Welcome and Blessings!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I have named this blog "Running to the Cross" because that is what I often find myself doing...running to be with my Lord Jesus! I often cover many aspects of life on my blog, as it is my journal. I used to write things down in all sorts of notebooks, but my writings would soon be lost. So I decided that it was time to start a blog and share my thoughts and ideas with others. Many topics you will find here are prayers, homemaking and organization, children and pregnancy, funny stories, and the challenges of parenting and motherhood. If you enjoy my blog and leave me a comment, you are likely to have me visit! I love meeting others and gleaning from the lives of others. May you be blessed! Your friend in Christ, Heather

Monday, July 30, 2007

Menu Plan Monday!

It's here again! Have you planned your menu for the week? I just spent 10 minutes on my computer making my menu. It sure does cut down on the headaches I have when I take that little time each week to plan my menu! Won't you join us?
What's for Dinner?
Monday: BBQ Ham Sandwiches, mac & cheese, corn on the cob, fresh tomatoes.
Tuesday: Mexican fiesta - tacos, nachos, burritos, salsa, salad.
Wednesday: Beef roast, potatoes & gravy, green beans, corn cake.
Thursday: Leftovers Or Quick & Easy meal.
Friday: Spaghetti & meatballs, salad, green beans, garlic toast.
Saturday: Pizza, salad.
Sunday: Fellowship meal at church--Crockpot baked beans, dessert or salad.

Joining us is easy. Go to Organized Junkie's Site and sign up!



Saturday, July 28, 2007

A Poem for the busy Mother


Mother, O mother, come shake out your cloth!
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing and butter the bread,
Sew on a button and make up the bed
.........Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
.........She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking!

Oh, I've grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue
..........(Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
..........(Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
And out in the yard there's a hullabaloo
But I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren't her eyes the most wonderful hue?
..........Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo.)

