Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
doggie vacuum. It's so cute and it actually picks up some dirt!
Steve plays UNO with Callie and the kids. He was very patient!
As for life, the last couple of days have been busy and my internet has been down. The Lord spoke to me about my computer habits and challenged me to fast from the computer on Sundays. Oh my, I was surprised at how much I depend on my computer! The pull was unbelievable when things quieted down. I prayed more, read some Christian magazines, read to the kids and did my Bible study. It felt good to put my attentions on my Lord where they should be.
I am feeling lots of contractions. It is all good. I like knowing that my body is preparing itself for the birth. I am almost 5 weeks away from birth! Yeah!
Steve and I got to go on a date Saturday. Candy and Dennis watched the kids so we could go to the Fire Department Awards Banquet. It was relaxing and the food was very good. I just couldn't eat much of it. I had a bite of Steve's prime rib and man was it good!
Church was great on Sunday. Pastor Don told us what we were doing right as a church and was really encouraging. He said that the church is much more unified then when he first came. What a blessing to hear!
Pastor Steve should have started his Chemo yesterday. I hope all goes well for him and he has no adverse reactions to it.
It rained and rained today. The floor is caked with mud. I swept it twice today and finally gave up. Tomorrow, I'm going to have the kids clean it. They made the mess!
Steve is supposed to come home tonight. I'm hoping that we can watch "Against All Odds". It is all about the miracles that God has done for Isreal. Catherine recommended and I am very excited to see it.
Last night I got one and a half hour's sleep. I'm just praying that tonight will be better. I have Mom's Morning Out tomorrow (there will be a talk on submission) and then Tae Kwon Do. I will homeschool in the afternoon, so a nap is out.
I got a short massage today from the lady who is doing my prenatal massages. It felt really good. We talked more about the delivery and I am getting excited to try something new. I still need to break the news to Dr. Faherty that there will be one more person in the room. Steve isn't too sure about it, but I think he wants me to be as comfortable as possible. It's free, so I don't mind trying it at all. It can't hurt anything! When it's baby number six, you don't mind trying something new.
I'm getting excited to see all my friends at a baby shower this Sunday that my sis and stepmom are giving me. I haven't had a baby shower since my first baby. It will be fun to see everyone.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
1 brownie mix (cooked up according to directions then crumbled after cooled)
1 box of chocolate pudding prepared according to directions.
1 large carton of whipped cream
5 Hershey Skors Bars crumbled up
One layer of brownies. One layer of pudding, one layer of whipped cream and one layer of candy bars. Repeat! Refrigerate until ready to eat. You will need a LARGE bowl to put this in!
This morning started out early. Jacob keeps waking up around 5:45 a.m. (about the time I'm getting back to sleep). I felt the Lord put something on my heart for my monthly mother's devotion, but I was so tired I felt like the grammer and wording was all off. I sent it off to two different people to edit, so maybe they can help me. I kind of feel like I'm in a fog. I was able to do my Bible study after breakfast. That felt good.
Homeschooling this morning went much better then yesterday. Jess whipped through her work and so did Josh. The boys have been writing stories a lot lately and I've actually had to tell them that they have to stop writing so they can finish their other work. I'm glad to see that their confidence is up and that writing isn't so scary to them. It will be nice when spelling clicks for them. Sometimes the way they spell things drives me crazy! I'm a stickler for spelling and neat handwriting and both the boys aren't great at either. I'm trying to remember that they are kids and I think they are pretty normal in that regard. I'm just tired and don't have as much patience with it.
I took Jess and Marcus with me to run some errands. We went to the library first, where they each chose a movie. Marcus discovered the "Star Wars" series and grabbed three or four books. I love watching him discover the awesomeness of reading! I found another Mythbusters to serve as physics and science next week. They love these shows and don't even know they are learning. We then ran to the store and bought more hamburger buns for our pork pulled sandwhiches.
All the grandparents came and I invited everyone to dinner after making this huge roast. It was so easy! We threw some cheddar cheese on top and had corn on the side. I served Death by Chocolate for Jacob's "cake" and it was almost all gone by the time everyone left! Our family LOVES this dessert!
I will get some pictures posted hopefully later today of the party. It was relaxing and fun to be able to talk with everyone. I'm so glad our family gets along!
Mom brought me up my Costco order, my Azure (health food) order, a dresser, towels and washclothes (my grandma moved into a retirement home and gave me all of hers. Some are even new!), and a bunch of baby stuff from Jackie. I need to reorganize my house now!
