Wife, Mummy, Nurse: December 2012

20 December 2012

Blessings {Food}

Lately, I have been getting jealous of others, especially when it's hearing the good news that a friend is expecting or when a friend tells me her husband has another job in order to better provide for their family.  Don't get me wrong-I'm happy for my friends, but also hurt because I long for another child and hurt because Drew tells me-not now due to finances.  I so easily forget the blessings that God has given me.  One such blessing hit home tonight.  Food.

I have never gone hungry because of lack of food.  Tonight, I went to Shoppers, a nearby grocery store.  A store I rarely go to, less than 10 times the last year, but went because I knew they carry Alpen, a muesli that is made in England.  I'm putting it in my dad's stocking on Christmas Eve.

After I put Charis in the shopping cart, I was approached by a woman telling me she had lost her job and would I buy a stuffed animal so that she could buy a meal for her family.  I told her, "I don't have any cash one me."  She said, "I'll take food."  I told her I would and asked her if she needed anything special; she said, "Any food will do.  My children are hungry.  They'll eat anything."

As I walked into the store, I fought back tears.  I have not had to suffer lack of food. God has provided for Drew and I at exactly the right moment every single time.  I had no idea what to buy-so I got bananas, apples, rice, beans, chicken, and a few other things for her.  While I looked around, I was regretting not asking her if she had a stove to cook or not.  I paid for the groceries and gave the woman my shopping cart after taking Charis and our bag out.  I invited her to church, and she gave me a stuffed animal.

I got in the car weeping.  Every time I'm jealous, I'm coveting, and that sin put Christ on the cross to rescue me.  I also realized how thankful I am for the deacons at my church; they are servants and have shown mercy {Acts 6:1-7, 1 Timothy 3}.  I am thankful for Christ, not only is He my Savior, but He has shown me grace and mercy in providing for us.  When I got home, I gave Charis a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and continued to weep as I thanked God for the food.

An hour later, I found myself coveting again.  How quickly I forget, but I have a Savior who came to earth, lived as a perfect man amid imperfect people, died in my place and in the place of all Christians, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven.  I am seen as righteous in God's site, even though I don't deserve it.  My prayer is that God will continue to provide for use, provide for the woman and her family, and help me draw near to Him, instead of my idols.

19 December 2012

Cashmere Neckwarmer {Yarn Along}

Right now, I'm rather annoyed at myself.  My camera battery died, and I can't find the charger, so the Yarn Along will have to be posted without photos of my projects.

Remember when I posted I was knitting a gift for someone, but really disliked knitting it because of the yarn I was using.  Well, after not making ANY progress, I decided to frog the neckwarmer and start over with different yarn Berroco Peruvia Quick yarn.  It feels SO MUCH BETTER.  I've made more progress on it in one day than I did with the other one over four weeks ago.  I enjoyed this on Pinterest:

Source: Uploaded by user via Robyn on Pinterest

I have been listening to The Brethren by John Grisham.  Every time, I read Grisham I wonder, "Why don't I read him more often?"  I'm at the point where the judges have figured out who Al is, and I'll listen to it more in the car today.

How is your Christmas knitting coming? 
Have you read Grisham?
What are you reading or knitting this week?
Join us at Ginny's Yarn Along.

16 December 2012

{Brief} Recent Thoughts

On Friday, I was contentedly teaching a friend how to knit, unaware of what was going on in Connecticut.  At 4:00 PM, I drove home while listening to The Brethren and remained uninformed about the days events.  I arrived home and put my baby in bed, turned on my computer, logged onto the internet, saw the news, and started weeping. I was crying for the parents who sent their children off to school-not knowing that morning was the last day they would see their children alive.  I started praying-praying for the loved ones, family, friends, and community in Newtown, Connecticut. Suddenly, my cares seemed minuscule to what many others were feeling.  

