Project 52:1 {Anticipation}

Motherhood is: anticipation
Motherhood is: anticipation

Motherhood is: anticipation

Shawna at Styleberry did a motherhood Project 52 in 2011 and I adored it.  It was the perfect  mama journal of sorts.  I have been loving the idea of this once weekly image and words of reflection to document these fleeting moments we get to call life.  So this year as part of my GOALS I am making a book themed as motherhood.  Mostly for me to enjoy… but I have a hunch that the kids will like to look back upon it as well!

I will be posting my Project 52 every Friday.  Would you like to join me on this journey to document the little moments in your life?   Comment and leave me a link to your blog and we can link to one another!

**Update:  I am making these pages in photoshop with a template to print with Blurb at the end of the year.  If you are interested in the template, leave me a comment with your email address and I will send it to you!


Linking up to:  Danielle  |  Mercies in the Morning

The Nursery


Setting up the nursery is one of the most fun things to prepare for baby!   When we were choosing furniture and decor six and a half years ago I also remember how intimidating it was.  There was SO MUCH cute stuff out there, and much of it outrageously expensive.  We knew we were having a girl at the time and were trying to keep it gender neutral but I was not totally able to stay off the pink-frill-train.

Fast forward a few years.  We had moved and were expecting a boy.  I put up the same pretty green wallpaper in the nursery and handsome hubby got everything moved in… but somehow it looked REALLY girly.  I was working at the time and didn’t have the time to dedicate to updating it for our little guy.  So we left it basically as it was… changed the crib sheet to blue and went with it.   The entire time I would sit nursing in the glider I would think about how I wanted to change the room, but never got to it.

This pregnancy is quickly coming to a close.  A big part of my New Year’s GOALS are to complete the rooms in our house that didn’t get decorated when we moved in sooner than anticipated.  (Note to self:  Never move into an unfinished house!)  So the nursery is first up on the list.  Here is a tour of the space in it’s current condition.

The Nursery |

The chair is a glider hand-me-down from Handsome Hubby’s great grandmother.  I love, love, love the history in that.  When we were asked if we would like to have it for the nursery several years ago it was a medium brown wood glider with hunter green fabric.  We decided to have it recovered (an awesome gift from my in-laws!) and we selected an heirloom looking quilt from JCPenney as well as coordinating skirting fabric.  This chair by far is my favorite piece in the nursery.  As you can see it is pretty pink.  I am going to try my hand at making a slip cover for this baby boy.  Something off white with a navy piping I believe!

Floral Lampshade

The lampshade I made!  This is really simple if you want to try it.  I picked up an inexpensive simple shaped shade and then placed the silk floral tips one at a time, poking a hole in the shade to set them in as I went.  You can’t beat a “fresh” bouquet greeting you in the nursery for late night feedings if you ask me!

Nursery ChandelierThe chandelier.  A gift from last Christmas that I was shocked to receive.  I had been at an estate sale in town and had fallen in love.  I most likely was swooning about it because I had absolutely no idea that it would eventually be mine.  LOVE!

Posh Tots Iron CribThe iron crib was a splurge.  I wanted to have something that would last through several children and would be an heirloom piece.  It is no longer available from Posh Tots but you can find a similar one here.  We had a crib bedding set (skirt and bumper) made to match the glider chair and I will be re-making something else that will be a bit more boy-ish this time.

Nursery ArmoireThe armoire is a central storage station since this room does not have a closet.  All of the baby’s clothing I keep folded and organized by size in the drawers of the changing table but this serves well to hold blankets,  carriers, the breast pump, toys, and a surplus of diapering supplies.

Changing TableAnd the changing table.  I need to have it  pulled to the left and move the laundry to the right (also where my trash can will be).  I like that set up because I am right handed and it makes it closer for me to reach as well as it hides the dirty laundry in the corner a bit more.

All of my furniture and decor selections were done back before Pinterest.   If you are in the planning stages for a nursery here are two of my favorites for inspiration: Lay Baby Lay and Project Nursery.

PS-  I cannot stress enough, if you are decorating a nursery for the first time-be intentional about your selections.  Babies grow out of their rooms SO. FAST.  In the blink of an eye.  Don’t overspend. Make sure that what you do select will easily work for future children or will grow with them!   Don’t stress too much… that nursery will be perfect as long as they have you to hold them and love them.


