Simple Woman's Daybook

Friday, January 31, 2014
Welcome to...
Outside my's sunny and warm here (in the 30's today!).

I am satisfying it is to have had a full and productive week. It's been a busy, but blessed week.

I am thankful...for good friends, new and old.

In the kitchen...pumpkin muffins.

I am yoga pants and a black fleece.

I am creating...along with my friend, a new outline and structure for our Moms Rosary Group.

I am going...on a run later, hopefully... maybe... maybe not...

I am wondering...if I really want to make the homemade pizza dough for tonight's dinner or just settle for something easier.

I am reading...Characters of the Reformation by Hilaire Belloc.

I am mother-in-law's hip surgery goes well today and that Lucas stays asleep for a leeedle bit longer.

I am looking forward to...a relaxing Saturday with not much going on.

I am learning... to trust God in all things (that sounds pretty deep, so to balance it out...) and what I need to do to get a gun license. Crazy.

Around the and purging and fixing things that have long needed to be fixed.

I am we often find the greatest grace during our greatest trials.

A favorite quote for today... "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)

One of my favorite things...freshly bathed babies.

A few plans for the rest of the week: well considering it's Friday, not a whole lot, which sounds wonderful.

A peek into my day...

Snow Ice Cream

Saturday, January 25, 2014
We were hit with a bunch of snow Tuesday night, so for Hannah's birthday the next day we were pretty much stuck inside all day. With so much snow at our disposal, we decided to try our hand at making some snow ice cream. I'll admit, I was a tad skeptical that snow could be turned into anything resembling ice cream, but much to my surprise, it turned out pretty well. And of course, the girls loved it. 
The recipe involved me pretty much throwing a bunch of stuff in a bowl with snow and stirring. Roughly this is what I did: 

Snow Ice Cream
3-4 bowls of snow
1/4 cup sugar
1-2tsps. vanilla
1/2 cup milk
Stir and enjoy, but be warned, it melts fast.

I added some sprinkles and the girls went to town. 

Pro-Woman, Pro-Child, Pro-Life

Thursday, January 23, 2014
Best and most pro-life thing I ever did--give birth to this little girl on the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

 My life just wouldn't be the same without her.

Pray to end abortion.

Pray for those mamas, the women who believe their only real "choice" is to end the life of their child. I once heard the analogy that a woman considering abortion is like an animal caught in a trap. They don't want to, but they believe their only chance for survival is to gnaw off their own leg.

Pray for those women facing unexpected or unwanted pregnancies. Pray that they have hope and an encouraging pro-life friend. But in my opinion, hope is the main thing. Sometimes hope is the only thing.

To My Birthday Girl

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Dear Hannah Bug,

Happy 4th Birthday, sweetheart! I'm tempted to say that I can't believe where the time has gone, but truthfully, four suits you.

You are becoming so smart. You sound like a 30 year old sometimes. The other day at dinner you asked Daddy, "so Daddy, how is your father's brother doing? The one who's in the hospital." (although "hospital" came out like hopstable). We couldn't believe your astuteness (we had been talking about him a few days before). You pick up on everything, which both impresses and slightly frightens us.

I'm sorry your birthday wasn't a little more exciting today. We were stuck inside all day because of the snowstorm, but like always you were a trouper. We had pancakes, played with balloons, watched Despicable Me 2, made snow ice cream (very good by the way), played Candyland and had real ice cream sundaes. When I gave you your present this morning (a Minnie mouse necklace) you said "oh wow, thank you, that was so nice of you, Mama." We love how easy to please you are. For your birthday dinner all you wanted was a grilled cheese sandwich. You're pretty much awesome like that. Thank you.

Thank you for being my go-to girl with Lucas. You are such a good helper. And my how you love your brother. You love him so much that you ask for another baby brother every single day. This future baby brother will be named Nicholas and will have a green helmet. You've got it all planned out. And although I tell you to hold your horses in the baby brother department, deep down I am so happy that you love your brother enough to want another one just like him. You have so much love to give.

I'm sorry if sometimes I rely on you too much. I know that sometimes you become exasperated if I ask you to do yet another favor for me. Sometimes you just want to play, you don't want to get Lucas his binky or feed him his bottle. And I know that, honey. I have to remind myself that although you're our oldest, you're not necessarily old. I'm sorry if sometimes I ask a little too much of you or am a little too demanding.

I've been praying for patience lately and today when I was starting to get a little frustrated with you, you reminded me to "pray to God when you get angry, Mama." Touche child, touche. Your faith never ceases to amaze me. During your prayers you like to tell Jesus everything,  like how you have a new toy phone that makes noises and you mimic said noises just so he knows exactly what you're talking about. You have taught me a lot of about faith and the importance of becoming like a little child.

Last year on your birthday.
Today I told you about why you're named Hannah. How in the Bible there was a woman named Hannah who loved God so much. She was beautiful and smart and she really wanted to have a baby. Before you were born I prayed and prayed just like the Hannah in the Bible to have a baby.  And God answered my prayer. So you were named Hannah. My prayer for you is that you grow to be just like that Hannah, good and beautiful and faithful.

Hannah Claire, your daddy and I have loved these first four years of your life and being your parents has brought us such joy. We love you so much, kiddo. Happy Birthday!

Kiss kiss kiss, kiss kiss kiss.


January 2010. Four years ago.

Where Were We?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Happy 2014! Needless to say there has been little time to blog lately. I'm hoping to change that. I've been revamping my blog and hope to begin writing more regularly. Like the new look?

Since having Lucas my life has been a roller-coaster of emotions. I've gone from excitement- "yay, I have three kids! I can do this!," to "nope, no I cannot do this do this!" to crying in the shower to "let's do this thing." As for now I seem to have settled into a mostly-working groove.

Life with three little kids has been a little overwhelming. Like losing my mind overwhelming. But I'm so thankful to have these three little ones in my care. They are so sweet and when I step back and think of what a huge responsibility and undertaking it is to raise them, I am humbled and grateful. I know many people would love to have three healthy children, so anytime I catch myself starting to gripe I remind myself of that and shut it. Because seriously, look at this little love. 
And this one.
And this one.
Life is good.
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