Bathroom Makeover

Friday, November 29, 2013


So this little guy is taking his sweet time and has not decided  to show up yet! I want him to come when he is good and ready but I am trying not to get impatient! I want to see him, hold him, smell him! Not to mention get this labor thing over with!

But until then I have been keeping myself busy with a few home projects.

As I shared here I have been crazily motivated these last couple weeks to clean my house from top to bottom and get some things done that I have been wanting to do for a long time but just never got around to.

 Is it hard for you to do things when you aren't motivated too?

Here is my bathroom makeover I finally finished with the help of my handy family:

I was inspired by Kim over at turning it home with her bathroom makeover, so I decided it was high time I did something about mine; especially since it has a very high traffic flow, with now 6 people using it! We are going to have to start scheduling appointments! We usually just scream out," I'm going to be using the bathroom, so if you have to go, go now!

My kids always decide to start fighting or throwing tantrums when I am in there and pound on the door... it's inevitable!

It"s so true!!!!( from howtobeadad.com)



I really wanted to repaint it and since I am not really supposed to be painting my mother in law and sister in law were nice enough to come and do it for me:)

 They painted it a nice grey, spray painted the light fixture white and my hubby put up some nice, practical shelves. I wanted him to stain them like Kim's but he didn't have any dark stain so I settled for the natural look.

  



I am so excited with how it turned out! Paint, new shelves, shower curtain and some spray paint and I have a brand new bathroom. I just like to go in there and look at it... it makes me happy!

I loved the watercolor picture that Kim put up and remembered I use to dabble with water colors.  I found this simple painting I did a long time ago; it actually doesn't look that bad!







I hope this inspires you to get motivated and spruce up some things around your home! Its amazing how adding a few new things, some paint and elbow grease can make everything look brand new! I find that  as I try to make the most of the home we have been given instead of complaining about it, I am more content and thankful to be here.

Can't wait to show you what else I have been up to around my house!

Any projects you have finished  that you have been putting off forever?

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Simple Countdown to Christmas Garland

Tuesday, November 26, 2013




I know its not even Thanksgiving yet but the voices of my children are already asking "The Big Question".... How many days till Christmas?? I can't blame them, I am excited to! I love this time of year, I love giving gifts, making crafts and goodies and anything to do with celebrating the birth of Jesus!

Looking forward to good times with family and friends and any celebration is half the fun, so why not savor every day by counting them down.



I love paper bags, when they ask you at the grocery store," paper or plastic?" I know you are supposed to say, plastic or even better if you remember your reusable bags(which I am horrible at) but there are so many things that you can do with the paper ones that I find myself always saying paper.  Sorry if you are disappointed in me that I am not helping to save the environment...sometimes I am just to lazy. You have to admit you can fit a lot more in the paper bags and they are easier to bring in the house.

My kids love making monster costumes out of them, using them for crafts and I am planning on using them to wrap presents this year. There is something Christmasy( Is that a word?) about brown paper bags...hmmm.. I wonder if it has anything to do with a certain song?

So I thought why not use them to make a banner?

I simply cut out a triangle pattern and traced it out on the bags, so they would at least be somewhat the same shape and size and then had the kids cut them out.



Then I had them glitter glue the numbers on.


Once you have all the numbers done, let them dry.

 Our space is limited so this is the only spot I could find for it, but it works. I used clothes pins for easy removal of the days that have passed and some brick a brack ( is that what its called?) to hang them on.




Have fun counting down the days and enjoying every moment of this wonderful season!

How I Prepare to Give Birth... Naturally

Saturday, November 23, 2013


Today is due date for  my fifth baby! Of course that means my senses and body have been on high alert for the first signs of labor. I have gone overdue with all of my children. My last one was only 2 days late which was pretty much like coming early. The one before that was 12 days late!!! I could have been induced but would much rather have them come when they are good and ready if there are no complications.

It sure got old though hearing everyone ask, "Haven't you had that baby yet?" It's an estimated due date people! It's not like the baby has to come on your due date. So if you see a weary pregnant women in the end of her pregnancy don't ask her if she is ready to pop or drop yet...believe me she is!

