Exciting News!

We received news recently and are preparing for an overseas move. My plate is FULL of all.the.things. that a Mama must do to prepare a home and a family for a huge transition. Because of that full plate I will not be posting very often here. I hope to share with you how we prepare for an overseas move, when I have time. Once we are over the pond, I plan to write about our adventures, the day to day workings of a homeschool mama life, recipes and copy-cat recipes (there is some food you just can’t get overseas) and all the things that gives me handfuls of life.

Until then, I have more spaces to go through and organize, a home to prepare for rental and suitcases to pack and re-pack. Say a prayer for me…Wisdom and peace would be my top two. Wisdom in packing smart, packing up things my kids need to make this a smooth transition and deciding the timeline for our trip and visits to family out of town. Peace for my heart (moving is tough) and my family (moving is tough).

Thanks friends!

Pumpkin Time!

Being a Christian; “It is like being a pumpkin. God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then he cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc., and then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.”

What a wonderful poem….I don’t know who wrote it but I like it!

We took Ren to his first Pumpkin Patch this past weekend.
I can’t say he loved it….he could have cared less…hahaha..the things we do….
He did eat some grass and choked on a pumpkin stem…freaked me out to say the least (hubs was on baby duty btw, he did not think it was THAT BIG!). I do want to buy a wagon for Ren now, he really enjoyed the little wagon ride….just sat there all big boy like and took the world in.
We also had our first swing (sitting on Mama’s lap) the other day and Ren loved that too. I was hoping to take him back to the park but the weather has not been that great.

Ren’s sleep is getting much better (his nights) we have settled into a nice routine for the evening and he is sleeping through the night…YAY!!! Naps however are are a whole different story round here. So, that is what we are working on…..getting Ren to nap in his bed….the last two days have involved a lot of crying (Ren) and massive amounts of frustration and stress (me). But he did nap for 30 minutes (much much much crying) this morning and 45 this afternoon (a lot less crying). So I just have to be consistent and persistent with him and I believe that he will start napping much better.

We are still gearing up for the big move to SC and hubs is preparing for training and deployment. Keeping the house clean, organizing “stuff” and preparing lists of what Ren and I will need to take with us is what is keeping me busy busy around here.

Big breath in….the holiday season that is almost here…Loving on my hubs and spending as much family time around here as possible is what occupies my mind and time….and that is a good thing!
Can you believe we are more that half way through October? Where oh where is the time going?

Just around the bend

Big changes just around the bend here in my paradise. Hubs is headed to Afghanistan in March but has an almost 3 month training starting the beginning of January…he will be gone until October sometime. So Ren, Elliot, Austin and I are moving to South Carolina while he is gone. This whole time is bittersweet as I am looking forward to seeing my sisters (I have 7 of them), their families, my parents and all my friends back home…but will miss my Hubs achingly while we are apart. I never really understood the sacrifice that our military men, women and their families make for our freedoms until I become one of those families. Hubs is going to miss a great deal of wonder-filled firsts with Ren and that makes my heart hurt just thinking about it. Ren will probably not really know his daddy when he returns although we have quite a few plans up our sleeves so that he will “see” his daddy everyday.

I am planning on taking a few creative classes while I am in SC, a cake decorating class, a pottery class and if I can find it a stained glass or blowing glass class, I am looking forward to tapping into my creative side and learn new things. I also have lots of fabric for a quilt (yes the very same fabric from sometime last summer) and I am taking all my beading and jewelry making stuff. With this move looming in the near future and lots to do to prepare for it. I am not sure about what to do for the holidays round here.

I’m ready to decorate for Fall, but do I get all the stuff out for it and then transition to Thanksgiving and Christmas? I just can’t decide. A part of me just wants to keep the next thirteen weeks (oh.my.gosh.only.thirteen.weeks) as simple as possible and another part of me wants to go all out…this is Ren’s firsts after all.

On top of everything else we might be selling the house while we are away so I need to make it ready to “show” and make sure everything is in its proper place so if we are packed out (the movers come) while we are away I won’t have too many surprise boxes (nothing like opening a box that has kitchen written on it and there is nothing in it that should ever go in the kitchen). We are going to have to go through our storage room and attic and give/sale/donate the “stuff” that has accumulated in the past 2.5 years (not to mention the boxes that we tote around from house to house but never open to use the contents).

I don’t know if I am ready for all the work ahead…I know that I am going to have to use my time very wisely the next couple months so I can get everything done and not be stressed when we are ready to move.
We don’t know where we might move to next year…I am anticipating something good (I hope) and just trying to take all these changes in stride.