Saturday, April 16, 2011

Foto Friday April Week(s) 2 and 3

Waking up to Snow!
Playing in the snowmelt
Spring is back
Sunday afternoon family time. A Natural! 
Papa get's to share his talent
Just like this!
You got it!
Snuggle Time!
MMM! Priceless!

A Big Shock!

Yesterday morning I woke up with the intention of having a very cheerful productive day. Leif was home and we didn't have any plans taking us away from the house. It was time to Get Things Done!

And then I climbed out of bed!:)

After getting breakfast ready we started working on paperwork and technicalities for school financial aid. Really, not that big of a deal. But the house was a mess. We have to keep the floor spic and span because I have a little mobile vacuum baby. He keeps getting things and gagging on them. So scary and no fun! So I was sitting at the computer, gradually finding myself getting more irritable and more irritable. And then the big BANG! Leif walked in announcing that he had some bad news. - One of my friends died in her sleep. -  She leaves two little ones under the age of five years old. Yes, we are way too young to have a friend suddenly die. Well, that's what we tell ourself anyway.

Truth be told, we have no control over death. NONE! Life might just end up being very short. Is our life in order? What things do Leif and I need to get in order, just in case? I fell asleep with these questions being my last thoughts. Who would take care of my children... Shudder...!

Needless to say, yesterday didn't really turn out as planned. Definitely Not!

Thursday, April 14, 2011


This year has been and will continue to be marked by some great milestones in our family's life and journey. I will share them for the record.

2011 Marked the moment that:
  • We eliminated all but one credit card and its debt.
  • We paid off our car. 
  • We purchased a dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer (AKA made Mama's life A LOT easier!)
  • Leif earned his Bachelors degree (NAU) in Public Administration.
  • Leif and Lena took their health (or lack thereof) to a whole new level of importance.
And the moments yet to come are:
  • Leif will be work and school-free for one whole summer (AKA filling up the family's Love Tank before the Great Journey ahead.)
  • Leif will begin his (2 year) Nursing program (WGU) online and commuting to Beaver and in the end earn a Bachelors Degree in Nursing.
  • Leif will begin his Masters program (NAU) online for Health Administration. 
  • Lena will take the first University level classes she's ever taken (Utah State University) and will work towards a degree in Family Life Studies. 
There is a reason we say "milestones". It is because it takes time and effort to achieve them. And they make a mark in the journey.  Yes, these are definite Milestones!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Mama's Wellness Check-up

I have thought about writing several times in the last week. Some of the times were about how good I was feeling and about all of the things that were contributing to the Goodness. Other times I could have written about how not good I was feeling and all of the reasons why. Instead, I just chose silence. Looking back, I should have celebrated the good. Not very much good in looking back though, except a lesson in not withholding gratitude.  I'll work on that next time.

This time, I'll just write.

My kitchen is clean tonight. The huge majority of my dishes are washed and some are waiting to be put away from my DISHWASHER! I SO Love that little contraption. I met my goals with homeschooling today. I went walking (Thank you Dear Walking Buddy!) I made dinner tonight. I bathed both little ones in my freshly cleaned sink (Thank you Love for the help!) I made time after bedtime routine to give Jakob extra snuggle time tonight (Thanks again Love for the little encouragement, and for cleaning up the yucky diaper accident on the floor.) My kitchen floor is vacuumed (thank you Jakob and Leif!) Summer plans and schedules are in the making, I feel good about them and I hope we can bring them all to a reality. Life Plans are in the making and I feel really good about them (Leif, you Amaze me!)

Weight Watchers is going well. I am loosing weight and gaining better habits! Cinnamon (1 gram per meal) seems to help my sweets craving Tremendously! Enzymes have been helping overall as well. Clarocet makes just enough noticeable difference to continue to take it. That's all I wanted from it. Karol Truman's book is very interesting and I believe much of what she says is very true. Some of it I feel able to apply, other things I might have to gradually implement as life progresses. However, I haven't finished her book yet. I wish I could fit more time in for reading all of the books that I have on my shelf at the moment. Oh well, step by step.

Many days I can feel the progress I have made. Many days I feel like I am still a mess. Most days are a combination of the two. So I continue on with hope of peace. Honestly, I just feel bad for my family. I know that I do a lot to teach them, love them, encourage them. But the moments when I do the absolute opposite of those things seem to be too often and they make a deep mark. Oh how I pray that somehow they will make it through without too much baggage on my account.  There you go, that's me being Brutally honest.

In a world where life isn't complicated or bogged down with responsibility, I think I would declare a "Mama Retreat." I would go somewhere for ten days. Somewhere beautiful and peaceful. I would bring Leif with me (If he wanted to come. I very much enjoy his company.) However, I would spend the whole morning and day by myself. I would write. In my minds eye I have created a therapy through writing plan. I would spend my days writing, working on my relationship with Jesus Christ, and napping. Then I would spend my evenings with my precious husband. Six to Ten Days... It would be a start anyway, right? It would be Heavenly!

HELP! What Photo Storage Should I Use?

Well, my Free Picasa space is all taken up. I can't do Foto Friday until I decide what Photo Storage Site to use. I need it to be FREE, Unlimited, and able to embed individual pictures onto my blog.

Any Suggestions?
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