Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
This time, the call was different. It was the same older man that calls with the warm friendly voice, who does not pressure, and is very respectful no matter what your answer is. He is so kind, and I can only imagine the situations he sees everyday. Today the message he left was in regards to a baby under the age of one. An infant. An infant who at this very moment is in a major hospital in a big city. People are only transferred to this hospital if they have significant injuries. This infant child is there due to abuse. This child needs a home, a home to be loved, and nurtured in. A healing home. I honestly cannot comprehend how someone could hurt an infant, or a child of any age for that matter. My heart is sick.
When we were first licensed last year, I remember reading a blog that was written by a foster parent. I remember her saying that doing foster care has changed her so much. She talked about all the babies she had cared for over the years with various injuries and broken bones from abuse, and how that affected her. At that moment I began to realize how very prevalent this is in our society, in our country, in our state, in our city, and every other city in the US. That reality hit home here tonight. It is not just the cases that make the local news. Most aren't publicized. It is not just the boy with shaken baby syndrome at work. It is happening all the time, everywhere. Tonight a baby who is hurt, lost and alone, needs a home.
Monday, May 26, 2008
I hope to post more soon about what we are up to around the farm here. Painting our house took 3 summers to complete, so I will post some pictures of it. We have been working hard to get things in order, and we have some big, and little projects coming up. Oh, and check back to see a picture of our other baby goat soon!! We are having so much fun with them, and it is finally starting to feel like a real farm around here!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Miranda will sit and read with Lilyann also. She is such a good big sister. She loves to read also! All this school year, I would find her reading on her own in her room. I am so proud of her! I have always loved books, in fact I can't get enough of them! I do not read anything fictional either. How could I, when there is just so much to learn and glean from books! I have a huge stack of books to read on various topics right now, from cooking, to prayer, to homeschooling, and more. There are just so many good books out there, with so much wonderful information, I just can't get enough!!!
Friday, May 23, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
If you haven't yet heard, a tragedy has just occured in the family of Steven Curtis Chapman. You can read about it here
Their youngest daughter, who was adopted from China, has just been killed in an accident in their driveway. Their teenage son was driving the vehicle that killed her. I cannot comprehend the pain they are going through.
I can say that I know people who have been through something almost exactly like this. A few years ago some friends of ours lost their youngest daughter, then a year and a half old, when her teenage uncle accidentally ran over her in their driveway. They were a strong christian family, and she was the youngest of 7 kids. It was a funeral I will never forget, as I watched this family mourn, but with their faith intact, and the uncle was one of the men that assisted in carrying her casket. I was stunned, as I am now, and I pray that God's perfect peace will cover the Chapman family during this most difficult time.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
I haven't always felt this way, in fact, six and a half years ago when Miranda was born my husband actually said I could quit my job and become a stay at home mom. My response?? No, way! How could you suggest such a thing, you must be kidding!! I felt that I had worked much too hard for my degree and I was not going to waste it by quitting. God has done a huge work in me, because now, if my husband were to suggest that same thing, my response would be very different. I would see it as the greatest privelege to have the opportunity to spend every day at home with the children God has given me. I work 2 days (20 hrs.) per week. Even this seems like far too much time to be away from them now. My heart is rooted in the home now, where before, I believe it was rooted in my work. I still love helping people, and working with families at such a wonderful place, but my heart is at home.
How do I know this? I love being home...and all that it stands for. I now cherish every moment I have at home with my family. I now understand what it means to be a keeper of the home (Titus 2). I actually love doing housework now, and cooking for my family is something I now look at as an awesome responsibility, as I am always trying to learn more about how to cook healthy delicious meals for them! I try to limit outings and stay home as much as possible. In today's society this is almost impossible, but it is something I strive for all the time. I limit extra curriculur activities to put our children in as well, when most people are running around day and night trying to make it to that next group, practice, or meeting. My goal is to create a simplistic lifestyle, but one where children flourish with natural activities such as gardening, raising animals, and creative activities such as crafts, art, and creating with your hands, (sewing, knitting, baking, etc.). These are all centered in and around the home. Right now we are working on the barn, and on a new outside playhouse. We have tree swings, and lots of outdoor play activities available. Every day we go outside, do some chores, but mostly play.
