Thursday, December 13, 2007

Our Year in Review

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Breastfeeding - In the Bible...

If found this great link, What God Says About Breastfeeding. It's got all kinds of verses to support the God created breastfeeding as a good thing:

Breastfeeding was created by God's magnificent design for all mammals and he is not silent on the topic of infant feeding. His children can receive more than food from the breast of their mother. What greater gift can a mother give her child than the gift God has given...breastfeeding. The biblical perspective of breastfeeding makes references to show breastfeeding to be a joyful, rewarding blessing to both mother and child.

(an example...) Genesis 17:1 "And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God, (El Shaddai); walk before me and be thou perfect."

El Shaddai is Hebrew; El means 'Strong One', and Shaddai comes from the word meaning breast. Here our Father introduces himself as the 'Strong Breasted One'. Understanding the nursing relationship, helps us recognize Him as our "Strong Provider". This is the only Old Testament name of God derived from a part of the physical body.. How inspiring that God called himself the Strong Breasted One. If God used the word El Shaddai to develop a trusting relationship with Abraham, then what can a nursing infant learn from the nursing relationship?"

Children are a Blessing from God

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. "
Psalm 139:13-16

"Children are an heritage of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is His reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that has his quiver full of them..."
Psalm 127:3-5

"Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger."
Psalm 8:2

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5

How Beautiful are the Feet of those who bring good news, proclaim peace, bring glad tidings of good things, proclaim salvation, and proclaim to Zion, "Your God reigns!"
Isaiah 52:7

He who spares the rod hates his son,
but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.
Proverbs 13:24

These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Deuteronomy 6:6,7

 "Like newborn babies you should crave - thirst for, earnestly desire- the pure (unadulterated) spiritual milk, that by it you may be nurtured and grow unto [completed] salvation; Since you have [already] tasted the goodness and kindness of the Lord."
I Peter 2:2-3


Back when I was pregnant and we were in Mexico, the kids teased Big Red that he was pregnant as well. They'd run up to me and rub my belly saying, "Baby!" and run over to Big Red and do the same. I caught some of it on video. It's sideways, but I'm not technically minded enough to figure out how to rotate it!

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Quote of the Day

Don't ask the Lord to guide your footsteps if you're not willing to move your feet.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Cradle Cap and Games

As of Monday we have officially diagnosed Karrots with Cradle Cap, which is basically baby dandruff. It looks a lot like this:

Supposedly it will just go away in a few months. I started putting Biosilk on it and brushing out the flakes after I picked at it then I learned oil and brushing is recommended! Yeah for wisdom from the Lord!


I left Karrots on her diaper changer to grab something and came back to find this:

She found a fun bag someone had given us for her baby shower and pulled it out to play with. She cracks me up!

She's enjoying the falling game. When I hold her she pushes herself back and when I catch her she giggles like crazy.

She also likes playing "SSSSuper Baby!" This basically consists of holding her over my head so her chubby cheeks just hang.

People We Know - Dale

There are many people in our lives that influence us, encourage us, inspire us, bless us, etc. Our friend, Dale, happens to be one of them.

He is one of the men of our church and has committed his life to being weird for Christ. Seriously. He listens to God's voice and obeys - whether in song, sayings, or even little skits. This can lead to weird behavior. If you read about Karrots' dedication then you read about him speaking over Karrots. He also spoke similar words over her while I was pregnant, saying she is unique and is going to unite our family.

He is rarely timid or shy in speaking up about what he believes God is telling him. In fact, he is the one we hear most from on the open mic (sometimes without a mic) during service. He'll note when it's time to pray for a specific person and then call certain people of the church us to pray.

One Sunday he left the worship service to return acting out what he had seen. While the music was playing he went around as if looking to see if someone was following him, being extremely cautious. Then, he began as if he was digging, still using caution, and then pulling something out, taking it to his seat. He later explained that it was time for us to unbury the things God has given us, whether talents or other treasures, and use them.

Now, watching this I had two sets of feelings. First, "what on earth is he doing?! Doesn't he know people are watching?" This, of course, was my carnal side. The second voice asked me if I'd be willing to look so ridiculous for the Lord. His act challenged me.

I can't recall one time when his obedience wasn't a blessing. It is an amazing thing to hear from God. I love that He sends people to tell His words.

We learned this past Sunday that when he was in elementary school he had prayed that God would pick his friends. Seeing that he is at our church, that meant a lot! I wonder why God would put us in his life? Why would he choose to share him with us?

Lord, thank you for Dale, that he is obedient to do what some see as weird or crazy. Soften my heart and open my ears to hear your direction then help me to listen and obey.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Apartment Hunting

As most of you who know us know...we're looking for a new place. Why? Well, our place is about 500 sq. ft. for one. We're still looking for a one bedroom (for price...unless a 2 is under our limit), but want washer and dryer...and we're hoping for under $1,200/mo. Yes, those exist in So. Cal...they're just hard to find. We also need to be able to park 2 cars.

We checked out a place in Montrose on Friday. It's not MUCH bigger than here, but it's got a 2 car garage under the apartment that is rather large (same size as the apartment). It's already got a washer and dryer and fridge. It has a patio out back that's a good size and a balcony upstairs. I think it even has more wall room.

Even though I'd still have to go outside to do laundry (that's the only way to get to the garage), at least I'd be able to use the cloth diapers! The manager even said he'd remove the units if we want to put in our own. No, we don't have any, but it's a nice option just in case.

It's in a quiet neighborhood, a back house duplex - which there are PLENTY of in Montrose. It's $1,225/mo. with at least a year lease. It's like 15 mins. closer to Big Red's work as well and right by downtown so we could have a nice family walk in a safe area.

There was already a guy who was harassing the manager to get the apartment. I'm not sure how much the manager wanted him there if he was still showing the place. When he showed us the patio he mentioned how great it would be for kids toys, so he sounded like he was still trying to "sell" the place.

We put an application in so we'll see!

We also had checked out a place in Tujunga. It's a 2 bedroom with the washer and dryer hookups inside by the kitchen. It would be perfect except the location. They had an upstairs and downstairs. Big Red was considering the upstairs just because it would be harder for someone to break into...not too safe!

Another place I checked out was in Hacienda Heights...literally walking distance from my parents'. It was $1,225 and came with washer and dryer stacked in a closet just inside. It was 680 sq. ft. (I believe) and had potential. It only had one car spot, but we could pay $39/mo for another spot. (We'd have parked a car at my parents' or on the street probably.) It required renter's insurance (not a bad idea!) and didn't have an elevator.

Well, that one rented that day so the next cheapest apartment there is like $1,325. Oh well! It would've been nice being next to grandma since Big Red and I want our kids semi-close together and, well, it doesn't take much for us to get pregnant.

Please be praying for us. I really want to move soon. Every morning Karrots' diaper overflows with pee and she has a wet spot on her belly. I'm afraid it'll keep her sick. If we get her in the cloth diapers at least we can experiment with multiple inserts to keep her dry. Also, it'll save us money.