Saturday, March 20, 2010

Saving the world one Diaper at a Time

It is true...I am saving the world one diaper at a time. About a month ago I started researching cloth diapers. As Marshal would tell you-I am a little bit of a tree huger. Seriously, I was completely appalled by the amount of trash we were creating with a new little one in the house. We are big recyclers at my house so a typical week we would have two recycle containers full and one bag of trash. With the diapers we were having two recycle containers and four bags of trash. Ridiculous! I looked an looked and studied and studied and finally decided I wanted to give cloth a try. Now let me tell you the cloth diaper industry has vastly changed since I was a baby. In fact I think my mom thinks I am cheating. Cloth diapers these days are so NICE. Nothing like the fold and pin type they used back in the day.
I decided on the FLIP system because of it's sturdy snap system that allows you to use the them up to 35 pounds. They arrived in the mail about a week ago and I began using them right away. I LOVE them. They are easy to use, easy to change, and easy to clean. I wish I would have done this with Ashlynn. I feel like it is so much better for the environment and so much better for Mr. Jaxton. I discovered early on with Ashlynn that warm wash clothes clean up a dirty bottom so much better than wipes. So now between the wash clothes an the cloth diapers I don't even need a trash can in Jaxton's room and I could not be more proud!

P.S. I am well aware that some of you out there are thinking I am a nut job right about now. This all started two years ago a very dear friend and co-worker pointed out how much waste we were creating. Since then I have made several small changes in our daily lives to be more environmentally friendly. I use refillable juice bottles instead of buying juice boxes, I use cloth napkins, reusable bags, pay bills online and as I mentioned earlier we recycle.

P.S.S. Yes Melissa I am well aware this cloth diaper thing completely ruined your taking the baby with nothing but a diaper on and dirt all over his face to Walmart experiment...sorry-I might could make an exception just once just for you-HA HA HA!!!!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Sacrament of Baptism

Today was a very special day for our family. Jaxton Landder was baptised. Marshal, Ashlynn, and I vowed to raise Jaxton in a home that will glorify the Lord. We promised to surround him with christian love and support. We promised to be good role models as we help him learn and grow to be a true disciple of ChristToday was a special day. I am not saying that Ashlynn's baptism was not special because it was. I value it as much as I do Jaxton's. However, today was a special day to me in a different way. Please do not mis-understand Ashlynn is my precious baby girl and I love her deeply. Ashlynn was simply born at a time in my life when everything was "perfect". A time in my life when I had not yet experienced the type of pain I later learned existed. I took Ashlynn and my healthy pregnancy for granted.
For this child I have prayed. I have prayed from the bottom of my core. Today was a special day. Today I thanked God for Jaxton and I vowed to hand him over and let God lead his life. I thank God for allowing me to be his mother. I don't know why God chose me because I am not deserving, but I am so very thankful and feel so incredibly blessed.
I also want to throw in a quick thank you to my family, my Sunday School class,and my special friends that were with us in spirit (thanks for the sweet text). I cannot tell you how much it meant to me to see your faces in the crowd and know that you prayed with me. Having you there to share in this moment with us meant so much to me.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

A Party in Pictures

Today was Ashlynn's 5th birthday party and you are invited to share in the magic! Here is her princess party in pictures...Craft time.

Princess Buffet

The Royal Cake

Dress up and make up station

Game Time: pinata, pin the heart on the frog, find the glass slipper, and princess and the pea

Make a wish

One Happy Birthday Girl!

Thanks for coming. We hope you had fun!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Help I can't make up my mind

Jaxton's baptism is Sunday the 14th and I have to turn in a picture by Monday. Problem I can't decide which picture I want to use. Help!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

All the Possiblites

I am so frustrated with myself.

This past Sunday the sermon was about hearing God calling. Honestly, I listened to the sermon and left feeling great. I had really been struggling with a situation and I just felt great clarity over it. God was truly calling me to reach out to this person. After I left church I contacted her and was met with a very difficult conversation. But that was ok. If God ask you to do something chances are it will be difficult, it might hurt, and it will take you out of your comfort zone. I kept playing those words from the sermon over and over in my head.

By Sunday afternoon I felt ok about the situation, but still am not sure where this is leading or what God wants me to do. The only thing I do know is God’s wishes and my wishes are completely opposite where this person is concerned.

All of that said, I will listen and I will obey.

Now just three days later I am struggling to remember to let God lead.

As you know this past year and a half has been the most challenging time in my life. Most days all I had to hang on to was faith. Faith that God would lead me down the right path. His path. I would like to tell you that is where my story ends, but unfortunately it is not.

“But….But….But…God how can I be sure I am following your path?”

I will be honest I feel like I start out on the right path, however somewhere down the road I find out I took a detour. Is that part of the plan or did I get so involved in my selfishness that I didn’t listen to his guiding directions?

Right now I am really struggling with that. Many new possibilities have surfaced for my family. They seem exciting and scary all at the same time. I need help. I need to be reminded to follow God’s path. I am not sure where it will lead, but I do know that I want him to be my tour guide.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Impact

Yesterday the world lost a special man. Travis was an inspiration to everyone around him. He was a man that made you feel cared about and loved. He gave of himself freely. He was a man to be respected an looked up to. He choose to make a positive impact with his life. He will be truly missed.I pray today that you think about the impact that you are leaving on those around you. I pray today that we all can be a little more like Travis.