There’s so much keeping us busy around here lately. Home and reviews are overrunning with life. There’s so much to do and so little time.
Days like this I wish I was Born Organized but I am far from it. My home overflows with stuff and busy days. Doctors appointments have taken much of my time lately and just keeping the basics done around home.
The small things I do get done fill up fast. I can’t keep up and I really don’t bother trying. At this season in life, as long as the kids are happy, learning and fed, that’s all that matters to me. There’s no way to get anything else in.
At this stage, I’m on a learning mission. Learning about Faith, Life, Love and yes, organizing it all both physically and mentally. It’s not an easy lesson but it’s all falling in place as I age. Every day I come a little closer to making things better for us.
Right now we are facing some struggles. Laycie is changing medication because hers is no longer controlling as it needs to be and I pray this change is for the best for her. Jackson has a small bug and a high fever to go with it. He’s also battling constipation and we aren’t sure where it’s coming from but he’s starting medication to help with that as well.
Winston and Emmalee are troopers as always. Emma does have her wellness check-up this week and hopefully we can get her going with her orthopedics again soon because that really needs done. With all the sickness from Laycie and Jax we’ve had to put off a lot in the last year. Now that we have more balance, I can now deal with those things that we had to put onto the back burner.
Life has been so busy lately that I’ve barely been online except through my phone and I truthfully needed that little break to refocus. It takes balance to live the life you want and so I’ve been trying to find a good balance to get to where we need to be. It’s a slow process but we are heading that way.
I’ve heard lots about Blogging Through The Alphabet from Marcy @ BenandMe.com and others who have joined in the past. It sounded like a lot of fun and since I am often struggling to come up with my own ideas for blogging weekly, it sounded exactly like something I need to join in with. Win, win, win! So here goes…
A is for Apples
Apples are pretty important in our house. They are one of Laycie’s absolute favorite things. She loves to eat them but even more, she loves to collect different collectible apples.
We have glass apples, apple signs, apple drawings and more. At one point the kitchen curtains were even red to match her beautiful apples which I have managed to contain mostly in our kitchen. She sure loves those apples!
When Laycie was first learning to talk, she struggled with saying the word “apple”. She would say “Bapple” instead. Completely adorable! I found it so adorable that I actually called my first iPhone Bapple for my Laycie-Lou. She loved that!
Sadly, I admit that her love of Apples has also encouraged me to buy iPhones and iPads, silly as that is. I love to see the smile on her face from each apple she finds, even the little silver one on the back of my phone. I’d do anything to see her precious smile.
Are their things in your home that you find yourself collecting because of your children? Do your rooms reflect their loves as well as their own? Share with me if you wish.
“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”
— Martin Luther
It’s November and Winter has arrived in South Carolina. The leaves are changing colors and falling from all the trees. It’s nice to see since it’s been a while since we’ve had a real Winter here.
Laycie tells me Fall is her favorite time of year. I guess she gets that from me, or Barney – not really sure there. Either way, we both love Fall. The change from hot summer air to cool, crisp breezes always makes me feel renewed. Fall for me is a season of peace. And it makes me happy to know she shares that seasonal love with me.
Unfortunately, the weather change also often brings about bad things. Like the flu, which has hit our house full force in just 24 hours. Winston is down for the count. Jackson and I have escaped from the sickies and ran to Grandma’s house to hole up for the next few days.
Tonight I’m thankful my Mom lives next door and can care for my babies while I protect and care for my tiniest baby. I’m also thankful for breastfeeding because hopefully the antibodies in my breast milk will help keep Jackson from getting sick too. Since I chose not to vaccinate him, I’m doing my best to keep him well.
I’m hoping to wake in the morning to find everyone if feeling much better and this was just a 24 hour bug. -Hey, a Mom can hope right?! – If not, Jackson and I will enjoy a longer vacation at Grandma’s. I must admit, it’s kind of nice having the little man all to myself for a little while, but I desperately miss his older brother and sisters so I’m hoping they get well soon!
While I’m out of my house, I am working on blog posts and homekeeping plans. With seasonal change comes my need for a fall cleaning, home organizational overhaul and boy am I in full force with overhauling my house. The kids are learning lots of new things and didn’t realize Momma could clean so much, so well or fast as I have been lately with them. They are unsure if they like Mommy’s new ways but they are quickly learning to enjoy the clean and clutter-free life. Let’s face it: Clean and organized is better.
So that’s the update for now. It’s almost one here and I really need to shut down and get some sleep before the littlest man to steal my heart wakes up wanting to eat. I hope everyone who reads this is doing well. Much love to each of you.
Laycie is my beautiful 3year and 10 month old daughter. She is my baby girl. She’s a joy to everyone who knows her.
The day Laycie was born her big sister Emmalee took one look at her and deemed her our Angel. She definitely is. She has blessed each of us more than we surely deserve. She was sent straight from Heaven above.
