Dear Weary Mom

You are not alone.  We are all right there with you.  Even that mom over there with the perfect hair, perfect nails and happy smile. We are all weary moms… at least we all go through seasons when we are weary.

Dear Weary Mom, You are not alone.

Some of us just wear it on our faces a bit more.  Some have huge talents when it comes to make up. Some put on an imaginary mask to hide the weariness…

Whatever it is, we are all there at some point… it seems to go in seasons…

He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power.

Isaiah 40:29

Last night, my five year old did an amazing job keeping  baby awake a few extra minutes so he would go to sleep at a better time for a better night’s rest for me… umm that back fired BIG TIME… He didn’t go to sleep until after 1:30 am… and when do you suppose I had to be up?  7 am, and do you suppose he slept well in those short 5.5 hours?  Nope, we were up four times to eat… EAT.  The joke around here with this chubby squishy ball of sweet baby… he IS a growth spurt.  It has nothing to do with him not eating enough during the day… no he eats like this ALL DAY LONG…  He is just a hungry boy… it just takes a lot of food err mommy milk to make legs like this…

Chubby Baby Legs

Since his lip/tongue tie release, the eating all the time is getting better.  He can eat faster and less frequently.

But, this, this is a season and soon he would rather be running around getting into things learning about his environment than nursing away while he gently pulls on the tail of my braid.

We will go through many seasons of being weary, but we have to see the silver lining in the weariness…

When I am up with baby all night…

I am the one who gets to spend the one on one time with him.  I am the only person who can provide the perfect food for him.  He will for a few more years likely only want me when he is upset…

When I am weary with struggles in my marriage…

I can choose to stay mad or…

I can choose to try and talk it out and PRAY!!  PRAY PRAY!

When I am weary with my teen…

I can’t run away.  I can PRAY, and well that’s all I got on that one. ;)

You know, I am going to be completely honest here… I even get weary with God… yes, I said it, dodging the tomatoes…

I am serious though.  When money is tight, and the tractor breaks down, and the stove blew up (yes, it did), and there are eight other people depending on me to keep things running at home…  I will think, where is God, how can He let all this happen at once?  Doesn’t He see I have limits?

But, you know… He has a plan.  He is preparing me for the next journey He is planning for me.  When we grow weary, He is using it to build us… if we will lean on HIM… IF…

We have to stop trying to do it all under our own energy.  We must rely on Him to give us the stamina.  We must be sure that what we are doing is in line with what He really wants from us.

Like cold water to a weary soul, So is good news from a distant land.

Proverbs 25:25

FarmLife Tuesday Catching Up

FarmLife this time of year is less crazy on the farm, but is a time to catch up on appointments and such.  So, we have hit the road, A LOT… We have doctor appointments every day this week.  EVERY.Single.DAY.  However, some are follow up appointments, some PT, some chiropractor, but all at least an 8 mile drive… As you can see, we are catching up on appointments.

FarmLife Tuesday Catching Up on Appointments, Christmas Traditions and more

We are also catching up on some household things!!

We got our Christmas Tree and many decoration up.

We got our Tree Decorated and up.

I have spent a lot of time catching up on baby snuggles.  He has been a little more cuddly since his oral surgery.

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I took a little time on Saturday morning to take a canvas painting class at our local craft store.

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We made apple pie filling, but The Hot Gut aka my hubby had to fix a leaky pot aka water bath canner.

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Our children enjoyed helping make apple pie filling!!

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We made a total of 15 quarts!!

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When we got the apple pie filling done, we headed to my hometown to check out the Christmas lights!!

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Have you had to play a little catch up as it has gotten colder?  What are some things you are catching up on?

A Christ Centered Family Christmas

Over the last week, we have set the books aside and tried to focus more on Christmas celebrations…  Well, in between doctor appointments that is.  As we got rolling through December, I quickly realized with four to six doctor appointments a week, we were going to miss having a Christ Centered Family Christmas if we didn’t set the school books aside on the days we are home.  Being rural we have to travel to appointments and these end up taking at least a half day if not a full day away from home.

Celebrating a Christ Centered Family Christmas Taking time to spend time together doing more than the daily grind during a super busy Christmas Season

So, Tuesday (Dec. 9) we did school as I said we would the night before… but then we put the books away until well, until the appointments slow down a bit.  Most of these appointments are for baby’s lip and tongue tie revision post op, eye glasses for kiddos, or my shoulder (older injury that I keep re-injuring).  With all this “fun”, I quickly realized if we were going to have time to carry on any of our family Christmas traditions, we had to put the books away and focus on family and Christ when home.

Putting the books away has allowed us to do a few major decluttering/deep cleaning tasks that we had just not found the time for.

We have attended a field trip to a Christmas Tree Farm.

We had time to attend a homeschool field trip to a Christmas Tree Farm

We have baked goodies, and spent evenings watching a few Christmas movies!!

