Revamping My Blog

Life became overwhelming these past 2 years. I used to blog daily, even if I set the post to private, to friends only or to selective post that only subscribers could see. I just couldn’t get around to my normal blogging. Things had become so overwhelming for a little while.

Our Life here is completely different now.

My husband is home full time now permanently, he has a heart issue related to the forced mask ordinances in our state during the plannedemic.

Things are more stable here health-wise for him, he’s been allowed to do remote heart monitoring from home, which is awesome by the way.

I’m currently remodeling things, changing and updating my house and feeling the need to do the same here on my blog.

I’m not sure how I want it to look yet. I have considered changing the name. BUT I have used ‘thesimplyfreelife’ because it reminded me of my maternal grandmother. She called me TangTang and would say, “TangTang you know the BEST things in life are simple and free.” For me, lately, just focusing on the simple and free things have helped give me some peace when things seem so crazy, overwhelming and completely out of control.

A friend has suggested I vlog or podcast, I’m ALWAYS talking and putting voice notes into my devices. I am considering doing so and adding it to this blog. My “voice notes” in my phone and ipad have been, I suppose, somewhat therapeutic for me.

I didn’t realize how much we’ve been through until I started listening to and deleting some of those voice notes from my phone.

I absolutely ABHOR the phrase “NEW NORMAL” UGH!!! Seriously that is what my life is now “a new normal” and my standards of okay are so different. My goals are very different also and that is okay.

Random Miscellaneous Post

I have had every intention to blog at least every other day. I’ve always got something to say or ponder and this is a perfect avenue for me. Very cathartic!

I seem to live in my van lately. I don’t like this season of life. I think if I can slow down for a while my body and mind will completely heal. I am supposed to be doing taxes right now, but I’m a bit carsick queasy right now. I’ll work on it shortly, maybe after a small protein snack?

I attended my eldest son’s school sports banquet last night. Something Brother Clark “preached” about resonated with something God has already put in my heart. I felt like he had opened my bible study quiet time notebook and read it. It was cool, awesome, creepy, cool and a blessing. It confirmed to me that God really IS talking to me. I have a written journal for things I “hear” when  am meditating on the word.

I am slowly trying to declutter my home. For lent again I am doing the 40 bags in 40 days challenge. 



A forty day period in the spring (coinciding with the 40 days of Lent) where you focus on cleaning one area per day. In this one area you challenge yourself to declutter, simplify, decrapify, and get rid of things you don’t need. The goal is one bag a day but you can have more or less.

The 2014 challenge officially goes from Wednesday, March 5th to Saturday, April 19th. Sundays are your day off.

You can start it whenever you are finding this post, we’ll still be here to cheer you on!

Also at you can find printouts to help you organize. I had already made my list and organized before finding it. I also have “sticky notes” in my computer to remind me and apps on my phone that I use to check off progress. 

I am very ill. I want God to completely heal me. I am asking for any readers to join me for prayer in that direction! I’m praying that my healthy diet will aid in healing me from inside out. I know I need rest. I’ve been reading recently, about God giving sweet peace and rest.  

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Mark 6:31 “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Exodus 33:14 “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

 People are asking about my weight loss. I am working on a post about that currently in draft.

Would you like some cheese with that?….Survival Mode

I have wanted to blog but have lacked the time. We have had an unusually busy schedule and with my dead slaves (washer and dryer) I spend at least 2 to 3 trips a week at a laundromat. The owner is really nice and will help me and whomever I bring as a helper to my van, even though that is not his job. I am enjoying getting laundry done quicker. Instead of a half a day or more job, it takes a couple of hours.

We are approaching the end of our journey as one. This baby and I. My BP has been steadily rising over the past week or so. The hyperemesis is not being controlled by the Zofran. I am hoping to go into spontaneous labor sans induction. I am nervous about pending delivery, I tend to get ppd pretty bad lately, so I hope it is a normal labor, so I can quickly recover and return to exercising which really helps me stabilize my hormones better.

One of the twins plans to by a car this week. I am praying she and her sister can get themselves around  without my help now. Allowing me more time to spend with the boys,cooking, cleaning, sleeping and enjoying a new baby soon. It should be a blessing to our entire family in that way. I am so fatigued lately. Today I am doing a manic cleaning but I am so low energy I feel the need to lay down, although I have not since getting up.

