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post #21 of 754
Here's NCD's intro from thread #43

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NewCrunchyDaddy = Bryan, DH to DW-Alisa, DD to DS-Connor. Student @ UVSC, BA in Literary Studies, planning on going on to graduate work to get my doctorate in Literary Critical Theory. Right now I'm on summer break from Reagan Academy (a charter school in Springville, UT) where I am an Assistant Teacher in the 7th Grade. To bring money in during the summer I am delivering for The Daily Herald and HATE IT! It is, hands down, the worst job I have ever had. My supervisors are not at all supportive in the least. Anyway, that's me ...
Except he quit that crappy job a few weeks ago.
post #22 of 754
OK, I’m writing this out in WORD so I can copy and paste.

I was inactive for ten years because of emotionally abusive parents. I eventually came back. Obviously. Though I still feel an affinity for some Buddhist teachings.

NCD and I met at a Halloween party and were married in the Oakland, California temple on December 4, 1999. We are both RM’s – I went to southern France, he went to southern Brazil. We were living in Seattle until we moved out to Provo to help my mother (her husband has Alzheimer’s). Now he’s in a home and NCD is finishing school and hopefully graduate school will be far, far away from Utah.

We have one 21 month old son, who took us five years, and one surprise due in November, even though I wasn’t menstruating. My pregnancy has also been miserable, astoundingly exhausting.

I wanted to brag about NCD for a moment. He’s had real authors and college professors comment on his book blog (see his signature for the link) and recently a British author sent him a book to review that won’t even come out in the US until next month. Luckily he likes it or that could have ended awkwardly! Anyway, so now he’s a real book reviewer. Huzzah!

And I sell hand crocheted fruits and vegetables in an Etsy shop.

As for our crunchiness –

We are baby wearing, co-sleeping, cloth diapering, home birthing, extended breastfeeding, non-vaccinating, ANTI-circumcising, gentle disciplining, and hoping to swing a private Montessori school for DS when the time comes. We used to be low on TV watching, too, until this pregnancy. Now I’m a shameful Baby Einstein whore.

I’m just going to save this and use it every time we start a new thread.
post #23 of 754
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Originally Posted by Moonprysm
I hope to get the okay from DH to start TTC #2 for my birthday, hehe.
Wish that was the case here!! DH is trying for #8! :

N-E-WAY~ I'm Heidi. 37 yo mom to 7, oldest being 17 and youngest 7 months. Today baby has a slight fever and have had 4 yucko diapers. I seriously think he is teething. I just wish the darn tooth would come in already.

I haven't been on regularly since March. I had to cut WAY back. I've actually cut the computer back entirely. Life has been so much better since.

Been a member my whole life. Been active my whole life. Never really had to doubt anything, even though I have questioned a few things. : I've had a hard 18 yrs of marriage. Has not been easy, don't want to kid anyone. DH has been better with everything, and is actually a great person to live with now. He has never not supported us, but has had his adictions unfortunately.

We just got approved to get a $50K loan to finish our house through Farm Credit. We already have a $10K loan through them with the new tractor DH bought a few weeks ago. I am so excited. I can't even imagine looking out some of our windows and they won't have duck tape on them!! Or to walk into rooms that actually have doors on the closets or doors in the room! Anyway, DH has decided to add another family room downstairs (already have one upstairs), another storage room and changing the storage room we have now into my huge walk-in closet, and a room for his guns & bows (they will be stored in there, and also a place for him to work on them). We will also add the bathroom to my room and the carport outside.

We now have milk goats. 6 at my last count. We have 3 kids named Billy, Bob and Sassy. I think Billy's mom is being sold tonight though, so we will only have 5. Maybe 6. Whatever...1 less.

School starts August 20th. I'm quite : I love to sleep in! Getting up at 5:00am is not what I like, but DH already gets up at 4:40 to get ready for work, so at least I can sleep in another 20 minutes. :
post #24 of 754
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Originally Posted by LDSmomma6 View Post
Wish that was the case here!! DH is trying for #8! :
Wow, I wish! I'd love a huge family like that. DH is conviced that we'll be stopping at 3. I have no idea what I'm going to do.
post #25 of 754
Hey everyone. I just joined near the end of the last thread, but I willl reintroduce myself.
My name is alisha. I have been married to my DH for almost 6 years. We have two energetic boys, Jeremy-5 and Lucas- 1.5. We live just East of Portland, oregon.
post #26 of 754
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Originally Posted by Moonprysm View Post
It does make me sad, though, because I hear about all about this wonderful life with a priestholder leading the home and the eternal family and all, and if I do choose to join, I won't have any of that. :
Don't assume that yet. I have seen very devout spouses soften over time and build their own testimony. Just do what feels right to you and take care of yourself... he might come around.
post #27 of 754
Oh, and Tiffani-

post #28 of 754
I finally made it! I was so excited to reach 50 posts. . .I'm Kristen, married to John. Our fifth wedding anniversary is in September. We have two little girls, Chantrea Suzanne, who is almost three, and Adia Nicole, four months. We are currently living in Thailand and teaching English as a foreign language. We're both BYU grads - we actually met/got to know each other because we were on the same study abroad program at the Y, to Southeast Asia. We're heading back to the States in a couple of months.

