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Laundry, finally!

Today I finally got some of my laundry done! Miss T let me come to her new house and do a few loads. We had fun visiting, eating fantastic salad & drinking french press coffee. (Oh, and peeling apples & frying tortilla chips!) The kids got to burn off a lot of energy in the backyard. Actually, every one of them conked out on the way home. I carried them all in, put them directly in bed and now am enjoying peaceful quiet! I’m always amazed when all four are sleeping simultaneously!

I was invited back to Miss T’s house for dessert after church tomorrow, along with the W family (the ones I stayed with for the birth.) I’ll do a load of sheets tomorrow.

I had a really, really bad headache this morning and when I walked in to T’s house she greeted me with, “You look terrible!” So I took some ibuprofin and when it kicked in it helped a lot. I feel fine now.

Yesterday I promised the kids we’d go to Chuck E. Cheese’s. We’ve been twice before and they’re always asking to go. Mrs. B and two of her kiddos joined us. That was a nice time. It’s the first time we’ve been out to do something ‘fun’. It’s always just been running errands before. After that I did a few errands and ended up at Target where I found a few more tubs and such for organizing. I’ll work on another organizing project on Monday.

I found a Boppy Swing in practically new condition on Craigslist last week. (I think the lady said it had been used 3 times.) I paid $15 for it. It works great and J seems to like it. (And it’s a nice compact size for our small space.) I also have been keeping an eye out for a Boppy Pillow but so far all the ones have been priced in the $20-$25 range. I found one yesterday for $5! I’ve been checking Craigslist multiple times a day lately, looking out for things I’ve been wanting. Next I’d like to get a cheap Bumbo seat, but I have some time before I’ll need that.

Tomorrow is fellowship meal once again! Time flies! This may be the second-to-the-last one I get to be here for! I don’t think anyone would expect me to bring anything this month, and it’s a good thing, too, being that the contents of my refrigerator are quite pitiful. I need to get to the grocery store one of these days. The children don’t eat much and I haven’t had much of an appetite lately either, so I’ve been able to skate by on having hardly any food in the house. But I think it’s about time to go!

I had Miss T pick up huge boxes of diapers and wipes at Costco for me on Thursday. I spent $100! I just hope they last for awhile!!

That’s about all I can think of for now. I need to take my antibiotics before I forget!
JJ

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Finding my New Groove

Welcome back to the blog world! After my hiatus I’m hoping to be regularly blogging again.

We had a very excruciating month of waiting. We felt like our lives were on hold while we waited endlessly for certain things. We waited to hear news about the job, then we were waiting for the baby, who took his merry old time to make his appearance! Thankfully all that is in the past now! It was quite stressful & took it’s toll on us, especially my pregnant nerves!

So, in a brief recap…

M was supposed to start his job training on January 26th. Baby’s due date was Jan 15th, but he still wasn’t coming so M reluctantly called and requested to start a week later, Feb 2nd. As February 2nd approached, however, baby J was still not wanting to come out. So with sadness we prepared for the possibility of having to have this baby while M was gone.  We usually have “unassisted” home waterbirths, so I started the process of finding a midwife who would take me on so late. (42 weeks!) Thankfully I was able to find one and we arranged for her services in the case of M’s absence.

Unfortunately, M did have to leave early Monday (Feb 2nd) and J still hadn’t been born. The W family generously offered to have me come and stay with them and use their house to birth in. While we were on our way up there to get settled in, the midwife called to ask about coming up to make sure she’d be able to find the place when it was time. (The W’s live about 30 minutes from town in a rural area.) When the midwife got there she decided to check my dialation and surprisingly she said I was at 7cm and thin & stretchy. She was able to easily get me to a 9cm!! I wasn’t even in labor yet!! (And on Friday I had been only 3cm and “thick”.) So she realized she wouldn’t be going home!  Everyone suddenly got in a panic to get the birth stuff set up! I was incredulous and a bit in shock!

Anyways, I will write up a full birth story later, but baby J was born at 9:06pm weighing in at a hefty 9lbs, 14.5oz, 18 days past his due date!

On Tuesday I got ill. E had already been sick and C came down with it, too. MJ ended up getting it to a lesser extent later in the week, and we unfortunately infected the whole W family to varying degrees, too. I was actually feeling pretty well from the birth itself, but I was nasty sick for about a week. The help I received both for my own recovery and with the children was invaluable! I couldn’t have done it on my own, that’s for sure.

On Thursday morning, (Feb 12th) I packed up and drove to the airport to pick up M, who had been flown home by the company to spend the weekend with us. We had a wonderful time together, and it was very nice to be able to make the transition to being back at the trailer with M home instead of all by myself. We took him back to the airport on Sunday morning. He had been in Denver, CO for the two weeks, just getting some basic job orientation. He flew to IL to begin his job training on Sunday. He has four weeks there, then another four weeks in Texas. (During this time he will get two flights back over the weekend.) After he graduates from his training he will be in Phoenix, AZ for another 4-6 weeks. If we are able to work it out, we are hoping to take the trailer and go be with him during that time. Then we will all be together in Denver for 8-12 months, and then we’ll be in our ‘permanent’ location, which is TBD, but we’ve heard either Seattle, WA or Portland, OR. Whew!! Lots of moving around, huh? This year is shaping up to be quite the adventure!

