Our Family's Night Time Routine

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Yeah y'all. It's been a minute around here. I am super sorry for the lack of posts. Not to bore you with too many details, but we've been dealing with a lot the past two weeks-and we are still going 100 miles a minute.

If you've been a follower since last year, you know that we have been trying extremely hard to keep our home after my husband's job loss. Well, that is just not the Lord's plan for us. Our house was auctioned off and we are in a mad rush to find a home and move out before the 30th of this month. We've been doing all of this while all of the kids' and I have had really bad sinus infections. Talk about Murphy's Law!

But please, don't worry. Our hearts are filled with peace over all of this. Don't get me wrong, I am very sad to leave. This house is the only house I've ever lived in longer than a year. I've lived here almost 9 years, as this was my wedding gift-a very irresponsible gift-but a wonderful gift nonetheless! I spent my wedding night here and brought 4 tiny people home to these walls. This house will always have a piece of me-but I can't hold on to something that has become such a financial burden. So, it's time for a new adventure!

One of the things I'll miss is our night time routines with the kids. Of course, we can do this in any home, but stretching out on this warn out carpet with all of kids is just different here.

Here is a sneak peak into our nights:

Typically, daddy will do a devotion with the older kids. The younger ones are usually running around getting into all kinds of mischief. We also review their Classical Conversations memory work. There is nothing like hearing our 5 and 7 year old talk about Charlemagne! If we have time, we'll also read one of our library books, but sometimes, we listen to music, books on CD, or these:

Audio dramas or a Bible video. Here are some of our current loves! Remember Adventures in Odyssey? These audio dramas are their new releases! I won these in a blog contest and I am so glad that I did! They're incredible!

Now, have you checked out Kevin DeYoung's The Biggest Story? This is a great teaching tool. It tells the story of the Bible as one linear line, while making it completely understandable for children and adults alike. The graphics on the video are absolutely stunning. Don't be fooled though, this does not dumb down the story of the Bible AT ALL. It just gives the most in dept breakdown you can possible do for around 20 minutes. You can't beat it. It's broken down into chapters, so it would also be easy to use as a Bible curriculum in homeschooling! Just check it out!

Now, after the big kids get in their reading and Bible devotions, we allow the littles to try out some books. I recently got this book in called, Baby, Baby!  by Diane Stortz. It has a mirror in it and both of my little guys are obsessed with it and fight over it! It's a very simple board book with fun Ikea-esque illustrations, but at the end, there is a mirror and above it, it asks, "Who does God love?" and under the mirror it says, "God loves ________". It has a place for you to put the baby's name. This would be a cute gift for a new baby!

Another book the little guys have been loving has been:

Night Night Farm by Amy Parker. This is another board book with super adorable pictures and beautiful colors. Night Night Farm is about all of the animals on the farm saying goodnight to their mommies and daddies, and also God. If you're about to lose your mind reading Goodnight Moon for the millionth time, replace it with this. Your kiddos won't be disappointed!!

So to wrap it all up here is what our evenings look like:

Big Kid devos with daddy.
Memory Work
Possible Library book reading or listening to music/books/audio dramas.
Little Kids book reading.

And then comes the most important thing: prayer.

If nothing else, a group prayer gets done. Sometimes they pray with us (i.e. interrupting the whole prayer as loud as they can lol) or they just cuddle and listen. Even the tiniest guy sits through it. Funny thing, even after daddy has prayed they usually want me to pray with them again. I used to get annoyed at this-but now I love it. I know that they are seeing the power in prayer even at this age. I don't want them to lose that!

So that's a look into our lives at the moment. What does your night time routine look like? We could certainly use your prayers as we seek to find a rental and get moved outta here as quickly as possible!

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