New Year ~ New Blog...

To start of a new year, I am going to blog again!  Its been almost 2 years but I am going to get back to it!

But I have moved, please come on over to www.herlaboroflove.com  and read more about our family!


i've been keeping a little secret...

                 i am so glad to finally announce that we are expecting baby #5 in mid September!!

i am just plain terrible at keeping my own exciting "secrets".  so i must confess that is why i have been pretty quiet on here as of lately! not to mention i have been quite sick and extremely tired!

now that the secret is out, i shouldn't have a problem posting more often!  i will  be back soon with more details!



just days after my last post, i was hit with the awful flu - not the throw up kind but the kind where i was achy, had chills, fever, cough, sore throat and congestion. it was down right awful.  i felt like i was hit by a truck.  i was down for nearly a week and one of those days i thought i might die.  it was not fun at all.  thankfully, it fell over a weekend so jamil was home and he was able to take care of the kids and the house.  i was so out of it for many days and then spend many days recovering, my house and high hopes of organizing it fell apart.  last week, i felt much better and began trying to get life back in order, i am still doing the same thing this week.  i was done for one week and it is taking close to two weeks to get things back in shape.

i have been horrible about taking pictures or even capturing sweet moments - life has been a blur.  and i can't believe it is mid february already.  so i feel like i don't have much to write about.

this past weekend we did celebrate our church's five year anniversary.  it was amazing.  our creative department made documentary and it told the story of our church and God's favor on our church over the past five years.  it was an excellent documentary, we have a truly genius team who puts videos together.  if you are interested in hearing more about Elevation Church and how God continues to bless our church you can watch it here, but only for this week.  you can also read more about it here and here.  of course i have no pictures, even though we were all dressed up - i wore a dress and jamil wore a suit. but not one picture was taken.  i really need to get better at that! 

so, i'm off to do laundry, its one of those things that i just can not catch up on.


a different kind of month & organization...

it certainly has been a strange start to the new year.  i have not been able to get into my usual motivated mind set.  and our schedule has been so strange and unpredictable. with our snow week - the kids were only in school on friday and it was a 2 hour delay, then starting the following week (last week) they had off of school on monday.   mid week, joshua woke up in the middle of the night and he was sick.  he threw up every hour for about five hours, so he missed a day of school.  good thing is it hit quick and he felt better the next day.  jamil and i were placing bets on who would get the stomach bug next.  when you have four kids, these things usually spread like weeds.  the week wrapped up, the weekend came and went and we thought we were in the clear.  until last night - jordyn woke up around midnight throwing up.  she only got sick that one time, unfortunately, she didn't make it out of her loft bed in time and we had a mess to clean up.  so, she is home today and feeling better. 

so, its been an unpredictable month and i have lots of things i want to accomplish and cross off of my list but i just haven't been able to get to them.  my one big goal for this year is to get our house in shape, it has become very disorganized and messy.  i do not operate under these conditions very well and it has gotten the best of me.  we are maxed out on space in our house because of our large family and all of our stuff but also because we have a lot of clutter and things we really don't need.  so in order to get some space back and feel more efficient i am going to be working on really organizing our home. i will be doing lots of research for organizing and space saving - if you have any great tips or suggestions, i would love to hear them!!   this is a long overdue project and i am ready to get started as soon as things get back to "normal"


not one but three snow days...

yes, i am sitting here just outside of charlotte, nc and we are on snow day number 3! how in the world can that be?  over christmas, we had snow and lots of it which made a beautiful white christmas!   and now just two weeks later we have even more!  the kids are on their third day of no school.  jamil was off for the first two days but headed back to work today.  we are getting a little bit restless and down to the bare bones of food and supplies.  and unfortunately yesterday and today the snow has not been fun to play in, it is mostly a sheet of ice on the top.  the first day was so much fun though!  with all of that being said, i think i am ready to get back to a normal schedule.  i have enjoyed the family time but all good things must come to an end!

well, i am off to try to keep the kids busy and from killing each other!

here are a few pictures from our first big snow: