Wednesday Wow:Living Large!

A couple of nights ago, our family visited some friends from the old neighborhood. While all our friends are wonderful and interesting people, these particular friends are somewhat extraordinary. You see they too have 9 children and they currently live in a garage!

Now, before you feel sorry for them, hear me out.Next to this garage stands a house they are building from ground level up totally debt free. Unless you are independently wealthy (which they are not), this takes time. So, until the house is livable (next year, Lord willing), all 11 of them live in the garage.

This isn’t just any garage either. It is a 2-car garage with a miniature “apartment” at the back. It has a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, & laundry room. The children share the most incredible space within this “apartment.” They sleep in bunks that, I must admit, even make me a bit envious! On floor level, there are two mattresses for the littlest girls and then a 2nd and 3rd level that sleeps 3 children a piece. A crib stands at the foot of this monstrosity for the 10 month old. My children thought they had stepped into the pages of Swiss Family Robinson! My oldest daughter even asked if when they left, could we please move in!

The kitchen also shares space with the living room/dining room/master bedroom/school room/office/library/pantry that makes up the front of the garage that will eventually house 2 cars–correction…vans–ummm….correction…busses (remember we’re talking 9 children here, with hopes of more!)

Now, the reason I am so awe-inspired by this family is not because they live in a garage. It is not b/c they have 9 children. It is not even because they are building debt-free (although all these things are truly awe-inspiring). What amazes me the most is the use of their space (and patience). You would think that the shear volume of things for a family of 11 would more than overload a normal garage, but everything had a place and things were kept tidied up. 

As I reflect upon our visit to their “home,” I am struck by one thing in particular–the lack of stuff (and their contentment). You know what I’m talking about–the things that just seem to clutter up a home. There were no tiny plastic toys lying all over the floor, there were no unnecessary items invading every inch of available space, and there was no tv which can easily take over the excess room in the home and the excess room in the mind. Here was a family with more than double the number in my family, living in a space that is less than half what I live in. Talk about humbling!

While Mrs. D doesn’t believe their household is as efficient as it could/should be and she is always looking for opportunities to pick the brains of women with larger families than hers (which believe me is not an opportunity that comes often!), I find myself watching her and her family and taking note of how they do things, what they buy, where they put things.  Most days around our home, it’s a well-orchestrated mess…

Do we have enough diapers?  Do we have snacks that will keep them from asking endlessly to eat out? Has everyone gone to the bathroom? Have they kept their water intake to a minimum?  Are we far enough away from or close enough to naptime so that no one will melt down?

Mealtimes now require that the older children pitch in because there is more to prepare which equals more to clean up. I could play the martyr and work myself to death, but I am truly blessed by how capable these two little people are. I am so thankful someone told me early on that little people are adults-in-training and can do way more than you realize if you just take the time to train them.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
~Psalm 127:4

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Finding balance and humor in Noah’s World

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My O’ My how time is flying! Noah is now 6weeks old. It’s like his essence  is the missing part to our family’s large puzzle. These red eyes, and sore nipples are so worth it.

My next self challenge is to get back into the gym. I want my body back ya’ll! I got to figure all this stuff out. Time is spreading thin these days.  Eaim & Amen social calender would make an NBA basketball player tired. They are always on the go.

Now it’s all about getting back in balance……..

After two weeks of non blogging it took me a while to settle down long enough to create a complete string of thoughts worth sharing. So, I’m BACK ya’ll and I brought gifts!

Today, check out this cute list of Dr Seuss quotes. I seen it online and thought it was a great gift to share this morning, you like?   I love just about all of these & may even make bookmarks with it for my children, while I make my morning brew of memory tea (Rosemary, Dandelion Flowers (contain Lecithin), Beans and Lentils (Fava beans in particular), Stinging Nettle, Sage (use VERY sparingly and for very short durations. Sage can cause convulsion is used in excess) and Gotu Kola )

and  get ready for lunch- Spicy Chicken Soup Hearty Beef Chili

Enjoy it while I go nurse Noah! Catch up with you later.

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My hair appt at the Ulta Salon Frizz Free Fridays Promo

I got my hair done for FREE ya’ll!  It took away the fizz and looked  different. ….but it didn’t last ALL weekend LONG. It didn’t even last 2 hours on my thick, super curly, ultra natural hair.

Ulta  is hosting a wonderful promotion for anyone who is adventuous enough to take them up on their offer. I found out about it from a online friend.  This hair store /salon has a new product out that toots it’s horn for being able to transistion hair- Fizz Free. Well, I went, I enjoyed the 90 minutes momcation and 3hrs later I had a pony tail back in my hair.

 (my mom always said if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say a word SO Don’t Say A WORD about my split ends.)

That’s the picture from the salon. I took it moments before leaving out. I’m sure the  sweltering temperature out doors  played a part in the ImageImagequick return to my normal curly texture. I loved my hair dresser so that I didn’t want to take a picture of the entire head. But for certain types of hair, this product will work. The caucasion beside me hair was absolutely  flawless. So soft and weightless, she even had  Shirley Temple looking curls swinging on the end.  She must’ve felt like  million bucks- I was happy for her and mind was ……well you see it.  Anyhoots, the store  was lovely and I truly  enjoyed the pampering and time to myself. I had my sista-girlfriend watch Noah, my newborn & hubby had the other boys.  It was worth my $10 tip. (You do still tip at hair salons right?)

      After doing a littler research, I found out that they are a very charitable organization. Ulta regularly offers special deals within the store such as buy one get one, X percent off and free gift with purchase as well as physical coupons. With a bit of strategy you can make these deals work for you, stretching your dollar to get the most for your money. Ulta also has a great rewards program which is free to sign up for and rewards you based on the amount of money you spend.

Want  to try it yourself? Call them, they have plenty more reservations available. See the picture or call your local Ulta salon for more information. But hurry, it’s for this month ONLY!

Oh yeah, that’s a blueberry stain on my tooth- Harris Teeter  had a awesome sale on them. Mine were free because of a register error. It made them even more YUMMY!              Image