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Sun, Sand, and Memories for a Lifetime!

It’s been a long time since my last post.

But, that’s ok. Because when I came back to blogging I had decided that I would run my blog, not the other way around.

I wanted to share with you some wonderful memories that we have built this week. Memories of a lifetime with my dear children. I am very much aware that times with all 8 of my children are going to be few and far between since my oldest will be 19 in July. And so we took a mommy trip. I have NEVER done this before, taking off with all the children without daddy or anyone else. But, I had two men for protection and help and young lady helpers that made this trip something I could not have done when they were all young. And not to mention my health would not have allowed it in the past but now I feel strength I have not had in years.

We went to Destin, Florida to spend five days at a beach house with my friend and her little ones. There were so many firsts for my chidlren. First time swimming in the ocean. First time being in Florida. First time playing on the sand. First time crabbing, boiling and then eating our catch. :) It was SO much fun! Here are a few pictures of our adventures!

My little man thought he would help with the packing

My little man thought he would help with the packing

FLORIDA!

FLORIDA!

 

Just about 10 minutes from the beach house our tire blew! It was SO loud, we were in the left hand lane on the highway and my son was driving. He pulled over and we limped to a safe spot and my three sons changed the tire and put the spare on. Later that day my two older sons drove to a tire store and put new tires on the van. So thankful for the Lord's protection and for adult sons!

Just about 10 minutes from the beach house our tire blew! It was SO loud, we were in the left hand lane on the highway and my son was driving. He pulled over and we limped to a safe spot and my three sons changed the tire and put the spare on. Later that day my two older sons drove to a tire store and put new tires on the van. So thankful for the Lord’s protection and for adult sons!

First impressions of the beach!

First impressions of the beach!

Traveling and playing at the beach are exhausting!

Traveling and playing at the beach are exhausting!

 

 

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Imitating his big brothers

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This sums up what my three year old did most of the time on the beach--he loved it!

This sums up what my three year old did most of the time on the beach–he loved it!

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The sky was blue, the water crystal clear and the sand so white...it was perfect!

The sky was blue, the water crystal clear and the sand so white…it was perfect!

My handsome son!

My handsome son!

 

Crabbing at night was a huge highlight!

Crabbing at night was a huge highlight!

And then boiling them and enjoying the freshest crab you will ever get!

And then boiling them and enjoying the freshest crab you will ever get!

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We managed to get in a little thrift shopping too :)

We managed to get in a little thrift shopping too :)

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Some of you who have followed AMH for many years will know that for a long time I had the children’s and my feet in the sand as part of my header picture. We had stopped on a trip and made that first picture but this was the children’s first time of real beach experience- so before we left I wanted to get another feet in the sand pic

Virgin Pina Coladas!

Virgin Pina Coladas!

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Plexus beach power!

Plexus beach power!

 

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The gorgeous condo complex where our special friends let us stay!

The gorgeous condo complex where our special friends let us stay!

 

It was an amazing trip!  And the best part of all?  I was able to enjoy it to the fullest with my children.  You see, since my many years of health issues I do not take this for granted.  My facebook post says it all…

End of VACATION thoughts: As we are driving home from a week full of making memories I am so thankful to the Lord for his mercies. The other day, as I was getting ready to take my children out for a third day on the beach, my friend Sara was reflecting on the change since two years ago. I could never have done day after day of activities with my children, let alone take them by myself to Florida. Just one day of activity could’ve caused a meltdown crash in the past. But here I am taking my children almost 500 miles and back withoutSteve. We are returning with the best memories of enjoying the sand and sun on the beach, splashing in the ocean waves, trudging our beach equipment back and forth each day, swimming in the pool, crabbing after dark, playing games and watching movies into the night. I never imagined when my friend Jen told me about the pink drink that the Lord was answering years of prayers and giving my family their mommy back!

I am thankful to the Lord for this trip full of memories!

I am thankful to the Lord for this trip full of memories!

