Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Nesting like a Mama bird

I wish!!!
Oh my I have so much to do to prepare for this baby! I still have not finished my birth playlist (5-10 songs will not cut it!), and I would love to have an updated list and not have to use the one from Eli's birth. I loved that playlist, don't get me wrong. I just want some fresh songs that will help distract me from contractions as much as possible. I don't have a single item of baby clothing out of a box. I don't even know where that box is. Good thing the only 2 things that I absolutely must have are attached to my body already and will DEFINITELY be at the birth ;) I feel like I am in a little bit of panic mode, but it's still not motivating me to get off my sore rear end and do something about it!

I would say the only thing I have actually done to "prepare" for this newborn is to relish in my final weeks withOUT said newborn. I am trying to fill my days with fun things for the boys, girls' night outs for me, and just sitting in bed with my hubby watching "Prison Break" online. And obviously, I am not doing much of anything during the boys' quiet time but Facebooking, blogging, and plenty of other random things that do not involve getting up from sitting or laying down! haha

So what will it take to motivate me? Maybe I'll wait until I can feel Josiah pushing his way farther and farther down into the birth canal. Oh yeah, I can already feel that. How about when I am less than 3 weeks away from the "due date" (which we all know is just a guess anyway...but it could really happen any day now!) Let's see, according to the ticker on this blog, I have...18 days to go!!!! Well, maybe when I start having contractions, I'll get a move on washing those baby clothes. Oh wait, I already have some of those every day.
Guess that means I need to:

1. Search for box of baby clothes, wash, and put away those clothes...pick out outfit for bringing Josiah home in.
2. Put car seat in car
3. Set up co-sleeper in our room
4. Wash cloth diapers and buy a package of disposable newborn diapers for the first week of nastiness.
5. Cook and freeze meals for first few weeks.
6. Finish up birth playlist and put on Ipod.

Tomorrow seems like a good day to get started ;)
(Better go catch up on the piles of laundry and dishes that are staring me down. Maybe THEN I can focus on that "Before Baby" to do list!)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I am anointed!

I am currently studying Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed (A Study of David) by Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore, and Kay Arthur with a group of women from church.

My favorite portion, so far, has been the "Anointed" part of the book.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 says, "Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee."

Ephesians 1:13-14 also guarantees believers the giving of the Holy Spirit: "In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation - having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance."

What a privilege!!!

In my journal, I made a "list" of the promises of my anointing in Christ, both from Scripture and from the truths in this Bible study book. They have been so wonderful to turn to in times of uncertainty, when my joy and patience are running low, and when I just need a reminder to be thankful that God chose ME!! After all...

"Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?"
2 Sam. 7:18

Because I am anointed...

I have a divine enablement to accomplish God's purposes for my life.

I am:

Opposition is a guarantee!!

My confidence rests in HIS faithfulness, not mine.

I am the modern-day tabernacle in which God's presence dwells.

I must have GOD at the center of my...
daily living

My life must have the qualities of being:

I must
- seek God
- listen for His instructions
- respond in obedience

I am equipped for the purpose to which He has called ME.

God is the SOURCE and SUSTAINER of my life.

I will be
and fortified
so I am
fully capable
of performing the task at hand.

"For I am God's masterpiece. He created me anew in Christ Jesus so I can do good things He planned for me long ago."
Ephesians 2:10

I am here to GLORIFY and REFLECT God.
*that He might be more clearly seen*

I am guaranteed

I can face life's circumstances with courage, joy, and inner peace.


I am

I am not "just a mom"
a developer of Christian soldiers.

In Christ, I have
- Divine Empowerment
- Divine Completion
- Divine Ownership

I can have and show
in daily and normal activities.

In my Spirit-filled life, I
have true joyfulness,
am promised wisdom and understanding,
can sense evil,
am to be loving, unselfish, humble, and servant hearted,
can be fearless of evil,
am confident and worry-free.

Satan is guaranteed defeat, and God is guaranteed victory.
I can feel confident in standing firmly against evil.

I am a victorious overcomer!!

(access to the ear of God)
(access to the mouth of God)
(He has a specific word for me!)

I must whole-heartedly obey!

