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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Burnin' the Midnight Oil at 35 weeks Pregnant...

Well, here I am burning the midnight oil at 35 weeks along, longing to meet the dear little ones inside. Why am I up so late? Well, I'm very uncomfortable AND ITCHY!!!!!

Since last Friday, I've developed a rare, late pregnancy condition called PUPPP. I have big itchy lumps and welts all over my abdomen, thighs, buttocks, top and bottom of feet, top and palms of hands, and it is now spreading over my arms, towards my chest. My hands and feet are PAINFULLY ITCHY. Is it dangerous? NO. What is the cure? None , except to give birth. The rash usually disappears within a week of giving birth.

The last few days has been a rush of medical appointments, seeking relief, and hoping for an early ceasearean, but the doctors want me to hang in there till Tuesday- Please pray for grace for me to endure it. I've been given anti-histamines, but they are very weak, and apart from allowing little pockets of sleep, aren't very effective. I can't use soaps or shampoo in the shower, and one natural relief treatment- Bi-carb and water really backfired. It nearly burnt a hole in my stomach, well blistered my skin anyway! I'm mainly alternating ice packs for relief and using Mylanta as a lotion- similar to Calamine but less drying. Also rubbing cut potato over some areas afforded short-term relief. So anyway, sorry about the midnight whinge, but I covet your prayers at this time. I handle pain far better than itching!

Counting down to Tuesday....

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Monday, November 17, 2008

The Proof is in the Pudding

Just to prove to you all that 4 year olds can actually vaccuum, here is our Zara in action. She has been a Godsend to me this pregnancy.

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Introducing Bryant

I would like you all to hear and meet this most wonderful young woman Bryant, who's blog I came across last year. the love of the Lord Jesus Christ shines through her as she plays, listen and be blessed you can find her link on the side menu bar.Please turn off my music bar at the side bar menu or it will clash.
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Saturday, November 15, 2008

We've Gone Unplugged!!!!!



YAH! We've finally gone unplugged- our TV antannae that is!

I've never been one to watch a lot of TV, apart from the News ( except when I'm a patient in hospital!). I noticed though over the last month or so with the lead-up to the US elections, I had watched more current affairs than usual, so was thrilled yesterday when hubby announced his decision to pull the aerial out of the wall, and limit our viewing to our collection of wholesome family movies, historic and Christian movies on video and DVD.

We've expanded our collection recently, finding some good 2nd hand videos at thrift stores and garage sales, and as an added blessing , my Dad got us another 2nd hand video player, as our old one had broken. When you pay 50 c for Fanny Crosby or The Swiss Family Robinson it's too good to pass up.

This week we've watched "A Man Called Peter" (Pastor Peter Marshall) and "Boys Town" with Spencer Tracy and a box full of tissues. We also found some good Christian films on special at Big W during the sales this year. We got "God's and Generals" (highly recommended), "Chariots of Fire" (about missionary Eric Lidell), and "The Inn of the 6th Happiness" (about missionary Gladys Aylward).

It's so freeing not to have to sit down at 6pm and watch the news- we can catch the major headlines in 5 minutes on the local Christian Radio Station, and it's even nicer to enjoy peaceful family time without having to scold the children to "Be quiet the news is on!"

I'm enjoying the change already.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Scorpion!!!!!



The other Sunday morning, the girls and I got a terrible fright getting ready for church. Talitha and Zara had not long woken up and I was sitting on one of their beds with them helping pick out dresses for church that day, and packing their pyjamas and other things they'd need for a full day out.

Zara had just crawled out from under her bed getting a big bag for me which I pack things in, that they'd knocked right underneath playing cubby houses the day before, when not far from Zara's little feet, something black crawled out from under her doona which she'd kicked on the floor. It ran towards us quickly, and even though I'd never seen one before, I yelled out SCORPION!!!- The girls jumped on their beds and hubby ran in still barefoot, grabbed a plastic toy box lid and jumped on it, squashing it flat.

