Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Reformation Day!

It's been a bit busy around here lately :o) So in an attempt to simplify I am linking to my friend Heather who has a great post remembering Reformation Day.

Have a great weekend. I hope to post for real over the weekend.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Change, Change, Change

Those of you who have been around my blog a while or know us IRL are aware of all the CHANGE we have faced over the last year. Well, I'd say the last several years.
Babies, jobs and houses OH MY!

My husband started his new job yesterday. What an amazing story of God's provision! He lined up so many details, like salary, time frames, close transit, and the crazy part is that they came looking for him, not the other way around. They called for a phone interview, had two more in person interviews and within a week he had a job. We signed the contract the Friday before I went into the hospital on the Tuesday. What a relief for my hard working man. He could really be focused on his family during the birth and not worry about providing for us. I thought this especially was so kind God. It is so much harder on them then us when there are financial and job struggles. We are so thankful!

As he catches the bus at 5:30 am (bless his heart) I am at home with a newborn plus two and a c-section recovery. I am so grateful that this section is like night and day compared with my last one five years ago. I feel great comparatively and am so glad that my body is healing so well. During times of change I have learned to live in blocks. Blocks you ask?......blocks of time. My husband and I sit down and hammer out what is the most important. And we share with the kids what those five or so blocks of time will be. Then during the day I can do what ever block works for us. Nap and quiet time can be at 10 am if I need it to be whereas in regular daily life it is usually the same time daily. This gives me the flexibility to care for baby, my own body and still give my big kids some kind of structure.

Theses are our current blocks:

Morning time - getting ready for the day, teeth etc

Chores

Nap/ Quiet time - my big kids don't sleep anymore so it's easier to use this one any time of day to suite Eli or myself

Fun/ free time

Exercise/Walk - a short trip around the block to get fresh air (I don't go to far yet)

School/Activity Time

What are some the adjustments you make when life is busy and in transition? I am all for gleaning from others and growing in this area of serving my family.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Living Simply Saturdays

My IRL friend Stephanie is hosting a Living Simply Saturdays Series on her blog. She addresses the clutter in our lives being about a cluttered heart.

For many years I kept things I didn't really need. I had boxes of things I might use one day. I convinced myself that I was being a good steward by not getting rid of them. I was fooling myself. My real motivation for keeping things was fear. I grew up poor and we have spent many years of our marriage just surviving financially. My true heart in keeping things was a fear of not being able to replace them five years done the road. (There is a true stewardship of things and I feel a need to be wisely frugal but that's not where my heart was)

Several years ago God got a hold of my heart and opened my eyes to another way of looking at things. First of all my hoarding was a lack of trust in His provision. Secondly, if I had something someone else could use and I kept it "just in case" I was NOT doing good to others and putting them before myself. So I slowly started finding people to give these things too who needed them. It freed my heart from holding on in sinful fear and blessed others in need. All I have is His, therefore it should be used for the better of others and not my little kingdom.

I have found such joy in giving things away, of not holding onto something that takes space and energy in my life to maintain. That energy and space can now be used for my family, which is my top priority in the day in and day out.

I also used to keep way to many things for sentimental reasons....this too was another self focused venture. Keeping too many things related to memories only clutters my shelves and my life. Dusting tons of trinkets takes time :o) What I now do is take a picture if it's that important or simply write in my journal about the object and event related. That way it is recorded and remembered but not in a way that creates more work for me or detracts from my available time to my family.

Take a trip over to Steph's blog and read the other entries. I found this encouraging to ponder and make sure I haven't fallen back into old patterns. I must confess baby stuff takes up a lot of space but it's only seasonal :o) The bonus is, most of my baby stuff was given to me with a heart of generosity. I attend the best church on earth!