Post Pregnancy Home Recovery

Post Pregnancy Home Recovery

Post Pregnancy Home Recovery

If you are like me you want to have as many things done ahead of baby’s arrival.  When we had our first we were sent home from the hospital with a list of items to pick up at the pharmacy.  No fun when you would rather just get home!  So I have made a short list of what you may want to have on hand before baby to save an errand once your bundle has arrived.

#1)  Pain Reliever.  You will want to ask your medical professional which type and dosage that they recommend, particularly if you are breastfeeding.

#2)  Tucks.  These are awesome!  Hemorrhoids or not it will help cool and soothe the area especially if you had tearing or stitches.

#3) Peri-Bottle.  The hospital should give you one.  But in case you don’t want to pack it home or want an extra on hand, it is good to go ahead and get one.  You use these bottles filled with warm water to rinse after urination and then pat dry with paper.

#4)  Dermoplast Spray.  Spray relief right where you need it.

#5) Stool Softener.  This is a must!  Your first bowel movement will be more painful than childbirth without it.  Follow the hospital’s instructions on how much/often to take.

#6) Belly Bandit I have not used one before but am considering trying one this time.  The bandit is a compression girdle that helps your uterus shrink back to size during the first weeks following delivery.  Tell me!  Should I order one????

**And it goes without saying… you also need maxipads!  There are many great ones that you will like better than what you can remember from middle school now… Always Ultra Thin with wings are fantastic!

What to Pack for the Hospital: {The Essentials}

What to Pack for the Hospital

What to Pack for the Hospital

Downloadable PDF:  What to Pack for the Hospital

I got our bags packed over the weekend and I feel a little closer to being ready for baby!  As a mom that has done this for the third time now I thought I would share what I believe to be the essentials in your hospital bag.


For Mama: (I should preface this portion of the list with the fact that I am planning an epidural birth.  For those planning a natural birth you obviously need additional items for comfort/focus/relaxation.)

  •  Birth Plan, Insurance Card/ID, and Admission Papers
  • Gum/Hard Candy-  Very comforting when all you can have in your mouth is ice chips!!
  •  Normal toiletries; including makeup/hair; hairbands, chapstick.  (Don’t overlook your makeup!  I didn’t pack any with the birth of our first and regretted not having a little ‘face’ on for photos at the hospital.)
  •  For Nursing: Lanolin, Nursing pads, Breast Pump  (Check with the hospital where you deliver.  Many will provide you with Lanolin and the nursing pads, although some charge you additional for them.  All hospitals have breast pumps available but if you want to get to know your own bring it with you!)
  •  Going Home Outfit- Including layers for nursing/comfort.  Give yourself some grace and plan that you will still be about the size that you were when you were five months pregnant.  I am packing a comfy velour pant/hoodie set with a tank and tee layered underneath.
  •  Nursing Bra and Panties- My favorite panties are the Hanes no ride up Bikini for the days following birth.  If you have a favorite nursing bra without underwire please share!  I have used the Gilligan & O’Malley brand from Target in the past and like them… just still looking for one to LOVE!
  • Socks
  • Flip Flops-  (Better than slippers in my opinion because they are easily washed when you get home or tossed.)
  •  Maxi Pads with wings.  The hospital will provide you with pads (and disposable mesh underware) but you will feel more comfortable in a thinner maxi and your own panties as you are about to leave.  Be sure and get the ones with wings for extra protection!
  •  Phone Charger
  •  Cameras.  This time I am taking my DSLR and the camcorder.  In the past I have taken only my point and shoot and although I have loved those precious images no matter how they were taken I am not satisified enough with the quality of the point and shoot.  I will have the settings ready to go for hubby and let him take it from there :)
  •  Vitamins/Meds-  Be sure and pack those pre-natals!
  •  Extra Bag for hospital stuff-  You will be surprised at the additional items that the hospital will provide you with.  Having an extra bag on hand to tote it to the car with is wonderful. (PS-  bring your rolling luggage to make all of the haul even easier!)


