Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Jedidiah reviewing paperwork :-) I'm not sure what he was looking at, but too cute non the less.
Jonah, doing what he does best....eating toes! Look at that pudge!
Just a cute Jonah picture.
One of the 3-D paper snowflakes we made. They look really nice in the windows. Isabella also strung up some cotton balls to make the effect of snow falling. The combination looks very cute. I don't have pics of the cotton.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
We had a wonderful conference here two weeks ago. We ended up hosting one gentleman for the weekend and three other young men for one night. I was just absolutely stunned by these young men's manners. They were so polite and helpful. Totally the opposite picture that the world paints for what young men should be like. It was very encouraging!! I was able to hear a lot of the conference this year :-) It was very uplifting and challenging at the same time. A lot of things that the Lord has laid on my heart just came together that weekend. I think I am still sorting some things out though.
We were going to go caroling this evening, but unfortunately sickness has hit the other families. I suppose we shall spend our evening singing here in our home and eating up all the yummy cookies :-) We've been eating WAY too many sweets!!! I. need. sugar. Ha, ha.
On Jed news...he's doing pretty well. I put back a small (VERY small) amount of fat into his diet and he broke out with a rash and his teeth grinding has been much worse. Interesting, very interesting. But despite the fact that the fat gave him the runs for almost a week, he has gained weight. Bravo.
I have been spending my "free" time reading up on homeopathy. I would really like to be able to help our family and others to use homeopathy instead of the common OTC meds. Homeopathy is just so much more safer and effective in eliminating the problem as opposed to covering up the problem like OTCs do. There is lots to learn. It seems almost like a foreign language. I guess it seems that way only because homeopathy's premises on disease is totally different from what I've been taught all my life. It is very interesting and refreshing all at the same time.
My "free" time has been very limited lately, as one would notice on the lack of posts I have been putting up. Jeremiah and I had started to talk about changes that needed to take place in our family these past few weeks. No real changes had been made as we had been in talk mode. However a situation arose that has made us jump into implementing those "talks". I am so very thankful that we have a body of believers who are of like mind and who care enough to bring up 'hard' issues. On top of that we are still working out our school curriculum decisions. I think we will be slowly working in one or two things at a time. My goal is to have a few things lined up for those slow times around here. There will be a lot more working going on over here and less play. Not to mention a whole lot less movies. Actually all entertaining movies are out. We are keeping all educational movies. It was interesting that in the past few weeks I had really taken a notice about even our "good" movies. We had been letting them watch Little House on the Prairie. I never knew how much those movies were not in line with our family vision! Yikes!!! It is amazing when you really start looking at EVERYTHING with scripture as being the measuring stick.
Baby is awake, so I need to go. I have some pictures of some 3-D paper snowflakes we have made that I would like to put up. Maybe later on today when Jeremiah is home.
I wrote the following on Jed a few days ago. It was at the bottom of this post as it was in edit form. So I hadn't seen it. This is a bit more indepth than the above info on him.
Jedidiah is doing OK. He has been Prilosec free for over a month now!!!! Truly amazing! He was looking so great that the doctor asked for me to take a picture of him. I couldn't get to it that day and when he woke up the following morning he looked horrid!!!He was a fussy mess for the next two days. Since then he is looking on the slim side. He may have grown taller. But he also lost a few ounces, however he has not "lost" anything by mouth. Hmmmmmm. As I told someone earlier, I am ready to get off this roller coaster. So seeing as how he was slimming down I put some fat back in his diet (coconut oil). And two things happened. 1. He started grinding his teeth a whole lot more. 2. He broke out with a rash on his upper torso, one which he would commonly have in the past. Insert a picture of person banging head against wall here!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
I also had a wonderful revelation this week as well in regards to parenting. I think it would be a bit much to type it all out. But it took a huge weight off of me. I was praying for a family who is in financial straights when the Lord spoke to me. He basically showed me that I could totally rely on Him to meet our needs when Jeremiah has been without a job, yet I don't trust Him in the outcome of our children. Hmmmmm....Yup, He got me! I think its because with a job there there isn't anything (besides praying) that I can do, yet with parenting there are quite a few things that the Bible itself says I am to do. And so the weight of parenting has been on my shoulders. Not where it is supposed to be. I wish I was an eloquent writer and I could make better sense with all of this. It was a profound revelation for me. My sister also had a profound revelation, which has to do with education, or the lack thereof. Time does not allow me right now to get into it. The basic idea is that our education was lacking in real facts. Like the turkey, pilrgrims and indians. The real thanksgiving did not happen for the reasons we learned in school. Someday I will have to get back to this idea of "education", but our computer is about to lock me out of the internet.
