Wife, Mummy, Nurse: November 2015

21 November 2015

Teaching Moments #ThankfulNovember2015

Day 21: My husband came home earlier tonight than he usually does. When we arrived home, Charis asked, "Daddy, can we take that box in and build the chair." Drew sighed. No, he did not want to do that, but I'm thankful he did. Charis has been wanting to help Daddy "build the chair". (In reality, it was just following directions from IKEA.) I'm thankful Drew was patient with her and explained everything he was doing. (My temptation is to brush my daughter aside and just do what needs to be done.)

What are you thankful for today?

20 November 2015

Solid Food #ThankfulNovember2015

Day 20: At my son's 4 month appointment, his pediatrician recommended I start feeding him solid food, but he wanted NOTHING to do with it. I did not force it, but continued to offer him food. He only wanted breast milk. This continued through his first birthday and into the summer. Finally in August, something clicked, and he started consuming a lot of solid food. So today, I'm thankful he's been much more interested in eating.

What are you thankful for?

19 November 2015

My Little Helper #ThankfulNovember2015

Day 19: I'm not going to lie. Today, I found it hard to be thankful. It was a dreary, rainy day. Plus, I'm worried and anxious about the future and don't like not knowing what's going to happen.

Tonight after Justin went to bed. I finally pulled out the iron and ironing board so I could iron Drew's clean, wrinkled dress shirts and pants. Charis was hanging around me wanting to help, so I put her to work. I'm thankful that my little helper is often willing to try new things. I just need to have more patience to let her do those things (even when I am sure she's going to be slow and/or make a mistake).

What are you thankful for today? 

18 November 2015

New Vacuum Cleaner #ThankfulNovember2015

Day 18: I'm thankful for my new vacuum cleaner. On Monday morning, our vacuum cleaner died. Since our apartment is completely carpeted (minus the kitchen and bathroom), I called Drew, explained the situation to him, and said, "I'm buying a new vacuum on Amazon today." With two children, I NEED a working vacuum everywhere, especially around the dining room table. All day yesterday, I was looking forward to today. Why? My vacuum was coming. I put it together within 5 minutes and started vacuuming areas within 10 minutes after receiving it.

What are you thankful for today?

17 November 2015

Test Knitting #ThankfulNovember2015

Day 17: I'm thankful for the various times I've been able to test knit. Currently, I'm test knitting the Little Miss Jane Tunic (size 4T) for Taiga Hilliard Designs. I plan to give it to my niece (my sister's daughter) as a Christmas gift. I can tell it's going to be too big for her to where now, but I'm wondering, "How much bigger? Will she be able to wear it next year?" If so, I'm not going to worry about it, but come Christmas depending on how big it is, I might find that I'll be knitting her another tunic that she can wear this year. I'm at the point in the pattern where all I have to do is knit, knit, knit, knit, and knit. While knitting in a round can be monotonous at times, I'm thankful for the instances when it happens especially during the day. When my children are awake, I'm happy if I just get one or two rows knit.

What are you thankful for today? What's on your needles? Join me at Ginny's Yarn Along.

16 November 2015

McDonalds #ThankfulNovember2015

Day 16: Today was lovely. After Justin woke up from his nap, I fed him lunch, packed up the stroller, and took my children on a walk. We went to the bank to get quarters, swung by Dunkin Donuts to get the kids a donut and mama an iced coffee, and went to the library. When we arrived home, I could not unlock our apartment door. It would not unlock. I double and triple checked to make sure I was using the right key, but still the key would not go in the whole way. I was starting to panic that someone had changed our locks (though I don't know why that would have been the case). I took a final look at my key. Somehow it became bent.

I called Drew and explained the situation. Drew said he'd come home early, but asked if he could finish his current tutoring section. I replied, "Sure, but I'm going to the restaurant with the double arch." Drew, "That sounds like a great idea." Charis and Justin got happy meals, and I got the southwest salad. I'm thankful for McDonalds. We were able to stay warm, enjoy each other's company, and use the facilities.

What are you thankful for today?

Joy: An Irish Christmas Live #MakeSomeoneHappy

There's 39 days until Christmas! The Mommy Island and Kids Did It wanted put together a Super Stocking Stuffer giveaway blog help in order to help our readers purchase stocking stuffers for their family and friends.

Wife, Mummy, Nurse will be giving away Joy: An Irish Christmas Live (check out my review)!

Join modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty for this one-night, live recording from their annual Joy: An Irish Christmas tour. This album showcases fresh and extended arrangements of popular Christmas songs, as well as eight new carols that tell the Christmas story like none other.

15 November 2015

Sabbath Rest #ThankfulNovember2015

Day 15: I am thankful for a Sabbath rest. One day in seven in which we can go to church, worship God, fellowship with other believers, and rest from our work and labor. I'm thankful my son took a nap, so that Drew and I could both sleep too. (Charis played quietly with her toys.) I'm thankful that I was able to read 1 Samuel 1:1-20 with my daughter before she went to bed.

