Well, my poor little lady is sick again!! She just ended her ear infection antibiotic Thurs, and here we are Sunday and she's sick. Fever, not eating, not sleeping, messing with her ears. Well, we decided instead of waiting til after work tomorrow to take her to the Doc we took her to Med Express. (I called ahead to see who was on call and luckily it was my old Doctor!! YEA!!) Well, she screamed so hard and so loud I thought she was going to pass out. She is terrified the second we walk in the door. Anyway, ears look good. He did a strep culture which came back negative. He said it's viral. I asked about the fever because she is cutting her molars, but he said not at 102 from teeth. There has been alot of kids in and they have the same thing. Can't do anything but push the fluids and ibuprofen. He looked and said she also has an ulcer at the back of her throat too. She is contagious until her fever breaks. Poor kid!! And I think she gave it to my nephew Julian that's 6 months old, as he has the same thing and is on his way to Med Express too. My sister thinks ear infection, but I bet it'll be the viral thing. Not sure who gave it to who. He's never been sick before, so my sister is having a hard time with it too.
We go back to the ear specialist Sept 11th and it can't come fast enough. I am insisting they do tubes. She has had a double ear infection and a single within a month again. My poor baby can't catch a break!! I am thankful she doesn't have something worse or life threatening, but it's just always something. :( David is staying with her tomorrow, because I am out of vacation time. Please send prayers their way!
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
25 Ways to Communicate Respect
Actions speak louder than words. You can say you respect your husband, but he’ll have a hard time believing that unless your behavior backs it up.
What does respectful living look like? Here are 25 ways you can communicate respect to your spouse without uttering a word. If you’ll make it your habit to do these things, the next time you tell your husband how much you respect him, he won’t have to wonder if you really mean it.
- Choose Joy
It’s true: A happy wife makes a happy life. Please don’t use moodiness as an attempt to manipulate your man, but in all things rejoice, because that’s the right thing to do. (1 Thessaonians 5:16; Philippians 4:4)
- Honor His Wishes
Give weight to what your husband thinks is important. Make those things a priority that matter most to him, whether it’s having dinner ready when he gets home from work or keeping the house tidy or limiting computer time. Don’t make him ask twice. (Philippians 2:4)
- Give Him Your Undivided Attention
Yes, I know that women are masters of multi-tasking, but when your husband is speaking to you, make a point to lay other tasks aside, look into his eyes, and listen to what he is saying with the goal of understanding and remembering his words.
- Don’t Interrupt
Have you ever been around a person who won’t let you finish a sentence? That gets old fast. Even if you think you already know what your husband is going to say, allowing him to say it without cutting him off mid-sentence shows both respect and common courtesy.
- Emphasize His Good Points
Sure, he has his faults (as do you), but dwelling on them will only make you (both) miserable. Choose instead to focus on those qualities in your husband that you most admire. (Philippians 4:8)
- Pray for Him
Ruth Graham advises wives to “tell your mate the positive, and tell God the negative.” Take your concerns to God. Faithfully lift up your husband in prayer every day, and you will likely notice a transformation not only in him, but in yourself, as well. (Philipians 4:6-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
- Don’t Nag
Your husband is a grown man, so don’t treat him like a two-year-old. Leave room for God to work. You are not the Holy Spirit, so do not try to do His job.
- Be Thankful
Cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Don’t take your husband for granted. Be appreciative for everything he does for you, whether big or small. Always say thank you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:20)
- Smile at Him
Smiles spread happiness. Smiles have even been shown to create happiness. Smiles are contagious. And a smile makes any woman more beautiful.
- Respond Physically
Did you know that the way you respond (or don’t respond) to your husband’s romantic overtures has a profound effect on his self-confidence? Don’t slap him away when he tries to hug you or make excuses when he’s in the mood. Your enthusiastic cooperation and reciprocation will not only assure him of your love, but will make him feel well-respected, too. (1 Corinthians 7:3-5)
- Eyes Only for Him
Don’t compare your husband unfavorably to other men, real or imaginary. It is neither fair nor respectful and will only breed trouble and discontent. Avoid watching movies or reading books that might cause you to stumble in this area, as well. (Psalm 19:14; Proverbs 4:23)
- Kiss Him Goodbye
I once read about a study done in Germany which found that men whose wives kissed them goodbye every morning were more successful than those who weren’t kissed. Success and respect often go hand-in-hand, so be sure to send him off right, and don’t forget to greet him with a kiss when he returns home, for good measure. (2 Corinthians 13:12)
- Prepare His Favorite Foods
Although the rest of the family is not overly-fond of spaghetti, my husband loves it, so I try to make it at least two or three times a month as a way to honor him. Next time you’re planning meals, give special consideration to your husband’s preferences. (Proverbs 31:14-15)
- Cherish Togetherness
I love to sit near my husband, whether at home or away. Our church shares potluck dinners every Sunday afternoon, and although the men and women normally sit separately to visit, I like to position myself close enough to my husband that I can listen to the conversation, as I think everything he says is so interesting. At home, I’ll take my book or handwork to whatever room in the house he’s working in, just to be close to him, because I enjoy his company, even when neither of us is talking.
