Friday, March 27, 2009

More Changes

Baby #5 is a fourth closer to be being held in our arms this week! Ooooo! I can't wait to meet him or her!!!! I can't tell you how much I think about this newest little one being knit together in my womb, especially when I'm nursing Sweet Pea. She's getting SO big!

And this is what I (and because it affects everyone when I'm up to something) / we are living like lately:

I'm planning a big change. We're shifting LOTS of stuff around all because of the monster called LAUNDRY. Specifically, the monster has to do with the kids clothes. Even on a good day if I wash and dry them and even fold them, getting them in the right drawer in the right room is near impossible. And the baskets grow and the pile of clean clothes on the couch grows and then there are MORE urine accidents which calls for immediate washing of more sheets and more jammies and looking for more clothes. And then every month it seems someone has outgrown something and that something needs to be "stored" in a temporary place until I can get to the attic (or get Hubby to get the tubs down from the attic!). It is quite overwhelming and has been a growing source of trouble for me. So, in thinking about adding a fifth child's clothes to the mix... I almost lost it!

Put, praise be to God who gives wisdom to those who ask and need it, He has given me a plan! The solution, which will not be perfect but will greatly reduce much anxiety, is to have a clothes room! Some peeps call it a family closet. Well, I'm not putting the Papa and Mama Bear clothes in our clothes room BUT we are still being affected.

Dressers... gone... for the most part. Taking up too much space and allow for too little storage for a fam of 6, soon to be 7. Think about how much clothing a family of 7 might have! Imagine it! The rare chance the family of seven are minimalists and have 7-10 outfits per person that adds up to 49-70 outfits (and that's not including pajamas, socks, swimsuits, etc.)!

Rooms... changed. Not too long ago (last month?) we rearranged our 1st floor by switching our Dining Room and our Office/Living room. The room that used to be our Living Room has become our School/Play Room. One of the bookshelves from upstairs now holds all my teaching items. It's like a real classroom! And it is working out SO well! The highlight has been getting our new Mac Mini! It is SWEEEEEET and because my think-of-it-all Hubby had the idea to use our TV screen as our monitor, it's HUGE! (As a side, it's been great in the keeping me accountable area with wasting time online while throwing a video on for the kiddos. That can't happen anymore! Wahoo!)

The second floor has now changed too. Former Nursery is now Nursery/Guest Room because we moved the extra single bed we had in "the Narnia Room" in with the crib and later today (hopefully) we'll move the big desk and hutch into there as well. The thinking is when we have a guest we can have the baby sleep in our room in a pack-n-play. Our room is down one big dresser and holds the rocking chair and small 3-drawer bureau that used to be in the Office. The Kid Room is just losing the dressers and will be a bit shifted around to create more space. The former Narnia Room has been morphed into the Clothes Room.

The Clothes Room was stripped of everything and received the changing table, our old big dresser, and we got a big unit from Walmart last night (on our date night, of course) and 8 big baskets to go on the shelves. The plan is to have a shelf for each kid. I'm going to somehow label it.

I'm hoping this plan will generally, with tweaks here and there, last about five years. By then I'll have a 9, 8, 7, 5.5, and 4.5 year old and they'll be able to do a lot more. But since I'm the one washing, drying, folding, and putting away most of/all of it now, I need this change!

Future plans still include adding shelves to the two underused closets upstairs to house extra blankets, pillows, move towels there, and to house all my free or cheap razors, soaps, feminine products, lotions, etc. Our open space opposite our back door leading to the garage will hopefully be converted into a pantry/more organized shoe holder space. Depending on BLee's plans for the Fall, we may move to having a Girls Room (where BLee is now) and keeping the boys where they are now. But, honestly, they love being in a room together and Paloma can't wait to join them. She LOVES being in the same room with them!