I have come across a very, very interesting article (interview really) on vaccinations. Very interesting. With the web it is so hard to know what is real and what is not, so I try to be careful. However, this is just too interesting not to pass on. The interviewer has some other articles he wrote that were intriguing. Look at the one on HIV. Things that make you go, hmmmm.
I must be off, the computer is about to lock up. We have it set on a timer so if this post is a bit confusing it is because I am in a rush to beat the clock. And with all the stuff I have to do for the week, I won't be able to post again till next weekend.
Check out the article
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I'm starting this post with pictures only because I am too lazy to drag them all down below the post! I asked Jeremiah to take a picture of me with each of the girls when we had our bonfire. This is Saoirse and I.
Moira and I taking a pose before the fire. our fire was multipurpose. We got rid of some movies and books that were not fit to pass on.
Saoirse giving us a very funny look. She and Flannery were sharing a seat, trying to stay warm, in the 'freezing cold'. :-)
Jedidiah and I. This is Jedidiah's new winter coat. He had just gotten it that evening and wouldn't take it off! Too funny. You can see he has a graham cracker in his hand he was munching on. We were making s'mores! Yummo!
Jeremiah just tending the fire, deep in thought, thinking about some deep, deep theological issues no doubt :-) Ok, probably not. He got lots of "advice" about tending that fire! Mostly coming from certain 11, 9, 6 and 4 year olds :-)
Isabella, Jeremiah and Jedidiah all hanging out. At this point Jed was getting sleepy. He did eventually fall asleep in my arms. We had a wonderful time around the fire. It is one of those things wonderful you want to do it all the time, but one of the things that makes it special is that it isn't done all the time! I hope that made sense.
These are the Fuzzy Bunz and the Prowrap with the prefolds in them. You can see I left some of the prefold hanging out of the Fuzzy Bunz. The FB have a pocket to put in the prefold. With the wrap there is no need for diaper pins. I LOVE the new wraps. I also love the FB, especially for night time, as they wick the moisture away from the baby's skin.
This is what happens when you have given up naps, but still need them :-) I had gotten him down from his feeding and he climbed up in the computer chair to watch the screen saver (it is set with rotating through all our pictures) and he conked out!
Jedidiah really thought the snow thing was fascinating! After his time in the snow he came in and was looking through the shoe box and had found some red and black snow boots. They are now his favorites and he wears them all the time!!!!! They are only twice his size!!
Flannery contemplating the snow? Unlikely! She usually doesn't stay still for long, so this is a rare shot :-)
Jedidiah all happy about his new found skill.....jumping off the couch.
Here he is mid-air! Too funny! He did this again, and again, and again.....
Jonah looking all cute! Too precious! I love the way he "talks" now. I need to get it on tape!
Here is the flower girl with the newly married couple.
Here is Jonah and the ark! At least the animals of the ark! I didn't have a lot of time to write much, I guess that will have to wait till next weekend. I have been tagged by two people to do some meme's (I think that's what they are called). I'll post those next weekend too. This weekend Jeremiah was at a conference, and we had computer problems.
my actual post:
Friday, November 14, 2008
It finally happened! Our boy was dressed in a pink frilly dress. I had suspicions that the girls were up to something. They are usually not that willing to take the baby! Ha ha! They came out saying, "Look ma at your little girl!" Um, yeah......I am sure Jonah will be thrilled to see these some years from now :-)
Look at this adorable baby! This green sweater is like 30 years old!!!! It was one of mine or my siblings sweater! As is the bonnet. It is a bit on the girly side, but it still makes a cute baby. :-) Yes, my girls are having too much fun with baby clothes. They have the girl clothing in their baby doll basket. Jedidiah was a bit too fragile for them to hold and carry, so they are heaping all their pent up baby dressing desires on poor Jonah.
