Simple Daybook: September Arrives

I am praying…

For James. (My husband) He is working on finishing his final thesis- a massive undertaking under normal circumstances, but with a brand new baby in the house and sleep deprivation, has become quite a task. Lots of late nights and early mornings on top of everything else.

I am thankful for…

For post it notes and whiteboards. They are the only reason the house is running right now. My brain has been so mushy, mushy, mushy. I've been writing everything down lately, from who had what medicine last and how much, to grocery lists, to messages to my husband about stuff (only funny because he works from home but I am seeing so little of him between homeschooling and his schedule. He's around but we're rarely in the same room. ) There is stuff scribbled everywhere!

From the learning rooms…

Updated Alphabet Soup today. There is a lot of stuff I'd like to put up there, but my time is so limited right now!

From the kitchen…

I really have not been particularly adventurous in this area the last few weeks. Josiah seems to have significant allergies (much like Isaiah), so I've had to cull a lot from my diet as we test and see what is unsettling his stomach. Dairy is out, as well as all the preservatives (since this is a known issue with a sibling). Gluten is next. Not really looking forward to that. On the other side, it has been very good for dropping a size already!

I am wearing…

Unfortunately, pajamas. It was a long weekend and an even longer Monday, and I have yet to find a shower. I will make that happen today and find something pretty to put on.

I am creating…

The Cardboard Testimony project is coming to an end. I was hitting a block the other day and pulled out some different techniques to try. I'm going to play with the new alcohol ink pen Tim Holtz (Advantus) just recently came out with- I am very curious to see what can be done with it.

I am going…

We've been sticking really close to home. It has truly become difficult to get all five to behave during outings- having serious issues with listening and holding hands, so we've had to curtail many activities we had planned. It has become a logistical undertaking to go anywhere, so James and I have really had to talk through our calendars to make it all work.

I am reading…

Handmade Home by Amanda Soule.

I am hoping…

That James gets some good news about some jobs he applied for. And that his client load continues to increase. (He has a computer repair side business that is sort of blossoming into a full business- sort of hard to explain.)

I am hearing…

Josiah crying. I wouldn't go so far as to say he has colic like Isaiah did, but if he's not nursing, he's not happy. Isaiah wouldn't even nurse. It's a struggle right now. Feel so sorry for the little guy!

Around the house…

The house is keeping itself pretty well, considering no one can really pay attention to it right now. The daily rhythms really have been helping here, because it all takes less than twenty minutes. I imagine within a few weeks I will have to do a deeper, more thorough clean- but for right now, it's working. I've had to empty my closet- in this glorious place of 'having nothing to wear' because it is too big- and needed to get the smaller stuff out of the back of the closet that I thought I'd never fit into again. But accordingly, our bedroom has been quite a wreck because I've only had five minutes here or there. I'd really like to finish that today.

One of my favorite things…

Aside from prayer? Music. With the days as rough as they've been lately, I've been finding the companion of music really helps me to keep my attitude on track and my focus where it belongs. Fernando Ortega, Kathryn Scott, Kari Jobe. Worship songs from Klaus and others. Hymns. I have a station I've custom made on Pandora that I call "Peace" that has a mix of all these artists.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

To just keep swimming. (Dory, Finding Nemo)

Here is picture thought I am sharing…

(He was entranced with the ceiling fan above him.)


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  • Sandi

    Oh Joy, I remember those early days and the intensity of them…and I have two less children then you do. The diet issues adds just one more element to things. But smaller sizes are good!
    My doctor just recommended we take all preservatives and nitrates out of my son’ diet. We are pretty careful about it but not totally. Anyway, I would love to hear how you are going about all that with Isaiah (only when your able…no pressure). I recently took Ike off cow milk becasue he complained of stomach aches off and on…he hasn’t had one since. I am just starting to get into some of the food changes we need to make in light of the ADHD and behavior struggles he has.
    I will pray for you dh schooling to go well. My husband had final exams the week after our son died in 2002. I have no idea how he pulled that one off except for the grace of God!

  • Pam

    All four of my babies were “colicky”–not happy unless nursing or being carried in the sling or walked around. There was no normalcy for 4.5 months.
    Daily, I will remember your needs in prayer. All I can figure is that it must be heredity, since mine all experienced it. Allergy runs in our family, but not food allergy–just indoor/outdoor. Don’t know if this might contribute in some way? People always have suggestions, which can get irritating sometimes–as though Momma is doing something to cause the colic. Hope you aren’t encountering that.
    Praise God for the side business!

  • Andrea

    oh Joy–love you sister.
    It’s hard right now, isn’t it? ((hugs))
    If it helps, I am walking with you, friend–ok?
    “He is before all things and in Him all things hold together.” ~Colossians 1:17
    “So, do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
    ~Isaiah 41:10
    Sending love, and praying.

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