Sunday, December 12, 2010
Tim, is going to go on two business trips in January. I am excited for him to be able to do this, and will enjoy the extra income. (school books for next year, yeah) He is excited about going to, great things are happening for him at his work. God has really blessed us with his stable job.
Timmy, is doing so well in school now. It is so nice that he can read, what little sponges they are. It really made me think how smart kids are, they learn so much in such a short time. He is now a Camo belt in Karate. (He is definately a home-schooler now) ;0) He was so excited about that belt, and did so good testing.
Kaitlynne, picked up reading so quickly. She is reading so much, and is a good reader. I am so amazed! She is becoming such a sweet little girl, and a great big sister. She has a way with Lydia that no one else does. She can get her to stop crying sometimes when Ican't. She holds her too, which is so helpful when I am feeding Kaleb and can't. It is now a little game, for Lydia to sit on her sisters lap.
Kristianna, what a ball of energy. She is growing up so fast, wanting to do "school time". She is a goofy girl that is loving being able to be a helper to Kaleb. She loves to give him his pacy, hold him, and wrap him for me. She is so calm when he is fussy, something I never though was possible Anna calm?!?! She is such a ham. Today at church she came walking out of the Nursery when I was getting ready to feed Kaleb. I asked her what she was doing, she looks up and says " I am sneaking out here"! Such a GOOBER:0)
Lydia, is starting to be more of a toddler and not such a baby:0( So bitter-sweet. She loved her "Kayuh" and all animals are now "dog"s. She loves animals, dogs, more than any of our others kiddos. She is a little follower of her sibblings, wish she could dicern and only copy when they are good.
Kaleb, is rolling everywhere. Talking up a storm of baby talk, and grabbing toys and putting 'em in his mouth. He is a happy, "mellow-jello" baby. I am so blessed to have a sweet calm baby. It seems like everyother baby has been this way, so hopefully the Lord gives a bigger gap this time around:0)
Me, well I am starting to adjust to regular hormones. At least a little bit, though I have been way more weepy, than ever. I just reminisce about things and could cry a river.:0) I am so excited about some new happenings in our family.....
God has given us so much to be Thankful for, we are so blessed. I am so Thankful for the life that I am able to live, helping the one who He chose for me, caring for the little BLESSINGS that He blessed us with, serving the Lord. I pray that I can be what He wants me to be. Today in Sunday School, my teacher was talking about doing what we know is right. "doing right is doing what you know is right (because what the Bible says) not what others tell you is right, or what you think is right". I think is what He said. It was really good! I am really enjoying this new Sunday School class!
I read other blogs and I love their thought on the issue, so thought I would share them with anyone who'd like to read them. Not for a debate, but for a blessing:0)
Monday, November 29, 2010
"Development of the embryo begins at Stage 1 when a sperm fertilizes an oocyte and together they form a zygote."
[England, Marjorie A. Life Before Birth. 2nd ed. England: Mosby-Wolfe, 1996, p.31]
So if you can get pregnant with it in, obviously you can get pregnant and kill your baby before you even realize you are pregnant. And it is NOT controlling pregnancy, but like its name birth!
"Fertilization is a sequence of events that begins with the contact of a sperm (spermatozoon) with a secondary oocyte (ovum) and ends with the fusion of their pronuclei (the haploid nuclei of the sperm and ovum) and the mingling of their chromosomes to form a new cell. This fertilized ovum, known as a zygote, is a large diploid cell that is the beginning, or primordium, of a human being."
[Moore, Keith L. Essentials of Human Embryology. Toronto: B.C. Decker Inc, 1988, p.2]
A Mirena slowly releases very small amounts of the hormone levonorgestrel directly into your uterus.
There is no single explanation for how Mirena works. Mirena may:
- Thicken cervical mucus to prevent sperm from entering your uterus
- Inhibit sperm from reaching or fertilizing your egg
- Make the lining of your uterus thin
Mirena may stop the release of your egg from your ovary, but this is not the way it works in most cases. Most likely the above actions work together to prevent pregnancy. Like other forms of birth control, Mirena is not 100% effective. If there is a chance that you could become pregnant than there is a chance that you could abort!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
"To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed." Titus 2:5
I am so glad to be a stay at home mom, it is so rewarding. I am able to be a "keeper AT home" as the Bibles says I should, because I have a wonderful husband that loves the Lord and wants to run our home right. I have offered to go work when finances have gotten tight and he has finally told me to quit offering because it is "NOT going to happen". It is almost offensive to him I think! He wants me at home, and wants me to raise our children. We then went on talking about how if I left my role as "Keeper of the Home" even for a part time job, that he would become a "part-time" - "Keeper of the Home". And that is NOT his calling, what a wise man!
