Organizational Woes

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Sometime in the next two months we need to move.  This isn’t one of those, oh my house is too small and I wish to have something bigger type moves.  This is – we live in a two bedroom apartment and Indiana fire codes dictate that once you have a third child you are only allowed to stay in that apartment until the child is twelve months of age – type of moves.  He turned 10 months yesterday.  I feel incredibly disorganized.  I want to start packing and be ready for this move, whenever it does come, with everything that I have.  Yet, I really do act as if my feet are stuck in the mud.  I can’t process in my head what needs to happen and I can’t sit down and get done what needs to get done.  Dishes, and work, and being present in my children’s lives, and this or that or what not seems to rule, and then there’s those dishes again!  Thank goodness my precious husband helps me with the laundry most of the time.  It’s all in a pile sitting next to me on the floor right now.  This will be a short post, so that I can tackle that pile since Jeff will be playing basketball tonight and I really want the house to be clean for this weekend.  Nothing is going on this weekend except for Samuel’s basketball game Saturday morning.  This is a first in a long time it seems.  Our calendar has been booked since last October with various activities.  What better than to have a weekend to relax and enjoy each other as a family without having a huge pile of dishes and laundry staring at me!

So, I contemplate what it is I can tackle each day and am attempting to just focus on that.  Focus.  That’s probably the key word in what I am lacking right now.  A big jar of focus.  I am also trying to be more present in the boys’ lives with focus and intentionality on just them!  (I think I just created my own word there, hehe) Less of the technology stuff like phones and tablets and video games, and more of playing together, and reading and learning together.  Enjoying them each moment before they grow up and leave our little household, wherever it is that we move to.  Today as I rocked Eli to sleep I remain thankful that I have these three amazing little boys and that they are healthy and rambunctious as ever.  Just as Eli leaned into my arms and knew he could fall asleep safely, I will lean into my Savior’s everlasting arms and remember who I serve.  I am also not allowing the worry and fret to creep in like they can tend to do.  I won’t worry about where it is we move to, I know God has a plan for us.  I won’t worry about how we will get the things done that we need to get done, God will give us the strength we need to get it all done.  I will focus on Him, I will focus on Jeff and the kids, and I will tackle this big pile of laundry next to me so that it will eventually look like this

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Who knows, maybe I’ll even put a smile on my face while I’m folding the laundry like the woman above!!

And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10

Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5

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Introducing…

In my last post, I promised a future post regarding our newest little addition to the family.  I am proud to present…

Eli

He looks just like Samuel in this picture.  Amazingly, all three of our boys looked the same when they were first born.  Joseph and Eli have definitely come into their own, but Eli still favors Samuel (and thus, Jeff).

He is such a good baby, he has been since he was born.  When he was around 6 weeks old I had to stop nursing him and he went on an allergy specific formula called Neocate.  Not cheap, by any means, but God has been gracious in helping provide this expensive formula for us.  Simply cutting out ALL traces of dairy from my diet wasn’t helping him but he’s been growing like a weed since switching to the formula.  Up until the switch, he was officially diagnosed with “failure to thrive” as he continued losing weight and as a mother, that is heart wrenching to watch your child not grow.  I’ve had second thoughts about it many, many times leading up to even today but I am SO thankful that he responded well to this formula as compared to the others that we tried supplementing him with while I was nursing.  Now he’s off the charts when it comes to his growth, praise the Lord!

Eli crib 5mos

He only gets fussy when he’s hungry or sleepy, and that usually doesn’t turn into a full on cry unless I am occupied and can’t get to him right away (for example if he’s hungry and we are still en route to a destination).  He loves to smile, even when he’s teething or sick!  His two bottom front teeth popped through when he was four months old and you’d never have known he was teething except for the massive amounts of drool (which my mother states I did as well, haha!).  He will be six months old on the 28th of this month and I can’t believe this first half of his first year has flown by so quickly.  He has a little cold right now and even though he’s coughing and snotting, he’s such a precious little man who smiles through it all.  I’ve been told that third babies are in general pretty easy going, would you agree if you’ve been there?

So now I will share one of my favorite verses of Scripture regarding the miracle of life:

Psalm 139:13-16
English Standard Version (ESV)
13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a]
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 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.

I am praising the Lord for Eli, who was fearfully and wonderfully made, and he is another blessing from above.