This is my favorite time of year! We are not quite into the full swing of the holidays yet so I can still focus on one thing at a time (in our home holidays overlap with birthdays and anniversaries…it’s chaotic). Family Photos is one of … Continue reading Family Photo Inspiration
I am not a veteran homeschool mom by any means but I do have experience, going on two plus years now. This is what I’ve learned so far: Homeschooling IS not the same for every family. For some families who chose to homeschool before their … Continue reading What Homeschooling Is (or Is Not)
About 3 1/2 years ago life took some crazy turns for us. Now that I have had a chance to breath and take a look back, I see that YOU really CAN do whatever you want to do. I say YOU because if I could do it, than for sure so can you! Oh, and life doesn’t slow down for you.
It was the summer of 2012, I had just found out I was pregnant (with my 2nd) and was also laid off from a really awesome job that I loved. My 1st trimester was tough. I was sick the entire 3 months, while trying to go on interviews and hide the already showing bump. I had an energetic 4 yr old that was having a hard time following all the rules in preschool and a loving husband who was working his tail off but we live in Southern California so we are a two income family.
After job hunting for a bit, luck would have it that a former boss, who is more like a big brother, was in need of some help and so I was able to work from home. This proved out to be a true miracle (not the first time he’s come to my rescue!). My morning sickness lasted all day for 3 months. I was so grateful when I hit that 2nd trimester and only had to deal with the feeling of nausea. During the second & third trimester I was able to work, travel and feel pretty normal.
Once I had my baby girl (March 2013) things changed a bit. HR didn’t seem to like the idea that I was a remote worker (old school mentality from a working mother no less!) so I got tons of lashback and had to change my role. Again, as luck would have it, I was able to land another remote gig through some amazing connections and continued working from home with the ability to be with my newborn.
Now, I did have some help because, even a full time mom can tell you she just needs a break sometimes. Add working to the table and there were times I just needed to be on the phone or someone to do the dishes. I just don’t want you to think I did this all by myself. Plus, I was begging and pleading in prayer, saying daily affirmations and begging the universe to help us figure out this new lifestyle (more on this begging stuff in future posts because I truly believe it worked!)
One epiphany I had while working from home with infant at breast and now 5 yr old in kindergarten, and after recently going through a job hunting phase, was that I need to finish my degree. Yes, after many years of school and a 14 year hiatus, I felt the need (for my own conscious) to finish my degree. I had never posted a degree on my resume (just that I attended school) or lied about having one to an employer so there were no guilty feelings there. I was able to work with amazing companies and have great references so I wasn’t worried it would keep me from a future job (well, maybe a little) but I also just wanted finish what I started.
So, in the fall of 2014 with a full time working husband, an 18 month old (now in playcare) and 1st grader, I was working full time from home and went back to school to finish my undergrad degree. This meant I drove from San Diego to Los Angeles twice a week to be in class with all the youngins. It’s a 3hr commute each way, sometimes longer in the evening because of traffic. I did this for 2 quarters and I actually enjoyed it! Don’t get me wrong, it was painful, hard, scary, humbling but completely worth it.
During this already hectic time my 1st grader was having an incredibly hard time with the typical school day. He was beginning to hate school, which broke my heart, and we could see signs of anxiety begin to show on a daily basis. We had to make a change but we were supposedly in the very best elementary school in all of Southern California. So, we made the decision to homeschool this child, yes on top of everything else! I have no idea how I managed through that time except that I prayed a whole lot!
Life is still crazy, I am no longer employed, we are still homeschooling and figuring out what’s next for our family but I know that we will get through it. Bonus: I now have a degree from UCLA! I look forward to reflecting on this time in the years to come and sharing with you about the modern day miracles that really do still occur, when you believe, step out on faith and trust in Him.
“Faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see.” ~ Heb 11:1
This may be a bit late but I need to get ORGANIZED! So, in the event that there are any other parents out there like me, waiting until the last minute (really, I think it’s just me wanting to stay in denial that the school year is actually starting and summer vacation is over!) I will be blogging for our good fortune this week on Organization.
