Christmas Newsletter 2016

December 8th, 2016

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

Well, the first half of this year was rather a wild ride for us, but we have a lot to praise and thank God for, as many of our friends and family already know.

Last Christmas (December 2015) we had the delightful surprise of discovering that another precious child was on the way. Then in late January we were told that an ultrasound had found a subchorionic hemorrhage, which threatened the pregnancy and the baby. Over the next three and a half months, I was in bedrest most of the time and Ryan worked from home in order to help manage the children and household chores. We had the support of family and friends during those months, through prayer, meals, childcare, etc., which meant a lot to us and helped to ease the burden. I was eventually induced and Serena Hope Kidd was born on May 17th — my 30th birthday.

Yet that was not the end of our difficulties, as shortly after her birth little Serena was laboring to breathe, and an x-ray revealed a hole in her lung. Over the next few hours her condition rapidly deteriorated, and Ryan and I began to fear for her life. Serena was transferred to Sick Kids, where she bounced back quickly, praise God, and after a week in the NICU we were able to take her home.

It was a wonderful, busy summer and fall, with Ryan at home on extended paternity leave and five little kiddos filling our home with fun and laughter.

Some of the highlights of the year include: birthdays; Serena’s baptism party; summer vacations, long weekends, and holidays spent with both sides of the family; my brother’s wedding; family time at our property up north; having a sweet new baby in the house; etc.

Justin is seven years old now. He continues to be an outgoing, active young boy with a big imagination and a heart of gold. After school is over for the day, you will often find him playing in the backyard with his cousins. If not there, he’ll be building something with Legos or filling reams of paper with action-packed drawings and pictures. I am pretty proud of him for the way he will help and care for his little siblings, even without being asked, and how reliable he is with running little errands for me.

Patrick is just over six years old. He’s a pretty strong and agile boy, and he can climb a wall or tree like a monkey. Patrick shares his father’s interest in machinery and man projects, and it’s not unusual to see him working alongside Ryan or discussing how to fix things with him. The two of them like to scheme together behind my back (or right in front of me) to buy machines like snowmobiles, tractors, and excavators. Patrick is attentive to detail and can be fairly thorough in his work.

Oliver is three, and still our little sunshine. His big blue eyes sparkle with mischief and fun, and his smile and giggle are incredibly contagious. You can’t ever miss him if he’s in a room with you, as he will always make his presence known. He loves being around people and being involved in what they are doing, and will often be found playing with his older brothers or his cousins. He adores his baby sister, as do his older brothers, and like them he attempts to smother little Serena daily with kisses.

Melinda is almost two, and she’s a busy, intelligent little girl. She already had a growing vocabulary by 16 months, and now she’s saying whole sentences, asking questions, making requests, etc. She’s got her own ideas about how to run the house, and it’s a race every day to stay ahead of her! That said, she can be very sweet, and she likes to help Mommy and her brothers with their chores. Her favourite toy is her pink kitty, which she hugs at night as she falls asleep.

Well, you’ve already seen Serena about 4 times (all of the kids wanted their picture taken with Serena, including Patrick, although in each of his photos with her he was looking at Serena and not at the camera…). However, I still wanted to include a photo of her all by herself…

Serena is our sweet little doll of a baby, with big blue eyes, long dark lashes, and plenty of chub. Now over six months old, she delights all of us with her big sweet smiles, her coos, and her laughter. She’s an irresistible little bundle of joy, and we are so privileged to have her as one of our family.

Ryan and I have our hands full — full of blessings from God. Sometimes having so many blessings proves to be quite a challenge, but overall we are thankful and happy for the wonderful life God has given us.

And we are eternally thankful for the gift of His precious Son, whom we celebrate at this time of the year. We could not have such a spirit of joy were it not for the hope that we have received through Him.

To God be the glory, great things He has done!

Praising God for Our Precious Child

May 19th, 2016

With deepest joy and gratitude to God for the arrival

of our precious baby, we would like to announce

the birth of our fifth child,

Serena Hope Kidd

born at 3:50 am on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

weighing 5 lbs. 7 oz. (2.4 kg.)

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Baptism

Serena will be baptized at

2:45 pm, on Sunday, June 12, 2016

at the New Horizon Church in Scarborough

(Bridletowne Park Church, 2300 Bridletowne Circle)

See www.newhorizonchurch.ca/wp/map for directions.

All are welcome to attend.