And this was just too funny not to post. This is Jeremiah enjoying tea with the girls. They got all dressed up and fancied up their small round table for tea. This is what happens when Daddy joins in!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
In Jedidiah news....I talked to the homeopathic doctor today. I want to be very excited about what he had to say, and I am, at the same time I'm nervous that this may be another dead end. However since no one before has had a single clue as to what may be going on with him, the fact that he seems to have an idea AND that he has remedies for this has made me a bit hopeful. He has also cured other children who were 3 to 6 years (!) behind in growth and they are now at a normal height and weight. This has been a very long road. I have to say I need to be thankful that in perspective and relative to what other people may have gone through it really has not been that long. But at the same time, for almost two years we have known that something has been wrong but have not been able to figure out what. The major factor he believes is contributing to Jed's situation is mercury. The other is the allergy meds that I took while pregnant with him. So we will be doing remedies to purge his body of those things. Quite a few of his symptoms (teeth grinding, sensitivities with his mouth, the profuse sweating and the supposed milk allergy) he believes are from mercury toxicity. We will see what happens. We should be getting some of the remedies in the mail very soon and will start on the immediately. He told me though to not expect an overnight change, as homeopathy takes time to work. At least in these cases of purging the body of the toxins. He had some very interesting things to say about systemic yeast. He does believe Jed has that, HOWEVER, yeast is not the problem. He believes that the body is using the yeast as a defense mechanism. He says that the body is using the yeast to get rid of the mercury. I'm too tired to go into it all right now. But it is fascinating. So to get rid of the yeast would not be good as his body would try to resort to some other means to rid his body of the toxins. If we get rid of the toxins we will get rid of the yeast. I'm very worn out emotionally from all of this. The highs, the lows, the waiting.....I really want to be done with this. If it was me suffering from something that would be one thing, but for it to be with my child....I'm just not so patient. But I really don;t have a choice now do I? :-) I'll make sure to tell you all how he makes out with this. I really can't wait for the day that I can post a picture of a healthy Jedidiah! Oh, the thought just makes my heart jump!
Have a wonderful night. I am going to post a separate post with just pictures and captions. I would love to blog about it all, I just don't have the time right now. Enjoy.
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As a side note I have a couple of posts that are in draft form right now. I've not had the time to get to them. It seems something always comes up.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
As a side note (I think my whole blog is a list of side notes :-)) we got out early today to vote. No lines, it was in and out for us. There has been so much talk on the elections. I don't get into all of that "stuff". Not that politics is not important. But truly, it is only the Lord who can change the heart of a king. And no matter who wins we will need that divine changing! I have heard about people fasting and praying for our country these last few days. I do believe we will need more of that even after the elections. I think there is a very good reason that the Lord continually told the Israelites to remember His deeds AND to tell them to their children and their children's children. It is easy to loose hope for our country, with all the news that we hear. However it is proven that when a people come together and humble themselves before the Lord that He will intervene. We are prone to forgetting. I can't tell you how many times when I have read a passage that I thought, now HOW could they have done that!! The Lord did this and this and this and they STILL went off and rebelled, etc. Then I have to stop and realize that we (I) are NO different. I have these amazing testimonies of the work of the Lord in our life and I will still loose hope or fear. I turn my attention elsewhere. When what I really needed to do was to proclaim the works of the Lord.