~~Feeling weary and worn down physically or mentally? Make sure to read my health testimony and some of the things that are helping me on my journey of healing from several and debilitating fatigue!
A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

 

 

 

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How to make your children enjoy cleaning

As some of you know I am a bit strange…I love to clean. Yup, I have always been a cleaner. But, with a houseful of 10 and having years worth of sickness I need help! Teaching our children to work and help around the house is an important thing, especially in a large homeschooling family home.  With ten of us things get messy fast and the chaos that can ensure quickly becomes monumental.  But, having ten of us cleaning also gets things in ship shape as well.  I have done many things over the years to make clean-up fun and enjoyable.

When my 4 oldest were little we created a game called “Soldier House Alert”. My little guys would all line up in front of me raising their hands in salute.  I would in a deep voice say, “Captain Gray” please go over and pick up the legos in that corner.”  They then with their serious voice would say, “Yes, Ma’am” and march over to do the instructions I had given them and then returning with a salute for their next job.  I would get the room clean step by step by giving out these orders. They LOVED it!  And I was teaching them how to follow instructions and clean up a room.

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Well, my two bookend little boys have never been introduced to Soldier House Alert. So today was the big day.  They went from frowns to smiles over cleanup when the game started.  And when I told them we were finished M said “I want to play some more!”

What are some of your ways of making clean-up enjoyable at your house?

~~Feeling weary and worn down physically or mentally? Make sure to read my health testimony and some of the things that are helping me on my journey of healing from chronic illness
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Are you a coffee bean?

 

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Grandmother Says…
Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee; “Which are you?”

A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.

Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, “Tell me what do you see?”

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they got soft.She then asked her to take an egg and break it.

After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The granddaughter then asked. “What’s the point,grandmother?”

Her grandmother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity–boiling water–but each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water.

“Which are you?” she asked her granddaughter.

“When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff?

Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.

When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level?

— AUTHOR UNKNOWN

CARROT, EGG OR COFFEE BEAN? A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling.

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A Birth Story that is 17 Years Old

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At this time 17 years ago my dear mother was driving our van 90 MPH down the highway while I laid in the back huffing and puffing and doing EVERYthing possible to not push. My dear husband was saying to me “Isn’t it a little early for that?” I really did not like that question.

I also wasn’t very kind to the midwife as we pulled up (or rather screeched up) and I told her threateningly she BETTER NOT tell me I was at a 4 or 5. She said sweetly, “Honey you are not at a 4.” They wheeled me in and I begged, NOW can I push!!!?? The midwife very laid-back said “You can push whenever you want” (really?  I had wanted to push for the last 30 minutes!) So I pushed and out came little William before you could shake a stick.  (Please never shake a stick at someone in labor, btw.)

There my chubby, sweet baby lay with HUGE wondering eyes, as calm as can be.

And I was in love.  How can that happen?  I thought my heart was full when I married Steven. Then I thought is was full when my firstborn came around.  Little did I know my heart would become 8 little people, 8 little pieces of my husband and myself, full.

When my dad came later bringing my toddler to meet the new baby. He said “Like falling off a log, huh?” Not quite Dad, not quite! 😌

You know, I have always wondered, how come the moms don’t get presents on their children’s birthday? They sure need to be remembered cause the memory of the labor never leaves their minds. I mean, just go up to any 90 year old woman at a nursing home and ask her about her labors with her children.  And honey, she may not remember what she had for lunch that day, but she sure as how remembers EVERY detail of her labors.  Because thats what moms do.  Moms give and moms love and moms labor.  And they would do it all over again and again.  Because every one of these little humans that God gives us are precious and priceless and worth every last drop of sweat and tears.

You might be in the thick of it with little ones, dear mama.  But, trust me, you will blink and you will be reminiscing of a day that was 17 years ago and yes, even kind of missing it.  A little bit. But, then again having the nearly grown children is pretty great too.

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And by the way, I look JUST like that photo still nearly two decades later…ahem. 😜

~~Feeling weary and worn down physically or mentally? Make sure to read my health testimony and some of the things that are helping me on my journey of healing
A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

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