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Evangeline and Noah and cheese kept us up most of the night. Evangeline was probably teething and fussed every 20 minutes or so. Noah came in and was complaining it was dark. Yeah, its supposed to be dark at 1 a.m. Alex ate cheese with dinner last night and his body was rejecting it. We don’t care for those kinds of nights.

I bought an exercise app today. I’ve been looking at it for a couple years but decided today that I will never find the perfect time so I just went for it. Lauren did the workout with me and she loved it. I’m glad. It’s more fun to workout with someone and she’s the type to keep me accountable.

I said to heck with school today. It was hot and sunny so I gave the kids popsicles and said go outside. I even joined them. I held Evangeline on the hammock and was enjoying our time until Noah pushed me and pushed me and now I’m pretty sure I won’t do very well on amusement park rides. I had a sick headache the rest of the day.

We went out and blew bubbles, too. Evangeline doesn’t really talk yet but she said “bubbles”. It was so cute. The kids were also playing in the neighbor’s sprinklers so I pulled our sprinkler out to save the neighbor’s automatic ones. They had fun. I’m sure I’ll find wet clothes puddled somewhere tomorrow.

After dinner we went back outside to blow more bubbles and we could hear a woodpecker pecking on a tree nearby. I’ve seen them busy in our backyard occasionally. They are fun to watch and listen to.

The kids have been begging us all day to take them to the soda shop. We finally acquiesced and took a walk as a family the half mile or so there. Alex and I walked, the kids, except the baby, rode their bikes. I’m sure everyone that drove past was counting: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 kids! It is a lot but it is fun. Most of the time.

I had a good day and I’m glad that I got to spend time with the family. The weather was perfect and I didn’t let the massive “to do” list bother me. I’ll let it stress me tomorrow.

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Tuesday was a good day. Monday had been a struggle in the fact that the house was a disaster. I told myself I would keep this blog real and this is real. I had been meaning to get the kitchen/ dining room portion of the basement cleaned for days. We’d cleaned the carpeted/living area daily but beyond the couch the kids didn’t recognize as being part of the basement. They didn’t consider their rooms to be part of it, truth be known. It had gotten bad and one reason or another it had slipped off the to do list. Out of sight out of mind. I’d walk by and say that I’d get to it in a minute and then get distracted by something. My ADD (I swear I have it) would pull me in a million different directions but not to that one thing. Moldy bowls of food were hiding out of sight, sticky spills on the floor and table, pudding splattered on the counters, garbage that didn’t make it to the can. It was looking like a mild case of hoarders. I hadn’t gone into that room, just walked by on my way to do other stuff. I knew I needed to get to it.

I got up and went for a walk. I took the time to pray and I asked for help because I needed help focusing. Sometimes I can focus with laser ability but most of the time I’m like a pinball bouncing around without any clue which direction I’m going to go next. I prayed to be able to find solutions and for help to get done what I needed to get done. As I was praying, I could see in my mind’s eye exactly what needed to be done and in what order and even how to do it. Little miracles. I got everything done that I was needing to do. The kids helped and the mess was cleaned really fast. They even cleaned their rooms quickly. I was shocked because we’d been nagging them for weeks to clean their rooms all the way.

One of the things that I saw to do was a school schedule and a chore chart. I have a couple charts of things the kids need to do and they are fairly good at getting them done but they needed a little more direction. I’ll implement it today and see if I can get the ball rolling.

(It’s true.)

I’ll tell you about another miracle. This is a big one and it is not mine. My sister-in-law moved to be closer to her work this past week. She moved into a rental and cleaned out her house to rent or sell. It is a large townhouse, newer, and thus it isn’t cheap. The economy going down wasn’t going to help matters. She asked for her family to pray that it would sell because she needed it sold this week. We all prayed and y’all, it sold. In less than a week. She signed the papers tonight. An investor happened to be in town today looking for property and bought it right there and then for asking price! God answers some prayers really fast!

Alex and I went on a date tonight. We needed an outing. I told him I wanted a date that didn’t include Walmart. We went and got Taco Time and the guy taking our order didn’t hear half our order. Oh well, we didn’t need it anyways. We drove to a local park and the place was packed! It is a college town and it was all room mates and newlyweds all over. The whole town looks like nothing has changed except you have to do take-out for everything. Social distancing at its finest. Not.

We sat and people watched while we ate in our car. One guy had a gun in the back of his pants. We thought it was a bit odd. Did he really need protection while playing lacrosse with his girlfriend?

