This little lady of mine is obsessed with reading.....actually, she is obsessed with just about anything to do with learning in general. She is hilarious and so ridiculously driven. There have been multiple times when we come downstairs on a weekend or an evening before bedtime when she is sitting at our dining table all by herself working on math problems. Today she set the timer for 4o minutes instead of the required 20 minutes to read. I love watching her succeed and challenge herself with books that are more difficult in vocabulary....speaking of reading...she is sitting right beside me as I write and has read this whole paragraph with a big grin on her face ;) Such a cutie!
Where should I start? Geesh! Right now the kids are home this week for Spring Break and we are thoroughly enjoying slower mornings...although we haven't had as many as I was hoping for ;) This break has snuck up on Johnny and I like never before! I knew it was coming up, but honestly didn't even realize it was spring break till I picked the kids up on Friday and they were talking about it. So funny! This school year is flying by and I am having such a hard time keeping up.
Johnny has had to work this week, so no big trips for us. I kept it simple and made some fun picnic lunches, park outings, nature hikes, all squeezed in between the crazy list of errands. It has been so nice having the kids home, but with that has come a lot of attitude adjustments....which means extra chores ;) Haha! I recently set up a chore chart (they are each rewarded $1 every Sunday as long as all their chores have been completed and they have only had to be "warned" once for bad attitudes) and it has proven wonderful and very convenient....a lot less complaining/whining when I ask them to do something. They feel important and it keeps everyone motivated and in charge of their own jobs, which rotate regularly. Their chore charts are clipped downstairs in our pantry, so they can easily check at any time. I give them extra chores for discipline and so far so good :)
What have I been doing while Johnny goes to work and the kids go to school??? Besides the typical "mom/wife/house upkeep" jobs? Well, I have been creating a website for Johnny and his remodeling business, Taylor Renovations. I finally have a link for it posted in my menu bar under the tab "Taylor Renovations" at the top right. Go check it out. It's definitely not finished and I am still working on adding more pictures from past projects, but it's coming along and feeling more and more organized. Yeah! This has been needing to be done for a long time, so I am thankful I have had the time to work on it!
The other BIG thing I have been working on is filling out TONS of paperwork for FOSTERING. We submitted our fostering application and have had the first home walk thru with our social worker, but there is still more paperwork, photo copies galore, a couple more home walk-thrus, doctor appointments (I got the kids in today for their required checkups/vaccination paperwork and Johnny and I will get our physicals next week), a few home "safety" projects and many more foster training sessions to complete. Wednesday was our first foster training session and it was so good and informative. It was a few hours long, but counts as 1 training session and we need 9 training sessions in all. We will be finished with all our sessions by the end of this month. I was envisioning us getting everything done by summer, but it looks like it's moving faster then I expected, so I am thinking that we might be fostering by early to mid April.
This also made me realize that I need to start getting our bedroom ready for babies! We requested an age range from newborn to 6 months. Can you tell I LOVE babies??? ;) I am pretty much starting from scratch, since I got rid of almost everything a couple of years ago. I was having a really hard time emotionally with all of my miscarriages and surgeries, so I thought it would be best for me to purge and rid of all my baby stuff I had been keeping (just in case). I regret that decision now, but what's done is done and now I am starting over. I do know that the "baby sleeping quarters" has to be finished before we can be officially approved, so this is a must. This is the kind of thing that is making it feel more real and gets me excited and motivated. I know life is about to change dramatically and get messy and exhausting and exciting and a mix of so many unknowns, but I know this is God's plan for us and I know He is right here as we walk through this new season in life. I am SO thankful for my relationship with the Lord, because honestly, I am not sure I would want to take on something like this without God's full support and leading!
Any house projects lately? No....not really. I guess we did start working on our office (out of necessity...majorly needing to organize ;), but really haven't had enough time or money to do much. We built one long desk going from one wall to the other going across the room and that has been amazing. We have both been working on our computers in the office a lot, so it's been nice to have one long desk that we can both sit at and still spread out. I am planning to have 2 matching shelves above the desk area, but I need to save some more money before more materials can be bought. I'll take some pictures of it once it's put together and I have painted the room. I am still purging more household items and rearranging and simplifying a lot...but that's nothing out of the ordinary :)
Here is something funny (in the picture down below)..... Boris (our 5 month old puppy) has discovered our window seat. It's a very narrow window seat...as in my butt barely stays on. Milton used to get on there often, but then I started putting my winter plants on it and he no longer could access it. I recently moved all those plants outside and the dogs quickly re-discovered the window seat. Boris barely fits on it. He is getting SO big :) They love to guard our house/people and animal watch. It's hilarious!
If you know me well, then you know that I LOVE plants and LOVE a good find! So...I happened to find this amazing rubber plant on craigslist. This is the only picture I have of it so far. After I took this picture, I thoroughly sprayed it down (it smelled of smoke from the previous owner), bought a cheap large plastic pot from Lowe's, repotted it, and placed it back into that huge thrift store basket, so you can't see the ackward pot anymore. I also gave it some better soil and I am already noticing more growth. So exciting! I'll take another picture of it after I decide what to do with the basket (I scored it from a thrift store for $5. Seriously, thrifting is the best thing ever. I am thinking of painting the bottom half of it black. I think we might have some black spray paint in the garage....maybe I'll get to it this weekend :) Well, that's it for now. Enjoy your weekend! I know I will. Johnny hasn't been home for any of the spring break, so hopefully we can do at least one fun thing together as a family this weekend.
God is constantly reminding me to find joy in the imperfections of life. He is full of grace. This is a way of reminding myself to look back and see His faithfulness in it all.
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