Oh, cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
But children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby. Babies don't keep.

~~~~Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

Babies & Birthdays

First off, I want to offer my congratulations to Amity at Keeping our Hearts at Home! Congratulations on you new little boy! Such a sweet and precious baby!

Yesterday, we celebrated my oldest son's birthday by having 5 families over, and it was a surprise if you hadn't guessed. We had 18 children running around here (including our children) and 20 guests in all. It was a success and I think my son was surprised! He is now officially in his double digits, the BIG 10!!! Wow! I finally have a 10-year-old!!!
And, lastly...Today is my birthday! I am celebrating 34 years today. I am very thankful for each and every year that the good LORD has given me. I was born on my grandmother's birthday, 34 years ago and each year I think of her as I celebrate my birthday without her. She was a victim of cancer in 1992, but my memories still bring me joy!

She made sure my mother had me on her birthday. She made my mother walk up and down the street many, many times on July 27, 1973. I wasn't due until July 30, but she wasn't taking, "NO," for an answer. My mother went home that evening, I am sure exhausted, and just as she drifted off into sleep her labor began...sometime around midnight. I was born on my grandmother's birthday just as she had planned! I was blessed to know her for the first 19 years of my life and I will never, ever, ever forget her!



Thursday, July 26, 2007

Praying for Amity!!!

I can't help but be excited for Amity at Keeping our Hearts at Home. She is in labor today!!! Please join me in praying for her as she labors at home. I am praying for a safe delivery of her new little one, and for her as she labors and then recovers from the birth!

I am soooo EXCITED for you, AMITY!!!!

Blessings & Prayers!


Monday, July 23, 2007

Birth Story #3

A Trial and a Blessing

When my youngest son was about 9-months-old, I found out that I was expecting again. Unfortunately that pregnancy ended in a miscarriage at about 8-9 weeks. I will not go into detail because this is supposed to be a birth story. (I will write up my experiences with miscarriage sometime down the road.) So, to make a long story short, when I found out that I was expecting again, I was a little fearful but mostly ecstatic, elated, overjoyed AND I felt that God had promised me this child.

I conceived immediately after my miscarriage. There was no cycle in between. I found out that I was expecting around January 22 (exactly 1 month past the date of my miscarriage).

Many emotions flooded me at this time, but mostly JOY filled my heart. I KNEW God would keep His promise to me. The entire time that I mourned the miscarriage, I felt as if God was telling me that He would give me the next child and He did. My miscarriage actually drew me into God's arms, strengthened my relationship with Him, and made me more aware of how much I needed HIM.

The Birth

My baby was due on October 8, 2000.

On October 7th, a Friday evening, my husband and I were having a peaceful evening. The boys were asleep in bed, and my hubby had asked me to help him to grade some papers (he was a teacher at the time). I helped him for a while, then I decided to take my bath.

It was about 9:30 p.m. when I hopped into the tub and after just a couple of minutes of soaking, I felt my first light contraction. I finished up the bath and then joined my husband again downstairs. I decided to call the doctor on call to let them know that my contractions had begun. I also called my friend who would be watching the children while I was in the hospital (this time we were going to the hospital due to the fact that our insurance would only cover a midwife if she was helping a doctor in a hospital).

I, once again, began to grade papers. The contractions were somewhat irregular and not too painful. But the longer I sat, the more intense they became. I had called my mother to let her know that I was in labor, but this time she could not come to the birth...we had moved 1100 miles away from them the year before (for a job). The contractions continued to be irregular, but they were becoming more and more intense. They became so intense that I stopped grading papers and decided to go up and change into my pajamas/hospital clothes. While I was changing I had a really hard contraction (it was about 11:25 p.m. at the time). Once I was changed, I laid down on the bed to wait out the rest of the contraction (it was a good, long, painful contraction). I rested for about 10 minutes, then went back downstairs and sat down on the love seat. Soon after I sat down, I had another contraction, but this time my water broke. I immediately called the hospital and told them that my water had broke. The nurse asked me, "Do you have the urge to push?" I said, "No.....(then), YES!!!!" We immediately called my friend, who we expected to already be at our house, and told her to meet us at the hospital.

My husband ran up to get our boys and put them in the van (I have never seen him move so fast in my life!!!). Meanwhile I was waddling to the door, trying not to push. Once I was on the porch, the urge to push was so great that I was holding myself (like I had to pee) and bouncing up and down. Mind you, our porch was 10 feet from the road so everyone that drove by got a glimpse of what was going on. Once everyone was safely in the van, my husband helped me into the van (where I sat on a towel). Thankfully, we were only about 5 minutes or so from the hospital.

