Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My dining room wall.

I thought it was about time to show you my pretty wall!
I suppose I should preface this with telling you that I'm incapable of hanging pictures straight. No matter what I do, it's just not possible for me.  Not to mention that in our old house, none of the floors or ceilings are straight either. So, on that note, here's what the wall used to look like:
Yeah...I thought it looked good after I hung them all.  Ha!!
So a little while ago, my mother in law, who is amazing at most things, helped me hang shelves up so that I could put my pictures on them and they'd stay straight!
Isn't that better?! I think so.  I let out an audible sigh of gratitude and appreciation when they were finished being hung.  And how do you like my Christmas decoration!?  That's as good as it gets in my house this year....hopefully next year I'll be more motivated to get festive.

Hope you enjoyed this little peek into my home! Have a good rest of the week. Blessings!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Pictures. Because it's been too long!

I have some random, un-thought-out things I can put on here right now because, frankly, I remembered that sometimes people do check this blog! And maybe you're thinking, "man, it's been ages since Jenn has posted ridiculously cute pictures of her kids and random musings on life, and by golly, I miss it."

Today's your lucky day!

from our weekend camping. an attempt at a place for Haven to nap! He loved it too much to sleep in it.

Just too cute.

in the poncho Grammy made her! She's saying 'cheese!'

Asher made this firetruck out of play-do. Do you see the sirens?

Ro in his Thanksgiving play. He refused to wear his costume but he sang and said his lines brilliantly! I was one proud mommy.
And some pictures of my latest inspiration of projects I'd love to do soon. Sorry I can't link to them: I have no idea where they came from. Ha!
Thinking about doing this above my dining room door. Love the scroll-y brackets

So easy and cute, how could I not?
This is going in Havens room. Someday.
How much would your hubby's love this? Heck, I'd love it myself!

Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving. Who is making gifts for Christmas this year? I'm working on some baby gifts because get this: 2 of my sisters and one sister-in-law are having babies soon!!
I've currently got these projects, some gifts and some not,  cut and sitting on my desk:

4 pairs of leggings
3 shirts
1 flannel jammy pants
2 blankets
a nursing cover
wipes case
changing pad
3 purses for the shop
a pillow cover for my new guest bed

I may be in over my head, but I guess we'll find out! :)
Blessings, all!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Some thoughts on vaccinations.

I was watching a news clip this morning, featuring a man who has done research in connecting vaccines with autism. Totally brought me back to 5 years ago when we first started vaccinating Rowan.
I guess you can probably see where I'm going with this.

I'm not gonna spend this time harping on whether or not I think people should vaccinate, because we are all aware that vaccines can be very helpful and preventative. What I am going to say here is, please, pretty please with a cherry on top, get educated about vaccines. Read both sides of the story. You need to know what is in these concoctions that you are having injected into your infants. At the very least, do a google search about the connection with vaccines and autism. You'll see lots of theories and explanations, but you need to read about it. You really do. I wish we had.
Go here and see the list of vaccines, what is in them, who makes them, etc.

A few things, though, that I will mention right here that I believe to be very important:
Do not give your baby the Hep B shot at the hospital. It is completely unnecessary and their body is not capable of handling that.
Wait to vaccinate until your baby is at least 18 months old. If you can't wait, please consider doing a revised schedule of vaccines where you get one shot per appointment, with a month or two in between. And have the shots split up, i.e. get the MMR split up into separate measles, mumps and rubella vaccines and get them one at a time.

I pray that nobody is feeling guilty or condemned for not researching this prior to vaccinations, or for just taking their pediatricians advice.  Doctors are awesome and I'd hate to see life without them. But, they are uneducated in regards to what is actually in these shots, and the American Medical Association sees to it that they are not taught these things.
A conspiracy theorist I am not, but one thing I do know. If parents stopped vaccinating, the pharmacuetical industry would freak out and our economy would collapse.  Vaccines are very important to the government, they're a big money-maker for the country and world. So when you read articles defending the use of vaccines, consider the source and the funding behind those studies.

And because this is my blog, I can tell you this. I believe 100% that, if you are a Christian (meaning that you have a daily, ongoing relationship with Jesus), He can tell you by the Holy Spirit which shots to get and not to get.  He can show you the way you should go.  But lest we forget, He gave us brains. When you ride in the car, do you know it's safer to wear your seat belt? Common sense.
So let's understand about vaccines.
When you plop your kid on that paper-covered table at the doc, you need to know for sure if the seat belt is vaccinations, or if it's not.  I tend to lean towards 'not'.  I think the best seat belt you can give your child is prayer, a healthy diet, washing hands and a strong immune system, at least until the age of 2 when their immune system is more ready. And even then, you need to know that some vaccines are absolutely useless. (Hep B, chicken pox and Rotavirus. So stupid. Google it.)

Get educated, because autism is just increasing, and there is an undeniable connection with immunizations.   I hate to say it, but it's true. 

I know some of you are wondering if I think vaccines caused Rowan's autism. I'll tell you flat out, I am positive they contributed. Whether it was the cause, I won't know til I see Jesus.  But knowing what I know now, I can say with certainty that had I known before, I wouldn't have done it. 

Bless you guys. Go get educated!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011