Sunday, March 29, 2009

Forget the Bucket, or, A little boy's first hospital visit

Well, we thought maybe Eli was over the worst of it this morning when he had made it all night without throwing up. So, I offered him some Pedialyte, which he promptly threw back up all over his bedroom floor. Then again all over the couch. Then again all over the chair. (Forget the bucket---he must be MY child!!) Anyway, by about 1:00, we were getting concerned. He hadn't kept any liquids down, and was showing signs of dehydration--sunken eyes, dry lips, and just a general lethargic, unresponsive demeanor. So, Joel promptly packed him up and took him down to the emergency room. (I had to stay home with Noah and Cosette). The doctor there said he wasn't severely dehydrated or anything, but it definitely was a good idea to bring him in. He's such a skinny little guy, it doesn't take much to make him miserable! So, they ran some bloodwork and eventually gave him an IV for a while. Joel said he was such a brave little trooper! He didn't even flinch when they did the IV--of course, that could have been because he was so lethargic and sick, but we told him he was brave anyway :) When he had gone a few hours without throwing up, and the IV had time to work, he was looking much better. The doctor was satisfied with his progress and sent him home. He did manage to eat a whole popsicle that they gave to him, and kept that down. He's sleeping peacefully in his own bed right now, and looking alot better, although far from being 'back to normal' yet! Our prayer now is that he makes it through the night without throwing up, and that he's able to start keeping liquids down. In the meantime, we're still hopeful that Cosette and Noah (and us!) won't get it. We're going to keep ourselves in 'quarantine' for the next day or two till we see how everybody's doing. And then, maybe, when all this is over....maybe....Mommy will get her break. We'll see ;)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

I'm sick of the devil and his antics!!

Please bear with me while I vent..


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

Videos to hopefully entertain you :)

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

"I'll take one bagel and a little snuggling, please."

Lest we as mothers ever think that the mundane, day to day living isn't making a difference, consider this comment Cosette made to me tonight:

" Mommy, I hope tomorrow morning can be just like yesterday morning, when you fixed us little bagels with cream cheese and strawberry jam, and we sat on the floor in the living room and ate breakfast while you read us Bible Stories!"


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

Daybook

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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

One of the reasons I love being a mom......

I could brag about how wonderful this little guy is,
but the picture is already doing that for me ;)

Friday, March 20, 2009

"Hear, my son, your father's instruction....."

I am very excited to be going to a big curriculum fair next month! I remember going to this same fair when I was a pre-teen/teenager with my own mom, wondering what curriculum she was going to pick out for me! I also remember walking around and looking at allllll the vendors with amazingly fun, interesting things for younger children, and thinking how I wished I had my own little person to buy some of that stuff for! Well, now I do :) It's probably a good thing that our 'education' budget is reasonably large, because I may have problems saying 'no' to some stuff! ;) Anyway, I'm hoping to find some bright, colorful things to help Eli get a good grasp of colors and numbers and letters, and hopefully some beginner math things for Cosette, as well as some 'easy reader' books, which she will soon be ready for. And who knows what other cool stuff I'll find! In the meantime, take a look at where our home-schooling has led us recently:



To Pakistan! Well, not literally :) This goes along with our Voice of the Martyr studies, which I mentioned in a previous post. We use their 'prisoner alert' notifications, and spend time praying for that person. This time it was a young girl in Pakistan. So, we've been praying for her each day. Cosette can also now identify Pakistan on a map, and knows some of the surrounding countries as well, and what the Pakistani flag looks like. She told my mom "You would just fly over the ocean till you get to the little purple country" *snicker!* The picture above is one that Cosette did. As I read to her info about Pakistan this morning, she was supposed to 'illustrate' it on her paper. I was really pleased with how she did. Click on the picture if you want a more close up version of her artwork :)
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 ;)
We pray that we can please our Lord by making every day opportunities a chance for them to grow, learn, and develop not only their minds, but also their relationship with Him!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Grandparents

When Cosette was first born, she had the wonderful blessing of being able to have two grandmothers, two grandfathers, four great grandmothers, four great grandfathers, and two great-great grandmothers. Wow! I think I counted everybody there :) When she was born, if I'm remembering correctly, eight of those grandparents were in the waiting room ready to see her! Unfortunately, several of them have passed on since then, but altogether, (counting 'greats'), my children still have eleven grandparents living! This is probably partly due to the fact that my grandmother was married young, my mom married young, and I was 21 when I got married---so the generations are 'young' all around! When referring to their grandparents, my children have to add on a name, just to differentiate which one they mean, like "Grandpa Curtis, or "Grandma Karen". One would think that with all these grandparents, my children would be spoiled like crazy! But, they're not :) Every single one of their grandparents knows the rules/values we have for them, and do a great job sticking with them! That is such a blessing. When I was sick the other weekend with the flu, Cosette spent two nights at my mom's house. When she came home, I found her crying in her bed. "I just can't get to sleep without Graaaaaandmaaaa!!!" I had to hug her and remind her that Mommy loves her just as much as Grandma :) Joel's mom had six children of her own, and she is an incredible help to me! I'm always going to her for advice or know-how on such and such a situation! Often times, I'll fix a meal and Cosette will say "That was really good, Mommy", to which I'll have to confess that it was one of Grandma Rhoda's recipes :) Anyway, my grandparents (my mom's parents) came up to visit the other night, and since I'm singing the praises of grandparents today, I thought I'd share a few pictures.