The entire way to the hospital, I was trying not to push, but the urge was so great that I had no choice. I was holding myself up using the arms of the seat because sitting was almost unbearable.

We arrived at the hospital at 1 a.m. My husband went in to tell them that we were there and an emergency room nurse (who was waiting for me with a wheelchair) immediately came out a got me. Again, I held onto the arms of the chair with my hands so I could keep myself up off the chair...and I was still pushing (but trying not to). While my husband parked the van, they raced me up to the maternity ward into a labor and delivery suite. They helped me to strip my bottom half down and onto the bed I went. There was no time for an IV (thankfully). The doctor, whom I had called at 9:30, was still NOT there. The nurses were very kind though and told me to try and wait on the doctor, but if I couldn't, they could deliver my baby.

I couldn't do anything but push (and say, "I'm sorry!"). By the time my husband had parked the van, grabbed the boys (then 20 months and 3 1/2 years), and came up to the delivery room, the baby was crowning. Still, no doctor. When my oldest son saw me, he said, "Mommy's messy!"

The boys were very intrigued with what was going on. They were told to sit in the corner, but once they saw the baby coming out, they had to see what was going on.

Soon after the baby crowned, the baby was born. They set the baby up on my chest and my husband revealed to me that we had a girl!!! A girl, finally! She was born at 1:17 a.m. on Saturday, October 8 (her due date). After my husband cut the cord, the nurses put her in the plastic crib. She didn't cry, but she was as pink as could be. She was just looking around peacefully. Two minutes after she was born, the doctor walked in, shook his head and walked out of the room. She weighed in at 8 pounds 7 ounces, and she was 20 inches long.

Twenty minutes later, my friend arrived to take the boys back to our house. God worked everything out perfectly. I even got to "break in" a nurse (she had never delivered any babies without a doctor present, but there were other nurses there who had delivered babies without a doctor).

She was my biggest baby by far, but my easiest delivery. I am blessed to have her as a daughter and with every pregnancy afterwards, I have been reminded of her fast and furious delivery.

(She's the one with the goofy smile and the crown of roses and ribbon.)



Menu Plan Monday!

You may have noticed that I have not posted a menu for a couple of weeks. I did okay though. I still didn't have to think too hard about what we were eating, but it would have been easier had I written a menu up.

Well, I am trying to get back on track so here is this week's menu (I also post it in the sidebar for easy reference).

Monday: Beef & noodles, fresh green beans, everything bagels toasted in oven with butter & garlic salt.
Tuesday: Spaghetti & meatballs, green beans.
Wednesday: Beef roast, potatoes, carrots & gravy, green beans, corn cake.
Thursday: Pizza, salad.
Friday: My oldest son's birthday!!! Grilled hamburgers & hotdogs, chips, salad, birthday cake.
Saturday: My Birthday...Hope I don't have to cook!!! ;O)
Sunday: Leftovers.

You can join us HERE if you like.



Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Back Online...but no Time.

Busyness has struck again.

I am having a tough time keeping up with the housecleaning, my son's birthday is coming up (so is mine), and I STILL haven't gotten things to the point where I can start school again.

We replaced the hard drive on our computer, SOOO that means that everything that I had installed on my computer has to be reinstalled. We have to go hunting on the old drive to find all of our pictures and documents, if it will let us. I am very frustrated with the computer right now, almost to the point that I avoid it.

I am dreading the idea of rescanning all of our school stuff back on the computer. I am hoping to be able to write up the rest of my birth stories soon, but things haven't allowed me to yet.

And another thing....I have this incredible itch to sew!!! Last night I made my oldest daughter a tiered skirt from an old pair of jeans. I cut off the legs & crotch of the jeans and added two tiers to the bottom of it. I finished it off with a sash that is used as a belt and tied in a bow in the front. It was adorable!!! Then I decided to cut out another jumper for myself and start sewing it up! What is wrong with me!!!! ;OD I must be suffering from sewing sickness!!!

Anyway...stay tuned, maybe a birth stories will pop out of these sewing fingers soon! *wink, smile, wink*

Have a great day anyway!!!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Still in the Dark...

No computer means no posting. )O:

I am again on my hubby's laptop...I am still in the dark. I only have a few minutes because time on this thing means time upstairs in the office away from my children.

Just keeping you posted!

Have a great day!

Blessings, Heather

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Computer Trouble

Well, my computer crashed Tuesday or so and I haven't had a computer since. Right now I am typing on my husband's laptop computer. I hope to have my computer back up and running soon.