It made me realize more that we live in a sinful world.  Everyone is sinful-myself included.  We need to be ready because at any time God may call us from this world. God calls us to repent of our sins.  Unless we repent, we too will ultimately perish. We need to be fleeing to Christ because He is Savior and heals the broken hearted.  

It made me realize that Drew and I need to be diligent about continuing family worship and teaching Charis about the birth, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.  We need to preach Christ daily to each other and read His word.  

Have you repented of your sins and believe that Jesus Christ is LORD?  If not, run to God while there is still time.  I cried at least two more times on Saturday and while doing so, I prayed for the parents of the 20 children and the families of the 7 adults-that God will give them the peace that only He can give.

14 December 2012

The Blue Disco Dot Giveaway {Irresistibly Green}

wet bag cloth diaper giveaway

With 2013 fast approaching, it's time for one last giveaway!! Celebrate the coming new year with a blue dot disco and get ready to party.   Irresistibly Green has one last giveaway planned for 2012 and will be giving away a blue disco dot package with a Wahmies Deluxe one size pocket diaper and two matching wet bags.

The Wahmies Deluxe with Hydro Assure is a one size pocket diaper with a bamboo viscose insert and a bamboo lining on the interior of the diaper. The Regular size measures approximately 13" x 15", and will hold up to 6-8 diapers, depending on the size. The large wet bag measures approximately 16" x 20" and can hold an entire days's worth of cloth diapers. The large bag also has a durable handle with a clip for easy carrying or hanging on a bar or door handle. This funky matching set is a great addition to any stash!

Total value: $54.95

This giveaway is open until New Year's Eve. Enter to win below. Open to U.S./CAN. Must be 18 or older. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Giveaway Ends 12/31/2012.

*Bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Prize ships directly from Irresistible Green.

13 December 2012

Gifts for the Breastfeeding Mom {#BFBlogHop}

The first few things that came to mind for breastfeeding moms, would actually apply to any mom.

  • Make the family a meal.  They may be getting a lot of meals from family and friends, so make one that can be frozen, such as chili, macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, etc.
  • Offer to go over and clean.
  • Offer to bring take out food to the hospital after the birth.  Have you had hospital food?  This is a must.  I've already told Drew that I will be getting take out Chinese food delivered.  
A few other suggestions are:

Nipple cream

Helps sooth sore, cracked nipples and aids in healing.

Nursing pads

Either disposable or cloth.  Helps with leaking.

Small wetbag

If getting cloth nursing pads, this can be used to hold dirty pads.

Ball canning jar

Reminds the mother that they need to drink often in order to stay hydrated and maintain milk supply.

Place the above products in the ball canning jar and give as a gift to the breastfeeding mother.

What other gifts can you think of that a breastfeeding mother would like?
Join us for the #BFBlogHop at Sisters 'N Cloth.

For more breastfeeding supplies, check out Diaper Junction or Happy Baby Company.
Diaper Junction and Happy Baby Company are both affiliate links.

12 December 2012

Another Pair of Kanoko Pants {Yarn Along}

On Saturday, we had a baby shower at church for another church member.  Her due date is late February/early March.  She's planning on cloth diapering; so, I thought that I would knit her some newborn longies.  I planned on having them finished on Saturday, but I did not plan on being sick.  As a result, I started knitting them on Friday.  Oh well.

Many people say the Kanoko pants are not roomy for cloth diapers, which I took into account by adding short rows and increasing the seed stitch rows in the pants.  I also added a gusset.  As you can see in the picture, I could not find my stitch markers and made do with a SoftBums key chain.  I completed the kitchener stitch this AM and will pick up 4 stitches on each leg.

