- Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain
You can’t get to joy by making everything perfect. You can only get there by seeing in every imperfection all that’s joy.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I love that Molly gets to ride a great horse like Clue. He's a beautiful gray Arabian. He's also gentle and calm, but still athletic enough and seems to want to please his rider. I'm praying for a long partnership for the two of them! I'm also praying for safety!
When I was a girl about Molly's age, it was my fondest wish to have a horse of my own. I even did for a while. I have to say, though, that it's even more fun to see Molly enjoying this experience! God is so very good!
As a post script, please continue to think about helping me with my research report (see the last post). Send the link to anyone you feel might be interested in sharing their stories with me. I can't wait to start reading!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I am doing a research report on the Significance of Birth to the Mother for a course I'm working on. I'm studying to become a Certified Labor Doula. A labor doula is a person who is specially trained to provide support to a woman and her partner during labor and delivery, and immediately postpartum. She stays with her clients throughout the birth, helping them to have a birth experience that is as close to what they desire as possible. The answers I receive will help me to form a better understanding of what is important to a woman during her labor and delivery, what women have found helpful in enhancing the birth experience, and what has been harmful. In answering these questions, think about what has been helpful and harmful to you and or your baby physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and how birth affected you in these areas. Thank you very much for any information that you can share with me. Please skip any questions that you don't wish to answer. Any information that you choose to share with me will remain completely anonymous.
Please copy the body of this post into a new email, and send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org or send your answers by mail to:
My Birth Experience
c/o P. Meyer
P.O. Box 101
Hovland, MN 55606
Or, if you wish, please make any comments directly to this blog post.
Please choose your age category;
19 or younger, 20-25, 25-30, 35-40, 40-45, 45-50, over 50 _________
The age category you were in at the time of your first birth was: _________
How many times have you given birth? ________
Are you currently expecting? ________
Thinking back to the time you were expecting each baby, use this space to explain how you hoped birth would affect you, what you envisioned for yourself, partner and baby. There are no wrong answers. I want to hear whatever you thought about how it might affect you positively. Also, share any especially positive things that occurred during your pregnancy. Maybe someone did or said something that had a positive impact on you during that time.
Next, thinking back to the time you were expecting each baby, please describe any negative thoughts or feelings you had about birth. Also, share any especially uncomfortable or unpleasant experiences that occurred during your pregnancy, and the negative affect they had on you. Maybe someone said or did something that you perceived in a very negative way at the time.
Use this space to share as much about each birth story as you'd like to. Be as detailed as you wish. Please include information about each of the following and how these things affected you; the support you had during each birth, where each birth occurred (not specifically, but hospital, home, car, etc...), how you felt about the treatment you received by any doctors, nurses, or labor support people who were present, including your spouse, how you felt about pain medications and what you were encouraged to do about any pain that you experienced, and your postpartum experience, nursing experiences, and absolutely anything else you wish to share with me. Every detail you want to share will be helpful to me. Thank you so much for sharing this part of your life with me! I appreciate your participation.
Doula in Training
Monday, May 18, 2009
Praise to God who knows all our needs, and is really showing His faithfulness in my sister's marriage. He is really working in His wonderful ways. Please continue to pray.
My cousin is home, and the baby (a BOY, not a girl, who's name is Christopher Martin) is still tucked away and growing! She is doing much better, and I've had the opportunity to learn to change the dressing in her incision. It is healing fast, and she is feeling well. I am also going to be with her at the birth of Christopher (Lord willing) as her doula. This will be my first "official" experience as a doula. I am in the process of earning my certification, and this is one of the 3 births I must attend and have evaluated to qualify for certification. Please also pray about this! Thanks!
Those who have followed Kayleigh's Story since my last posting know that she was ushered into the arms of the Great Physician, and her healing is now complete. Please pray for her family as they cope with their loss. You can still find her story in my blog list.
And now, please pray for Eli Saylor, http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/elisaylor/guestbook/ He is one year old, and suffering complications from an e-coli infection. His kidney's are holding on to toxins that are causing them to kill his red blood cells. Please pray, and feel free to leave encouragement in his guest book! His family attends the same church as my sister and her husband. He also has a 3 year old brother who is being cared for by another church family.
Thank you so much for your prayers. There has been so much going on in my life lately, and I appreciate knowing that you all are praying with me. In Jesus!
PS one last thing- My little sister (17) is going to be living with my family for the summer. Please keep us all in your prayers as we live together. Please pray that God will give grace and wisdom as Dan and I life out our faith with her, and incorporate her into our family life. We love having her with us, and she really blesses us a lot. We want it to still be true after 3 months! :)
Thursday, May 7, 2009
My sister and her husband are struggling right now. Please pray for God's healing in their marriage, and financial provision.
My cousin (who is around 33 weeks pregnant with a baby girl) is in the hospital recovering from a ruptured appendix, and hoping to keep the little princess safely tucked inside for a few more weeks at least.
Also, please see the blogs I follow and check out Kayleigh's story. Pray for the Freeman's and another miracle for little Kayleigh!
