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April Showers didn’t bring the May Flowers..they were already here! :-)

As for just about every person we know, the weather has been rather crazy around here. Our mint patch has taken off and has already been cut twice! It’s begging to be cut again. My husband is begging that I make more Mint Tea, too! The fridge needs cleaned out before I can fit a bunch of pitchers of Mint Tea in there, though! :-) I don’t recall such lively Spring growth so soon, do you? I even got sunburned last week from playing outside! I did have sunscreen on, I promise. I just must have missed some spots, not counting on shedding my light sweatshirt. Lesson learned.

April is becoming quite a month in our household and in our family members’ lives. Ella turns 6 this month!!!!!! (Can this really be??) She LOVES Kindergarten! She writes pages of stories constantly and is READING!!!!!! I think she’s most excited about bringing a birthday treat to school. It wouldn’t surprise me if she writes a story about it, too! With this crazy week creeping up rather quickly on us I should probably figure out how to make a Ladybug Cake in the next day or two. I only have a week to perfect it. Remember my hilarious Rapunzel cake attempt last year?? (Please tell me you have forgotten!) Ella only remembers it with “rose colored glasses” for which I am truly grateful. :-) In other words, she still thinks I can make anything.

How crazy of a week is it, do you ask?? Well, some of the events are—- Ella has a solo in the Kindergarten Spring Concert at school on Thursday. My parents are coming to visit at the end of this week. Stevan and I leave to go to a district pastors and spouses retreat on Friday while my parents watch the kids. Yes, we shall mourn our loss the whole time we are in a hotel ALONE! I doubt if they’ll miss us much anyway. :-) I have loads of laundry to conquer, still have to plan meals for this week and I definitely need to write directions on how to watch tv with our remote and Netflix for my mom. Sometimes this proves to be rather hilarious…my directions and her trying to understand them. It’s probably good my Dad will be around. Maybe we’ll just let Stevan explain it to him. :-)

Speaking of birthdays…My sister turns (ha, like I’m declaring it before her) this month, too! She is also trying to sell her house. Need a house in Marion, IN? I’ve got just the place for you! :-)

Some other stuff has been happening in April (and the months before), too, that needs some prayer. My husband’s mom is in need of a valve replacement for her heart. Her surgery was scheduled for yesterday. But, on Thursday it was postponed by the doctor’s office. Apparently some other individual needed emergency surgery. We’re thankful we aren’t in that family’s situation, but waiting and wondering isn’t very easy to do. My sis-in-law flew in from Chicago to be with her mom after the surgery and now I’m sure she is wondering how her trip is going to pan out. I’d want to be with my mom after her surgery, too, but staying indefinitely would be hard to make happen. Please pray for this situation, will you? God’s Hand is so obvious in all of this, so please help us to keep looking to Him when the answers aren’t evident. As of now, the surgery does not have a new date. Pray for Stevan’s mom as she maintains her health situation during this time. She has peace and is trying to follow the doctor’s orders right now. Keep Stevan’s entire family in prayer at this time. We’ll keep you posted.

Another thing to pray with me about is my little man, Ezra! Ummm…….HE turns 3 next month!!!! Sure, he’s looked 3 years old for the last six months, but he really is almost 3….and has no desire to potty train. Yes, I know you’re laughing at that last statement. Pray for this Mommy as we venture into that fun transition! :-)

Stay tuned for footage of Ella’s solo and any stories of Ezra attempting to run onto the stage and sing with Ella. You know the possibility is always likely with Ezra. :-)

A Little Reminder…

It’s the beginning of a new year. For me, it literally is a new year since my birthday occurs in two days (GULP). Once again, I find myself evaluating my last year of life and can tell you that I still have not found that housekeeping efficiency gene, nor have I felt compelled to clean my walls for the fun of it. Ever. I can tell you that this year I still do want to improve on this crazy job of being a mommy and wife, but most importantly, I want to improve on the relationship side. Tasks will always overwhelm me. It’s how I’m wired, but I don’t want irritability to replace patience when my kids need me, nor frustration when my husband wants to spend time with me. This poem is highly appropriate, don’t you think?? May it encourage you as it has me today.

Song for a Fifth Child

Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth
empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
hang out the washing and butter the bread,
sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I’ve grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
and out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
but I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren’t her eyes the most wonderful hue?
(lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
for children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

Do you have any great poems that have encouraged you? Do share.

Educational Tip

We’ve been downloading some of the free on-line printable resources for preschool and Kindergarten aged children that MoneySavingMom alerted me to. I tried them out today, hoping they will work for Ella’s Busy Bag at church during the sermon. She begged to start working with them today while Ezra napped! Here, Ella is rolling a die and graphing her results. The pattern for the die is included in the printable pack. We printed it on card stock, cut it out, folded it and taped. A spinner is another alternative in the pack. She is having so much fun. A sheet protector turns a resource into a reusable one! I now have a binder full of sheet protected activities. All Ella needs are some dry erase markers and some tissues for erasing. We found some cheap dry erase markers in the $1 Spot at Target. Cheap, educational, and fun! What more could you ask for!?! Did I mention that this one is also QUIET!?!

What are your favorite Busy Bag Activities? What are some great tips to help activities be used more than once???