Changing Diapers

Oldest's Shakespeare Drawn Narration.
I'm often self-deprecating. One, because it's funny, and Two, because I think it makes me seem more approachable. Not that I try to be self-deprecating, but I have thought about it and I think I'm so quick to make fun of myself because I put my pants on the same way you do. One arm at a time. And I think we all need people in our lives to make us feel normal.

That said, I'm writing today to confess something that may make me seem awesome not be popular in Stay At Home Mom circles. I hope it doesn't sound too braggy. Just keepin it real, homies.

Are you ready?

I don't mind changing diapers. 

There. I said it.

I don't think it's mundane.

I don't get tired of it.

And I don't think it makes me obsolete.

I also don't get tired of doing laundry. Or the dishes. Or any other QUOTE UNQUOTE Mundane Task.

That doesn't mean that I *enjoy* them. I don't particularly like doing the dishes,


I don't think it doesn't matter. 


OF COURSE CHANGING YOUR SWEET TODDLER'S BABY'S DIAPER MATTERS!! And it's not easy! It's hard to stay at home with all your kids, and homeschool, and keep up with laundry and dishes and train attitudes, hearts, actions, and keepyoursanity andbeagreatfriendandwifeandmotheranditmightneverend!?

None of this is to say that I enjoy every second of every day. We all know I don't. 


I never think, "UGH! Seriously!? I have to change your diaper AGAIN!?"

Maybe it's because I worked so long before I had kids and never felt like I was Doing Anything. Or maybe it's because I wasted so many years doing My Own Thing. I don't know. 

But I put my chubby toddler baby on the floor. I (get to) tickle his neck. I (get to) blow raspberries on his belly, I (get to) listen to his adorable giggles that I wish I could bottle up, and I make his dirty bum clean once again. Then he runs off to chase his sisters around the dining room table with a sword.

And it feels good.

And I'm thankful that *I* get to do it. 

He knows he's taken care of and his needs are met. He feels safe and secure and loved. 
Moms, what you're doing MATTERS deeply.

What do you enjoy or not find difficult doing that some people would think is weird?

(Just to keep it real--I do have a harder time with the emotional aspect of parenting. We all have struggles! The Lord is working on me faithfully, though.)


Wednesday Hodgepodge on a Thursday.

Hi! I'm finding that the Wednesday Hodgepodge keeps me motivated to write on my blog a bit more. I don't always have the energy or time to write, edit and add pics to posts these days. But answering a  few questions, I can do! Click HERE for more Hodgepodges! 

1. What do you think about luck?
I don't believe in luck. I believe in Providence and God's Will and whether or not you're in His will (a subject on which there is a lot of debate about that I will not get into here). BUT that does not stop me from saying things like "Good luck!" and "Potluck" instead of "Potblessing" and so on. :P

2. Not counting your own backyard, what's a favorite green space in your town, city, or state? 
In my town, it would be my local park. It's only 4 blocks away and it's big and green and the kids love it! In my state it would be a local state park that I don't visit nearly enough and I would tell you which one it is, but then I'd have to kill you.

3. How do you make your life more complex than it needs to be?
By worrying what other people think of me.

4. I read here the three places you should visit with friends. They are-New York City, Hawaii, and Amsterdam (rent a bike, walk along the canal, visit one of their world class museums). I felt the need to expound on that one. Moving on...Of the three places listed which would you most like to visit with friends? What's one place not on the list you think should be visited with friends?

I would most like to visit New York City with friends. Another fun place to visit with friends is ANY island.

5. What's the last live performance you saw? On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being best) how would you rate it?
I went to see Josh Garrels and John Mark McMillan in Milwaukee last month. It was AWESOME. I've been a Garrels fan for a few years but it was my first time seeing JMM and he blew me away! I'd give it 9 out of 10, only because the crowd was kind of a dud. I don't think concerts are strictly a spectator sport. :)

6. March 14th is National Potato Chip Day. Are you a fan? Your favorite flavor? Besides potato, what's your favorite chip type of snack?
I like potato chips just fine. I can live without them though. My favorite is Pringles Sour Cream and Onion! YUM!

7.What rule is most important in your home?
The very first thing that comes to mind is "Be kind." I say that ALL THE LIVE LONG DAY. Next up is "Tell the truth."

8. Insert your own random thought here. 
This week is our Sabbath Week! HOORAY! I'm getting WAY more done than I thought I would which feels so good. I've organized and put away some of the kids' clothes, vacuumed THE WHOLE HOUSE (major accomplishment) and cleaned other things here and there. It's cause for a celebration, People!


Things that are saving my life right now

Anne Bogel (Modern Mrs. Darcy) writes about Things That Are Saving Her Life. Well, here are things that are saving my life right now.

1. Audible I'm not able to sit and read much these days, so audiobooks are a God-send. I can't not read so listening to a great (or not so great) book is the best way to pass the time while cleaning or doing the daily mundane tasks.

2. Mystie Winckler. She is a genius! I'm planning on writing a post about her Work the Plan course, but until then, just know that you have to take it! (or the Simplified Organization course, if you're in dire straits!) The thing I love about her Scopes, blog posts, books and courses is that she makes organizing and planning so doable!

