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The story of our precious little girl's 17 months of life with Trisomy 18 (July 4, 2010 - December 15, 2011) and of us, re-learning to live "after Lilly."
"I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made ...." Psalm 139:14

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The standing napper Plus 4-H request

For close to two weeks now, Solomon has been continuing to stand or sit in his crib for his naps.  He will not lay down!  I keep thinking if he gets tired enough, he will.  But he just stands or sits quietly - holding onto the bards - and dozes off and on.  I am praying this phase ends quickly because he's so tired and rather cranky by the end of the day.  I took this little video this morning, of him standing while sleeping.  It took it on the video monitor:

 I have been looking into 4-H clubs as a possible activity for the kids starting this fall.  I don't know a lot about it.  My husband participated in 4-H as a child, but all he remembers is his wining bird feeder entry at the fair and a near drowning experience he had!  If you ever participated in a group - as a member or leader - I would love to hear from you!  What kinds of activities did you do?  What did you like best?  Least?  Please leave a comment or email me.  Thank you!

New goat activity this past Saturday:  learn to trim goat hooves!  It's definitely not as quick as cutting fingernails, and takes two people.  At least for us.  The amazing Mrs. L (the goats owner) can easily do it by herself.

Trim and clean hooves mean healthy hooves/feet for goats!

Finally, as there are just a few days left for our fundraiser, I want to share the last two Thirty One products I have.  The first is the "your way rectangle".  It is a handy box with a clear PVC window on one side.  I have one filled up with books by my nightstand.  (I like to have a bunch of books going at once.)  I've also used them to stack homeschool materials to review.  They're really handy and fold flat for storage!

Finally, I have the "keep-it caddy" which I keep under my desk.  It has my blog idea book, Bible, commonplace book, notebook of books I have read, and scripture journal.  Very handy to grab and tote anywhere I want to go with it.

I've accumulated my Thirty One products through some wonderful sales.  :)

JOIN US FOR OUR FUNDRAISER THROUGH JULY 27TH! I am holding a Thirty One gifts fundraiser this month. All earnings will be split between SOFT and my own Lilly Memorial Project. Go to our party page by clicking , click on "My Parties" on the left, and then clicking on "The Lilly Memorial Projects Thirty-One Fundraiser." THANK YOU!


  1. We love 4-H! There are all different types of 4-H groups depending on your interest. There are animal science groups, shooting sports groups, homeschool groups, etc. My daughter has been in 4-H horse (animal science) group and the wonderful leader teaches the youth all about horses. They care for the horses, learn to groom, give immunizations, saddle, and of course they ride each time. They are strong on community service, and her club votes on the service they want to do each year. There are summer camps of all different types. Our daughter went to horse camp. She was also involved in the 4-H local/regional and state speech/presentation competitions. They have other types of competitions including cooking, music and an open class where there is all sorts of amazing talent, and many other which I can't recall. I'm still amazed when I think of the young girls who did an amazing jump rope routine a couple of years ago. :) There are many other things about 4-H, and I couldn't begin to touch them, but we loved it, she learned a lot, developed wonderful speaking skills, confidence, and even helped others. 4-H is a win-win. I will say this...each 4-H club depends on their 4-H leader to set the tone and plan each meeting. I've heard of some meetings that are basically just meeting in someone's living room and discussing whatever topic is of interest. I would try to find a hands-on group, where activities are actually done each meeting, at least most of the time, or start a group yourself if you can't find one you like. A dedicated 4-H leader is worth their weight in gold.

    1. Thank you so much Kim! That is very helpful information. I've yet to hear anything negative about 4-H. :)

  2. My girls (and I) did Girl Scouts. We had great learning experiences. Dennis tells me often of his memories of Boy Scouts. (or some kind of scouts) Again, as Kim above suggested, you need to find a group that is active and with a fun leader. Hugs to you all.

    1. I did Girl Scouts too. As a child I only heard of 4-H through books I read about the country kids. :)