This Weekend: was exhausting. Friday was fine--Gemma and I got away in the afternoon and went with my sister and her two youngest to Goodwill. It is so much nicer going without the whole gang! I was hoping to find a few nice like-new things to put aside as Christmas gifts, but no luck there. I did manage to come away with winter boots for all four of the boys! God's gifts are like the old Rolling Stone song: You can't always get what you want; you get what you need. Thank you, Lord!
Friday evening Gemma developed some sort of bowel bug, and has pooped in every diaper since then, sometimes at 15 minute intervals. I have temporarily given up on the cloth and am using the cheapest disposables I can find, as she is going through them quickly! She has a blazing red diaper rash, but after using my homemade green salve numerous times, it no longer seems to bother her. Nevertheless, the last couple of nights have been like having a newborn again. I nurse her 3 or 4 times a night because she won't go back to sleep on her own, and now I change a couple of dirty diapers each night as well. I feel so overnighted that my prayers each morning include a petition for the Lord to get me through the day.
On Saturday I made a gallon of yogurt and 1-5 lbs of butter, baked bread, did laundry and bathed Gemma. I sort of went through the day in a sleepy half-doze.
Sunday was a very nice Mass and an opportunity to finally see the altar Bret designed and built for the Fathers of Mercy. Since it is in their private chapel, I may not see it again! Once at home, I printed out things for the school year: daily planners, calenders, menu planners and so forth. I did work on them a bit, but it made me sleepy...
Some Plans for the Week: This morning I have someone from the phone company coming out to set us up with a wireless router so that I can get internet access for our new laptop. I'm excited about this! It means I will no longer have to shut myself up in the office in order to look things up or answer email. And it means I can blog from a cozy chair...
My mom's birthday is on Friday, so I want to bake something for her. I'm still not sure about what I will do. She doesn't go for many American cakes, as American sweets tend to be much too sweet for her taste and mine. So I have to do a bit of research on the foodie sites.
The main thing this week is menu and lesson planning. Believe it or not, I am still waiting for a few books to come in. It is going to be a real challenge adding another child into the mix when I was already feeling rather stretched thin last year, but what can you do? I still figure that the real benefit to my kids is spending time with me and with their siblings. I think it will keep them close in spite of personality conflicts that arise.
I have to list a few items for sale on eBay and Cathswap to somewhat offset the cost of school books and supplies and so that I might feel less guilty about ordering some wool yarn. I really only order the most inexpensive stuff and avoid the delicious, luminous, expensive, hand-painted works of art in spun fiber. But I want to get some wool yarn for a few little Christmas gifts, and I really don't have too great a stash from which to choose.
If I Can Find Some Time for Myself I Want To: um...I don't think this is even an option this week. I will be happy if I can work a few rows on some leg-warmers for Gemma in the evening and do a couple of fun things with the kids before school begins again.
Special Prayer Intentions: For Gemma's tummy thing to clear up and for a couple of really good nights of sleep! For God's help in getting myself organized and for some peace and good outdoor-play weather so that I can do what I need to; for the bid Bret put in for a job to be accepted; for the help of our Blessed Mother in making a decision; for Cindy's safe drive home from Chicago; and for all the children to feel ready to return to school in another week.
Something That Makes Me Smile: Gabriel, who is never afraid of a camera!
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