mom's hand helping young child add flour to mixture

Well, the school year is coming to an end soon and we are praying that Princess JF will be back to her “old self” by then!

But, with the end of this school year comes some big changes for us with the upcoming year. After 9 years of homeschooling our older two, they have decided they want to attend public school next year.

Pepper & Tony Stark

Now, I always told them I wanted to get them at least until high school and then I would give them the option to make their own choice about homeschool.

They have told me for two years they were going to public school, but this time I believe they are serious. This makes me sad, but I raised them to be independent and am proud of their decision. But, again, I am still sad.

I have had the kids home with me for the past 9 years and am already feeling the loneliness without them here. I know, I know, I will still have my baby here with me… but I am still sad.

I feel like I must find things to keep me busy (yeah, because I don’t have enough already).

I am trying to be positive though and have thought about all the things I am ready to start doing in the upcoming months…. besides play with Princess JR, of course.

colby and i by the lake 2011

So, my list of upcoming goals that I am hoping to bring you guys along on:

  1. Blogging – Yeah, I kinda do that now… but I would like to get back into my daily posts and posting more about the deals and such that I originally started this blog for. I go back and forth and whether or not I should start a new blog specifically for deals and such, but then I like that this blog is established and I could do both. Maybe? I don’t know… still praying about this decision.
  2. Coupons – I haven’t been able to coupon shop in over a year. Finding the time to cut coupons, match sales, and simply get to the store have escaped me. In fact, I am not even sure where my coupon binder is since I did not even unpack it when we moved last August. But, I figure if I am going to be home then I could get back into it and Princess JR can tag along. Again, blogging would help me keep up with the sales and coupons and I could pass them on to my readers.
  3. Once A Month Cooking – Ok, I have tried this once before and it was amazing! I LOVE going to the freezer and grabbing a meal that needs nothing more than a quick toss in the oven or stirring on the stove. SuperDad enjoys helping me prepare the foods and it truly benefits everyone. So, any recipes would be appreciated here!
  4. Cleaning – Ok, I know that this is something that (obviously) gets done anyways… but I really WANT to get this house organized and clean… and kept that way! I am hoping to get this started soon. I see sites like The FlyLady and desperately want to get started but get overwhelmed when I open any door. I would like to get to the point where I am no longer overwhelmed. Oh how I wish I was a minimalist like my brother. One day… just one day…
  5. Proverbs 31 – I think that ultimately I am simply striving to be a Proverbs 31 woman. This my ultimate desire and goal in the coming days, months, and years.

A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her women servants.
She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

~Proverbs 31:10-31

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