Wednesday, September 30, 2009

WIP Wednesday

Yes, this picture is the same one from last week. And yes, I am still working on this baby blanket. However, I finished all of the white part today, so now we just have to wait to see what this baby is. Do I get to border this blanket in pink or blue? Hopefully, we will find out tomorrow.

I am so glad to be almost done with this blanket because I sure am tired of it. I already know what I'm going to work on next: a Christmas centerpiece doily thing that is very pretty (at least in the picture!). I cannot wait to get started! Of course, I have that lovely new yarn to play with, too, but it's pink. If this baby isn't a girl, that yarn will have to wait.

For more works in progress, or to add your own, head over to the Place of H.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Another Book Review - This Time it's a Novel

I don't usually review novels on my blog. Why not? Just because. My mother recommended this one to me, and I loved it. As a matter of fact, I started it Friday evening and finished it Saturday. (You'll have to ask John if I neglected him or the children during the time I was reading.) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows tells the story through letters of a small island in the English Channel during its occupation by the Nazis in World War II. This novel takes place in 1946, immediately after the war is over. Juliet discovers this society on Guernsey and is fascinated by it, so she goes to visit. Oh, I'm not doing well describing this at all.

Guernsey Island was occupied by the Nazis in 1940. They cut the telephone and telegraph cables to the island the day before they invaded, so there was no outside news for five years. Britain was worried about itself and was not able even to try to help defend the island. A few people founded this society (you'll have to read why for yourself) which helped them with the horrors and depression during the years of the war.

I don't think I have ever said this about a book, but I guarantee that you will enjoy this one if you read it. The love and friendship among the member of this group is astounding. There are tender, sweet vignettes, and there are some horrible ones (because of the war and concentration camps).

I also want to issue an apology to the ladies who are waiting to read my mother's copy of this book. Apparently, she moved me to the top of the list and bumped you all down a spot. I'm sorry! But I am her daughter!!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Pregnancy Picture -- 22 Weeks

I finally look pregnant; John said so last night, and I believe him. What do you think? I also feel like I've started the "pregnancy walk." I don't think I'm waddling yet, but I do feel like my expanding belly is influencing the way I walk. Thankfully, the nausea is just about gone, I can drink milk again, and (most importantly) eat ice cream again! What is a pregnant woman to do without ice cream?

Don't forget that we will find out Thursday what we're having, that is, of course, if the baby cooperates!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Book Review of Jonathan Edwards' Biography

I have been reading some biographies lately, hoping to learn more about godly men and women who did great things for the Lord. I finished A Divine Light: The Spiritual Leadership of Jonathan Edwards by David Vaughan yesterday, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Before I get into it, I would like to reiterate that I really like this series of books, Leaders in Action. The biographies are concise but written by Christians who understand their subjects much better than people who are not Christians. Honestly, I have to admit that I do not like to read books about Christians by authors who are not Christians because they just don't get it.

I found this biography of Jonathan Edwards to be inspiring. He spent twelve to thirteen hours a day studying his Bible and praying. Of course, he was a pastor and was paid to study God's Word, but he did all of this without neglecting his family or his flock. The works he produced and the theology they contain are awe-inspiring. Of course, I haven't read all of his works (or even very many), but I would like to start perusing some. There is a tremendous amount of information that could be gleaned from his works.

One of the things that struck me the most was his devotion to duty. Here is his Resolution 57: "Resolved, never to do anything but duty; and then according to Eph. 6:6-8, do it willingly and cheerfully as unto the Lord, and not to man; knowing that whatever good thing any man doth, the same shall he receive of the Lord." Duty has become almost a bad word in our culture: you have to do your duty whether or not you want to. It was not that way with Edwards. Duty was what you were supposed to do, yes, but you should do it willingly and cheerfully because it is God who requires it of you.

Another point that Edwards made that I appreciated was our sin. Sin is not something that we talk much about these days, and I think that is a bad thing. Without a recognition of our sin and how bad it is, we do not realize how holy God is. Without knowing how holy God is, we do not realize how much we need His mercy and His grace. This ignorance can lead to our taking for granted how much Jesus did for us on the cross.

If you are looking for something to inspire you to study Scripture more, you ought to read something about Jonathan Edwards. I recommend this book, specifically.

By the way, I am looking for another good biography to read; do you have any suggestions? Thanks!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

WIP Wednesday

I'm still working on this baby blanket, but it now measures about 25 x 19 inches. I'm really getting tired of it, and I really want to move on to something else, so I may make this a square blanket. Of course, I have to wait until next Thursday to start edging it because that's when we find out whether we are having a boy or a girl. (After all this hype, the baby probably won't cooperate!)

