Wife, Mummy, Nurse: July 2012

31 July 2012

So Many Things To Be Thankful For {Gratituesday}

1. Fellowship with old friends and making new friends.  Last week was our denomination's international conference.  It was so good to see friends from Iowa, as well as making new friends.
2. Joel Beeke.  I LOVE listening to him preach.  He was the speaker at the conference.  I've heard him speak before at a PCA church in Western PA and on Sermon Audio, and every time I've heard him, he preaches Christ.  I point this out because I think it's one thing that is severely lacking in Reformed churches.
3. My in-laws, especially my MIL.  They were at the conference as well, and there were times my MIL was willing to watch our daughter, so that my husband and I could go to different events, such as the TFY reunion.  This was nice because my husband was busy presenting topics on two different afternoons.
4. My sister.  She and her husband allowed us to keep our van at their place for the week, which allowed as to ride with Drew's parents to the conference and allowed us to visit with her and her husband on the way back.  Plus, she vacuumed the van out!!
5. My daughter.  She's such a joy and a blessing.
6. The local yarn store in Grove City.  All the books in their shop were 50% off, as well as some Cascade yarn.  Yes, I did buy two books and four skeins of yarn.  Did I need them?  No, but I like buying on sale, not demand.

What are you thankful for?
Join me over at Heavenly Homemakers for Gratituesday.

Upcoming Giveaway Events

In August, I plan on participating in two cloth diaper giveaway events.

Flufftastic Summer Celebration runs from August 10 at 12:01 AM EST through 24 11:59 PM EST.  There are currently 28 blogs signed up and each blog will have a cloth diaper related giveaway $30 or more.

If you are interested in participating,
go to Eco Baby Mama Drama and sign up.

Accessorize our Stash runs from August 24 at 12:01 AM EST though 31 at 11:59 PM EST.  Each blog is required to have a prize package that is more than $15.  There 30 blogs signed up to participate.

If you are interested in participating, 
go to So Easy Being Green and sign up.

30 July 2012

Cereal Box Made Into Small Sewing Kit {#FreeFromTrash}

I was originally not going to come up with an upcycled craft for a cereal box because we don't buy cereal. Instead, we usually eat oatmeal, either rolled oats or steel cut oats, but 2 weeks ago, I was preparing to pack to go to Pennsylvania and Indiana, so I decided to buy my daughter some Cheerios.

Today, I had no idea what I was going to do with the box, other than putting it in the recycling bin, until I thought of making a sewing kit.  Supplies needed:

  • Thread
  • Scissors 
  • Cereal Box
  • Needles
1. Cut a 3 1/2 inch X 2 inch rectangle.

2. Get an assortment of different thread colors and cut them to desired length.  Wrap around the rectangle.

3. Place pin between the thread and put in a container, such as a baby food jar.

What uses for cereal boxes have you come up with?

27 July 2012

Why I Participate in the #BFBlogHop

Late last fall, I discovered the weekly Breastfeeding Blog Hop and decided to start blogging about my experiences nursing my daughter.  I do this for a number of reasons:
  • As a new mum, when I heard my friends' breastfeeding success stories, tips, frustrations, medical issues, etc., I was comforted and wanted to help others realize they are not alone.
  • It helped me realize I was not alone when my daughter was breastfed past 12 months.
  • I have been educated about different terms, such as Reverse Cycling.
  • It has allowed me to "meet" different bloggers who enjoy blogging about breastfeeding.
I am sad to announce that the host Erin at The Slacker Mom and the cohosts Lori at The Gnome's Mom and Marah at Happiness Redefined have decided to step down from their roles, but excited to announce that Sisters 'N Cloth is taking over as hosting and have asked me to co-host.

Next week's topic is "World Breastfeeding Week."  If you have any topic ideas or suggestions, e-mail sistersncloth{at}gmail{dot}com.  Or e-mail me at mummytocharis{at}yahoo{dot}com, and I will pass on the suggestions.  

26 July 2012

Mini Shawl {Yarn Along}

Recently, I have been knitting this Mini Shawl. I have no idea who will be receiving it. I am knitting it to use up some of my yarn stash. At the 38th Annual Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, I bought Ella Rae Classic Print yarn.  I like the colorway.  If it's not too big, I'll probably end up giving it to Charis or a girl at church.  The pattern is SO easy.  It's a quick knit, and I had no problem memorizing it.

