Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Unnecessary Confusion and Worry

A much-needed reminder for my prideful, worrying heart:

"With regard to the problem that is pressing in on you right now, are you 'looking unto Jesus' (Hebrews 12:2) and receiving peace from Him?  If so, He will be a gracious blessing of peace exhibited in and through you.  But if you only try to worry your way out of the problem, you destroy His effectiveness in you, and you deserve whatever you get.  We become troubled because we have not taken Him into account.  When a person confers with Jesus Christ, the confusion stops, because there is no confusion in Him.  Lay everything out before Him, and when you are faced with difficulty, bereavement, and sorrow, listen to Him say, 'Let not your heart be troubled...' (John 14:27)."  -Oswald Chamber

HE will take care of me.  HE is my protector... the Protector of my family.  Now I just have to work on getting out of His way and allowing Him to work in me!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Seven Months

Last Thursday, Jonah turned 7 months old!  It's so cliche to say, but I just can't believe we've already gotten this far.  Just a few things about our little guy at this age:

Height: At 6 months, he was 28 inches, which was 85th percentile (haven't been to the doctor since then to measure... not that their technique is scientific or accurate at all.  Really???  Just a pencil mark at the foot and the head while he's squirming around all over the place?).

Weight: 20 pounds, 75th percentile (again, this was taken at 6 months)

Sleeping: Jonah is sleeping 12-13 hours straight through the night.  Yes, sometimes it really is thirteen hours!  For those of you who are new moms, I promise one day it will happen to you too.  And yes, it is heaven on earth.  He also takes a two-hour nap in the morning and a two-hour nap in the afternoon (usually about 10:30-12:30 and then 2:30-4:30).  He is no longer swaddled (WOO HOO!!!  Only took us 6 months to break out of that thing!) and he rolls around all over the crib. Actually, he still only rolls to the right.  I have no idea why... it always makes him end up in the same corner of the crib!

Eating: Jonah nurses every 4 hours during the day, which ends up being five times a day.  He eats solids at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Breakfast is usually baby cereal mixed with some kind of fruit (baby food), and he eats about 4-6 oz. of baby food for lunch and dinner.  I am making all of his baby food now.  So far, he has had sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, green beans, squash, apples, bananas, avacado, peaches, mangoes, and strawberries. (I found out the day after I gave him strawberries that he shouldn't have them until he's a year old... oops!  But he's not allergic and loves them!)

-His exersaucer and jumperoo.  He's really getting the hang of the whole bouncing thing!
-Facial hair.  He LOVES Jay's beard, especially when Jay kisses all over his face and neck.  He just squeals and laughs so hard!  He always reaches out to touch beards on any men at church, too.
-Going on walks.  This is the solution for any fussiness.
-Baths.  Another fussy solution.
-Sitting up by himself.  But he still has no desire to crawl...
-Sweet potatoes, bananas, mangoes, and strawberries
-McKinley (our little dog)
-When he hears Daddy's voice
-Music.  He could sit and listen to Jay's worship team practice for hours.  He will ALWAYS stop fussing if I sing (because I am a rock star- ha ha)
-Sitting on the porch swing with Mom
-Watching people
-Watching cars

-The hours of the day between 6:30-8:00 p.m.
-Green beans and peas (makes over-dramatic gagging noises the entire time we feed him)
-Being tired.  This boy is devoted to his naps!
-Waiting in his high chair while we get his food ready

For the most part, Jonah is the happiest, most chilled-out baby I could have ever hoped for.  So much so that I am already terrified about the next one (whenever that might be)!  There's no way the pregnancy and early baby months could be this easy again!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Unexpected Inspiration

Yesterday morning, Jonah and I met some ladies from our church for coffee in a neighboring town.  I ended up sitting next to a woman I had never met before, who is a friend of a friend.  To be honest, I was kind of caught up with Jonah and just happy to be out of the house for the morning, and I am ashamed to say that making small talk with someone new wasn't at the top of my priority list.  I introduced myself to Linda, and quickly learned that she had two teenagers and was very involved with "master gardening," which I am totally unfamiliar with.  Our personalities were clearly different- she wasn't shy, but she barely spoke above a whisper, and I could tell that she is very selective with her words.  I, on the other hand, will yap on and on about anything to anyone (which is something I really should work on). 