Laycie starts her day by seeking out her brother first thing. She loves their special morning time together. She has him fix her cereal and milk and he always happily obliges.
After that she finds me with a beautiful smile, saying “you awake Mommy?” “You ARE awake Mommy… good morning!” with a laugh. I love it when she tells me that!! I love to hear her say it almost as much as I love her “I love you, I like you, Mommy”. She is precious my sweet girl.
The next thing she asks me is “Where is my Dahee?” (Daddy) “Is Dahee at work?” “Yes, Daddy’s at work.” “Oh,” is often her reply. “Do you miss Daddy?” “Yea” she tells me.
When it’s time for her medicine she is always ready and willing to take it. She knows it makes her feel better. She doesn’t mind. She’s taken it since she was a baby so it’s a routine part of her life.
Laycie spends most days alternating between each of us. She was born into family and she doesn’t know what alone is. She chooses by the minute who she wants to be next to and she loves spending time with everyone of us. We love spending time with her too.
Last month, Laycie started doing preschool work. She is learning her colors and shapes. She is learning concepts. She is learning to pronounce her “p’s”, her “k’s” and her “g’s”. She loves to learn. And every night she loves telling her Daddy what she has learned that day. And of course he loves to hear her.
When Daddy isn’t working you can bet you will find him and Laycie somewhere together. She is his shadow when he is at home. He doesn’t go far without her at least knowing where he is at. She loves her Daddy and he loves her.
When Laycie was born, her bassinet carried the last name Lambert. Today I believe that was a promise from God because not only is it her Mommy’s last name but it’s her Daddy’s too. One day Laycie will carry that last name once again. In her heart, she already does.
Laycie doesn’t know much of her past. She’s three. There’s no need to tell her about the then. For her there is only now. Now, living in the home she will grow up in for life, with her Mommy and Daddy and her Bubba, her Sissy and her Justain. Now, living next door to her Mama, her Grami and Grumpy and behind her Papa’s pond and her Maw Maw’s house. She talks with her Nanny, her uncle Lance and her Aunt Terris and cousin Megan on the phone every chance she gets. These are the daily consistancies in her life. This NOW is her life.
I daily thank God for this life, for this child He has blessed me with. There was a time I wasn’t sure if I’d ever see her again. There was a time that I worried that the abuse she was being raised in would catch her before I could save her from it.
I would give my life for all my children. I will fight for them forever. There is nothing I would not do for them. They are my life and all I want is for them to live their’s happily and in a safe, protective environment.
I’m thankful this is the only life Laycie knows, the only one she remembers. I am thankful she has a Daddy who is here with her every day, who would give his own life for her. I am blessed to see the love he has for our daughter, blessed that she is able to know the unconditional love of a father and family as she has. This is the life and family she was meant to have and she loves every single minute of it.
Laycie, our Angel, has been more of a blessing than I could ever have imagined. Blessed I am to be able to call myself her Mother.
It seems I always have 1000 things running through my head these days that I want to post about and yet I never do. I come to the blog, I open a post and yet I shut my mouth so to speak. Me at a loss of words! Can you imagine?
I try my best to avoid drama and it seems to be drawn to me like a bear to honey. It finds me, searches me out no matter how much I try to hide from it. I find that to be a huge reason behind my lack of inspiration in writing and sharing with others online lately. I’m sick of being drawn into the midst of some small drama that turns huge for no reason and I surely do not want that monster to find my sweet little blog!!
But I feel the need to write, to share, to talk, to guide, to let God speak through me as much as I’m able and to share my thoughts with others. Many of us feel that way, I know. I read wise words from my lovely friends and those who inspire us every day. I see God in these works and I want to see God in my work too.
Lately, I’ve been persuing my photography career thanks to my dear friends who have greatly encouraged me (you know who you are). It’s been time consuming and enjoyable all at the same time. I see God in their shoves and God in my work. Now I find myself wanting to see God in my words too. Is he there? Can I easily find him?
I personally don’t see it often enough. I feel the weight of the Devil on my thoughts and I try to avoid him like the plague. I feel depressed and discouraged, left abandoned and wanting for more from this life of mine. God can overcome all of this, I know. I have that faith in him. That mustard seed of faith that I must always keep just to perservere and tredge ahead in my personal world.
Tonite, I feel God calling me to do more. I feel him saying Grow, Blossom and share my love with others. Share your talents as I provide them, he says to me and so I am doing my best to do that both in my words and my photography. I am finding peace in my thoughts, peace in my words. Much needed peace that I don’t want to forget and can’t always find. By seeking Him I can find them though. And that is what I need to do more of.
I’m surely not alone in this need, to find peace and love and God all at once together. And in God is where I will find the three. Only in God. I know this. You know this. It’s what each of us seeks daily. His guidance and His Love.
There is so much more to do, to say, to be and yet His Love is enough. More than enough ever it will be.