Wanting to Write, But…

I have been meaning to blog for some time now.


I really have.


But every time I decide to open my blog up to tap away at my keys…Jeremiah demands my attention. He’s a cheeky fella, and loves the faces Mommy makes. I think he secretly love his Mommy’s kisses too, even though he makes funny faces when I do!

I’m enjoying my time with him, seeing his faces, getting to know his little personality. I can’t wait to see what sticks around and see how opinionated he will be. Because, as my son, I’m 100% sure he will be full of thoughts and opinions on everything. 🙂

Doesn’t he look like he’s got something to say, already?! 🙂

I do have more to say, but I am being summoned by J!!


In His hands,




Baby Dedication


Last Sunday, we dedicated Jeremiah at church. I had a few moments to share our testimony with the congregation.  I didn’t say all I wanted to say, but I know it touched many.  They came up afterwards to speak to us.


God is good, in our faithfulness.


In His Hands,



Bed Rest

Bed rest.

The two words most people don’t want to hear, especially when it involves them. Like, ever. Yet, I’m on bed rest now, until baby J makes his appearance. Which will hopefully, God willing, NOT be until November sometime.


Why, you might ask, do I get to enjoy bed rest? Is it my health? Or the babies health?

Yes and no. I have no reason to be on bed rest, but am on it as a precaution. I’m trying to look at this with my humor, determination, and stubbornness. Its for my health, and Jeremiah’s health, that I do this, and do it well. No cutting corners, nothing like that. I’m also praying that I don’t become intolerable to those around me, and they have been told they have permission to whack me, or something like that, if I DO become a brat.

It’s a good thing that I have a few hobbies which are conducive to bed rest.  I’ve been meaning to read a few more books, and make a few more cards. 🙂 Write a few more blogs, more often. Get into my Bible more.


Today is day one of bed rest. It already tested my tongue. Husband had to pack for his Army trip to Utah, and then also pack me up to go stay with my Mom while he’s gone. That meant that some chores needed to be done, and the kitty cat loved on, and taken care of as well. It’s hard to have people do things, when you’re the one used to doing them. It really is. I’m the independent sort, no kidding right? So it just feels a bit more difficult to deal with at this point. But I keep reminding myself, to hangith thou in there baby…one day at a time, one minute at a time.

This will test me, and those around me, I’m sure. Not that I have a choice in the challenge, but dare I say…bring it on? God is with me, I have a good support group, and a great reason to stick to it.


Pray for all of us, that we might survive this lovely time of growth and adjustment!



Linky Wednesday!


The Real Life Of A Red Head: Home-made laundry soap – This is so simple! I imagine you could add essential oils to it, or crushed lavender, etc for a slight smell. I can’t wait to make this up for myself!

Money Matters:

Christian Personal Finance – How to fight against your own worst enemy! You know we all have it, deal with it. What’s your plan? What’s your success?

Saving Without Couponing – It CAN be done people! If you’re like me, I can’t coupon to save my money. I’ve tried. But I forget them, or they expire, or it’s not food I normally eat. I’m trying to stay away from processed foods, and wouldn’t you know it? Most of the coupons out there are for processed foods! So happy to have found this site!


DeNami Products: Aren’t these flowers just beautiful?

Royal News Watch:

Pantyhose are BACK! – At least Catherine, the Duchess, is making them popular again.


NM town gets rocked by scandal – The Police Chief, Mayor, Village Trustee, and nine others are charged with conspiring to smuggle hundreds of guns to drug cartels over the border in March.

Baby Related:

Your Fluids Are Low? – Many women are induced for having their fluid levels low. Is that really true? Read on!



Hope you enjoyed the links this week! If you come across anything interesting, please share in the comments below! I’d love to see what you’ve been learning, enjoying, etc this week.

Sticks And Stones…

You remember that childhood rhyme, don’t you?

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

How innocent we were to believe it. Or did we? Maybe it was the desire to have words not affect us in negative ways, that lead to the rhyme being popular. But as most children and adults know, words DO hurt us. They have the power to break a persons spirit and build someone up.

I don’t know about you, but it seems like everyone nowadays, has a voice and uses it in more wide reaching ways. Texting, Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, Vlogging…and on the list goes.  But in all those voices and sounds coming in, we’ve lost the ability to be silent, to listen, to not be distracted.  I know I have. I have found myself longing for silence. No pings and alerts from my phone. No sounds from the multiply screens in the house. Nothing. It is beginning to seem as an assault on my senses for sounds to be coming at me in various ways and forms.

Now, please…don’t get me wrong. I listen to music, watch movies, play videos on you tube. But less and less do I desire the back ground noise.

What words do you allow into your home? Into your life? What words and sounds do you entertain in your heart? One day, I want it said of me, that I was a kind mother and wife, listened with her whole being, and gave wise advice.


My Top 5 Must-Haves for Baby J

If you were to ask 10 different people, their top 5 must have baby items, you’d get 10 different answers.  So here’s my list of the important stuff!

1) You MUST have a place for baby to sleep, unless you’re bed-sharing. We’re not, so we’re getting the  Arms Reach Mini Co-Sleeper Bassinet,

2) Next on the list is an Angel Care Monitor. With Michael, we had the simple sound monitors, but with this baby, we’re going with a sensor as well, even tho he’ll be IN our room with us.

3) We want baby to be safe on his first trip home, so we got this lovely, Graco Comfort Sport Convertible Car Seat.

4) With our next must-have, I had two stipulations. It had to be light, and it had to have REAL wheels. This one has it! And for added bonus, it’s SUPER easy to handle, one-handed! Baby Trend Expedition Jogger.

