Wednesday, March 20, 2013

March Daybook

Outside my window...

Spring in Connecticut...a tad too white for my liking!

It's the first day of Spring, but it's looking a lot more like the middle February what with the blanket of snow and blanket of ice coating everything.  But in the melty patches I see green instead of brown and the spring birds are returning to my feeder, so I know the warmer weather is on its way!  I understand why writers and poets so often equate spring with hope!  It's that excited waiting--the anticipation and belief in that which we cannot see.  I love how Easter is right smack dab in the middle of this transition from winter to spring.  What better time of year to celebrate the resurrection?

I am thinking...

...about motherhood.  A lot.  I'm happy to share that we've added a new little life to our family!  On February 12th I held my sweet & tiny little son,Thomas Blaise, in my arms.  Just 6 pounds 1 ounce and 18.5 inches long! He's by far the smallest baby I've ever had and there were lots of scares throughout my last month of pregnancy about his health (all unfounded, thank God!), based on his small size.  I thank the Lord every day that he's healthy and growing by leaps and bounds!  I must admit I've always taken my healthy pregnancies for granted in the past.  A miscarriage and this most recent scare has certainly changed all of that.  So I am loving all of the newborn snuggles all the more in the wake of the fears I endured.

At the hospital--now a family of six!

Thomas Blaise

Our family is still adjusting to this brand new little person we've added.  We're finding new routines and new rhythms.  It's definitely changed our homeschool days!  I'm also finding I have a LOT less free time!  I know that should seem fairly obvious, but I'm still adjusting to this change.  I realize what a gift that free time is and how I need to use it wisely these days! 

I am thankful...

For so many things...for my sweet little boy, for the way my children have adjusted so well to their lives being upended by our new addition, for the ability to stay home and see all of the transitions and "firsts" each of the kids go through, for a husband who pitches in when I can't keep up on everything and for 2 glorious nights in a row of Thomas sleeping 6 hours between feedings!  I feel so very blessed.

In the kitchen...

I have a newfound love and respect for the existence of the "30 Minute Meal!"  I am all about the quick meals that require little thought or preparation these days.  And alleluia for leftovers!

I am wearing...

Hooray for clothes that don't require ruched sides and stretchy belly panels!  My clothes isn't exactly the size or fit I'd like them to be just yet, but hey, at this point I'm just thankful to have a little variety after 9 months of donning the same ol' preggie-duds!  I never thought I'd be so happy to see my corduroys and cotton shirt I've had for years!

I am creating...

 ...errr, more like planning for things I'd like to do once I have a little more free time again!  I have big plans for future crafts, but this just isn't the season for uber-craft mode right now.  Heck, I'm just lucky to snag a 1/2 hour here and there to skim a magazine at this point!  But I'm ok with that. I've got a sweet little cuddle bug to snuggle and sniff (I can't be the only one who loves sniffing my babies' heads, can I?!) instead.  :)

I mean, who wouldn't want to give that little head a good sniff? :p

I am going...

A whole 'lotta nowhere!  Newborns aren't exactly good for one's social life.  But that's ok, I'm kind of a home-body anyway!

I am wondering...

When it'll finally feel like spring around here!  (See above description of snow and ice.)  I'm itching to get out there for some walks in the fresh air sans snow boots!

I am reading...
Ummm...see above notes on skimming magazines in 1/2 hour stints!  If I try to read anything deeper than that my sleep-deprived mush-brain just can't seem to process and my eyelids grow heavy.  Again, it's all about the seasons with these things!  But I also have big plans for future reads.  Some Barbara Kingsolver will be in that future.  I've heard so many good things about her books and have yet to crack one, aside from an audio book I couldn't get through for more than 10 minutes since the narrator was just AWFUL. 

I'm also verrrrrrrry sloooooowly working my way through Educating the Whole-Hearted Child by Sally Clarkson. I've been in homeschool-refining mode lately and really felt the need to read something inspiring.  I always get in a bit of a funk at some point in the school year, and have been feeling badly that we've had so many chaotic weeks what with the move and the baby.  Encouraging homeschool authors to the rescue!

I am hoping...

It will warm up for Easter, but it's not looking likely at this point.  It's gonna be one cold egg hunt in Connecticut, me thinks!

I am looking forward to...

