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Homemade Baby Food

September 30, 2013 Leave a comment

I’m a thankful woman… You know, the kind that likes to do stuff at home?  The kind that takes joy in being at home, doing homey things like cooking, cleaning, taking  care of kids, albeit tiring, though satisfying.  Just call me Mrs. Happy Homemaker.  AND I made my own baby food the other day.  What?!

I have a fairly new infant (6 month old) whom recently started eating solid foods.  If you lived with me the last 6 months, you’d wonder how I got anything else done but make breast milk.  I’m no Martha Stewart.  Admit it, she may be some kind of mad, but she’s got skills.  So, I was feeling accomplished as I prepared, from scratch, some homemade baby food and froze a supply.  So easy!

Here you see butternut squash.  It didn’t take much effort, really.  I don’t know why I don’t and didn’t do it with my other kids.  Every mama should (not guilt-tripping, though).  We peruse the baby food aisle as if that were the only choices we had, though I didn’t have those thoughts this time around.  Those little jars, albeit cute, contain, what, a tablespoon worth of food?  In essence, as an adult, you’d finish it in one bite.  And we would pay how much for each jar?  So, I feeling motivated while shopping last week, decided to buy a whole butternut squash to make my baby some food.  “It’s not that hard,” I mentally convinced myself.  And it really wasn’t.  I didn’t buy a really big one this time.  I wrapped the whole thing up in foil and baked it in my little toaster oven for an hour or so at 350 degrees while I went about my day.  When it dinged, I just left it to cool for a while.  I don’t even remember how long.  I didn’t worry about.  When I was ready and had time, which was waaay later, like at midnight, I scooped and scraped out the soft, good-for-you supply of vitamin A for baby.  I scooped portions into each section of an old school ice cube tray and froze it.  I didn’t do anything fancy.  I didn’t even mush it.  I figure I can do that later when I use it for actual eating.  Right now, I just needed to get it in and put away to freeze.  After an hour or so, I popped them all out and stored them in a container.

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This is the result after freezing.  Ready to go when I need.  Isn’t that cool?  I’m feeling so domesticated!

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In the meantime, I have been just blending up some bananas and pears and homemade apple sauce I jarred (canned) last year.  I just let the bananas ripen on the counter for a few days to let it develop its vitamins and nutrients.  To make it thinner (watery) for my beginning eater, I just add water or apple juice for the desired consistency.  I have also steamed yams.  Really though, just about everything can be made in the crock pot.  You can start a different pot of something every night.

It just feels good to know what my baby is eating.  Although, I have mixed in the commercial baby rice cereal mix (poison, I know) for the added nutrients.  I plan to discontinue this practice though.  At least until he grows up and eats what we eat.  Then he can consume all the cancer-causing foods that we eat!

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Confessions of a Wannabe Super Mom


Yes, I want to be a super mom.  I want to be able to do it all.  Why not?  But, realistically, I can’t, and I don’t.  And that’s okay.  But, I try!  I think to strive for excellence.  Excellence should be within the Christian perspective.  It is our aim.  Do I do it all perfectly?  No.  Do I do it all, at all?  No.  But it is my desire to and I strive to that end.  I shall, that in all I do, I do it for the glory of God (Colossians 3:23).   Whatever we seek to do with our hands, we should put effort to do it well (Ecclesiastes 9:10).  Do I always do it well?  No.  But that was and is always my aim.  Am I going to complain and pout to the world that I can’t do something?  Well, maybe.  I need to stop that.  I shouldn’t whine in self-pity for attention.  I need to keep on.  I’m going to keep on going, keep on trying.  Am I perfect?  No.  Are my kids perfect?  No.  Is my house picture perfect.  No.  But, OH, there is Pinterest!!

I’ve always wanted to have a family with lots of kids.  Ten would have been really cool!  My husband differs on that idea.  Well, we just had our (technically) 5th.  Our last baby did not survive the first trimester but we are thankful for our heavenly Father’s grace.