5) Last, but certainly not least, an infant carrier, that I can breastfeed in. Infantino Wrap N Tie Carrier.

We tried to make our list as minimalist as possible, but when you’re in baby mode, it’s hard to pass up cute this, or cute that. I think we managed pretty darn well, don’t you?! If I had to add anything else to my list it would be, Halo Sleep Sacks and California Baby toiletry items for baby.

What are your top 5 must haves for baby? What is most important to you?

Please share in the comments below!


The Drive To Be a Perfect Parent: Part One – SIDS

Lets take a look at the American SIDS Institutes recommendations for reducing the risks of SIDS, then I’ll explain the purpose of this post.

1. Place infants to sleep on their backs, even though they may sleep more soundly on their stomachs. Infants who sleep on their stomachs and sides have a much higher rate of SIDS than infants who sleep on their backs.
2. Place infants to sleep in a baby bed with a firm mattress. There should be nothing in the bed but the baby – no covers, no pillows, no bumper pads, no positioning devices and no toys. Soft mattresses and heavy covering are associated with the risk for SIDS.
3. Keep your baby’s crib in the parents’ room until the infant is at least 6 months of age. Studies clearly show that infants are safest when their beds are close to their mothers.
4. Do not place your baby to sleep in an adult bed. Typical adult beds are not safe for babies. Do not fall asleep with your baby on a couch or in a chair.
5. Do not over-clothe the infant while she sleeps. Just use enough clothes to keep the baby warm without having to use cover. Keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for you. Overheating an infant may increase the risk for SIDS.
6. Avoid exposing the infant to tobacco smoke. Don’t have your infant in the same house or car with someone who is smoking. The greater the exposure to tobacco smoke, the greater the risk of SIDS.
7. Breast-feed babies whenever possible. Breast milk decreases the occurrence of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. Studies show that breast-fed babies have a lower SIDS rate than formula-fed babies do.
8. Avoid exposing the infant to people with respiratory infections. Avoid crowds. Carefully clean anything that comes in contact with the baby. Have people wash their hands before holding or playing with your baby. SIDS often occurs in association with relatively minor respiratory (mild cold) and gastrointestinal infections (vomiting and diarrhea).
9. Offer your baby a pacifier. Some studies have shown a lower rate of SIDS among babies who use pacifiers.
10. If your baby has periods of not breathing, going limp or turning blue, tell your pediatrician at once.
11. If your baby stops breathing or gags excessively after spitting up, discuss this with your pediatrician immediately.
12. Thoroughly discuss each of the above points with all caregivers. If you take your baby to daycare or leave him with a sitter, provide a copy of this list to them. Make sure they follow all recommendations.

*Emphasis is mine.

I want to discuss with you the current trends in parenting and how they relate to these recommendation. So lets break down the parts I highlighted.

– Sleeping on back – verse sleeping on the sides or tummy. I’ve been there. When the baby is crying and you’ve tried everything you can to get them comfortable to sleep. Including placing them on the sides, and the tummy. But if you choose do that, you should know, you’ve raised the risk for SIDS.

– Nothing in bed with baby- This includes all those pretty bed sets you just got at your baby shower. Those ones you’ve been drooling over and raving about. Yup, those ones. I know what you’re thinking…’If they were that dangerous, they wouldn’t be for sale.’ But really, use your head on this one, they sale bleach and it’s dangerous. They also sale rat poison, which is also dangerous. Don’t count on the FDA, or other such organizations to keep you safe. Or your children, for that matter.

-Keep infant in parents room-But I can’t sleep, the baby keeps me up.”  It’s what they are supposed to do, its the instincts of a parent coming out in you. It’s not something to be upset about, or feel righteous about either. How else are they going to get the nurturing, comfort and care they need? Oh, sure…you can have them in their own room. It’s being done more and more these days. But have you noticed the interesting trend of parents not parenting and doing what they should? I have.

-Don’t over cloth a baby for sleep- I know it’s winter, and it’s cold. You’re chilled, so the baby should be too right? Well, in a way. A baby should only be clothed one layer more than Mom and Dad. One doesn’t need a parka to sleep, my friends. 🙂

– Breastfeeding greatly reduces the risks of SIDS-  Oh, I know this is a huge topic for Mommy Wars, right here. But hear me out. Of all the recommendations, this one is the biggest reducer of SIDS. So wouldn’t it make sense that you’d try your darnedest to accomplish this?

– Pacifier use- Pacifiers help the baby to stay in a state of sleep that isn’t so deep that it can’t awaken itself. There is some research in this vein to support this, as well as seeking to expound on the level of awakeness.

-Baby stops breathing, or starts gagging after eating- This reminds me of colic and my son. Always be attentive of your babies eating, swallowing and breathing. Any change is worthy of calling or going to his/her pediatrician.

I take away from this information this one basic thought. Don’t be SO hands off that you don’t notice the signs of danger, or the tale tale signs of failure to thrive. Don’t leave the safety of your precious bundle of joy, to the wind. Educate yourself, be honest and take the advice of parents who’ve learned this before you. I wouldn’t want anyone else to be a statistic like my husband, my son and I now are.

Above all, parents. Listen to your instincts as a mother or father. They ARE there for great reasons. To protect and nurture the child you’ve created together. Seek anything that allows you to know your child, care for your child. Lets’ not be so clinical in our approach to their care. They have everything to lose if you do this. Loosing sleep is part of the job of being a parent. You don’t want to end up one day experiencing something like SIDS, suffocation, detachment, and more.

What SIDS is NOT:

External suffocation, caused by vomiting and choking, contagious, cause pain or suffering, predicted, or new. Source.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, so please leave them in the comments below the post! Thank you


Other Sources:

Second Hand Smoke