Dear Intentionally Simple Readers,

It’s been awhile since I last wrote.  I intended to take the rest of the month of May off. Well, that time off turned into all of May, June and now most of July! Every week, I tell myself I’m going to write a post but I never make the time to and so another week passes.

I do want to catch you up with some of the things that have been going on these past few months.

Mama and Cecilia

In early April, on a whim, we were browsing real estate listings and came across a 7 acre farm which we fell in love with. Within a week, we decided we were going to sell our house (for sale by owner) and worked to get it ready. And, Cecilia was less than a month old (crazy)! During the rest of April, May and some of June, we were pretty set on this plan.

After much prayer, talking and words from people around us, we feel that staying in our little home is the right move for our family. We don’t feel having 7 acres of land to maintain is the right thing for our family during this season of life. And, quite honestly, our house which is somewhat small, especially for a family of 5, really is enough house for us now. Our mortgage is quite comfortable, allowing us the freedom of not having a ton of our monthly income tied up.

We still haven’t removed the for sale sign in our front yard and if a buyer came along and we felt we were supposed to sell, we would but more than likely we’ll be in this home for a few more years.

Family May 2014

Mothers Day 2014

The main reason I haven’t had time to write is because I’m a mama of 3! Our Weston is an early riser and Cecilia cluster feeds from 7 until 10:30 or 11:00 nearly every night which makes the days full of caring for my children, which is exactly what I want to do! The boys don’t take naps anymore, although we do rest time for an hour each afternoon but most of their rest time is spent nursing and resting myself. And, when John David is home, we’re still outnumbered!

Another reason is we cut out home internet. Our internet bill went up considerably so we decided to cancel and try living without home internet! It’s been quite liberating. We still have internet access on our phones but we’ve been much more intentional about internet usage and time spent on social media/web surfing. We feel like it’s made us more aware of the time wasted online and made us more present with our kids and each other. With that said, we’re probably going to be reconnecting our home Internet because we do still use it to communicate, blog, shop and such so it’s not all bad!

Little Ones June 2014

June 2014

John David went to Ethiopia mid-June and I spent over a week with my parents. The little ones and I had a really wonderful time with my parents, sister and nieces. We went to several parks, had picnics, went to the zoo, swimming in my parents pool, watched movies (we finally watched Frozen!) and just enjoyed being with family. John David had a great trip. This was his third trip and he really feels like he’s deepening relationships with church leaders as well as our two Compassion children.

At this point, I’m not making any promises about this blog. I enjoy writing, it is definitely a passion and I’m not going to stop all together, I just may be posting quite sporadically over the next few months. I’m still settling into a new normal as a mother of 3 (and after having 2 babies before, I really think it takes about a year to fully adjust to a new little one). I also know how fast time flies during the first year of a baby’s life and I am trying to live slow and savor the babyhood of this sweet daughter of mine.

I have all kinds of post ideas and things I want to write about but for now they’re swirling around in my head as I wash dishes, fold endless loads of laundry, nurse my baby and savor the quietness of a short, hot shower.

I am on Instagram fairly regularly. If you want glimpses into our life and my thoughts on simple living and motherhood, follow me – @rachelboreing.

 

* Do you cloth diaper or are you interested in cloth diapering? If so, I’d love to send you a copy of my eBook, Cloth Diapers: A How-To Handbook on the Basics of Cloth Diapering in exchange for a review (either on your blog or Amazon). Contact me for more information.

Share with a friend

The month of April absolutely flew by! Something about having a newborn really makes time seem to pass so quickly. April was a very laid back month, with very little on the calendar which makes me happy. I love keeping things simple when I have a new baby. 

Snuggling

Naturally, I’ve spent a lot of time nursing my sweet little one and just holding her, savoring her tininess. 

Silly Boys

These two are such wonderful big brothers. They’ve both adapted quite well to their new roles and have not shown any jealousy! 

Sleeping

This is what most mornings look like around here. Cecilia co-sleeps most of the night with us and quite frequently we have another little one climb in during the night. 

Laundry

And, I feel like when I’m not nursing, I’m doing laundry. My midwife, who has 3 children, warned me that the third makes laundry explode. This is so true. Somehow our laundry seems to have tripled! I am constantly doing laundry.

Church

I’ve ventured to church twice on Sunday mornings. Since my husband works at church, Sunday mornings I’m solo which makes getting ready and to church on time quite the task! When Cecilia was 3 weeks old, I managed to get all 3 up, fed, dressed and to church only 5 minutes late.

Painted Toenails

I painted Cecilia’s toenails at 3 weeks old! They are beyond precious and I’ve been surprised at how many people have noticed them. Painting the toenails of a newborn is not easy but possible thanks to small bottles of Piggy Paint.

4 Years Old

My biggest boy was 4 years old on the 16th! What a blessing he is. It’s hard to believe he is 4 already – they’ve been 4 wonderful years being his mama. He celebrated with Papaw David (who shares his birthday), they went out to breakfast, Mimi made his birthday cake and we took him to Chick-fil-A for lunch and then to the toy store where he picked out two trains as his present from us. 

One Month

Baby Cecilia was 1 month on the 22nd. 

