Friday, September 29, 2006

Hypothyroidism: Part 2

Got the results of my bloodwork yesterday and boy was I surprised. Apparently, I'm currently over-medicated! My first and most natural assumption was that if you're overdosing on your meds you'd have hyperthyroidism. Quite the opposite, I've since found out. Check out this article. They simply cut my dose in half and hopefully starting tomorrow, I'll be making my slow return to the land of "normal" (if such a place exists, -wink-). I wonder if my hypothyroid thing is merely pregnancy induced/related? I haven't really given my body much of a chance to find out otherwise. Hmmmm....

New kid pics

Check out the Duckwall Family weblog for pics of Benjamin's 2-yr. Birthday. More pics soon to come!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Modesty

Here's a cool article on modesty.

Hypothyroidism

Symptoms:

- fatigue
- weakness
- weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
- coarse, dry hair
- hair loss
- cold intolerance (can't tolerate the cold like other's around you)
- muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
- constipation
- depression
- irritability
- memory loss
- abnormal menstrual cycles
- decreased libido

Sometime during my pregnancy with Benjamin, my thyroid stopped working like it should. This under-active thyroid thing runs rampant in the females on my mother's side of the family so I suppose I was bound to have problems myself. Once diagnosed and treated, my thyroid's been working fine... that is, until Cassandra was born. I have REALLY been struggling physically, emotionally and spiritually since her birth. Then it sort of dawned on me today that -duh- I should probably get my thyroid checked again, especially since I am experiencing 11 out of these 14 symptoms. It amazes me to see how one itty-bitty gland can affect a person so much.

Hi ho Hi ho- it's off to the doc I go tomorrow to get bloodwork done.

If some of you women are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may want to get your blood tested, too. Super easy to test for/treat. Left untreated and things like mental retardation (in children), infertility, miscarriages, etc. can occur. Here and here and here are some good articles to read if you're interested.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Interesting

Got a link to this article the other day. Very thought-provoking. I wanted to share it with you.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Hymn for the "Wife and Mom"

I Surrender All- by Judson W. VanDeVenter & Winfield S. Weeden

All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give
I will ever love and trust Him
In His presence daily live

All to Jesus I surrender, humbly at His feet I bow
Worldly pleasures all forsaken
Take me Jesus, take me now

All to Jesus I surrender, make me Savior wholly Thine
May Thy Holy Spirit fill me
May I know Thy pow'r divine

All to Jesus I surrender, Lord, I give myself to Thee
Fill me with Thy love and power
Let Thy blessing fall on me

I surrender all, I surrender all
All to Thee my blessed Savior
I surrender all

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Making Choices

Was reading through parts of 1 Corinthians and saw a little chart in the commentary that I thought was really cool. Here's what it said:

If I choose one course of action:

1) does it help my witness for Christ? (9:19-22)
2) am I motivated by a desire to help others to know Christ? (9:23; 10:33)
3) does it help me do my best? (9:25)
4) is it against a specific command in Scripture and would thus cause me to sin? (10:12)
5) is it the best and most benefitial course of action? (10:23, 33)
6) am I thinking only of myself, or do I truly care about the other person? (10:24)
7) am I acting lovingly or selfishly? (10:28-31)
8) does it glorify God? (10:31)
9) will it cause someone else to sin? (10:32)

I know we make all sorts of peripheral decisions everyday that have no eternal bearing: what to eat, what restaurant to pick, what color should I paint my toenails, which brand of hair products to buy, what store to purchase deoderant, etc. But as women, there are other decisions we make that are a bit weightier: what kind of clothing should I be wearing, how should I act around men, should I gossip with the girls at work, do I cave to peer pressure so I fit in, do I make decisions without discussing it first with my husband, should I work or stay home, what extra curricular things should I get involved in, how do I use my money, etc..

We as Christians shouldn't look like the world because the world is following "self" and the "flesh"... not God. Not that we should stick out like a sore thumb on purpose, but we shouldn't do as the world does without carefully examining it against Scripture. We sorta got on a rant about feminism not too long ago and all the freedoms that we as women have been granted. Yes, feminism has given us options and choices as women, but as Christian women, we need to thoroughly question those freedoms to see if it's "ok" in the Bible.

Take working outside the home, for example. No where in Scripture does it say, "Thou woman, must not worketh outsideth the home, but stayeth ye home; only bearing and raising children". So, what do we do now that our options are so diverse? I REALLY like this list of questions because it can help us as we make hard decisions. If working outside the home is a decision you're facing, between your husband and you, start asking yourselves these questions: does working outside the home help my witness for Christ? Am I motivated by a desire to help others know Christ? Does it help me do my best? Is it against a specific command in Scripture and would thus cause me to sin? Is it the best and most benefitial course of action? Am I thinking only of myself, or do I truly care about the other people involved? Am I acting lovingly or selfishly? Does it glorify God? Will it cause someone else to sin? Etc. After answering yes or no to these questions, pray. Then listen to the Lord. He'll lead you.

