Tuesday, April 28, 2015

*You 'might' Have A Large Family IF....AND Some Encouragement For Mom!





You *might* Have A Large Family If....

& Our Weekly Mom 2 Mom Encouragement Party!!!


I've been really busy around here with this new lil guy...
he's super super sweet but oh, man can he be demanding at times! (still love him)

So hence, the lack of posts!

But here today to share another "large(r) family" post for our series.
Enjoy!

& don't forget to scroll down for our link up party :)


Our sweet pea at two weeks-2015











You JUST might have a large(r) family if:



1) You need to shop at Costco, but still get odd looks, when you take proof of why you need to shop there, in the form of your whole family, to the store. 

2) You access the local wholesale bakery supply place to buy things in 50 lb bags.

3) A trip out of the house with all the kids takes on the feel of herding cats.

4) Doing headcounts becomes second nature, and you may or may not be guilty of counting someone else's kid.

5) Your minivan just isn't doing it for you anymore size wise, and you had to explore whether you'd need a bus license in order to legally drive your proposed family vehicle replacement.

6) You don't get to mingle with others at church luncheons, because your family takes up the whole table. You choose the parent's meetings to get your 'social time', who cares if you had to do homework?! You got out of the house with no kids!

7) You need more than one fridge, and make excellent use of your deep freezer.

8) Frugality is a badge of honour. You know just how to stretch that chicken to make 3 meals. Whether you feel like doing it or not becomes irrelevant, it's having those mad skills that counts!

9) Your birth control choices have become of dire interest to everyone else, and you've been asked about whether you've been in training to have your own reality show "like that other family."

10) Most of your friends have large families, and you know it's because none of them look at you weird.

***Bonus!!! Someone takes a couple of the kids off your hands for the afternoon, leaving you with three kids and it's practically a vacation :)





Jen is a homeschooling stay at home mom of five eccentric kids. 
Life has taken my family some unusual, unexpected places, but the roller coaster ride
has been worth it.
There is almost always something unusual going on at my house. 
Even so, I strive to see the humour in every situation, regardless of how long it takes me to find it :)



& NOW

The Mom 2 Mom Encouragement Link Up Party



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Welcome everyone to another week at the Mom 2 Mom Encouragement Party!

So, please come & join in this week`s party, link up any applicable posts, AND please don`t forget to visit some other blogs as well.


Your Hosts:

Sarah from My Joy-Filled Life {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Instagram}    {Bloglovin'}


Jenn from The Purposeful Mom {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Google+}    {Bloglovin'}


Tauna from Proverbial Homemaker {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Bloglovin'}


Rachael from Diamonds in the Rough  {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Instagram}    {Bloglovin'}



You are welcome to link up AS MANY of your own posts that would offer encouragement, tips, wisdom, or advice to other moms.


Some suggested post topics are:

Homemaking, Motherhood, Meal Planning, Recipes, Christian Faith, Encouraging Words, Homeschooling/Education, Financial Stewardship, Health & Wellness, Hospitality, Marriage, Discipline, Ministry, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Time Management, Organization, Crafts & Activities for Kids.......

Each week we will be featuring the most clicked on post and each of our 3 favorites from the previous week.  We will also be sharing the featured posts on our social media outlets.


Most Popular From Last Week 


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& please be sure to check over at Proverbial Homemaker, The Purposeful Mom, and My Joy Filled Life to see if you were featured there!




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Monday, April 13, 2015

When The Baby Has Arrived: 5 Pieces Of Wise Advice From Experienced Mamas!!! & Our Link Up!









You've read it on the blog folks.
That means 'it's official'

We've had our baby!!

Baby Nathanael graced us with his presence
last Wednesday April 8th, 2015.

Weighing in at 8 lbs. 12 ozs.
He wasn't my biggest baby, or my smallest

& it's been a 'ride' ever since he came home with us
from hospital.

The sleepless nights have returned...
The bus(ier) days...

And I keep forgetting which day of the week we're on.
But I digress ;)

____


I was having quite the day last week.
It was Friday, and lil Nate was only 2 days old.

Hubby had to return to work.
Leaving me with the younger four...

I was okay at first...


But as the day wore on
 I began to get a bit weary/grumpy/tired/jaded 
about this whole new baby thing!

So I took to the most reliable source of advice out there...
Facebook (smile)

& went one on my large family Mama groups.
Asked them how they do it.

What advice did they have for me?
Could they remind me of how I got through this before??

& they did...

Today I'm sharing some of what they shared with me.
In hopes it'll encourage another Mama out there...
like me.


Five Pieces Of Wise Advice:
For After You Have A New Baby!


It is imperative to get back up help!

This one really spoke to me. I asked my friends on Facebook for some advice and the main comment over & over again was, "ask for some help". So I have...I've been more vocal with letting my husband know how he can help. I've enlisted our older children to help where they can. I've been accepting any offers of child care help from those I know are acceptable & I can trust. Lastly, some ladies from church have offered us meals & we've gladly accepted those as well :)



Cleaning the house may have to go out the window! (for now)

This one is probably the hardest one for me. I am, by nature, a 'neat nik'. I love everything in its place. Everything orderly & clean. My hubby is definitely the opposite and is not bothered by things strewn all over the house! So as I look around from room to room (remember, baby is only five days old!) I can see that I will have a lot of work for myself once I'm back to my normal routine. But I am choosing to not care. And do a little bit at a time, as I feel up to it :)



Your sanity is more important than having everything done!