Though I look forward to finally seeing my long awaited baby, I usually dread the labor part. Yes, I don't enjoy pain, but when I have been waiting for almost 42 weeks I'm ready for the pain to begin...bring it on!

So how do I get my mind and body ready?

Determination

First you have to be determined that you are going to do this naturally! If you have second guesses or aren't sure, once those snake tightening contractions start you will want to say, yes give me that epidural!( Confession: along with not wanting an epidural for the most natural birth possible, I can't stand the thought of a needle going into my back!! yikes!)

Positive Support

Surround yourself with people who encourage and support you in your decision! Now I know this isn't always possible but turn a deaf ear to those who don't understand or try to tell you what they think you should do. There is nothing like the encouragement that comes from someone who tells you," Yes, it's hard...but YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Do What Feels Best To You 

I never went to any birthing classes or had a doula but I am sure they would have been helpful so look into your options but remember your body was made to do this... listen to it! Do what feels right! Whether that means moving to a different position, moaning and groaning( yes everyone does it)and breathing.

Exercise!

Of course talk to your Doctor or midwife first, but if you have already been exercising you can usually keep it up in a modified form. Since I had already been working out when I found out I was pregnant I was able to keep up my routine, just not at the same intensity. Though of course I have gained weight, it feels good knowing I haven't lost all my muscle that I have worked so hard for not to mention its a great outlet.  Join a boot camp or find a friend to keep you accountable, its a lot more fun and easier when you are with other women and have someone to tell you what to do.  Along with the benefit of staying in good shape, exercising will help prepare you for the physical demand of labor and give you a head start on getting back into your clothes once you have had your baby!

Be Prepared

I don't know about you but when I reach the last couple of weeks of my pregnancy I get a little crazy. I have to have everything ready, clean and organized at home or I can not rest. I gain new energy and start to nest like a mad women. I think all the projects that I have been putting off all year get done in those 2 weeks. I do not want to come home with my baby to a big mess, I want to relax and enjoy my baby. Of course the baby wont care what your house looks like but at least you will feel better knowing everything is ready for your new arrival, at least I do. So be prepared!

Rest

Try to cut back on any extra activities. Get as much rest as you can! Though I admit that is hard for me to do at times when I have so many things going on and little ones to take care of; I can't function if I am overtired. I don't want to go into labor exhausted and stressed. Life is busy and unexpected things happen that you can't foresee but as much as possible give yourself some slack knowing that you have a big job ahead of you and you need to be rested and relaxed.

Check Out Your Options

If you are opting for the most natural experience try a water birth! It doesn't take away the pain but it sure helps! After having my first flat on my back, I had a water birth with the last three and much preferred it. Its warm, soothing and easy to move around in. Its also a more natural transition for the baby who has been swimming in fluid during his growth in your womb. Talk to your midwife or doctor about your options.

Hold On To Scripture 

Ask God to give you a scripture to hold on to. The word of God is so powerful and comforting! Here are some I like to mediate on:

 "My flesh and heart may fail but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Psalms 73:26 

 "I love you , O Lord my strength. The Lord is my rock, my  fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge." Ps. 18:1-2

"Do I bring to the moment of birth and not bring delivery? says the Lord." Isaiah 66:9


One that I feel God has given specifically for this upcoming birth is:

"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being." Ephesians 3:16-17

Not only do I pray for physical strength but even more; spiritual and emotional strength. I want Him to strengthen me in my inner being to bring this new life into the world.

The Pain Will Not Last Forever 

 Know that it is going to be painful and difficult but that it will not be forever. Believe me I pray that it will always be as painless as possible but I know there is going to be pain. I know there are people who say they have had painless natural births; which if so good for them, but I have not experienced this euphoria.

 The Bible says, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children." Genesis 3:16

We don't unfortunately live in a perfect world, we live in a fallen; sinful world where we experience joy along side pain and sorrow. Our pain and sorrow in this life is only temporary and is going to be exceeded by a far greater joy when we are reunited with our Risen Lord. I love the example Jesus gives of this:

"A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child has been born into the world." John 16:21

This experience of going from such pain to such joy is indescribable!  Though I must admit that the painful memories of giving birth have unfortunately not completely left me. But here I am again and I am looking forward to it because the sheer joy of bringing a new life into the world supersedes all the painful memories.

