Friday, August 24, 2012

I Need Help!

So, I finally decided I was going to switch over to wordpress because they offer more memory for free and I could also have 
a little more flexibility in the design of the blog.

Yeah, not so fast...

Livingthrufaith.wordpress is already taken.  
Oh, and should I mention that there is only one post...
which was posted in 2011...

So, I had to ask myself "Do I want to buy my own domain?" 

Decisions, decisions...

I decide to bite the bullet for $18/year.


It had said was available, but alas it is not. 
That one was started in April, but no posts have been made.


I could use (still $18/year), but now I'm wondering...

are there too many?

will it get confused with the others?

should I keep the name?

should I change it?

if I change it, what do I change it to?

does anyone even care? 

Please help me!!!

What do you think?  Keep it, change it... 

Got an idea on a new name?

Living thru faith,

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I have a problem...

a memory problem to be exact.

(other than the one in my head)

It seems that I have used up all of my free memory space and now I cannot upload anymore pictures to the blog.  At this point, it looks like the only way around this is to purchase more memory for a monthly charge.  

I have so many new pictures to share with you! 

 Hopefully, I will get this figured out quickly 
(with a little help from my hubby, of course!). 

Until then, I think this pic (from a previous post) sums up how I'm feeling right now.

Living thru faith,

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Learning to Homeschool

Tomorrow Matt and Sarah have their first day of school and Monday Daniel starts the first day of homeschooling.  I've spent the last several months trying to prepare for this new journey.  I've gone through moments of panic, being overwhelmed, and moments of feeling completely lost.  Thankfully, I have had many homeschooling moms to help me along the way and last night I went to my very first co-op meeting.

I think I learned three main things about homeschooling.

My friend Cindy taught me that on days when life happens and things just don't go as planned, it's ok to hit the beach.  (Of course, the commute from here to her place is a tad bit long, so mine will have to be a metaphorical beach.)

My friend Amy taught me that I don't have to be the one to teach them everything.  It's ok to let someone else teach them some areas.  It's a win for both of us.

And last night a homeschooling dad taught me that I don't have to try to teach them everything they should know.  They mainly need to learn how to learn.  I don't have to worry about missing something.  They'll continue to learn as they walk their own journey.

There is still a lot for me to learn and some thoughts of logistics still cause moments of panic, but, with lots of prayer and patience, I think we are ready to take the first step. 

Living thru faith,

Monday, August 13, 2012

My new best friend

 While Brian was at a conference the first part of June, the latch on the dishwasher broke.  I knew it was coming.  I was just holding my breath waiting for the inevitable.  

And then it happened...the piece flew across the room.

So then came the dilemma.  Brian discovered we could order a replacement part for $40.  However, the thing was not washing the dishes well and it was getting noticeably worse.  So, the next question was how much longer was it going to last anyway.  

It was a dishwasher, not a washing machine.  We could do it the old fashioned way.  However, it soon became clear that being a family of five with a crazy baseball schedule on top of the other miscellaneous things going on and trying to keep up with the dishes was adding to my stress level.  My patience was wearing thin.  

So, I went shopping....

I went to at least six different places over the course of several weeks, not to mention looking online.  Finally, I found the one I wanted.  It was on sale and using our Sears card saved us an additional $54 AND our electric company was offering a $50 rebate on energy star dishwashers!  

Brian pulled out the old one and his friend Phil was drafted to help install the new one.  Phil never imagined that his trip "across the pond" would include dishwasher installation!

I love my new dishwasher!!  It washes the dishes so much better than the old one and is much quieter, too. 

It looks pretty nice up against the refrigerator, too!

Momma is one happy camper now!

Living thru faith,