Having a tea party with Grandma Rosina

Reading a bedtime story with Pappy John

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Watch for falling objects

Long story short (okay, maybe not so short)----I was in a hurry this afternoon, trying to clean up the living room before we all had to leave. I was on my hands and knees, shoving the kids library books on the library shelf, trying to get them all to fit ( a hopeless task, but I was trying really hard!) Well, I have been known to be a little bit too much of a 'hurried' person sometimes, and today I paid for it. I had forgotten about a plaque I had sitting up on a higher shelf, and as I shoved the books on the lower shelf, that plaque was shaken off and the corner of it came crashing down on my head. This was a heavy, wooden plaque with sharp edges. As I had no clue it was coming, it caught me by huge surprise. I immediately grabbed my head and began moaning. Cosette, obviously concerned, came rushing over. "Are you okay, Mommy?" I pulled my hand from my head--yep, blood. I groaned. Um, I don't know. Go to your room, okay? Mommy will call you in a minute. She and Eli went back to their rooms, rather reluctantly, looking seriously concerned the whole way. I scooped Noah up and put him in his bouncer, and then headed to the bathroom, feeling a slight bit dizzy and with a thumping head. I looked in the mirror and was relieved to see that it was actually only a little tiny cut/bump, and shouldn't require much more than some ice, but boy was it hurting! I applied the ice and whined the whole time like the baby that I am, with my daughter calling out from her room "Mommy, are you sure you're okay??" (Honestly, I have no idea how I gave birth to three children with no pain meds when I can't even handle a little cut on my head!) When I finally got myself under control and my head stopped thumping so badly, I called the kids out and assured them that yes, mommy was fine, just really, really clutzy. Eli, however, was delighted to see that now Mommy had an 'owwie' on her head in exactly the same spot that he had a scrape on his!

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

"A Book is like a good friend"

Do you know where that quote came from? I don't. But it's true. I have spent much of my life curled up with a good book! When I was in high-school, it was quite common for me to finish dinner in the evenings, and then spend the entire rest of the night with whatever book I was currently reading. Unfortunately, with three little ones, that doesn't happen so much now. My book reading times are more like---15 minutes during their nap time, while riding in the car, while waiting in the doctor's office, while the kids have story time at the library, after Joel goes to sleep at night---and so on and so forth. But, I grab anytime I can! I had made kind of an 'un-official' New Years resolution to try to find more reading time, and so far, it's been a success! (Hey, it's easy to keep a resolution when it's something you enjoy doing!) So, all that was to tell you to check out my book reviews in my sidebar. You have to scroll down just a little bit, but they're there. These reviews are in no particular order. I'm simply reading and reviewing them as the library gets them in for me! Some of them I've really enjoyed, some I haven't. I'll give you an honest opinion as I read them. Now, go grab some coffee and enjoy a good book!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A way to wake up

Sometimes, God sends us little gifts to remind us how much He loves us....


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

This and That

We had a quiet day at home today. Some days at home are hard; today was not. Today was one of those days when 'everything seems right with the world'. Well, not literally, but you know what I mean :) Some things on my mind:


~Noah is now on a wonderful night time sleeping schedule. He gets to bed around 8:30, and sleeps until about 7:00. This has allowed me to get up a little earlier in the mornings, which is nice. I've been trying to get up about an hour before the kids (about 5:30), which allows me to have a nice devotional time, as well as maybe some exercise--if I can get my muscles moving that early!


~I like to drink coffee, but I think I like to smell it even more.


~All of my kids baby books are up to date, finally! Actually, Cosette's is finished, Eli has one more birthday to add in May, and Noah's is as up to date as it can be. Yay!


~Who ever said little kids can't memorize Scripture? They can! My kids are proof. We are always memorizing a new passage with them, and even little Eli gets most of the words. They just recently finished Genesis 1:1-5. Take a look at that second verse sometime---it's down-right hard, all about 'the earth was formless and void'---and Eli nails it, every time! It so blesses my heart to hear his little voice reciting Scripture.


~Cosette and Eli are starting to take on more 'helping things' around the house. For instance, Cosette gathered the laundry for me today and chopped up the eggs for our casserole tonight( with a butter knife, of course!) Eli is responsible for clearing his spot at the table, making his bed, and picking up his toys.


