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Chasing Babies... Growing in Grace: August 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Just to let you know...

Little Man and Daddy Swinging in early summer

The summer is winding down. And honestly, I'm glad. In my life these days summer isn't much different than any other season... and I just love autumn!! But in addition to that, this particular summer has been long!


Very long.

I'll (hopefully) share some of that in future posts, but I wanted to stop in briefly to share something with you all... now that I finally can.

We're expecting! Baby number 4.

I found great humor when I stopped over and read this post and could only agree. Yep... I'm that tired! Way too tired to think of something creative. And even if I could think of something, I have no energy to carry anything out. At all.

So some stats...
I'm just about 12 weeks. Due in March. Sick every morning... nauseous every evening and sometimes into sleeping. Haven't gained a pound! (Thank you very much!) And t-i-r-e-d! Often napping while the children are awake... simply because I can't keep my eyes open.

So now you have a better understanding of why I'm not around much, even when my Lyme's was mostly gone. (Anyone want to come clean my house???)

I have so much to share about this pregnancy and this past couple months... and hopefully I'll do that soon.

But right now I must eat something. Right. Now!

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Kids at Work

Jane over at Thy Hand Hath Provided is highlighting chores for kids and has asked us to share what we do. I love this! I loved reading hers and thought I'd share mine here for all of you too!

Understand that none of these are done everyday... with things being as they are these days, I definitely fall often into the "easier to do it myself" trap. Not because they fight me but because it just is. Truth is they want to help and I find myself turning them down. Need to get over that!

So this list is of the things I ask them to do when I ask them to do something. And one day we will be more regular about it. Like Jane, we don't have a list of chores... I'm not consistent enough. I just ask them to do something when I have something for them to do. It works for us so far.

Tornado (age 4.5): Clean up living room (where all playing takes place), clear and wipe table after meals, vacuum kitchen after meals, vacuum living room (he loves the vacuum), empty dryer, fold laundry (towels, his clothes, etc), put own laundry away, take diapers to outside trash, bring trash cans back from street after trash day (supervised but he does this on his own), watch baby when I leave the room for a minute, change toilet paper roll when empty, make own bed.

Sweet Pea (age 3): Help clean up living room, help move switch laundry, fold wash clothes, put own clothes away, set table (learning to do this properly), rinse dishes when we wash together, gather dirty diapers, "sweep" kitchen, make own bed.

Little Man (age 12 months): wait patiently for mommy, not fuss at meals. (we're working on both of these)

I know there are more... when a job comes up, I try to grab a kid to do part of it. I'd love to hear what your kids do... I believe our kids should learn to work hard even young (not to the exclusion of play, but to be hard workers). I never really did learned to work hard (not because my parents didn't try) and I suffer for it today! I'd love to help my children avoid that!

Visit Jane and share your kids chores!!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Reminder from a four year old

I had spoken harshly again. Yelled even. And for what? Nothing really. Nothing worth anger.

I hugged him. Said I was sorry.

"I love you buddy. Mommy's not very nice sometimes, is she?" I said, knowing I'd failed again, hurting at how I'd just spoken to my sweet boy.

His response was steady, "It's because of sin."

There was no question in his voice... he just knew. He was telling me.

And it is. It is a direct result of my sin. My attitude. My selfishness. My impatience.

I've been working my way through reading this post again. Though none of the flies on my walls would know it. I ache at what my impatience means:

"And it strikes me, an epiphany over the fry of bubbling pancakes, “Love is only patient if it’s first grateful for what is.

When I am not patient? My failure to love is first a failure to be grateful for who people are right now." (from Ann)

So instead, let me be grateful. Grateful for curious fingers... for endless questions... for silliness.

Let me love the way He does... patiently.

Let my love be patient.

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