2.27.2009

TGIF

I for one, am so glad it's Friday. I am looking forward to the weekend, where my husband will encourage me to "Sit down and RELAX."

The spring cleaning bug has bit me. Yesterday I cleaned out under the kitchen appliances. I considered posted pictures, but it was too gross. Today, I thoroughly cleaned the children's rooms and especially focused on toy boxes and under beds. That was fruitful cleaning. Next is the windowsill dust that has accumulated between the storm window and the inside window. Fun! And then, I'm done. 'Til Monday.

2.26.2009

something fun for a change....

In my google search box, I typed 'Charlotte needs' with interesting results. Here are a few:

Charlotte needs you!
Charlotte needs Wales.
Charlotte needs Volunteers.
Charlotte needs dedicated revenue...
Charlotte needs shoes.
Charlotte needs to get a clue.

Lett me just add...
Charlotte needs you .... to comment!
Charlotte needs (a vacation) Wales (sure, anywhere'd be nice)
Charlotte needs volunteers ... to clean my floors, fold my laundry, I've got more if you are interested.
Charlotte needs dedicated revenue... I have a few ideas for an Etsy shop. It would take a bit of supplies to get started, but I think I could make money with a little investment and some time!
Charlotte needs shoes... um. What woman doesn't?
Charlotte needs to get a clue... what? I have a messy house, and spending time on the world wide web isn't the best way to spend my time? Yeah, I need to get a clue- and get busy!

Enough said. Back to work.

2.25.2009

This should be three posts :)

My little boy turns two soon.

It's been a difficult two years. Thankfully, the past six months have been much smoother than the first six months. Giving thanks for this is understating the facts. While I know there are so many people out there suffering to greater degrees than he did, it was still difficult, yet I remain thankful that it wasn't so bad and thankful that I can see the Lord bringing him out of it.

The first six months, he spit up A LOT. I had seen other baby boys who spit up more frequently than my baby girl had and I assumed that it was normal for boys. Boys and girls are different, right? That assumption was shot down at the six month well check. My baby, who had been born into the 50th weight percentile had dropped to below the 5th. He wasn't getting enough. Let that soak into a mommy's brain. I was devastated and became fearful over everything that involved my baby. We tried supplementing with formula- several different types, which all resulted in hives and vomiting and making this mommy even more fearful. I didn't want to let my son down. Finally, we discovered Enfamil's Nutramigen. And it worked. I became convinced he had a dairy allergy and possibly others, and I stopped breasfeeding. I felt like I had failed. Looking back, I could have changed my diet. The problem was I did try to eliminate dairy and other allergen foods from my diet and it didn't seem to have an effect.

Now 18 months later, he is thriving. At a recent well check he reached the 80th percentile for his weight. What a difference. I still have concerns about him, but I praise my God in heaven for the change in my boy's life.

I am also successfully breastfeeding my baby boy who is six months and thriving! Before he was born, I took my diet dairy free. I have found the more dairy I have, the more he spits up. That keeps me motivated to keep it to a minimal.

So to sum up.... a dairy free diet while breastfeeding works for my boys, Nutramigen worked for my big boy, and God's faithfulness carried me through a difficult time and that really worked for me! For more tips, visit We are That family for Works for me Wedensday!

red envelope day

I'm joining 'Works for me Wednesday' today in hopes of raising awareness for this event. You should do this. No matter which side of the fence you claim in this political climate, lives are at stake.



Red Envelope Day

2.23.2009

We love Jesus...and football

Apparantly T1 learned this song at church yesterday, because she was singing it all day. In this video, she is a little camera shy at first, and pretends to forget the words.... But she overcomes and finishes strong!


video

2.20.2009

I'm tired.

What was I thinking to start a blog, of all things... Amongst the diapers, the dishes, the messy floors, the meals to be prepared.... a blog, really?! This endeavor has been a great release for me. And I want to write all the time about all the things in my brain... but lately, my brain has been blank. Perhaps there was a time of emotional overstimulation and I am recovering now? And I want to write more. This self expression is good for me, but I don't know what to share, because I just feel tired and blank.
I think I need to spend more time filling up in the Word. That'd be good.

2.17.2009

Why now?!

It's taken me awhile to put this post together. I was sick a few weeks ago, and I think my brain is still recovering!

So, I keep asking myself, why now? I am nearly 30, well not this year, but I am looking at it soon enough :) Why has it taken me so long to accept my biological parents back into my life? This is especially interesting to me because as a senior in high school, I was reuniting with members of my biological family, just not the parents.

So, why now?

I learned something last year from the Almighty and it has changed my course. Plus, I have a husband who has been wanting to see this reconnection. For some reason, he thought it'd be good for me. AND, He's ALWAYS right.

This is what I learned- in a nutshell. Before creation, Satan separated himself from God. Satan deceived Eve, and in the deception, in the original sin, Eve ( and Adam, knowingly) separated the entire human race from God. See, God and man walked together in the garden, but you know the story, they were cast out as punishment. The connection was severed, human beings were no longer one with their maker. When Jesus comes again, (Hallelujah! I anticipate that day!) there will no longer be that separation! Jesus will not only reunite us with God the Father, but also with all the children of God. We will no longer be separated by the walls we put up.

So, I got to thinking. It's Satan's desire to separate me from the ones I love and the ones who love me. And, if my earthly parents do love me, then I am giving Satan the power in these relationships, by allowing the separation to continue. But, God desires us to be connected with one another. And, I have the power to bring about the reconnection! So that is why now. I wanted to see God work in these relationships. And I am so thankful that I have!

2.11.2009

Happy half birthday

My baby boy turns 6 months old. I don't know what happened to the first six months... and I feel certain that a first birthday will be here quite before I know it.

This baby of mine is the sweetest. He is so mild mannered and good natured. Very easy to care for, and always has a smile on his face. I pray he will be just as delightful as a teenager!

2.08.2009

will return

I was away. It has been a difficult couple of weeks, but the Lord is bringing me out of it. I had lots of ideas for posts floating around in my head, but I couldn't translate them into sense. Now that I have my brain back, and my children have their health back, I'll be returning to this cozy place of mine. I look forward to releasing my thoughts once again.