Toy Story Trouble

Over the past few months we’ve been getting rid of stuff and really looking at what we use and don’t use, so we can make our home more joyful. We want to be able to use the space (and the stuff) we have without needing to put a ton of effort into cleaning in order…

Pizza Planet Week

This week we started our movie related activities before watching the actual movie. We’ve had difficulties getting some of our children to eat vegetables lately, but I don’t want to put pressure or stress around food, especially healthy food. So this week we decided to eat pizza every night. Who doesn’t love pizza?!?! I’m sure putting…

New Year Themes

Writing here’s been difficult for me lately. I’ve floundered within myself and within our family. I haven’t followed our goals and plans that we laid out for our family or this blog. Looking back, I can see I didn’t really think about where we really were, nor what we were likely to be able to accomplish. I also…

Who am I?

This is a response to Self Development written by my wife Sarah. I read her post and thought that I should reflect on how I’ve grown since that conference many years ago. I remember sitting there holding Ella and trying to think of things that I could say when it came time for me share one of…

Parenting Through Fear

Yesterday, when we went swimming, Agatha was excited to finally be old enough to wear the ‘grown up’ wristband at the pool. She no longer needs an adult beside her in the pool, and she isn’t required to wear a life jacket in the deep end. I was nervous. To me, she doesn’t really know how to…

Refocus

Every once and a while it’s important to step back and refocus. I feel I am need of a serious refocus right now, I’ve had low energy and low patience and it’s been affecting life at home negatively. Our goal is #unforgettable everyday and I haven’t been building towards that. When Ella was two she…

Outshine The Darkness

Sometimes the world sucks. Sometimes bad things happen. Sometimes so many bad things happen that I wonder where the good is anymore. Those moments can last a lifetime. Those moments where things seem so dark and heavy. I’m sitting worrying about our finances, and someone I know points out I should be thankful because we…

Busy Life vs Full Life

Only lazy people are busy. – C. S. Lewis (paraphrased) I read the above quote recently and it really hit home for me. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with my to-do list. So I don’t do anything. No, I’m not lazy, but I might as well be for the amount of work that got done. I…

Saying “Yes”

I called this post “Saying Yes” but really it’s more important to look at why you are saying “No”. I say no a lot. Too much. I know this and over time I find I say it less and less and when I do I have to have a solid reason to back it up….

All in a day

As a follow up from yesterday post here is a somewhat typical post nightshift day in our house. I got home from work around 6:30 am, by the time I walked the dog and got ready for bed I was climbing under the covers right around 7. Noon. A little boy is poking me with…

Juggling Work and Family

For most of us work is a necessary evil and balancing work with family can be hard and sometimes feel downright unmanageable. I work shift work on a rotating schedule. For those 9 to 5’ers (does anyone really work 9 to 5 anymore?)  that means I work 12 hour shifts; half dayshift, half night shift….