Making Things Simple

Making Things Simple

As unbelievable as it sounds, I can get overwhelmed. As a mom to six, I am constantly cleaning, driving, and worrying. Years ago, someone told me it would get easier as they got older, but I tell you, it’s not true! (You probably already know this.)  I have two teenagers in the house right now, and they are consumed with activities. I am not complaining. I want them to be involved in the community. However, their stress has a trickle-down effect. More activity=less cleaning time. I can easily fall behind in those mundane house-keeping tasks that cannot be put off.  

 {Laundry day…waaaah!!!}

The good thing about having a large family is that they can help out! I make sure we all pitch in. This teaches my daughters (and sons) to contribute and be responsible. Helping clean up another’s mess teaches service, and this is important to me. There is no greater reward than to see my child help someone out of the goodness of their own heart. 

As we progress through Holy Week, I feel close to God. I feel like he is calling me to make changes in my life. I want to simplfy the things in my life that have caused me to worry. This past weekend, we purged the upstairs bedrooms. It was an eye-opening experience. We threw away many broken toys and bagged up tons of clothes that no longer fit. Our parish is having a rummage sale in April, so this was the perfect time.  

 {This is just the tip of the iceberg, folks!}

Our parish had a Quilt Bingo yesterday. I had the privilege to help in the kitchen, which was hard to do because of all the delicious temptations surrounding me! 

 {My kitchen window view} 

We still have a lot of work to do on our spring cleaning / purging project. I want to make minimalism a part of our lives. This seems like a way to keep things simple for all of us. No more lost shoes, books, hair bows, etc. I am sure, however, we will still lose socks. 

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I encourage you to simplify your life as much as possible so you may enjoy spring and summer with your family. Comment below with your purging ideas for spring! Happy Easter!

Blessings…

A Bittersweet Spring

A Bittersweet Spring

It was a lovely but slightly stressed spring break at the Reep household. Although it passed quickly, the days were mostly sunny and we played outside everyday.  

 

{Georgia joined me for a run. She loves it and sometimes falls asleep.}

   {Ranger and his ladybug. He played with her the whole time we were at the park. Oh and we are getting haircuts mañana!}

I was able to get in many miles of running this week. Almost twenty! I’m really dedicating my spring to improving my running time. I’ve only been running seriously for about four years. I’ve yet to get under a ten minute mile, but I’ve come a long way since my old twenty minute record! 

 

{Ranger loves running with me. He’s only six and ran about a half a mile.}

My older son, nine year old Anthony, started spring break with pneumonia. He has recovered quickly, but it’s not his first bout with the junk. It’s actually his third time this school year! The doctors have done every test imaginable. He has never been sick before this crazy year, so it was quite a nightmare for him to be SO sick so suddenly. We are praying that this is the final time we have to deal with it, and my sweet boy can enjoy himself! 

 { Anthony : He’s too cool to be sick!}

My three oldest girls will all be making huge transitions this summer. My oldest, Kyla, will be graduating high school. I cannot begin to convey to you the deep anxiety that I have about her leaving for college. I literally burst into tears when I think of her. She has been with me since I was eighteen. I cannot fathom not hearing her footsteps or voice in our home every day.

 {Kyla, my oldest, takes the best selfies!}

My second daughter, Leah, will be starting high school. She wants to be a beautician. It seems as though she has grown up too fast, it was just yesterday I was gazing into her beautiful baby face. She has great style and makes me laugh!

 {My little Leah, she’s so smart and she does my hair!}

Last but definitely not least, my sweet JoEllen will be starting middle school. She is such a sweet helper with a good heart. She loves to read and wants to be a detective. 

 {JoEllen and her beautiful smile. She’s a faithfull girl.}

My husband Anthony and I celebrated our twentieth dating anniversary on St. Patrick’s Day. We actually met that day and began dating. I believe it was divine intervention, not luck! 🍀

Has spring break started in your community?  How will/did you spend yours? 

Blessings…

Spring Weather

Spring Weather

I love the seasons in Kansas. It’s part of the reason we moved here in the first place. 

  {My sweet boys…they worked hard on their snow people.}

It was a bitterly cold February, one filled with inches of snow and below zero wind chills. Although it was still sometimes sunny, I was indoors quite a bit this winter. Today, however, is soooo beautiful! 

{View from my side door}

It’s 73 degrees!!! This morning, little Georgia and I went to Mass. Thank goodness for the cry room. She’s fifteen months old and all that jazz. She will not sit still. She wants to climb over, under, and around the pews. It’s not so bad since on weekdays like today I usually have the cry room to myself, but on any given Sunday it takes help from everyone in the family to keep her wrangled. 

{Miss Georgia sporting her zebra print at Mass this morning}

I can report that she is very quiet during Holy Communion. She likes to look around and she always gets a pat on the head from our parish priest. 

We are definitely hitting the park after school today! I can’t wait to get out there and soak up the sun! What are you doing in your beautiful life today? 

Blessings…

We are so blessed.

We are so blessed.

I was watching my baby daughter, Georgia, snooze away this chilly afternoon while I begrudgingly went through bills. My husband is our only source of income, so we are always looking for ways to save. With six kiddos, however, it ain’t easy. Everyday my mind races with thoughts of returning to work, taking a class or some kind of hustle. Then one kiss from my sweet babe wipes all those thoughts from my crammed mind. My time with her is a gift, and I shall cherish it. For she will grow up and away, and work will always be there. My older children are growing faster than I can stand it. I can only try to hold on to the memory of their childhoods while they run furiously towards adulthood. My oldest graduates this year, and it’s been one of the most proud/painful periods in my life. It’s a bittersweet feeling. If baby Georgia had not been born fifteen months ago, I would be working full time right now for sure. But my Heavenly Father had another plan for me, for us. I must trust Him always. 

Blessings…