Sunday, August 24, 2014

Christ is Enough

We sang this song in church this morning.  It totally struck a chord with me.  And I want this to be the cry of my heart each day.

Christ is Enough

Christ is enough for me
Christ is enough for me
Everything I need is in You
Everything I need

Christ my all in all
The joy of my salvation
And this hope will never fail
Heaven is our home

Through every storm
My soul will sing
Jesus is hear
To God be the glory

I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back
No turning back

The cross before me
The world behind me
No turning back
No turning back


Friday, August 22, 2014

Hello coffee

32 years of drinking tea
BSN degree in 4 years with a 3.0+, while only drinking tea
working night shift as a new nurse, while drinking black tea
moving far from home, while drinking herbal tea in many flavors
becoming a new mom, while drinking tea (and lots of water)
adding baby #2 before the first turned 2, while drinking less tea because it was usually cold by the time I got to drink it
adding baby #3 while the oldest was only 4, while drinking cold tea because I never made it to my hot tea without reheating at least twice.

I have made it through all that with only tea by my side.

And now when the youngest is one, but the oldest hasn't quite started kindergarden yet, is when I finally succumb and start drinking coffee-ish hot drinks in the morning. Good grief.



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Simplify

Our pastor did a fantastic series on simplifying. It really resonated with me. Week by week, we were given a challenge on different areas to simplify: stuff, noise (like all the input from music and the internet, etc), food... I realized there are so many ways in which we have so much excess. Sometimes I fantasize about just picking up my family and moving. Only taking a couple suitcases of  clothes and essentials with us. Just leave all the excess behind and figure out a simple life. Or moving to another country like Aunt B and Uncle P did. Now that would sure make us simplify! Reality tells me that I would never actually do any  of those things. I'm a homebody who shies away from change. But it doesn't spot me from entertaining the thought. 

In the meantime, I'm going to keep trying to simplify right where I am at. Pull out what I know I don't need and either sell it or pass it on to someone who could use it. And try desperately to show my kiddos that more is not more. 

Until later~

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Vacation!

This week we will be parenting in a different location (otherwise called "vacation"). I love it when people say "have a relaxing time!" I smile and say thanks. But what I really want to say is "have you traveled with three small children lately?" 

We planned to leave at 9:15. So I packed all day Friday and finally fell I to bed at midnight. I set my alarm for 6am so I could at least get myself ready before the kids were all up, which ended up working well. And we would have even been on track to leave on time if one of the kiddos hadn't started complaining of symptoms sounding suspiciously like a UTI Friday night. So off to urgent care we went first thing Saturday morning. Impressively, we were almost completely packed and at urgent care a full 10 minutes before they opened. A nasty UTI was diagnosed, and a prescription for antibiotics was called into a beachside pharmacy. We raced home, loaded all children and headed out around 10am. I was feeling pretty good about it all, until about 5 minutes later when we had to make our first potty stop. Fifteen minutes later (with 2 Carmel frappes) we were back on the road.  For about 5 minutes before the tears began because a potty stop was desperately needed. The signs were looking ominous- this trip was going to take slightly longer than originally anticipated. Three car accidents, another potty stop, lunch stop, and feeding for Gracie baby am we finally made it to the beach. A mere four. Hours. Later. Did I mention we live about 1.5 hours from the beach?  




It's easy to feel frustrated with all the stops, and the needs of small children. But somewhere along the drive, it hit me:  this is what it looks like to live life with three littles. Life is not particularly more difficult for us.  This is just par for the course when you have three that are 5 and under with the smallest being a mere 12 months. Life is not easy. But at least we are doing life. We are attempting our adventures. We are parenting indifferent  locations. And we are making memories. And for that, I am grateful. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Can you believe it's been 10 years since I went to Cannon Beach, OR for the first time?  We weren't married yet.  We stayed with relatives in the townhouse they rented so we would be in separate rooms.


In August of 2008, we returned married, with a baby on the way....


And again in August of 2010...


August 2011 we had two kids in tow...


August 2012 they were growing...


August 2013 we had the whole extended family along and a bun in the oven yet again...


And later this month, we will head there again as a family of 5.  


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

In honor of the day I was born

Yep, it's my birthday. Well, yesterday was. And a lovely day it's been. But even though it's my birthday, I'm still a mama. Therefore, in some regards it's just another day. I started my day by setting my alarm earlier than normal to ensure I had both time to get ready and time to open presents with the kiddos before Daddy left for work. Because we all know the kiddos can't keep secrets. So the presents needed to happen first thing in the morning. 

Next up was hitting our two main grocery stores. Birthday or not, the fridge needs filling. And of course, no trip to the grocery store with all three children is complete without some fights over why we can't fill the cart with "special treats" and buy boxes of sugary cereal. 

We also hit up Walmart to buy school supplies. Honeygirl found many things she felt were vital for kindergarten, but if it  wasn't on the list, it didn't go in the basket. Therefore our lawer-in-training was ready with arguments multiple times over. 

There were still melt downs from tired children, and the dramatic cries of "nobody loves me!" from Honeygirl when she didn't get her way. Children pouted and cried. Naps were skipped. Food was thrown on the floor. I listened to the VBS soundtrack on a continuous loop until 4:49pm this afternoon and got flack for changing the tunes when I finally did. 



But it was still a great birthday. I am reminded that I have three adorable little girls who need and love me. My parents too us out to lunch and my in-laws had us over for dinner. My house got cleaned by someone else and my husband took the day before off to hang out and take me out for a special breakfast. And I got 4 (yes, for real!) gift cards to Craft Warehouse, a local store I could spend hours in. I am a blessed mama. 



Monday, August 4, 2014

Buttermilk painting

I'm always up for new ideas to keep the littles busy. This was an idea I had stumbled upon awhile back and handily stored on one of my Pinterest boards.

Because we had pancakes a few days earlier, we had some leftover buttermilk in the fridge. We put some in a shallow dish, then added a bunch of random drops of food coloring. We all know that a drop of food coloring in water makes a beautiful firework effect. But on buttermilk, it just sits there like a blob. However, when you coat a q-tip in dish soap and dip it right in the middle of the food coloring, the effects are rather fun. We played with it until we had a dish full of swirls. Then, just for fun, we decided to grab some multipurpose print paper and see if we could make a print from it. Turns out we could! The girls had a blast creating our swirly masterpieces. They only thing left to decide is who to send them to!