I’ve only come from a family of 4 children.  Not too big, not too small.  We were far from perfect.  We were very dysfunctional, actually.  So, my desire has nothing to do with my upbringing.  If that were the sole example, I should be running from anything “family”.

I’ve always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom and I’m so thankful that I am blessed to do so and that it’s also my husband’s desire.  Although I never thought I’d be a homeschooling mom, here I am.  I am thankful for being able to be at home with my kids and see their progress at each stage of their lives.  Surely, if they were in public school, I’d be the involved mom who’s always at the school bugging the teachers and being a nuisance asking tons of questions.  That’s how I was with my oldest who attended public school off and on.  But even better, I get to supervise and see each stage of their learning first hand.

Since I was a young girl playing house,  I used to pretend to do all the things the modern woman might make you feel is ancient, traditional and belittling of a woman’s full potential.  Well, that’s what I wanted to grow up and do- have a family and take care of them doing all those “boring” things- cook, clean, love on my family…  There are so many things as a mom that I “get” to do and it blesses me to do them, right down to changing those sometimes nasty diapers.

So, what does it mean to be a super mom?  I’m sure that can be left up to interpretation.  For me, do what you do and try your best to do it well.  Don’t know how?  Learn.  In the age of google, not much can’t be learned.  Know your limitations and be okay with it.  But don’t go around throwing pity speeches about “poor you” and what you can’t do.  There’s also always the old fashion way, seek someone older, wiser, knowledgeable and ask.  Experiment (not on your kids – well, that depends on what it is!).  So, go… and be excellent.  May the Lord bless you in your pursuit.

Serve Your Home First


Do you ever find yourself having more fun helping other people do things in their home rather than yours?  I have, and I’ve thought that there may be a sign of the sin of covetousness.  Of all the opportunities that arise to “help” or serve others, our hearts should first yearn for the love of and in our own homes- our family.   Opportunites to serve in our home are endless, as a wife, mother, woman, man, brother, sister, son, daughter…  Your first order of business is to your home.  Cultivate your home and those who live with you with love, grace, order, compassion, truth, honor, joy … the list goes on.  Our service to the outside world should spill out of our service inside our homes.  When we have our priorities straight, we teach our family the same.  Live what you believe and preach.  I preach this to my kids and I pray that I might be a living example of what I preach.  Caring for my home and all that is within is not a burden, but a blessing.   I have much to care for and I shall be thankful that I have anything at all to care for.  Sure, everyone gets tired and needs a break.  Afterall, God did create a day of sabbath rest.

Every time I wash dishes, I have to remind myself how blessed I am that I had dishes to dirty.  Those dishes were full of food, of which filled my belly that I do not hunger.  Every time I wash clothes, I must realize I’m blessed that I have covering to keep me warm and the machinery and all the necessary supplies to clean clothes so easily; not to mention the accessibility to water and electricity that flows through to make it all possible.  Even if I may not get the sleep I need or want, when I’m awakened by my kids, I need to be thankful that I have the great responsibility and honor of caring for their precious lives and the joys they bring.  As much as I have to do in a day, my motivation and thoughts have to be upward, focusing on the rewards of being diligent in my responsibilities, the rich rewards of working unto the Lord.

We are complainers, sinners by nature.  But scripture tells us not to complain.  It’s a tough line for sure.  Where is the line between complaining and just plain sharing your burdens with one another so that we ought to be able to care for each other?  May the Spirit give us all wisdom in that.  But let us be all the more diligent in guarding our hearts and minds so that we might offer ourselves as a holy, living sacrifice, worthy of the calling to which we’ve been called.  It’s an all-encompassing task and no doubt, takes great strength and perseverance that only the good LOrd can provide.  Fight the fight.  Run the race well, good and faithful servant.  In all things, glorify your father in heaven.

