Life has been good around here despite some real challenges. I still don't have much of a voice. Although I am not trying to do a complete voice rest, I am still not yelling, reading out loud, lecturing and talking on the phone much. I have prayed that God would not heal me of these nodules until He has truly used them to break me of some very bad habits. I've never prayed anything like that in my life. Usually, I just want anything that makes my life uncomfortable to just go away! I don't want to relearn this lesson. Discipline is not pleasant at the time, but it is used to refine me in ways that only God could do. I continue to be thankful for the affliction. It is a choice, though. Sometimes I fail when I get frustrated, but I remind myself that I have gone over three weeks without yelling at my children. It's worth it!
Steve had another arthritic episode before his scheduled infusion this week. Despite the severe pain he was in, we chose to praise God that it was only one week instead of two weeks of pain. He had lost about 10 more lbs and we saw that it made a difference. God is using this affliction to keep him going on the weight loss. He only had to miss two shifts this time, instead of three. Also, he was able to run the Hood to Coast relay race (largest relay race in the world) just a few days before the arthritis appeared again. He had trained for a year and worked very hard for it. God rewarded him and let him run!
I am still taking a break on the three R's of homeschooling. We are instead focusing on our upcoming Revolutionary War birthday party for the two older boys and their cousin, Josiah. We have made flags, colored pictures and decorated the entire house with battle scenes and recruit posters. The outside of the house has turned into a battle ground with impromptu cannons and camps and such! I am planning on giving a tea complete with scones and cucumber sandwiches with savory meats. We will make the scones into flags, using the whipped cream and then blueberries and raspberries for the colors. Costumes are getting washed and weaponry is getting ready! I went to the library and got about 5 more books on the Revolution that they can study. It's been a great unit study and a nice break from the regular homeschooling routine.
My garden is producing wonderfully this year! I'm so thankful. I have been able to put up lots of beans this year and give some away.
I've taken up running! Yes, you read that right, running! My hubby convinced me that I should start running. In two weeks, having never done anything cardio, I am up to running two miles. It feels good and so far my hips are agreeing with it. My lungs, however, are a different story! I feel like I am trying to breathe underwater. They are in terrible shape. I can't wait till that improves. It feels so good to run. When I run, it is just God, the pavement, and my worship music. I'm not worried about anything expect finishing the run. It is good to challenge myself. Steve wants me to train for a relay race from Spokane, Washington to Sandpoint, Idaho. At first I said no way, but I do want to challenge myself. That would be an impossible goal, but nothing is impossible with God. So I am praying about it. If it is His Will, it will happen.
Just wanted to give you a little update on what is going on. Thank you for all who have prayed for Steve and I's health. I guess we are getting old! LOL!
"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