Now as a "Keeper AT Home" I have slacked off at times and not kept my home right. I have not kept my role right, and how I have hurt my husband, but more so the Lord. I have been convicted so often of how much time I spend online, and on the phone, and more so what I am saying online or the phone. I am NOT talking bad about my hubby, but I am not talking about thing that he would be pleased with. I am bringing reproach to him, and I am sure that the Lord is often dis-pleased with what I say. :0( The verse that really spoke to me is 1 Timothy 5:14 "I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully." I know this is a verse written to young widows, that they should marry, and have children. Yet I believe that the Bible can be applied to us all, that this verse can be used in it's context. If we are to be good wives, and do what is says and guide the house, we have to be IN the house. I have to commit to be here, not working outside the home. The second application that spoke to me is "give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully" I can't give occasion the Satan to speak reproachfully. Also if I am running my home the way that is right and doing my duty and job, there won't be anytime for me to run my mouth and for myself to "speak reproachfully. I don't want to bring shame to my husband, and especially to the Lord.
I have determined to spend less time on the phone, unless it is pure conversations. And LESS time on the internet (especially FB), I think that I can get in less trouble with my mouth this way! ♥Proverbs 29:11♥
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Phil 4:8-9
Thursday, September 9, 2010
I am really sad with everything I see on Facebook lately! Stupid links, bad conversations, people flaunting their sin, ect.... It seems like every other post is SIN SIN SIN, or some sort of discouragement!
I am SICK of it!!!!! I am going to be praying about deleting my whole account or doing some serious purging on my friend list. I love being able to share pictures and small updates on myself with family and some close friends though.
I am just really tired of supposed Christians giving Satan such glory, and not taking a stand on what others post in their comments. I had someone recently delete a comment of mine that was joke/sarcastic comment, yet they leave other peoples comments that swear, andtake my GOD's name in vain. I don't appreciate the swearing! BUT I CANNOT STAND SOMEONE TAKING HIS NAME IN VAIN. I would rather someone spit in my face than hear my Saviors name used that way!
Really are we Christians in name only??? Can someone tell you are a saved by your Facebook, other than the fact that you put it in your BIO??? Are our lights going out??!! Why are we quoting songs that are sick songs of the devil? Talking about our personal life and how we are so messed up in sin, yet letting the whole facebook world see it. The change in our lifestyle from a life of Christian service to a life of glorifying ourself ! I wish I had the guts to call some people out, but it frustrates me too much that I am sure it wouldn't be taken in love!
Now I am sure someone is gonna get irritated over this, but I am sad to see so many friends fall by the wayside, back into or newly into the world which they were saved from! I see many, not just a few too, which makes me sad. What the Lord goes through, I can't imagine His sadness at Christians of today, Myself included!!! Come on Christians let's take a stand on sin, and please the LORD!
This little light of mine I'm gonna let it SHINE
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Well I am finally feeling like I am back to normal. This time around it took me a while longer to bounce back. Strange feelings this time too after having Kaleb, I was not prepared for it either! I usually welcome visitors and go right back to church after giving birth. Anna was born on a Friday morning and I was in church that following Sunday!!! This time was different, I did not want to see people or have anyone in my home. I felt like I was on the verge of tears, Oh the joys of emotions!!! Well I am kinda over that now, yea!!! Here I am enjoying the Nursing mother's room at our church. I can sit in a VERY comfy chair with my baby, and see and hear the whole church service on the screen in there. It is so nice, I know that not all church's have a room like ours.
We went out door knocking last Saturday as a family, and it was fun. I didn't do much because I had to feed Kaleb (that is when I took this picture), but what a picture to see my hubby with the kids planting seeds of the gospel for the Lord. What blessing to be able to serve the Lord as a family. God really has prepared me this time to enjoy this baby stage, so I will not be going back to teaching S.S. or anything. I can serve Him by raising my children and training them for His glory. The Maxwell's Conference we went to in the beginning of the year, really helped prepare my heart more for the call of being a Christian mother. I don't want to miss the blessings of motherhood, for anything!