Jedidiah's speech therapist will be here soon. I need to go put some food together while the baby is sleeping. He's not been napping too well as of late.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I have received some great comments on my vaccination post! I was pleased, as
I was a bit worried, as it is such a hot topic. I wanted to put my sisters
comment here in a post to be read by all. She is an RN and her insights into
this controversy is worth reading. I didn't want anyone to miss out on it! Ok, off to eat lunch
clean, clean, clean!Well your dear sister here just couldn't NOT post a comment here after
reading all these other wonderful comments. As an RN, I feel like I am a
hypocrite going into work. It's not just about vaccinations, but about all
synthetic drugs massed produced and pushed onto people. I have to administer
these drugs in my job, but I do not believe they are doing anyone any good
vaccinations). SO while I feel I am doing more harm by administering
drugs, I do my utmost to "preach" about natural healing, herbs, and
the way God intended us to do. Not only do I preach to the
patients, but also
their families and co-workers. Now I have found myself in
a predicament. We
highly encouraged by the hospital to get our flu shots (they are FREE after all
please note the sarcasm!). But I will be refusing mine. The sad thing is most
people I work with are shocked at my decision as they will view me as a
and probably the cause of any of our patients contracting the flu (I
work on the
respiratory floor). It is very sad that doctors and some nurses
understand that people with already compromised immune systems are
to die after getting a flu or pneumonia vaccine as they are if
they got the
disease in the first place. Vaccines temporarily suppress
your immune system (for
how long is still debatable), so if one
is already ill with something else,
then having one's immune system
suppressed even for a short time can open the
door for some serious problems
to occur in the body. So the entire problem for
me is I will be out of a job
by next year (which is fine as we only plan to have
me work for one year).
But just knowing I will be fired if I refuse my flu shot
unacceptable to me... by next year word is that flu shots will be
for all hospital workers (at least here in Rochester). This year we
sign a waiver if we refuse-which of course being the trouble maker that
I will try to get away with not signing it! Anyway keep sticking to your
beliefs and of course the most important thing for all to know is KNOW YOUR
RIGHTS. We may live in a "free" country, but our rights our violated all the
time. And if someone "talks" to you more than 2 times about vaccinations and
have made your point very clear, just threaten to sue for harassment, because
that is what it is...pure harassment. Gee I cannot wait to get my license to
practice as a naturopathic doctor!!!!!
Monday, October 27, 2008
This week I will be a bit busy. That's putting it mildly. I am undertaking the reorganization of our house. Not for the faint at heart! OK, it's not that bad, but I did request help from our church as I have not been able to get anything done due to all the normal everyday stuff that takes up my time as it is. I had our wonderful helper, Grace, come today. I got the whole family room done and almost the changing room done! Yipee! I have plans on writing a post on the plans I have to revamp our family situation. You see we have lazy children. We have disrespectful children. We have disobedient children. Trust me, it's not pretty. Well, sin never is. So Jeremiah and I have plans to turn things around. The plans are flexible as life always likes to throw you a few unknowns. And we know that without the Lord nothing we do will work. Yet at the same time the Lord commands us to train our children and to teach them diligently the ways of the Lord. Something we have obviously failed in. So when I get the chance I'll write that out on my blog. It will be neat to see what we do, what worked, what didn't, etc.
Off to get some granola bars made for tomorrows snacks.
Have a great day!
Friday, October 24, 2008
My best advice, Donna, would be to really ask around. Maybe find a homebirth meetup as a lot of women in them are usually more into natural remedies and ask them who they see for their doctor. And I would also recommend that you always continue researching. I know that if we were to go out of the country that I would have my children vaccinated. Only because at that point a lot of factors change. I believe that God has made our bodies to work. Yes they fail at times because we live in a sinful world, but he gave our bodies mechanisms to fight disease. Also, I have read enough to know that proper nutrition and good hygiene go a long way to fight off illness. But other countries may not have those God ordained sanitary conditions to fight off disease. So I am not a total die hard antivaccinationist (is that a word?). No matter which decision we make regarding vaccinations, we are taking a risk. Which risk are we willing to live with? Which is also why I feel that it is my duty (to my children) to feed them well. I recently mentioned that we have had more sugar in our diet than I would like. Sugar is a big, bad, no-no. It totally renders your immune system useless for a few hours. You have some sugar at breakfast, then at dinner, then at.....it really adds up, leaving your body without its proper defense.
