Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Picture 17 weeks
I love this song for two reasons.
One, it reminds us that we need to be careful of the example we set through our words and actions. Rodney Atkins is a lot easier on us than some are. He shows that while we sometimes get it wrong, parents who are really trying and relying on God get it right now and then too.
Two, both Clint and I think Rodney looks a lot like my cousin Ronnie when he was younger. The way he moves is similar too.
Oh, I have been feeling the baby move again! In fact, we had our first case of hiccups on Monday. I think he/she was moving at night while I was asleep, which was why I wasn't feeling movement for a while there. Also, the medication I take slows down the baby's movements. It doesn't harm the baby developmentally, but does cause him/her to sleep more.
The children are doubling up on school work today so they won't have to do it tomorrow, in case it snows.
We enjoyed watching "On the Road with 16 Children" featuring the Duggar family. We also caught the Jeub family on "Kids by the Dozen." They have 13 children and are raising them on less than $40,000 a year. They are both incredible families filled with lots of love and joy. We hope to catch the Arndt family on "Kids by the Dozen" soon.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Brandon and Amanda are taking apart a broken t.v. and vcr while
Clint looks on and shares information about their components.
They'd rather do this kind of hands on learning than watch t.v. or be on the computer.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
I had to get up because Amanda has gone AWOL. She was sent to the barn to give Hot Shot a quick treat and hasn't returned. He is still not use to us, so I worry about him getting jittery and injuring her. She adores Hot Shot and makes any excuse she can to spend time with him. I'll check goat udders to see if anyone is close to kidding.
Clint was called in Sat night and just got home. He crawled in the bed when I crawled out. As soon as I kissed him "Good night," he got a call from work. I thought for sure they were calling him back in, but they just wanted to know if his plant had a part another plant needed and thought he was still at work to check.
Prayer Request: A family we've corresponded with for years now just sent their son Brandon F., a homeschool graduate, to Basic Training in TX. Please lift him up in prayer for success and that he will be led to the right career. Thank you Brandon for being willing to serve our country!
Saturday, January 27, 2007
I threw up all over my and Clint's shoes and pants in front of God, a deputy, a horrified woman, a disgusted man and several people I would not even look at. At least it was in the parking lot. I HATE being sick in public, which is why I stay home and avoid company.
In mid-barf, Clint, trying to make it better, quoted Foxworthy, "Ew, Sparky ate a bird." So, here I was, throwing up violently, sweating, tears in my eyes and chuckling between gasps for breath. He was laughing because I was laughing. I don't know what people thought when they saw me throwing up and both of us laughing.
I am wiped out tired now.
I THINK I felt the baby while I was eating.
I thought of getting a picture, but Clint wasn't dressed and he had "bed head." :-)
Since then, I have been feeling better daily, almost too good.
I have not felt the baby move in two days and am noticing some of the same little things I did with the last miscarriage. My hair is less oily, and there is less tenderness and nausea. I am not as hungry as often as I was. My lower back is aching today, but I picked Bethany up at a weird angle and think that is the culprit. I have an appointment in a few days and will ask for an ultrasound then. It might just be the timing and normal hormonal changes. It does seem a bit early for me to be feeling this good though. Have I miscarried the baby? I don't know.
Clint and I firmly believe that whatever God has in store is for our good and His glory and we are trusting Him to work out His perfect plan in our lives.
Friday, January 26, 2007
by Patty Kirk
Nelson Books (A Division of Thomas Nelson)
When Anne Staszalek asked me to write a review for Confessions of an Amateur Believer, I thought it came at a perfect time since I was on bed rest with a pregnancy related condition. I had been praying for something worthwhile to do with my time of inactivity. God has remarkable timing. I enjoyed reading this book because it opened my eyes to the different ways individuals view and react to the circumstances in their life. I have already recommended it to others who struggle with understanding atheists.
