After an insanely wakeful night, the only way I didn't lose my mind was to find the humor in the situation. Between a preschooler, a toddler, a pregnancy, a husband in the military, and an old house with baseboard heaters that pop louder than a firework, there's simply no way I'm getting sleep anytime soon. To survive, I often remind myself that this is but a season. A sweet one, but an oh-so weary one! Here is a sample of what my average night of sleep looks like (minus the heater outbursts every 30 minutes). If you're a mom, I bet it's ridiculously similar. All I can say is, God bless us!
On New Year's Eve, I read Joanna Gaines blog post about looking back at 2016. I decided to do that same that night, to reflect on all our family experienced during the last twelve months. To help remind myself, I logged onto my Google Photos account. I pretty much record an image from every day so it was the perfect way to recap. As I began looking through the photos, I started a list of all our trips and major events that took place. In short, 2016 was an incredibly hectic, transient, and trip-filled year. I was exhausted once I reached the last photo from 2016. I can't believe all that we've been through and done, and now all I want to do is stay home in 2017! Below is a slideshow with captions to illustrate the list I compiled that made up the major events for our family in 2016:
Christmas is here! Just as much as I enjoy taking down all the decorations in January, I look so forward to decorating the house in late November--the day after Thanksgiving, to be precise. The holiday additions make our home feel wonderfully special for the short time that we prepare for the celebration of the birth of Christ. As a woman on a budget and one who is keen on simplicity, here are ten ideas you can use to spruce up your home for the holidays.
I'm so happy you're here! You are a beloved child of God with a meaningful story to tell and a calling to answer. I pray that while you visit my little corner of the world, you feel inspired, encouraged, and emboldened to pursue a Christ-like life.
I'm a military wife, homeschooling mama, and nationally recognized educator. My deepest desire is to help you cultivate a loving relationship with Jesus and empower you to fulfill God's purpose for your life.