Catching Up and Getting Ready

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

stairs before

stairs during

and replaced it with hardwood.

stairs after

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,

sewing bedroom

 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.

boy's closet 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,

Bella birthday

Bella’s 3rd birthday

colby's 7th birthday

Colby’s 7th birthday

Sadie's 10th birthday

Sadie’s 10th birthday


Valor's first birthday

Valor’s first birthday

Valor's first birthday

Valor’s first birthday


Alyssa's 13th birthday

Alyssa’s 13th birthday

Amber's 17th birthday

Amber’s 17th birthday

(There’s a good reason that we call August our birthday season!)

We also squeezed in a few visits to Dollywood.

dollywood amber kaitlin matthew alyssa carter sadie savannah colby nick bella valor

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.

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11 Responses to Catching Up and Getting Ready
  1. Jessica
    November 8, 2013 | 4:27 pm

    You have such a beautiful family! Every time I read here I come away encouraged!


  2. Tasha L.
    November 9, 2013 | 11:41 am

    Where did you purchase the bin system that your boys are using?


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    We purchased the crates a while ago at Target and then we recently found the bins also at Target.


  3. Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
    November 9, 2013 | 4:43 pm

    Many blessings for your new season of life! Sounds wonderful!


  4. Paula
    November 9, 2013 | 10:14 pm

    I am wondering where you got the containers and storage system for the boys clothes? I love it, but am having a hard time finding something similar. Do you happen to remember or at least remember the brand?
    Thanks, and I love your blog!!!!!!!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Hi Paula,

    We found both the bins and the cubbies at Target.

    We used the cubbies for several years for toys (never did like them for that purpose), but they work wonderfully for this clothing system.

    I think we’d like to try this same system for our little girls room, although girls tend to have more categories of clothing than boys, so I’m not sure that it will work as well.


  5. Shannon
    November 10, 2013 | 7:14 pm

    I love the bin system for clothes! You now have me seriously considering installing it into my girls closset! Really a dresser is not enough and hanging up doesn’t seem to be happening.


  6. Mary
    November 12, 2013 | 12:38 pm

    Nice improvements to the home and beautiful family. Welcome Grammie!


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thank you!


  7. Kate
    November 12, 2013 | 8:16 pm

    It’s so good to “see” you back! Your posts are always such an encouragement to me. 🙂 Thanks for sharing little glimpses of your sweet life. May the Lord continue to bless you as you open your hearts and home to Grammy!


  8. Nicole
    December 21, 2013 | 9:38 pm

    I’m wondering if you know of any posts called How 2 boys 1 baby girl and 2 parents share a room? 🙂


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