Life is getting back into our "new" routine. I am now homeschooling 2 kids, Kindergarten and First grade. It is starting to get going too, Timmy is enjoying it so far much better than last year. I am TRYING to have more patience with him. He is a perfectionist, and I am SO not one.
Kaitlynne is doing great with the Phonics so far, and is starting to pick up on the cursive. I tried to introduce it last year, but she was not ready yet. Praise the Lord she is doing now, I certainly didn't want to have to send it back and re-order curriculum.
Anna, is doing okay sitting at the table with us doing colors, coloring, and counting. She does get bored at the end, but today she picked up our short vowel sound cards and said them on her own! She is in this silly stage where she keeps telling me and Tim, and the other kids "I like you". She is saying it instead of love, not sure where she picked it up at but it is cute! She smiles after she says it, like she knows she should be saying love. Little stinker!!! She is in church with us, and doing much better latley too. Thankfully she is a good whisperer, even if she is a fidgiter!
Lydia, blessed girl takes such a good morning nap that helps me be able to give the kids a good 2 hours of time with my attention on school work and teaching time. She is such a happy girl lately, and so loving to her baby brother. My only issue with her adjusting to him is that she is too kissy with him! She is loving table food, and is officially DONE with baby food. She wants to feed herself now too, my do they become independent so quickly.
Kaleb, is an easy and perfect baby! HAHA I love hearing new mom's say that! I know I probably did with my first, but most babies are so easy in the beginning. He eats, sleeps, and poops! Really that is what he does. I am trying to get him on the eat, wake, sleep cycle and he IS doing good at that. Hoping that he will stay as mellow as he seems, but whatever God has for me He will enable me , right?! He is sleeping well at night and wakes up a few times, I know because I wake up with him next to me, or on the other side of me. So I know that I am feeding him at night, but it is in my sub-consious I guess! Really I do remember waking up with him, but like I said he is a mellow guy so far, so he isn't screaming "screeching". He is a softer crier, thankfully, Lydia and Kaitlynne were so LOUD and high piched. Tim is glad too, because he doesn't wake up from him at all!!!
Tim is back to looking for a second job, with nothing in sight yet. But I know that God will provide in His time. We had a horrible thing happen last week, our fridge died. Praise the Lord, He gave us a brand new one, that was bigger than our last one. What a blessing to see the Lord work, and to be able to let our kids see how God works. After telling Anna that God gave us our new fridge she said to Kaitlynne later: "God gave me the fwidge and now I like God"!
First picture with all the kids. I have gotten some comments at the store when I took all the kids shopping! I will share later, but people can be so sweet, and some can be really sour!
My church provided us with meals for 2 weeks! What blessing, but now I need to strat back up. I am in need of some new meal ideas, so anyone with some quick and easy recipes would be Greatly appreciated! We mostly eat chicken, but occasionally use ground meat too.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
August 19 early in the morning I was woke up with mild contractions every 15 minutes. This lasted though out the day, so I tried my best to rest yet get everything ready. I knew that this was "it", and that he would be coming probably late in the night or early the next morning. I was READY! Tim went to work like any old day, and the kids played. My mom came up around noon, and soon Tim was home from work. I had called Claudette (my midwife) to let her know that it was coming, and she made plans to check on me through the phone and that evening a house call. The more I stayed in my room the closer my contractions would get, but as soon as I joined the family and went in the living room they'd spread out again.
When Claudette came at 6ish, I was dilated to about a 3! I thought, yep he is coming tomorrow morning for sure. I have longer labors usually. So she offered me Castor Oil, and I said "bleck, no thanks'' I didn't want any of those side effects on top of normal labor. Claudette was considering going home and waiting for me to call her, but she and I were both concerned because she lives over an hour and half away. So she offered to apply Cervical pressure points. I said "sure", thinking that is might speed things up but it would still be a while. Then she told me that 90% of woman have quicker labor when she has done this! Oh my, would I fall into that 90%? She decided to go shopping and come and check me in an hour or so.
