Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wordless Wednesday


I know the picture isn't very good as it was taken with my phone. But, we have a walker in the house!! Monkey is almost 14 months old now and he has not been interested in walking at all. In the past week or so he has really taken off with it. He will just start walking on his own and it is so cute. He is still a little wobbly but they all are at first. Bear and Ducky have been practicing with him by holding his hand and walking beside him. Hopefully, we will have a full time pro-walker here very shortly! Go Monkey!!


Blessings,


Kristy

Monday, April 28, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday- 4/28/14



Here we are...another Monday. We had a wonderful weekend. Please visit Diary of a SAHM for more Happy Homemaker Monday.

As I Look Out My Window...
It is a bit cloudy today but the temps are in the 60's. It is supposed to storm later on. It is very calm outside, no wind. My hubby cut the grass on Saturday afternoon so it looks nice and crisp for now. 

Right Now I Am...
Relaxing while the boys have "baby time". It is a special time each day that they play in their room with the baby. I just finished my coffee and breakfast. I am thinking about my "to-do" list. 

Thinking And Pondering...
I am thinking about family and friends. I have several on my mind today. I have also been thinking about my priorities and exactly what I believe. I have been studying the bible and pouring over different scriptures. 

On My Bedside Table...
Lip balm, books, my wrist brace for carpel tunnel, and a love letter that my husband wrote to me the week before we got married (almost 10 years ago). 

On My TV Tonight...
Like I said before, I really don't watch too much tv. I do watch NCIS on Tuesdays and Big Bang Theory on Thursdays. Friday nights are movie nights for hubby and I. 

Listening To...
My children playing together in their room. One of them is crying...as usual. Probably fighting over a toy or something. LOL! I tell them they have to work it out on their own. 

On The Menu For This Week...
Monday- hash made from leftover roast beef, potatoes, and carrots with artisan bread on the side
Tuesday- BBQ baked chicken thighs with pasta salad and corn
Wednesday- fried egg sandwiches and hashbrowns
Thursday- spaghetti and meatballs with french bread and salad
Friday- leftovers
Saturday- Burgers on the grill with baked beans
Sunday- something in the slow cooker (not sure what yet)

On My To Do List...
Take library books back to the library before they are overdue.
Chore chart each day.
Swap out all winter clothes for summer clothes.
Go over budget.
Schedule family pictures.
Homeschooling.

Happening This Week...
Hubby has a softball game on Wednesday.
We really don't have much else going on since Hubby works on Saturday. 

What I Am Creating...
Still working on the pink quilt for my neighbor. I went to visit them yesterday after the baby's baptism and the baby was so adorable! I showed them the quilt so far and they are very excited to receive it!

My Simple Pleasure...
Doing puzzles. I never knew how much I love to put puzzles together until recently. My in-laws got me hooked. I could sit for hours and work on one. I just love the feeling of putting that final piece in (especially if no pieces are missing...lol). 

Homemaking Tips...
If you hate to do laundry, don't do it everyday. I do laundry every other day and it helps me to not get tired of doing it. I find that if I give myself a day off once in a while it really gives me motive to get it done on the other days. 

Looking Around The House...
I see my living room filled with huge boxes containing our new vanity for the bathroom remodel Hubby has been working on. I can't wait to see it all put together. I also see a sink full of dishes calling my name but I am too tired to do them right now. I didn't get much sleep last night. 

From The Camera...

Look at that wonderful man getting ready to golf!

Prayer List...
My own health as I have been battling a lot of symptoms and no doctor can tell me what is going on. I have given up on modern medicine and am giving it to God. 
Family and friends who are ill. 
Family and friends who are not saved.

Bible Verse/Devotional...
"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." -1 Peter 5:7

Blessings,


Kristy



Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday's Letters



I will be joining in on Friday's Letters over at Diary of a SAHM. Please visit her blog for more!


Dear Hubby...You have been my rock and my strength. You are such a wonderful husband and provider for our family. You are the best daddy to our boys and they adore you. I adore you and am so blessed that you chose me to be your bride. I love you with all my heart.

Dear Children...You drive me crazy and get under my skin like no one else. But, you also make my life worth living each and every day. You give me purpose and joy. I love to watch you all grow up but I hate to see you getting bigger. I want you to stay small and to need me always. I also want you to grow up into God-fearing men of honor. Mommy loves you no matter what you will ever do.

Dear Friday...I am so thankful that you are finally here. It's a beautiful day outside and the birds are chirping. You are the last day of the work week for my husband and I am so thankful for that.