Crunchiness. . .I'm not super crunchy but I'm getting there. Both births were unmedicated hospital births, Adia was born here in Thailand and it was a really cool experience. Breastfeeding didn't go well with my first, despite my best efforts at the time, and she weaned at five months : . . . but it's going great this time. Thinking about cloth diapering when we get back to the States. I'm totally anti-circ and working on DH. Oh, and NCD, I was an English major too!

I'm excited to get to know everyone!
post #29 of 754
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Originally Posted by mamaofprincesses View Post
I finally made it! I was so excited to reach 50 posts. . .I'm Kristen, married to John. Our fifth wedding anniversary is in September. We have two little girls, Chantrea Suzanne, who is almost three, and Adia Nicole, four months. We are currently living in Thailand and teaching English as a foreign language. We're both BYU grads - we actually met/got to know each other because we were on the same study abroad program at the Y, to Southeast Asia. We're heading back to the States in a couple of months.

Crunchiness. . .I'm not super crunchy but I'm getting there. Both births were unmedicated hospital births, Adia was born here in Thailand and it was a really cool experience. Breastfeeding didn't go well with my first, despite my best efforts at the time, and she weaned at five months : . . . but it's going great this time. Thinking about cloth diapering when we get back to the States. I'm totally anti-circ and working on DH. Oh, and NCD, I was an English major too!

I'm excited to get to know everyone!
Welcome! I was so excited with all the new worlds that open up to you once you have 50 posts... enjoy!
post #30 of 754
Now that we finally got the last thread to end on a "safe page number" I guess I can come post over here.

I'm Stacy, married to Tom for 7 1/2 years. (Wow!) We have an almost six year old dd, and a four year old dd, and are ttc a third, although it seems to be taking quite a long time! We live in Utah, my dh is an accountant, and I teach Suzuki violin and viola lessons.

I am getting progressively crunchier as time goes on- a few years ago, I thought homebirth was insane, nursing past one was absurd, and homeschooling was for religious zealots. Well, I was planning a homebirth when I got pregnant before I miscarried, (and will be planning one again if and when I get and stay pregnant) I nursed my last dd till she was 2 1/2 and couldn't handle it any more, and just started homeschooling. We partially vax, although I joke with my dh that the only reason I haven't stopped vaxing all together is that I haven't done enough research. You know, its the whole "the more you know, the more you're responsible for." And Alisa, every time I read your blog I realize that I probably really shouldn't be vaxing at all!

Welcome to all the new people- its great to have you! I think I've been around here forever- I got in on one of the very first LDS moms threads. In fact, I vividly remember posting my last dd's birth story on here and she's four! (And man, is my post count low for having been a member all this time!)

There is much more I wanted to say, but I'm exhausted and need to force myself to go to bed so I'm not a grouch in the morning. Quarteralien, I'm thinking of you. I hope things are going okay. I'd like to look at your chart if you get a chance and don't mind. (I have plenty whacked-out ones myself!)
post #31 of 754
Thanks for your interest, Stacy. I posted about it on the LDS TTC thread.
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...0&postcount=50
post #32 of 754
Hi! I'm Kelly, 22, married to Damian, 26, for 3.5 years, momma to Isabel, 2. I teach a class of 11 Sunbeams in Primary that keep me very busy! I also work fulltime at a hotel, and just applied for a Supervisor position at a different property. My interview is next week, good thoughts/prayers are appreciated! Dh served his mission in Mexico, and now works for a local nonprofit organization catering to the Hispanic Community. He's in school as a Spanish Major with an Elem. Ed. minor. He should graduate in a year/year and a half.
We're both essentially life long members (Dh's Mom converted a while after dh's father died, when he was 7 months old). We were married in the Washington DC Temple.
We're TTC #2, but due to PCOS and Insulin Resistance and some other potential problems, we're having a hard time, you can read all about it in the LDS TTC thread!
I think that's it. Welcome to the newcomers!
post #33 of 754
Kelly, are you from the D.C area? I'm originally from Severna Park, MD - 45 minutes from D.C. I love that temple!!! I would have gotten married there but all of my and DH's extended family are in Utah, so we got married in Mt. Timpanogos. D.C. will always be special to me though.
post #34 of 754
I'm Jennifer, a mostly lurker who loves to read the email digests, but doesn't always have the time to come post.

