Thursday, February 4, 2016

running on empty

"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

Here's what I've discovered: all my God-wired ability to think through chaos, all my attempts at organization and having awesome kids didn't prepare me for Grace. This was a long fricken week here at the Funk's.

 God's strength is good.

Every day I turn to God and rely on what 2 Corinthians 12:9 teaches me 

I don't have it in me to do this one more day, I need Your strength. This sickness stuff is killing me. I was ready to throw in the towel and give up on the mom duties here.  After Dave and I got hit, Gabe got hit with a nasty ear infection.  Then Abraham got it on Wednesday and he had his first ear infection. Sleepless infants are no fun at all.  Up every 10 minutes for the past few minutes is not my idea of fun. I broke my own rules just to survive and the kids loved it. My goals were to just get through the days not get a gold star.

I don't have the patience in me for this … I need Your patience. My big kids this week were awesome and on fire to help and serve in anyway.  They totally rock!  Anytime I needed to nap they were there to help and let me sleep. Now if I could just shut my eyes while I lay in bed and not think of things I have to do!

I can't think straight right now ... I need Your clarity.
I'm not even sure I have love in me right now ... I need Your love. I love how kids just love no matter what.  I can snap at them or get crabby and they never do the same to me.  They continually help with a loving heart and forgive.  Forgiveness is what it's all about. My dear Olivia was leaving me more love notes constantly.

 How can these not make you laugh and smile.  She is so darn sweet and loving. 

God's strength is enough. Sometimes you have to get to the end of yours to learn that.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

More sickness has entered the Funkhouser house..

This little one started puking during the middle of the night Friday night and Saturday morning.  By Monday Dave and I had the flu bug.  Then Tuesday night Gabe wouldn't stop crying and was so restless.   He complained about his ear so I took him in ASAP on Tuesday.  Of course he had a raging ear infection and sinus infection.  This is never ending.  Praying Abraham doesn't get any of it. At this point I'm thinking we will never go to a bounce house again. 

These were some funny pictures I came across from when we went to get Auntie Annie from the airport. Occupying children in a airport is always comical with our family. 

Olivia made these with some homemade clay and whatever else she found around the house. They were such cute little friends.

This little guy loves being outside.  I like it when he stays outside longer than it takes me to get him dressed though. 

Abraham is doing great.  He loves the Johnny jumper as long as someone is talking to him or by him.

You gotta love the winter clothes.  Seriously.  There is so much stuff to step over.  I just let it all sit in piles until the end of the day when they are all done.  Then we dry it.  If it was their choice they would dry it every time they came in.  

Olivia made these and they were darling..

It felt so good to get the tree out and put Christmas stuff away.  I'm not sure why that always is.  It is so exciting to get things up and celebrate Jesus's birthday but when early January comes and there's needles all over the floor it's time to move it out and start cleaning.

Odin moved the tree out for me this year and Olivia did the vacuuming..

This little star fell asleep to the vacuum..


Gabriel likes his stash of super heroes too.  Every time I try to get rid of something he always wants to play with it.  The secret night ninja will have to make things disappear I think.

Jonah had all sorts of things cooking the other day for everyone.  Our kids love to cook for others.  We're talking eggs, pancakes, mac and cheese...easy here folks!

Hope you all had a great weekend.
Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Sickness has come and gone and come again ...
We had some bad pukers earlier this week and now Gabriel has a whole new kind of cold. We never get sick here.  We try to stay in our little bubble and take good care of our bodies but it just sneaks in.  
  I took Jeremiah and Jonah in for their well being checks today and had the Dr. peek at Gabe.  He has a seal bark cough, fever and no appetite.  He's in a great mood though.

Jonah got his shots and his blood taken.  He didn't like that but the others liked being the watchers. 
 Praying for a healthier weekend  and for you all to have a wonderful weekend! 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Happy 11th Birthday Jonah!

 Time always goes so fast....
trying to enjoy every minute of it
you will always be a miracle baby to us
can't wait to see what God's plan is for you
we love you so much!

you and Olivia will always be Irish twins

I can't believe we let you have long hair...
I loved it.... Dave did not

Last years cake..My favorite!!

 You are always sitting totally weird and uncomfortable...

This is the cake he asked for.  Odin made the whole darn thing.  They all argue over who's doing the cake. 

Thank you all for the gifts, cards and birthday wishes.  Jonah loved every bit of it.  He was puking the day before but it looks like it was a 24 hour bug we brought home from running errands on Saturday.  Not fun.  We haven't had any type of flu in this house for over a year.  I hate having sick kiddos and yes I will keep them in a bubble if that means keeping them healthy.
So far we are having an awesome week, and the extra white fluffy stuff outside was an added bonus.  The kids had a blast shoveling and making forts in the snow.
Have a wonderful Tuesday!