Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Words I needed to hear

Having been more irritable than usual this week, I really needed to read this post yesterday--here's a compelling excerpt:

"It is still a learning curve for me, balancing housework, cooking, child training, home educating, and serving my husband. I still so often feel overwhelmed and under-equipped for the task at hand.

But regardless of how I feel... what do I communicate? That I revel in the role that God has given me? That there is absolutely no where else I would rather be? That I accept with joy even the mundane parts of my day (the laundry, the toilets, etc.)?

My daughters (and my sons as well) need to see a picture of a woman that is at rest, and even better, rejoicing in her role. They need to know that I love being a wife. Love being a mom. Love caring for my home and showing hospitality. That what God has called me to do is a privilege and NOT a burden.

My goal for today? To choose joy and contentment. To purposefully express to my daughter how very good God's ways are, and how right He was to place me right where I am- in my home!"

Monday, April 27, 2009

Rambles

*I love this picture from last week. Nathan wanted to snuggle with Natalie--how cute is that? And he even shared his prized possession--his bear--with her! I pray that sibling camaraderie will continue . . . Nathan's been so gentle with his baby sister, which is sweet to see. He is acting up more with Eric and me, but that could be a post of its own!

*Several of you have written to ask about my dad (thank you!) so I wanted to give an update. He's feeling pretty good, and really enjoying his first month of retirement. He's continuing to train for the June marathon, and is already up to 15 miles. Praise the Lord!

*Nathan has a strange and funny new habit of taking off his socks to check for "fuzz"--it's so funny to Eric and me, but Nathan takes it quite seriously. I'm glad it's almost sandal season! =)

*The list of things I want to write about here on my blog is growing, but so is the list of other things I need and want to get done. Hopefully, I'll find a new rhythm soon.

*One of the things I'd hoped to post about, on Earth Day specifically, is the fact that I recently got to hear this author speak (again!) about environmental stewardship. Plus, I finished his wife's book right before Natalie was born. It was very inspirational, and I'm excited to share some of what I learned with you--whenever I can get to it!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Faith, Hope & Lullabies

I mentioned a few months back that I received a wonderful CD called Sing Over Me. I could listen to these songs over and over (and I do!)

The words and arrangements are worshipful and relaxing, and I enjoy singing along with old and new favorites. Because I've enjoyed this disc so much (and I also really like the Praise Baby series), I was intrigued when I saw an ad in my MOPS magazine for a new CD compilation called Faith, Hope & Lullabies: Songs of Worship. I went to the site to take a listen, and I loved what I heard: beautiful and soothing music!


I encourage you to check out these new CDs. (And if you write a review of the music on your blog, and follow the instructions on the site, you'll receive a free copy of Sing Over Me--what a deal!)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Restoring order to the freezer

I am so grateful for the many friends and family who have helped us by providing meals in the last month, but now that we're "on our own," I knew I needed to give some major attention to the freezer. Stuff had been crammed in every which way, and since there've been a lot of extra people working in the kitchen lately, I had no idea what the contents were.

I hoped to post this last week as part of this challenge (hosted by two of my favorite people!), but am running a little behind. Better late than never, right?!

Anyway, here's the before pic:
And here's what it looked like after:
It may not seem like a big difference to you, but trust me, it's much improved. I took everything out, re-organized, and made an inventory of all the contents to use as I resume menu planning. It felt so good to get this project done--thanks to Monica and Rebecca for the inspiration, and to Baby Bjorn for making it possible for me to complete the task! =)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Four weeks old today!

How quickly these four weeks have gone. I feel like my recovery has gone smoothly, and now I'm "just" dealing with the normal tiredness that comes with having a newborn--as well as an active toddler!
Natalie spends much of her day sleeping, and unlike her brother at this age, she seems quite comfortable in the swing. The cupcake shirt she's wearing in the above photo is one of my favorites, and it's one of the few new things I purchased before she was born. I love the sweet pic below, taken after one of Natalie's first baths.
Remember this dress? It was so fun to put it on Natalie for her church "debut." (Speaking of church, hearing this song for the first time was the highlight of the Easter service for me. Wow, is it powerful--I've had it on repeat ever since!)
Many thanks to Eric's parents who spent a week with us, and also to his brother, Ryan, who flew out for Easter weekend. We are blessed to have such wonderful family, and are grateful for time together especially since we live so far apart!

Monday, April 6, 2009

What's in a name?

Natalie “born at Christmas”
Though Natalie was obviously not born in December like her brother, Nathan, the traits we’ve chosen to pray for her correspond closely with Christmas. Specifically, we hope Natalie will be both peaceful and a peacemaker, someone who is compassionate, and someone who blesses others by giving meaningful gifts.

Dell “kind and noble”
This name honors Carrie’s family, which is especially meaningful since she is the last in her line. We also like the literary reference to Della from “The Gift of the Magi,” a favorite Christmas story in which both main characters are sacrificial givers.