"When a soul recognises the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely, then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances." - Rev. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Sunday, March 31, 2013

He is risen! Happy Easter!

Psalms 118:24 - This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.

(Our casual Easter photo since we forgot to take one before vigil mass last night!)

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Photo Friday/Saturday: Holy Week

I forgot to post yesterday morning, but figured it might be better to wait a day anyway.

We spent most of Good Friday doing the 9-church walk in New Orleans. I highly recommend it! It was A LOT of walking, but it really was good to walk, meditate on the stations of the cross, and pray inside many beautiful churches around the city.

And now we wait until Easter Vigil!



This one is blurry but I just love it!

He loves "helping" with the dishes...

...although his favorite is helping with the laundry ;)

Three is company, I can assure you



His current favorite toy. Really, he loves anything he can roll around!



These dogs BARK TOO MUCH. They are great dogs but when you put them together, they are CRAZY

I needed a time-out from the barking. I promise they were only in there for a couple minutes!

Bright and early yesterday for the 9-church walk

Walking, walking, walking. It sure was a beautiful day.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"Offer it up"

As life would have it, yesterday started off eerily similar to Monday - and for different reasons. Landon was a champ! But, there was craziness with switching Internet providers, and the dogs WOULD NOT STOP BARKING at the trucks parked in front of our house. Before it even hit 9 a.m., I was done. And I couldn't help but wonder why the heck God wanted to throw more frustrations on me for a second day in a row. I mean, I had learned my lesson already! Right?

Just after lunch time, I took Marley and Landon for a much-needed walk, and it dawned on me that I had absolutely not learned my lesson about offering up daily frustrations. I really, really do want to "offer it up" whenever the opportunity occurs. But seriously, it is not even close to being my first reaction. It is much easier to complain, get discouraged, and ask God why the heck things have to be so hard sometimes!

But one thing I've been trying to remember lately is that every little frustration, inconvenience, and pain can be used for a greater good (by offering it up for a special intention). Not only that, God is giving us the opportunity to unite our sufferings to Jesus's on the cross. Plus, there's always something God teaches us through our suffering. I am in no way comparing my silly inconveniences the past 2 days to something like losing a child, but it is important to realize there is no suffering (however small) that is useless. God, in His infinite wisdom, uses everything.

And I think I will post reminders of that throughout our house. :)

Romans 8:18 - I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Yep, it's Holy Week

I think God was really trying to drive home the fact that it is indeed Holy Week. Because, well, today was seriously the roughest day I've had in quite awhile. I thought it would be a good day, since Landon didn't wake up to nurse until 6:30! But no.

I've been going to daily mass twice a week during Lent, and usually I walk there, stroller and all. When I run late, I end up running to mass (literally!). It's actually been pretty neat. We go for walks anyway, and we go to mass, so why not do it all at the same time? (Praise God we live close enough!)

So yeah, I've been walking to mass. Today, however, Landon fought me on EVERYTHING, and I considered not going, since I figured he'd probably fight me during mass too. But since it's Holy Week, I resolved to go. God will throw me some extra graces, right? Right.

We had to drive to make it there, and even then, we were still were late (and I realize people with kids are often late, but for some reason, this has rarely happened for us). Landon was such a handful during mass that I got looks of pity/sympathy during the sign of peace. Yeah. And Father made a comment about Landon "singing" when we went up for communion. I wasn't too worried about people getting annoyed since there were less than 10 people there (small parish, I tell ya), but man, I was just physically and emotionally TIRED. Like, I almost cried. In mass. No shame. I probably looked like a wreck...hair thrown up in a messy ponytail, Landon's boogers alllll over my sweatshirt, and holding a squirmy/fussy baby.

[On a side note, I just went to wash a load of diapers and to my dismay, realized I left a dirty cloth diaper at church, in the cry room from changing him after mass. It's in a wet bag, but I hope someone doesn't find it and throw it away! Ah!]

After mass, we went to the store, and thankfully he slept most of the time. But once we got home, I had the pleasure of changing one of those lovely cloth diapers full of poop. Landon is at that age where he DOES NOT LIKE diaper changes, and I'm seriously out of breath by the time we finish because he's constantly flipping over on his stomach and trying to crawl off. Usually I'm chasing him trying to wipe his booty and then snap the new diaper on him.

This time was no different. He fought me a little extra, though, so poop flew everywhere. (If you cloth diaper you know how easy solid poop sliiiiiides right off. Yep. Fun with a baby that squirms.) 

My ridiculous day continued like that with frustration after frustration (where I wanted to curl up in a corner and cry) until 3:30, when I put Landon down for a nap. I was all ready to mop my floors and enjoy the quiet when the window guy shows up for our appointment - 30 minutes early. Thanks window guy....thanks a lot.

Really, though, it was a good thing Landon was asleep while the window guy was here, but I can't help but be slightly annoyed that Landon took the longest nap ever in his crib. One hour and 40 minutes. IN HIS CRIB. Seriously, he only naps that long in the car, or if I nurse him for part of it. And of course I was not able to enjoy those blessed 100 minutes and do whatever the heck I wanted. *Sigh*

So, the whole reason I'm even telling you about my ridiculous day is because every time something less-than-desirable happened, I couldn't help but think about Jesus's Passion. And to complain about a poop incident, a fussy baby, etc. is just a tad bit silly when I think about the suffering Jesus went through for us.

In a way, I'm glad this overwhelming day happened this week, because at any other time of year it would have been really, really easy to sink into a state of self-pity. Not today, my friends, not today. (Not gonna lie, I was close!) 

