Friday, August 31, 2012

One Thousand Gifts

The book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp has been on my to buy list for a while. On my birthday my dear friend Kathy read my mind and got it for me.

I am about half way through it and all I can say is, WOW I love this book and it truly is changing me!
So it's true that I say that about lots of books but I figure if I am going to take my precious time to read something I better apply it and make it count. 

The time Chapter has really opened my eyes to a poetic world around me waiting to be absorbed. The last few days I often stop what I am doing and drink the moment in. Sipping slowly letting the joy sink into my soul. Ann talks about that life is not an emergency to be rushed through. I have to often found myself rushing.....rushing wear though? I guess with many children and many things that have to get done I feel like I live in fast forward sometimes. This book is helping me to learn to pause and go in slow motion. 

I have been very busy with school starting and classes and housework and on and on and on. I so want to learn this lesson Ann teaches.... to open my eyes and appreciate each moment. To slow time and live in the present, thanking God for his good gifts. 

We have been spending lots of afternoons into the evenings at the beach. The boys are excited about surfing and it has been so hot. It is refreshing to sit with the cool ocean wind, blowing in my face. As I sat there last night time stood still. I saw the sunset I saw my children laughing and playing enjoying Gods creation. I felt deeply thankful and consciously etched the day into my memory.

Thank you Lord for all these gifts.

~Shiny blue eyes that dance in the sunlight.
~Smiling faces playing in the water.
~A beautiful beach a couple of miles from our home.
~Father and sons being best friends.
~Siblings that remember to remember Jonathan.
~Jadon pausing thoughtfully after asking me what I wrote......"Jonathan" I replied. After a long moment he bent down and added a heart to the bottom of his name.
~sandy, smiling faces.
~Waves made for our pleasure.
~A bathing suit with a tutu after years of buying board shorts.
~A husband that I adore.
~Sunset and moonlight reflecting on the water at the same time.
Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
 ~Ephesians 5:20

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Back to School 2012/2013

We started school officially last Monday but it was a slow start. My fifth grader and second grader's books are not in yet, although they did some work everyday. It was nice to take it easy last week to focus on Jimmy starting High School. 

When I started Homeschooling I was really worried about High School and I am so thankful that I feel really happy and confident with Jimmy's graduation plan. He is taking all his courses online except PE. It actually takes significantly less time than his schooling last year. Also I do not have to grade anything the computer dose it all. He is excited and loves his elective, a video production class. 

The best part of Homeschooling is finishing around noon and heading to the beach for lots of fun in the surf and sun.

9th grade
5th grade
2nd grade
Playschool :)
I know this will be a great school year! I am so excited for all the things we will learn and all the adventures we will share. Thank you Jesus for my Beautiful children and give my youngest a big hug for me.

Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! 
~Psalm 106:1

Friday, August 24, 2012

Goodbye Caffeine

I have officially detoxed from Caffeine. I have to say I LOVVVVE coffee and it's what I have looked forward to in the mornings for 15 years. I told my husband after Jonathan died, when I get pregnant I am going to stop drinking caffeine. Mostly because I have seen it cause a spike in my blood Pressure when I am charting it. My blood pressure has been a concern in a couple of pregnancy's. I feel good that I have made a little change that could make a big difference.

So I had been putting off my detox until I saw two pink lines but they have yet to appear. Well Last week I had some dental work and decided it was a good time to detox since I was already miserable. The first few days were awful.... headaches and I felt so sleepy. Now I wake up and do miss my coffee but I feel a lot more even-keeled throughout the day, no more afternoon crash. Also an added benefit is, sleeping better at night.

In other baby preparation I have been consistent with my prenatal vitamins and Folic Acid which is huge for me because I hate taking pills. I also cut out Splenda which was not to difficult since I stopped drinking coffee. I have never gone caffeine free before except when I was pregnant with Shayla. That time was a result of being in the hospital for a week and having kidney surgery. Plus I was so sick coffee made me feel even more nauseated .

Well here's hoping that these little change will at least give me more pregnancy peace of mind. I know ultimately there is nothing I could of done to save Jonathan but I want to know I am as healthy as possible for a future baby. 

I have not talked about conception much because it seems so scary. Even though I have five healthy children the pregnancy's have been difficult. Of coarse I always assumed the difficult pregnancy would end in a healthy baby because they always had. Sadly I am not so sheltered and naive any longer. I know ultimately a healthy baby is in the Lords loving and capable hands not mine, thank goodness!

(Big Yawn) I think I need a nap now. LOL :)

Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:30-31

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Just Some Sentence and Stuff {Link Up}

Words seem hard right now

Life is full and busy.

A good busy, a happy busy.

My heart feels so heavy sometimes.

Sometimes thankfulness overwhelms me.

I wonder about him......Jonathan.

What are we missing?

Will I always see the empty spot in our family?

What have we lost?

What have we and will we gain?

Jonathan you have taught me so much, I love you!

No Rainbow baby on the horizon yet....waiting.

September is approaching.

Will we conceive a baby then?

Could I handle having the same due date as Jonathan?

God knows what he is doing....right?  I will let him decided.

Lord help me to trust you.

Life is a precious gift no matter it's length.

God is still good even in trials.

I so love Jesus with all of my heart!

Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him."
~Lamitations 3 :22

(and now) Some sweet new Jonathan Items I am enjoying.

Thank you Misty from Baby Boards.

Thank you Celia from In our Heats Pendants.  

Thank you Caroline from Stitches of Love

 Pretty little Shoes for Jonathan's charm collection.
Thank you Momma

Memory Keepsake box. I got it for free when Fran ran a coupon.
Thank you Paper Coterie and Fran!

Warrior Princess of God!
Love this special print I got from Beth. She is a perfect fit to be added to my Jonathan collection. I see myself in her. Not just the blond hair and green eyes but the sadness and the Hope. I see that she has faced trails but she is still standing strong. Her arm says Chosen I was indeed chosen by God to carry my Jonathan and blessed to do so. Love her Beth!

So lets encourage each other. No rules simply stop by to love another mommy.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Pismo Adventure Day Four

One last trip to the pool.
Then we headed to Solvang, a beautiful dutch town.
Next we went to  Jalama Beach for some more surfing and exploring. We saw about 25 deer on the way there it was beautiful.
We finished the day at Anderson's split pea soup restaurant. Daddy went here when he was a little boy and been wanting to take the kids for a long while. It was amazing to actually see the kids eat pea soup I think the milkshake that was included helped.
Thanks Daddy for an amazing birthday getaway!
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Psalm 19:1

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Pismo Adventure Day THREE

We headed to Cayucos an old cowboy town. We did some wave investigating, exploring and antiquing.
Then we headed back to Pismo for more beach fun.
Another perfect end to a perfect day.
Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all stars of light! Praise Him, highest heavens, and the waters that are above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the LORD, for He commanded and they were created  
Psalm 148:1-5
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