Meanwhile, here at home I’m trying to find my new groove, having a newborn, having four children, being alone. Of course, I have a wonderful church family here who are looking out for me. But it’s still lonesome without M around, especially in the evenings. Also, please pray that C starts sleeping better. He was sleeping horribly at the W’s house because he was sick. At home he had been doing better, but the past couple nights have been rough. Having a needy 20 month old who is crying and threatening to wake the whole trailer park, and having a hungry newborn at 1:30am is not a fun experience.

Today the T’s are helping me out, they took my vehicle to get the oil change it needed, so I wouldn’t have to go out. The S’s are coming later this afternoon to bring me a meal. I am very blessed and feel SO loved!

Yesterday was the first time I was able to go to church in two weeks. It always seems like forever! It was great to see everyone again and show off my baby. After church I went to the thrift store and was able to find a few articles of clothing, I desperately need a new wardrobe, none of my clothes fit now! Then I decided we should do something fun so I stopped by a RedBox and picked up Kung Fu Panda and got a Little Caesar’s pizza. The evening didn’t go quite how I had expected, though, I thought we would all watch as a family but I instead decided to get some cleaning done. I’m happy with the progress I made, though. I’ve been working on some organizational projects and getting rid of clutter. It’s coming along quite well.

Well, I must tend to baby J now, so I’m going to finish this up now. I’ll post some pics soon!
JJ

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To God All Praise and Glory

We sang this song at our joint Reformation service on Sunday night. I just wanted to share. I especially love verse three.

        1. All praise to God, who reigns above,
        The God of all creation,
        The God of wonders, power, and love,
        The God of our salvation!
        With healing balm my soul He fills,
        The God who every sorrow stills,--
        To God all praise and glory!

        2. What God's almighty power hath made
        His gracious mercy keepeth;
        By morning dawn or evening shade
        His watchful eye ne'er sleepeth;
        Within the kingdom of His might
        Lo, all is just and all is right,--
        To God all praise and glory!

        3. I cried to Him in time of need:
        Lord God, oh, hear my calling!
        For death He gave me life indeed
        And kept my feet from falling.
        For this my thanks shall endless be;
        Oh, thank Him, thank our God, with me,--
        To God all praise and glory!

        4. The Lord forsaketh not His flock,
        His chosen generation;
        He is their Refuge and their Rock,
        Their Peace and their Salvation.
        As with a mother's tender hand
        He leads His own, His chosen band,--
        To God all praise and glory!

        5. Ye who confess Christ's holy name,
        To God give praise and glory!
        Ye who the Father's power proclaim,
        To God give praise and glory!
        All idols under foot be trod,
        The Lord is God! The Lord is God!
        To God all praise and glory!

        6. Then come before His presence now
        And banish fear and sadness;
        To your Redeemer pay your vow
        And sing with joy and gladness:
        Though great distress my soul befell,
        The Lord, my God, did all things well,--
        To God all praise and glory!

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Quiet Day

Today I hope to get some housekeeping things done. I need to get upstairs and clean the master bedroom & bathroom. It’s kind of frustrating for me to figure out when the best time of day is to clean up there. In the morning I don’t want to have to put C in his pack-n-play up there while I clean, since he just got out of bed. But later, it’s time for his nap and then he’s sleeping in there. So… I’m not sure exactly when would be the best timing.

Our time on Sunday with friends was enjoyable. We played Clue, the Simpson’s version. M “went out” fairly quickly. Mrs. R won.

The Brunch Fellowship Meal was kind of a dud. There were too many waffle irons and they kept blowing circuits, so the waffle-making process was greatly hampered. In the end everything was okay, but I didn’t think there was very much food this month.

Well, I suppose I need to hop to it. M just came in! He was in Corona today and is going to be hanging out in Canyon Hills for the rest of the day.

JJ

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Dragging today

Okay, so I’m really dragging today. Very tired and I feel like just putting the children down for their naps and taking one myself, too. Unfortunately, I have a lot to do instead.

Tomorrow is fellowship meal and I’ll be making waffles there. We’re having our first Brunch-themed meal. We’ll see how that goes. It does sound yummy. Afterwards the R family will be coming over. I’ve got to dig the ribs out of the freezer to thaw (okay, I just did that) for tomorrow. I also need to make potato salad. And clean the house. And tomorrow morning I’ll have to get up extra early to make waffle batter before we leave. And wash, hull and slice strawberries (for the topping). And I’ll need to pack up all the stuff to take, waffle iron, strawberries, whipped cream, butter, syrup, cooking spray and spatula.

*Yawn* Can I go take a nap instead? I’ve been kind of wiped out this week. Oh well, hopefully I’ll get a lot done while the children nap. And then maybe we can watch a movie. I signed up for the 2 week trial of Blockbuster. I think I might keep it on, on a monthly basis using my pinecone money. I have to “downgrade” before my trial runs out, though. I just selected an expensive plan since it’s free. I returned one in-store, and that was kind of cool. We watched “The King of California” last night. It was pretty entertaining.

