Thursday, March 19, 2009

Every Day Happenings

It's been a little while since I've posted about the every day happenings of our world. So I'll take a minute to do so. Here's an idea of our typical day.

Lately I've been trying out a new concept. It's called waking up with the sun:) Once we're all settled for bed we actually open our blinds and curtains just before falling asleep. Then Leif and I are able to slowly wake up as the sun rises. This has been really helpful for both of us. It's not so hard for Leif to get up for work and I'm not as distraught when Jakob comes to my bed to ask if it's morning time (the morning sun makes it kind of obvious;).

From there, I climb out of bed and it's time for showers. During Jakob's shower I sit and read to him from the Book of Mormon. Today we read about Abinadi. Tomorrow we'll find out how King Noah reacted to his prophecies.

As Jakob gets dressed and earns his Accountable Kid's ticket for the day, I make breakfast. Lately the normal meal is fruit or oatmeal. By 9:45, it's time to meet our friends and go for our morning walk. We walk about a mile or more and our middle destination is the local cemetery at the edge of town. The kid's like to hear who is buried in the very decorated plots. This is not your "typical" cemetery.

After our walk I take Jakob to school. While he's in school Caleb naps, and I do my school work. Occasionally I'll fit in my house chores. Thanks to my sister's willingness to talk me through it, I usually manage to get the dishes done once each week (the sad thing is, you think I'm kidding;) Thank Heaven's for Paper Products!!!

A couple hours later, I drag Caleb from his deep sleep and go pick Jakob up from school. We get home in time to get a bite to eat and then Leif gets home from work. This is our FAVORITE part of the day!! Papa is very special in our home!

Once Papa's home the second half of the day begins. Sometimes we jump right into family chores. Other times (like today) Leif and I will study together while Jakob uses his AK ticket to watch a movie. After study time it's family time. Now that it's spring we head outside! First we work together taking care of the outside chores. Then we usually eat our dinner outside. After that, Jakob insists on playing together for a while. From there, we reluctantly go inside to do inside chores. We work together to get our little cottage straightened and sanitized. By then, it's quiet time. This usually means "Grandma Time" or "Story Time." If grandma and grandpa are home we usually find our way over there or they find there way over here. If it's quiet time, we'll either all do our own thing (Blogging, Jazz Game, Coloring and Clay, etc.) Or, we'll sit down together and Leif will read us a book (right now it's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.")

By the time 8:00-9:00 rolls around, it's bed time! Leif is my hero and he still takes on the roll of putting Jakob to bed. This is a whole routine in and of itself. While he does that, I get Caleb ready for bed. We all pray together, Leif finalizes Jakob, and I go finish putting Caleb to bed. Ahhh! Silence....

The in between details lately revolve around keeping/getting everyone healthy, and building our little farm and garden. Caleb is feeling better and it was time to decide whether to do tubes or not. We decided to try one more thing before we tried surgery. We took him to an osteopath today. He was able to do some adjustments, acupressure, and drainage today. All of this has very high success rates for infants with Chronic Ear Infections. So here's hopin'! Leif came down last night with a large swollen lump over one of his sinuses above a tooth that we knew needed a root canal. BUMMER! I rubbed olive, lavender, tea tree, and eucalyptus oils over it on the outside, and ground clove inside his mouth. This morning the swelling was gone. I'll do the same tonight and we'll make an appointment to get the tooth fixed. As for me, well, I have good days and bad days. I have serious issues with chronic bone and muscle pain. I'm working with my Dr as well as the knowledge that I'm gaining through school to figure it all out and create a better game plan. In the meantime, I just try to stay healthy and have as many good days as I can!

As for our little farm and garden, we are having a lot of fun! Tonight we spent our quiet time researching and deciding what chickens we're going to get. We're going to get a few really neat kinds. When the decisions are final, I'll post pictures. I really am looking forward to the chickens after reading about each of them. We're going to choose the chickens that are the most friendly and prone to becoming more like pets. It will be fun!:) Our garden will be huge this year! Tomorrow we're cleaning out the green house (NOT a small project!) Wish us luck!!!

Life is good. I am half way through my schooling. Leif is almost done with the school year. Which means work is almost over. He's doing well in school. And we're REALLY looking forward to a FABULOUS Summer together! I can't wait to tell you about our Summer Plans! That will be tomorrow;)

Until Then... G' Night!

My Dear Friend

If you read the comments below for my Saint Patrick's Day post, you will find one written with a beautiful thick Irish accent. This is written by my dear friend Patricia. Patricia was my Joy School (preschool) teacher, as well as one of my best friend's mothers (which made her one of my "other" mother's.)

