Scott and I really struggled with the decision on how many children to have. I think it is a bigger decision than deciding who you will marry. Let me explain. Who you marry will affect many (especially yourself) but how many children you choose to have determines if someone is born! And if you decide to let that someone be born then you are deciding for generations of others to be born! That is insane. That is scary. That is sobering. And yet, so many flippantly decide to stop having children because, quite frankly, “they’re DONE!”.
I remember vividly standing in the kitchen doing dishes when Scott and I were in the middle of deciding to have a vasectomy reversal or not and I said to the Lord: “I just don’t feel like I am wise enough to decide if and when life should come into this world.” I also felt this resounding statement in my mind: “Katie, never make a decision based on fear.” That was a turning point for me…
I have what is called hyperemesis, you can read about it here. Basically I am ridiculously sick throughout my entire pregnancy. I puke… A LOT and I am always nauseous, up till the moment they come out (I puke even through out labor). This is difficult. When Scott and I got married we said we would let God plan our family… that was before I had ever been pregnant and experienced what felt like death… ironically while my body was producing life!
After that first pregnancy I was terrified to get pregnant ever again! “I can’t keep doing this!” I thought. “How am I going to home school and have kids back to back and be sick 24 hours a day?!” Continue reading Reversing Our Decision
After three very difficult, sick pregnancies Scott and I decided (mostly after me nagging him to death) that it would be best for us to stop having children and look into adoption instead. So a few short months after our third baby was born Scott had a vasectomy.
A few months after the surgery this scene from Back to the Future popped into my mind… oh how I tried to forget it… but I couldn’t… I just kept thinking of the children that were being erased out of our family photo because of our decision.
About 5 months later I found out we were pregnant again!!! We were both so joy-filled and yet I was also so scared. My pregnancies were terrible, even landing me in the hospital because of dehydration from constant puking. I was resolved though to trust God and research more on how to combat hyperemesis. Continue reading Back To The Future Made Me Want More Kids
#1 Forget that your pastor is a sinner. Yep. Dwell on the fact that he is not perfect as often as possible and make sure to meditate on all his faults.
#2 Forget that the entire leadership is made up of sinners. While you are thinking about all your pastor’s weaknesses be sure to look for all the weaknesses in all the leadership. Criticize their every decision and talk to others, but don’t ever go to them with your concerns.
#3 Forget that your brothers and sisters in Christ are all sinners. This is a really important one. Go to church expecting everyone to be perfect. Get really upset when someone doesn’t notice you or someone offends you. Then leave the church and tell people you don’t go to church because it’s filled with hypocrites.
#4 Forget you are a sinner. Like numbers one through three instruct, focus on everyone else’s faults, but do your best to forget about anything you do wrong. And since you’re perfect nobody should ever wrong you. Expect the most out of everyone except yourself and get really angry when people don’t live up to your standards.Continue reading 10 Ways To Be A Miserable Church Member
I am 33 weeks pregnant and have five kids 8 and under. I am currently homeschooling my 5, 7 and 8 year old. On top of that I am nauseated pretty much 24 hours a day my entire pregnancy. That’s a little overwhelming for this unorganized mama. Ok, it’s a lot overwhelming.
One time I was whining to my husband about how incompatible my personality is for being a homeschool mama. I am a visionary. A dreamer. A fly by the seat of my pants kind of gal. My husband lovingly looked at me and said: “Take all that vision and cast it into your home.” I will never forget it. I suddenly felt excited about housework and homeschooling and mothering. I suddenly had this new found motivation to be the very best visionary homeschooling mama I could be!
The other morning I was lying in bed talking to the Lord about this very conversation with my husband and asking Him to help give me vision for my home. You know what I got? A vision of a schedule. A schedule?!!! How non-dreamy is that? How non-fly by the seat of my pants is that?! Oh, but how necessary it was! You see, around 5 p.m. everyday I was wondering why only 2 out 3 kids had done their piano practice or why the house was still a giant mess or why one of my kids, once again, had not finished his paces (we use ACE curriculum and it is perfect for our family… at least right now).
I had an idea to break my day down into 30 minute increments. I just set the timer for 30 minutes (sometimes 15) and do whatever is written down for that time. Sounds so simple. Well, it is. And it’s also a total GAME CHANGER! Our house is cleaner, I am less overwhelmed, the kids are consistently getting all their school work and piano done and I am feeling more “on top of things” in general.
Also, as a side note, we do year round schooling. Seems to work best for us for various reasons. I like to be able to take random weeks off during the year and I like to do less work 5 days a week rather than lots of work with a big summer break. I enjoy the routine of a little school work everyday and it helps the kids to not forget things if we don’t take a huge 3 month break.
So here was our schedule for today:
Notice our day didn’t start till 9:45? I am not ashamed. With my extreme nausea during pregnancy I am lucky to get started on my day before 10 a.m. Even with starting this late we are still able to get lots done! Each day is a little different but something that each day has in common is what I call “12 item pick up”. 12 item pick up makes me happy! 12 item pick up is my favorite! Each of the three big kids know that when the timer goes off that they each have to run around the house and put 12 things away that are not where they belong. It’s kind of sad that we can find 36 things every 30 minutes to put away! I am working my three year old into this pick up time as well by starting her with three items each time the timer goes off.
So that’s it! Nothing too complicated but sometimes complicated just means it’s more complicated. Simple is often best because when things are simple we are more likely to do them.
So what’s your daily routine? What are some your favorite homemaking tricks that make your life easier and your home cleaner?
Have you checked out my husband’s book, Marriage God’s Way?