Wife, Mummy, Nurse: September 2012

27 September 2012

Galactagogue {#BFBlogHop}



I must confess when I saw this week's Breastfeeding Blog Hop topic I had NO clue what Galatagogue meant. So, I turned to Google and searched. According to KellyMom, a galactagogue is "a substance that increases milk supply." I am thankful to God that I had no reason to look into what substances would increase lactation. In fact I had the opposite problem, my body was wanting to overproduce.

Before taking substances, make sure you are getting enough rest, drinking enough fluids, nursing frequently and on demand, and eating enough food-basically, make sure you're taking care of yourself. If you are still having problems with your supply, try to get an appointment with an IBCLC to discuss if taking galactagogues would be of help to you. If you're not able to get an appointment with an IBCLC, then speak with your midwife or OB-GYN about substances you can take to help increase your supply.

Did you have trouble with your milk supply?
Did you take any Galactagogues?
Join this week's #BFBlogHop at Sisters 'N Cloth.

26 September 2012

Kanoko Pants-Again {Yarn Along}

Two weeks ago, I wrote about knitting the Kanoko pants for my daughter, but if you heard "Rip it. Rip it.", it was probably because I was frogging them.  The pants were FAR TOO BIG on Charis.  So, I started over. This time knitting on size 6 needles, casting on 96 stitches.  Still did an eyelet row for the waistband, but only increased every 6 stitches.  So far, I'm much more pleased with them.  I'm also hoping to post a photograph tomorrow.  The camera batteries were needing to be charged.

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

25 September 2012

My Granny {Gratituesday}

Today I am thankful for my Granny's life.  She was a woman of faith.  Tomorrow will mark the seventh anniversary of her death. Though at the time her death was hard on us, especially since it was unexpected, looking back, I'm glad she died that quickly. Her death was our loss, her gain; she's now in heaven!!

The last week that Granny was alive, in addition to her usual activities, she picked blackberries and made 30 pots of jam. The day she collapsed, she went to the hairdresser, took my cousin to see the doctor, went to play bowls in the evening, after helping with dishes, put on her coat, and collapsed. Where she was taken to the hospital and found to have a brain bleed; she died four days later. By God's grace, she saw her children come to faith and believe and trust in Christ's work; she saw her children marry believers and her grandchildren following God.  I'm thankful for God's covenant faithfulness to us.  Proverbs 31 describes her well, posted are verses 10-12, 28-31.

An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.

She does him good, and not harm,
All the days of her life...
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her.
"Many women have done excellently,
But you surpass them all."
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.
I'm thankful to God for placing my mum in a Christian home, where she was able to see and learn of the joys of following Christ.  My hope and prayer is that Charis will one day be thankful, not just for Drew and I, but for her Granny and Grandma, just as I'm thankful for my Granny. 
  

20 September 2012

Great Clothes for Breastfeeding {#BFBlogHop}


When I was pregnant with Charis, I started looking into postpartum clothes I could wear that would be good for breastfeeding.  I bought two nursing shirts and disliked them.  I didn't like how both tops showed cleavage, it's snugness at the waist, or the sheerness of both shirts.  I wore them less than 10 times each and ended up giving them to a thrift store.

What ended up working very well was buying two nursing camis from Leading Lady and buying v-neck tops from Target.  I was able to nurse in public very easily with these because I didn't have to worry about showing my belly.

In the winter, I wore cardigans because I would get hot-very quickly and wanted to take a sweater off quickly when needed.

As my daughter got older, I wore a Teething Bling necklace-not only is this useful for teething, but it's also a nice distraction/play piece.

What clothes d0 you find useful for Breastfeeding?
Join us for this week's #BFBlogHop at Sisters 'N Cloth.

19 September 2012

Bow Tie {Yarn Along}

I'm still knitting the Kanoko longies; I'm about to start knitting the legs.

