Wednesday, November 4, 2015

#IWSG: Crazy Days

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It's been too crazy here in my neck of the corner that my writing has suffered greatly, but I still have a love for it! I haven't been writing nor playing author, either. I feel like the little girl looking out her window at her friends playing ball on the street. *sigh*

What have you been up to?

My Journey of Faith: Moving Forward

So, we've decided to start things--as in, selling our home--once our yard sale is done. I'm determined to get rid of much so that our home can be show-worthy. My hubby wants me to include our big screen television (from 5 or so years ago), but it looks nice in the living room, so I will leave that there until showing is done. When our house is purchased and it's time to skedaddle, I will have an official moving sale and include that TV.

I've been struggling to stay on top of my kids' cleaning. It was Day 4 in cleaning, and I'm using Fly Lady's decluttering method and I call it "clock cleaning" since we start at 12 o'clock for day one, 1 o'clock for day two. So on, so forth. So, we are at 3 o'clock and they are not motivated! Time is at hand for to hold that sale, and they are slow.

Well, will they despise me when their privileges will be on hold until they are all caught up and to my standards! No beads. No dust bunnies. No neat stack of books. Everything has a place and it will not be on their floors!

My color for the yard sale will be neon pink! It caught my eye faster than yellow or orange or green. Plus, the stores don't have neon green poster boards.

I need to get moving with or without the kids' help, it isn't far from now!

Have you ever "hosted" a yard sale? How did your first one go? How likely are you to hold another one? Any last words of advice for this newbie?

PS--I've been feeling the urge to place my 16 year old (Peanut) in online courses and have finally bitten the bullet! At first, with the homeschool program being a curriculum and not "accredited"--what the school and district staff had called it--I was told to sign an affidavit to pull my kid from the system lest he be arrested for truancy. You know, I have mixed feelings about that. So on the same note, the little devil on my shoulder says, "Why not have a law against cheating on your spouse?" Just saying...

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

My Journey of Faith: Mysterious Ways

I'm sure we've all heard this phrase: The Lord moves in mysterious ways.

Lately--as in the past few days kind of lately--I've had the urge to start thinking about moving sooner than later. Two real estate agents have combed through my house, but I liked how the second was energetic and informative.

I've requested the pay-off of my mortgage and we are waiting for that.

I have no idea when the house will sell and when it does, where we'll end up living (yes, I know in Texas, but we don't have a home to move into yet and my hubby has no car!). On top of that, the church in the city we want to move into is not returning our calls and we need all the help we can get. My cousin, however, has a friend who lives in the city we want to move into, but her friend doesn't know anyone who has a house to sell or rent. Ohummm

I really need a day of fasting and pondering and meditating. My days have been hectic--more so with the looming thought of a huge move, the pressure to drive 40 miles a day for "carpooling", and other overwhelming things.

While this is happening, my cousin called me, telling me she felt urged to share with me a few thoughts: 1) my family comes first. 2) be careful whom I associate with.

How timely. I've been facing hard decisions about when to pull my 16 year old son from school to start him on online classes. I wavered about this choice because I'm in a carpool where I do 99.9% of the driving to the high school. But yes, she was right. I put my family first and decided to enroll him for those online courses so that our transition when we move will be seamless. As for the other kids, well, that's another story!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

My Journey of Faith: Not Easy

My 10 year old son had a grill for an "invite your family day" for Scouts. He did very well! I was so thankful for that because my hubby's first paycheck at his job was just enough to cover a few bills and this doesn't include diapers or food or gas for the upcoming week--Federal took too much of it and he had to go and readjust it. Considering how we've used much of our money to fix broken down cars not long before and his many plane tickets later, we haven't really recovered, yet. So a free meal was so wonderful today--along with a potluck my church had for lunch. Double blessing day! I'm also grateful how his job provides housing on the grounds and he doesn't have to pay utilities or rent!

Babykins misses his daddy so much, he's been calling all sorts of characters daddy. Gru, The Bog King, and the Fairy King for starters...

He also called the Scout leader and the other two dads there daddy. I tried not to show my pain when he did that.

We're still facing our challenges in spite of our faithful following. As he applied for Texas jobs, my hubby was afraid, and suddenly, this quote popped into his head:

"I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it." 

We both knew this was no figment of his imagination. I love inspired words from God, even if they are quoted by wise men.