Wednesday, November 28

no space and reasons why

Major bummer.  Google is no longer letting me upload any more photos to this blog because I've run out of storage space.  A year or two ago, I paid for more storage... but that has now run out.  I am 356% over quota it says.  I'm amazed to have gotten this far! 

So, sadly I'll have to pay for more storage.  But I think it's spendy:  $2.49 a month!  But I guess when I put it in perspective, it removes the sting.  I occasionally get a latte when I'm out on the town, and those cost around $3.00 each.  I suppose for something I really love like blogging, it's worth it.  Please tell me it's worth it!  I really do need to resize my photos before posting them, that would help me save on storage space tremendously... but I don't have a good photo editing program on my computer.  I own Photoshop, but can't figure it out for the life of me.  Any suggestions?  I've tried some online ones, but I'd love to know what you other bloggers use. 

In other news,  we're out of the fog of sickness that kept us quarantined at home for a couple of weeks.  Wow, when you've got a big family, the sicknesses sure make the rounds.  But don't let that deter you from having a big family - the benefits greatly outweigh the hard parts. 

I've needed those reminders lately, so I thought I'd make a list here to encourage myself.

  1. I get loads of hugs, smiles, and I love yous each day. 
  2. I'm a part of what God has all planned out for me, and that rocks.
  3. You get reeeally good at multi-tasking.  Say, talking on the phone, while changing a poopy diaper, while saying no-no to a toddler, while reading the directions on a school worksheet to your 2nd grader.  Yup, I'm a really good multi-tasker.
  4. You get to pick out Christmas gifts for seven kids.  LOVE that. 
  5. You get to have a sweet and lovable baby in the house for a lot of years.  We're going on twelve years now.
  6. The older kids can buckle the younger crowd into their carseats for you. 
  7. I've read so many picture books to young kids that I'm sure I have several memorized by now.
  8. I love re-living the preschool and kindergarten years of homeschooling.
  9. Baking cookies is always a thrill, and they all come running when they smell freshly baked goods. 
  10. The house is perpetually baby proofed.  I don't think we've ever unproofed it!  Bring your babies over - they'll be safe here. 
  11. There are always great hand-me-downs to go around. 
  12.  Our kids are learning to share their things, rooms, parents, and love with each other.  Which will prove beneficial in their future lives.

There are many, many more benefits to having children and having a lot of them, these are just the few I could think of off the top of my head in one sitting. 

I'm off to bake some goodies for tonight, and enjoy a bit more peace and quiet during our break time today...  three littles napping upstairs, three bigger ones playing downstairs, and one mama relishing the quiet on the couch. 

8 comments on "no space and reasons why"
  1. I just ran out of space this weekend, too! Not sure I want to pay $2.50 a month but I'm also not motivated to go back & edit posts / resize. If you open a picture in photoshop elements under the File menu you should be able to select ''save for the web' and that should resize it pretty easily for you. Or talk to Carrie, the real photo editing expert!

  2. Do you have iphoto? It allows you to size photo's super easy when you export them to your desktop. That's what I use. And really, that's not too much a month to pay in my opinion. At least it's not something like $10!

    Oh you get to bake, how wonderful! My oven pooped out 3 or 4 weeks ago and I'm beginning to miss baking (though I'm not up to standing more than 5 mins at a time so it doesn't really work too well)! I've been super restricted due to my gestational diabetes, but I think a little sweet now and again is ok. :) If it wasn't for our grill we'd have starved. So thankful that we have that!

    1. We don't own an ianything! I've heard though, that iphoto makes things easy...

      So glad your little sweeties will be here soon!

  3. I wish there was a "like" button for blog posts! I love the list you made. I didn't know you could run out of storage space and I'm a little surprised that I haven't run out yet! As for photo editing, I use Adobe Lightroom. It does a lot of the simpler things that Photoshop does, but is super user friendly. My photos have improved a lot since I got it, and it's on sale occasionally (I know it was just on sale this past weekend, maybe it still is?)

    1. Thanks, Caitlin, I'd heard that Lightroom is a good one!

  4. Yes, I want to continue to see your pictures! is a free online photo editor, it's fun to play with and you can resize your photos on there too. You can also change the photo size choice in your camera before you take them. Are you using the largest size? On your camera you should be able to choose the S1 (small 1) size and still print good 8x10's which is significantly smaller than the largest size on there. Maybe you could take and print a couple of photos in that size and see how it works.

    1. I'll check out... seems like I've been there before, but forgot about it! I think you were the one who recommended it to me before - I need to bookmark that one. :) Thanks for the tip!

  5. I love your pictures :) they are awesome, and your kids are so cute :) I can't really give you any good suggestions for picture editors though :( but if possible keep the picture coming, I understand that it is kind of pricey tho :)so no sweat of you can't :)


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