Welcome and Blessings!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I have named this blog "Running to the Cross" because that is what I often find myself doing...running to be with my Lord Jesus! I often cover many aspects of life on my blog, as it is my journal. I used to write things down in all sorts of notebooks, but my writings would soon be lost. So I decided that it was time to start a blog and share my thoughts and ideas with others. Many topics you will find here are prayers, homemaking and organization, children and pregnancy, funny stories, and the challenges of parenting and motherhood. If you enjoy my blog and leave me a comment, you are likely to have me visit! I love meeting others and gleaning from the lives of others. May you be blessed! Your friend in Christ, Heather

Monday, October 22, 2007

Life is a Whirlwind right now...

As the months pass it seems that things are not slowing down, just speeding up. I have a lot of things to work on right now, and blogging doesn't seem to be one of them. Now, this isn't a goodbye by any means...I enjoy visiting other's blogs and writing on this one. But for right now, I need to focus on the important stuff...

  • My Relationship with God
  • My Husband & Children
  • Homeschooling
  • House cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Dishes
  • Meals
  • Getting Back in Shape, which means exercising & eating right

So if you are wondering why you haven't seen me around much, that's why. I am quite overwhelmed with life right now. I have sooo much to do, and so little time to do it. The 24 hours I have each day just aren't enough right now.

I may still try to post Menu Plan Monday...but that may be all for now.



Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Is it Wednesday already?


Okay, so not everything got done, we still enjoyed ourselves and our time together ended all too quickly! I didn't get around to doing a lot of the things that I normally do. But there's always tomorrow!

The good news is that my kitchen stayed clean, and still is! You know what they say, the house goes as the kitchen does...I wish that was true! I am only able to keep up with one thing at a time. The rest of my house is NOT as clean as I would like it. I am behind in laundry, my floors need a little cleaning and I AM TOTALLY & COMPLETELY EXHAUSTED! There's always tomorrow! (O; You need to know I am human like the rest of us...guess what?! Large families are hard to keep up with!

While I was cleaning on Saturday, my girls were running behind me uncleaning! I swept the kitchen floor, and then my girls got into the bruschetta chips and dumped them all over the floor along with a basket of crayons. I cleaned the living room floor and then they decided to spread blankets all over it...along with dolls and doll clothes! Then, when I could take no more, my dear friend showed up with her SIL who still to this day can't believe that I have seven children. Just as soon as she thought that she had seen them all, another one appeared! Yip, there are seven of them, and they are all very good at making messes...sometimes, when they want something, they are good at cleaning up those messes.

So for all you folks that thought that I had dropped off the face of the earth, I'M STILL HERE!!! Just a little busy these days! Maybe it will slow down soon, WHEN I'M 80!!!! {O;
Life is just a bus full of children!


Saturday, October 13, 2007

It's Crunch Time!!!

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(This Tazmanian Devil is a picture of me today!)

Okay, so this week didn't go as planned!

Does it ever with seven little hearts beating at different beats and twelve pairs of feet all running in different directions?

It's funny, because while I finished tweaking and vacuuming my children's rooms, the younger 3 (everyone but baby) worked on making my living room a mess! So I had to clean that room all over AGAIN!!! Yes, my 5, 4, & 2-year-old helped to undo all my work yesterday! OH MY!!! What a day, what a day! (And as I am writing...someone just dumped out the container of miscellaneous items all over the living room floor that I was planning to put away today! THERE's not time like the present!)

Today is finishing and tweaking day! I will be vacuuming, scrubbing, and making sure everything is just right for the comfort of my MIL & FIL. No, things WON'T be perfect, but comfortable. I am not trying to make my house look like a museum, just a clean and inviting place for guests!

I am a little stressed, but if I work things right everything will be done rather quickly and if I have trouble with any certain things, I may just have to put them away for now.

Here is what my day looks like:

  • Get Laundry going (guest room sheets first)
  • Get Dryer going
  • Get Dishwasher going
  • Wash Guest Room Sheets
  • Clean Guest Room
  • Clean Master Bedroom (will take no time!)
  • Vacuum all Cleaned Rooms (kid's rooms already vacuumed)
  • Clean Bathrooms
  • Scrub Sinks, tub, & Showers
  • Sweep & Mop Bathroom
  • Clear off tables throughout house
  • Vacuum floors
  • Clear off ALL surfaces possible
  • Fold Clothes
  • Put away clothes
  • Fold clothes in dryer & put away
  • Reboot laundry
  • Wash dishes (if dishwasher done or not ready)
  • Prepare Supper
  • Clear kitchen counters (did this yesterday, tweaking)
  • Sweep & spot mop kitchen (done yesterday, tweaking)

Can't wait to have a clean HOUSE!!! We will see how long it lasts!

