Just thinking over my journey as a wife, mom, homemaker . . . and how much time I spend on the floor. . .

Picking up toys
Scrubbing dirt
Sorting and organizing
Cleaning spills
Playing with blocks, cars, and trucks
Finding socks and shoes under the couch
Foot rubs after a hard day's work
Reading stories
Grading and filing schoolwork
Crying out to the Father
Bed time routines
Diaper changes
Laughing and tickling
Zipping jackets
Tying shoes
Kneeling in prayer
Digging in cabinets
Finding canned goods in the pantry
Sleep-overs in the living room
Loading another pile of laundry
Kissing boo-boos
Cleaning out closets
Feeling overwhelmed, exhausted
Dealing with the dogs
Searching for lost keys
Reorganizing bookshelves
Putting groceries away
Board games
Painting toenails
Ring around the rosy
Pleading for grace and mercy
Hugs and kisses. . . .
. . . over and over again. . .
more prayer, more tears, more laughs, more prayer. . .

Not always glamorous, not always easy, some days it's downright heart-wrenching, but definitely humbling, stretching, growing, maturing, worth it. . .causing me to lean wholly on Him.

It is in these day-to-day moments that I have found my purpose, what is really important in life: my life on the floor is an offering to the Lord. . . serving my family becomes an act of worship to the Father. It is on the floor that I am humbled and am then able to offer myself as a living sacrifice to Him.

Lord, may I worship you with my whole heart by the way I live my life in my home for my family. May I not lose sight of the calling You've given me and the purpose for which I was called: Your daughter, his wife, their mother--all for Your glory.

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Just thinking over my journey as a wife, mom, homemaker . . . and how much time I spend on the floor. . . Picking up toys Scrubbing d...
Hi, Ladies!!!

Once again, my famous words: it's been too long since I've written in this space!!!! I can't believe my last post was in February. I've been keeping up with my pregnancy journal and posting on my Facebook page, but I miss my No Idle Bread home!!

So mid-February through the 1st week of April has been one big whirlwind!!! Here's what's been going on!

We've celebrated 4 birthdays:
TM turned 9 in February.

SJ turned 11 in March.

Baby J turned 1 in March.

I turned older in March, too. ;)

We had a couple of field trips to our local nature center and an area farm to learn about eggs:
SJ gathering info about snakes.

TM making friends with a terrapin.

JR comparing his "wingspan" to that of an eagle.

Sitting in a "club house" full of frog stuff.

The kids had to match the animal to its egg. . .

Interesting looking eggs, huh?
The kids and I have had tons of doctor's appointments between us, so we take our school work with us while we wait:

More home improvements--have you all been praying for me in this area?! I still need prayers to surrender and to have patience:
New tile in one of our bathrooms. . .

Tile in progress in another bathroom.

We've introduced flag football (oldest son) and soccer (daughters) to our schedule, as well as free instrumental music lessons for 8 weeks at a local university:
TM prepping for her 1st game.

Playing in her purple gloves. :)

Getting a bit of help with her jersey as she switches to goalie.

We had a last minute trip to South Carolina because our family was selected for a try-out for Family Feud!! Can you believe that!? We won't know for a few weeks if we made it or not, but we had a blast! *Double bonus: my mom came (she lives over 500 miles away!) to join us on our trip*:
On the road with my Mom!!
Rest break; time to eat!
Kids in the hotel room, it's hard getting a pic of them all at once!

Family Feud try-outs on my birthday!

Our happy team of 5:
me, Husband, mom, sis-in-law (Husband's sis), and her hubby
We had SO much fun and lots of laughs!
Shots with "Steve". . . .

One of my daughters got braces, in turquoise and pink, thank you very much:
And the braces match her Hello Kitty jewelry! My girly girl.

And lastly, sadly, my husband's grandmother passed, and her home-going (funeral) service was last week. Know that her life was celebrated, as she was blessed to live 93 1/2 long years upon this earth. And, as my granny would've said, she was "clothed in her right mind," even near the end. She was blessed to raise 5 children, and lived to see grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. And most of all, she was a believer in Jesus Christ as her Savior, and lived her life accordingly. When I met her 16 years ago, I was in awe of the way she would speak about "going to Glory one day" and the peace she had about it. Now I realize it was because she was 100% sure about Whom she had put her trust, her faith secured--a great lesson she taught me. She'll be missed:

An old pic, but special to us because this was when my girls
began forming memories of her. They were 2 and 4 at the time . . .

She never looked up at the camera;
her full attention was on my oldest son,
who was about 2 or 3 months old then.
So through out the ups and downs, the hills and valleys, the celebrations and the tears, the busyness, God has been the calm, the faithful One, and I bless His holy name.

I hope to do an update soon more specifically about the learning in our homeschool, our challenges and triumphs, for the month of March--an idea I got from my friend LaTonya who blogs at A Little This...A Little That. Check out her March homeschooling update HERE.

Take care, Ladies and know that you are in my prayers!
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