The Illness Strikes Again
I have been so ill today, so I would truly appreciate your prayers. I got sick to my stomach early this morning, several times. I could not eat or drink anything for a few hours. My hubby so sweetly kept reminding Lily (on the answering maching) to make sure that "mommy was drinking plenty of water." He had talked to this lady at work who knew a few pregnant women, who had gone into labor, because they were dehydrated. I quickly drank some water, and I tried to be consistent with it. I am definitely not ready to give birth at a mere 21 weeks! I had noticed much more movement earlier today, from my sweet baby, than usual, probably because he/she was hungry. Eventually, this afternoon, I managed to stomach some applesauce. I still have the chills, and a very sick stomach, so I appreciate your prayers. I am so grateful for having a dear husband, who came home and took care of the household for me, at lunchtime. It was so nice to know that I could truly rest, without having to worry about what the children were "getting into." I hope you have a blessed afternoon.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
The Illness Strikes Again
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Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Illness and Growing in Him
Last night, we put Stevie to bed. After a while, he started crying again. Then, we heard him starting to gag, several times. It sounded so much like Lily did, when she had thrown up. Sure enough, he had gotten sick to his stomach and it had gone everywhere. Stephen and I did not even know where to start. We were just on our way to go to sleep, ourselves, when we found out that we had a long time of cleaning left ahead of us. God is so good though, and by his grace, we were able to make it through all of that. I did not want to bring Stevie to bed with me (so I would not have to clean all of our bedding again), so I stayed up with him for a while till he was really drowsy. Then, I held his hand while he was in the crib. After about 45 minutes (by now, it was midnight) I went to bed myself. He woke up a few times getting sick and begging for water. I really felt like I failed to lean upon Him during Lily's illness, and I begged for His Strength and Grace, to not miss this opportunity. He was faithful to let me get some sleep last night. In the wee hours of the morning, I covered my couch with towels, and let him sleep on my chest. Stevie has just tons of energy today, though he still has really bad bowels. I am so glad (even though it is difficult) that God uses the children He has entrusted to my care to teach me so much. If I was completely in control of my life, I would never have midnight interruptions. I would never have to scrub up vomit and bowel messes. (with an ultra- sensitive pregnant nose) Children don't fit into any perfect little boxes or time tables. You cannot just shut them off at certain hours. Little nursing babies still are hungry at 3 a.m.. Sick children vomit at the most unheard of hours. Labor pains can come at any time. God has chosen this route for the sanctification of us ladies. This is why it is so important that we surrender our lives to Him in every way. Motherhood and childbearing, if done out of love and obedience to the Lord, can teach us so much. That is the significance of I Timothy 2:15, "Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety." We will be saved from our own selfish desires. We grow in Him most abundantly, when we lovingly do the very thing which is such a challenge for us to do. Blessings to you!
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Monday, February 26, 2007
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Tuesday~ Chicken Pot Pie
Saturday~Chicken Fettuccine with bread
Sunday~Mexican Rice Casserole
For more menu plans, visit Laura. Have a joyful Monday, in Him!
Sunday, February 25, 2007
My Precious Lily
Please pray for sweet little Lily. Last night, I let her sleep with me since I was having stomach pains and she felt sick too. She stayed up all last night with a terrible stomach virus, getting sick to her stomach. (Stevie heard her crying as she got sick, so he was with us too)She only ate two crackers today. I was completely amazed that she could eat that! The poor little dear just has been suffering so, and it breaks my heart. I don't think I could have managed without Stephen's help. We must have done 8-10 loads of laundry today alone. We try to be as meticulous as we can be about cleaning up when there is a sick one around. I really don't want everyone to suffer from it. Thank you so much for your prayers.
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Thursday, February 22, 2007
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The Joyful Gift of Children I so enjoy Amy's blog, and her post from today was truly insightful. She shares so honestly and candidly about what our world expects from women regarding having children, and the realities of having these blessings. My husband and I treasure every gift the Lord sends us, so when we got some grief at Christmas time (from relatives) for us bringing our third child into this world, it was rather unsettling. We were told that we ought to "get a hobby". Why is it that something that used to be so abnormal; such as women working outside the home and barely having children, is held up as the standard? Other women, who choose to use their bodies for the purpose that God created them for, are reprimanded once they have had "too many children". (i.e. 3) How shocked my relatives would be to know that this baby is actually an answer to my prayer! I had begged Him for another precious blessing, which He so graciously bestowed upon us. Regardless of how others feel, I will always rejoice in the gifts from the Lord. It is in my nature to be timid and quiet when others persecute me in any way, even for having children. I dislike making ripples. But the fact that this precious baby is a blessing is not contingent on any man's word, not even mine. It is wholly dependent on the words of our omnipotent Creator. "Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord and the fruit of the womb is his reward." It breaks my heart to go to the doctor and see emergency contraception literature left out, for the patient who had a visit before me. My doctor acts all happy that I am expecting, and gives pre-natal care to me and my baby. But my doctor does what she does, only based on whether the mother wants the life which is growing within her. We ought to have open hearts to receive His Blessings and to have joy in all that we do regarding these precious gifts.
