Chaos & Love

It’s quarter to seven in the morning and I’m halfway falling off the bed from a little boy who needed mama and a baby girl who also needed mama. Regardless of the time, I needed to journal.

Oh, if you’re wondering where my husband and other child are- they are sleeping on the couch. Not because we are fighting or mad at each other, but because he had a really nice sleep and our little girl wanted to sleep next to him. 💜

The chaos can be fun and other times it can be disastrous. We have to choose how to respond to it..

1. Do we want to Love through the Chaos, or

2. Be Bitter through the Chaos

It’s hunting season and while raising three kids is hard all by itself, life goes on and doesn’t stop for anyone.

I find myself getting bitter at the beginning of hunting season because I instantly become a single mom/widow/whatever you want to call it, but, regardless, I’m the one trying to resolve and argue with my kids who will be cleaning up the cow poop they stepped in and brought it into the house.

I find priorities being pushed back further and further.

Somehow, my husband can come home at 7:30-8pm and be exhausted from working all day on the family farm, but I’m still left to keep the house running.

Dishes can be piled up and not get clean and like our dishwasher currently that is not cleaning the dishes and leaving residue-I’m the one who is responsible for getting them done.

I’m not bitter, I just want to be better.

Ok, let’s put all that aside and look at the positives:

  • My husband is not having glamorous love affairs on 9th street
  • My husband isn’t selling or using drugs
  • My husband surely isn’t running a small town sweat shop


He is…

  • Working hard
  • Helping his family
  • Hunting to provide the steady flow of meat our family needs to survive
  • Teaching our children life lessons that will never be taught anywhere else

The Chaos immediately turns into Love when I see my husband setting a good Godly example for our family. The Love he shares through hunting, processing, and other things they do on the farm will be passed on to our children.

The Chaos comes to a halt when he fits in hunting time together for just the two of us🦌

For now, I’m going to continue to pray that God continues to keep us together through all this chaos..I’m going to pray that God continues to show his love through my husband and our children learning life lessons that can only be taught through our Lord.

Do you find yourself and your life being Chaotic?

Share with how you handle it..I’d love to hear from you💜


Life happens when Summer ends..

Well, summer exactly hasn’t ended yet; with these summer like temperatures, will we ever see fall?! I can’t enjoy hiking trips with 85 degrees and 200% humidity! Yuck!

Chelsea was recently in the Miss Bedford County Pageant and she had a blast! She was ecstatic that her prize was a princess Bible and a necklace! She was so excited, she wants to participate again next year! Also, we got her dress on eBay for $11!!! How awesome is that!

She was a great candidate!

We took our very first Chattin/Switzer Vacation to Virginia Beach!! We had a blast and although, I’m ready for fall, even in September the ocean was still warm enough to swim.

October 5th is bring your bible to school day and our three kiddos brought their bibles to school and shared with their friends! We are so proud of them! Walker came home asking if we could buy his friends a Bible since they said they didn’t have one-what a sweet and thoughtful boy💙

The kiddos are collecting money/donations for a new church and they have been recruiting sweet donations! They are so proud!! I hope God continues to show them their path-they are following it according to his will💜

We enjoyed a little Target fun!!!

I also had the opportunity to teach a lesson to the children at our church!!! I’m so blessed to have had the opportunity!

It’s passed my 7:45pm bedtime and I’m getting sleepy-I’ll post sooner than later for the next time and not in bed!

Just so you moms know out there-You rock and are doing an amazing job momming!!💜😘

Science Project: Color & Light

With summer coming to a close, and school right around the corner for most of us, or if you’re like my family, who started school this past Monday, then you’re ready to get into gear with helping your kiddos learn at home just as much as they learn at school.
Below is an activity that teachers, parents, and families can do at home and/or school to begin the school year with more knowledge than with what you started.
Please send us feedback if you had made an attempt to try this project and share your pictures! Post them to our facebook page @momsminivansmesses; Using the hashtag #momsminivansmesses at instagram, and post your pictures right here to our website!
I have also added this link to my blog! Feel free to choose from many other projects that will be beneficial to your children, families, and schools for years to come!
Brightly colored liquids in glass vials.

