Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A word to encourage and I went a little camera happy

Ladies and Gentlemen, I now present to you the Classes of 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027!
My mind wandered today, I don't usually pay much attention to my thoughts.  Possibly because my thoughts are usually interrupted and lost forever.  I drifted to thinking about Brady starting Kindergarten, then I figured out that Joseph will be in the fourth grade that year.  Bethany will be in the sixth and Jenna will be in second.  I realized they will all be two years apart in school grades.
All this was brought about because I sat down and started making a list of curriculum we'll need for the 2011-2012 school year.  No, I'm not this ahead of schedule, just incredibly scatterbrained.  The notion came to me and I put in on paper.  Joseph's gonna start Kindergarten and Bethany will be in second grade.  I'm searching for excellent science and history curriculum, even if it's just reading through some great books together.  If you have something you love, I'd really appreciate your insight.
Brady is wearing 6 month clothing now, I've started putting clothes away that are too small.  He skipped Newborn sized clothes and diapers all together.  He's just as good as gold, even better.

It's been 7 weeks and life is continually falling together and falling apart with 4 precious peoples.  I absolutely love it and am feeling really great health wise, it's been a long time coming.  I've been dealing with thyroid drama for the past 5 years and until recently my levels haven't been in the normal range.
After my thyroidectomy in July of 2009 it's been a battle to get healthy.  During my pregnancy with Brady my thyroid levels reached and maintained a healthy state.  At his birth I weighed one pound more than I did when I got pregnant with him.  At six weeks postpartum I had lost 29 pounds since his birth.  That'll make a girl happy for sure!  I have energy and am active, I get out of bed at a decent hour, it's amazing!
I'm praying that this isn't all because my thyroid medicine is too high of a dosage and once my hormones even out from the pregnancy I'm see-sawing into uncertainty again.  February 7th I see my endocrinologist and I'd love nothing more than to hear that I'm normal.  That, this is how normal people feel. It's the dead of winter but I feel like the sun is shining brightly every day.  My world is more warm than ever, I don't know how to explain it.
The more I continue to feel better, the more I realize how messed up I was then.  I'm finding it hard to believe I made it through, and I wonder how I did anything.  That place taught me so much about myself and mostly about God.  Knowing what I know now, if I had to go back and could choose whether or not to go through it, I'd choose it.  It will always be such a sweet time in my life, because of the way it changed me and the way I see others.
If you are going through a difficult time, know that God is with you.  He will guide you through, is longing to draw you into Him.  His Words are rich and feed the soul.  He promises to never leave you, He will give you rest, He will answer you, and He loves you forever.  Hold onto Him, trust Him. He is calling you and He is faithful.


Eleana said...

Lovely pictures Miranda. I'm glad to hear that you are feeling well :o)

~Jenn said...

Oh those baby feet are delicious. Your pictures are beautiful!

BARBIE said...

I am so thankful you are feeling better! Your children are gorgeous and your photos are amazing!

Sidnie said...

I could look at baby pictures all day long.
Brady is beautiful!
The last pictures of Jenna holding him are so precious- such a little Mama, you have there.

So happy to hear that you've been well. I pray that your health continues this way.

Doll Clothes Gal Pal said...

I love these photos! Kids are so adorable!

Wanting What I Have said...

Thank you for sharing, sweet friend. I rejoice with you over your good health! Hooray!

jenni said...

i can completely relate to the energy ~ like "oh, this is normal? geez ~ i almost forgot! Normal is Awesome!!" (smile)

i suffer from thyroid stuff too ~ looking at your 5 year drama, guess i put myself in drama because it took me about that long to move out of the denial phase. i would take my medicine, and then i wouldn't.. making for a big mess :)

better now though - wait! where did i put my medicine again . . .

Nate and Erin said...

You should not put such cute pictures of Brady up here. It's making me want to jump in the car and drive up there to steal him away! Just kidding, but seriously, he is sooo precious. It hurts my heart that I haven't gotten to hold him and spoil him with kisses. So glad you're feeling better. =)

Melissa Nicole said...

Oh, Miranda...I am so glad you are feeling better!! I love your pictures and your words of joy. I have a thought for you in regards to curriculum. Have you looked at My Father's World? My kids LOVED it and worked well for differing grade levels. Just something to look into...:)

Christina said...

Beautiful pics. I wish I had taken more of mine when they were so little.
I'm glad you are feeling better - may God continue to bless you.

marilyn said...

Miranda, your blog is better than any book I could ever read. Love seeing your pictures and keeping up with how you're handling 4 kids ... amazing! So glad that you finally feel normal and celebrating your good health. God bless you with many more great days.
Love, Aunt Marilyn