Wife, Mummy, Nurse: August 2013

30 August 2013

doTERRA DigestZen {Giveaway}

I am blessed to have very few stomach/digestive issues. As far as I know, I don't have any known allergies. The few times I do have an upset stomach are when I'm traveling, and I largely blame it on eating more processed foods. In the past, I have reached for Pepto-Bismol first and tried to turn a blind eye to some of the inactive ingredients, such as Red 22 and Red 28.

I received doTerra DigestZen essential oil blend from My Natural Family. The ingredients in DigestZen are:
  • Ginger
  • Peppermint
  • Tarragon
  • Fennel
  • Caraway
  • Coriander
  • Anise
Since receiving DigestZen, I have used it twice. The first time, I was feeling nauseous, so I decided to put about five drops in water and drink it. I could not swallow it because it reminded me too much of licorice. The second time I used it, I rubbed it on my abdomen, within five minutes my nausea had significantly decreased.

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28 August 2013

Test Knit: Marian Skirt {Yarn Along}

I'm still test knitting the Marian Skirt. I've had to cast on this skirt THREE times. SO annoying. Each time, it's been my fault. The first time I cast on, I cast on 10 more stitches AND twisted it when joining the round. The second time I cast on, I cast on 20 more stitches, and Drew caught the mistake when I was telling him why it was a good thing I twisted the stitches. At that point, I threw it down and went to bed. The third time has been a charm.  It is now flying off my needles, and I have about 3-4 more inches to knit. It needs to be finished no later than Saturday, so hopefully next week, I'll post pictures of my daughter wearing it.

I'm reading The Hand of God by Alistair Begg. It's about Joseph's life and God's providential care in the midst of everything. I decided to read Genesis again because I forgot a few of the stories Alistair mentioned. When I read some of them, I think, "I forgot about that..."

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

27 August 2013

Princess Sophia and the Frog {Review}

One of my favorite things to do is read to Charis. Her favorite books stories involve fairy tales and princesses. When I saw Princess Sophia and the Frog by Suzy Liebermann, I decided to check it out.

It's a story about a princess who has many toys but is bored. One day a frog appears. Sophia tells the frog that she wishes she could go to the moon. The frog replies that she needs to kiss him. I must admit that I had negative thoughts, "This is another story where the frog will turn into a human after being kissed." I'm happy to write it was not that predictable. At the end of the story, Sophia learned that happiness does not come from material possessions.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. My daughter enjoyed the bright pictures. The biggest drawback was the font; it was a swirly writing, which I found to be too busy and hard to read.

You can purchase this book on Amazon for your Kindle.

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22 August 2013

Washing Woolies

When I first started cloth diapering, I loved knitting wool covers and longies for Charis, but I was slightly intimidated on washing and lanolizing them. Over time, it is nothing now. Washing wool takes less time than washing any other cloth diaper. There's little guess work involved.

21 August 2013

My Mini Me Wants a Cowl {Yarn Along}

Last week when Charis saw my cowl, she asked, "Can I have one?" Since she doesn't have any scarves or cowls for winter, I told her, "Yes." My daughter enjoys being "Mini me".

On Thursday, I told her that she could even pick the yarn out herself at the yarn store in the town where daddy works. {Drew had forgotten his lunch that day, and he was scheduled to tutor for 8 hours. I told him we'd bring it up.}

The yarn Charis picked out;
she liked the pink and yellow.

At Daddy's workplace.

I have not started knitting the cowl yet because I need to finish a test knit by the end of August, but since it's a skirt for my daughter, she's happy with this arrangement.  I'm pleased to announce that I'm able to knit the skirt with yarn that has been in my stash. I LOVE stash busting, and I think my husband loves it more. I don't have ANY pictures of the skirt, but hopefully they'll be posted by next week.

