Wife, Mummy, Nurse: November 2016

12 November 2016

Yarn #ThankfulNovember2016 #NaBloPoMo2016

12. Thankful for yarn!! I went to Michaels today and bought this yarn on sale. Plus, I had a coupon for 20% off my entire purchase!!!! I plan to use this yarn to knit Christmas gifts.

What are you thankful for? 

11 November 2016

Silliness #ThankfulNovember2016

11. Thankful that I don't always have to be serious in my job as a SAHM. 

What are you thankful for this month?

10 November 2016

Settled #ThankfulNovember2016 #NaBloPoMo2016

10. Thankful to finally feel more settled in with homeschooling this year. It has been crazy; we were in PA for two weeks, then moved. I finally ordered our curriculum and will start it on Monday. I have been doing stuff with my daughter, but it's been what I've been piecing together with library books, worksheets found online, workbooks I bought with random things in them, etc. I hate workbooks, but my daughter loves them. 

What are you thankful for today?

09 November 2016

Peaceful Country #ThankfulNovember2016 #NaBloPoMo2016,

9. I'm thankful for the privilege of living in a peaceful country, where we can wake up in the morning following an election, and not be afraid of being in a war torn country. 

This is the map that Charis colored in of the electoral college election results. 

What are you thankful for today?

Words of Comfort for the 2016 Election #NaBloPoMo2016

Growing up, I LOVED the Republican party-a little bit too much. It was like an idol for me. My dad was heavily involved in campaigns in the late 80s and early 90s. He would often joke that I "made him look like a Democrat." Around 2000 (thanks to going to a Christian school), my view of the Republicans started shifting. I noticed how much Christians viewed George W. Bush as a god. They would often refer to Al Gore as "the antichrist" and spoke about the "destruction of America" and how the "end times was going to happen if Al Gore became President". (Note: I completely disagree with their end time theology.) Even at 16, these comments made me realize how much I fearing the President of the United States above God. In 2004, I voted for Bush (don't throw stones). But in 2008, 2012, and this year, I did not vote for either major party, instead I wrote someone in who more closely aligned with my principles.

This morning, I see a lot of my friends on social media upset about the election, worried about what will happen, or uncertain in the future. If you are a Christian, I hope these Scripture verses will provide comfort to you:

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. ~Romans 13 v. 1

God has given us Donald Trump, just as He gave Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, etc. He used those in the United States of America to vote for these men.

He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings (or Presidents); he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. ~Daniel 2 v. 21

God is sovereign; He is in control of all things. My prayer is that God would give Donald Trump and his advisers wisdom.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. ~Psalm 20 v. 7

We are ultimately put our trust in God. Yes, participate in voting for Presidents, Governors, Senators, Mayors, etc., but regardless of the outcome, put your trust in God. He works in events for His glory, though we may not understand His reasons. God uses sinful people to bring about his plans. The world should not look to man (or woman) to save us, instead we should be looking to Jesus Christ. We should be placing our trust on Him. He alone can save us.

What are your thoughts on this election?

08 November 2016

Target Planner #ThankfulNovember2016 #NaBloPoMo2016,

8. I am thankful for Target dollar aisle where I was able to get this lesson plan book to write down everything we do for homeschooling this year. 

What are you thankful for? If you homeschool, what do you use as a lesson planner?

07 November 2016

Sibling Love #ThankfulNovember2016 #NaBloPoMo2016,

7. Thankful for the love my children show each other. I put Justin down for a nap; he picked up "Go dog go" and asked, "Sister?" Then he signed please. I asked, " Do you want Charis to read to you?" Head nods. Charis, hearing the conversation, came in and started reading.

What are you thankful for today?

06 November 2016

French #ThankfulNovember2016 #NaBloPoMo2016

6. I'm thankful that Drew, my husband, is able to speak in French. I was reading Treasures of the snow, by Patricia St. John, and butchering the French pronunciation on the above page. He came over, took the book from me, and said "Let the Frenchy read it."

What are you thankful for?

05 November 2016

ALDI #ThankfulNovember2016 #NaBloPoMo2016

5. I am thankful for ALDI. We save SO MUCH money by shopping there. And since we've been living on one income (from my husband's part time job) the last six years, we've had to be tight with our money. Now that Drew has a full time job, I still shop there.

What are you thankful for this November?

04 November 2016

Thankful November #NaBloPoMo

3. Thankful for reading to my children. Today we had poetry and tea time. I read "Now we are six" by Milne. I had Celestial seasonings chocolate caramel tea. Charis had Red rose tea creme caramel. Justin had Bigelow tea sweet dreams.

4. Thankful for Charis (AKA Captain Hook). She is a wonderful first anniversary gift from God.

What are you thankful for?

03 November 2016

Justin #ThankfulNovember2016

2. I am thankful for my son. God heard my cries and prayers for another child after my daughter. 

For about 12-18 months before getting pregnant, I did not like going to church every week: I was criticized by our decision to use birth control. I was compared to other women and when asked to do things was reminded that I was not pregnant or did not have a newborn. I was told if I wanted to have a newborn, that my husband and I should just get pregnant so that I could hold my own baby. 

During this time I was also reminded that I am God's daughter. He is my protector and comforter. No one should take God's place; I was treating the idea of having more children as an idol. I know this is a long, round about way of saying I'm thankful for my son.

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02 November 2016

Test Knit Cardigan #YarnAlong #NaBloPoMo

I've been busy test knitting a cardigan. I have to have it finished in 2 weeks time, so I'll be busy with my knitting needles the next few weeks working on it.

Then it will be on to Christmas knitting. This year, I would be shocked if everyone in my family gets a handknit gift. I completed gifts for my SIL's children-a dress (for her daughter) and a minion hat (for my nephew). I hope to start knitting skirts for my other nieces and knit a baby yoda hat for my nephew.

What's on your needles? Do you have Christmas knitting plans? 
Join me at Ginny's Yarn Along.

01 November 2016

My In-Laws #ThankfulNovember2016

1. Thankful for my in-laws. They are wonderful and are willing to drop what they are doing to help us out with moving (just occurred two weeks ago), car problems (February 2011 and last year, they let us borrow their van for 4 weeks), or having a new baby (May 2014). Plus today is their 42nd anniversary!! Here Charis is talking to Grandma and wishing her a "Happy Anniversary".

What are you thankful for this November?

Halloween 2016 #NaBloPoMo

I have many happy memories of Halloween growing up. My mum would usually sew our costumes. One year, I was a ballerina. Another year, a doctor; that year, my family's doctor let me borrow an old stethoscope, reflex hammer, and a pen light of his. The last Halloween that we lived in Iowa, my mum stayed up late making a hula skirt for me; yes, that year, I loved reading Meet Molly.

Yesterday was our first time trick or treating in our new neighborhood. Leading up to Halloween, Charis wanted to be a hula dancer, then an airplane pilot, then something else. Eventually, she settled on being a fairy princess. At that point, I said, "That's good. You can wear your pink dress and butterfly wings." Justin was just in it for the candy. I put an old TMNT shirt that has a detachable shell on him, with green and white leg warmers on his arms, and green pants. 

Did your children go trick or treating last night?
What did they dress up as?