pumpkin patch & catching up

Yesterday we made it out to the local pumpkin patch! It was so fun. Last week we felt quite couped up because everybody except me was sick, and we even had to miss a fun outing with friends (no fun). It sure felt great to get out in the gorgeous October sunshine and run around! The boys were so excited to see a lego haunted house along with a hay maze and pull the wheel barrows around. Later  I described the boys at the pumpkin patch to Jeremiah as two little bees buzzing around as quickly as they could and loading waaaaay too many pumpkins into their wheel barrows. They were having so much fun running around! I love being their mom.

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This last month has felt like such a whirlwind of preparation for school. I'm still getting everything in our classroom set up. At times I feel like I'm behind on what I want to be accomplishing during each day. Most days I feel like that, honestly. And then I like to keep the house really nice and clean--and sometimes I'm not able to get around to that as well as I'd like. But at the end of the day I'm trying to remind myself to be realistic. The most important thing is not whether I get everything done. And maybe I don't feel as prepared as I'd like for the following school day. But I'm giving things my best effort and am trying to be gracious with myself and be realistic and recognize that God is blessing my best efforts to be enough.  It reminds me of the story in the New Testament of Christ and the lad that had five loaves and two small fishes.  And Andrew said "What are they among so many?"  I often feel like my meager offering is insufficient when I think about how much my children need and fulfilling other responsibilities.  But He multiplies our efforts.  As we offer our best, in faith and trust--we are enough.  I know that's true, and I am grateful for it. And so I take a deep breath and enjoy the journey. Happy Wednesday, friends! xo

 

 Matthew loves old trucks. 

Matthew loves old trucks. 

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 I'm trying to get in more photos with my kids...even if they are awkward selfie-type photos!  

I'm trying to get in more photos with my kids...even if they are awkward selfie-type photos!  

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 Beautiful blue October day--love the blue sky and gold tones. 

Beautiful blue October day--love the blue sky and gold tones. 

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