Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I Have a Dream

I feel like I've forgotten how to blog.  I've lost track of my blog so many times in recent months I'm no longer in my groove.  We've been in the strangest season, and every time I write what I think is my final post about it all, another chapter unfolds.

My husband is right now sitting beside me with his laptop.  He has earphones and is listening to Geoffrey Botkin talk about practical courtship.

Big deal, right?  (No, it really is.)  It's the biggest deal ever.  

There was a time not so many days ago when I began to fear he wouldn't ever be sitting here next to me again. We have just come out of a battle with an infection that scared my socks off.  After his last surgery (on his leg - I think I mentioned it) he developed a post surgical infection.  His doctor prescribed antibiotics.  When the antibiotics didn't work, another doctor doubled the dose and prescribed daily antibiotic shots in the hip along with bed rest.  When he got worse another doctor decided to add a sulfa antibiotic on top of the daily shots and original antibiotic.  As his fever soared and his pain became unbearable he was admitted to the hospital.  MRSA.  

More antibiotics (this time in an iv) and yet two days in and the infectious disease doctor says he's not happy with the progress.  Finally there is improvement and after five days in the hospital he is sent home to recover.  And now, he sits next to me.  Thank you, Lord!  

We've had a good scare.  The kind that makes you forget everything you thought was important and only care about one thing.  The kind of scare you don't soon forget. 

I'm working tirelessly to get life back on track.  There's a span of about two weeks that are a complete blur to me.  

If you feel like hanging around here for just a bit longer I will return to the lighter side of this blog - the recipes and crafts that used to be so fun to chat about.  

In the meantime, I'm chasing my dreams...  

I have a dream.

I have a dream that one day I will get up out of bed on time and not exhausted from too little sleep.

I have a dream that one day everyone in our family will be able to find clean undergarments folded neatly in their drawers.

I have a dream that one day all of our school work will be finished on time, dinner will be on time, and the children will be tucked sweetly in their beds, on time.  

I have a dream that one day I will buy a Sunday paper and I will sit down and read it.  On Sunday.

I have a dream that one day my six children will live in a house that is clean and organized with a smiling mother who combed her hair.

I have a dream that one day our home, as loud and messy as it is right now, will be transformed into an oasis of peace and quiet.  

I have a dream today!  :)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

You probably thought I fell off the face of the earth, didn't you?

I'm still here.  (Barely.)  A wrinkled wad of a mess, but here.

My husband developed a bad infection as a result of his last surgery that landed him in the hospital for a while.  I'm happy to tell you that he is home and recovering well.  Thanks be to our Lord Jesus for the healing in him.

Our world has been turned upside down and inside out, and for right now we have to work on putting it all back together.  I'll just be honest with you - I could use your prayers.

Thanks for checking back here.  I'll be writing soon and filling you in on all the details.  One of these days life is going to settle down and get back to normal.  Or so they tell me. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Checking in on the Bedtime Challenge and other stuff.

As you may or may not know Shark Week starts next Sunday (August 10th).  

Photo Credit - theanimalpics.com

People keep asking me when I'm starting school back.  After one of my friends shared this awesome link with me I think I know my answer.  Our first week of school is going to be Shark Week.  Awesome sauce!!

As for my bedtime challenge, here's where we stand.  Saturday night I went to bed at 12:40 a.m.  I got up Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m.  Good news - I got 6 1/2 hours sleep.  Bad news - It is not good to wake up at 7:30 a.m. if you are trying to get 8 people out the door by 9 a.m.  And I don't mean any ole "out the door".  On Sundays everyone has on their nice clothes which require ironing (more often than not) and I require makeup and hair.  Little girls need bows and people want to eat.  It's not nice to yell on your way to the Lord's house either.  Again, I should have gone to bed earlier.  I must.  

