The good ,the bad, & life in general

If you came to read deep thoughts, you won’t find them in this post. I am worn down and a bit discouraged with this morning sickness, but on the other hand, I am grateful to God for this babe growing inside me. I muddle through each day, mostly on my recliner. Some days are better than others, and for those I am so thankful. I am going to whip this house into shape when I feel like working again ๐Ÿ˜‰ It makes a huge difference having older children to help out, and we have been doing ok. We were blessed with so many meals, gift cards, casseroles, and some of you even help fold my wash, wink,wink ๐Ÿ™‚ It humbles me a bit to be on the receiving end of all this kindness, and I can’t wait to pay it forward.

The children say our life is boring right now, but we were able to spend Christmas with family and friends, and that was a blessing.

I do feel like I fail my children right now. I snap at them too easily, and when I have to see someone doing something that I usually do, and not at all the way I think it should be done, it just really tries me. That sounds like I am a control freak. Maybe I am a little ๐Ÿ˜ฆ If I’m feeling too bad, I don’t even care, and that’s probably, sadly, better.

I clicked on a website that said “10 signs you have a strong willed child.” I think all of our children qualify, with 1 or 2 scoring 10 out of 10. Yup, we have our work cut out. I was also getting some tips on how to raise a strong willed child, because I need all the tips. I was greatly encouraged by the fact that a strong willed child is often a good leader, isn’t swayed by the crowd, and can go on to do wonderful things, if they are taught well. I can only pray we get some things right.

This week I went for an ultrasound to check some things, and I got to see baby moving around in there. What a miracle! I have an app on my phone that tracks each day of pregnancy, and shows a video each week how baby develops. I always thought of a child as a miracle, but looking at these videos, and seeing how each part, each organ, is formed, it amazes me all over again. Life happens, only because of a God who ordains it.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll be ready for Christmas vacation to be over. The kiddos need to have something else to concentrate on, other than the way their sibling annoys them. I honestly hope someday they get along better. The tension exists more between the 2 oldest, and they act like they despise each other, but there’s still hope for a bond to form ๐Ÿ™‚ Every once in awhile it surfaces ๐Ÿ™‚

We are home this evening. I told Kirsten if I feel better, maybe we can go to Longhorn for her birthday supper. They get to pick a restaurant to eat at for their birthday, and that was her pick.ย Her birthdayย was in November. Yes, that’s us, so on top of everything ๐Ÿ˜‰ But alas, I didn’t feel up to it, so I’m sitting here listening to the girls play doctor, typing this up. Dale picked up food for supper. He said he’ll get whatever sounds good to me. I said,”I don’t know :)” That’s me right now. I start the day with a ritz cracker and toast. Then we eat fruit, and I always eat Campbell’s chicken noodle soup, because it’s what I can stomach. I never want to see a can of that again when I feel good ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’ve been eating a tuna sandwich almostย every day. I sip on gingerale all the time, and eat pretzels when I’m gagging. And for supper, I usually eat what they do, just small amounts. I seriously have to eat almost every 1/2 hr. or the gagging gets worse. Anybody have a food that tasted good to you when pregnant? I’m up for trying. I did start taking Unisom and B6 at night, and I do think it takes some of the nausea away. If you are one that throws up all the time when pregnant, I feel so bad for you. I absolutely HATE throwing up, and I haven’t thrown up once, even though I’ve come close. It’s so weird how everyone is affected differently.

This post wasn’t supposed to be so muchย about morning sickness, but I guess that is our life right now. I know from experience that when that sweet baby is in your arms, all that you suffered seems small, and so worth every bit. It’s why we mothers keep having more ๐Ÿ™‚

If you are going through something hard like cancer, a death, depression, financial stress, a hospital stay, whatever it may be, I want you to be encouraged. Encouraged that God sees each and every one of our stories. In fact, He is the Author of our story. And He has put us there for such a time as this. Hold tight to His love, and rest in His strength.