BOOM, as soon as she left hard contractions replaced those mild one's and got closer together. When Claudette got here around 8, she surprsed to hear me and asked "Is she moaning thru the contractions?" I was and I was to get into the tub. So after a few minutes she checked me, and I was only a 5. My mind went the wrong direction and I was starting to get discouraged, because I thought "great a 5, I still have hours left :0(" I really wanted to get in the water, but Claudette wanted me to wait 'till contractions were a little closer together. So I got up and changed positions and within 10 minutes they were about 5 minutes apart. I was finally going to be able to get into the tub.
During all this time my WONDERFUL Husband and my GREAT mom switched back and forth from helping me breath through contractions, rubbing my back, to helping get everything set up for the birth. They were Awesome! I love the fact that I have the best Husband in the world who loves me so much and is always so kind, but when I am in labor I see his love from his eyes. There is nothing like it! He is my Best friend, and I am so blessed to have such a great partner for life. He never shows worry either, which is so helpful when I am laboring. My mom is such a good encourager. Although this time she had to tell me how proud she is of me and start crying! What a goof:) Made me smile though. Every birth of mine she has come to and she always says the same thing "It is so hard to watch your child go through labor". So this time I asked her to switch me places, but she wouldn't!
Soon my sister in law Rosemary came, and jumped in helping me. She also helped Claudette get everything set up. Having Claudette there was obviously a necessity, but such a blessing too. She was so quiet, yet so very efficient. When asking me questions even during early labor, if I started a contraction she would be so calm and quiet. It was so nice having my care provider do that "CARE", and being her only patient at the moment I felt very cared for.
So around 9:15 I entered into the warm tub! Ah what relief! After 4 or 5 contractions I thought I was feeling like I need to push but not too strong. So Claudette checked me and I was a 7. Woohoo, I knew it was soon. I was thinking like an hour or so. I had a few more contractions and felt THE NEED TO PUSH. She checked and I was 9 and 3/4 barely any cervix left so she told me to go ahead. I started to try to push and couldn't get the hang of it and said "I can't remember how" everyone told me "just let your body do the work". When I started to grunt him down I could feel him coming down and I gave one push. Claudette was starting to put perennial pressure and began explaining to Tim how to help and how to pull the baby up. He was supposed to be catching this little guy. When I said, "forget it he's coming". I kept waiting for the head to crown, when I gave my second push and thought that it was his head. It was his shoulders and my husband and Claudette were together passing my beloved boy to my chest. Wow, that was the easiest pushing ever!
I bonded with my baby, it was so sweet to not be checked proded, and hold my baby to myself. I was able do this till a little after I delivered the placenta. Such an experience. My daughter Kaitlynne was able to cut the cord with her daddy's help. Such a memorable moment. Both of my older girls were able to be in the room when their brother was born. They were standing on the couch behind me. What sweet girls they were, during that time they were so quiet. Soon after the cord was cut Daddy got to hold his new son, as Mommy was helped to her bed. Soon Timmy and Lydia were brought home to see their brother. Timmy was so excited to have a brother now!
I am so thankful to the Lord for such a wonderful birth experience. As well as for a safe delivery! What a good God I have as my Savior, I am blessed to be His child. The Lord saw me through, and as I labored in my home, I was able to see His Words that help decorate my walls. "The Lord is good, a strong hold in the time of trouble, and He knoweth them that trust in Him." Nahum 1:7, my life's verse played over and over in my mind, because my God is GOOD!
My home birth was such an exciting event. A special delivery for sure! It was very nice to be in such a relaxed environment, no monitors, rotating nurses, blood pressure cuff going off in the middle of contractions, no interruptions! It was GREAT!!!
Kaleb Micah was born at 9:42 pm, weighed 8 lbs 5 oz, and was 20 inches long. He is a doll baby!
Saturday, August 7, 2010
I think when people start asking me "are you done?" again that I will just ask them "is it any of you business?". Maybe that will get the point across!!!!
Friday, August 6, 2010
I am so excited to meet Kaleb Micah any day now. I can't wait to see what he'll look like! I keep thinking that he'll be blond like Kaitlynne, but we'll see. I wonder too if he will be a big baby or small baby, I am think that he'll be big because I feel HUGE. Plus people are telling me how big I am, of course I always get that! But I really feel bigger this time around. And my oh my are more stretch marks coming on!
