Archives for September 2010

A Survivor of the Silent Holocaust

I had been meaning to post a recipe that I tried this evening… but it didn’t turn out exactly the way I was hoping, so I decided to save recipes for another day.  But it left me in a predicament, not knowing what to post next!  Well… during my browsing I came across a video, a very powerful video.  And I knew, I had my post.  I hope this touches you the way it did me.  Have a blessed evening!

In Christ,

Dalas

What a Week!

I am exhausted!  In a good way though; it has been a crazy week for us, but it’s been a good one!  School is just getting in the swing of things and I’m trying to find my groove at home.  I haven’t been able to just stay at home all day since Evangeline was born, so it has been a good change of pace.  But it’s so much different now with a baby!  Who knew babies took so much time and energy? 😛

In any case, I’ve managed to get some things done, although you might not believe me if you took a look at my house right now… hmm… But honestly, it was a productive week for having a sick baby!  First and most importantly I finally cured baby girl’s diaper rash which lasted for a very long time and had gotten pretty awful.  I tried everything to help it go away; finally we just had to spend a day without diapers and that gave it the air it needed to start clearing up.  I only really had one big clean up after an accident, so I consider that to have been a good day!

It also helps that we have already started loosely working on elimination communication (ECing or infant potty training) with her the last few weeks, so she almost never poops in her diaper anymore!  We have a cute little potty she sits on and she just goes!  How adorable is that?  Ok… so there could be more adorable things… but babies with no diapers are certainly cuter when you know they’re not going to poop on you :)

Also, in case you hadn’t heard, I started up my new blog last week.  Which has been loads of fun!  It could get addicting; I must be careful.  And last but not least I officially launched my new home business!!  It was perfect timing as the seminary had showcase for businesses, talents, crafts, etc. that seminary families can share and thus support each other.  It was a lot of fun, and I’m really looking forward to my chocolate tasting next week!  Feel free to join us if you can; it will be at my house on Tuesday evening; call if you need directions.  The more the merrier!

cute-hatOh!  And before I forget my Mom is in Germany!!! She just got there yesterday and they’re already sightseeing!  She’s there with my grandma and my aunt to see the live Passion play that happens only once every ten years.  An entire town puts it on!  How neat is that?

There she is on the right… isn’t she cute?!  I love that hat!  Perhaps later this week I will post some more of her pictures.  Germany is absolutely beautiful!  I told Jake he had to take me one day :)  Isn’t it cool that with technology I already have pictures of the places my mom went to today??

Anywho, I should probably go do the dishes or something.  Remember what I said about my house?  Yeah, I need to fix that… thanks for stopping in!  And if anyone is interested in donating to my Germany fund let me know 😛

Auf Wiedersehen!

Dalas

Mommy.

This last descriptive word I have chosen to use for myself is absolutely the dearest to my heart. It uncovers the dreams I’ve had since I was a little girl and boasts of what I consider to be the greatest accomplishment of my life… obtaining the honored title of Mommy.

As I write this post I am, honestly, a little worn out, so please excuse the typos :)  It’s been a whirlwind of a morning with my precious bundle of joy. I think she’s starting to teeth again so we have the slobbery, fussy, refuses-to-sleep, impossible-to-please baby that I recall from last month when her first two teeth came in, rather than the placid, cuddly, giggly baby she usually is. But just a few minutes ago I laid her on my chest and sang her her favorite lullaby and she gave in and nursed herself to sleep. It’s moments like that, the precious moments that follow the frustrating, difficult times that leave me speechless with joy that God allowed me to be her Mommy.

But where on Earth are my manners?! I have not even introduced you yet to my precious little bundle. Friends: This is Evangeline NellieMae, my most perfect (except for all the sin of course) little girl, and the person with whom I spend just about all of my time.

Evangeline at 5 monthsIsn’t she absolutely darling?! And that’s not even in person! She’s sitting right next to me and I’m so mesmerized by her that it’s taking me twice as long to write this post. I could go on endlessly about Evie, seeing as how she is the cutest baby of all time. (FYI: This is coming not from me but from a completely unbiased source, her grandfather.) However, I have chosen not to persist because I truly do want my loyal readers to continue frequenting my posts.

What do you mean I can’t have loyal readers after three posts? Who makes the rules in this place anyway? In all seriousness though, mommyhood… it’s a beautiful thing. And there’s a lot to talk about concerning mommyhood besides the fact that I have the most awesome baby. Culturally, and in our society, I believe, we have a lot of falsities and misconceptions about parenthood in general and I feel obligated to at least open the lines of discussion. In this post? Oh no no… of course not. I’m going to make you come back another time for that! But I will give you the bottom line: Babies are gifts from God. And, as Mother Theresa would affirm: Saying we need less babies is like saying the world needs less flowers. Blessings! Dalas

Lutheran.

For my second introductory post I will tell you a little bit about my journey to Lutheranism…

I was born. The End.

