Sep 27, 2010

The Mundane Days

It has been quiet as of late, which is nice, I'm having fun enjoying the mundane things! Granted it is the mundane things that make life, so I thought I would show you a bit of that.  Though doctors appointments and concerts are...let's say 'adventerous', they don't happen all the time and it is those days when it is just me and the girls that are truly a gift from God!   It has been a perfect Ontario fall thus far.  Cool, rainy days followed by sunshiny, crisp ones, so we very between indoor and outdoor activities accordingly.  Play dough, Preschool workbooks, colouring and the Ontario Early Years Centre on the rainy days...



...and the joys of walks and sidewalk chalk on the sunshiny ones. 





I love the autumn time.  The weather is ever changing but perfect for me.  The varying between rain and sunshine gives me the perfect balance of excuses to stay in and inspiration to get out.  Not being able to wait any longer we bought some pumpkins and have already devoured the seeds!  I have pureed the flesh and the first batch of pumpkin muffins came out of the oven yesterday.  Ah fall...



It has been nice to have a week filled full of the everyday.  It is nice to slow it down now and again...truly I like it this way, me and my girls doing our thing on our time...  It doesn't last forever, like the changing leaves these babes are growing and I'm enjoying the beauty of their changing ways.



Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  Ephesians 3:20-21

So to you all, enjoy the week ahead - enjoy the colours of the season and the blessed little moments that come your way.  God bless you!

Sep 20, 2010

Yo Gabba Gabba Concert

We took Olivia to her first concert, it was to see her favourite TV show live!  We aren't big TV people, it is always random whether we have it or not but when we do have television, Olivia loves the show Yo Gabba Gabba.  It's a pretty cool pre-school show, cool enough that even hubby and I were excited to go with her!  It's full of music, good beats, wholesome lyrics, appropriate lessons, bright colours and tons of dancing! 

The glasses were provided by the concert people -as the host of the show wears a pair - I thought Olivia looked sharp!


She was soooo very excited!  I took dozens of photos but only a handful are not blurry - she never stopped moving!




It was such a great show.  Music, dancing, live bands, lights, animations, balloons and paper confetti!  All of which was amazing to our concert loving little one!






After the balloons rained down from the ceiling, Olivia, not to mentioned every other child there, were overjoyed and waved those things around like proverbial lighters.


It was almost too much to handle when two of the characters came through the aisle and one reached out the patted Olivia on the arm.  How we haven't heard then end of that and I'm not sure if I will ever be able to wash her arm again! ;)


It was fantastic!  We were happy to take her and I am pretty sure she was happy to have gone - it was a good day!

Sep 17, 2010

My Little Trooper

I took Olivia to her Doctor appointment yesterday.  It wasn't the family Doctor, it was the doctor from another hospital, the one for genetics, though she's not a genetic doctor...I'm not exactly sure what she is...a pediatric Doctor possibly...I'd like to tell you I'm more on top of all this medical stuff...but I'm not.  A couple of years ago when all this started I figured I could keep track of everything, but after about the umpteenth doctors appointment, two hospitals later and a dozen or so 'professionals', I have completely lost track! 

It was a follow up appointment, follow up from oh...from more then a year ago and I almost wasn't able to get in to see them.  You see this doctor is in another city and comes here once a month (after taking the summer off) for a clinic.  They had told me that we would be seen the first week of September, when the clinic came...then I found out through Olivia's OT (Occupational Therapist) that the clinic was this week and low and behold we were not informed.  I got a hold of them and they were telling me how, "Oh we have a clinic in November."  And I say, "Oh really?  I was told in June that we would be seen early September....is there not one in September?"  To which the ever so 'professional' lady on the phone replies, "Um...yes, we do.  On the 16th....I'll see if I can fit you in."  And fit us in she did!

