Friday, April 27, 2012

Our New Place

Here are some pics of our new place. I thought about making it as magazine-perfect as I could, but then I thought, no. It will be like you just dropped in for a quick visit and you can see our home in action. Plus, I was feeling too lazy to do the extra work. :) 

This is what you see when you first come in the front door. To the left is the dining room. 

We were doing school in here, but it was just too much hassle to try to get it all cleared off every night for dinner. So now we'll eat all meals in here, and use the small breakfast room table for school. All I can say is good thing we have a carpet cleaner--which you met already when you walked in the front door. 

Looking back from the dining room into the little entry area. Isn't that a pretty antique piece? It is the homeowner's, and he's letting us use it.

Looking back from the other side of the living room into the entry area.

Now we're upstairs looking across the 'bridge', as my kids have named it. The boys' room is behind that door. I'd show you but there is a sleeping two-year-old in there, and we mustn't wake him yet. :) If you notice something funny and reflective on the spindles, it's not my camera. For safety we found some neat rolls of plexi-stuff to attach and keep heads and appendages from wedging between them or diving onto the first floor. This house was built in '78. I guess kids were just tougher then. 

This little half-finished room is the older kids' study room. They were so excited about this space the first time we saw the house. I think Keely would want me to issue a disclaimer that this room is undergoing a redecoration/reorganization project. It always looks worse before it looks better, right?

Looking down from the loft area onto the living room.

Breakfast-school room, and kitchen. Like the wallpaper? We hope to remove it at some point.  Not looking forward to that process, but I know it will look so much better.

The blue canopy-thingy is going, we just haven't gotten to it, yet.

I really love the house, but this oven is not my friend. It's only two years younger than me, but we just don't get along. Most of my cookie sheets don't fit in it, and I can't get the 'clean' function to work.

Laundry room. Like my little baskets? I found the narrow baskets at WM, and the sticky chalk labels at Staples. I love those little labels! When I got home with them I walked around the house looking for things I could stick them on. I know. I'm kinda weird.

Our bedroom. Yes, that looks like a poopy diaper on the floor. We try to keep those properly picked up and disposed of, but at the rate that Eli produces them, it can be a challenge. I think I'll go pick it up now.

What's this? How did this get in here? Isn't he a cutie? Well, that's mostly the tour. I can't get the kids' rooms because they're all occupied with nappers. Also, I'll try to get a pic of the basement sometime soon. It's finished and the kids love to play down there and crank up the homeowner's huge Casio keyboard. It does have some fun songs and effects that the whole house enjoys via the ductwork. :) Blessings to you and have a fantastic weekend!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Plans and Reflections

Wow. I feel so out of the loop with homeschooling right now. Before we moved two-and-a-half weeks ago, we took a few days off to hit the packing hard. Then, the week after we moved, we took a not-so-relaxing spring break settling in. Last week we did lots of running to and from standardized testing, yesterday we had CC commitments, and today we had a fun day with friends. It's been a working vacation from normal school, for sure! I am really looking forward to being home tomorrow with a focus on school--not unpacking, cleaning, or planning for anything else. I can only take so much erranding around before I start to feel worn thin. I love to be home, and need to be home to make it 'run'. Do you find that, too?

The Lord has been convicting me lately about a specific sin in my life. I was discussing this today with my lovely friend Tara. She expressed how hard it is, but how good it is, when the Lord shows us some ugliness in our hearts. So true. I am seeing, by God's grace, how I tend to rush my children, not really take the time to listen to them; how my schedule, productivity, order, and peace are often idols in my heart. Ah--it makes me tear up to think of the times lately that I have put off a child needing my undivided attention because I was too busy with 'more important' things. Lord, thank you for revealing this area of sin in my life. Please help me to die to my own desires, to tear down those idols that hurt my loved ones and displease You.

Will you pray for me? How can I pray for you?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Settled, Mostly

It's been two weeks today since we moved into our new place, and we are feeling pretty settled. There are still a few boxes hanging around, a lot of construction junk in the yard from the owner's last building project, and the basement is not fit for company to see, but we're getting there! We are LOVING being so close to our church. The kids and I have walked a few times, actually. There are mature trees in the backyard and lots of bird sounds, and the size and layout of the house is really great for our family. I am so amazed and thankful to the Lord because He worked out such a great situation for us; eight or nine weeks ago we had no idea where we would be moving, yet He has provided such a nice home, a reasonable rent, and the owner is a Christian brother who is also benefiting! Why am I surprised? :) God is a loving Father who delights to give good gifts to us and provide for us.

I hope to post some pictures of our new place soon. Life has been too busy lately to do much blogging, but I miss it! Better go get breakfast for my hungry kids. Have a great weekend!