Wife, Mummy, Nurse

22 April 2015

Two Completed Knits

Lately, I have been in a knitting slump. I start a project and take forever completing it. Of course the trip to PA did not help. Instead of knitting, I walked almost everyday since the snow had melted visit and finally go on walks since the snow had melted. Knitting took a backburner.

Thankfully, knitting has picked up. I completed three projects this past week (all of which were stash busts!!!). I only have pictures of two of the projects.

I knit the Mustard Scarf for Very Shannon's Gilmore Girls KAL. The mustard scarf has been in my Ravelry queue for awhile. I knit it with Lion Brand Homespun yarn (not my favorite), but: 1)It was in my stash, 2)It is easy to wash and care for, and 3)It gets softer after washing.

The second knit complete was the Garter ear flap hat. I knit it with Cestari traditional 2 ply wool, which I bought two years ago at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. Despite the slightly coarse feel of this yarn, I enjoyed it (the feel is similar to Peace Fleece, but not as "scratchy"). After washing it with Euculan and a tiny drop of conditioner, it is MUCH softer. I plan on giving it to one of the babies (from church) born in March.

I'm listening to The Secret Garden. This is one of my favorite books. It brings back memories from the summer of 1991 when I was in Northern Ireland with my mum; we were visiting my grandparents. My mum read this book to me that summer. I love the themes about family, compassion, and love.

Joining Ginny's Yarn Along.
What are you reading or knitting?
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13 April 2015

4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking

I love being a mother, but being a housekeeper can be very daunting. There are often times when the: laundry is overflowing, dishes are left in the sink overnight leading to chaos the next day, and dinner time is a mad dash before my children have to go to bed.

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Currently {April 13, 2015}

Sipping Donwell Abbey tea, with a spot of milk. Good tea drinkers put milk in the cup first, then add the tea.

Cleaning the bathroom! Okay, not really, but I NEED to. It has been over a month since I have cleaned it, though last week, I threw bleach in the toilet and scrubbed it. It's amazing how just cleaning the toilet improves the overall look/feel.

08 April 2015

Grilled Cheese Pizza Sandwich #Recipe #Giveaway

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It is grilled cheese month! When my family went out to eat, as a young girl, I would always order grilled cheese and french fries off the children's menu. Now, I shudder to think about the ingredients in processed cheese products that most grilled cheese sandwiches contain. When feeding my family grilled cheese sandwiches I usually use provolone or mozzarella because these cheeses melt easily. With the most recent grilled cheese sandwiches I made, I decided to try out Rumiano Cheese and loved how the sandwiches turned. 

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07 April 2015

Baby Comfy Gummi Teething Jewelry

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My son is teething-A LOT. We recently got back from Pennsylvania, and the first week in PA, he woke up at least 3 times every night, in tears, drooling, gnawing on his fist. Unfortunately, breastfeeding did not help. Justin would nurse for 5-10 seconds and then push back of my breast.

01 April 2015

From Good to Grace #Book #Review #Giveaway

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I was born in a home where both parents are Christians. I do not remember a time when I was not a Christian. Growing up, I believed (and still believe) that Jesus was a real and perfect person, that He died for my sins, rose from the dead, and is now in heaven.

As my faith matured, I trusted that I was saved by faith and not by my works, but in reality, my thoughts still believed that I had to do something myself. I would beat myself up if I skipped reading my Bible, and even think, "I'm not a Christian. I don't read my Bible like I should. I did not spend my 30 minutes in God's word three times this week." Looking back, I viewed God more of a taskmaster than a loving Father sent His son to earth, to live a perfect life, to take my sins (my wickedness) on Him, and die for them. Because of Christ, I am now righteous in God's eyes.

10 March 2015

A Day in My Life {After Daylight Savings Time}

Daylight Savings Time (AKA the bane of a mother's existence). As much as I love this time of year, I wish we could do away with DST. Sunday was actually good, but on Monday morning I was exhausted. Yesterday had many highs and one or two low point. As the day went on, it got better and better.

Our children go to bed around 8 PM and wake up at 8 AM. My son had been up THREE times the night before (usually, he's up once and falls back to sleep). Three times, I had to get up, hold and nurse him, put him in the pack n play, and pray he'd stay asleep. I know I should have been happy to spend time with him, but I already lost sleep on Saturday night and continued losing it on Sunday night.

Monday morning, I was on the verge of tears and hearing this conversation did not help.
At 7:52 AM, Charis woke up and asked, "Can I get up and eat breakfast?"
Drew, "No, not yet. What's the rule?"
"I have to wait until 8 o'clock."
8 AM came. Charis, "It's 8 o'clock!!!!"
Drew woke up with our children and let me sleep in until 9:20! Reason 829 that I know I married a keeper.

When I finally rolled out of bed, I picked up my son and nursed him. I usually enjoy breastfeeding (especially during the day). It's the one time where I have to STOP from the business of life, hold my son, look at his sweet face and toes, and nourish him. This mama, at bacon and eggs for breakfast. After we at breakfast, we had family worship. We're currently reading through Hebrews and learning about Jesus the Great High Priest (and have been thankful that we do not have to sacrifice over and over and over... Christ's death was once and for all.). Drew left to go to work on his dissertation and later his tutoring.

Happy mail came! I'm a BALM! Baby blogger and received some natural body products. FYI, their Pits! Natural Deodorant is AMAZING!!

After my son woke up from his 2 1/2 hour nap (Hallelujah!), we walked to Dunkin' Donuts to buy donuts (goodbye eating healthy) and a coffee for me. Sadly, I left my baby carrier at my parent's house and the other carrier was in our van (which Drew had). So, I had to drag the stroller down the flight of stairs and outside before going back in for my children. Note to self: Get the baby carrier out of the van!

After going home, I had to do necessary duties of cleaning and cooking and sang Psalm 113, while picking up.

Justin did not want to go to sleep and was fighting it last night. He had to be nurse three times before finally falling asleep, but this time, I was happy to treasure his face.

How was your day yesterday?
Did Daylight Savings Time affect your family
or outlook on life?