I woke up because my hips were hurting so bad. I could hardly turn over. So I am waiting to see if some Tylonel will help. I'm going to go read now. Maybe I can get some sleep.
I need to figure out what to make for breakfast and lunch. My in-laws are here and I was thinking about some wheat pancakes and sausage. We can have the leftover pork sandwhiches for lunch. Don't you just love how I think out loud?
Friday, February 20, 2009
I thought I would make a collage out of my pictures of Jacob of this past year. My baby is TWO today and won't be the baby for much longer. It makes me sad, but I am excited as I watch him learn about the world around him, pray, sing, dance and listen to him talk more and more. I just love this little guy! Thank you, God for giving us our little Jaker's Man!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Yesterday, I homeschooled then I was able to get a massage after lunch. My back and sciatic nerve were really tight and I immediately felt some relief. He really worked my legs over and I was surprised at how tight everything is. He said it's because of my pregnant waddle. Oh my, I'm waddling again. Here comes that gigantic penguin!
The older boys and Jessica were being very disrespectful to me, so Steve had to lay down the law again about how to and how not to treat their mother. I am so glad he backs me up.
Steve burned more of his tree that he cut down. He has been burning almost every day that he has been home. I like to see him working outside, staying busy. The kids love being out there with him, too.
I'm so looking forward to gardening with the kids this year. They will be older and more helpful with the weeding. It's something we can do together and get excited about. I love to see the new growth peek out of the dirt and watch them discover it too.
I just went on Amazon.com and bought several books that I keep hearing about. I bought Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls (if you haven't read this to your boys you are missing out! We just finished it for the second time and the kids and I were in tears by the end, of course after we had laughed most of the way through it.) I got it for a penny! I keep hearing about "Passionate Housewives Desperate for God", so I bought that one. I also bought one on how to handle your anger when your kids drive you crazy. I can't remember the name of it now, but I'm hoping it will get me inspired to stop lashing out at my kids when they do "not-so-smart-kid-stuff".
I also went ahead and bought the Audio Cd set for "Daniel" (Beth Moore). I really don't think I can complete the study without the sessions. So when I'm done with "Esther" I'm going to go back and listen to all of the "Daniel" sessions again and review the work before I pick it up again. Can you tell I like to have a plan?
I found Andrew's Cubbie patch in his book and he was so sweet. He said, "Thanks, Mom, for finding my patch for me." He was so excited as he watched me sew it on to his vest. I'm so glad he likes to go to AWANAs. The kids are all excited about the AWANA Grand Prix coming up in a week and a half.
Today, Margaret is supposed to come over and share with me about the amazing financial seminar that their church put on. I'm hoping to glean some information on how to manage our finances better. I think I do a good job, but there is always room for improvement.
Good report on Josh! Trudy (his educational therapist) says that he is showing great signs of understanding math concepts. This has been such a struggle for him, so I am excited that he is moving forward in this. It makes my job so much easier if he understands the concepts behind the problems. He will get tested probably in March and as long as he shows improvement, we are safe to homeschool him. I'm pretty sure that won't be a problem.
Jessica has been giving me lots of "attitude" when it comes to homeschooling. I am working more on reading and it is more work for her. She would pick out the same phonics book over and over but I am making her stretch herself. She gets really mad at me and I have been sending her to her room until she is ready to come out and be willing to learn again. It takes her awhile sometimes, but she can't stand to be away from everyone for too long. Silly girl.
Vern and Ethel (Steve's folks) are coming up with Callie (Steve's brother's daughter). They will come on Friday and leave Saturday. Jacob is turning two on Friday, so I'll make them a nice dinner then the other grandparents will come and we'll have a little party for him. I'm going to make "Death by Chocolate" for the occasion and stick two candles in it. I just don't want to spend the money on a cake and he isn't going to remember anyway!
Mom is bringing up a dresser for the new baby. I have a great spot cleared away in a closet for it. I love free furniture!
Well, I'm getting sleepy again, so maybe that's a good sign. I'm going to try to go back to bed again and maybe get another hours sleep before I have to meet the day head-on! Praise God for His strength when I am so tired and weak. He keeps me going even when it doesn't make any sense.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Todd Wilson, Familyman Ministries
This is an interesting topic and one that can leave you feeling a little more depressed after reading about it than when you began, especially if you have a bunch of children. Because the truth is, it gets harder to spend one on one time with each child the more children you have.
We have eight children, and the thought of having to take each child out for a daddy-date or a mommy-date sounds overwhelming and practically impossible. I know for a fact that my wife sometimes feels weighted down in this area. She's fallen under the impression that, for anything to be special to a child, it has to be one on one.
