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Hmm, it’s been a rather busy week, I actually have less to write about than usual so I can finally include a couple links that I’ve been wanting to share 🙂

1 This week I finished up an old Focus on the Family broadcast and at the end they stressed the importance of hearing from their listeners about their struggles. So, I decided to write them a letter explaining my life and what I struggle with, namely an unbelieving spouse. I was touched to receive back a personal letter by email, which not only let me know I wasn’t alone, but also provided some actual resources including a section of their website with 4 or 5 articles. There’s also a book that looks really helpful, ‘When He Doesn’t Believe‘.
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Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage looks like it might have some good information too. And they’ve even done 2 radio broadcasts on the subject, which I would look towards getting a copy of.

Also, I realized I never wrote anything about the baby’s baptism, so I updated that weeks post.

2. I’ve spent the week agonizing over vaccine decisions. I had second thoughts both with the potential dangers, (there are awful horror stories) and even moreso with the issue of morality if the vaccines he would be getting were developed on aborted human fetal cells. So I did some research, and found out that they did. In case anyone is in doubt, go and see for yourself. This is the brochure public health sent me. The page discussion some of the contents of the vaccines are on page 10. The CDC Immunization Communication Guide. In the states they have more alternatives, and the mom’s don’t run into the problem of being forced to use a tainted vaccine or go without until about 15 months with the MMR. But here in Canada our only option is the combination shot pentacel, that contains the tainted polio.

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There are a number of reasons I have a problems with this. The CDC document states that there are no actual cells or tissues in the vaccine but it also states that there may still be trace amounts of protein from the fetal cells. This is enough to be of concern, even trace amounts of protein could pose serious problems. These vaccines put foreign human DNA into our bodies; that is in effect cannibalism. Cannibalism is medically extremely dangerous, not to mention abhorrent. Forget the whole moral aspect, I’m not really comfortable with the idea of injecting another baby’s DNA into my little boy. And, if that wasn’t bad enough, there could also be an added potential danger of carcinogens in the vaccines.

From a moral standpoint, Public Health was quick to point out that the Vatican’s official statement on the issue: “parents have a serious obligation to protect their children from disease whenever possible, and in doing so they are not signalling their approval for abortion.” While this is true, it leaves out the fact that as Catholics we have a moral duty to fight against it:

“Although parents and doctors may be morally justified in using such vaccines, when no alternative is available, the Vatican document says that they “have a duty to take recourse to alternatives, putting pressure on political authorities and health systems” to produce morally acceptable alternative treatments.”

And so, I’m not taking this lightly, and I will fight against this status quo. This is a very real issue for me.

I have been preparing a response to public health. I’m still hoping to get ahold of the ethical vaccine pediacel but if I’m not able to get it, I’m not sure what I’m going to do. If he doesn’t get the vaccines right away it’s not a huge concern for me. My kids aren’t in daycare so we spend most of our days in our little house, and only go out for the occasionally playdate. He’s also larlgey immune from breastfeeding so I’m really not too worried. But I doubt that Public Health will like it.

3. On Friday we had our playdate with the family from 40 Days For Life. I officially met them when they were my prayer partners for my Saturday morning shift but the mom said they’d seen me around plenty and were even at my middle son’s baptism at our old church. It was so nice to get to spend the day with them. Short playdates are fun but I think it’s much nicer to stay longer and just ‘live’ together. I find it so interesting to spend a day in someone else’s world, and for the 5 kids, it was a lot of fun. It’s also reminiscent of how I dream of a house full of kids and laughter someday (and not all of them have to be mine, I just love the idea of a house so full of life). Her house is lovely and old, out of the city and even on the water. It also has nice big windows for lots of natural light. AND it’s across from the Catholic Church, how convenient!

First the kids had a snack and got to know each other
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Big Noah meets baby Noah.
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Then they settled in
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Of course, I took lots of pictures.
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They had the wooden train from the Thomasaurus book!
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In between meeting the needs of the little ones we chatted and got to know each other. She was fascinated with my conversion story, I guess because it’s so different from the usual, I was raised Catholic but had to make it my own, story.

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After lunch they really got silly!
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At one point she had to go deal with her oldest so I was left with the other 4. My 3 year old said ‘no’ sharply to her baby when he took a toy he wanted, and the little guy started crying. My son started singing Jesus Loves Me to him. It was so cute. So we all started singing to him and he calmed down. As we were still singing she came back to find my 2 year old handing her little one a crucifix as we finished the song! Has ther ever been a more perfect moment outside of heaven?
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The day was perfectly imperfect.
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We both ended up having a bit of a rough day: both of our potty training kids had accidents, her hubby was working long hours and it was just a little stressful keeping up with all 5 kids while trying to carry on a conversation! Her younger son was also extremely clingy, she guessed because his whole world was turned upside-down from what he’s used to. Her husband didn’t come out for lunch as usual and then wasn’t finished work till over an hour after what is his usual quitting time, but finally we all got to sit down to supper together. At the end of the day she confessed to her husband that it was one of those more difficult days-but she got to face it with a friend! Aww 🙂
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It was the kind of day and company that just warms your heart 🙂
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4 This week we inadvertently discovered the baby sleeps through the night. I retpeat, Baby SLEEPS THROUGH THE NIGHT. I am so grateful to have another angel sleeper, he’s not even 3 months! I asked DH to watch him, so he put him in the chair and he said he fussed a bit once and went back to sleep. Usually he’s next to me in the bed, and every time he starts fussing I think he’s hungry-or I just want to make him quiet again so I can go back to sleep-so I feed him. I end up getting up with him several times probably because he gets air bubbles from nursing when he didn’t need to and sometimes an over-full tummy too. So he’s probably been able to sleep through for a few weeks and I just never noticed. DH just didn’t get him because he didn’t actually cry. I tried to apply this to the next night but with him still in bed I still ended up feeding him a few times. With him in the swing though, I get a better sleep – I’m much less motivated to get him and it’s easier to ignore the fussing when I don’t feel the urge to fix him. The night goes from about 8:30 or 9 – 5 or 6. Thus, he gets up early, but if I’m sleeping through otherwise then I should be rested enough to get up – and being up so early will give me extra quiet time in the mornings! And when I’m getting a proper night’s sleep I’ll be less worn out and maybe have the energy or a few extra hours in the evening for reading and spending time with my husband!

