9/11/07

Decisions

I am starting to feel as if all we ever do is make decision after decision after decision after... well, you get the point. Instead of writing a long, drawn out post, I will just try to type the main parts of what's been happening lately. Two decisions we've made, others are still in the deliberation process.

Decision #1: Starting solids
Since my boy was born, he's pretty much been exclusively breastfed; we've given him tastes of some things here and there, but nothing consistent and not very often. We've been going back and forth on whether or not to start him on cereal and other solids, but just haven't been sure how we would proceed. After doing some research about the onset of food allergies, reading others' experiences (Connie and Tammy), and talking with the pediatrician, we've decided to skip baby cereal and jarred foods altogether. We're planning to go straight to mashed table foods, probably by the time he is 10 months or so -- maybe earlier, depending on the interest he shows. Just "playing it by ear" as the saying goes.

Decision #2: Classes
My Airman has been pursuing taking some college classes on the side, but several "road blocks" have come up in the past few weeks. We have been weighing all the options, costs (the military will pay full tuition, but doesn't pay for books), and scheduling conflicts, but still weren't sure what to do. Finally today, after a long conversation, we felt that the Lord was saying right now is not the time for him to take these classes. So, he made the call and dropped his class. Perhaps in the future he can re-enroll, possibly as soon as next semester... just not right now. That was a tough one to make!

Decision #3: Stay in or get out?
This one has been in the works for a while. We just hit 4 years of time-in-service last week, and his date of separation looms closer each day. We were leaning toward staying in the military, but now, with all the force-shaping and other things affecting his career field, we're not sure that he will even be able to re-enlist -- even if he wanted to.

What I said before remains true: it honestly isn't our decision! We are learning that we just have to trust God one day at a time. Instead of trying to figure things out on our own, we need to keep saying, "Okay, Lord. We've done what we can do. What do you want us to do next?" This is hard, as well -- much harder than it sounds, LOL! We want so badly for there to be an answer, something definite, but God always does things in His own timing.

3 comments:

jendi said...

Sadly, the decisions don't stop; but I believe that the trusting in the Lord comes easier with experience. Children seem to bring many more decisions into the parents lives!

Hope things go well with you with Caleb's diet. I have a small hand grinder that I used with each of my children to "make baby food." I could talk on that subject for hours, but I'll spare your comment section. :) One tip...If you mash a bunch of food you can freeze it in an ice cube tray then put it in a freezer bag when solid. That way if you are in a hurry or going somewhere you can just grab some food real quick.

May God bless you and yours!

Adele said...

It certainly isn't easy making decisions, is it? We know what that's like since we've had to make many of our own over the last year or so. Sometimes even making the right decision seems difficult, but it is a blessing to know we can follow the Lord and trust Him no matter what!

Making your own baby food is not nearly as daunting as it may seem. I did it quite a bit with both boys. It saves a lot of money and it's healthy! The best way to avoid food allergies is to stay away from the top eight until Caleb is a year old(or older for some of them). And even then, the Lord is really in control of it as we've learned with Gavin. He's never eaten tuna, but he's deathly allergic to it! :)

Samantha said...

I'm sorry you're going through this all at once, good grief! Keep trusting in the Lord with all your heart, and He'll make sure you are headed in the right direction. We just can't see the bigger picture the way the Lord can so life can sometimes seem overwhelming. I'm learning this now more than ever. Even the seemingly little decisions can be overwhelming when they come at you all at one time.

Caleb is only 7 months right?? I thought I remember him being born in February so you still have some time to think about it too.