It has been raining here for the past three days! Rain is not uncommon here in the pacific northwest, but this much rain is crazy. I do love the sound of the rain beating on the roof.
Myles ate his first rice cereal this week and LOVED it. I took a video and as I watched it again I could hear myself saying, “He’s eating it, oh my gosh, he’s EATING it.” My experience with Eli was much different. I could have nicknamed him “One Who Spits Everthing Out Of Mouth”. Eli went straight from breastmilk to finger food, so this stage of actually eating pureed foods is all new to me. I am so excited!
Paul started teaching a new Sunday School class at church. I am so happy that he is doing this, but it is making Sundays a bit more stressful for me. I think I will have to plan crock pot meals from now on. It’s going to take a little more planning on my part in order to get out the door with two kids by myself. The series is on Howard Hendricks “Living by the Book”.
I am looking forward to Veteran’s Day, a day off right in the middle of the week! I have been promised a date on Tuesday night. Also, we have started practicing for a really cute Christmas play at school, “Hannah and Gretel”.
Until next week…
Here are some of my favorite things about the weather recently. We have seven inches of snow on the ground and today was beautifully sunny and very cold.
1. Though we’ve been out of school for the past three days the school play went on as planned due to overwhelming parent request. Everyone showed up and made the effort to get there despite icy roads.
2. We’ve been meeting new neighbors, as everyone is out shoveling thier driveways today. Paul was asked to be in a barbershop singing group by one of them. He’s not considering it, by the way.
3. We delivered Christmas gifts from our church. One house was just down the road so we pulled Eli in the sled down the road with our Christmas gift.
4. We decided to go to Walmart today because there is another 6 to 10 inches of snow predicted for tomorrow. Everyone else had the same idea. Even though it took me literally half an hour to get through the checkout line I saw many people I knew and had some great conversations.
5. Walking in the dark down my parents driveway (it’s steep so we park at the top) for turkey soup.
It has really been an adventure around here. I’ll keep you posted about the “blizzard” supposedly coming tomorrow.
Lately I have been pressed with the need to rest. Not only rest in the physical realm (although there has been a lot of that going on), but rest in the spiritual realm. Before kids when I had unlimited free time (or so it seemed) it was not so much of an issue for me. I could spend my free time doing life-giving and non-life-giving activities. I had time for both.
I find that if I spend my free time doing activities that build me up instead of tear me down I’m much nicer to everyone around me, less stressed, more fulfilled. That netflix movie stays on the counter a few more days than it used to. Favorite TV shows are watched online and only if I have time. It takes me longer to finish a good mystery novel. And yes, as you can tell, I blog surf and blog less. It’s not that any of these things are bad in and of themselves, just lower on my list of priorities. I hesitate to call blogging “non-life-giving” because I firmly believe that writing is one of the best ways to spend free time. All these things move lower and lower on my to do list as time goes on. Things that move up on my list are spending time in the Word, going on walks with my family, spending time with Paul and Eli, and making Paul’s life easier whenever possible.
What have we been doing? We’ve been VERY busy with the stuff of life. Enjoying each other and God. As we move into the holiday months I look forward to thanking God for our blessings and celebrating Jesus’ birth. Our little school is putting on a production of The Nutcracker. The kids just buzz with excitement all day. I live day to day with the challenge of teaching 4 grades in one classroom. It’s a good challenge. It’s not traditional in any sense and continues to stretch me beyond my comfort zone. Nothing that I paid 21,000 dollars to get a teaching degree prepared me for it.
Eli continues to grow up and amazes us continually. We took him for his 18 month checkup this week. He had a little reaction to the immunizations, a small fever, but otherwise he is fine. He is so tall! He is such a good and obediant boy. He loves music. He is starting to really like church and the nursery. Here is is playing in grammy’s creek.
Paul continues with his photography, doing odd jobs for people, AWANA, and managing our household. You will not find a better advocate for say at home parents anywhere on this earth. As with everything he does, he does it with his whole heart. He made German pancakes this morning. He is God’s gift to pancakes.
We are leaving the harvest season and heading on to cold days with warm fires in the wood stove. I bundled up on the couch with Eli the other day when he was down with the fever. This is, unfortunately, the only time he cuddles. It was sweet. As we head into the holiday season Paul and I want to experience as many of those moments as possible, making it the least stressful and most worshipful possible. How do you do it? I really think that gift-giving and consumerism takes so much away from the real celebration. How can I (or should I) protect my family from this? I suspect this is an age old question. I’ll let you know when I solve it.
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I’ve started many posts in my mind lately. Funny things that have happened or caused me to think:
1. Eli eating (those two words right there should be enough to make your ears perk up) black beans from my nachos today. Each time I would put another black bean on his tray he would spit the one in his mouth out so he could put a new one in. We were cracking up.
2. Going to IKEA to get some picture frames for mother’s day and finding that they sell decorative sticks. DECORATIVE STICKS! For heavens sake people – go out and collect your own. What has happened to our hunter / gatherer instinct? Please do not buy sticks.
3. Finding that I like split pea soup after accusing my mother and father of “forcing” me to eat it when I was young.
4. Getting breakfast in bed (a latte and oatmeal) on Mother’s Day. Everyone was so nice to me. People even congratulated me in the grocery store. No one told Eli that it was Mother’s Day – because he didn’t seem to want to stay in the nursery and let me enjoy church.
5. Enjoying MOPS today. We had a mentor moms forum and they reminded me of this poem:
“So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust, go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby, and babies don’t keep.”
-Ruth Hulburt Hamilton
It was humbling to hear the older women exhort us to enjoy this precious time with our babies.
6. Making plans to visit with my nephews soon (oh yeah, and Anna and Kyle too). My first plane trip with Eli.