Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Marsha's Musings

It is a chilly, rainy Thursday here.  The temperature was 52 degrees and felt quite different than the past few days.

What are you thankful for today? Join us at Marsha's Musings for Thankful Thursday!

This week I am thankful for...

~ my husband making our bed each morning.  Now I know this may seem silly, but the past few weeks I've noticed that our bed is perfectly made each morning.  Titus usually eats at 5:30 or 6, and I hold him on the couch as he goes back to sleep and some mornings I fall back asleep there too so I'm up before my husband.  I wrote him a note the other day that I appreciated the bed being made each day because it was one "constant" in my day right now.  It feels like the other parts of my day are different each day (times of breakfast and lunch, getting a shower or not, etc.), and we aren't on a particular schedule. So it feels good that the bed being made is one thing that is the same each day.  Kinda silly I guess but I'm thankful for that simple act.  He said he didn't even think of it, he just is in the habit of doing it.

~ sweet note my big boy left for me on my mirror.  I had left him one on his mirror earlier this week. He surprised me by leaving one on my mirror too.  It was so sweet and heartfelt and made me smile.

~ sweet smiles from my baby boy. Oh how I love when he smiles up at me! One morning I said, "good morning, are you ready to eat?" as I picked him up, and he gave me a big smile. His smile made me feel like seeing the note from my big boy made me feel.

~  resting when I need to as I continue to recover.  Some people are surprised I'm not back to 100% yet, but I'm just not.  My incision is still healing.  I can tell I have made progress each week and things are much easier. But I can also tell that I'm still healing and am still sore across my belly if I do too much. Bending, being in the car, and walking far distances are what I notice causing the most soreness. So I'm glad I can rest as I need to and have the help of my boys to do things at home.

~ audio books to listen to while I feed the baby.  I'm listening to Nobody's Cuter Than You by Melanie Shankle now.

~ going to the school to watch our boy's presentation.  His reading class did novel projects and today was the day they presented.  It was fun to see and all the groups did a great job.  We could tell they enjoyed their books and had fun sharing about them.

Have a day of blessings!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

An Amish Cradle

I wanted to share a book with  you that I finished a while back.  It is called An Amish Cradle and includes four novellas by four different authors.

About the book:

In the Father's Arms by Beth Wiseman Ruth Anne Zook is excited that she and her best friend are due with their children the same week. But when Ruth Anne's baby is born with Down Syndrome, she and her husband struggle to understand God's plan. 

A Son for Always by Amy Clipston
Carolyn and her husband Joshua are thrilled to be pregnant with their first child. A teenager when she had her son Benjamin, Carolyn still feels obligated to work to secure Ben's future, even though Josh adopted Ben. She struggles to realize that Josh will love and protect both of their children equally.

A Heart Full of Love by Kathleen Fuller
Ellie's mother loves to meddle in her personal life-especially now that Ellie's pregnant. Since Ellie is blind, her mother worries that she won't be able to handle the baby. When Ellie gives birth to twins, her mother insists on moving in. Just as everyone reaches the breaking point, a miracle draws them closer to each other and to God.

An Unexpected Blessing by Vannetta Chapman
At 42, Etta thought her time of having children was over, but she's pregnant again. She goes into labor during a blizzard, and complications with the delivery raise fear. Etta struggles to accept Gotte's wille for the baby and her son, David, who moved away two years earlier in search of what he would do with his life. 

My thoughts:
I enjoyed reading this book about babies and pregnancy during my own pregnancy. All four stories were touching in their own way.  I liked that they were short and easy to read, and I feel women of any age would enjoy reading this book.  I was able to use the lessons learned by the women in each story as related to my own pregnancy...trusting God, not worrying, waiting for God's timing.

I received an advance copy of this book as part of the Bakery Bunch.

Have a day of blessings!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Story behind his name....

When we found out we were having another baby, we already had a girl name that we'd had for many years.  In the beginning I didn't fell a lot of urgency though to pick a boy name. I thought we had plenty of time to figure it out.  We talked about it some saying names we liked as well as those that were on the definite "no" list. (Certain names get on that list when you are a teacher!)

I wanted the first name to be Matthew. My husband's name is John Matthew. We used John for Caleb's first name so I thought it'd be nice to use Matthew for the first name for this baby and call him by his middle name as we do Caleb. There was one name throughout the pregnancy that we thought we would use for the middle name. I didn't feel settled on how to spell it though. We were trying to use names of family members, but the spelling felt too girly and didn't seem right. A second option was always Matthew Titus, almost since the beginning of the pregnancy I think.

One night we were doing a family devotion. (I tried to find the date in my journal, but I couldn't find when it was.)  Caleb had been saying funny names we could use, like Alfredo Potato, since we told him we were having a baby. But that night we were reading in II Corinthians 7, and he said "Titus, that would be a good name for the baby." In the following days I went back and reread the verse. I was thinking how this baby is a joy and comfort to our family after our miscarriage in 2013 and also about all the prayers and comfort we received during this pregnancy.  The verse seemed to fit how I felt about this baby.  We liked the name Titus, and Caleb continued to say he thought it would be a good name throughout the pregnancy.

