Friday, October 31, 2014

Stupid chickens, photo fails, furniture salvage help (7qt)

 Our current flock of chickens is particularly stupid.  We finally brought them over from the old house and set up the coop near the pole barn because a) the barn has running water all winter and 2) when the roosters decide to crow at 6:47 a.m. I won't have the undeniable urge to punch them in the face with a waffle iron.

Would you like to know where they have been roosting?  Would you? Too bad.  I'm telling you anyway.  ON MY FRONT PORCH.

Sweet pickled petunias.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

No Pressure Preschool & starting FHC prep (Learning Notes vol. 3)

I don't have a system yet, y'all.  New house, new layout, no kitchen countertop space for a computer- all of it is making it super hard to get back into a groove.

When in doubt: learnin' notes.

Chombat photo bomb
Paul is seven, but a young seven.  Until yesterday, I wasn't sure if we would be doing First Communion prep with him this year or not.  Then all of a sudden he started with the questions.  What is communion?  Why does God say that?  Do you get in trouble after you go to confession?  But he wasn't asking me.  He was asking his sweet biggest sister and heart.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Questions, baby, sugar beets (7qt)

I have exactly 21 minutes to write this post. How lame is it if I ask you a bunch of questions?  Like....oh, here goes: have you ever installed a new kitchen in a house?  If so, talk to me about the cabinets you chose.  We used Lowe's in-stock cabinets in our last place because that was about the level that the house warranted.

You know what I mean.  You don't want to spend more than what the market will bear once you try to sell and all that.  But this house is a little more something.  So I'd like the cabinets to be a little more something.  But not a LOT more something.  Because we'll only have a few of the somethings we need, namely: money.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hey, how are things going at the new place? (5 faves)

This morning at our weekly co-op my friends were all asking me how things were going at the new house and I thought to myself I thought "Dweej, I bet everyone is wondering that!"  So how 'bout some more pictures?  Perhaps five of them?  Yes.  5 Favorite pictures.

 p.s. at 4 pm EST today, we've got a showing of The House Unseen.  If we sell it, I can get a kitchen that doesn't have duck tape holding the countertop to the wall!  Will you say a quick prayer?  St. Jude, St. Joseph and St. Ann are probably getting tired of hearing from me, but of YOU they are not. I'm sure of it.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A 34 year miracle

I shouldn't be blogging right now. I have six browser tabs open.  Two of my kids are still awake.  I still haven't cancelled the phone and internet at the old house. 

The old house.

It's weird calling it that.  It's weird but not hard.

God's plans are always bigger than ours, you know?  This whole thing.  This...crazy thing...doesn't even really feel like it was our idea.  Do you know what I mean?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I cleaned stuff so you could win $100

Oh my gosh.  You guys.  Moving is insane.  Who invented "moving" anyway?  And it's not all the stuff you're thinking about, like the paperwork and the endless phone calls and the putting of each individual glass from your kitchen into cardboard boxes.  Well yeah, it's all that.  But it's not JUST all that.  It's the cleaning!  Holy.  Mackerel. 

The cleaning.

I am in super-duper-clean-all-the-things-non-stop mode these days.  The regular house things, yes, but also the chil'rens.  Because kids gotta be kids, you know?  The syrup and the dirt and the dog hair.  Have fun.  Be happy.  But mama can't have the syrup and the dirt and the dog hair all over her freshly painted, pristine wall of pristine-ness, no she cannot.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New House Pics: vol. 2

I'm aliiiiiiiiiiive!!!

I'm in my the taaaaaaaaaaaable...on the iiiiiiiiinternet!

(I hope you sang that in your head while you were reading it.)

So I promised you photos of the upstairs and the outside, right?  Let's do it.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

New House Pics: vol. 1

The level of exhaustion. I can't even.


kids, breakfast, clean up house to make it show ready in case we got a call, take 2 kids to riding lessons, take 4 kids with me to the grocery store, pick up 2 kids from riding lessons, back to the house for lunch, clean house again, drop 5 kids off at our friends' house, haul myself and baby to the other side of town to the title office...

2:57 p.m.!  I made it with 3 minutes to spare!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Lovely, Gracious, Excellent

I was raised to loathe material things.  The spiritual world is spiritual, the material world is material.  We are not at all our bodies.  The body is just a cage that our soul is trapped inside of.  I am no more this person than I was my previous body from my previous life.  A strict dichotomy between things of this world (bad) and things of the beyond (good).  This is what I was not.

Really it was the reincarnation thing that allowed that entire philosophy to fall apart.  I wrote about it more a couple of years ago right here if you're in the mood.

But that's not what I want to talk about today.  Today I want to talk about learning to appreciate beauty.  Not just the God-created beauty of a child's smile or a gorgeous sunrise, but the beauty I can create myself.  The beauty you can create.  The beauty that can lift our spirits, give a foretaste of heaven, and make the drudgery that is inescapable in this fallen world more manageable.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Your new favorite piece of jewelry is right inside

Hey.  Two entire weeks ago I talked about the Jamberry nails and my novena bracelet photobombed three of the shots. That totally happened.

I'm finally back with real pictures!  And a coupon code!  Because remember that thing about my brain not functioning correctly due to it being plagued by RET14?  (That's "real estate transactions 2014" for anyone [read: everyone except me because I just this very second made that up] who isn't quite certain what my particular ailment is).  Due to said mental impediment a) it took me two weeks to get back with you on that and dos) I'm in a bloggy fog and am so grateful to have SOMETHING to share with you that is good but doesn't require me to put a non-run-on sentence together.

25 bonus points for you if you made it through every cumbersome word of the above paragraph.

Thank you for not breaking up with me these days, seriously.

Monday, October 06, 2014

The house is on the market and I'm a wreck

Remember that one time that I talked about being all in with this mothering thing, and how I fail but then try again?  Well this weekend (or is it last weekend?  I can't tell.  Whatever.  The two days previous to today.  Me talk goodly.) was one giant enormous pile of fail.

Waiting for a closing date that's already been delayed whilst simultaneously getting your house ready to put on the market is lunacy.  At least it is for me.  Because I make everything more complicated than it needs to be.  Super happy fun timez!

So I'm trying a reboot right now.  And since being "all in" will mean not serving lunch late because I was busy writing a super meaningful tome of meaningfulness, here are the house pics I sent to our realtor.

Friday, October 03, 2014

5 recipes and a cute baby (7qt) (5 Faves)

My bebeh is going to be 4 months old (!!!) on Sunday, but y'all know I am terrible about checking in with e-land on the weekends these days, so I'll go ahead and show you this hilarious cuteness right now:

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Morning Sickness Remedies

My e-friend Lindsey is a doula in Florida (come to Michigan! Be my birth person!) and is here to chat about morning sickness because I kid you not: the terrible feeling of feeling terrible non-stop is the hardest part of pregnancy for me. Not the being huge or the swollen feet or even the actual labor and delivery. No. It's the anticipation of feeling like death gently warmed over and then that anticipation becoming reality that puts the bowling ball of fear right there in my stomach. So this book of hers- this book matters to me. And Lindsey is gonna do the talking! Yay!

Ready? Let's go.
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