Family Vacations, Cleaning, Miracles and more…

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We recently went on a short, two day family vacation for Spring Break.

We got a big room that accommodated all of us that had a kitchenette. With 7 people, five of which are children-That can be difficult. Plus, they had an awesome pool with a swirl slide and water park feel. Also, there was a hot breakfast included with waffles, sausages and everything! The area surrounding our hotel was beautiful. We planned our couple of days with ease in mind.

However, those eased minds became rattled shortly into our drive. The kids fought. All the way there: They screamed. They cried. They whined. And we checked in. Exhausted.

We thought the kids were just excited, it will be okay. It will get better. Once they see where we are staying, everything will be fine!

We desperately tried to encourage ourselves in the Lord.

It didn’t work.

They continued and so did we. My husband and I began arguing and I wanted to go back home.

But, would it change, I thought?

Probably not!

We were trapped. Nothing surrounding us to take our attention away or kept us busy and separate from each other. I was facing how our family functioned together. And, it was shocking!

That night, laying in our uncomfortable hotel bed, my husband and I had a heart-to-heart discussion. This had to change.

When life is busy at home, we can be clueless at the how well we are functioning as a family..or not functioning. We needed the peace of God in our family and we had to put some things into action.

During our conversation we realized a lot. Since starting public school, me getting a new job, his accident and now doctor appointments/physio, we have been too busy and don’t spend a lot of time together…as a family.

Many of these changes can’t be stopped. So, we planned to start implementing some crucial components to our daily lives. Some of these things were pushed aside due to our commitments and just couldn’t be ignored anymore.

We started sitting together as a family at dinner time…even if that meant more chores and cleaning for me…even if that meant only one meal! We were going to do it.

We took away all entertainment. No computer, no iPad for any of us–unless for research! We have kids in school, I am a writer and my husband is a Pastor–we need to research! But, no games or anything, etc. Even for parents! We are all effected by the rules…hence, accountability on all of us. They will have no excuses!

We got back home and started the new plan immediately.

It was like we were a new family. Peace finally started to come. Yes, they had their squabbles…but, not all day fighting, hitting, screaming, tattling, whining! Ahhhh!

Now, it feels like we are a family again. Even our prayers at the dinner table are more focused and participated in.

That is worth fighting for!

That is worth the extra inconveniences!

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My Cleaning Challenge has been pretty much, just a challenge all together.

My goals this year were to organize something each month. And though I got off to a great start, I have wavered due to new responsibilities. But, not all is lost and I have had a chance to do some things 😀

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I am trying to follow along with Sarah Mae’s challenge to 31 days of clean. Periodically, I will post what I have done to keep you updated as well. However, I have been terrible at it lol! I like to whip everything up in one day and have it look like a perfect house–even for a half an hour! Then, the kids can have at it. It doesn’t take long before it is a mess again, so I savour any second with my show room feel…even for a split second! Just saying!

Anywho, here is a before picture of one of my areas that desperately needed attending to. Like I mentioned before, I rearranged my work space. So, this unit I wanted for my office and not the kids area.

Here is the after pic:

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As a mother, I have seen my fair share of miracles.

Many of my children came from miracles. I will share some of these stories in the future. What I am gobsmacked with everyday though, is the fact that these mini miracles miraculously attract dirt wherever they go!

I mean seriously….How does this happen in one day??

In one section of the house only.

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Actually…in less than one day!!

It has to be a miracle haha..but, it is not.

However, I am so thankful for the mini miracles that make that mess 😀

Romans 12:18 

“If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men.” KJV


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