The date idea Alex came up with was to find properties for sale that had at least an acre of land and go see them. There were quite a few but only one I would have bought because the view is what I’ve been wanting since I moved here. A view of the Teton mountains. Look it up and tell me you wouldn’t want that outside your window. It was a fun date. We talked and dreamed and didn’t go grocery shopping. And dinner was only $15. Not bad. It is so nice having kids who are old enough to babysit so we can go on a date whenever we need to.

That was pretty much it. Bring on the next day.

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Monday Again

This distance learning has worn itself out. It overwhelms me to the point where nothing gets done. I was reading a post from a friend that works full time and she’s overwhelmed. I can’t imagine the stress that comes from having to work and also keep up with the kids. She has four kids in school from third grade to a graduating senior. My thoughts go to if something doesn’t give, how do they plan on doing school next year? I guess just open up and hope for the best?

But, I’m going to look at the bright side of this. There are some perks: no handshaking, no people shoving themselves way too close in the grocery store lines, the amount of social obligations has gone way down, etc. This is almost an introvert’s and germaphobe’s dream. Kind of. Silver linings, folks.

But seriously, as everyone knows, this pandemic is beyond awful. I ache for all those suffering from it in various ways. I am just inconvenienced. Many have their lives changed forever and I pray that they get the help and comfort they need.

We didn’t do a whole lot yesterday. I tried. I sat with a couple kids while they did their school work. It took a bit of cajoling and we didn’t get done nearly what we should have gotten done. If I don’t sit with them they leave and nothing gets done. So I sat there and crocheted pot holders and watched a couple episodes of Hoarders.

I don’t like “reality” television for the most part. The Bachelor and the like just makes me cringe and hide. I can’t watch it. At all. But the psychology behind hoarders and addiction and obsessive compulsive disorder fascinates me. The patience of the people helping the hoarders astounds me. The normal reaction is to be disgusted but they are so understanding. One lady I watched yesterday was the most with it of any of the episodes I have watched. She knew she had a problem, she was disgusted by it and wanted to change but didn’t know how. The doctor working with her said something over a couple episodes that struck me. She said that these people needed to feel the emotions. They needed to just feel it and let it pass. They didn’t have to listen to the addiction they could talk back to it. It struck me and I realized that the advice she gave can be used in so many aspects of life. Emotions dont stay around long if you acknowledge them and feel them. They leave after that and we are free to move on. Anyways, I found that interesting.

For Family Home Evening we didn’t do much. I made some s’mores rice krispie treats and we watched a conference talk about whether we are casual or careful about the gospel. It was a good talk and a good reminder that we need to take it seriously.

After that we watched the new episode of Studio C on BYUTV. A couple of the sketches were good. Comedy is hit or miss. Everyone has a different sense of humor. I enjoyed it. We went to bed after that.

End of another day.

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Petrichor: a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.

Until a few years ago I didn’t know there was a word for one of the best smells in the world. Petrichor.

It rained this afternoon. Not a lot, just enough to mar all the sidewalk art my children did.

I got a picture before it was completely washed out.

It was a slow day. I got up around 8:30 and took the dog for a walk so I could listen to conference talks and scriptures without interruptions. It works well. I’ll probably do that every Sunday as long as it is warm.

We had church at home and I gave the talk. I talked about charity.

…he must needs have charity; for if he have not charity he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have charity.
45 And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—
47 But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.
48 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.

~ Moroni 7:44-48

We talked about that scripture and also about repentance. The example I gave was of a pristine white mansion. Everything is gorgeous but you’ve just been out playing and you got dirty- covered in mud. I asked the kids if they should be allowed to go into the house. They all said no, but how can we get clean if the shower is in the house. Hahaha. Elizabeth said she could just wipe her feet off really good.

I told them that is what happens when we sin, we get dirty and can’t go back to live with Heavenly Father unless we get cleaned. Repentance is what makes us clean again. I said that every day we end up with some dirt (sin) on ourselves so we need to make it a habit to repent every single day. They got on board with that visual.

Later I used all the extra bread crust the kid had left from lunch to make bread pudding. I made two batches since the kids love it so much and had that many leftover crusts. One was regular and the other I tried something else- caramel apple. Really good but I’m sick now because I ate too much of it.

Evangeline took a late nap. No one would respect her routine and they thought they knew better. Before her naps I lay down with her and she sings and plays for a few minutes them settles down to sleep. Alex thought that her singing and playing meant she wasn’t tired so he let the kids take her to play. Not the best decision. Mother knows best.