I am
NOT JUST...........................BUT
delayed to the next pit...........................completely delivered

Are you a believer? Are you acknowledging and experiencing the wonderful, undeserved anointing of Christ in your life? I hope this little peek into my journal blesses you as much as the truths of being anointed have blessed and lifted me up!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Filling our days

What is a very pregnant, quite uncomfortable, robbed-of-energy mom to do with 3 little boys who still require the same amount of time, love, and entertainment as they always have?
Well, fill our days with fun outings, special/different activities at home, and of course, dates with my hubby, girls' night outs, and sitting around just enjoying my life with only 3!
One of those special activities this week? Painting!

The older boys painted blank canvases with different things like sponges, rags, feathers, and dot sponges. When they were dry, I wrote Psalm 4:8 on them to hang above their beds.
"I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety."

I painted a canvas for Eli, and then we did his hand prints and the Bible verse. He wanted in on the painting fun, though, so I gave him a gigantic piece of paper and let him have at it :)
I don't think he stopped smiling the whole time.

With about 3 1/2 weeks to go, I am trying to hang in there for my family!!!! I know my patience is running thin, and my fun mommy days are even thinner. We have company coming in soon for about a week and a half total and a lot of different outings on the calendar to hopefully keep everyone happy and entertained. I am nowhere near ready to be a mom of four little boys, but I know the three boys I have now are ready to have their happy, patient mom back!! Although they are probably enjoying all of the freedom they have when I accidentally fall asleep on the couch, and they have the run of the house and the "privilege" of doing pretty much whatever their little hearts desire! I think they have been to McDonald's more in the past few months than in their entire lives combined. Come to think of it, I can get away with a lot more Starbucks and eating out than normal when I'm pregnant.....
And now, I must peel myself from my comfy bed and my way-too-much-tv-watching children to serve up some snacks and get some school work done and tonight's dinner made!!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

36 weeks and counting...

For the sake of record keeping (and to satisfy those inquiring minds :) )...
I have gained 32 lbs. to date (with 30 being the most I've ever gained before at the END of my previous pregnancies!!)
I am measuring on target (36 cm), which I have never done before. (I've always measured a couple weeks behind schedule.)
Josiah's little head is DOWN and engaged in my pelvis already. (Yes I can feel it, and Yes I have pretty much perfected the prego waddle.)

I am so curious about his arrival date and size!! I do NOT expect an early or big baby by any means based on my history, but I will be surprised if he's not any bigger than the other babies have been. We'll find out before we know it!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

We love the water!!

We are so thankful for water play this summer!
Swimming pools are fun, but it's a lot of work to take these 3 little boys to a pool by myself.
We rely heavily on our little backyard kiddie pool, spray parks, and the sprinkler! :)
If we choose to be outside for any length of time, there is almost always water play involved.

Last week, the older boys took swimming lessons.
Titus is already our little fish, with almost NO fear of water whatsoever!

THIS little boy, however, has always been timid about having water in his face.

I must say, he has come a long way!!

We are so proud of him and happy that he is able to enjoy himself so much more now.

Hopefully, he will be able to really learn how to swim next summer.
(baby steps...baby steps...)

And then there's Eli...watching and learning :)

and being his curious little toddler self.

Hope you are all finding fun ways to stay cool!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

I just have to say...

I LOVE being a mom. I mean, really. It doesn't get much better than this! Just look at this week:

This morning: A little bit of school, Friends over to the house,
finish school for the day, and play
Tuesday: Bible study and then picnic at the park with friends.
Home for naps and then back to drop the boys off at D's work,
so I can go to Tuesday Bible study #2
Wednesday: School, then "field trip" to a petting farm with friends
Thursday: School in morning then take boys to friends' house while
I go to appt. with my midwife
Friday: Play date at a Spray park/playground, home to nap a little while, then
dinner and family night with Derek

Oh, Lord! Forgive me for ever complaining!! What a wonderful life I have.
3 little boys (almost 4) to play with all the time and to keep me laughing and smiling.
I always have someone to hug, a baby to hold, a cheek to kiss.
The laundry and dishes and making snacks/meals and listening to whiny kids and wiping bottoms and noses and constantly sweeping/vacuuming/mopping certainly gets old,
but I wouldn't trade any of this for the world!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Complete Randomness

I feel like posting something, but I really don't have much to post about!
Instead, I'll journal my thoughts and let you read my mind :)

You know little boys are sick when all they want to do is sleep.
Eli was sick the past couple days with a fever and very rarely left my lap during that time. He fell asleep on the couch while everyone was up and doing things around him, so I knew he didn't feel well!! He took 2 naps in one day, which he hasn't done in months and months. His body was burning up, and his fever was 104. Now, Justus has whatever that was and has only left my and Derek's bed once all day so far. He tried to get up another time and called me to say, "It's not working! I can't walk!!" His fever is 103, and I'm so glad he is at the age where he can just lay in bed and sleep it off. He's even sleeping on the bed next to me while I type this.

