When we went to visit my mom while she was in the hospital, we stayed in a fairly cheap motel. There wasn't a bathtub and Lily was just plain getting ripe!
Soooo, I put her in the sink and washed her up good. She looked so cute in there, I told Jess to grab the camera and take a few pics!
She is so tiny still. I am just so in love with her. She is simply irresistible. She always has sticky things in her hair, because every time one of the kids walk by, they give her a big fat smooch on her head. I've found oatmeal, mashed potatoes, red Gatorade, you name it! I'm glad they love her, but she is impossible to keep clean because of their "attentions".
I just had to throw in a little of what I've been up to. My stepmom, Diana, has a huge garden and has been sharing all of her produce with us. She gave me a bunch of squash, which last year I wouldn't have even taken it. I hate squash and don't know how to cook with it. But thanks to the encouragement of my sister, I chopped it all up and put it into freezer bags to put in casseroles and soups. The kids don't even know it's in there. I did the same thing with the numerous GIANT zucchinies people gave me.
Today, I have been in provision mode. I started the day off putting in a huge frozen beef roast into the crock pot. I added beef bouillon, garlic, a bit of onion soup mix, salt and pepper. Topped it off with water to cover the whole thing and let it cook until 4:00 p.m. I then made up a yummy rice recipe. I had a bit of frozen broccoli in the freezer (not enough to use it as a side dish) so I chopped it up and put it in with the 1/2 brown and 1/2 white rice. I put chicken bouillon in the water, garlic and some butter. Yummy! I just let it simmer till all the broth was soaked up.
After dinner, I would have normally thrown the beef drippings away (I'm not a real gravy person), but my sister told me I could make broth out of it. In a different pot, I threw in some onions, green pepper, carrots and lots of garlic and a bit of pepper with the bone that was left over and some water. Then I added the drippings. I simmered it for about 2 hours. I'm going to let it get cold and then scoop the fat off the top. Can't wait to use that in some kind of yummy soup!
I made homemade cinnamon rolls for dessert tonight and breakfast tomorrow morning (1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 white flour, with sucanat instead of brown sugar). Right now, I'm making two loaves of bread for tomorrow. I've been busy but it feels really good.
I've reading an awesome book called "Womanly Dominion". It has been really encouraging me to take dominion over the things that God has put me in charge of : My house, my children, being a helpmeet to my husband, ect." Yesterday, I decided that I would take "dominion" over my bedroom and clean it up really good. I was so inspired that I went and did the same thing to my kitchen. I cleaned things that I don't normally do and even used baking soda to clean the counters. Wow, you want to talk about taking stains off (my grandma's suggestion for stain removal). Today, I went for the playroom/baby nursery. This is where all the toys are stored (I don't have that many) and tons of clothes that are either waiting for someone to grow into them or someone has just grown out of them and I'm saving them for someone else or I am too lazy to put them out in the shed. I went through 5 boxes of clothes and sorted them all out. It felt sooooo good! The room is clean and organized.
Tomorrow is a big day for the kids. Their first soccer games! We have a game at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. I know, crazy! But I'm trying to have a better attitude about it. I love watching them. It's chasing the two year old from eating other people's snacks and grabbing their water bottles that isn't so fun. Steve will be there to help and I think Dad and Diana will be there as well. I love it when grandparents come and watch them play. They sometimes distract the little ones and I can actually watch the game.
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"Show me your way , oh Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long." -Psalm 25:4-5 My Mission for this BLOG is to bring glory to God as I share what He is teaching me as I raise my children for Him. I want to encourage mothers all around the world to hang in there! Motherhood is tough, challenging and gritty. But through Christ's strength and the support of other moms who are in the trenches, I will keep pressing towards the goal to raise Godly children. Please feel free to leave comments. It blesses me so much! You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Stay-At-Home mother of six children. We LOVE having a large family. My first love, is Christ and the Words of the Bible. My passion is to teach my children about the Lord. I love to watch my children discover their own faith in God. My husband has been a firefighter for over 20 years and is now an officer. I am very proud of him. I long to be a Titus 2 woman who encourages other women to love their husbands and children and to thrive in their homes, not just survive.
The noblest calling in the world is that of a mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give. -David O. McKay Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrficing. Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountians of life and makes her co-partner with the Creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life. -David O McKay We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. -Psalm 127:3 The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom -Henry Ward Beecher The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children. -Elaine Heffner People who say they sleep like babies usually don't have them. -Leo J. Burke
To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life. She is a partner with God. No being has a position of such power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens. -Spencer W. Kimball