Thursday, November 1, 2012

Time4Learning Curriculum

With a new baby, a 3 year old needing to do school, plus my 4th grade sweet girl, homeschool has become exhausting and difficult. I've been looking for practical solutions, and realized that the perfect school I imagine may not be what our family can handle right now. So I am super excited to announce that we have a new option we are giving a whirl for the next month!

I've been invited to try Time4Learning's online education program in exchange for an honest review. My opinion will be entirely my own, so come back and read about my experience! For more information, try their lesson demos or find out how to write your own curriculum review.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

3 months?!

I'm terrible at updating nowadays. Life is too busy! But looks at this guy! Is he not just the sweetest? I can't help by love him a ridiculously large amount. Almost 3 months. Where has the time gone?

Someday I might even type up that birth story. Hyuck.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Back to School!

I have been meaning to do a post about Aaron's birth story and an update - he is 1 month old already! But life with a new baby is - well, life with a new baby! We're busier, and my free time is spent resting or cuddling somebody rather than blogging. And now with school about to start, I'm sure its just going to be even harder to get around to it!

But I did want to pop in real quick because some exciting news it, not only are the kids starting back to homeschool on Monday, but this Mommy is starting her doula certification course! Come next summer I should be certified and attending births of sweet little babies. We've decided on only 1 a month for a while since we are in our baby making years still (Lord willing), and with the homeschooling and the little babes that is definitely where my priority is. But this will be a way for me to bring in an ever so slight amount of income to help the hubs, is something I love, and is also something that I can use as a ministry to teen/young moms facing unexpected pregnancies, which is something near and dear to my heart.

So anyway, here is a link to my new business website! Crazy! That I just wanted to quickly share with you.

And now I'm off, because I've got to eat lunch and change a poopy diaper. =o)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

We have a baby!

My Joy-Filled Life

We have a baby!

Aaron Matthew 
July 21, 2012, 3:55 AM
10 lbs, 22 in, Med free!

You can view some more pictures here and here.

Thank you to everyone for your words, encouragement, and prayers through this pregnancy! We are so thankful for them, and to be home with a healthy new little blessing.

Birth details to come. For now we're still snuggling and taking it easy.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Dead to Sin, Resurrected in Christ

My Personal Testimony

By Abby

My mom and dad had taught me about God since I was little. I believed in him, but had not
repented. I saw my mom and dad, and my grandparents get baptized and started to think
about it and what it meant.

I heard about the gospel at church but I was too shy to ask about it. The Holy Spirit was telling
my heart to make a choice and it helped me overcome my fear, so I said to mom and dad that I
wanted to know more.

Pastor Duty helped me understand the gospel. We are all sinners and our punishment is
death and separation from God. But God sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins and he was
resurrected from the dead so that we can have eternal life in heaven with God if we believe and

I was baptized as a sign that I am a Christian, being buried in the grave and being
resurrected in Christ. If you haven’t made Christ your savior, let the Holy Spirit guide you to
Jesus like I did.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

My Pregnancy Journal Link-Up, 39+ weeks

My Joy-Filled Life

Well, here we are. I'm at 39 weeks and 2 days as of right now. This is officially now my longest pregnancy. I'm feeling horribly depressed. I know I'm not to my due date. I know that baby is fine and healthy and I should be happy that he is doing well, blablabla. But I just feel miserable. I'm measuring over 41 weeks. My body has been having contractions for DAYS with hardly any result. I just feel like I am at the absolute end of my rope and the tiniest thing just triggers a huge puddle of tears to fall from my face. Its ridiculous. Had my appointment today, and I'm at 30% effaced...still. I did make it up to 3 cm, so that's progress. But since I was at 3 cm with my son for over 3 weeks I'm not all that excited about it. I thought the baby had dropped earlier in the week and was all excited - and I guess technically I was right, because he is now at -3 station, whereas before now he was so high it was unmeasurable. Sigh. I'm hanging in there, just barely though. I have tried to tell myself this whole pregnancy that I could go to my due date or even beyond, but I guess I just really never believed it since both my kids came before the due date and were big. I just didn't think my body would keep going this long. People keep telling me "don't have the baby until I go on vacation, or until my work schedule isn't busy, etc." I thought it was funny. Now I'm mad about it and blaming them. So anyway. That's my update for this week. I'm a big tearful puddly depressed mess of a mommy and I just want to go crawl into my bed and sleep for days. Maybe by the time I wake up my body will decide to go into labor. Sigh.

Sorry for being a bum.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Boy Mom BlogHop 2012!

When I read about The MOB Society's 2nd annual Boy Mom BlogHop earlier - I wasn't sure if I should join in. I mean, I only have 1 boy. About to be 2 at any moment though, so I figured, I totally count! ;o) So I say if you have a little boy, join on in and let's get to know each other and encourage each other in this special blessing of raising boys! It can be hard nowadays to raise boys up to be MEN of the Lord, and I think we could all use the encouragement, support, advice, ideas, etc. that we can get!

My name is Kelli and, as I said, I'm a mom of 1 little boy right now, but it could become 2 seriously at any moment as I am 39 weeks pregnant with our second little fella. I also have an older daughter who is the second "little mother" in our house. I blog to keep up with people I know and love, to keep them informed of our lives since a lot of us are so spread out, to meet new people and friends, and to share my love of family and faith - even on the bad days. =o)

Now, introducing:

William, Age 3.5
(aka Will, Boo, Mr. Will Boos, Monster, Trouble, Stinker, The Stink, Little Man, 
and many other random names)
Will likes to play computer and video games with his Daddy. He also loves to run around and climb on furniture. Another favorite past time is giving Mommy small heart attacks by doing daring feats, coming out of nowhere and scaring her, and hiding somewhere and refusing to answer or come out when called. Dinosaurs, animals, and space are awesome. He prefers little toys to big play items, and we have lots of little battles and wars raging around here on a regular basis. His sense of humor is impeccable and must be a natural gift because he is THE funniest kid I have ever met in my life. He's a little OCD - but he comes by it totally honestly (eh hem...) so I can't complain and we take it as it comes. He is certainly FULL of energy, but I love it and wouldn't have it any other way. I love the run-by kisses and leaping hugs, and hope that we can keep fostering his joyful and energetic spirit. Even though he's an active little booger, he's good for a cuddle whenever you need it, and if he thinks someone has hurt or upset you he's your number 1 protector. 
I just love this guy!

Aaron, Age 39 Weeks
(please ignore the HORRIBLY dirty bathroom...)
I don't know much about this new little man yet, except that he is definitely not as active in the womb as his older brother. I think he is going to be a little calmer, and more easy going. We'll see if I'm right I guess! Hopefully we will get to meet him sooner rather than later.

Right now our main family "stuff" is obviously expecting a new baby at any minute, and trying to juggle getting our homeschool year ready. I'm also considering and praying about a future part time career/ministry as a doula, and my husband is praying about going back to school to further his education and change careers. Basically a lot of stuff requiring prayer and guidance. We're waiting on the Lord to show us our path!

I am so excited about this BlogHop and getting to meet some other Mommies! =o)