Work the Plan Video Training

She's a homeschooling mom of 5 and she knows what goes on in other homeschooling moms' lives. She's realistic. She doesn't make you feel like your house should look like one in a magazine. She knows plans go awry. She knows our To Do lists might not ever get done. But she still helps you have a plan! She's one of my heros. (I have several.) One of my favorites is this podcast, Organizing is Like Laundry.

Even if you think you're not organized (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!), Mystie can help!

3. Delectable Education podcasts. I'm sure you've all heard of these, but if you're a Charlotte Mason homeschooler and have not yet listened to this podcast (because you're living under a rock), drop what you're doing and go listen. I'll wait. 

Aren't they amazing? I think so too.

4. Leah Boden. Another wonderful breath of fresh air in the CM community! She, too, is real and is also a whole-hearted CMer. Her Periscopes are awesome!

5. The What Should I Read Next podcast. It's my new favorite. I can't WAIT until the new one comes out each week! I feel giddy when I see the notification pop up on my phone!

5. My support system. (Read: husband and friends) I'm so blessed to have such a great husband and friends who encourage and support me. The Lord uses them to speak Truth into my life and I'm so thankful!

6. Instagram. I mentioned that I left facebook a long time ago (in full disclosure, I'm back on, but I don't have ANY friends--I use it strictly to follow homeschool blogs and a few other pages. But I refuse to get involved "socially" on facebook!) That said, I'm not sure why I like Instagram so much? But I do! Maybe it's because it's a little more "quiet"? It's mostly just pictures--not too much chatter. I don't know. All I know is, I like it. :)

7. Periscope. Oh man. I'm relatively new to Smart Phones and I don't even know how I survived without it? ;) (just fine, thankyouverymuch.) But for reals. I heart Periscope!

8. My kids. Maybe it's because a close friend's 7 year old daughter is fighting a mean cancer right now, or maybe it's because I'm getting the baby-itch again, or maybe I'm just growing in this area, but I am so thankful for my kids right now. Don't misunderstand! Life isn't a bowl of peaches every day! But my kids are pretty great and my life wouldn't be the same without them. They make me smile more often than not and bring so much joy to my life. :) 




What's saving your life right now?

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Wednesday Hodgepodge March 2, 2016

1. February ended with an extra 24 hours in 2016. What did you do with your bonus day?

Nothing special. School. Life. That's about it. :)

2. What's something in your life that's grown by leaps and bounds in recent days, weeks, months, or years? I'm giving you lots of room to come up with an answer here, so no fair passing on this one.

Well, I've really struggled with anger in the past. But I can honestly say, that over the last few years, I've seen improvement. That's not to say that I've arrived! Oh, no. In fact, the last two days were pretty horrible, but OVERALL, I *do* see improvement. And for that, I'm thankful. God is faithful. 

3. Do you read reviews about a film before deciding if you'll see it? Did you watch The Oscars this year, and if so your thoughts on the program? How many of the Best Picture nominees had you seen prior to the broadcast? (Spotlight, The Martian, The Big Short, The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road, Room, and Brooklyn) If you watched The Oscars who gets your award for 'best dressed'?

I never, ever read reviews on movies before I watch them. This is how I decide if we should watch a movie: I look at the cover and say, "Oh. I like that actor. Let's watch this one." I do NOT recommend doing that. We've started a LOT of movies that we haven't been able to finish. I did not watch the Oscars because we do not have TV (no TV channels--just Netflix) and I did not see any of the Best Picture Movies. But there are a few I want to see.

4. When did you last have overnight houseguests? Give us your top three tips on being a good houseguest.

The last time we had overnight guests was last March--except we weren't actually here. My mom stayed overnight and watched our kids while we went to Mexico for our 10 year anniversary! Thanks, mom!

5. March 2nd is Peanut Butter Lover's Day. Will you be celebrating? If so, would you prefer a home made peanut butter cookie, a Reese's peanut butter cup, an old fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or shall I just hand you a jar and a tablespoon?

No, I will not celebrate. Ain't nobody got time for that. 
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup!!!!

6. Why is failure important? Or isn't it?

Failure is absolutely important! Look at all the great inventors who failed over and over again! Need I say more? :) If at first you don't succeed, try, try again! We'll never to get to the "right" answer sometimes if we don't fail at it first.

7. Share with us one fun thing on your March calendar.

Overnight with Mr. N at a B&B. For our 11th anniversary. :)

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

I've been feeling like butter scraped over too much bread lately. (name that quote!) I NEED to take something out of my schedule, but I'm not sure what. I love all the extra-curricular things I do right now: waitress part-time, editing, library board, worship team, book clubs, grooming, Bible studies, homeschool group, maintaining important relationships, etcetera, etcetera! 

But I'm really feeling like in order to be a *good* homeschooling mom and wife, I need to cut a thing (or two!) out. Please pray for me! :) I'm feeling a bit stressed about it. Do you ever feel like that? I don't do a lot compared to some, but for me, in this season, it feels like a lot! 

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