There are so many aspect to talk about regarding vaccinations. For example the number of people who still come down with the diseases that they have been vaccinated against. Or the fact that some of the diseases have been making a comeback, but they have mutated, so now vaccinations are not effective against it. Or the pro-life factor, that there has been vaccines made with aborted fetal tissue. It doesn't matter how "watered" down it is now, some poor aborted baby was used to make it. And of course all the issues that vaccines hinder your immune system. I mean, how many people do you know have ever had 7 diseases attack them at once? Yet they give that all-in-one shot that has 7 vaccines in it. It may only be 5 vaccines in the all-in-one, but I know they were trying to get one approved for 7. I mean 7!!!! And this is on infants, a wee little person, who's body is still forming at a rapid rate, and it's body is learning how to work with the world. So lets inject them with a bunch of poisons. Yes, those poisons are in very small quantities, but it's also going into a very small person. Never mind all the doctors and nurses who won't even get some of the newer shots coming out now. Why is that? Oh, am I going on and on again? I'm sorry! I hope I even answered your question with all these babblings!! If not, or if you have any others, feel free to ask.
On a side note we went to our church's reading of Deuteronomy. I didn't get to listen to all of it as I had a fussy baby. But even still it was really neat to see all the families gathered together reading great lengths of God's word. Children sitting, listening as well. Although some children colored, or fell asleep. Even some of the older girls and some of the women were knitting or crocheting as they listened. There was a small break for some snacks. The evening went from 6 pm until 9:15 or so. I wish I could convey just how special I think our church is. We are not perfect to be sure, but there is just something about having the families as a whole participating. There are a lot of us in the church who did not have a Christian upbringing. There are many times when we are trying to find our footing. And what a blessed thing to be able to go to an older woman or another family who may be generations strong in the faith to turn to. It is really amazing. And I also love that I will get the truth, as hard as it may be, as much as I don't want the truth at that moment. But that truth is given in love. It's not watered down, nor is it shoved down either. We also have a diverse body, with interesting talents and interests. I just heard that one of the ladies knows how to cut hair. She had told someone else that she would show her how to cut her boys' hair. I said, "Hey, lets make it a class! I need to learn too!" Another lady just told me today that she would help me pick out paint colors for our house. She told me that when I was ready that she would come with me to pick out the colors! Then there are a bunch of women who sew, or knit, or......the list goes on. One young gentleman came to help us with our computer. And lets not forget all the wonderful hands that help with the young ones. I usually don't know where Jonah is on Sundays! He's off with one of the many girls waiting 'in line' to hold him :-)
I seem to be in a rambling mood this evening! I must be off to bed. Even though Jed may have gone to bed later than normal, that doesn't mean that he will sleep in later than normal.
Have a blessed day!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I was able to take out a frozen meal to pop in the oven. And even though the girls were up early today and walking all day, they are in the house bouncing off the walls!!! Calgon, take me away! Here are a few pictures from the day and other miscellaneous ones:
Who's teaching who? Bible time with Daddy :-)
Saoirse out by our birdfeeder. She is such the ham! She loves getting her picture taken.
Here is the "fancy" hat I made. It's a dinosaur. I thought it was pretty darn cute.
This here is a man in a little caged "room" with some honey bees! I know you're loving this Tracy :-) Anyways we were able to ask him a lot of questions about beekeeping, something we are interested in. We go through a lot of honey. A lot. So why not get our own bees? The 'sad' thing about this time with the beekeeper were when school groups (or part of school groups) would come up to watch. They had these questionaires with them that they were to check off as they went along. So they came up and asked the predesignated question and went on their way. Now, I'm not against prompting children with ideas to think on, or questions to ask. However this was most definitely a case of what I would call, 'canned procedure'. There was no thinking on the children's part, just ask the required question and move on. Our family was asking all sorts of questions, including Jeremiah and myself. But this wasn't just because we are interested in bees. As a matter of fact the girls were really eyeing the horses on the other side of the building at the time. But they still were engaged with what was in front of them. Ok, sorry to go on about that, just an observation that I made during the day.
Here are the dare devil girls! The girl between Isa and Moira is one of our past neighbors. It was great to see them again. It was funny because Jeremiah asked the Mom to convince me of naming one of our future girls (if we should be blessed with one), Fiona. Fiona, happens to be the Mom's name :-)
This was one of the calves there at the Fair. It was sooooo cute. It kept sticking its head out of the fencing and trying to munch on the girls dresses! They had signs all over to not touch the animals, but even I wanted to give this cute calf a pat on the head.
The dare devils rolling past us. I uploaded the wrong picture, I meant to put the one up of all of them waving.....so just imagine that they are doing that here :-) I really hate waiting for the pictures to upload....yes, just call me lazy.
