Maybe it’s the fact that my girls wore white sandals on Easter morning, and white sandals speak to me of sunny days.
Maybe it’s that Oklahoma remembered that this is, in fact, springtime and has launched into beautiful days warmed to eighty degrees.
Maybe it’s field trips and yearbook sales and the twins outgrowing another size.
It’s all of that and more, I’d guess, the reasons my mind is focused squarely on summer.
Through the years, I’ve written often that I’m a summer girl. I make no apologies for the fact that while others are bemoaning the relentless prairie sunshine, I’m biting my lip to suppress not-so-secret delight in the salty, sweaty months of summer.
This year, however, looks a little bit different to me as I size it up from here.
This summer I’ll have four kids at home, and fifty percent of those kids are toddlers of the early toddlerhood variety. The fact that the twins hate their stroller and are also, apparently, both runners means that I am shuffling and hustling to change my plans now to save myself angst and frustration later.
We’ll be at home a lot more this summer than in years past and in years to come, and while that makes me very happy, the often-silenced Realist in me has finally convinced the more-vocal Idealist that we’ve got some problems to solve.
1. Sibling squabbles, especially between the sisters
2. Educating and entertaining four kids for two months without resorting to shelling out hundreds of dollars in camp fees and gas money and craft supplies
3. Speaking of hundreds of dollars, feeding all six of us three healthy meals a day for eight weeks
4. Consoling two teething toddlers who, like their big sisters before them, live near the bottom of the pain threshold scale
5. Maintaining momentum with blogging and online work when it's so easy to get distracted in all of the lack of routine
In my most recent podcast with Tsh, I joked that my first response to any problem is to stroll around Amazon looking for books to help solve the issue. Though relying too heavily on the words of others has gotten me in a wee bit of trouble in the past, I think I’ve grown to a point where I’m confident I can take the best of someone else’s advice and leave the stuff that doesn’t apply to me.
I’ve expanded my search beyond the borders of Amazon, and in doing so, I’ve found some incredible resources to help solve these issues that I know we’ll be facing in a few short weeks.
* I’ve come across Learning to Speak Life Family Devotional, a book that guides families through nine weeks of focusing on the fruit of the Spirit, and I truly believe this could be a start in navigating sibling tensions.
* For the problem of entertaining four children for two months without draining our bank account, I found Shannon Brown’s 76 Free Things To Do With Kids!
* Feeding all of these people, every day, all summer? Simple Pantry Cooking’s Simplified Dinners, Kitchen Stewardships’s The Healthy Lunchbox, and Keeper of the Home’s Real Food on a Real Budget to the rescue!
* To treat the teething sadness in not one but two teething toddlers without setting up IVs of Infant Motrin on continual drip, I found an amazing recipe for a teething tincture in a book by Kate of Modern Alternative Mama called Healing With God’s Earthly Gifts: Natural and Herbal Remedies. But guess what? That book doesn’t come out until August. (Read on to see how I got a copy!)
* And finally, to organize and inspire my online work this summer, I’ll be relying on both The Blog Planning Kit from Kat Lee and Elisa Pulliam’s Equipped: Because You’ve Been Made to Live on Purpose.
Sometimes it’s kind of overwhelming how much wisdom there is available to us, right at our fingertips!
If I were to purchase each of these resources separately, I’d be out of $75 in the blink of an eye. But I already have all of these and I spent less than half of that, and I actually got *summons best infomercial voice* SO MUCH MORE.
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Just so you know, I'll be talking about this bundle o' goodness through the next few days, and when the sale is over, that's it! We'll go back to regularly scheduled programming here. Thanks for letting me share this with you - I can't wait to hear your thoughts!