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Serena, 7 days old, with brother Justin at the homecoming party

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the baby’s birth specifications? A: weight: 5 lbs., 7 oz. (2.4 kg);  length:  19 in. (48 cm); dark hair.
  2. How long was Kristin’s labour? A: 2.5 hours from start of established labour to birth.
  3. Where was the birth? A: The baby was born at Scarborough Grace Hospital.
  4. Were there any complications? A: due to a subchorionic hemorrhage and a pregnancy-induced liver function disorder, the obstetrician considered it best to induce labour 3 weeks early. After unsuccessful attempts to induce labour with gel and breaking of the waters, labour was finally established through intravenous oxytocin.
  5. Are mother and baby well? Mother is well, however, little Serena was transferred to the NICU at Sick Kids Hospital on account of complications affecting her lungs and breathing. She made steady progress in her recovery and was sent home a week later with a clean bill of health, for which we are very thankful.
  6. How is breastfeeding? A: Serena was initially receiving fluids through IV, was then introduced to milk feedings through a nasal tube into her stomach, and is now breastfeeding exclusively and is doing well.
  7. Why did you name the baby Serena Hope?  A:  The name Serena means “serene, calm, peaceful.” The name Hope means, well, “hope.” We chose the name some months ago, long before we realized how tumultuous and difficult the day of her birth would become, and how fitting her name would prove to be. God was our Rock, giving us hope in the midst of the storm, shielding our tiny baby girl. We knew that, whatever the outcome of those first 24 hours, little Serena Hope was in His Almighty hands.
  8. What is the baby’s theme verse? A: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea (Psalm 46:1-2).
  9. Fun fact: Serena was born on Kristin’s 30th birthday. She is the best birthday gift Kristin has ever received. :)
  10. Why are you choosing to baptize your baby? A: We do not believe baptism will make the baby go to heaven automatically.  But just as male babies received the covenant sign of circumcision in the Old Testament, we believe that God requires us to put His mark of ownership on our children, and in baptism He promises to save our children as they grow up to receive the covenant promises, repenting of their sins personally and learning to love and obey the Lord Jesus.
  11. Do you need meals or anything else? A:  We are very thankful for all the support we have been receiving from family and friends. The other four children were in the wonderful caring hands of their grandparents for the week that Serena was in the NICU, but are now home again.
  12. Donations in honour of? If you want to give a gift in honour of Serena, we might suggest sending a donation to the Christian Blind Mission.   CBM provides eye operations and life impacting treatments to children in the third world who are truly in need.  International Justice Mission also does good work and it accepts international donations.

 

Thank you all for your love and prayers for us at this precious time!

What is Homeschooling?

March 14th, 2016

by Kristin

A lot of parents, particularly mothers, think “I could never homeschool.”

For them, the idea  of homeschooling evokes visions of perfect, smiling mothers that are divinely gifted with infinite patience, super-human intelligence, and extraordinary organizational skills. These perfect mothers run the equivalent of a high-class private school in their homes, with perfect, quiet, studious children sitting at polished desks from 7:00 in the morning to 4:00 in the afternoon, learning three languages, a dozen musical instruments, trigonometry, physics, advanced grammar, theology, early church history, and economics. After school, this perfect mother simply waves her magic wand, her perfectly obedient children run to do her bidding, and the housework is resolved in minutes while a four course dinner appears on the table at precisely 5:00pm as her husband steps in the door.

I’m half-choked with laughing.

The reality of homeschooling is so vastly different from this. Are homeschooling mothers perfect? No! Are  we infinitely patient? No! Are we super intelligent and organized? Definitely not!

So how do we succeed at this homeschooling business then? What IS homeschooling anyway?

Homeschooling is an act of faith. You read what God says in His Word about raising children, about training them to love Him and to obey His Word (Deut. 6:1-9), and you realize that God is calling you to this, calling you to disciple your children for Him. And how can you disciple them when you are separated from them for the majority of their waking hours almost every day? And how can one to two hours of Sunday school or after-supper devotions compete with 30+ hours of humanist indoctrination every week in public schools?

So you as a parent take a step of faith, and keep your children home.

Homeschooling is a lifestyle. You are not re-creating your home into an institution. Home is still home. It’s where we live, share meals, do chores, play games, laugh, and relax. Now it’s also the place where we learn.

But learning is not restricted to superficial time slots, nor is it limited to lesson plans, workbooks, and test sheets. We are raising people, not computers. Education is about lighting a fire, not filling a database. There’s so much more to life and learning than simply memorizing multiplication tables and the dates of key historical events, important as those things are.

