Can you believe it's almost Thanksgiving? Time seems to have flown by at top speed this year. I am 33 weeks pregnant, and the fact that I've made it this far is at the top of my list of things I'm thankful for right now! As we are in this season of thankfulness, we can use this time to teach thankfulness to our children as well. It bothers me greatly to see ungrateful children, who expect things to be given to them, and then don't say thank you once they receive it. That's certainly not to say that my children are always perfectly thankful, because they're not. I have to remind them on a daily basis to say thank you when they're are given something, or when someone helps them with something, etc.
Some ways that I teach my children thankfulness are: Teach them to say thank you when given something. Sit with them for a few minutes every day and list some things you are all thankful for. Teach them how to sign "thank you" in ASL before they can talk. Express gratitude to God during prayer times. We are told in scripture to "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name." I like to start and end our bedtime prayers with thanking the Lord for various blessings in our lives. My son has picked up on this, and now he does it too. Read Bible verses about thankfulness/thanksgiving. Maybe memorize one verse a week/month until you and your children have several memorized. Model thankfulness. I think this is the most important thing you can do. Your child will learn the most by watching you. "More is caught than taught." If you are a thankful person, they will learn from your words and actions how to be thankful. I love this perspective:
What are some ways you teach your children to be thankful?
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We have a very small movie collection in our home, intentionally. There are very, very few movies that I am ok with my children watching. Some of the movies that they are occasionally allowed to watch are the Iesodo movies. They're cute, biblical, and clean. We have the Love movie, and were recently given the chance to review the Joy movie.
Joy is about the celebration of Iesodo's birthday. From the website:
"Iesodo and his friends bring your favorite New Testament stories to life in a whole new way including this special re-telling of the Nativity story. Let your heart take flight and tweet along to holiday carols and all-new songs!
Festivities are in full swing as the flock prepares to celebrate Iesodo’s birthday! The Cypress Tree is decked out with holly berries and excitement is in the air. Everyone gathers as Rocky shares the story of this amazing day and how it changes their lives forever." The humor is very cute and funny. My husband and I laughed several times throughout the movie. Our children (ages 4 and 2) absolutely loved it, and asked to watch it again as soon as it ended. The graphics are very pretty, and it's overall an enjoyable movie for all ages.
While we don't watch movies very often, every now and then we enjoy a family movie night. So it's nice to have movies like the Iesodo series that are clean, funny, and instill biblical principles in our children. Children's minds are shaped by everything around them, including what they watch and listen to. I want my children's minds to be shaped by Godly, character building things.
If you're looking for some new movies for your children, be sure to check out all 4 Iesodo movies! The Iesodo website also has free printable coloring pages of the birds from the movies! Disclaimer: I received compensation for this review. All opinions are honest and my own.
With the Ebola scare that is happening in the US right now, I have been asked for some ways to boost the immune system, and keep our bodies strong enough to fight or prevent Ebola. You want to continually work on this, continually build your immune system, and the strength of your body. By following at least some of the suggestions on this post, you can strengthen your immune system, and strengthen your body, and reduce your risk of being harmed by Ebola, the flu, or any other virus or disease that comes your way.
We're going to start with a list of anti-viral and immune boosting herbs. I suggest you acquaint yourself with at least several of these, and learn to use them properly. You want to use at least some of these on a daily basis, to build your immune system, and to fight off any bugs that come your way. Note: I am not going into great detail about each herb in this post, as it is already going to be long. It is up to you to do your own research regarding the safety of each herb for children, pregnant or lactating women, or those with health conditions or on medication. I am not a doctor, and this is not medical advice. This is not 100% insurance that you will not get sick. Now that we have that out of the way, let's move onto herbs.