This is the ride that the two younger children chose. Jedidiah got all giddy when Jeremiah put him up on the horse. He was all smiles!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Saoirse woke up with this horrid sounding coughing thing going on....think croup. But within a few minutes she was ok, and hasn't coughed again all morning. Isa had a sore throat yesterday and so I am assuming that has something to do with Saoirse. It looks as if the fight is on to keep everyone well. I have to say that I have been lacking in the healthy menu area. It's not that its really bad or anything, just letting more sugar creep in than I should. But, hey, there is only so much I can do!
Here is a funny: Last night the girls and I were looking on the web about the couple who just had identical triplets. I have always been fascinated by multiples, and what would be more exciting than multiples that are identical? So we are looking at a video on YouTube and on the side bar there is a video on conjoined twins. The girls asked to watch it. No biggie, or so I thought. Afterwards I sent them all off to get ready for bed. Flannery comes back to say goodnight, then proceeds to sit down in a chair next to me. I tell her she has to go to bed. She remains sitting with "the look". The look she gets when she is freaked out about something. She tells me she is scared. I ask her what she is afraid of (she had recently been afraid of her closet, so I was expecting something along those lines). She tells me, as she is crying, that she is scared because of the movie. Movie? What movie? The one we just watched she tells me. Hmmmm, the movie we just watched....you mean the one about the conjoined twins? Yes, and she starts bawling. I ask her why she is afraid. Come to find out that she thought that this sort of thing could happen to anyone at anytime. Poor thing! I think she was afraid she was going to wake up with another person attached to her. I assured her that was not possible. I explained, with a drawing, how this sort of thing happens. She was still a bit freaked out this morning as she herself wasn't feeling well and asked me if I was sure that things like that wouldn't happen. Ahhh, children :-)
We are in the throws of organizing. Things are going pretty well. I have to do what I can in between feeding children, and taking care of the baby. At least the house looks decent at this moment. So I am able to tackle little areas at a time. I will take a pictures around our house when I am through.
And one last note. An odd one I am sure to some. I am not even sure how to word it, and really it probably isn't something that needs to be "talked" about, but it has been on my mind now for days. I don't have a lot of time to make comments on other peoples blogs. I usually just read and am on my way. I only leave comments on my family and friends blogs. But every once in a blue moon I will make a comment or more likely ask a question on someone elses blog. There is a blog I visit regularly. I have learned soooo much from her writing. There are things she writes about that I don't always agree with, but that is not a problem to me, it's her blog :-) However, lately, she has had a lot to write about the "End Times". The whole "Great Tribulation", rapture and what not. I wrote to her to suggest that everyone re-read those scriptures that talk about those 'matters' in light of who Jesus was actually talking to, and when He Himself said those things would take place. That is all I said, along with telling her how much I loved her blog. My comment was not published. I was bummed. I was a bit upset only because I know that a lot of people read her blog, some who are new Christians, and others who are not. I have been reading a book on this matter called "End Times Madness". And one theme that runs through the book (at least as far as I have read) is that when Christians start making a big deal about what they perceive as the "signs" that they see that say the end is near and then the end doesn't come....well that discredits the Bible. But the end, at least the end that Jesus was talking about, already happened! It wasn't the end of the world, it was the end of the old covenant, and that end was going to consist of Jerusalem being judged for crucifying the Messiah. So the events in Matthew 24 and Revelation have already taken place. We are not waiting for these things to happen. And each generation has been able to take their current events and wrap them around Scripture to say...."Look, the end is at hand!" But the end already came. So for anyone who has worries or has questions on this matter I would guide you back to the Bible to see what it has to say for itself, and also the book I mentioned. Not to say we don't live in scary times, but they don't have anything to do with the "end times" Jesus was speaking of.