Thank you so much. Hopefully things will simmer down here soon, and I can post again! I really appreciate all your prayers and friendship!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
The kids are having fun, though! I'm glad the winter things had only made it as far as the laundry room! I'm back at square one.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
This is one of the "robot/statue thingy's" that we saw at the Westward Expansion Museum at the base of the St. Louis Arch. We spent a day in St. Louis with the whole family. The museum was fun, and these talking, moving statues are cool, but a little creepy. They seem so real sometimes!
Here's something you'll want to know before you visit the Arch! When you go into the building, you go through security just like you would at the airport. You have to empty pockets, remove jackets and belts, jewelry, etc. and put these things along with any bags, cameras, cell phones...you name it, into a box, then go through the detectors. Wow! That was a little crazy with all 5 of the kids (my little brother Shane, who is 5, was with us).
After all that, if you want to ride the tram up to the top of the Arch, you have to buy tickets and wait until your turn comes. For us, the wait was 2 hours when we got the tickets. Then if the tram doesn't break down before your turn, you take it to the top about 20 minutes after you get into the first line. If it breaks down, though, you will wait so long that at least a couple of kids will be in tears, and you'll all be crabby and hungry. The adults will be trying to act like they're having fun waiting in line, but one look in those wildly dilated eyes will tell the truth!
It was worth it though, to say we've been up in the Arch now. The view is pretty amazing, as well as the structure itself.
This is what the tram car that you ride in looks like. These are the 5 little crazies that were with us.
Here's the Arch. WOW!
Here's the fam at a rest stop on the way down to Dad's. We were in central Illinois somewhere, and it was SPRING! It was 65 degrees, and we were all thrilled, and thinking it was hot! There were crocus blooming, and some other flowers we didn't know. Dan thought maybe Trillium. We thought we were in paradise! There was GREEN! And fruit trees blooming in white, pink and purple. Oh! And I won't ever forget the magnolias! They were so beautiful! All in all, we had a wonderful time!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
wheat berries in the mill
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Deanna and Renee, I admire what you're doing for your families. You two are a couple of my favorite moms! Hang in there! My prayers go up for you! Through Christ you can do all things! About Shauna James Ahern, author of Gluten-Free Girl .
The finished dough (I always forget to take pictures during the process, but you can watch Clara's video).
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
We just ate what my family (especially Sam) says are the best EVER pancakes. Thought I'd share the recipe with you all. It is only found here, folks. It was an original creation. This is enough to feed a family of 6 with some left over.
Here's a pic of the wonderful pancakes.
Yes, hubby needs a haircut. The frugal woman of the house will get right on that, and I'm sure it will look like all the other frugal haircuts in the family. Here, frugal can read cheap, because we're really NOT living more on less here. I need to learn to give a haircut! Does anyone know of a good blog to learn from? :)
Be sure and tell us how you like the pancakes!
The Butterfly Princess (and, help! I want the text to appear above the photos, but I can't figure out how to get it there!)
Friday, February 27, 2009
We make at least 4 loaves of bread each week, and I haven't bought a store loaf for about 3 months now. I'm pretty sure I'm saving money this way, but it's well worth it even if I'm not. I love making bread! There's just something about it...maybe it's the way I feel connected to the pioneer women of our country, or the good feeling I have providing something wholesome and satisfying for my family, or the comfort I find in the process. I LOVE touching dough. Kneading, rolling, and shaping is so relaxing to me. I plan to add some recipes and photos of bread baking soon, and possibly I'll also document some butter churning. Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Danielle, 4 yrs. with the cake Mom made, and the cake her 10 (almost 11) yr. old sister made.
Hattie, 6 yrs. with the cake Mom made, and the cake she made herself!
2 more birthdays to go, 2 more cakes, 2 more special days! We usually give the birthday child the day off from school (Isn't home school great!), and let them choose the dinner we have. They also get the day off from chores. This year is going to be tough, because I'll be loosing my "right hand girl" for a whole day!! Molly's gotten to be a real help around here!
What makes your children feel special on their birthdays? Let us know about it! Your good ideas are always welcome!
First, save yourself a couple of clean gallon milk jugs. They work well to hold your prepared laundry detergent.
To make a batch, you will need;
1/3 bar of fels-naptha, grated
1/2 c. super washing soda
1/2 c. borax
(I was able to find all of these at Super One, but not at Walmart.)
Fill your gallon jugs with warm water. In a stock pot that will hold at least 2 gallons, pour about 6 cups of the warm water from one of the jugs. Add the grated Fels-Naptha and heat until the soap is melted. Add the washing soda and borax. Stir until dissolved and remove from heat. Add the rest of the warm water. Stir and allow to cool to luke warm. Pour your detergent into the gallon jugs. You're ready to wash! When cool, the ingredients will separate slightly. Simply shake your jug before using and all will be well! Use 1/2 cup for an average size load of laundry.
Here's one more money saving tip I've been trying out. It's for homemade dishwasher detergent. I found it at http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com . Mix equal parts borax and baking soda. Use 2 tablespoons per load in your dish washer. I've actually only done 3 loads, and I'm not quite decided about it. I like that it's a safer, greener, CHEAPER alternative, but I'm not sure how well it works yet.
I'd be interested in hearing from any of you if you try these recipes. Leave a "review" in my comments, and I'll be sure to publish it so people know what you think. Also, I'd be happy if you'd share any of your "frugal" tips with all of us! I'm hoping to share some frugal food tips/recipes with all of you soon! Happy laundry day to you all!