although they enjoy them) and extravagant gifts, but through time spent with them, time when I am focused on them and what THEY want to do, time when I am not tired and cranky. So... what's not done won't be done, but I will focus my energy tomorrow on enjoying Buttercup's party with her. I will not stress out about what I could have done (super cool party bags, fun and unique party games, an elaborate spread of food) Yes we will have fun but we will be keeping it simple... and Buttercup will still know that she is loved!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Nourishment from the Word

I am studying the book of Hebrews right now and the verse that stood out for me today was in chapter 10 verse 24. "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." To spur is to encourage. How am I encouraging those around me towards love and good deeds? That includes my husband, my children, friends, anyone in my circle of influence. How do my actions reflect on the decisions others make... Lord make me more mindful of how I am influencing others.

The Adventure begins...

I am blogging..again! I need a place to put down the thoughts swirling around in my head. I also hope for this blogging journey to connect me with others following similar paths. As I have been reading through blogs (mainly of other homeschoolers) I have learned so much, been encouraged, been inspired, been refreshed, but mainly have come to realize that as humans we aren't all that different... we have the same struggles & basic needs. This will be the place I chronicle our journey as we begin this new chapter of our lives. It will be the place I record all that I am learning as a Christian wife, mother, daughter, friend, scrapbooker, teacher, photographer (at least an aspiring one :) crafter and all the other hat's I wear! Let the adventure begin...