Monday, September 29, 2014

National Coffee Day

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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?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Weekend Deal Roundup 9/26/14

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.

5 Free printable chore charts for kids

Himalayan salt lamp: 50% off! I have this one, and I LOVE it so much! 


                                         LeapFrog My Own Leaptop 33% off.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

7 Things I am Thankful for Today

We've got a lot going on in our lives right now. A lot of worry, and stress, and touch of chaos. But we also have a lot of beauty in our lives right now. So I thought it would be a good idea to take a breather and list some things that I am thankful for.

1. The multitudes of people, all over the country, who have been praying for us and our baby. Thank you, and keep praying!

2. Our dear and beloved friends who let us interrupt their evening and visit so long that their supper got cold.

3. The people who have blessed us financially as we walk this journey. It has really touched us deeply, and will help immensely once those bills from NC start rolling in!

4. Fall!! Oh, the weather has been glorious!

5. Herbal coffee. I had to give up caffeine for the rest of this pregnancy, so I am very thankful for herbal coffee.

6. The people who have brought us food while I am spending the majority of my time resting!

7. My cast iron tea pot. I just love it. So much. 

                         Also, these guys. These guys are pretty awesome. ;)



What are some things you are thankful for today?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pregnancy Update: What In The World is Going On???

We had our first visit at the hospital we chose today. (If you haven't read, I have a high risk pregnancy that needs monitoring. You can read about it here.) The visit was....interesting.

After a very long ultrasound, the doctor told us that he didn't see any sign that our baby has Gastroschisis, or any kind of abdominal defect. So...Either the doctor in NC made a very serious misdiagnosis, or this doctor is wrong, or God completely healed our baby. He said that our baby is perfectly normal, other than his head being a bit squished looking due to low amniotic fluid.

Which brings me to the current big issue. Low, basically non-existent, amniotic fluid. My baby is at the age where his lungs should be making a lot of progress in expanding and developing, and they can't do that properly without amniotic fluid. And according to the doctor, I don't have much, if any. They don't know if this is because my membranes have ruptured, or what could be causing it, but it's a really big deal at this point.

He checked to see if I had been leaking amniotic fluid recently (I though I had this morning), and he said the tests said that I hadn't, so we really have no idea what's going on. I have been leaking something the past few days, but he's saying that it's not amniotic fluid. So...I don't know what it was.

If my membranes have ruptured (if my water has broken), then I am in a small percentile of women who haven't gone into labor within a few days of that happening, which was another reason he thinks that I may be low on fluid for some other unknown reason.

I have another appointment in a couple weeks to do another ultrasound to check the levels of the fluid. If they haven't increased at all, he said he wants to treat me as though my water has broken, which would (according to him) involve being admitted to the hospital - for at least 10 weeks. This is mainly to watch out for infection that could happen if my water were broken.

Personally, I have no intention of being admitted to the hospital just so I can be given antibiotics I don't currently need, and watched for signs of infection. That's just not feasible.

He also said that it's possible for ruptured membranes to seal back up. So for all of my prayer warriors, I need you to pray that if the membranes have ruptured, that they will seal back up, and whether they've ruptured or not, that amniotic fluid will start accumulating back to a normal level!! Also, please continue praying that I am able to safely carry this baby to term, and that he will be healthy and not have problems with his lungs. Thank you all!!

Here is a beautiful profile picture of our baby. He always has his hands near his face. :)




Monday, September 15, 2014

Life Changing Pregnancy Update

Hey everyone. It's been a while since I last posted anything. I've been taking a much needed blogging break. I'm planning on posting more often now, so stick around!


Me at 18 weeks.

Here's an update of what's been going on in our lives. I am 23 weeks pregnant. I had a normal pregnancy up until this past week while we were on vacation. We were nearing the end of our 9 day vacation, that included Gatlinburg and a family conference in NC, when I woke up early one morning and used the bathroom, to discover blood in the toilet and some contractions and cramping. So we went to an ER in the area (Mission Hospital in Asheville. We were VERY impressed with the staff.) 
 They ended up not being able to figure out what caused the bleeding, but thankfully it didn't last long. The contractions eventually calmed down as well.

