5.20.2014

From Working Mom to SHAM part 2

Oh yea! I made it a two part-er! Well I felt like the first part was heavy, deep, and not exactly how I wanted to leave things. So, I decided to share all of the amazing fun things that I have been doing with my time now that I have realized my purpose for staying home. I also want to include a little recap of Get a L.I.F.E. and our awesome family vacation!

Lets start with Get a L.I.F.E. This year was amazing! It was without a doubt a LOT of hard work but the outcome was nothing more then perfect! Our speakers were informative and funny, the classes were relevant to today's women (and men) plus the food was quite delicious! I can not give enough appreciation to all of those that attended, spoke, and of course the fabulous Stephanie who helped me behind the scenes listened to my many meltdowns and fits of panic. We raised a nice donation for the Carcinoid Cancer foundation and had also had some great giveaways from local small businesses! To see more about this head over to lessoninfurgaleconomics.com for a much more detailed recap coming soon!

A huge thanks to the Four Points by Sheraton in Chambersburg Pa! We used all four meeting room all day and had no issues at all!

The house was packed ;)

Stephanie Reese teaching her class parties on the cheap! Look for an uploaded version soon:)

Harmony Wilson gave a great talk about gardening AND had some great handouts!

Maggie Dubois  Speaking on Doterra Oils in the conference room with her adorable little guy in tow~

The next week I helped organize a Vendor Show at a local grange hall for 25 Work at home Mom's! The day was so much fun chatting with other women who had successful businesses!
So that was all oh my "Business stuff" back to back weekend was probably overkill but it was fun and rewarding to see so many people learn new things!

On April 4th and 5th I packed an overnight bag, grabbed my good friend Tiff and drove an hour to Stevens City, VA for a FREE Christians Women's conference. I was hoping to get some relaxation and a spiritual kick in the behind. God surely gave me that and much more! I was able to connect more in 24 hours with the Bible then I did when I had to read it front to back. My heart was open and God saw the opportunity to plant my purpose. I also was able to gain some new friendships! The conference was great for a free event it was over the TOP! At the end of the first night we were ran over with platters of full sized Hershey chocolate bars, chocolate covered strawberries and great music!

Group Selfie!!


Here is a great warp-up Video produced by the host church:




Right after this we celebrated our oldest son's 8th Birthday! What?!!? We don't do big parties anymore mostly because he requested us not to. This year though Jeff and I had something BIG up our sleeve.



 We completed our family with a new "pup"!! Vince is a 4 year old husky/Shepard mix and let me just say the best decision our family has ever made! So how we are "frugal" pet owners will surely be in a post soon!

In between Vince and Chris's Birthday we went on a family vacation to West Virgina to see Jeff's family. We try to make it once a year because both of his grandmother's live there and most of his uncle's and aunt's. We split the time 4 days in a cabin at Twin Fall's State Park and 4 days with his uncle and aunt. The trip was great. The boys get to see so many cousins their age and get to roam the mountains, fish, and run!




After vacation I revamped my daily routine 1.) Vince now needs daily walks and let outside, 2.) I knew I needed to be a better stay at home mom 3.) I live for routines 4.) I wanted to start having more family time.

So we have done some fun things since then:
Rock Climbing at the GreenFest!

Date Night in with yummy take out and candles

And me time! I am taking sewing lessons and making a beautiful skirt! Look at that fabric!!



 So there you have it! I have finally transitioned. I do not feel the need to have pressure on me to feel accomplished. Honestly household duties, school, and the kids are crazy pressure, we are trying to raise well adjusted children after all.

Thanks for listening to my journey! "Normal" Frugal living posts will resume now.

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