Dear Bestie...Thank you for calling me today and making me smile. Thank you for wanting to know how I am doing and giving advice to me even when it may not be what I want to hear. You are such a treasure in my life and I cherish our friendship. We encourage each other's marriages and hold each other accountable. I am so glad we met each other over 10 years ago. We have been through a lot together and we have lots more to go through together.

Dear Laundry...Can't you just wash, dry, and fold yourself already?? I really hate doing laundry but I know that without you I wouldn't have a family. So, I suppose I have a love/hate relationship with you.

Dear Nap Time...You are the best time of my day. LOL! I get to relax and enjoy the quiet of my home. I get to blog, check my email, make phone calls, exercise, and drink hot tea without any interruptions. My children get the rest they need and wake up with better attitudes and feeling refreshed.

Well, that about wraps it up for this Friday. I hope you will visit my blog again for more homemaking tips, motherhood advice, wifely advice, and the funny things that go on in my home with 3 growing boys!


Blessings,


Kristy

Monday, April 21, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday- 4/21/14


Please visit Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for more Happy Homemaker Monday!

Can't believe it's Monday again. I hope you had a Happy Easter. We sure did have an amazing day. We went to church and had an amazing time. Then we came home and had an egg hunt with the big boys in our back yard. After that, we had nap time and rest time. We had dinner at my in-laws house in which my SIL and her family came too. It was a lot of fun and we had another egg hunt. Lots of fun!!

As I Look Out My Window:::
The sun is shining and the birds are singing. It is about 65 degrees here and we are loving it. It has been a long winter so we welcome anything that is seemingly warm. 

Right Now I Am:::
Writing a blog and trying to finish up my lunch. I have had a busy day so far with homeschooling the kids, laundry, cleaning (for a visitor), entertaining the visitor, etc. Now I am drinking sweet tea and eating lunch. 

Thinking And Pondering:::
I have a lot on my mind. Family members who are sick or injured are in my prayers. Family members who are going through a hard time. My bestie and her new job. I have been thinking about summer coming up and all the fun things I would love to do with my family. Also, my 10 year anniversary is this summer. Hubby and I are trying to plan something to do and plan a "staycation" this summer. The homeschool convention is coming up soon and I am super excited!!

On My Bedside Table:::
There are 3 books on my table: At Home In Mitford by Jan Karon, Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst, and When You've Been Wronged by Erwin Lutzer. I also have some Japanese Cherry Blossom hand cream and of course my Carmex lip balm. 

On My TV Tonight:::
Monday- Not too much. I used to watch How I met your mother but that is gone off for good now. 
Tuesday- I watch NCIS and then flip through the channels. 
Wednesday- Nothing. LOL! This is a bad tv night. 
Thursday- Big Bang Theory
Friday- Probably rent something from Redbox.

*As you can see I don't watch a whole lot of tv. 

Listening To:::
The quiet of the house while all the littles take a nap. Ahhh....I love the silence. It's so peaceful. 

On The Menu For This Week:::
Monday- cheesy scalloped potatoes with leftover ham. It is so good. 
Tuesday- spaghetti and meatballs with French bread
Wednesday- leftovers
Thursday- ranch chicken with mac and cheese and corn
Friday- roast in the slow cooker with potatoes and carrots and homemade rolls
Saturday- family day...not sure where that will lead
Sunday- hamburgers on the grill with french fries

On My To Do List:::
Lots of laundry to fold and put away
Homeschooling
Chore chart (daily chores)
Go through all of the kids clothes and put away winter clothes
Wash and change bed linens

Happening This Week:::
A visitor today (inspecting our house for future work to be done)
Cleaning the house
Possibly helping babysit Tuesday
Not too much the rest of the week. We like to stick close to home. 

What I Am Creating:::
I am working on a small pink quilt for my neighbors new daughter. She just had her 4th daughter last month and she is being baptized next Sunday. I am making this quilt for baby G. 

My Simple Pleasure:::
Drinking sweet tea on my front porch in my wicker rocking chair while the children play.

Homemaking Tips:::
Give yourself some grace. If you don't get to everything on your list in one day, save it for another day. Don't beat yourself up over chores and lists. Things come up, little ones need tending to, an unexpected visitor shows up. Life happens. If we get caught up in such a strict schedule then life will happen without us. 

Looking Around The House:::
I see baby toys and baskets of laundry in the living room. A sink full of dishes that need to be washed. I also see my candles lit around the house making me feel like everything will be alright. 

