Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Life feels heavy sometimes. It feels like the world is being carried on my shoulders...alone. Alone? Maybe that is what makes the load seem so heavy.

Everything felt heavy today and I needed a few moments to refresh. So I went on a picture walk. That is what I do when life gets hard. I take pictures. I lose myself with my camera. 

I love social media for the sake of staying in touch with family and friends. I think it can be a great tool if used right but lately I have to say, I pretty much hate it. The reason? Two of my kids have it. So no matter how much I would love to shield them from reality, it just can't be done. So when people blantly hurt you and prove it to the world...they see it. They question it. It adds to my load.

I know God gave me a sensitive heart for a reason. I know that he has a plan for me. That he always has but I would be a liar if I didn't sometimes wish to be like other people. To only care about how things affect me. No matter how much I would love to be like that I just don't have it in me. I care too much. I worry too much. I want everyone to be happy. Unfortunaltly it doesn't work liek that. You can not make everyone happy. I am learnign that the more I try, the heavier my load is. We aren't meant to carry that kind of a load.

Forgiveness is one thing. It is important to forgive. Forgetting though is a compeltely different story. I am not God. There are consequences to actions. That is life. That is how it works.

This load is not meant to be carried by me. That was a huge revelation to me today. Sure, I already knew it but sometiems I forget. I am really great at telling other people that but then I turn around and keep a hold of my load. I carry it like a champ for awhile. I have even learned to dance with the load but eventually..I crash. I am so glad that I have a forgiving God. One that loves to remind me that he has the load. I am learning to dance without the load today. It is much more graceful.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

First Day ~ February 2016

From beginning to end....a glimpse into our first day of January 2016. 
Snapshots to record who we are and what we did each month. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Simple Womans DayBook 1.25.16

For Today ~ Monday January 25th, 2016 @ 8pm

Outside my window... The sky is beautiful. I caught a glimpse as I was making dinner. It was filled with color and clouds.

I am thinking... My house is a mess and truthfully I should be cleaning instead of blogging. We started back to school today after a few weeks of sickness. It feels like we are not getting anywhere. Between December off for the holidays and the bug that knocked us all on our butts for weeks, things have gotten a little crazy around here. Today was a good day though. Despite the mess.

I am thankful... for a patient and kind husband. He had to take a few sick days from work. As soon as he started to feel better he was helping me with the house, school and getting a start on our garden plans. He never even act like he notices the mess. As long as he has clothes in his drawers. Which I make a huge priority.

I am wearing... comfy pants and a tshirt. It's my signature style lately.  

I am creating... my new project life album for 2016. Project Life makes me weak in the knees. Love, love, love it. 

I am going... to bed soon. I am going on 3 1/2 hours sleep. For some reason I could not sleep last night and when I did I woke up in a panic from terrible dreams. It was a weird and very long night. 

I am wondering... if our new school "rhythm" is going to help things flow better. I am not a schedule kind of person. I like adventure. I like spur of the moment but sometimes that doesn't get it all done. So......I settled for a rhythm to our day.

I am reading... Facebook. Just keeping it real. 

I am hoping... we do NOT get sick again this year!

I am learning... how to use Homeschool Tracker. I really like to do everything myself. It is just who I am. I don't need help. I don't need shortcuts. BUT........I really need to be more organized in our homeschool so along with a rhythm, I am trying out Homeschool Tracker to keep me focused. 

In my garden...

 There is a STUD in my garden!
In my kitchen... at this very moment there is a sweet daughter doing her dinner dishes. Other than that there has not been much happening in the kitchen lately. Except for the every day. Including homemade pizza night. We never miss that! 

In the homeschool room...Yep. This. 

A peek into one of my days... Soap making! I cheat though. I don't make it from scratch right now. It is definitely something I want to learn in the very near future!

One of my favorite things...

Friday, January 22, 2016

Random 5 on Friday ~ 1.22.16

Good morning! It is late morning here. Almost 9 and the whole house is still sleeping. This doesn't happen often but I think everyone still needs the extra rest from the sickness that has had us miserable for the last few weeks. I woke up to Brian still in bed. He doesn't miss work often so that must mean he is feeling pretty miserable. He feel asleep around 6 last night after eating a few bowls of chicken noodle soup. Is it spring yet? I am ready. It feels like we have been sick all winter long.

Anyways, on to other things......Are you ready for some "Randomness"? Here we go....

1. We found the absolute perfect puppy for Taylor. You know, the lap dog we have been talking about. The price was perfect. The temperament of the dog was perfect. It was only a little over an hour away. It was so darn cute. It was perfect. feel through. Taylor was heart broken but it was a good lesson for her. At least that is what I keep telling myself. The Mommy in me wanted to make it work for her. Make it happen. I guess it was a lesson for me too. So we keep looking.

2. I am in the love with the Sonic energy drinks. Have you tried them? They aren't your typical energy drinks. They do not give you highs and lows. They are not filled with caffeine.  They are refreshing! I try not to drink them a lot but they are great before a workout or if I am feeling extra sluggish that day.

3. School. I feel like I have been distracted. I spent hours yesterday pouring over our "routine" and schoolwork. Something just isn't flowing. It could just be that I feel like we aren't getting anywhere because for weeks we have been watching educational movies and eating soup but who knows. I think I have it all figured out. Time will tell.

4. They now sell socks that don't match. Whole packs that are all different colors and prints! Where were these when I had 4 little ones? Who ever came up with that is an absolute genius in my book.

5. Brian said he was craving vegetable soup the other day. He then ventured into the kitchen to make a pot! I have to say I was pretty impressed. He only asked a little bit of input from me. If I liked vegetables I would probably say it was amazing. ;)

Sunday, January 17, 2016

It Is Unanimous

Brian has wanted to raise rabbits and I have always been against it. It just seems so....weird. Him and Carter have gone rabbit hunting a time or two and they have eaten it but us girls decided to pass.

Last summer, I finally caved and we raised rabbits. We picked them out. Bred them. Had a lot of wittle babies. I even butchered some. On my own. By MYSELF. I even got pretty good at it.

Did we eat them? Nope. Bobo enjoyed a rabbit or two but I just couldn't do it. I don't know why. We hunt deer and I do just fine. We butcher it ourselves and venison steak is one of my favorite meals! So honestly I don't get why the rabbit thing gets me. It is not because they are cute. Although they are. It is just 100% mental. So bye bye rabbits. We got rid of them all.

Then Carter got a rabbit. He was very proud of it and I knew that I had to cook it. So today was the day.

We cooked it. We ate it. We liked it!

Yes. We liked it. Actually it was pretty darn good if-I-do-say-so-myself!

I deboned and cleaned it days ago. It has been soaking in salt water until today.

I cut it into "nuggets" and Brian did an extra good cleaning. He is weird like that. It was the cleanest rabbit in town I can promise you that.

It was only one rabbit so it was enough for us all to try it and that's about it. I made 2 batches. One I dipped in milk and covered in a mixture of flour, parsley, salt, pepper and garlic. That batch we deep fried. The second batch I just sauteed in butter and then coated some with hot sauce and some with BBQ sauce.

No makeup. Don't judge. Its the hilljack, I am eating rabbit look.

Looks good, right!? I was actually surprised how much it tasted like chicken! You hear that all the time but it is true. Every one of us liked the breaded rabbit the best. It was super good dipped in hot sauce and ranch. :)

I actually would like to venture into raising them again. As weird as it sounds it is also pretty "farmerish" and I like that too.

Isn't he so handsome? I love my OCD rabbit cleaner.


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