Sunday, October 1, 2017

My big helpers

 Amy has really morphed into a very talented, helpful big sister. She changes diapers, can run the clothes through the washing machine and dryer, and make some meals. She cares for the chickens and tries to play teacher to Lena. I'm grateful she can be so helpful. M
 Monta is also an incredible helper to me. Words don't express how I love and value her.

Field trip: Antelope Island

 For 10$ we took the family to Antelope Island. This was a quick, fun, educational field trip.

Parenting Solo

It's hard when Ryan is gone for work. He has had to travel twice since the birth of our wee little boy. It's a different dynamic when he is gone. I often feel the girls don't listen as well to just me. My mom jokes that familiarity breeds contempt, and maybe that's true.

All I know is that the two of us together make a great team.
 There are still magic moments. The above tea party after the girls finished their homework.
Esther's awesome face after she and I had cavities filled at the dentist.

Freedom to Explore

 One of the things I love most about where we live is that the girls can find wildlife. They love to explore in the back field. We now have a barn cat named Thundercloud, 9 hens, frogs in the back field (they named two of them Croaker and Escaper), and we've seen snakes, Sphinx moths, praying mantis
 The girls have significantly increased their bug collection. The country was made for studying entomology.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Adjusting to 6 children

I've not blogged in more than 6 months. We have had a lot of changes...
We decided that we weren't moving to Austria....

We moved to the country...

We sold our first home....

We had a baby boy...

We raised 10 chicks and got 9 hens...

In short, we are adjusting to several big changes. We still love homeschooling and love the country. Since we've been here we have significantly added to the girls bug collection.

Monday, March 6, 2017

How to Find Strength

Last week I felt burnt out... burnt out as a teacher (I've been homeschooling six days a week since last May), burnt out as a mother not having a full nights rest in many years. I felt I didn't have enough patience with the girls.

I had been praying and reading my scriptures, but couldn't get recharged I guess. I talked to a friend and had my cry out, and then shouldered my load with more fervent prayer for help. I have felt God's help. The rest of the week went much better, and I had the ability to handle the fighting and squabbling that come with children living in the home.

Where do I find strength?

1- In knowing God is a loving father and doesn't want to burden us. He can lift us and cheer us on. Because of His Son, Jesus Christ, we need not ever feel alone. He knows what it feels like to be a mom with young kids, to be lacking sleep and privacy for even a B.M., to be hearing a loud din of squabbles... He can grace us with patience beyond our natural means.

2- From reading the scriptures, and seeing how God always keeps His promises. If he can part the Red Sea, surely he can help me manage 5 daughters.

3- Good friends that support my faith, and remind me of Gods plan. My husband is the most important of those friends. We counseled together about how I could get through the cabin fever of winter and teach the girls other skills. He helps to lift me.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


I have been thinking a lot about the importance of gratitude and patience. There is a cute little Mormon message the girls like: a Dad comes home and steps on a chip, and sees a chip trail leading to the closet, opens it and sees his little girl holding the chip bag. "Are you mad at me" she asks. "Yes, if you didn't save me any chips." She smiles and holds one up to him. Then a little later you see the mom open the door and exclaims "I can't believe you two....  you forgot the dip." She smiles and hands them dip and closes the door. Over the video it says: "PATIENCE, USE IT BEFORE YOU LOSE IT!"

With this job situation, and this pregnancy, I have realized I have more patience than I thought WHEN I remember that God loves us and is in charge. I am 11 weeks now, and am more hopeful that this baby will stay so we can enjoy holding them in August. And the job situation will sort itself out sometime...hopefully soon.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Happy New Year

 School is rolling along well. I love reading stories to the girls, but what is even better is when I catch the girls listening to Amy read. That's grand.
 This one is now three, I can hardly believe it.
 Baking bread with my little helpers.