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Wednesday, February 21, 2007
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I am 20 weeks today! I am at the halfway point of pregnancy! I am just so eager to meet this sweet little baby! It really has not been until the past couple of weeks that the baby has just started growing like crazy. I already feel like I have a pretty big baby in my belly.... I cannot believe that I have 20 more weeks to go. My sweet little baby has been very active....especially at night. I always experience restlessness and insomnia during pregnancy. It is well worth it, though, of course. Those kicks from my active little baby are so sweet and are such a wonderful reminder of the bundle of joy, which God has blessed my husband and I with. By the way, sorry for the smudge on the mirror, I just cleaned it and dd smudged it while washing her hands. Have a blessed afternoon.
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Learning about the Presidents February is a wonderful month to teach your children about our nation's past and present presidents. We celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday, George Washington's birthday, culminating in President's Day, within this very short month. There are so many free resources online, which you can utilize to even make a Presidential lapbook with your child(ren). At this great site, you can find a coloring page in honor of each President. This could even be a great homemade coloring book! Here are some other great President's Day activities, including a recipe in honor of George Washington, for Cherry Thumbprint Cookies. I hope you have a delightful time learning about our nation's history, with your dear littles! For more Works for me Wednesday tips, visit Shannon.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
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Monday, February 19, 2007
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Saturday, February 17, 2007
Letting Him Work in Your Life Today, I want to share with you candidly, from my heart. There are so many things I constantly struggle with as a wife, yet the Lord and my dear husband, Stephen, are so patient with me. I would like to share some of these struggles with you, as a way of encouraging you to "fight the good fight" as a godly Christian woman. I have been raised all my life to have an independent spirit. Going away to college only impressed this more firmly upon my heart. I was taught to have a wonderful education, career, and then get married, if I felt like I "needed" to. This is so contradictory to the domestic-centered heart the Lord has given me, since. Yet, many struggles and weaknesses remain, which Christ must strengthen me to overcome. A lot of an independent spirit takes years, or decades to get out of your "system". So regarding marriage, if hubby does something that I don't think is wise in any way, I am so apt to open my mouth and tell him "how it should be". This is one of my weakest areas, where Christ has been chiseling at my stubbornly proud heart. Rather than tell my husband to stop "buying this" or "lead the family better spiritually", I need to do something simple, yet most effective. I need to take it to the Lord in prayer. I used to think "What good does that do?" But lately, He has shown me that it is the most effective way to reach my husband. There have been times in my marriage where I really felt one way by the Lord, and my husband may have felt drawn another way. Rather than "talk him into my point of view" or nag him to death, I asked God to guide Stephen's heart. God has worked on Stephen's heart much more effectively and much more beautifully than I ever have/could. God has started leading me to call upon Him first, and to really entrust my worries to Him. Most of the time, I don't have to say one word to Stephen. God has done everything for me. Now, this is not always easy for those of you who may lack patience. (as I do) But God desires for us to grow, as we wait upon Him. I remember hearing a Vision Forum cd a few years ago , about being a godly wife. Doug Phillips said that a godly wife won't nag her husband, and that a nag is like a dripping faucet. I thought, "Wow, I want to be a godly wife. But how do I stop nagging? It is the only way to get the point across." I honestly wanted to follow His way, but I did not know how. God has worked on my heart and shown me to plead for Him to work in my marriage. It is a simple, yet beautiful truth. God works in the hearts of His children , every day, when they wait upon Him. I still fail on this point, but I know that as God is leading me deeper into relationship with Himself, He is also deepening my relationship with my husband. One verse which helped me in particular was 1 Timothy 2:12, "But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence." This is not a favorite verse in our day and age, but the Bible echoes truth in every verse. We win in Christ when we don't nag our husbands. We are victorious in Him when we listen to His voice and follow Him with all of our "hearts, minds, and strength." Dear sisters in Christ, please pray for me that I will be a godly Christian woman. I pray that each one reading this post will grow in her relationship with our Lord and her husband. Blessings!
