Chronicling The Comerfords

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Serving Others Serves Yourself.. A Teaching Moment

Today in Sunday school we started reading Kings.  We have been studying King David (I use the term "we" loosely because "we" have not been to Sunday school in about 5 weeks).  Anyway, one thing we learned about David was he was not a fantastic parent.  Are any of us?  He failed greatly at disciplining his sons.  At the end of his life he did to the right thing by standing up to one son and making Solomon king, but it took a lifetime to do this.

Our Sunday school teacher mentioned that it is never too early to start teaching your children about the ways of Jesus and how to act accordingly.  Ding, ding, ding!!!  I LOVE my Sunday school class, the people in it, our teacher and how Jesus is in the room every week with great reminders.

I have had a hard time recently with our three year old fireball.  Parenting is all about walking a fine line.  This weekend has been about disciplining without riding her the whole time.  Reining her in without stealing her joy.  Appreciating her help "Can you please give Annie some snacks?" but not giving her full ownership "If you shake your sister by her head one more time you are getting a spanking!"  I feel like I am constantly on these babies.  I do not want to be Mommy Dearest but they need to know their boundaries.

This afternoon I took a different approach.  In all of my dramatics over the past few weeks, Ben has encouraged me to serve others.  Find an opportunity to serve.  "Wash the feet of others" has become our family motto (this includes washing feet in our own household). 

We have a friend who has been sick.  It started with her children and then found the way to her.  Being a mom who just came off of being sick for 3 weeks, I completely understood her struggles.  Honestly, I am so emotional that it almost brought tears to my eyes thinking of how a mother of 3 copes with running a fever and being sick. 

Once I knew the weather called for rain, I declared it Soup Sunday.  It's very easy to double and triple soup recipes so we made dinner for our family and theirs.  Why not wash feet with soup?!  While Big Sister and Daddy napped, Annie and I cut up potatoes, bacon and onions to start the potato soup
Of course, she is too young and too caught up in Cheerios to know what is going on, but I did talk out loud about making soup to make our friends feel better.


When Amelia got up she helped me make some cookies.  By "make" I mean break and put on the cookie sheet.  We talked about how our friends were sick and that making them cookies and dinner would make them feel better. 
I don't know if this day will stick but you never know.  I try so hard not to miss a teachable moment.  Especially about Jesus!!


And doing this small gesture for our friends made my day!  There is no doubt that if you want to help yourself crawl out of your hole, muster up the strength to do something for others.  It can seem like a mountain to climb but it really does help.  My husband has been lovingly encouraging me to do this and I am so glad he has.

OH!  And with reading my Proverbs day by day, today was Proverbs 31.  I have read this in the past feeling like I would NEVER become this woman. Tonight I read it out loud with Amelia then read the notes at the bottom of the page (Life Application Bible).  It suggests that the Proverbs 31 woman may not have been one woman at all but a composite portrait of ideal womanhood. Your days are not long enough to do what she does.  Do not see her as a model to imitate in every detail but an inspiration to be all you can be. I don't know about you but that makes be feel a lot better!  And encouraged!






Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Nourishment

Reading through the lines you can probably tell I have been down in the dumps. I will go into more detail about that in a later blog.  I think I just have a case of the grown-up/Mama blues.  Whatever, it got the best of me.  Today a dear, dear friend drove an hour to my house to have a quick lunch with me.  To talk to me, encourage me, laugh with me and just be with me.  She also made me a wonderful gift of bread.

 
Apparently when store bought bread is made it loses a lot of its nutrients.  Along with the bread she challeneged me to get in the Word.  A simple question was asked "How are you supposed to know what The Lord is saying to you if you are not in His Word?"  She suggested to start with Proverbs since it has 31 chapters.  Start with the day.  I am about to sit down with fresh bread and read Proverbs 26.
 
