Saturday, January 9, 2016

Goals

There is something about January that I love. I think it's the fresh start, clean slate idea that a new year brings. I'm not a big fan of resolutions, but it does always encourage me to evaluate and create some goals. I'm a box checker. I love being able to make a list and check something off after I've done it. One of my favorite blogs Biblical Homemaking, frequently lists goals of hers. She is a homeschooling momma of 6, and so I feel like we have a lot of the same goals. Sometimes it's weekly and sometime every few months, but I love how she reevaluates every so often. She has a great format for her goals that include Do, Read, Learn, Be. 

So, for my first (and hopefully more frequent) post of the new year I wanted to lay out some of my goals.

//do//
  • wake up by 7am and get things together before the kids get up and around. 
  • start our school day with bible time and memory work
  • wash, fold and put away 1 load of laundry per day
  • plan meals for the week and start prepping by 10am each day
  • organize the coat closet and linen closet upstairs
  • exercise at least 30 minutes each day- we also start p90x this week

//read//
  • our church is reading the Bible through this year, so I want to stay caught up on that
  • read another chapter in 'Give them Grace' and answer the question at the end (This is an amazing book by the way)

//learn//
//be//
  • be more gracious with my kids and a better example of the grace that Christ gives us
  • show more patience and love when disciplining 


I'm so excited to have goals written down and be ready to start the week. One of the reasons I'm back on the blog is because of the laptop my brother gave me for Christmas. We have a desktop computer downstairs, but I never wanted to stay down there and blog after everyone went to bed. Now, I can blog from our bedroom at night! It's good to be back--I hope I can make this more of a weekly thing. 
I'm also participating in A Bowl Full of Lemons 14 week organizing challenge. I've already done several areas of our house, but I can't wait to get everything decluttered and cleaned out.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Our Days

Having 4 kids six and under is challenging. Some days challenging is an understatement, others I feel like I actually might have things together. One of those days happened recently. The baby slept, I was able to get out my camera and document some of this...I felt renewed.

We have been having some really nice days in Arkansas lately. It's still warm enough to enjoy being outside but not totally hot. One afternoon we decided to take school outside on a blanket in the back yard. 







Jackson works so much better when he's not being forced to sit down. If he can stand, hop, lay down, basically anything to keep from sitting completely still, he is much better off. 

We had a major victory this week. Jackson read for the first time! At the advice of a friend we ordered a set of Bob books. These are a set of 12 easy readers. They start off with a couple of book containing only 3 letters. We've been working on letter sounds for several weeks and I really wanted to see if he could apply that in a practical way. He did great! He read two of the books. It was slow but he was so proud of himself. I got to watch that light bulb come in inside of him. He gained a lot of confidence in himself too. 

It is the coolest thing to be able to watch your kid, especially one that has struggled, get something.

It gave me a renewed sense of purpose when it comes to homeschooling. It's amazing how God does things like that. I think it was the day before that I had a mini breakdown to Jordan about being a horrible parent/ teacher, our kids aren't going to learn anything kind of deal. Those are hard moments, especially when you know God has called you to do this but you totally feel inadequate. 
I also think it's God's way to get me to depend on him. He brings me to situations where I know I can't continue on without Him. It's pretty cool to sit back and watch how it has unfolded now that I'm on the other side of it.



Saturday, October 10, 2015

Bread Making


My parents sold their house earlier this year. One of the things I got to claim from their downsizing was a bread maker. I've made some bread here and there in the oven, but the hours of keeping it warm enough to rise is not easy to do in the winter. It's also a big mess to clean up, etc...  I decided to get the bread maker off the shelf and try a recipe. 

I found a recipe for Simple White Bread online. It had honey in it, so I thought it would be a good appetizer/dinner bread. We usually have crescent rolls with most meals, but I started figuring up what I was spending on that every month and it came out to around $20...Just on bread...to have with dinner. Craziness.

The first loaf I made was with all-purpose flour. I didn't have any bread flour and wanted to see if it was worth it before I bought a different kind of flour. It turned out good, but it didn't rise quite as much. It was delicious though. After I got Jordan's stamp of approval (he's a meat and bread with every meal kind of guy), I bought some bread flour and bread machine yeast.

The best thing about bread makers is that you throw all the ingredients in and let it go. It does the mixing, rising and baking all in the same place without even having the check on it. And a bonus, it makes me feel super domestic without really doing much. The house also smells amazing for about 3 hours.


I'm still looking for a good bread recipe for sandwich bread- this one is a little too sweet. I also want to find a dough recipe for biscuits. Preferably one that tastes like pillsbury because that's the only thing the rest of my family loves. I'm more of a fan of floury homemade biscuits, but finding something to make everyone happy is a little harder. If you have any bread machine recipes for those, please send them my way!

 
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