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Friday, February 16, 2007
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Thursday, February 15, 2007
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My Sweet Valentine's Day Gifts!
The children, Hubby, and I had a lovely dinner, last night, at Ihop. We also went to a video store and bought a few movies on clearance. Hubby spoiled me simply rotten with gorgeous diamond earrings, chocolates, pink roses (my favorite!), and Chocolate Caramel Chai Tea. After lunch yesterday, we sipped some of the new tea together in our dining room. He always finds a wonderful way to make everything so special. I am so unworthy of the abundant blessings around me! I hope your Valentine's Day was special. Blessings!
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Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Prayer Request Needed For Jamie and Her Baby!
Sweet blogger friend, Jamie , is in need of prayer. There was no heartbeat detected on her unborn baby, yesterday. Please pray for her, she truly is a dear and has been through so much this past year. This baby has been such an answer to many prayers, especially since she experienced a painful miscarriage last year. May God help her and the baby in their hour of need.
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Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Two New Things to be Grateful for:
1. Yesterday, I was able to write a check to pay off the rest of our van balance. We now own both vehicles, outright. Hooray! May we never have to make payments on another vehicle, again. I am so proud of my sweet husband for diligently finding ways to pay off our debts. He has paid off both vehicles, during this new year. Now we can focus on paying off the house, saving for retirement, and investing our money.
2. My dear husband announced that he does not want me scrubbing the bathrooms or kitchen, any more throughout my pregnancy. No, these rooms won't simply go to "pot", he said he will graciously clean them for me. What a blessing to have a dear husband who cares so much about his wife and unborn baby. I must say, scrubbing is quite a satisfying job, especially to a "nesting" mother. But, I shall be grateful for the extra help.
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Monday, February 12, 2007
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Friday, February 09, 2007
One of Lily's favorite books, is Madeline.We read the book again , so it would be fresh in Lily's mind. This morning, she colored some free worksheets which we printed from online. Then, we started making a lapbook. We did not even buy the expensive file folders, but rather, we used card stock which we had on hand, and taped it together at the seam. Because the book constantly speaks of 12 girls in two straight lines, we focused on the number 12. She glued 12 hearts in two separate lines inside the 12 section. Also, we studied Paris, France and the Eiffel Tower, since they are mentioned in the book. We marked where Paris is on the map we recently put up in our dining room/homeschool room. I used to be terrible regarding Geography, so I think if we make it a natural part of learning, our children will learn it easier. When you read a book or learn about an historic event, mark it on a map with your littles. I encourage you to display maps..a world map and U.S. map, if possible. Imagine how much they will learn over time using this simple method. I have heard accounts of many children who have memorized the entire map this way. Everything we did today was free. You can glean so much by printing online worksheets and learning more about the books you study. Homeschooling can be a lot of fun....and definitely does not need to cost a lot. Blessings!