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

Guess Who's Three!?!?! {Not Quite a Wordless Wednesday}

Charis turned three on Sunday! Can it really be that my baby is three? It's SO hard to believe.  We were in Pennsylvania for her birthday for my brother's ordination at a PCA church plant in Pittsburgh. It was a FLYING trip. We got in at my parent's house around 11:00 PM on Saturday and arrived home at 1:00 AM on Monday in Maryland. Monday=Exhaustion for all of us. Thankfully, Charis took a 5 hour nap. I was only able to rest for about two hours.

Granny made Hello Kitty cupcakes for Charis, and she blew out three candles. Okay, actually it was my dad who blew the candles. Charis was clueless about what she needed to do.

A few realizations/questions:
  • If we're still in MD in two years time, I'll start homeschooling her. I'll need to double check on the state laws on reporting, etc. Which is rather daunting. How do you choose a curriculum? How do you choose a method? Meanwhile, I keep praying, "God help me."
  • My daughter's turning into a young lady. No, she's not completely potty trained, but she loves helping "mama".
  • Where did "mama" come from? I NEVER told her to call me mama, but she does. I think it's rather cute, but I'm still uncertain about the source.
How old are your children?
Did you enjoy your weekend?

20 August 2013

Charis's Curiosity

I LOVE the age Charis is. To be honest, I've loved every single age. Shortly after she was born, I was told, "Treasure EVERY single age. Don't wish for them to grow out of it, because you can't get it back." Which overall, I have taken to heart.

This evening at family worship, I was reminded why I enjoy her current age.

Drew read Acts 13 tonight. As he read vs. 8-9, "But Elymas the magician (for that is the meaning of his name) opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. But..."

Charis, "But, what happened?"

Drew, "If you let me finish reading it, you will find out."

Curiosity. Wanting to learn. Inquisitiveness. Communication. All these skills are growing by leaps and bounds.

16 August 2013

Hot Chocolate and China

This is Charis's birthday week. So, I decided to buy hot chocolate and allow her to drink one cup per day until it runs out. This morning she insisted on using the Jemina Puddle-Duck china cup which was given to her by Aunt Alice. I decided to let my child use china. I don't want to keep it locked up for vanity purposes-only to be taken out once a year and have it marveled at. Ironically, she has not broken any china plates or bowls, but has broken one everyday cup.

Eating Oatmeal.

"Mama, take a picture of me."
"Okay, Charis. Smile."
Meanwhile, I'm thinking, "Really, a blank stare."

Back to sipping.
Do you let your child{ren} use China?
Why or why not?

14 August 2013

Cowls, Catalogs, and Baby Vertebrae {Yarn Along}

Remember last week when I purled a stitch, instead of slipping it wyif? I decide to go back with a DPN {my two crochet hooks are MIA} and fix it. I'm happy I did because it would have grated me.  Maybe I'm being selfish, but I'm glad I actually knit something for myself. I'm also praying for a colder winter than last year, so I can actually wear sweaters, cowls, scarves, gloves, etc. I know a lot of others will be praying differently. Have you ever knit or crocheted something for yourself?
My sister's pregnant and due in October. Her nursery colors are yellow and grey, so I decided to have at least one of those colors in everything I knit for the baby until he/she is here. I started knitting a baby vertebrae with Bamboo Pop yarn that I bought at Wolf Creek Yarns about two weeks ago. So far, I think this yarn is perfect for knitting baby gifts: it's soft yarn and machine washable.

The KnitPicks and IKEA catalogs came this past week. I thoroughly enjoy looking at both. I saw a few things I definitely want to get-basically everything form KnitPicks. ;)  I want to see if our library system has a few books: Indie Socks, Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders, The Art of Seamless Knitting, and Hand-Knit for Your Home. The reason the baby is in the below picture is because I would like to get the VANDRING SKOG baby blanket for my sister if she has a girl.

