Sunday, August 21, 2016

For Every Season....






This morning it dipped to the upper 50's for lows.  This is a signal of the slowly turning season into fall that is to arrive next month officially.  Our windows are open and the fans going to bring in that beautiful fresh air.  I love this time of year, where it's becoming not too hot but not cold yet either.

Let me tell you, it's been a busy season.  I imagine families like ours, with special needs children and now made of up of entirely teenagers, stays pretty busy.  The summer was spent working on household skills for each of the kids.  As of now all of them can do laundry on their own (a big accomplishment, trust me), at least 2 can do dishes on their own with no help from me, all 3 can vacuum their rooms or other rooms of the house with little or no help, all can dust their rooms and wipe down doors and baseboards, and all can put away their own clothing.  Believe me, this is an accomplishment!  I didn't work on their cooking skills this summer, but they did learn more about at least microwave cooking and serving themselves.

As with all seasons there were meltdown days and good days, but never never a boring one.  There are never boring days in our house.  The good days are great, the meltdown days have ended with me with a mild concussion at times.  But, this is the life with not one but 3 children on the autism spectrum at varying levels and abilities.

This summer has been productive with quilting and sewing.  I've taken up quilting in a more serious manner, and restarted my little sewing business in order to maybe be able to build up to a stand alone shop in town.  Yes, one can dream! :)  I've been working on odd and end quilts, keeping some and giving some away, and have fallen in love with log cabin blocks that eventually look like a cross.  I've also found a love for scrap quilting, using anything and everything I can get my hands on to work with.  This summer I was blessed with 2 full loads of fabrics to work with (and share) as well, and my stash has grown to literally half of our bedroom.  I've been cutting down smaller pieces into various size squares and stashing them in shoe boxes, using Bonnie Hunter's scrap saver system.  My adventures in quilting are in pictures on Instagram (Sunny Patch Cottage), and you're welcome to follow.  If you do, holler and I'll follow you back!

The weight loss is at a stand still and at times creeping back up.  I've of the mind I'll be hefty forever the way it feels some days.  I stress eat.  It's a sin, I know.  I should be trusting the Lord more, not the "aaaaah" feeling of some sugar/carbs.  It's my own fault for the stall and slow gain.  I *know* how to use proteins and carbs appropriately, how to prepare foods to keep added fats down and taste up.  But...I've learned so much from reading Trim Healthy Mama book/cookbook, reading different weight loss and health sites, that even on my worst days the things learned still make a difference.  Thank the Lord He doesn't worry about our weight like we do!  He doesn't judge us by our  numbers...haven't read that in the Bible yet anyway.

I hope you all have a great week!

 



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