Thursday, August 5, 2010

House Reorganization

July was a busy month for us. We decided that our house needed to be reorganized to better fit our family we began with laundry and clothes because it's the hardest thing to keep up with and keep organized. So we decided on putting closets for the kids in the basement near the washer and dryer. We put in 3 large wardrobes and divivded the kids by room, each room getting one wardrobe. The majority of the kids clothes now go directly from the dryer to the closets, no more laundry baskets or mounds of clothes:) The kids can keep pj's, socks, underwear and an outfit or two for the next couple of days in their bedroom closets. It has been a complete turn around for our laundry challenges. I am soooo glad we did it!
We also reorganized our bedroom and the family room. And Matt did the garage. The basement is still a work in progress but it's getting there.
We are also getting ready to move the kids bedrooms around. Elijah and Micah will move (once I finish the painting and decorating) into one room and Levi and Joel will share the other boys room. For the past year and a half Matt's dad was staying with us until his retirement went through and it did and he just moved out so we have been getting his old room ready for Elijah and Micah to move in. I'm still not sure if the boys will like being in seperate rooms after being together for so long. We will see what happens.
We also started school this week:) Which is great so far! I forgot how much easier life is with a good schedule.
Pictures will be posted soon:)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Back to Blogging

My kiddos:)

Me and Joel

Birthday boy!

It's been nearly a year since my last post! Joel and I celebrated our birthday's yesterday, I can't believe another year has passed. A lot has happened this year, I can't believe how fast time has gone. I look back at my pictures from a year ago and am amazed at how much has happened.

The past 12 months have been very trying at times, but God is good and we continue to trust and hope in Him!
Here's a glimpse of what the past year has looked like at the O'Connor house:
We all had to get used to me working 20-30 hours a week outside the home. I had to go to work to earn some much needed extra income. I worked 3rd shift on the weekends and 2nd a day or two during the week at an assisted living home for the elderly. It was hard to manage our schedule with both of us working and homeschooling but we made it through. We paid off our debts this spring and I was able to cut back to 8 hours a month, which was more of an excuse to get out of the house a few hours a month and enjoy all the residents I love working with! The day we paid the last of our debts, Matt lost his job. We are putting our trust in the Lord and know that He will provide.

I have learned so much this year about myself, about God, about life. So even though it has been difficult, I am stronger (and hopefully a little wiser) because of it.