I am currently living at the hospital, an hour away from my family. They admitted me on Monday. You can read the update here. So, what have I been doing to pass the time (besides writing this rather mundane blog post?) I've been watching 19 Kids and Counting on T.V. I watched Grace Unplugged yesterday, and thought it was pretty boring. I've been reading a lot. The Psalms (did you know Psalm 68 says to worship God by name? I think that's awesome), Cure Tooth Decay (good book!!), and an ebook about using essential oils safely. It goes in depth about the chemical properties of oils, and when it is and isn't appropriate to use them. It's good knowledge. I forgot to bring my books for my Family Herbalist course. I'll probably get hubby to bring those up soon. I also have some yarn, so I'll probably make a few hippy headbands (my new thing). I'll be opening a new Etsy at some point in the future, selling hippy/boho hair accessories, aromatherapy hot/cold rice packs, aromatherapy stuffed animals, and baby toys. I'm pretty excited about it. It all started when I figured out how to use a sewing machine. It's so awesome, and so fun, and I'm totally obsessed with fabric now. I had a few visitors today, most importantly my babies came to see me, which was wonderful. They told all about their day, and Canon said he'd pick some flowers from the yard to bring me tomorrow. :) I treasure flowers from that boy more than just about anything else he could give me. All of my best friends are currently out of town camping for Sukkot. Hopefully they'll be able to come see me when they get back. (You know who you are.) Except for one, my nurses have all been amazing. They just keep getting better. I'll say "oh, I love that nurse, she's so nice!" And then the next one is even nicer! The doctors, not so much; thankfully I don't see them very often. I think they realize I'm an uncooperative patient that questions things instead of just doing what they say, and so one of them in particular isn't the most pleasant person. I am continually blown away by my support system. I have friends I barely know going out of their way to help me and my family, and I am just so thankful! I am highly emotional right now, and can't handle talking about my kids. So, if you come visit me, try not to bring them up. My introverted nature can't handle heightened emotions without expelling them. I think I've cried a million times since I've been here. I guess that's it for now. Keep praying! Baby needs to stay in much longer, and needs my membranes to seal completely so he can have the fluid he needs.
Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.
2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
3 But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.
4 Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name Jah, and rejoice before him.
5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.
6 God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
7 O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people, when thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah:
8 The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9 Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary.
10 Thy congregation hath dwelt therein: thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor.
11 The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.
12 Kings of armies did flee apace: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil.
13 Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.
14 When the Almighty scattered kings in it, it was white as snow in Salmon.
15 The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan; an high hill as the hill of Bashan.
16 Why leap ye, ye high hills? this is the hill which God desireth to dwell in; yea, the Lordwill dwell in it for ever.
17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.
18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them.
19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.
20 He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto God the Lord belong the issues from death.
21 But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.
22 The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea:
23 That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same.
24 They have seen thy goings, O God; even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary.
25 The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels.
26 Bless ye God in the congregations, even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel.
27 There is little Benjamin with their ruler, the princes of Judah and their council, the princes of Zebulun, and the princes of Naphtali.
28 Thy God hath commanded thy strength: strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us.
29 Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee.
30 Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, till every one submit himself with pieces of silver: scatter thou the people that delight in war.
31 Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.
32 Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah:
33 To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.
34 Ascribe ye strength unto God: his excellency is over Israel, and his strength is in the clouds.
35 O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.
I had an ultrasound today. It's strange having so many. I didn't have any with my other children, and I've had 3 already, and am scheduled for another one in two weeks. They said that the baby looks normal as far as they can tell. They really couldn't see everything very well, because of the extremely low fluid. My amniotic fluid measured at 3cm, which is an improvement from none at all! But it's still very low, and worrisome. They want to give me 2 steroid shots next visit to help the baby's lungs. Since he was very low/out of fluid during the 20-22 week stage - a pivotal time for lung development - there's a chance that his lungs will be weak when he is born. The neonatologist that I met today said that there's no way to tell what the condition of his lungs will be until he is born. He could be fine, he could need oxygen, he could need a respirator, or, worst case scenario, the lungs could be so weak that they won't be able to help him... He is measuring at 24.5 weeks, so I'm due later than I thought. That's pretty much all I learned today. Pretty short update. We would greatly appreciate prayers for: 1. Baby's lungs to develop perfectly. For them to be strong and healthy and work fine on their own. 2. For my amniotic fluid to increase to normal levels. 3. For me to carry him to term. 4. For me to avoid getting an infection, as my risk is increased if my membranes are ruptured, which it seems like they are. Thank you everyone! And thank you to everyone who has been using my Amazon affiliate link for their Amazon shopping. It has been such a blessing!!
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Happy National Coffee Day! What a glorious day! (Can I get an amen?)
My perfect cup of coffee is made from freshly ground organic coffee beans. I like cream or half and half, and a touch of organic coconut crystals, raw sugar, or maple syrup.
I used to say that I "liked coffee with my cream and sugar", but since I started buying whole beans and grinding them myself, I can drink it black if I have to, although I still prefer cream and a touch of something sweet. I'm not drinking anymore coffee for the rest of this pregnancy (someone drink a cup in my honor!) so I'll be enjoying my herbal coffee today. If it was cooler, I would sit out on the porch and drink it while watching my children play in the yard, but it's supposed to be in the 80's all week. I am ready for fall to be here full time! This post wasn't very long or exciting, but I love coffee, so I decided to write about it. What's your favorite way to drink coffee?
Hello everyone! I am really trying to get back into the swing of blogging after such a long break. I have been so touched and happy to hear that people have missed my posts! I'm going to try to get back into doing the weekend deal roundup as well, as I know a lot of you liked that. So here we go! The Best 100 Homeschool Freebies of the Past Month.