For Daddy

  •  Normal toiletries
  •  Change of clothes including a sweatshirt!  Hospital rooms will vary in temperature and your husband will thank you when he has something warm to put on while you are delivering.  Mamas won’t realize how cool the room is (we are doing all the hard work!) while the dads are freezing.
  •  Underware/Socks
  •  PJ’s
  •  Flip Flops (ditto above)
  •  Snacks/Water-  Hospitals take really good care of their patients!  And while most are accommodating of dads as well, they are not first priority.  If your husband is anything like mine food is a key factor in comfort.  The entire time you are in labor/delivery (and for some time after) there will be no food or drink in the room.
  • Small Bills/Change-  For late night vending machine runs.
  •  Pain Reliever/Vitamins/Meds-  We found out the hard way with our second delivery to be sure and pack pain reliever.    Hubby had a headache that was on the verge of a migraine and the hospital staff could not help him.
  • Phone Charger

 For Baby:

  •  Car seat-  If you are a first time parent plan on having the state trooper install/inspect your car seat ahead of time.  Proper installation will become second nature, but I know I was glad to have the guidance and help when I had never done it before.
  •  Going Home Outfit(s) including scratch mittens and hat-  The hospital will provide you with a lightweight hat but you may prefer to bring another that matches the going home outfit and/or possibly a little warmer especially if you are having a winter baby.  Be sure and have a couple of sizing options on hand!  A newborn weighing 7-8 pounds will fit in newborn size.  If you have a 9 pounder like we usually do you will need the 0-3 month size.  PS-  You may also want to pack a gender neutral outfit just in case your little boy was hiding ‘the goods’ during your prior sonogram.
  • Blanket- Something to cover the baby from the weather.  (Even summer babies should be covered when outside!  Just use a swaddle blanket (love Aden & Anais brand!) instead.
  •  Finger Nail File-  Hospitals will not provide you with nail clippers or files.  If you want to reduce face scratching you can file baby’s nails.  I advise not to clip them because it is SO EASY to clip too close and cut them.
  •  Diapers and Wipes-  The hospital will provide you with diapers and wipes so you don’t actually need to take these into the hospital.  You should keep a stash in your car though for extras on hand the entire time your child is in diapers.  It will lighten the load you have to carry in your handbag!  And keep you always with extra supplies close by.
  •  Footprint Paper/ or Album-  Hospitals will make footprints for your keepsake album if you have the book/supplies with you.


Items that many include but I don’t feel necessary:

  • Laptop/Tablet-  Many, many people pack these in their bags.  And although I am all for entertainment I want to concentrate on the events. We will have a TV in our room.  We both have smart phones.  We will have a NEW BABY to stare at and share!  And just think… hubby and I might have an UN-interrupted conversation! ;)
  •  Nursing Pillow-  I took my Boppy for our first delivery and have never used it since except for a baby propping device.  In my opinion the Boppy is not near supportive enough to breastfeed on.  I never have used a My Breast Friend pillow, but from my friends that have them say they are the way to go if you are set on purchasing a nursing pillow.  Instead I use pillows and the glider/rocking chair that the hospital provides.  A very wise charge nurse taught me to put a pillow behind my back and to fold one over the arm of the chair (where you place baby in the football hold.)  As a baby gear minimalist I have been thrilled with one less thing to buy and tote… and it works great!
  •  PJ’s for mama-  It is very tempting to pack your PJs.  But the reality is that while you are in the hospital your gown is what you will have on almost the entire time.  The nurses will need you to be very lightly dressed to have access to check you frequently.
  •  Pillow-  This one is debatable.  Obviously you want to be comfortable!   If you do feel the urgent need to take your own be sure you have it in a pillow case that is distinguishable (a print is best!) from the hospital’s.


So, is there anything I forgot?  Leave me a comment and let me know what you found to be a must in your bag!  And please share with your new mama friends as well! xo Janalin

As a part of my All About Baby Series tomorrow I will be posting what to stock up for your recovery at home!


For this child I prayed

For this child

For this childFor the first time I stood shaking with a pregnancy test in my hands and joy in my heart.  Tears streamed down my face as I prayed that this child would be His and that I be a blessing and teacher to this child for His will.

