Colleen, Kyliee, & Sparrow - Jan PP

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Colleen, Kyliee, & Sparrow - Jan PP
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Thu, 01-01-2009 - 4:05pm

Hi Ladies! I hope you all enjoy getting to know one another better this month!


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Thu, 01-01-2009 - 8:06pm

hi girls! i'm excited to be your prayer partner this month! here's a re-intro, just as a refresher: i'm colleen, married to josh for 5 1/2 yrs. we have a dd, layla, who is 2, and a ds, kai, who is 5 1/2 months. we live in western NY.

ok, that's over with lol =)

sparrow - how are you feeling? how's the pregnancy going? have you been able to gain some peace of mind? how's the homeschooling? i hope bella isn't being too much of a terror for you. how can i pray for you?

kyliee - forgive me, but i'm not sure if i'm sure who you are. are you a firecracker mamma? if so, how is your lo? if not, sorry... i'm way off =) how can i pray for you?

as for me, things are going pretty well around here. we are struggling financially (what's new), but dh and i are both feeling pretty peaceful about it. the only 1st of the month bill i can pay right now is rent, but that's the most important, right? i could use some prayers for continued peace, and also some extra blessing! my dh will be leaving jan. 21 to go to basic training for the army reserves. he'll be gone till mid-june (when he'll be home for 10 days and gone for another 3 wks). so, i'll be needing lots of prayers pretty soon! i do have family nearby, but it will still be a loooong 6 months.

well, those are the things that are at the top of my mind right now. i'm looking forward to getting to know you both better this month!

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Sat, 01-03-2009 - 4:50pm

hey colleen! i must have read this post a thousand times by now... and just now have the energy to respond. first... a little "who am i??" for kyliee (sorry, but i don't recognize your name either!

i am sparrow, wife of just over two and a half years to amante, mom to bella age 11 and expecting a little one on june 20th. i like to knit, hang out here at ivillage, and homeschool bella. dh works at a backline company here in grand rapids michigan, and i have been a sahm most of my daughter's life. i had a bad filing job last summer... ugh... but we nipped that in the bud as soon as we could. right now it is mostly schooling bella, biblestudy, hanging with my family and preparing to meet the new baby... yaay!!

i am doing well pregnancy wise. i am finally feeling better physically... the morning sickness is mostly gone if i eat well and get enough rest. the biggest physical struggle these days is sinus headaches that cause me to feel gaggy... sigh. that and my prenatal vitamins make me sick, so i am trying to find something else that will supplement the vitamins i need. i am feeling a lot more like this baby is going to truly stick now that i am in the 2T, and that has given me a ton of peace. i am pretty sure i have been feeling baby move for a couple of weeks now, and it is getting more pronounced as time goes on. school has been up and down... i don't know what to say except to really please ask you both to pray that it gets better. we had a long talk about attitude and expectations today, and it didn't make her very happy. she is a kid that is very content to do the bare minimum... and we expect a lot more from her. holding to that standard of excellence when she often just doesn't care is difficult and sometimes explosive. sigh. but i love her... a lot!!

kyliee! i am excited to get to know you this month. i haven't been around the playgroup as much, so i don't recognize your name. how can we pray for you? what are your interests and hobbies? tell us about you!!

colleen... i will be praying for financial things... and basic. i think of you a lot. i can understand why you as a family are doing what you are doing in that regard, but it would be so hard for me to have amante gone that it almost gives me the shivers to think about being in your situation. i will pray for blessing financially, for peace in all things, and for safety for him and you as a family while he is gone! ((HUGS))!!




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Sat, 01-03-2009 - 8:39pm

hi sparrow!

i'll be praying for your health, and that you start to feel much better! i imagine you've already tried all the tricks with the prenatals, but i'll ask anyway - have you tried a different brand? taking them before bed? with something in your tummy? ok, that's all the annoying questions i'll ask =) yay for some peace in the 2T!!! i totally understand that, and am so happy that you are there! i'll be praying for continued reassurance and healthiness for baby! i'm also praying for you and bella - that your homeschooling situation will get better. praying for motivation on her part and patience on yours. i'll also be praying that you will be able to find what exactly works for her and keeps her interest.

thank you so much for your prayers for my family! it will definitely be hard, but not only will it improve our lives, but God has really opened the doors for this, and we feel that it's His will for dh's life and our lives. i figure if we are following His will, then He will get me through the time without dh. i honestly haven't thought about the details too much. when i do, i get a little stressed and emotional. i'm more of a "one day at a time" type person, so i'll deal with it when i get there. i mean, we're planning ahead for the important stuff, but i'll just take a day at a time while he's gone, and before i know it, he'll be back =) i'm more sad about the things he will miss (kai's first words, crawling, first steps, layla's preschool graduation, birthdays, etc) than anything else. but, as i said, it's a small amount of time in the big picture, and we really believe we're in God's will. that being said, i still need and really appreciate your prayers!!

kyliee - how are you? looking forward to getting to know you better!

well, i'm off to try to motivate myself to make some baby food for kai. i'm going to make my own this time, and i've got to get started =)

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Mon, 01-05-2009 - 3:18pm

ok i just typed a nice novel and the screen went weird... my computer has done this to me twice!