Sunday night I went to bed at 11:30 p.m.  I was really proud of myself as this was closer to my bedtime goal.  It took just a little while to fall asleep since I was totally worn out.  Monday morning, sadly, I slept until 7:30 a.m. again.  My honey turned off the alarm at 6 a.m.  I heard it.  I heard him get in the shower and I smelled coffee brewing, but I could. not. move.  He slipped out and left me in the dark peaceful room all alone.  I fell back asleep and woke up at 7:30!!  He was so happy and proud of himself for getting out of there without waking me up, as he thinks I need more sleep, but I was pretty bummed because I think I need more hours in my morning.   

Last night and today don't even count.  I got almost no sleep last night.  My husband has developed an infection from his surgery and is not doing well.  He spent the night hurting and I spent the night worrying.  I attempted to go to bed at 1:30 a.m. but didn't fall right to sleep.  I got up at 7:30 a.m. 

This challenge is not going well so far but it is going to get better!  Lord willing I will be up by 6 a.m. the rest of the week.  

How is the challenge going for you??

Before I go, here are a few other little things I wanted to pass along...

Did you know Doorposts is having a summer sale?  I got a cool freebie last night.  Head over to the Homegrown Cozy facebook page and get the information (and the coupon code).  And while you are there please give us a "like" too, if you haven't already.

Every now and then I read something I like to share with my readers.  Here's an article I read a while back that I liked and thought maybe you would too - "To the Lady Ashamed to be Pregnant with Her Fourth".  If you have a minute perhaps you may want to read it.     

Lastly, this.  I like it.   

Make it a cozy day!!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Bedtime Challenge

H O W can it be the second day of August??  How? 

Like it or not, the end of summer fun and freedom is coming.  

We've gotten into some bad habits that we surely must break before we get back into the swing of school.  The worst of those habits is staying up too late at night.  

For the next two weeks I am going to really work on our family schedule.  It's so very out of whack!  I've learned that everything hinges on what time I go to bed the night before.  Sooo...I'm going to post what time I go to bed and what time I get up and I would love-love-love if you would too!  You can post in the comment section.  Each time you do your name goes into a drawing for a super cool prize!!  (More on that later!!)  *Make sure you join this site so you are eligible for drawings.*

My initial goal is to get into bed by 11 p.m. and to be up by 6 a.m.  Eventually I would like to be in bed by 10 p.m. and be up at 5 a.m. but with this house full of teenagers getting into bed by 10 p.m. is going to be a real challenge. And no matter how late I get into bed, a sweet little three year old is waking me up early the next morning.  Older kids stay up late, young ones get up early, Mom winds up burning the candle at both ends, (spelled- exhausted).  

What is your ideal sleep schedule?  What time do you get up each morning?  What time do you wake your kids up?  Inquiring minds want to know!  

If getting enough sleep or getting to bed at a decent hour is a struggle for you then please join me in this "Bedtime Challenge".  We have a few scheduling issues but I know the first one to work on is bedtime.  I'm positive we can't get the other parts of our schedule working right until I start getting to bed earlier.  

What is your biggest scheduling hiccup?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Perfect Peace

This has been our summer of stuff.

I was trying to figure out the other day exactly when it all started.  It seemed the further I thought back, the further I went.  

We were pretty boring people not that long ago.  Then stuff started happening and then more stuff happened (and some things really got the best of me).

We are a family where almost no one has ever had surgery and yet in the last eight months there have been three.  We do almost anything to stay out of the emergency room and yet we've made several trips recently. 

There was a cyst on my ovary, and a long struggle with shingles.  One of our sons had knee surgery and months of physical therapy.  There was hernia surgery and leg surgery and a scary run-in with lightning.   

If you've only known me for a year or so, we seem to be that family who always has a problem of some sort.  If you've known me a bit longer you have a different perspective.  Whatever the case, we've been through a lot in the last year.  

Not all of our stuff has been medical.  There have also been relational/emotional issues.  There have been situations that have broken our hearts and people who have let us down.  

