Did someone make me gold or is everyone gold now?
Or maybe you can comment privately to someone who is gold but not to those who aren't?
It says I have a one year gift of gold but it doesn't have the date that it ended so I'm assuming it's active?
We have been in our new place almost 2 months now! All of my pictures are hung up and everything is decorated which of course makes it feel like home! I found out that a good friend from elementary school is moving to the development also. She is not a Christian but is extremely open to hearing about God. I am hoping to be an influence on her and make our time spent together worth while.
Theodore just turned four on Monday. I know it is so cliche to say but I really cannot believe that he is four, my second child is four years old. I feel like if I blink they will be all grown up. I know there will be a day when I make their beds and I will no longer find matchbox cars and dolls and every stuffed animal imaginable. I want to hold on to these types of things.
I just looked over and saw Oliver climbing through our cube book shelf, lol. He will be a year old before I know it..only one more month. I cannot cuddle that little boy enough he is just too sweet.
Meredith is growing by leaps and bounds too, her jeans are getting too short. She continues to excel in life and never ceases to amaze me. She's not to keen on sitting down and doing her schoolwork but I can't get too upset because it is usually because her imagination never stops and she is always so excited about what she is playing. If she stays on task then she can complete her work in an hour, I don't think that's too much to ask of a 5 1/2 year old so I make her do it. She will do great things someday. She is very nurturing to her brothers, it comes very naturally to her even more than it does to me.
Abraham, Abraham, Abraham. He is my baby trapped in a toddler's body, lol. Sometimes I forget how young he is, only 2 1/2 but basically the same size as the 4 year olds. Not chubby at all, long and lean like Daddy. He is outgrowing size 3T right now and boy clothes usually run big. Sometimes he will follow me around and just ask me to hold him. I forget how they still need that at that age. He is a mama's boy I would say. At the same time he wants to do everything the older kids do so he does and he does it well. He speaks very well too. I love him and his big blue eyes.
Life is good when you have God in it for sure. I could not imagine getting through all of the day's tasks without knowing the purpose of it all. I find comfort in knowing that even the biggest problem on earth is nothing, nothing compared to losing your soul. Through the grace of God I will do everything in my power to obey Him and spend eternity with Him.
I keep hearing rumors of people wanting to bring pleonast to life but I have yet to see anyone really commit to it!
We are pretty much settled into our new place. I have on pesky box of odds and ends left and that is it and I made a huge dent in that box today. I have 4 loads of laundry in my room that need to be folded since I spent the week unpacking, babysitting and entertaining on Saturday night/Sunday afternoon (all way better things to be doing in my opinion than laundry). I still have to hang up pictures too but not sure where I want things yet. I love our new place though. It is such a blessing in so many ways.
Fall is in the air which is a nice crisp/refreshing feeling but I still cannot believe that a whole year has passed since last fall. Wow, I still feel like it is last fall. Tonight on facebook people are already putting statuses about September 11th and I am like what in the world, what are people talking about remember what? What is the date, lol. Then I figured out it was already the 11th of September tomorrow, so crazy.
We started our school year last week-I am so not feeling it. I think we just need to find our groove. Meredith just isn't a sit down and do these papers and look at these letters/numbers type of girl. She has such a creative spirit and I want that to flourish and not be stifled by textbooks...what to do what to do. Even when she was 2 I tried to teach her letter recognition by sitting down with her and pointing to letters in a book and she would run away and do anything but look but then when we were out and about she would point out every letter, she knew them all. I want to teach her in this way somehow. Like maybe math lessons could be counting her shoes individually and then by pairs, helping me plan and cook for certain number of people, asking her if Oliver eats 3, 2 oz jars of food how many ounces has he eaten in a day. Things like that I think would be better for her. That's the beauty of homeschooling right? Theodore would sit and do school all day if I let him, he wants to do her sheets all of the time since I didn't really get anything for him since he is only going to be 4. I am learning from a good friend of mine who has 5 little ones that I need to not stress about it, do what I can when I can and she is learning more through being a part of the family than she is from any school book. I feel like in first grade (I really hate even saying a certain grade) she will learn so much through reading/being read to, exploring and being a respectful person in our family and that those things are sufficient for right now. My worries don't come in comparing her to other children in any way they come in preparing her for life. Will I have done everything to equip her for a future job or for college if she chooses, things of that nature. I don't want her to not be capable of the things that she wants to do.
Anyway, late night ramblings that are more for myself to ponder than anyone else!
This summer has been great. Like right now for instance, I am posting from my mom's computer while the kids are playing in the kiddie pool on the deck having a blast. This is the second time that we have done this. We were able to buy a zoo membership this year to the privately owned zoo which is about 15 min away from my house. Love it there. We were also given a membership to the zoo in the city so we were able to go there today. That was a blast. They have an amazing new play yard I think called the big backyard or something like that. So fun, tons of water things, a tree house literally a big backyard with a tire swing and volunteers playing the parachute games. We've just been busy doing fun kid things this summer and just hanging out with friends.
Meredith is doing well. She is 5 and a half years old now. We will be doing a mix of first grade/kindergarten next year. She is reading/writing very well but we haven't done math yet so we will introduce a little bit of that. She is also in an American Sign Language class, 4H and plays soccer. Busy but fun.
Theodore is almost to his fourth birthday. He is the kid who lays low on the radar ya know what I mean? He is my pleaser. He also does American Sign Language but we won't be doing anything formal for school yet. He still needs to work on getting along with his next in line little brother but they have gotten a lot better. His favorite book right now is The Gruffalo (I think that's the full name). We took it out from the library and he just asked for it to be read over and over. We will get it for his birthday I think.
Abraham is Abraham....oh my this child, lol! When he is sweet he is SO sweet and you forget all of the naughtiness but when he is naughty he is SO naughty. We secretly call him Jabraham the evil twin of my sweet Abraham. He is doing well with his potty training though. He is an all in full force kind of kid so I can't wait to see what good things he can do with his love for God when he is older. I'm praying/hoping he will be a great leader some day and all of these testing/trying days will be worth something.
Oliver is still so cute in all of his innocence. He really goes with the flow and doesn't protest too much about our crazy life. He is all healed now so thankful for that. You can clearly still see that the skin that was burned is different than the rest of his skin but that will only get better with time. He is a very easy going baby and loves his Mamma. He really loves everyone but saves a special smile for me!
Well I need to get the kids dry now. Hope you enjoyed the update!
Since I only see some of you on here I will put a little update of mine and Oliver's recovery. I had one second degree burn on my left hand probably 2 inches by 3 inches and some first degree burns on my stomach. As of a few days ago I was able to take the dressing off of my hand and it is feeling great. My mother-in-law got me some rose ointment..that stuff is amazing. I bought a uv protective glove to wear whenever I go outside bc of the sensitivity of the new skin and the possibility of irreversible skin discoloration from the medicine. Oliver had second degree burns on a patch of his left arm, his left side and pretty much his entire left leg down to his toes. He is 90% healed now with a few patches still on his upper thigh which is where I think he got most of the direct water on. God definitely designed the body in an amazing way. I know it is through these times that our faith is strengthened but it has been hard emotionally. Doubting yourself as a mother can be difficult. Well there is a little update that I started hours ago...thank you all for the prayers and concern. God is good and carried us through.