Here's to a Holy Week of waiting, preparing, and anticipating the Paschal Mystery.

Isiah 42:16 - I will lead the blind on a way they do not know; by paths they do not know I will guide them. I will turn darkness into light before them, and make crooked ways straight. These are my promises: I made them, I will not forsake them.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Photo Friday: busy busy



Our first 5K as a family

He likes bananas :)


Landon was happy because I let him have the bowl and spoon. And yes, he is rocking the bib-with-no-shirt look.


Flyaway hair


Poor Maggie



The Landon pose



Umm, Marley, that's not yours!

LAZY

Dog in the way? No problem.

Who needs toys when you have Kleenex boxes? (His favorite is the TV remote though)

Lindsey took this while I was at work for a little bit and I just think it's adorable :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cloth Diapering: Part 3

Part 1 and Part 2

Okay. Here's the deal. I had written this post at the same time as the first 2, and before I got a chance to publish this last one, my opinion on cloth diapering has wavered. Like, I wanted to quit forever and go back to disposables. But I'm a pretty stubborn gal and am not going to give up! At the moment, cloth diapers are my friend but I just wanted to be honest by saying it has not been easy.

Like I said before, it's been quite a learning process, and I think I finally figured out the best way to wash the diapers. It really makes a difference. I'm also realizing that Landon is a heavy-wetter, which makes cloth diapering a bit more complicated (i.e. having to find better inserts, changing more frequently, etc.).

If I'm honest, I would totally use disposables more often (along with cloth) if we had any wiggle room in our budget. Because sometimes a woman just needs a break!

And now for some random thoughts... :)

  • Although I don't mind the cloth diapers we originally bought, I do wish I had known there were other options. Because I probably would have tried a few different diapering systems - I found this really good blog post that explains them. We currently use pocket diapers.
  • I did not realize you couldn't just use any ol' detergent to wash diapers. When I got my diapers, I knew I needed to wash them several times before using, but when I was reading about prepping them, I found out you need natural detergent...which I didn't have. So I had to order some and wait for it before starting to cloth diaper. I'm actually still using the same container of detergent I bought in October (it lasts forever!).
  • Apparently some people don't have to do this (LUCKY), but sometimes cloth diapers need to be "stripped." There are different ways to do it, but basically you're removing the buildup that may be causing leaking and/or rashes. We just switch to disposables for a day while I strip them.
  • I recently discovered Calgon Water Softenerand it really has been helping - not only with the diapers but with the rest of our laundry as well.
  • Cloth diapering can be addicting. It sounds crazy but seriously...it's hard not to want to buy all the super duper cute diaper prints! I have been able to restrain due to budgeting purposes but OH MY do I want Landon to show off this hedgehog cuteness one day. :) 


Is cloth diapering easy? Yes and no. Yes, it's easy once you get the hang of it. No, it's not as simple as throwing away a disposable.

Is it worth it? Most days I would say "absolutely." Other days, I do wonder why the heck we're doing this. I do have to say, though, that anything that helps me stay home more with my baby is worth it!

Are there days I wish we only used disposables? Depends on if it's a day Landon poops 5 times or doesn't poop at all. ;) Seriously, though, many days I'm very glad we cloth diaper. Less trash, less money, less waste. However, it does take more time and effort.

Do I plan on cloth diapering future children? Of course. But I do know that there are different seasons of life, and I'm not sure how easy it would be to cloth diaper more than one child at a time (if that ever happens to us). I would try, though. The more we use the cloth diapers, the more money we save!

I am still learning with this whole cloth diapering thing, and although it has caused much frustration over the last few months, I'm glad we made the switch :)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March madness

I don't know how, but March is turning out to be quite a busy month. So that's why the last 2 posts have just been pictures!

Thankfully, despite the busy time, our Lenten season has been rather fruitful. Really. I'm hoping to spend more time blogging soon since my heart and mind has been overwhelmed these days. We all know how I like to share my crazy thoughts sometimes. ;)

But for now I'm still tackling a pretty long to-do list. Maybe tomorrow, though, I'll finally publish my last cloth diapering post. (I didn't forget!)

I just have to add that Landon has now been napping for an hour. Which NEVER HAPPENS. He likes those 30-minute power naps usually. Praise God for some mommy time!

And now I'll stop rambling about nothing. :)

"Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; see, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?" -Isaiah 43:18-19a

Friday, March 15, 2013

Photo Friday: we have a new pope!



Abbey Fest! He really liked the grass.



Our new recliner! Given to us for free! Yay! 





For some reason the newspaper people keep delivering the newspaper even though we told them we don't want it. It just creates clutter! And then Landon gets into it. Eh.



That's how you know it's a pretty day outside...Marley sunbathes.

Play date! Landon got beat up by a girl. ;)

The boy who doesn't like to nap decided to fall asleep while we were waiting for the new pope to be announced. Excuse the cheesy face from his mother.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Photo Friday: let's see what Landon can get into



Don't let this sleeping baby fool you!

Or this well-dressed baby ;)

Why yes, go ahead and pull down the kleenex box and start taking them out one by one

I don't need my to-do list anyway! (I actually do because my memory sucks but oh well)

Marley's dog treats are in that can...I know she was hoping Landon would give her some

Just another day at the window

I love my babies!

"I'll fold the socks, Mommy!"

Trying to climb out of the bathtub already. Yikes.

Little teething boy likes a cold banana. Too bad I can't get that thing clean again!

Fun with food :) (well, I wasn't planning on a messy dinner but somebody likes to grab the spoon from me)

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