I plan out blog posts in my head that never make it to the computer. I debate on whether to just stick with Facebook but then there are times when I need to expound on things to get them out of my head and post projects with links for future reference. So this is my attempt at a general update and “Hey, I’m still here,” but my days seem to go at a breath-taking speed. Greetings from my own personal rollercoaster ride!
Faith – Still enjoying Scripture Typer and well over 4000 verses now. I got a new book by Scott Hahn, Creed. It’s awesome. It begins with a discussion about Rich Mullins and his amazing song, Creed. I have to admit that I still sing the Apostles Creed sometimes.
Keeping my intentions linked to the different prayers of the rosary and appreciating the order that it provides my prayer list.
Home – We have new one! It is beautiful. Feeling more and more settled as we get things unpacked and organized. It is a bigger home with more storage so I am finding things can be organized easier. But the process of changing the order of the way things were is slow but steady.
Education – It has been an adjustment getting the four older kids settled in school. Lots of different meetings for IEP adjustments, reviews, testings, etc. At the end of last year, a teacher recommended bringing our oldest back for eighth grade but taking him back home for high school. Kinda rocked my world because I had just become accustomed to the idea of not homeschooling which was a major grieving process. I checked with another teacher from fifth grade and she agreed that she thought that online public school would be the best decision. That in itself almost completely halted the home-buying process cause if this might be his last year in public school then we had to stay where he had a great plan set already. We had to go into a new elementary school district but was able to find the perfect house in the same middle school district. I spoke with a teacher that he had last year and this year after a couple weeks of school. He thought that this year was showing progress for him but he would ponder more about what his best options would be. I kinda hate that the next year is a little up in the air but I am appreciating that public school teachers are discussing options for what would be best for my child rather than a one-size-fits-all plan.
Starting next Friday, I will have all five kids in school one day a week. Planning a weekly lunch date with my hubby. Looking forward to having a few hours to completely focus on some projects instead of the “Oh no, they got quiet so what are they into.” Crazy excited about grocery shopping all by myself. Pondering getting back to couponing more.
Hobbies – Haven’t been crocheting much with all the hard work of moving and painting and landscaping. As I am getting my big projects wittled down, I hope to get back to my favorite craft. Turning a glass gun cabinet into a super yarn display so hoping to have pics of that soon.
I put a break on my Ancestry subscription during the move and reactivated it a couple days ago. I had read that I could sync all the records to my Family Tree Maker software. After a couple days and some tech support, I discover that FTM 2008 is not compatible with Windows 10. Thankfully they give all owners of previous versions of FTM a $40 credit to download FTM 2014. It is completely awesome. I had found so much more info with the world access and I have to admit that it was getting overwhelming. With so many branches of the family tree, how would I ever get it fact-checked enough to make it public? With FTM 2014 and Tree Sync, I can take the different branches export them into individual trees and sync them so that changes to the original tree will automatically change on the exported tree as well. Which means that as I complete as much as possible on individual branches then those branches can be made public without portions that haven’t been fact-checked and excluding living individuals.
Health – Still working through depression episodes. I think genetics play a big factor so something that I will probably deal with for life. It really got tough about three years ago when I went off anti-seizure medicine after years of no seizure activity. I had no idea how much of a mood-altering affect some of those medicines can have. Just being aware of how I am feeling is a huge help. If it is a hard day, then I can be a bit more gentle but firm. For example, when I find it hard to move forward, I can take it one task at a time rather than trying to motivate for the whole day. Instead of trying to convince myself to be super productive, “just unload the dishwasher” or “just run one errand.” Just getting into motion is sometimes all that’s needed.
I had been on one medicine and got off of it because of the severe headaches associated with it. I ended up trying another medicine which was easier to tolerate on a daily basis but was causing weight gain. With all the excitement of fixing up our new home, I’m not really needing anything but at least I know what I can take that works for me if I need it in the future.
Productivity – To do lists are hard for me. They are crazy long just to cover the basics of seven people. It’s hard when the to do list at the end of the day is often every bit as long as it was at the beginning of the day. For every item there is to be crossed off, another needs to be added. So I have ended to do lists in the traditional sense. The calendar is important to keep track of appts and such. Otherwise I keep a more broad sense of todos like landscaping, home improvement, cooking so that I am motivated to be creative. I am way more productive when creativity is involved. That is important in just grocery shopping too so that I am keeping ingredients on hand that I can put together creatively rather than follow a set schedule of meals. I am learning why my grandmother (another mom of five) keeps paper and pencil handy cause there are things that pop into my head that I need to write down because it is so easy to get busy and forget all about what I was thinking about.
Organization – Using Google Drive alot lately. I can divide out folders as detailed as necessary. I can take pictures and save things digitally rather than hard copies. I’m way more likely to find something with a search rather than putting my hands on the hard copy anyhow.
I found some nice plastic file boxes with colorful folders at Aldi’s. I am using them for extra pics, school work, art work, certificates, etc for each child. I realized that I need just one for artwork for our second oldest. His box is already too full. But the little ones have plenty of room to grow.
*waves….good to check in.