We are on the hunt for a bunk bed. I specifically wanted a red metal to match the current one in the boy’s room, but at this point I just want a bunk bed set. I have a little guy sleeping on my sofa who needs a bed. Maybe I should pray for one again.

I think there is some water damage from my sink area. The middle of my kitchen floor feels “weird” and the old linoleum is cracking. I’m not sure whether to call a plumber first or if it is just old. Either way, I need a new sub-floor in my kitchen and new tile. I try not to freak out as things stop working in my old house. I happened to hear about Habitat’s Critical Home Repair and I am almost desperate enough to call and see if someone can come out and diagnose our problem with the kitchen floor. I want to fix it quickly. My overactive, hyper-analytical self is having all sorts of thoughts, like me walking into the kitchen to prepare a lovely meal for my family and falling through the kitchen floor.

I am so NOT sleeping well when I do sleep. I think baby has days and nights mixed up already. I have had intense back pain with contractions since Thursday and I simply can not get comfortable, despite taking every spare pillow in the house and propping something up with it.

My OB Dr. D. is going to be in and out-of-town over the next few weeks(family emergency). This has sent me into numerous panic attacks. I have one person whom I trust. I have an awfully long list of bad care received and not enough good to match. I don’t expect a lot. Some people just can not treat you a an individual. I am one that demands to not be lumped in a box or category with everyone else. I want to go to the hospital, have assistance if I need it and not be micro managed. My Dr. D gets it, some others get it, most do not. I am trying to trust that God will work it ALL out. Like HE did with DH has a full-time job with benefits! We have health insurance just in time for baby’s birth. That is a Big weight off my shoulders.  I need to get a sense of peace about the rest of the current happenings.

We should be better off financially, when I can save gas money. Still working on our water bill. We need to  get several people to trim their showers down from 45 minutes to 10 minutes. How do you do that?? A plumber told me, he can attach a regulator to my hot water heater. I can shut it of manually or digitally I think. I will probably need to invest in this to save water and money.  Maybe I’ll regain some energy. I am usually a pretty high-strung, hyper person. Being able to cook all of our meals again will keep us from breaking our food budget.

I am Currently in survival mode until further notice!

I’ve missed being online!

My hard drive died a few weeks ago on my old DELL D410. So All I have had is my Pandigital Tablet and that thing is great for reading books, perusing Facebook and even surfing the net. It is NOT great for blogging. Too sensitive and types what I don’t want.


So I feel like I have been away. I took to writing in my paper journal again.


Today I am busy. My slaves… dryer and washer are not in complete cooperation with the I am trying to figure out the Laundromat thing today. Those appliances are at least 15 years old so maybe it is time to replace them. First I will call a repairman to see if it is a simple inexpensive fix or if it is death. 

October 28,2011 Ramblings

Working on returning to blogging and other things that I find relaxing and comforting. I don’t know how to adjust to this new schedule yet. It is taking me awhile to catch up on housework. Seems like I barely maintain, let alone catch up. I am learning to let go of my perfectionism these days. Listening more to God and my body and resting. I did get up at 330am to do dishes that one of my children did not do last night. I noticed all the lights on last night and got up to turn the off. I am trying to lower all

of our bills but it seems to be a lone venture. Our power bill has been crazy expensive and I feel we are wasting resources that we currently do not have.

Our water bill has also become exorbitantly expensive so I feel we must have our utility company check for water leaks as soon as possible.

Classical Conversations has been wonderful for my boys and I. Last year this time I was quite stressed and feeling a failure as a homeschooling parent. I met a wonderful group of ladies. It was such a God match. I could not have planned it better myself. We all have a love for God and an overwhelming desire to please HIM and do HIS will, regardless of what is happening around us. I feel so blessed that God has sent me to them and them to me. Most of my self doubt in the homeschooling department has left. We give one another accountability and fellowship of common minds.

I would like to start a Challenge group for my boys. I am not sure if that is too much for me yet or not. I have gotten better at saying no, when, at one time, I used to take on too much. I need to find out what the title of Director of Challenge group entails and also figure out which or if I am interested in being a Challenge tutor. I am trying to work “catch up” with my older boys. I want to teach their level stuff but also give them Foundations learning too. All of it make so much sense and is so important. My eldest son is not interested at all in Latin. People fail to realize the roots can teach us the meanings of so many English words and helps you learn any other foreign language much much easier.