Color & Light


Possible Hypotheses:
All colors absorb the same amount of sunlight.
Some colors absorb more sunlight than others.

Four tall clear glasses
Food coloring
Immersion thermometer


  1. Fill the glasses with the same amount of cold water. Record the temperature of the water.
  2. Add 20 drops of red food coloring to one glass, 20 drops of yellow to one glass, and 20 drops of blue to one glass.
  3. Place all four glasses in a sunny place for 15 minutes.
  4. Record the temperature of the water in all four glasses.

Analysis and Conclusion:

Did the temperature of the water change? Which water got warmest? What did you learn about colors and light?

Rise & Shine, it’s Summer Time

We are in the middle of summer and I feel like it has just started!!! This is the first year we haven't had a family vacation due to many things happening around the Chattin Household and I don't even know where to begin.

You're not really told when you get married just how hard marriage is for the both of you! We hit a rough spot at the beginning of summer…Rough may be an understatement. We both were at a point where my husband was in his 11th year working on second shift at the railroad and it was getting too overwhelming for me as a mom by myself to keep up with three kids. Towards the middle to end of sports for our kiddos, my husband FINALLY went to first shift. I'm pretty sure that was 3/4's of all our disagreements. But looking back, it allows us to communicate more and be more open, something we had lost touch with after having three kids. I couldn't imagine have any more children.

The kids and I celebrated new babies, good friends, shopping, and fellowship over the next couple of week to the start of summer.

The kids left for the first time over night for bible camp; and they had a blast. We were so worried that the girls would be nervous and afraid from being away from our family, that we were able to check up on them for a day. The girls absolutely loved camp! That feeling that they were safe and in a place of fellowship and God's love made everything better.

We had visited with family in North Carolina and were able to take the kids to the North Carolina Aquarium in Greensboro! They had a blast and it was the first time my sister in law had ever been to an aquarium before! It's always fun with family.

Kaylee finally found an amazing coach who was super engaged, patient, and understanding with her ADHD. We have seen an amazing change for the positive with Kaylee because of it.

Chelsea was able to bridge over to become a brownie for girl scouts! Our entire family was there to watch Chelsea cross the bridge and watch her receive her award. She has a great girl scout leader!

Our children's church director at Eastlake Community Church held a girls event for the girls in our church! It was very amazing to see all the Love these girls have for our Lord. We have amazing people that serve God at our church and am proud to be part of the church.

Our family started taking on small tasks around the house and bringing in more animals for responsibilities for our kiddos.

We changed the color of our porch and shutters to green instead of red. We were done with the red. Big shout out to our kid neighbor for doing a great job💜 We are pretty pleased!

While our kiddos spent the 4th of July in New Jersey with their great aunt, we celebrated Independence Day by welcoming a new baby kitten, Indy, short for independence 🐈🇺🇸

We celebrated and welcomed a new baby niece!!! We haven't met her yet, but are anticipating meeting her very soon! We are so excited to have a neice💜 She is just so beautiful!

We spent a couple of days in the hospital with family for my sister in law, dealing with complications related to her Crohn's. She was in high spirits, but super glad not to get a bag this time.

Chick-Fil-A returned with their best day ever: Customer Appreciation Day! Dress like a Cow and receive a free meal! Every year the kids and I participate in this fun event! We were even more eager to have Chris participate with us! He wasn't so camera friendly this time around tho🐮

This summer has been the summer of taking care of ourselves, health wise! I ended up in the hospital with complications related to my heart! I felt the need to capture every moment because this was such a fun adventure and took stress off of myself. The staff was by far the most amazing and friendly staff ever! I even introduced a nurse to Snapchat!!! These nurses and staff took great care of me and am super proud to live in such a great community where patient care seems to be top priority.

The kids were part of an amazing Sunday Service where our church celebrated in our field(where the new church will be placed) The singing contractors were part of this service and we were able to meet them! The kiddos did an amazing job singing "We Believe" by Newsboys, an old time favorite Christian band for me:)

Kaylee and I were also in need of new glasses! Who would have thought after 32 years of life, I would finally need glasses?! We both love them!