When April 12 came we were still considering both middle names, but after he was born Titus just felt right!

We have both boys' footprints in the Bible that was given to us as a wedding gift and used in our wedding ceremony.  Each is on the page with the special verse that has their name.

Caleb's footprint on Numbers 14:24  "But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it."

Titus's footprint on 2 Corinthians 7:6,7--"But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming but also by the comfort you had given him. He told us about your longing for me, your deep sorrow, your ardent concern for me, so that my joy was greater than ever."

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Another Thankful Thursday

I have all these other blog posts written in my head but just don't ever seem to get them typed.  I do have one about Titus' name that I worked on for several days that is ready to share I think.  I am just enjoying our baby boy and know blogging can wait.  I do like to make a point to do Thankful Thursday each week though!

This week I'm linking up over at Marsha's Musings.  I may have met Marsha originally through Thankful Thursday, I can't recall for sure.

Marsha's Musings
I am thankful for...

~ my husband working to provide for our family and also how he works to keep up with things at home like the dishes and laundry.

~ my son being chosen as a 5th grade tour guide this week for when the 2nd graders came over to view the campus.  He was so excited about this, and I'm sure he did a good job.  Next week he will go to tour his campus for next year.

~ our one month old boy!  It doesn't seem like a month has passed already. He is such a blessing!  I just love to sit and look at him as he looks at me or sleeps in my arms.

~ my Mom coming to help us again. My husband had a quick overnight trip he was asked to go to so she came to be with us.  It was so helpful to have her here, and we appreciate her being available.

~ having insurance. As I see the costs of the recent hospital stay for the birth of Titus, I am surprised at how much things cost. And it makes me thankful for the insurance and that we are just paying a copay.

~ taking hot showers. I have missed taking baths during the end of my pregnancy and in my recovery, but I am glad for our shower.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thankful Thursday

The weeks go so fast for us. We are nearing the end of school.  How can it be that my boy is almost done with 5th grade!  They are done with the state testing so now they've been doing some fun projects in his classes which he is enjoying.

This week I am thankful for...
~ watching my husband with both of our boys. It was so sweet to walk into our bedroom and see him holding our baby boy as he was getting him ready for bed.  He continues to make time for our big boy and they go out and play in the evenings together.  I know he's so tired and he just keeps giving for all of us.

~ laughing with my big boy.  He heated some caramel to dip fruit in, and it just ended up being funny.

~ being able to breastfeed our baby boy. We prayed I would be able to successfully breastfeed, and I am thankful for that success so far and our boy's growth.

~ rain we have received recently.  The places around us have had more than here, and we pray for more here.

~ going to church service last Sunday night.  I had not been since Titus was born. I knew they would be excited to see him so I wanted to go for the first time to a night service so it would be less people and less overwhelming. I was very sore afterwards which reminded me I'm still healing. I hope to go in the morning service on Mother's Day.

~ all the special women in my life. So many have been so influential to me at different points in life, and I am thankful for them as we celebrate mothers this weekend.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thankful Thursday

It seems my thankful list continues to grow longer week after week as I think of all the things for which I am thankful.

This week I am thankful for...
~ my husband helping me in the night when Titus wakes up (or we have to wake him up) to eat.

~  my boy being done with STAAR testing.  Now they are doing some fun projects at school which he is enjoying.

~ our baby boy gaining weight. We too him back to recheck his weight this week and he'd gained 10 ounces which was wonderful news.

~  seeing family over the weekend who've come to visit Titus (and us!).

~ the wonderful meals friends have been bringing us.  This is so helpful right now.  And the food is really good.

~ a friend/neighbor doing a few errands for me this week.

Have a day of blessings!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thankful Thursday

I've thought of blog posts I'd like to do but haven't done. Instead I've been watching our sweet baby as he sleeps or when he's awake. He's so alert and like to look around.

This week I'm thankful for...

~ my husband being able to be off with us and the time he had saved up. He was able to return to work this week.

~ watching my big boy interact with his baby brother. He has changed diapers and read books and laid on the floor talking to him.  He likes to hold him after school and every morning before he leaves.

~ the sweet faces this baby boy makes. We just love to watch him and soak in all his cuteness.

~ my Mom being here to help us. She helped us so much with everything, and we were so glad to have her here. She fixed meals for us while she was here and added others to our freezer. She picked up Caleb from school, got up with me in the night when I fed Titus, did laundry, dishes, went to the store, on and on!

~ having irises in bloom in the yard. When I went to the doctor this week I saw them for the first time.

~ people bringing us meals.

Have a day of blessings!