Monday, January 23, 2017

Yes Ma'am! *salutes*



This little 4 year old has brought about a great reminder to the family.
She wears panties all day and during naps and has no problems, but at nights she wears pull-ups because she can have an accident here and there. (Particularly on a night we stay out way too late/birthday party sugar crash/holidays etc.)

So after agreeing she's totally old enough and capable to stay dry all night we said "it's time" and started her on a keep the panties dry all night plan. The plan consisted of the same way she was rewarded for potty training at age 2: Junior Mints.

She panicked when we introduced this plan because she wanted those chocolates so SO badly but was afraid she'd wet her pants and forfeit the opportunity to get those sweet treats. She started crying and protesting "BUT I CAN'T! I CAN'T KEEP MY PANTIES DRY! I don't know what I'm doing at night! I can't, I can't do it!"
and we said "whatever your mind tells your body to do, it does. So if you've made up your mind and say you can't - then you're body says 'yes ma'am!' and salutes you and does what you say because you're in charge of your body. So it's totally up to you - either tell your body you can't hold your potty and be wet in the morning, or tell your body you can hold your potty and get chocolates in the morning - either way, it will say 'yes ma'am'."

Her little wheels were turning. She couldn't believe it. Her little 4 year old self had that much power?

That night at bedtime she stood on her bed and said out loud to all of us "I believe I'll keep my pull-ups dry!" and we all agreed and gave high-fives. I let her know how and where to go potty if she needs to go in the middle of the night, left a light on in the bathroom, and we all went to bed. The next morning - totally dry.
And sister got 2 Junior Mints.
The next day, and the next day and the next day and every day for over a week she goes to bed saying "I believe I'll keep my panties dry!" and she wakes up dry. Even with some middle of the night bathroom breaks, like a big girl.

It's not some magical mantra. It's not even the words she's saying. It's faith! It's age-four-faith -is-just-as-good-as-age-fifty-or-thirty-or-whatever-aged-faith. She believes and she's attached her heart and faith to that belief. And through that small but powerful faith, she's receives the ability to do what her heart desires.

All throughout the day when she says "I can't" to something, I salute her and say "yes ma'am! we (her body and all the parts that make it up) can't!" and then she giggles and says "I can" and I salute her and say "yes ma'am! We can!" and runs off to do whatever she thought she couldn't or was too lazy to do.

It feels good to operate in faith. To live on purpose. It is right for man to call the shots and not just take things lying down, so to speak. There is so much we cannot govern or control, but let's be faithful to steward over what we can. It's our responsibility and joy.

Just ask Nora:)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday Phone Dump


The girls love to go get their sissy when they hear her on the monitor waking up from naps.

Mama got to go shopping! Kevin and I actually both don't like shopping so we go quarterly/twice a year pretty much. We stock up then because shopping is a chore to us! Gap jeans on sale = happy Jessica.


We had our cousins come over to play one morning this week and it was so good to see them. We live right down the road from them but we're all in school now and life is full and busy. Glad we got to have them for a couple hours.

Nora, 4 - Serenity, 3

Ruby, 6 - Naftalie, 7

Twins Zeke and Meyer 22 months, Thompson 5, Violet 11 months
 The other day I was sitting down doing school with Ruby when I heard "MOM YOU HAVE TO COME HERE!" and laughing. After ignoring it several times I decided to check and found this. Way to hang in there, V!


Our evenings are clearing up a bit (not happenstance, we are purposely clearing them) which means family evening walks are back and I LOVE THAT! Post-dinner strolls are good for body and soul.



I've been off of Instagram for 10+ weeks now and I feel somehow obligated to get back on for the sake of record keeping. I love that my Chatbooks printed out and sent my photos to me in book form for our family to have, whereas a blog is not nearly as tangible. I also somehow feel like I owe it to people to get on there and let them see my life.
But I just can't bring myself to log back on yet. It's such a time sucker and distraction for me. It feels like extra noise, extra flash, extra energy being pulled from me that I'm just not willing to give. I find myself wanting to slow down and simplify because of how very busy the past year has been. Anything I can do to make that happen, I'm interested in. And anything that is additional weight or burdensome is out.

So for now, it's this quiet blog. Which I am so good with:)
Thanks for following along!