No, this is not the story of my first pregnancy.  I am ashamed to say that until this past year of my life I have taken children and the ability to have them for granted.  Our first pregnancy was a surprise.  And my emotions of a tightly wound- nearly type A- personality were not happy about the calendar reshaping that was coming in the next nine months as we prepared for our daughter.  Our second was hyper planned.  We had gotten so good at NFP that we not only knew when we could get pregnant we also knew which day(s) would give us the best chance at having a boy.  And a boy we got.

Although I fiercely have loved both of our children while I was pregnant I have never had a reverence for the gift of the child.  I expected it.  On demand.  I believe I learned this from our culture.  Babies are to be avoided at all costs until you want one and then they are pursued no matter what the price tag. I turned 34 this year and I know that children are no longer a right. I am surrounded by so many friends… many younger than I.. that have not had so much luck.

So this child that we will soon meet has been prayed deeply for. This gift of another life… another sibling for our children… another warrior for Him has been laid at my feet. And I know with deep reverence the burden that is being placed in my shoulders to raise this child up. Please rejoice with me and pray for the light of life that has been given. God is so good!

Our due date is January 25th!  And it’s a BOY!  Join me over the next 30 days in my All About Baby posts!  Monday I will let you know what I will be packing in my hospital bag.

xo Janalin

Heartbeat Bill Needs your Help!

Mother and Child lost in Abortion

This morning I emailed out several of my contacts on the work we are doing in Topeka with the Heartbeat Bill.  I have posted it here for circulation.  Please share this!

“The Child Who Was Never Born” sculpture.

Monument to the unborn dedicated in Slovakia.



Hello Friends-

Thank you for the outpouring of love, prayers, and support for our day in Topeka yesterday introducing the Heartbeat Bill to the committee. We have a battle on our hands that needs your help. I will address the ways in which you can help and then summarize yesterday’s presentation.

 First: Pray that the Pro-Life camps can unite. There is a division in Topeka (and elsewhere) about this piece of legislation. Some say they will not support the bill because it protects unborn children from the time of heartbeat (not conception.) Although I fully agree that life begins at conception, this way of thinking is dangerous.


 If you were witness to a mass drowning and had limited number of life preservers to throw out…

would you withhold the preservers because you do not have enough to save them all?

 NO! You would save as many as you could as quickly as possible!

This Heartbeat Legislation has been written to save 85% of babies being aborted today

and is aimed at the heart of Roe vs Wade.

 Second: Contact your Senators and Representatives by email, phone, or in person. From what I learned yesterday the in-person visit is the most effective. Right now the session is almost over and our elected are very busy on the floor voting- but showing up at their office and seeing if you can catch them by chance (or leaving a message with their secretary) is very effective. I wish you could see the lobbyists that are there on a daily basis. We need to become our own lobbyists! Just remember to always use facts and be professional.

 Third: Contact Kansans for Life. This large Pro-Life group has their hearts in the right place to save all the babies. But with their stance to oppose the Heartbeat Bill we have one major player who will not support the bill because of the view of this group. **Please remember to speak with the highest level of respect to them. This can be a very touchy subject!!** Contact: David 316-687-5433 and Mary Kay 913-406-4446

 Fourth: Continue to pray. We have had 40 years of abortion on demand in this country. We need to stop this in any and all ways possible. Pray specifically that we do not become too political in our own Pro-Lifer camp to get anything done.

Fifth: Use this email sign up form for Pro-Life updates in Kansas and across the nation. I need a fast and immediate way to contact the warriors across the state and be assured that messages are delivered. Signing up for this list will be exclusive updates on Pro-Life work.

 Summary of Yesterday’s Presentation:

Although I did not make it to the microphone to testify in front of the group due to time constraints those that did present were very well spoken and highly effective. Written testimony was also submitted in record amounts (thank you to those that took the time to do so!)

Those that spoke for the bill were:

  •  Representative Pete DeGraaf- Heartbeat legislation sponsor, Kansas
  • Representative Ed Bideau- Heatbeat co-sponsor, Kansas
  • Walter Weber- Attorney at Law, Washington DC
  • *Dr. David Forte- Constitutional Law Professor, Ohio
  • Troy Newman- President Operation Rescue, Kansas
  • Janet Porter- Faith2Action President, Ohio

And two women spoke against the bill. I was literally heartbroken when I listened to their reasons to oppose this bill. Reasons such as: Women may not have enough time to realize that they are pregnant before the heartbeat and such legislation would not allow them enough time to schedule the abortion, come up with funds, etc. And that they vaginal ultrasound device would be mandatory and ‘invasive’… (never mind the fact that the abortion itself is invasive!)

