Summer is here, and even though I’ve lived in this same little area in Missouri my whole life, I never noticed the Catalpa trees in bloom. They’re beautiful. The little details and intricate design of God’s creation become more evident to me with each year that passes. April 9th was the first day I noticed the littlest bit of green on the trees around our house. If you would have asked me a few years ago to pinpoint the month, even, that spring sprung I would have guessed maybe May?
And I can’t help but believe that this kind of peace and appreciation for life as it is has to do with being saved (almost two years ago now!!) and truly knowing God the Father and Jesus and the life and grace that comes along with that. I mean, its not like you find Jesus and then life is sunshine and roses. There are still the same obstacles and temptations and all of that, but they just don’t seem so insurmountable with such a powerful God on your side and the Holy Spirits constant guidance.
My oldest son went to a full time day school this past year for first grade. We homeschooled the year before but have pretty much left the door open on what path we will take year to year, and that path may not look exactly the same for each of our kids. I trust we’ll be confident in the directions we go over time by staying in tune with the kids and going with the flow of life.
But I so love the freedom and togetherness homeschooling provides. There’s nothing better than waking up naturally each day and doing exactly what we want to do. As the manager of our house I set a few daily intentions for us that we make sure to focus on, and then leave the day open to opportunity and life.
One thing is for sure, I absolutely love the semi-structured homeschooling style. Which I’m not sure if that’s a legit term, but that’s what I call our style. Somewhere between unschooling and traditional. I use a bible-based curriculum that requires little to no prep or improvisation from me, which is a Godsend. I literally just flip through their subjects in the morning and jot down which lessons they need to work on for the day. Then as we go through our day we cross off tasks as we finish them.
This day-by-day laid back planning is so us. A little bit of focus and vision on where we want to go, and lots of room for margin. This is my little notebook I use to plan our days. We each get a few tasks that have to get done, then everything else happens in-between. I got this idea from a free-spirited homeschooling momma of 9, so I’d say she knows her stuff.
Our 8:30 bedtime is out. the. window. and I’m pretty sure I won’t see it back until fall. Our nights are full of ballgames, working on the farm and in the garden, exploring in the creek, and running and playing until they drop. I honestly can’t believe I’m already in this season of life – a mom of kids. Not babies, not toddlers, but kids. They’re so stinking sweet I can’t stand it. Missing teeth and all.
and sooooo full of questions. All the questions!! I snapped this pic of Viv as she stood in the bathroom looking up at me for a long time while I got ready for a graduation party. After a while, she said: “Momma, why do womans wear brawls?” So precious, and honestly a good question. There’s nothing more important to me than being here to answer all those questions and see the sweet looks on their faces as the take it in.
And babies have definitely been a hot topic because my sister is pregnant with the kids’ first little cousin!! Baby boy C is due in November and we are so full of joy that our family is growing. Vivi loves sitting on Aunt Tay Tays lap and even though she’s only 15 weeks and can’t feel him move yet, she moves her belly in and out and tells Vivi he only kicks for her. Such a sweet bond they have and so special. I can’t wait to be an Aunt and for the kids to get to see Aunt Tay and Uncle Alex bring a new life into the world! Plus, Tay and Alex are going to stop and pick me up on the way to the birth center when the time comes so I can be their doula – so stinking excited!!
By the way, who is this long and lanky string bean thats my tiny daughter?
My sister was asking if I had any pictures from my pregnancy, and sadly I don’t have many. I never wanted my picture taken when I was pregnant and so regret it! But here are a few that I do have – me pregnant with Vivi and little John napping on my big belly. He always did this and it was so sweet, holding both of my babies, bonded before she was even born.
I was maybe 32 weeks pregnant with Hank here and HEAVILY reliant on daily naps and the emotional and physical support of phone calls and visits with my mom just to have someone there to talk to with an adult vocabulary. Toddler moms, I see you. You need help, that’s not abnormal, those little people be crazy! But even so, I cherished this time of life, having babies back to back to back and would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
Even on the days this boy’s three year old emotions are HIGHHH. I’d still do it all again!
I mean really tho, is it possible to please them at this age? They’re so demanding and opinionated and I just love it. I’m kind of an enabler because I think its hilarious.
My big ones though. It just amazes me to see them turning into such big helpers and the pride they take in their jobs they do here on the farm. They can both feed the pigs, chickens, and milk the goats (with supervision) and its actually really helpful having extra hands on deck.
Little John has asked me several times if he can sell eggs and milk, we will see! We don’t really have much leftover currently after we feed us, but I we have a couple dozen hens that will be laying for us this fall and I’m waiting to hear back on two dairy cows currently – so we could very well have lots extra by the fall! Which would be so awesome and honestly I’d probably just give as much as we could to our parents and families before we sold any.
Also – we’re getting a few more baby pigs soon and these big piggies will be turning into bacon! They seriously have the life. Fresh pasture all the time, lots of room to run and play and root around, and they spend 75% of their day sunbathing and rolling in mud. Its going to be so awesome having such quality meat and knowing how it was raised.
These are a few of our little hens we have growing into egg layers for us. They’re on garden duty weeding between the rows until they get a bit bigger and the kids love letting them in and out of their little coop every day.
So many new members are getting started with the oily life over the past few months and its so so exciting to share why we love YL and how it goes along with our natural lifestyle perfectly.
My team is coming close to the next milestone and I can’t wait to see what we do this month! I’m loving this book right now for perspective on energy and gratitude. I once read a quote that said the world belongs to those who read and I believe it. After all, its the best way to get to know God through His word.
This book right here is only about 150 pages and its big print, so don’t worry busy mommas – this is one you can actually get through and it won’t feel like work.
As for what’s ahead this summer – I still want bees!! Is it too late?? I mentioned the two dairy cows, still waiting for blood testing to come back before I close that purchase, we’ve got pigs to butcher, new baby pigs to buy, some projects to finish around the exterior of the house, and lots of time in the garden, and I’m going to be working and praying my butt off to make more time for Big John to be here to do more life with the kids and enjoy everything we’re building here on the farm!