October Fun

We have had a busy month. Lots of visitors and some better weather meant for some fun. We did have a few bouts of sickness, but overall we have had some very great memories. Our visitors even helped with a few house projects. 

First Dylan’s parents visited. 

   
 
   
   
Bowen even scored a sweet trike from his Papa D. 
Next up we got to enjoy Jill and Michelle. They were incredibly helpful!  

 
Michelle snuggled that baby and Jill entertained the big ones. They botched did so much around the house in such little time.

  
Our next visitors were the Pouchers! We had a total of 7 kids, and we had a blast. 

   
    
    

    
   
Kerry even freshed up my kitchen and entry!  Look at that amazing coat rack he made! 

 
Here are some other projects I finished up with the help of company.  I am terrible at taking before pictures, but the furniture was straight up 90s. The entry was dark red and the kitchen is now blue as well.

    
 

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We have had a busy month. Lots of visitors and some better weather meant for some fun. We did have a few bouts of sickness, but overall we have had some very great memories. Our visitors even helped with a few house projects. 

First Dylan’s parents visited. 

   
 
   
   
Bowen even scored a sweet trike from his Papa D. 
Next up we got to enjoy Jill and Michelle. They were incredibly helpful!  

 
Michelle snuggled that baby and Jill entertained the big ones. They botched did so much around the house in such little time.

  
Our next visitors were the Pouchers! We had a total of 7 kids, and we had a blast. 

   
    
    

    
   
Kerry even freshed up my kitchen and entry!  Look at that amazing coat rack he made! 

 
Here are some other projects I finished up with the help of company.  I am terrible at taking before pictures, but the furniture was straight up 90s. The entry was dark red and the kitchen is now blue as well.

    
 

The Hooligan Gene

We can be thankful for technology for many reasons. It can keep people close over long distances. It can also remind you of what gene pool your children came from….

Dylan’s brother asked for a silly face from Bo and the following series of videos ensued. 

    
Returned with this gem…

 
The kids had to be taped!

   
 Enjoy!

Projects

Since we moved about the time I had Declan, our new place hasn’t been given much more than the basic cleaning. Decorating has been a low priority. Lately though I have a had a bit more time to add little touches to make it a bit more cozy. Declan helped me make a wall collage out of pieces of decor that are meaningful. Pictures, verses, art, music, my love for clocks… 

  
I realized that I did not have any pictures printed off of Declan. He would fit nicely into that corner of the collage and be far cuter than any of the still life shots. 🙂 Don’t worry! I left him off the actual wall. 

  

So it begins…

I have never considered myself much of a blogger, but after wrestling with my thoughts about Facebook, I thought it was the best alternative to let friends and family in on our life without using Facebook. 

Why am I leaving Facebook? Well, there are many reasons but the most pertinent being my kids. I generally use Facebook as a means to share my kids with people who aren’t close to see them on a regular basis. In doing so it ends up distancing myself from my little ones. I find myself popping it open just to escape my responsibilities. It causes me to compare life to others whether good or bad. My kids see me open it up far too often. I don’t want to be remembered as the mom who ignored them for something as meaningless as Facebook or at best used my spare time in that way. There are so many more fulfilling activities to do in my free time. 

I have been thinking about doing this for months but keep pushing the thought aside. For some reason this week I have felt from so many different places this push and sometimes not so gentle nudge of “give it up already!” It’s time to give up this sort of comfort that actual brings no true comfort. Ultimately God should be my comfort when I need a break, and only He will help me shepherd those wee little hearts. Facebook distracts me from doing that well. I read the following from a book  that has encouraged me in this.

“But Christians should have a different paradigm. We should run to the cross. To death. So lay down your hopes. Lay down your future. Lay down your petty annoyances. Lay down your desire to be recognized. Lay down your fussiness at your children. Lay down your perfectly clean house. Lay down your grievances about the life you are living. Lay down the imaginary life you could have by yourself. Lay them all down.”

Excerpt From: Tony Reinke, Karalee Reinke. “MOM Enough.” Desiring God. 

Facebook does not allow me to lay down my life. It causes me to only think about my life, my comfort, my time, and how it compares to the rest of the world. 

My only current goal for this space is to keep friends and family updated on our happening especially since many live so far away. We will see how it goes!