- An Organized 2-week meal plan w/menus and recipes for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner!
- Organizing a week’s worth of clothes so that your kids can help themselves!
- Pre-organizing for paperwork and artwork that will definitely be coming home.
- Organizing your calendar with activities, sports and meetups.
- An organized weekly family time because really, this is the most important time of the week!
So follow along, our first post will be up first thing tomorrow morning (unless, like always once I get started on something I just can’t stop and it ends up getting posted later today!!)
Good Luck to all you parents and kids out there with a new year of adventure, learning and growing! Happy Laboring today for the first day of school!
I’ve already seen so many “woe-is-me” posts on facebook, blogs and articles about Valentine’s Day and yes that appeals to a certain large percentage of the population. But I say quit whining! Pull your nose out of your belly button and think of someone else for a change! Maybe that is why your Valentine’s Day (and probably every other holiday) is miserable, because all you do it think of yourself! Hmphf!
Make this year about other people and see how much your outlook changes. Make or buy a Valentine’s Day card, write a note or a poem if that’s your thing, and give it to someone, anyone. Who cares if you don’t have a special ‘love interest’ in your life. There are so many people you can express your love and gratitude for. Do you have any parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters, children that you can stop and just say “I love you” to? Do you have any friends that are single and would appreciate a card from someone, anyone. Is there a neighbor, elderly person you can share a little love with?
I’m not writing this post to put anyone on the spot. Really, I’m writing it for me. I tend to think most things are all about me and I’m usually quick to be critical (trying desperately hard to change this characteristic!). I was reminded this year that Valentine’s Day is not just about expressing your love to someone who knows you love them (although this is still a good thing to do!), but maybe sharing love with those you don’t live with and may need it most.
My husband and I didn’t wake up and make heart-shaped pancakes for each other. He went to work and I stayed with the kiddos who are on holiday. But we did receive cards in the mail from my mom. A card for each kid and one for us as a couple. I also received a home-made card from my son. Why does this stand out to me? Because I realized that a seemingly small effort made such a world of difference to me. And I feel totally loved. They weren’t from my husband/significant other (whom I know loves me to pieces) but just from important people in my life. And maybe this is why we need holidays like this. Sometimes we need to be reminded to share our love because life gets so busy, because we’re not all perfect and cheery all the time and because even though we think some people may know they are important to us, they might not really know unless we show a little love.
What did I do? I decided to show my love for my hubby by organizing our paperwork and creating a new filing system for our financials, mail, business, home improvements, kids stuff, etc. I’ll write about how it all turned out in a separate blog. I know that this is something that was bothering him and the best way I could think to show him how much I love him, by putting in that extra effort to keep our home and lives organized, because we always seem to have something that needs ‘fixing’. This is one thing we will now be able to check off the list! Sadly, I wasn’t as prepared to send out cards to others but I will make sure to make a few phone calls today and send a few messages to that a few important people in my life truly know I love them. And, me and the kids will make a few cards to give out to other, not so close to us people, just because.
So, forget the romance around Valentine’s Day and use it to express your love for those important people in your life. Because isn’t that what it’s all about? L.O.V.E.
Here’s some ideas to get you started…
My 5 year old son was so excited about all the festivities around Halloween this year that I was motivated not to be a party pooper. My original interest level…not so much. My husband…not at all. Let’s just say it took some effort to get … Continue reading It Matters to Him so it Matters to Me
Yep, that’s where we are at. Little girl is 5 months old with 2 bottom teeth cutting through, finding and chomping on toes, clawing at anything in reach and willing to taste anything you will give her!
She’s a doll! I’m exhausted! But, loving life just the same. I love her laught, her smile, her big brown eyes. I love that I’m home with her right now. There’s no where else I would rather be.
Gratitude is what I’m feeling right now for this life of mine and this brand new little life in front of me. The sounds she makes are almost (not really) comprehendable. I can see that she wants to do so much already, talk, walk, eat, express herself, laught, share, but she only has limited experience. I look forward to the day that I hear her say “mommy”. For now I will just enjoy every bit of her. My sweet Evie.