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A Bundle of Myrrh

"My beloved is unto me as a bundle of myrrh." Song of Solomon 1:13

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Of Hearth and Home – Goals

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

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I decided to get crazy and make a more detailed schedule for the day and really try to follow it exactly-ish. So in those “in between fires moments” I can look at my schedule and know what I’m supposed to be doing without thinking about it.

It’s not too much different from what I’ve always had. We have had a daily routine, same things at the same times, for years, but now I’m adding more details to that schedule.

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I want to keep my babies better on track with discipline, chores, individual reading, reading aloud to together, piano practice, memory work. I want to keep making our Bible time the first part of our day, it must be a daily habit.

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With so many children and so much housework I get overwhelmed quickly and the days can slip by easily without making the point of adding something I want to pass on to my babies.

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I had to sit down with all the THINGS I want in our life. The things I want to dedicate time to. I had to fit them into our days and evenings. It helps me feel less frantic when I know I have a designated time for ‘X’ and the ‘Y’ that I’m doing right now is the proper use of my time.

Here’s the list I came up with so far.

“Goals” for our family

For Our Faith:
Catechesis (memorization)
Bible lessons
Scripture Memorization
Hymn singing and memorization
Prayer memorization
Getting familiar with chant using the Psalter
Continue keeping our church year in the home
Obedience and Honor of Parents and other Authorities

For Our Minds:
Reading or Read Aloud
Good Poetry
Recitation Memory work
Supplemental Education – Ancient-Early Modern History and Literature
Good vocabulary

For Our Hands:
Piano/Music Lessons and practice
Stitching
Crafting

For Our Spirits:
Family Game or Movie Nights
Free Play Time
Limit my time on Facebook – FB is fun but many times I let it suck away my time and sometimes it can really make my blood pressure hit the roof.

For Our Neighbor:
Practice Manners
House Jobs
Tidy Times during the day

For Our Bodies:
Exercise – ride bikes, go for walks, dance parties!
Rest – Blanket Time during the week for the littles

That’s not asking too much is it? Now how to designate time for each of these?

 

 

Of Hearth and Home – Strength

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

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*This post and series is mostly for me in an attempt to keep track of what the logistics of life right now, but feel free to read if you’d like! :-D 

So kind of sort of for the first time in 8 years I feel like I’m coming out a bit from under the ‘survive the day just do the basics’ mode and now I’m able to start refining some of the details of my vocations of mothering and housewifery.

I still have a long way to go but I think I’m getting a hold of a few things I haven’t felt I could get a hold of until now. There’s always been and still is my laziness, weakness, exhaustion, feeling overwhelmed, worn out, bored, etc. and all of those are fine at times, but I see areas I can do better in and it’s been a long time since I’ve felt I could start to tackle those areas.

 

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Back To The Parsonage

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

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We’ve been back from our 2 week trip to Texas for a week now. (Pictures to come soon.) It’s been a long week. Even though this sweet little bug is a few days shy of 2 months old, I’m just now getting my feet wet being a mother of 8.

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3 of the babies left for Texas the week Josephine was born. We’ve only had 5 under our roof for some time now and 3 more does make a difference! Though, you could say Mercy makes 3 just by herself.

I looked at my table the other day during breakfast and thought “Man. That’s a lot of people.”

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We have all our babies safely back in the next with us. I am thankful. Now if I could just manage to keep up with all of them!

Celebrating Josephine’s Baptism

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

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We dress, prepare and gather together to celebrate life and new life. This helpless squirming little thing and God’s precious gift of Eternal Life give us all good reason to rejoice with one another.

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