I am about 60 pages into Mockingjay, the last of The Hunger Games trilogy.  I was able to read the first two in a day, but this book is taking longer because I decided I wanted to visit with my parents last week and visit and renew friendships this week. I'll probably read it next Monday or Tuesday.

What have you been knitting or reading recently?

12 July 2012

Why Do I Breastfeed? {#BFBlogHop}

In the United States, most expect moms to stop breastfeeding as soon as their baby turns one.  Last November, I thought Charis was in the process of weaning; she was only nursing 2-3 times per day, but then she got sick.  She would vomit EVERY SINGLE TIME she ate.  The ONLY thing she was able to keep down was breastmilk, so I decided to put in Peter Rabbit on my lap top, snuggle with Charis, and nurse her every 3 hours.  After this, she became interested in the 24 hour milk buffet again.  I was not impressed at the time, but now I'm thankful she's still nursing, even at 22 1/2 months.  What are these reasons?

  1. Continued health benefits.  The benefits of breastfeeding continue after a child is 1.
  2. Comfort for her.  It's easy to comfort my daughter if she injures herself.  She comes over to me, climbs up on my lap, nurses, and calms down.
  3. Closeness.  I'm still her mum and am willing to breastfeed.  She still wants it.  My motto with Charis and breastfeeding is, "Don't offer.  Don't refuse."  If she asks for "milkies", I give it to her, maybe not right away, for example if I'm driving.
  4. Knowing that if she should get sick, I can nurse her. 
Have you nursed a toddler?  If so,
what are your reasons for continuing? 

Vacation {Summer #BlogChallenge}

1. A period of time devoted to pleasure, rest, or relaxation, especially one with pay granted to any employee.
Most would not consider my most recent vacation a vacation; we did not go anywhere exotic, rather it was only 2 hours away from our home.  We attended my cousin's wedding in Lancaster county, PA.  It's amusing because my cousin was born in Northern Ireland, lived most of his life in France, and is now in Chicago at Moody Bible Institute.  Drew, Charis, and I lived the closest to his wedding.

The wedding was GORGEOUS.  It was so lovely to see my cousins, and as always I'm sad it was so short. My parents, Saundy and Seth, and Robbie and Jen were able to go as well.  We missed the rest of the Irish cousins.  

I cry at EVERY single wedding, not because I'm sad, but because it's a picture of Christ and the church. God is so good.  

One of my favorite parts of David and Amy's wedding was when she got a chair so she could kiss David. Got to love those McFarland genes.  

There first kiss as husband and wife.
Notice the chair.

11 July 2012

5 Favorite Blogs {Summer #BlogChallenge}

1. A Bit of This and That.  Written by an I.R.L. {In Real Life} friend.  I was in her wedding and she was in mine.  I love reading about her two little boys and baby sisters.  Plus, it's fun to look at her knitting projects.

2. MK Wings.  My cousin's blog.  She grew up in France as a M.K. {Missionary Kid} and is now married living in Edinburgh.  I enjoy looking at her photographs.

3. Happy in Dole Valley.  I met Lisa online because through Yarn Along and Gratituesday.  She has 5 children, but only 2 are still at home.  She's a Christian and often quotes J.C. Ryle.  I enjoy her Muffin Mondays and her knitting projects.

4. Small Things.  Ginny's blog.  Has Yarn Along link up every Wednesday, which is one reason I'm not on Ravelry as often as I used to be.

5. The Pioneer Woman.  I LOVE Ree's blog.  Her cooking.  Her photography.  Her giveaways {even though I'll probably never win}.

What are your favorite blogs?
I have many more blogs I read, 
but decided not to list them all,
especially since it's more than 10.

10 July 2012

Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Tree Topper Tutorial {#FreeFromTrash}

I love listening to Christmas music, especially in July.  When I saw today's #FreeFromTrash prompt {toilet paper roll}, I immediately knew what I was going to make-a Christmas Tree Topper.  Drew and I do not have one.  We've only had one small tree, and it would have been too small to bear the weight of a tree topper.  I decided to make the topper look like a soldier.