I thrive on check lists. On getting all my stuff done for the day. On getting tons accomplished. I'm a typical first born & a very 'type A' personality. It's good..at times, but when you have a new babe in your arms, it's time to slow it down! I thank my Facebook friends for reminding me that this season shall pass by EVER so quickly. Time to slow down & stop to smell the roses :)


It is okay to even hire some outside help! (teen girls, homeschool children, friends that have some extra time, cleaning lady)

Even more than help from hubby & our older kids, is the useful help that comes from others that we can (hopefully for a good price) employ. I have, at the suggestion of these lovely ladies, gone & asked a few homeschool students to come once a week to help me get some extra work done. It will be a wonderful opportunity for them to earn a bit of cash, and an affordable way for us to try & get on top of it all. Again, thankful for this wonderful suggestion :)


You are not a failure if you feel overwhelmed!

A big thank you to our hormones, but most moms (maybe all??) feel overwhelmed after having a new baby. Whether it's your first, or your sixth like me, you will probably have a few days where you feel weary of it all --> the endless all nighters, all the feedings, the diapers changes, etc. etc. It is normal & I am thankful for being reminded of this. This too shall pass :)


Take it one day at a time!

Perspective is everything. In two months time the little newborn stage will be replaced by the chub of the 'baby stage', and then the rewarding interactions with your babe will begin...the newborn stage is really just a short stint of time where everything is beginning to be established for you & babe. If we remind ourselves of the brevity of this season, it makes it much easier on those days we feel overwhelmed :)



What about you? What tips do you have for a new Mama like me?? 
(feel free to add in the comments)




& Now On To 
The Mom 2 Mom Encouragement Link Up Party



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Welcome everyone to another week at the Mom 2 Mom Encouragement Party!!!

Again, a big THANK YOU to everyone who was able to link up with us last week :)




So, please come & join in this week`s party, link up any applicable posts, AND please don`t forget to visit some other blogs as well.





Your Hosts:

Sarah from My Joy-Filled Life {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Instagram}    {Bloglovin'}


Jenn from The Purposeful Mom {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Google+}    {Bloglovin'}


Tauna from Proverbial Homemaker {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Bloglovin'}


Rachael from Diamonds in the Rough  {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Instagram}    {Bloglovin'}



You are welcome to link up AS MANY of your own posts that would offer encouragement, tips, wisdom, or advice to other moms.


Some suggested post topics are:

Homemaking, Motherhood, Meal Planning, Recipes, Christian Faith, Encouraging Words, Homeschooling/Education, Financial Stewardship, Health & Wellness, Hospitality, Marriage, Discipline, Ministry, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Time Management, Organization, Crafts & Activities for Kids.......


Most Popular From Last Week


 






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Monday, April 6, 2015

Mom 2 Mom Link Up: Come Share Your Posts!

The Mom 2 Mom Encouragement Link Up Party



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Welcome everyone to another week at the Mom 2 Mom Encouragement Party!!!
A place where all of us can come to be encouraged & refreshed.

& for my friends/family reading this...no baby yet :(



Again, a big THANK YOU to everyone who was able to link up with us last week :)



So, please come & join in this week`s party, link up any applicable posts, AND please don`t forget to visit some other blogs as well.




Your Hosts:

Sarah from My Joy-Filled Life {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Instagram}    {Bloglovin'}


Jenn from The Purposeful Mom {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Google+}    {Bloglovin'}


Tauna from Proverbial Homemaker {Facebook}    {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Bloglovin'}


Rachael from Diamonds in the Rough  {Pinterest}    {Twitter}    {Google+}    {Instagram}    {Bloglovin'}



You are welcome to link up AS MANY of your own posts that would offer encouragement, tips, wisdom, or advice to other moms.


Some suggested post topics are:

Homemaking, Motherhood, Meal Planning, Recipes, Christian Faith, Encouraging Words, Homeschooling/Education, Financial Stewardship, Health & Wellness, Hospitality, Marriage, Discipline, Ministry, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Time Management, Organization, Crafts & Activities for Kids.......

Each week we will be featuring the most clicked on post and each of our 3 favorites from the previous week.  We will also be sharing the featured posts on our social media outlets.




Most Popular From Last Week 



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And some of my personal favs from last week...


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Every mother has days when they feel like they're not enough or that they've let their children down in some way. I know that's what I've been going through lately! But there is hope, fellow moms! Be encouraged with these 3 truths you can call to mind and remember when you feel like a failure as a mom. 






tips to help you unplug and be with the kids 





& did you miss these posts from the blog?

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A link back is not required, but appreciated.  Go ahead and grab a button too, especially if you were featured.
The hosts would be blessed if you followed them.
They would also be blessed if you would spread the word about the Mom 2 Mom Monday Link-Up.

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And now for the link-up! 




   
   

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