Yesterday, I decided to take a wee break from the longies and knit a bow tie for my nephew for Christmas.  It took less than 1 hour.  I used up some leftover yarn from my stash-Paton's Classic Wool, though I would like to buy a clip at a craft store to make it a clip on bow tie.

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

14 September 2012

The Best Cloth Diapers to Use on Coin Operated Washing Machines {Fluffy Fridays}



When I was pregnant, I started looking at cloth diapers, but I realized I needed to choose wisely, especially since we don't have a washer and dryer in our apartment.  It is $1.00/load to run a load of clothes to wash, which is good as far as cost goes.  I ended up choosing prefolds and covers because I read that it's easier to clean natural fibers, they don't get as stinky, and prefolds are a cheaper option than pockets/AIOs. After 18+ months of cloth diapering, I decided that the best cloth diapers to use with coin operated washing machines are:

Diaper Rite Flat diapers.  Come in 2 sizes 27 X 27 inches or 32 X 32 inches, and you can choose either white or natural.

These diapers are great because they are one layer which means they are easier to clean and easier to rinse in the washer.  I hang them on my drying rack on our balcony and during the day.  Plus, if one is accidentally left after washing it, I am not upset because they are cheap; they are less than $2/diaper.




Flip One Size Diaper Cover.  These fit babies from approximately 7-35 lbs.  My daughter is 31.2 lbs. and hers still fit.

Flip diaper covers are wonderful because you can resuse the covers from diaper change to diaper change, as long as they are not soiled. I often try to spot clean my covers until wash day. Flat diapers can be pad folded and lain inside the diaper.



Hemp Babies Little/Bigger Weeds.  These come in 2 sizes: Little Weeds and Bigger Weeds.  They are made out of two layers 55% natural hemp/45% certified organic cotton serged together.

I use this as a booster at night time since this has 8 times the absorbency of cotton.  These range in price from $5.95-$7.95.  I would recommend getting four of these because they take a little bit longer to dry than the flat diapers.




Disana Wool Soaker. This soaker is a pull on style that is double knitted with organic sheep wool.  They come in three sizes: small, medium, and large.

I use wool at night time for many reasons. One of those reasons is because I don't have to wash it after I use it every time.  Wool has to be hand washed.  The one downside is it takes about 24 hours to dry, but despite that I recommend this diaper, especially as a night time cloth diaper.  At $26.99, you will be hard pressed to find a wool soaker this good at this price.


Do you use have to use a coin operated washing machine? If so, what cloth diapers work for you?
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13 September 2012

What I Think About Our Current Educational System {Autumn Blog Challege}

I used to want to be a teacher, but my first semester at college, I discovered it was not for me.  I partially blame the education department, they expected the students to only teach in public schools.  Umm, no thank you.  I went to a Christian school and despite the things I disliked, I wanted to teach in a Christian school.  I also wanted to be a wife and a mother, but at GCC it seemed that was unusual.  You're here to get an education, why would you want to stay home with your children.  

I believe it's up to the parents how there children are to be educated, whether public school, private school, or home school.  God has entrusted children to their parent's care.  Our first two choices for Charis are homeschooling or Christian school; ultimately, it depends where we live and what our finances are at that point.  Our last choice is sending her to a Public school.

Two resources I like are:
Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
Waiting for Superman DVD

What are your thoughts on the educational system in America?

Blogs: Do They Help or Hurt Breastfeeding {#BFBlogHop}


Do blogs help breastfeeding or hurt breastfeeding?  I think they do a little bit of both.  I have been encouraged by many posts I have read on the weekly breastfeeding blog hop, especially when I was still nursing Charis and many of my real life friends stopped nursing their toddler.  A few of my favorite posts have been:


I think lactivists can sometimes treat breastfeeding as a moral issue, which it's not; I ask myself, "Is that mother loving her child, spending time with them, holding them, etc.?"  If so, I don't care how her baby is fed; it's up to her to decide after she has educated herself about the pros and cons.  I also think the Internet is a place where people will write what they want to without thinking about the words they are writing. One phrase I dislike {but understand why it's used} is "Breast is best."  This sometimes stops mothers and causes them to think, "My baby is getting formula.  That means I'm not giving my baby the best he/she needs."  I also dislike how sometimes mother's emphasize the bonding relationship a breastfeeding mother has, but they forget moms who give formula to their children can bond too.  I highly recommend You Can Still Bond While BOTTLE-Feeding at Padded Tush Stats.

