Wednesday, September 30, 2009

G'bye September

and hello to fall! We have gotten our first cool snap here in northwest Florida. We shouldn't cross the 80 degree mark. When it was only 51 outside at 7 this morning, my kids came in shivering and asking for jackets. Of course the jackets are still packed away and will probably stay there for about a month more.

Yesterday marked the first day back to school after our baby break. Whew, what an adventure. The first year we homeschooled, Lydia was a baby. John was taught K-4 and Ethan was mostly engaged in school too. I guess every year homeschooling will be a learning experience to some degree.

You can imagine, or you may know what life is like right now. It is fun and challenging. It's especially difficult for me because I am a scheduler and a planner. For homeschool, I'm sort of structured. Trying to teach a first grader and a kindergartner, while keeping up with a very active 2 year old and a newborn has been good for me. I'm trying to learn that life doesn't always fit a schedule and that is okay. I'm praising God though for the learning experiences I'm gaining. I'm having to ask for extra patience.

And yes, I do know that "tribulation worketh patience." I once knew someone who honestly told me don't pray for patience and quoted the latter part of Romans 5:3. I understand that when you ask for patience, life will get topsy-turvey. God knows the best way for us to learn and sometimes that is through troubles. Besides, when you read the whole verse and surrounding passages, it's so much more encouraging!!

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
-Romans 5:1-5

There's no need to fear praying for patience. Just understand that when things start going bananas, God's in the middle of it.

Guess that was my self-pep-talk for today!! I've wasted too much time here. :-P

Friday, September 25, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook - September 25, 2009

FOR TODAY - September 25, 2009

Outside my window ...
it's a sunny 80 degrees outside this morning and 90% humidity. It should be another hot day with forecast temps near 90. The weatherman predicts cooler temps by the beginning of next week. Maybe it will start to feel like fall soon. I surely hope so!

I am thinking ...
of how glad I am that Josiah finally decided to quit fighting sleep ... for now at least. I am thinking that it's time to start a Christmas play with the teenagers if we plan on doing one this year. They have said many times that they want to.

I am thankful for ...
how blessed I am to have 4 children and to have a Bible to raise them by.

From the learning rooms ...
still taking a furlough from school. Perhaps we will start back soon.

From the kitchen ...
a very yummy dinner planned for tonight: meatloaf (one of my favorite), mashed potatoes and gravy, butter beans with squash relish.

I am wearing ...
a khaki skirt with an orange shirt. Socks and no shoes ... very unusual for me.

I am creating ...
I got a few new patterns yesterday that I bought from eBay for a great price. I also need to make Lydia a few new dresses with bloomers.

I am going ...
no where until Saturday when we'll be going to my mom's.

I am reading ...
Nice quiet Bible study has been interrupted lately by middle-of-the-night baby feedings. If you have the energy to still get up and have your nice long morning devotions, I'm glad for you, but I don't. I'm still getting in my Proverbs and little bits here and there, but I'm working it in when I can. I've been reading The Duggars: 20 & Counting. Next in the reading queue: Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends.

I am hoping (praying) ... that Josiah starts sleeping through the night soon. Although, I think were are still pretty far from that point. I'm still praying that I get up to 100% soon. I feel much better since my surgery, but still not running at full throttle. I'm praying for the ladies of the church as they attend a retreat this weekend.

I am hearing ... the children playing. I also have Salvation is Created by Pavel Tchesnokov playing via iTunes. Love that piece!

Around the house ... the morning chores are done. There is always tidying up to do. I'm looking forward to getting a new Scentsy fragrance. A nice smell does wonders for the home!

One of my favorite things ... the meatloaf recipe I'm making today! mmmmmm!!!!

A few plans for the rest of the week ...
we have a family dentist trip for Monday. We plan making preparations to plan the fall garden soon. Not too much planned other than that.

A picture thought I am sharing ...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

One Month

Mr. Josiah David celebrated one month during the wee hours of the morning. We celebrated the event with sleeping and a 2 am feeding!