The kids dragged all their mattresses to the family room while I was upstairs. They all wanted to sleep there together. Fine by me. So they all settled in after we’d watched a scripture video, had prayer, hugs and kisses and then we sang them a song.

I love all my cute little kids.

Hopefully the good attitude continues tomorrow when I have to have them work on school assignments.

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Saturday Stuff

One thing we have been doing around here is gardening. Alex planted the cold crops: cabbage, radish, broccoli, etc. So many radishes. They are easy to grow so why not. These radishes are special because they came from a radish we planted last year and harvested the seeds from. That’s the first time we’ve done that.

We cleaned and cleaned today. Well, I did. Does it look like it? Not really. Kids are really messy. Mine are anyways.

Today was also haircut day. Alex cut the boys hair, I cut bangs for Lauren and then I cut Alex’s hair. It had been awhile so all the kids look so different now. Except Benjamin because he won’t let us touch his hair. Fine by me. Not a hill I’m willing to die on. Alex on the other hand went all the way with the haircut. Really short and he shaved off his beard. He looks 10 years younger and unrecognizable to our youngest daughter. She was scared of him all day. I had to change all the diapers, hold her, do everything for her that he would normally help with on Saturday because she wouldn’t let him near her. Eventually she let him hold her but she wouldn’t look at him. I’m glad I got it on video.

The chicken is still alive, if you were interested to know. Alex gave her another warm bath and she calmly sat in it. Hopefully she heals quickly.

I had Alex go for a walk with me this morning. I am sure onlookers thought it was the weirdest looking walk. We would be together then half a length apart, fast then slow and also dodging the dog in between because she couldn’t figure out who to walk next to. I prefer to walk by myself I decided. I can talk to my sister on the phone or listen to music or podcasts and go at my own pace for as long as I want. But I will never say no to walking with my best friend (Alex) even if the pace is a bit erratic.

We watched the 2019 version of Nancy Drew. I loved it. It was cute and Lauren now wants to read the books. Yay! My mom has a lot of the books so we can borrow them maybe when all things are back to normal-ish.

I had to stay up late Saturday night. I forgot to make bread for the sacrament on Sunday. We quickly made a batch and have to stay up to bake it. At least we can sleep in.

Elizabeth had a breakout of eczema this week. None of my kids have ever had it so I knew it had to be an allergic reaction. It couldn’t be from washing her hands because that would effect both hands. I was talking to my mom and she said I should give her vitamins. Light bulb moment! The only thing that had changed was that we’d started giving the kids a new vitamin this week. It had to be it. She has to be allergic to something in the vitamins. So I explained that we were going to do an experiment and see if it makes a difference. She has been off from them for 2 days now and her hand is healing, the rash is going away. I will not be buying that brand again.

That is what we’ve been up to. Im looking forward to a relaxing Sunday.

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What a Day

I got up this morning (Friday) and I went for a walk. I took the dog with me this time and she is enjoyed it. Since I got her the new harness and retractable leash she is so much better behaved. She stays right next to me and ignores everything that would normally distract her. As we were walking to the high school track one of the cats was following us. She followed us all the way to the neighbor’s fence where I picked her up to carry her past the neighbor’s dogs. I put her down on the gravel at the playground by the track and she just stood there and meowed at me. I gave in and started walking home. The cat led the way. Every few meters or so she would stop and turn around to make sure I was following her. We made it back to the house and I fed her and her sister in the garage and she let me go on my walk. Such a silly cat.

When Alex got home around noon I had him help me with the school stuff. We had all the kids in the “classroom” and we both supervised two kids each and another child used the computer in the basement. She is the only one I trust to keep at her work without supervision. It took hours but they got a lot done. I am proud of Benjamin because even though he hated it he begrudgingly did it and he got all of his assignments done except the book report that is due next week. He’s all caught up now.

The day before when we went to check on the chickens we noticed one wasn’t acting right. We did some research and got the bird into the “hot tub”. It was just a bin with warm water and Epsom salt. We soaked her bum because she looks to have one of two conditions and neither are good. She looks miserable. We’ll give her a good soak twice a day and hopefully that clears it up. Poor thing.

In the mail the parts to repair the broken couch came. I had planned on doing it myself but Alex did most of it. He replaced the springs. I will do the fabric covering next. But we can comfortably sit on it again! If I catch the kids jumping on it they will be in trouble.