What are you thankful for today?

14 November 2015

Healthy Children #ThankfulNovember2015

Day 14: There are times when I miss the cuddly baby boy, but today, I was reminded to be thankful for his health. After going to the library, I took the kids to the park to let them play. There was only one other family there. As we were talking, she said her younger son is 2 1/2 and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He can crawl, but can't walk or speak. (But, his laugh is contagious.) Instead of being sorrowful about him not being a baby anymore, I need to treasure and enjoy my children at each stage they're at.

What are you thankful for today?

13 November 2015

Day Old Bread #ThankfulNovember2015

Day 13: Having my husband in grad school can mean tight finances. So, today I'm thankful for the free day old Trader Joe's bread I received. When I got home, I put the bread in the freezer. I figured I could use it to make French toast casserole.

I'm thankful to my Father in heaven who gives us this day my daily bread.

What are you thankful for?

12 November 2015

Apple Juice #ThankfulNovember2015

Day 12: Last night, I was up 4-5 times with digestive issues. (If that's TMI, remember I'm a nurse.) This morning I was exhausted, and Drew watched the children allowing me to sleep. When I woke up, he asked, "Can I get anything for you?" I replied, "Apple juice." Every time I'm sick in my stomach, the thing that I most crave is apple juice. Despite not feeling well, I'm thankful I was not flat on my back. Overall, my children were well behaved. I was still able to read and play with my children, and I feel much better.

What are you thankful for today?

11 November 2015

Starbucks Reward #ThankfulNovember2015

Day 11: An hour before we went to pick Drew up from work, I looked at my Starbucks app and saw I had a free drink! I decided to go and splurge on a drink-a venti chestnut praline latte. Let's just say, it's yummy, but way too much sugar. I'll stick to my coffee with cream or latte with no sugar.

What are you thankful for today? What's your favorite Starbucks drink?

Joy: An Irish Christmas Live #Review

This is a sponsored post.

I love Christmas music; I listen to it year round. Even in January, when most people are sick and tired of hearing Christmas music, I have it turned up, in my living room, and sing at the top of my lungs. A few years ago, I requested Joy: An Irish Christmas as a gift (and received it from my MIL)! When I saw Keith and Kristyn Getty were coming out with Joy: An Irish Christmas (Live), I wondered, "Would I like it? I already have "Joy: An Irish Christmas". Would I like the live version?" The answer to the question is hands down, "Yes! Even if you have the first Joy: An Irish Christmas, the live version is different and even better."

10 November 2015

Library Books #ThankfulNovember2015

Day 10: Recently, one of my friends was talking about the trail of tears, and I knew almost nothing about it. I asked Drew for more information about it. And he gave me the Wikipedia (which was more than I knew). Later that week, I went to the library and borrowed The Trail of Tears by Dan Elish. It's only a book for late elementary/junior high students, but I figured I had to start somewhere.

I was in tears when I read the foreward (and it's only one page):
One of the most tragic episodes in this sad history is known as the Trail of Tears. In 1838, sixteen thousand Cherokees were evicted from their homeland in Georgia and forced to relocated to Oklahoma one thousand miles away. Travelling in winter without proper food, clothing, or shelter, four thousand people died en route and had to be buried in shallow, unmarked graves. (p. 9)
That's 1 out of every four (25%) people. After I read that (to mayself), Charis asked me, "Mama, what's wrong?" I told her, "Mama read something very sad."

What are you thankful for today? What books have you recently read?

09 November 2015

Avocados #ThankfulNovember2015

Day 9: Avocados. They are God's gift to humans. It's amazing that something so yummy, fatty, and delicious can grow on trees. This week avocados were 50 cents at Aldi. So, I bought a whole lot more that usual and have been eating them. 

What are you thankful for today?

08 November 2015

Knitting #ThankfulNovember2015

Day 8: I'm thankful for knitting. Shocker! I know. It can be so relaxing, especially after my two lovely blessings go to bed for the night. I'm knitting a scarf for a loved one.

What are you thankful for today? What's one of the most relaxing activities you participate in?

Trim Healthy Mama Plan & Cookbook #Review #MomsMeet #THM

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

I first heard about Trim Healthy Mama when I was pregnant with my second child. Since I had not lost all the weight I gained from my daughter's pregnancy, it was recommended that I look into this eating lifestyle. But when I bought the book, I saw it was 607 pages. I had no clue where to start, so I started from the beginning (but I hate to admit that I have yet to finish reading it). 

When I saw that Pearl and Serene were publishing new books (Trim Healthy Mama Plan and Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook), I was excited to see how they turned out.

Christmas Craft Supplies

Currently, I am busy knitting three Christmas gifts for my family. I hope to be finished with all three projects by Thanksgiving, so I can have them wrapped, take them to PA, and leave the gifts at my parents' house.

