Friday, October 7, 2011

Five Things For Friday, 19th Edition

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I am 33 weeks pregnant this week. I can't believe that in little less than two months (hopefully) I will be holding this baby in my arms. It makes me so excited! I am having mixed feelings about this pregnancy ending though. One one side I am super ready NOT to be pregnant any more. I've officially entered the "I feel as big as a whale and I can't buckle my shoes or shave my legs" stage of pregnancy and I forgot how hard it is. I think God makes pregnant women as uncomfortable as possible the last month so that they are willing to do whatever it takes to get the baby out! Yet on the other hand I really love feeling this little person move and kick inside of me. I feel a beautiful sense of oneness and wholeness with this child nestled below my heart and I know I will miss it when he/she is born. I always do. Also, part of me worries about how I am going to be able to handle another child when I feel like I can barely keep track of the two I have right now. I just have to trust that the Lord knows what He is doing in sending me this little spirit and that He will give me the strength and ability I need to be at least a semi-decent mom once it is here!

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I loved this idea by Dana about scripture journaling with her children. It had NEVER occurred to me to have my children keep their own scripture journals. I think my kids still might be a bit young for this but it is definitely something I want to do with them in the future. It took me years to figure out how to scripture journal effectively, but once I figured it out it improved my scripture study so much. I would love to give my kids a head start and teach them how to get the most out of their personal scripture study. Oh, and Dana's post also includes some links with suggestions about how to keep your own "grown-up" scripture journal as well.

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I've been sorting through my house the last week trying to de-clutter it in preparation for moving and I discovered one interesting fact about my house.

My children own more books than they do clothes or toys.

Honestly. I haven't quite decided if this is a good thing or a bad thing. It is a good thing because it means that my children have developed quite a love for books and reading at a young age. I snapped this shot of them the other day.



We had just gotten some new books and they delved into them right away. Asher even started "reading" some of them to Rose. Oh, how sweet they are in those rare moments when they aren't tackling or making each other scream. Yet the bad thing about all these books is that they are constantly scattered around my house and it is sort of driving me crazy. I really need a better way to arrange them and store them. Any suggestions from you experienced moms (or school teachers) about keeping the books under control?
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This video, made by Seth at The Seth Adam Smith blog, is so powerful. I have read this talk by Elder Neal A. Maxwell dozens of times before but hearing his voice speak the words, combined with beautiful pictures of women from the scriptures really touched me. Deeply. Okay, it made me sob all over my keyboard. It is such a beautiful testimony to womanhood and I hope that you will take a moment to watch it.



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My husband has been gone on a business trip and so I've been flying solo the last few days. It has been hard. I didn't realize how much I would miss him. I've discovered that there are so many things that he does for me that I never even realized he did. For example, it got freezing cold very suddenly up here and I discovered that I have NO idea how to turn on the furnace. That is kind of sad. My brain is really only half complete without him. I understand now why death or divorce is so hard... it is really like loosing half of yourself. I just want to send all you single moms out there (or moms who are flying solo because of jobs or military deployment) my prayers and love. It isn't easy to be on your own, actually it is really, really hard. I just thought I'd acknowledge that... before I get off the computer to go put on some socks and another sweater.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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9 comments:

  1. I love love love your blog! Thank you so much for all of your posts.
    My thoughts on books/ toys: We also have a lot more books than anything else. Since my daughter was two we had a 5 book limit. She can get 5 books from the book shelf at a time and needs to return them before she can get more. Sometimes we pretend the bookshelf is a library and check- out the books. I think it's a great way to teach how to pick up after yourself. Also, we rotate toys and books every couple weeks. I box up what doesn't fit in the spots I have designated and switch it out when she needs a change- it cuts down on clutter so much! Things also seem new again when they haven't had them just laying around.

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing this video! I am going "home" to post it right away. :)

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  3. If you figure out anything great for the book dilemma, let me know! I struggle between wanting my kids to have access to their books and read them as they want to encourage them to do it often, and wanting to put them all out of reach so I don't come in to find them scattered all over yet again, or worse, torn.

    I guess my bigger problem is if they're in reach for my 5, 4 and 2 year old, they're also in reach of my 1 year old....she's the real stinker. The others know how to treat them.

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  4. Thank you for sharing that video, it was absolutely wonderful.

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  5. Book shelves with doors are great. I find that even as an adult, "out of sight: out of mind" still applies.

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  6. Just linked up my first Five Things for Friday post - yippeee! I'm pregnant too (25 weeks along with our 7th blessing), and we have more books than toys too. It's a great life!

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  7. I forgot that we are at the exact same place in our pregnancies. I'm also expecting our third and my other two are still quite young (3.5 and barely 2). Thanks for all you share!

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  8. Heather, I completely empathize with you! My husband works out of town quite frequently and it really can be a challenge. Somehow we muddle through, but it's so nice to have him home! :)
    I love the picture of your little ones reading-- it look a lot like life here.
    My own (unsolicited!) advice would be to rest your mind about what will happen when the baby arrives. When I was expecting my twins I spent a lot of sleepless nights wondering the very same things. How on earth was I going to take care of 4 kids? (ages 5 and under!) But I should have known, the Lord always provides a way. He has been there every step of the way and I've discovered I'm a lot stronger than I thought with His help. You're an amazing person, I have no doubts you will be an amazing mom. ♥

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  9. Heather your kids are so cute reading there books! Where are you moving? I hope not to far cause I still need to come and visit you!

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