DH and I had our 10 year anniversary in February. We have 4 kids with one on the way sometime around the end of the year. Our 3 oldest are girls, ages 8, 6 and 5. Our 4th is a boy age 2. DH is currently the bishop in our ward and I am a Relief Society teacher.I would love to convert the mommies in our ward to breastfeeding, cloth diapering and babywearing, but that's not gonna happen any time soon, unfortunately. We homeschool and love it. I also love to grind my own wheat, bake my own bread, and grow as much food as I can. I am slowly turning our backyard into, well, I guess one big garden. Instead of decorative bushes and plants, I'm planting food-bearing things. The next project - cutting down the 11 HUGE pine trees that I am afraid are going to fall into our house during the next big storm and planting fruit trees instead.
post #35 of 754

Letting Go of Our Own Will

I just read this Mothering article on the front page: Willingness is Key

It was really good. It made me think about how we need to let go of our own willfullness and surrender to God's goodness with willingness, our trust and faith in him and in the goodness of life and the beauty of the process.

To me this was kind of a missing link I was looking for between some of the Law of Attraction-type ideas, and the gospel.

The Law of Attraction teachers say: set your intention, allow yourself to come into alignment with what you desire, release your own will, and let whatever happens, happen. Coming into alignment with what you want includes gratitude, positive thinking, and putting forth whatever effort might be necessary.

The scriptures teach: Stay in constant commune with God (constant prayer, so you are telling him all of your wishes and desires along with everything else,) allow yourself to be eligible to receive blessings (be righteous and faithful and "be of good cheer",) release your own will (surrender to God,) and let whatever happens, happen.

Pretty much the same thing, just one has taken God out of the equation, except perhaps as a noncorporeal energy that flows through all of us,

But anyway I was thinking about this and how I was raised thinking "Where there's a will there's a way", and I like the phrase, "Where there's a will there's a wall." This is the missing piece of the puzzle in my practice of positive thinking-- surrender.

It's easier said than done, though. *sigh*
post #36 of 754
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Originally Posted by Stacymom View Post
I think I've been around here forever- I got in on one of the very first LDS moms threads.
I was cleaning out my subscriptions a couple months ago, and one of them was for LDS Mamas #10. I don't know if I was around before that or not!

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I'm Jennifer, a mostly lurker who loves to read the email digests
How do you get email digests?
post #37 of 754
Just poppin in with a quick thought.

As most of you know... I am in the primary presidency in our branch. I am so in LOVE with my calling! Now I know most people grumble about primary and having to miss the meetings and all... but I LOVE it! What a beautiful way to learn from Heavenly Father... from his children. And because I miss my meetings it makes me have to seek out the lesson and seek out the scriptures, further building my relationship and testimony. I take the lesson for the wonderful thing that it is when I read it- and I don't skim through or have to pay 1/2 attention while someone gives it. My primary calling gives me the opportunity to grow in ways that I didn't see when I started... and I am so thankful. I don't know how many of you have kids in primary... but they are LITERALLY the light of my Sunday. Primary kids are so amazing to learn things from and they make right and wrong so simple. What a beautiful age! Anyhow... sorry for that ramble... but I just wanted to share my thoughts. Off to clean house...
post #38 of 754
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Originally Posted by quarteralien View Post
I'm actually waving frantically, lol. Am I allowed to tell everyone that our DH's were roommates at BYU? Yay! Someone I know IRL! BTW, how did you get here with less than 50 posts?
Hi Bronwyn! Did you have a nice trip? I bet the kids are huge (including yours!)

I have no idea how I managed to get in with under 50 posts. Maybe it's a new rule and I signed up before it was, so I was grandfathered in? I've been a member for a long time, but I mostly lurk on the Nutrition board.
post #39 of 754
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Originally Posted by mamaofprincesses View Post
Kelly, are you from the D.C area? I'm originally from Severna Park, MD - 45 minutes from D.C. I love that temple!!! I would have gotten married there but all of my and DH's extended family are in Utah, so we got married in Mt. Timpanogos. D.C. will always be special to me though.
We almost moved to Severna Park once. I'm from Maryland, but we never made it to Anne Arundel County. I love the DC temple (but married in Texas - more people could make it).
post #40 of 754
Eh... you're close anyways.
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