Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cloth Diapers...Is it Worth it?

Lately I have been doing a bit of research on the cost effectiveness of cloth diapering. I admit, I should have done all this before I started over a year ago, but simply assumed I would save bundles by doing cloth instead of disposables. Don't worry... I am discovering that I am saving money, but am finding out some interesting things along the way!

I started to wonder how much I was really saving our family when one considers the electricity, gas, and detergent I use to launder my diapers. And since I have recently become an affiliate for the company I have bought all my cloth diapers from (which I still love! :)), I figure I shouldn't promote something if it isn't really going to save families that much money. After all, my main reason for doing cloth is to save our family $.

Well, I came across this really helpful article on The Simple Dollar yesterday. Basically, a gal has done all the hard work for me. :) I understand that she wrote her article a few years ago and prices of diapers and utilities vary and may have increased since then, but I think one gets a basic idea from all of her research.

Her conclusion? You don't really save any money in the first year due to the upfront cost of buying diapers, BUT for each year after that, you save at least 250$ (if you cd for future children, you would save around 700$ that first year, considering they go through so many diapers). Now obviously if you have been given diapers or don't buy a huge amount in the beginning, you will probably save in that first year. Her calculations were based on the cheapest disposable diapers she could find, bought at bulk price. Also, she estimated on the lower end of how many diaper changes a baby/toddler goes through. So one would probably save more $ than she estimated.

My conclusion? It may not be worth it for just one child, although, if you factor in selling your used diapers when you are finished, then you could probably save a good chunk of $. But for more than one child, I think it is totally worth it. And say you cloth diaper 3 children... I would estimate that you would save AT LEAST 2000$ (I think this is a seriously low estimation...I would imagine it may actually be closer to 3,000$), if not quite a bit more! And this is if you buy cheap, store brand diapers in bulk. For those moms that buy pampers, huggies, or all-natural diapers, you would save quite a bit more!

(Disclaimer- I am not saying that one is wiser for using cloth diapers...not AT ALL! I think we all chose to save money in different ways. And for different seasons in life, time is more valuable than saving money!)

So, I think after my research, I was encouraged that I am indeed saving money, but only if I stick with it! :) And now I feel like I can whole-heartedly endorse the cloth diapers I use! ;) Just Simply Baby diapers are so convenient and easy to take care of, and I just love all the patterns and the soft minky ones. Aaron and I still comment on how cute Natalie is in her big bubble butt diapers, and she has worn them for over a year now. :P I have looked at a lot of different pocket diapers out there, and although I haven't tried any other ones (haven't needed or wanted to), Just Simply Baby has one of the cheapest prices (actually...with all the sales and promotions they have, as well as the option to buy "packages" of diapers, they probably are THE cheapest!), especially for their high quality and fantastic customer service!

So that is my "two cents", and I hope it is somewhat helpful to anyone considering cloth diapering. And if you ARE considering cloth diapering, PLEASE ask me any questions and go check out JustSimplyBaby,com. You can find out all about their diapers and read many customer reviews on their website.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Do You Not Know? Have You Not Heard?

"Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutible.
He gives strength to the weary,
 And to him who lacks might He increases power.
Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary."

~Isaiah 40:28-31~

How could these verses not encourage a weary and tired person? May every day be a new day to wait patiently on the Lord as we rest upon Him our biggest and littlest needs and burdens. He surely will carry us through, for though we are weak, He is so strong. 

May He shine strongest when we are the weakest!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Everyday Question of Motherhood

Doesn't it amaze you when the Lord so lovingly and clearly encourages you? After a bit of tears from all the girls in this family over a very rough morning filled with bad attitudes, a playdate gone awry (because of those bad attitudes), my sinful responses, and me feeling like a failure of a mom and friend, I knew the Word was the only place to go. The Lord so graciously lead me to read 2 Corinthians 4 and 5 this afternoon, in which I was reminded of the power of the cross in my life and the ramifications of the great sacrifice Jesus paid on my behalf. 

After a time of praying, confessing,  and asking God to restore my joy in Him (which I so easily lost in the span of one morning), I decided to put off the dishes for just a few more minutes and find a post to read on a biblical blog. So I randomly clicked on the link to "The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood", which I don't regularly read, and shouldn't have been surprised to read a post tailored for me (well...she doesn't know this, of course :)) by Christine Hoover, titled "The Everyday Question of Motherhood". She addresses just about every sinful thought I had this morning and points mother's hearts to the importance of our everyday task! AND she ends her post with two passages from 2 Cor. 4 & 5!

It was so good that I had to "run over here" and repost it on my blog. Wether you are a weary mom right now or not, I know this will encourage your heart and remind you of what God has called us to and the incredible importance it holds.

The Everyday Question of Motherhood

Posted on September 7, 2012 by jrobinson
by Christine Hoover

As a mother, there is a constant, uncomfortable battle that rages inside of me. It is not the big or dramatic: Will I raise my children to love God? Will I train them to obey Him? Do my children belong to Him?

The constant battle of motherhood is more subtle, more everyday, more hideable. At the center is one question: Will I sacrifice? Or as Oswald Chambers poses in My Utmost for His Highest: “[Am I] willing to spend and be spent; not seeking to be ministered unto, but to minister?”

The Everyday Question isn’t answered one time, with the birth of a child, with the planning of school, or with the decision to discipline. This question — Will I sacrifice? — is answered everyday.

It’s answered when a child wakes early with a need, interrupting my quiet hour alone with the Lord.

It’s answered when a sick child keeps me from worship and adult interaction at church on Sunday mornings.

It’s answered when I am emotionally spent, but a child’s behavior requires my patient, purposeful response.

It’s answered almost every moment of the potty training process.

It’s answered as I systematically teach my special-needs son how to interact with others.

In motherhood, the Everyday Question is answered every time a child’s concern or need must come before my own, which is most of the time.

Too often, I attend to necessary tasks — leaving the stove to help with pant buttons, putting down the phone to search for a beloved toy, excusing myself from a conversation at church to take tired children home for a nap — while my heart grumbles. If I just had one moment to complete a task or have an adult conversation without an interruption.

The Everyday Question, however, asks not just about what I do but also about my attitude: Will I joyfully pour out my life as a fragrant offering before the Lord for the benefit of my children? Will I serve my children out of obligation and duty or will I serve like I’m serving God Himself? Will I die to myself so that I might live to God in the specific calling He has given me as a mom?

The Everyday Question must be answered everyday.

Because motherhood is not so much the big, dramatic acts of sacrifice, but the little, everyday, unseen ones.

Because we can have a clean house and obedient children and not sacrifice.

Because we are so easily deceived to think we can live for ourselves and be faithful to God in our ministry as moms.

Jesus said that those who live for themselves will actually have an unfulfilling life, but those who lose for their lives for His sake will really experience life. As parents, our self-death for Christ’s sake not only produces fruit in our own hearts, but produces fruit in the hearts of our children, fruit that grows by the power of God. Let us, then, choose to joyfully give of ourselves for our children.


“For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal bodies.” (2 Corinthians 4:11)

“For the love of Christ compels us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died, and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” (2 Corinthians 5:14–15)

And now those dishes are definitely needing my attention. :)