I'll do a quick intro -- I'm a sahm of 3 kids (they're in my sig); we live in Toronto, Canada; dh works for Revenue Canada (like the IRS) and teaches seminary; I teach the Valiant 11 girls. We're currently in an ap't but I'm another who wants to move to the country and have chickens and such. I grew up in the country and while we didn't have animals, we had a big garden for a while and my dad "rented" the barn and pasture out to someone who did, so I was exposed to a bit of what that's like. We're crunchy with some things, but I tend to slip when things get difficult (for instance, I was great with cloth dipes when we had our own machines, but now that we have to go downstairs to the laundry room here, we use sposies). Homebirth, babywearing, co-sleeping, delayed solids, gentle discipline, delayed/selective vax, and homeschooling are some things we do.
danaalex, I'm sorry you weren't feeling well. I hear you on the all-day nausea.
I considered staying home with M last week and getting dh to teach my class (well, technically since it's an all-girl class, he would need to trade kids with another teacher to have a mix, I think), but I felt guilty doing that to dh, and he was there to help me with the kids during sacrament meeting. So it worked out. I also do the knee-highs thing, although I've discovered that the skirt I've been wearing recently is not long enough; I keep on flashing the tops of my knee highs when I get in and out of the van.
Originally Posted by danaalex
i figured out what i'm giving up on fast sundays, internet.
since i'm not really eatting anything anyways, whatever i do eat, i NEED to eat. LOL. ok, so how do i turn that into a fast offering?
I'm not sure what you mean -- do you mean how do you figure out how much to pay in fast offering?
Wow, I'm suddenly feeling much better about our ward's testimony meeting. We did have someone get up and give an actual written talk today -- she only recently joined the church and learned English, and I can understand someone writing out their testimony if they want to give it in a language they have just learned. But it was a talk, with quotes and stuff. D also got up to give his testimony, but he got up there and couldn't speak. He said he knew what he wanted to say, but his throat wouldn't work.
I thought things were going well with nursery, but apparently, they aren't. The woman in nursery who M is most attached to often sits at the door of the chapel, and we run into her if I take M out and we walk around during Sacrament meeting. M gave her a big hug and a kiss, very cute. She said that it takes M a while to warm up to you, but once she does, you're OK. Then she was telling me about last week in nursery. Apparently, she had to leave the nursery for something at one point, and the whole time she was gone, M cried with the other nursery leader. When she returned, M asked for me. We have *told* them that they should bring her to us if M is unhappy. But she does this trick sometimes with kids where they "look for mom." They go around to different rooms in the chapel and look inside to see if mom is there -- but they make sure not to go to the room where mom actually is. So she told me she did this with M, making sure to avoid my classroom. And she would ask M if she wanted to go back to nursery and have grapes (her favourite snack there), and M kept asking for me. She said they went back to nursery eventually when M said she wanted grapes. When she first started telling me this, I started to say "You can bring her to me if she cries, I don't mind," and she totally brushed it off, saying it's fine, she has to get used to nursery. Then when she told me about looking for me, I said I would really rather M feel safe and know that we're there and she can come to us if she needs mom or dad. She dismissed it again, saying M was fine. It was rather awkward talking there -- we were right by the door and whispering -- so I said we had to go. Dh usually drops M off, and I told him what happened. He brought M to my classroom shortly after class began, saying M wouldn't stay this week. Gee, I wonder why? I had told him to make sure he is direct and clear when he drops her off about bringing her to a parent if she is upset. I know we tend to phrase things very passively -- like "we don't mind if you bring her to one of us" instead of more directly -- "Please don't keep her in nursery if she starts crying. We want you to bring her to one of us right away if she is upset." He said the nursery leader said M will have to stay sometime, and he said no, she won't, not if she doesn't want to. So I'm going to work on being more direct about it. I'm pretty sure M likes nursery -- she gets excited when we talk about it. The primary pres is going to a playgroup with us tomorrow, and I'm thinking I might bring it up there -- though I'm not sure if I should before we've tried a bit harder to make ourselves clear with the nursery leader.
And I wanted to say thanks to those who have brought up father's blessings. That is something we haven't done with the kids, and there are a few things that especially D is struggling with that might be helped by one.