Have a Merry Christmas!

There is so much going on around here! Lots of cooking, eating, present wrapping, present sneaking, and lots of family squishiness. We are getting ready to get cozy in the house for a few days and then make a trip to see some very special people. 🙂 

I will be back here next week hopefully with pictures full of Christmas goodness! I hope that you all have a Merry Christmas and enjoy your families! Don’t forget to say Happy Birthday Jesus! 

Oh! And I went to my first appointment with the widwives today. So cool. I’ll give you updates next week! 

Merry Christmas!

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Cleaner than clean…

So, I am on this slow venture to becoming chemical free in all of the products used around our house.

To clear up any confusion:

Yes, I’m a little stranger than most. (you had fair warning of this when I began this blog)

No, I’m really not one of those crazy hippies who don’t shower.

I do in fact, feel that it is important to take the best care of your family as you possibly can. Even if this means going against the grain of the trend in our society. I am on a mission to stay balanced in a world that is extreme in one direction or another.

So, back to my point. Thus far I have started making my own laundry detergent, (thanks to Jenn and Tipnut – one of the best resources I’ve seen), fabric softener, and stain remover. This is my first week washing my hair and body with homemade shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. (You wouldn’t believe what all they put in that stuff. Not to mention the amount of build in the pores of your scalp… yuck) The only thing that I am stuck on buying already made is face wash and moisturizer. I have been a Burts Bees user since I could remember. Scarlet uses the same homemade soaps in her baths. She uses Burts for everything else. Though it is more expensive, I am hooked.

A while back I attempted at making my own deoderant. It wasn’t great. I will soon try again using this lady’s advice.

Here’s my list of things still to convert:

1. Hand soap

2. Dish washing liquid – seems to be the one I am most nervous about

3. All- purpose cleaner

4. Baby wipes – attempted these in the past, they’re tricky.

5. Disinfectant – there is actually natural disinfectant that is not Clorox

Things I’m not sure I’m interested in making:

1. Shaving cream

2. Lotion – of course I use Burts right now, but there is the idea of using pure shea butter.

3. Toothpaste – not so much… maybe we’ll just by the expensive organic kind.

I really like the idea of all the products in my house either being made by me or being made with ingredients I can prenownce. Not to mention the huge amount of money I have already saved on the products I have made!

Yay for being cleaner than clean!

This word I’ve never heard…Quiverfull

First off, before I forget, I promise that I will begin again taking pictures very soon. I have located my camera and my charger, but still in search of the cord that connects it to the computer. Phew. That move was pretty crazy.

Just to update you (because you care lol) on the amount of boxes in my house, there are still boxes lining the walls. Many of the giant bags of stuff that I have no idea what they contain are sitting on our porch to be out of the way. I decided to put off the unpacking and set of our Christmas stuff instead. Way more important right? We didn’t think Scarlet would care much if we had a tree this year, oh but she did. She wakes up every morning saying, “Twee!” and pointing to our living room. Right this moment she is taking ornaments off and showing them to me and then putting them back. So cute. Luckily, I had some adorable non-breakable type ornaments that went on the bottom half of the tree. 🙂 

So, yesterday, after I posted that post, I found this one, and to be honest I didn’t know how to ask this question and put it any better than she did. She totally got me thinking about the subject of contraceptives and taking control of your own life, control that God should probably have. I don’t know how I feel about all this. Before I make a decision I was wondering if there is a side to all of this that hasn’t been said. The idea of a “Quiverfull” while being very novel pretty much made my stomach all knotted up. 

Quiverfull meaning:

Psalm 127:3-5 

 3 Sons are a heritage from the LORD, 
       children a reward from him.

 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior 
       are sons born in one’s youth.

 5 Blessed is the man 
       whose quiver is full of them. 
       They will not be put to shame 
       when they contend with their enemies in the gate.

Pretty much, this scripture now weirds me out. There is nothing in the Bible about contraceptive, even the natural way that probably was known about in that day. But there are lots of scriptures like this. 

Then there is the whole thing (that she didn’t mention) about how American chirstians are basically being outbreed by the Islam religion. Because they do not use any contraception. So, basically they are building a larger religion from the ground up. They don’t go seek out and “witness” Islam to the world, they birth them and raise them. Makes you think about how our christian society got to be so set on “evangelizing” the world and not so set on raising Godly children to be here when we are gone, to carry on the torch, if you will. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against evangelizing by any means. God asked us to do that, but it’s when that takes preference over the “arrows” that He gave us. 

This all is rolling around in my brain today. I talked with Joseph and he suprised me. He said he wholeheartedly agrees with her and that he has always had a bad feeling about contraceptives. Totally suprised me. So now, with lots of research, prayer, and counsel I must form some sort of idea of how I feel about all of this. 

If you have the time, pop over there and take a look at her post. (there is a post on that post that you have to connect to to really get the full idea) Then let me know what you think. I’d love to hear what everyone has to say. 

Happy Tuesday!

Some encouragement…

I know that it is strange to post about someone elses post. But WOW, this woman is super amazing. It is so nice to see that there are mamas that love God with everything and give there lives to raise Godly, healthy, well-balanced children, and adore the man God gave them. Sometimes I look at all that is on my plate and think, “God, did you really create me to be able to handle all of this???” But He really did design us to not just manage a lot but to manage it with grace. I have no idea who this woman is, but to read her thoughts on living life on purpose, loving her family with an unending love, and adoring her Father is super-duper inspiring. It helps me know that it is all not only possible but can be done gracefully.

