Kohl Hard Facts

This adventure we call life in the Kohl Family

Day 9 – Grandad August 15, 2011

Filed under: 30 Days of Gratitude — kohlhardfacts @ 7:34 pm

Family is very important to both Caleb and I.  The history, heritage, and legacy passed down from generations is an important thing to remember and to pass along to our own children.  My Grandpa [who we now call “Grandad” for the sake of less confusion…”wait, which Grandpa are we talking about?”] turn 90 this year.  He has lived through and learned much in his 90 years, and I treasure the wisdom he has to pass on to us.  I love to hear him talk about his days as a pilot instructor for the Royal Canadian Air Force in England during WW2.  The stories he can tell of people he met along his sales travels and the many places he has lived [Canada where he was born, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey to name a few] are fascinating to me.

My Grandma passed away in February, and I miss her dearly.  I am thankful that she had the opportunity to hold and cuddle Viola, to see her grow and take her first steps and say her first words.  Grandad wasn’t super interested in the baby stage [he loved her and would hold her, but she was kind of boring for him.]  But now that she can interact with him, the two of them just absolutely adore each other!  We picked Grandad up for church yesterday and when he came out to get in the car, Viola’s face lit up and she hollered, “Ganyad!  Ganyad!” [Her version of Grandad.]  All the way to church the two of them waved at each other and giggled and said “hi.”  At home later, the two of them played with stuffed animals and read books and gave lots of kisses.  I so enjoyed watching their interactions.  Neither of them tired of their silly games and though there weren’t a lot of words exchanged, the love between them was evident and beautiful.  I am so thankful for Grandad and who he is in our lives!

On a related note, I am incredibly excited to go to Minnesota in a couple of weeks.  Viola will get to experience more wonderful interactions with great grandparents [she is blessed to still have 3 great grandparents living] as well as Grandma and Grandpa, lots of cousins, aunts, and uncles.  It will be a wonderfully fun [and I’m sure hectic] time!


Confessions of an Imperfect Mom August 10, 2011

Filed under: On Babies and Being a Mommy — kohlhardfacts @ 5:58 pm

Being a mom is great!  I love it and I love Viola and I feel so blessed to get to be home with her every day!

That being said…

Being a mom is really tough!  I feel like all of my flaws and imperfections are amplified.  I feel like I mess up more often than not.  I feel guilty and tired and worried and frustrated and inadequate.

In short, I realize more and more every day my incapability to be the Momma I need to be in my own strength.  To say parenthood is a lesson in depending on the Lord is an understatement.  Without the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the wisdom of the Father and the grace of Christ, there’s no way I would be making it through this.

Far too often I find myself forgetting this.  I try to rely on my own strength and wisdom [more like lack thereof] or I buy into the lies of the enemy that tell me I’m supposed to be the perfect Mom [whatever the heck that means!]; I’m supposed to have it all together; I’m supposed to have all of the answers.  [What a load of crap!  How do I ever believe that?!  And yet I do!]

So I ask the Lord to remind me of verses like 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  And Provers 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”  And songs like, “‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus and to take Him at His word, just to rest upon His promise and to know, ‘Thus sayeth the Lord.'”  And many many others.  I’m not perfect.  I will never be perfect, but the Perfect One resides in me and longs to display His glory through my imperfections.  What a privilege!  What a comfort!


Bunk Beds August 5, 2011

Filed under: Projects — kohlhardfacts @ 7:59 pm

I suppose this post could totally count as a 30 Days of Gratitude because I am going to talk up my wonderful husband.  But I will save my actual post on that for a later date.  This post is about the AWESOME [I assume they will be at least] bunk beds he is making!

When we move [hopefully in the next couple of weeks!], Viola will be transitioning to a big girl bed.  In planning ahead for when we have two little girls who need big girl beds and wanting space to put guests when they come visit, we decided on bunk beds.  We did a lot of searching online and found that to buy a bunk bed with a twin on top and a double on bottom [for the a fore mentioned guests we hope will come visit] would cost minimum $500 [that’s being generous] all the way up to a couple thousand.  So my handy hubby says to me, “I think I could make that.”  And he sets about making plans and drawing up dimensions.  Turns out he can make it himself for under $100.  [Did I mention he rocks!?]  Yesterday he started his little project, and I will keep you updated on the progress…I am so excited about this project!!  And so proud of my DIY master of a hubby!  Oh, and I can’t forget his little helper…


Getting in Touch with my Creative Side August 4, 2011

Filed under: Projects — kohlhardfacts @ 4:55 pm

Generally I’m not super creative, and I really don’t feel like I’m very good at art [other than photography.]  So when I found this DIY art project on another blog, I debated for quite some time if I should even give it a try.  In the end I decided it seemed simple enough and I gave it a go.  Turns out I really enjoyed it!  Now I find myself surfing blogs looking for other DIY projects and such for the girls’ rooms. [By the way, I still find it strange to say that sometimes: the girls…as in two…I’m going to have two little girls!  Eek! 🙂 ]  So here’s a picture of my first project for Little One’s room:

All it took was:

A plain white canvas [I got them on sale at Michael’s 7 canvases for $20…so I can do more fun projects!]

Scrap book paper [also on sale at Michael’s for $4.99 and enough that I can use the rest of the pages for an actual scrapbook!  Bonus!]

Brown Paint

Mod Podge [for gluing the paper onto the canvas and sealing the canvas]

What do you think?  Anybody have ideas for other fun [simple] art projects for my girls’ rooms?


Day 8 – Little Surprises August 2, 2011

Filed under: 30 Days of Gratitude — kohlhardfacts @ 4:29 pm

Viola usually naps from 11 a.m. to 1:30 or 2 p.m.  Generally she doesn’t eat lunch until after her nap, so we are often eating a late lunch.  Most of the time I eat lunch while she is napping because 1. I get hungry and 2. It’s easier to feed her if I am not trying to eat at the same time.  But the other day I had been busy with various projects and didn’t end up eating lunch while she napped.  When she woke up we were both very hungry!  And I was lacking in the creativity for coming up with yet another lunch menu.  So we I decided to go to Steak n Shake.  I don’t do this very often with her [go out for lunch that is], but it felt like a good day to do something special just the two of us.  As I said, Viola doesn’t wake up until 1:30 or 2, so by the time we got to Steak n Shake it was happy hour [part of the reason I chose Steak n Shake.]  Anyway, I ate my meal and was too full to have a shake [but as it was happy hour, I certainly couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get one!]  I took the shake home and put it in the freezer for later.  Which brings me to what I am thankful for….little surprises!  I forgot that I had put the shake in the freezer until a couple of days later.  It was quite an exciting and enjoyable surprise, and I’m actually glad that I decided not to eat it that day.  An unexpected shake in the freezer was a nice pick-me-up on a long, hot day.

It’s important to remember to be thankful for the small things in life.  I am finding myself with a better attitude and constantly looking for things to be thankful for on a day-to-day basis, and I find myself telling the Lord about these things that I am thankful for…overall it has been a very positive experience thus far.  I challenge you to look for one new thing each day that you are thankful for.