10.) Whatever you ideal birth experience looks like remember that sometimes things don't always go as we plan. Yes, have great expectations but  know that you are not a failure if things didn't go as you hoped, it's not your fault. You don't have to compare your birth story with someone else's. Though all of us pray and hope that things will go as smoothly and quickly as possible we are still stuck in sinful bodies in a sinful world that doesn't always cooperate with what we want. The most important thing is that we are healthy and the baby is. This trumps everything else.

 Every experience is different and special! Embrace this precious gift that God has given us as women! This has been what I have experienced for which I am so grateful but remember that each experience is different and to do what you feel is best for you and your baby!

Have you had a natural birth? 

What would your advice be to giving birth naturally?

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Preparing to Bring Home a Baby

Monday, November 18, 2013


You would think being with child for 9 months and it being my 5th that I would be ready for this big event but in truth the reality quite hasn't hit me yet that I am about to bring another life into this world.

It is such a miracle and even though I am not new to this it is still mind boggling to think that I am going to be holding a brand new life in my arms very soon.

Last week I started getting contractions and cramping all day... what was this? Wait... I am not ready... this baby can't come yet!! I still have so much to do!! I haven't even washed the baby clothes, gotten a car seat, got the bassinet out, cleaned the house, packed my bags...etc...etc.


How did this happen?!

I have been so busy with homeschooling, caring for the house and kids, helping my widowed and practically blind mother, other everyday responsibilities and functions that it has slowly snuck up on me with out  my being aware.

I quickly found myself praying that I wouldn't have the baby early! Quite the opposite of what I usually pray!

Being so busy has helped to keep my mind off worrying how I am going to mother and  have the strength to care for 5 children in a 2 bedroom house, but I hate feeling unprepared!!

With the new realization that this baby was coming and I wouldn't be pregnant forever I became completely engrossed in getting everything ready or in other words.... I became a crazy person!!

I always feel better and can think more clearly when my house is clean and in order. I can usually let things go when I have to and not get too stressed, knowing the messes can usually wait and that other more important things can't. But with nesting mode upon me, everything HAS to be clean and organized or I CAN NOT rest!

I have been continually warning my children and apologizing for my neurotic and obsessive behavior.

"Sorry kids, Mommy is just going through a little time where EVERYTHING HAS to be clean!! You  CAN NOT make any messes...no dirt, no spilling, no leaving clothes and toys on the floor... you have to be perfect!!!"

Needless to say this is impossible for these very normal kids but I have to say they have been as helpful as they can. They might wonder what happened to their mother and who this strange, deranged cleaning freak is but I am thankful they are so forgiving and still manage to love me despite my insanity.

Its crazy how I don't notice the dust and dirt that has been collecting for years and then all of a sudden not be able to sleep because I am thinking about the dust bunnies under my bed, the food on the wall, my unorganized closets,  and gunky refrigerator.

With most of my to do list accomplished I have to say I am feeling much better and can finally breathe a little better with many of them crossed off. Though this transformation in me has been quite drastic I believe it is a God given instinct that comes with the territory of being a mother... and I am actually thankful for it.

It feels so good to be prepared and not caught off guard!

This time in  my pregnancy always reminds me of this scripture:

No one knows the day or the hour not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on your guard! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come." Mark 13:32-33

I know a lot of women have scheduled inductions and c- sections where they know when their baby is coming. I have been blessed to go into labor naturally which means I don't know until its time. Just as I want to be ready for the arrival of my baby I want to be ready for Jesus' return.

 I want my heart and my life to be always prepared to welcome my king and savior as well as this baby!

Do you go through a crazy nesting phase when you are ready to have a baby?

 Is your heart prepared for the return of Jesus? Are you ready to welcome the Messiah when he comes?

How Pregnancy is Teaching Me to Die to Myself

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


When you think of pregnancy you usually think of birth and new life...not death!