From The Camera:::


Prayer List:::
My nephew's wife who had a leg injury over the weekend.
Some old friends of ours who have a son in the hospital with a virus.
My SIL who is having some health issues.
Her family as they travel this week to D.C. to go to the museums. 
For peace in our family and to share the gospel with my children.

Bible Verse/Devotional:::
"The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it." -Psalm 24:1


Blessings,


Kristy


Friday, April 18, 2014

Dating My Sons {Teaching Them To Be Gentlemen}



"You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."
Deuteronomy 6:7

I recently started a new tradition with my boys. Bear is 5, Ducky is 3, and Monkey is 1. Our new tradition is taking them on dates. I absolutely love it. They each get their own date night and get to choose where to go to eat dinner and what to do afterward. I have only done this for the older boys as they know what I am doing and can tell me what they want to do. Usually, they choose to eat at Chick-fil-a or McDonald's. I do give them $5 to spend at the Dollar Tree and they will bring home a toy or piece of candy for themselves and their siblings. It is so sweet. Some of the things we have done include going to the pet shop and looking at the animals, go to an ice cream shop for dessert, go to the park, or go to the candy shop. We have a lot of fun and I teach them how to be gentlemen when taking a lady out (even their mama). 

Here are some photos from dates we have been on: 

This one is Hubby and I on a date. Lead by example ;-)

Ducky and I at a department store. He's so silly.

Bear and I going on our very first date together. 

He chose Chick-fil-a! What a surprise!

At the pet store with Bear. He insisted
on pushing the child-sized cart. 

Here I am with my silly boy again. 

Bear and I taking selfies. LOL!

The reason I made the decision to start this new tradition with my boys is because many women nowadays don't know what a real date is. They have not been treated well on a date and they have had bad experiences. I want to teach my boys how to treat a lady (no matter if it's a future wife, his mama, or his nanny). I want to spend time with them and show them how to act when they are with a girl. I feel like God has given me these blessings and I am responsible for raising them to love and serve Him. I am also responsible to show them how to act and how to treat others. 

I will say that Hubby and I will encourage our boys not to date around. We will encourage them to wait on "dating" until they are ready to find a bride and get married. Every time a person dates around (meaning more than one person) you give a piece of your heart away. You experience heartache and pain. You go through emotions that are not necessary. I know that not everyone feels that this is the right thing, but it is the right thing for our family. We are raising Godly men who will respect a women and uphold her reputation. 

I have a neighbor who has 4 girls. That's right 4 of them. She is so blessed by those girls. Just as I am blessed by my boys. Her husband takes her daughters on dates. They go have tea and out to eat. They go to the movies together and enjoy each others company. Recently, her oldest daughter who is 10 (we will call her "Miss A") came over with her sisters to jump on the trampoline with the boys. They are always over here or my boys are over there playing. They get dirty and run and jump and love being friends. We both homeschool so it works out great. Well, "Miss A" was talking about her daddy taking her on a date. She was so excited. Then, she told me that another little girl in our neighborhood (that my boys are not allowed to play with because of her "mean girl" mentality) told her that going on dates with your daddy was stupid. She told "Miss A" that she was a loser and that it was a really dumb thing to do. 

Sweet "Miss A" didn't get offended or mad. You know what she felt? She felt sorry for that little girl. She told me that she was sorry for her because if her daddy took her on dates she wouldn't feel that way. "Miss A" told me that she wasn't mad at her for saying those things because maybe she said them because it's what she really wanted from her daddy. Isn't that the sweetest thing ever? That shows great maturity and love and forgiveness. I wish we could all be more like that. 



So, the moral of my little blog post is I take my boys on dates because I am called to teach them right from wrong. Taking them on dates helps me to get one on one time with them so I can know them on a deeper level. It is very difficult sometimes to have a real conversation when there are dishes, laundry, and a baby to tend to. Taking them out of that environment and doing something special makes them feel special. They open up more and I can open up more to them. I can show them how much I love them and give them my undivided attention. It also helps me to talk to them about God in a way they can understand. I can ask questions without interruption and answer them gently. 

Thank you for stopping by today. I will be busy with Easter festivities this weekend and pray that your day is filled with the peace of God and forgiveness that He will freely give. 

Blessings,



Kristy

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Homemaking with Boys



"Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
'Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.'"
Proverbs 31:28-29

Keeping a home is a hard job. Keeping a home with very active little boys is a whole different story. They want to help all the time. We have chores that they do each day. For instance, they feed and water the dog and take her out to do her business. They tidy their room and make their beds. They also help me with the baby when I need to do the dishes or make dinner. One of their responsibilities also is to keep the school room clean and tidy and put away books. They love doing these little things that help mommy out tremendously. I have started to let them help with the dishes each evening as well. I put the dishes in the dishwasher and they help me to hand wash anything leftover such as baby bottles, pots, and pans, etc. 