I thought I would take a close up of the blanket so you can see the detail a little better. I also thought I should mention that it's a white blanket. One of my real life friends, who also reads my blog, said that she thought it was off-white. I guess you just cannot tell from the pictures. I will start mentioning the colors of my things from now on because I remember that was a problem with an earlier blanket.

For more works in progress, or to add your own, head over to the Place of H.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Dallas is Here!

Congratulations to my cousin Angela!! (And her husband Dustin, too.) They had their first baby Dallas Julia last night. Head over there to see a picture and wish them all well.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Disturbing News

I read something disturbing this evening in World magazine. (By the way if you don't read that magazine, you should...and you can free at its website.) A ten-year old girl in New Hampshire is being forced to attend public school because she "needs" exposure to world views other than her mother's Christianity. Cal Thomas has a commentary about this story here. And you can find more information on google but not, of course, from mainstream media.

Does this worry you as much as it does me?

WIP Wednesday -- But on Thursday

Oops! I'm a day late with this post. Oh, well. That's what happens in life, isn't it?

I am still working on this blanket, and yes, it's the same picture from last week. It now measures about 25 x 14 inches which is an improvement. This blanket seems to be working up v-e-r-y slowly, and I'm getting tired of it. Of course, to compound the problem is that I bought some new yarn last week which I'm dying to try. It is called Naturally Caron Spa, and it is made from bamboo and acrylic, and it feels lovely. It will make a wonderfully soft baby blanket. I'm sure it could be used for something else, but I don't have any other plans for it. Back to the above blanket: at the rate I'm going, I won't have it done by October 1 when we (hopefully) will find out whether we are having a boy or a girl. At that time, I will know whether to border it in pink or blue. The good thing about this blanket is that it will be nice and warm for a February baby.

For other works in progress or to add your own (a day late like me!), head over to the Place of H.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Mommy-to-be Advice

As most of my readers know, my cousin Angela is pregnant with her first child. She is due on Saturday and is feeling the typical anxiety of "will this baby ever come?" Currently, she is home on bed rest, waiting, waiting, waiting....

I thought it might be fun (and I hope she thinks so) to tell her some of the things that we have learned from being mothers that she cannot read in books. There is plenty, isn't there, that the books just don't tell you about having a baby.

This one is a little gross, but it's life. When you hear your baby poop, don't jump up to change her diaper. Wait a few minutes. I cannot tell you how long it took me to learn that; so many times, as I was changing Sarah Beth, more poop came out. I would really rather not see that.

One of my friends gave me this advice: hold and rock your baby as much as you want to. When she is older, you won't be able to. Even with the second one, you won't have as much time because of the demands of the first. Enjoy your baby while she is little.

What piece of advice or words of wisdom do you have for Angela? For that matter, do you have any for me? I'm expecting, too, you know!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Halfway Point!

Today I am officially twenty weeks pregnant. I would post a picture, but I don't have one. You can see one from last week from when we were at the beach. Besides, I still don't look pregnant, at least, when I'm dressed. Boy, I can feel it, though. I don't remember being this out of breath with my other pregnancies, but we didn't have stairs at our old house, either.

Most of my symptoms have improved. The all-day sickness rears its ugly head occasionally but not all the time like it used to. I am able to drink milk again. I haven't tried orange juice yet, but I think I will buy some next week when I go to the store. I don't feel the need to drink Dr. Pepper anymore, but it sure is yummy!

I feel the baby move a lot which is fun. We can't wait to find out whether this baby is a boy or girl, but we will have to, at least until October 1. And yes, I will let you know as soon as possible.

Sarah Beth is starting to understand that there is a different baby in my belly; we're not talking about Daniel anymore. I think she is going to be a big help when this baby comes. She loves to help, and I try to encourage that spirit as much as possible.