Don't get me wrong.  I loved breastfeeding my daughter and was thankful I was able to do it for over 23 months, but I don't think I should put myself on a pedestal for doing so. With Charis, that is what worked for both of us, but with another baby it may or may not work.

As a final note, I want to ask that people think if what they're writing about breastfeeding sounds harsh or unloving, if so, try to change it, while still giving the information.

Do you think blogs help or hurt breastfeeding?
Join me for the Weekly Breastfeeding Blog Hop 
at Sisters 'N Cloth.

12 September 2012

Kanoko Pants {Yarn Along}





Winter's coming, and I decided to knit Charis another pair of longies.  I finally decided to knit the Kanoko pants.  I cast on 104 stitches, decided to do an eyelet for the waistband, increased a stitch every for stitches, and have added two short rows so far. I'm currently knitting the seed stitch part of the pattern, which I love the look, but it gets very monotonous after a few rows.

I'm still reading James and the Giant Peach to Charis.  I'm reading One Thousand Gifts, but I'm only in the second chapter.  I checked out 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet at the library because I'm hoping to make a gift for a friend.

I've seen patterns on Ravelry that mention positve ease, negative ease, and zero ease, but have no clue what that means.  Can any of you help me out?

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

What Was My High School Reunion Like? {Autumn Blog Challenge}

I graduated May 25, 2002.  I have now been out of high school for over 10 years.  I don't believe my high school had a reunion, but if they did, I most likely would not have gone.  I'm friends with several on Facebook, but only interact with 2-4 on a regular basis.  Yes, I probably need to do some "friend" purging.  Overall, I disliked high school, especially in 10th and 11th grade.  My senior year was my favorite at PCS, but once I started college, the only reason I went back was to see my younger brother and sister play sports.

Did you go to your high school reunion?

11 September 2012

Trying to be Thankful Even in Suffering {Gratituesday}

As you may have known, even though I desired to stay home full time, I was working PRN at a local hospital because of financial reasons.  I would pray that God would work it out that where I would not have to work outside the home.  He answered my prayer, so that I'm now staying home with our daughter, but it was not in the way I would have wanted.

Back in May, my daughter got nursemaid's elbow, because I was holding her hand when she suddenly pulled away.  Within a week, my right lower back was painful-to the point I was in tears.  When Charis would nap, I would lie on the ground with a heating pad underneath it.  When the heating pad was on, it wouldn't hurt, but as soon as I took the heating pad away, it started becoming painful again.

Two weeks of these went by, and I was sobbing one night.  Drew said, "This is not like you.  You need to see a doctor."  The next morning, I saw a doctor, but she didn't do too much-other than prescribe drugs and tell me to use heat which is what I have been doing.  So, I left kind of frustrated.

In June, I received a call from my manager, who noticed I had not scheduled myself to work that schedule.  I told her, "I injured my back and don't want to come to work and injure it further."  She was understanding and when the conversation ended, we agreed that we'd wait a month and come July, we would be in contact again to see if I would still be able to work.  If I would not be able to work, I'd turn in my resignation, instead of her letting me go.

July 9, 2012.  I spoke with B., and told her my back is slowly getting better, but still has flareups a few times during the week, and I do not yet feel comfortable working for 12+ hours lifting heavy patients, so I told her I'd resign.  I e-mailed her my official resignation and turned in my work badge and key.

The last few days, my back has been hurting more, and I'm trying to rejoice even amidst pain.

