Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
While I was prego with Hadleigh my good friend Sara had her first baby, Ellie, and shortly afterwards ended up in the hospital with a horrible case of mastitis, cover your eyes boys...that is a breast infection. After watching that I swore I would be very diligent to not end up in the same situation...ouch! And now I have little, crazy, elf, Annelise, who now has 8 teeth and has been a chomper from the beginning. I have considered weaning altogether, but I cannot get the crazy elf to take a bottle. ugh. So I have been dealing with the chomps, until last week.
I had a horrible time sleeping last Tuesday night, and woke up on Wednesday SURE I indeed had mastitis. I packed up the girlies and ran to the doc. It seems I definitely had an infection that was threatening mastits, but not quite. Good grief! I was sent home with a prescription in the event it did take a turn for the worst, and had a phone consult with the lactition. She seemed completely horrified at my current situation, or maybe more at Annelise, and at my inability to stop her...like hello...I do not like being bitten...am trying everything here.
After another day of dilligence and much prayer all seemed to clear up. I am now following very precise instructions from the nurse...though Annelise is proving not to be a "normal" baby...she can chomp without warning.
So we continue on with the nursing...and hope that we will all make it to the blessed day of November 2 when I will have my body back for the first time in 3.5 years and Annelise will be outta luck.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Before moving to Germany I was obsessed with my cell. I had this cool flip phone from Sprint...that was just when flips came out. I was actually one of the last people to get a cell, at least of my peers, but it was SO handy! I was always calling someone on my way home from work, and of course when Dave and I started dating it was always fun talk to him. I was kind of a junkie.
When we moved to Germany we got little cell phones, but I really got out of the habit of using it. It seems funny now because being in a foreign country I probably had more use for it than I do here. If I broke down on the side of the autobahn it would have been bad. Anyway, Dave and I were pretty much cell phone free while we lived there...though we did use it quite frequently while we were awaiting the arrival of Miss HC.
I really liked not being linked to my cell phone. Life in Germany in general is a lot slower than life here. When we first moved back here I had a hard time keeping up...not that I really wanted to. We were not anxious to enter the "rat race" and owning a cell phone seemed to opitimize the race. But we survived here in the states for about 2 weeks without a phone. Of course it is hard to look for a place to live and a job if you have no way to be reached. Dave and I marched into the mall and bought matching blue and pink phones.
So, we have phones, though I have lots of thoughts on my cell and try to take a lesson from my time in Europe when tempted to use the phone.
For example, it is illegal to talk on the phone while driving in Germany. I think this is a good practice and rarely talk on the phone while driving. If the girls are in the car with me I refuse to talk on the phone, I just think it isn't safe.
I will not answer the phone when I am in a store. I will not talk on the phone when I am at the pool or park or out with the girls. Of course if I am at the pool I am usually in the pool with the girls. Yesterday Dave and I were at the park with the girls and this mom was walking around with her kiddo (who was young), trying to keep track of him while talking on the phone. It seemed so sad to me!
It is hard because I think the cell is sometimes just one more distraction that takes me away from enjoying life one minute at a time, and from enjoying my minutes with those I am with at the moment.
There are lots of other things that take me away from my family and girls, and I am trying to bring a lot of that into balance...as I sit here and type on my blog. I can sit at the computer all day long and be happy, but not engage with Dave or the girls. We have all of these things that are made to make our life easier, but they probably just clutter up my life and keep me from investing on the very people who are right in front of my face.
Of course there are some great reasons to have cells and I am thankful for that. I guess all of that is to say, when in doubt call me at home.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I have grown tolerant of cheese when it is cooked in things, like casseroles, etc. Last spring when I was prego with Annelise I got hooked on Kraft mac 'n cheese. I could have eaten it everyday which is nice to have something that sounds appetizing when you are puking and generally nauseous all the time. It was perfect because I would make it for HC and I for lunch. I remember feeding HC, putting her down for her nap, and eating the rest of it while lounging on the couch watching "What Not to Wear" (watching Stacey and Clinton really helps me keep up with what is acceptable in clothing...not that I am in style...but I was able to give Jess some pointers when we went shopping the other day..."you can totally do that, Stacey and Clinton say so!").
Of course eating Kraft isn't the best option. So once we ate through the value pack Dave bought from Big Lots, I began to make Hadleigh homemade mac 'n cheese. Yummy. I have a recipe that is close to my mom's and have been using that. About a month ago I found a recipe called Alpine Bake in my Best of Best Food and Wine Cookbook. That is yummy, just ask the gals who pray with me on Mondays...It is made with mozerella and parmesan and has spinach and leeks. Yummy!
