Monday, April 30, 2012

Love and Serve Your Family

**This was originally posted last June.
 I hope you enjoy it the second time around!

I've been thinking a lot lately about how to effectively fulfill my God given purpose in this world. As a Christian, I'm called to love God and love others (Mark 12:30-31). I have a lot of room for growth in both of these areas, but growth in Christ is what this life is all about. I know God has a pretty specific plan and purpose for me (i.e. help this person, serve here, give money here), but in a more generalized sense in order for me to fulfill my purpose I need to lead a life full of love for God and for others.

I'm going to focus more today on the second part of the commandment which is to, "love your neighbor as yourself"(Mark 12:31). Let's assume the use of "neighbor" in this passage means everyone except yourself, therefore, your closest "neighbors" are your family or those that you live with. Are you glorifying God in the way that you treat your family? I've heard it said before that who you are at home is who you really are and everything else is fake. Ouch. It's easy to take advantage of the deep and unconditional love that our families give us. They'll always be there so we can treat them badly and get away with it, right? Not according to God. We are to love our neighbor as ourselves which means always extending patience, grace, love, respect and kindness to them.

It also means serving them out of love. This is a big one for women because a lot of the home and family oriented "service" falls on us. We generally are the ones who buy the food, cook the meals, clean the house, do the laundry, run the errands, pay the bills, buy the clothes, make the appointments, etc. This is a lot of work and its work that is cyclical and never ending. There's no day off and no retirement. It's literally a lifetime of service, therefore we have a huge opportunity in our day to day lives to glorify God by lovingly and joyfullyserving our families. The bible says whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Are you reflecting Christ in the way that you serve your family to a watching world? Do you see the beauty and blessings that can come from serving your family? Christ entrusted these people to us and we are to love and serve them joyfully without grumbling or complaining (Philippians 2:14).

Serving our families should be a joyful thing! It's a big part of our purpose as women and we are blessed to be able to have a family to serve in the first place not to mention the ability to get around and do so effectively. Are you lovingly and joyfully serving your family today? 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Babies Don't Keep

Mother, O' Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth.
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.

Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I've grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due,
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek - peekaboo.

The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew,
And out in the yard there's a hullabaloo.
But I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren't his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo.

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow,
But children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

~ Ruth Hulbert Hamilton

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Tomato Failure

So I started my tomatoes almost two months ago and they look pathetic.
They haven't grown since the first week or so…what's going on?!? Last year by this time they were quadruple this size and way healthier looking!! Here's what is different from last year:

1. Used seeds from last year that were kept in the fridge
2. Started in seed starting mix and never transplanted into soil
3. Temp might be cooler in the house this year?
4. Used biodegradable pots instead of plastic cups (I'm starting to think this plus the soil is the culprit!)

They've been watered frequently and kept under grow lights. What do you think happened? They aren't even strong looking enough to transplant so we're gonna have to buy plants. Maybe I'll just say a prayer and stick them outside. I have nothing to lose at this point, right?

My sweet potatoes slips and bell peppers look a little better than the tomatoes, but not much:
 On a more positive note, my strawberries are growing well and even have blooms! Hopefully we'll be getting some berries this year:
 The corn and potatoes are also growing fast:

What are you growing right now?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Walker is One Month Old!!

My baby boy is one month old today! Yay!

He's still wearing size 1 diapers and 3 month clothes (but not for too much longer). He doesn't have another doctors appointment until the end of May, but Mike and I think he weighs around 11+ pounds. 

He's still sleeping and eating like a champ! We've been swaddling him in a swaddle sack every night, but then I started worrying about him rolling over so we only used a blanket last night. I didn't think he would sleep as well unswaddled, but he did great! He still sleeps 7 or so hours at night and eats 6 times a day. We are on a really good routine, but I'm sure as soon as I type this things will change! 
Here it is for now:

Between 8 and 9 am wake up and nurse
Playtime and a short nap after
11 am nurse
Around 12 pm (when he starts getting fussy) nap time until 3
3 pm nurse
Playtime and about an hour nap
6 pm nurse
Playtime and short nap
8 pm nurse and sleep for the night
Around 4 am nurse and repeat!

I started out with the three hour eating schedule, but Walker wouldn't have it so this is a good routine that works for both of us. I've also been using my Moby wrap to take him to the park. The first few times I put him in it he would stick his head and back straight up and just look at the sky or get upset. I kept trying though and I've been able to go on a few walks with him sleeping in it. The only complaint I have is that it's hot! I want him to like it so that I can take him to the grocery store in it and be hands free. I plan on buying an Ergo once he has good head control. Do you have any baby wearing experience or tips?

I can't wait to see what next month will bring!!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Ultimate Blog Party

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

If your stopping by from the Ultimate Blog Party, welcome!!
 Let me introduce myself:

 I'm the wife to this wonderful man:

The mommy to this little guy:

And the owner to this sweet furry friend:

I love to sew, crochet, cook, read, garden and so much more! I spend my days taking care of my precious family and the running of our home. I strive to glorify God in all that I do and live the life that He has created for me. Enjoy some posts from the archives:

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

 We took Walker to church for the first time today and he did really good. He slept most of the time and Mike rocked him in his car seat once he woke up. Here's daddy and Walker waiting on me to finish getting ready:
 Don't you just love his little polo?
 This picture just melts my heart!! Addy was so proud to hold her cousin! I love it!!

Happy Easter everyone! 
He is risen! He is risen indeed!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Seedlings and Sweet Potato Slips

I planted some of the sweet potato slips that I grew after rooting them in water:
 My bell pepper seedlings are looking pretty good:
My tomatoes, however look puny compared to last year's:

 I'll be transplanting these outdoors in the beginning of May. It's so crazy to think that when the tomatoes and peppers are ready Walker will be four or five months old!! And when the sweet potatoes are ready to harvest he will be seven or eight months old!! Oh my goodness!!

Are you growing anything indoors this year? 
Have you had success with sweet potato slips before?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Three Weeks!

Walker is three weeks old today! I can definitely say that this week has gone by faster than the first two. I can't believe he will be a month old so soon! Walker has started "ooh-ing" when he is calm and alert (mostly just at Grandma so far) and he loves to go outside and look at the sky.

He's still in 0-3 month clothes and can fit into some 3 month outfits. I've already had to put away some of his newborn outfits because he's outgrown them. I was actually surprised that he fit into newborn stuff at all. He is still wearing a size 1 diaper.

Okay now don't hate me when I sat this, but Walker started sleeping 8 hours at night at two weeks old! He's only eating 6 times a day now, but he's started eating longer at each feeding so he's actually eating more than before. This is a huge blessing for us!! We've been trying to lay him down in his crib at night drowsy, but not asleep. He usually fusses some and we walk in and give him his paci and soothe him and walk away. This has worked really well for us so far. He is normally asleep within 10-15 minutes with minimal crying. I can't believe we've been blessed with such a content little baby!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Garden Update

 We planted corn, carrots, marigolds, potatoes, and strawberries today. We put all of the strawberries in pots:
 They came in the mail dormant and have already grown over an inch in 24 hours!
 We'll be planting the rest of the garden in a few weeks

What's going on in your garden?

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