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journaling {week two}

IN MY LIFE THIS WEEK… 
It was a good week, over all. Monday started rocky but we got some good news, (major answer to prayers) and so that was a good thing. 
I also got a few fun freelance opportunities. 
We celebrated the second birthday of my amazingly beautiful miracle niece, Kaileigh, which was great… And then there was lots of chaos and going…  
IN OUR HOMESCHOOL THIS WEEK… 
I decided to go easy on myself and get over the self imposed guilt and pressure… and though still a big rough- there was definite improvement! 
We studied time management and I think keeping a time journal was a good way for Genny to see how incredibly long she takes on things. A typical day would have her moving through school at a defiant, turtle pace and then getting angry at me because she finishes so late and I give her too much. The journal motivated her to get through things well, with no “corrections” and she found she could be done by lunch, or soon there-after… 
I AM INSPIRED BY… 
I have some really lovely people in my life. I have a friend whose mother is fighting breast cancer and both mother and my friend have been incredible sources of inspiration for me. 
We found out, for certain, about our daughter Amanda’s ship out date for boot camp. Her eagerness and excitement inspires me, as well as scares me. With Lucas preparing to deploy this spring it is all a lot of overwhelming fear junk for my heart, but still, when I am honest with myself I realize that both of them just BLOW ME AWAY… 
They make me take notice of the present in a powerful way. 
PLACES WE’RE GOING, PEOPLE WE’RE SEEING… 
We have a field trip to the aquarium today, which we are looking forward to. We had went to a local coffee place for chai and no bakes while we read our literature book and wrote letters. It was amazing. We went swimming, Genny had two basketball practices and a game tomorrow. Looking forward to family date night tonight. Going to pizza and to see a movie. 
MY FAVORITE THING THIS WEEK WAS… 
It’s a tie…
1}On Tuesday night Genny’s basketball team had team photos. Since she’s part of a community sports league this meant that there were literally hundreds of kids, (of all ages) conglomerating in groups of their team t-shirts, awaiting their turn. It was a long, tedious evening. As Chw and I had nothing to do but sit at a table and send stupid text messages back and forth. We discussed philosophical things such as frozen yogurt and displayed our mad-skillz making many emoticon faces. At one point he says to me, “we’re so lame.” 
2} Roughly a half an hour later we are home, and he (wearing contacts) picks up the pair of eye glasses on his  nightstand and says “I really need to order new glasses. These are all scratched up, I mean-” He then puts them on his face to further point out their flaws when he jumps back AT LEAST a foot and shouts “WOAH! WHAT THE HECK?!?!?” I immediately start laughing. Wearing your contacts? His slight “oh, yeah.” reassured him nothing catastrophic had happened to his vision. 
Lucky for me, i’m a little less lame. :)
THINGS I AM WORKING ON…
A few freelance projects coming on. Looking for inspiration for my Smash Book, so I can get it started. Planning a couple of small parties… Nothing too major. 
I’M READING… 
Trying to read (still) Lost by Greggory Maguire. I don’t know if it’s that my last book was so real life/sad that this tale is losing me, or what the deal is really… Hopefully by next week it will be a DIFFERENT tale! 
SHE’S READING… 
Treasure Island. :) 
I’M COOKING… 
Macaroni and Cheese; Fish Tacos; Fresh Baked bread… Nurture, nurture, nurture… 
I’M GRATEFUL FOR…
So, so much. Healthy husband. Healthy kids. Heat and roof over my head. A passion for writing. A handful of amazing friends. My camera. 
I’M PRAYING FOR… 
My kids… Lucas is getting ready to come home on leave and Amanda is getting ready to leave for basic. Genny is really struggling and I feel like i don’t have it in me quite often… 
My sister’s health is a gigantic mess. I miss her so much, I feel in so many ways like I’ve lost one of my best friends. She just isn’t able to be there for me anymore and though I totally understand- i miss her something awful. 
A PHOTO, LINK, VIDEO OR QUOTE… 
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5 thoughts on “journaling {week two}”

  1. My heart goes out to you as you face sending your two off to serve. I've got mixed feelings as well about my son showing interest in the military. I will tell you, the Navy has been VERY GOOD to my husband and I. We've been doing this for 23 years and I can't imagine any other life. However, it's so different to imagine sending your baby off, isn't it?Holding you in prayer. Looking forward to hearing about their journey.BTW, great idea about the time journal. I may have to do that with my little guy!

  2. I will keep you (and your children) in my prayers as they serve our nation. May God continue to bless your family! My husband has been in the Army for20+ years. It definitely isn't easy. :-)I love the idea about the time journal. I just may "borrow" the idea for my kiddos!I hope you have a great weekend!Many blessings,Lisa

  3. We are an Army family, well, National Guard family and we have done two deployments. Thank your children for us! It is so hard and yet I am so thankful for anyone who willing sacrifices for the rest of us. I will be praying for safety for them.

  4. I don't have any children old enough to serve yet, but 2 of my 3 think they might. I come from a military family and have a family member currently serving overseas. I will pray for you and your children.I love the idea of the time management journal. I think that I may have to try that with my kids. Currently they are setting timers to try to stay on task. It helps a little, but a "big picture" might do even more.LOVE texting my husband. What did wives do before they were able to? He and I text each other all day while he's working… mostly silly stuff… ahhhh, true love!I've tagged you in my Random 11 on my blog. Hope you'll stop by and join in! http://www.mommy-y.com/2012/01/random-11.html

  5. Time journal – fantastic idea!!! A trip to the aquarium sounds like so much fun. The nearest one to us is about 3 hours away. Without doing an overnight trip, it would make for a very long day for my youngest. We'll get around to it someday. :)

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