5. We had our first taste of spring on Thursday. The weather was lovely and warm, and most of the snow was gone. I took ALL 3 KIDS out in the back yard for some fresh air. I haven’t gotten to play outside with the kids much this winter since I had to be near the baby so I’m very glad for the time and effort I made to go out with them and make a snowman back when I was still pregnant.

Look, no coats!
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Because it was so mild, I was able to take the baby out too. We kicked a couple balls around and the kids played with the little parachute men. Baby was happy to be out in a new environment, and even enjoyed kicking the ball that one of the kids put in his lap.
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Ahh, Spring!
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Just like with the first snow, when the snow melts and we have our first spring day, my mind and heart abandon winter and look forward to spring. I open the windows to let in the fresh cool air, we go outside, I look forward to wearing dresses, skirts, and cute shoes. I open up the shed and typically break-out the freezies. And I have the fierce desire to remove any lingering traces of winter (and Christmas) from my home. I packed away most of the Christmas decorations, already starting to bug me since Lent began, but I still have my nativity set out and the evergreen bough in the archway. I’m not finished photographing them yet, so for now, they sit and wait for me. But the archway will have to come down very soon… I’m NOT having it still up for Easter! Probably next weekend. The nativity looks very pretty and really, why shouldn’t it be able to stay up longer? It reminds me of the man on the cross’s humble beginnings.

With a now empty windowsill, I set out to make a new display over my sink. So, I climbed up on the chairs and tables and pulled down my decorations of choice: the backyard furniture and other items from my dollhouse stuff. I think I originally came up with the idea around Christmas time. It’s been rather disappointing to have to have my special dollhouse stuff all tucked away in boxes gathering dust till we get a big enough home to basically devote a room to it (away from little kids!). Then, when I opened up an ornate wooden bench miniature this past Christmas, I suddenly realized there was no reason I couldn’t set up small displays of my favourite miniatures on my kitchen windowsill. It’s my special space for religious statues and pretty decorative peices that the kids could easily break if they were on display anywhere else and certainly, my doll house furniture fits this description. I could easily set up a room or two up there, complete with all the little accessories.

So, for my spring display, I dug out the green felt grass I had in the back yard, and created a little scene of a backyard in the summer time.
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There’s a shed with bikes and garden tools, a patio set and a swing, some trees and a birdbath. There’s even a cute little old fashioned metal lawn mower.
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I was pleased with the set up when I finished, but I realized I hadn’t left much room for anything else! I typically keep my Catholic statues up there, so I gathered Mary and St Therese around the patio table, as if they were standing around talking, perhaps while one of them set the table for lunch.
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There is also just enough space for our giving jar, flanked by the antique lawn mower.
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I realize now that what I have is really more for summer than spring, but I’m not changing it now so the really spring stuff will have to wait for next year. However, it’s still very cute and definitely reminiscent of the warm days to come. (can you have something be reminiscent of a future time? If not, what’s the word I’m looking for?)
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I’m so glad to be able to bring out my favourite miniatures and have them on display again, even if it is only a little at a time. My windowsill, has become a second creative outlet, after my camera. I can envision doing a really neat underwater scene with all the pieces from my son’s pirate birthday party too, perhaps this summer.

6. This week we watched the 2 Babe movies. Movie night last week was deferred till Saturday because of the Lenten Mission. I made a country dinner, set the table with a checkered table cloth and set up a few farm animals, especially a pig pen. Dinner was bbq chicken, pigs in a blanket, cornbread and for a bowl of Campbells harvest minestrone soup.
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We also had strawberry milkshakes for dessert.
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The cornbread was disappointing last time, so I added more sugar, mixed it longer to make it lighter and less dense and of course, I used fresh baking powder, instead of powder that was probably a couple years old. I discovered in my search to better my recipe that baking powder older than 6 months doesn’t rise well. No wonder my muffins have always been so small too!

Then we ate up the leftovers another night before watching the sequel.
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7. Because I was so in love with Crave Photography’s cookie shoot, I explored the blog and photos further. I really love her work as well, it’s so crisp and vibrant and full of life. Which is funny, because she says lifestyle phtoography is the one thing she’s not very good at. But she definitely brings life to her portraits.

This forest shoot is something straight out of my imagination. I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of authentic woodland fairies and maidens (not the fake princessy ones but the kind that might dwell in a shady glade and flit around in dresses made of flower petals. )
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And here’s the perfect place for those maidens to live! Check out this cool fairy house a man built for his family. Word is it was pretty inexpensive and also very eco-friendly.
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I told DH I wanted him to build one for me. I just love the look of all the natural wood. (He said no 😦 )

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