We Moved!

We have a new address!  homecanbeheaven.com  Things are still a little messy and may be for a while BUT it should be entertaining to watch me figure it all out, dontcha think? 

Under Construction!

I’m in the middle of switching hosts and putting together the new layout and…ummm…it’s taking a leetle bit longer than I anticipated…yeeahh…  It could be because I have exactly zero techinical know-how but, who’s to say.  See you on the other side!  (hopefully soon!)

To Life!

I am a fiend for musicals, no lie!  On Pandora, I even have a whole station that started with The Music Man.  (The original, thank you very much!  All respect to Mathew Broderick BUT, he is NO Professor Harold Hill!)

A song that’s been on heavy rotation lately is Fiddler on the Roof’s, ‘To Life’.  I love this musical and I love this song!  I’ve always sung along with it and lately it’s had me thinking.  Mostly about choice, actually. 

At about 2:53, the soldiers start to sing a blessing, “May you both be favored with the future of your choice.  May you live to see a thousand reasons to rejoice…” and I was thinking, “That would be awesome, to have a life of my choosing!  I’d pick this and that and…”

…and that’s when I realized, I may not be living the ‘future of my choice’ but, I AM living the future of my choices.  I wouldn’t choose to be currently about 60lbs overweight BUT, because of my choices, I am.  I wouldn’t choose to be throwing every extra penny we can find at debt for things that, for the most part, we don’t even own anymore BUT, because of my choices, I am.  Every choice I’ve made has led me to where I am in life today and, for the most part, I’m THRILLED with my life!  But, there are definitely areas of my life that, had I really known what the consequences would be, I might have chosen differently. 

I really am trying to be more deliberate about where I choose to spend my time, money, energy, etc…  I want my life to be a certain way and, unless I make the choices that reflect what I really want, not just what I want right now, I’m not going to have that future that I dream of so often!  It’s hard to do that though, it takes muscles that I haven’t been flexing very much.  Delayed gratification, discipline, being able to see the big picture and not acting like a 3-year-old (but I waaaaaaaannnt it!)…  It’s going to take some practice and I’ll probably have aches and pains as I stretch and grow into the person I really want to be.

I am NOT saying that life doesn’t throw stuff at you and knock you off course!  You can make all the right choices and still end up with tragedy and loss, bad things happen to good people.  I can look back at my life so far and see the trials that I’ve had to go through just because I had to but, I can also see where I made my life harder than it had to be because of the choices that I made.  Does that make sense at all?

PS: I love how the scene devolves into a ‘Beat It’ style dance off at about 4:44!

Love, love, LOVE Regina Spektor! What a happy, happy song!

Did you know that November is National Adoption Month?  Did you know that less than 1% of all crisis pregnancies culminate in adoption? 

One way to support adoption is to support birth mothers!  mrs. r has a lovely blog that is all about open adoption and her experiences with it.  For National Adoption Month, she’s leading a charge to post about adoption every single day during the month of November.  I started late and I’m still trying to build up my blogging muscles so, I won’t be taking the challenge BUT I had to post a link to her awesome service project!

Definitely check it out!  If you’re looking for a service project for your family this holiday season, this is definitely a worthy one!

No, we’re not having Cookie Crisp Cereal (do they still make that stuff?), we’re having Giant Breakfast Cookies!  Oh my goodness, you guys, the house smells AWESOME!!  I had to fiddle with the recipe a little due to food allergies in my child care program.  For instance, we can’t use honey so, I substituted Grade B Maple Syrup.  Also, I forgot to get them started last night so, we didn’t soak the grains but, oh well!

I’m trying to be more of a ‘Yes’ person and so, I’m trying to set up parameters in my home that allow me to be able to say yes to my husband and child care kiddos more often.  I think being able to ask, “Who wants cookies for breakfast?” totally helps me fulfill that goal!  Especially when I know that the ‘cookies’ are just as healthy, maybe even more so, than a bowl of oatmeal!

Taking It Easy…

Whew…starting out my week with only 4 1/2 hours of sleep, probably not my best idea ever! It wasn’t that I was up late trying to prep for the week, it was just plain ‘ol insomnia. Oh well, I’m going to be sure not to nap or anything this afternoon so I should be good and tired by bedtime tonight.

The nice thing about prepping for my week instead of vegging through my weekend? My lesson plan was already done today so, the older kiddos are coloring their #2 sheets happily after a lesson about counting and numbers, the toddlers are outside playing with my assistant (You rock, Lesley!!) and are burning off tons of energy AND, since David and I prepped most of our meals for the next two weeks already, I only have to remember to pre-heat the oven at 11:30 and pop in our meal and our lunch will be DONE! Veggies are chopped, fruit is sliced, recipe is already put together and ready to cook… *exhale* What a blessing preparation is, especially on a day that you need to coast a little!

Photo Credit StefanG81


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