Gotta go, I've got a fussy baby on (or I should say, IN) my hands :-)
Friday, October 17, 2008
Jeremiah and I listened to a great, GREAT lecture/sermon tonight. Not sure if any of you have heard of Dr. S. M. Davis or not. We listened to his talk on how to stop the curse of the rebellious child. I also listened to a talk by him earlier today (as I was eating lunch and cleaning) about breaking family curses. Yeah....I/we needed that. And we will keep needing it. It is definitely something we will listen to again and again. I've been listening to a talk by Victoria Botkin on homeschool. It is great stuff. I was kind of able to breathe a sigh of relief. Sometimes I start to wonder.....am I doing this right? Am I missing something? We got some great ideas for the girls schooling and I am looking forward to hearing the rest of the talk sometime soon. Homeschooling is never static, nor should it be. We are always evaluating and re-evaluating what we are using and doing. We've been having some trouble with the history program we have been using this past year. I still think it is a great program, just not with a lot of children, IF you want their literature to match up with their history content. Sonlight takes a lot of time, and there isn't enough time for each child to be in their own level. So we have had Isa and Moira doing the same level. However Isa's literature is American History related, but the girls are in the Ancient civilization level in the history section. So this talk we have been listening to may just help us go the uncharted course. And it is reassuring to know that it can be done, and that it works. I'll try to remember to let you all know what we decide to do about it later on.
Right now I feel....um....hmmmm....not sure of how to word it all. It seems that my mind is just one big muddle right now. I know we need more of a routine/schedule. However in order for that to work I need to have children who are obedient. And that takes time, and a lot of work. In the mean time we are re-evaluating curriculum. And I seem to have a million and one things that I would like to teach them, or do. So I feel like I am being pulled in a million directions. I am thinking part of this feeling may be hormonal. The baby has been doing 7 hour stretches at night. This may be stirring up some hormonal soup or something, as evidenced by my wild dreams I have been having! I'm not sure if anyone else has crazy dreams when their hormones are wacky, but I do. So I need to hang on for the ride and wait for my mind to slow down.
Ok, this post seems totally nonsensical (is that a word?) Off I go to do some cleaning. Oh fun, oh fun!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Finally the zoo post, plus if time allows a few more interesting items. We had a great time at the zoo. It was a family celebration of our 14th wedding anniversary. By the time we arrived at the zoo it was about 12:30. We had 4 and a 1/2 hours to look around. The girls were looking forward to seeing the red wolf. It is at least half way through the zoo. It turned out to be a bit disappointing as he just lay there. Last time we went to the zoo he was wandering all over the place. The children really love the playground there. It is set up as if you are ant size in a garden. Really fun. This day however about half the schools in NC were there, ok, probably not, but is sure seemed like it! So the park was crowded. A new addition to the zoo is a carousel. That was a hit as well. We were all worn out by the time we got to the end of the trail. The biggest hit for Jedidiah, of all things, was the bus ride back to our van!! He was totally thrilled and overcome with awe to be riding a bus. Very funny.
Jonah's sleep training is going very well. Today is day three. On the first day he cried for 9 minutes for each nap. It was a real cry. Yesterday he fussed for 4 minutes each nap. Only fussy, not crying. And this morning he fussed for 1 minute and this afternoon only 10 seconds! He is doing great. I really love this approach, taken from the Baby Whisperer. I am there with him the whole time, patting his bottom. I talk very softly, letting him know that he is tired and learning to fall asleep. It will be a little bit before I can just walk in and lay him down and leave, but we are on the right path. It only takes him a few minutes now to fall asleep. This is an improvement as it was taking 45 minutes to nurse him to sleep laying down with him. What a big boy!