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

Accessorize Our Stash {Giveaway}

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Welcome to the 2nd Annual Accessorize Your Stash in August Giveaway Hop, hosted by So Easy Being Green and According to Jenny!  Are you ready to accessorize your cloth diapers stash?  A great group of bloggers have come together to help you do just that – with Cloth Diaper Accessory Giveaways!
I will be giving away:
  • A copy of Changing Diapers: The Hip Mom's Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering. Review found here.
  • Woolybottoms love spell lanolin.
  • Newborn wool soaker
  • Four cloth wipes

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If you love cloth diapering, then you'll love hopping around to see what each blog has in store for you and your Fluffy Stash!
Now that you've entered to win my Accessorize Your Stash Giveaway, you're not going to want to miss the fabulous Grand Prize for this Event.  It's full of all the accessories you'll want for your stash, including a Diaper Sprayer, Planet Wise Wet/Dry Hanging Bag, and Cloth Wipes and Detergent from BALM! Baby.


According to Jenny, So Easy Being Green, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Accessorize Your Stash in August participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Pretty Mommies Skincare {Giveaway}

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To celebrate all these new and exciting events (and their newly redesigned website) Pretty Mommies has partnered with the Blogging Mamas Network to answer your questions about safe skin care and giveaway LOTS of Pretty Mommies products!
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13 August 2013

From the Lips of my Daughter

Last week, before my daughter went to bed, we prayed together, but then she decided she wanted to pray by herself. I was amused and thankful for her prayer, "Dear God. Thank you for food. Thank you for chips. Thank you for mommy and daddy... and ME. All done."

I then asked, "Are you finished praying?"

"Yes, mama."

"What do you say at the end of a prayer?"

"In Jesus's name. AMEN."

FYI, we had lentil taco salad that night, with organic blue corn chips for dinner.

12 August 2013


Exhausted. Weary. Weak. That's how I feel right now. I only slept for 2-3 hours last night. Tossing and turning in my bed. I FINALLY fell asleep after 6:00 AM. I have so many things on my mind...

:Two families moving away-both are good friends. I'm will miss play dates with them and seeing them at church.
:Uncertainty about what to do if Drew would be offered a teaching job. There are pros and cons, but the worrying might be nothing.
:Charis not sleeping well and crying off and on though out the night.
I prayed, listened to Genesis 1-4 read by Max McClean {but then Drew woke up and I didn't want to cause him to get little sleep}, sang Psalms in my mind, and now I'm weary. I hope and pray God will strengthen me. I also pray Charis will take a long nap today, so that I can nap.
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered... Psalm 105:3-5

09 August 2013

Five Years Ago, I was Lonely

Five years ago, I would have been stunned if I was told I was going to get married a year later, and I would have laughed in your face if you told me I was going to marry Drew. Five years ago, I was lonely and struggling and tired of the comments I frequently received.

November 2008, Drew and I started dating.  9 months later we were married.

In 12 days, it will be our 4th anniversary. I am so thankful God was gracious in giving me my husband. Yes, there are still times I'm lonely, but no where near like it was when I was single. No, our marriage is not perfect, but we have a Saviour who died for both of us and constantly pray that God will strengthen our marriage.

Linking up to 5 Minute Friday. This week's theme is "lonely".

08 August 2013

How to Get a Free Lunapads Pantyliner Sample and Join the LunaRevolution

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07 August 2013

Quick Slip Cowl {Yarn Along}

I was in Pennsylvania from Wednesday evening until Tuesday afternoon. My mum is in Northern Ireland, so Charis and I went to go see my dad. While there, I bought three skeins of yarn from my favorite yarn store {Wolf Creek Yarns}-one of the skeins was Berroco Brio.

On the drive home, I started knitting the quick slip cowl. The pattern is SUPER easy and should be finished, but I noticed a glaring mistake staring back at me. Instead of "wyif sl1", I purled a stitch. To me, it's horrible, but is it really that bad? Am I being overly critical?

The question is, am I being overly paranoid about how noticeable it is? Or should I try to fix it?
Join me over at Ginny's Yarn Along.