Thursday, October 21, 2010

An Update {October 21, 2010}

Lately there is just so much on my mind that I cannot even grasp and hold onto one thought or function in my daily life.  I'm lucky to remember to cook, do the dishes, feed the kids, and homeschool.  I feel pulled in so many directions and within minutes I forget which direction I was heading to in the first place.  My days are filled with prayers on the issues clouding my mind, prayers for my family, my home, my children, my life and so many others too.

I find it astonishing how quickly Peace in your heart can slip away and become clouded and consumed by other worldly things.  I miss the Peace and I'm fervently searching for it to return to my heart. 

I've tried for over a week just to write a new post for this blog, other than sharing one of the wonderful giveaways from dear friends.  I have thought of a hundred separate ideas to write about but when I come to put the words into form, they do not come.  There is so much I want to do, yet never enough time. 

These are the things we have been up to:

Recently, I located some old friends, and I am happy to have those who have chosen to be back in my life.  Always a welcome blessing to find those you love.

The kids have been doing a lot of video schooling thanks to the wonders of the HDMI cable that allows me to hook the laptop to our Viera TV.  They have a hard time grasping that they are really doing school though, as they relate school to worksheets, books, paper, pencils, crayons and crafts.  "If we're not writing, we're not learning, Mom!"  It's hard to de-school the public influence from homeschooled kids.

I'm reading two wonderful books: Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado is a Christian book explaining how to live your life to the fullest.  The House That Cleans Itself by Mindy Starns Clark is an excellent self-help, housekeeping guidebook with many tips on home management and organizing.  Look for great reviews on both these books coming soon.

I've re-joined Flylady and I'm in a group on The Homeschool Lounge called Home Management in order to overcome the Chaos filling my house.  Both are helping through supportive relationships and small steps, I am really getting somewhere.

The kids are doing AWESOMELY on actually cleaning up after themselves.  Sometimes it takes some extra prodding, repeating and downright begging to get them to clean up but they are getting better at the actual getting it straight each day.  I'm really proud of them and I can see how much they are maturing every week.  Winston has always been a big help with things but this is a HUGE achievement and accomplishment for my born disorganized baby girl, Emmalee.

Laycie is now taking Melatonin to help her sleep and it's working wonderfully.  I give it to her at lunch time so she can take a much needed afternoon nap and again before bedtime so she can fall asleep easily.  She no longer argues about going to nap or sleep and she's out within 30 minutes of taking the medication dose.  This has improved her attitude, clingy-ness and her overall behavior tremendously. 

Laycie's naptime allows us to do school and allows me to make a late lunch, prep for dinner and do household chores that can't be done while she's awake.  This schedule is new for us but so far it's working great! 

I know much of my exhaustion and confusion comes from weeks of Laycie not napping and feeling overwhelmed worrying about her, and trying to keep up with her tiring ways.  She's only been on the new medicine for a week but the changes it has brought to our life are amazing.  I'm hoping her resting will also allow me to rest so that I can straightened my overburdened mind and get our life back on track.  I guess that's something only time will tell though.

Many blessings to all until next time. 


  1. I love your blog and I am now following..Your children are gorgeous!

  2. It's so nice to know I'm not alone in dealing with the issues of being overwhelmed. Keep praying. This is one of God's ways of bringing us closer to Him!

    You are doing a great job with your kids. That is the most important thing.

  3. I look forward to seeing your reviews.
    I've heard people raving about `The House That Cleans Itself`


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