Future house projects!  I have grand plans, many of which involve scraping granny-esque wallpaper and painting.  I'm also really looking forward to seeing what types of plants will sprout up at this new house.  We moved in December, so I have no idea what's planted here!

I am learning...

Patience.  (I hope, anyway!)  Patience has always been a struggle for me.  Lessons on trusting more.  Time management.  Growing as a mother and homeschooler in a season of change.  Refining my goals and getting in touch with what really matters most to me.  Winter--especially Lent--has always been a big season of introspection for me, and this year has been no exception.  I think all of the huge changes I've been through--moving, having a baby--have helped me grow and lean on God a lot more.  Although I'm often resistant to change, I can start to see some of the positive results already.  It's when we're stripped bare emotionally that the real growth can take place, you know?

Around the house...

The laundry and dishes have taken on a life of their own!  Enter the need for self-discipline.  This is not a strong-suit of mine, but I'm forcing myself to try my best to stay on top of these things.  Some days I do better than others. :) 

I am pondering...

How to work quality prayer time into my newly busier days.  I used to love starting the day with a good chunk of time spent in prayer, but with a newborn it's been in bits and pieces, which I don't like.  I feel myself longing for that solid chunk of time to really "dig in" and feel a little off-kilter with these shorter bursts here and there.  Any suggestions??

A favorite quote for today...

I've been pondering this scripture verse I came across the other day:

"Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding." ~2 Cor. 10:12

How true that no good comes from comparison!  I need to remind myself of this often, when I'm feeling "not enough."

One of my favorite things...

new "non-tippy" mug. :)
I picked up these simple mugs the other day, since our regular mugs we've had for years are just too  "tippy."  (Tippy=bad with little kids around!) Whenever I made hot cocoa for the kids there would inevitable be a spill within minutes.  It's the little things, right? :)

A peek into my day...

A little St. Paddy's Day toast with green punch!
Big sister cuddling her new baby brother :)
The littles keeping themselves entertained on the cold winter days!
St. Paddy's Cake!

My lil' leprechaun!

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  1. Oh my goodness!!! What a cutie pie!!! I miss all the pictures as I gave up Facebook for Lent. So glad to see your family growing and so sorry we missed you this St. Patrick's Day. We need to get together soon and I am praying for you!!

    1. Patty, I missed you this St. Paddy's, too! Yes, we must get together soon! Thank you for your prayers and I can't wait for you to be back on FB again! I'm praying for you and your family, too. :)

  2. It was just lovely reading your Daybook entry and seing the sweet pictures of your beautiful growing family! So many thoughts to share, but I'll keep it simple. It has been many years since my babies were the age of yours but they are still the light of each day whether here at home or away at college. It may seem overwhelming, and it IS!!, but it will pass so soon, just take a breath and watch them. When this season has passed, you will be comforted with the joy and love and fun of it all. I remember feeling very content.
    Congratulations on your little one and thank you so much for sharing!


    1. Denise, thank you for sharing your kind and thoughtful words. It's so nice to hear your perspective as a mother who has raised up her children--I love hearing the wisdom that that experience brings. I will certainly do my best to just relax and enjoy it. :) Blessing to you!

  3. a pretty young mama with her family...very nice pic

  4. What an adorable little guy! And yes, I love to bury my nose in my newborn's heads too. I was sniffing my one year old dd's head recently and she pulled back and looked at me with a look that clearly said, "You are so weird!" LOL.

    I know how it goes with adjusting to a new little person. When our fifth (and last) was born I struggled to cope with life and homeschooling. I think the key is one day at a time and lot's of "Help me!' sent heavenward. :)

    As for prayer...sorry, no suggestions. I've always struggled in this area. I do not do well with actually sitting down with the intention of a long prayer. Sigh. I feel like the disciples in the garden...I fall asleep or my mind wanders. I do better with short prayers spread through out the day.

    Have a blessed day!

    1. Chelsie, thank you so much for sharing your own experience with adjusting to a newborn in the homeschool mix! It's so nice to hear the words of someone else who has gone through it! And yes--one day at a time with lots of prayers is how we're doing it, too!!

      As for prayer, I'm sure there's no one "right" way to do it--God hears them all, no matter how they come, right? :) I think it's all about that heart connection in the end. If short bursts work best for you, then I would just go with that!

      God bless, and baby sniffers unite! :)

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    Congratulations on your new addition.

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