2 Weeks or 2 Months??


The past two weeks or so have been so full (and sometimes downright stressful) that it feels like months have passed!! I haven't been able to blog about the things in my heart or the projects in my home the way that I've wanted to. I haven't been able to visit my blogging friends as much as I would like to, either.

**SIGH**

But, what I could do was take things one day at a time (sweet Jesus!) and pray that the Lord would see me through. I've been busy trying to keep everyone on pace and cared for and the past couple of weeks were challenging. So, here is what's had me so busy, nothing special, just life on overload! Please know, that in the midst of all my busyness, I am still gratefully thankful for my life!!!

  • Grocery Shopping--I try to go just once per month so that I'm not taking weekly trips. I find that shopping each week (for me) leads to overspending. If I get everything I need once each month, I really don't have a huge need to go again until the next month. However, since it is a once a month deal, it pretty much wipes my energy out for the day.
  • Swim Practice--So, we're trying to get our children to be like little fish! We've been in swim practice consistently since this summer, and our latest session started this month. So, we're at the pool 4 times a week; I'm even in a swim class this time around and I'm enjoying it. Husband and I want the kids not to have a fear of the water or wait until their adulthood (like I did) to begin swimming.
    • Which brings me to a sub-point: Finding a Swimsuit! I feel like I should start a swimsuit line for MODEST WOMEN of ALL SIZES at an AFFORDABLE price! Bear with me please, as I vent. I needed a new swimsuit, as I haven't been swimming in the last 6-7 years. (And moms know how much the body can change after having children!) Anyway, why is it that our society feels that if a woman wants to go swimming that she should be extremely revealing?! AND, it also assumes that only a certain age group or size of woman are the only ones that would want modest apparel. I was so outdone in searching for a swimsuit that was affordable and modest, that I literally prayed for the Lord's help. He blessed me to find one on clearance within my price range. It's funny how the swimsuit I chose was rated 5 stars by women who listed themselves as over 50 years of age. There are 30-somethings out there (ahem!) that want to be modest, too!! Be on the look out for the No Idle Bread swimsuit line! :o)
  • Valentine's Day Celebration--As you may already know, Husband and I decided to take our kids on a special "date" for Valentine's day. Dad with daughters and Mom with son. It was a lot of fun! You can read about it HERE.
  • Birthdays--My beautiful baby girl (TM) turned 6 this month! I can't believe it. . . how quickly they grow in mind, body and spirit. She is such a sweet heart, my little songstress. She is also our very own dog whisperer and resident veterinarian. When she grows up, she wants a farm with lots of dogs, cats, and horses and has plans to visit Paris. I love that little girl!! Also, my Dad had a birthday this month, too! We live in different states, so I wasn't with him to celebrate. But he was definitely on my heart. (I love you, Dad!)
  • Disney on Ice--A very good friend of mine had deeply discounted tickets to see the show and invited us along. Husband and I decided we would give it a go, especially since the cost was so low for the 5 of us. The only downside was in order for us to go at such a good price, we had to go on a weekday. As you know, my children are not yet home schooled, so there was no adjusting the next school day because of three sleepy heads! :o) Husband and I simultaneously had a "note to self" moment: "No more Disney on Ice on the weekday, unless we're homeschooling!" We didn't get home until about 10:15pm, BUT the kids had so much fun. They each went to bed dreaming of their favorite characters swirling around on the ice!
  • Snow and School--Speaking of ice, there have been a few wintry mixes, and where I live, schools close for just a dusting. . . or school may not be cancelled at all, even when the streets are ice-covered. Go figure! So, when there is a chance for snow, I never know whether or not schools will be open, closed, or delayed until the day of! It was difficult to plan my days. Also, one of my daughters had a 100th day of school celebration, which kept getting pushed back because of snow. There were Valentine's day events, an honor awards ceremony, and early dismissals as well.
  • Busy Husband--He was just that, busy. Work was extremely busy for him and sometimes stressful. I prayed a lot for him; Husband prayed a lot, too. It was just a busy time--I can't say much more than that. What I can say is that Husband does very well not to carelessly dump his stresses from work on me. But when you love someone and you know them so well, it's hard not to feel a bit of that stress with them. God, bless my Husband!
Throw in a handful of doctor's appointments and a sick child, and you've got a good idea of what has been going on! But above all, God is faithful. Even in my stressful times, He's there. I'm thankful for the upcoming days of a slower pace and praying that I get a little more rest. I'm thankful for learning a great lesson in over-extending myself and how that is not always wise. When I'm stressed, it can very easily spill over onto the rest of my family.

