Saturday, December 27, 2008
On Christmas morning we were pleased to be able to spend it privately with our children. We only got our boys a few things but we really put a lot of thought into each gift. After all was open and breakfast served my lovely oldest son of 13, who mainly claims to want every video game system there is and could play for days on end and is usually very commercialized, put it the best. And I love him so for it. He said when asked if what they received from us was ok... "Yea, I like this much more. It was perfect, not like at grandmas where it was just too much. She just gets us too much stuff." How beautifully he put it. Too much stuff, nothing very memorable or meaningful, just stuff. But the few that we gave will be treasured and remembered for years to come.
We were not done yet, still later Christmas Day we attended another Christmas with my family including cousins, aunts, not yet fiance's and their family. Again too much stuff, craziness and not enough just enjoying the people you love. We left soon after the gifts were opened and it seems we started the trend because about 10 more left after us. I just wish my family would get the fact that Christmas is not about being selfish and outgiving everyone else, but about the one who gave the best gift ever.
Jesus, thank you for the only gift that matters.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
I currently stay home with my 2 boys Brad13 & Connor 6. We are expecting our third child, a daughter, in March 09. It wasn't always this way though. I was an unwed teenage mom when I met my husband. We met in college and married when B was 5. I, at that point, was done with having kids, or so I thought. I remember a conversation with Craig, before we wed, about children. He had asked how many children I wished to have and without thinking I said none but maybe 1 more. I still to this day remember the crushed look on his face. Life of course moved on and God changed my heart, we tried and got pregnant with C. Craig was overjoyed and since then I have become convicted (in only the last year) to let God plan our family size. Craig, well God knew best when he led me to this wonderful, amazing, strong, independent, and humble man. I have spent most of our marriage getting my own way and eventhough he is a military man, Craig has always let me lead. I find it difficult to get him to lead us now that I see my sin. I am truly aiming to be a Proverbs 31 and Titus 2 minded woman and would love any fellow sisters to join me on my journey. Please visit Biblical Submission today to start on your own adventure toward being a woman after God's own heart. It will be worth it, I promise.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
My husband is in the military and is up for re-enlistment Jan 31 09. He has been dealing with medical issues and has to undergo a medical evaluation to determine whether or not he may re-up. We are crushed but ok even if it means he has to leave the military and find employment elsewhere. Our problem comes from his unit, it seems no one their is in any big hurry to get the evaluation underway or give us any information. We are left to assume that on Jan 31 he will be out of the military. However he can not just go find another job since he can't make any commitment to anyone until that magic date. It has been very stressful on him (I lean more heavily on the Lord than he does during these times) and his days off and holidays have been messed with during this also. We do not honestly know anything from day to day.
In trying to find some comfort and reassurance in our convictions to embrace the large family lifestyle (we have only in the last year or so begun our walk with God) I came across this wonderful post at Generation Cedar . It lifted my spirits and helped me feel my Father's loving hand guiding my life. So things may look bleak, but God has a plan!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Let me think...
1. I love nuts of almost any type
2. I love watching CSI marathons on TV late at night
3. I freak out if a locust gets anywhere near my hair
4. I often say the lines on tv show before they are actually said even if it is a show I have never seen.
5. My pregnancies never have taken my waist until at least 6 months, so far
6. I love retro everything
7. I love it when my hubby voice acts for our boys
I don't like calling out others on this so if you want to participate please let me know so I can visit your site.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
We went to lunch at Applebees which was filling but not very tasty, I had a grilled Cesar Salad. Immediately following we drove to Historic downtown St. Charles and found a quaint little baby boutique by the name of Lovely Lullabies (222 N. Main). We purchased some body products for this momma's skin and I can't wait to try them out. There were some very innovative products and some simply adorable furniture. I told Craig I'd buy a certain canopy crib if we had the money, but if I had the money I'd buy a lot of things, lol! Gotta go try my yummy mommy products and fear not, I will definitely be posting my opinions.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Don't foget to vote tomorrow everyone!