  1. I'm thankful heat helps relieve the pain.
  2. I'm thankful it's not a constant pain.
  3. I'm thankful I'm able to stay home full time.
  4. I'm thankful I have an apartment that needs to be cleaned, instead of having no home.  {Unfortunately, when my back is painful like it has been the last few days, it means some of the times I could be cleaning, I'm lying on the ground trying to get relief.}
  5. I'm thankful for an understanding husband.
  6. I'm thankful God is the Great Physician, and am praying I get longer, more lasting relief.
  7. I'm praying that I'll be thankful regardless.
What are you thankful for today?
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My Least Favorite Subject in School {Autumn Blog Challenge}

When I was a freshman at Grove City College, I decided to be in orchestra.  What was I thinking?  I thought it would be an easy A, and I did get an A.  But there were two concerts in the Spring, and the music was not easy and required much practicing.  I enjoyed the other flutists, but quickly discovered I would not be in orchestra again.  I was so nervous playing with the other flutes, because I was the only one who was not a music major.  I did not want to play the flute and think, "Drill!  Drill!  Drill!  Drill!" as my 8th grade flute teacher often told me to do.  I play the flute to enjoy playing.  No, I'm not perfect, and I try to do my best, but being in orchestra was not for me.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my favorite yarn store is owned by the GCC's orchestra conductor's wife.  :)

What was your least favorite subject in school?

Sweet Cheeks Diaper Kits {Twitter Party September 25th}

Join me September 11th-25th for a Fundraiser and Awareness Event to support:

Follow Host @stephkandray and hashtag #sweetcheeks

Sweet Cheeks Diaper Kits is an all volunteer non-profit organization founded by Shane Morris, a cloth-diapering mom. We are incorporated and registered as a non-profit organization with the State of NC.
We began making cloth diapers from recycled t-shirts in August of 2010.
There is currently no federal, state or local assistance for diapers (cloth OR disposable). We are partnering with local WIC offices to supply cloth diaper kits to families in need. There is currently a waiting list for diaper kits!
The giveaway will open September 11 and close September 25. (see form below)
The Twitter Party is September 25th at 9pm est where the winners will be picked!
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Diaper Drive donations have been made by:

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10 September 2012

My Favorite Subject in School {Autumn Blog Challenge}

Yesterday, I wrote about my favorite teachers, and why they were my favorite.  They knew when I was not doing my best and demanded more from me.  As a result in school, my favorite subjects were taught by my favorite teachers.

As a freshman in high school, my favorite subjects were History, English, and Classical Literature.  For my freshman History class, we studied ancient civilizations through the Reformation, and I could not get enough.  But when I went to a different school the following year, the History teacher had been teaching there at least 10+ years, and was not enthusiastic about the subject matter.  He stood up at the podium, reading the outline, and expected us to jot it down word for word.  He also went over the test the day before we took it, so it was your own fault if you did not get an A.

For 9th grade English, we read a wide variety of books as a class, including To Kill a Mockingbird, Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing, Silas Marner, plus many more.  We also had to turn in at least two book reports that year on books of our choosing, for me it was The Secret Garden and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  Miss Otto HATED readers because they only had excerpts of books and dumbed books down, so I'm thankful the A Beka reader was not used that year.  Miss Otto also taught us how to write thesis papers; she stressed that a thesis is an "Arguable Point" {it's a point-not points}.  Unfortunately the next year, I had a new English teacher in a new school who though too highly of herself and mistakenly believed she was THE teacher who prepared students for college; she was definitely wrong.  There were so many papers I turned in and expected to get a C, instead of an A.  Ultimately, I started thinking, "Why bother trying to do my best when my best is not expected?"  As a class, we started reading The Merchant of Venice {which we had read the year before in Classic Literature at my old school}, but my classmates started complaining, "It's too hard? I don't understand it. Why do we have to read this?"  What do you know, she gave in to my classmates, and we stopped reading it.  My class-the supposedly smart class-was "not able to understand Shakespeare".

