Friday, April 18, 2014

There are days

Sometimes there are days when your 9 month old is teething and wakes up every hour on the hour. You wake up feeling a little insane with two toddlers demanding attention the second they wake up... no joke it's instant. You feel so groggy and exhausted that even an extra cup of coffee can't seem to do the trick. You are cranky and short with all your kids and start feeling guilty and inadequate with your role. "Lord can I really do this?.. Most importantly can I do it well?" You sink deeper into exhaustion,  feeling so overwhelmed that all you want to do is cry. "Lord please let me make it through this day, this week, this month, this season with joy in my heart and find strength in You".

And then there are the moments where the Lord shows you just that. When brothers share the last tortilla chip at the restaurant without being asked. When they randomly come find you in the kitchen to give you a hug and tell you they love you before running back to play. When brothers wake up from naps and I hear laughter from opposite ends of the room or when you have a spontaneous hike with all  three of your boys after leaving the park where major tree climbing and bird chasing are in order.When your 9 month old masters sitting and you find him randomly sitting and playing with his toys and has the look of joy and accomplishment on his face.  When your son declares that he has Jesus in his heart. Yes there are days like this too.

Not everyday is the same in motherhood or really in life but I pray that even through tiredness and bad under eye circles I am able to find the joy that makes this journey worth it.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bath Time

After dinner the two older boys typically go upstairs with papa and get in the bath and get ready for bed. I typically finish dinner dishes while Baby Hawk finishes his dinner a la baby led weaning which basically means that both he and the floor will be in need of a little scrubbing.

I run a warm bath for him in the  kitchen sink and  for those few minutes before the  bedtime chaos begins we get a little time together. It's our little secret quiet time. When you have three kids (or more than one really) you have to find those little moments to soak up some one on one time with each of them. It's a time to hit the reset button and just enjoy this very moment. I am so very thankful for this adorable stage.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring nature study

 There is nothing  better than learning through nature. It's fun and most of all it's easy since everything is outside your door. 
The boys and I have been studying the six days of creation and have taken a little extra time on day 3 (land and plants). So what have our studies looked like?  Below are a few of the things we have done so far.

^^^^ We planned out and planted or starters for our herb garden ( I have a bit of a black thumb) praying that I don't mess this one up^^^

^^^ we also planted sunflower seeds which  we are watching grow.... so far so good ^^^^

^^^ We learned and painted the parts of a flower (this is inspired by the printable by Homeschool Creation ) ^^^^

^^^^^Most importantly we went outside and enjoyed all that the Lord created for us^^^

One thing I love about teaching the boys at home is that learning goes hand in hand with life. Lessons can be planned with whatever you are doing. Are you planting a garden this year? Teach your kids a little while you do it. It really can be that simple at this age.