Friday, October 10, 2008
I know it's not a big deal and that taking care of myself and baby is important. I just need to eat more and shift my sleeping habits so I can enjoy my 2 boys before we recieve our newest gift. Which we get to "see" in 3 weeks by ultrasound. Craig is very excited as well as myself. I want to have the boys come see too but it is at the hospital so we have to find out if that is allowed.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Monday, July 07, 2008
Sunday, May 04, 2008
I know this is my own fault to. I have been having some trouble submitting to Craig recently and whenever he would remind me to workout I would get resentful and not do it. Well I guess God showed me, didn't he, lol. I am praying for God to come and help me be submissive and take away my pride. I was doing well for a few weeks but it seems I have not been keeping my mind on it's leash. Which in turn caused me to have no control over where my thoughts have led me. I will try to post again in a few days when I can tolerate sitting up longer.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
I have been getting closer to God and began feeling more and more ill at ease with my chosen method (IUD-Mirena). Well I must tell you that there is a bit of back story here. I gave birth to my oldest at 18, being unwed and in college that just couldn't happen again so I went with Depo. Gradually I became more and more depressed. I gained weight and went from the Depo to combo pills. Those caused a drop in my libido and did further mental damage. My ob/gyn told me it was just in my head. Now about this time I began having abnormal paps and thus began a long battle with pre cancerous growth on my cervix that I vigilently watch to this day (never has developed into cancer so far). I went to my regular daoctor and he told me to find a new ob/gyn and that the pills were my problem most likely. I was a bit taken aback and found a new ob/gyn who agreed with my MD. So now here I was 5 years later and getting married. I staayed on the pills until I decided to try a diaphragm and then we wanted to have a baby. I was also diagnosed after my 2nd son's birth with Bi-Polar disorder and went back on BC to prevent those unwanted birth defects I mentioned, however my paps have been normal since. I felt convicted to drop the meds and use natural family planning and it worked well for a while. However, I had another BP episode and went back on the meds.
At this time (last March) I was not praying or really attending church but after awhile I realized the I kept missing pills and got afraid I might get pg so I had an IUD inserted. About 6 months ago I again stopped my meds and began to ask for God to heal my BP disorder. I feel he is working on that. My husband and I have a better relationship, we have bought a home (our first), and I thank God and praise Him for all these things. Yet I know I have something missing and that is letting him plan our family. I began to pray on this also and that's when it happened. I had proof of my IUD's abortifacient power. I have never been so ashamed in my life. I know I need to get this removed but here is where it is getting hard. God is trying to teach me something and I am listening. I must wait, I called a month ago to get the IUD removed. I was thinking it would only be a few days before I could be seen but nope, not until May 7. I during this interim have had the strongest longings for another child that I have ever had. All in His perfect timing. Please pray for me and ask God to give me strength and faith.
I do apologize if this post is a bit scattered but I am sleepy. I just really wanted to post this in case someone else was going through something similar.
I know it happens but this is the third night in a row that my youngest has woken me up before 4 am. The little darling has had earaches in both ears now and tonight was a total surprise. He is calling from the bathroom which is right outside my room. I go in to see what is wrong thinking he has a tummy ache. Now I did not turn on the light because he informs me that it hurts his eyes, so I turn on the nightlight instead. I am at this point noticing a large brown lump on the floor and some on the front of the toilet (which at this point he is still on). I inquire as to whether or not he needs wiped and what exactly were my not so awake eyes seeing. He quietly informs me that he missed the potty! What?! It takes me a few seconds to realize said lump is stinky and I flip on the overhead light, ugh! I then ask how and of course he can't figure it out himself. So out went the dirty undies, which for the life of me I can not understand how he got those dirty in the front outside, and down to the laundry I go, but not before realizing he has smeared the lid and apparently stepped into it also. As I come down the steps what greets me but a fresh mess from our loveable dog, all over hubby's Bowflex machine. What a great start to my Friday!!! Needless to say we got everybody and everything cleaned up and put back together, but not with out some grumbling. I think I need to pray for some extra patience today.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
On a side note, hubby and I went to Toys-R-Us yesterday. We were cooing over all the neat baby gadgets and such when it hit me. If we have any more children (God willing) we only need about $600 worth of "stuff" if that. I have it in my brain that only few things will suffice.
1. Radio flyer wagon w/ canopy $130-150
2. awesome bed that I can't remember brand for the life of me but I know it was $199.99
It was baby crib with long drawer underneath and an attached changing table with 3 drawers and
3. Any one of the reclining convertible car seats $50-100
4. An ERGO baby carrier $92
And an Extra
5. A nice comfy stroller that will grow with baby for when that cool wagon is too big $100
Of course clothing, diapers, and food are a must but I can provide that by sewing and breastfeeding. Easy!
So if you have been thinking I can't possibly afford all that baby stuff again, ask God for guidance because I bet you can! Beacause as I have seen God will show you how to make it through.
Monday, April 21, 2008
I am Mandy and I am a new Christian learning to love God above all, how to be a helpmeet to my husband, to train up my children, and becoming a Proverbs 31 woman. I welcome all to join me and will help any in need, if I can.
My hope is for this to be a place of joy and peace for all who visit and an inspiration as well as a record of my journeys. My family and I welcome you warmly, relax!