Friday, October 31, 2008

Just checking in real quick, as today promises to be busy. I have four little boys' costumes to sew up for our church's Reformation Night party tonight, and Shay and I will probably be competing for the sewing machine as she is finishing up her dress. When we have projects going on the whole house pretty much goes to the dogs as I don't have a neat tidy place to hide away my sewing machine and such. It all gets mixed in with real life around here! Pattern pieces, little boys' feet, school books, fabric scraps, apple cores because nobody wanted to make lunch when we are all so busy... But it all gets cleaned up eventually and if we couldn't do anything without making a mess, we'd never get anything done at my house.

Reformation Night is one of my kids' favorite nights of the year, probably just down from Family Camp and Christmas. We don't usually do Martin Luther alone as some churches do. We focus on a different Reformer or historical figure every year and the older kids and grown-ups make booths and activities that illustrate something about that person's life and the kids play the games and get loud and jazzed on candy. It is usually very loud, bright, loud, crowded, loud.. well, you get the picture.. I usually go home early or if I have a very little one, hide in the nursing room. It's just all too loud for me.. The kid's are putting dibs on which of the little boys they get to be in charge of for the night. It will be Joseph's real first year, since last year he was just a baby and everyone is excited to see him have fun. Children really are such fun. They make everything fresh and new with their excitement over things.

Elisa went to the doctor Wed. as she has been having chronic headaches. The doctor says she is allergic to grains which included wheat and oats. We usually have oatmeal for breakfast two or three times a week! Poor thing. So she has to fast off those things for the next two weeks and the doctor will try to desensitize her. I hope this helps with the headaches. It's just miserable to see her not feeling well so much of the time. This is such a bad time of year to be on diet restrictions-don't I well know because I can't have the sugar or high carb things right now either! But I know God must have a reason to bring about this time of suffering for her and I pray she will benefit from it in the long-term, character wise. It's hard to see our children go through hard times. So often we want to just fix it and make it all better and smooth for them, (Not that I could with this one, even pain relievers don't seem to help much,)but sometimes we just have to teach them that God has a plan for them and they too, just like grown-ups, have to submit and trust God in suffering. I do still hope, though, that we can get her feeling well and back to her energetic cheerful self soon.

Well, I better get those costumes going. I'll try to get some good pics and show off the results later!

The Lord bless you and keep you...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

I don't know why, but I've decided to start a new blog and quit the old one. Maybe it's just that feeling of wanting a new start. Hopefully I'll be a little more diligent to post on this one..

I had a midwife appointment last week and my blood pressure has gone down 4 points. I'm taking a lot of calcium and eating a lot of protein so hopefully that will carry me through and keep my blood pressure down. When I was younger I thought I would get more blase about pregnancy as I went along, but actually the reverse is true. Though I am making a real effort not to allow worrisome thoughts to penetrate my day-whether about pregnancy or the economy or politics or whatever else. There is certainly enough to worry about in the world, but there always has been, so we all must just continue on to work and plant and trust God for the increase, or as Elizabeth Elliot says, "Do the next thing."

I just finished reading Kevin Swanson's The Second Mayflower. I enjoy reading and rereading books that help to sharpen my vision for homeschooling and family life and Christian life in general. A lot of what he wrote wasn't particularly new to me, but it is good to remind myself that we are planting for the future-the long term future (as I am post millennial in eschatology) and that as I plant memorized scriptures, catechism questions, biblical principals etc in the lives and hearts of my children that they are the vessels that God will use to carry His kingdom into the future. Liberal media, public school system, raging special interest groups and ACLU not withstanding. How we should laugh at them. And pity them, for they are certainly fighting a losing battle.

Most of the family is at church this morning, but I had to stay home with sick kids. I am resisting temptation to look at clothes for the boys on ebay, because we observe Sunday sabbath and don't do commerce on Sunday. One of the mysteries of having a large family is the phenomenon of some of the children getting a ton of clothes through hand me downs (which most of our clothes are, in one way or another) and others having almost nothing. I would think it would be somewhat even, since they mostly pass from on to the other. But this year Noah has very little (especially in pants) and Joseph has a ton.. So I've been trying to cushion his wardrobe a little from ebay. I know there are some things on ebay that go for a lot of money, but there are some really, really good deals too. I got Forrest three pairs of almost new pants last week for 15.00, including shipping. Our local Goodwill mostly starts at around 7.00 so I did better on ebay, and didn't have to leave home. :) I like it when I can get things done without leaving home.

Well, I am going to cut myself out a skirt, as most everything I had for late term pregnancy wore out on the last one, and I only have a couple things that fit me for this last month and a half. I'm trying to make things that I can reduce in size once the baby comes. Maternity clothes are so odd these days. I really hate those under the belly waists. It seems like you'd always be feeling a draft! And they aren't very comfortable either. So I've been making my own clothes out of plus size patterns and that seems to be working better for me-and cheaper too, since maternity clothes just seem to be ridiculously expensive-maybe I just don't know the right stores.

May the Lord bless you and keep you..