Hey ya’ll, happy new year! I’m not going to start by stating the obvious I will just give you a quick life update and then write again when the kids leave the house (maybe before that just to let you know I am still alive)
Anya started Kindergarten last year, and yes, were still going. I realized how uncrafty I am and how much I hate messes. She’s just starting to learn how to read and currently using Hooked on Phonics for that subject. We use Mystery Science for, can you guess?!? Oh, and right now you can sign up to get a free school year of Mystery Science. And then My Father’s World for everything else. I didn’t want to be a smorgasbord curriculum mom only because I really stink at planning, but alas it’s happened. Anya is into art and so we’ve started to incorporate that into our lessons. I am trying to find some sort of Art Class that she could join, or we could do online even.
My sweet Liv turned four last year! She’s at that stage in life where I want to just freeze her and make her stop growing up. Liv loves participating in school activities with Anya, or doing whatever Anya is doing. She just started going to Anya’s Sunday school class last week, and she did a great job! She has this amazing sponge of a brain right now and can memorize verses in a snap. Liv wants to start dancing, so I think this year we are going to sign her up for ballet class at the YMCA.
Liam is always walking around the house talking to himself we call him our little minion because he sometimes sounds like them when he is mumbling. He and Liv are exactly the same height, but he weighs more than her. They have been mistaken as twins on more than one occasion 😉 Liam will play with puzzles or his paw patrol cars when the girls are doing school. He has recently started this new thing where he walks around the house yelling, “Mom, come quick there is an emergency!” Now, an emergency to a two-year-old is way different from an adult. The “emergencies” that Liam has tends to be either someone took a toy from him, or he can’t find something.
We had a little blue betta fish (we thought it would be a good starter pet ;)) that we named little blue, creative, I know. He almost lasted a year in our house, but he jumped out of his tank on three separate occasions and well, you what they say, third times a charm. It wasn’t charming for him though since he ended up dying. Maybe he watched too much Nemo? So, we decided, hey let’s get a different type of fish and try this whole fish thing again! Three little guppies came to live with us in November, and we only have one swimming in the tank currently. We aren’t really fish people apparently… I always wanted a dog!
As for me, well, I am learning about contentment and loving the season of life that I am in right now. Things seem hectic and fast paced, but eventually, they won’t be and I will look back on this season and miss it. That line between when we are born and when we die is short let’s use the minuscule time we have here on earth wisely. I have goals and plans for this year, but you know, if they don’t get accomplished I won’t beat myself up about it.
Would I like to finish and publish my novella? Of course, but not at the expense of my family. We were watching home videos the other night at my parents house and I loved how close the four of us were (still are today). My parents love each other and my brother and me, and Josh and I always looked out for one another. We both had such an amazing childhood filled with love and laughter. Now, don’t get me wrong, days were not always sunshine and rainbows, but I don’t remember them as much as I remember all the beautiful memories. I want that for my kids. I want them to remember me being in the moment with them, and not staring at my phone half listening, half scrolling through facebook. God gave me these children to raise! What an amazing yet terrifying task. The one thing that your children really want is you.
Joshua 24:15 “…But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”