I am starting to consider making some cool maternity pieces for this pregnancy, honestly, because I have 33 weeks to go! That seems like plenty of time to make good use of them.
So, while googling and browsing the other day, I came upon this site which gave me just the inspiration I needed at the moment. You see, I'm tired a lot here lately. And to be honest, I feel like I really am just surviving most days. That's tough for me to swallow. Baking bread has become such a chore, but we like it better, and I don't want to go back to buying it. Making my own cleaners seems like it will take everything out of me, although it's honestly easier than having to walk down that stinky aisle at Wal-Mart to buy them. But in my head, everything just seems like it will take every last big of energy this tired body has to give.
As I scrolled over her blog, I was inspired by so many different posts. She treasures being a bride, being a mother, being a woman. And I desperately needed reminded of the treasure it surely is!
We had came home from Gym and Swim that morning, and had watched an episode of the Waltons. I was reminded how hard those women worked. Although there is a multitude of debate over moms who work outside of the home, or moms who stay at home, in those times, these stay at home moms were hard working women, useful, competent, and also raised their children alongside them. That warms my heart. That is an inspiration to me also.
I closed my laptop, kicked the footrest back in my recliner, and headed to the kitchen.
I decided to get my laundry detergent made, because it really is super easy and we were almost out, and to make a yummy meal with some fresh vegetables. I just felt renewed as I grated the soap, unwrapped the mushrooms, and washed the spinach.
Ethan helped clean and chop the mushrooms.
And within 30 minutes, my laundry detergent was thickening in the bucket, and our healthy, homecooked meal was being served.
So, let me share my recipes in case you ever find yourself in need of some renewing :)
1 bar of Kirks soap (found at Kroger) grated
1 cup Super Washing Soda (found at Kroger) has to be super washing soda, not baking soda
4.5 gallons hot water
5 gallon bucket
In a small saucepan, cover grated soap with water, bring to a boil until soap is melted. Keep a close watch, this doesn't take long. Pour melted soap in 5 gallon bucket along with 4.5 gallons of hot water. Pour in washing soda. It can be used immediately, but will thicken as it sits. I made my first 5 gallon bucket in October. So, it has lasted me 4 months. I also made shower cleaner, floor cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, dusting spray, and window cleaner in October. I haven't had to make new yet. This is where I got all of those recipes.
For the meal...
Okay, let's talk chicken first. I buy my chicken from Sams. I cut up one breast into 4 pieces, and freeze 5 pieces to a freezer bag. Daddy of course gets 2 pieces, and we each get 1, duh.
You could use larger pieces if you want, but you get the idea.
To do a family of 4, you'll need 4 10X10 pieces of aluminum foil
olive oil to coat the aluminum foil
salt to taste
4 handfulls of spinach
1 8oz package of mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed, and chopped
and of course chicken
Coat the center of the aluminum foil, and preheat oven to 425. Place chicken, spinach, and mushrooms on the aluminum foil, sprinkle 1 tsp of soy sauce, and just a dash of salt over all. Roll up the aluminum foil sealing the edges and place on baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or just a bit more if chicken is larger. My hubs and kids turned their noses up as I prepared the mushrooms the first time I ever made this, and then after tasting one, they were fighting and trying to steal the mushrooms off of each other's plates! I hope your family enjoys.
Last week as the hubs and I laid down to chat before dozing off, I was telling him how worthless I felt. Our home was definitely a reflection of my lack of energy, for the first time in years he had had to ask me to wash jeans because he didn't have a clean pair for the next day, I skipped 3 days of our Unit Study that week because it was all I had to get through Reading, Bible, Math, and English. In typical Gregory way, he reminds me of what I was managing to get done a year ago. He talked about days of coming home to a warm biscuits and gravy meal, a clean home, listening to the kids tell him about the bike ride and nature walk we had taken for the day. He says, "You were a machine." Now, I could let that depress me and think about how this machine isn't so efficient these days, or I could let it inspire me to know what he thinks of me, and the grace he's giving me while his machine is working at a slower production rate. I think I'll let it inspire me, too.
Okay ladies, friends, fellow treasures, here's to scrambling up the energy to tackle my day. It is almost 11 this Thursday morning, my kids are starting their workboxes, and I really do have a lot that has to be done today. I am going to try to do so with a joyful heart.
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