26 October, 2010

Sickness, be gone!

This is the first full week in 3 months that I have consistently felt good.

I have been productive!

My home has slowly been put back in full order, just in time for my daughter to start crawling.

Oh, yes, my nearly 13-month-old is crawling. Sort of an army crawl, her left leg up like a spider and her right knee down. She is very specific about how to crawl. It is just about the cutest thing I have ever seen.

This morning she emptied a nearly full box of Kleenex...she was quite pleased with herself. I questioned the right approach. Should I discipline something that I had not noticed her doing from the start? It didn't seem right to punish long after her deed was completed.I did what seemed right. I laughed, took a couple pictures for posterity, and then put all the tissues back in the box and told Ava no as I put it out of reach. She hasn't tried to get it again...yet.

Perfect motherhood is non-existent. I love learning this even at such an early stage. My daughter changes, and while discipline needs to be consistent sometimes my approach must alter, lest I damage her very sensitive nature.

So, back to feeling well. This has involved no longer having a logical excuse to linger in bed in the morning. Laziness is a sinful excuse. So...I woke up with my alarm this morning. I turned my lamp on (since the room being dark makes it that much easier to just go back to sleep), and grabbed my Bible. What an amazing start to my day! The quietness in the early morning hours, the beauty of the Word, and the peace that began my day were exactly the refreshment the Lord knew I needed and impressed on my heart to follow through on.

Another big advantage to feeling well is that I am actually cooking meals again. This has eliminated me saying, "Honey, could you eat a cold meat sandwich or wrap again?" I am also washing the dishes more regularly because smells are not such a big deal right now. Being the keeper of my home is something I have missed out on.

Feeling well also means I am paying attention to how my body is changing. I'm 99% sure I've felt the baby move. Those little butterflies that say, "Hi, mom!" and make my heart flip a hundred times.

I should tell you about my awesome Swagbucks deal maternity skirt hanging in my closet, and coupon discounted photos on their way from Snapfish. The maternity skirt came from Amazon.com, and I only had to pay shipping thanks to $15 in gift cards from Swagbucks. Now that is a great deal! Snapfish is currently giving an offer of 100 free prints when you purchase 2 8x10's. If you dislike the low quality printing at many stores, and don't mind paying the shipping, this is an excellent choice. I picked up my 102 prints for $12.23.

Apparently I have now rambled on much longer than I planned. Thank you for reading, and let me know of your projects, your great deals, and any unexpected blessings you receive in your life!


  1. I'm so glad you're feeling better, Hannah! =)
    That story of Ava is so, so cute! She's adorable, but I'm sure you already know that. ;) I'm glad you took that photo. She'll love to look back on it when she's older and laugh. =) She looks so proud of herself!
    Love in Christ,
    P.S. How is your apron coming along? Just wondering... =)

  2. Annie, I am making progress on an apron! I'll keep you posted. :)

  3. Ava is following in Dad's steps. She was fascinated by one tissue coming out orderly and the next in the perfect place to pull another and was studying and analyzing this to figure it out and the next thing she knew, the box was empty! Will pray you stay well and keep track on your "new" routine. btw, Congrats! And as a grandpa, the tissues may have been cute once, not sure how grandmas weigh in on that.
    luvya, ken

  4. Hannah,
    I'm so happy that you are feeling better! Ava is so sweet and I always enjoy hearing her sweet giggle! :) What a cute photo...I'm pretty sure I enjoyed doing some of those same things when I was little! :)

    Blessings, Hannah!
    Joyfully in Jesus,

  5. We have the war of the baby wipes. They pull and suck and do you think those things actually taste very good? Go Ava! Explore your world and give cause and effect a whirl.