Thursday, March 19, 2015

Foyer Redo Part 1

This is what we are in the middle of today. Yay.





Bye-bye wallpaper!



Many Blessings,
The Mama

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Baby Girl Monthly Pictures


Just wanted to quick share Baby Girl's pictures.  We missed her 1 month ones =(  





Her bottom isn't as chunky as it looks in her 3 month photo!  She was just finally big enough to start wearing her cloth diapers ;)

Many Blessings
The Mama



Monday, March 9, 2015

Showings

We're still plugging along here despite the lack of blog posts.  We've had two showings the past week and one back in January. The last two families were very interested and both took offer papers.  But neither had bank approval and that has been a main issue in the past for us.  People want the house but then go to the bank and find they can't get financing or enough financing.



We've also been doing some home improvements such as swapping out a ceiling fan in the foyer for this beauty:






  I really want to take down the wallpaper you see there in the foyer but it's so time consuming and I am lucky to have an hour or so between feedings with Baby Girl.  Finding time to shower is still considered an accomplishment for me at this stage.  

We are giving the bathroom a face lift also. Taking out the medicine cabinet and vanity lighting and refinishing the cabinets.  Got another paint color in mind for the walls too.  I will post pics when it's all done.

That's all I got time for now.  We are heading off to a viewing for yet someone else who died before their time.  44 years young with kids still in school.  Please pray for his family. 

Many Blessings,
The Mama



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Do You Judge What Others Eat?

My motto since adopting is that you don't have to understand our choices or all the issues that come with adoption, I just ask that you respect our decisions.  Trust that WE know all the issues and we know what is best.  

This motto has applied to several issues in life through out the years, including our food choices.

I try very hard not to judge what others eat( though I do admit I worry) but for some reason because we choose to eat organic and non processed, it seems like everyone has the right to judge us. I do, however, judge the food industry and the gov't  that allows our food supply to be doused with toxic herbicides and pesticides, filled with chemicals manufactured in a science lab and laden with ecoli.

This blog post hits the nail on the head about the issue and the unfortunate incident that caused this mom to write it-


Defending My Daughter's Special Diet

Defending My Daughter's Diet
By Eden Strong
I dropped my daughter off at her friend’s birthday party and before I left, handed the friend’s mom a gluten-free cupcake. “Thanks so much for the invite!” I said. “My daughter’s on a special diet and she knows not to eat anything while she’s here, but if you could just give her this cupcake when you guys have cake that would be fabulous.”
The mom looked at me as if I’d just told her that my kid only eats fertilizer and would she mind ordering some for the party. Oh sure, no problem,” she said with one eyebrow raised and the corner of her mouth twisted upwards to convey her disgust.

Later, when I arrived to pick my daughter up, the kids were still in the midst of eating their cake so I stood outside the party room with the other parents as we waited for them to finish. The birthday girl’s mom stuck her head out the door and offered us all a slice saying, “The kids filled up on pizza and one little girl’s mom has her on a weird diet so there’s a ton of cake left.” In response, the other parents mumbled, “Some people just need to lighten up; it’s a party.” They laughed and talked amongst themselves - amongst ME - about how ridiculous it is that some parents feel the need to be all high-and-mighty with their “organic this and organic that.” One mom even expressed sadness that there was a child who was “missing out on the fun” and they all agreed they’d never want to willingly make their child feel different.

Here’s the backstory: For medical reasons, my daughter’s on a special diet. To add to that, I’ve chosen to limit and diversify her diet in other ways that I feel are important for reasons I don’t feel the need to explain. Certainly, I don’t expect anyone to cater to her dietary needs or go out of their way to accommodate her, but I DO expect to be respected for the ways that I choose to feed my child.
I’m sick and tired of other parents telling me to just “loosen up, she’s a kid!” I’m tired of catching the stink eye from people when I pack my a daughter a lunch full of things most kids can’t recognize. I’m over people making me feel like I’m ruining my daughter’s childhood because I limit her from certain things. What is wrong with me feeding my kid what I feel is best for her?  When I see parents feeding their kids Happy Meals and ingredients I believe can cause pretty significant health issues, it’s hard for me to understand why they’d willingly fill their kids up with processed garbage and pretend it’s actually food. I look at your kids and I fear our future rising healthcare costs as well as the unhealthy spouse my child may one day marry. So while you’re cringing because my kid’s not eating a cupcake, I’m cringing because yours is.

