This summer I've been doing lots of thinking about our family especially with our newest addition.
I'm always worried about this parenting thing and if we're doing things right, cause honestly we're just making things up as we go along. I still sometimes feel like we're kids ourselves trying to play grownup games. My husband Rick and I didn't really have a transition phase from teenager to adulthood (You can read more on that here) So I'm always wondering if we're making the right choices such as homeschooling, or our simple ways of living. I always worry if we're protecting them to much, sheltering them to much, I struggle with this a lot especially because this world is so advanced yet we we're always trying to go against the current of life.Get back to our roots... the way our ancestors lived..SIMPLY. Rick wants to make me a bumper sticker that says "What would Ma do?" in reference to Ma from Little house on the prairie.
(Caila's daily collection of fresh eggs)
Last night I was writing in Annabelle's baby book and Rick and I had a good chuckle because there was almost a whole page that we simply couldn't fill out with questions like..
What are some current clothing trends,
some popular t.v. shows,
some popular songs/artists,
and a good one was how much is a vehicle.
You see we don't follow clothing trends...we never really did I was actually voted most unique in high school because of this fact. I also sew alot of dresses for the girls and to tell you the truth we shop a lot at second hand stores so we up-cycle a lot of clothes with tie dye, and a little sewing here and there.
As far as t.v. goes we don't have cable so we're completely in the dark with that answer too. We haven't had cable for a few years now and don't really miss it. We do frequent the library and borrow movies though.
The car question really threw us into complete laughter since we always buy used I have no idea how much a cars goes for....we actually really lucked out and bought my VW vanagon for $100 and he bought his car (a caprice classic) for $650.
But with all of these choices that we've made for our family I wonder what kind of impact it's going to have on the kids. Will they hate living in our "humble" little home and having to share a bedroom with their siblings. Do we shelter them to much as we lead them on with magical stories of garden fairies, and silly gnomes.... and my biggest worry is homeschooling...can I do this for yet another year and is this really the right choice for them?
But then I look through my camera pictures and I only see one thing and it puts a smile on my face and my heart to ease. We're raising humble, loving,caring, respectful children that love Jesus, the earth and each other...these qualities are so important to us, and I know that yes I will make tons of mistakes in this parenting thing but if they grow up possessing these qualities then we must have done a few things right along the way.
I love to see them always together playing.
So then I asked them "Why do you like having brother's and sister's?"
Rick: "I like it because there is always someone to play with, and they make good playmates...their my best friends"
Caila: "Because I like to snuggle them and hold them.
.I was putting Jameson in for his morning nap and heard Annabelle start to cry. By the time I got down stairs she had stopped crying and I walked into my bedroom only to find this sweet bonding picture of my oldest baby with my youngest baby...I'm not going to lie I may have gotten a little teary eyed.