And one last interesting matter. Tests. Yes, tests. Not the school kind, but the testing of your faith kind. Maybe not of our faith, but a refining test. Yes, that's it. You might recall our ice cream matter a few days back. We really felt that God spoke to us, telling us we did the right thing to commit to tithing. AHhhhh and it is soooo like the Lord to test ya to see if you are serious. So the other day Jeremiah comes home from work. He looked really, REALLY upset. He told me it was a very, VERY bad day. YIKES! My first thought was that he lost his job. I mean he really, REALLY looked upset. Thankfully that was not the case. It was 'only' his truck, and that it was undriveable, that it needs its whole clutch system replaced. This is no small ticket item. We had just gotten done going over the budget a few days ago so we knew we wouldn't be able to get it fixed anytime soon. So we go back over it to see where we were going to pull money from to pay for this fixer upper job. Wouldn't ya know that the amount we would need (thereabouts) is the amount of our monthly tithe. Hhhhmmmmm. For some reason I totally saw this as a test. We could get it fixed in another two weeks......if......we don't tithe. Or we can tithe and wait till mid January to get it fixed. You know those broadcasts that say, "this is a test, only a test, for the next minute.......if this were a true emergency...." and then you get to listen to that really annoying noise? Yes, I really saw this as a test. So we determined that we were going to stick to our conviction. That means Jeremiah will have to take the big van to work, and I will be left vehicle less. And the weird thing is that I'm totally fine with that! I was sitting there that night nursing Jonah in our darkened room. Just he and I in quietness, and I was just overwhelmed when I started counting my blessings. We are indeed rich! VERY, VERY RICH. Compared to others in the USA maybe not rich, but to the rest of the world we are. And we are rich in other areas besides our possessions. We are rich with children, we are rich with a wonderful body of believers that we fellowship with each week. We are rich in so many, many ways. And to go with out a van for a few months paled in comparison to what others have to do without. I was thankful it was his truck that broke and not our van. At least we will still be able to go places as a family! Ok, enough rambling!
I hope you enjoy the pictures.
Our first stop was to the alligators and swamp creatures. We are all fresh and ready to hike the zoo trail.
Moira with Tort the tortoise. Jed was actually a bit freaked out by him. The ropes you see are the only thing keeping the turtles in, and so maybe he thought they could get out of their pen?
The girls in front of the zoo park. They were actually done playing here. They would have loved to play a lot longer. But I can only handle keeping track of them in a large crowd for so long. Plus we only had so much time on our side before the zoo closed, and this is in the beginning of the trail.
Saoirse wasn't too sure about this slide. It was rather steep. But once she went down there was no stopping her.
Moira taking Jedidiah down the slide. Jed loves slides! He had a blast!
Moira and Flannery on a squash. This is as close to a squash as Flannery might get in her life time. She has a thing about veggies.....she hates them.
Jedidiah wasn't too sure about this gourd. I think there was a bug in there and he didn't like the close proximity he was in with it. Hmmm, not sure. He only stayed in there but a minute.
Isa, Moira and Flannery on a praying mantis. Ooooohhhhhh, Isabelle, I am sure you can be proud of me to not freak out about my children sitting on a praying mantis! Hey I've gotten a lot better about things like that. As long as they don't come in the mail!
Jedidiah walking along a vine with Daddy's help. It was so cute to see him trying out all the neat things to do at the park.
Daddy and Jed. Nothing like a huge lady bug to stomp on.
Moira was the only one willing enough to stay on top of the buffalo long enough to get a picture of. It really didn't seem like his head was too high up, but each girl freaked out when Jeremiah lifted them up onto it. And it really is odd the things that Moira is willing to do. She is such a girly girl and really was our most afraid child. But she's turned that around and will do things the other girls wouldn't do.
A group shot with the buffalo. It was much better on the ground :-)
Isabella made a bee line to the wolf at the carousel. Her she and Saoirse are enjoying themselves.
Do you think that Jedidiah is a *little* excited? Apparently he loved the ride!
Isa and Flan with the lions. We were almost to the end here.
Jedidiah in his glory on the bus!
Jedidiah sat next to Isa. Here he is looking out the window. We didn't get pictures of when we first got on when he was just about freaking out he was so excited. We wished we had taken video footage of it.
Little Jonah man all ready to head home. What a cutie pie.
And finally a family shot. We only got one. We lifted Jed out of the stroller to find that his pants were soaked!! Thankfully I came prepared with a few changes of clothing for him. But we didn't have time to change him before we got the picture taken. It's so funny because people think we have this huge family. But even looking at a group shot I just don't feel like I have this *HUGE* family. Strange.
Well that's it. I hope it was worth the wait. Off to clean some more. I was supposed to get together with a friend tomorrow to learn all about her living organisms in her kitchen (lacto-fermented foods), but we have to reschedule as we won't have a van! I'm so bummed! She did send me the recipe for the sourdough bread and once I secure a large amount of rye berries I shall undertake making my own. Maybe by then we can get together to compare notes. I have not had any good results when trying my hand at sourdough bread.