Ask yourselves these questions anytime you need to make a difficult decision. Then wait on the Lord to reveal what you should do. If we're truly seeking His face and waiting upon Him for answers, He will be faithful in leading and guiding us.

Life Action Revival Ministries

Last Sunday, during both the AM and PM services, our church was priviledged to be ministered to by the Life Action Revival Ministries. Wow, if you ever get a chance to attend one of their meetings, revivals, or camps, I would highly recommend it. It was a great ministry!

Some of you may have heard about it through Nancy Leigh DeMoss' radio show called "Revive Our Hearts". It's all part of the same ministry (based out of Buchanan, MI).

Solid teaching. Intense passion for God's Word and spreading revival within the Church. Hearts for sharing Jesus' salvation. Incredible music. Family-friendly.

Kinda got RD and thinking about missions a little bit. Neither of us have a passion to go over seas to like Africa or China or Russia. But, being a part of something like this within the States?... Maybe... But, it would have to be in the future. Gave us a little more motivation to be rid of the school/business debt we have so we could be available for this sort of service to the Lord.

Monday, September 18, 2006

"Tolerance"

"Tolerance"... after thinking about this word for some time now, I've come to the conclusion that it's a terribly one-sided issue.

The secular world keeps telling conservative Christians that we're "intolerant", "ignorant", "judgemental", and "offensive". I scratch my head when I hear that.

Aren't they themselves being "intolerant" (that is, of us Christians and our convictions)? What if we think they're being "ignorant", "judgemental", and "offensive"? Why are we the only one's who are expected to be "tolerant"? Seems they can't practice what they're preaching. Double-standard, I suppose.

It's kind of like when someone says, "There's no absolutes!" Hmmm... isn't that statement an absolute in and of itself?

How silly is that?...

The Case Against Soda

My sister sent me this convincing article. (Rebekah, you'll love it!) I'm not a big soda drinker, but it got me to maybe think twice before slurping a can down. If you're a frequent soda consumer, you might want to read it.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Blessed "timers"

My new best friend... the Kitchen Timer.

Kinda spurred from the FlyLady, but I've been using the concept for all sorts of different things. The kids love it, too.

Anybody can do anything for 15 mins., right?
Or for toddlers, it's more like 5-10 min.s.

I use it for "clean up, clean up", reading time, quiet time, naptime, fun time, helping in the kitchen, home blessing (aka "chores")... it's a wonderful tool. Sometimes it's even a race for the clock, to see who can get what done the fastest. It helps all of us focus on the task at hand and we can work hard knowing that there's an end near in sight.

Thanks, FlyLady.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Need a laugh?

WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD?

Jerry Falwell:
Because the chicken was gay! Isn't it obvious? Can't you people see the plain truth in front of your face? The chicken was going to the "other side". That's what "they" call it: the "other side". Yes, my friends, that chicken was gay. And if you eat that chicken, you will become gay too. I say we boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination that the liberal media whitewashes with seemingly harmless prases like "the other side". That chicken should not be free to cross the road. It's as plain and simple as that.

Pat Buchanan:
To steal a job from a decent, hardworking American.

Dr Seuss:
Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed, I've not been told!

Ernest Hemingway:
To die. In the rain.

Martin Luther King, Jr.:
I envision a world where all chickens will be free to cross the road without having their motives called into question.

Grandpa:
In my day, we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Someone told us that the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.

Aristotle:
It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

Karl Marx:
It was a historical inevitability.

Ronald Reagan:
What chicken?

Captain James T. Kirk:
To boldly go where no chicken has gone before.

Fox Mulder:
You saw it cross the road with your own eyes. How many more chickens have to cross before you believe it?

Freud:
The fact that you are concerned that the chicken crossed the road reveals your underlying sexual insecurity.

Bill Gates:
I have just released eChicken 2000, which will not only cross the road but also will lay eggs, file you important documents, and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an inextricable part of eChicken.

Einstein:
Did the chicken really cross the road or did the road move beneath the chicken?

Louis Farrakhan:
The road, you see, represents the black man. The chicken crossed the "black man" in order to trample him and keep him down.

Colonel Sanders:
I missed one?

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Laughing babies

This brightened my day. Thanks, Cyndi.


Sunday, September 03, 2006

Woo hoo!

Weighed in this morning and smiled as I realized I only have to lose 11 more pounds to get to my pre-pregnancy weight! woo hoo!

MOPS

Mothers Of Preschoolers... Has anyone heard of it? Better yet, has anyone ever been a part of it, either as a member or part of the Steering Team? We're thinking about starting a MOPS group at my church and I was wanting to talk with anyone who's been a part of one.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Currently reading & watching

Moved onto "Monk, Season Two" :



Started reading Karen Kingsbury's "Waiting For Morning":