Homemade potstickers, Christmas crafts, and awesome prices - 5 places I found joy in the chaos this week

Homemade potstickers, Christmas crafts, and awesome prices - 5 places I found joy in the chaos this week

I still have moments where I think I'm forgetting something but ya know what? It will probably be okay. If we have six appetizers instead of seven we will survive. If I don't clean out the microwave, we will survive. We are spending time together as a family watching movies, listening to Christmas music, playing games, and simply being together. We are watching our Shepherd get closer and closer to finding Jesus and we are reminded to seek Him out as well. That's what's important right now, not the number of gifts under the tree, the dozens of cookies I made, or the amount of activities we did or didn't complete. 

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Lost & Found Cat, Baking Day, and a Birthday - 5 places I found joy in the chaos this week

Lost & Found Cat, Baking Day, and a Birthday - 5 places I found joy in the chaos this week

Oh man, what a week! I was so sure we were going to have a nice calm and normal week because we had no plans on the calendar other than a MOPS meeting on Thursday evening. It turned out to be one of our busiest weeks this school year! But the kids were so good, even having to drive around town nearly every single day. They took real naps! And despite the cool temps in the morning the afternoons are still nice so we have gotten to walk to pick the big boys up from school every single day this school year which is a huge sanity saver.

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2017 Clutter Buster Challenge Week 37: Craft Supplies

2017 Clutter Buster Challenge Week 37: Craft Supplies

I needed this week. I'm a craft supply hoarder but I rarely get the chance to craft anymore. Oh sure, I occasionally get the chance to do something like painting but for a very long period of our marriage I was a scrapbooker. I really enjoy scrapbooking and one day I want to do it again. But now is not the time. With three kids still at home during the day, five kids home at night and on the weekends, being a leader in my MOPS group, blogging, and all those other things that need to happen for daily life to function I simply can't make time for scrapbooking.

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Family day out, craft night, and first haircuts - six things that brought me joy this week

Family day out, craft night, and first haircuts - six things that brought me joy this week

Last week was a STRUGGLE. The little guys are on a nap strike. As in every single day last week they refused to nap. I think a big part of it is how early I need to put them down in order to give them a chance to sleep before needing to wake them up for school pick-up. They simply aren't tired at noon! But because we need to pick up the big boys before 3 I can't really put them down much later. No naps for little guys = super grumpy moods by dinner time. I really pray this strike doesn't last much longer or mommy might go crazy with all the whining from a lack of sleep!

However, there are always things to be grateful for and plenty of chances to choose joy.

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