Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
In the past, my family/children have all been fairly healthy. I could count on one hand the number of times they'd been sick to any severe degree. However, the past four weeks have totally thrown off that track record!!! First, it started around Valentines Day, when all three of them came down with ear infections, coughs, and upper respitory infections---enter antibiotics and such for ten days. Everybody was finally better.....Joel and I decided to go on a date--nothing big, just soup at Ruby Tuesdays and grocery shopping. Well, we get home that night, and wake up in the middle of the night with a severe stomach flu. It lasted for the entire weekend, and Cosette and Eli had it too. Everybody gets better from that. Then, Joel suggests that we take his newly-engaged brother and his fiance out to dinner one night. We settled on tonight. At the beginning of this week, Noah and Joel came down with head-colds. Oh no! I thought. When Joel gets a head cold, it usually develops into a fever, and chills, and being stuck on the couch for three evenings! So, I 'prayed them through it'! I did! I was so happy. I prayed and prayed, and both of them knocked those head colds right out, without much of anything. "Yes! My date night is going to happen after all!" Keep in mind, please, that I'm a stay at home mom with three little kids, I don't get out much except to go to the library and church (and maybe grocery shopping), and I was REALLY looking forward to tonight. I was even planning in my head what I was *gasp* going to 'dress up' in. ME?? Dress up?? Yep. Everything was going beautifully. Until last night at 11:30, when we heard Eli sobbing. He came running out of his bedroom, ran to me in the bathroom, where I was brushing my teeth, and threw his arms around me. I thought maybe he had a bad dream. But no. I figured out the truth when he suddenly, violently, threw up alllllllllll over me!! All over my shirt, my arm, the floor, the carpet, the toilet seat, and then, severely in the toilet. Yep. He's got 'rotavirus'---a severe intestinal disturbance. It mostly hits younger children and teens. The good news is, mostly every child gets it at least once, so by the time you're an adult, you're pretty much immune, which means that Joel and I shouldn't get much of anything, at least that's what we're praying! But, poor Eli, he was up all night throwing up what was left in his stomach, and he's had...well....other intestinal disturbances all morning. I've been trying to keep him hydrated with gatorade and popsicles, and Joel just went to get some Pedialyte. But.....we'll be quarantined for at least the next two days, till we see what other children are going to bite the dust! Please pray that Noah doesn't get it....this is really nasty stuff, and he's still so little! And pray for me! I'm trying to just 'take life as it comes', but this was really a disappointment for me! I've been looking forward to tonight for two weeks! Tonight, as it was supposed to be, was what was getting me through a tough week with some 'Cosette attitudes', being stuck at home, Noah's cold, Joel's cold...etc,etc. And now, I don't even GET tonight! Satan, BE GONE!!!! I am SICK of you!!
Okay, I think I'm done now, breathing a little easier, maybe :) Please, please, pray health into my family!!!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I am reading a book on child training, and one of the things the author discourages is making a 'show' of your children. You know, like when you have company over, and you make your ten -year old stand in the middle of the room and recite his latest drama memorization to 'entertain' everybody. For one thing, the company is usually not entertained, and for another, you risk giving your kids an unhealthy ego.
Upon comtemplating this, I wonder if it applied to my blog. But then I decided, 'No', for two reasons. 1.) You are here by your own free will. You visit my blog because you want to see updates on my family. And, 2.)You are an 'invisible' audience to my children---they don't know you're watching, so their ego's aren't being destroyed. (Maybe mine is, but that's beside the point ;)
So, with that said, I decided to go ahead and download a couple of these video clips I've been wanting to share, because I just couldn't resist :)
1. The first one is Noah and Eli. Noah thinks that Eli is just hilarious. One day, Eli was throwing toys around ( I know, not a safe practice, but dont' worry, nobody was hurt), and making this 'vroom' sound everytime he threw a toy. Well, Noah thought it was just hilarious, and was laughing out loud at Eli. Watch the clip the whole way through---about the middle is the best part :)
2. This second one is Eli reciting a Scripture passage. It's so cute, but hard to understand the words, so I'll type it out for you: "Now on one of those days, Jesus and His disciples got into a boat. And He said to them, Let us go over to the other side of the lake. So they launched out. But as they were sailing along, He fell asleep. And a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped, and to be in danger. They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying "Master, Master, we are perishing" (He has since memorized the rest of this passage, where Jesus calms the storm.)
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
She said all this with a hopeful glimmer in her eye, as if it meant all the world to her that I say 'yes'. I hadn't even given it a second thought that we all ate little bagels for breakfast while we snuggled in the living room---but apparently she had! Embrace the 'every day'----you never know what little child it may be touching!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
FOR TODAY: Tuesday, March 23rd, 2009
Outside my window... There are raised garden beds in process! Actually, they're pretty close to being done. My loving husband has been working so hard on them.