Please go vote for my Inappropriate Elf {#87}-voting can be done daily.  My original blog post can be found here.  To the Anonymous commenter: First, Charis did not see.  She was sleeping.  It's after she woke up that I told her the Elf was "naughty".  I meant to just unravel it, but it was so matted and felted together that there was no hope in saving the yarn for another project.  Second, this was meant to be funny; my husband was cracking up when he saw the photographs. I could have easily done a very crude Elf, but I don't think those are funny.  For those who are wondering, I did not spend hours knitting this "blanket".  At Thanksgiving, my MIL gave me a bag of yarn which contained part of a sweater, and she knew my plans of unraveling the sweater and was fine with my grand scheme.

What are you reading or knitting?
Join us at Ginny's Yarn Along.

11 December 2012

Health {Gratituesday}


Last Tuesday morning, Drew started getting sick, and he threw up.  Then Tuesday night, I started getting an upset stomach.  On Wednesday morning, my stomach was not nauseous, but I was so tired and slept until 12 PM.  Drew watched Charis.  I felt horrible; since I slept in, Drew was not able to work on his dissertation like he usually does in the morning.  Then around 3 PM, I thought I was going to be sick.  Charis would try to climb on me, and I kept pushing her away, which I HATED and felt bad. We sat in front of the TV watching Peter Rabbit and Anne of Green Gables.

Drew came home, and I headed straight to bed, but didn't sleep well.  By 2 AM, the stronger feelings of nausea passed!!  But, felt like a truck hit me.  My body was horribly achy.  I could not sleep, so I logged on Facebook, but logged off and kept thinking of Psalm 34...
At all times I will bless the LORD, In praise my mouth employ... Taken from The Book of Psalms for Singing
But must confess to thinking, "How can I bless God when I feel so sick?"  Then my mind went to how weak I am in my faith.  Christ came to earth and SUFFERED so that I could be saved, and yet, I'm having a hard time blessing Him.

By Thursday night, I was feeling SO much better, that I ate half a pancake.  On Friday morning, I was able to eat and do laundry, but I easily got lightheaded and dizzy since I had not eaten for the last 2+ days.

Other good things that happened:
Charis did not get sick!!
Drew and I were able to go to his Christmas work party on Friday.
On Friday, Charis spent the night at a friends' house from church.
On Saturday, Charis and I were able to go to a friend's baby shower.
I found a punch recipe that I actually like {Recipe will come later in January}.
We were able to worship the King of Kings on Sabbath. 

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

09 December 2012

Late for the #BFBlogHop

I missed the #BFBlogHop at Sisters 'N Cloth last week due to the flu.  Trust me, I would have preferred to do almost anything else, but instead I was miserable. Thursday's topic was the Gifts of Breastfeeding, so I thought I would highlight what the bloggers wrote.

Jeniffer at Sisters 'N Cloth speaks of the gifts of bonding with your baby, transfer ability of breast milk, and the privilege she has sharing her breast milk because of over supply.
And finally, one of my favorite things about breastfeeding is that there are times when a woman can make more than enough for her baby and give some to another baby who needs it.  Right now, I'm blessed to be one of those women.  While I've had oversupply issues, sometimes it can be a good thing.  And when I'm able to give some of my milk to a sweet baby boy who would otherwise be eating formula all the time and then hear that he gobbled it up, it makes me thankful that I can share my milk.
Kitties and Kiddos writes about the silence she enjoys while breastfeding, the fewer dishes, and the moments of bonding with her son.

Nataline at The Nurse Practitioner Mom write 10 gifts she has received because of breastfeeding.  My favorite is:
It may have saved my daughter’s life when she got pertussis at 3 weeks old because of the antibodies that are passed through breast milk from mother to baby.  And reduced countless other illnesses as well.

What are some additional gifts?
Join us on Thursday and Friday.  
We will be discussing Gifts to Give a Breastfeeding Mom. 

08 December 2012

Unraveling and Cutting a Baby Blanket {#InappropriateElf}

You may have heard about the Elf on the Shelf.  Charis now has one, which she affectionately calls, "Doll. Naughty."  Why does she call the Elf naughty?  Because the Elf did something VERY bad today.

