October 9, 2012

Recycle Your Clothing :)

So recently I was talking with my very good friend Becca and we were discussing clothing that you wouldn't give your neighbor's dog to play with.  Yeah, admit it, we all have those hard to give up clothing items with holes galore.  If they weren't so comfortable.  Or better yet, you would give them away, but who would have them, or love them the way that you do?  I know that my beloved t-shirt from Wet Seal that fits perfectly, and has a dozen holes in it, made of 100% cotton (no spandex thank you very much) would only end up in the garbage someplace else...or would it?  While talking with Becca I found out that Salvation Army has a clothing recycling program.  So I called our local Salvation Army to see if they participate in recycling clothing and the gentleman told me that whatever is unable to be sold in their stores they make bales out of and ship them off to Buffalo, NY where they receive money in exchange for the bale of clothing.  Then the clothing goes off to various endeavors.  This is the best news.  I have the hardest time just tossing my best loved clothing into the garbage can.  Now, I am not certain that I am ready to give up my t-shirt, however, my husband has a dozen pairs of jeans that are stained with holes in them that I am totally going to take to S.A!  He knows, he knows, I wouldn't do it without his permission.  They have needed to be tossed for a long time, I just have a difficult time throwing things away.  Can you say "pack rat"?  Yup, that's me.  Anyway, check out your local Salvation Army and see if they can benefit from your rags.  My closets are thankful to have a little less clutter, I bet yours will be too.      

October 4, 2012

A Little Uncertain

So here I am, sitting at my computer thinking, "What in the world have I gotten myself into?"  "Can I really commit to writing a blog?"  At this time in my life I have not even taken on projects that require more than an ounce of my time or attention knowing that most likely it would sit wherever I placed it last, undone, taking up space as well as adding to my great long list of To-do's that never get crossed off.  This may end up being a big flop, especially since it seems as though my 22 month old will not nap if I am typing at the computer.  

Speaking of which, Luke, my youngest just woke up crying and unless I lay with him, he will not go back to sleep.  So I guess that is the end of his nap.  And the beginning of the game of chase once more.  I use to feel like I had it altogether when I was a single parent and it was just Alex and I.  I don't remember the no-nap stage coming on before two.  In fact, I distinctly remember Alex still taking a nap through kindergarten.  Maybe Luke will go to bed earlier tonight to make up for the lack of sleep this afternoon?  It's only been two months since we took the crib down, is it too late to put it back up?  Ha ha!  

No, really, I am not looking for advice.  I know what I need to do.  I had gotten away from being a structured parent because I was told by somebody whom I love very much that I am very strict and that a lot of people see it and that there are some who do not like it.  But when it comes to a toddler, you cannot let them rule the roost and so I need to get back to walking the line of firmness once more.  The only thing that I struggle with is being gracious to the older kids while being firm with our youngest.  I feel they need to all tow the same line whereas my very gracious, loving and patient husband feels otherwise.  I do not have his patience or his ability to act as though nothing is bothering me when there is a torrential storm raging inside.  I wear my heart on my sleeve so to speak and that is not always a good trait to have.  

So as I embark on this new journey of trying to commit to blogging about the joys of life in the Schober household, please be praying for us as I am for you.  Please continue to love us and reach out to us, even if you decide I am a little crazy for your liking, and please, please, please, give any and all, Glory, Honor, and Praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ because without Him we can do no good thing.