Happy Birthday

Today, October 9th, is a special day in our house. Nine years ago today, I gave birth to my first-born son. To say it was a traumatic experience would be an understatement. I was due on September 30th and they finally brought me in on October 8th for an Amniotic Fluid Index (AFI). They found absolutely no fluid and told me that I would have to stay. I asked them to tell me how big my son was, but the technician told me that she wasn’t allowed to check as it was not on the doctor’s orders. I was induced shortly thereafter and was then in labor for 25 hours. Toward the end of that time, the doctors tried to assist my son with forceps – boy was he stubborn! At that point both my blood pressure and my son’s began to drop. While I didn’t want to do it, I was told I had to have an emergency c-section. When I was finally able to hold my son in my arms, I was informed that he was 11 pounds, three ounces; and 23 1/4 inches long. His head circumference was over 15 inches! The doctor told me that even if they had been able to get his head out that they would not have been able to get the rest of him out without breaking his collarbone. So, I am very grateful for the way God worked it out to protect my son. The nurses told me that he was the second largest child to ever be born at that hospital! Now, if that technician had just looked at his size during that AFI…

But fast forward nine years… He has continued to grow, just coming back on the charts last year, but still in the 95-98th percentile in height. We’ll see where he is officially next week at his annual appointment. He is an intelligent, happy young man who makes me smile and laugh on a daily basis. Though we struggle with allergies, asthma, Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD, none of that gets him down. He smiles, he laughs, he imagines, he creates – he absolutely amazes me.

I love you, my son, thank you for making me a Mama.

I love, my God, thank you for blessing me with my son. Thank you for trusting me with his upbringing.

Happy Birthday!

Prairie Flower Party

Today, Linda over at Prairie Flower Farm had some great news. She had her cookie recipe published and she won a second place prize. Congratulations, Linda! In order to celebrate, she’s having a party on her blog. You can hop on over and enter to win a copy of the magazine ~ Create and Decorate ~ as well as a homemade snowman cookie by Linda herself.

Thanks Linda!

Simplify

I know – two posts in one day when I have only posted sporadically in the past!

I was recently over at To Love, Honor and Vacuum and Sheila is doing a month-long challenge on simplifying one’s life. Like my last post, this is something that has been time perfectly (isn’t God good that way?) for me and my family. As we organize, pack and move (then do the same in reverse order) simplifying is something we need to do. We began with yard sales and actually raised a little money while de-cluttering the house. Now that the move is imminent, we have begun donating truck-fuls to a Rescue Mission and Salvation Army. It feels good knowing that our things will be helping others in addition to helping us pare down.

So I thank Sheila for doing this during the month of October – Simplify Your Life Month!

Fall Challenge Week One

Today begins Week One of Courtney’s Fall Challenge to Make Your Home a Haven. The challenge for the week was to get a candle and light it each day this week. Every time you see your candle’s flame say a prayer for peace in your home.

We are in the midst of a major transition at our house right now. One morning about two months ago we received a phone call from our landlord informing us that a realtor was coming over to photograph the house in order to list it for sale. Needless to say we were a little shocked by this news. However, we figured that we had plenty of time, given the economy and the asking price of the house. On September 20th we were told that we had 30 days to move.  Anyway, later that day, we were asked to try to find a new address by October 1st, but that we would still have the remaining three weeks to move out. It has been a very busy and stressful two weeks. We just confirmed our new home last night and will sign the lease tomorrow. Talk about cutting it close!

So, our house is not much of a haven right now. We have empty shelves and packed boxes. We have limited closets and no decorations. We have a tired Mama. I have two children who don’t understand how much work is involved in this move. Haven is not a word I would use to describe the house in which we currently reside.

But I have faith that that will change. We have a new beginning awaiting us – a new chapter in our lives. I am a different person moving into this new house than I was when I moved into this one. I have new tools, techniques, that I can put to good use in making my new house into a haven.

That being said, I knew which box was holding my candles. I didn’t go out and buy a new one, but I used one I had in the box. I placed it on the mantle this morning. As I was running around cleaning and packing today, I saw that candle’s flame dance frequently. I kept praying that my new home would be a peaceful haven. I look forward to lighting more candles in my new home.

Come along and light some candles with me…