Baby Houdini

Here’s what he’s been up to this week: 

 Not even sure how he managed to get up here. Who knows how long he’d been balancing there using his spidy senses and running the water…  Just hanging out in the toy box… 

 This little monkey climbs everything…we’re in trouble for sure.

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Going Under

***Update: I didn’t get this posted before I went in yesterday. Everything worked out well, just enjoying some rest at home today. Blessings!***

I’m about to check into the surgery center for a minor procedure to help with some pain I’ve been having. If you don’t know what endometriosis is, it can cause a lot of pain for your innards.

I still wish I was doing something else today. For some reason I’m a little trepidatious. I’ve done this before so I don’t know what the problem is. I think maybe it’s because if Mama is out of commission for a bit things may be rough on everyone around here.

Would appreciate prayers, good thoughts, positivity, anything else you want to send my way. Hope y’all have a Fab Friday and I’ll see you on the flip side! 

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30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 12

Happy 8th Birthday to our very own Superhero! He is fearless and brave, big-hearted and loud. So loud! He looooooves Jesus, Superheroes and his family, probably in that order.  (Photo credit Meredith Shafer)

As many struggles as we have, he doesn’t let anything get him down for too long. He’s our sweet Tator Tot, happy birthday buddy!!!  
 (Photo credit Meredith Shafer)

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30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 11

I’m grateful for Veteran’s Day so I can say thanks to my favorite vet! Thanks babe for your sacrifices, for your dedication to your country, for volunteering to do things and go places most of us won’t.  (Photo credit Meredith Shafer 2015) ©Copyright Meresith Shafer 2015

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30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 9

This little sweetheart is my girl reinforcement in our boy-filled home, my sparkly girly girl one minute and tougher than nails tomboy the next. 
 Little Sister is a mover and a shaker already–watch out world! 

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The Struggle is Real

Ever have those days (weeks) where you just can’t quite get your flow? 

We. Are. There.

The seven year old told me this morning during a particularly rough patch of getting ready time that he wished he was being raised by wolves.

Parenting fail.

The PTSD has been more PTSDish this week, with fogginess and forgetfulness. The Mama has had much less patience with everything. And then I find something that sent me right over the edge: 

 I left a note that says “To whoever’s doing this, I will hunt you down!” 

Unfortunately there are two potential culprits who can’t read so my threats may be lost on 33% of the household but whatever.

We’re transitioning our eating to organic, real food and gluten free(ish) so I made an attempt at gluten free cookies the other night that turned out like this: 

 The four year old got into the markers: 

 And at one point last night I lost the baby. THE BABY! Turns out he was outside while his big brother was practicing the trombone (your welcome Highland Farms addition!) but my heart was in my throat for a brief moment.

There have been too many doctor appointments, therapy appointments, treatments, homework, actual work, laundry, dirty dishes, dirty floors and just messiness. At this point it may be easier to burn the house down than to clean it, and of course we’re having family over this weekend for birthday celebrations.

Crap! I have to go buy presents.

Things are undone here at the Shafer Casa but we are still holding on. I’m in need of a perspective change, a paradigm shift, a better attitude.

The only way I know how to do that is to find things right now even in the middle of the mess to celebrate. To be grateful for. So here is my list for the moment:

-My sweet baby who still runs at me with open arms and slobbery kisses when he hasn’t seen me for awhile.

-My twelve (how is he twelve?!) year old who practices trombone outside and made first chair.

-My seven year old who tries so hard.

-The sweet girl who still just sometimes wants to snuggle with her Mama.

-The partner who hugs me when things get too hard and tells me we’re all gonna be ok.

Reading over that list shows me I have a lot of blessings in my life right now. I shouldn’t waste another minute on the stuff not going right, but breathe in the stuff that is.

Good talk, y’all. Thanks!  

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30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 4

I’m so grateful for my partner in this life. This man has promised to take care of me and this family and despite our daily battles with PTSD and traumatic brain injury, he still gets the job done. His quiet faith inspires me to keep going, no matter the circumstances. 
 This picture sums us up–he’s the steady-handed, eyes on the road anchor to my artsy fartsy fluttering about. I would be lost without this guy, my sweetheart, Mr. Wonderful.😍😘❤️❤️❤️❤️

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30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 3

Today I’m grateful for the mess. 

I’m grateful that I’m blessed with so many kids my house is bursting at the seams with toys and clothes and dust bunnies.  
I’m grateful for the piles of papers that helped get Mr. Wonderful medically retired. And I’m grateful that even though we’re a hot mess as a family most of the time, we are loved by the One who brought us all together in the first place–     
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Fearless Friday!


What you can’t see in this photo is the superhero staring at the giant hill he’s about to ride his sister’s bike down. She was too scared so he said he would do it for her.

What hill are you facing today? Is it more of a mountain? Whatever it is, put your superhero cape on, stare it down, then go for it! Remember, faith as small as a mustard seed moves mountains-

#fearless #Friday #superhero #mypinkchampagnelife #goforit #faith #motivation #inspiration

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