We normally start baking Christmas Goodies right after Thanksgiving.  However, with all the appointments, we hadn't yet had time.  By putting our books away, it made a little extra time to do some yummy baking!!

Instead of doing lesson plans on Saturday, I attended a craft class with adults… as in, a class for adults… not a class for my children.  We have connected, had fun and enjoyed some precious time together, making memories…

 

By setting our homeschool books aside before the middle of December, we are able to do a few fun activities.  Even mom too a craft class for MOM... as in not helping a child at a class.

 

Our oldest has had time to go with daddy to work on some projects in the shop.  He learned to run a drill press and a metal lathe.

 

Our Oldest got time to learn to use some shop tools and build a jig for his wire wrapping art.

 

The further we got into December the less it w felt like Christmas was right around the corner… we had already packed and sent our Operation Christmas Child Boxes out.  We hadn’t started gathering gift for anyone, hadn’t decorated, or anything.   Now we have decoration us, music playing, family activities going, and lot of fun… even with all our appointments.

Have you found seasons where you have to make time to keep traditions?  How did you adjust to make that time?

Leftover Turkey Cheesy Mac Casserole

Maybe you have eaten all the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving?  Maybe you have some frozen in the freezer for a rainy day?  Maybe you need to gather ideas for the next turkey?  Well, this Leftover Turkey Cheesy Mac Casserole works for chicken and turkey it is good either way… or shall I say GREAT!!  It is a comfort food as well, as in umm not exactly low calorie, but filling and very yummy or cheesy or yummy?

Leftover Turkey Cheesy Mac Casserole  Use up those Thanksgiving and Christmas Turkey Leftovers in this comfort food casserole!!

 

Ingredients (all ingredients are variable due to amount of turkey or chicken you use) :

  • 2 lbs Leftover Turkey (1-2 lbs depending on family size)
  • 2 cups Leftover Gravy (whatever you have left or Cream of Whatever Soup)
  • 3 cups Milk
  • 1 block Cream Cheese
  • 3-5 cups Cheddar Cheese  (we love cheesy here)
  • 1 14 oz package Elbow Macaroni  (cook according to package instructions.  We like them not quite done for this recipe)
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1/2-3/4 cup flour
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Garlic (to taste)
  • Ritz Crackers crushed (2 sleeves with 3 T butter)

How to Make Leftover Turkey Cheesy Mac Casserole

I neglected to get a picture of the first couple of steps…

First, melt butter in large dutch oven.  Now add the flour to make a doughy looking mushy goop.  (yep, those are professional family cooking terms there folks)

Stir that and keep it cooking on a low to medium heat.  It should start to turn to a nice golden color as it starts to slightly brown.  Don’t let it burn!!

Now add your milk to make it more of a gravy type consistency.   Stir it in slowly, so the flour and butter goop breaks up and smoothes into the milk.

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Now add your leftover gravy, keeping the cooking temperature on low to medium.

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Once the gravy is mixed in nice, add your cream cheese.

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 Once it melts in, you can taste and see how much salt and other spices you need.  If this is super thick still, add more milk now!!.

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You are now ready to add your cheddar cheese to your gravy mixture.

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 Get it all gooey and melted and add your turkey.

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Once that is all mixed together, add your macaroni.

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Now pour it all into your casserole pan.  Next, add the crushed crackers mixed with melted butter over the top.

Bake at 350 until bubbly and crackers are slightly browned.

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Serving Leftover Turkey Cheesy Mac Casserole Up

We like to serve this with sliced bread, green beans and carrot sticks.  For dessert we had homemade apple pie and ice cream.  Sorry, no pictures of all that, as well, baby was needing me when I was taking my pictures and I rushed around to grab them.  Cuz… babies don’t wait. :)

As I mentioned yesterday, our baby had oral surgery on Monday.  I was worn out and had nothing for our family to for supper.  So, we swung through the grocery store on our way home and grabbed a rotisserie chicken.  I deboned it and we used it to make a quick supper.  I had some frozen cheesy goop from above in our freezer.  (I made a huge batch a few weeks ago, and froze the extras)

What is your favorite Leftover Turkey/Chicken Recipe?

FarmLife Tuesday ~

Well, this week’s FarmLife Tuesday is a bit boring as it  was work in the shop week.  I kind of tend to avoid the first week when hubby heads to the shop to actually work on equipment during our down time.  Why? Because it is kind of a HUGE mess.  He spends this first week cleaning and straightening the shop up and well, being home with seven children, I kind of sort of you know… get enough cleaning and straightening.

We took this week to hit the books pretty hard, and go to one of several upcoming doctor appointments. In fact yesterday our six month old had oral surgery for lip and tongue ties.  He is a bit fussy still, and does not enjoy the stretches that we have to do to help him heal up properly.  I will blog more about his ties a little later.

Baby after his lip and tongue tie revisions

 

Here you can see the swelling in his top lip still.  He is nursing pretty good, and sleeping… if in my arms. ;)

Next week, I hope to have a little more Real FarmLife to show you.

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