Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Gunny Bag Fairy, Pregnancy, and Job Search

Another one of those "random" posts:

So, I was reading in Parents magazine an article about one mom's version of "gunny bag" - they called it the "pick-up fairy" - you know, the lady that comes at night & gets all the toys that are left out and keeps them for a week. Apparently, it worked like a charm for the author's 3-year-old. So... I thought, why not? I decided to combine the 2 & the "Gunny Bag Fairy" is now making regular appearances at my home.

I grew up with "Gunny Bag" (complete with song... see below if you haven't heard it) and it's been fun to sing the song while McKinley picks up her toys. I didn't expect a lot, but she really has gotten into it! No more begging/pleading/threatening (at least for the past week or so we've tried it). She is so fascinated! Every night when we pick up the toys, she will ask me about the gunny bag fairy - "Mom - is the gunny bag fairy a girl?", "Does she have a magic wand?", "Does she fly around?", "Does she eat anything other than toys?", "What if everybody picks up their toys and she's really hungry?" Oh... and the list goes on. She also asked if the gunny bag fairy comes to various friends & family's homes. I told her the gunny bag fairy doesn't come to all homes, which makes her feel a little picked on, so... if she asks you about it, could you just maybe say yes? ;) Now, I just need to find something like this to get her to do her morning chores. Hmmmm....

Here's a cute youtube video of the gunny bag song:

I love you people who tell me I'm a cute pregnant lady. It's so kind - especially since it's so far from the truth :) Sorry... but a cute pregnant lady has skinny little arms and legs and an adorable beach-ball belly. You cannot tell she is pregnant from behind. Her face does not look puffy.
This is not me. The entire truth of the matter is that I've gained enough weight for my entire pregnancy - and I still have 2 more months to go. I try not to full-out smile in pictures now, as my face looks like a huge, poofy ball.
As far as how I'm feeling, my hips have been bothering me a lot lately. I toss & turn seriously 10-15 times a night trying to relieve the pain. I've had the tingles in my hands and arms for the past couple weeks now - especially at night & in the morning, I can hardly use my right hand. The BHX have been going for a few weeks now as well. I'm waking up 2-3 times to pee. My feet hurt.
I'm not just trying to complain. And I will take this ANY DAY over how I felt the first few months. I REALLY am thankful to be pregnant!! I just have to document this for posterity!!

No luck yet. We are going on 6+ months now with no income. We have been EXTREMELY blessed, though, and we both feel like there is something waiting for us. We just need to have faith and trust in the Lord's plan for our family. Jason is sure working hard to get a job. He's done everything I can think of. It's a bad job market right now - especially in the finance industry. We could still use your prayers - and any leads you can send our way. At first, we were set on a small town, but we are trying to open our hearts and heads to where the Lord wants us, so if that's out of state, or even staying in Salt Lake, we are trying to be open & humble to those opportunities.


Patricia Potts said...

Oh how well I remember gunny bag (I still have him) and I love to do the song!!
About pregnancy...I'm so sorry you are doing the numb thing. I still think you don't look pregnant from behind and although you look pregnant from the front you are beautiful!
I continue to pray for Jason to find a job. I think you are so wise to be open to ideas. I know your faith and example will be rewarded.
Love, mom/sis

Atherley Crack Ups said...

that is such a great idea. i have never heard of the gunny bag. i think i just might have to borrow your gunny bag fairy idea. fairies work for everything with my little gem.

Kris & Amy Morris said...

LOVE the gunny bag fairy idea!! I think I just might have to use that one!!!
Oh I know the feeling of all the pregnancy aches & pains. No fun! But just think... in a couple short months you'll have a sweet baby to hold & it will all seem worth it! Hang in there!
I'm so sorry you guys are struggling to find a job! We've been there, done that & its very stressful. Sounds like you both have your heads on straight & have your priorities right though. I will keep you in my prayers!!

Gardners Glad Tidings said...

So the Gunny bag fairy can visit anywhere??? (astonishment, and profound thanks for the idea, he will be coming this evening.)
No one feels pretty pregnant, but you are. And the beach ball belly people should all jump off of a cliff. The average healthy american woman is 5'4" and 150 and the average model (what we should be right?) is 5'10" and 110. (I attended an enrichment on this subject last night, being realistic with YOU and your body etc., can you tell?) any way, you are beautiful.

I hear you on the job market thing. It has been 2 years since Kent has had a salaried, benefited position. Though he has secured contract work, and that may be something that Jason might want to look at. We are hoping his contract turns into something permanent. Hopes and prayers, prayers and hopes. But the Lord knows it all, front to back though, doesn't He? I am so glad you are doing alright. Love you.

Ryan and Shannan Hoffman said...

I can't wait to see pictures of your new little baby and meet her. I'm so sorry about the job situation. I can't imagine the stress you are going through with that. It's amazing how the Lord sustains us. I think that Jason needs to get a job in Heber and you should move here!!

Lena Baron said...

I'm sorry I took so long to comment about this! I will never forget the gunny bag! He even ate MY things!:) I was always considered family in your home. A true blessing! I wish daily that we lived closer to eachother! I pray that you will find work where and when it is right. Good luck with the pregnancy. I DO NOT look forward to that part... But the children are some how worth it aren't they... A Miracle! Motherhood...