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07 November 2015

Vacuum Cleaner #ThankfulNovember2015

Day 7: I wish I liked cleaning, but I don't. It's done out of necessity. Despite my dislike of cleaning, I'm thankful for my vacuum cleaner. I have to vacuum various places in our apartment (especially around the dining room table thanks to the toddler) 3X/day. My vacuum makes things so much easier. It's one of my maids, along with my dish washer.

What are you thankful for today?

06 November 2015

Little Guy #ThankfulNovember2015

Day 6: I am thankful for this little, sweaty guy. Today, it was seasonally warm. As I breastfed my son before his nap, I noticed he was perspiring more than I would have liked (for my comfort).

At first, I started complaining, but I was reminded how discouraged I was a few years ago because we had an "only child". We were not procreating as fast as those in the church wanted. People tried playing God and guessing why God was not blessing us financially.

So when I start being frustrated with my circumstances in life (due to children), I try to remind myself that they are blessings. And that I should treasure my time with them.

What are you thankful for?

In case you've missed the previous #ThankfulNovember2015 posts:
Day 5

05 November 2015

Coloring Books #ThankfulNovember2015

Day 5: Before I had children, I looked forward to coloring with my children. That dream has come true. One of my daughter's favorite things to do is coloring!! Even better, she likes it when I color with her. At Target on Wednesday, I bought Peanuts coloring books-one for her and one for me. I'm thankful for spending time with my daughter and coloring together.

What is the thing you look forward to doing with your children? What are you thankful for today?

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04 November 2015

Homeschooling #ThankfulNovember2015

Day 4: I never, ever planned to homeschool our children. My first choice was to enroll whatever children we had in a Christian school (my husband and I both went to Christian school in elementary, junior high, and high school). But the price of Christian schools in this area is outrageous. There's NO way we can afford them, especially on a single salary... but overall, I am happy that Charis is being homeschooled. Since her birthday's in August, she would have been a young kindergartner. Plus, the schools in our area are not good. It's fun to see the joy in her face as she becomes a "reader" (to quote her) or is shocked when her hypothesis does not pan out in the few science experiments we've done.

Today, I was reminded that homeschool moms do not know everything. In our unit on Lentil, we're learning out Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, and the American flag. Since our flag has 13 stripes to represent the 13 colonies, I decided to print off a map of the 13 colonies. I was shocked when I found out that Maine was not Maine, but part of Massachusetts.

I called up Drew on the phone and asked, "Is it true that Maine was part of Massachusetts?"

To which he replied, "Yes."

"When did it become its own state? And why?"

"I don't know, Sarah."

So, I'm asking you. What books would be good to read (for me) about the history of Massachusetts? Or Maine? What are you thankful for today?

In case you've missed the previous #ThankfulNovember2015 posts:

03 November 2015

Nearby Park #ThankfulNovember2015

Justin wearing one of my favorite onesies-
"Don't Scare Me! I poop easily!"
Day 3: I'm thankful we live within (safe) walking distance to a park. We walked to Aldi, the library, and the park. We were only at the park for 30 minutes; the first 20 or so minutes were enjoyable.

Unfortunately, Charis had one of her first life lessons of having her "best park friend" tell her, "Your not my friend anymore. Stop following me. I don't want to play with you." We left early because Charis started being emotional (understandably so) and crying.

At home, I held and hugged her. We read from Isaiah 53:
He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crusted for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. (v. 3-5)
I told her that this passage is talking about Jesus. We hated and rejected him, and even though we hated him, he bore our griefs and died on the cross for the sin of His people. I went on to tell her that He was without sin. (Yes, she's heard this before, but I figured, it would be helpful to be reminded of it.) I told her when "friends" say those things, that she should pray to God for help and strength.

What are you thankful for today? How do you handle it when others are cruel to your children? Me, I'm emotionally spent right now.

In case you've missed the previous #ThankfulNovember2015 posts:

02 November 2015

Enthusiasm #ThankfulNovember2015

Day 2: Today, I was thankful for my daughter's enthusiasm with school. She loves learning, especially Spanish.

On Halloween, we went trick or treating, and our Spanish speaking neighbor's were passing out candy. As we were leaving, Charis said, "Gracias!" They replied, "De nada." Charis was so excited that she spoke with them in Spanish.

What are you thankful for today?

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01 November 2015

Leftover Food #ThankfulNovember2015

Happy November! This is one of my favorite months during the year, especially with the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve and Day, and my birthday).

Day 1: Today after church, we had a church dinner, and I brought salad and deviled eggs. We had leftover salad to bring home. Sadly, I forgot to pull the deviled eggs out of the fridge, so we had a lot of leftovers.

I am thankful for the leftover salad and deviled eggs that I ate for dinner tonight. On a plus side, I did not have to cook dinner tonight!!

What are you thankful for today?