 
Her visit nourished my heart and my mind.  Her bread will nourish me and my family.  I never knew what this cute 17 year old girl driving a fun black jeep would do for me years down the road.  The Lord did.  He also knows what this day will do for us years down the road.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

"I'm sorry Ma'am but..."

On September 23, 2012 I walked into Victoria Secret.  The situation and conversation is not important. Not important because regardless, the response could have been better stated.  But this is the statement that was said to me:

"I'm sorry Ma'am, but we do not make a smaller size."

This was about 5 mins after I showed the sales lady my most favorite bra (in my purse, not on my person) and was told that they discontinued it 3 years ago. Because that is how often I buy bras.

Did I hold my head up high and have a witty response back?  Nope, I just said "oh" and paid $42 for a bra that fits pretty good.

FYI girls, breast feeding really takes it out of ya! 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sickness, Staph and a Sob Story

Our house has been full of a lot of this



 and this...

So Monday we went to the doctor and found out Annie has staph as well

After a shot and some antibiotics little Annie has perked up. 

Unfortunately, I have not.  What do you do when the Mama is worn out?  You pack up your babies and go to your Mama's!  There is no medicine like Mama!  The doctor did say that Annie has the perfect thighs for shots. haha

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Mountain Retreat

Life in the Comerford house has been rough this past month.  Who knew being a grown up would be so complicated?!  Work, decisions, children, sickness, marriage, life...  Whew!  It is mentally and physically exhausting.  I think there is a fine line between between stressed and depressed and I think I and currently teeter-tottering on it.  After being mildly yet really annoyingly sick for 3 weeks and emotionally at the end of my rope, the hubs decided to take the family to the mountain cabin.
 
Side note, turns out I had staph.  Not the MRSA strand but some kind of crummy bacteria and after a cabinet full of meds I am proud to say I am healed. What a mess that was.

So, we left here around lunchtime and the girls slept most of the ride.  We learned that we have reached the age of "are we there yet?" about 30 mins out.  Annie was getting fussy.  It was time for her to eat so I just climbed in the back and gave her a bottle.  Once we were at the house I found out that she was not hungry, but she had pooped and it was so bad that it irritated her diaper rash busting it open. 
Annie loved riding with the windows down in the mountains.  This is pre-poop!
 

In the meantime Ben gets to the door to find out we've been locked out of the house.  We spend an hour outside waiting on someone to come let us in while Amelia is hearing her echo yelling "Help! We need Help!  Let us in!", Annie is crying on the porch basically naked and Ben is cussing and sweating. Once we got in I put the girls in the bath, Ben put the wine in the freezer and headed into town to pick up a pizza. 

Then things got good.  Annie went to sleep and we enjoyed wine (milk in a princess cup) and pizza on the deck.  After dinner we introduced Amelia to her first board game, Candy Land. She actually did a good job.  Have any of you seen a recent Candy Land board?  I wish I still had mine.  The new one is weird. It's so busy you can hardly see the road.
 
Photo: Amelia's first board game experience
 
Saturday morning I woke up to the smell of coffee and bacon.  There really is not much better than knowing the coffee is ready and bacon is in the skillet before your feet touch the ground. We spent most of the morning playing around the cabin while Annie finished up her morning nap.
 

 
When naptime was over, we got the girls dressed and headed into Blue Ridge to pick up Joe's BBQ for a picnic by the river. If you ever get a chance to get up to Blue Ridge you must check out Joe's.  Their white sauce is amazing!
Even in Blue Ridge we still cheer on the Dawgs!
 
With a Joe's BBQ tailgate.  Look at Amelia and her game face
 
 
After lunch we strolled around and Amelia was busting at the seams to get in the water so, of course, we did
 



It is legal to shed your clothing in a state park when you are 3 right?!



 
After a nap, we had more fun outside while Daddy listened to football, grilled steaks and prepared our camp fire.  Amelia was super duper excited about "camping" with Daddy.  She roasted 3 marshmallows and said "Daddy, I'm done camping!" haha.  It was so much fun while it lasted.
 



