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Laura
Follower of Christ. Wife to Adam. Mama to Joshua (9), Abigail (8), Esther (7), Hannah (6), Noah (5), Joseph (3), Peter (2), James (9 months), and Blessing #9 due late August. Soli Deo Gloria!
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Adam and Laura

Adam and Laura

Joshua Addison

Joshua Addison

Abigail Lauren

Abigail Lauren

Esther Rebecca

Esther Rebecca

Hannah Ralene

Hannah Ralene

Noah Evans

Noah Evans

Joseph Patrick

Joseph Patrick

Peter Edwin

Peter Edwin

James Emil Robert

James Emil Robert

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Look What I Found


Yes, that's my kitchen floor he's slithering around on.


I'm glad Adam was home to rescue me by grabbing the little intruder and tossing him out in the bushes. Otherwise he might still be lurking somewhere in the house, just waiting to bite off one of my toes. I know, he's more scared of me than I am of him. I'm not so sure that's true, but don't tell him that! Finding him did bring back some funny memories though, and it also reminded me that it's almost time for the scorpions to come out. I sure hope Noah doesn't find one on the floor before we do!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Schedule


I recently listened to "Twenty-Four Hours Is All You Get" by Susan Bradrick. She has so many great things to say about time management and how and why we should budget our time wisely. Here are two of the many things she said that really stuck with me.

"If time is not carefully budgeted it will be irretrievably wasted before we know it."

"...the bulk of our time was being wasted by taking too much time on both necessary and unnecessary things."

Mrs. Bradrick listed four common objections to having a schedule.

1. I don't work well on a schedule
2. Schedules stifle creativity and spontaneity.
3. Schedules are mechanical and they don't meet the needs of real people.
4. As soon as I make a schedule, something comes along and upsets it.

She proceeds to offer Biblical reasons why these objections are not legitimate. I won't go into those reasons here because I don't want to give away all the good stuff! I highly recommend this CD for any wife and mother, and I'm sure that it would be just as applicable to many other people.

As she was going through the objections above, I was starting to feel pretty good about myself. I have always liked having a schedule and none of those four things have ever been a problem for me. Just as I was starting to think that maybe I didn't need a lecture on this topic...BAM!

"Some people are scheduling fanatics, and their schedules become tyrants. For them, keeping a schedule can be a higher priority than obeying God's commands to be loving, kind, tenderhearted, forgiving, gentle, patient, etc."

Ouch. My mind immediately went to earlier in the day when I fussed at Noah for touching the window that I had just cleaned. As if that wasn't enough, she then said,

"An over-emphasis on cleanliness can interfere with other good family activities and responsibilities, and it can make family members hesitant to soil a dish, do a project or tackle a job for fear of doing it wrong."

Ouch again. I definitely think that cleanliness and tidiness should remain a high priority for me, but I really need to work on not being so uptight about things. Children make messes and it's not the end of the world. I've been trying to turn their messes into an opportunity to train them to be clean and tidy, instead of having a little fit because they undid what I had just done. I have to remind myself multiple times a day, and I'm afraid I forget far too often, but I'm working on it!

Mrs. Bradrick goes on to talk about how God holds us accountable for how we spend our time. She discusses seven blessings that can result from having a workable schedule, and she gives some good pointers for developing a budget for time management.

I shared what I learned with Adam and we worked out a schedule that seems to fit our family well. I will share some of that soon. Below is the text to the hymn that we have been memorizing during our evening family worship. I thought it fit wonderfully with this topic!

All for Jesus, all for Jesus!
All my being’s ransomed powers:
All my thoughts and words and doings,
All my days and all my hours.

Let my hands perform His bidding,
Let my feet run in His ways;
Let my eyes see Jesus only,
Let my lips speak forth His praise.

Worldlings prize their gems of beauty,
Cling to gilded toys of dust,
Boast of wealth and fame and pleasure;
Only Jesus will I trust.

Since my eyes were fixed on Jesus,
I’ve lost sight of all beside;
So enchained my spirit’s vision,
Looking at the Crucified.

Oh, what wonder! how amazing!
Jesus, glorious King of kings,
Deigns to call me His belov├Ęd,
Lets me rest beneath His wings.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Giveaway

My good friend Nikki is giving away a really pretty bookmark that she made herself! Nikki crochets beautifully and this little bookmark is proof of that. :) Head over to her blog to enter yourself!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Growing Up

We recently switched Noah over to a big boy bed! The boys' room is not large enough for 2 beds, so we took Joshua's bed out and got a bunkbed. Both of them are excited about the change.








