Do some colors absorb more sunlight than others?
Do some colors absorb more sunlight than others?
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…..
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.
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!
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…
Prayers for all you mamas out there tonight!
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)
We seem to think that the busier we are, the better we are. The more activities our kids are in, the better we are equipping them for whatever is to come. Busyness doesn’t mean we are better. But it isn’t bad to be busy either-as long as we don’t have the perspective that the fullness of our lives is determined by how busy we are.
Jesus spent a lot of time in relationship with others. His busy was different than ours. There is so much fullness to be had in quiet evenings at home with our family, a Saturday morning with nothing to do but make pancakes and stay in pajamas, a long walk outside with our kiddos, or tea with a friend. Let’s not put busy on a pedestal; it has a proper place in life-just not the top rung.
The Lord is good to those who depend on him,to those who who search for him.
So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.
And it is good for people to submit at an early age to the yoke of his discipline: Let them sit alone in silence beneath the Lord’s demands(Lamentations 3:25-28)
Slow down. Enjoy the journey.
Kaylee and I have ADHD and we are learning to work together! It’s a challenge! We both like to cook and stayed in our pj’s the entire day on Saturday and cook! We learned patience, silence, and even learned more about each other…also, I was sick and needed the rest😂
Posting our Disney family vacation pictures made me realize we did not practice patience, maybe that’s why so many things happened to us! He had pink eye and we were extremely hot and frustrated and mad at our photographer for being hot and exhausted-maybe hangry, but I’m sure it was because we were hot. It’s in the past now.
How do you practice patience? How much of a busy bee are you? Are you good at these things as a mom?
Monday, I was faced with a choice: take kid A to her first softball practice or take kid B to her tball practice. This mom can’t be in two places at once and the struggle is real. A million thoughts go through your head:
My husband works evenings and it’s difficult to split your time when three kids have four different places they need to be.
Then it’s Wednesday night church and I’m the hunter and gatherer of the children. Making sure they’re clean, hands are washed, but today we decided to throw that all out the window because it’s so beautiful outside, I decided to take our kiddos to the park and get some energy out of them and enjoy the beauty of the fresh air.
Not to forget the two most important days that my husband has off.
We utilize this time for strict family time. It can be a struggle, but manageable when approached the right way.
How do you handle the crazy? The “run your kids everywhere” and be here at a certain time crazy?