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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

April 25, 2007

Verse of the Day:
“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.” (Colossians 1:27-28)

I couldn't have asked for better days than the days we've had since Friday. Yet, my growing body didn't seem to take the warmer weather very well...My, how time flies by so quickly because next week I will be entering my third trimester, which probably explains why I was so tired during these warmer days.

On Saturday, we took a trip to Home Depot to price out more material for the new baby room and when we got home, I was just so beat that I had to ask DearHubby to watch DearDaughter for awhile so I could lay down. I didn't even have the energy to cook dinner and I sent DearHubby out to get us some chicken parmesan from the corner Italian take-out restaurant.

Sunday wasn't too bad. I think since I took it easy on Saturday, the Lord was faithful in providing me with much strength. We were able to get up early to go to Sunday School before the church service. Then, I was in the mood for ice cream, so after lunch and after I prepared dinner, DearDaughter and I went out for ice cream. I then went back out to church for the evening service. They were having special seminars and the one I attended was called "A Woman's Call to Counsel".

I think all that "work" on Sunday and lack of rest resulted in a very tired Monday. The only thing I did on Monday was go grocery shopping, but by the end of the day I was really beat tired.

Yesterday, I only had 3 goals. 1)Clear out my weekly "outbox" 2)Look over our budget 3)Get the weekend dishes done. It took me all day to do #1 & #2 and so I only got part of #3 done. Yup, I still have dishes from this weekend still laying on my counter. When I look at that pile, I get so disappointed in myself because it just makes me feel like such an inadequate homekeeper, having unwashed dishes on the counter for 3 days. To add to my disappointment, DearHubby came in this morning asking if I had washed any underwear as he had run out. I thought I was all caught up with laundry. Apparently I'm not and I'm assuming that he went into our rag pile and just grabbed a pair of undies with holes in them? I didn't ask what he did when he walked out the door.

I don't know how I'll be able to keep up with everything with 2 Little Ones?!? DearDaughter has been transitioning from 2 naps down to 1 and lately she's been having much difficulty going down for her morning naps, so yesterday I decided to finally just switch her. I had always heard that once toddlers go down for just 1 nap, they'll sleep for 2 to 3 hours. DearDaughter was done with her 1 nap in 45 minutes and that was just enough to keep her going for the rest of the day. I really needed to address the paperwork in the outbox and look over the budget so I had to use the tube. It was bad...I think what made it a challenge for me was having to adjust to a "new" schedule. My mind was still set to having free time during certain periods and so I was caught a bit off guard. In addition, I felt like I had less "alone" time now, since DearDaughter only was down for 45 minutes. The rest of the time, I had to think about keeping her occupied while trying to get my chores done. What's it going to be like with 2?

This is where I will definitely learn about trusting, hoping, and having peace in God alone, especially if my desire is to exemplify godliness to my children. I know that when I'm tired and overwhelmed I am extremely irratable. I've failed many times over to my sin of anger, even in these past few days. It somewhat makes me anxious thinking about having 2 Little Ones that will push me even more to the brink of irratability.

Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you...
Psalm 42:5-6 (NIV)

I will praise you forever for what you have done;
in your name I will hope, for your name is good.
Psalm 52:9 (NIV)

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:12 (NIV)

...the faith of God's elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time...
Titus 1:1-2 (NIV)

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
Titus 2:11-14 (NIV)

1 comment:

Trish D said...

The weather really has been beautiful, hasn't it? I love these spring days when I can open all the windows up and spend time outside without getting covered in mosquito bites :)

And as for the transition to two... Our children are just over 21 months apart, and I can vividly recall my anxieties during the second pregnancy. What if this one was just as difficult as the first? (our son was colicky, didn't get into a good nap routine until he was nearly a year old, and just generally challenging as he ALWAYS tests the boundaries) It did wonders for my prayer life! God was gracious and obviously knew that another child with the same temperament would be more than I could bear, and our second is much more easygoing, and settled into a routine very quickly. Yes, there are challenges at EVERY stage, and I can also remember being frustrated that I had finally gotten our son to a fairly consistent schedule, and then he stopped taking a morning nap. But by the same token, he was also starting to play more independently. If I took five minutes to "set him up" with a few interactive toys (something like a Little People playset with several figures, or a pile of blocks) he was going for a good thirty minute stretch. While it wasn't the uninterrupted naptime, I was able to adapt and carry on. I'm now at the point where our son only naps about once a month, and our daughter doesn't seem to need her nap, either. I'm now starting to implement "quiet time," though, for everyone!!\

Every child is so different - not to mention the parents themselves - but God will provide the resources (patience, energy despite lack of sleep...) that you need.