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Renovation

Almost 10 years ago we ran across this old farm house that sits behind a neighborhood all by itself on almost 5 acres. It was a foreclosure property and we knew that it was the place for us to build our family. People warned us often how remodeling a home can cause a rocky marriage. We thought they were crazy……umm turns out they were right!!

We didn’t choose to keep it a simple remodel either! Brian tore out every wall inside and out, replacing everything, and adding on to the structure of the house.

On top of the renovation we had three boys under the age of 3 and Brian worked 10+ hours through the week at his job. The rocky part was moving into the house before it was completely finished! The boys were into all the tools, materials, etc. A lot of tears were shed by yours truly! Miraculously we made it through ( Praise Jesus!!!) and have a beautiful and cozy home.

In a recent post I talked about our kitchen and bedroom addition. I also said I would post pictures……Brian DID finish the trim that next day. He wanted me to make sure I shared that! Hehehehe. I just got busy with mom life and wasn’t able to post. Here are pictures of our new kitchen!! Fyi, some of them were taken this winter (hints the Garland above window, haha).

Yes my pantry is a mixture of tools and food for the moment! That’s my next project after baseball is over!!

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Family

This past Sunday was Mother’s Day, which is special in itself. A day to thank our mother’s for raising us and being there when we need them. A day to thank God for letting our mothers bring us into this world. A day to thank God for allowing a young woman to give birth and raise our Savior. A day to thank Mother Mary for accepting the responsibility of being a mother to Jesus and to all of us sinners.

This Mother’s Day was even more special for us. Amos, our fourth son, celebrated his First Holy Communion. He had a wonderful teacher (Aunt Joy!!) who does a great job preparing the kids through the year. We are SO proud of him

Brian and I hosted a brunch afterwards for our families. Since we didn’t want to ask everyone to come back the following Sunday for Harper’s 2nd birthday, we decided to throw that in as well!! Three celebrations in one party….lol. Thanks for the cakes Aunt Tess!

We are all still in awe that God blessed us with this little girl. She brings us lots of laughter, love with her hugs and kisses, and teaches all of us how to hold her baby dolls the correct way! Hahaha

It was so wonderful having family here at our home. We missed the ones who couldn’t make it and were thankful for the ones that could. Family is so important to us and to be in a big family is even better! To watch the teens and college cousins grow into adults is amazing. They still show the younger kids love and play with them. They have no idea how it makes the little ones feel and how much love they have for the older cousins. It makes my heart melt.

God has truly blessed us.

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Harper Has A Friend

Last week I posted about being worried Harper will have no friends…..this week at the ball game she played nice with a boy named Preston!!! It was in a water puddle and with cars, but at this point I am thrilled she was able to play with someone without punching or pushing them down!!

Now, there was another little girl that tried to play with them. When we heard crying we turned around and that girl (who looked like the same age) was in the arms of her grandma pointing at Harper! I would like to think it had nothing to do with my precious daughter…….wishful thinking at this point!!

We’ll keep working on it!

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Homeschooled

Three years ago Brian and I made the choice to homeschool our children. We wanted them to have a more Christian based learning method and wanted to spend more time with them. Brian was working a lot of hours and didn’t get to see the boys as much as he’d like. It was challenging, rewarding, an emotional rollercoaster, and a blessing all in one. We decided that we would homeschool until 6th grade and hope that our boys would be Christian leaders for their peers. Plus…..I wasn’t sure I could teach the middle school math or science!!! hahahaha Kail and Bryer are in middle school now and are both on the Honor Roll. Kail is getting inducted into the National Honor Society in a few weeks!

Well …..that’s all I made it! Three years!!!!!! After Harper was born in 2017, the attention went straight to her. Which it should, she is the baby and the only girl! However, she needs more attention than any of our boys did at this toddler stage! We have really struggled this year with trying to keep her entertained and happy during our school time. It just got to be too much. And on top of that, I think my boys are tired of listening to me all day and night! Hahahah

We as a family decided that next year we would go back into the public school and just make sure to have our Christian teachings here at home. The school suggested that we start coming in for specials (music, art, pe, library) everyday so that the kids can get familiar with the school and teachers.Our second week into that the boys asked if they could finish the year out full time in the school! They were excited about school and learning there. That was something that I hadn’t seen really at all this year here at home. They are now finished with their third week and LOVE it! Plus they are each in class with their best friends. BLESS ALL THE TEACHERS!!!!!!

I am sad that our homeschool days are over. But we have so many great memories from the past three years. Shortly after our first year started, we decided to add on to our home. The boys would finish school and spend the rest of the afternoon learning construction with their dad.

This was the beginning of our construction in 2015. Amos was begging to use the jack hammer!!! He was 5 at this time.
2015
This is the old front of our home! It got completely dug out and added onto!
2016
Liam and daddy installing basement window
2016
Dining room wall successfully knocked through!
2017
New kitchen is framed in!
The boys loved hammering nails into the studs, pulling them out, and hammering some more when Brian didn’t have a job for them! HAHAHA

The kitchen is almost complete now! I’ve been able to use it for almost a year and it is like a dream. All Brian has left is to hang our pantry door and frame around it. Then, after a very very (I mean VERY!!! LOL) long time our kitchen will be 100% FINISHED!!!! I will post pics tomorrow. And if I don’t, well that means life happened and something else came up!! We were blessed with so many great memories from our homeschool years. The boys got the chance to experience hands on skills, spend extra time with their dad, and learn how our faith and Gods grace in us can lead them to do great things. God has blessed Brian with carpentry knowledge and patience. I pray our boys are blessed to become men like their father.

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Spring At The Ballpark

Well we are in full swing of baseball games and practices. This year with three different teams going (next week we start 4!) it’s been a little hectic. Three of our teams play at a ballpark complex near Kansas City, Mo. They have a play ground in the middle of the ball fields, which is super awesome for the kiddos!! Harper, on the other hand, is having a hard time playing with others!!!

I’m sure it’s has to do with being around boys all the time, but I am embarrassed of her actions with other girls! Every week I have to deal with her hitting, punching, or throwing something at some little kid ….and it’s usually a girl!!! At this rate she’ll never have friends.

I’m thinking preschool might be a good idea for her future….she will probably get kicked out! Heaven help us!!! Hahahaha

She is the queen around here and apparently she needs to be one in public as well.

This is a picture of her getting a ride to the ball field….yes this happens every week! The boys argue about who is pulling her each time. Haha

Last week she got in trouble for being mean at the playground. She decided to sit alone and get dirty….. probably testing me! She got in trouble the other day for purposely dumping water on the floor. As I finished talking to her she called me a “meanie”!!!!! I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Hahahahaha Life is going to get even more interesting with her and she’s not even two yet!! I think God knew what he was doing giving us a girl last! Lol