Needless to say, History and English became some of my most hated class, not because of the subject matter, but because of the teachers.  Please, if you are a teacher, expect your students to do their best, and if they don't, try pushing them.  I know my attitude was not always good, I blamed the teachers, but looking back, I still should have striven to give my all.

What were your favorite subjects in school?

09 September 2012

Who Was My Favorite Teacher? {Autumn Blog Challenge}

I can't decide on my favorite teacher, so I'll list my top two favorite teachers.

  1. Mrs. Van Til: She was my teacher in 9th grade.  Taught the freshmen Classic literature.  Since she was pregnant and expecting in March, she only taught our class 1/2 the year.  We met together on Mondays and Fridays and read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Merchant of Venice.  I did a project for her on Elizabethan England.  I enjoyed her because she demanded us to do our best.  Our first assignment for her, she turned everyone's paper back and had us do it over.  
  2. Miss Otto: Again, I had her my freshmen year in high school.  She was my English and History teacher.  She too demanded us to do our best.  
Who was your favorite teacher?

08 September 2012

My Favorite Go to Recipe for Carrots {Autumn Blog Challenge}

Cooked carrots.  I used to hate them.  I enjoyed eating raw carrots, but cooked carrots I cook not choke down.  All that changed after Charis was born.  Drew and I were gifted with a meal that included a side of Garlic Dill Carrots.  I begrudgingly decided to go ahead and eat them and was pleasantly surprised that I liked them.  Now these are my go to recipe when making cooked carrots; they are delicious.


2 lbs. of carrots


Peel and dice carrots into 1/4 inch chunks.


Meanwhile, bring a small amount of water to boil on stove, and add carrots; 
cook for seven minutes.  Drain carrots into colander. 



Melt 2 Tbsp. butter on stove.
DO NOT use margarine.


Add 1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder and stir.
Garlic powder makes everything taste better.


Add 1/2 Tbsp. dill weed and stir.


Add the cooked carrots to butter.  
{I added another Tbsp. butter to carrots.}


Enjoy eating the garlic dill carrots.  
I know I did and still do.

FYI: I have since blamed my reason for not liking cooked carrots because of canned store bought carrots.

Whats your favorite go to recipe?

07 September 2012

Where Were You on August 15, 1998 {Autumn Blog Challenge}

The summer of 1998, my parents, sibling, and I spent 3 months in Northern Ireland.  My mum was born and raised over there and moved to the States after marrying my father. We spent the summer visiting Granny and Grandad, seeing relatives, and meeting new friends.  That was the first summer I tried Indian food {remember India was once a colony of Great Britain}.  I also discovered I actually like eggs {blame my grandparents; they had 2000 chickens}.  I discovered you don't have to get jet lag when traveling {drink lots of water}.

One date I remember is August 15, 1998.  We were watching the BBC version of Sense and Sensibility and heard the constant sirens going past our house shortly after 3:00PM.  My dad was out shopping and arrived home around 4:00PM.  When he got back, he turned off the movie we were watching and turned on the news.  He told us a bomb had gone off in Omagh.  We were between Londonderry and Omagh; the A5 went directly by our house, where the emergency vehicles drove.  At least 29 people died as a result of the bomb.

My parents went to Altnagelvin hospital because the news reported that the hospitals were calling for people to come and donate blood.  They ended up not donating because they were told there would be more of a need 2-3 weeks down the road, instead of that day.

What were you doing the summer of 1998?

06 September 2012

Books I Want to Read in the Next Year {Autumn Blog Challenge}

One of my favorite past times is reading.  When we moved to Pennsylvania, I was 10 years old {in 5th grade}.  I had a hard time-a new school, new church, new state, plus more unknown.  I would bury myself in books-often reading until 1-2 AM.  Looking back some of the books I read were junk and I do not want to encourage my daughter to waste her time reading them {think Sweet Valley Twins-what was I thinking?}, but others were worthwhile, such as Anne of Green Gables.  I still enjoy reading, but it's harder now with more responsibilities.  Some of the books I want to read in the next year are...

