Quick Update

I figure it is due time for a little update on life around the Kees household.

1. I will be 19 weeks along this Tuesday, and our little girl is doing great!  I go on the 26th for my anatomy ultrasound, which is where they check to make sure she has all the right parts in all the right places.  I’m confident all is well!  So far, pregnancy has been wonderful!  I have not had any problems!  That is a huge blessing!

2. Hopefully, after many months, we will be closing on our new home this Wednesday!  Of course things always go wrong, so please don’t think I am counting my chickens before they hatch here.  That is the current plan, and we are praying it happens that way, and that soon.

3. Kees Academy is on break at the moment due to the move.  During break we do anything educational, anytime we can.  It might be having a random math lesson one day, and working on reading three days later.  Sometimes I just go with whatever Sassy may have questions about…she asks, I answer, research with her, and check out books on the subject for her.  So let me just say school (and life) have been a bit interesting lately.

4. Coach is now in basketball season.  I am not sure if this is good or bad at the moment.  Football season is wrapping up, so that means the amount of time he is away to referee has greatly decreased, which we like.  However, the first week of basketball season, we only saw the man 1 day!  This week they have their 5-day long tournament.  Yes, that is correct…it is FIVE days long!!  The up side is that we will see him every single day because we will be working the concession stand.  Yes, (hopefully) all while moving to a new home.  Crazy busy, but isn’t God good!!

Please forgive me for not posting more often for you!  As you can somewhat see…it’s been a little crazy.  We love every minute of our crazy though!  Once we get settled into our new place I plan to post a lot more often!  So…something for us all to look forward to!

Thanks for reading!!

Back To School

Kees Academy is back in session!!  We started school Monday, so we officially have one whole week under our belts.  And let me tell you…it was a great week!  It was so wonderful to be back on our schedule and back to work.  Sassy had a great week and learned a lot!  She her first two ‘real’ tests Friday and did great on both.  She loves to learn and flies through her work way faster than I thought she would, so school time isn’t taking us too terribly long at this point.  Of course we haven’t implemented everything I have planned for the year just yet due to two reasons:
1. We hope to be able to make another move to a new home soon.
2. Most of the curriculum will not last her all year anyhow.
So with both of those things in mind, I decided to take the pace a little slower for now and go along with her pace and what’s happening in life at the moment.  Such a blessing of homeschooling.  No, she will not be behind because she does more than schools do anyhow, and we will be going all year long, basically.
 
I was honestly a little nervous about this year because it’s first grade.  She isn’t a baby anymore, and the work is a bit more than what we are use to, but this week really settled my nerves.  I’m more than happy with first grade and our curriculum choices thus far.  I’ll be posting some photos of some of our projects soon, so stay tuned.
 
God Bless!!
 
Kees Family Prayer Requests:
  • New School Year
  • Search/Purchase of a New Home
  • Fertility Stuff
  • Coach’s New Year (1st day was quite eventful)
  • All the teachers/school workers/students

Back to Normal??

Can you believe that today has been a pretty normal day?!  I am really trying to get back in the groove and get back to a schedule of sorts.  We’ve spent months with life turned upside down with hectic schedules!  Today, we were all up and going on time and got right to work on chores.  I fixed Coach’s lunch, and he headed off to go work on his field and get everything set up for the big tournament Saturday.  He is doing such a great job as the head coach.  I’m really proud of him.  He is working extra hard to make this tournament a great experience for everyone. 
 
So far today we have washed furniture coverings, put them back on, done a load of towels and two loads of clothes, got all of Sassy’s laundry done and put away, daily chores are done, vacuumed, cleaned the vacuum, fixed lunch, did dishes, made beds, washed the table cloth, and who knows what else I will get accomplished today.  It is so nice to be back to normal!  Even if this only lasts a day…it is sooo nice.  Of course once August rolls around we will for sure be back on schedule, and this OCD mamma can’t wait!!  I love my ‘normal’ life and my schedules.  Maybe today is a sign of great things to come!?
 
♥ The Kees Family 

One of Sassy’s Favorite Places

One of the fun things we’ve done this summer is visit the Monroe/West Monroe area, where we use to live.  We were up there for a softball tournament, but had some good down time for some fun stuff.  We got to have lunch at one of our favorite places, The Pickle Barrel.  We also got to go show Sassy her old school, Claiborne Christian, and show her where she use to live.  Claiborne is a private school and preschool; she attended Claiborne Christian Preschool.  She really loved that!  We also got to eat dinner with my cousin, his wife, and daughter at one of our main Mexican spots, Chile Verde.  It was so nice getting to see them and catch up on life.  We really miss getting to spend time with them.  One of Sassy’s favorite memories was visiting the Duck Dynasty/Duck Commander Warehouse.  When we lived in West Monroe, we lived right down the road from the warehouse and drove by it every day.  We thought it was cool, but no biggie…they weren’t super-stars back then like they are now.  Of course since they are always on our television we had to go take pictures.
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If you can’t tell…Si is Sassy’s favorite person!  She quotes that man all the time!  She really enjoyed this trip!  She could not stop smiling while at the Commander Warehouse.

June Update

Can you believe we leave for the beach in 3 days!!  I am so excited!  This has been the longest week of the year for us!  No, seriously.  Today was the first day I have been home, other than to sleep.  It has been crazy!  I am so ready for a much needed, relaxing vacation!  Sassy has been loving VBS and swimming lessons this week.  Tomorrow is the last day for both.  She’s a little bummed about that, but excited to be able to show off for us at both.  Sassy still does not know anything about the vacation.  We will tell her on Sunday morning when we leave.  However, that little turkey is so smart…I’m pretty sure she knows.  I’ve felt like she knows for a couple of weeks now.  I guess we will see!
 