While Alex and I were taking the staples out to fix the couch Noah came and stood next to me and started messing with my hair. This is fairly normal for the kids to do. My hair is over two feet long. After a minute or so I turned to look at him and he had scissors in his hands and was about to cut my hair! Three/four year olds are adorable but they are also terrors! I’m so glad I turned around before he did any major damage. He said he got a few hairs cut. You really have to keep a close eye on kids because you never know what will go on in their heads.

When I’d ordered the parts to the couch (three weeks ago) I also ordered one of my favorite movies, “Babe“, the pig movie. It is such a cute, fun movie. It came yesterday (I’d intended it for Easter but delivery being what it is nowadays) so we sat as a family and watched it while we fixed the couch.

I had made the peanut butter cookies with Hershey’s kisses on them for the movie night. The kids ate them okay but it always annoys me when the just lick the chocolate off them and leave a soggy cookie. Evangeline was sitting on my lap watching the movie and getting cookie crumbs all over me. She finally paid attention to the movie and noticed the animals were talking. She is one so it was fun to see her amazement as she pointed and giggled at the tv.

Today is Saturday and other than the usual cleaning we haven’t got much planned. Yesterday I asked the kids if they wanted to go on a drive. The fourteen year old nodded his head enthusiastically. I said if we went to the store he couldn’t go in. He said that’s fine, he just wants to go somewhere- anywhere. He’s tired of being cooped up. When a teenage boy who never wants to go anywhere wants to go somewhere you know he’s getting fed up. He even went out and played with the cat. He gave the dog a bath yesterday too to get out of homework- hahaha!

So we’ll see what happens today. Oh yeah, we’d planned on doing haircuts. Not my favorite but Alex said he’d do all but his own. That he’ll leave to me.

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Trying to Get Back on Track

Ugh. The health saga continues. Why are (most) humans so short sighted? I threw myself off the strict health wagon awhile back. I have maintained within 5 lbs. It is frustrating to fail all the time. But I decided that I need to just get back to it.

My baby is a good sleeper now and that means I can go for walks before my kids wake up. I checked the temperature this morning and even though I am a complete wimp when it comes to cold I braved the 36° F temperature outside this morning. It was above freezing so I figured I’d just do it. I got 1.25-ish miles in. Later in the afternoon I needed a break from sitting and encouraging kids to do schoolwork so I took the dog and went for another walk. If I do that a couple times a day then I should make progress. Just need to be serious and say no to sugar.

It was whine fest at my house today. Most of the kids were just crying and whining all day and I was ready to lose it. I had to quickly correct two of them. One (3 year old) was just being rude and I told him so and he learned to say “please” again today. Another thought he could raise his voice to me. Nope, you don’t get to do that. Another one actually had to be told that as well but his voice didn’t get nearly as loud but he still needed a course correction. The first child got the hint and wrote an apology note to me. His second one of the week. He said he was stressed. Yeah, kid, aren’t we all.

Speaking of stress, I was going to make cookies because I was stressed and thought I would just eat healthy when school was done and the stress was gone. But I realized that it really is never gone. There is always something going on just at varying levels. We can’t always be in survival mode- we just have to learn how to live with the curve balls. Expect the unexpected. Learn how to cope in a healthy way. Eating junk food really just exacerbates the problems anyways. Will I screw that up again? Yep. Will I try to do better? Yep. That’s life.

Lauren, after having a rough few minutes tonight, wrote me a note. It said that she was sorry (she’d spilled nail polish remover on her bed) and that she hates herself right now. On the back of the note she wrote “I have so many regrets.” I giggled at the dramatics. I wrote back that I love her and she needs to not be so hard on herself. Mistakes happen. Get up, dust yourself off and move on. She then asked why life is so hard. (I am so grateful that her hard isn’t actually hard.) I told her it is so we can learn and grow. She’s always been so hard on herself and trying to teach her to be kind to herself has been a tough row to hoe.

I did have the kids clean up the house quickly before bed. I realized that I want then to love waking up to a clean house. We’ll see how that actually goes. I was working with the older boys trying to get them to understand that just because an assignment isn’t due yet that they could very it done now and not wait, or break it down into daily manageable tasks so they aren’t doing it all the night or hour before. We’ll see if they get the hint.

That was pretty much the day. Nothing really exciting- thankfully.