I have to tell you that these photos only tell part of the story. In between the 3rd and 4th pictures should be one showing Noah getting out of his bed and getting into things (notice all of the stuff that he's put under the bed in picture #1) or climbing up into Joshua's top bunk. No one had to tell him that he could get out of his bed. As a matter of fact, I think he had been planning to try it for months before we actually set the bed up! He's a smart cookie, and he knows that he'll be disciplined if he does not stay in his bed, but he's also really stubborn and has tried us many times. He's learning though, and he is getting much better. I suppose now that he's in a big boy bed it's time to wean him off of the pacifier. Maybe we'll work on that next month. One thing at a time. :)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Our First Duet

I am teaching Joshua, Abigail and Esther piano now. I did a little bit with Joshua and Abigail last year, but I was not very consistent with lessons. I'm afraid that I'm still not as consistent as I should be, simply because we're all ready for a break by the time we're done with our morning chores and school! All three of them want to learn though, so we are going to do it! Esther has the most natural ability and the best ear. Abigail is very determined and is the best at playing what's on the page. Joshua is the best at coming up with things that sound good to him and isn't quite as concerned with the notes on the page! Abigail really wanted to play a duet with me, and here is our first of (hopefully) many! She got a little nervous with the camera rolling, so we had to start over. :) I'm not sure why it is sideways and I can't figure out how to rotate it, so it will just have to stay sideways. Oh, and I know that my piano is woefully out of tune. The camera makes it sound worse than it really is...and a little distorted...but I do seriously need to get it tuned. It's on the list of things to do. :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

New Pictures

We had new family photos taken recently. I just set them on the counter and snapped pictures of them to post here, so the quality isn't that great. In retrospect I should have just scanned them. I didn't think of that! I'm pleased with how they turned out though. When we only had one child everyone's hair, clothes, and smiles had to be perfect before I was pleased with the photo. After we added a few more children, I was satisfied if everyone looked relatively put-together and no one was crying. Now, with six, as long as everyone is dressed, no one has their finger in their nose, and everyone is looking in the general direction of the camera, we're good to go! :)














Monday, August 16, 2010

What We've Been Up To

Partying...

Enjoying some Papa time during his days off last week...


Thinking about possibly starting Potty Training Round 5 (not sure either one of us are ready, but I've found him several times on the potty...fully clothed and reading a book!)...


Talking to our reflection in the mirror...

Enjoying the (HOT!) great outdoors...


Baking...

And just generally enjoying each other!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Truck



Adam recently bought a truck. It's great...old, lots of miles, well-loved, a little beat up! Just the way I like them! There aren't enough seatbelts for all of us, but it is very roomy and we've all piled in for a drive around the neighborhood a few times. He's already gotten tons of use out of it cleaning out two of our rental units and getting them ready for new tenants. He's hauled a few truckloads of junk away that we would not have wanted to haul in the back of the van.

The only bad thing about the truck is that it makes him want to listen to country music. I really detest country music. Well, actually, it's not that bad until they start singing. Then I just can't bear it! I told Adam that I spend a lot of my day listening to and correcting whining, and I don't particularly want to listen to some guy on a CD whining at me too! There are several things that Adam has gotten me hooked on since we've been married though. Things that I thought I couldn't stand. Coconut, cilantro, dark chocolate, curry, and the latest is goat cheese. I just now realized that those are all food items. Haha! I guess there's a very slim chance that he could get me hooked on country music as well, but I'm not counting on it. :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

3 Months


Joseph is three months old today! He's just so sweet and so much fun! I love this age! Though to be perfectly honest I haven't come across an age that I don't love. I think I'm hopelessly addicted to babies. :) He has discovered that his hands belong to him. It always makes me laugh to see babies sit there staring at their fists, whack themselves in the head, and then give you a look that says "Who did that?". :)


All of Joseph's siblings still think he's the greatest thing around. Especially Noah. He can be crying and very upset about something, but if I ask him to give Joseph a kiss he'll snap right out of it and fall all over "Baba" (baby). I keep trying to get him to say "Joseph", but he won't try. He'll say his other siblings' names, but he will only call Joseph "Baba". :)


Joseph is still eating great and is a very good sleeper. He likes his bed and will usually go to sleep on his own without so much as a whimper when I put him down awake. I still rock him to sleep sometimes just because I love doing it, but it is a huge blessing to have a baby that likes his bed when there are five other children wanting this, that, and the other. We love our sweet baby Joseph!

Monday, August 09, 2010

Long Time, No Post

Yes, I know that I have been neglecting the blog. Sometimes I feel bad about it, but then I remind myself that it is better to neglect the blog (and the emails, and friends' blogs, etc) than to neglect Adam or the children or the house. And then I feel better. :) I have several posts in the works though, and I'm hoping that our new schedule will help me to use my time more wisely. More on that later!

For now here is a video from when we were at the pool a few weeks ago. Our neighbors across the street are very nice. They are great-grandparents and they have been so kind to us. They have generously offered to let us swim in their pool whenever we want to! We don't go often because Adam is busy with school and it is hard for me to take all of the children by myself. Joseph isn't a big fan of sitting in the stroller or in his swing in this heat! Adam asks the children who is the bravest, and after they answer you can hear Noah yell "I am!". :)


Sunday, August 01, 2010

Happy Birthday Hannah!!

Today is Hannah's 3rd Birthday!

Hannah is sweet...

sensitive....


expressive...

determined to keep up with her big siblings...

THREE!!!

Not to mention helpful, smart, funny, etc. :) Happy Birthday, Hannah!!