Sorry it has taken so long to get here... We have all had a fierce flu this week, complete with bronchitis and ear infections all around... good times ;)

Here is my intro... Im Kyliee, wife of 2 months to Kenny. SAHM to DS Cody, 12, and my July Firecracker Natalie just turned 6 months. I like crafts, and am trying to learn photography. We just moved beginning of December, and I spent a bit of December trying to learn my way around this new town (about an hour south of seattle, where we used to live). I am focusing on prayer and Bible study this year, and want to find a more organized way to handle my prayer journal. And working on Bible Study with DH and DS (and including Natalie, especially when she can understand more.)

Colleen...
I will pray for your financial situation, for blessings and peace. And for you and DH during the times ahead. I applaud your courage, I would not be able to handle that well! I am glad you have family around that can help you.

Sparrow...
First off, is Sparrow your real name? That is beautiful! We will pray for your pregnancy, Im glad you have had some peace in 2T, and that you are feeling good. Memories of difficult pregnancy are mostly whats keeping us from getting pregnant right now. We will pray that God will keep you well, and that time will go quickly for you. As far as Bella, I pray that God will give you the patience and words/techniques to help her, and that He will help her to understand the importance of excellence, and give her the ambition she is having trouble with. FWIW, we went through something similar at about that age, and DSs dad talked to him, and he now tries harder. You are blessed that you can homeschool. DH wont let me, and I dont want to send Natalie to Public, like DS.

As for us...
My first prayer is for DH and me. We have a great relationship, but I feel like we are not on the same page, as far as our walks with God. He finds every excuse under the sun to not study at home, and I have to admit, he is tired from work, but its so frustrating! And I have been lazy, spending my time taking care of Natalie and when she is happy, I havent used my time as wisely as I could. We also moved about 45 min away from our church, and he hasnt gone in about 5 weeks (due to illness, and snow, and now being tired-- but IMO he gets lazy one week, and Satan creates a domino effect, ie, he skipped a week he could have gone, but was lazy... the next week, he probably could have gone, then the next weeks, it would have been very difficult. Yesterday, we decided in our condition, it wasnt a good idea.) So prayers that God will get us on the path He wants us on, and for motivation? (sorry that was long)


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Mon, 01-05-2009 - 7:53pm

hi kyliee! i'm so glad you're who i thought you were... i know i'm not going completely crazy lol!

thank you so much for your prayers!

i'm sorry your house has been going through so much sickness! i saw you posted about natalie's ear infection on the fc board, but i didn't put 2 and 2 together. i'm praying that everyone is on the mend soon, and that the illnesses will stay away! i'll also be praying for you and your dh, that God will touch him and give him the strength to stand up to temptation! i'll also be praying that you 2 will be able to come together in Him, and get on the same page with your faith and decisions you have to make. i know personally how easy it is to skip church and how it just seems to domino. i've totally been there!

wow, you definitely have a lot going on right now, with a new marriage and a new baby and moving! i'll be praying for you that things fall into place and your new life flows smoothly!

looking forward to getting to know you more this month!

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Wed, 01-07-2009 - 1:32pm

hi kyliee! sorry it has taken me so long to respond. sorry, no, sparrow is not my real name. it is a nickname i use on the boards to protect my family online. we had an incident a while back that was pretty scary, and i feel the need to keep anonymous to a certain degree. but i am still me on the boards... so don't worry that i am holding back!

i will be praying that things clear up some between you and your dh. i have been there... where it seems like you are home all day every day with little ones and he still doesn't want to be there when he comes home. sigh... it is frustrating. and being in a new ish city with out a close church has to make that separation you are going thru harder. i will pray for peace and a new life in your home.

colleen: how are you? are your last weeks with dh going well? are you feeling peace about him going?

as for me... if you could pray continued peace and patience with bella, i would really appreciate it. she is doing well with the changes in our day that we have made... but i am still adjusting to holding her to a line of accountability. also, i had an interesting situation occur at my bible study last night... a woman i don't want to be a part of our lives for a lot of reasons showed up there and recognized me. i didn't speak to her, but i am torn as to how to proceed. i don't want to flee cause she is there... but i also don't feel terribly safe going to that bible study if she is there. please pray for wisdom? and for the courage to do the right thing even if it isn't my first choice? i really want to do the God thing...

blessings sisters... hope to hear from you soon!




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Wed, 01-07-2009 - 6:49pm

Colleen, thanks for your prayers. How are you and DH doing? I would be beside myself, nervous, scared, sad... I am good at trusting God in things like money, but if DH had to be gone, I would be freaked out. You are so brave! How are the LOs (besides cute!)? We will keep praying for you and your family to be at peace.