2nd Corinthians12:9&10 But he said to me,” My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I’m excited for the new year, and all it holds. I hope 2016 holds so many blessings for you. Thanks for reading!

14 thoughts on “The good ,the bad, & life in general

  1. Melinda says:

    Dear Jolene, hang in there! I never got extremely sick, but that yucky metallic taste was especially bad with Dustin. I ate cereal, chex and honey nut Cheerios tasted good. Potatoes are another thing that calmed my stomach. And I had a mint or hard candy in my mouth almost always. Peppermint mentos were my favorite ๐Ÿ™‚ peppermint helped calm heartburn too, I dealt with almost constant heartburn in my last trimester. ๐Ÿ˜œ That sounds encouraging. God bless you with strength for each day as you are “helping” Him with a new lil miracle ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Ida Martin says:

    I always read your posts with interest as we also live on a dairy farm.Sounds like we have some more things in common…the mention of unisom and vitamin B6 brings back waves of memories! Not exactly good ones either! I was one of those women who could barely stop puking, therefore dealing with dehydration also. We thank God for our three healthy children, ages 9,7, and 2. So my words to you are hang in there, it’s so tough but worth it!! Praying that better days are coming for you soon…

  3. Jen Horning says:

    I can truly feel for you… my first pregnancy was very difficult with lots of vomiting..but by the Grace of God & such a wonderful husband & friends I survived..when some days i thought wasn’t gonna. meanwhile 17 weeks into the second pregnancy , i just know exactly what you are feeling like.. this one, thank God, not so much vomitng but extreme nausea 24\7. and there was absolutely no food that remotely tasted good or helped. i forced each bite very many days,.. sucking on mint candys was probably the only thing that would be helpful at times. its difficult but we to were blessed with so any meals & family coming in to clean & do housework. I thanked God for that and the many other blessings in the midst of the illness. when i could control my thoughts to positive things it seemed half the battle was won. I am so grateful for the life being created & we all know that once we are holding the dear child we soon will forget. God made it that way. Blessings to you as you try hard to stay positive & patient .

    • Oh dear, Jen, I had hoped by now you were feeling good! Thanks so much for your encouragement! I know I don’t have it as bad as some, and I try to remember that. And some foods do taste good to me while eating them. Maybe not 10 min. after :), but at least I don’t have to choke everything down. And some evenings the nausea lets up a bit, so there is definitely that to be grateful for. I hope you can soon say you are feeling good. Take care of yourself, and I am putting you on my prayer list ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’m so sorry and know how you feel, kind of. Nothing tasted good or appealed to me when I was pregnant, and I couldn’t even stand to watch my husband eat. The nausea was overwhelming. Mints and crackers did nothing for me, and I vomited five times a day right up until labor. The doctor told me the only thing that would solve my problems was giving birth, and he was right! So all I can say is, keep your eye on the finish line. You’re probably doing better than you think!

  5. Tina says:

    I see no one mentioned eating beans….are you familiar with Natures Warehouse from Theresa, NY? They sell vitamins, herbs, and lots of other things and when I ordered a tincture to help me with my morning sickness, they sent along a paper for Morning Sickness, the gist of it saying we NEED to eat beans. So, I ate beans n beans… One way was I’d wrap them in tortillas with cheese and maybe more things…but, eat beans however u can if you care to try it. I am thankful they sent that paper along!!The paper gave the reasons why n all. Here’s info found on the back: Contact Karen at:
    Karen@KarenHurd.com . That’s a website also with info. Or you could ask Natures Warehouse for the same paper they sent me
    800.215.4372— or http://www.natureswarehouse.net.
    I hope you feel better soon…it certainly is no fun!!!:(
    Also my midwife told me about VitaMist B-12 that was supposed to help out too so we got one of those. We got the Vita-Mist B-12 500. Look up VitaMist.com if interested.
    I apologize for the lengthy comment. I’d be very pleased if someone could find relief for their morning sickness using these products, tho. ๐Ÿ™‚

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