Archive for the ‘parenting’ Category

haven’t i done just awful at blogging since jace was born. (don’t answer that!)
goodness. i’m going to have to go through my facebook profile page and determine what jace was doing as an almost 2 month old (tomorrow is when i can pronounce him two months old. sniff sniff i will continue to live in denial that this is even possible).
oh i realize how pathetic this is. i do the best i can. LOL
na, i’ve been knitting every chance my arms are free and even when they aren’t. blogging. na, it’s really not that important. well maybe it is when it’s the sole way i document my children’s lives.

lizzie is being a typical toddler and just when we think we’ve got her all figured out and all the wrinkles out, WHAM! we get slammed! ūüôā she is a joy and a doll. we love her more each day, which just seems absolutely impossible. her language is unreal these days. just hilarious! yesterday she started saying “or somethin'” at the end of everything. “that looks like blue, or somethin’.” giggle! HILARIOUS! goodness my heart just swells. check out this picture. stunning, yea?

i mentioned she is going to be three in a matter of weeks, right? let’s be honest, the crying has already begun. i can not believe my baby is three. sigh. where did the time go??? this is how i remember my girl.

she is VERY excited for her strawberry shortcake birthday party princess birthday party. or wait. i’m not for certain.i haven’t checked in the last five minutes to see what it is right.this.very.moment. i’m terrified she will be devastated, so it may be a strawberry shortcake/princess party. i’m creative. i can handle this. oh the pressure!!!!

ok, now on to my little man. sigh. dude, you ¬†had me at WAAAAAA! (you know, “you had me at hello”. ok. bad joke. moving on). you have decided that peeing while getting your diaper changed is HILARIOUS! and do this ON PURPOSE! to get a rise out of me. oh dear. mommy’s on to you and not reacting anymore to this and is hoping this goes away VERY SOON! (yes, i am secretly giggling about this! but come on, pee everyone is not fun either!) you are such a good sleeper and such a good baby. i just don’t know what to think. i guess i’ll have another. ūüėČ thank you for giving me a break, enough of a break to WANT to have more brummer peanuts.

here you are in our latest photo shoot!

as a family, we are growing. and with every growth spurt comes a lil pain… we’ll get through it. we’re just having to step up our game a lil. no worries. ūüôā but mommy and daddy are stressed and tired and ready for a BREAK. from what? we just haven’t figured it out yet. a mini vacation to a secluded cabin with no phones and internet may be in our near future. (NO! i’m not hyperventilating at the thought of no internet or no cell for a few days… ok i lied. yes i am about to freak out! but it might be fun.)

here’s some shots of all of us.

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Posted: 02/13/2010 in birth

if you’ve had an unassisted birth, check this out and email this gal so you can fill out her survey too!

how interesting is this!

i thoroughly enjoyed reading this…

Unassisted Childbirth Statistics

As many of you know, I have been collecting statistics from women who have given birth unassisted, at home without the aid of a doctor or midwife.

Although I am still going to be collecting information for quite a while there are those who have asked to see periodic summaries of the information I have gathered so far.  Here is a summary that is current as of:      Dec. 1, 2009

Number of Total Births =  264

Average #weeks gestation at time of birth =   40.35


35 weeks      .49%
36 weeks    1.99%
37 weeks    2.96%
38 weeks    5.47%
39 weeks  15.42%
40 weeks  34.82%
41 weeks  19.40%
42 weeks    5.97%
43 weeks    7.96%
44 weeks    1.49%
Unknown    3.96%

Lowest Birth Weight  5 lb 7 oz
Highest Birth Weight  12 lb 0 oz

Received Medical Prenatal Care   53.23 %   Average # prenatal visits   4.63
Performed Own Prenetal Care      46.76 %

Low Risk     High Risk      Moderate Risk

54.22%        18.40%           27.36%

Transported To Hospital    8.45 %     Before Birth  After Birth
4.97%         3.48%

C-sections required  .99% (2 out of 201) This is less than 1%
Hospital C-section rate averages 22 to 25%

Had Newborn Examined By Doctor After Birth     44.27 %

Newborn Complications requiring emergency transport   0.00%
Infant Mortality  0.00%

Average Age of Mother   28.63

Youngest Mother  19
Oldest Mother  42

Attempted/Failed UC   .99 %



Posted: 09/08/2009 in lizzie faith, parenting

ok, so you all know that my family spoils me loves me. this is NOT totally new information.

heather and her family just got back from canada. i’ve never been but someday i think it would be really fun to travel!! she came back baring gifts! very COOL gifts might i add.

ikea is awesome!

i checked their US website and NO you can not order these! ūüė• they are such a good price too – it’s such a shame!!! i want more. yes, i’m being greedy! ūüôā but seriously $1.99 a package (each picture). that’s just unreal!!! the kiddos LOVE them too!

i don’t know what else to say but that i could spend HOURS looking at their website drooling. is this healthy? not. at. all.

THANK YOU, heath!!! you’re totally awesome! ūüôā

i got this in a forward today from an old friend…

i can’t get over it.

click the link below to check it out yourself or read what i’ve copied and pasted…

Dear President Obama,

You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.

You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.

You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.

You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.

You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don’t understand it at its core.

You scare me because you lack humility and ‘class’, always blaming others.

You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.

You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the ‘blame America’ crowd and deliver this message abroad.

You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.

You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.

You scare me because you prefer ‘wind mills’ to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.

You scare me because you have begun to use ‘extortion’ tactics against certain banks and corporations.

You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.

You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.

You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.

You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O’Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.

You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

Lou Pritchett

my mother in law got me a subscription to family fun magazine. i really like it!

yesterday i was sitting outside in the sun trying to get a bit sun-kissed in some areas for this wedding saturday and found some great ideas!!!

the first one is this adorable book shelf stuffed with stuffed animals. i fell in love with this immediately! stuffed animals are my LEAST favorite toy. they take up so much space! this is fabulous and i can’t wait to do it!



here’s how:

along the shelve’ edges, mark spots to attach the elastic bars, spacing them 4-5 inches apart. with a drill make pilot holes to match your screws.

measure the height of the zoo enclosure, then cut strips of 3/4 in wide elastic that are 1 1/2 in longer than the enclosure.

fold under one end of an elastic strip and cut a 1/4 in slit through both layers with a craft xacto knife. slip a finish washer onto a 1 in wood screw (We used # 8’s) insert the screw through the slit, and attach it to the top shelf with a screwdriver.

fold and make a slit in the bottom of the elastic and secure it as you did the top, then insert a final screw to secure the middle. repeat until all strips are attached.

this is how to make a “cage”.

i think lizzie faith will even LOVE stuffing her animals in their cage!

this is so encouraging to me! tomorrow starts the first of many many evenings without my husband. this will be so hard on us as a family in many ways Рand this was just the encouragement i needed, i hope this blesses you in some way too.




encouragement for stay at home mom’s part 1

encouragement for stay at home mom’s¬†part 2

take charge of your home

i can talk to woman about this depth of emotion because i’ve been through it. it’s not an academic exercise for me. it’s not a sociopolitical point of view. it has nothing to do with the cultural wars. i just want to take a woman’s heart hold it in my hands and give it back to her. because it’s been taken away! -dr. laura

why do we?

Posted: 04/01/2009 in family, homeschooling, parenting

my sister emailed me this link this morning. i fell in love with it immediately.

this gal who wrote this has such a way with words and expressing her “tone of voice” with her words. i love it! i pray for this ability daily! i just couldn’t help but post it here for my own records…

why we homeschool.