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Do you notice that there seven little people? They are my cheerleaders!



Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Trying Tuesday...

As I sit here and nurse my baby, I thought I would type up a post real quick.

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As I have said before, I am preparing this week for company and in my last post I listed the zones for each day. Well, I am here to tell you that I am behind! I thought it might be possible for me to get the kitchen all clean and tidy yesterday, but that proved impossible. As usual, I have planned too much work for myself! And for those of you who wonder, "How do I do it ALL?" Well, honestly, I don't! Things NEVER go as planned. I don't get up early enough, I don't get started on time, and I don't get it all done.

Last night, after thinking I would get the kitchen all clean and tidy after the children went to bed, I crashed on the couch! Yes, crashed and woke up wondering why I ever try to plan anything after the children's bedtime! So, here I am thinking AGAIN that I will clean up the kitchen, tweak the living room and clean up the kid's living room! Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketYep, just knock me over the head now! I'll probably not get it done AGAIN tonight! Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketHEY...I've got an idea! Anyone out there in the mood for a cleaning spree? Let's have a race! (O;

No seriously, if there is anyone out there who would like to join me and keep me accountable for my daily zones let me know! It might just be the boost I need!

On another note....PLEASE keep Amy at Blessed Motherhood in prayer! Her husband is sick and in the hospital so please pray with me for his speedy recovery! And don't forget to pray for Amy as she takes care of her children and the home!


Monday, October 8, 2007

Monday Meanderings and Menu Plan Monday!!!

1. Bible Study/Devotions~ Daily Bible reading.

2. Must Do"~

  • Clean house from top to bottom...really!!! I have company coming this weekend, and yes it is just family but it is my husband's parents and his mother gives the white glove the white glove test!!! I want everything to be clean and inviting!
  • Exercise...I am going to start doing Billy Blank's 8 minute Tae-Bo tape to start out.
  • Homeschooling: I missed today due to birthday party preparations, but tomorrow we are back in full swing.

3. Zone~ Well, since I have to clean the entire house here are my zones for the week:

  • Monday: Kitchen
  • Tuesday: Living Room & Kid's Living Room
  • Wednesday: Bathrooms & Laundry Room
  • Thurday: Kid's Rooms
  • Friday: Guest Room & Master Bedroom
  • Saturday: Clean & Vacuum Every Floor (they will be arriving in the evening)

4. To Train them Up~

  • Character Training during homeschooling.
  • Learning to be Helpful.
  • Learning to work together.

5. Menu Planning~

  • Monday: My Oldest Daughter's B-day!!! Crunchy Chicken & Little Smokies, Tator Tots, Baked Beans, Sliced tomatoes & Cucumbers. Birthday cake in the shape of a Kitty Cat. (O;

  • Tuesday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans or corn, toasty French bread.

  • Wednesday: Oriental Chicken Casserole, raw veggies.

  • Thursday: Breakfast...pancakes, sausage, egg casserole or quiche.

  • Friday: Spaghetti & meatballs or Meatball sandwiches, veggie.

  • Saturday: Hamburgers & Hot dogs on grill, potato salad, baked beans, sliced tomatoes.

  • Sunday: Ham in Crockpot, Cheesy Potatoes, Green beans, homemade rolls.

To join us for Monday Meanderings go HERE! To Join us for Menu Plan Monday, go HERE or HERE!!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

More Clouds~
Baby Bliss~


Wordless Wednesday with Tiany.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Menu Plan Monday!...on Tuesday!!!

Monday: Tacos, burritos & nachos, salad, chopped tomatoes & tortillla chips.
Tuesday: Leftovers & grilled cheese sandwiches.
Wednesday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans or corn, toasty French bread.
Thursday: BBQ Chicken, baked potatoes with sour cream, salad & fresh tomatoes.
Friday: Pizza, breadsticks, salad.
Saturday: Crunchy chicken, tator tots, raw veggie.
Sunday: Crockpot baked beans, salad or desert.

JOIN us HERE or HERE for Menu Plan Monday...ummm Tuesday!

I got busy yesterday and I didn't have much computer time, so I am doing this today instead. I've got to have a plan, else I will have withdrawal symptons all week long!

Oh and by the way, Kay asked me about the Italian casserole and I must confess, I didn't make it. It was a meal from one of our church family. However, it was a casserole with shell noodles, sour cream, spaghetti sauce, hamburger and onions. She called it an Italian casserole, so I did too!

Anyway, I must move on. Life is extremely busy these days!