This is a post to catch you all up on the happenings in our house and to help me not feel so guilty for being absent from the blog. (I have all these big plans and lots of things I’d like to post about, but with four teens, two toddlers and nine of our children to officially homeschool, parenting is taking my blogging time.)
We were delighted to get to spend a week with the 4 siblings whom we are hoping to adopt. We also get to keep the youngest of the group (2 year old) several days each week.
Our whole family was blessed to attend the Worship of God Conference sponsored by the NCFIC. The teaching was fantastic, the fellowship was encouraging and the time for our family to be together was refreshing.
Mark and I both came home encouraged and motivated to do a much better job of training our children and ourselves to serve and worship the most holy God. We had gotten lazy and complacent, but we saw that there is so much more that we should be doing and areas where we’d slacked off.
If you ever have the opportunity to attend an NCFIC conference, we highly recommend it. Our children are already talking about attending next year’s conference, Church & Family.
We’ve also been busy finishing up some home improvements.
We removed the carpet from our stairs
and replaced it with hardwood.
The children complain that they’re not as fun to slide down (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing), but they sure do look nicer.
Then most recently, we’ve been preparing for my grandmother (Grammy) to move in.
Our sewing room (don’t be jealous that we had a whole room devoted to sewing) became a bedroom/sewing room combo,
the downstairs hall, bedroom and bath got a new coat of paint and fresh white trim and the upstairs (main level) bedroom was emptied out and painted and is now ready for Grammy and her things.
Inspired by this post (How Five Boys Share One Bedroom) at My Blessed Home and because we also have 5 boys in one bedroom, we got rid of the dressers, stopped trying to get the boys to hang all of their clothes and went to this system.
Each boy has a bin for shirts and a bin for pants. Our two big boys and our two little boys each share a bin for shoes and a bin for underthings and pajamas. For more details visit Michelle’s post, How Five Boys Share One Bedroom.
In the midst of all this we managed to carve out time to celebrate some birthdays,
(There’s a good reason that we call August our birthday season!)
We also squeezed in a few visits to Dollywood.
So next week our family of 13 will welcome Grammy and become a family of 14 and a new chapter will begin. We’re looking forward to the blessing.