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A Day In My Life: When my plan didn’t end up happening, but that was okay!

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So, I promised you all I’d post about A Day in My Life on Monday evening… and well, it’s Wednesday morning and I’m just now getting around to getting the post done. Such is life some weeks, right? 🙂

The last few days have been very full. Full of wonderful times as a family. Full of wonderful times with friends. And full of many other responsibilities that have been more important than blogging.

But I finally have a quiet morning to write and finish this post!

Monday morning started bright and early. We’d had a busy Easter weekend and I woke up early to try to get caught back up on things. It didn’t really end up happening, but it was a nice idea. 🙂

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After my Bible reading and blogging time, the kids got up and ate breakfast and then got started on their Daily Lists. I loved how Kaitlynn creatively decorated her list with sticker paper. That girl is all about beautifying every part of life and she inspires me!

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The kitchen wasn’t in complete disarray, because Jesse had stayed up the night before cleaning it up for me. He knows that a clean kitchen is one big way to show me love, so multiple times per week, he offers to clean it up for me.

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Silas was working on the letter “S” today. This curriculum is very basic and a lot of review for him right now, but it’s been good to reinforce all the letter sounds and how to correctly write each letter.

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After cleaning up the kitchen and helping Silas with his school, I set to work cleaning up the rest of the house. I laughed as I realized how much Easter had spilled into our house! (It actually sparked some deep thoughts for me — which you can read here.)

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After the kids did their chores and got started on their independent work, I worked on picking up the rest of the house and on the laundry. I had hoped to get all of the massive pile of laundry done, but I only made a dent in it before my time was up and it was time to have Morning Time with the kids.

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After Morning Time, the kids asked if the could play with playdough and do the Word Searches that Miss Tam had given them in their Easter baskets.

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They all sat at the kitchen table and helped each other on the Word Searches for quite a long time.

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I especially loved watching the girls help Silas find the words in the Word Searches.

While they finished up Word Searches, I chatted with Jesse, did a little more housework, and then handed off the homeschooling reins to him and headed out to run on the treadmill, take my shower, and get ready for the day.

The afternoon at the office space was filled with phone calls, emails, taking care of some business projects, working on some blog posts, and answering comments. Before I knew it, it was 5 p.m.!

The day before, our friends, the Hodges, had discovered we’d never gone to Chuy’s to eat before. So we planned a dinner date there with them and then we invited a few other families to join us.

So I met Jesse and the kids there and we had a FUN evening of good food and lots and lots of laughter and good talks.

When we got home, I spent some time working on a project with Kathrynne that she needed to finish up, we put the kids to bed, and then I did a little more blogging before crashing into bed… without finishing up the laundry OR writing this Day in My Life post. Oh well, it was a good day and there’s always tomorrow (or Wednesday!) for writing blog posts and finishing up laundry! 🙂

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1,217 Comments

  • MotherLydia says:

    Isn’t it a blessing when the children are helping each other instead of squabbling? Sweet music to the ear!

  • Jennifer Madigan says:

    I have loved watching your family grow. We now homeschool our children in the hopes of giving them a better life. Thank you for sharing.

  • Johanna says:

    I love seeing how you all work as a team! We are currently striving for more of that in our family. Right now feels like mom is pulling a ship on dry land while everyone sits on the deck, but with some changes we’ve been making it’s started to feel like the tide might be coming in to help that ship sail smoothly! Thank you for being real with us 🙂

  • Staci says:

    Looks like a great bunch of books 🙂 I know how those days goes it seems like everyday is like that, we make our plans but the Lord directs our steps. (Now I just have to daily working on keeping my attitude good when things don’t go as planned 🙂

  • Rebekah Jones says:

    Busy but beautiful day! You inspire to make a list and stick to it.

  • Doreen Grow says:

    I love your posts. Theyre always so upbeat, informative and plain Cool! You’re so busy but still find time to entertain and educate us. Thank you.

  • Tamboliya says:

    I love how your daughter beautified her chore list and helped her brother w/ his word search. I also think that is so healthy and sounds like so much fun that you hang out with friends so often. God Bless.

  • Natalie says:

    thanks for sharing your day. Mine are too busy to hold any sanity but they’re only filled for the benefit and well-being of my 16 mth old, husband, and little one on the way. It will only get more crazy until it gets better… Then maybe I could sit and read while listening to a newly purchased George Winston track and sipping on some hot apple cider if I should win. 🙂

  • Carly says:

    what a great day!

  • Elizabeth says:

    It sounds like a good day even though you didn’t get your list done. Nothing wrong with that. 😉

  • Vicky says:

    What a lovely giveaway:-) Thank you for the chance and your thoughtfulness:-)

  • Sharyn says:

    I love this. Teach them by example

  • celina boulanger says:

    these are my favorite posts….
    and my my your kids have grown..
    i remember you from your biblical womanhood blog…

  • Maya Andrews says:

    Sounds like great day! I’ve been looking forward to reading Lizzy and Jane. It would be nice to win.

