Out of Chaos....A Necessity


I used to think that these kinds of schedules were awesome...for someone else.

I have tried numerous "schedules" and "routines" over the years, but nothing clicked.

This Baby.

My, oh my, is he a cutie!

And, it was because of him (and his five siblings) that I felt the need to be a tad bit more organized.


This guy.

My, oh my, is he a babe!

He's really good with schedules and organization too.

He called to check in on how things were going the first day of our homeschool.
That about summed it up.
 He told me to stop schooling for the day and wait until he got home that night to come up with a plan.


That evening we made up the "Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday Schedule."  (He had already helped me come up with the cleaning/chore schedules previously.)
I can't say that I was super excited about the color coordinated schedule while we were making it up.  In fact, I had a headache, I was grumpy, and I just wanted to get in bed.  I may have even told him how it probably wouldn't work because...it just wouldn't.  So there.

The next morning I woke up with my alarm and got the day started...and we've been on schedule (mostly) ever since.  It's been a month and the kids and I are liking this schedule.  
Everyone knows what they are supposed to be doing, and we all know that school will be done around the same time each day.  Woo Hoo!
I'm not completely fanatical about the schedule.  It doesn't rule me.  For example, this morning, I woke up with (another) raging headache (typical for me while nursing) with ringing ears and dizziness, so I took a nap while our oldest babysat the little ones and the boys watched shows.  Some days you have to do what you have to do to survive.  :)


That's what we've been up to.

That, and...

Go get 'em #35!

Nice tackle, Jonny!
Enjoying Fall,


First Day of School Pictures - 2015

Baby Gerrit

These are my students.  

They look like trouble this year.  ;)



End of Summer Picture Post

Summer 2015 is winding down.

Jonny is trying out football this year.  He's enjoying it!


Lost another tooth.  He's so adorable without any front teeth.  I think, when I look back at him as a child, I'll remember him like this.  Freckly and toothless with a huge grin.  :)

Diaper rash cream should never have been invented.  But since it was invented, I'm glad that Dawn Dish soap has also been invented to assist mothers of 2 year olds.

Lydia fell asleep on Daddy while on a pontoon we rented while camping.

The girls

Snuggles while camping

This little pirate girl...she's a hoot!

And our oldest.  6th grade this year!  She's growing up fast!

We are enjoying the last days of Summer, but also looking forward to starting up another homeschool year.  We will start our lessons at home on Tuesday, and Classical Conversations starts on Thursday! 

Bring it on!


Camping With An Awesome Nursing Cover - Discount Offered!

Recently we went camping for 8 days.  
That's the longest camping trip our family has ever taken.  We all survived - and even thrived!

We had a fun time with just the 8 of us for the first couple of days and then with a great group of friends for the rest of the trip. 

In the second picture you'll see that I have a black and white striped thing on my head.  That "thing" was a life saver for this trip.

Have you ever heard of Covered Goods Nursing Covers?

Best nursing cover ever!


I have tried numerous covers over the past 11 years, and this cover is BY FAR my absolute favorite.

It is lightweight for hot summer days and super soft for delicate baby skin.  
It FULLY covers you - front and back - and the baby so there are no embarrassing/revealing moments when you are nursing in public.

It also makes it super easy to walk around while nursing.

Touring Maple Moon Sugary in Petoskey, MI

While we were on vacation, we went on three different tours.  I was comfortably able to participate in each one because of this nursing cover.

Touring Kilwins in Petoskey, MI

Some of my friends kept teasing me that they wouldn't know who I was unless I had that "striped thing" on.  :)

Cute hats, hey?!  ;)

I contacted Covered Goods to see if I could get some sort of offer for my blog-reading friends so they could buy one of these awesome covers for themselves or as a gift at a discounted price, and they said yes!
Watching the dads and kids play in the annual camping soccer game

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I've already bought two covers (at full price - one for myself and one for a gift) and I intent to buy more - that's how great these covers are!

Head on over to Covered Goods to see the cute patterns.
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Our 6 Kids

This picture just makes me laugh!

Some of us are adjusting to life with this new little one better than others.  ;)

She ADORES her new little brother, but she also knows that things are different and has been reacting with a stronger will lately.

Knowing that life will take on a "new normal" in a number of weeks (or months) and feeling grateful for all that the Lord has given us,


Finally, He Is Here!

Gerrit Olaf
(Named after Nate's great grandpa and part of my maiden name, not after the Frozen snowman, although Gerrit does like warm hugs ;) )
Born on July 23, 2015
9lbs 7oz
21 1/4 inches

Adored (and smothered) by all.

We love our "little" guy!!!

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