"Yummy!"
 
Poor Annie is not a fan of the flash
 
 
 
Unfortunately, all this fun came to an end about 12:30am when Annie woke up with a fever and threw up all over the place.  Who doesn't like to wash sheets and bathe babies at midnight on vacation?  Everything all kind of went downhill from there and was still downhill until today about 10am.  Turns out Annie has a UTI.  Her urine culture also showed e coli which is what they are thinking caused the UTI.  We still have to go back in 2 weeks for a ultrasound but hopefully the meds will cure her.  If you are keeping track that is 2 bacteria infections in 1 house in 3 weeks.  Yuck!  I personally blame it on our city water but that is a whole other blog for another day.
 
Could the mountains have been a little better?  Yes.  But was it still wonderful spending the weekend with our family? Absolutely!




Thursday, September 13, 2012

The 3 Year Old Princess Had a Party!

I have been so busy with the drama of life, which has included a lot of teething and sickness and laundry and sanitizing that I forgot to post Amelia's birthday party!!

Here's a recap of a morning of princesses and pirates:

Isn't this the cutest invite?!  I ordered it from Grace Girl Designs on Etsy. 
Amelia wanted a princess party but we couldn't leave out our pirate boy friends


In the background is her playhouse from Nana and Pa and she is on her new tricycle from Grandma and PawPaw.  She loves them both!
Aren't the layered tableclothes cute too?  Thanks Pinterest!

Take a guess who was supposed to go to Target and get princesses to put on the cake and I pirate in the water?  Oops.  Think she didn't notice?  She DID. 
"Where are my princesses??!?!?"  Such a birthday diva!

PawPaw's kiddie wash was a big hit!


These children were obviously not cold

Annie and PawPaw stayed behind the scenes in the balloons
 
Happy Birthday Sweet Girl
 

Amelia loves all her dressup and her vanity set

A whole year of being 2 has come to an end.

 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Random Friday Thoughts

I was in a bathroom today and on the wall was this print that read "Live, Laugh, Love"  You know the same print that you see everywhere that is pretty but has become quite cliche.

As I sat there on the potty I thought "Live, Laugh, Love?  Really?  We are in the bathroom.  Wouldn't it be more appropriate to say "Pee, Toot, Poop"?  I mean do you normally Live, Laugh or Love in the bathroom?  Unless you have a reputation and are listed on the Waffle House wall or some other sketchy bathroom stall, there's not much else to do in the bathroom. 

That's all I have for today.  Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Cut!

Sweet little Annie started cutting her first tooth today.  She is happy as can be.  I would have never known anything was going on had it not been for the hole in her gum and the diarrhea every hour.
Her sister went back and forth between trying to comfort her
and trying to steal the attention she was getting


It has been the saddest day in Annie's world thus far.  Every time I wipe her she cries and shakes because it hurts so bad.  I cried myself.  I even tried putting her in the bath towards the end of the night because I didn't want to have to touch her.  That hurt her too.
I have no idea why this picture is sideways, but so was our day so I will leave it this way.  Annie has not seen 10 pm since she was about 2 or 3 months old.  Tonight she just wanted to snuggle, so we did, on the couch, watching the Farm Monitor with Daddy.
 
 
A sweet, sweet friend who happened to be going to the grocery store tonight picked us up a little home remedy that worked for her babies.  Not only did she pick it up but she delivered it to our living room at 9:30 pm.  Such a small gesture that meant the world to me today.  Reason number 1,873 that I love living in a small town.  Hopefully one day when I get it together and am not hanging on by a thread I will return the favor.
Here it is.  You are supposed to soak the cosmetic pads in the mineral oil and use them as wipes.
 
I will let you know how it goes.  Hope and pray I will not have to find out how it works until tomorrow!  And maybe Annie will wake up with a new tooth!