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A Mother’s God-given Intuition

May 17, 2011

When my babies were in the womb and after they were born, I was connected to them in a way that is difficult to explain. I mean, they were growing inside of me for 9 months! I felt them kick and move, I heard their heartbeats, I saw them during a sonogram. In return, I watched what I ate so that they would grow healthy, I took my vitamins, I exercised, I prayed for them night and day and prepared the best possible route for my baby’s birth in to this world. 

The BOND is very strong between a mother and baby. I know God made us this way for a reason, so that we are able to care for them, nurture them, feed them, dress them, wipe their tears, and just be close to them. Our children are a gift from God; they are the most precious reward we could ever imagine.

I think God not only grows our babies within our womb, but also offers His “still small voice” in our hearts and our minds when it comes to our children. He gives us intuitions, feelings, heart-felt emotions for our babies. This amazing BOND can be nurtured with our children and with God.

I think some mothers don’t give themselves enough credit. They ignore their feelings, emotions, and God’s “still small voice” and agree to what a doctor tells them to do, what their mother tells them to do, what other friends and family tell them to do with their babies…even if they don’t agree or feel right about it. Maybe they are too tired to make the decision themselves, maybe they don’t have enough support at home, maybe they just trust what others think and don’t listen to their hearts.

It make me sad because I have seen it happen so many times where a mom doesn’t feel right about what the doctor is doing, and she just goes along with it.  Like she has to no “say” in the matter, even though it’s her baby. Then when things don’t go as she had hoped, she wonders why. She prays to God for the best outcome, but is unwilling to do the work to make it happen.

I want to encourage all the moms out there that do not have the support system they need. God has equipped and empowered you to make the best possible decision for yourself and your baby. Be still, listen to that small voice within. You do not have to just “go along” with decisions made for you that you do not feel comfortable with. Do your research, education is a MOST powerful tool. You have tons of information available to you online about birth, babies, treatments, and alternative methods. Read, read, read. Talk to people, ask lots and lots of questions.

It is my prayer for all of the moms and mothers-to-be out there that you connect with your God-given intuition and His “still small voice.”

Blessings!

Jenny

Read: (1 Kings 19: 11-13)

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Jesus Loves the Little Children

March 14, 2011

With Easter right around the corner, I wanted to share some verses regarding God’s love for children. This is why I love babies so much, they are God’s unique creation! He is why I live, I love, and I create. Today I want to thank Him for my children and the gifts He has given me.

“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdon of heaven.” Matthew 19:14

“Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me, but Him who sent Me.” Mark 9:37

Then they brought little children to Him, that He might tough them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will be no means enter it.” And He took them up in His arms, laid hands on them, and blessed them.  Mark 10:13-15

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Wishing you a Blessed Day!
Jenny

Making Your Own Detergent

November 29, 2010

I have been a member on Diaperswappers for several years. One of the many natural and thrifty things I learned in the forums was how to save money by making my own laundry and diswashing detergent. I make both and they work great! I save a lot of money using these recipes.

For Laundry I mix equal parts:

Borax – I buy mine at Target in the detergent aisle

Washing Soda – made by Arm & Hammer (you can find it at Kroger in the detergent aisle)

OxyClean – I use Oxyclean free

For diswashing detergent I mix equal parts:

-Borax

-Washing Soda

-(sometimes I do add a little of my regular dishwashing detergent in the larger cup to make sure they don’t get spots)

-I also add some vinegar to the rinse cycle cup to get them extra sparkling clean! It’s a little smelly but I don’t mind:-)

 

Here’s another recipe I found recently called Diva Detergent. I haven’t used it for my cloth diapers, but it looks like one I’d like to try:

“I use Diva Detergent for laundry, soaking out stains and foul odors, scouring my sinks and bathtub; I even scrubbed my patio with it.

Here’s the recipe:

Diva Detergent

1 55 oz. box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1/2 cup Mule Team Borax
2 Cups Oxygen Cleaner
1/2 cup Simple Green
1/2 cup Water Softening Powder

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Put all dry ingredients in a large container – (bucket, dishpan) mix with your hands to combine. Put gloves on before adding liquid ingredients as there is a chemical reaction that makes it get rather warm…..and could burn your skin. Drizzle the wet ingredients over the top of the dry ingredients. Mix with your hands until well combined and all liquid is mixed in and there are no clumps. If it still seems too moist, you can add a box of baking soda**. Humidity levels in different parts of the country can make a difference here, as your dry ingredients might have a higher moisture content. Store in a sealed container. I have used Rubbermaid, Tupperware, coffee cans….whatever you have on hand.

