"Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, and be constant in prayer"
I love this passage becauseno matter what we may be going through we can always rejoice in the hope of God's promises! There is always hope! The passage also tells us to be patient in our tribulations. This is so very hard, buthaving hope that God will take care of us makes being patient a bit easier, right? I can't imagine going through the trials of this life without hope. It's still so hard to be patient in tough times, but the end of the passage gives us insight into how to achieve this: through prayer! We're to be constantly communicating with God about our trials and asking him for the patience to endure them. Wow, I know I need to work on doing this when times get tough, what about you?
My sweet baby is two months old today! I can't believe how much he's grown. He weighs around 13.5 pounds now! We go for his two month appointment next week so we'll get the official weigh in then, but it makes me happy to know that he's gaining so well! It can be nerve racking for a first time nursing mom because you really don't know how much your baby is eating, but apparently he's getting enough.
We switched to size 2 diapers around week five and he's still wearing 0-3 month clothes, but they're starting to get a little tight around the belly and kinda short so we'll be moving up to 3-6 months soon.
He still sleeps through the night. I wake him up sometime between five and six to eat so he gets enough feedings in a day. Naps haven't been so great for us this month. He went through a growth spurt or something around six weeks and he hasn't napped the same since! I gave up trying to get him to nap in his crib so now I just put him in his swing, turn on his sound machine and hope for the best! :)
He really is a good baby, except in the car. He does NOT like the car, but he loves his play mat and bouncy chair. He bats at his toys and is content starting at them for a pretty good amount of time. He also loves being outside. We eat dinner on the front porch a lot so that he stays content while we're eating. He's also started smiling and cooing more this month. We LOVE it when he smiles and "talks" to us!
He also got his first haircut his month! He had a wild and long patch of dark hair on the back of his head that drove me nuts! I finally convinced Mike to let me cut it and it looks soo much better! Especially since the rest of his hair is growing in blonde.
Here's the "routine" that we're currently in:
8:00 am - Wake/Eat/Play
9:30 am - Nap
11:00 am - Wake/Eat/Play
12:30 pm - Nap
2:00 pm - Wake/Eat/Play
3:30 pm - Nap
5:00 pm - Wake/Eat/Play
6:30 pm - Nap
7:30 pm - Bath
8:00 pm - Eat/Sleep for the Night
5:00 am - Eat/Sleep
This looks great on paper, but it doesn't always work out and that's OK. All I can do is stick to it the best that I can and learn to be flexible when I need to be. I can't wait to see how he changes in the next few weeks!
My husband and I made strawberry jam on Monday. He was off work for our two year anniversary and I was glad for the extra help. Actually, he did most of the work since I had to stop and feed Walker and run to the store for more sugar and pectin. I love my husband! Anyway, we used the recipe from the Ball Blue Book and it is so delicious! It doesn't even compare to store bought jam.
We ended up tripling the recipe because we had so many strawberries. Basically all I did was get the berries ready and my husband did the rest.
We ended up with seven pints and two quarts. We gave a lot of it to our family because that's a lot of jam! But we kept plenty for ourselves. :)
I've been wanting to start canning for the last couple years, but things haven't worked out for me. I'm so glad I finally got to try it out! I plan on canning blackberry jam, blueberry jam, pickles, dilly beans, tomato sauce, and pear butter this year. We'll see how much actually gets done.
**I just read that your not suppose to double or triple your jam recipes because it won't set right. We tripled it and it set perfectly fine. Has anyone else heard this?
We went to a u pick farm today and picked 6 quarts of strawberries. Actually, my husband picked them in the rain while I kept Walker undercover and talked to the lady who was working. I'm sure that's how he wanted to spend his Sunday afternoon! Anyway, I'm gonna make some strawberry jam soon. I'm pumped! I've never officially canned anything so we will see how it goes.
Also, we just planted our second raised bed full of tomatoes, peppers, okra, and sweet potatoes. My tomato plants ended up dying so we had to use store bought plants this year.
Our corn and potatoes are still looking good. We may have planted the potatoes a little too close. We shall see. Also, I had a bad problem with ants and aphids last year eating my corn. I read you can sprinkle maltomeal or instant grits around and the ants will eat it and it will expand and kill them. Hopefully it will work because I want some sweet corn!
I made this pie yesterday in honor of the Kentucky Derby and it was delicious! It basically tastes like a big chocolate chip cookie. I like the recipe because it's simple with few ingredients. This could become an annual tradition. Don't forget to wear your wide brimmed hat while baking! Enjoy!