Baby Announcement and Update

Well, it has been quite the year for the Goodman family. Two moves, a new career for my husband, and a precious new baby. In March we welcomed Baby K to the family. Yup, 4 boys. Here are some adorable photos of him. :)

Killian birth announcement for blog

Kย is such a treasure and a wonderful gift from God. I can’t even imagine life without him and its only been a little over 2 months!

Things have definitely been different around this place. For whatever reason adding a 4th has been harder on me than adding a 3rd was. G loves his baby but doesn’t like it when he cries. It causes both boys to go into a screaming match which is not fun for anyone.

T has started occupational and speech therapy. We are loving the therapists but G and I get bored waiting for them to be done.

Summer is definitely on its way! Tomorrow is supposed to hit 97. Not so high for Tucson this time of year but pretty icky with the humidity. The boys are eager to go to the neighboring splash pad to cool off and play!

Grandma is coming to visit next week. S is counting down the days!

A is adjusting to his new job and schedules. Its a whole different ballgame with this career than it was with his last one.

I’m trying to get as much sewing time as possible. I’ve been running a sewing group on Facebook, Sew for Boys, that I started back in December out of frustration for the lack of boy sewing patterns. It has been surprisingly popular and people are sharing all kinds of great creative ideas! In less than 6 months the group has grown to over 3500! Who knew there were so many others who love to sew for boys! When I can’t get to the machine myself, I enjoy browsing the great things that others have made.

I am going to be doing some editing to the blog. So please bear with me. My hope is to make it more accessible and easier to navigate. I’ve had this blog for over 5 years now, and I think it is time to tidy it up a bit!

What have you and your family been up to?

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July 26 2014 at the beach for blog

Five Minute Friday: FINISH

Every week a group of bloggers write for 5 minutes on a single topic and then link up together. For several years Lisa Jo Baker has hosted this writing on her blog. Starting August 8th it is going to be moving. But the spirit of the blogging will continue.

Although I only contribute on a hit and miss basis, I have been in love with the concept of 5 minute Friday, knowing that at least once a week I can come to a place to find a topic that is shared by hundreds of others, and I can delve into writing with very little thinking or planning. Simply what flies off of my fingertips.

If you are interested in participating, make sure to follow the link and check out what other bloggers have posted. And follow us as we make the transition to a new host!

Five Minute Friday

 

 

FINISH:

Its hard to finish things.

Sometimes finishing means that you have to leave something behind that you love. Something that you don’t want to leave behind.

We are about ready to finish another adventure.

As part of the military, we go where we are sent. Sometimes that means that we go to someplace fun while my husband is doing a training. And sometimes it means that we move to a place for several years that we really don’t want to live at.

We’ve loved living here.

We moved here in February. It was cold and snowy when we left Delaware. What a relief we felt getting to Mississippi to the sun, the warmth (it was in the 60s-70s!) and the water! But even getting here we knew it would be short lived.

And now, as July finishes up, and October quickly approaches, we prepare ourselves for our next step. To finish this short chapter of our lives.

We look forward to the new chapter. Finishing isn’t always a bad thing.

We are going to miss the water. The beach has been fun to visit and the water warm enough to play in.

I am going to miss the thunder storms. I love thunder storms! And the amount that we get here is far greater than any I have ever experienced.

We will miss the Hard Rock. Silly but my boys just love the “Guitar Restaurant.”

But its okay.

We will soon finish with our life here in Mississippi. But it will only mark the beginning of our life in Saint Louis!

July 26 2014 at the beach for blog


And just as a reminder, the Mystery Hostess party is still going on via Facebook.

Mystery Hostess Party Graphic

We will be playing games and drawing a winner for the Hostess rewards on Wednesday, July 30th. Make sure to check it out and get your order in before Wednesday to qualify for the rewards.

Blessings!

 

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Five Minute Friday: Bloom and MYSTERY HOSTESS

I’m linking up to Lisa Jo Baker’s 5 Minute Friday (on Monday).

Five Minute Friday

 

This week’s prompt is BLOOM. Make sure to head over to her page to check out what other people have written this week!

Start:

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I watch him run in front of me. The little feet pitter pattering as he goes farther and farther away.

“I beat you mommy!”

“Yes, baby, you did. You are so much faster than me!”

And I can’t believe that he was once a 18 month old who couldn’t even walk.

Even the baby has bloomed so much! He climbs the stairs, and runs after his brothers. Faster down the hall than you could imagine! And I chase him in an effort to corral him towards his bedroom.

They still need me. I’m still their mama. But they have bloomed so much. Continue reading

For the days when life is too hard…

Let me be honest with you. There are days when life overwhelms me. Days when my depression takes over. Where I am angry at everything that happens in my life. At my kids, my husband, and even the TV stations. Days when I feel trapped and alone.

It happens more than I would like it to.

Lately I have been succumbing to that anger and depression. I have been wanting to curl up in my bed and just hide or sleep all day. I have been angry at my children over the littlest of things. And I have let my temper get ahold of me.

I don’t share this so that you will feel for me, or out of some kind of pity party. I share this to be transparent. To let you know that you are not alone.

There will be days when you too will be tired of your job, your family, your kids, your significant other…or simply life in general.

There will be days when it will be hard for you to get out of bed.

Days where all you want is to quit.

I’m here to tell you that it is OKAY.

Its okay to have rough patches. To not be yourself.

Its okay to struggle with the day to day and to feel overwhelmed with life.

Its okay to wish that you didn’t have so much on your plate and to want to no longer carry the burden on your shoulders.

Its okay to grieve over the life that you wished you would have, but didn’t end up with.

Its okay.

The trick is to not allow it to overcome you.

Grieve if you need to. Take time for yourself. But don’t let the struggles of today overcome the joy of tomorrow.

I share this with you after having a couple of weeks of pure struggle. Of allowing myself to be overwhelmed.

For me, I find that reading God’s Word and spending some quality time in prayer really changes my attitude and outlook in a way that nothing else does.

It doesn’t have to be a specific passage. But I find that reading stories like Job’s (in the book of Job) and Joseph’s (Genesis 37-50) are great for reminding me how minor my struggles are. Paul is another inspiration. You can read his life stories in many of the letters of the New Testament. Romans is one of my favorites.

Exercise is also amazing for lifting the spirits. Go for a walk, get a breath of fresh air if possible, and get your heart beating. Dance, run, swim, bike…whatever you like to do that gets your heart elevated. It will release all those good for you chemicals and help you to feel more yourself. Plus, its great “me time.”

Another option, is to take a nice warm bath. Soak in some oils, and epsom salt. Play some soothing music. Whatever makes you smile. And simply RELAX. That can be so difficult for us, in our society.

And finally, turn off your electronics. Get off of Facebook. Stop watching TV. Don’t mindlessly play the candy game. Find a book to read. Clean the house. Write a journal entry. Find something productive to do that is off of electronics. Something that does not tell you about the latest drama, or ask you for more money, or cause you to wish for something more. Electronics are not bad. But there are times when they can be draining.

Get outside! Enjoy the sun. Give your loved ones some hugs. And remember that today is just one of many days. This too will pass.

What is your favorite thing to do, in order to get you out of a funky mood?

Blessings,

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