I'm not sure that is true or even good for a child. Maybe it's possible for a child to feel special even when surrounded by all the other children in a family. Maybe it's even better. And that is doable.
For those of us with more than a couple children, we can make it a point to hold one of our children on our lap and talk about the day, read a book to one of our youngest, or work on a project with our oldest. We can watch a family video and snuggle up to one child in particular, go out to eat and let child "D" sit next to us at the table, or go roller skating as a family and hold hands with one of our sons or daughters as we make our way around the rink.
If you think about it, maybe it's better to train our children that they can be special without having to be away from everyone else.
Not that I'm against spending time with a child one-on-one. There are times when I have to speak somewhere, and I take one of my children with me. It's fun to talk, work, and eat together. And my wife takes one child along with her when she goes grocery shopping each week. They rotate, and she buys them a special food treat when they go. The kids love it.
Although we do those things and you might implement them as well, you should not feel guilty because you just can't seem to get them alone for one-on-one time very often. Instead, try making them feel special within a family context. I bet you could even do that today.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
This morning I was lying in bed praying for my children. One of the things I often pray for is that they would make their faith their own. I don’t want them to just believe because I’ve taught them to believe. I want them to see that God is real for themselves! That He speaks to them and wants a relationship with them.
After breakfast that same morning, I was reading my children a story about a Muslim who persecuted Christians, but then became a Christian after experiencing the love of those he was trying to intimidate. He then became the persecuted. Josh, my nine-year old, asked me the “scary question”. This is the question that all Christian parents dread. He said, “But mom, what if it’s all a joke? What if God isn’t really real?” I immediately reminded him of his brother, Andrew’s, bunk bed accident. I told him, “Andrew wouldn’t be with us today if God wasn’t real.” I then went back through the past few years. I reminded him of how God answered our prayers for a larger house for our growing family, how we wouldn’t even have had the last three children if God hadn’t spoken to me about it and changed my heart. I shared with him, that I wouldn’t be homeschooling if the Lord hadn’t kept bugging me about it until I finally said, “Yes!” My husband went on and on for about an hour dialoguing with him about God. Taking him back to Creation, to the forgiveness of sins, to what would it be like to be an atheist without hope.
It was WONDERFUL! What an opportunity God gave me to share once again “the hope that lies within us”. It was a direct answer to my prayer that I had spoken that morning to my loving God.
Josh was so inspired that he wanted to lead someone to the Lord “right then”! So he asked if he could help get Jesus into Andrew’s heart. It was precious to see him lead his little brother to the Lord! I told him that it is very important that his brothers and sisters hear about Jesus from him and that he has a huge responsibility as a big brother to help teach them.
Praise God for His goodness and his immediate answer to my prayer! Don’t be afraid or intimidated by “The Question”. It will happen and it should happen. You want them to be thinking for themselves and coming to those logical conclusions on their own about the realness of our invisible God. It is our job to facilitate those discussions and encourage them in their growing faith and of course, pray, pray and pray some more!
May God bless you as you endeavor to teach your young ones about their Savior and Friend, Jesus.
From One Mom to Another,
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
I have decided to not even attempt to homeschool today. Even teachers get sick days.
Steve is home and it is payday, so we need to go shopping. This is always an odyssey when you have five children. The two older boys help push the cart, which is a huge help now.
We got our tax return yesterday, so I need to pay all the bills and see what's left so we can determine how much to put on a 15 passenger van. We have a CD and try to put some money in it whenever we can, so that we can stay out of debt when we do need to buy it.
Toni! It's great to see you comment. I'm so glad you got your computer back. Poor little Calvin, I will pray he gets better. I know how he feels.
Jessica, nice to meet you. When I have time I'll put you on my blog list. I love your name, I have a Jessica as well. How are you related to Crystal? If you don't mind me asking.
Thank you for the garlic and oil remedy. I haven't had a chance to try it, but I want to do it soon.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Yesterday, I started feeling crummy and then both ears completely plugged on me. I couldn't believe how fast it happened. I went in at 2:30 p.m. for my OB appointment and asked if he could check my ears. Sure enough, I had an ear infection in my left ear. So he started me on antibiotics.
I can hear out of my right now, but my left feels like I have an earplug in. It's driving me nuts and is quite painful.
Several people posted on my sister's blog about garlic and oil remedies for ear infections. Could you give me an exact recipe for that if you know it? I would love some relief. Praise God, Jacob seemed to be a different child yesterday. He was really feeling better. It's me that's the wimp now!