I finally gave MJ a haircut the other day. He sure needed it, don’t you think?

Afterwards it looked much better!

I even got a haircut a couple weeks ago. I wanted it like the last time I got it cut (about a year ago), but something different happened. I’m not sure if it was my fault for miscommunicating what I wanted or the haircutter’s fault for misinterpreting what I said. In any case, at first it was kind of weird but I’ve decided I like it. In any case, my hair grows very quickly. I have also been trying to follow a regime that makes your hair more wavy/curly, and it’s definately more wavy these days. How do you like it?

Well, now C is getting crabby and ready for his nap so I must stop writing about all I have to do and actually get up and do them!

JJ

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Before the Throne of God Above

okay, call me weird, but I’ve got a great song stuck in my head:

Before the Throne of God Above

I especially like Chris Rice’s version… it’s so pretty, and I LOVE the lyrics!

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea
A great high priest whose name is love
Who ever lives and pleads for me

My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in Heav’n He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart

When Satan tempts me to dispair
And tells me of my guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin

Because the sinless Savior died,
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the just is satisfied,
To look on Him, and pardon me

Behold Him there, the risen Lamb
My perfect, spotless righteousness
The great unchangeable I AM
The King of Glory and of grace

One with Himself, I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ my Savior, and my God

I’ve had it stuck in my head since Sunday. We sang it at church. We use a different tune, which is also very nice. I like both tunes.

I have lots of ideas for blog posts to come, so stay tuned.

JJ

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Thank you

Thank you to all my readers (friends) who come and read and pray for me, and who leave such loving messages for me. I truly do appreciate it! May God reward you all for your kinds words to me.

It’s Saturday. It’s “naptime”… everyone is in bed, and I am going to try to make this snappy so I can follow suit.

This week has been better. I’ve had my moments, but I call them what they were, “moments”. Not “days”, thankfully.

Let’s see… this week has been full.

On Tuesday my “Tuesday friend” (*smile*) came. I think I’ve told you that she drives past our main road to and from work. So Tuesdays when she gets off she heads over here and we visit and then have dinner together. She arrives about 3pm. This week I made homemade stirfry, potstickers and shrimp egg rolls. It was a very tasty meal, but too much work for the outcome, I think. I started in the kitchen with vegetable prep at 1:30pm, and didn’t sit down until it was time to eat, about 6pm. That’s a long time on your feet in the kitchen! The potstickers, especially, were time consuming. I did get a little better and faster at folding them the more I did. The egg rolls were fairly easy. I’d be willing to make those again. But considering that the potstickers are two bites of food, and how much time they take, I think I’ll be looking in the frozen food isle if I want potstickers in the future. Mrs. B got me started on them the other day, so I think I will want them again soon. They’re tasty. I love Chinese/Oriental food. The other thing was that each of the dishes were all things that you had to prepare and cook right before serving. If I could have made the potstickers ahead of time, for instance, it might not be so bad. But I had to make them right before cooking; which was right before serving. So the timing was kind of wonky. Oh well. It was a learning experience. Now I can say I’ve done it! I always see those eggroll wrappers and such and want to buy them.

Wednesday, M let me go to the bible study!!! That was amazing. It is on the Christian Worldview, and so timely for me. It was at 7pm and T (my “Tuesday friend”) picked me up since she lives nearby. It was very good and offered a lot of food for thought.

Thursday, Mrs. P was back from her trip and came to do our little bible study on the Attributes of God. Very interesting, and what I had learned on Wednesday really tied in in a lot of ways, so that was cool.

On Wednesday L brought her sewing machine to the bible study so I could borrow it. I wanted to make a present for Mrs. S, who was having a very belated bridal shower on Friday. I made an apron, which I had already cut out to make for her about a year ago when she arrived, but somehow it never got done. I don’t think I had a good sewing machine at the time. So I stayed up late and worked on that Thursday, and did a few finishing touches Friday morning. It turned out quite a lot better than I had hoped, so I was very pleased.

Friday, Mrs. W came and picked me up for the bridal shower. This is the lady who lives nearby, she was also hosting it. Several ladies came and we had some yummy finger foods, punch, coffee and a beautiful cake decorated by a lady who is an amazing cake decorator. We had a wonderful time visiting, and Mrs. P led a little devotional on submission and we talked about that awhile. What amazing ladies they all are! I’m so blessed to be a part of their lives.

Mrs. W swung by the library on her way to take me home so I could pick up a few movies.

Tomorrow the B family is coming after church. (My “Thursday friends”.) I don’t think the dad has ever been to our new house. He and M seems to get along fairly well. He’s been working for the past two weekends and working today, so it’s been like 20 days straight or something.

Well, I need to close now so I can get up and squeeze a nap in while I still can.
JJ

PS It’s almost Thanksgiving!!! I can hardly wait to go to the W’s house again! It was so fun last time. https://joyfuljourney.wordpress.com/2006/11/25/thanksgiving/

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