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Family Life . . . Simple

Ah yes, my oldest son just turned 5 yesterday. He really wanted a friend party this year and I thought now would be the perfect time for him to have one. In a day and age when people spend more money on a child's party than my husband makes in one week, throwing a party can be daunting. What theme do you have? What games do you plan for the kids? What kind of food do you have" What favors do you give? How much will all of this cost??????

I asked Joshua what "theme" he wanted and each day I asked, he gave a different response, but the one that stuck was a "space/astronaut" theme. Online I went to Oriental Trading Company . . . they had a great space theme package with everything in it (plates, napkins, decorations, even favors) and for $35!!! Great deal! But, as fate would have it, it was sold out. Then I was left with . . . what do I do????

Off we went to the Dollar Store for decorations and favors. We got balloons, plates, napkins, signs, and fa…

The "D" Word

That is what we use to refer to divorce in our house. My oldest son is old enough to want to know everything and I know he world ask what divorce is if we talked about it in front of him. Although it has come up a few times in conversation and we have explained to him that not all mommies and daddies stay together, this is not a conversation I want to have with him too often. Life can be harsh and I do not want him to have to worry about it too much yet. The realities of life will come soon enough . . . I want him to be happy being a kid right now.

The other day, my husband spoke to an old co-worker of ours. He asked how another one of our co-workers was doing and he said "I am going to have to call Tina and see how she and Jeff are doing." (Jeff and Tina were both co-workers of ours that got married 1 week after we did and they have 2 girls). Tim said to my husband "I would not do that. They got divorced a little while ago."

Now when Pete told me I was surpri…

Wondering why . . .

I am going to try to remain faithful to why I started this blog . . . to talk about marriage and family life, but it is hard. I am one of those types of people that gets fairly passionate about something for about a week and then I forget about it the next. But, when God calls me to something, He whispers first, talks a little louder next and finallygets to the point that He needs to hit me over the head!!! I wish he could just put a billboard outside my house to remind me what He wants me to do and focus on.

My newer passion of the week is homeschooling. We are going to home school our son next year and I am excited. There is so much info. out there, that I could spend hours a day looking through it and dreaming about how I would love our days to go of learning and exploring. But, I am also a realist. I know my limitations and for now, I am going to work on the basics and then jump into it all slowly. God give em the grace to be perfectly imperfect and accept the imperfections…

Blessed with full hands

I am new to the world of blogging and, really, there is a part of me that is surprised I am doing this. But, here it goes anyways . . .

The reason for "Blessed with Full Hands" . . .

7 weeks ago I had my third child, my third boy. As the weeks have passed, I have gotten up enough courage to take the boys to the library, store and even the pool. Many times it is quite a chaotic adventure, but most of the time it is just another trip out to run errands with the boys. Depending on where we go, the boys end up in different configurations.

Scenario 1: Joshua, my 5 yr old, walks, Caleb, my 2 year old, is in the main area of the cart and Andrew, is in his car seat in the top part of the cart. This arrangement usually causes the least amount problems unless Joshua decides he is tired of walking and either sits down in the middle of the store aisle, or lays down on the lower rack of the cart. Where others put bags of dog food, large packages of paper towels, I put my oldest so…

About Me

I am a mom to three amazing boys and wife to one great man. I love Jesus and the Catholic Church. I home school, use cloth diapers, try to be as thrifty as possible, and recently started my own garden. I love all things natural and want to become a supporter of the Slow Food Movement.  I am an ACE certified personal trainer and an avid runner.  In my spare time I work as a Personal Trainer and Life Coach.

I pray that I can make a difference, even if in small ways, so that my kids can have a future full of hope.


I can be contacted at katiepetko {at} yahoo {dot} com.