What they did discover during my first ever ultrasounds (I had two that morning), was that the amniotic fluid around the baby is low, which increases my risk of preterm labor, and they also discovered that our sweet baby has a defect called Gastroschisis.

Gastroschisis is a birth defect that occurs early on during a pregnancy. It is a condition where the baby's intestines are outside the baby's body, through a hole that is usually found on the right side of the umbilical cord. In some cases, some of the other organs are outside the body as well. It requires surgery shortly after birth, to put the intestines back where they belong. This cannot always be done all at once. If there is more than a small portion of intestine outside the body, it can take days or weeks to get everything back in.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Grey and Yellow Baby Shower Decorations

I recently threw a surprise baby shower for my best friend. It was the first shower I've ever thrown, and it was so much fun! I decided on a theme of yellow and grey, which incidentally matched the baby blanket she had made for her baby. I had a lot of fun with the decorations, and wanted to share them with you.

Yellow is such a cheerful color, and perfect for a baby shower. And great if you don't know the sex of the baby, which they don't. Grey just matches yellow so well!




 These centerpieces were my very favorite decorations. They're just so pretty! I got the yellow flowers from the store, and the white ones from my backyard.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Weekend Deal Roundup 5/2/14

It's May! My favorite month of the year. My birthday is next week! Here are the awesome deals and freebies for the week!



Deborah & Co offers beautiful clothing for little girls, women, and maternity.
                                           
                                  Kindles and Accessories are on sale at Amazon!

Fashion Friday-5/2/14- Mother's Gifts- $9.97 & FREE SHIPPING with Code MOTHER.


http://www.motherhoodonadime.com/deals/free-fire-fighter-printable-pack/

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Bring on the Baby Giveaway

Welcome to the Bring on the Baby Giveaway event hosted by Atta Mama and Optimistic Mommy. This giveaway is meant to celebrate the expanding family all the way through the first year of life. Read more on the fabulous prize sponsors and how to enter below!


Spring has definitely sprung and there's something in the water! Babies everywhere, am I right? Efforts to ride the baby wave resulted in the Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide at AttaMama.com. This gift guide is a resource for new moms and seasoned parents to find the newest, most practical items to make their parenting journey easy and hassle free. Teaming up with some of those same amazing sponsors, we're bringing you this awesome giveaway for your new and growing family!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wildcrafting Wednesday Link Up # 135

Welcome to the one hundred and thirty-fifth edition of Wildcrafting Wednesday! Wildcrafting Wednesday is hosted by:
While traditional wildcrafting refers to gathering herbs and plants in the wild to use for food and medicine, Wildcrafting Wednesday is a weekly blog hop for sharing self-sufficiency and homesteading tips, tried and true home-remedies, and your favorite herbal uses. It's a place to gather information on ways to incorporate old fashioned wisdom in our day-to-day life. It is anything and everything herbal - from crafts to cleaning to tinctures to cooking. It is remedies and natural cures made at home from natural ingredients. It is self-sufficient living, homesteading, and back-to-basics tips to save food, money, and resources. If it involves herbs or traditional methods of homemaking and home healing then we want to read about it!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Turmeric: A Natural Fabric Dye

I acquired a cute little drawstring cloth bag recently, and it was all white. I decided to try to dye it, since I'm not good at keeping white things clean. (Can I get an amen?) Since I have an abundance of turmeric, I decided to try using that, since there was no way I was going to go buy a box of chemicals to dye it with.




I wrapped 3 rubber bands around the bag to create a fun tie dye effect.

I added about 1/2 cup of turmeric to a bowl of water. The bowl was big enough to hold enough water to completely submerge the bag. I let the turmeric sit in the cold water for several hours, to really permeate the water. Then I added the bag to the bowl and got it nice and wet. I stirred it every now and then since the turmeric sinks to the bottom.

I let it sit overnight, and the next day I rinsed it out in the sink under cold water. 


Here is my final product. I think that 3 rubber bands was too many, but I still really like how it looks.


I get bulk turmeric for a really good price HERE

Have you ever used an herb, spice, or berry to dye something? I would love to hear about it so that I can try it!

Linked up at Wildcrafting Wednesday