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Long time no (decent) post

Good evening!

Let me give you a brief report on how we are doing.

Evelyn, our pretty little princess, talks non-stop, hops the whole day, has been having crying fits and fussing a lot (especially since granma came to spend some time with us.) We’re trying to potty train her and she already did really fine with some dry days, but it looks like she’s regressing and doing a lot of stuff in her pants again… She’s (exactly) 2 years and 1 month old, has a contagious smile and has helped me a lot to entertain Melissa.

Melissa is (exactly) 6 months and 1 week old and is almost sitting unsupported. She has a very strong back but still arcs them a bit when sitting. No sign of wanting to roll. She has 2 little teeth and is starting to eat solids. No purees here, I’m using a different method for weaning (I’ll post about Baby-Led Weaning soon.) She is very smiley and likes music. She’s a happy baby and can entertain herself for quite a while. When she’s not in pain or with gas, she sleeps from 10:30pm til 7:30am.

Esdras is still working, leading the youth group, playing guitar in the Sunday worship, teaching Sunday School, and participating in as many outreaches as he can fit in this busy schedule. He went camping with the lads of the youth group! When he’s at home, he still helps me with the food, and to entertain and change the girls, and to put the in bed. Oh, and he decided to live a healthier life and lost some 30 pounds in the last 2 months!

And I… well I’m still the tired, baggy-eyed mom who always has things to do, with the house always “half-presentable,” the feeling that I should have done this or that different, but always with the immeasurable gratitude to God who gave me these two beautiful and healthy daughters and for my hero-husband! Oh, and I lost some pounds too! Feel like I’m 20 again ;-)

I have some posts and pages “still cooking” about food allergies, breastfeeding and other moms stuff. Hopefully I’ll post now that granma is here!

Now that you’ve spent some precious minutes reading my “report,” I want to pray that God will give you wisdom to face the coming week, may He give you opportunities to develop patience and to show His love to your neighbor. And that in the midst of it all (believe me, it’ll be challenging!), I pray that He’ll show you that He’s right there with you and hoe much He loves you.

12 comments to Long time no (decent) post

  • Amanda

    :’) Um beijo e orações…obrigada…

  • Andrea

    Fantastic to get an update :) I noticed the words you used to describe your family – pretty, smiley, happy, playful, busy, beautiful, healthy, hero. By contrast to the words you used to describe yourself – tired, baggy-eyed, always has things to do, should have done this or that different.

    What I see is quite like what God describes in Proverbs 31-
    A wife of noble character, worth far more than rubies.
    Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family.She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm (even charm of a clean house) is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

    Your children are smiley, happy, playful, beautiful and healthy because of how you provide for them, work vigorously and uphold God the Father in the home. Your husband can be busy working, leading, playing, teaching and participating because he has full confidence in you and lacks nothing. He knows you watch over the affairs of your household and speak with wisdom and faithful instruction to your children and all you embrace.

    Mariana, you are so much more than you give yourself credit for. YOU are worth far more than rubies. God knows this, and I am sure your children would arise and call you blessed, and Esdras would say “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”

    You are precious. xx

  • erika

    Que saudades!!!!
    Suas bebês estão lindas!
    Te amo!!!

  • Nivia

    Mari, as meninas estão lindas e elas se parecem muito e parecem com você… rs! Pelo visto não voltam mais para morar aqui né? rs Beijão, que Deus abençoe vocês.

  • Andrea, thanks for your kind words. It’s really hard seeing how well I am doing, knowing myself, with all my failures and repeated mistakes. But your reply was really an eye-opener since I normally don’t value what I do (and at the same time expect others to value).
    I still have a lot to improve to get to that proverb’s standard, but God used you to show me I am on the right track.
    Thanks. God bless

  • joão batista

    Muito bonitas tuas palavras , Ma. Senti teu coração batendo nelas. Beijão.Fiquem com Deus.

  • Isabel

    Mariana,

    Talvez porque você seja a única amiga da Nany que já está casada há um tempo e já tenha filhos (e elas são lindas!)Eu gosto de ler sobre as suas “aventuras” de mãe, suas dúvidas e as soluções que encontra e mesmo de ver a sua coragem de estar tão longe… Me vejo em você quando mais nova, em algumas ocasiões. Que o Papai do Céu esteja sempre com vocês, abençoando a sua família, a sua casa, o caminho de vocês.

    Beijos querida!

  • Obrigada pela visita, Isabel. A gentese sente mais perto quando compartilha nossas aventuras :)

  • evilsa

    Olá! Mariana fico feliz por voces por tudo estar caminhando na Santa paz de Deus!Parabéns pelas filhas lindas, talvez a Evelyn tenha dado uma regredida pela chegada da Melissa, normal,nesta idade, mas logo, logo, voltará ao normal.Deus os abençoe!Um grande abraço para voces! bjks

  • Obrigada pelo carinho Evilsa. Deus abençoe

  • Dan

    onde é esta foto do início do post?

  • Oi Danilo,
    Essa foto foi tirada em uma cidade do centro da Irlanda.
    Abraço! Fique com Deus

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