My heart catherization went well and we have a heart ablation scheduled for this coming Thursday at 6:30am. A lot to do and get done before then! My amazing husband has been extremely helpful at home, caring for the kids and helping out more with duties around the house! He shows his love more and more each day💜

School will be starting soon and the kiddos are looking forward to meeting their teachers! Walker tested for Kindergarten and was fully accepted! We are so proud of the little boy he is! He will grow to do great things (We hope)

Finally, we are looking forward to fall and winter…this summer has been so hot and we are not summer people! We are praying for a good solid winter with many winter snowy storms!!!! Bring on the snow Mother Nature, please!!!!!!

Until next post…..

Last week of School

It has been an exciting and an adventurous year for our family. We started off the school year with two parents on opposite work schedules, mom running around everyday it seemed taking care of the three kiddos, and there seemed to have been a few too many arguments that seemed to have been unnecessary. I don’t know how we have survived this year, but by the grace of God, we did! Yay!

Finally after 12 years of being on second shift, my husband made the change to first shift to be with our family. This year was the year that we had three kiddos on three different teams and I just couldn’t do it anymore by myself. I can’t say enough how much it meant to me for him to make the change. Having your husband home in the evenings helping with bath time, homework, and dinner just made everything so much easier.

Kaylee was moved up to Softball and is doing amazingly well. Chris has been able to help out with coaching Chelsea’s tball team. We pulled Walker just because it wasn’t fair to his team or us to not give full commitment to each individual team.

This year had been all too familiar with suffering.

Suffering is a gift from God. Jesus was said to be a man of suffering. He was familiar with suffering; it wasn’t a foreign concept to him. We can be deeply grateful for that simple fact.

Because Jesus suffered, we can receive tremendous courage when we suffer. Out very own Savior knows what it is like to hurt. Jesus knew who to turn to when all else had left him. He knew that suffering would cause him to press in even more to the Father’s love and affirmation.

*Hebrews 5:7-8 Yet while Christ was here on earth he pleaded with God, praying with tears and agony of soul to the only one who would save him from premature death. And God heard his prayers because of his strong desire to obey God at all times. And even though Jesus was God’s Son, he had to learn from experience what it was like to obey when obeying meant suffering.

When Jesus tells you to take up your cross and follow him, you can have the assurance that as you do, his leadership will guide you straight into the loving arms of the father.


Life does get hard, but I have children and a father in heaven who love me and that’s enough.


Hot Mess & A Messy Mama

This evening I came home from work not knowing what I would cook for dinner. Although, I must say that I was thankful for the rain canceling games and practices. A break is always nice! 

Tonight I just felt obliged to fix a grilled cheese sandwich with cheese doodles and applesauce! 

I sat and ate my 1/4 of a grilled cheese sandwich and here I am while the kiddos are in bed, writing in my blog 

Having three kiddos is such a hard task-it really is!!! I’m sure mamas that have more kiddos have it harder!

All the kids are just as excited to see me as I am to see them, but they all want attention one at a time one on one. 

This is basically how tonight went⬇️

It just seems so fast paced from the moment I walk in the door to cook dinner to washing and putting them to bed!

Not to mention, they played in the rain when they came home today!

How do you mamas handle routine? Do your kiddos play sports? How do you manage during sports season?

Of all the things…I’m just thankful God loves this hot mess of a mama! 

These moments go by too fast! We were just married the other day…

Had three beautiful babies yesterday…

…and now everything is going and moving along at such an incredibly fast pace that I can’t keep up!!

Prayers for all you mamas out there tonight!

Goodnight, mamas💜

Greatness of Love

In the moment we hold our newborn for the first time, a new kind of love washes over us. Holding that precious baby is overwhelming and wonderful. We feel at a degree that we have never felt before. It is impossible to define or measure or contain our emotions.

We have the ability to love to such a degree only because God first loved us. He loved us so we could love him and love others. Without him we couldn’t know the greatness of love.

We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)