I'll post pictures soon!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

We Are NOT Animal People

It's been a weird evening. Paloma screamed at bedtime and had to cry it out which is not normal for her. She usually loves her sleep. And then I spent about an hour trying to keep Kadin in his room and on his bed. Finally done with that I come downstairs and kept wondering if I was indeed hearing a stray cat around the perimeter of our house somewhere.

BLee came home and I told her that I kept hearing a crying cat but couldn't spot it outside. She, being an animal person, opens the door to find this little kitten right outside our door on the porch wanting to come in from the rain and be fed.

I could tell immediately BLee had affections for the animal. I, on the otherhand, thought, "Lord, please let this cat be gone before William gets home!" This was one of those moments I seriously thanked God for him not owning a gun!

Well, William did get home and I got some serious laughs from watching/listening BLee speak the language of cats and William trying to shew the cats (yes, there ended up being another BIG cat along for the fun). At one point, William hisses at the cat and tries to scare them away from being perched up in the tree next to our porch. He followed the big cat down the street to make sure it did leave.

For you animal lovers out there, we love all God's creatures... just not wanting to co-habitate with them for a few reasons, 1) I'm not willing to add that expense and they do cost money, 2) I'm not interested in adding that kind of mess to our already large messes, and 3) my brain couldn't handle trying to care for a pet. Our plants are already needing attention. It would be absolutely neglectful. And did I mention my husband hates animals?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Movies and Hope

Recently we saw the new movie Slumdog Millionnaire for a date night. And while I generally find it very difficult staying awake through the evening news, I watched the entire movie without a hint of dozing off.

If you have not seen it, consider checking it out. It's not a warm and fuzzy movie, for sure. But we found our hearts squeezed, our minds challenged, and our hope strengthened. And as a side, we are looking for a good ministry to support that specifically addresses human trafficking. Love to hear comments you may have on that.

The other movie we decided to watch in chunks again, which we own, is Expelled. Oh my. If you have not seen it and you live near us, we'd love to lend it to you. It is incredible. Again. Not the warm and fuzzy kind of film that will make you smile. But, if you know Christ, it will strengthen your faith.

Both of these two movies make me think of our kiddos. Life can seem so utterly messed up. I can see how people may think life is not worth living for. Yet that's exactly why I couldn't help thinking of our kiddos and what we want for them.

We want them to have the HOPE that comes only in Christ.

Knowing You, Jesus, knowing You! There is no greater thing!

Kiddos, O that you would have that hope! In Christ alone our hope is found! For we know that life on earth is not the end of the story. And for those who love God through Christ Jesus, though they die, yet shall they live! Live for God.

Monday, March 09, 2009

So Much to Give Thanks For

If you're interested in hearing about our newest reason to thank God for His kindness to us, check out our Gratitude blog.

12th Spiritual Birthday

Twelve years ago today I gave my life to Christ at a Bible Study in Jersey. And lots has changed since that pivotal day. I was in my first year teaching Kindergarten through Teach For America. The Lord worked it out to have me become roommates with Charity, the faithful friend who shared her life with me and ever-so-gently led me to the Savior.

This afternoon I was singing the following song at the lunch table, amazed by the Truth in the words regarding who I once was. Here's the song...

Almighty Maker, universe shaper
You put the stars into space
Yet You descended, You have befriended
Those who had hated Your name, just like me

Lord over nations, King of Creation
Heaven and earth bow to You
I am Your child, I've been reconciled
With tender affection You drew me to You

King of Glory, I know You love me
So I will trust You, yes I will trust in You
God Almighty, You have saved me
So I will trust You,
Yes, I will trust in You

What you ask am I trusting God for now today? So much for He is so trustworthy!

But what it mostly boils down to is me trusting Him to help me do His will for my life. Daily (often more than that, truthfully) I ask Him to show me His will. What are You calling me to in this moment, O Lord God? Help me to hear You and then to obey You!

When I take a step in obedience He ALWAYS provides the grace necessary for me to accomplish what He's calling me to.