Saturday, October 24, 2009

Counting Life's Blessings

Well, the weeks are just flying by. Partly because we are so busy each day. This has been the best week so far post-Jesse for me. I have felt so much better emotionally. I know I will be tired for weeks, maybe even months, to come. But feeling better emotionally has made a huge difference. I've also come to the realization that things like exercising 5 days a week like I did before, and even eating right are not going to happen overnight, and that's ok for now.

I have loved being a mom this week. Not that I don't always "appreciate" motherhood, but this week I have looked forward to each day and enjoyed it too. I have taken time to think about the larger picture, and remembered that all too soon these special, innocent days of childhood will be over. I don't want to spend them obsessing over sleep, exercise, diet and household duties. This is a hard one for me--all that I just mentioned--but I am doing my best to remember what's most important right now.

Jesse is already plumping up. He's so much bigger than even two weeks ago. Seriously, he is the sweetest of all our babies. I love watching the kids interact with him and talk so lovingly to, and about him.

I have tried to "step back" this week and see my kids as they truly are, and not focus on what they "aren't" doing, but what wonderful qualities they do possess. There are too many to name, but I can tell you that this has helped me to "fall in love" with them all over again, and this is such a blessing to me.

Watching Jamie with Jesse always warms my heart. He loves being a dad and he is so hands-on with each of our children. He is just as good as a husband to me. I told my mom just today that I am always waiting for my trials to come, because I feel too blessed and life is just too good to me--that there must be something lurking around the corner, because I am blessed beyond comprehension. But, I know I shouldn't dwell on that sort of stuff, I need to just continue to thank my Heavenly Father for these blessings and think positive, happy thoughts. I'm a worrier so....I am thankful to my Heavenly Father though, He has given me so much.

Here are some pictures from this past week, Jesse is five weeks old today.

Jack playing with Jesse in a basketful of laundry--don't worry, it's clean:

Hanna holding Jesse:

Jesse on the couch:

Jesse in his bouncy seat. He has really started focusing on people and objects this week. He tries to touch, and bat at his toys in his seat now too, just as of a couple days ago.

Jack kissing Jesse:

We've had a wonderful week. We are looking forward to carving jack-o-lanterns and having a bit more Halloween fun this weekend. I love the weekends and being together with my whole family.


  1. Beautifully said. It is so easy to get caught up in things that aren't really important. I really enjoyed reading this post.

    I love Jesse's hair.

  2. what great pictures! time sure does fly though doesn't it! my baby will be 4 in march :(

  3. You are very blessed. Savor each and every moment you have with your family!

  4. such a wonderful post. we should all take some time out to "fall in love" with our children all over again!

  5. I try to remind myself of that everyday but the sad thing is I tend to remember when the day is thru & everythingis quiet. its very hard for me but I do not want to miss these precious times w my baby who is only 2 for 2 more months!

  6. He really is getting bigger! What a sweet heart he is! I'm glad you are feeling better. I agree with Orange Juice that sometimes it isn't until the evening where I think that I should have enjoyed the day more and focused on the positive things.

  7. I love this post! I definately need to be thinking like you! That's for an email though! :) Jesse is getting so big already. How cute and I love the pics of him with the kids! You can tell how much they love him!

  8. Did you think each one was the sweetest baby till the next one arrived? I know we think Nutmeg is much sweeter-tempered than Froglet was... or maybe we're just older and more tolerant! :-)
    Jesse is lovely. I'm glad you're feeling so happy this week - first real smiles very soon too (or did you get one already and I missed it?)

  9. I recently stumbled across your blog while searching for other families that are home schooling.

    I have truly enjoyed reading through your posts and seeing all the fun and creative things you do with your children! Thanks for the inspiration!

    I also have to thank you for this very "real", honest and heartfelt post! All to often I find that women, especially moms, hesitate to talk about those days/moments when we "appreciate" motherhood but aren't just smitten with happiness or jumping with joy over changing another dirty diaper. Especially after giving birth! I can always relate more to the women that share the good and the thanks!

    Also, I would LOVE to hear about how you handle your daily school schedule with the addition of a newborn. How do you keep everyone on task and not into each others school work?


  10. Wow, Susana, well said. Not always "fun" being the mom and having to worry about the rest of the household, cooking, cleaning, etc. but you could not have said it better. Thanks for sharing so honestly. God is so awesome, He always provides in abundance. Blessing us with so many little things, things we take for granted, like what an awesome experience it really is to be a mom. I know I go about my day, worrying what we will have for dinner, what we need from the shops, when there will be time to do the housework, etc and I fall into that trap week after week of forgetting what is really important in life - being a mom and wife to the blessings that God gave me.

    Thanks for sharing, for speaking honestly and for all your inspirational posts!

    May God bless you and your beautiful family!

  11. I just love watching that sweet baby grow!

  12. Lovely post, and I enjoyed the pictures of your beautiful children!

  13. It's a very heartwarming post. I loved the pictures and your thoughts of appreciating every day. I am a worrier too, so I can fully understand your feelings of apprehension. I hope that your days will continue to be warm and bright - you so deserve it.