Thursday, November 10, 2011

More Blessings and Thanks

134. Leaves racing beside me as I run in the windy mornings.
135. A little one's imagination running wild with adventure.
136. Improvised song from tiny lips.
137. A noticeable difference in the home atmosphere after purposeful prayer for joy. 
138. A gift of sun radiant on trees in front of a black cloud backdrop.
139. Goals attained with the help of God's guidance and consistent pursuing of my heart.
  • Half marathon completed on 10-23-11!
  • Completed reading through the Old Testament for the first time in my life! 11-9-11

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thanks be to Him. Random thoughts of praise.

132. Examples of mothers in the Bible that encourage and build up our mothers of today, standing against social norms.

Breastfeeding beyond infancy fact sheet.

Alivia still nurses. We are on a very gentle weaning path. As she grows and more things fill her days, less time is left to meet with Mommy. But I still very much treasure the few moments we have together, as she rests and recharges her independence by reaffirming that mom is there for her. For those that are curious, nursing a 2.5 year old is sporadic and usually only before bedtime or a nap, although naps are rare now, and sometimes in the morning for a few moments.

I found this nugget on a  forum on weaning in the bible...

"the evidence indicates that Isaac was about 5 when he was weaned. when Samuel was weaned, he was old enough to be placed in the care of the high priest Eli.

levite males were registered at around 3, at which time most were weaned.
isaac was born 1918 bc and was weaned in 1913 bc.

the Scriptures do not specifically state the age Isaac was weaned, but from the facts they do contain we can figure this. Abraham’s seed would be alien residents in a foreign land and the people would enslave them and afflict them for four hundred years. Acts 7:6, 7

deliverance from Egyptian bondage took place in 1513 B.C. this marked the end of the four-hundred-year period of affliction, the beginning of that period must have been in 1913 B.C. according to the same chronology, Isaac was five years of age at this time. the time of his weaning feast."

133. Warm cuddles with my littlest in fuzzy towels after bathtime.

Oh Hannah! What an example of obedience, of honoring God and His promises over the emotion and pain she surely felt as she walked away that day. The story of Hannah.

Isaiah 66:11-13

New International Version (NIV)

11 For you will nurse and be satisfied
   at her comforting breasts;
you will drink deeply
   and delight in her overflowing abundance.”
 12 For this is what the LORD says:
   “I will extend peace to her like a river,
   and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream;
you will nurse and be carried on her arm
   and dandled on her knees.
13 As a mother comforts her child,
   so will I comfort you;
   and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”