Confessions of an Amateur Believer is divided into four sections based on the author's experience in her walk of faith: Meeting God, Struggling, Progress and Rest. Often witty, Patty Kirk shares openly about her life and the events in it that shaped her from an early age. She's a real person with real struggles. There isn't a preachy tone to force converts, rather she is gentle and shares what helped her in a nonthreatening and often humorous manner. She is open about her struggles and imperfections which can encourage the humble Christian to continue forward in their walk with Christ.
The part of this story which most intrigued me personally was seeing how the tragic events led to Mrs. Kirk's atheism. Among my friends, I know people, who through painful and horrific life experiences, reject the notion of a good, just and loving God. They can not accept that such a God would allow any form of pain or suffering anywhere to anyone. Many of them share in the same attitudes and behaviors exhibited in the life of the author. Seeing how she converted from atheism to Christianity can be beneficial to those going through the same struggles as well as the Christians who are sharing their faith with them.
Mrs. Kirk's mother developed a brain tumor that required surgery to remove it. The surgery left her permanently disabled and she died a slow, tortured death over 11 years. Patty's sister, as a teenager, ran away from home many times to escape the continuous fighting with her mother and eventually became a Christian. Through the love of Christ, Sharon forgave her mother. It was that love that enabled Sharon to take in and lovingly care for her when she was an invalid until she died. This, Mrs. Kirk says "spoke to me more loudly than the passages from the Bible that she and her husband made me listen to." It was the gospel in action which opened the doorway to the author's unbelieving heart. It's something all Christians need to remember and example.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
This is George. Every year it snows, we bring him out and let him see the world again.
He's even survived melting and refreezing during Hurricane Isabel and other storms.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
This is Remi (top) and Avalanche (bottom) that were born here on our farm. They now live with Catherine and David in NY and have a great life in a loving home. It took me a while to get these posted because of Picasa problems.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Baby @ 16 Weeks Gestation Picture: http://www.babycenter.com/general/1498248.html
This picture is for Dawn, Frank's former "Mom."
Frank, a wether (neutered male), got himself wedged between the branches we were tossing over and the fence.
He's looking sharp while sporting a new collar with a reflective center stripe.
He has the fanciest collar out of all of the goats.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Caleb saw me sitting back in my chair struggling to not throw up. With bit of disgust in his voice, he offered "MOM! If you are going to throw up, throw up on the GROUND!"
Tomorrow, Lord willing, I will upload some more pictures.
Last night we got some ice build up, but it thawed with a warmer rain this a.m.
I am tired today and my breakfast apple gave my touchy stomach indigestion. I have a few quiet, "sit down" types of things I'd like to attempt if the HG will cooperate. I am still not able to talk much and am staying off the phone. Clint calls a couple of times a day to see if I am "heads up" or "flat." If I talk too much, I end up saying "Sorry!" and hanging up to deal with the nausea/retching. Pregnancy seems to progress very, very slowly for women with HG.
Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. I Thessalonians 5:16-18
Brandon accidently put his foot in the wrong place in the attic while helping get the Christmas decorations down.
Most of the attic has a floor, but there is a board missing here and there.
There wasn't danger of him falling through because the boards are too close together, but he did go through to his knee. He wasn't hurt.
It fell on Amanda's bunkbed.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
I am very tired today. I took a short walk (15 minutes) yesterday and it was lovely, but it was too much. I was sick from about 2 until 1 a.m. and am feeling worn out today. I sat outside the rest of the day yesterday watching Clint and Brandon do some work to make the barn warmer for the animals. I was discouraged to be so sick after doing so little yesterday, but Clint keeps reminding me that at least I can sit up now. I should be thankful for that and looking forward.
There are more pictures to share. The camera is acting up and I can't download some and can't delete others off the camera.
We are under a winter weather advisory. It's snowing and sleeting outside. Everyone and everything is put up and snug as a bug. PTL for warm shelter and food!
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name;bring an offering and come before Him!Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; 1 Chronicles 16:29