Here is something I completely agree with and believe it is very well put, I thought I’d share:

I was a wife before I became a mother. I believe that while my children are (cherished) temporary visitors in my home, my husband is there to stay and should be treated as an important, respected part of the family.

Let’s greet our children the natural way. Basically, I feel it is important to give babies the gift of a natural, uninhibited birth when possible.

Breast is best. I believe it’s important to breastfeed our children, for the sake of their health, when possible.

Healthy foods are a priority. We owe it to our children to foster healthy eating habits from an early age.

Choose doctors, medications and vaccinations wisely. I believe that it’s important to consider alternative routes to health before relying solely on a medical doctor to fix/maintain our health (although medical doctors can sometimes be of great service).

Products matter, too. As parents, we are responsible to preserve our children’s health by becoming educated and choosing healthy products.

Discipline is absolutely necessary. There is an anti-punishment/anti-consequence movement in the world of parenting, which completely ignores the Bible’s clear instructions on how to raise our children well.

Church is not just for grown-ups. Children do not need to be tucked away into childcare, but instead, can be taught to enjoy church as a family event, not only a grown-up event.

Homeschooling. Homeschooling provides children with quality education that simply cannot be matched in a private/public school setting.

Children are to be enjoyed. We live in a time where children are viewed as an inconvenience. This should not be so.

Forget the parenting books. I believe that we ought to put our faith in God’s Word and the quality people he’s placed around us to counsel us as opposed to methods and rules given by “experts” that only speak from their personal experiences.

Don’t get caught up in a trend. We must reconnect with the art of parenting (focused entirely on honoring the Lord with our decisions), not the trend of parenting (which focuses on playing the part of a hip, social role).

This really helped me to remember what my goals are, where I am headed and with whom this journey effects. I love to meet someone (or get a birdseye view) and see their journey. The intertwining of God’s people is so evident these days. With the technology we have (loved this blog) one of the upsides is that we can be in constant contact with and constantly surrounded by people that are living in the midst of what God has called them to do. Really, the honest truth is that there is no reason for God’s people to be in a constant state of discouragement. We have so much inspiration and so many examples around us to be continuously lifted up. It is even possible to silently be mentored. This sweet mama has been an amazing source for many parts of parenting and the importance of family – I have never met her and she doesn’t have any idea what a difference she has made in the way I mama my babes. This dear friend and beautiful mama is one of the ones that is right beside me, embarking on this new journey of motherhood together. Oh, how special it is to have someone to go through this new season with. This mama is one of those “how in the world do you do it” super moms that I strive to catch up with. Her dedication to her sweet babies and her devotion to her husband is one of the most beautiful views of our purpose as women on this earth. If anyone is fulfilling the call it is this one. In all of this understanding of the great support and inspiration around me, there is not ever enough to be said about my own mother, who has sacrificed so much to be obedient to God in everything. She is the number one inspiration in my life. She is the best example of living a life dedicated to the people around her. In my long strange road to becoming a mama, she was right by my side. She always says, a mother has to be mothered to learn how to mother. Phew is that true. I don’t know what I would have done if she hadn’t been a comfort to me while I was learning to comfort a new life.

The reason this post began was because I have realized that no matter what goes on around me and what crazy things shake my world that I always have the ones around me who have done it before. 

This is what I will be thinking about today:

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Titus 2:3-5


I hope you find all the encouragement you need this week!

P.S. I love you

This movie should never be watched by any pregnant woman anywhere. I cried through the ENTIRE movie. Funny thing is, I was watching it by myself because Joseph was working on music stuff. He came out right at the end and he was like, “Does she love him? Who wrote the letter? Why are they kissing if she doesn’t love him? Why are they in Ireland? Whose that guy?” He never noticed that I was choking up the whole time trying not to bust into tears. He totally would have been way more confused. 🙂 Anyway, that takes care of any urge I had to see a sappy movie, at least for a while. 

Life at the apartment is finally slowing down. We got some Christmas stuff up. Still haven’t picked up my tree. 😦 But that is probably good considering I am still trying to get boxes out of the way. There is still so much to do around here. But I’ve decided to pace myself and not get to stressed over it all. In trying to keep peace I’m going to take some seriously needed breaks. Now that Sbucks is down the street that might be a good get-away.

Let me know if anyone wants to join me sometime for a much needed coffee get-away.

Hope a peaceful yet productive weekend is in all of our futures. 🙂

It’s a Boy!!!

Yes, it is a boy. I for sure thought it was another girl. 🙂 When I went in, the ultrasound tech barely put it on my belly and says, “Well, there it is!” She turned the screen and it was right there… boy parts! Woohoo! She also said that he looked very healthy. He was all wadded up in one side of my stomach so there were certain parts she couldn’t measure because he wouldn’t spread out. But she said they would just give me another one in a little bit, when he’s further along. So that they can be sure and measure.

I decided when we fond out that we were pregnant again that I wasn’t even going to think about it until I was further along. I did this for a lot of reasons but one being because I didn’t want to get excited to early and then feel like nine months of baking a baby is taking nine years. So, we waited to tell, I waited on everything. I really tried not to think about it. But when I saw his cute little alien looking face I got super excited. Now, I can’t stop thinking about what it’s going to be like with another little one around. I think Scarlet will be such a great big sister. She’s changed and grown so much in the past few months and I think these two kids will grow up to be very close.

As soon as I can get a picture scanned I will show you how sweet he already is. 

Have a great Monday!