We need to teach the whole child: mind, body, and soul. Involve them in baking to learn fractions. Let them watch a sunflower grow from a seed. Teach them to care for a younger sibling and respect their parents. Bring a tadpole or a butterfly cocoon home for them to observe over time. Give them art and craft supplies. Read them timeless storybooks and stories about real people and places like Little House on the Prairie. Read, read, READ to them. Have them sort laundry by colour and put their toys away into organized bins. Give them puzzles and blocks and other open-ended toys that involve so much imagination and creativity. Teach them to ride a bike. Help them make cookies for an elderly neighbour. Teach them about God and His love for them.

Homeschooling is a vision for the future. Homeschooling is not just a daily exercise. We are giving our time, energy, and resources for the purpose of raising a godly generation to follow after us, for the glory of God. We are laying the foundation for not just our children’s lives as servants of the King, but for, Lord willing, a whole line of faithful descendants!

Such a long-term vision will drastically affect our choices of today. It will influence what curriculum we use, what activities our children are in, what we watch on TV, what books we read to the kids, who we socialize with, etc. We will make distinctions not only between what’s good and bad for our kids, but also between what’s good and what’s excellent. There’s only so much we can do in a day to prepare for the future, and so we need to make careful decisions about what will be the best use of our time and resources, and the best use of our children’s time and resources.

Think of it as building a Cathedral. Cathedrals take decades to build. Only the best materials are chosen and incorporated into the building. The different elements are handcrafted with great care and attention to detail by skilled craftsmen. They are adorned with breathtaking frescoes by gifted artists. They are filled with costly and beautiful objects. The whole Cathedral, inside and out, stands as a monument to the glory of God for centuries.

Homeschooling children is just like that.

However, like some of those who plan, design, and begin to build a Cathedral, we may never see the full fruition of our work. We do not know what our children’s children will do with the godly heritage we are seeking to prepare for them. But we know that we are doing the work that God has called us to, and we know that God promises to bless us when we step out obediently in faith.

And so we move forward with a vision and a hope, with our children in our hearts and in our homes.

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If you are interested in giving homeschooling a try, or understand that God is calling you to disciple your children in this way, I would encourage you to check out the books below:

Educating the Wholehearted Child, Clay and Sally Clarkson

A Charlotte Mason Companion, Karen Andreola

Home Grown Kids, Dr. Raymond Moore

I would also mention that Montessori materials and the Montessori approach of hands-on learning are also wonderful for teaching young children. The math materials in particular, in my experience, provide a solid foundation for young minds to comprehend this abstract subject.

 

 

Keeping Your Children Home

March 13th, 2016

by Kristin

I’m in the middle of reading a book by Dr. Raymond Moore (namely, Home Grown Kids). Dr. Moore is a developmental psychologist and a strong advocate of homeschooling and of delaying formal education (see School Can Wait and Better Late Than Early by Dr. Moore). He stresses again and again the psychological benefits of young children staying at home under the loving care of their parents.

I find it deeply saddening to see so many parents following the popular culture in sending their precious children off to school at an increasingly younger age.

Granted, some families are in a position such that they have little choice but to enlist childcare outside the home. However, at the same time, there are many parents who do have a choice but don’t seem to realize that their personal love and care and training is far more important to their child’s development than anything the best preschool or daycare could provide.

Having said this, I realize that many mothers and fathers lack confidence to keep their children at home. We have been brainwashed as a culture into thinking that everything needs to be done by experts, most especially the delicate business of raising children. We have pediatricians, child psychologists, early childhood educators, teachers, school nurses, child psychiatrists, etc., etc. From the moment the child is born until the time he reaches adulthood, we have someone with a degree telling us when he should sleep, what he should eat, how he should play, who he should socialize with, what he should learn and when, and on and on and on, ad infinitum.

But is this really necessary? Did Abraham Lincoln have a child psychologist? Did Mozart need an early childhood educator? Did Thomas Edison need a school teacher?

The point is, No, you as a parent do not need a panel of experts to help you raise your child. This is a modern development, and quite frankly, it’s had more of a negative impact than a positive one. For example, simply compare the level of education today with what a child received 100 to 200 years ago, and you’ll see what I mean. For all their “expertise,” today’s experts don’t have much to show for their efforts.

This may be true, you say, but where is a parent to begin? How will a parent know what to do? What about specialized areas?

[Granted, there are times when you as a parent need specialized help, for example, when your child is very sick, when he has a disorder, when he needs more specialized training/education, etc.].

First questions first. Where do you begin? How will you know what to do?

