Long Over Due Daybook

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FOR TODAY

Outside my window…
Mosquitoes…..they are awful. However, the weather has been wonderful. It has been unseasonably cool given that it is the end of August. Maybe, fall will come on time this year! There has definitely been a few fall like days. One more really warm beaching going day would make two little boys very happy. Paul and Thomas want to take Daddy to the beach to play now that he is home.

I am thinking…
It has been pretty quiet here on the blog because we have been extremely busy between moving and daddy coming home. I am thinking about new homes and setting them up to run efficiently. I am thinking about schedules, list, organization, and clutter.  How I desire to be a happy homemaker. The last few years being a happy homemaker has been hard…..being a good homemaker has been hard. The chronic pain from my back was very limiting in what I could do. I am excited to start off in a new house with very little pain to hinder me.

I am thankful…

I am thankfully to have my husband home safe and sound from his deployment. I am thankfully for having my family whole again.

In the kitchen…
I have been channeling my inner Laura Ingalls Wilder! About 2 months ago we joined a local CSA. We buy produce and meat through the program. We have had a surplus of produce and so I’ve been busy freezing stuff to use later this year. I’ve prepped greens beans and corn on the cob. I’ve made my own stewed tomatoes to freeze. I tried making blueberry freezer jam but something went wrong. It turned into a disaster.

I am wearing…
My favorite (and only) pair of jean capris with a cute black empire wasted tank top. However, I noticed that there is a hole forming in the tank top. So, this will probably be the last time I wear it. I’ve been doing some updating to my wardrobe and recently bought a really nice pair of jeans. It has been so long since I have invested in good jeans that I forgot how wonderful a nice pair of jeans could be.

I am creating…
I am making Schultütes for the start of the school year. Paul will be starting kindergarten and Thomas will be doing preschool. I found the idea of Schultütes from Jessica, over at Shower of Roses. It seems like such a fun idea. I will most likely make something smaller for Antonio because I don’t want him to feel left out. I’ve found some fun Spiderman themed school products for Thomas and some fun Avenager themed ones for Paul.

I am wondering…
How to best manage food…..lately it seems every time I turn around to make something one of the children has polished it off. All the boys have been growing (They all just went up a clothing size….Thomas multiple sizes!) and have been ravenous. I would like a better way to keep them from eating ingredients for meals!

I am reading…
Nothing really….it’s been so busy that I haven’t had the time. However, I am hoping things slow down soon so I can resume reading. After all I have an awesome Kindle Paperwhite now that Mark is home from his deployment to read on.

I am hoping…
I am hoping that the doctor is wrong and that there will be more babies in the future. To be told that at twenty-five that I shouldn’t have any more babies is heartbreaking. I can’t imagine Antonio being our last.

I am looking forward to…
The beauty of autumn as it arrives. That is one thing I will miss when we finally move onward from Virginia is the amazing changing of colors that comes with fall. It isn’t something I had ever experienced prior to moving here. The autumn coloring of the trees is breathtaking. I am hoping we can make a trip up into the mountains to hike among the autumn trees this year.

Around the house…
We are still working on unpacking everything. We are doing things like hanging quilts on the wall as décor to help muffle the sound of three lively young boys. The new house is completely wood/tile flooring and makes for quite a noisy house. We added a very bright green rug to the boys playroom and it has been a huge help. It is been very nice to have all this extra space but it also brings along some of its own organizational challenges like needing new bookcases. Our last rental had a built in bookcase that we used.

I am pondering…
At the end of July I had my one year follow-up for my back surgery. Sadly, the appointment did not go as well as I had hoped. The surgery was a success. The fusion healed great. However, I had been having some very serious pain for about a month in my lower back/hip area. It turns out that the pain was coming from my SI-joint. We ended up doing a steroid injection for it. It worked great. My pain has practically gone completely away. However, the doctor also told me that having another child was highly ill-advised. He told me that another pregnancy could leave me with a permanent disability and issues walking. He said the odds were very high of that happening. I never imaged my family being so smile. I figured there would be more children done the line. I figured I would have a daughter at some point. So, I am pondering family size. I am pondering how to come to terms with the idea that my family will not be the large family I always imagined I would have.

A favorite quote for today…

“God does not measure our perfection by the many things we do for Him, but by how we do them.”
- St. Francis de Sales


One thought on “Long Over Due Daybook

  1. Sorry to read your news from the doctor. Perhaps you will be called to adopt in the future… Life surely doesn’t always or even often go as we have imagined. Mimi becoming a mommy to a toddler not quite 3 months into her marriage, having only had 4 days together with Trey after their wedding certainly wasn’t what any of us had imagined for them.

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