Use 1-2 1/8 cup scoops (the kind that came with the oxygen cleaner) per load. You’ll have to experiment a bit to find what works best with your water condition and washer size. I recommend stripping your diapers with RLR before beginning to use this detergent.* “

Breasfeeding Today – La Leche League

November 19, 2010

I recently called the Atlanta La Leche League hotline (http://www.lllofga.org/local.html) when I was having an issue nursing my son. He was teething horribly and bit down while nursing. The bite caused a sore, causing me severe pain while nursing him. The pain was so bad that I couldn’t nurse him on that side. The biggest issue was that the sore wasn’t healing and I didn’t know how to speed up the healing process or what to do in the meantime. So, I called La Leche League and so glad I did!

When you dial the hotline (you can find your state’s hotline at http://www.llli.org/), they will give you several names and numbers you can call to see who is available since LLL mothers work on a volunteer basis. I called the first 2 numbers and the 2nd person answered the phone. She was extremely helpful and gave me lots of great advice, which worked to heal my sore! I am so impressed with LLL and the services they offer. I had called them before with my first son and even attended monthy meetings.  I strongly suggest this for any new mom or pregnant mom who wants to breastfeed. 

Here is their newest magazine issue that you can receive FREE if you sign up at the website: Click on it to read…..

Everlasting Father

November 18, 2010

As I begin to stress about the holidays and coming of the busy Christmas season, I read a post today on one of my favorite blogs. Good Morning Girls is a great Christian Blog for Women and Courtney’s post are always just what I need to hear. Today her post is about Jesus being the EVERLASTING FATHER.

Isaiah 9:6 says “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Today, I am praying to my EVERLASTING FATHER to help me not stress about the holidays . To help me remember that it’s Jesus’s birthday and I should be praising Him! To not worry about gifts and presents and how we will pay for it all. To reach up to heaven and just praise God for giving me a wonderful life that I can share with Him. To thank him for my health and the health of my children. To remember that He loves me, will take care of me, and that IT’S ALL FOR HIS GLORY!

I Love You Jesus,

Jenny

How Can I Better My Marriage?

November 10, 2010

Every month in my Ultimate Marriage class we are taking on challenges to bring us closer as a couple, which ultimately brings us closer to God. This month’s challenge is based on TOGETHERNESS:

We talked about 4 things that will GREATLY contribute to the togetherness of your marriage…

2 Things a wife needs more to feel bonded to her husband:

  1. Affection – genuine affection with no strings attached is a wife’s greatest need.
  2. Conversation – wife’s second greatest need  and one of the keys to giving affection.

2 Things  a husband needs most to feel bonded to his wife:

  1. Sexual Fulfillment – the most powerful need in marriage and equal to the wife’s need for affection.
  2. Shared Activity – primary way men bond wtih others in through a shared activity.

Galations 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows.” 

What ways do you spend most of your time each day? This week I am working on trying to spend less time on the computer, doing house work, cleaning up after the kids, etc. and more time with my husband. After all, it is our 4-year anniversary this week! I am also trying to purposely schedule dates for us to spend more time together alone. I am asking him to pray with me and praying for our marriage.

What is your husband’s greatest need? Can you think of ways you can spend more time together? 

I pray that God gives you some insight on what you can do this week to better your marriage and make more time for each other. I pray that you will have the Ultimate Marriage that God intended for us to have!

GOD BLESS!

Jenny

The Great Cloth Diaper Hunt

November 6, 2010

So I am trying my brain at the Great Cloth Diaper Hunt 2010 from Diaper Decisions this year. It’s a lot of fun, but really hard. I am not great at puzzles and figuring out difficult hints and such, but hey, maybe it’s good for me. I need to work my brain a bit!

The prizes this year are awesome and there are so many prizes!! I hope you can find some time to try it out. I don’t expect I will complete the hunt, since it takes a lot of time, but I would love to win at least one prize!

Here are the sites where I have found the cloth diaper icon and probably the easiest sites to go to first:

1. Buddha Bunz
2. Convert My Diapers
3. honestbaby
4. Kayla’s Cloth Kits
5. Talulah Bean
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