Sometimes God's provision doesn't look how we expect

Sometimes God's provision doesn't look how we expect

We were pregnant with our first child, Micah was working at a small software company and I was doing temp work for an insurance agency, and we were $40k in student loan debt. We also had made the decision that I would be staying home as there were no jobs in the field I graduated in and temp work would not cover the bills of childcare. We needed to find ways to provide for this baby and still make ends meet.

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2017 Clutter Buster Challenge Week 34: Office Paperwork

2017 Clutter Buster Challenge Week 34: Office Paperwork

For office paperwork I figured the place I needed to take on the most is the bag I use for MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers). I've been on leadership for the past seven years and I've had this bag for at least five of them. I honestly don't know the last time I cleaned it out. At the end of every year I throw it in my closet until it's time to dig it out again for another year. I knew this was going to be interesting! 

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New games, bike rides, and an earned reward - five places I found joy in the chaos this week

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Every week I like to take a moment to showcase the moments that brought me the most joy. Sometimes they are awesome activities and other times it's a sweet moment between the kids. There are always moments that can fill us with joy if we choose to see them with a thankful heart.

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It was a packed week as we closed out summer. I ignored a few chores and tasks that weren't pressing issues in place of spending extra time playing together. There are just a few days left but they are filled with back to school tasks. The boys found out their teachers and are getting excited to find out who they will have in their classes. 

 

 

1. Learning a new game

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There are only so many games three and four year olds can play. We have several preschool games but they need my help to play so instead I've shown them a couple games they can "play" without my help. They are fascinated with dropping the checkers into the Connect 4 game and then dumping them back out. They may not play correctly but they get along and have fun taking turns. Works for me!

 

2. Bike ride

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On Tuesday we took a bike ride up to a nearby park. Now that Mercedes has gotten more confident on training wheels I can take them all out on bikes by myself! I still have to bike a significantly slower pace than I would like but it's faster than the last time I tried this when she was on a trike. And it's faster than everyone walking so I'll take it!

 

3. LEGO builds

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In order to find time to work on writing a devotional I have to get a little creative. The kids want to be around me but I need to be at the computer. I've started pulling out a different LEGO bucket each day and letting them build. They are getting quite creative and it's excellent fine motor skill work for the littler kids. It's not distraction free for me by any means but that's okay. Motherhood will never be distraction free. 

 

4. New board games

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The boys asked me to teach them to play two new board games this week - LIFE and Mall Madness. Every day during the little kids' naps and at bed once the littler ones are down we've been playing. The last few weeks it was Phase 10 and Skip-Bo but now we've switched to board games. I love that they are old enough to understand fun games and I love this extra time with them. 

 

5. She earned it!

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We gave Mercedes a challenge this summer - learn to ride the bike we had on hand with confidence AND sleep with her lights off (she was sleeping with her lights on) for 30 days and she could pick out a new bike. I made her a sticker chart so every time she slept with the lights off she could add a new sticker. We tried to practice biking every weekend. It was rough at first with lots of tears and yells of "I'm scared" even though she was doing fine. On Tuesday when I took them for the ride to the park she didn't freak out once, got back on the one time she fell, and never complained that she couldn't do it. She earned her final sticker on Thursday night so Saturday she and Micah built her new pink bike. Sometimes we all need a little motivation to face our fears!

 

Where did you find joy in the chaos this week?

 

Weekly Menu Plan #79 + a look at the weekly grocery shopping for our family of 7

Weekly Menu Plan #79 + a look at the weekly grocery shopping for our family of 7

Super honesty right here: I'm spoiled. Micah and I do the grocery shopping together every week. He has Fridays off so we load up the kids and make it a family event. Yes, it's still chaotic because there are seven of us traipsing through the store - or five when the boys are in school - but at least I have another adult to keep an eye on the wandering children, someone else to keep track of the list with me, someone to help load groceries while the other loads children, and all that other craziness that goes along with shopping that having a second adult means life is so much easier. 

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What I'm Reading {August}

What I'm Reading {August}

I've been on a book roll this month and wanted to share a round up and quick blurb about the books I've finished in August and those I'm still working on. I'm really enjoying having several books going on at once because I can pick up what I'm in the mood for each day rather than needing to get all the way through one book before moving on to a new type. 

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2017 Clutter Buster Challenge Week 33: Desk Surfaces

2017 Clutter Buster Challenge Week 33: Desk Surfaces

How did cleaning out your car go? Did you find just a little or were there icky gross things hiding in the dark corners? I'm often afraid of sticking my hand under a seat to grab a mitten and finding a squishy old banana instead. Blargh.

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