Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cheese!

That's right! I have FINALLY made some cheese again! (hence the "cheese" part of "My Life and Cheese")

The kids and I (mostly I) started our milk cooking about 1/2 hour before lunch. By the time they woke up from nap (around 4:30) we had squeaky cheese (cheese curds)! I made some ricotta from the whey as well. Yummy!

The cheese curds being pressedRicotta cookingRicotta drainingFinished ricotta mixed with a little salt and herbs de provence.Finished cheese curds broken up and mixed with a little salt.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Letter of the week - W

I am bound and determined to finish our letter of the week bit before Easter! This week we had fun with worms, wolves, and watermelon! We also found some neat W books at the library.

It was a busy week as I was at a very long birth in the middle of it. Welcome beautiful baby girl!

We spent today in Mossyrock celebrating Grandpa, Auntie Jess, and Great Aunt Linda's birthdays. We also got to see the new lambs (only a week old!)The kids with Great Grandma Vawter.

Monday, March 14, 2011

She's Crafty...

Beastie Boys anyone?? Ahh, flashbacks to junior high and high school, *sigh*.

Actually, I am anti-crafty. It is a very large stretch for me to do anything remotely crafty. But stretching us is one of the things our kids do best, right?

We have taken a break with out letters of the week lately. Part of this is Keanan not wanting to do it, so I don't push it. Part of it is me being consumed with my doula certification work (which is sooo close to being done!!). So this last week we did some fun crafts to get ready for St. Patrick's day. I'm sure we will do some more this week as well. Hopefully we will finish our letters soon, we just have W, X, Y, and Z to go!

Marshmallow Shamrocks (Kyla did one too)Sorting colors to make a rainbowThe finished productWorm painting (painted using spaghetti noodles)And just for fun, big girl Kyla on the potty!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lent

I've seen many posts lately about what people are giving up. Chocolate, Facebook, cussing, etc. Last year I gave up the time I spent on the couple of forums I was frequently lurking on. The intention is to give up something that matters to help us remember what Christ gave up for us.; the very thing that matters most, his life.

This year I am not giving anything up. This year I want more. More of Jesus.

Lysa TerKeurst posted this on her blog today and it really struck a chord with me:

"It’s not saying I need to add more to my already too long to do list. It’s saying, “Lord, help me to be more… with you, in you, like you, because of you.”

Help me to walk toward the cross this year carrying my depravity that needs to die there.

But even more so, help me keep my eyes focused on the tomb, where hope rises and victory prevails."

My Prayer:
"Draw me close to you, never let me go. I lay it all down again, to hear you say that I'm a friend. You are my desire, no one else will do. For nothing else can take your place, to feel the warmth of your embrace. Help me find my way, lead me back to you.

Your all I want. Your all I've ever needed. Your all I want. Help me know that you are here."

These might not be the "right" words to this song. But this is how I sing it. This is the cry of my heart.

I realized this morning that I have been hiding, running even, from Jesus. Not so much that anyone else would notice. Just enough for me to see. I've been going through all the "right" motions, but I've been afraid of hearing what he has to tell me, or where he wants me to go. We had a good chat this morning.

Speak Lord, I am listening. I will go, send me.

If you are giving something up for Lent, I commend you and wish you strength to stick with it. I want to ask you though, what are you filling that extra time or space with instead?

"You're all I want. You're all I've ever needed. You're all I want. Help me know that you are here."

Friday, March 4, 2011

The end of a stage

It's official, we are done. I am no longer a nursing mommy. This end is bittersweet for me.

Since September 2007 (3 1/2 years!!!) I have been pregnant or nursing or both! This sometimes annoying but mostly wonderful time is now over forever as we are not having any more kids and Kyla is totally weaned. I would not have changed anything for the world. I have loved the closeness of breastfeeding with my kids, knowing I was doing something so amazingly good for them.

I am also very glad to have my body back. I no longer am sharing it with another little person. I am also looking forward to owning some well fitting, pretty bras again!

If you are pregnant and considering breastfeeding, or a nursing mom in the middle of it, I highly encourage you to buy/check out "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" written by the founders of the Le Leche League. It is a great resource and a pretty easy read. Very encouraging.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Simple Joys

You don't know what you've got till it's gone.

So true! I have realized in the last 2 weeks how much I rely on my washing machine. Especially when using cloth diapers. After two weeks of hauling my dirty laundry around, and 2 weeks of Kyla being in disposables (which I HATE), Zac fixed the machine last night!! Praise the Lord!!!

BIG thank yous to my mom and Chris who both sorted (I don't do this), washed, AND folded our laundry. I think my mom did this routine 3 times. Love you guys!

I wish all of you happy washing. May your machine never be out of commission for more than a day!