Nonfiction:
One Thousand Gifts: I started reading this already
Organized Simplicity
Helper by Design
Books about American history, biographies, etc.
Books on Irish/British history

Fiction:
To Kill a Mockingbird: I read this when I was a freshman in high school and could not put it down.
Read the Harry Potter series {Read Book 1 already}

Knitting Books:
The Knitter's Handy Book of Top Down Sweaters
Knitting Green

Do you have any book recommendations?

Best Breastfeeding Support on Facebook and Twitter {#BFBlogHop}


When my daughter was born, I had no idea what to expect with breastfeeding.  I had no clue that it would be as hard as it was.  Yes, it's the way God designed our bodies, but that doesn't mean it's easy.  Why is my daughter up all night?  How do I know she's getting enough milk?  When should I start solids?  Etc.  I'm thankful to have a lot of friends who had babies shortly before or after me, so it is nice to have support, but there are also Facebook pages and Twitter users online that help answer some of these questions.

My two favorite breastfeeding support Facebook pages are:

  1. The Leaky Boob is a "breastfeeding support community sharing personal stories and experience along with educational information while providing a safe space for open discussion."
  2. KellyMom.com which is "a support area for breastfeeding and gentle, empathic parenting practices. The purpose of this page is to post resources relating to breastfeeding and parent
    ing, and to help bring supporters of breastfeeding and gentle parenting together to discuss these things.
My favorite person on Twitter is Katy Linda, IBCLC {@Stylin_Momma}.  She has helped me a few times, especially when I've had questions about how to pursue and become an IBCLC myself. 

What are your favorite breastfeeding support Facebook pages? 
Who do you follow on Twitter for breastfeeding support? 
Linking up to the weekly Breastfeeding Blog Hop at Sisters 'N Cloth;
Don't forget to enter their giveaway for Bamboobies Nursing Pads.

05 September 2012

Favorite Play I have Attended {Autumn Blog Challenge}

Every semester at Grove City College there are one acts that are student directed.  When Drew {my husband} was a freshman, he decided to audition for The Ugly Duckling.  So my mum and I went and wore sorely disappointed because Drew neglected to mention it was by A.A. Milne by A.A. Milne {not Hans Christian Andersen}.  It was the first play I saw Drew act in, which is why it's my favorite.

Which reminds me, I should probably get Drew the play for a Christmas gift.

Why is your favorite play or concert you attended?

Bunting {Yarn Along}

I recently signed up for a Pinterest craft swap hosted by Marine Parents Blog.  One of the items I sent was party bunting; I knit it with scrap yarn that I had lying around.  My partner's favorite colors are orange, purple, and grey.

This was a very quick, easy project.  I was briefly confused about the eyelet row. As written, it said, “Eyelet row: k6 (yo, k2tog, k4) x4, k5”, but I think it should actually say: “K6 (yo, k2tog, k4) x4, k1”. The pattern writer included the last four knit stitches in the repeat into K5.




I have been reading James and the Giant Peach to Charis, which is actually one Roald Dahl book I have not read.  While I was reading chapter 2, I had to stop for a few minutes when Dahl was describing James' aunts...
And there they sat, these two ghastly hags, sipping their drinks, and every now and again screaming at James to chop faster and faster.
I checked A History of Modern Europe out of the library because I want to learn more about Switzerland, especially during the Reformation.  The country we're doing for Reformation Day this year is Switzerland. Last year we did England and the year before France.  Does anybody have any book suggestions to read so I can learn more about Switzerland?


04 September 2012

Have I Met a Celebrity? {Autumn Blog Challenge}

No, I don't believe I have met a celebrity, and to be honest I don't have any huge desire to.  I think our culture puts way too much emphasis on celebrities and how much money they make, etc.

FYI, one of my favorite songs in high school was Brad Paisley's Celebrity; hope you enjoy listening to it.