I don't really know what happened. One day it just said a bunch of stuff (jibberish, to me) and then it wouldn't turn on again. :O( My brother in law is helping us fix it (I hope) so maybe we won't have to pay someone to do it. It is recovering info. right now as we speak...it was at 25% the last time I checked. It has been doing this since last night. It will probably continue this all day and all night.

Thanks for all of your encouraging comments. I have been faithfully taking my iron supplements and my cayenne pepper. Although, it is pretty spicy stuff. I am stuffing it into some old unused capsules instead, because I am not taking the heat too well. But the cayenne does wake you up!!!

And Bellamomma (I hope the spelling is right), thanks for visiting, I'll have to check out your painfree contractions info, although I didn't have any pain with my last delivery and haven't had too much pain with my last two deliveries since using herbal teas and such. My biggest problem with my deliveries now is that I never get the urge to push. It always takes a lot out of me to push baby out.

But with only 7 more weeks to go, I am getting anxious. Although, since my midwife is going to be out of town on my due date I am hoping for an early or late delivery so she can be there. I do have a substitute, but since she missed my last delivery, I really want her to be there!!!

I hope to have my computer back soon...I am going CrAzY without it!!! I also have all of my school stuff on my computer, I am hoping that I do not lose all that info.

Blessings to you, my friends!
I am praying that I will be back to normalcy soon!!!


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

These are busy times...

If you haven't noticed, I haven't been around much. This week (and last) has been full of (you guessed it) busyness!

On the 4th of July we went to one of our church family's home for an Independence Day Celebration. Unfortunately it rained from dinnertime on.

Thursday I went to get some bloodwork done...I am still anemic. So, I am taking 2 T of liquid chlorophyll, barley green powder in a mangosteen juice, 2 T blackstrap molasses before bed, Ester-C, pregnancy tea with extra alfalfa & nettle and today I ordered more stuff to take. Mainly more liquid chlorophyll, liquid B-Complex with iron, and Ester-C. I will get my hematocrit level up. I also learned of another iron booster and that is 1/2 cup grape juice with 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper; not only is this supposed to give you energy, but it is supposed to boost your iron levels in your blood. Interesting!

Sunday, we brought a meal to a family that just had a new baby. We visited for quite some so when we arrived home that evening I was quite exhausted.

Monday, I had an ultrasound. No, I didn't find out the gender of the baby, we were only checking out the anatomy. We wanted to make sure that the baby did not have any visible congenital defects because our state is cracking down on the lay midwives and I wanted to make sure baby was healthy enough to be born at home.

Tomorrow is my second youngest daughter's birthday. She will be four years old!!!

And on Thursday, my brother in law is coming back for a weekend visit.

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I feel a little like this puppy dog that just keeps running!

So as you can imagine, I am feeling quite overwhelmed...I may be back next week, who knows? Summertime is always a busy time. Soon I will be picking cherry tomatoes from my garden. I can tell you already that I planted too many cherry tomato plants!!! Too bad I can't share the cherry tomatoes with you!

Anyway, there is my update! I hope to be back to normal blogging soon, but for now, this will just have to do!


Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Birth Story #2

I found out that I was expecting my second child shortly after my husband and I discussed the issues of using birth control. As we did our research, we discovered that some birth control pills could cause a miscarriage (or keep a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall). When we realized this, we decide it was time to stop. We would trust God to control our family size.

Just a couple weeks after our discussion, we found out that we were, once again expecting. My oldest son was about 9 months old when we found out, but I was elated! During this time, we decided that once our lease ran out on our duplex that we were going to try to purchase a home. We found a delightful home that, at the time, suited our family.

My due date was January 8, 1999 and that day came and went. I began rearranging furniture around the time of my due date, and cleaning everything that I could get my hands on. I actually rearranged an entire room!!! The nesting urge had hit me, but the baby stayed safely in the comfort of my womb. My mother-in-law arrived about a week after my due date, and waited along with me for the impending delivery. She kept me company as I impatiently waited to go into labor.

I went in for a stress test at about 9 days overdue. The midwife said the baby was fine and that we would wait it out. Tuesday, January 19, my mother-in-law and I decided it was time to go grocery shopping. When I arrived home that day, I noticed that I may have began to lose my mucous plug. Finally, a light at the end of the tunnel!

At about 11:30 p.m. that night, I began to have contractions. I called my mother, and she couldn't help but come over and wait out the night with me. The contractions were very irregular for the longest time. They seemed to regulate a bit by 7 or 8 a.m. the next morning so we called the midwife and told her we were coming in. When we arrived there, I was only dilated to 1 cm, so the midwife told me to go eat breakfast and go to the mall to walk for a while. UGH!!!

