Right under the clothes, I mean my nose…

This past weekend Josh asked me what I wanted to do and I told him emphatically that we needed to get more 3 month size clothes for Savannah, specifically pajamas. It seemed that she only had one clean outfit each evening, which was really stressing me out. I know it sounds silly, but I was really bothered that I had not adequately prepared for this 3 month age. (Yes, I’m a planner.) So, off to the stores we went on Sunday; sleeping little girl in tow, and proud papa ready to pick out cute pj’s for his princess.

We found some adorable jammies and a few other sale items perfect for her stylish wardrobe. As we left the store I smiled feeling relieved that my little girl had the soft, footed, button-up pj’s that she needed. Fast forward to this morning. Task of the day: get laundry done! As I folded the first load of miniature clothes, I discovered something… She had seven pajamas safely snuggled in her laundry basket. Yikes! Exactly what she needed was right under my nose, or her clothes. I just needed to dig them out and wash them.

As I celebrated the fact that I had not cut the price tags off her newly purchased jammies, I realized that just as I quickly run to resolve whatever is missing in my daughter’s wardrobe with something new, so do I do that in my relationship with the Lord.

I will feel like something is lacking in my life and look for the perfect book, study, song, message or whatever to fill it. The funny (or sad) thing is, all along what I really need is right there waiting for me – time with Him.

Time spent in His presence is a gift that fills whatever appears to be missing in my life. It allows me to see the riches I do have (that aren’t in the bank!), the blessings He has bestowed (that I’m often too “blind” to see) and peace in His coming plans (when my nature is to fret).

So, needless to say there is a new rule in the Hamilton household: No shopping for clothes until the laundry is done!  (This may save us a little money too!)  And a new rule in my life: No running to other things to fill my thirsty soul, be still and know Him first! (I think this is one for the bathroom mirror!)

Dear Lord,

Thank you for being the Living Water. Nothing satisfies like you do. Even when I feel like something is missing and I need something new, thank you for always being exactly what I need!

Uniquely yours,
Lisa

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Lactation Oatmeal Cookies w/ Chocolate Chips & Raisins

I have learned that for many nursing mothers, low milk production is a common issue – both when starting to nurse and when returning to work (and at other times too).  I found some great items to help milk production and cookies seemed to be an easy thing to add to my new busy life.  The original recipe was a little heavy and I lightened it up using Splenda and applesauce.  I eat one to two of these a day with a glass of milk.  Josh enjoys them too!

 

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp water  
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seed meal  
  • 1/2 cup(s) SPLENDA® Splenda sugar blend for baking  
  • 1/2 cup(s) SPLENDA® Splenda brown sugar blend  
  • 1/2 cup(s) regular butter  
  • 1/2 cup(s) unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs  
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract  
  • 2 cup(s) all-purpose flour  
  • 1 tsp baking soda  
  • 1 tsp table salt  
  • 2 Tbsp yeast, Brewer’s Yeast 
  • 3 cup(s) rolled oats  
  • 1 cup(s) semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 cup(s) raisins  

 

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix the flaxseed meal and water and let sit for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Beat butter, applesauce, sugar, and brown sugar well.
  4. Add eggs and mix well.
  5. Add flaxseed mix and vanilla, beat well.
  6. Sift together flour, brewers yeast, baking soda, and salt.
  7. Add dry ingredients to butter mix.
  8. Stir in oats. chips and raisins.
  9. Scoop onto baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 8-12 minutes.
  11. Let set for a couple of minutes then remove and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  12. Store in a bag with a piece of bread or freeze – they thaw really quickly. They will dry out if stored in a plastic bag for more than a day or two,

Makes 24 cookies

Weight Watchers Points Plus Value: 6

Transition

I knew this season would be short one and that the transition would be daunting, but as the end moves closer I feel a little overwhelmed.  Becoming a mother has been wonderful, resting with my little girl and sharing a special bond with her has become a constant part of my day.  And in just a few short weeks our days will change, dramatically.

I’m blessed to have a comfortable plan for people to love on her when I return to work, but oh the transition.  So much to think of… when to pump, what time to wake up, what to take, where to go, who will take her… and on and on.  As I go to bed each evening, I’m finding myself starting to make lists again (oh my!).  So, I’m choosing right now to lay this transition at His feet.  He has the perfect plan for my family, and for now this transition is part of that great tapestry.

Dear Lord,

Your word says to bring everything to your feet, so that’s what I’m doing.  Prepare my heart, mind, and body for this transition.  Put a special place in the hearts of those that will care for my sweet Savannah, so she will feel safe and secure with them.  And allow me to see You in this awkward season.

Uniquely yours,
Lisa