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The Week Begins

Yesterday my 5 year old came up to me and said, “I’ve had some bad things happen in my life, but I can handle it.” She was very serious. I asked what bad things she was talking about and she referenced the time she used the veggie peeler and cut a bit of her finger and nail off. A very tiny bit. But if that is the extent of her hard life then I think things are going well for her.

Noah’s long awaited bike came. Alex stopped on the way home from work to get it. Noah was so excited! He told the neighbors walking past all about it. Then he assumed he would be an expert at bike riding. Not so. He came in later and told me he’d fallen off his bike. I looked at his elbow. He hadn’t seen the blood until I did. Then the howling began and lasted way too long.

Last night as I was going to empty the dishwasher (normally I make the kids do this but was feeling generous- thank goodness) and three of the wheels popped of quickly in succession. Down went the drawer crashing into the one below it. One wheel had been broken for months and we’d been hobbling along. Not a possibility anymore. When it rains it pour apparently. I’m incredibly grateful that it is fixable so I ordered the parts on Amazon.

I’ve been fixing things a lot lately. It would be so much easier to just buy new things- appliances and furniture. All my appliances/furniture are eight to 20+ years old so it’s not like I am being frivolous with wanting new stuff. I make it do and use it until it can’t be used or reasonably fixed. I’ll save up to remodel my kitchen and then I’ll buy new appliances. Kids are hard on furniture so I’m not getting new stuff until we are out of the destructive child phase. It will end someday, right?

We went for a walk around the block. Twice. Noah wanted to ride his bike but he knows he’s not allowed to go alone. He’s been begging me all day long. So I went once with him and Elizabeth and the dog. Then I made Alex go with us and Evangeline wanted to go too but we have to carry her. Noah is getting better and it was such a nice night! We didn’t need jackets or anything.

It is funny how we rarely see our neighbors in the winter. It’s like we are all in hibernation and as soon as it warms up they all come out. My street is retirement row. We are the youngest ones on the street. They’ve all been self-isolating for weeks and tonight they all emerged from their dens. All the men were out gabbing it up. It is always the men. Their wives all stay indoors doing who knows what and the men go visiting eachother for hours. It makes me laugh. I was reading a book and kept looking out the window and noticed my neighbors were in a different spot every time. It looked like one was trying to go back home but the other one was following him.

I did absolutely no schoolwork with the kids today. My sister in law is moving her family to Virginia (coincidentally to the same town I lived in when I was there 15 years ago and my first son was born there) and the cousins wanted to say goodbye. That sent me into event cleaning mode. We got the whole upstairs cleaned up. It was needed. I may or may not have shoved most of the stuff in baskets and shut them in my room. Don’t judge. Then we sat out on the porch to visit. Works for me. (I did clean out the baskets later though.)

The house smelled and so Michael volunteered to take the chicks out to the garage. I opened all the windows and turned on the fan. Made all the difference in the world. Next week it will be warm enough and they will be old enough to stay out in the garage. I am so excited for that day.

Well, I’ll end here. I need to get the kids in bed because I definitely need to get them back on track as far as school goes. A couple of them did do some assignments but we need to do some more. As usual.

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Weekends Warming Up

My daughter couldn’t take it anymore. Well, she could, but why should she have to? I texted her friend and they went bike riding and out for a soda on Saturday. There are zero cases in our sparsely populated county. There is pretty much zero risk. So she got some much needed socializing in.Her friend lives a little less than a mile away and Elizabeth wanted to ride her bike with her sister. Alex told me to drive the truck with the girls and their bikes to Lauren’s friend’s house. I stupidly listened. Okay, not stupidly, it was a good experience. I am a novice manual vehicle driver. And I’d never done it by myself. The girls don’t want to drive with me again but I got them there and only killed the engine 3 times at the stop sign. For some reason everyone and their dog was out and traffic was ridiculous and it made me nervous so I had a hard time getting the truck going at the stop sign. But I will say I gained confidence. I don’t think I’ll be using it as my main transportation but I can do it better now! (It sounds pathetic that it took me this long to actually achieve this goal, but I really was nervous and didn’t want to do it for years and years.)Saturday we got a bunch of stuff done, yardwork and a trip to the dump. I pulled out the hammocks because it finally warmed up above 50 degrees. The kids have enjoyed it so much and it is nice that they are spending their time outside more.