As for Daniel, he has no idea what is coming. And he loves his mommy so much that it may be difficult for him. We'll get through it, though. I'm sure it will help having his daddy home for a week or two after the baby comes. I am at the halfway point. Twenty weeks down, twenty to go.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

New Year's Goals Reviewed

I have not reviewed my New Year's goals the past couple of months because I haven't felt like it. My all day sickness (as opposed to morning sickness) has kept me from attempting some of my goals such as hospitality, and it has limited some of my others like crocheting. On top of that, I haven't felt like posting anyway. Now that I am feeling better with almost no nausea (hooray!), it's time for a review, and it's time to continue working on my goals.
  1. Crochet one baby blanket a month. Somehow I have managed to keep up with that, although it is the only crocheting I have done all summer.
  2. Teach Sarah Beth her letters. We're still working on that, but she knows 16, I think, which is more than half.
  3. Exercise. I had to stop walking in my neighborhood this summer because I thought the hills were going to kill me between being pregnant and the double stroller. There is a little park nearby with a fairly flat walking circle that I may try next week.
  4. Getting up early. Nope. I've been doing good to be up before my children in just enough time to eat breakfast before having to get them up. Why don't I just eat with them? I feel like I'm going to pass out most mornings until I get something in my belly. This, too, has been getting better.
  5. Hospitality. We actually had a couple over for supper in August. Hooray! And I'm trying to figure out when to have another family over this month. My work schedule complicates things somewhat.
  6. Writing letters. I think I have written just one letter this summer. Oh, well. I don't think anyone has missed receiving a letter.
How are you doing with your New Year's goals? Do you even remember what they are? I think the only reason I do is because I review them every month!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

WIP Wednesday

I started this baby blanket right before we went to the beach, hoping I would be able to finish it while at the beach. Obviously, I didn't. First of all, the pattern does not work up as quickly as I thought it might, but the fabric it creates is fairly dense which will make a very warm blanket when it is completed. Secondly, I forgot to bring the second skein of yarn. I think it will take more than two, though, which is unusual for the blankets I make. Currently, this blanket measures about 25 x 9 inches. I'm not sure who I am making it for, although the baby I'm carrying is a good candidate. I think a blue or pink border will complement it nicely.

For more works in progress, or to add your own, head over to the Place of H.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

At the Beach

I know that I told you Saturday that I would post pictures of our vacation yesterday, but I just didn't get to it. I had forgotten that yesterday was Labor Day and that John would be home. We all enjoy it when John is home, but he disrupts our normal schedules. I'm sure your husbands don't do that to you, do they?

We had a great time at Fripp Island. Sarah Beth and Daniel were old enough to enjoy the sand and the tide pools at the beach, but they didn't much care for the actual ocean. I cannot say that I blame them since the waves move to get you, then they recede, taking the sand out from under your feet. Thankfully, Daniel did not eat as much sand this year as last year, although he still seemed to find it rather tasty. The weather was not as good as it could have been; three days were absolutely beautiful, but three days were cloudy and a little chilly for the beach. My parents came down for a couple of days which was a lot of fun, too. Oh, and we ate some delicious seafood while we were there. We always take advantage of fresh seafood when we can.

Daniel is trying to figure out what these things are for.

Then he realized that he didn't need them to destroy the sand compound (it wasn't much of a castle) his mommy built. We had to watch him like a hawk because, if he saw something we had built, he wanted to tear it down.

Here are a couple of pictures of Sarah Beth at the beach.

Here we all are at the beach. We were able to get a picture of all of us because my mother took it.

The house we rented looked out over one of the golf courses. There was a pond between us and the fairway, and guess what lived in the pond. Needless to say, we were not tempted to swim in the pond or even to play in what little backyard there was.

The island is teeming with deer. They really should allow some hunting or something since the deer look rather poorly.

John bought both children hats which Sarah Beth loved. She couldn't wear that hat enough, and she still can't. What's not to love about it? It's pink, and her daddy bought it for her.

Do I look pregnant in this picture? I met a woman on the beach and told her that we are expecting our third child. She said that she wondered. I figure I am at that awkward stage when people can't tell if I am pregnant or just a little chubby.

As for the rest of the 600 pictures, a lot of them are of the sunsets. John played with the different lenses of the cameras to see which did better at what.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety-Jig

We got home a couple of hours ago from the beach. We had a great time, but we are all absolutely exhausted. Hopefully, I will be able to look through the 600 (yes, that is correct: 600) pictures tomorrow so that I can post some for you on Monday.

Meanwhile, I only have one load of laundry to do since I stayed up late last night finishing it up. It's nice to come home and be able to put the clean clothes directly into the chests of drawers instead of sorting, washing, drying, folding, then putting away. I learned this trick from my good, real life friend Laura.

Speaking of Laura, she is expecting her sixth child in May. Congratulations!

I have been catching up on your blogs, although I haven't left any comments, I don't think. Honestly, I would be surprised if this post is even coherent. I know any comments I might make wouldn't be. I'm sooooo tired! But we really had a good time!