I had been staying on top of cleaning the house, but I think that is officially over. I have 5 weeks left until Josiah's due date, and I AM FEELING IT! My energy is down, I feel gigantic, and all I want to do is sit and watch my kids play. It's kind of fun, though, b/c I am enjoying the last little bit of time with just 3 kids. I think newborns are a piece of cake, but once they hit about 2-3 months old, things get very difficult.

AND since I feel so fat, we haven't been leaving the house much. Not leaving the house much means running to less stores for no particular reason...which means spending less money on gas and things we don't really need...so that's another good thing :)

We are about to have our house bombarded with company in the next few months. (And I'm using "bombarded" in a positive way!!) My best friend is coming, one of Derek's best friends is coming with his family, then my parents will come when Josiah is born, then hopefully my brother and sister-in-law soon after that, AND my aunt and her family might be coming through as well!! WHEW!! Good thing I will have a newborn baby to get me out of cleaning house for all of them! hahaha I'm so excited about all of the adult conversation I will be getting! Not to mention the fact that my best friend is coming BEFORE Josiah is born, so I'll be able to go out whenever and wherever I want to with her when Derek is here with the boys at night and on the weekend. I plan on living up every moment of her visit, because I will probably not leave the house with all 4 kids by myself for at LEAST the next year.

Justus and Titus took swimming lessons this week, and it was so great and fun for them. Titus is such a fish in the water. We actually have hoped he would get a LITTLE fearful of the water at some point, but it doesn't look like that is happening! Justus is putting his whole face in the water as long as he has his goggles on, which is a HUGE step for him. (It's so funny how different J and T are from each other.) The funny thing about Justus putting his face in is that he will only bend over and put his face in. He won't go straight down in the water to get his whole head wet. He'll get his ears wet by dunking his head sideways, and he'll bend over and get the TOP of his head wet. I have no idea what that is about, but now we have something to work on with him when we take the boys swimming.

Eli is getting to be such a big boy, it's ridiculous. It's so cool to see how unique all of the boys' personalities are. Eli is his own little man, but he certainly knows how to be a copycat as well! It's great, though, because he talks so well and knows so much. Based on our history with each child learning so much faster than the previous one, Josiah will probably be holding conversations at a year old. Eli says so many things I can't even make a list of them anymore. Our current favorites are when he talks about his "guys" and their helmets, when he says "You're welcome," when he talks about getting hurt and falling, and when he tells on one of his brothers ("Titus nice" while shaking his head.) Speaking of Titus, he and Eli are having so much fun playing together recently. They have clashed a LOT and gotten in so many fights. We never experienced that with Justus and Titus when they were this age, so it has been a new path for us. I guess now that Eli is getting older and more verbal, he and Titus are actually beginning to really enjoy each other. It is so sweet to see them play together and "discuss" whatever they're playing. I need to videotape it and post it on here for memories :)

Well, I think that's all my random thoughts for the moment! Wasn't that an exciting post?! :)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Birthday, America!!

What a fun day! Despite the clouds, rain, and dreary weather, we were able to do everything we had planned for the day.

I decorated the table with our 4th of July crafts from the week, flags and candles, and new t-shirts for the boys to wear.
Good morning, sunshine :)
Sporting their new red, white, and blue :)
Waiting for the parade to start
Possibly our last family picture as the Frye Fam Five!

We grilled out at our friends' pool, the kids swam, and we
enjoyed our red, white, and blue food...
Blue chips and tortilla chips with salsa
Star-shaped sandwiches
Blue Jell-O
Red Gatorade

Next, we went to a carnival for a train ride, music, and fireworks!

It was a LONG day but full of memories and VERY worth it!!
God has truly blessed this country!
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