A week or so ago I found another recipe that sounded fun, and I made it tonight. I am going to include the link. It was very good and yummy. It is made with squash, so a great way to squeeze some veggies into the meal. And we all LOVE squash, so it was a big hit for us. I will make a small note. When making it just note that the roux is VERY thick, and when the cheese is mixed in it looks like taffy...have no fear once the squash is mixed in it will all work out. Yummy.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
And this is our project of the weekend...painting the kitchen. I was REALLY nervous when Dave wanted this color. But I let my color "deficient" husband pick this one out and it is truly a winner. I thought it was going to be too yellow, but it looks super nice. Now if we can only agree on what pictures to hang on the wall! More pictures of this to come.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
In the last couple of years Dave and I have been learning a lot about morality, and the difference between morality and Christianity. It is a shame because a lot of people, including myself, seem to think they are more or less the same thing. If I am a Christian, I am moral. If I am moral, I am a Christian. Now, I wouldn't have necessarily said it like that, but I certainly live like that. I posted about that before, so I will leave that alone.
One of these days I need to post about my journey over the last 15 years. Dave should probably do that as well, as we seem to have similar stories about how we have journeyed to Christ and how we currently understand God. I struggled so much in college with what I was taught about God. Is there such thing as a second blessing, can I really loose my salvation, will I ever be able to say I haven't sinned since 1982? That is a lot of pressure! Especially since I liked to say "hell" and other words like that (though most of my friends found that amusing...except when I used it while speaking to a professor during class...YIKES!). I try not to say that anymore...at least not around the girlies...wouldn't that be nice? Instead of Hadleigh saying Wacka, Wacka, she will be walking around saying, "What the hell?"
The nice thing about my whole journey is that at every step and point it pushed me closer in to Christ, and deeper into scripture to find truth and understand God. How did he save me, why did he save me, how does that all work together. How am I sanctified, what is my responsibility as a believer.
I once asked Dr. Kooistra (coordinator of Mission to the World), if I do not HAVE to read my Bible to gain "points" or to get into heaven or to be better or to be sanctified, why SHOULD I read my Bible, and what is my responsibility in my own Christian life? He responded as Martin Luther probably would have responded, "All of life is repentance! Our responsibility is to repent, and you need to repent because you think you can go a day without reading His word or asking for His guidance." Wise words.
So, here is the link you have all been waiting for...Tim Keller's article "The Centrality of the Gospel". We had to read a portion of it for our study of Galatians this week...when Paul criticizes Peter for being a hypocrite. Good stuff.
Monday, July 07, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Sitting up is a fav past time for the Elf. She loves sitting and playing with different toys, or eating cheerios (another fav). The funny thing is that a couple weeks ago I began to sit her in the high chair and give her some cheerios. I thought she was eating them until one day I glanced at the seat of the high chair...where there was no less than 100 cheerios sitting on the cushion. I guess they weren't quite making it to her mouth! But now she is addicted to the cheerios and they are making it to her mouth.
Annelise LOVES to roll. I can put her down on one side of the room and she will roll to the other side if she sees something she wants. She is also wiggling on her tummy to get something she wants. It looks like an army crawl...so I think mobility is in her near future.
Sleeping is going reasonably well. She will sleep from about 6pm-6am. The naps have calmed down and are a little more predictable. She will usually sleep for an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon. Sometimes she will sleep for longer than an hour...but not consistently.
Annelise is quite a talker, and loves saying Nanananananana. She loves Hadleigh and it is fun to see them interact. Hadleigh is a great big sister and is usually willing to share, and also to entertain Annelise. Often when Annelise is crying she will go up to her and start talking to her, giving her toys, or patting her on the back. Generally that will calm Annelise down long enough to give me time to finish my task and pick her up.
Going to the pool is one of our fav activities and Annelise LOVES the water. She enjoys sitting in her floaty and just kicking it while Hadleigh and I play. It is nice to have that card in my back pocket when it has been a hard day...I know the pool will generally work to calm her down.
As I am putting Annelise to bed at night we have been singing together. I love doing this, I actually think it is one of my favorite Mommy activities...to sing with the girls before bed. We have been singing a song based on Zeph 3.17, and I also enjoy singing "My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness".
The older she gets the more fun it is to see her little personality, and to interact with her. I love making her smile and giggle and talk. She is a little sweet girl.