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Friday, June 29, 2012

My Heart's Desire

I know that God knows the desires of my heart.

My hearts desire for awhile now is to move.  Move to the country.

I would love to walk outside and look around (no other houses around me) and just breathe.  Breathe in the fresh air, look up into the trees, run my hands over the flowers.

I would love for my children to be able to have a dog.  My 6 year old son has such a deep longing to have a 4 legged companion.

I would love to get my daughter away from the bad influence that is around her where we currently live.

I would love for my husband to come home and be able to prop his feet up comfortably in the back (or front) yard and not feel threatened/judged by neighbors.  But instead to feel at peace with God's surroundings.

Sometimes God puts these longings in our heart to prepare us for what's to come.  But sometimes these longings are flesh filled.  Please be in prayer with me that God would direct my heart.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My Postpartum Dream

I found this above picture online but no reference to the artist.  
If you know who it is, please comment below and let me know.  I find this so beautiful!

So if a girl can dream, this is what I'm dreaming of.  I would love a good postpartum experience being taken care of.    Here goes :)

I'd love to be able to just bond with baby for at least a whole month like women in other countries do.  We all brag about how much we can do after each baby but the truth is, we're hurting ourselves more than we realize.  We were not meant to live at the pace we do.  

To have someone keep me in supply with bone broth - I would even pay for ingredients.  It's so easy to make and so nourishing for mama - especially someone who has adrenal issues.

To have someone come in and help my daughter clean the house and keep things running.

Having someone come to play with the boys and give them a good time - Lyshie too or even whisk them away for a few hours.  Or doing crafts with them.  It will be the time of year when Thanksgiving is around the corner as will be Christmas.  My kids will love doing crafts pertaining to these.  Or taking them to a movie (i'd totally pay).

Having someone sending me letters of encouragement and asking how I'm doing so I don't feel so alone. 

Bringing over meals to take some of the burden off my family who will have to work extra hard while mama is down.

People praying for me and baby and our postpartum time together.  Definitely more important than all the above for sure.

Here's a neat article talking about postpartum practices in other countries.  And a quote from the article...

"These cultures place great emphasis on the health and recovery of the new mother. Relieved of housework, she is able to restore her energy and strength, and focus on caring for her baby and herself. The new mother and her baby are shown great attention and love.
Western culture could surely benefit from some of these simple, delightful, and inexpensive ways for a woman to ease her way into new motherhood and protect herself against postpartum depression."

If you know someone who is having a baby, please take the time to find out what they could use help with.  You just may save that mom from some very hard times in the future pertaining to her health.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

5 Month Maternity Pictures

My 13 year daughter took these today for me at the Nature Preserve.  I was very excited.  Enjoy!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Christmas Gift Planning Year Round

Picture borrowed from

I love to plan my Christmas gifts starting in January.  This helps me not only save money but save sanity.  I save money because I have all year to look for those specific items and it saves my sanity because my family is not stressed about what to get someone.  We're prepared.

Here's a few steps that have helped me.

1. First decide if you want to make all/some of your gifts.  If you want to make them, try to find neat and unique ideas online.  I LOVE for getting great ideas.

2. Is there someone in your family that has a lot of stuff?  For those people I get the same thing every year.  For our grandparents we do pictures in some form and homemade goodies.  For my mom and dad, I always get them a gift certificate to a Bed and Breakfast and add in something small for each one.

3. Make a list of everyone you'll need to buy for.  I make my list out something like this. I do put their names in of course but I didn't want to put them here in case my family wants to be anonymous :)

My family:
Brother 1 and his wife (I do couples gifts now) -

Brother 2 and his wife -

Mom and dad -

2 older nieces -

younger niece -

nephew -

Matt's family:

Our Family:
Daughter big gift -
Daughter stocking gifts -

4. Start thinking of things you want for each person.  In our family we get one big gift for each kid.  That doesn't necessarily mean it will be a lot of money but it's one thing they will really, really enjoy.  We do a gift for them to share, a gift for them to give someone else and stockings.  Stockings have a mixture of fun things and necessities like socks, undies, bras, etc...  As you think of gifts you're sure you want to purchase/make for everyone, type it by each persons name.

5. Have a gift tote (or 2 or 3).  I purchase these in red so I know these are Christmas totes.  As I purchase/make Christmas gifts, I put them in the tote.  I them promptly highlight that item in red so I know I have already purchased/made it.

6. The day after Thanksgiving or a couple days later we get our tree up and we wrap all the presents or put them in gift bags.  Then I sit them on top of our bookcases in our library/den in sets of families.  For instance, if we go to my husband's family first, I put all their gifts closest to the front door and all together.

7. Some other fun tips are make sure to check and as well as other similar sites for great deals.  For instance, I get almost all our Christmas pictures we give to people for free!  You will randomly see free 8x10 collages at Walgreens throughout the year.  I start making them around October and always have a couple extra sitting around here after Christmas.  You can also trade for items.  People often have full gift cards they won't use that you can trade items for or pay $5 or so less for.  

Also if you're making gifts, make all you can as soon as you can.  No one likes to get their gifts days/weeks/months late.

I hope I've covered everything.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask :)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Here's a 17 week picture of baby November.  We will find out in less than 2 weeks if 
we're having a boy or a girl :)

3 batches of strawberry freezer jam with the help of Jon and Allysha

Lyshie made my favorite homemade ranch dressing today.

Here Lyshie made some banana bread.  She's on a roll today in the kitchen! 

So what's been happening?  Well, we went on a mini family vacation to Frankenmuth last week which was wonderful!  We celebrated my daughter's 13th birthday last weekend which was a blast!  She had a party with her friends and then that merged into a party with family members.  Everyone had a great time as did my baby.  We're so thankful!  I hope to get a blog post up on that soon.

Baby November has been moving around so much it's crazy!  So glad to have the reassurance of the movement.  

Jon not only hardended off all my plants, but planted most of them as well.  He's turning into quite the farmer.  

Joshua is still his cute little self.  He sure knows how to make mommy smile.

I'd talk about my hubby but he isn't one for having people talk about him online.  So, without saying too much, I sure love that guy!