It's been a while since I've posted a Saturday Seven and there's a lot to share so I'll jump right in!
1) We've had some sort of stomach bug at our house every two weeks for the past six weeks! And I got the bug two out of the three times! Yuck! I'm sneaking Tummy Tune-Up into everything to try and get lots of good guys in our stomachs so they can hopefully win the next time the bad guys attack.
2) It appears that Jacob is potty trained! Hooray! He has been dry all week wearing his underwear and is starting to tell me when he needs to go potty.
He will be three in April so he's way behind Luke and Chloe, who were trained around two. But I take the blame for him not being trained sooner. I wasn't consistent at all with taking him to the bathroom. You can't expect most toddlers to start changing their ways all by themselves after they've been used to going in their diaper for two+ years!
3) Austin's birthday was this past Monday! He got to celebrate three times (Monday, Wednesday, and tonight) so I'm guessing he's feeling the love. Hopefully that will make up for the fact that he's starting a downward spiral to "middle age." :)
4) Asher now knows how to climb down our steps and I am ever so thankful. We have a flight of hardwood steps in our house and the kids' playroom is upstairs so he always wants to go where all the whooping and hollering is. (Now that I think about it, there's whooping and hollering all throughout the entire house pretty much most of the day so.....)
At any rate it wasn't the going up the stairs I was concerned with; it was the getting down. He may or may not have fallen from top to bottom once.
So he did. And I thought I was going to have a heart attack. Literally. I ran through the house yelling "Jesus, help us!" And He did.
There was a bump on his forehead and that was it. It hurt me more than him, I'm pretty sure. My heart was beating out of my chest and I was shaking like a leaf. He didn't even cry real tears (I did) and he was totally back to normal in about two minutes. (I wasn't) By normal, I mean he was trying to go up the stairs again.
He's now figured out how to crawl down the stairs backwards and he thinks he is hot stuff. My nerves have settled a bit knowing he is learning how to get down the stairs on his hands and knees as opposed to tumbling down end over end.
5) I have recently discovered how much I love thrift stores. There is one less than a mile from the house and they have "Fill-a-Bag for $7" on Wednesdays. I've gotten some pretty sweet deals with that. You can cram a lot of clothes in a Wal-Mart bag when you're determined. :)
Two weeks ago I found two pair of Tommy Hilfiger dress pants, which he really needed, for Luke for $.75 apiece! I was so excited!
6) Our dining room looks kind-of like Home Depot's gardening section landed in there. We have a five-tiered wire shelf in front of our bay window with two long plant lights, two round lights, and over 100 tiny plants growing.
Austin is growing heirloom seedlings for tomatoes and peppers to plant in our garden this year. I've learned quite a lot about growing seedlings so far. Did you know that if you rub the tiny plants it helps them to grow stronger?
Yeah, me neither. Nevertheless, I've had several phone conversations that have ended with me being asked to rub the tomatoes. I'm pretty sure "Wilt thou love, honor, cherish, and rub tomato plants" wasn't part of our vows, so who knew?
7) I recently finished Ann's book and it was more than I expected! I cannot recommend this book enough. The Lord used her words, her quest for joy, to help me change my perspective on some areas in my life. I'm thankful God uses our brokenness to minister to others.
"One Thousand Gifts" reached #9 on the NY Times best-seller list last week so it's wonderful to know that God is using her life, with all it's hurts, to be a blessing to so many. You should definitely check it out. It's only $8.94 right now at Amazon for a new, hardcover copy!
~Hope you have a wonderful weekend!