After the committee presentation was concluded we worked our way around the Capitol speaking with Representatives and Senators about the bill and passing out Heartbeat Pins as well as stickers. I got to see first hand how working as a “lobbyist” operates. I highly recommend that anyone who has the time to do so go to Topeka and experience this as well! Not only is it a fantastic learning opportunity it helps the cause.

Upon leaving Topeka I found out that the committee immediately took the Bill out of there hands and sent it to the floor for today (Wednesday 3-26-13). Please continue to pray that our Senators and Representatives will stand up and support this bill.


Janalin Hood

*Financial Request: As many of you know Ed and Margaret Bideau covered the $990 to get attorney David Forte here last minute. And while the Bideau’s personally pledged to cover $400 of that amount we are still short $190. Dr. Forte has been a legal adviser to the Vatican in the past and is highly respected. I contacted the Kansas Catholic Conference of Bishops to request financial help, but have not heard back. Would one of you be willing to follow up or donate the money?




The Heartbeat Bill {Kansas Pro-Life Advocate}

Heartbeat Bill- URGENT help is needed!

Dear friends,

I am working on Pro-Life Legislation that needs your IMMEDIATE help. In fact we are working on such a tight deadline that I need you to read this and make your responses before Monday, March 25th at 11am.

I have been asked to testify before committee in Topeka this Tuesday March 26th along with four others on the Heartbeat Bill. Representative Ed Bideau (Chanute) is a co-sponsor to this bill that is making strides to drastically reduce abortion in Kansas.

The Heartbeat Bill has been crafted nationally by the best attorneys and written to present at the Supreme Court Level. To summarize- this bill would put restriction on abortion after a heartbeat can be detected, which is 8-10 weeks gestation, or abortion providers would face strong legal ramifications. This would save 85% of babies being aborted today!! Please read all the details if you would like at The attorneys that have written this legislation have crafted it to ultimately pass at the Supreme Court level. Right now we have four pro-life Supreme Court Justices and four pro-choice Justices. “This bill has been designed specifically to satisfy the stated desires of US Supreme Court Justice Kennedy” whom would be the swing vote on such matter. Kansas has been selected as the state in which to introduce the bill as we have a pro-life House, Senate, and Governor, thus the best chance of getting the bill to the Supreme Court.

The five of us that are speaking on Tuesday need prayers. Please pray that we speak profoundly… in a way that opens the eyes to those who may disagree with us. Pray that God directs our words and we speak His words. Pray that this legislation is for the good of our nation and is His will. We also need written testimonies to go along with our presentation.


There are two ways you can make your voice heard, but it must be done immediately.

 Option #1 Send Email to Committee Members

Send an email to each of the Representatives on the committee. I have included a sample letter, and some suggestions on how to craft it. I would encourage you not to simply retype this letter, but personalize it in any way you can. Many times they receive many “form” letters that are exactly the same, with only different signatures. That is not very effective. Your email does not have to be long, in fact brief is better, but anything you can put in that personalizes it makes a much stronger statement.

At the end of this email there is a list of each committee member’s email address. You simply need to address your letter to the Chair of the committee, and the members. You only need to compose one letter and (carbon copy) send it to every member.

Here is a sample draft for suggested letter:



Representative _________________

House Federal and State Affairs Committee

Kansas House of Representatives

RE: HB 2324 – Pro-Life Heartbeat Protection Bill

Dear Representative _____________:

I am (put some information in as to who you are, where you live and what you do. If you are in the Representative’s district, please indicate that) Thank you very much for your dedication to our state and your service in the Kansas House of Representatives.

I am a very strong Pro Life advocate and I am very interested in the Pro-Life Heartbeat Protection Bill

that will come before the House Federal and State Affairs Committee for a hearing. This Bill would prohibit abortion after a detectable heartbeat of the unborn child is present and would end roughly 85% of the abortions occurring in Kansas. It has been drafted by attorneys with legal experience in the appellate courts, including a staff attorney with the American Center for Law and Justice. We feel that it has the best chance of meeting a legal challenge, particularly in the U.S. Supreme Court.