Well, sort of.  It is true that I was born and raised in the Lutheran Church.  I was baptized as an infant and confirmed into the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in middle school.  I attended two Lutheran universities and I am now married to a man studying to be a Lutheran pastor.  However, I am not Lutheran just because I was taught that way and it’s all I’ve ever known.  I have surely had my doubts, and I do not remain without questions concerning the practice of my beloved church.

However, it has been through those doubts, and the mounds of studying and research I have gone through as a result, that leads me to the conclusion that the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and those she is in fellowship with, remain steadfast in purity of doctrine, focusing on the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I am indescribably blessed to have the opportunity to fellowship with the Lutheran Church.

So what does it mean to be Lutheran?  Well, simply put, we believe that the Bible is the true inerrant Word of God through which God has revealed Himself to us.  And what do I believe according to Biblical teaching?

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

Furthermore, I believe that the Lutheran confessions, as written in the Book of Concord, are an accurate interpretation of the Scriptures.  I am quite passionate about my Lutheran heritage and theology.  As I raise my children in the faith I hope that I will be able to equip them with sound doctrine and Christ-centered teaching that they can take with them throughout their life.

My faith is a huge part of who I am and I LOVE to talk about it!  So, you will most likely be hearing much from me in this area.  Please stick around for more discussions on theology, and feel free to join in!

In Christ,

Dalas

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Crunchy.

Heyllo! And welcome to my blog!

As you can see by the title I am a Crunchy Lutheran Mommy… so instead of writing one introductory post about who I am and what this blog is all about, I thought I would write three :)

For my first post, let me start with the crunchy.  What does crunchy mean anyway?  Crunchy is a term I have come across to denote the “back to nature” movement.  My parents lovingly refer to me as a hippy… however, I prefer crunchy.  What sort of things do I do that are crunchy?  Well, home birth, elimination communication, natural immune system development, baby-led weaning, baby wearing and home-made laundry detergent, just to name a few!  I love discussing these topics and sharing ideas.  I have also been quite blessed to learn about most of them from fellow bloggers.  It is one of the reasons I have felt motivated to start my own!

Bloggers, in fact, are the social phenomenon of our day that plugged me in to the world of crunchy goodness.  And am I ever-so grateful!

You see, it all started when my dear husband, Jake, and I were courting and I was first considering the idea of having a big family (not there yet, but we’re workin’ on it!  😉  I did what any curious 21st century gal would do… I googled it.  And lo and behold what did I find but blogs!  Wonderful blogs of families with more children than most people hope to have grandchildren.  I was fascinated!  I could not read enough about these endearing people; I took in every tidbit of advice I could about how to raise that many people under one roof.  And what I quickly noticed about these wonderful people was that they had wonderful ideas!  And many of them were, you guessed it, crunchy ideas.

The first outlandish, yet intriguing, idea that caught my attention was home birth.  Yes, Kim from www.inashoe.com, had her babies at home!!  What a most ridiculous thing, I thought to myself, babies are born at hospitals, not in living rooms!  But my curiosity had been tickled and I began a researching campaign, as I have been known to do.  After all, certain immodisties of the hosptial birth scene had always been discomforting to me, so perhaps there was some merit to it.  As I looked deeper into the subject I quickly realized I had been captivated and won over by the natural birth side of the debate, and I began to wonder… what else am I missing?

Ever since I have been devouring everything I can on homemaking and raising children as naturally as possible.  After all nature was created by our perfect God who deemed that it was GOOD!  Can we really with our technology and chemicals and additives and methods improve upon what God has declared to be good?  I think not.  Now, I have to be careful here, because first of all I am blogging on some quite advanced technology that I believe can be a great blessing!  But, when it comes to the fundamentals of how we live, I think we need to get back to the pure basics of the matter.

My line of thought is fairly simple and boils down to this: We should live how God originally created us to live, naturally.  I have two clauses that I add when I believe this should not be the case:

1. This should not be the case when confronted with the falleness of our nature and of creation itself.  For example, I believe that women can and should birth naturally, and can safely do so without manmade interventions or procedures.  However, because death has entered the world natural processes in life can sometimes go awry, if during the course of the pregnancy or labor, things veer off the natural, intended course that God created, doctors and manmade interventions can and should be used with great potential benefit.  God has given us creative intelligence and we can use it to dilute and stave off the consequences of our fallen creation.  However, when things are going along their originally intended path, they are good, designed by God and cannot be enhanced, but will only be hindered by our intervention.

2. This also cannot be the case when discussing activities or objects not found in nature.  For example: I might say that technology should not interfere with childbirth, however, it would be rather silly of me to claim that technology should not interfere with blogging.  Blogging is a manmade activity that utilizes manmade resources.  We have been given the ability to imagine and build and enjoy those things that we make.  This is a gift from God, and should be utilized with good stewardship in regards to the creation we have been given to enjoy.

Thank you for checking out Crunchy Lutheran Mommy!  I hope you will come again!

Blessings in Christ,

Dalas

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