Happy Baby Girl

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All of us were sick a week ago, and we were just getting better this week.  I’ve actually never had all three children get THIS sick with a stomach bug all at the same time.  I had to set up the living room so they were all sleeping in easily accessible places so I could get to them in time.  Every 20 minutes one of them would start vomiting, and this went on for about 5 hours, so I just stayed out there with them, trying to sleep in between those 20 minutes.  Just seeing little ones throwing up and their whole little bodies being so sick and in so much pain was horrible.  Thank goodness it only lasted that one night, and then it was easy to care for them the next few days as they were so weak and exhausted.

It was crazy hard, and yet very sweet and bonding in unexpected ways. ❤

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We’ve been finding out that homeschooling is not a very glamorous production 😀 , teaching and school work and projects get done, learning gets done thankfully, but at least for us at this time, it’s priority number one.  This is a nice way of saying the rest of the house gets tentatively put on hold at times, until I can get to it, which is very frustrating for me.  Laundry is clean, but needs to be folded and put away.  Or dishes need to be done, those kind of things are looking to go a little by the wayside at times these days.

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Hopefully I can find more balance to teaching and getting housework done, soon.  But oh how the garden is calling 😀 and Spring is coming!!!!  We are definitely going to be doing mostly outdoor classes once the weather gets warmer.  The days already look just like Spring sometimes 🙂 and our kids love being outside.

 

So… while the kids were over their sickness (and we were getting it and getting over it) right about the time the lunar eclipse happened earlier this week, and with homeschooling, something like this is a MUST, nevermind me still being a little sick… it was totally worth it!

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We didn’t let our oldest stay up for all of it of course, but we let him stay up to see the beginning of the eclipse and to try to get some pictures.  I showed him how to take moon pictures, which can be tricky 🙂

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You can really see the eclipse starting… when we first went outside, we could see the entire full moon!  This was just so much fun to do with our son!

We’re all feeling better now, and so excited for sunnier weather 😀

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Thanks for reading ❤

Stephanie

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Let Your Light Shine

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You are like that illuminating light. Let your light shine everywhere you go, that you may illumine creation, so men and women everywhere may see your good actions, may see creation at its fullest, may see your devotion to Me, and may turn and praise your Father in heaven because of it.”               

Bible, Mathew 5:16 Voice translation

It is important, therefore, that you ‘let your light shine’ or put your character on a candlestick, rather than under a bushel where no one can see it. …  Try not to confuse letting your light shine with the serious fault of blowing your trumpet before you, as also mentioned in the Bible.  This fault was offensive to God. It was a method used by the hypocrites to impress others by calling attention to their good works.  They misrepresented themselves and deceived others into thinking that they were better than they were.  The image that they presented to others was not the image that they really were.

On the other and, letting your light shine is a virtue.  It indicates that you really do have a fine character, or light, and that you are showing to others the person that you really are.”

Helen B. Andelin, The Fascinating Girl

And a piece of advice I received this weekend, and contemplated this post as I was making delicious apple turnovers last night,

“I guess if there was one thing I could say to an obviously beautiful young girl like you is that over time, everything fades. That’s not meant to be a downer. It’s just the truth.

If you truly value your marriage and life you have created, you have to shine for you and you alone. That way when things around you fade, your light will still shine.”

Jack

(picture taken by Stephanie, video composed by defiggy101, youtube)