Start with the Bible. Learn all of what God says about raising children. He made them after all, so He knows how they tick.

Then find solid Christian child training resources that are based on God’s Word (e.g. Shepherding a Child’s Heart, by Tedd Tripp). Remember, your first priority as a parent is always moral instruction: shaping your child’s character, teaching obedience to God, etc. This is the foundation for all other education.

Don’t believe me? Try teaching arithmetic to a child having a temper tantrum.

See what I mean? The moral training is necessary before any other training or instruction can take place. Even if you find ways to get around this, you won’t score any points in the end when you produce evil geniuses of your offspring. (Note: you’ll observe that schools nowadays are woefully lacking in any moral training [or rather, they're excelling in immoral training], which is another good reason to teach your kids at home!).

Furthermore, this moral training — or “soul training” if you will — is foundational because it is the eternal aspect of parenting. One day your child will stand before God. Preparing him for that moment is infinitely more important than preparing him for highschool, or college, or his first job, etc. We must be so careful as Christian parents not to put on the same narrow blinders that the secular parents around us are wearing. This life is not all there is, as our secular counterparts so naively believe. We need to prepare our children first and foremost for their eternal future, and equip them to do the eternal work Jesus has prepared for them to do on this earth.

If you are interested to learn more, check out my small sample of resources below, and stay tuned for my next post, “What is Homeschooling?

 

Resources:

See this website for a list of great men and women of history who were homeschooled: http://www.homeschoolacademy.com/a/famoushomeschoolers/

Repairing the Ruins, ed. Douglas Wilson

On Secular Education, R. L. Dabney

The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis

Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Tedd Tripp

Home Grown Kids, School Can Wait, and Better Late Than Early by Raymond Moore

 

A Belated Christmas Announcement

March 12th, 2016

by Kristin

We had a little Christmas surprise (or rather, a big one) that we wanted to share with you.

We’re having another baby! Baby Kidd #5 is due June 6, 2016.

However, we have been facing some complications with the pregnancy, and there’s a significant risk that the baby could come prematurely. We would appreciate your prayers for this little one at this time.

~The Kidds~

How Can I Keep From Singing?

December 18th, 2015

I love the beautiful old hymns, and this one which I stumbled across recently is a real treasure. Enjoy.  -Kristin

Hymn by Robert Lowry

My life flows on in endless song;
Above earth’s lamentation,
I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn
That hails a new creation.

Refrain:
No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
How can I keep from singing?

Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing? [Refrain]

What though my joys and comforts die?
I know my Savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night He giveth. [Refrain]

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
A fountain ever springing!
All things are mine since I am His!
How can I keep from singing? [Refrain]

Christmas Newsletter 2015

December 9th, 2015

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

Time flies when you’re having fun. God has been very good to us again this year. Some of the highlights of 2015 include:

Spending the holidays with family.

Camping and cottaging with family.

Two family weddings (Kristin’s cousins).

Lots of weekends spent enjoying and improving our new property up north.

Assembling tandem bikes with the kids for Ryan’s hobby business.

Having a 10′ inflatable pool in the backyard and teaching the kids to be comfortable in the water.

Enjoying our new little daughter and sister, Melinda Joy, who arrived late in December of 2014.

Homeschooling the boys; learning about ancient and medieval time periods together.

Birthday parties for the kids.

Reading lots of exciting books as a family.

And the list could go on….

The kids are growing fast.

Justin is six years old now, outgoing, enthusiastic, a little precocious and a little scattered. He has a caring heart, a bright mind, a boundless imagination, and a restless energy about him. He loves Lego, play-acting, dress-up (soldiers, knights, etc.), and drawing.

Patrick is five years old, sensitive, thoughtful, and a little headstrong at times. He’s a real homebody, and tends to be quiet and shy when around other people. Like Justin, he too loves Lego, play-acting and dress-up, but Patrick gets especially excited about working with Daddy, and talking about tools, machinery, and heavy equipment.

Oliver is two and a half years old. He is funny, energetic, enthusiastic, and into everything like a dirty shirt! If his older brothers can do it, so can he, whether it be drawing, play-acting, building Lego, doing school, building forts, climbing dirt piles and boulders, etc., etc. There’s no holding this little guy back. He smiles almost all the time, and he’s like a ray of sunshine in the family.

Melinda is the new girl on the block. She’s learning how to survive with three older brothers, and how to fend for herself. She is beginning to cruise the furniture, and can wiggle across the floor like a fish in water. Melinda loves oranges, her toy cat, and playtime with her brothers, mommy, and daddy. She likes to listen to us sing hymns and read stories. The boys are pretty thrilled to have a little sister, and it’s clear that she loves them all too.