Having all boys is also tough on my bathrooms if you know what I mean. I am constantly giving lessons on how to properly "go". LOL! I know I can only give so much advice being a girl and all. I just cleaned my bathrooms and you wouldn't be able to tell if you come by tomorrow. I am going to start teaching them how to clean the bathrooms as well (maybe not the toilets just yet).



Here is a look at my schedule as well as chores that the little ones do also: 

Our daily chores include- dishes, making beds, de-clutter, 10 minute tidy up before daddy comes home, feed/water/walk the dog, put away books we read that day. 

Monday- Laundry,clean bedrooms (dust, vacuum, swiffer, etc.) 
Tuesday- Bathrooms (including sink, counters, floors, toilets, rugs)
Wednesday- Laundry (today would include all linens as well), Living room and Dining room (dust, tidy bookshelves, wipe tables, file mail)
Thursday- Kitchen (counters, top of fridge, inside of fridge, appliances, sink, and pantry), menu plan for next week
Friday- Laundry, school room clean up (put away supplies, books, etc.), all floors (sweep, mop, vacuum)
Saturday- Outside (clean out car and yard work), finish anything that didn't get done (like leftover laundry or dusting)

We try very hard not to clean on Sunday's because that is our day of rest as the Lord intended. We also use that day to do things with the children. We take them to the park or jump on the trampoline. The boys understand that Sunday is different than the rest of the days because we are intentional about what we choose to do and who we choose to do it with. 

I also choose one day per month or so and go through a closet or a room and get rid of junk. Hubby was cleaning the garage the other day and I went out there to see what he was doing. Low and behold, I ended up going through 5 boxes of old clothes and shoes of the kids and donated 4 HUGE trash bags to the DAV. It not only made me feel very accomplished it made my Hubby extremely happy. He can't stand stuff everywhere especially if we don't use it. Donating it makes me feel very good about getting rid of things. 

As you can see, I only do laundry 3 days a week. I know most people choose to do laundry everyday but that would really make me HATE doing it. I need a break once in a while. It works for me but it may not work for you. When it was just Hubby and I we did laundry maybe twice a week. LOL! Those were the days. I wouldn't trade all of my laundry for a single second with any of my children.

I love being a homemaker (or domestic engineer as I like to call it). Some people may look down on what I do but I have the most important job in the world. I have the job of raising my children to know and love the Lord. I get to watch them grow up and see them changing each day. I get to watch them learn new things and play outside on nice days. My boys have a love for each other that will last a lifetime. They are best friends and love to be around each other (even the baby). 

Thank you for stopping by to check out my homemaking schedule. Hopefully, I didn't forget something big. LOL! I really do clean everyday. If you come by and it looks a mess, I am sorry you missed it.

Go HERE for a free printable of "The Homemaker's Prayer". It is worth the read and you can print it, laminate it, and put it on the fridge as a reminder to be thankful for it all.


Blessings,


Kristy

Check out Growing Home for more Homemaking links and tips. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nailed To The Cross



"But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed."
Isaiah 53:5

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
John 3:16


The Holy week is in full swing. Easter is in 4 days and I have been preparing my heart, my children, and my family for celebrating the Resurrection of Christ. I have been preparing myself by reading the story of Jesus in the bible and listening to songs and hymns that are about the Resurrection. I have also been talking about Easter a lot to everyone I meet. I have been preparing my children by reading LOTS of books about Easter (including the bible but also library books). My sweet MIL bought our family a set of Resurrection eggs and the book to go with them. If you have never seen them before it is a wonderful treasure. My boys are excited each day to open a new egg and discover the next link in the story leading up to Jesus raising from the dead on the third day. I have been preparing us all as a family by really getting into the spirit of Easter and telling the children about Easter and talking with my husband about the festivities of the day. We are really looking forward to Easter and a day filled with love and remembrance. 

The reason that I chose the title "Nailed To The Cross" for this blog post is because of why Jesus went to the cross. I am sinful by nature. I was born into sin and lived my life until I was 16 years old in sin. I gave my life to Christ and am striving toward being more Christ-like each day. I sin everyday but I ask for forgiveness and He does forgive...everyday. My sins were nailed to the cross with Jesus. He took them so that I could be free. Free from sin, free from a life in hell. I am so grateful and words cannot express how much my salvation mean to me. 