Patricia's mother in law is from Ireland. Because of this and many other reason's I'm sure, Patricia fell in love with Ireland. We always caught a bright glimpse of this every year for Saint Patty's Day (no coincidence that at the time we called her "Patty":)

St. Patrick's Day was celebrated at that Pott's home by a huge celebration! Filled with Lot's of Green Food (mostly artificial;) relay races to kiss the Blarney Stone for good luck, I remember something to do with green toilet paper... (wonder what that was all about?) Music, and it would not have been complete without our Patricia speaking in the Irish tongue.

Thank you Patricia for these sweet memories! You have truly enriched my life in Many Many ways!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Saint Patrick's Day

Holidays are so fun when you are surrounded by children! Leif works at an elementary school. So he had a fun day all dressed in green. He also wore his Bowler hat made authentically made in Ireland. Jakob was so excited to go to school today! He made a point of making sure his "Green Clothes" were clean for the special day ahead. hen he got home from school he enthusiastically told me about how funny it was that the mischievous leprechaun stole Miss Lindsey's hat and sneakily opened the gate to the chicken coop and scattered the chickens throughout the yard;) Such precious times...

I was inspired by Jakob's stories. I decided to join in the fun! I made cookies for everyone. They were very tasty coconut cookies. I even made my own green food coloring with Spinach juice. They turned out so good we've eaten the whole batch!
After we ate a bunch of cookies we went outside to work in the garden. The spring that I was pregnant with the twins we planted a Wild Flower Garden. All of the flowers bloomed while I was in the hospital and during the days after the girls' birth. Each year after that we have tended that garden in memory of our girls. This year we decided to mix things up a bit and plant bulbs.
We're really excited! I'll post pictures throughout the season.

After we worked in the garden we came in and ate some delicious chicken noodle soup given to us from the sweet lunch ladies at the school that Leif works at. Then to close our special day we went to the park. Leif and Jakob had a great time playing basketball with our new glow in the dark basketball.

Turned out to be a great day!

A New Mission Opened Up... In Heaven

It seems that there must have been a new mission opened up in Heaven recently. I say this because through the recent weeks I have been made aware of several little babies and children who have passed away. It brings me comfort to think that maybe they have just been called on a mission... like my little girls. But the pain of loss is very real for many parents and families right now. I know that pain, and I pray for them.

There are no words to describe how it feels to hold your baby for the last time and tell them goodbye for a while. But there are words to express the gratitude that I feel to have the knowledge that we will hold our babies again. We will feel of the joy that comes while raising them. That chance feels far away at times. But just the knowledge that because of Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father, it is a reality, is enough to keep me going. That knowledge is what has healed my heart and soul over these 2 1/2 years. Day by day, week by week, month by month, and then year by year, the burden becomes lighter and lighter. All because of our Savior Jesus Christ.

I was reading the Book of Mormon with Jakob today and these are the verses that we ended up reading:

Mosiah 24: 14-15, 21

14 And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.
15 And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.
21 Yea, and in the valley of Alma they poured out their thanks to God because he had been merciful unto them, and eased their burdens, and had delivered them out of bondage; for they were in bondage, and none could deliver them except it were the Lord their God.

Grief feels very much like bondage at times. It can smother a soul if it is allowed to do so. Only through our Savior can we move forward and heal from such pain. How grateful I am for my Savior and His healing power! He has eased my burden and led me out of bondage, for that I will be eternally grateful!

My mother lost her fifth baby, Justin. He was stillborn due to umbilical cord complications. My aunt Kathy wrote my mom a poem that draws a beautiful picture of the truths that are ours.

From One Gone Ahead

Dear mother, I went on a trip today
to see where I should have stayed.
I stopped in to see the little white crib,
I could tell the arrangements were made.
Eager young faces of sisters and brothers.
Brightness and hope on faces of others.
I wanted to stay, to be part there and grow.
But the time’s not quite right now, I know.
For my Father has asked me, “come back for a while.”
(You’ll miss my bright face and sweet smile.)
But a body was all I needed to rise
to heights yet unknown to your eyes.
Dear mom and dear dad, I love you, you see
for making a small special temple for me.
Please don’t be too sad or mourn long for me.
I’m going back home to learn at His knee.
I’ll learn well and work hard and when the time’s here
I’ll join with my family, of that don’t you fear.
Tell Heather, Lena, Jason, Jared, *and Nathan,
“Try to be good,” ‘cause I’m up here waitin’.
(Written by Kathy Westwood)

Praise be to the Lord for His eternal Love and His gospel that brings us the truths that keep us going! May your burdens be lighter today, is my prayer...

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