If a doctor can detect a heartbeat then the baby should be protected. Please support HB 2324 in committee and please send the Pro Life Heartbeat Protection Bill on to the full House for action




City, State Zip



Option #2 Submit Written Testimony to Committee

The next thing you can do that is even more powerful, and very simple to do, is submit written testimony to the committee and have it become a part of the official committee record. Testimony submitted will be placed on the committee desk of every member the day the bill is heard.

To submit written testimony you must get it sent to the committee secretary the day before the hearing, MONDAY, by 11:00, and ask to have it considered as testimony to the committee.







Chairman Arlen Siegfreid and Committee Members

House Federal and State Affairs Committee

Kansas House of Representatives

RE: HB 2324 – Pro-Life Heartbeat Protection Bill

Hon. Chair and Committee Members

I am (put some information in as to who you are, where you live and what you do. I am unable to appear in person before the committee today for the hearing on HB 2324 but I would like to submit my written testimony in support of the bill for consideration by the committee.

I am a very strong Pro Life advocate and I am very interested in this bill. This Bill would prohibit abortion after a detectable heartbeat of the unborn child is present and would end roughly 85% of the abortions occurring in Kansas. It has been drafted by attorneys with legal experience in the appellate courts, including a staff attorney with the American Center for Law and Justice. We feel that it has the best chance of meeting a legal challenge, particularly in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The people of Kansas strongly support heartbeat legislation and in a recent poll a majority of Kansans agree that if a doctor can detect a heartbeat then the baby should be protected. I feel very strongly that when a heartbeat is detected that is clear evidence of a human life and we must act to protect it. This is the right issue, the right time and it is our duty to save these children now.

Please support HB 2324 and please send the Pro Life Heartbeat Protection Bill on to the full House for action.




City, State Zip



Instructions and details on where to send your testimony:

(I am listing their city/district only for your information)


All Written Testimony needs to be in by 11:00 am, Monday,25 March to:

Mr. Stephen Bainum

Federal & State Committee Secretary

Phone number: 785-368-7166


Rep. Concannon (Beloit)

Rep. Corbet (Topeka)

Rep. Couture-Lovelady (Palco)

Rep. Gandhi (Topeka)

Rep. Henderson (Kansas City)

Rep. Perry (Mission)

Rep. Petty (Liberal)

Rep. Waymaster (Luray)

Rep. Brunk (Wichita)

Rep. Campbell (Olathe)

Rep. Dove (Bonner Springs)

Rep. Houser (Columbus)

Rep. Read (Mound City)

Rep. Rothlisberg (Grandview Plaza)

Rep. Siegfreid (Chairman of Committee) (Olathe)

Rep. Claeys (Salina)

Rep. Ewy (Jetmore)

Rep. Peterson (KC)

Rep. Ruiz (KC)

Rep. Victors (Wichita)

Rep. Tietze (Topeka)

Rep. Montgomery (Olathe)

Rep. Hildabrand (Lake Quivira)

*Also, please CC these 3 people listed below as well, who will insure that the 30 required hard copies of your testimony are delivered to the Mr. Bainum’s office by 11:00 Monday.


Thank you dear friends that have read through this lengthy post and will submit testimony!  Please comment and let me know that you have done so.  I thank you so very much!!!  xo Janalin



Meeting DREW : Chanute Kansas Family and Newborn Photography

Animoto slideshow of newborn and family session.

Danielle and Dave thank you for entrusting this special time to me.  The love that your family radiates is a testament to our Father’s love.  May God Bless each of you!  xo


Making the Faith Real for our Children

Making the Faith Real for our Children


When I stand and face the Lord I hope to hear him say, “well done good and faithful servant.” Knowing that I am so very far from perfection I pray daily that this day can be used for His will in my life.  I believe our biggest calling as parents is passing the faith to our children.   Have you considered how you are making the faith real to the next generation?  Why is it that so many children are becoming luke warm or leaving the faith?  Parents- it is our calling to raise up these children to be warriors for Christ!

