“So We Remember” Has Moved!

When I started this blog earlier this spring, my goal was to record family memories, especially the little things that would otherwise be forgotten in the days to come.

Since then, it has also become an outlet for my writing and a place for me to process–along with you– this thing called “motherhood.”

As a result, I have decided to move my writings, and family memories, to a new site:

courtneylynnharris.com

I hope you’ll visit and let me know what you think!  Once you’re there, you’ll find that almost all the old content from “So We Remember” is there, too.  I hope you enjoy!

 

Favorite Finds

Extraordinary Work and Ordinary Means.  Just substitute “mom” or “parent” for “worship-leader” and I think you’ll find this a very encouraging article (at least I did!).

Slow Cooker Greek Gyros. I love Greek food and slow cooker recipes so I was so excited to find this!

Free online biblical womanhood class.  I love a good class and this looks intriguing (and it’s free!).

Why I chose to be a stay-at-home-mom.  An encouraging read of why one woman is glad for the choice she has made.  I love her encouragement to make a list of why you are glad you have made your choice to work, be at home, or combine some of both.

 

 

How I Take Classes

A few weeks ago I wrote about why I take classes.   I thought it might be helpful to record how I go about doing work for class while simultaneously being a stay at home mom.  There are a few main ways:

I plan.  This past semester, I knew I had a long (25 page) paper plus a heavy reading load.  I chose a paper topic and started researching at the very beginning of the semester because I knew I would need to work in small chunks of time and wouldn’t be able to cram it all in at the end.  I also decided that Monday and Tuesday would be my reading days and Wednesday through Friday would be for working on my paper.

I work when Audrey is asleep. I am fortunate that Audrey still naps 1.5-2 hours each afternoon.  I ended up using about half of that time to rest and the other half to work on school work.  Even though it took discipline to get things done during that period, I found myself mentally refreshed after working and ready to go back to being mom when nap time was over.  I also worked some in the evenings after she was asleep.

I have a very helpful husband.  Alex has made my classes a priority for him, too, and it is a huge reason I have been able to take classes and do well in them.  This past semester he came home an hour earlier than normal on Tuesday nights so I could head off to class.  He took Audrey after dinner many nights and on Sunday afternoons the second half of the semester so that I could work on my paper.  There is absolutely no way I could have taken a class without his practical support.  In other semesters, we have hired a babysitter to come while I am in class, and Alex has been willing to invest financial resources in that.  Thank you, sweetheart!

For those of you who work on the side, how do you find the time for your projects?  I would love to hear!

And…we’re off! (Almost)

The Harrises are heading westward for the summer!

The past week has been a blend of relaxation and craziness as Alex finished school for the semester and we have packed and prepared to head out for the summer.

Our first stop is the HIGHLY anticipated wedding of my brother Corbin to the beautiful Sheila this weekend.  We are all in the wedding, so if you think of it, pray for my brave aunt, uncle, and cousin who will be wrangling Audrey during the ceremony!

The next stop is Denver where Alex will be working for about eight weeks while Audrey and I enjoy some quality time with Aunt Tiffy on her days off and Nonna as well (when she is not in Seattle with Poppa).

We’re excited for the summer ahead but we’ll miss our dear Boston friends, too!  See you in August!

Thanks, Mom, for Listening

I am blessed with an absolutely incredible mother.

I admire so many things about her: her love for her Lord and her family, her servant’s heart, and her desire to always keep growing.

But today, on Mother’s Day, I am especially grateful for how she listens.  My mom is one of the best listeners I know.

I remember being a young adolescent girl and having trouble opening up to my parents.  I remember my mom sitting on my bed as I cried and cried, waiting patiently for me to choke out the words to describe whatever was on my heart.  She wasn’t impatient, even though she had sat in the same place, with the same tears, countless times already.  She didn’t rush me or make me feel silly.  She waited and she listened.

Because she listened, at that critical juncture between childhood and young adulthood, I still turn to her listening ear today.

She listens to me now on good days and especially on bad ones.

She listens to my brother and my sister, to friends, and to people she doesn’t even know.

She’s made me realize that one of the best gifts a person can give is simply a listening ear.

Thanks so much, Mom, for showing me the importance of listening. Thanks for making me strive to listen to my own daughter, even when most of what she tells me is about toys or trees or events we’ve already rehearsed a thousand times.

Thanks for listening to me.

I love you!

This Week at Our House: May 10, 2014

This week at our house…

We had a last park date with our friends the Williams and the Broggis.  Both of their dad/husbands are graduating from HLS in a couple weeks so we will miss them immensely next year!

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Audrey also had her last evening with Katie, who is also graduating and moving back home.  We’ll miss you lots Katie!!

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Katie helped Audrey make a Mother’s Day card for me.  So sweet!photo 3Audrey wanted to wear her “baby Dorothy” just like her friend Miss Chesed, so we improvised with an apron from Grandmother and Audrey wore her “baby carrier” around all morning.

photo 5Audrey continued to create all sorts of things, including this “bike.”

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Daddy finished his last exam and is done with 2L!!

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Audrey picked her first dandelions at the law school.

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I love this sweet face and her crazy post-nap bed head!

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