Want to get to know me better and have a glimpse into my life? Modern blogging is fine…. but the thing I miss most about “vintage” blogs is how people used to share their lives. The “realness” factor is missing in most modern blogs. Everyone seems to have such glamourous lives…. mine is just normal! Now everything in the blogging world is so polished and magazine like. My goal with this blog is to share life…. real life, not just fancy magazine quality blog posts. I’m calling these VINTAGE, Old-School Blog posts. I hope you enjoy this peak into my real life. 🙂
So, what is my real, every day life like?? My days vary from day to day, but one thing is constant. We home school our middle son, 13 year old Ethan, so each day a chunk of my time is spent with him. This is our first year home schooling him and he is THRIVING! I’m glad we stepped out in obedience and listened to the voice of God leading us. Our other three kids are in public school.
I’m sure this is unusual to have 3 in school and only one at home…. but it is what is working for us right now. Our oldest two are seniors in High School. No, not twins, but in the same grade due to our oldest, Wes, becoming a year behind in school due to his long battle with leukemia. My husband will joke with people when he gets asked if they are twins…. “not real twins” he replies, “but if you look at their blood they are identical”! What?? Robyn was Wes’ bone marrow donor in September of 2015 and so Wes’ blood is identical to his sisters. She says he better not ever do anything illegal because it would all trace back to her! LOL!
Speaking of High School…. This past weekend was Home-Coming for basketball season. Our daughter, Robyn, was given the honor of being crowned Home-Coming Queen! And I just LOVE our small rural community school for choosing to honor their down syndrome classmate with the King Title. He was SOOOOOO excited!!! It was indeed a special night. I have also been enjoying her flowers! They are in a vase in the kitchen and they smell so good (as well as being beautiful).
Sunday we were finally able to do the Children’s Christmas program…. a bit late due to weather causing church to be cancelled on the originally scheduled day. However, celebrating the birth of Christ is never out of season! The kids did GREAT! Our youngest boys, Ethan and Nate both had readings to do. Ethan was particularly nervous…. but they both did great!
I just LOVE our church!! My “Little House on the Prairie” heart just can’t get enough of our building. We are a new church plant using an OLD, 1872 church building. The building is so special, but it is the people that fill it and the word we are taught that makes it so wonderful. Blessed. I couldn’t resist taking this picture as we walked into church on Sunday. The day was just beautiful (the ice stayed farther south of us) and my heart was just so full of God’s love!
If you are a local friend of mine and would like to visit…. just let me know… we would love to have you. It is exciting being a part of a new church and seeing God piece together all the pieces. Small group ministry along with men’s and women’s ministries are getting started. So much coming up. Lots of opportunities to get plugged in and to be in fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ!
“Normal” life for me is focused primarily on my family and our home. I haven’t contributed much earned income to our family over the years, but I do my best to be a wise steward of our family income and stretch each and every dollar. I try to be a producer, not just a consumer. One way I have “produced” for our family is by cutting my husband’s and our 3 son’s hair. I have done this since our oldest started needing hair cuts. I have never calculated the total savings I have created over the years, but I know the 4 haircuts I did tonight (at $10 each) produced a savings of $40. I like that! Makes me feel good!! We buy a quality set of clippers and about every 5-6 weeks I cut their hair. I like it in the summer when we can cut hair outside on the back porch.
These are the clippers I have right now. They are working great for us. For less than $21 investment I create A LOT of savings for our family. Over the years I have learned how to do a variety of cuts. There are many you-tube videos available to learn from.
We use You-Tube a lot! I am constantly amazed at how many things we can learn. Ethan has started doing leather work (thanks to a Christmas gift from my sister). You-tube has been a great source of information for him. In the past I have learned how to crochet and become a better photographer all by watching you-tube. A blessing of our modern life…. something people of the “Little House” era couldn’t even imagined! I listen to a lot of music on You-Tube (as well as Pandora).
What am I reading right now?? For personal growth I am continuing to read “Living Forward” by Michael Hyatt. I wrote a post last week about “How the Death Of A Loved One is Inspiring Me to Live”. This book has played a key role in helping me to process and create a plan. I want to live intentionally and live my life with purpose. As I complete the activities outlined in this book it is helping me create a clear picture of the life I want to live!
For a fun book I am reading Lyn Austin’s book called Wonderland Creek. I’m enjoying it! I like to have a fiction and non fiction book going….. My husband says he doesn’t know how I can have more than one book going at a time. I guess it speaks volumes to my personality… I don’t like too much of one thing! I’m a fan of variety. Have you read either of these books?? Do you have a favorite book to recommend to me??
Well, I think this rambling post is long enough!! I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse into my life. If you are a blogger please leave a comment below with a link to your site. I would love to hop over to visit.
Have a great day!!!
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