Here are some ways to make the faith come alive for children.

1- Worship weekly at church. Children need to see us getting dressed up… seeing that this time is the most important time that we give in our week.

2- Pray out loud as a family. Sharing memorized prayers helps young minds grasp and follow along. Praying from our hearts helps older children know how to talk to God and introduces them to their relationship with him.  Be sure and pray several times a day as well as a family!

3- Read the Bible together!  There are so many fantastic children’s Bibles available… be sure and read a story each night before bed.  And let your children ‘catch’ you reading your Bible too.

4- Make Christ visual in our homes.  We need pictures hung and verses in the wall.  These things may seem easy to skip over, but children notice.  Subliminal messages are sometimes the strongest ones.

5- Parent with gentleness.  Treat every child as Jesus would.  This means calming our own frustrations when we are at whits end and quietly asking for His guidance.  It means smiling at children we don’t know and always welcoming our children’s friends into our home with love and grace.

6- Sing his praises. Do your children know simple bible school songs? Sing them in the morning during your getting ready routine.  Play contemporary Christian music in your car.  And introduce Christian entertainment instead of the regular cartoons they watch.

7- Teach reverence and sacredness of tradition.  So many young adults decide that picking and choosing what to follow of their faith.  We need to set the example that God’s law IS THE LAW and that we cannot pick and choose what to follow.  (Do your children know the Ten Commandments?)

8- Disciple to others.  Sharing our faith is the core discipleship.  We all have different paths in life and we need to share our Light with all whom we meet.  Our actions, words, and reactions are all being observed (and sometimes analyzed!) by others.  Be sure that our daily interactions with our husbands, children, extended family, friends and co-workers are those that would exude His example.


Easter Preparations:  Right now we are preparing for the most sacred time of year in this season of Lent.  Use this time to bring reverence for the sacrifice that He made for us.  Here are a few ideas to bring Christ and His love to your child’s heart during this season:

Resurrection eggs

Stations of the cross (at your local Catholic church.  I HIGHLY recommend going to the children’s version no matter what your denomination.  This is a must do!)

Rice bowls

Fasting: This can be abstaining from sweets, quitting bad habits, or also shown in the way of adding something that you don’t normally do to your day (

Crafts and Activities from Lacy Rabideau’s blog


Happy Sunday and many Blessings to you and your family!  xo

Circumcision Care for Newborn Boys

circumcision care

When we were at the hospital shortly following the birth of our son they came in to take him for his circumcision. I balked. Emotions were high as I was holding him and I just couldn’t fathom doing something so horrible.  Granted, I had the previous nine months to have researched this, but in that moment… I knew I did not want to send our precious  boy away to do anything that would cause him pain.  In the end, the procedure was done and I had to rely on my calm, level-headed husband’s guidance.

The hospital told us the care guidelines for the circumcision. We were to leave the p*nis alone for the first several days and apply vaseline so the diaper would not stick to the area. Easy enough. We did that and seemed to be healing up fine.  But as several healthy-baby pediatric visits went by I was troubled at the fact that the doctor had to loosen (or un-attach) the for*skin each time.  And each time it would seem to be worse and more painful to do.  When our son was 15 months old our family doctor said that we were likely candidates for a second circumcision since we couldn’t seem to get the area to heal without re-attaching.  I. WAS. DEVASTATED.

I asked the doctor what I could do so that I might possibly be able to avoid the second procedure.  He recommended bringing the p*nis fully out of the sheath and cleaning it once a day and then applying vaseline at the bottom of the head.  I decided to follow those directions but to also add two more times per day when I brought the p*nis completely out.  So during a regular day I would clean it three times and apply vaseline once.  This simple change in how I was caring for our son has made the difference.  He has healed 100% and we have avoided the second circumcision.

THE BOTTOM LINE:  To heal a circumcision, we  have to  clean the p*nis by bringing it completely out of the for*skin daily (or more as needed) and applying vaseline until completely healed.

My hope is that all of you new moms- and moms to be can read this and see how SIMPLE caring for your son can be.  If only I had proper instructions from the start (where is that baby handbook anyway!) all of the painful appointments for our son could have been avoided.

What about baby care have you learned that no one told you?