Thursday, February 21, 2013

Checking In

Feeling grateful today, despite my weariness and fatigue. There have been many moments of Mama stress this week, but I love my littles so much and today I'm just grateful.

  • We had a scare with Micah yesterday. The door at the top of the stairs was either not quite latched or Malachi has figured out the child lock, either way, Micah found the stairs. He fell down ONE stair and the mere possibility of what could've happened set me into a puddle of tears on the floor. Guh! My heart is still in my throat at the thought. It was so stressful for me that I did a lot of yelling at my precious littles for the next hour and felt so terrible. What precious gifts my littles are and I am so grateful for each one of them. I am in tears as I type. Thank you, God... words cannot express!

  • In happier news... Valentines Day was lovely. With the help of my friend, I borrowed ingredients and tools to make a fun dinner. (it was the day before payday and the cupboards were scarce). We laughed at our "fancy" grilled cheese dinner. David gave me a lovely card in the morning and bought me a song on iTunes that I played most of the day. After dinner we had glow stick scavenger hunts with the littles. That was a huge hit. We cracked ten sticks and played hide and seek several times. Glow sticks are cheap fun! David and I finished the day with him reading me more of The Hobbit. Great day!

  • We had a hugely productive weekend. David and I prepped 22 meals in 2 days. I am not a fan of cooking, so having meals prepped and ready to bake or throw in the crockpot is HUGE! I've had a few people ask me about this process, so I think I'll make a separate post about how we did it. I can tell you that my David is a CHOPSTAR!

  • My friend posted a picture on my Facebook page that got my wheels turning. Here's my version of the popular Pinterest pin, the upcycled men's dress shirt apron. I used David's old uniform shirt and "girlyfied" it up. Tutorial here. It turned out really cute. I then gave it to my friend who organized the freezer meal co-op as a "thank you".

  • My David has a conference this weekend and men's retreat next weekend. I am glad for him and support him in this fully, but am a little bit weary at the thought of the long weeks. A dear friend has offered to take Abigail and Malachi for one night next weekend, which is a great gift. I miss my David just thinking about it though.
  • David spent some time calculating and if we're careful and don't have some crazy emergencies, we will be debt free in two years! HUGE! We are so thankful for the wise teachings of Dave Ramsey. It's so exciting and it feels great to have concrete plans and goals.


Andrea Johannson said...

LOVE ALL of this post!! XOXO

Jen said...

We started freezer cooking in May and I LOVE it! Way less clean up in the evenings and it is SO GREAT to have a plan for dinner before things get crazy. :) I started like you making a huge cook the first week. Now once a week I make one recipe times four or five. We eat one fresh that night and put the others into our "rotation". It keeps new variety in the freezer and keeps the prep manageable. I rarely have to do a "big" cook day anymore. :) Would love to hear more about how you do it and what your favorite recipes are....

harleygirl said...

Glad to hear your little one is alright! It IS scary. My 6 year old fell down the stairs's never any less scary no matter what age they are, is it? Your Valentine Day sounded fun! :)

Patty-Jean from LittleQuiver said...

Oh My Sweet Coralee! I feel you with the stairs and baby, BABY! It is amazing how they bounce back ( no pun intended:( ). We've had our share of falls, and close encounters. Needless to say, I have been completely shoo-ken up on a few occasions. Like the time one of our dogs took the 14month old down the stairs within the hour of me verbalizing that this was my worst fear. That was when I realized just how powerful our words are.
You are a shining Mom, Mom! Can't believe your accomplishments! Rene's going to both men's retreats too. So we will be in town for those wknds and in between (w/o a van, cause he will take it back to work during the week). See you soon!