I used to have more patience for these kinds of things.  I have respect for any individual but I try especially hard to be respectful and understanding to the many professionals I have come across in Olivia's short life.  But I'm running on empty...this hospital for the clinic, is also the hospital that can't seem to get the genetic info sent properly and we are still waiting for results that we were to receive back in February.  Now after the test being sent for the third time I wait again for answers because our genetic counsellor is away and will not be able to return my call until Wednesday....and yes she should have called us two weeks ago....

We deal with another hospital in another city...and yes...they too have forgotten us as well.....!  Olivia should have been seen by them before she turned three....that was in July....the OT called them for us...(I love her, she knows who to call and she always gets the job done!  If I paid her I would SO be giving her a raise!)  But of course the second hospital has no record of having to schedule a follow up appointment....

Anyways enough about that...I just wanted to get some of that off my chest. 

It's hard, it's really hard to take your little one to these kinds of things.  Bouncing from Doctor to Doctor, hospital to clinic, from professional to professional...today was just nuts, really - not busy nuts just tiring nuts.  We rushed to the appointment because the OT was late to our appointment prior to the clinic appointment and so our appointment with the OT ran late...following me so far?  So we get to the clinic in time(walking no less) to only have to wait around for 40 minuets...thank goodness I had my sister in law to watch the baby or there just may have been tears today...and I'm not talking about the kids!

40 minuets later we get into see the doctor AND a social worker...this is a first, well I guess we haven't had a new professional in a while so why not throw a social worker into the mix!?  Anyways I will make an already long story shorter.  The appointment went much like this;  Doctor interrogating me about Olivia, she breaks and writes stuff down, the social worker begins interrogations, she breaks and writes stuff down, Doctor has more questions then writes stuff down, social worker has more questions and writes stuff down, then they want Olivia to 'perform' for them, then more questions, more writing stuff down, more preforming, more questions, then I have to sign stuff, more writing, questions, signing....then the Doctor wants to physically check Olivia.  This is where my heart breaks.  Olivia hasn't seen as many doctors as some other children but she has seen enough in her days and as soon as they go to put her on the bed she looses it!

And I mean looses it!   My poor baby girl, she was in hysterics, reaching around the worker for me, hands out stretched and crying for all she was worth.  I go to her!  Forget the doctors, the workers, forget the world.  I scoop her up, she clings to me, finally finding comfort in the security of my embrace.  My poor child, she is a trooper but this was too much and thankfully the doctor recognized this and let well enough alone.

I'm not ignorant to the need for these appointments, it is just that I can't help but feel for this little one, for all she has gone through and for all that may come her way.  I continuously pray for her and pray for myself that I will be strong for her.  God is good, He knows my little Olivia better then I and He loves her more then I ever could!

These moments are heart wrenching and stay with me for some time...forever.  I look at her some days and think "Why can't she be like other kids?  Why does she have to have these challenges?"  I don't know the answers and really I don't need answers either, what I need is to rest in my God.  He has placed Olivia, with her special needs, in our life and we are to love her and that is all there is to know!

I am thankful to the Lord for my girls and really it is sooo easy to love them!  The people I have met because of Olivia's issues have been some pretty neat and amazing people.  God has opened up a whole new world for us, a world that only so many people experience and can relate to.  I have used these struggles as witnessing opportunity, thanking God in the good times and trusting Him in the rougher ones.

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; He know those who take refuge in Him.  Nahum 1:7

So though it that was a tough appointment, my little trooper says as we are leaving, "Thank you for coming!"  What a doll, God bless her and oh how He has!

Sep 15, 2010

Super Fantastic Muffin Recipe

I have been experimenting as of late with my muffin recipe.  Not only because the days are getting colder and it's cheaper to bake then run the furnace ( as I have mentioned) but also because it is a fast and easy breakfast for my girls.  Seeing as Olivia still does not have the number of teeth a kid of her age should posses, muffins are an excellent and nutritious breakfast for her.  Though I have been using the standard Betty Crocker's blueberry muffin recipe for some time, I have decided that I wanted to beef up the nutrition value and lower the calories....all without sacrificing taste and yummyness.

