We just got back from a week of family vacation. So, yes, perhaps the two oldest felt it was a bit of a forced march at times, but family vacation it was. 

Our vacation came at the end of a very busy and fragmented summer. Our oldest finished up National Guard training, so his siblings had not seen him for five months. The next oldest was working at a Boy Scout camp most of the summer, so we had not seen him either. The other two boys were each gone for several camps and trips, and even the girls got away to summer camp. Factor in that summer is a very busy time in my work world and we needed to just get away. . .together.

We did not go anywhere exotic. We revisited the lovely lakes of Northern Minnesota. It is a half day drive, but a world away. I enjoyed sitting by the lake reading, dipping my toes in the water a bit, paddling a kayak without tipping, listening to the kids laugh and shriek, and (mostly) cooking and washing up to keep 8 hungry bellies fed (I am out of practice on that whole cooking for eight thing!) We were close enough to town that the olders could escape us for a few hours a day to go Pokemon hunting. . .

Through it all, I came home relaxed, and, more importantly, renewed. I am ready to head back to work in a few days and hit things head-on. I’m ready to meal plan and make delicious and nutritious meals for the family. And, since I am trying to feed us all a little better, I am popping back to some things I’ve saved on Pinterest. If you want to check out my “real food” board, it is here. 

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I have a few weeks to get kids ready for the start of the school year. . .and this year we have another Senior who will have his last first day! (That went by too quickly!)

I also tend to feel spiritually renewed at this time of year. I think it is the kids getting back to school and studies that helps me re-focus. And, with two little girls who will have memory work for school, I will have a gentle nudge. I also plan on participating in this online group study. . .won’t you join me? Learn more and sign up here!

As you know, this spring and summer has been a time of “making ” for me and I have found crocheting to be a fun and creative outlet for me. I am drawn to striped, mixed stitch blankets. This is my latest: 

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Here is what I’m up to:

What I’m making: Fantasy Blanket

What I’m Reading: A House For Happy Mothers

What I’m doing with the kids: Craftsy Bake for Good Class (free!)

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Written by Dakotapam
I'm a Lutheran pastor's wife and mom to six kids, including young adult sons down to 8-year old twin daughters. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!