So, by the time Andrew was 18 months old, we knew God was
saying no to having more children at the time.
And, as mentioned before, He provided so much peace about it, that we
knew we had discerned correctly. Yet,
even with that peace, I had to mourn the fact the we might not ever have any
more children. Yes, we were still open
to life, of course, but from the time after Andrew’s birth, until today, we
practiced NFP faithfully to avoid pregnancy.
And it took time to accept that we might not have any more
children. There were times when I would
hold a friend’s new born baby and then go home and cry because I knew I might
not ever know the joy of holding my own baby again. We live in a community where life is
celebrated and families are large.
Usually more than one friend is pregnant at a time. In those early days, each pregnancy
announcement was met with great joy for the friend, but often left me with an
empty feeling. I understood, in many
But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand. Isaiah 6:48
There are boxes being unpacked in our home. Boxes packed and meant to be unpacked in a different home, our new home, in a matter of two weeks.
About two weeks before Christmas things changed. Situations changed. And what we were convinced was God's will just months before, seemed so unlike it now. Things beyond our control happened and suddenly we were praying and we felt that the best and only solution was to walk away from this new house. And at the end of a week of uncertainty, anxiety and tension, once the decision was made to walk away from the house, there was a great deal of peace. But, as the dust settles from the decision, even though we know it is the best for everyone involved, there is still sadness, still this sense of loss. As we have prayed again and again, we know each of all of the steps we have made in this whole house journey …
I have to admit, I have a sweet tooth. A big sweet tooth. I blame it on genetics. My dad loves sweets and I think my grandmother, his mother, subsisted only on foods that contained sugar. But, when you are working on eating healthy and bringing the whole family along with you, things like ice cream, cookies and cakes have to replaced by something better.
So, when Lena from JOYfilled family posted about the Yonanas she got, I wanted to try it! Yonanas makes "ice cream" from frozen bananas. I have heard of making "ice cream" this way before and I have tried it in our blended, but it usually came out quite liquidy. So, when we got a gift card for Amazon, I knew exactly what I wanted to buy.
I have used the Yonanas several times and I love it!! The consistency of the "ice cream" is very smooth, light and creamy. My 4 year old, who is a very picky eater, loves his new "ice cream." Now, my older boys could not be fooled . . . they immediatel…