You know what, though? I’ve realized that it’s not my place to pass judgment on what you’re feeding your child because your child doesn’t belong to me. I understand that you as a parent have made choices that you feel are the best thing for your family. I trust that you as a parent love your child just as much as I love mine and that you’re doing what you feel is best for them. And while I’m not proud to admit I sometimes form internal judgments (admit it, we all do) I realize it’s not within my rights to let those judgments slip outside my consciousness.
The way that I feed my child is not a problem. The REAL problem is that you have a problem with something that’s NOT your problem. Yes, you with your judgmental eyes, snippy comments, and unwanted opinions. YOU are forcing social stigmas on my child and I do have a problem with that. If you as the grown-up were to simply accept what my child was eating, so would your kids and so would my daughter. In short: you’re the one reinforcing that my child is different. And yes, maybe she is different, but so is your child. Why is that concept so difficult to comprehend? Different is equal, not necessarily better or worse.

As parents, I hope we can agree that if we want to raise a generation of compassionate and accepting individuals than we need to be teaching our kids those lessons now. We need to remember that the issue is bigger than your opinions about what I feed my child.

And while we’re at it, I’ll feed my kid and you feed yours, okay?
Feel free to share your thoughts and feelings on the matter.

Many Blessings,
Jen 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Month in Review


  1. Emma is doing better, not as fussy.  Still not sleeping or laying down on her own though.  We'll try to conquer that later.  But she is more content between feedings. Here is Emma and her Nana having some snuggle time.
  2. Nursing is going MUCH better.  Those 1st two weeks are brutal, the 3rd gets a little better and by the 4th week you really feel like you rounded the corner.  
  3. 6 out of the 8 of us have had the flu since weds.  And I think Emma is getting it now too.  It's been a rough week.
  4. We have a showing Thursday.  Which is good, but the house is a complete wreck with having everyone sick, not to mention the holidays and life with a newborn( who wants to be held all the time!).  Pray it all gets done without too much stress.
  5. Emma got Newborn pics taken a couple weeks ago!  She was 15 days old here. 
  6. Christmas was good!  We are blessed to have so many loved ones who buy for the kids so it lessens the amount we have to get each child.  Typically we get 2-5 presents each depending on the cost.  Bubba's face says it all in this 1st pic lol
  7. Hubby was gone 3 days at the end of December to watch his beloved Irish (Notre Dame) in the Music City Bowl. The kids and I survived pretty well while he was gone surprisingly. Here he is with his dad. 


And that was our month pretty much. Excited to see what the new year holds! 

Many Blessings,
The Mama

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lost in the Christmas Rush...

Got this from Girlfriends in God this morning and found it quite fitting and humbling as I try to plow through my Christmas baking with probably not the best attitude( seeing as how I was up with Emma from 1am-5pm this morning).


December 17, 2014
1 Corinthians 13 Christmas Style
Today’s Truth:
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love(1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV)

Friend to Friend
With Christmas just around the corner. it is easy to get so busy with the cooking, decorating and shopping that we forget why we’re doing all this in the first place. Sometimes, the very people we love get lost in the hustle and bustle of packed schedules, holiday parties, and Christmas musicals. This Christmas, let’s keep our focus on Jesus and celebrate the reason He came.
Several years ago I wrote a Christmas version of 1 Corinthians 13 to help me keep my focus on what Paul deemed most important of all…love.

1 Corinthians 13 Christmas Style
©By Sharon Jaynes
If I decorate my house perfectly with lovely plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny glass balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals, and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties, and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.

Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn’t envy another home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of your way.

Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.

Let’s Pray
Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, that starry night in Bethlehem. I am still amazed at Your great love for me. May I not lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas, but celebrate Jesus’ birthday with joy! Help me to give as You gave—with love.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn
What are some ways that you can make sure to love your familywell this holiday season?
Are there any activities that you need to eliminate from your busy schedule to help alleviate over commitment? Is your family being neglected because of a hectic Christmas schedule?
If that question wasn’t painful enough, here’s another one: Is Jesus being neglected as you prepare for His birthday? Ouch! I just stomped on my own toe! Off to get a Band-Aid!