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Minecraft Mondays

I’m a woman who likes change. I’m constantly looking for ways to move furniture around to make each space more usable, I’m always experimenting with ways to streamline things better and be more efficient. Last night I actually rearranged my kids bedrooms while they were still sleeping. I moved a queen size bunk bed without waking the girls up.. Skillz ha!

To balance this out for my kids, I like to give them some familiar touch stones to bring comfort and something to look forward to. Meal times and bedtimes the same, Bible time every morning, church 3 times a week and certain themes during the week.

My kids look forward to Friday Family Fun, Super Saturday, Taco Tuesday and one of the most favorites.. Minecraft Monday’s.

We do this at our local library. We have tablets I sometimes let them play educational games on but no real game consoles. This isn’t something I would be comfortable with them doing at home.. But on the library server where I can physically see who they are interacting with and with 2 teacher guides.. I’m OK with it…for half an hour. They love this. They raffle off a little gift each week too. Meawhile I quickly gather my books for the week with the younger 3.

The whole car ride home I hear stories about what they built. What they did etc.

In previous years when I only had little children, we did the library story time.

They had a great library sale and I picked some some good books. Tonight for our read aloud we started “Heidi” before bed. I’ve never read this. I’m really enjoying their childhood because in a small way I feel like I am joining them. I am learning more homeschooling them than I did in school. We are giving them the chilhood Joe and I really wanted. It’s such a blessing and gift to all of us.

Today in the car, I opened a seltzer water can left too long in the car and it exploded. I laughed so hard with all the kids. I give myself permission to be a kid with them sometimes to balance the times when it feels like a heavy responsibility.

So in short.. Be a kid again sometimes. Balance the areas where you know you can be extreme and don’t take for granted the gift that you have in front of you..even simple things like being able to read them a bedtime story or learning alongside with them.

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Little Chef

Joshua really likes to cook and experiment in the kitchen. Recently he has been asking me to prepare his own meals. Today I said yes to him making his own lunch and he made this..

Really? Is my cooking that bad that raw carrots and jalapenos on turkey is better?

This was my lunch by the way.

But he ate. it. all. I couldn’t believe it. Well.. Maybe this is how Gordon Ramsey got started, right?

I started to come down with the cold that was being passed around and feeling really yucky by this evening and he made dinner for everyone but I supplied the ingredients and directions. I’m so glad he wants to do it.

This morning at church our pastor preached an excellent sermon on discipline. It’s encouraging to me but also great for my kids to hear. Check it out here.. Invest in your children, train them up the way the Bible says, and let them live their lives. https://youtu.be/l1m9bTgaX5M

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Super Saturday-Soulwinning and Shopping

Trying to start something new and in my area, some of us ladies from church started getting together every other Saturday morning to go soulwinning for one hour. We meet at my house and just walk to the streets around me so there is no time spent traveling. I really wanted to start something SUPER doable for busy moms. I know how it is, moms need to be back in time to make lunch, evenings are too crazy, going for too long can be a bit much for the dads (let’s be real) and even every week can feel too constricting with family schedules. I think a great balance at this stage of life is every other week, for one full soulwinning hour with little time to waste before and after and getting to a location. Sure, it might not seem much for the ones who go much more often but here are the pluses..

People getting saved, of course.

Something on the east side for ladies.

Covering an area that is completely untouched on our church map.

Still using our soulwinning skills, being a silent partner during those challenging motherhood years or those in tight schedule situations, in a way that is not burdening to the family.

Family friendly time with the duration being short enough where kids can come.

Honestly.. If it wasn’t for soulwinning these last 4 years in Phoenix, my Spanish would probably be very rusty. I only really spoke it with my parents back on the east coast so I’m grateful for such a great way to keep using Spanish.

This is such a short list, I could go on and on of the benefits of going soulwinning even for just an hour every other week. Of course I want to go more but in this season of life with my husband working a very physically demanding job and now per his work going back to school to become an engineer… This is what is doable for me.

Today was interesting. My partner and I witnessed 3 people give the right questions, all saying they had Baptist preacher fathers. We tried to get one older Catholic lady saved but she admitted she would rather stick with her feelings than what the Bible says.

So no one today but that’s OK because my motto is soulwinning is ALWAYS winning.

You are obeying the call to go preach the Gospel, you plant seeds, and sometimes you reap them too. No matter the last two, you always win with the first goal.

After lunch we had an interesting experience with cop cars swarming all over our front and back part of the house. Police were looking for some kind of auto theft suspect and they told us he could be armed and dangerous and maybe hiding in a backyard on our street… So we thought it would be a good time to head out to goodwill and some stores.

We stayed in the car while they searched our yard with the dog, something we already had major reservations about but thought these guys are nice… Then we get a tap on the window that the dog pooped in our yard and they would be back to pick it up. Oh come on.. To their credit they did.

After that we went to a few stores. I can’t miss goodwill half off day, ha. I always find the best stuff at the one by my house. This time a phonics kit brand new in the box. I’m going to try it with Josh since he clearly hates what I am using now.

Saturday’s is the last day before Joe goes back to work and it always feels like winding down. I make a special dinner, we play some games, and go to bed earlier since Joe has to wake up at 4.30am.

With our homeschool science fair coming up, we tried out some of our experiments.. Like a marshmallow shooter with yogurt cup and balloons.

I know it’s been a full day when kids start to fall asleep around 5pm like this.

Have a great rest of the weekend and enjoy church tomorrow wherever you are!

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My Fearless Girl

Genny at age 5 is the most daring of our kids. She is also pretty strong. On the playground she makes ballerina moves on zip lines and always climbs to the top of anything.

Today we went to Uptown Jungle and all she wanted to do was do was climb all the things.

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Friday Fun

Some of the highlights from today..

We started our new Body book. This is something I did in school and actually remember because it was so fun. We made cut out versions of each kid with butcher paper and every couple days will add a print out of a new organ. The kids loved it too.

Annie cleaning up her mess. As usual once I cleaned the kitchen dinning room, she dumped a bunch of crackers everywhere. She is so cute, she gets away with so much.

After dinner we went outside and had a pool noodle fight. Seriously, this is some good family therapy! Ha!

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Wednesday

Just your typical day…

Spilling a container of sprinkles on the floor at the same moment I am moping it….

Kids doing school outside, the weather has been SO nice.