I am thinking...That 'mothering' has to be the world's ultimate multi-tasking job! Right now, I have dinner started on the stove, I'm typing this post, I'm trying to sweep the floor, and I'm listening for children to wake up from afternoon naps.
I am thankful for... The new set-up of my kitchen furniture. Very refreshing and relaxing.
From the learning rooms...Cosette read a bunch of words this morning that rhyme, like 'now, wow, cow'. It took her a minute to catch on, but when she did, she thought it was rather funny.
From the kitchen... I made my husband an 'awesome' roast beef sandwich for his lunch today---those were his own words, by the way! For dinner, we are having vegetarian stuffed peppers, corn bread and yogurt and fruit.
I am wearing... Jeans, a rust colored sweater with brown ties on the front, and my hair in a ponytail.
I am creating... A closet-full of dresses for Cosette that actually FIT her :) Well, I'm not making the dresses, since I don't really like to sew. But I found a bunch of good bargains for her yesterday at GoodWill (the BEST place to buy cheap, decent little girls clothing that doesn't have 'Hannah Montana' on the front of it!) I had cleaned out her closet and realized that she had suddenly grown out of most of her dresses!
I am going...To make some time tonight to finish the last Cosby episode on that Blockbuster DVD. I sincerely love that show---I know it's old now, but it still makes me laugh! I recently read "Come on, People', by Bill Cosby, and I appreciate his show more now having read his book.
I am reading... "The Mother at Home''---Excellent Book!! Check out my sidebar for a review of it soon.
I am hoping... To start the book "Defending Life" this week sometime.
I am hearing... The peppers boiling on my stove.
Around the house...I rearranged my kitchen furniture this weekend and love it. I finally managed to clean out my hall closet, and love that too :)
One of my favorite things... A well-ordered, organized day when I can have devotions, exercise, love my children, fix a good dinner, hold my baby, have a clean house...yeah, you're getting the picture---this doesn't happen as often as I'd like!
A few plans for the rest of the week: Love my children, and have a date with my husband on Saturday---sounds like a good combination to me!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
This is what I love about home-schooling----(not that I'm an expert at the 'teaching' part of it yet, having just started, but I was homeschooled myself :)---the ability to get a great idea, and go with it! Cosette happens to be slightly ahead and ready to read at four--great, go with it! Eli is a little slower on the reading/letters thing, but he LOVES hands on stuff like helping me in the kitchen, matching number cards, putting letters in a letter puzzle, painting, helping Daddy outside, etc. So, we go with that as well! And Noah--well, he's still learning how to drink out of a sippy cup ;)
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
So..........there are several lessons to learn from this story.
1. Don't be in such a hurry! (Or leave you living room dirty ;)
2. Either get fewer library books, or a bigger shelf
3. Don't store plaques with sharp corners up on high shelves (duh!)
4. Don't be such a baby---it's just a little blood!
5. If you must get an 'owwie', make sure it matches one on your kids body, as they will find this totally cool :)
5. And finally, always keep a blog, because it's a great place to record great stories like this :)
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Cosette has been in a snuggly mood lately. I will occasionally wake up to find her laying right beside me on my pillow. The other morning, I stepped out of bed---right onto her!! She had set up camp on the floor right beside my bed in the middle of the night! This morning, (saturday), I vaguely remember waking up around 6:00 and rolling over. *Thump* Yep, there she was, snuggled up right beside me. I groaned inwardly. Uggh---6:00a.m. on Saturday---I am not waking up yet! I rolled back over and went back to sleep. A little while later I woke up again and felt her snuggled up to me even closer. I sleepily opened one eye just a crack, and there were her two big blue eyes staring straight into mine. As soon as she saw I was awake, she grinned this huge grin, grabbed my head and planted a HUGE kiss right on my face. Then she wrapped her arms around me in a big hug and smiled this big, content, happy looking smile. "Good morning, Mommy!" I thought I would melt. Sometimes it still amazes me that I am this sweet little girl's 'mama'. Soon, Eli stuck his head around the corner uncertainly. "Mama, it morning yet?" he asked in his still imperfect grammar. I smiled, "Yes Eli, hop on up with us, it's morning" He smiled a huge smile and jumped up on the bed. I looked down at the foot of the bed where Noah's pak-n-play is, and there he was, standing up inside of it, with just his eyes able to see over the top. "Good morning, Noah", and I was answered with a big, happy grin. All three of my sweet ones, so happy to see their 'mama'---life doesn't get any better than this :)
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
So, until I think of something more to say, or I get some cute photos ;), enjoy life, hug your kids (or your nieces and nephews, or your grandkids, or your cousins, or whatever),and live in the abundance of Christ!!