Though I have been so blessed to be having my 5th healthy pregnancy I have to admit that I don't always have an easy time embracing this BIG change in my body. Being pregnant not only changes my body but my emotions and my abilities. Let's face it; I am selfish with my body... I don't always feel like sharing. For me pregnancy is a process of dying to my sinful flesh.
  
You might ask, " Then why get pregnant?"...Because my life and my body is not my own... it belongs to my Creator.  I believe that each family has to seek God for themselves with this big decision. There is no one secret number or formula for every family; God leads us all differently. For my husband and I, right now we feel it is His will to trust him with the size of our family. Don't ask me after I have this baby though... I might change my mind. 

It's so amazing to know that there is a little, brand new life growing inside of me! I really can not comprehend it! Each one of my children is so unique and has brought so much joy(and pain) into my life. I never imagined how much love I could give and receive! Each one has not only taught me so much about life and love but about myself. I never knew how selfish I was. I like to think of myself as giving, selfless person... but it just isn't so! I am pathetically selfish and self-centered. 

Here I am able to get pregnant easily and have easy, healthy pregnancies and I am complaining that I am gaining weight, tired and feeling so hormonal. What a small sacrifice to pay to have the privilege of carrying this precious cargo for God. He has created my body to do this! He will give me the strength I need to do it!

"He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young." Isaiah 40:11

I am so thankful that we can be real with God. He doesn't condemn us for how we are feeling but allows us to come to him with all our imperfections, struggles and trials and cry out to him to help us in our time of weakness and need! We don't have to act like everything is a piece of cake and we have it under control... because we don't! He wants us to come to him and allow him to help us and carry us when we don't have any strength of our own.

 So to be honest...I am looking forward to not being pregnant anymore and excited to hold this new little life in my arms but thankful for this time that I have had to learn to lean on God and cry out to him in my  time of weakness. As I learn to trust not in myself but fully submit  my will to the one who formed me in my mother's womb. If I always did everything I felt like doing I would miss out on so many blessings. I am thankful for God's gentle yet strong hand to push me out of my comfort zone.

Dying to my flesh does not come easy... believe me I don't always jump up and down when God is calling me to surrender to him, but it is amazing the peace and joy I experience in laying my life at his feet, knowing He is the one who gave it to me in the first place. I can fully trust him.

Whatever it is God is asking you to die to in your life and surrender to him, know that we could never come up with a better plan then He has for us and our family! Death to ourselves will always bring life!!!

"For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body." 2 Corinthians 4:11

                                                                                                

Fall Fun

Saturday, November 2, 2013

All year long the kids look forward to dressing up for the fall festival. What should they be? What should they wear? Decisions.. decisions....

I get excited too and have fun helping them choose and make their costumes.
Judah was the turtle man... which fits him perfectly because he love anything to do with critters
Simeon fit into Judah's old Robin Hood outfit that I made for him 2 years ago...he's just happy he got a prize for being so cute!
Ellie kept changing her mind about what she wanted to be, so I gave her a little help, deciding on Red riding hood



There is a small church in our area that hosts a yearly fall festival. My husband and his family have been going there every year since he was small. Its fun to carry on the tradition with our children.

They hold  a costume contest for each age group and this year I had a child in almost everyone! They all won prizes except for my clone trooper...he was pretty disappointed especially since he worked the hardest on his outfit. I know it was a good lesson for him to have a good attitude and learn that not everyone can win but I felt so bad for him that I went out and got him a prize. What can I say I am a sucker for a wounded heart.

Along with the anticipation for the costume contest was their excitement over winning candy. They had numerous fun games where they had to earn their candy. I usually bag up their booty and hand it out sparingly so it will last them quite a while; I am tempted to just get rid of it all, but I know I will never hear the end of it.

I think one of  the best parts of being a child... for that matter an adult, is the excitement and
What!? No more candy?!
anticipation of looking forward to fun events. I usually like to spare my children disappointment and not
tell them things until I am sure they are going to happen... so I am not hounded to death. I have to say though that I love seeing their eyes light up with excitement over the simple pleasures in life... even if it means having to deal with  my kids on a sugar high for a couple of weeks.
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