Here are a few songs that will get you in the spirit of Easter and the Resurrection. I really hope you enjoy them and have a very blessed Easter.

Resurrection Day- Matt Maher


The Power of the Cross- Kristyn Getty


Redeemer- Nicole C. Mullen


Christ is Risen- Matt Maher


Crown Him with many Crowns- Chris Tomlin & Kari Jobe


At The Cross- Hillsong


Lead Me To The Cross- Francesca Battistelli


Jesus Paid it All- Newsboys


Who Can Satisfy?- Dennis Jernigan


Nothing but the Blood of Jesus- Hillsong United


The Old Rugged Cross- Brad Paisley


He Lives- Alan Jackson

And two of my favorites:


In Christ Alone- Phillips, Craig, and Dean


When I Survey the Wondrous Cross- Gaither Vocal Band

Have a wonderful, blessed Easter celebrating the Resurrection of our Savior. We have plans to go to church and then home for naps and a possible egg hunt at another church. Later on we will go to have dinner with Hubby's folks. I am really looking forward to it. 


Blessings,

Kristy

Saturday, April 12, 2014

What We've Been Up To Lately {A Spring Round-Up}


This Spring has been so wonderful. It took so long to get here that we have been enjoying every single minute of it. Hubby took off for a week at the end of March. Unfortunately, it was still chilly that week but we made the most of it. We went on a trip to D.C. and Hubby's parents came along. We stayed in a hotel for a couple of days and the boys LOVED it. We went to the National Zoo, the Museum of Natural History, and the Air and Space Museum. We did A LOT of walking and rode the metro. Let me just say that I could not do that every day. It was so crowded and people do not get up for you to sit down...even when you have a baby in your arms. We had fun on our trip and the boys loved "the big city". I just wanted to share some pics with you of our Spring so far. I will caption each one so you know who is who and what is what. Hope you enjoy!

I got about 8 inches cut off of my hair. Feels great!

Me and my Bear. He loves to take selfies. 

The entryway to my house has baby pictures of each of my children.
I added a Bible verse about Love. Looks great I think. 

Flying a kite with daddy on a windy day.

Daddy flying the kite.

Daddy teaching the big boys how it's done.

Monkey is watching (and eating by the looks of the food on his face).

Bear was very in to it and learned very quickly.

My goofy Ducky. 

He was concentrating hard. 

My neighbor had her baby a month ago. 
Meet sweet Baby G. She is so precious. I visit often :-)

Sitting outside in the sun with Monkey.

I found Monkey getting into the diaper cabinet. 
He is a little stinker.

Went to the park with the boys.
They didn't want to leave. 

Bear has learned to swing all by himself.
He is growing up so fast.

Monkey really loved the swing and almost fell asleep in it. 

Ducky just wanted to be pushed for hours. 

My bestie and I went to a concert recently.
Girls Night Out was awesome. 
Third Day, Mandisa, and Brandon Heath were great!

This is a before picture of the hutch that Hubby bought for me.
He got it for very cheap at a Re-Store.

Here is the after picture. He painted it for me. 
I LOVE it!

The sun rise in our hotel room in D.C.

The Hope Diamond. Had to take a pic of this!

What we are learning in school. 
All of the fruits of the Spirit.

While making dinner a couple weeks ago I thought
all of the children were playing together.
Come to find out Monkey got into the diaper cabinet again
and decided to smear vaseline all over himself.
He was happy with his work. LOL!

My tulip garden.

Baby Kendall's Cherry tree in bloom. 
So pretty.

The Star Magnolia tree in our front yard. 

Daffodils in bloom.

Hyacinth smell so good. I love them!

Sidewalk chalk. We all love to play with it. 

A wagon ride with all the boys. 

My silly boys!


My orange-headed, freckle faced boy. Love him to pieces. 

My silly, fun-loving boy. 

Bear made some crosses for Easter on our front 
porch with Daffodil grass. He was proud of them. 

The crosses.

Monkey is learning to get around by himself.
He loves to crawl around outside. I can barely keep up. 

Monkey's 1st birthday cake. He had a small party and it was so lovely.
He had a lot of fun and smeared cake from head to toe.
We had to give him a bath after he ate his cake. LOL! Fun times!

I hope you have a wonderful Spring filled with love and laughter and memories. We are having a ball and plan to go to the beach soon and our local theme park. We get passes every other year (and this is one of the year's we get passes!). We plan to have picnics and visit the local gardens and parks. We also love to cook out on the grill and have people over. It is a fun time of family, friends, and fellowship. Have a great Spring!


Blessings,


Kristy