And still, there is no lack of help. Josiah had a bit of a bellyache after his feeding at 7 this morning, which drew all sorts of attention from the other three. I'm wondering if the B-complex I'm taking is making his belly hurt.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Autumnal Equinox

In other words, the first day of fall. As I was reading today, I was reminded of a time when I was little. My mom tried to put the standing egg trick to the test. She actually got it to work! When I came in from school she told us what she did. I was completely fascinated to see the egg defying gravity. She told me not to touch it because she wanted to show Daddy. Well, as the time I was about 6 or 7 and something like that is just too amazing for a little girl to keep her hands off of. One touch and over toppled the egg. Dad never got to see it.

Anyway, if you can wrap your head around the explanation, here's the "why" behind the egg trick.

Maybe we could turn this into a science lesson in the future! :-P

Friday, September 18, 2009

Answered Prayer!!

I mentioned a while back about my high school principal, Frank Lay and the school's athletic director, Robert Freeman. The two men were charged with violating a court order which forced them to not pray when Mr. Lay asked Mr. Freeman to bless the food at a faculty banquet. There were no students in attendance. Yesterday was the court date for the two men.

The judge found them not guilty!!

From what I heard of it, it was a wonderful sight. There were hundreds of supporters, many of them Pace High School students and alumni. From what I was told, when the ACLU's lawyers walked in front of the courthouse the supporters began singing hymns. When Mr. Lay and the lawyers from the Liberty Counsel, the crowd applauded and cheered.

You can read more about the case at the Liberty Counsel's website.

To God be the Glory!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Favorite Things

I noticed a "favorite things" list in Michele's sidebar and thought it was really neat. I like it because you can learn about the little details about someone. Here is part of my list. I don't think it could ever truly be complete. These are not in order of what I love the best, but in alphabetical order. I also didn't include people; my Saviour, my husband, my pastor...they're just not "things."

A Hard Day's Work
Afghan blankets
Anything ridiculous
Being a Keeper at home
Board games
Collard greens
Conversations with toddlers
Country cooking (but healthy cooking)
Dry humor (my brother Daniel is the king)
Fall, especially October
Family Photo Albums
Good sales
Hot tea, especially green, mint, and chamomile
Large families
Making memories
My King James Bible
Natural medicine and home remedies
Old houses and barns
Organ for church music
Peanut boils
Pretty, but comfortable homes
Quietness (although I don't get much of it!!)
Reading encyclopedias and dictionaries for fun
Simple, modest clothing
Things that smell good
Vegetable gardening
Well behaved children
Youth and youth activities

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

From Around the House

Monday we took the family grocery shopping together. It was something that I did with the children, but lately it seems that I've been going on my Mr. Wonderful's day off. He'll keep the older two while I took Lydia. Yesterday was the first shopping trip since my surgery. I'm still not at all at 100%...most days I'm not even running at 50 or 25%, honestly. We had several errands to run and since I'm certainly not healthy enough to make a trip to the grocery store, we made a day of it. I was exhausted and in a good bit of pain when I got home, but we all had a completely wonderful time together!

One of our stops was at to Bible Baptist Bookstore to get a Bible that was a gift for this year's youth challenge. They have many, many kinds of study Bibles, and all they carry is King James Bibles. That makes it so much easier. As we were waiting to get the winner's name engraved on the front of the Bible, Jeremy saw this beaut.

We spent a lot of time looking through it, to be sure that the recommended treatments were trustworthy. Many of the remedies are the same as what has been recommended by our nutritionist-friend. The whole encyclopedia is filled with the Scriptures and encouraging comments by saints of old. And since it was over half off the retail price, we decided to get it. The first thing I did with it was to look up some herbs to help my get over this c-section. I found a few that I think will do some good.

Today our home is in major need of a serious blessing, as I have not been well enough to clean house. Here are the children busy at their tasks. It's so hard to teach little ones how to clean house properly, but it's worth the patience and effort. Once you get more than one or two kids, it takes more than one person to clean house and keep it properly cleaned.

Lydia had to clean up the baking soda she tracked all over the living room. While she was at it, she did the hallway too.

Ethan did the dusting.

John vacuumed up the rooms that have carpet.

