Monday, September 22, 2008

In Our Neck of the Woods

Things are good - just busy!

Last week flew by...I can't even remember the highlights.

The weekend was fun. Friday started off with a bang - I started a new Bible study at a local church. It is a Beth Moore study for women on the book of Daniel. Great study! I am learning a lot and love how the study forces me to become a scholar again - she really focuses on LEARNING the material and synthesizing the information she presents and that we read in the Word. The ladies were very welcoming and I felt like it was a great choice of study. I met another mom with a baby daughter as well as other women in their 30's through probably 70's. It is great to be in the company of wise women who can mentor a young mama. The only thing that wasn't that great was the childcare. There are two young girls and one woman doing the childcare. None of them seemed very enthusiastic... Evelyn was in the study with me after a half hour in the nursery when she had checked out all the toys and kids and decided she was done! :-)

My mom came to visit on Friday and gave us our FIRST DATE IN OVER A YEAR! I was very nervous to leave Evelyn, but I knew she was in good hands with a woman who has raised 8 kids and taught me all my mothering tricks. Evelyn was in her own home with someone who looks like Mommy and plays all the same games Mommy does. Jason and I left the first restaurant we tried (way too expensive...even with our coupon) and opted for Mexican food. My milk came in several times as I thought of Evelyn and worried. The cell phone sat on the table and I checked it often. We rushed out as soon as we paid for our over-priced dinner (note: ask how much non-alcoholic strawberry daiquiris are before you order or you may pay $7 like I did...argh!) As we pulled up I saw Evelyn in my mom's arms in the kitchen. She was feeding her a few small bites of ice cream (apparently Evelyn indicated she wanted some as they were playing with the fridge magnets). It was so strange to see her on someone else's hip. I rushed in before Jason even parked the car in the garage and Evelyn hardly cared. My mom reported that she never once even whimpered and she is pretty positive she didn't miss either one of us. They played with the neighbor girls, collected leaves, went on a walk, and made and ate all "p" foods for dinner. I was glad, yet a bit disappointed that she didn't miss me! The date was nice, yet we felt so strange without Evelyn. It just didn't seem right.

My mom and Evelyn's fun times have made me think about how I need to play even more with Evelyn every day. I know I too often get caught up in household chores and other tasks and only take minutes here and there to play and teach. I know I could be better at incorporating more teaching and more playing into the day. My mom says she now knows what people mean by the whole grandparenting joy - you just get to focus on the fun of being with the child and don't have to worry about the discipline and daily care like parents do. I am so glad she likes being a Grandma! Thanks Mom for watching her! Most of all, thanks for teaching me how to be a Mommy and for letting me feel so safe and secure leaving Evelyn with you! I love you!

Saturday gave us a lazy morning and fun afternoon at the International Fall Festival in our historic downtown. Evelyn got to have two firsts: a parade and cheese curds! The parade was fun and we were thrilled to see that they don't have any city ordinances about throwing candy at the parade. Our last town was such a downer - no throwing of candy! Evelyn had a third first, I guess - a taste of Smarties! Ah, parade candy! She also scored a hot pink pom-pon and some literature on the local theatre performances coming up. We are due for a theatre performance!

Sunday was church - Evelyn lasted a half hour again in the nursery. We heard an uplifting sermon from a missionary the church sponsors in Chad, Africa. Wow - what a reminder that we need to pray more diligently for the unsaved and for the missionaries and their families who are serving in cultures that are so different than our own.

Sunday night we started a young married couples Bible study at the same church that I am doing my Bible study at (we have been looking for a church since we moved here and haven't officially decided where we are going to attend/join). This was a great experience and the childcare girls we GREAT! Evelyn was in there for an hour and was just starting to get sad at the end, but the middle school girl was so smart and just decided to start walking her around and showing her things to keep her distracted. Way to go babysitter! She reminded me of all of my sisters and their innate abilities to play with babies and kids so well.

Typing all of this sure makes me realize what great strides I am making in entrusting other people to watch Evelyn. I just cover her in prayer and give very specific instructions to call/page/come and get me AS SOON as she cries! I can't let my baby cry!

And, last but not least, I have been extremely preoccupied with something I am calling "Punkerdoops Diapers." Yep, I caught the entrepreneurial bug. I am planning to distribute quality diapers from several manufacturers. I want to take a teaching spirit with this - guiding moms in my area through their choices in cloth diapering through "Cloth Diapering 101" sessions and one-on-one walk-throughs of their options. Things will initially be in the basement with the hopes of one day branching into an online store. This is a HUGE endeavor and there is so much work to be done. I am just in the initial steps of getting my business registered with the state and so on. I am stuck right now - should I be a sole proprietorship or an LLC? Do I need a lawyer? An accountant? Overwhelming to say the least. Most of the manufacturers/wholesalers will not even communicate with you until you have an issued state business ID and in some cases a full and running website. I have so many websites bookmarked about getting this thing launched - I am up to my eyeballs in to-do lists.

That's about it! Hope all of you are well! Maybe I will catch up to reading blogs by the end of the week! :-)


Adventures In Babywearing said...

What an exciting time for you! I've still never ventured over to cloth... but I do use eco-friendly diapers for now! And so good you got to go on a date!


Anne said...

Amber - I am so glad that you guys went on a date! That is so important for your relationship. It is also great that you are taking on some 'other' child care. She will be safe and happy. If she does happen to cry - that's okay too:) You are a great mom!

cjoy said...

Leaving your baby the first time is ALWAYS HARD. I called my mom twice probably the first time she watched Little B at 9 mos old while I had to attend an office party with my husband. :)

As for Punkerdoops Diapers--how awesome! I wish you were going to be online right away; I like window shopping at good diaper stores. I gave this concept some thought, too, but never did anything about it. Go girl! was great chatting recently!

sarah cool said...

Whoa! Where to start.

1. Daniel - LOVED it. really loved it.

2. 7 $ non-alkie drinks?! holy tar.

3. Yay for a date night!

4. This business sounds AWESOME. I def want to hear more details on your blog, once you get a few more steps in! Fun! Blessings.

love ya!

Trisha said...

Thanks for finally blogging. I was wondering what happened to you. Sounds like you have been busy. Glad to hear that you went on a date. Travis and I hardly go out without kids either. But it is good for you! And so is learning to trust other people with your children. Good for you! Good luck with the new job. Can't wait to hear more about it.

Shannon said...

Hang in there, Amber! Your business will come together...just remember: one step at a time :)

Meanwhile, Thursday will be awesome! I'm really looking forward to it!

Alix said...

I'm so glad you're going to be selling diapers! What a great idea, I bet you'll get tons of business. I know we were desperate for a hands-on demonstration before we bought our diapers, and there was only one person even remotely close who did it.

Tara said...

How exciting that you are starting a CD business! Can't wait to hear more about it.

I know how you feel about leaving Evelyn-- it was so hard at the beginning for us! We have only been on a few dates since we've had Shea, and the only time we were gone for a significant amount of time was just last month for my birthday. (We went away for one night, which was much easier since Shea isn't nursing anymore). It's so good for you guys to have some couple time, though. I hope you are able to get away again sometime soon.