Thursday, February 08, 2007
. Another tip I would share with you is to use your rooms in the way that works best for you. If your table fits in your kitchen, you might not need a formal dining room, as well. Instead, perhaps, that can be your children's playroom/homeschool room. If you occasionally have guests, perhaps you can have a sleep sofa in your living room, so they will have a comfortable place to stay.Using your square footage at the most optimum way for you, is truly wise and frugal. You many also find that you might not have to move as soon as you thought, as your family grows. Thus, you can save better for a larger home in His time. Learning contentment, no matter what your situation, is great gain! For more frugal ideas, visit Biblical Womanhood
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Wednesday, February 07, 2007
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WFMW Love Sweet Love Edition:
One of the best pieces of wisdom that God has led me to realize about my relationship with my sweet Husband, is that marriage is not all about me. I should not expect my sweetheart to just follow my whims and pamper me. It is so true that as your relationship with Christ grows, so does your relationship with your spouse. The more I give of myself, without expecting to be catered to, the more I reap from our relationship. It is so vital to keep our priorities in check. (1.God 2.Spouse 3.Children 4.Oneself ) Once we give of ourselves in this way, we will grow in a multitude of ways. Here is a link for some refreshing ideas, I came up with, for spending time with your sweetheart. Tresure every moment! Blessings to you! For more Works for me Wednesday ideas, visit Shannon.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
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Monday, February 05, 2007
Reading with your Littles
My children and I spend a lot of time reading together, everyday. I believe it is the best way to help them to expand their imagination, vocabulary, and a plethora of other things. I often read them stories on their level, which are of a good caliber. They love the Alice in Bibleland book set that we purchased them. It really helps them to retain the Bible stories, as these books are written in a poetic way. They also love the Beatrix Potter stories. To name a few, we read Make Way for Ducklings, Madeline, Corduroy, and The Little House series for young children. I have recently started reading books without pictures to them at tea time, such as Anne of Green Gables. I am grateful to my friend, Shelby, for encouraging me to read longer stories to my children. It may be hard to see the fruits at first, but in time, you will reap much , slowly but surely. I often do not read a whole chapter at one time, but several paragraphs. There are so many wonderful book series to read with your children. I am including a few links to some book series I recommend from Christian Book Distributors.To get free shipping on orders of $35 or more, enter coupon number 252875JF. It is only good through the 7th of February. The Elsie Dinsmore book series, which Vision Forum sells, are also available here. The Mandie series is especially for girls aged 8-12. They are mysteries which show the power of God in a young girl's life. They are available for a great price here.I am really looking forward to using some of these Progeny Press Guides, when my children are older. They are Christian, and are such a tremendous aid to reading good literature with your children. To see samples of their guides, visit here.Blessings to you as you walk with your children and guide them towards Philippians 4:8, "Whatsoever things are lovely."
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Guess Who Likes His Birthday Present?
My crazy little guy was not content until he put on all 3 new pairs of Scooby Doo underwear, which he got for his birthday. We are working on potty training, and he goes in the pot. He just doesn't grasp the concept of not going in your diaper too! I so want him to be able to wear these for real.
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Friday, February 02, 2007
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Thursday, February 01, 2007
This Thursday , I have so many things to be thankful for. I find that when I take my eyes off of all that God has graciously given me, I start being discontent. That is why it is so important for me to constantly "count my blessings".
- For hugs and snuggles from my little ones.
- For God's constant provision towards my family. We always have clothes for our children and never have to buy any. Lily was in need of more dresses, as she had a growth spurt. The next door neighbor came over and brough at least 5 beautiful dresses for Lily. Stevie just got a lot of clothes for Christmas and for his birthday from relatives.
- For the way God reveals His Will to me in surrounding events and through prayer. Waiting upon Him can get sweeter and sweeter.
- For all the wonderful Christians in my life. I am so blessed to have so many friends who truly live a Christian life. They let every facet of their lives be affected by Him.
- For my husband who is so loving, forgiving, and sacrificial.
- For God's Word, our Light to guide our path.
For more Thankful Thursday, visit Iris. Have a blessed day in Him!
"But godliness with contentment is great gain." -I Timothy 6:6
Posted by Christine at 9:54 AM
Has anyone successfully birthed using the Bradley method? Everyone I know who homebirths highly recommends taking the Bradley Birthing classes. I had given up on that notion a long time ago, because the nearest class was over 1 1/2 hours away. I have heard that they are very intense and frequent classes, so I knew that would not be very feasible. But when I was checking out locations online for a friend , yesterday, I happened to find an instructor in my city! She said she had just moved to the area, and she had just posted it earlier that day. The class is $200. God definitely led me to that. I am very skeptical of other birthing methods , such as Lamaze and Hypnobirth. Lamaze supposedly only has a 10-20% success rate, for ladies not requesting drugs during birth. On the other hand, the Bradley method has more like an 85-90% success rate. Even if I do have a hospital birth, I do not want to rely on drugs. One of my friends delivered a baby at my hospital, and she was not even able to get drugs. She had learned Lamaze, but still wanted an epidural. When she begged for it, the hospital was unable to give it to her. Normally, when I reach 9 cm., I cannot stand the pain and I beg for meds.. I need to at least learn a better way for coping in case I cannot have any medications. If you have had success (or problems) with birthing the Bradley way, I would love to hear from you. Also, isn't it critical that the husband learn in depth, so he knows how to coach you through the various stages of birth? I am still afraid that if I am in the hospital, that they will try to start inducing, giving me pitocin, etc., and I will need drugs anyways. Can one successfully naturally birth in a hospital, even with a doctor who doesn't really care? (My doctor is never there till the last 5 minutes anyways.) Thank you for your input. Blessings!
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