Josiah didn't help, :-) but I just thought I'd share how he likes to sleep: wrapped up tight! He is now 3 1/2 weeks old ... and still has his umbilical cord stump. I wish that nasty thing would fall off!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

September 11, 2001

Where were you eight years ago? It is one of those days that you'll always remember. You'll remember the most insignificant nuances from that day. Like the Oklahoma City bombing. I had just turned 16 and was ironing a shirt to get ready to spend Spring Break with some friends. I remember not being able to understand why someone would purposely want to hurt so many other people. I also remember the same lack of understanding with the World Trade Center attack. When I first heard the news I had just gotten to work and as I was getting out of my car a co-worker said, "Did you hear? A big jet liner just hit the World Trade Center!" I remember saying to her in reply, "It just hit the building? I know it's tall, but sheesh, how could he have run into such a huge building? Wasn't he flying a bit low?"

It wasn't until a bit later that we came to understand that hitting the World Trade Center was the exact point. My boss, who lived right around the corner from where I worked, went home to get a TV so that we could watch the news. As customers came into the bank I worked at, I remember how heartbroken everyone seemed. I remember the disbelief in everyone's eyes.

In the coming weeks, I remember also how the nation banded together. I remember how people flocked into churches. How people called on the Lord to help our nation.

I'd love to hear what you remember about September 11, 2001.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Random Thoughts

I'm always looking to save a dollar to two, right? My father-in-law brought me a pile of cloth diapers. It's the sort that has the Velcro attached. The idea of cloth diapering sort of appeals to me, but we have always used disposable. Anyone out there have experience in cloth diapering? Are they messy or leaky? Are they too much trouble? And how would I get that big huge diaper around my little barely-nine-pound baby?

Saturday, September 5, 2009

More Frugal Fun

Ever since I had more than 1 child, I've used a baby carrier of some sort. To each his own, but I really strongly dislike carrying my child in the car seat for several reasons. For one, it is so extremely heavy with a child in it, and recovering from c-section, I can't lift baby in the car seat for a while. For two, it's so bulky. Seems like it's always in someone's way. For three, it just seems like something is not right with being out on a long shopping trip and only picking your baby up for feedings. Guess I'm sort of hands-on. I've used a backpack-style carrier with Ethan and Lydia and was sorely disappointed in them. Too much strain on the shoulders. You may remember me posting that I wanted to try something new this time and that I made a Moby wrap-style carrier.

Well, after a few trial-and-error sessions at tying it up and watching several demonstrations on YouTube, here are some photos of me and Josiah.

I'm not looking so great, but I'm only 11 days postpartum. :-P It looks like he's smothered from this angle. His head is tucked in to keep it from flopping everywhere, but his nose and mouth are clear of obstruction.

You certainly don't have to hold on to him, but I wanted to be sure you could see him in there. Ethan saw what all was going on and, of course we heard, "Take my picture too, Daddy!"

A closer up shot of him snuggled up by Mommy.

I really love this carrier for several reasons. I can wear him in it for hours and never feel any strain on my shoulders or back if I remember to use good posture. Price, naturally is another kicker for me. To buy a new name brand carrier can be as much as $60 or $70, depending on style. I bought a higher quality fabric than I normally do. I also bought 5 yards in a continuous piece, so I spent about $25. But, since this fabric came on a 60" bolt and I only needed a width of 20", I have plenty leftover to make dresses for me and Lydia! I like it too because, being homemade, it's personal. I love my little owl patch that marks the center! I also bought a fabric that wouldn't ravel, so I didn't have to sew a stitch, except where I sewed on the iron-on applique´to be sure it didn't fall off. Oh, and in this carrier he is so much more secure than in the backpack-style one. His head doesn't fall over to one side or the other, nor does his head bounce and bobble when I walk.

Maybe I could make a few of these up and sell them on eBay...

haha, like I have time for that.

Friday, September 4, 2009


At long last, I have gotten a decent picture of little man with his eyes open!

You can click to enlarge. :-)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Many congratulations go out to the Duggar family, of whom I am big fans. I heard on the news this morning that they are expecting their 19th child. I decided to confirm it on their family website before I posted my congrats to them. Sure enough, Michelle is due on March 18th!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Highlights of the Week

Since he's had a few days off to help me recover from surgery, Dad made a tire swing for the children.

For some reason, Ethan is calling it a tiger swing!

When I saw how high Lydia was on the swing, I nearly had a heart attack!

John loves the swing too, but he doesn't like it to twist.

We're having trouble getting pictures of little man with his eyes open, but this face he makes here is so funny to me.