Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Hidden Blessings of being Unemployed.

Recently my husband was let go from his job, and i have been unemployed for about 7 months. Needless to say, this has left us with little to no money in the bank, even less in our pockets and an ever-growing stack of bills about to bury us at any moment. .
Being the crazy control freak that i am, letting go of the control and facing the completely unknown and uncharted waters was more difficult then i can ever put into words. I started to worry about how we were going to eat, where we would live after we (inevitably) got thrown out of our home. . . etc. The worry just about consumed me, then, out of nowhere, windows started opening and light started to filter into my dark corner.
Those "beams of light" came in the form of generous,beautiful friends and family; encouraging words, a few dollars, love and support came flowing in. I started to see that my problem wasn't that i had no hope, it was that i was giving up the hope i already had. I was looking down at my feet, only seeing the muck and myer that was weighing me down. When i finally decided to look up, i saw many, many hands reaching down, offering me a hand up. All I had to do was reach up and take them. As obvious as it may seem, friends are a huge blessing in the time of need (and all other times ,too,of course) that i just had not noticed before now.

As my friends surrounded me and started to lift me up, i started being able to see the blessings of being unemployed that i was missing before.

We are now able to spend more time together as a family,
My husband and I are closer than ever before(but we do still fight)
We are becoming MUCH more thrifty and even more creative then before
We are seeing the sliver lining to things more easily


Friday, July 1, 2011

Thank heavens for Cloth Diapers!- A FYI of sorts. . .

Now, some of you may have already started to wrinkle your nose and be thinking "ewwwww! cloth diapers? GROSS!" But i ask you to just hear me out before you jump into that mindset, you may be changing your mind by the end of this post.

About 6 months ago, my daughter had the diaper rash from the deepest part of hell. Her lady parts,bum and legs were raw and sore and extremely itchy, to add to the fire, she developed a staph infection on her bum(due to the incessant scratching) , and she was battling crazy horrible eczema. Needless to say, she was BEYOND miserable! The poor thing couldn't stand to be in her own skin, never mind clothes and a diaper. Not knowing what the heck was going on, we changed from disposable to disposable, going through at least 2 different brands a week, in an effort to give our poor baby a break. After almost a month of creams,diapers and tears, i decided to try some Gdiapers as a last-ditch effort to give my baby some relief. After about 2 days of using the Gdiapers, her rash was significantly better and after 4 days of a medicated cream and Triple paste concoction, her rash was GONE. Her eczema almost completely went away within one week of using the Gdiapers.
We were sold, we have been cloth diapering ever since and haven't looked back. Grace is almost always rash free (her eczema still flares up from time to time) and 1,000% happier.  Since buying the Gdiapers, we have moved on to a stash made up of primarily pre-folds and fitted's with covers and a few one-size pockets; those are just what work best for us. . . there is nothing wrong with Gdiapers(just in case you were wondering :)  ) Recently, my husband lost his job and now  that we no longer have money coming in, I am falling in love with cloth diapering all over again. We aren't spending any money on my daughters diapers or wipes(we use cloth wipes and i make my own wipe solution) and it truly is a god-send! If you are interested in learning more about cloth diapering, check out the links below!

Cloth Diapering 101
Diaper Swappers
Jack Be Natural
 Cloth Diapering Glossary . This is by far the BEST diapering glossary i have ever come across!