For those of you who have read this post in its entirety, even with the lack of photos, thanks for so much "listening"! God bless you.

8 comments:

  1. Some seasons of life are just like that. We all love you and will be right here when you less busy.

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  2. Stacie - sounds like you've been doing is living life! I can relate to lot of what you said, for instance we try to shop once a month and it is exhausting. Although we have been doing it for years I still don’t have it down pat and end up out again though out the month for something I missed.

    We’ve been there too, about the bathing suits - I actually had to go out of state to find one. My daughter seems to have good luck at Dick’s Sporting Goods. She can usually find a good suit on clearance (under $10). If you do start your ‘swim suit line’ I want a catalog LOL.

    You mentioned, not home schooling YET. Have you and your husband decided to or are you still just thinking about it?

    Talk to you later,
    Debbie

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  3. Thanks for the encouragement, Lorie. Yes, the seasons of life!
    Take care,
    Stacie

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  4. Hi Debbie!

    If I start a swimsuit line, you'll be the first to receive a catalog!! LOL I'm able to find them okay for my daughters (but even at their ages, there are some outrageous items!)

    We have decided to go forward with homeschooling, but we will wait until the current school year is complete. It gives us time to plan and have a smooth transition.
    Please continue to pray for us concerning this area in our lives!! Thanks so much!

    Take care, Debbie.

    -Stacie

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  5. Stacie,

    Oh my! You have been quite a busy little bee! Try not to worry so much about your blog visits and posting "on-time." Taking care of your family should always come before blogging. It's something that I am learning myself. But of course, I always appreciate it when you do have time to "visit" me. :)

    At any rate, when I read about the swimsuit dilemma that you had, I just shook my head. I LOATHE bathing suits because most of them, as you said, are quite immodest, regardless of what age or size you might be. Although I have not had the blessings of children, I still would not want to wear a revealing swimsuit! I am glad that you were able to find one to your liking. The process must have made your head spin!

    With that said, are you enjoying your swim lessons? I took those when I was younger, but now that I am an adult, I am still "afraid" of the water, so I don't know if it did me any good, ha! :)

    Okay, I don't want to write a book here. Take care, and know that I am thinking about you Dear Sister. :)

    Blessings,

    -Lady Rose

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  6. Hi Lady Rose,

    Please, feel free to write me a "book" at any time!!

    Thank you so much for your words of wisdom. Family must always come before blogging. . .I must not be apologetic about that.

    Yes, I must say that I am enjoying my swim lessons. I'm doing pretty well (at least my Husband thinks so!) I'd say give it another try; swimming is a good skill to have.

    Unfortunately, my modest swim suit before having 3 children had become immodest after having them! LOL So, I just had to find something else. It was just wild trying to find something that I could afford. But thankfully, our God still answers prayers, no matter how small!

    Thanks for stopping by, Lady Rose. You are a great encouragement to me!

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  7. Hi Stacie,

    I can relate to how busy and at times, overwhelming life can become. However, you handled it gracefully(:

    Yes, children do grow up quickly. I was moved when you spoke of your daughter. I feel the same way about mine. As for the "No Idle Bread Modest Swimsuit Line", you have a buyer in me(:

    Take care girl and as always, be blessed!

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  8. Oh, Mrs. Gertha, that was a long, busy time for me and my family. Thank you for your sweet words; I am trying and still learning how to be graceful.

    Aren't our children a blessing?! Girl, the love God allows us to have for them is simply one of the greatest gifts ever.

    Yes, ma'am! I'll keep you posted on the swimsuit line! LOL

    Thanks for your friendship. Take care.

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