Parenting Tidbit #7; Excuses, Excuses


http://www.doorposts.com/blog/2012/10/04/

Don’t Set a Precedent or Bad Example of Excuses

Parenting Tidbits #6; Building Character in Conflicts


http://www.doorposts.com/blog/2011/05/24/dealing-with-quarrels/

This article is a good snippet in helping your children deal with conflicts.

 

 

Pictures That Leave You Speechless


It was a “big reveal” day for us because it was my first ultrasound since the news of my pregnancy.   We eagerly awaited when we could see if all was well with the baby growing inside me.  I’m approximate at 15 weeks pregnant and I must say I did not see a random glob of tissue or cells that was unrecognizable of a human being.  This ultrasound was taken when I was only 11 weeks and as you can see, there is a fully bodied human baby in my womb with a heart beat, limbs and all.  How anyone, especially a medical professed doctor, will argue that it’s not a living human being worthy of life is beyond utter sorrow.

Women, don’t be deceived, you are killing a live, human baby when you have an abortion.  It’s not the end of the world if you have an unwanted pregnancy.  Get help.  There is help out there.  Seek a “life” pregnancy care center near you.  Or call around doctor offices and ask for referrals.  You are not alone.  You and that baby are precious life, created in the image of a great God.  You are not beyond help.

We are so thankful for this miracle baby.  Sometimes, it still leaves me speechless.  And sometimes, that can be a shocker.

Accessories Organizer

October 10, 2012 1 comment

Sometimes I get these crafty ideas and surprise myself at how ingenious my mind can work.  It doesn’t happen all the time.  But the other night (literally night; it was like 11pm or midnight or something), I had a stroke of genius.  I have recently acquired extra hair thingies and jewelry that I am usually not inclined to but my girls are.  So, for the sake of encouraging their femininity (very basic- modest), I lucked out at our local Claire’s last week and found 3 racks of hair clips and jewelry for a buck each.  Now that’s what I call “deals”!  I think I’m secretly getting a little into the hair clips, though.  You know, the ones with the flowers.  Yeh.  That’s about the extent of my fanciness at this point.  It also gives me something more stylish to use to pull my annoying-growing-out phase of my bangs.

Anyway, since I bought all this stuff, they have been sitting on my sink counter scattered and annoying me.  So, at the back of my mind I’ve been trying to figure out a creative way to store them all (ya, I bought a little baggie full) and over the weekend, BAM!  It hit me… baking racks! … The ones that I hardly ever use that I got from the dollar store, the ones I purged down to two (darn it!) because they were taking up space.  I have this OCD tendency to constantly purge my home items because I either don’t use things, or haven’t used in a while, or have too much of, or just plain don’t want them but later wish I had them and then go out and buy more of the those things I purged.  It can be a draining cycle.

Anyway, this, I am excited about.  The greatest thing about it:  CHEAP!  That’s the way I like it.  It displays the stuff nicely, it’s off the counter and easily accessible.  Well, at least for me.  My girls could climb the counter but I will nip that in the butt (yes, I said butt and I meant it).  But they’re usually pretty good about knowing what’s not a toy and when to get permission.  My girls only get to change earrings on specials occasions, anyway.  It’s all in the training.  (Nay, we aren’t perfect.)

Well, here it is.  The picture may be hard to see.  Sorry.  But all I did was use 2 suction clips with hooks (you gotta get good suction cups) and adhered to mirror.  I clipped the hair accessories to the borders and hung the earrings just as you see them.  Of course, this only works for hook-type earrings.  I have a huge mirror in my bathroom and I don’t need to use the whole area to see myself when getting ready so putting the one side to use like this isn’t a big deal.  My husband has his own whole mirror as well.  No conflict there, either.

Maybe some other “pinner” already came up with this idea but I submit to you I did not see it beforehand.  Thus, I did not steal anyone’s idea.

For the stud type earrings, I plan to make a designer cork board for those.  We’ll see how that turns out, whenever I get to it.  I shall make a post about it, if I find it worth sharing (not that this is a busy site anyway, but at least for my record).

Happy crafting!