Teacher Mom

Train up a child in the way he should go; when he is old he will not depart from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-7

The plan was to homeschool. Sometimes plans change. One week ago we enrolled Natalee for Public school. She is so excited to start school and I am excited for her!

I fully believe that every parent needs to intentionally make decisions that fit their family. I also heartily believe that the Bible teaches us how to be fully involved in our child’s education. Not all learning happens in school. Most behaviours & habits are developed in the home, within our families.

I look forward to the things I can teach my beautiful girl as we do life together – faith; cooking; finances; a love of reading; a passion for people among other things. I get to be Teacher Mom – a prestigious roll.

It is going to be a wonderful year. Happy Labour Day!

Cheers to new beginnings!

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An update

We had our baby 😉

His name is Clark Jordan Keezer. He weighed in at 8 Lbs 6 oz. and was 21 3/4 inches long (exact same as Oliver). The kids love him! He’s the perfect addition to our family. Now to keep on top of the laundry.

We were at the doctor today for Clark’s six week check and he’s already 11 Lbs 7 oz!! Here are some pictures of the last six weeks.

Clark’s Birth Day: May 10

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How the kids spent their first two weeks with Clark while mommy rested

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Big brother

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Lazy days

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Growing boy

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A Family Weekend

This weekend has been full of blessings. Yesterday Chris took the morning to clean the house for me and he cooked some meals for the freezer. In the evening ladies from the church threw us a baby shower. Natalee and I enjoyed games, treats, and opening lovely gifts for the baby (the homemade things were some of my favourites). Many people from the church pooled to buy us a new car seat too! We are so grateful for the generosity of the people around us!!

Today Chris spent the morning making a huge batch of delicious waffles to freeze. We did get to enjoy them for breakfast too. Then we took a family drive to Cavendish beach. It was SO cold we decided to eat our picnic in the car and only walked the beach for 15 minutes – there are no pictures because we were all stiff from the cold & shivering.

We are now baby ready – or as ready as you can really be. Now it’s just a waiting game.

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The Kitchen Can Wait

I am the worst for pushing aside my children so that I can get a task done. I feel guilty to be in my pyjamas at 9am (not to mention noon). I have high expectations on myself as an at-home mama.

Being 8+ months pregnant with a 2 & 4 year old does come with challenges. I’m sure I say this every pregnancy, but, ” I don’t think that I have ever been this tired!” And it’s only going to get worse – some things will be better, like having a cute newborn to snuggle, but the sleeplessness will not be better for a while.

So, how can you cope with times of excessive exhaustion or transitions in life? There are a few key things I’ve been learning and would like to share

Change your expectations:
Don’t mistaken this with lowering your expectations, that’s very different. Life is in transition and now is not the time for change or big projects. I often ask myself, “is this a reasonable request?” I have many projects that I feel should be done before the babies due date but I have to decide what is realistic. 4 sewing projects, organizing 3 main rooms of the house, and a freezer-meal marathon? Probably not.

Define daily goals:
Every day is different. Some days I have lots of energy and other days not so much. There are key things that HAVE to be accomplished. Feeding kids is #1. Getting dressed is optional. I like to have a tidy home when I go to bed to start the next day with a clean slate – that could be as easy as loading and running the dishwasher and doing a pick-up of things around the house. I am ok if I don’t wipe the table or sweep the floor.

Don’t make life harder than it has to be:
Remember KISS: keep it simple stupid (some, who are more refined than I, use sweetheart as the last “s”. I like the directness of the current statement). Even in good times we can overwhelm ourselves with high expectations. There is life after housework and meal planning. Remember to enjoy it!

Soon this baby will be here, we will be back to a regular running day, and life goes on. For right now I will focus on what needs focus and forget the rest.

I’ve been trying to focus my time on the kids these days. Soon a new baby will make them feel pushed aside. Also these are the last days of Oliver being the “baby” of the family so I’m just enjoying my kids.

This has been our week:
Dressing as a superhero

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Playing in the glorious outdoors

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Holding hands while watching a movie

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Baking together (went much better than past experiences)

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A Busy, Blessed Weekend

Over the last few weeks I’ve drafted up a few blog posts. Because of the long winters we have I can get grumpy and have a tendency to whine. So, needless to say, I’ve opted to post nothing. Like the old adage, “if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all.”

This year my focus has been thankfulness. We are facing several trials in our life but through it all God is faithful and blesses us greatly. This weekend was an example of that. We were able to spend some time in Charlottetown and do a bit of shopping. Natalee also participated in a Fashion Show Fund Raiser for the IWK (children’s hospital in our area). She’s a natural model!

My favourite part of this weekend was letting each child pick a toy at the toy store – within a price limit. We did have some tears due to difficulty of making a decision but it was fun to spoil the kids a bit. We also had supper at a restaurant which is a nice break for me. Overall, I love spending time with my family!

Here are a few photos we took over the weekend:

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Chris’ sermon prep (the kids’ puppies were snuggling him)

R&R: reconnecting & restoration

We just spent the last week in Nova Scotia for the Simpson Lectures (Chris was attending). We were pampered and well cared for by my grandmother.

At first I went to NS thinking it would be a relaxing week to catch up with friends and family. What I’ve been getting has been so much better. Deep conversations, connecting with my wonderful grandmother, and challenges to chew on. God is stirring things up and I’m thankful for it!

Here’s a few photos from our week in the Valley:

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Keeping things simple

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Ephesians 4:22-24 says,

“Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”

I have recently realized that I am too hard on myself. I have high expectations as a mom, home maker, wife, and just overall. It hit me a few days ago that I need to chill out!

When I shared my ‘epiphany’ with Chris his words were AMEN! I’m sure he’s said these things many times to me but it never sank in.

I’ve decided to do a few things differently to give myself a break:
– Be thankful! I often get bogged down with what I need to buy, budgeting, or what we may need at that time rather than take the time to inventory all that we are blessed with.
– make supper simpler. I don’t need to make a gourmet meal every night. My family is happy just to have food on their plates – well not Natalee, she’s in a new phase of hating anything and everything mommy does.
– sift through my clothing and only keep what I love most and wear often. I don’t need any more decisions in my day than necessary.
– take the time to look at all the things I’ve accomplished in the day rather than focusing on things still to be done.

I have done these things over the past week and what a difference! It’s amazing how fast negative inner-talk can bog you down! This “putting off the old self” stuff is hard work! It takes time. It takes making mistakes and learning from it. I’m thankful to have a God who forgives my selfishness and encourages my progress. I also have a pretty great husband who supports me.

Here’s to continuing in imperfect progress. Cheers!