~I need to get my kids outside more. I'm really bad about that, but want to do better. They have SO much fun when they get out there, and they sleep better for naps too! Today they came in all rosy cheeked and red-nosed, begging for hot-chocolate.


~I love pottery barn. I just discovered that today. And 'pottery barn kids?' Oh my, I could spend alooot of money there! Lucky for my husband, I do have self control, and I'll content myself with decorating my home with WalMart specials! But oh, one can have fun looking, right?


~I'm slowly working my way through that pile of library books. I'm hoping to add a book list to my side-bar soon, so keep watching for it. In the meantime, take a look at three of my favorite people in the world:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A thoughtful kind of week

I've been rather quiet on here this week. Life is good--just not much to say :) I'm spending my week enjoying a baby with the cutest little smile in the whole world. Cosette and I spent an entire afternoon making paper dolls. You know, not like the store bought ones, with purple hair and slinky dresses---these were real paper dolls, made out of felt and a stiff backing, with real, beautiful dresses made out of cotton. Cosette had a blast making them, and she loves them. It was a nice 'mommy-daughter' time. We all ate dinner together tonight at Bob Evans. It is a rare thing for us to eat out in a restaurant (especially with all the kids!), so it was a pretty 'special' thing for the kids. Joel and I had fun enjoying a leisurely dinner with them.


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

Pictures and Videos :)

I'm at my parent's house right now to visit, so I'm taking advantage of their high-speed connection to down-load a bunch of pictures and videos :) Usually I don't have patience at our house to download this many!


A rare picture of Joel and I.

Eli's new hair-cut. Doesn't he look grown up?

These two adore each other!!









A video of Eli learning how to work his own buttons


Cosette feeding Noah. This is actually a really
big help for me!








Saturday, March 07, 2009

7 Random Things

A blog is such a nice place for unloading all the stuff on your mind!


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

Smiling

Thank you all for bearing with me through my last post. Sometimes you just need to vent, you know? Anyway, I'm better today and happy with my role as 'mom' again :) A good friend of mine e-mailed me after reading that post. She was very sympathetic, but also gently reminded me, as only a good friend can, that I've got a really good life. Oh, don't you hate it when the truth comes knocking? ;) No, seriously, of course I know I'm blessed beyond measure, but a little boy wiping desitin all over the bedroom carpet will cause you to temporarily forget. (How DO you clean up that stuff, anyway??) So, in an effort to show you a more joyful Jaime today, I thought I'd share with you some pictures of my Noah-boy that made me smile this week.


Just 'chillin out' (Cosette arranged him like this!)

The classic bath shot

Also, I have a few good recipes that I'd love to share with you all--maybe I'll save that for another post later :) In the mean time, I've got to get back to my batch of bread....

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Chasing away the winter blues...

At least, I think that's what I'm trying to do. I need sunshine, flowers, warm walks, open windows, blowing curtains, warm breezes, plants in the garden, trips to the greenhouse....yeah. Me, the lover of all things 'cozy and winter', wants it gone already. We've been cooped up and sick for the past three weeks....and I'm sick of it! (Just being honest).

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:

" I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Phil 4:13

'"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

Monday Daybook

FOR TODAY..Monday, March 2nd


Outside my window... It is dark, because this is the first time today I've had time to sit down and write this.


I am thinking... Not much. My brain is too worn out.


I am thankful for...The fact that we are no longer sick. What a miserable week-end it was!


From the learning rooms...Not much today. Eli did write some more 'A's', though. He seems to be getting good at that


From the kitchen...Oh, yum, we tried a new recipe tonight. Tomato wraps, filled with homemade hummus, roasted asparagus, chicken pieces, and swiss cheese, then warmed in a skillet. We also had curried cranberry cous-cous.


I am wearing... My favorite striped sweater that my mom bought me for my birthday many years ago. It's still my favorite sweater!


I am creating...Oh, I wish I were creating something! I am not a very artsy/ crafty/ creative kind of person.


I am going...to go brush Noah's teeth soon. All four and a half of them :)


I am reading...Just finished one of those books from last week, hoping to start on 'God's Harvard' soon. The library also called to say they have a new book in for me--yeah!


I am hoping... To get my budget done tomorrow. Wishful thinking, probably


I am hearing... Noah crawling all around and laughing.


Around the house... It's clean!! Well, except for my floors, because I broke the vacuum today. No kidding. Well, I accidentally sucked up a string, and Joel thinks it broke the belt, which he'll have to replace. So, no clean floors. Also, Joel fixed our messed up phone line, so now I've got internet connection again. Happy Day :)


One of my favorite things...Talking with my husband after he's returned from a late-night church meeting.


A few plans for the rest of the week: Our ladies Bible study at my house tomorrow; a trip to the library; finding the missing library DVD that must be behind a book-shelf somewhere; our churches women's retreat this weekend


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