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My continual goal is to ‘give all diligence’ in whatever I am doing. I want to please the Lord in my daily actions. I want to please him with my speech. I am really struggling today. I always struggle more when I am pregnant, but I don’t want my hormones to be an excuse. I survive with Progesterone cream. 🙂 My life saver every couple of days. 🙂 It really does work!! 

So what am I doing or should be doing to ‘give all diligence’ today? It is Monday, which means extra clean up from the weekend and also my once a week wash day. We had school, a quick run into town. A sick baby and half sick other children. Titus does so good at keeping the children doctored up. Vit C and immune builders given, Vicks rubbed on their chests, Peppermint oil rubbed on chests and feet for congestion and fever. 

I am right now holding Eliana while she sleeps, so that she takes a longer nap. My voice is heard barking out orders to the three older ones as they do chores, such as folding wash, sweep floor, clear off a table that is right inside our door and is such a collection point. They still find it very difficult to talk and keep working at the same time.   

So number 1  on my list of giving all diligence is keep my voice sweet as I “bark” orders, mostly my orders are consisting of “get back to work”. 

Number 2 don’t give in to the desire to vegetate. Usually when I am struggling with feeling down/depressed/overwhelmed, I want to vegetate, read a light fiction or get online, wether reading blogs or Pinterest or Facebook. 

Things I have done: Cleaned out the kettle cupboard and put liner in it, with the help of my daughter. Kept wash going. Did school. Held and rocked away with my baby because she needs lots of holding and rocking right now. 

Now it is time to be working on Supper. Oh what to make?

Prayer requests: Work for Titus. He has worked about 2 days in the last 2 weeks and this week doesn’t look any better. His boss keeps saying work picks up right before Christmas, so we keep waiting and hoping. 

Health for everyone in this house. Thankfully neither Titus nor I have gotten it. 

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My Children’s “Thomaston grandma” or “Mimi” as she would like to be called. She comes every Wednesday afternoon at 3 to read to my children for 30-45 minutes or do special projects that she wants to do with them. They love it and always look forward to Wednesday afternoons. Here she is making Thanksgiving cookies with them. Image

A few cresant rolls raising before the fire for our Thanksgiving lunch with Gary’s. Before Thanksgiving Day we had already had 2 thanksgiving meals, so we didn’t go “all out” on Thanksgiving day, although we did have another wonderful meal. Titus spent the morning helping Gary do some remodeling at their deli and then we ladies took lunch over for them. I took the cresant rolls, candied carrots, and baked corn. Laura and her girls provided the all the other yummy food.

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Over Thansgiving week vacation from school, my 2 oldest 8 and almost 7 were introduced to “The Farming Game” and played it for many hours. My son especially thrived on figuring out the money. Cassandra and Andre’ are in the same grade level in school. I never really thought about it that Andre’ was a wiz at math in his school work, but WOW did he ever get a hang of figuring out all the money figures in this game. He learned how to double his hay harvest or cut it in half. He was wiz. It made me happy, happy, happy. Image

We have all those happy memories of a very low key Thanksgiving vacation.

THEN: Life hits with a bang through out the night last night and this morning. One of my children complained of a sore throat and by this morning ALL 4 of them have a BAD cough deep in their chests. Hadassah has a fever to go with it. She has occupied the couch all day long so far. I had the three oldest sit under a tent with the warm mist vaporizer with vicks. Thanks, Maria. I have used that so many times already since you gave it to me. 

Eliana, my dear sweet 16.5 month old has become a terror. Ok, I never did like the saying the “Terrible Twos”. I have always thought that my 2 year olds are soo sweet. They have such cute words and behaviors. They make everyone around them laugh. BUT. . . from about 14 months – 20 or 22 month old are my dear little ones “Terrible Twos”. They are literally in to EVERY thing. They are still learning what “no” and “come” mean and what obedience is all about. She is still the sweetest thing, but her little fingers are everywhere and into every cupboard, especially those that contain many little pieces. So this morning that was extra busy with sick little ones, plus spending extra time with Cassandra and Andre’ to get them to memorize their addition and subtraction facts, my little one was everywhere. She was happy, but wow what a mess. Enjoy the mess. 🙂 What you can not see, but is there is a big puddle of water between the cup and rag and cracker crumbs all over the floor. That water mess was the third I had to clean up this morning. Dominoes are her newest favorite toy to carry with her everywhere she goes. I am finding dominoes in every room of the house. Oh, yeah another thing she was found doing this morning is stirring tissue around in the toilet with her daddy’s razor.

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Learning to find JOY and to THRIVE even in the midst of these times is an on going process. Thanks so much for a friend that babysat for us last evening, Titus and I were able to go on a date. I feel rejuvenated to keep going. To keep loving my children, to keep thriving right where God has me planted. My prayer is that I can give and give and give some more to my children. To teach and train in the midst of life, to give them the best that I can, and  To NEVER GIVE UP, no matter how weary I get.

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