Category: Parenting

Who are you calling short?

It’s a strange and wonderful thing when your children no longer just out-number you, but now we’re beginning to be out-grown!  Over this past year, J has grown at least 4 inches.  Passing me in height, which is not a particularly difficult thing to do, but he is quickly closing in on DaddyScott too.  Looking UP to my child is a very strange feeling indeed 🙂 I wonder if eventually I will be the midget in the house??  At least I will always have L, who has always been my short girl and doesn’t seem to be breaking that trend any time soon.  This is just such a good visual reminder for me… that my children will grow up.  There is no stopping it or slowing it down so we might as well enjoy it.  Love you J 🙂  Maybe you’ll be as tall as your G-pa Scott!

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Friday – Link Love

A wonderful web site that has blessed me in many ways!  It has a forum that I participate in regularly (the only one really) and in February this past year, we spent some time in Williamsburg, VA at a retreat organized by MOMYS.com.

Learn to cook online. Traditional foods, sourdough, cultured dairy, cheese and more!

This is a class my wonderful hubby got me for Christmas and I am enjoying it very much!  I am focusing primarily on Sourdough at the moment.  The website is a wonderful resource, even if you can’t afford the class.

A wonderful blog with LOTS of helpful ideas on home management, homeschooling, and generally raising up a large than average brood of children 🙂  Even if you have 1 or 2 kiddos, you would still greatly benefit from this web site!  It's very encouraging.

What links are you enjoying this week?

A collection of quotes on mothering & parenting in general…

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“If you love your children, let the simple Bible be everything in the training of their souls, and let all other books go down and take the second place.” J.C.Ryle 


~Ephesians 6:4~“Let no Christian parents fall into the delusion that Sunday School is intended to ease them of their personal duties. The first and most natural condition of things is for Christian parents to train up their own children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Charles H. Spurgeon
“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man, so are the children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127:3~5 

“God never gives us hindrances. On the contrary, He means, in making us wives and mothers, to put us into the very conditions of holy living. But if we abuse His gifts by letting them take His place in our hearts, it is an act of love on His part to take them away or to destroy our pleasure in them. It is delightful…to know that there are some generous souls on earth who love their dear ones with all their hearts yet give those hearts unreservedly to Christ” ~Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss 

“Here is a sweet, fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which it dwells is worthy all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in Christ’s name, I make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to your mother’s heart, welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, how wondrously blest!” (228-229) ~Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss


Adventures in Practicing Patience

   

People often assume I am a very patient person.  Patience is not a inborn trait (well it may be for some,) but for me it is not.  I’ve had to learn it slowly; difficult situation, after difficult situation (I’m a little hard headed, just ask my mom about my teenage years!)  God has graciously taught me how to begin to learn upon him as I deal with these daily, (and often times longer) trials.  One thing I still have difficulty with is being patient with the arrival of our newest family addition! *grin*

Every pregnancy I experience at least 2 weeks, sometimes more, of what is called prodromal, or pre-labor.  As soon as this starts up, every time I have a contraction I think “is this it?!?”  I just can’t help it!  I drive myself (and everyone around me too I’m sure) batty.  Well it has begun and God is in the process of teaching me yet another lesson in patience.

How do you pass the time at the end of your pregnancy or how have you in the past?  I’m in the count down now!


A Good Reminder…

Laughter in the Walls
by Bob Benson

I pass a lot of houses
on my way home.
Some pretty,
some expensive,
some inviting.

But my heart always skips a beat
when I turn down the road
and see my house
nestled against the hill.

I guess I’m especially proud
of the house
and the way it looks
because I drew the plans myself.
It started out large enough for us–
I even had a study;
two teenage boys
now reside in there.
And it had a guest room;
my girl and nine dolls
are permanent guests.
It had a small room
Peg had hoped
would be her sewing room,
the two boys swinging
on the Dutch door
have claimed this room as their own.

So it really doesn’t look right now
as if I’m much of an architect.
But it will get larger again.

One by one they will go away–
to work, to college,
to service,
to their own houses.
And then there will be room–
a guest room, a study,
and a sewing room–
just for the two of us.

But it won’t be empty.
Every corner, every room,
every nick in the coffee table
will be crowded
with memories.

Memories of picnics,
parties, Christmases,
bedside vigils, summers,
fires, winters, going barefoot,
leaving for vacation, cats,
conversations, black eyes,
graduations, first dates,
ball games, arguments,
washing dishes, bicycles,
dogs, boat rides,
getting home from vacation,
meals, rabbits,
and a thousand other things
that fill the lives
of those who would raise five.

And Peg and I
will sit quietly by the fire
and listen to the
laughter in the walls

baby weight

I have a confession…

I start my pregnancy with Peter at around 145lbs, not too shabby. I topped out at 170lbs before he was born. 25lbs, Still not too shabby. Ok, now it’s 4.25 weeks later (like the decimal point?) and I’m only down to 162lbs! I could scream!!! I knew I’d put on a little extra poundage (I fit snuggly into a size 12 pair of pants), but I didn’t think it was quite this bad….

So let’s try and rationalize this together… maybe I’ve gained some “muscle weight” since having Peter – I started working out as soon as I could a few times a week (pilates, yoga, a little light cardio) three times a week, plus drinking protein shakes & consuming extra calories so my milk supply wouldn’t suffer (since I’m breastfeeding Peter). Maybe I’m consuming too many calories…. *sigh* why oh why oh why oh why???

Ok…. I’m done ranting now…..

Now it’s time to strategize (sp?)… I’m going to cut back on some of the sugar calories, keep the protein up, boost the cardio frequency and let’s see where that gets us.

oh the joy of having children

I read an article this morning

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19762056/site/newsweek/?GT1=10150

and it was SUCH a good reminder to me of why I try to teach my children manners, respect & consideration and why I my self should use them as well. So many people I know who are married and do not have children seem downright terrified of having children. It seems as if they think life as they know will END if they have children. I’m sure many of them are turned off by the behavior of children (let’s face it, their rude, mean, inconsiderate, emotional little stinkers sometimes!) but this article makes me think, is it the PARENTS of the children that make them not want to have children? If you know me, you know I don’t like to make waves and I am horrified at the thought that my actions may have caused someone to not want to become a parent. Having children is a life altering decision. For one you have to give up being so self. Being really selfish and being a parent is like torture… trust me, I’ve tried it and sometimes slip back into it in bad moments – it STINKS. Having children is a life long commitment. You will always be a parent, even when they don’t live in the same house.

But I being an optimist am quick to point out what a JOY having children can be. Yes it’s the “happy” feeling kind of joy, but it’s also the kind of joy you can’t attach a “feeling” to. It’s when you look at your 5 year old son and know that somehow he survived from being an infant barely able to see, to be a smart intelligent little boy who can think an act for himself and just continues to grow smarter and more “himself” every day and I had something to do with it! (shock and awe!) Not to mention, kids usually are so cute (it’s a survival mechanism). Life doesn’t have not “end” upon adding children to the equation, it just takes on a different balance and you have to be much more deliberate with your time to get things done. I have four children and I wouldn’t change that for ANYTHING in this world and I hope that doesn’t scare you either.