Monday’s Appreciate 5

1. Blogging outside today! Finally Minnesota! Its about time we got some beautiful weather, I was about to go back to Arkansas! LOL jk.

2. Putting together a fool proof plan to move to Germany!

3. My husband and his amazing list of job skills. I think he’s the most employable person I know.

4. Simple things like throwing rocks in the lake with the kids.

5. The awesome underground society of ladies who do freezer cooking. My eyes have been opened to a whole new world. And my freezer is getting full of homemade goodness.

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Monday’s Appreciate 5

1. Moving like gypsies again in a few weeks, finally going to be out of the parentals basement and living at the lake for the summer!

2. Good health, a roof over our heads and food on the table. We are truely blessed and taking the time to think about it and really soak it all in.

3. Finding more new and exciting resources about homeschooling everyday. I think we’re really going to do it!!

4. Seeing the baby chicks forsale at Fleet Farm Supply and how the girls could stand there and watch them for hours. Even Nora sat still for once and was in complete awe.

5. My husband for working so hard.

Stuff

 waste, rubbish, trash, clutter, substance, objects, trappings, nonsense…

All meanings for the word ‘stuff’. And stuff really weighs us down. It stresses us out. And it is expensive to buy, store and maintain. ‘Stuff’ gets lost and we waste too much time trying to find it.  I know there are a lot of people who aren’t content with the way things are at this moment or you feel you don’t have enough. Everyone always wants more and they want it now! Many people  just can hardly wait until that next stage in life, like, when we have more money, a better job, a bigger house, more fashionable clothes, better hair, better behaved kids… But we need to be happy with here and now. We need to enjoy the way things are right now. There is a country song called ‘You’re Gonna Miss This’ by Trace Adkins. The lyrics are so true.

“You’re gonna miss this
You’re gonna want this back
You’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast
These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you’re gonna miss this”

It’s hard to believe that my oldest, now 6 yrs old, was just a little toddler only a few years  ago. It’s hard to imagine  her so little and that she was the only little one we had running around the house. Everyone told my husband and I to enjoy having only one to keep up with and to make the most of every minute because it goes by so fast. I really think we have done a good job of it. But now that we have three little ones competing for our time I think it is that much more important to cut down on the not-so-important things in our lives. I think spring is a great time to re-focus on things like this too. It’s a perfect time to clean out the closets, have a rummage sale, wipe clean your schedule of activities and re-adjust your priorities. Kids don’t need a lot of clothes in the summertime. My girls have their favorite outfits that I know they’d wear everyday if I let them. So why not purge their dressers,pick out your favorites (I use it as the ideal time to get rid of those ridiculous outfits that kids always seem to gravitate too,  like something grandma bought them for a birthday/Christmas that you otherwise would have felt bad for getting rid of) and cut back on the laundry. Summer in Minnesota is too short and I know I don’t want to be stuck inside any longer than I need to, especially doing something not so fun like laundry or cleaning. And when I’m spending time with my kids I don’t want to feel as though I should be doing other things that are  less important. I mean, think about it, kids or cleaning?? I know that I don’t want my house looking like a pigsty, but I can sure cut back on the amount of time that is required to tidy things up. I’m definitely not out to impress anyone by having an impeccable house. I have better things to do with my time. I also want  to set a good example for my kids. I want to show them how to make  the most important things in their lives priority. And I want to show them that they (and their daddy) are my number one priorities. I’m not big on television, or cell phones, I’d honestly rather go without both but this commercial is a great reminder of being here and now and showing people our true priorities. (And I’m not telling  you to go out a buy a new, fancier smart phone to help you reach a new state of minimalism, I’d suggest a home land line phone with maybe a tracfone for emergencies when out of the house.  That is my solution to the problem. =)