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Thursday, September 23, 2010

THE BABIES ARE COMING THE BABIES ARE COMING!!

I have several friends that are due with me in December.  Sweet babies all around.  I am over the moon about all of these sweet little lives waiting to come earthside. I visited my midwives today and I am OFFICIALLY IN MY 3RD TRIMESTER, at a whopping 29 weeks. It is going by so quickly for us.

Here are few quotes that I want to share with my pregnant Mama friends (known friends and unknown) for encouragement and love:

Cara Muhlhahn, CNM- "A woman doesn't really need to be rescued. It's not the place for a knight in shining armor. It's the place for her to face her darkest moment and lay claim to her victory."

For God hath not give us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. ~2Timothy 1:7

Rain, after all is only rain; it is not bad weather. So also, pain is only pain; unless we resist it, then it becomes torment. ~I Ching

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Life only demands from you the strength you possess. ~David Hammarskjold

We’ve put birth in the same category with illness and disease and it’s never belonged there. Birth is naturally safe, but we’ve allowed it to be taken over by the medical community.~Carla Hartley, founder of Trust Birth and the Ancient Art of Midwifery Institute (I LOVE CARLA HARTLEY, BY THE WAY)

The greatest danger arises from ruthless application of partial knowledge on a vast scale. ~E. F. Schumacher

If we are to heal the planet, we must begin by healing birthing. ~Agnes Sallet Von Tannenberg

If I had my life to live over, instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished ever moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.~Irma Bombeck

What's done to children, they will do to society. ~Karl Menninger

In the sheltered simplicity of the first days after a baby is born, one sees again the magical closed circle, the miraculous sense of two people existing only for each other, the tranquil sky reflected on the face of the mother nursing her child. ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The beauty of my body is not measured by the size of the clothes it can fit into, but by the stories that it tells. I have a belly and hips that say, "We grew a child in here," and breasts that say, "We nourished life." My hands, with bitten nails and a writer's callus, say, "We create amazing things." ~Sarah, from I Am Beautiful: A Celebration of Women in Their Own Words

Having a highly trained obstetrical surgeon attend a normal birth is analogous to having a pediatric surgeon babysit a healthy 2-year-old.~ M. Wagner


We must give women the opportunity to challenge their fears, work with them, and birth through them. Not only will this change each woman, it will change the political and medical climate in which they make these choices. ~Connee L. Pike-Urlacher


The parallels between making love and giving birth are clear, not only in terms of passion and love, but also because we need essentially the same conditions for both experiences: privacy and safety. ~Sarah Buckley


Women's strongest feelings [in terms of their birthings], positive and negative, focus on the way they were treated by their caregivers. ~Annie Kennedy & Penny Simkin


We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful. It's that women are strong. ~Laura Stavoe Harm

The power and intensity of your contractions cannot be stronger than you, because it is you. ~Unknown

There is no way out of the experience except through it, because it is not really your experience at all but the baby's. Your body is the child's instrument of birth. ~Penelope Leach
 
The knowledge of how to give birth without outside intervention lies deep within each woman. Successful childbirth depends on an acceptance of the process. ~Suzanne Arms
 
There is power that comes to women when they give birth. They don't ask for it, it simply invades them. Accumulates like clouds on the horizon and passes through, carrying the child with it. ~Sheryl Feldman
 
"Midwives are what The Grandmother's have prayed for"
 
Much love Mamas and Papas everywhere!

Friday, September 17, 2010

happy days

"We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body."  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, September 10, 2010

BIG NEWS ON THE HOME FRONT

So much has been happening lately on the home front and since I've been forgetting about my blog really busy, I'll just give you a quick update.  FIRST OF ALL We have exciting news ...


Well, guess whose having a baby?  HINT: She is the owner of this blog and mama to 3 boys... Yup, you guessed it!  WE ARE!!! and I am so thrilled!  I am 25 weeks and due in December.  Now you know that we have 3 boys and this time we are not finding out the sex of the baby, so the gender will make it an even better surprise.


Psalm 127:3
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.



This is my BFF Ronda Roo and my son Zay. Oh, how they light up my soul like a matchstick. If you've been reading my previous posts, Roo has been on 2 previous missionary trips (Honduras and Montana) and she went on two AMAZING missionary trips this summer 2010.  The first was to Domincan Republic to give aid to the Haiti Refugees and the 2nd (just 2 weeks ago) was to Swaziland, Africa.  The long version I will save for another post, the short version is this:  This has been her dream (Africa).  I have watched God work through her life in leaps and bounds!  I have watched others lives transformed because of God's light in her. It's extremely hard for her to process all of the things she's seen on these trips into actual WORDS but please take a moment and thank God for her life and her following of Jesus to help "the least of these" and continue to pray for God to use her in future trips.

"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' Matthew 25:40



Sixteen years ago (Septemeber 7th), I gave birth to this handsome slice of humanity.  Yes, bittersweet indeed.  My heart aches knowing that adulthood is.right.there.around.the.bend.  I nursed this little fellow until he was 2, carried him around in my arms when he was WAY past the weight limit to do that, read the same book 42 days in a row and then I blinked.  Now he is 16 years old!  Whew! I can't even describe the love that I have for him.  Now I'll get a tissue to catch all of these crocodile tears rolling down my face  move on to more short updates going on.


Basil drying galore, roasting a "gazillion" tomatoes for winter storage, knitting like a mad woman (because I am soooo slow still, it takes forever to knit something and I want so badly to finish the baby things that I dream about).

Recipe for roasting tomatoes (recipe by aunt Jillius Maximus):

(I've been using little yellow pear tomatoes but any will do) 
~ cut the little tomatoes in 1/2 and put them face down on a cookie sheet with olive oil, garlic and whatever other herbs you want (today I'm using basil) and sea salt. Roast for about an hour.



Then pinch the skins off (takes like 2 seconds).


Then bag them up in freezer bags for storage or can them.


I prefer to freeze them because that way I don't lose the vitamin/mineral content in the tomatoes and herbs that is lost in the high heat from the canning process.


You can do sauces (spaghetti, salso, chili etc) like this too and just freeze them in jars.


You can also blend up the tomatoes and made a paste after roasting also.
NOTE:
I usually roast them for about 1 hour at 300 degrees. Then when you take them out of the oven, while they are still kind of hot, you can just 'pinch' the skins off of them. They come off really easily and you can avoid the "boil and peel method" that drives me nuts.



This way, the skins just come right off easily.


you can do any tomatoes this way too, not just the tiny ones. They are really good because they are soaking up all those herbs and salt and garlic and roasting in their own juices and it makes the flavor "pop"


yummy! Give it a try, I think you'll like it