He confirmed that it was indeed a scorpion- we examined it, once squashed and it truly was a scary sight. I was so grateful that God protected our precious girls from being stung!!! How it got in we do not know! Our neighbour , who has lived next door 20 years, has NEVER seen or heard of them in our area. The only thing I had heard , was that a friend who stored his belongings under our house for 6 months, had found a dead one in our garage, when collecting his things.

It must be the season for creepy crawlies, but I've had enough with 3 snakes and a scorpion already!

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Why I Won't Let the Media Push our Girls into Early "Adulthood"



How frustrating it is browsing the clothing catalogues these days keeping an eye out for bargains for our 6 year old. Talitha is very tall for her age and we generally buy sizes 8 to 10. There seems to be hardly anything in the mainline department stores that suit our criteria of modesty or simple feminine style anymore. Everything is either plastered with media-driven name brands (which we don't buy- except for an occasional Pooh Bear nightie or something). We steer clear away from Barbie, Bratz, Hannah Montana or High School Musical emblems. What I have noticed though, with the rise in popularity of Hannah Montana and High School Musical is that clothing from size 7-14 is either plastered in that, or designed to make your sweet little girl look like a rock chick!

As a Christian Mum, I object to this look on 2 counts:

1. Six or Seven year old girls are no where near high school age, and

2. It is an image of rebellion and quite the opposite to the graces of Godly Girlhood, modesty and then Young Womanhood we are seeking to nurture in both our girls.

It is very dangerous to think your little ones look cute like that, and then suddenly try to get them to dress modestly and act with decorum when they suddenly develop in their teens.

I thank the Lord that so far we've been able to keep our girls dressed modestly in girly dresses found through thrift shops. We don't allow shorts (except for some PJ's in Summer) or low-cut jeans, in fact they usually only wear fleecy trackpants when it's very cold, and little Zara likes to wear them under her dresses some of the time anyway.

All this aside, sadly both the girls know who Hannah Montana is via other children their age. Before we started homeschooling, Talitha did 2 years of Prep at a Christian school, and you wouldn't believe the number of kids- then 5 and 6 years old who had seen Harry Potter, Hannah Montana and High School Musical!

What ever happened to the simple joys of chidhood? Our children hardly ever watch TV. They mainly watch Christian DVD's or family movies with good morals we've approved. That is when they watch it- they'd rather play outside or look at books.

Whatever happened to teaching children that their characters would be set, for good or evil by age 20? This topic was covered in both "Anne of green Gables" by L M Montgomery and "Stepping Heavenward" by E Prentiss, both classics that used to be widely read by girls in older childhood or in their teens- see how far the cultural shift has taken us? For our children's sake, I will no longer buy into it.

Just recently my hubby and I were up early before the children and noticed that Hannah Montana was on and thought we'd check it out for ourselves. We didn't catch the whole show, but we caught a gay joke and were horrified when Miley AKA Hannah opened her immodest showbiz wardrobe to show a school friend, and The Hallelujah Chorus played majestically as her friend went into idoltrous raptures!- That was enough for us. It's also been reported that Miley Cyrus has stated she is a Christian and so many Christian Youth today think it's OK to follow a celebrity who says this, and they disregard the fruit shown to their own detriment!

I've been flipping through a recent Kmart catalogue as I've been writing this, and I've just noticed that on the Bratz and Barbie page, where incidentally a 6 year old model has said "I love Bratz, the fashion is cool.", they have a bright sign saying 20% of Hannah Montana and High School Musical Toys!, so you see they are now pushing Hannah Montana to 6 year olds!!

I'm not writing this to have a go at anyone- the shops are out to make money, and every parent is entitled to buy whatever they like for their children. All I am saying is let your children BE children, and if you haven't thought of it before, please consider the long term fruit these fads may bear in your children's lives.

SOME LINKS: http://homeliving.blogspot.com/2008/07/bring-back-childhood.html

http://thepleasanttimes.blogspot.com/2008/07/is-hannah-montana-harmless.html

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