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Saturday, March 07, 2009
1. We had our annual women's retreat at our church this week-end. It was pretty awesome. The speaker was fabulous! The ladies at our church were great and didn't ask me to help any this year (probably because of my little brood of toddlers and a nursing baby!), so I was able to just go and enjoy the retreat. My wonderful husband kept the kiddos for me. What a great guy! One of my favorite ideas from the retreat: "Don't let circumstances control your life; live in the power and abundance of Christ!
2. Eli correctly identified two colors for me the other day---hallelujah! I think he may be finally catching onto this 'color' thing...
3. Here is one of the recipes I promised in an earlier post. I've always kind of laughed at the word 'cous-cous', because it makes me think of the movie ' The Emporers New Groove' everytime I say it :) Regardless, this was a really yummy recipe, and it only takes a couple of minutes to make! (Disclaimer: If you make this and have little kids, it WILL end up all over your floor--but trust me, it's worth it :)) By the way, cous-cous is a quick cooking product, kind of like a little tiny pasta, that can be found in the rice section of your grocery store.
Curried Couscous with dried cranberries
1.5 cups cous-cous
3/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries
1 T curry powder ( I used a little more)
dash of salt
1 t sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup oil (I used extra virgin olive oil, and really only about 1-2 T)
2 T fresh parsley, or a good sprinkling of dried parsley
juice of half a lemon, or 1-2 t bottled lemon juice
1. Stir first five ingredients in bowl. Boil 1.5 cups of water, pour over cous-cous. Add the Orange juice. Stir, then cover. Let sit for five minutes, or until tender.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir evenly.
3. Serve warm or cold.
4. We have been trying lately to be more 'intentional' with the time we have with the kids. We want them to learn true compassion at an early age. We have just started studying some of the 'Prisoner Alerts' with them that are printed in the Voice of the Martyrs magazine. (Grant it, if details are too scary for them, we make them a bit more age-approapriate. I don't want them having scary dreams--but I do want them to have mercy for fellow Christians!) Then, we locate the country of the prisoner on the map, talk a little bit about that country, and spend some time praying for the person. If you don't already get their magazine, I encourage you to go to http://www.persecution.com/
5. I have NEW blinds on my windows now! They open AND close, go up AND down! As you can tell, I'm a little happy about this.
6. I need more time to read. I have a stack of special-order books from the library, all due back in three weeks. There's no way I'm going to get through all of them! Do you think anybody would miss me if I just go hide in a closet somewhere until I'm finished reading them? ;)
7. I scrubbed my floor the other day. Then Eli spilled a cup-ful of milk on it. Then he dumped the sugar from the sugar bowl on it. Then Cosette walked across it with dirty feet. So, I'm resolved--no more cleaning floors! ;)
8. Okay, I lied, I have eight things for this post. My husband brought me three red roses the other day with beautiful little purple flowers mixed in. I love that man!
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
I love being wife to my husband and mother to my children. I love being the one to care for them, to pray with them, to fix meals, to keep their house clean, to watch them grow.....but sometimes, just sometimes, I get discouraged. I try to do everything perfectly, and when I can't, I get tired, I get grumpy, and I begin to detest what I'm doing. I forget that the life I'm living is the life that I would never, ever, give up, trade in, or change. It's the life that I longed for, prayed for, and am so happy to have. While cleaning my house, instead of having a grateful, serving heart, I find myself thinking things like "Didn't I just wash these jeans on Monday? Why can't anyone but me pick up the shoes and jackets? Can't this floor stay clean for longer than an hour?? Doesn't Joel know to put the DVD's back in their cases?" Yeah. I was actually thinking those things the other day. And you know what? After cloaking myself in self-pity all day, I found myself in tears to my husband last night. " I don't think I can do this! The house never stays clean! Cosette was so grumpy and snippy today! I'm sick of staying here day after day! I can't cook dinner and nurse the baby and watch the kids and get ready for a piano lesson! I don't think I'm doing a good enough joooooob!!!!!! (Enter serious sobs at this point) I was a mess. Tired, I think--- stir crazy, maybe. Mostly, I was just forgetting these verses:
'"Then the Lord God said: "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him."' Genesis 2:18
"Let my soul live that it may praise You, And let Your ordinances help me." Psalm 119: 175
"She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue." Proverbs 31:26
All the encouragement that I needed was right there in God's Word.
The point of this post? I have no idea. Just 'keepin it real....'
Monday, March 02, 2009
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