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Friday, August 11, 2006

Family Time


I am beginning to gain back a wee bit of energy this last mile of pregnancy. Which makes for a happier atmosphere. I don't know, I was in a "blah" slump for a few weeks and it seems the harder I tried coming out of it the worse it got. I cried out to the Lord to please help me and He did after some time. I don't like feeling like that one bit as time's too short anyway with my family. I am gaining back my vision and my mind seems to think more clearly. I hate it when I don't feel more together and I feel as if there's nothing to do about it. All is better now though.
Changes are about to take place here rather soon. Of course the baby will be born soon and then soon after James will start another full time job and leave Inland. We are just so excited for this I cannot even express how much! This can mean such a difference for our family as a whole. It's been hard this past month or so as James has been working two jobs. It will be something for him to be only working one job and a better job at that. While this job will not provide the pay that the other does, it'll be worth it all for James to come out of an atmosphere of abuse and backbiting to one of less stress and also he will have Sundays off!
We have baby chicks! We had two broody hens this summer and so he have seven chicks that are maybe 4-5 weeks old. Then the youngest set hatched just this week and there are 6 in that batch. We had to bury one yesterday that was struggling and that the mom rejected. I told the children it was time to take the chick out of it's misery and bury it. Lessons like this can prove beneficial later. So anyway, we will butcher or sell whatever roosters are in the batch and keep the hens for layers. Then once our current layers are too old to produce then we'll butcher those as well and have them for the stew pot.
We are moving right along in school. I need to enter our work in the Homeschool Tracker program and tally up our days done. I think we are finally getting into the groove of things and are beginning to move full steam ahead. I can FINALLY get in a full lesson with Samuel in one sitting if I make sure I have the timing right and he is rested. So I think he will breeze through the rest of phonics, Lord willing. Dalton gets very upset if he doesn't get all of his work right the first time and frustrated if he has trouble understanding something. I think this is when character lessons happen side by side with academics. The challenge is good for the children and was just what I was looking for. I really didn't think that Christian Light's lightunits program would be so challenging but I am glad that it is as it combines convenience with learning. We have used them off and on since preschool with our first child. While we have gotten down the basic 3Rs it's time to pick up the step with science and history. We are a little sluggish there but now's the time to get it in so we will have it completed by the end of this year.
In baby news it's like the military.... hurry up and wait!! I think we are ready except for socks. I need to buy socks for this wee one. All of our babies have had big feet and never could fit into the smallest sold so I need to investigate what is out there. Since not knowing if "it" is a girl or boy I just have a few drawstring gowns laundered until we get home and pull out the right clothes. With this baby our new purchase is the Moses Basket! It will take place of our old bassinet that finally bit the dust. I have that ready, the cloth diapers and covers washed and ready, nursing covers ready, blankets washed and my bag mostly packed for the hospital. The more babies we have- the more I have came to realize that they really don't need all that people think they do. It's amazing how commercialism comes into effect with babies almost as much as Christimas! All babies really need are a few essentials and a lot of love. This one will be so richly loved. The whole family is anticipating the arrival and waiting to love this wee one. Last year I got a new ( to me) rocker and I've been waiting to rock a baby in it for a llooonnnggg time. My time's coming, Lord willing. The last day will be the 30th or maybe even sooner. No matter, as long as the child is healthy and comes out just when needed. I think this baby really is ready though. I can sit and watch it breathe sometimes! That's really a cool thing to see. Maybe I did see it with the others but just didn't remember it.
We have a few home improvement projects that's taken place the past month or so. We got new blinds for the living room and bifold doors to go in front of the washer and dryer. Next is to get new countertops for the kitchen. This is a must have as the tile is falling off the counters more and more day by day. It's really bad and so time for new ones. Then there will be the roof for this fall for James to work on. That will be the biggy for sure and very much needed.
Okay, I am off to get the children in line for school. It's cooler out today so I'd like for them to have a chance to play and maybe I can do some walking outside.
Have a blessed day in the Lord!

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