Thursday, November 20, 2014

Countdown to thanksgiving: day 20-Youversion app

Every night I read my "verse of the day", and sometimes the chapter around it. It's nice to have the YouVersion app available. I'm thankful for this as I wind down tonight and get ready to sleep. Here's tonight's verse:  Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. (Proverbs 13:20 ESV)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Countdown to Thanksgiving: day 19-Unexpected nourishment

Two things today that I'm especially thankful for, but didn't expect:
Garden of Life Raw Prenatal Vitamins: Even thought I've not been super careful about how I eat, my nightly leg cramps have been virtually non-existent! I'm generally feeling better, and I really think these vitamins are a contributing factor. I'm also thankful that they are available on Amazon for half the price of Whole Foods! Thanks to everyone who recommended them to me! 

I am glad I made the trip to Whole Foods for the vitamins, because that's where I discovered this delicious milk:

We've been buying whole milk for Adara (she loves it and it was an easy way to wean her), and we put it in our coffee. I'm sure it's this good because it's local, fresh, and is super-creamy. I used to consider myself very lactose-intolerant, but this milk doesn't make me feel sick! A friend of mine then told me it's available at the Puckett's Downtown, so now it's convenient for me to buy! We were buying Horizon Organic milk at Kroger, but it isn't as tasty. Now if I feel hungry in between meals and don't feel like fixing anything, a small glass of Hatcher's Whole Milk will do the trick.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Countdown to Thanksgiving:day 18-Bible study/small group

Today was the last official meeting for the Bible study I've been a part of for the past few months. We've been going through the "Gospel Growth" series, and it's been so good to have a safe place to learn, reflect, and share with other ladies. I m so thankful for their open hearts and non-judgment attitude. Even when I've shared some deep, disturbing struggles, they are there encouraging me, and never come across as pious or having all the answers. I look forward to our time together every week, and this last meeting had a good sense of closure. I hope to be able to participate again next spring!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Countdown to Thanksgiving: day 17-a healthy 2 year old

Adara had her 2 year checkup today, and everything looks great! The office measured her at 34.5 inches and 26 lbs. she doesn't need to take Floradix anymore because her iron levels look great! we sang "time for your checkup" throughout the visit, and Adara cooperated beautifully. I also briefly talked to the pediatrician about being our doctor for both our kiddos, and I think that's going to be the easiest solution. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Countdown to thanksgiving: day 16- the generosity of others

My baby turned two today, so that alone made today exciting! However, I was especially touched by how God works through people's generosity. 
Adara got to open MORE birthday presents today!
Then, when I was just thinking about how Adara and I could use some new clothes, my mom brings us bags and bags from some family friends!
God blesses us even when I forget to pray! I feel so trendy with all these super cute clothes, and Adara has more cute clothes that will fit her!
I also went to a baby shower for our baby boy. Again, people showered us with gifts and I really enjoyed the time spent with everyone.
God used His people's generosity today to remind me to trust Him and not worry! I'm so very thankful for days like today.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Countdown to Thanksgiving: Day 15-Focus on the Family radio

Today I'm thankful for an online radio with encouraging, informative, Bible-based talks to listen to while I'm working. I do some work at home stuff, and today's work is super boring. I'm fine with doing boring work, but it's nice to have something to listen to while I'm getting stuff done.
Click here to listen to today's podcast. It's called " Practical Advice for Expectant Parents." I imagine it will have good advice, even though we've gone through this baby thing once already.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Countdown to thanksgiving: day 14-God's grace in spite of my ungrateful attitude

Today I've struggled with feeling grateful for anything. I'm thankful God still gives me grace and that He still loves me when I'm having a bad attitude.
Today I've worried about food and if I'm making good choices, about money (and how we spend it so easily), about things that I need to get ready for upcoming appointments, hospital delivery, and managing everything once the new baby comes. I worry about Adara's lack of cooperation. I stress about getting Christmas presents ready ahead of time. I worry about how expensive my new prenatals are....and on and on. I know in my head that Jesus says not to worry, but sometimes I really have to pray. Thankfully His providence isn't dependent on me!

Thankfully my precious child still loves to cuddle even when I am impatient with her.