Sparrow, thank you for your prayers. I just want to clarify, its not that he doesnt want to be home with us. Its that he doesnt really (ever) feel like studying. He is always so tired, and I understand (he is a garbage man), but it can be frustrating. He is happy as can be to spend all our free time together.

We will continue to pray for you and Bella. Im glad there has been some improvement. And as for your Bible study, I pray that God will give you wisdom and strength.

For me, I have a special prayer request this week, for Brayton, in our July Firecracker playgroup. He is having major surgery Friday, and hopefully, will get to come home for the first time ever, this month. Please pray for God to guide the surgeons hands, and help Aimee and her family be at peace during this time. And I pray that they will look to Him for guidance and comfort.

Thanks! Hope you both are enjoying your week!

Thanks for the siggies, Michelle (Sassypants75)!

 

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Wed, 01-07-2009 - 9:14pm

hi girls!

sparrow - i'm continuing to pray for you and bella. i just really hope and pray that she has a lightbulb moment! i'm also praying for your other situation - that God guides you in the right direction, or even that He fixes it for you!

kyliee - i'm praying for brayton already! i feel like i get a double reminder for him, since layla is in the same playgroup as one of aimee's older daughters. i'm so excited that they may be able to take him home! praying for healing, and that this whole experience might lead them to God.

i am doing well. dh is so excited and ready to go! there's a few loose ends that have to be tied up - i wrote a big list of stuff for dh to do and/or find answers to before he goes. i'm really at peace about it - i keep reminding myself that we're following God's will, and He's not going to bring us this far and not guide us through the hard part. sometimes, if really think about stuff, it's hard, but i try to stay positive about it. i'm more sad about him missing the kids and them missing him than anything else. i'm sure i'll be fine taking care of stuff here, although i'll be tired, and i have family nearby, plus a great church family, so i have support. plus, women go through this every day all over the US, and it's usually cuz their husbands are deployed, and in some kind of danger. i'm sure i can handle a few months of him being in another state =) anyway, that's how i'm looking at it, cuz it works! we are hoping to get a date night before he goes, but we're pretty much broke right now, so praying that works out!

i could use continued prayers for financial things - God is faithful, and i'm doing my best to trust in Him. also, a couple things with kai. we started rice cereal about 3 weeks ago, then food a week ago. he LOVED the cereal, then liked the bananas we gave him. well, he liked sweet potatoes the first time, but ever since, he hasn't really been into eating. he'll barely let us get anything in his mouth, including the cereal. it just seems weird since we couldn't shovel it in fast enough last week. today was the worst - he just had no interest in eating, and even was refusing at some points. then, for one reason or another (gagging, upset, too much food??), he vomited up everything at lunch! he was out of sorts all morning, so i'm hoping it was just a fluke, and not him getting sick. he seemed better most of the day after that - just a little tired. anyway, it's probably just another baby phase, and i shouldn't stress. i think it's just the change that is so weird to me. also, i'm going to start tonight trying to wean him from his 4 am(ish) feeding so i can get him to sleep through the whole night (7:30 till 7 am). it might be early, and that's ok, but i have to try. he and layla wake each other up back and forth from feeding time, so i'm up most of the time after 4, and i don't usually go to bed till 12 or so. i just want him to sleep through before dh leaves, because i'm going to need the sleep. so, prayers that it would be successful, and that it would get both kids to sleep better in the morning.

sorry i got so long-winded! thanks for your prayers! i'll let you know how it goes tonight!

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Thu, 01-08-2009 - 10:39am

so sorry i misunderstood... i hope i didn't hurt your feelings!! still, i am praying for the situation and that things get resolved. any strain, no matter the source, makes a marriage harder... and i will be thinking of brayton. how stressful for his family!!

colleen... so glad that dh is excited! i will be praying for kai and feeding. that can be a struggle.

no real updates from me today... just continued prayers for more patience and energy!!




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Fri, 01-09-2009 - 1:14pm

praying for your patience and energy, sparrow!

kyliee - how are you? i saw brayton's surgery has been postponed, but i'm praying that it will be soon, and that he will be ready and do great!

well, last night of night weaning was a disaster. kai didn't calm so easily, and after about 45 min or so of me calming him, dh asked when i would give up and feed him and how long exactly was i trying to get him to sleep for. needless to say, i was discouraged and gave up and fed him. it was 5:30, and in dh's mind, that's morning. in my mind, morning isn't till he's up for the day - at least 7. anyway, i might try again tonight, and i might wait a bit more. we'll see.

kai seems to be more himself today, but still wants absolutely nothing to do with food. i was able to get some avocado in him this morning, but he was only barely tolerating it. tomorrow, i'm going to try squash and go back to bananas, so maybe he'll be more into it. dh said he touched his mouth, and kai got really upset, so maybe he is teething, and i just can't see it. i prayed last night that he would be more himself today (he was SO out of it yesterday - slept almost all day), and he is, so praise for that!

well, i gotta cook up some more baby food today, but i'm going to enjoy naptime first =)

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