Now please don't challenge me to get rid of the many many books that are laying around my home....I'm just not ready for that :o)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Eli's Story


The night before my c-section I couldn't sleep. I think I maybe slept 2 hours. I was awoke by a very busy little boy squirming inside my body. As I lay there feeling his movement my logic told me he had no clue that he would be seeing me face to face in about six hours. The romantic side of me thought, maybe he's having one last party before he emerges into the big wide open world. I do remember being purposeful and enjoying these lasts moments of internal movement. This would be the last night he would live inside my body and there was something special about that. It is most likely the last time a baby will ever move around inside my womb again.
So I lay there for a long time. My mind wondered over the last year. Just a year ago September we lost yet another baby to miscarriage, we sold all our baby stuff and thought we were done. We conceived Eli in January, our roof fell in February (The Bulge), I got uncontrollable morning sickness in March, we moved again in May, my husbands job and pay were up in the air in August and not to mention the constant battle with fear and worry over loosing this baby too. What a year!
But yet...What a God!
The year wasn't anything like what I thought it would be....but as I lay there this little boy kicking me I was overwhelmed with the kindness of God to order our lives according to His purpose, glory and our good. We had made it nine months.....we were in the home stretch and receiving the desires of our hearts however undeserved. What struck me so clearly was that God wasn't good because Eli was going to really be born healthy, but simply because that is who he is and how He deals with all that are His.
After no sleep but great anticipation we took off for the hospital at 5:45 am. It was a very strange feeling to know I was driving to meet my son for the first time. He had no clue! The c-section went brilliantly. It was so fast. Eli quacked like a duck when he first came out it was really funny. Then when I heard him scream I just started to cry tears of joy. He was here, he was healthy and he was mine. Trying to describe that moment would be pointless, relief and joy all mixed together.
I do recall a very special time right after recovery. My husband and Eli were at the nursery for something and I was alone in my room. This wave of gratefulness hit me and I was compelled to worship God out loud. I was so swallowed by God's mercy, kindness and grace at that moment. I spent the rest of my hospital stay meditating (between constant breastfeeding) on Psalm 145. God is truly great in all His ways!


Psalm 145
Great Is the Lord
A Song of Praise. Of David.
I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.
All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless you!
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
[The Lord is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works]. The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. The Lord preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
Eli and I are both doing very well. My c-section recovery is going so much better then my last one. Not having an emergency section makes such a difference. Eli nurses like a champ and seems to be pretty laid back at this point. My husband is home till the 20th when he will start his new job. We are being blessed with meals from our church (thank you guys) and so grateful for this new chapter God is starting in our lives
We are enjoying a special time as a family. It really hit home that I had another baby when we returned from the hospital to our own home. I just wept as I saw my two older children kissing and loving on their new baby brother. To top it all off my eight year old daughter, upon seeing Eli the first time said "Mama, Eli looks just like Jonah". I would have to agree with her, to me it was just another display of God's kindness.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Introducing.......

Elijah John
October 7, 2008
8:15 am
8 lbs 11oz
20 3/4 in.


Thought I'd post a few pictures now and fill in the details later.

I am relishing every moment I have with Eli right now :o)

So blessed....so thankful! Isn't he just beautiful!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Tomorrow is the Big Day

It's been a bit crazy around here lately. Less mobility and more rest needed for me. Lack of paychecks and job hunting for my husband. We have still done school for the most part :o)

Lots of energy in the last week has gone into preparing for tomorrow. I have to be at the hospital at 6:15am and we will meet our little man at 8 am Tuesday morning. Can I tell you how excited I am ! I still can't wrap my head around the reality of all this yet but so grateful anyway. Packing our bag with little clothes and things for a new baby...is this real??? I can only imagine the emotions that will come.

More good news.....hubby got a job just this part Friday. What a relief for him going into the hospital for three days with me.....knowing he has a way to provide for his family. The details God worked out on our behalf are so encouraging. So thankful for God's provision and perfect timing.

I will pop in and post pictures in the next week or so.

I need to go back to bed....yes it is 3:30 am....a little pregnancy insomnia. Good prep for the sleepless nights ahead.

Thanks for your prayers!