Here’s to a Slow Summer

Hey Mama how’s your summer going? We are having a slow summer over here. We haven’t jumped back into all of our pre-pandemic activities just yet, although we are doing much more we did last year! We’ve been spending lots of time outside, and the kids have been enjoying the break from school and academics.Continue reading “Here’s to a Slow Summer”

How We Celebrate Birthdays

How do you celebrate birthdays in your home, Mama? As the years have gone by, we’ve gotten simpler and simpler in our celebrations, and I’ve come to really appreciate the rhythm we have now. And with 5 kids, it’s been good to keep it simple! We start the day with a simple birthday breakfast, chosenContinue reading “How We Celebrate Birthdays”

Upheaval & Washing Machines

Good Morning, Mama. Did you ever have a day that you’d carefully planned out one way, and before you’d barely begin, your plans were totally thrown into chaos and replaced by something else? We were unexpectedly gifted some items for our home yesterday (including a new to us washing machine to replace the one that’sContinue reading “Upheaval & Washing Machines”

2021 Family Bucket List

It’s 2021! How did you celebrate the ending of one year and the beginning of the next? To celebrate the new year, we ate a lot of yummy food (our family usually does “appetizers” for New Years Eve, and we eat all the delicious things I wouldn’t normally cook. We also worked on a “BucketContinue reading “2021 Family Bucket List”

The Gift of Waiting

It’s Advent, Mama. The time of year when we wait in hopeful anticipation for the coming of the Redeemer, the One who will save the world. It certainly seems like this year, more than any other year that I can remember, that our broken world desperately needs a Savior. I’m not one for waiting. IfContinue reading “The Gift of Waiting”

Wash-It Wednesday

Snapped a quick pic yesterday during our “Wash It Wednesday” time together. Every Wednesday, one of the boys is responsible for washing, folding and putting away all the towels, washcloths and cloth napkins. While I wash all the family clothes, (I do a load a day each morning to stay on top of it) theyContinue reading “Wash-It Wednesday”

Cocoa Amidst the Chaos

It was a rough night, followed by a rough morning. Multiple clothing changes, multiple night time calls, and I was awake far earlier than I wanted to be, accompanied by a sidekick. By 7:00 am the day was already spinning out of control in ways I didn’t want. Have you had one of those daysContinue reading “Cocoa Amidst the Chaos”

Stay the Course

Good Morning, Mama. Are you still in the joyful yet exhausting days of littles who depend on you to meet all their needs, both during the day and through the night? Me too. And YET…the other morning, after being up most of the night with a teething baby, I came downstairs just in time toContinue reading “Stay the Course”

How A Weekly Meal Plan Can Simplify Your Days

Good Morning, Mama. It can be exhausting figuring out dinner night after night. For me, it wasn’t the cooking, it was the deciding what to cook that was so hard!!! We’ve been using this simple rhythm for years, and it’s made dinner time so much easier. It actually allows for a lot of variety, whileContinue reading “How A Weekly Meal Plan Can Simplify Your Days”

Out of the Ordinary Days

I woke up later than usual today, and so did the kids. Breakfast was late. And leisurely. We lingered and talked, and I had a second cup of coffee. Our morning routines are behind; although they are slowly getting finished. There have been several quiet moments like this (pic above) as the bigger kids haveContinue reading “Out of the Ordinary Days”