Milestones:

  • Weighs about 10 pounds
  • Outgrew newborn clothes
  • Size 1 disposable diaper
  • Fits in a bumGenius 4.0 with the regular insert
  • Nursing every 2 hours during the day, cluster feeding from 8-12 pm and waking once, sometimes twice at night

Cloth Diapers eBook

An exciting thing for me in April was the release of my eBook, Cloth Diapers: A How-To Handbook on the Basics of Cloth Diapering. I worked on this book for 14 months and it was exciting to finally have it released as part of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Sale! (Thanks to those of you who purchased the bundle!) If you did purchase the bundle and have read my book – I’d love for you to leave a review of the book on Amazon

We’re still keeping things fairly simple around here in May but working towards getting back into our new normal! 

Today is the last day to purchase your Ultimate Homemaking Bundle - a complete library of great eBooks on homemaking.

Unlike a library, though, you don’t have to spend years building it up. The Ultimate Bundles team has done the hard work for you, searching the web to find the very best eBooks from top homemaking authors and combining them into one essential collection that you can buy in one simple purchase.

Act now to get the ultimate eBook collection on homemaking at a once-in-a-lifetime price. At 11:59 p.m. EST tonight, this sale ends forever. 

Buy the PDF BundleBuy the Kindle Bundle

I’m confident you won’t find a more comprehensive set of homemaking resources anywhere — and certainly not at this price. Bought separately, they’d cost a total of $698 (not including $200+ in bonuses!). But you can have all of them for just $29.97!

See the full list of 80+ eBooks, audio files, eCourses & printable packs included in the sale.

10170779_10152361813846352_5853818296435390431_n

 

You asked, we listened. We’ve heard from many who want to buy the bundle, but simply don’t have it in the budget until May 1st. Since the sale ends for good on Monday, April 28th @ 11:59 PM, we’ve come up with a way for you to have your cake and eat it, too. From now until the sale ends on Monday night, you can choose to order the bundle but defer payment until May 1st.

By choosing this option, you are purchasing the bundle today, but your card will be charged on May 1st, 2014 in the full amount of $39.97 (Kindle version) or $29.97 (PDF version). Once it has been processed, you will receive access to your bundle.

Buy PDFBuy Kindle

We’ve also included $200 of freebies from our 10 awesome partners!

In addition to all the amazing eResources, this bundle includes the best bonus offers it’s ever had, including:

As well as five more incredible offers from:

These deals are worth over six times the price of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. So you’re up on the deal right away!

Learn more about the bonus offers.

Buy the PDF BundleBuy the Kindle Bundle

This huge wealth of information and guidance will be right there on your laptop, tablet, smartphone, or Kindle, whenever you need it.

Here’s what you need to know about the sale:

When? 8 a.m. EST Wednesday, April 23 until 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, April 28

What? 78 eBooks, 2 eCourses, 2 audio files, and 2 printable packs PLUS over $200 worth of bonus products you’ll really use!

Where? Purchase the bundle here.

How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth nearly $900, and it’s selling for less than $30. Sweet deal, right?

Want to learn more? Read about what this amazing bundle offers—or just buy it now!

Buy the PDF BundleBuy the Kindle Bundle

Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 8 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, April 23 to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, April 28th.

Buy PDF

Buy Kindle

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.


Have you purchased your Ultimate Homemaking Bundle yet?

It’s a really awesome deal, with $698 worth of eBooks for $29.97!

Last year, when I heard about the bundle sale, I knew it was a great deal but there were several eBooks I already owned or didn’t interest me.

Did you know you can gift those eBooks? Yes, as long as you delete them from your computer, you can gift the eBooks you already own or won’t read! You could print the eBook out or just email the recipient the file.

I gave several of the eBooks from last years bundle sale to my mother and mother-in-law as a clutter free Mothers Day gift and I gave my sister the ABCs for Godly Girls since I didn’t have a daughter then!

Here are some eBook gifting ideas:

1. Sewing School 101 ($11.99)

sewing school 101

Pair a copy of this book along with pins, needles, thread and scissors to someone who wants to learn how to sew.

2. Discipleship & Discipline : Practical Parenting Help for the Desperate Mom eCourse ($17.99)

discipleship and discipline

Gift this eCourse, along with a copy of Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe to a new mama. Both of these resources are encouraging for mothers.

3. Homeschooling Books

If you’re not a homeschooler, don’t have kids or have grown children, the homeschooling books could be given to a homeschooling family. Homeschoolers love books and learning resources! The homeschooling books in the bundle are worth $64.95.

4. Pregnancy & Babies Books

If you’re past the pregnancy and baby season of life, these books would make a great gift for a mama to be – especially one who just announced her pregnancy. The pregnancy and baby books are valued at $38.91

5. Meal Planning Made Easy ($6.99)

meal planning made easy

For a bridal shower, a copy of Meal Planning Made Easy along with a kitchen item(s) from the registry would make a wonderful gift.

Even if you don’t want all of the books that are included in the bundle, I’m pretty certain the ones that do interest you are worth more than $29.97! Plus, you receive bonuses worth over $200!

Buy the PDF BundleBuy the Kindle Bundle

Blog-Friendly-iPad-Giveaway2

This post contains affiliate links. Sales of this bundle help support this site.