What you need:

  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Construction paper/scrapbook paper-red, black, and cream.
  • Scissors/paper cutting board
  • Glitter {Optional}
  • Measuring tape {Optional}
  • Marker {Optional}

1. Cut red construction paper. 6 1/2 inches X 2 1/2 inches.  
2. Cut black construction paper 2 1/2 in. X 1/2 in.
3. Glue black construction paper onto red construction paper and glue onto toilet paper roll. 
{See example below}.
Black strip glued onto red construction paper.
4. Cut cream construction paper 6 1/2 in. X 1 1/2 in.  Glue onto toilet paper roll, above the red/black.
5. Cut black construction paper 6 1/2 in. X 1 1/4 in.  Glue onto toilet paper roll, directly above cream paper.
6. Draw eyes and mouth on cream to make a face.
7. Spread glue on the top black strip and sprinkle glitter on it.

What have you made with toilet paper rolls?

Hardest Challenge I Have Been Faced With {Summer #BlogChallenge}


I was blessed to have an "easy" pregnancy; I had minimal discomforts.  My first trimester, I was so tired, but I did not have any morning sickness.  My second trimester, I had a surge of energy and felt like the Energizer bunny.  My third trimester, I started blowing up like a balloon, but my blood pressure was good, as well as my urinalysis.

When I was pregnant, I was SO nervous of labor.  I knew it would be painful, but I had never been in labor before.  I also knew that as long as I was far enough along, the baby would come; I could not change my mind and say, "Never mind.  I don't want to give birth.  I wondered "What would the pain be like?  Am I going to have complications?  Will I need a c-section?"  You can read the three parts of my daughter's birth story: Part 1Part 2, and Part 3.

And to be honest, I had an "easier" labor than many others I know.  But, it's still labor and is HARD work. I'm glad I don't have to go through that everyday, but the prize was holding my daughter for the first time.

What has been the hardest challenge you have been faced with?

09 July 2012

Pet Peeves {Summer #BlogChallenge}

Pancakes are not my pet peeve.
I had no idea what I was going to write about until last night.  My biggest pet peeve right now is someone entering my van and taking my purse.  Inside my purse was my wallet, DSLR camera, and prescription sunglasses. I'm trying to be thankful to God in this circumstance, but it's HARD.  

The most annoying thing they took was my camera, which I love.  I spent about $550 on it four years ago and was hoping to use it for many more years.

The other thing they took that I was not pleased about was my driver's license which was in my wallet.  I had the joy of spending 2 1/2 hours at the MVA this afternoon getting my license replaced.  Note: I'm being sarcastic.  I would have preferred playing outside with my daughter, especially since the temp was high 80's at most.  

Oh, and they also stole $20, because that's what I had to pay to get a new license.

I need to remind myself to be thankful for my husband.  He went to the MVA and took Charis home when we realized it was going to be a long wait.  He also made dinner tonight-pancakes and sausages.  No, you may not have him.  I'm keeping him.

04 July 2012

Updates on My Life

I have not been blogging the last week because my mum and my sister were visiting last Wednesday through Saturday.

On Friday night, a bad storm hit the D.C. Metro area, causing us to lose power.  We were in the middle of watching The Blind Side, when everything literally went dark.  We got partial power back.  Thankfully our refrigerator was working, along with some of our lights and some of our electrical plugs, but our AC was not working.

On Saturday, I took my mum and sister to a Metro station so they could take the bus back home.  I'm just thankful I made it back safely.  There were so many traffic lights that were not working.

On Sunday, we still only had partial power.  I was getting VERY impatient and so was Charis.  Every time she cried late Sunday night/early Monday morning, it was because she was thirsty.  I would fill up her sippy cup with ice water and she would down it.  I decided to leave her sippy cup in the crib.  Yesterday, around 11:00 AM, I went into the kitchen and thought, "The oven shouldn't be flashing 12:05.  The power is off."  Then, I realized, "The power's back on."  I turned on the AC, did dishes, closed windows, did a load of laundry, and called Drew to update him.  My husband has not had to work at his morning part time job, since the company has been without power.

I will start blogging again for the Summer #BlogChallenge, and I'll try to go back and catch up on the blog posts for the challenge.  I'm also going to partially participate in the July Upcycled Crafting Challenge

I plan on upcycling a:

  • T-shirt
  • Sweater
  • T-shirt sleeve
  • Denim
  • I reserve the right to add more or subtract some.
Were you affected by the storm on the 
East Coast on Friday?