Today I created just that!


I have removed both the egg and vegetable oil from the recipe, thus creating a lower calorie, lower fat and safe for egg sensitive individuals kind of delicious muffin.  These are sooo super easy to make and you can play around with the ingredients to create different and every changing muffins.

Here is the basic recipe:

1 cup skim milk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.  Grease bottoms only of the muffin cups in a muffin pan.

Combine ingredients, do not over mix!  (This is key to good muffins!)
Divide batter evenly among muffin cups and bake for 18 -24 minuets or until golden brown.  Allow to cool in pan for 5 minuets before removing to cooling rack. 


That is the basic recipe, today I added to it by putting in; two mashed up bananas and half a cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips.  They are so super delicious, really!!!

Another variation I tried was adding one large, or two small, peeled and chopped apples and one teaspoon of cinnamon.  This too was delicious!

I am going to keep experimenting - though with Olivia not having more teeth I am slightly limited.  No nuts, no raisins but it just makes it more challenging to keep it exciting for them.  So if any of you try this recipe let me know, I would absolutely LOVE to hear from you!!  Let me know what you think, what you try and any other thoughts!

Sep 14, 2010

September So Far...

Wow, I can't believe it, September is halfway through....really...are we sure....?!?!  Okay so having my hubby around for the past five weeks might have thrown me off a little.  But our wonderful summer holiday has come to an end.  Hubby got the okay from the Doctor yesterday and has now returned to work, much to our disappointment!  Though we knew it was coming and our bank account was begging him to return, we are still sad to give up all that time together.  Shortly before returning to work he and I enjoyed our favourite "Put the kids to bed early and break out the good stuff" supper.
Brie cheese, crackers, fig spread and Genoa Salomi!  Oh yum, and oh that's right we ate it in bed - terrible I know - but we're still young and we take so much pleasure in the simple things!  I will miss our early morning coffee together, sitting with the kids, talking together, sharing in each moment of everyday but alas, life goes on...

The weather has turned much cooler here, borderline turning the furnace on, type of cool - so instead of that - I bake!


  Yeah, they were that good!

 We accomplished much of what was on our to-do list that we made when hubby first injured himself and we knew he would be off for a while.  Our list looked something like this:

1. Appreciate the family time!
2. Enjoy the finer (and free) things in life!
3. De-clutter!!!
4. Work on our budget and maybe even stick to it!?!?
5. Listen to God more and reconnect that relationship or better put, get our priorities in order!

Check off number one!  Enjoyed much family time, even got to squeeze in that spur of the moment road trip!  Number two, check, but it also checks number three off the list as well.  Because a free thing to do is de-clutter, always de-clutter!  We also used resources we had around the house to finish off some smaller home reno projects.  Yes, number four was accomplished and for real this time.  Put some real principles into play and I think this time it may stick!  Oh and number five, that one has been the best one to have worked on and to continue to work on.  Hubby and I now wake up at 5:30am to have our time alone (together) with God, he even got them to change his work schedule to gain an extra half our in the morning to make this all possible.  Not saying it is easy but by the grace of our Lord we will continue!
 
Even though the past few weeks have been extremely budget tight, my darling hubby still doted fresh flowers on me and I returned the favour in yummy baking and good cooking!
 
 
 
Other changes are on the horizon...we are renting out a room to a college friend of my sister in law.  She arrives on Saturday.  So Olivia's new bedroom make-over got made over again and now our little ones are sharing a room.  Day two and well....let's say everyone is tired today, but it will get better as they get used to sharing a space with each other.  It's good for them and they have such a cute cozy room together now, love it!
God seems to have some plans ahead for us, we're pretty sure but not calling it yet because we have been told...
... do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.  Matthew 6:34
 
For now we are staying put, enjoying the season at hand and watching the storm clouds roll in...
 

