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I've yet to write a day in the life post so I figured it was time to give it a try. It's not so easy to write these types of postsbecause our days are never the same. We have structure, but we aren't so structured that every day repeats itself. I am going to do my best to share a typical day in our home.
After celebrating eight birthdays as a family, one would assume that birthdays would be a cinch in our home, but too be honest they have been anything but that for the past three or so years. I dreaded birthdays. Not because everyone was aging or that they represent time passing. I dreaded them because as the girls aged birthdays became a source of contention in our home. Why, you may ask? Well, we have one summer birthday and one winter birthday. This caused our winter child to feel. If we are honest, summer birthdays seem to represent fun! It's hot outside and opportunities to do things are endless.
This week has been one filled with slower paced days.
I've pondered about writing this post for the majority of the week. I wasn't sure how to describe myself. You would think that talking about someone you have lived everyday of your life with would come easier, but it doesn't.
Over the past few years, I have looked forward to intentionally focusing on one word as I progress through the year. Last year, my word was diligence.
Early in 2015, we experienced a grand change of scenery. Most of our days are filled with something new. Something we wouldn't have experienced if we had not changed our scenery. Well, we aren't moving again. This the girls are happy about. :)
2015 has treated my family and I well. I can't say that everything was perfect, but I can say I appreciated the good along with the not so great. Any time when growth is noticeable, I can't help but to rejoice.
I've never considered my time at home with my daughters a sacrifice. There's not anything that I love more than being a mother to my daughters so dedicating my time and resources to them doesn't feel like a sacrifice to me. It feels more like a gift for all of us.
As the year winds down, I can't help but to reflect on our adventures this year. Our big adventure involved us uprooting to anew town which we knew nothing about because we had never visited before or heard of it in random conversation. Our first visit included us and all of our belongings.
Grace has taken over. It has caused me to stop and think about what it really means. I didn't intentionally seek to learn more about grace, but here recently it comes up in many conversations. It is hard to have a conversation about something that you haven't taken the time to learn about for yourself. I have taken the challenge to learn more about the grace which is freely given.
The holidays typically remind me of busyness. Everyone is planning and gathering for the festivities that will take place over the next month or so. There is also the hustle and bustle of trying to make wonderful memories with family from getting the holiday snapshots in to dedicating time for the things in which time is not normally available. Not to mention this season also includes the ending of another year which can bring on the feelings and desire to squeeze in a few last minute goals.
When I began my faith journey 14 years ago, I didn't full comprehend the meaning of faith. I figured I would work on myself and stress less, but I really didn't understand and sometimes still don't the amount of pushing and pulling that would take place. Faith really doesn't allow for one to become comfortable and coast through life. Dictionary.com defines faith as a belief that is not based on proof. That definition is fine, but I've learned that faith is not only a belief, but it requires action.
Did you know that there is a print shop that does not utilize any technology? When I say no technology, I mean absolutely no technology. They do not even allow potential customers to contact them via email. All work is done through verbal interaction. All proofs are created by hand.
During the holiday season, the girls and I experienced ICE! at Gaylord Opryland for the first time. Since this was our first encounter with the ice sculpture exhibit, I truly did not know what to expect.
READ: WE WERE NOT PREPARED.
When I read the description of the event online, my mind only focused on the Nutcracker part of the title. In my mind, I had us prepared to see a theatrical performance or something. ICE! Nutcracker was not that at all.
The girls and I enjoyed a different type of field trip last week. We had the opportunity to visit the Made South Holiday Market thanks to Vanessa at Daily Delivered and Made South for the free tickets.
Made South provides a venue for southern artists. We met artists from Tennessee, Florida, and South Carolina. This event has happened twice in Franklin. This was the events first time being held at The Factory in Franklin, TN.
We toured Stones River Battlefield. The tour included a brief presentation. The young tourists were also given an activity book to complete while visiting the site. Upon completing six activities, the children were sworn in as Junior Park Rangers and given a badge. If they completed ten activities, they were also given a patch.
The Bakers in Training program takes young people (& parents) behind the scenes of Panera. The girls were given (there's a participation fee) an apron and baker's hat for participating in the program. A part of the participation fee goes to the No Kid Hungry campaign which is fighting to end child hunger.
We visited the Oaklands Museum during their Washing, Churning, and Learning day, When we arrived at the Oaklands campus, I didn't know what to expect. Luckily, the day was was beautiful since a majority of the activities were outside. We were able to take a glimpse back in time by seeing reenactments of many activities of the past. We were able to help churn butter and wash laundry using a washing board. I am so grateful for washing machines and dryers. The tour of the Maney family mansion was the highlight of this field trip. I learned quite a bit of new things and my memory was refreshed about others. The girls were stunned to learn about the cleanliness of people in the 1800s. It was hard for them to wrap their minds around not having their hair washed for extended periods of time and using the bath water of others.
his was our first time visiting any state's capitol building. We all were looking forward to learning.
We learned that Tennessee is the state that has a few bodies buried in the walls of its capitol. The architect and planner are both buried in one of the capitol buildings walls. Other history trivia include that there were three U. S. presidents that claimed Tennessee as their home. They were Presidents Jackson, Polk, and Andrew Johnson.