I’m super happy to report that I was able to go do my day 3 labs this week!  Finally!  I’ll go back in a couple of weeks for my 21 day labs.  I’m excited that I will actually have some results this time around.  Although it’s going to cost us over $400.00, it will be nice to see what’s going on with my hormones.  I’m due for annual visit in July, so the timing is perfect to be able to really sit down and talk to the Dr. about my results and plans for the future.
 
On Tuesday the other MOPS coordinator and myself met to discuss plans for steering team retreat, convention, and the new year.  We are very excited!!  We’re hoping to do some growing this next year, so look out moms…you might just get recruited.  LOL!  Please be in prayer for us, as we are excited to be the new coordinators, but we are also a tad nervous.  Leading a group of women is a wonderful opportunity that we do not want to take for granted, and certainly don’t want to fail at.  Please pray that God will lead us in every decision we make for our group, and that our hearts will be obedient to him.
 
Coach is looking for a part-time summer job, so if you know of anything in the Central La area, let me know!  As I am writing, he is loading the basketball team on the bus to head back from their games.  (They won both!)  Right now he is running between softball and basketball in the evenings a few days a week, but other than that, he is free and willing to work.  Same here really….I currently work two days a week, but would like another part-time job just for the summer.  We hope to be able to use our summer wisely in building our savings and paying off those debts.  I do NOT want to spend twenty years paying on student loans!!
 
Housing Update:  We were hoping to purchase something this summer and get moved, but we are just too busy right now to even think about it.  So, it doesn’t look like that is going to happen.  That’s okay, though!  Everything in God’s perfect timing.  We didn’t want to have to rent for a year, but we aren’t too far from November at this point, and frankly, we’re just thankful that we aren’t paying a big mortgage on a home we never get to enjoy anymore.  Because when I say we are never home….we are NEVER home!  My prayer is that that would change soon, and as it does, God would provide us the perfect home for our family and lifestyle.
 
Hopefully I will remember my camera tomorrow so I can post some photos of Sassy from VBS and swimming lessons!
 
Hope you’re having a great week!  God Bless!!
 
P.S. – We have some friends who will be traveling to Guatemala at the end of the month to do some missions work in the form of good ole fashion hard work, so please be in prayer for them and their trip.  I also have two friends who will be delivering babies within the next week.  Please be in prayer for these moms and their families.  I am selfishly praying that a certain little girl makes her appearance before we leave for vacation!  LOL!!

The Infamous Fork in the Road

Do you ever wish God would just write the answer down to the ‘big’ question you’ve been asking him, wrap it up all pretty and have it delivered to your doorstep?  That’s pretty much where I am right now.  I feel as if I am literally standing at the infamous fork in the road; I can go left, or I can go right, but I can’t go back.  Do you know how frustrating that is!?

I’m blessed enough to have a family member who does ultrasounds for a living.  So, for the past couple of weeks I’ve had ultrasounds to see what my ovaries are up to.  Can I just tell you….they are up to NO GOOD!  Both have a bunch of tiny cysts, and there is no sign of a dominant follicle.  For a couple of weeks now, things in the reproductive area have been dormant.  Literally!  There has been no change at all, and I am a week late.  That might be TMI, but that’s where the truth lies.  I realize for those of us with PCOS, irregularity is ‘normal’, but you have to understand for me…being late is so not normal, especially since I’ve been so regular for the past 8 to 10 months.  So I don’t know what is going on!  I’m just keeping on keeping on.  Still doing my normal exercising, eating right, taking my meds., etc.  Over the past couple of weeks, Coach and I have talked a lot (between the two of us and with family), about what we are open to fertility treatment wise and what insurance will cover (which is basically nothing).  Coach is really feeling led to give a few “simplier” fertility options a shot.  (I say simplier VERY lightly!  If you know much about fertility treatments, you know there really isn’t such a thing as a simple fertility treatment option.)  However, we are torn by the reminder that it is costly and not guaranteed to work.  On the other hand, I realized that although I’ve always had PCOS, I never had any of the symptoms/problems until after I had gotten pregnant with Sassy and gained all the weight I’ve been packing around (which greatly effects PCOS).  So I feel like if I can just keep battling through the weight loss, maybe I can get the symptoms to subside enough to get pregnant again.  Having PCOS makes weight loss extrememly difficult, but not impossible.  So, the road to my left leads to a path of fertility treatments.

What’s the other road?  Well, adoption of course.  We know we want to adopt at some point, and feel led to pursue adoption once we get settled into our next home.  So my prayer has been for God to reveal to us whether he desires us to go left, and pursue more fertility options, or to go right and just wait for the right time to pursue an adoption.  Truth be told….I’m wanting both.  However, I realize that pursuing both over the course of the next year may not be God’s will.  And we want to follow God’s will.  We’ve learned that our will never works out, but God’s way is always right.  So please feel free to pray along side us as we seek God’s will in growing our family.

Thanks for all of your prayers, good thoughts, and support!  We appreciate you!

On a happier note…..we leave for the beach in only 9 days!!!!   (Maybe a good vacation will help clear our minds and open our hearts to be able to recieve God’s answer.)

Feeding My Blog Addiction

We all know I have a slight blog addiction.  I LOVE them!  Old ones, new ones, colorful ones, fun ones, ones about crafting, ones about homeschooling, etc, etc, etc…I love reading blogs.  Well, I just had to share with you the newest blog crush I’ve developed.  Lisa, over at The Pennington Post, is AH-MAZ-ING!  I am crushing on her house for sure!  It is super cute!  I just stumbled upon her collection of parenting advice.  I highly recommend you check it out!  She has some really good stuff to say. While you’re there, get comfy and browse around…I promise you will NOT be disappointed.

Have a Blessed Weekend!