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Phone Dump- Late Summer

Nora the 4 year old loves to go off on quick errands with one parent. It takes about 30 mins and she's missing her sisters and wants to go back but she enjoys the adventure/one-on-one time.



Violet's afternoon pick-me-up at our neighborhood park.

11 months old
 We had a spider show up one night and my first instinct was to kill it, but with our nature studies, I've been given an entirely different outlook on things. Why kill something because I think it's gross? That's ridiculous. It wasn't harming us, it wasn't poisonous (sorry black widow, I probably would have killed you) and it was just going about it's business, serving it's spider purpose!
So it became a nature study of our own. For days and days we'd watch her catch bugs in her web, run over quickly, wrap it up, suck it's blood and then nap. She caught so many bugs and we even threw a dead fly from our kitchen in for her (she much prefers living bugs, not dead ones, we found out. She ate it, but begrudgingly. Amazing that we grew to study this spider's behavior and personality - a spider's personality?! So glad we didn't kill her.)

LONG STORY SHORT (I'm bad about that...) we were 99% sure she was pregnant and that I did NOT want happening, a trillion baby spiders crawling into our home - so off to the forest she went. Happy birthing, Charlotte!


Summer nights with these buds - 6 and 4, such dreamy ages.


Working on sound panels for our church's new sanctuary/main room and our friend took this cool picture. I like working together with this cute guy! Even when it is 100 degrees of humidity:)


Can you hear the hallelujah chorus?! OUR SHOWER IS COMPLETE!
This was one of the hardest projects of our whole remodel but we DID it and it's done!
This door was actually the wrong size and handle so they had to come back (for the 3rd or 4th time) to replace that but I don't have a photo of the official, real, even prettier finished product but I'll try to get some.
I'm not exactly a professional photo stager, I mean, the toilet seat is up for Pete's sake...


Mama got her hair highlighted! Thanks Julie! I look tired:)
See the foggy quality of this pic? Well, early this summer I dropped my phone in a parking lot (in a shallow puddle no less) while trying to lug the heavy stroller out of the car and trying to talk to Kevin on the phone between my cheek and shoulder about some price bids on the house for something and yep - CRACK. The phone's completely shattered:(
Oh well, sure adds a cool foggy filter effect, haha..


Oh this sister.
She's heavenly and slightly stubborn.
I took this pic after fighting with her to FINALLY take her nap. (She's too social to nap and hates to admit she needs them)
But I love that her face is basically saying "hmph. ok. I'll sleep for a little bit, Mom."


Aunt Katie and Vivster


A moment of silence for that cloth diaper butt, please.

...................


Thank you.


If you want to know what is the exact opposite of relaxing, it is called Bath Time at our house. It's loud and chaotic and there's so much crying and complaining and emotions. I never bathe our children, I just don't. I mean I help get kids out and dressed, and bring towels and washcloths or whatever, I just never initiate bath time on my own. That's Kevin's thing and it always has been because he says if he didn't do it it would never get done.
True.
But I'm better at fresh diaper changes!

Nora acting totally innocent. Who knows what she just did/is about to do!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ascend


I'm starting to learn about myself so much lately. It's like Yahweh is letting me in on some secrets He knew all along but I wasn't ready to hear until now. I find that the more you know about yourself, and people in general, the easier life is. To know why you feel how you feel, and be able to identify it gives you the ability to utilize God's power to then deal with it. 

Confusion is not of Yahweh. If you're confused, don't believe a lie that it's God. 
Instead, ascend. 
Allow your mind and soul to drift off to where He is - above it all - and see it from His perspective. 
When we're down in the thick of whatever we're walking out, we tend to just see what's right in front of us and all around us. There are so many voices and emotions and factors and it's complete chaos and confusion.
But when you ascend and you're seated next to Him, it's clear. Fogginess lifts and truth is obvious.  

May we turn our hearts to worship, lift our heads towards Him, and see it all how He sees it all.
May we be world changers as He changes each and every one of us individually.
May we Ascend.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Saver or Spender?


Can you tell who saves and who spends in our family?
One buys coffee often and carries her envelope everywhere with her.
One keeps his envelope home and never touches it except to add weekly spending to it, saving up for an Apple watch.

Hey- opposites attract!

