Hey again! Something our family is super blessed by is generous parents. Every year we go with my family to our cabin in upstate PA for a week, and we are also gifted with another week away by my in-laws. Throughout the year we’ll do a few weekends away as a family as well, either with my husbands family or with mine. Because of these trips, I’ve learned a few things. I thought I’d share them with you!
One thing that I have done off and on is packing outfits in gallon sized ziplock bags for kiddos under age 10. This eliminates the “is it clean/is it dirty” guesswork when we’re away with a huge crew or have limited storage space, like when all 5 of us have to share a bedroom. This also ensures that we don’t go through more clothes than necessary-one bag per day unless there’s an emergency. I have zero packing tips for an adolescent girl because she’s packing her own things at this point and I feel like whatever we try would just become a jumbled pile of chaos much like all of the feelings.
Unpacking from these trips is my least favorite thing. What this normally looks like in our house is our oldest helping to cart all of the things in, our middlest cleaning out the van as soon as that’s done, and our youngest avoiding lots of it until we realize she’s not helping and then I make her help me with the little odds and ends that get brought in. We also have the two oldest girls unpack their bags and help get laundry started.
On different note, I like to take meals to folks when I can, because it’s a tangible way to serve that is in my wheelhouse-I love cooking and I have to be home a lot. More and more I’m running into dietary restrictions and I’ve come to love Danielle Walker over at Against All Grain. I have her Meals Made Simple cookbook and her recipes are always easy to follow and a sure success. She’s also great follow on Instagram!
This winter has really seemed so long, and even in spring we’ve had lots of grey days. I’m finding that I’m relying so much on regular time in Bible study and also using lots of good essential oils. I’m currently working through the first 11 chapters in Genesis with a group of ladies at church. We’re using a study by Jen Wilkin. It’s the second study of hers that we’ve used and I really love it. Great exegetical work, and it simply allows the Word of God to speak. As far as oils, I’m diffusing a lot of lemon and also a blend called Serenity by doTerra. I like to mix their Breathe blend with eucalyptus at nighttime, especially during allergy season.
This world seems to have gone crazy lately and while there are lots of great worship songs I am enjoying, I am also REALLY enjoying my 80’s Love Songs on Pandora. Bon Jovi and Debbie Gibson are my JAM. 90’s Country comes in a close second (I’m looking at you, Joe Diffie and Mark Chestnut). I will shout from the mountaintops over and over until all of ya’ll are listening to The Big Boo Cast. These ladies are legit who I wish I could hang out with. So I do, whenever they release a new episode. So should you.
What are you loving right now?