I call it our season of stuff simply because there's nothing great to call it..."that summer when Nic got hit with lightning and Dad had two surgeries, and Mom cried a lot".  Yeah, that one.  

There are some verses I have come to love.  I've found myself clinging to them let's just say.  

Isaiah 26:3-4

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.  Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.  

I want to be kept in perfect peace, don't you?  This verse says He (the Lord God) will give that to us.  We trust Him, He gives us peace.  Oh how I've prayed that God would cause my heart and mind to stay focused on Him.  

Perfect peace when a friend crushes us?
When we're scared to death?
Perfect peace in the storm?  When money runs out?  When depression sneaks in?
Perfect peace in cancer?  Infertility?

Perfect peace.

He will keep us in perfect peace.

I love the sound of that.  I want that.  

There will always be stuff.  This isn't just the summer of stuff.  Let's face it, as long as we are here on this earth we will have trouble.  We are not perfect, nor are our family members, friends, or circumstances, but we can have perfect peace.  

Ahhh...  Thank you, Lord!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hi All, 

Long time no...well, posting, I guess you would say.  

I thought I might write while we were on vacation but that did not happen.

I have a 101 things I want to tell you about and I've got some goodies for you too, but today is surgery day for my honey so I'm headed out the door.  again.

{Would you pray for him today if you think about it?  Thank you so much!}

I'll be spending the afternoon in another waiting room.  What are you doing today?  I can't wait until we can get busy talking about all things back to school.  Are you ready?  I'm not, but very soon I am going to try to get that way.

Here are just a few vacation shots I thought I would show you.  It was such a wonderful blessing to step away from all of our "stuff" and enjoy some family fun. 

If all goes well, and I am praying it does, I should be back to a normal posting schedule tomorrow.  Normal as in you will be hearing from me more than once every 10 days or so.  :)

Thank you for continuing to read this blog.  I've got some big plans for fall (well, big to me anyhow) and I think you are going to like what you see.  

Have a super cozy day today!!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Happy Saturday!

I can't believe it's here already!

The last few days have been so busy, some of the busiest days of my life.  They have absolutely flown by!  Today is another very busy day and I've got more to do than I can even believe.  I hope I get it all done by bedtime!

Speaking of bedtime...I want to begin a new challenge soon.  I really, really need to start getting into bed earlier and getting up earlier.  I've got to get better at this before we start a new school year.  I thought maybe, if you are up for it, we'd do a little challenge here on the blog.  Do you have trouble getting into bed at a decent time?  I sure do!  It is after the kids go to bed at night that I feel I can really get to work.  Sometimes they are going to bed as late as 11 p.m.  I start working then and find myself crawling into bed hours later.  It starts a bad cycle.  We are planning a special week of family time for the next few days but after that I want to start working us all toward a good schedule for our new school year.  Would you join me if I did a bedtime/wake-up challenge?  

I have so many things whirling around in my brain right now and I wish I could spend some time writing them out here, but I cannot.  There are too many little people needing me - places to go, people to see.  :)  Before I head out I have a delicious recipe that I have been wanting to share with you all week.  Thanks to precious friends who gave us zucchini from their garden, I made this Monday night.  My family went wild over it.  I'm always a very happy mama when they go wild over a vegetable.

Fried Zucchini

2 zucchini, sliced
1 onion sliced into rings
1/2 cup all purpose flour (I used seasoned flour.)
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 cup vegetable oil 

Stir zucchini and onions together in medium bowl.  In a small bowl mix flour, cornmeal, salt, pepper, and garlic powder together.  Pour over zucchini/onion mixture.  Cover bowl.  Let mixture sit for 20 minutes or so.  A batter will form on the vegetables.  Heat oil over medium heat in skillet.  Add vegetables and fry, turning to brown evenly. 

Try it, try it!  You will love it I say! 

I hope you have a very cozy weekend!!


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