This Abundant Life

This Abundant Life
"I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." - John 10:10

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Cloth Diapers...Continued

  • Today, I plan to order my cloth diapers. I am excited about it and it's fun hearing how other people I know are using them. I never thought I would even consider it! It's cool to me how much more of a flexible person I am becoming since Gwendolyn arrived. In general, I feel I'm just becoming more of the person who God made me to be...someone who knows Him more, enjoys my blessings more and actually wants to love others more.

    Side note on the whole "better person" thing...I think it's important to comment on what could appear to be a new-found appreciation for "nobility" or "good" actions.

  • I believe the Bible to be the ultimate word on Truth and this is how GOOD the Bible says I am:
  • "...None is righteous, no, not one, no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one." Romans 3:10-12:
  • "But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is no one who calls on Your name... Isaiah 64:6,7

  • It is only through the unmerited favor that God has shown me that I am even able to put my faith and trust in Him and through His death and resurrection that I have been made perfect and through my identification in Him that I am whole and GOOD.

  • My new interest in Cloth Diapers and Organic foods and cutting back on using 100 paper towels in one day, has no bearing, whatsoever, on the question of my "goodness".

  • What's more...I've got to say, my reasoning for wanting to switch to Cloth doesn't even have a whole heck of a lot to do with what is good for our planet...although, I feel I am growing in my desire to be purposeful with my consumption.

  • Also, I would be dishonest if I said I was doing it to be wiser with money...although I think this is a very good goal and something I definitely want to get better at.

  • The truth is...The start-up costs are SIGNIFICANT. We will be spending over $400 for 24 diapers and also purchasing a few accessories (diaper sprayer for toilet, etc.). These very convenient diapers are the most expensive way to cloth diaper...there are other options and you can mix and match with cheaper ones. Let's not forget that I will be doing an extra wash every two days, for the diapers, alone.

  • So, yes, in the long run, this WILL save us a good deal of money, especially taking good care of the diapers and expecting many to last to the next kid. Also, it's nice to not be throwing 8-10 diapers in the trash every day. But, ultimately, for me and my husband, it's about the possible health effects that the absorbent chemicals in the disposable diapers may have on our baby. Also, they are totally CUTE! Of course, my baby looks like a sumo wrestler at night when I stuff it with an extra pad for more absorbency!

  • I hope this non-conclusive, only slightly-researched information has helped anyone who is curious about the subject! I know that I have really enjoyed getting info and opinions from friends and strangers who have gone before me in this task.


Sarah said...

Good info...glad you are being totally honest about all of the details of this new endeavor!

Hope all is well. Seems like both of us are a little less frazzled lately and a little more relaxed and confident. Hope this trend continues for both of us!

Josh and Jenni said...

I am actually going to go to a meeting with other moms in the next month or so and the topic is about cloth diapers. My friend Mairi does it, and she is so convinced that they are the best. I will send you her email.

Kyra said...

Way to go! I'm very impressed :)