Alex and my date went as usual. Kind of. We went and got Panda Express and ate it in our car. In the Walmart parking lot. Noah has been asking for a bike and we looked online for one and so he assumed it was coming in the mail any day now. It is not. So Alex and I went in to Walmart to see if we could find a bike for him. They are all out of boys bikes. They have some at a different Walmart by where Alex works so he’ll pick it up Monday. Noah has been so cute that I can’t say no. He tells anyone walking by who will listen that his bike I coming. “It’s coming in a box. The mailman will bring it. There is enough room in the mail truck for it. It isn’t that big.” How can one say no to that?

While we were looking for non-existent bikes we got two tables and some chairs so we could set up school in a room that isn’t the dining room. Cleaning up everything multiple times a day and trying to keep little kids from eating while school is going on and finding they have spilled milk when your back is turned just got to be too much. So we got tables. Now maybe I can shut the door and contain them, keep them from escaping. Now when we have family get togethers (when they ever happen again) we will have enough room for everyone to sit down and eat at the same time since we have more tables. We can also use them for camping if we need to.The weather was decent on Friday. It would have been better if the wind would stop blowing but it really never stops here. Alex used the nice weather to build the arbor at the garden entrance . I’m thinking I’ll grow either clematis or honeysuckle on it.And my rhubarb plant is coming out! I’m so excited. I hope it gets bigger this year. It has never gotten very big. My friend gave me a rhubarb crisp recipe a few years ago and it is our favorite so I need lots of rhubarb to make it.

Oh, and we need to plant cabbage. Can we find any seeds? Nope. Finally next to the toys in Walmart but they were purple cabbage. We will plant them but I don’t know whether the kids will eat purple cabbage. The kids love cabbage but the color might throw them off. We’ll see.

I am in a Facebook group that wa created for the Worldwide Fast we had two weeks ago. I have a love/don’t love relationship with that group. I love the faith building stories that people share. There are other stories that people share of their lives and I just weep for them. Life is so hard. Life is so fragile. To hear the heartbreaking stories of loss and heartache and addiction and abuse and so on; my heart aches for them. So many people struggling and asking for prayers. I read them and pray for them all. It gets overwhelming to read of all the sadness but then a thought comes to me that it has all been taken care of, that their needs and sorrows are known. All of them are. All of us are taken care of- we just need to ask. Christ has suffered and atoned for all of us. All we are asked to do is come unto Him, repent, and do our best.Those are my thoughts right now as I prepare to start another week. We’ll see if it gets better. I have to get better at this school thing, right? I’ve had weeks of practice. That should be long enough, right? I’m not even fooling myself.

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All Day

So I spent the day playing teacher and janitor and bus driver. I’m calling in a substitute tomorrow (Alex). It’s his half day so he’s going to be teaching mathematics tomorrow.

I literally have to be the cheerleader as well. “Come on, you can do this!” As we go through all the classes and assignments I have to tell them it isn’t impossible and to just plow through it. But I was right, I can only do one child at a time. Evangeline makes it hard when she wants all the attention.

We only have 26 school days left of the year. I counted but I left out the last week of school because that, we all know, is party and movie week. So that’s what I will do that week- parties and movies.

I did buy a book today. On Kindle. Sam’s teacher keeps sending a chapter a day. I never had him read it. The kid takes after me and is a bookworm. I got the book so he could read as much as he wanted. He was excited because it is a series (I will probably end up getting them all- The False Prince- if you are looking for a good kids chapter book) and he will probably be up all night reading. I’m totally okay with that. I’d do/did the same thing for 30 years. Still do when the book is good enough. Alex is the same way. No self control with books. Can’t put them down so he doesn’t read them that often. He does listen to audiobooks on the way to and from work though.

That is basically the whole day. And yes, I will admit that I struggle a little bit with 5th grade math. There weren’t proper instructions and I didn’t get what the question was getting at. The answers from the day before were wrong. I didn’t get it wrong, this time anyways. The book asked for totals, with an s. So we put two answers. The supposed correct answer was only one answer. The book doesn’t speak proper English.

Wait, I did do something else today. I repotted my seedlings. I planted butternut squash and watermelon seeds and one of them- I don’t know which because I didn’t label them- has outgrown the mini greenhouse. I reused juice containers from the kids’ lunches and I had saved some plastic containers from last year’s plants and moved a bunch of them to new bigger containers. I hope I can keep the little kids from destroying them because it’s our food!

Today I asked Alex if he’d go on a date with me tomorrow. When we can finally go without kids everything is closed. We’ll figure something out; maybe find a local restaurant with takeout and eat in the car somewhere. I refuse to go grocery shopping for this date though.

I’ll let you know what we come up with.