Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Hannah and Isaac are now more advanced than Aaron or myself when it comes to technology. They each purchased their own MP3 players today! It's a long story how this all came about, but they both having savings accounts that they put gift money and things for stuff just like this. So they spent some of their money today to purchase this neat little invention. They can't wait to use them after they are all charged up! Hannah especially has been showing more of an interest in popular music, so this will be handy. It will also be nice on the road when they are fighting over what music to listen to, or when the adults want to listen to talk radio :). Now the adults just need to figure out how these little things work. It can't be too hard. I think I might need to get one for myself one of these days!

As for my fitness challenge, I have been doing well. I've managed to get some work out time in each day, some days more than others, but I am still moving. I've been pretty good about watching what I eat. I am hopeful that when I weigh in and measure on Saturday that I will see some progress. That would be very encouraging.

Eli's first tooth is just about ready to cut through. His poor mouth is swollen and he is way more drooly than normal... and he is a very drooly baby even when he isn't teething. I think I have gone through about 20 bibs today, no joke! The poor little guy is fussy and irritable and not sleeping well. This is not like my sweet baby at all. He must hurt an awful lot. Last night I was frustrated that he wouldn't go to sleep and then I was frustrated that I was frustrated because I knew he was just in pain and having difficulty with it. Today was better. He sure will be cute with a toothy smile!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Powerful Impressions

Each month, our church adds a Focus on the Family bulletin insert into the church bulletin. I always enjoy reading through it and almost always find some good information for myself. Yesterday we got our monthly insert. While it is directed at father's, I am challenged by it as well. As a preschool teacher, I know that children often relate to God as they do their parents. I've never really stopped to REALLY think about the implications of this. Since God is neither male or female and we are all created in God's image, women need to think about this just as much as men when it comes to parenting. So here is the question that is challenging me as I parent my three blessings. How do my children see God if they see God like they see me? Hmmmm... I'm not sure I am always giving the right vision of God to my children.

I think of the attributes of God: loving, just, merciful, slow to anger, always available, protecting and providing. I'm not sure that this describes me as a parent, even on my best days. I know I will never be perfect and will totally mess up many times, but I do want to be a good example to my children. I want them to know that God loves them in the same way a mother loves her children. The Bible even describes God like a mother hen gathering us under her wing.

So I am thinking of ways to be more loving and just, merciful and slow to anger, available and protecting and providing. But most importantly, I want grace to pour out of me, like grace pours from God onto me. I want to be a parent who shows grace at every chance I get. This doesn't mean my children won't have consequences for bad choices, because we endure the same when we sin. But I do want them to know that always, they are forgiven and the offense is forgotten... and, God willing, maybe they will do the same for me!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Upcoming problem

As I embark on this fitness challenge and am all excited to start swimming laps again, I am confronted with a problem... a somewhat major problem. Being that we live in a small town, at least until July, the pool hours are limited. Lap swim is only 6-7 each evening. Eli has an internal clock that tells him it is 6pm and he should be in the bathtub getting clean and then immediately nurse and go to sleep. If we miss this window, the evening is fairly difficult. How is this going to work? Aaron has never given Eli a bath and Eli does not take a bottle. Hmmmm. Before you freak out and think Aaron is horrible for never bathing our youngest, please know that he has taken over the bedtime routine of the other two almost exclusively... he is a good Daddy. I'm wondering if I got to the pool right at 6pm then Aaron could give Eli his bath, I could swim for 20-30 minutes, get home and nurse. We will really have to be on top of the time to do this. I might not be able to do it everyday, being realistic with family life. I'm going to need and alternative too. Any ideas? It would have to something I could do at home, probably with three children around.

I'm hoping to head out with the kids and the stroller once Eli wakes up from his nap. It won't be a fast pace as Hannah will be walking with me, but it will still get us out and moving. The eating part of the plan is going fairly well! The most tempting snacky time is mid afternoon. I also find myself eating quickly because Eli needs me, or the other two need something. I can't remember the last time I sat down and really savored a meal slowly. This gets me in the habit of eating fast and not letting my body tell me when I am full. Honestly, how do I fix this with three young children always in need of Mommy? I'm not very good at taking care of my needs, because their needs are always there. Hannah is getting better and taking care of some of her own stuff, Isaac gets very needy at times, and Eli is... well... attached! I love being a Mommy. There is nothing better. But it is time for me to re-learn how to take a little bit of time for myself. I'm going to be praying through this everyday. Those of you with young kids at home, do you have any tips or advice on doing this? I'm all ears!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Smooshed Bananas

Eli enjoyed his first solid food tonight... smooshed banana. He loved it.
We'll see if his tummy likes it as much as his mouth!

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Anyone read this?

So, I was wondering if anyone reads this blog? I know my mother-in-law keeps up to date on it. Thanks Mom! I have one official follower, but have no clue who it is. Should this worry me? Please let me know who you are dear follower. Anyway, let me know if you are reading... make comments. I'd love to hear from you!

This summer I have decided to start a 90 day health and fitness challenge. I ordered a book, but it's not able to be shipped until the end of the month, so I'm going to go on my own without for the first few weeks. The pool opens next week so I can start swimming laps again! I love to swim. I'm not ready to post my weight and measurements, but maybe I will at the end of the 90 days. I will keep you up to date on what is going away! Encouragement would be much appreciated! I start tomorrow. I have decided that since I am done having children, it is certainly worthwhile to get into good shape since I won't be stretched out all over again! This will be a struggle for me on many levels. Physically, mentally and spiritually. SO, keep me in your prayers as well please! Now that I have announced this to my bloggy world (if anyone is in my bloggy world) I have to do it!

On another note, my baby ate his first solid food today. Smooshed bananas! He loved them. Pictures to come. I was going to wait until he turned 6 months, but this past week is has just been hungry, hungry, hungry. And he kept grabbing at our silverware while we were eating and watching every bite of food go into mouths. He was really wanting to try it out for himself. Ahh, he is growing up so fast.