A very Merry Christmas from our family to yours. May God bless you richly in the coming year.

 

What Do You Read?

November 17th, 2015

by Kristin

Are you a reader? You should be. My life and thought has been vastly shaped by books I have read. Here follows a list of different books I would recommend to others, and I hope you will take the time to read them too if you can.

 

For Homeschoolers

Educating the WholeHearted Child, Clay and Sally Clarkson

On Secular Education, R. L. Dabney, edited by Douglas Wilson

Repairing the Ruins, Douglas Wilson

A Charlotte Mason Companion, Karen Andreola

Teaching the Trivium, Harvey Bluedorn

The Well-Educated Mind, Susan Wise Bauer

 

For Moms/Parents

Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches, Rachel Jankovic

Fit to Burst, Rachel Jankovic

Queen of the Home, Jennifer McBride

Seasons of a Mother’s Heart, Sally Clarkson

Large Family Logistics, Kim Brenneman

The Hidden Art of Homemaking, Edith Schaeffer

Raising Real Men, Hal and Melanie Young

Future Men, Douglas Wilson

 

For Wives

For Women Only, Shaunti Feldhahn

The Fruit of Her Hands, Nancy Wilson

 

Other

Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman

The Closing of the American Mind, Allan Bloom

New Evidence that Demands a Verdict, Josh McDowell

Refuting Evolution and Refuting Evolution 2, Jonathan Sarfati

 

 

Happy Reading!

 

 

Cloth Diapering: My Experience

November 16th, 2015

Given my interest in old fashioned skills and natural living, when my baby daughter arrived, I thought I would give cloth diapering a try.

I had attempted cloth diapering once before, with my first baby, when he was about seven months old or so, but due to circumstances that arose, misconceptions I had, and mistakes I made, I quit after only a month.

But I was determined even then that it wasn’t going to be my last attempt.

So in 2015, with my fourth baby, I decided to give it a better trial. Here follows my experience with cloth diapering!

 

USING CLOTH DIAPERS

Capacity

When I was researching the subject, one of the biggest uncertainties I had was how long you could reasonably go between diaper changes. Some blogs I read suggested three to four hours, while others insisted on religiously changing cloth diapers every two hours. The latter just about scared me off of cloth diapering entirely! As a busy homeschooling mom, the thought of changing diapers every two hours religiously was overwhelming and impractical. What if I’m busy teaching for two hours, and then when I manage to slip away for a diaper change, I find the baby has fallen asleep? Do I then have to wake the baby for a diaper change? What if I don’t, and the baby sleeps for two hours? Would the cloth diaper have the capacity to last the four hours?

When I got the diapers, I experimented for the first week to determine the capacity. Happily, I found that the diapers I had purchased could manage up to six hours between changes if needed. I did do changes more often than that, but it was a welcome relief to discover that the diapers had the capacity in a pinch!

Fit

I used the Bummis Cotton Prefolds coupled with Thirsties diaper covers. The extra leg gusset on the Thirsties’ covers was a real improvement over the Bummis covers I used with my first baby.

I bought both kinds of Thirsties covers, velcro and snaps, and found that I much preferred the snaps. They were quick and easy enough for me, and didn’t require the guesswork I had with velcro in determining whether I had put the cover on too tight or loose.  (I also found that the velcro had a bit of a rough edge which would rub against the baby’s abdomen when she was sitting/bending over.)

The diaper’s good fit meant few leaks, and as an added bonus, I discovered that I had almost no blowouts with cloth, as opposed to the numerous blowouts I experienced with disposables. Score!

The one complication that arose was that the cloth diaper’s added bulk over slim disposables meant that it didn’t fit under some of the outfits I had. Carter’s brand was especially a problem, a brand which I otherwise love because of the good fit on my (relatively) slim babies.

Time Commitment

Another concern of mine that arose when I was toying with the idea of using cloth was whether individual diaper changes would take more time then a typical disposable diaper change. I couldn’t afford to spend an extra 5+ minutes for every diaper change.

This concern was quickly abated. I would fold the prefolds in advance (quick and easy job), and have them sitting ready in a basket on my diaper change table. The covers were close at hand in a dresser drawer. The cloth diaper pail with washable liner was right next to the change table.

When it came time for a change, the soiled prefold was removed and dropped straight into the diaper pail. The cover went there too if it was dirty; if only damp, it was hung to dry on a hook above the diaper change table. The clean prefold was placed on the clean cover, tucked under and over baby like a normal diaper, snapped in place, and we were good to go.