I'm curious - are you the saver or the spender?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Yes Ma'am! *salutes*



This little 4 year old has brought about a great reminder to the family.
She wears panties all day and during naps and has no problems, but at nights she wears pull-ups because she can have an accident here and there. (Particularly on a night we stay out way too late/birthday party sugar crash/holidays etc.)

So after agreeing she's totally old enough and capable to stay dry all night we said "it's time" and started her on a keep the panties dry all night plan. The plan consisted of the same way she was rewarded for potty training at age 2: Junior Mints.

She panicked when we introduced this plan because she wanted those chocolates so SO badly but was afraid she'd wet her pants and forfeit the opportunity to get those sweet treats. She started crying and protesting "BUT I CAN'T! I CAN'T KEEP MY PANTIES DRY! I don't know what I'm doing at night! I can't, I can't do it!"
and we said "whatever your mind tells your body to do, it does. So if you've made up your mind and say you can't - then you're body says 'yes ma'am!' and salutes you and does what you say because you're in charge of your body. So it's totally up to you - either tell your body you can't hold your potty and be wet in the morning, or tell your body you can hold your potty and get chocolates in the morning - either way, it will say 'yes ma'am'."

Her little wheels were turning. She couldn't believe it. Her little 4 year old self had that much power?

That night at bedtime she stood on her bed and said out loud to all of us "I believe I'll keep my pull-ups dry!" and we all agreed and gave high-fives. I let her know how and where to go potty if she needs to go in the middle of the night, left a light on in the bathroom, and we all went to bed. The next morning - totally dry.
And sister got 2 Junior Mints.
The next day, and the next day and the next day and every day for over a week she goes to bed saying "I believe I'll keep my panties dry!" and she wakes up dry. Even with some middle of the night bathroom breaks, like a big girl.

It's not some magical mantra. It's not even the words she's saying. It's faith! It's age-four-faith -is-just-as-good-as-age-fifty-or-thirty-or-whatever-aged-faith. She believes and she's attached her heart and faith to that belief. And through that small but powerful faith, she's receives the ability to do what her heart desires.

All throughout the day when she says "I can't" to something, I salute her and say "yes ma'am! we (her body and all the parts that make it up) can't!" and then she giggles and says "I can" and I salute her and say "yes ma'am! We can!" and runs off to do whatever she thought she couldn't or was too lazy to do.

It feels good to operate in faith. To live on purpose. It is right for man to call the shots and not just take things lying down, so to speak. There is so much we cannot govern or control, but let's be faithful to steward over what we can. It's our responsibility and joy.

Just ask Nora:)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday Phone Dump


The girls love to go get their sissy when they hear her on the monitor waking up from naps.

Mama got to go shopping! Kevin and I actually both don't like shopping so we go quarterly/twice a year pretty much. We stock up then because shopping is a chore to us! Gap jeans on sale = happy Jessica.


We had our cousins come over to play one morning this week and it was so good to see them. We live right down the road from them but we're all in school now and life is full and busy. Glad we got to have them for a couple hours.

Nora, 4 - Serenity, 3

Ruby, 6 - Naftalie, 7

Twins Zeke and Meyer 22 months, Thompson 5, Violet 11 months
 The other day I was sitting down doing school with Ruby when I heard "MOM YOU HAVE TO COME HERE!" and laughing. After ignoring it several times I decided to check and found this. Way to hang in there, V!


Our evenings are clearing up a bit (not happenstance, we are purposely clearing them) which means family evening walks are back and I LOVE THAT! Post-dinner strolls are good for body and soul.



I've been off of Instagram for 10+ weeks now and I feel somehow obligated to get back on for the sake of record keeping. I love that my Chatbooks printed out and sent my photos to me in book form for our family to have, whereas a blog is not nearly as tangible. I also somehow feel like I owe it to people to get on there and let them see my life.
But I just can't bring myself to log back on yet. It's such a time sucker and distraction for me. It feels like extra noise, extra flash, extra energy being pulled from me that I'm just not willing to give. I find myself wanting to slow down and simplify because of how very busy the past year has been. Anything I can do to make that happen, I'm interested in. And anything that is additional weight or burdensome is out.

So for now, it's this quiet blog. Which I am so good with:)
Thanks for following along!