I was going out and told the Elf to keep an eye on the Christmas gifts and make sure Charis did not open them.  This is the account what followed the conversation...

While I am out, the Elf proceeded to open Christmas gifts.

I return from my trip to the mailbox and found the baby blanket unraveled and cut to shreds.  Hours of work gone down the drain!!!  Off with his head I say.

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf?  If so, how do you like it?
Go check out the entries for the 2012 Inappropriate Elf Contest
and vote for me #87.  Thanks!!! 

07 December 2012

CJ's Unique Boutique {#GreenChristmas}

Winter is coming and for me that means very dry skin, especially when I've worked in hospitals and have to wash my hands many times during the day.  I would have a horrible time finding a product that would nourish my hands and sooth them.  So, I was so excited to discover CJ's BUTTer®.  Not only can it be used for those with dry skin hands, but it's cloth diaper safe.

CJ's Unique Boutique has a wide range of natural family skincare products, including CJ's BUTTer® Stick, CJ's BUTTer® Original, CJ's BUTTer® Plus, plus many more options.  I was thrilled when CJ's Unique Boutique agreed to sponsor me for the Green Christmas Giveaway Hop.

Facts about CJ's BUTTer® Original

  • The only ingredients are shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, lanolin, beeswax, cocoa butter, Vitamin E (derived from soy) and gluten-free colloidal oatmeal.  If you choose to get yours scented, then fragrance or essential oils are added.
  • It's cloth diaper safe.
A few things I enjoyed:
  • How well it moisturized my hands.  I am a RN, so when I work 12 hours days, I am CONSTANTLY washing my hands.  So much, that they are often dry and chapped when leaving work.  CJ's  BUTTer® helped significantly.
  • The scents.  Out of the scents I was sent, my favorite was Pink Sugar, with Nomad being a close second.  Viva La Juicy was a little bit strong for my taste.

Have you tried CJ's BUTTer®?  What scents would you love to try?

I was sent four samples of CJ's BUTTer®-
in scents Tuscan Herb, Pink Sugar, Viva La Juicy, and Nomad-
for the purpose of this review.
All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated in any way.

01 December 2012

Merry Fluffy Christmas {#FluffyXmas}

Welcome to the 3rd annual Merry Fluffy Christmas Cloth Diaper Giveaway Hop; hosted by And Then There Were More.  This year there are over 50 blogs participating and each blog has a giveaway of at least $50 or more.  My giveaway consists of 6 Woolzies dryer balls, a "Bee-Happy" one size bamboo velour Tushie Ties prefold, and a Bright yellow Sweet Pea prefold.  After you enter the giveaway below, be sure to click through the linky entering giveaways on other blogs.

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Woolzies Dryer Balls {#FluffyXmas}

Living in an apartment using coin operated dryers has it's drawbacks.  There used to often be times that I had to put a one or two more quarters in the dryer in order to make sure my clothes were completely.  I had not yet heard of wool dryer balls.  When I first started reading about wool dryer balls, I was skeptical that they could actually reduce drying time.

I was thrilled to discover Woolzies dryer balls.  Woolzies are pure handmade wool dryer balls.  They:
  • Save money
  • Reduce static
  • Are PVC free
  • Natural: They don't contain chemicals like fabric softener.
  • Hypo-allergenic: The wool does not shed or directly touch your skin 
  • Save time and energy
  • Are unscented
I have been using Woolzies for over 2 months.  I have not been disappointed. The drying time has decreased; I no longer have to put an extra quarter in when we dry towels.  Plus, they have to bonus of being able to be used to dry cloth diapers.  I was surprised by how quiet they are; I often forgot they were in the dryer.  I would have to hide them from my daughter because she tried to claim them for herself a few times.

Woolzies are able to be purchased for $35.99.

Have you used wool drying balls? What was your experience like?

Learn more about Woolzies on their Facebook page or Twitter account.

I was sent six Woolzies dryer balls for the purpose of this review.
All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated in any way.