All in all, it was a matter of additional seconds per change, not additional minutes.

Other Notes

One additional aspect of using cloth diapers which I’ll mention is the issue of diaper rashes. Many cloth diaper sites will warn you not to use common diaper rash creams or ointments because the ingredients will coat your cloth diapers, causing issues with urine repelling, loss of capacity, etc., which in turn will lead to leaks or other problems for you and your baby. They recommend buying rash creams made specifically for use with cloth diapers. However, these tend to be hard to find, and rather expensive compared to commercial creams.

I then stumbled across this chart on pinstripesandpolkadots.com, which was super helpful. It listed a lot of diaper creams and their ingredients, then rated them for use with cloth diapers. Since I already had a few of the natural creams on the chart, I was able to just use what I had instead of buying some new cream. Also, I discovered that coconut oil by itself can make a decent barrier cream, with some added benefits for the skin, and it doesn’t cause problems with cloth diapers, as far as I know.

 

LAUNDERING CLOTH DIAPERS

Now for the tricky part. It’s easy enough to toss a soiled cotton prefold in a pail, but how do you clean it?

Brace yourselves….

I used my washing machine.

Yes, that’s what I said. No scraping, no dunking in the toilet, nothing. For a breastfed/bottle fed baby, the poop is water-soluble, and will wash away in your machine without leaving residue. Once the baby starts solids, then it’s a different story, but up until that point, your washing machine will do all the work for you.

Here’s what I did:

Every two days or so, I would dump the prefolds out of the pail liner into my top-loading machine, and if I needed to distribute them around more evenly, I would just grab a (relatively) clean corner of a prefold and toss it to the other side of the machine. The washable pail liner was thrown in too.

Typically it was a small load. I would let the diapers soak in cold water for about 30 minutes, then run a cold pre-wash (if I was in a hurry, I would skip the soak and just run a pre-wash). After that I would add Nature Clean laundry detergent (which I found recommended online as an economical, easy to obtain, and cloth diaper friendly laundry soap option), and run a hot wash with two rinses. The diapers would come out clean and fresh. I would hang them to dry. If I could, I would line dry them outside. The sun performed marvels in bleaching out the stains, and the diapers would typically be dry by the end of the afternoon.

 

CONCLUSION

So what’s the conclusion of the whole story? Well, I rather enjoyed the experience. The prints on the diaper covers were really cute, and I felt I had accomplished something good for my baby by putting her in cloth instead of wrapping her in some paper contraption with strange chemicals of some unknown toxicity.

However, the summer was really busy, and cloth diapering eventually fell by the wayside. I hadn’t purchased as many prefolds as I should have, and so laundering the diapers became a bit of a burden as I had to rush to wash them so I could have clean diapers for the next day.

Would I do it again? Yes. My hope is that with the next baby I’ll purchase a few more cloth diapers to make the laundry burden easier, and I’ll use cloth from the time I’m fully recovered from the birth (about 6 weeks) to about 6 months, Lord willing. I’m not quite feeling brave enough to continue cloth diapering past the point of introducing solids, as dealing with the “output” at that point will require a few more steps which would cost more time than I have to devote to the project. But you never know. We’ll have to see what the future holds and cross those hurdles once we get to them.

Best,

Kristin

 

The Best Job Ever

January 30th, 2015

You know what?

I love having children. I love being able to stay at home to raise them. I love homeschooling them.

To look with awe at the tiny hands and the delicate features of my newborn’s face…

To playfully chase my toddler around the room and hear him giggle uncontrollably…

To watch my preschooler working enthusiastically alongside his daddy building a snowman…

To see my five-year-old’s face light up as he reads a little book all on his own…

Yes, being a homeschool mom of four has its challenges. Sleep deprivation, laundry piling up, clutter stacked here and there, and toys and socks scattered everywhere. Dirt and grime building up on floors and walls. Making meals while juggling a crying baby and correcting a disobedient toddler. Breaking up fights and settling disputes. Dealing with a student who’s struggling with a subject or growing disinterested in schoolwork.

It’s certainly not all glorious.

But I wouldn’t trade it for any other job.

God made me for this. He gave me, as a woman, the ability to conceive and bear children. He uniquely wired me, as a woman, with the nurturing spirit to meet the needs of these children. Everyday, He grants me a certain measure of strength and wisdom for the job of raising these precious souls.

And I love it.

-Kristin