Many Reasons to be Thankful {Gratituesday}

I have missed on writing Gratituesday posts recently for a few reasons:

We were without internet for about 1 1/2 weeks, and I could not blog at night like I normally do.  This was actually really nice.  I was able to get so much knitting done; I wish I could say I got so much cleaning done, but for good or ill, cleaning is not my favorite thing, even though I love a clean home.

I've been feeling down over a few things.  But this too is good, it reminds me that I am not in charge of everything and if things don't go according to my plan, they are in God's hands and there's no safer place to be.  I'm thankful for the sermon we heard on Sabbath.  Our pastor has been preaching through John and was preaching on John 21:1-14.  He mentioned that the disciples fished all night long and caught nothing.  The disciples work was fruitless without Jesus.  He referred back to John 15 where Jesus said, "Apart from me you can do nothing."  Christ is our reward.  It's possible to be faithful and hard working and not reap rewards.  Our ultimate blessing is Christ.  This is where I've been having a hard time.  I want another child, but for various reasons we are not trying to have another one at present.  Yes, children are blessings, but it is Christ is is our ultimate reward.  I don't know why God hasn't worked things out so we can have another, but I do know this God is in control and His plan is perfect.  I need to continue to pray that God will use me for His glory and honor.

On other news, Drew is now ABD!!!!!!!!  AKA All But Dissertation.  His proposal was accepted and approved.


03 September 2012

What Toys Do I Remember Playing With As A Child? {Autumn Blog Challenge}

There are many toys I played with-some were imaginary toys, such as playing under the tree pretending we were running away from the orphanage and feeding my siblings cake {AKA mud pies}.

We also played with Duplos and Legos.  Every year we were given a Lego set from our parents for our birthday. My parents still have all of the Duplos and Legos at their house, and I actually put Duplos and Legos on my baby registry when I was pregnant.

And of course, there were Barbie dolls and a Cabbage Patch doll.  All of my Barbie dolls, except one, were given away to a Salvation army thrift store {thankfully}. I kept one because I liked sewing Barbie clothes.  I have no idea where my Cabbage Patch doll went.  The one pictured is Charis's which Grandma bought for her at a thrift store in Maryland.

What toys did you play with as a child?

02 September 2012

What is My Favorite Thing about Autumn? {Autumn Blog Challenge}

Where do I start??  My two favorite seasons are spring and fall.  I love...
  • Cooler weather, but weather I can still go outside and run around and play in.   
  • Increase in my knitting.  
  • Drinking hot beverages-tea, coffee, and hot chocolate.  
  • Wearing sweaters.  
  • Being one season closer to my birthday.
  • Getting closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas.
This autumn, I love the fact Drew is finished with his summer work hours.  Drew has two part time jobs-working at K. {as a contracted position} and working as a tutor. During the summer, his tutoring hours were from 11AM-7:30PM Monday through Thursday, but he'd have to try to squeeze in working at his K. job in the mornings.  He'd only be at his morning part time job for 1-2 hours, go to his tutoring job, and then TRY to squeeze in dissertation work at night.  During the school year Drew works, Monday through Thursday from 3PM-9PM, which leaves more time for his morning job.  He only goes in for his morning job 2-3 times/week leaving more blocks of hours to work on his PhD and often has Friday off completely.  His hours for Saturday remain the same from 9AM-5:30PM.

What do you love about autumn?

01 September 2012

Why I am participating in the Autumn Blog Challenge


I planned on participating in the Summer blog challenge, but I was so sporadic in writing my posts that I wanted to try it again.  Yes, I hope to post daily-tomorrow's post is already scheduled.  Though if I don't post daily, I'm not going to be down about not doing so because first and foremost I am a daughter of God and my obligations are to my husband and daughter.  I think I should be able to succeed in this because I have all the prompts for the whole challenge and can write ahead.

Hope you'll be able to enjoy getting to know me more.