After a few minutes, Linda began asking about Jonah, Jay, and our life together.  The questions weren't anything out of the ordinary.  But something struck me as different right away.  She listened.  Not just listened in a "yeah, I'm kind of hearing you and I'm going to nod my head now and again" kind of way... but really listened.  She wasn't just asking questions to fill the silence.  The more she spoke, the more interesting and insightful she became. 

And then she asked, "So what are you ladies reading in the Word right now?"  (She assumed correctly that I am a Christian because we had already talked about Jay's job as the worship pastor at our church.)  I was caught off-guard.  I mean, I am a pastor's wife, immersed in church culture, ministry, and everything that comes with it.  But still, this woman was virtually a stranger to me.  Rarely does anyone ask that to someone they just met.  After I responded, she followed up with, "And what is God teaching you through that?"  As I was answering, I was also thinking about the meaningful conversations this woman must have.  She didn't know me, and yet she cut right to the core.  Our exchange was simple, refreshing, and inspiring.  I walked away thinking I want to be more like her.  She was fearless, and not held back in the least by "social norms."  Jesus spoke with people the same way... he dug in and got right to the heart of each person. To me, Linda was the epitome of the Christian phrase "in the world, but not of the world."  I have a lot to learn.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Weekend Fun

We had a great weekend with friends!  I love it when our days are packed with errands and visiting (Jay would probably like them to be a little more quiet, but they're not all like this!).  Friday night we stayed home and grilled out.  Jay loves to grill, and it works out well for me when I can just take care of sides.  After dinner, the whole family took a walk and then went to Bruster's for ice cream.  For those of you who don't know, if you take your dogs to Bruster's, they get a free scoop of ice cream with a doggie treat stuck in the top.  Our dogs love it!  Molly (the big one) eats hers in one bite and McKinley just takes one lick at a time.
Saturday, my friend Heather and I drove in to Greenville for some shopping (which was actually mostly just looking around), while Jay kept Jonah at home.  I had two goals: a new convertible car seat for Jonah, and a baby food maker.  Jonah has already outgrown the height limits on his infant seat, and I've been weighing the pros and cons of making my own baby food for a while now.  We went to BuyBuyBaby and man, I conquered that store!  With price matching and coupons (they take Bed, Bath, & Beyond coupons), I saved over $80!  I was so proud.  Here's Jonah is his new recliner car seat:
 I ended up buying the Graco MyRide 65 convertible car seat, and I'm really pleased with it.  It seems really comfortable for Jonah and easy to use.  The Baby Bullet was my baby food maker of choice and it's great!  I bought it partly because of all the jars and freezer storage that came with it, but I had already heard rave reviews.  Yesterday I spent about an hour steaming and pureeing, and I've probably got about 2-3 weeks of food in the freezer (bananas, apples, sweet potatoes, carrots, and peas so far).

Saturday night we went our friends Kyle and Tiffany to a neighboring town where they had heard some live music was being played in the town square.  We got there, and the live music was actually in the welcome center, quietly being played with an even quieter audience.  Not exactly what we were hoping for with two loud babies!  We were picturing sitting outside and talking freely and letting the babies play.  Since we were already there, we went ahead and set up our blankets in the square anyway and sat and talked.  Their daughter Lily is six weeks older than Jonah, and they are just too funny together.  Lily is has always been so active (she is crawling now) and full of energy, and Jonah is her chilled-out counterpart.  In this picture, Lily has decided to tackle her boyfriend (ha ha- you can see Jonah didn't mind):
We topped off the weekend with church in the morning (a wonderful worship time and a powerful message on persistent prayer) and I got to spend some girl time with some more friends last night- I felt so spoiled to be baby-free for a little while two days in a row!  Hope your weekend was wonderful as well... anyone else watching "The Bachelorette" finale tonight???