I love going to the lake! If we could live there full time, I'd move in a heartbeat. We actually worked pretty hard this weekend, but it still felt like lazy days. There's something satisfying about doing projects there too. Since the place is so small, any accomplishment seems larger. At home we do a major project, and it's just one of many left to finish. This weekend we drove to Sasha's school 90 minutes away to pick him up for the week, replaced the flooring under the space heater in the basement, scraped the indoor/outdoor carpet off the back patio, cleaned it and painted it with concrete stain, painted the kitchen, mowed the grass, cleaned the entire cabin in preparation for my mom coming to visit next week, and dropped Sasha, Riley and Jensen off at church camp on the way home. Even still we spent several hours each day floating around in the lake doing nothing, cooking out, swinging on the porch swing again doing nothing, I knitted a bit, and Ben and I watched a couple of Netflix movies after the kids went to bed each night. It's just so peaceful there! I notice a difference in the children too. The twins are still very shy, reserved and seem tense much of the time, but they open up and act goofy there more. Notice the picture of Keaton rolling her eyes at me? You can guess what she was saying. Right. "Oh, Moooom!" I'm trying to convince Ben that the peace is caused by no TV reception, no telephone service, no internet, and even the peaceful Murray State NPR radio station we listen to. Prairie Home Companion or The Eisenhower Hour while painting a back porch is just plain Zen! I wish we could get rid of all the electronic time killers at home, but I'm sure that will never happen. Ben and the teenagers would riot!
I'm a work-at-home mom of thirteen children ranging in age from twenty-six years old to five months old. Eight are home grown and five were adopted internationally (Russia, Guatemala, Vietnam and Ethiopia). We live on an 85-acre farm, and we have home schooled since 1986. My husband is a family physician in solo practice. I manage his practice and file the insurance claims.