Most people were shocked when they first heard that my husband and I were both going to work part time. We chose to do this almost 7 yrs ago, (after I refused to quit my job) so that our children would never have to be in childcare. No one around us thought we could do it. Family members even discouraged us to make this shift to be more family centered! There were sacrifices that we made financially, but this is incomparable to the time we have had with our children. It is so worth it. Many people don't realize that this is possible. There may be some major or minor adjustments that you would need to make, but it can be done. Two full time working parents does not have to be the norm. We could never go back to that. If we can make this work, I believe many others can as well.
So there you have it! My best job ever! Mothering!!!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Through this situation, I learned how much I needed God. God, in His faithfulfulness, met me, and I knew in my heart He would always be there for me, as long as I walked and trusted in Him.
A few years later I got married. Mothering was far from my mind at that point. I entered the working world, as well as carried the load of a college student. I picked a career that I learned to love. Occupational therapy. School was hard for me, but with this career choice came a lot of hands on work, creative classes, and time out in the field working in a variety of clinical settings. This was the part I loved! I loved helping people. I got to spend time in nursing homes, schools for the profoundly delayed, state mental hospitals, public schools, child care settings and hospitals. It was an adventure! During my last year of school, I also worked a part time job at a group home for chronically mentally ill adults. This was interesting, challenging, yet disturbing at the same time. I finally graduated, and chose an area to specialize in: pediatrics. That very year, a brand new facility opened in our city. It was the first of it's kind. With a collaboration of many agencies, an all encompassing pediatric center for children with special health care needs was born. I landed a job there. It was definately a dream come true. I loved my job from day one!!! I had the privlege of working closely with families and children with a wide range of special needs. It was never boring. I got to "play" with kids all day...and I got paid for it! Of course, the "play" was very specialized, and targeted whatever goal the child had, but we always had fun! I felt so thankful and blessed to have a job I could go to every day that I absolutely love, and still do!!
I have another job too! It's one I love even more!!! I can't wait to tell you about it in my next post!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Today is tuesday, and I am in the middle of "mothering" right now, so I expect this first post may be short. The baby just went down for her nap, so I have a few moments, while my 6 yr. old works on her art project.
I didn't come from a home where mothering was something my mother cherished. I wouldn't say I came from a home where nurturing was present at all, in fact. I had a mother, and a father, and a brother. I went to public school, hung out with friends, and had a pretty typical upbringing. I attended church very infrequently, but came to know the Lord at the age of 18, when in a sort of desperate situation, I cried out to God, and He met me right where I was. If there ever was a situation where God could take something bad and make something good out of it, that was it.
Stay tuned...part 2 is coming soon!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
You came home with us, to a brand new life. At 16 mos. of age, you were so little and you just liked to sit and play quietly with your cups. You could not walk, talk, or eat yet.
This was the first bite you took of something solid. It took lots of coaxing, and demonstrations on my part, and you finally trusted me enough to take that first bite. You knew right then and there that this food thing was something good!
You are such a little love bug. You give me kisses all the time. You love to be snuggled, and you love to sit on my lap and read books. You are also very loud now! You make yourself well known everywhere you go! You are a unique and special child, with your own little sparkle!
You are a ham! You do silly things like this! You don't mind getting messy! You love baths and bubbles! You make us smile and laugh daily! We can't believe how much you have grown and blossomed in just 6 months! We love you baby girl! Keep smiling that darling smile of yours! We are so thankful to God for bringing you into our lives!!!!!
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Here's a closer view. The finches have now turned a bright golden yellow, this photo was taken a few weeks back.
We have many different types of daffodils around, but this is my favorite!
I have this old pie safe sitting on an old farm table out on the patio. Inside there are some antique garden tools, and this old fabric bowl. I was surprised to find that Miranda's kitten, Winter, has decided that this is her new bed!