Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pregnancy Update - 36 Weeks!

Wow the time really has flown over hasn't it?  36 weeks!  Over the last two weeks I have:

Washed the car seat.
Washed the pushchair.
Packed my hospital bag.
Packed my baby (diaper/nappy) bag.
Washed and pressed all the baby clothes I may use.
Washed and pressed my cloth baby carrier. (I loved using this with Dylan!)
Finally finished my hand crocheted baby blanket as my gift for 'Baby'.

I am feeling great still, though my blood pressure is a little low at times.  Which means that I feel faint often during the day.  It doesn't really hinder me too much as I try to sit down whenever I feel a little light-headed.  Doing my usual chores needs a little tweaking; in that when ironing sometimes I have to press and item, then sit down for a minute or two before proceeding.  Making dinner is somewhat the same: chop the onions, sit down, chop the carrots, sit down, take out the pans, sit down...you get the picture!

Our whole family visited the hospital two weeks ago for a final ultra-sound.  They wanted to check for a fibroid they thought they had found at my 18 week scan and baby's estimated birth weight.  There were no fibroids to be seen...and our lovely sonographer estimated that baby weighed approximately 6lb 4oz at that stage already!  So it looks as though we are in for another large baby!  We were also given a wonderful side profile scan photograph which we were not expecting...it was lovely, as our first photograph was at 8 weeks so was a little hard to make out and our 18 week was taken at an unusual angle...so we were delighted!

Shhh! We also got to find out the baby's gender...but for the most part we are keeping that quiet until the magical day arrives for Baby to make his/her arrival!

So that is were we are at the present!  We are all so excited to meet our newest little family member.  I would like to kindly ask for your prayers in the weeks to come for a calm, joyous and healthy labour and birth, followed by a successful and positive nursing experience for both myself and our little one.  Thank you ladies!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Not The 'S' Word!

Dare I say it?...

Do you really want to hear it?...


How our society loathes that word!  Its true!  When women (and a lot of men) hear that word in reference to marriage they recoil in horror, words and images are immediately conjured: doormat, subjugated, downtrodden, abused, weak-willed...etc...I know this because I used to be one of them! 

 But wait a minute, what does the Bible say about submission?

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 
- Ephesians 5:22-24

Even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands. 
- 1 Peter 3:4-5

It must be mentioned however, (as there are those who totally misunderstand the word) that submission does not mean I am inferior to my husband.  It is not a justification for allowing marital abuse to occur.  It is not because my husband forcefully demands it of me.  It does not mean that I am not allowed to contribute my opinions in the matters of our lives. Submission is not a matter of appearance.

As our family is guided by what we read in the Bible; submission to us means that I (as a wife) should come under the God ordained headship of my own husband.  I must encourage my husband to take his biblical role as leader of our family and home.  I must not immasculate him.  Submission is a heart issue, meaning that my heart must be in submission not merely just an superficial act!  I should encourage and help him in his endeavours.  I should support him in the discipline of our children.  I should do him good all the days of my life.  I should act lovingly toward him and not 'punish' his mistakes with coldness.  I must not celebrate my submission simply because he made the decision I wanted him to make (don't we all make this mistake at times!)

In my own childhood I think it would be safe to say, that my parents did not often demonstrate an example of a biblical marriage to me (my parents are not Christians) although they are very much in love and are still married after 30 years of marriage.  But very often the marital model we observe as children goes a long way in determining how we ourselves will act with our own spouse in the future.

When my husband and I firstly married almost five years ago...I hated the word submission! I refused to promise to obey him in our wedding vows and I often felt almost compelled to rebel against him...Thankfully he married me anyway!

I can appreciate that this post coming from a young lady who has only been married for five years may be rather laughable, but I hope that you will hear me out nonetheless, as I feel this issue pressing on me so much at present.  I see that submission of our husbands has become a tabboo.  Even men do not expect it from their wives; lest any person think that the husband is 'living in the dark ages'!  It has become the social norm to disobey, immasculate and rebel against our husbands! 

Through Christs grace I have made giant leaps since becoming a Christian, in the way of submission in my marriage; it has not been easy!...and we now have a much happier, healthier and more stable relationship because of that.

There are still days that my submission 'hits the deck' and shatters into a million pieces!  But I pick it up tape it back together and try again.  My husband knows he did not marry a perfect woman and he himself is not perfect...but together we are working at it and are reaping the blessings.

I can now see (as a reformed feminist!) that when we, as women follow the examples set out for us in Gods Holy Word that we become much happier and contented!  It really is that simple!  Our Heavenly Father loves us so much, that he gave us our instructions for life in written form!  All we have to do is obey Him and we will be blessed!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Crafting Felt Flowers!

A few weeks ago we I was browsing through a few craft websites when I saw some beautiful flowers crafted from woolen felt at Twig and Toadstool!  I thought it would be nice to attempt some with the children so...we got busy!

We printed off the templates found here and proceeded to pin them to our woolen felt.  I have since found an excellent source of 100% woolen felt for those of us folks here in Ireland, that don't want to have to import everything from the U.S!  I will post separately in regards to this newly found treasure! 

Amy and I got cutting and sewing (please excuse the awful attempt above!)  my second flower was much neater in the sewing department!  We had a blast making these and have used them in creating some embellishments to add to our handmade Christmas gifts!  Amy used a bright yellow button on hers and it looks much more fun than the flower pictured; she also is using hers with a safety pin to attach it to her clothing for a bright and colourful accessory!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Fidil 3 - An Evening Of Music!

Last night Amy and her Grandfather went out for the evening to experience a night of traditional Irish fiddling!  They had a fanastic time!  Both were bursting with excitement by the time they arrived home!  The group they had watched perform were aptly named 'Fidil'.  The group performed for the night at St Mary's Church, which is local to our home.

Both my Father and Amy said that they had had lots of fun watching and listening to this talented trio play!  I am thrilled that our daughter is able to attend these culturally stimulating events, thus supplumenting her musical education! 

Amy was further delighted when her Grandfather purchased a CD of Fidil's new album for her to listen to at home!  The new album is simply named '3' and is most enjoyable to listen to!  You can listen to a sample here or purchase a copy here.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Dylans 3rd Birthday!

Daddy & Dylan Opening the 'Fendt' Tractor!

Everyone Wanted To 'Show' Dylan How To 
Properly Use His Farm Set!

Yesterday the 31st October, was our little mans third birthday!  The day was so special and enjoyable for our whole family.  Dylan himself had a wonderful day and was indeed very blessed by the thoughtful cards and gifts he received from our dear friends and family members!  Brian and I gave Dylan a handmade wooden farm buildings set and Amy gave him a 'farmer and family' set.  I also needle-felted a red fox to add to his set!  Whats a farm without a cunning Mr. Fox sneaking about!

The Farmer And Family - Dylan's Gift From Amy

These are the things we cherish so, in this dear exuberant little boy:

  • Has such an incredible work ethic, even at such a young age.
  • He loves his Daddy so much and would gladly spend all day at his side.
  • The way he waves his stick and shouts at the cows to 'hush' them along!
  • He makes everyday round items into 'bales' and turns himself into a loader and transports things around the kitchen!
  • The energy burst he gets every evening after dinner 
  • How cute his face is when he sulks!

 Sweet Sibling Love!

Wow where did those three years go?  It seems like only yesterday I laboured to bring our beautiful son into this world.  He was placed in my arms; a brand new person for us to nurture and love.

Happy 3rd Birthday To Our Beautiful Boy!