  • Kara Wise says:

    We love to read at our house too!

  • Meghan says:

    I have never enjoyed reading about someone else day to day life before, but your blog is so open and honest. I get inspiration from your daily life post because you don’t sugar coat everything to try and keep up appearances. It helps me to realize that I don’t have to be the perfect wife, mother, cook, etc… I just have to be me, and do the best that I can with the help of the Lord!

  • Brianna says:

    Sounds like a fun evening. Family and friend time is truly a blessing.

  • Sally McQuaid says:

    I love your honesty. Thank for this great website. I find so much encouragement in it.

  • Kerri E says:

    What a fun giveaway! Thanks for hosting it. I enjoyed the post!

  • Kerin Adams says:

    Sounds like you have maintained a great balance between chores and giving your kids the attention they need! Way to go!

  • Marlene says:

    Great post. I love your outlook on life.

  • Pam says:

    Sounds like a great day!

  • Rachel Elaine Martens says:

    Always fun to peek into a blogger’s daily life! 🙂 Thanks!

  • Karen says:

    oh I really want to read Lizzie & Jane! Thanks!

  • Angela C says:

    Can i say, one the main reasons I follow your blog is that you’re so good at keeping it real. It’s so inspiring to know that I’m not the only one who has those days where, even though I do a lot, I don’t accomplish what I planned to.

    Thank you.

  • Leah Pipkorn says:

    What a fun post – and giveaway!

  • Jenn says:

    Would love the books!

  • Sarah P says:

    I love seeing you embrace the craziness more as I have watched your blog over the last 5 and a half years.

  • Ashleigh Hall says:

    Crystal, I love that you can always see the good!! So beautiful and refreshing to see someone who is so positive! Thank you for that sister! 🙂

  • Anita Brunson says:

    Thank you for all your post to help us save one penny at a time!

  • Allyson Henley says:

    I really enjoy your blog and find myself missing it if I don’t visit often!

  • Telena Reynolds says:

    Look forward to reading your blog daily. You inspire me.

  • Tricia says:

    Sounds like a good day!

  • Chandra Snively says:

    Thursday was my first time to your site and I found the 2 hour cleaning list and put it to the test… as I love a good challenge…and cleaning by the timer. I have MS and it is difficult to get my house cleaned all in one day most of the time, that day, I was having a good day…so I did your cleaning list and I LOVED IT! Thank you so much for posting it! I woke up early this morning just so I could get on your site and read your blog. Thank you for your dedication . With much gratitude!

  • Michele says:

    I love your honesty and encouragement for other moms & wives online. Great job!!

  • kariane says:

    I love that your family comes first. Thank you for sharing.

  • Kate R says:

    Cleaning up the kitchen is definitely a way my husband shows me he loves me, too. I can’t stand to go to bed with a messy kitchen!

  • Molly says:

    I’ve been following you since before MSM, on your old blog. That’s a long time ago & I’ve enjoyed watching you grow.

  • Carla says:

    Sounds like great teamwork at your house. I enjoy reading your blog. You are not alone.

  • Steff says:

    Hah! In my opinion you got a ton done! Way to go, Mama!

  • Courtney says:

    Sounds like a busy day! Thanks for sharing.

  • Lynn says:

    Thanks for all you share!

  • Kelly Cox says:

    I’m SO thankful for your site. I really like how you include the Lord so much as I think that’s the most important part of life! Also, I just asked someone how they found my blog and they said from MSM, so I was thrilled! Blessings today!

  • Jennifer says:

    I’ve been following your blog for over 7 years now. I think the best part has been watching you grow. Thank you. (P.s. “Undone” is on my list of books to read this year!)

  • Rachel Kokes says:

    love how she decorated her list-maybe I should try that! 🙂

  • Kelly says:

    I would leave a list for my 3 girls(18,15 &13) to do as well…but on 1 sheet of paper and it was never a fun thing because they all hated that…which bummed me out since i work outside of the house I would like help maintaining the messes..
    but maybe doing them on diff paper or in nicer writing..something…maybe that will make it easier to look at and do…
    Although they are old enough that they need to do this stuff, its things they will do when they eventually live on their own…
    I like your website and the informative things…posts..all of it AND its uplifting and personable at the same time.
    THANK YOU

  • Arianna says:

    I’m getting to comment on this only now!!! Sometimes my whole week doesn’t go as planned:)
    If there is one thing I learned from you is to give myself grace…often.
    As long as everyone is taken care of and feel loved, that’s all that matters.

  • Lesley Tooley says:

    I love your blog 🙂

  • Devona says:

    I try not to make big plans because they usually never happen. I’ve come to realize that being ‘go with the flow’ is more my style. I love reading about your wonderful family.

  • Shelby says:

    I love lists! Even when I can’t get everything crossed off, a list still gets me moving in the right direction each morning and reminds me when I get off track! It feels great when I do cross everything off 🙂

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