Yesterday, we found out that Owen is definitely allergic to cows milk. We spent three hours in the ER as a result. But it explains something that I found troubling. Last year (2014) we attempted to switch Emmett from the current formula (that they still get, which is an infant formula) to a toddler formula. He reacted to the new formula with severe diarrhea and dehydrating - we had no idea why. Now we know that his reaction was more than likely an allergic one.
As the babies are getting older and learning to pull everything out of cabinets and drawers, helping unfold laundry, and generally doing what 18-month-olds do best (wreak havoc on a picked up house with the help and encouragement of their slightly older 2.5 year old brother, accompanied by the oldest 8.5 year old brother, and might as well throw Dave in the mix, too), the fight to reduce the clutter has intensified. The less stuff we have, the less stuff I have to clean up. Which brings me to my New Year's Resolutions...all of them. (Well, most of them.)
Jenni's 2015 :
3. To live more organically. Basically, it means we are going to start recycling, use less, grow more of our consumables (as much as we can), and just try to make our footprint on this planet a little less evident. Recycle, reduse, reuse. Other than recycling, I would like to start small with an herb garden and add to it each year. For years I have wanted to do a full blown edible landscaping project, but I have to reign myself in. In time, my dream will become a reality but for now, we'll start small. AND, I can train my 'black' thumb to be slightly more 'green.'
2. To live more simply. This concept is really not a new one, it's more like a renewing of my minimalistic dream. I joined a challenge called the "Home Storage Solutions 101 - Declutter 365 Challenge." Basically, the challenge breaks down the declutter process into small daily tasks that leads you to find a place for everything that is important, and get rid of the stuff that's not. There is a free printable calendar to help keep me on task, weekly emails to keep me motivated, and a facebook page where i can go and be encouraged by others embarking on this same mission. The challenge addresses each area in the house and garage. I am so excited to have a viable approach to purging and organizing. If you are interested in joining the challenge, the great thing is that you can start at any time. (I actually started the week after Christmas, so all my Christmas decorations are inventoried and neatly organized! EEEE!!! How can you not get excited about that?!)
Less stuff, more time. Now THAT is a win-win situation!
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all our strength, and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself." Can you imagine what this world would be like if EVERY SINGLE CHRISTIAN committed to this, EVERYDAY?! Our world would be rocked! I have learned over the past few years that God speaks to us in many, many ways. He blesses us, He disciplines us, He challenges us, pushes us, breaks us, rebuilds us, reveals Himself to us, and it is all for His glory. Looking back, I cannot say "God, I wish you wouldn't have done that," but I CAN say, "Ezell, I wish you weren't so prideful" (or stupid, or selfish, or shortsighted, or hateful, or spiteful, or so stinkin' sinful, etc. You can fill in the blank). So, I decided this year that I am going to consciously surrender to God. Everyday. And trust Him. Everyday. And believe in His ability to guide me. Everyday. Man. It's going to be a good year! Who wouldn't want to join this train?!
Ok. Now I need to backtrack. For Dave's Christmas present, I decided to give him the only gift that I could think of that he would treasure forever - I gave him my time, and the memories that will go with it. I planned out 24 dates for this year, which works out to 2/month. One date we will treat ourselves on an actual "away from the house date" and the other one we will stay home, maybe put the kids to bed early, turn off the distractions, and spend quality time together. So this month's dates are all about art. We are going to attend a painting class together, and for our at home date night, we are going to paint/write/draw/create our own work of art.
I guess now is a good time to share our Christmas pictures.
3 good things:
1. New beginnings.
2. Fun times with family.
3. Having the opportunity to share God's work in our lives with you all.
Peace and happiness be with you all!