Sep 13, 2010

The Land of...






























So for the past week or so I have been reading through the book of Joshua.  It started out great, an
exciting adventure of trusting in God, following His leading and the conquering of land after land.  This was all great as I have had to wake up real early to get this time in with my God.  Like I said, this was all great until the past three days...for three days now they have been dividing the land.  Chapter after chapter of people and places, most of which I can hardly pronounce and I wonder at why Beth was such a popular name then?  All in all reading this before the sun has even risen has been quite the task.  But I purposed to do it and I want to say that I have read through the entire book of Joshua, not just the 'good' parts.  Though I may not retain any of these names or places, I most certainly will not be able to tell you exactly how many cities the tribe of Reuben received, I will be able to say, "God I said I would read through it all and I have!"  (All by His grace of course...and coffee...)



Though after these past 'difficult' days, wherein I may not have gleaned oodles of spiritual knowledge I have gained discipline.  Discipline seems to be something God is working on in me and by reading through these more 'unadventurous' parts of scripture I can say that I am being disciplined to read through and follow through on all that God has for me.

I am not finished yet, I should be wrapping it up tomorrow, but I was rewarded with my diligence as the last few versus of today's reading left me feeling...disciplined...rewarded by discipline...

So the Lord gave to Israel all the land of which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they took possession of it and dwelt in it.
The Lord gave them rest all around, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers.  And not a man of all their enemies stood against them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand.
Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord has spoken to the house of Israel.  All came to pass.

Joshua 21:43-45

Thanks be to my God for early morning grace, alarm clocks, fresh brewed coffee, gorgeous sunrises and for not a word of His ever failing!









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Sep 8, 2010

Sweet Baby



The other night my littlest one was not sleeping well and returning home from a girls night out, I found my wonderful hubby balancing the sanding of the bedroom and baby wrangling, I came to his relief and took her into my arms.  She and I sank into the rocking chair in the corner of her room and with soft music drifting from the CD player, I rocked and we snuggled.






She is getting so big and the time from when she was born to now, has flown by incredibly fast! I almost feel like I have missed too many of these sweet moments. The days have escaped by me and as another summer draws to an end I can't help but notice the speedy passage of time.  There we were, mother and child, she wasn't sleeping. she was content just snuggling; resting in the comfort that only her momma could provide. Reaching out, she touched my arm, and let her hand rest there and I took comfort in her touch.





We rocked together that way for some time.  I asked if she wanted to go back to bed and fervently she shook her head "No."  So we stayed that way, momma and growing baby girl, wrapped in each other's love, rocking for some time longer.  She leaned her head back and gazed up at me and in the dim light, I gazed back at her, locking that moment in my mind forever.  I ran my fingers across her soft baby skin, tracing her tiny features locking in my memory the feeling of her soft, smooth skin.  Gently kissing her, she giggled.  "Do you want to go to bed?"
Shakes her head no.  "Do you want kisses?"  Pause...shakes her head no but I didn't believe her.





So I covered her in kisses, she giggled.  So it went on, kisses, giggles, kisses, giggles, until I knew it was time to put her back in bed and bid her sweet dreams.  Good night sweet baby girl, you are growing so fast and these moments are fleeting, oh if only we could pause time now and again.  We can't, so I will savour these times, soak them in and cherish them in my heart always.



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Sep 4, 2010

Clouds

Wow! For me this kind of thing is breathtaking - a wondrous testament to a most imaginative creator!


I love a sky full of fluffy clouds, flat dark bottomed, dappled across a crisp late summer sky, in a hurry to go nowhere in particular, clouds.  Fields of hay, beans, corn or what have you, are dwarfed by the expansion of sky and it all shrinks away and becomes the stage for that majestic scene overhead.  For me I could spend the day, sitting, sipping and watching....

Do you know the hovering of the clouds, the wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge...  Job37:16

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