what i know lately

August 2, 2013

:: the smoke that has kept us hunkered inside, barely stepping outdoors all week … is slowly lifting. and i am *so* thankful. it’s been really, really bad.

:: co-parenting with a blended family is hard.

:: parenting – period! – is such difficult work. i am desperately hoping that the thing that rises within me, more these days with babies and chaos and sleep deprivation and life stresses, isn’t having too negative an impact on my tender growing teenage girl. this article spoke volumes to my mind and spirit about that very subject; surrendering and being intentional about cultivating more of HIM in me, that will pour forth when life is intense.

:: we are beyond blessed by true, real friendship … friends that know us deeply and in a vulnerable way and love us. so thankful.

:: excited and ready to start this august challenge on monday. i am longing so deeply to be strong and feel good and healthy in my body. i am 20 lbs over what i weighed when i got pregnant with josiah, 3 summers ago. 2 babies later, i’ve got some work to do. mostly, i just want to regain muscle tone (thanks a lot diastysis recti in the abs). i will also be tightening up my eating significantly. game time!

:: having a hubby who regularly pulls all-nighters to work because he is so amazingly committed and passionate and determined … is hard. i want him to get good rest. thinking again about the value of the sabbath; of GOD’s wisdom in designing rest for our bodies. why do we think we are above that, that we don’t really need it??

:: not knowing the total *causes* and triggers for eczema in my babies is crazy-making. i am SO over doctors treating symptoms – that is the main focus in western medicine, if we’re honest. we’re continuing to dive deep, eliminate this and that, try this moisturizer, reduce this exposure – desperate for healing.

:: and on the subject of western medicine, this: the more i research and study about our current vaccination schedule, the more questions arise. did anyone see this? cdc admitting, 50 years later, that several million polio vax likely contained cancer-causing virus. and then this post went viral and cdc “surprisingly” pulled the info from their site. deeply concerning.

:: GOD continues to provide for all of our needs. recently, we experienced another financial miracle … let me boast on HIM: we have had a particular debt that has hung over us, relentless; if ever we were a bit late, we were hounded by calls … that kind of debt. in the ballpark of a few thousand dollars. and a few weeks ago? we got a letter from them (the company we owed) thanking us for paying our debt in FULL and in fact, over-paying … so they enclosed a check for the overpaid amount. ARE YOU SERIOUS?! as i write this, i again remember … and know that indeed, remembering is what we are called to do.

here are a few pictures from recently … 

action-shot on my phone camera - "throwing" brother up and down, much giggling

action-shot on my phone camera – “throwing” brother up and down, much giggling

josiah *needed* a hair cut - couldn't avoid it any longer. he kept complaining of hair in his eyes. i actually enjoyed cutting it, his hair is so curly and forgiving and amazing! handsome "after" shot.

josiah *needed* a hair cut – couldn’t avoid it any longer. he kept complaining of hair in his eyes. i actually enjoyed cutting it, his hair is so curly and forgiving and amazing! handsome “after” shot.

what a heart-full, beautiful weekend with my cousin, her 2 babies and her dad (my uncle) visiting. we went to the local (free!) railroad park sunday and had a blast.

what a heart-full, beautiful weekend with my cousin, her 2 babies and her dad (my uncle) visiting. we went to the local (free!) railroad park sunday and had a blast.

despite some initial protest, we signed maddie up for an art camp at the local art gallery ... stewarding and growing her exceptional artistic gifts. she ended up *loving* it, and creating this masterpiece!

despite some initial protest, we signed maddie up for an art camp at the local art gallery … stewarding and growing her exceptional artistic gifts. she ended up *loving* it, and creating this masterpiece!

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One Response to “what i know lately”

  1. Leaves Heal Says:

    Yup– parenting *is difficult work… more difficult than babysitting, or tutoring, or teaching preschool, or high school…
    or social work, I’d venture 😉
    It’s 24-7, and long-term vision and long-term investment.
    Something no college has managed to devise a curriculum to teach thoroughly.
    You’re a pioneer, Emily. Blaze your trail, and pile stones to mark the path.
    Your children and grandchildren will thank you for the markers.
    You’re a scientist. Experiment and critically analyze what works and what doesn’t, and why.
    YHWH has given you the tools you need. Build the function. Release the dysfunction.
    More miracles. More stones piled along the path to clarify the way.


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