October 17, 2011

What's Happening Around Here...

It seems like we have a lot going on in our house right now, but then again, who doesn't? I thought I'd share a little of what's been going on with us. So, taking a deep breath....BEGIN!

We just finished up helping our church's school with a huge fundraiser! It was a great success, and the school was able to raise thousands of dollars. Although, we have chosen to homeschool our kiddos, we've always been able to have a fairly active part in this ministry of our church, and we always enjoy it!

Because of the time we took helping out with the fundraiser over the last couple of weeks, our schooling put it mildly....slightly unorganized! However, one of the reasons we have chosen to homeschool is so that we can have the flexibility to do other things that other families may not have the opportunity to do. This last week has been busy catching up and getting back into a school routine (using the word routine very casually at this point!).

We were also hit with the stomach flu! Can't leave that one out! We haven't had it visit us in over three years, and so we really couldn't complain! It made for a long week with some extra laundry, but overall, we weathered the storm well and are glad to be done with it!

In the middle of all this, we were also able to finish up some gardening. We were able to can over 50 quarts of green beans - our family's favorite vegetable! We also canned some tomatoes although the chickens raided our garden one day and ended up with more than we did! We've also been able to get about 35 pints of salsa! We've put up quite a bit of squash and earlier this fall, we were able to freeze our corn. All that's left now are the carrots and onions. We will probably start working on the onions this week. We were waiting for the first frost before we picked our carrots, and that still hasn't come yet - believe it or not! We are expecting to have quite a few carrots to can once the frost comes!

We have also been trying to get extra cleaning done. For those of you who have children at home, you know that extra cleaning never ends. We are getting ready for our little one to arrive, and even though we did a lot of spring cleaning this summer, we have several rooms that need redos already! We have also been told to expect our little one to come earlier than we had planned. So, I am feeling the pressure of getting everything ready before Thanksgiving. It will be nice though to just sit back and enjoy the baby and all the holidays with my little family!

Wow! It's making me tired writing about this, and it's reminding me of all that I have left to do in this day! So, I better close for now. I hope you are able to enjoy the tasks God has given to you today. Some days are better and easier than others. I'm thankful today is one of those easy days for me! ;) Hoping the same is true for you!

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