I was washing dishes last night and my kids were talking about which one of them snores the loudest. My oldest daughter joined me at the sink and this is what she said:

"Mommy, sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and I can't get back to sleep. Then, I listen and I can hear Daddy snoring, and I like it because it makes me feel warm and safe and like everything is okay. Yeah, and then I can go back to sleep."

Oh, how sweet was that? It melted my heart and made me think back to when I was a little girl. My daughter was able to verbalize a feeling I never thought to put into words. I felt the exact same way when I heard my dad snoring in the middle of the night. It's funny how things come full circle. It's also funny how, suddenly, I don't mind my husband's snoring anymore.

My Husband's Snoring

by on Sunday, June 30, 2013
I was washing dishes last night and my kids were talking about which one of them snores the loudest. My oldest daughter joined me at the sin...
Hello out there!!!
Oh, Ladies, how I miss my blogging space! I've longed to share the pages of my life with you. But, here's the scoop: I am in a busy season of life right now. No, seriously. Scroll down and relive a few moments with me. . .


APRIL 2013
This month was pretty much a blur! LOL Lots of doctor's appointments, diaper changes, late nights and early mornings. School was sandwiched somewhere in there. . .  My parents were here at some point (from out of town) and I was grateful to have them with us.

MAY 2013
We closed out our regular school year and passed the County's review. Although my reviewer is a sweet, sweet woman, the process itself can be stressful. . . gathering papers, filling out forms weeding out what to keep and what to trash.
My little guy turned 2 months old and went through his first round of immunizations.
Yes, he's BIG, and yes, those are the most kissable cheeks!

We also had flooring done in our home upstairs--switching out the carpet for laminate hardwood. So my upstairs was downstairs--beds, dressers, toys, clothes, books, shoes, papers--you name it. My husband even put some things in the garage. My son (5yrs) said that the garage looked like a junk-yard!

New floors upstairs (please excuse the junk in the background!);
snapshot of the "Crib Destroyer" (see below) in his new outfit from my parents.
The toddler successfully broke the crib. Yes, he BROKE the crib-- and it is no more! (We've had that crib since my oldest was a baby--for 10 years!) Needless to say, we weren't quite ready for him to have so much freedom and access to things in his room just yet--not with a 2 month old in the house. So, he is currently sleeping on the crib mattress on the floor while we figure out what we're doing. The baby is quickly outgrowing the bassinet so we need to do something ASAP!
We also had a dedication ceremony, offering our little one to the Lord. It was so sweet and is always a special moment to ask God's blessings over a child's life.
Our Pastor announcing our intent to dedicate "Baby J" the Lord.
The gentleman to the left is my father-in-law.


Me introducing our family and friends who stood with us.

Husband introducing "Baby J" to the congregation.
The Pastor, elders and deacons praying over Baby J and our family. . .

that we may raise him to fear the Lord.

Almost a family photo. . .baby is hidden!
This mama ended the month feeling exhausted.

JUNE 2013
This month is full as well, and honestly ladies, I don't feel like I'm always keeping up with things. . .cleaning, sleeping, shopping (kids outgrowing their shoes), reading, relaxing. . .I have to be honest--there are days when I feel overwhelmed.
My sweet baby (now 3months old and even bigger!) still likes to keep me company around 2:30 each morning--this is different for me because all of my babes slept from around 10pm to about 7am by the time they were 2 months old. I guess there's a first time for everything, huh?!? We also discovered that the baby also has a reflux issue going on and we're trying to figure out how to navigate that condition. Any suggestions???
We completed getting most of the upstairs back where it belongs. There are a few stragglers, but most of it is taken care of--whew!.
We're trying to adjust to our summer schooling schedule, summer reading program, swim practice twice a week, more doctor's appointments---DEEP BREATH!

Father's Day came and went. We were able to pamper my husband a little bit. But, the day was overshadowed by all the yard work he was doing, you know, grass cutting and mulch laying. Why all the yard work you may ask?

Well, we are having a backyard cookout, complete with fun and games! On the one hand, I am excited to see family and friends we haven't seen in a while. But on the other hand, I am really struggling to be a good hostess and honor my husband's wishes to have this event. (Side note: I struggle with hospitality on a large scale. On a smaller scale, I'm all over it. You know, one other family or a couple of close friends-- a more intimate setting. But we've invited about 15 families!!!!!) The truth is I'm tired, and it seems like I can't get things to SLOW DOWN!

And to close out this month, my husband and I are celebrating our 12th year of marriage. I am so blessed to have a husband who loves the Lord, and who loves his family. We have grown so much together and I stand in awe of a God who knew, from the beginning of time, that my husband and I needed each other.
My husband and me in a "goofy" moment!
I love that man!!!


So that my friends, is a snippet of what's gone on in the No Idle Bread household, according to me. :)I'm sure if you ask my husband, he would have a totally different take on things.  Hopefully I'll be blogging more regularly, one day, maybe, some time, in the future. :) For now, my dear sisters in Christ, please pray for me.

Busy Season

by on Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Hello out there!!! Oh, Ladies, how I miss my blogging space! I've longed to share the pages of my life with you. But, here's the s...
by Ken Ham
Published by Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group

The True Account of Adam & Eve seeks to reinforce what is foundational to Christianity: "In the beginning, God. . ." The beginning of time, history, this world, everything--it all began with Him. This book underlines the idea that God's word is true and that the account given in the Bible about Creation can be trusted as accurate.

The author takes the reader through Genesis step by step of the Creation account, explaining and highlighting Biblical truths along the way. This book seeks to make us aware of the ways we have been misinformed about what happened at the beginning of time, by asking questions to provoke thought. He also shows us how the Creation account is directly linked to Jesus, both historically and spiritually.

Although this book was written as a children's book, I think it is highly appropriate for parents as well. I would encourage parents to read it first, then engage in conversation about it with your children as they read it. It is informative and thought provoking and clearly expresses things that I "knew" were true about the Creation account, but was unable to verbalize.

Lastly, this book is very vividly and beautifully illustrated; I think that is something that children will enjoy. My only caveat about the illustrations is the ethnic representations (or misrepresentations) of Adam, Eve & Jesus. I think the illustrator chose to go with what is a more widely accepted portrayal of Biblical figures versus a more historically accurate one. I would appreciate the latter since the author's focus is to showcase the Bible's historical accuracy in the Creation account.

You can find other reviews on this book HERE.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive review.
The Illusion:
I wake in the mornings and have a leisurely cup of coffee while I look over the morning newspaper or work on my blog. Once I have my baby fed, he peacefully sits in his infant swing and my toddler happily munches on a snack while I prepare breakfast. Meanwhile, my older children are up (without me asking, of course) and are getting ready for the day. They obediently do their chores, without complaint and then we all come together to eat.

Once we're finished and the table is cleared and looking pristine as usual, we begin homeschooling. My children sit perfectly still in their seats, and quietly await my instructions. As I proceed according to my pre-scheduled lesson plans (which we always follow), my children set to work diligently. Each child's area remains neat at all times and I never have a problem with them losing focus or interest in their studies. I am patient and calm and everything runs smoothly. For example, the baby never cries and my toddler never whines, and of course they both take naps at the same time during school . . . .

You can find the rest of this post over at His Mercies Are New where I am featured in the Real Life Homeschooling Series.


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Our Homeschool--Keeping It Real

by on Tuesday, June 04, 2013
The Illusion: I wake in the mornings and have a leisurely cup of coffee while I look over the morning newspaper or work on my blog. Once I ...
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