- Don’t Complain
Nobody wants to be around a whiner or complainer. It is grating on the nerves. Remember the serenity prayer: accept the things you can’t change, courageously change the things you can, seek wisdom to know the difference. (Philippians 2:14)
- Resist the Urge to Correct
I know one wife whose spouse can’t tell a story without her stopping him fifteen times to correct inconsequential details: “It wasn’t Monday evening, it was Monday afternoon…. It wasn’t blue, it was turquoise…. He didn’t ride the bus, he took a shuttle.” Please. Please. Please. Don’t ever do that to your husband — or to anyone else, for that matter! (Proverbs 17:28)
- Dress to Please Him
Take care of your appearance. Choose clothes your husband finds flattering, both in public and around the house.
- Keep the House Tidy
To the best of your abilities, try to maintain a clean and orderly home. Seek to make it a haven of rest for your entire family. (Proverbs 31:27)
- Be Content
Do not pressure your husband to keep up with the Jonses. Take satisfaction in the lifestyle he is able to provide for you. (1 Timothy 6:6-10; Hebrews 13:5)
- Take His Advice
Do not dismiss his opinions lightly, especially when you’ve asked for his counsel in the first place. Make every effort to follow your husband’s advice.
- Admire Him
Voiced compliments and heartfelt praise are always welcome, but you should also make it your habit to just look at your husband in a respectful, appreciative way. Think kind thoughts toward him. He’ll be able to see the admiration in your eyes. (Luke 6:45)
- Protect His Name
Honor your husband in the way you speak of him to family and friends. Guard his reputation and do not let minor disagreements at home cause you to speak ill of him in public. Live in such a way that it will be obvious to others why your husband married you in the first place. (Proverbs 12:4; 22:1)
- Forgive His Shortcomings
In the words of Ruth Bell Graham, “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” Please do not hold grudges against your husband. Do not allow a root of bitterness or resentment find a home in your heart. Forgive your husband freely, as Christ has forgiven you. (Mark 11:25; Matthew 18:21-35)
- Don’t Argue
You are not always right, and you do not always have to have the last word. Be the first to say, “I’m sorry.” Be willing to accept the blame. It takes two to argue, so “abandon a quarrel before it breaks out.” (Proverbs 17:14; 21:19; 25:24)
- Follow His Lead
If you want your husband to lead, you must be willing to follow. Neither a body nor a family can function well with two heads. Learn to defer to your husband’s wishes and let final decisions rest with him. (Ephesians 5:22-24)
UPDATE: After posting the above suggestions for wives, I received many requests for a similar guide for husbands. You can now find just such a list posted on my husband’s blog: 25 Ways to Show Your Wife You Love Her. Read it and let him know what you think.
Also, for those who have requested printable versions of these articles, you’ll find the list for wives here and the one for husbands here, with an option to print either article in its entirety or as a one-page summary
I saw this on the gal that took our pictures, FB page, pinned on her Pinterest board. Thought it was really good, so I copied it onto here! Each one is so very true. Sometimes as a wife these can be very hard to swallow sometimes. Need to get this out and reread it from time to time to remind myself of these.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Last Sunday for dinner I made chocolate cake with peanut butter icing for dessert. I came in the living room to let David have the beater's when I decided to let Kaylynn have a lick. Turns out she LOVED it! :) She wanted more!
A few weeks ago we FINALLY had Kaylynn's pictures taken. They turned out pretty good although I thought we were going to do inside studio pics first and that didn't happen when we got there. Guess I should've spoke up. Nonetheless, she did fairly well considering it was hot, humid, close to her bedtime and we did about 5 outfit changes. I somehow found these ladies on facebook. Reminisce Photography. It's a Mother/daughter team. We went to their home in Turbotville. The Mom sets up and the daughter takes the pics. They were very nice, and after becoming "friends" with them on FB, turns out they know a few people we know. I would recommend them. A decent one time price, then they edit the CD and you get the CD and the copyrights so you can do what you please with them! Not a bad deal! Here they are! (Family will have to let me know which ones they want and what sizes and I will work on getting them)
This is a custom tutu dress by Gigi La' Bean a local gal who I get all her hair accessories from. She makes all sorts of things! I just LOVE this tutu dress, BUT it was the end of the shoot, it was hot and she was over it by this time, so not to many great ones in this outfit. I will have to try this outfit again. Still adorable!!