Me and my Beloved
The kids and Tim are anxious for Kaleb too! The kids are asking "how many more sleeps 'till Kaleb comes?". I keep reminding them, as well as me, when he is ready he'll come. It seems like I am ready one minute, anxious the next, and then can become very content in waiting. I am silly I know.
Here are some recent preggo pictures!
Friday, July 16, 2010
Well, we know that "all things work together for good"! Never so true in my life!!!! God is so good!
Tim, recently quit working for the Funeral Home. He enjoyed the work (still not sure how or why?), but there were politics in there, like every place of work (life really)! He was put on the back burner, so to speak, and wasn't getting called except at the least convenient time. Since he was always on call, it just wasn't working out, and then there was the fact that it takes so much out of our taxes..... Not worth it if he only gets called every other month or so! Please pray for him, he is looking for a new second job.
Me, well I am 36 weeks pregnant now! Time flies, seems like I just had Lydia. Oh wait, I did! :0) Kaleb Micah is going to be here before I know it too! We are planning a Home Birth this time around. I am so excited, but have to keep reminding my self that even though I will be in the comfort of my own home, it is still going to be labor! I am SO looking forward to not being in the hospital this time around. I love my mid-wife and trust her so much. She has delivered over 1300 babies, including 3 of my nephews, 1 niece, and two babies of friends. I just smile when I think of being able labor with no time table, no monitors (those annoying belts on my tummy), no blood pressure cuff squeezing the fire out of my arm in the middle of a contraction, nurses telling me what to do or how to do things, being able to move around as much as I want, and be able to really bond un-interrupted with Kaleb when he comes out.....I could go on and on! Yet at the same time, I will have such personal care from my mid-wife that I know she will take care of me and Kaleb if a problem arises! Since I will be her only "patient" at the time, I know she will be concentrating, and anticipate any problem that might come about.
Timmy, is now 6 and very excited about being in 1st grade. He can't wait to start school again! He is now and orange belt in Karate, one more stripe and he can test for his Yellow belt. He is very excited about a Karate Tournament at the end of the month. He can't wait for his little brother to come out, he keeps asking: "How many more sleeps 'till Kaleb comes out?"! I love that he is so excited, all the kids are looking forward to a new baby. Timmy got this idea that I have all the babies are in my tummy now, and talks about "after Kaleb comes out then you will have two baby girls" :-0 I pray that I can have a little longer break this time, but we'll see what God has for us.
Kaitlynne, is 4 and waiting for her 5th birthday. She is SUPER excited about starting Kindergarten. I am praying that I will have enough patience to home school, and keep up with everything else! She is my little helper, she is such great company to me. She is a sweet and sensitive little girl. She loves her family, God, church and loves to sing! She is always wanting to help with Lydia, feeding her, and helping keep her content while I do house work.
Kristianna, our "Anna-Banana", is still such a JOY! She is 3 now, but thinks she is 5 or 6. She is a ham, that is always making us laugh. She is starting to really obey better, and is now saying "yes Ma'am/Sir" with out being reminded. She also loves church, singing, and is a prayer warrior. She always reminds me ANY prayer time if I forget to pray for her Auntie (our sister in law that is battling Lymphoma Cancer"). She is sitting in "big church" now, and does OK. She is great when it is just her, but I am sure that she will get better. I am hoping anyway, especially when Kaleb comes!
Lydia, she is walking, talking, playing, screaming, and wearing purses! She loves her brother and sisters, and tries to be just like them. It is so cute to watch her pile on the purses, and dress up clothes at 14 months! She is a great sleeper and loves her bed. When she is tired she whines at you, then when you get up she runs into her room and tried to climb in her bed. She is such a good baby, I am praying that she will stay in the swing of things when Kaleb comes! She still has hardly any hair, but I am sure next year it will grow like my other girls did.
We are loving our life that God has given us, so thankful to be where He has placed us. God is good, I know that I don't deserve the life He has given me. I am so thankful for His grace!!! I am also thankful for my wonderful Husband God has given me for almost 7 years (Monday). God really blessed me with the best man for me, he is truly my best friend. I am so thankful that he is faithful to me, and our family, he is such a good provider, great leader, and AWESOME Daddy! I am looking forward to spending forever with him!