Thursday, March 28, 2013

By His Wounds We are Healed

Isaiah 53:1-11

New International Version (NIV)
 1Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Six Months Old

  • Went on her first hike and loved looking at all the tall trees.
  • Started rolling from back to belly.
  • Bites everything she can put in her mouth
  • Drools constantly
  • Started playing peek-a-boo
  • Laughs when we laugh
  • Is mobile enough to get to where she wants go to - fireplace tools, gift bags on the floor, laptop or phone, etc
  • Reaches up when she wants to be picked up
  • Is more cranky than usual due to teething
  • Slept facing down for the first time after rolling over in her sleep
  • Plays by herself happily
  • Says 'babababa' often
  • Spends a large part of the day doing 'baby sit-ups'

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


I like trying new recipes, but I have kept life simpler since Sariah was born and instead of investing time in the kitchen trying new things, I have stuck to the recipes I am already familiar with.

This week, I felt inspired and made breadcrumbs and Cauliflower Cheese Bites! The final result was excellent.

Breadcrumbs: I bought two loaves of garlic bread and waited for them to become hard in the fridge. I then cut the bread and blended it. When I make this again, I will cut the bread before it hardens!

Here is the recipe I followed from

  • 2 loaves firm-textured white bread
  • 1 cup butter
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper
  1. Use a food processor or blender to crumb the bread evenly.
  2. Crumbs should not be like sand.
  3. Leave some texture-don't over process.
  4. Melt butter in a large pan and add crumbs and salt and pepper.
  5. Stir until evenly coated.
  6. Continue stirring over medium heat until the crumbs sound like sand when they hit the bottom of the pan.
  7. Cool thoroughly.
  8. Then store in heavy duty plastic bags with zipper seals.
  9. Don't put them in the refrigerator-they won't keep.
  10. Store them in a cabinet for up to six months.
Cauliflower Cheese Bites: This recipe is actually calls for broccoli, but I only had cauliflower and John hates broccoli.
Here is the recipe I followed from
  • 16 oz. package of frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained of liquid (I used fresh steamed broccoli)
  • 1 1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 cup of seasoned Italian breadcrumbs
  • Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • With your hands, form small patties and lay on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Favorites: 0-6 months

  • Bodysuits with zippers: changing the baby is way easier and faster.
  • Reusable wipes: we went through a lot of disposable wipes in Sariah's first week of life and I am glad we quickly decided to get some washcloths to use as wipes.
  • Wipe Solution: I fill a little squirt bottle (that I got from my midwife when Sariah was born) with warm water and a few drops of California Baby body wash.
  • White noise: we have a 'white noise' app on our phones and computers. YouTube also has a great 8 hour video of waterfall sounds.
  • Lanolin: I use a bit of it when it looks like Sariah might be getting a diaper rash. All the redness goes away in a few hours.
  • Bouncy seat: it was wonderful to have something to have a little seat to put Sariah down when I needed to get some things done.
  • Play mat: Sariah still loves her play mat.
  • Simple diaper bag: There are some really expensive bags out there and I have found that a simple travel tote works great.
  • Breast pump: While I was pregnant I discovered that many health insurances will cover breast pumps. After many phone calls, my insurance sent me the Medela Pump In Style Advanced. I only had to pay shipping and tax.
  • Carrier: I have not used many different carriers, but Sariah goes to sleep right away when I put her in the Moby or Ergo.
  • Flip Covers: We have 9 Flip covers and a bunch of prefold inserts and they work great! We are already saving lots of money by not using disposables full time.
  • Hand-me-downs: Babies grow super fast and hardly use the same outfit more than a few times.
  • Ikea's Expedit shelving unit: Great as a changing table and the baskets store lots of baby things.
  • Exercise ball: We never got a glider or rocking chair and instead bounced Sariah on the exercise ball. The up-and-down movement calmed her quickly.
  • Receiving blankets: Sariah spits up and drools a lot and we practically wear receiving blankets on our shoulders. The regular burp cloths are just too small.

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