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Phone Dump- Late Summer

Nora the 4 year old loves to go off on quick errands with one parent. It takes about 30 mins and she's missing her sisters and wants to go back but she enjoys the adventure/one-on-one time.



Violet's afternoon pick-me-up at our neighborhood park.

11 months old
 We had a spider show up one night and my first instinct was to kill it, but with our nature studies, I've been given an entirely different outlook on things. Why kill something because I think it's gross? That's ridiculous. It wasn't harming us, it wasn't poisonous (sorry black widow, I probably would have killed you) and it was just going about it's business, serving it's spider purpose!
So it became a nature study of our own. For days and days we'd watch her catch bugs in her web, run over quickly, wrap it up, suck it's blood and then nap. She caught so many bugs and we even threw a dead fly from our kitchen in for her (she much prefers living bugs, not dead ones, we found out. She ate it, but begrudgingly. Amazing that we grew to study this spider's behavior and personality - a spider's personality?! So glad we didn't kill her.)

LONG STORY SHORT (I'm bad about that...) we were 99% sure she was pregnant and that I did NOT want happening, a trillion baby spiders crawling into our home - so off to the forest she went. Happy birthing, Charlotte!


Summer nights with these buds - 6 and 4, such dreamy ages.


Working on sound panels for our church's new sanctuary/main room and our friend took this cool picture. I like working together with this cute guy! Even when it is 100 degrees of humidity:)


Can you hear the hallelujah chorus?! OUR SHOWER IS COMPLETE!
This was one of the hardest projects of our whole remodel but we DID it and it's done!
This door was actually the wrong size and handle so they had to come back (for the 3rd or 4th time) to replace that but I don't have a photo of the official, real, even prettier finished product but I'll try to get some.
I'm not exactly a professional photo stager, I mean, the toilet seat is up for Pete's sake...


Mama got her hair highlighted! Thanks Julie! I look tired:)
See the foggy quality of this pic? Well, early this summer I dropped my phone in a parking lot (in a shallow puddle no less) while trying to lug the heavy stroller out of the car and trying to talk to Kevin on the phone between my cheek and shoulder about some price bids on the house for something and yep - CRACK. The phone's completely shattered:(
Oh well, sure adds a cool foggy filter effect, haha..


Oh this sister.
She's heavenly and slightly stubborn.
I took this pic after fighting with her to FINALLY take her nap. (She's too social to nap and hates to admit she needs them)
But I love that her face is basically saying "hmph. ok. I'll sleep for a little bit, Mom."


Aunt Katie and Vivster


A moment of silence for that cloth diaper butt, please.

...................


Thank you.


If you want to know what is the exact opposite of relaxing, it is called Bath Time at our house. It's loud and chaotic and there's so much crying and complaining and emotions. I never bathe our children, I just don't. I mean I help get kids out and dressed, and bring towels and washcloths or whatever, I just never initiate bath time on my own. That's Kevin's thing and it always has been because he says if he didn't do it it would never get done.
True.
But I'm better at fresh diaper changes!

Nora acting totally innocent. Who knows what she just did/is about to do!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ascend


I'm starting to learn about myself so much lately. It's like Yahweh is letting me in on some secrets He knew all along but I wasn't ready to hear until now. I find that the more you know about yourself, and people in general, the easier life is. To know why you feel how you feel, and be able to identify it gives you the ability to utilize God's power to then deal with it. 

Confusion is not of Yahweh. If you're confused, don't believe a lie that it's God. 
Instead, ascend. 
Allow your mind and soul to drift off to where He is - above it all - and see it from His perspective. 
When we're down in the thick of whatever we're walking out, we tend to just see what's right in front of us and all around us. There are so many voices and emotions and factors and it's complete chaos and confusion.
But when you ascend and you're seated next to Him, it's clear. Fogginess lifts and truth is obvious.  

May we turn our hearts to worship, lift our heads towards Him, and see it all how He sees it all.
May we be world changers as He changes each and every one of us individually.
May we Ascend.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Saver or Spender?


Can you tell who saves and who spends in our family?
One buys coffee often and carries her envelope everywhere with her.
One keeps his envelope home and never touches it except to add weekly spending to it, saving up for an Apple watch.

Hey- opposites attract!

I'm curious - are you the saver or the spender?