Off we went. First we found this little country diner to eat (where all the hunters go to eat breakfast). My son loved the place because he got a huge stack of pancakes, his favorite. Once we were finished eating, we took off to the outdoor mall.

The weather was actually really nice that day. The sun was shining, and I think it was in the 50s. Perfect weather for walking outdoors. We walked and walked, and shopped and shopped, and I labored and labored. I would stop at the benches with each contraction and breathe it out.

Shortly after lunch time we decided it was time to start heading in the direction of the birthing center. I was downright tired of walking stairs and walking on the hard sidewalk, I just wanted to rest on something more comfortable than the hard benches at the mall. However, before we got to the birthing center, we had to make one more stop at Walmart. By that time my contractions were 5 minutes apart and getting stronger with each contraction. I was extremely uncomfortable, but again very calm for the most part. Finally, after our trip to Walmart, we were headed straight for the birthing center...no more stops.

We finally arrived at the birthing center at around 1:30 p.m. or so. The midwife checked me and I was dilated to 7 cm. YEAH!!! I was immediately ready for the jacuzzi with jets. Oh, what a relief to get into the hot tub. It was so relaxing!!! Especially after walking all over the place!!!

When I got out I was dilated to about 9 1/2 cm. Again, NO transition. I was beginning to feel the urge to push, but I needed to empty my bladder one last time. Once I did, the midwife checked me and I was complete.

At about 3:55 p.m., I began pushing...this time I decided to try squatting. Although the squat bar was on backwards, I did find it much easier this time. I had such an urge to push that the midwife was telling me to slow down! I told her, "I can't stop pushing!!! I have to push!!!" After about 25 minutes of pushing, I had a baby! Much faster than the last time! I laid down and she put the baby on the warm towel on my tummy. I couldn't wait for my husband to tell me what I had. I immediately threw the towel off and screamed, "It's a boy, it's a boy!" Our second son was born at about 4:20 p.m. on January 20, 1999 weighing a whopping 7# 14 ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long.

My husband tells me that I was crying, but I don't remember the tears, just the joy I felt knowing that I had another little boy. I don't remember much after that. I do know that I tore a little again, so the midwife had to stitch me up.

Nursing was also much easier! He didn't have any problem latching on and nursing. In fact, I think he may have nursed for the first 1 1/2 hours after he was born, but my memory has faded since then, so I am not positive on that fact.

He had me on a schedule within the first week of his life. He nursed every 2 1/2 to 3 hours. He was very colicky, but very much a sweetie!


Update on Please Pray...

I spoke to my brother and sister-in-law last evening. She does NOT have pre-eclampsia (PTL!!!). However, she does have gall stones which would explain the pain that she had been experiencing. They kept her in the hospital for 3 or 4 days because some of the tests were not coming out right. They never really concluded on what the issue was though, so they sent her home.

She expressed to me that she was experiencing a lot of pressure and discomfort due to her enlarging uterus. This is her first pregnancy and nothing like she expected, but she is having twins so her uterus which has NEVER been stretched is being pushed to its limits.

But all in all, she sounded good...tired, but good. She is about 29 weeks this week, so keep her in prayer as she deals with all the discomforts of pregnancy. I am praying that she makes it to 36 weeks so she doesn't have to deal with the prematurity issues as well. The recent loss of her mother has been really tough on her, as it was quite unexpected (she only knew for a very short time that her mother was sick).

I thank all of you that have been faithfully praying for her and my brother.


Monday, July 2, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

What's for Dinner?

  • Monday: Meatball sandwiches, watermelon, chips, raw veggies.
  • Tuesday: Breakfast--biscuits & gravy, sausage, pancakes or waffles.
  • Wednesday: 4th of July picnic, bringing favorite picnic side.
  • Thursday: Spaghetti & meatballs, salad, bread sticks.
  • Friday: Breaded chicken sandwiches, salad or raw veggies, chips.
  • Saturday: Crock pot roast, macaroni & cheese, green beans, rolls.
  • Sunday: Hot Sub Sandwiches, veggies, potato salad.
There are a lot of repeats here from last week! That is mainly because last week we had chicken patties on Friday night for the children and my hubby got me Kentucky Fried Chicken!!! YUM!!! Well, the employees at KFC forgot about him (his order, that is) AND guess what?!? They gave him a free bucket of chicken. SOOOO, we had that for Saturday evening's meal and I didn't have to cook! All in all, he waited 30 minutes for his food and I waited for my dinner until 9:30 p.m. Boy, was I hungry, but I guess they made up for it with the bucket of chicken.

Have a Wonderful 4th of July!

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