Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Future Looks Good

I haven't written this week because life has been full of stress. I conducted a health experiment this week and the results were shocking! For several months I have taken a full regimen of nutritional supplements. I knew that they were very helpful in keeping my body functioning. But I had no idea how helpful they really are until this week. I stopped taking all of them and by the sixth day I was a mess! I won't go into details. But let's just say if mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. I started taking everything again and I'm back on track. Leif is probably the most grateful for my regained stability.

When it comes to family life we are looking forward to a clear and steady schedule for the next year. Leif was offered a job my the school working in their office. We are very grateful. It will meet our needs financially and the schedule will be really nice.
I am looking forward to a few additions that we are going to work on for the barn (our home.) We are going to put in a few sky lights in the ceiling. We are going to complete the ceiling. And we are going to fix up the walls. We might even close our bedroom space in with walls instead of curtains. The most helpful thing that we are going to do is purchase a washer and dryer for ourselves. Right now we use Leif's parents. This requires us to take the laundry over to their home. Leif is my laundry man. But with the new job he won't be able to do it any more. I am looking forward to having the washer and dryer down stairs!
There are many things that I am grateful for. Our home is one of them. It meets our basic needs and we aren't required to pay rent. But as a mother and a girl who was raised living in a beautifully decorated home. I do find myself murmuring. I feel really bad about this. Pride! I have been able to do little things here and there in the barn that raise some eyebrows by Leif and his parents that have beautified the barn and made the space more efficient. This has been a blessing! I look forward to the new changes... I think it's a form of therapy for me too.

Anyway, the kids are doing well. Caleb is a sweetheart! He tried solid food for the first time this week. I gave him organic apples and oatmeal. He didn't mind too much. I think I'll feed him peas for dinner tonight. Caleb is trying hard to sit up. I have to watch him closer now because he'll do a sit up and fall forward. He's sat up for around five seconds or so. My guess is he'll be sitting in a couple of weeks. That will be nice!

Jakob will mirror what ever mood I am in or what ever tone or reaction that I give to him when we're communicating. So, it's up to me to help maintain harmony in the home. Jakob is very excited to turn four years old at the end of this month. He looks forward to his birthday party and has been practicing to hit a pinata' for the game at the party. He of course eat sleeps and dreams the idea that he will hopefully be getting new jets and dinosaurs for his birthday. Mama hopes for just a few new toys and more books and maybe some fun necessities like cool unddies or something for school:) We'll see what the birthday bunny drops in.:)

Our garden is starting to bare fruit. It's nice to work together in the garden every once in a while. The veggies are very appreciated too! I found that it's easy to use my Pampered Chef food chopper and chop up squash and add it to ground hamburger when I use hamburger in a meal. I've had a good time being creative with healthy cooking lately.
Life is looking up!

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY August 11, 2008 ...
Outside My Window... I can see that the sun is setting.
I am thinking... about how much I'm looking forward to bed time. Not the "putting the kids to bed" part. But definitely the sleep part!
I am thankful for... my good husband and his understanding and patience, as well as his hard work.
From the kitchen... I am bidding my hubby farewell as he leaves after a long day at work to yet work some more.
I am wearing... Comfy pants and a shirt. But I'm happy to say my sizes are dropping:)
I am creating... Many projects.
I am going... to resist getting angry with Jakob for the millionth time today (he just hucked a hanger towards a shelf full of memento's.) I can't wait for his school t start!
I am reading... my scriptures more and a lot on the internet.
I am hoping... that Leif will be hired on at a better job and that we might find a bigger place to live.
I am hearing... the hum of the air conditioners and Jakob talk to himself as he plays with his toys.
Around the house... I am trying not to look around. It is just a reminder of all that I didn't get dome today. But the toilet is scrubbed:)
One of my favorite things... writing and researching.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Dishes, securing Leif a better job, RS enrichment night, taking Jakob to the park.
Here is picture thought I am sharing... I Really Miss Hawaii!

Mothers Who Know

Sister Julie B. Beck addressed the mothers of the world during the October 2007 General Conference. Her address was titled "Mothers Who Know." Apparently her address has stirred up a bit of controversy since it was given. When I read in the Deseret News about the frustration that people were feeling I decided to read Sister Becks address again and make my own conclusion.

In my opinion Sister Beck was completely in line. She was addressing the mothers of the world. Part of the frustration naturally stems from feminist groups who struggle with conforming to the view of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints because they feel that women in general should be free to choose a path other then motherhood. What it seems they missed in Sister Becks talk is that she was addressing women who already chose to become a mother or desires to be a mother. There are other addresses to the women of the world who are unable to have children or choose not to become a mother. But at this moment Sister Beck chose to offer some guidelines for the mothers of the world to draw from as we sojourn to raise our children in this not so peaceful world.

As my husband and I discussed this subject last night I found myself repeating the words "mothers who know." I fell asleep with this question in mind, "mothers who know what?" I had caught on to what mothers should do once we know. But I had missed exactly what we should know before we can act. So I went back to Sister Beck's address this morning. I was given the answer to my question in the last sentence of the second paragraph of Sister Becks address. It states, " When mothers know who they are and who God is and have made covenants with Him, they will have great power and influence for good on their children."

When we know 1. Who we are, 2. Who God is, and 3. Are willing to make covenants with Him, then we will Know. Sister Beck knows that understanding these three things brings wisdom into our lives and motivates us to move forward and reach our potential.

We are of Heavenly heritage. If we have a Divine heritage, then we recognize that our children are Divine. This is the motivating factor of a mother who knows. We are simply doing the very best we can to help our children reach their Divine potential. As we help our children reach their potential, we will naturally be reaching our own personal Divine potential.

Sister Beck lists several things that we can focus on as we raise our children. Realistically, if we take all of her council to heart and determine to apply it all immediately in our lives, there is a very real possibility that we might fall short. What we need to recognize is that Sister Beck did not say "Mothers who know do This, and This, and This, and she does it TOMORROW!" She just says that mothers who know will DO! Every mother has a different story and a different journey. There are many season's of life.

I have determined to take Sister Becks address and consider it a road map. I will take one step at a time and move forward each day with a prayer in my heart that just as I am a mother who knows, my sons will one day determine that they are Father's Who Know!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Life's Just Movin' Along

Life is still just truckin' along at the normal rate. Fast yet, slow... This week should give us some insight into the future. We're hoping Leif can square away a new job. Whether it be with Zions Bank or Fredonia School. Either one will work at this point.

We're trying to get things in order a bit for when school starts for all of us. Leif is thinking of getting his dads motorcycle fixed up so he can ride that to work and leave me with the car. I'm not thrilled with the idea. But since he'll only be driving a short distance on our country roads. I need to just let go and let faith take the lead with that fear.

We're trying to plan ahead financially so when the school loans come through we don't act like famished animals who just found the watering whole:) Wish us luck. Needs verses Wants isn't always the easiest thing to determine. But we'll try.

As for myself and my projects I'm still working on this and that when it comes to nutritional medicine. This week I'm actually conducting a tiny experiment. I have weaned myself off of Zoloft and am not taking ANY supplements for a week. No medicines, vitamins, or herbs for a week. I'm keeping a log of how I feel each night and then I'll go back to the supplements next week and compare the results. So far it's been interesting!

I've also had a great time creating my own recipes lately. I'll usually take a basic recipe and make some changes to make it my own. Tonight I made some delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that have crushed up fiber cereal in place of flour. So it's packed with fiber making the sugar and chocolate chips not as big of a deal. It's fun! You can read some of my recipes on my Healthy Mamas Kitchen blog
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