Hello there! It's been so long. If I still have any followers out there, I wanted to let you know that as of today, I have started a new blog. I would love to have you come follow me over at Known By Him. Looking forward to reconnecting with you!
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Friday, July 11, 2014
Holy cow, it's been way too long since I last blogged. I have been writing blog posts for two local stores so that was taking up much of my "creative juices / desire to write". It was a fabulous job and writing those blogs was so fun, but it did leave me less then interested to write towards my personal blog. But, I am no longer working for those stores so hopefully I'll get back to writing on here more often.
First things first - one of my last posts was a response I wrote about an article sent to me about infertility. You can read that here.
So, it is only right that I officially (by official, I mean blog official - the info is already on Facebook so that means it's official right? Hehe) announce we are pregnant!!
In late February we began treatment for an IUI (intrauterine insemination). Treatment consisted on both oral medications (letrozole) and shots (follistim) that I gave myself at home. After 10 days on treatment, we had an ultrasound to see if the medications were "doing their job". And they were...follicles were growing on both ovaries and looking good so far. I was told to do 2 more at home injections then return a few days later for another ultrasound. That ultrasound looked fabulous. So we moved to the next step which was to do another injection but this time the medication (ovidril) was to tell me body to ovulate and then we would return 24 hours later for the procedure. The next morning we returned to the doctor and had the procedure.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
A couple months ago I mentioned to my friend Bess that we should start a meal exchange group. One of my goals for the new year is to meal plan better and work on having meals in the freezer. And Bess is 39 weeks pregnant with her 3rd baby and works from home, so some help in the dinner department sounded great to her. A couple weeks later she and I were at the zoo with a few other sweet mommy friends and I took that opportunity to ask them if joining a meal exchange group would be something they would be interested in. Everyone agreed without hesitation! At that point we had 5. But the number 8 sounded good to us so we threw out a few names of other mommy friends who we thought might be interested...I went home and emailed them that day. Within 24 hours we had our group of 8!
Between the 8 of us we have 10 kids under the age of 9...with 2 more babies arriving very soon. And 8 of those 10 kids are under the age of 4! Some are working mommies, some have infants at home, some have husbands that travel a lot.
So (with the help of Pinterest) I came up with our game plan:
1. Set a date & time for our exchange
2. Agree on 8 recipes (because there are 8 in the group)
3. Each mommy pick which recipe she would "assemble"
4. Make that recipe 8 times (writing the meal name & cooking instructions on each container)
5. Bring 7 of those meals to the exchange night
6. Enjoy some wine and mommy time
7. Go home with 7 different meals!
Some things we did that was helpful:
1. For this time, we did all chicken meals - that way we could all stay within a similar budget.
2. We let each other know when chicken went on sale at certain stores.
3. We stayed mindful of allergies and family eating habits - that's why everyone had to approve the list of recipes before we began picking which to make.
4. This time, we did all crock-pot friendly meals - we have said that we can get fancy with our meal selections later but for our first time, we kept it simple.
Where I found this month's recipes:
The Frugal Girls - www.thefrugalgirls.com/category/crockpot-recipe
Six Sister's Stuff - www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/09/slow-cooker-freezer-meals-make-8-meals.html
Mama:Inspired - www.mamainspired.com/2013/01/mass-crock-pot-dinners.html
1 cup Dijon mustard
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
5 chicken breasts
1 red onion cut in chunks
1 can undrained pineapple chunks
2 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
1/4 soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours - serve over rice.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
My good friend Jennifer, forwarded an article to me the other day, asking me what I thought. I decided to take it a step farther and blog my thoughts.
The article is How The Church Makes Infertility Better (Or Worse)
As you all know, I have lots of thoughts on infertility. So I'm going to keep my reflection to sections that line up with the four sections of the article.
I need to preface with this: These are just my opinions....opinions that have been shaped from my personal experience with infertility and secondary infertility. I know that I look at infertility differently then others who battle it. I have an "open-book" personality that assists in my outlook.
1. I wholeheartedly agree that infertility is a bigger deal then most people think. If you are a fertile woman, you need to be very careful how you speak about "getting pregnant" in public settings. You don't know who you might be offending. Even with just a simple comment such as "and we weren't even trying to get pregnant!" Yes, while that is true for so many, it might not be true for someone standing in that same social circle. And sadly, that 'simple comment' becomes a haunting voice that takes days for her to forget. It's not your fault that you were able to get pregnant with no effort...just like it's not her fault that she can't get pregnant with much effort.
I do not agree with the author's thoughts on infertility being something we can't talk about at church because fertility is bound up in issues with sex and intimacy - therefore making it embarrassing to talk about. I could not disagree more. I have friends who battle infertility and have met many couples who struggle with it - never once have I heard anyone say they were embarrassed because it shun light on their issues with sex and intimacy...
It's painful. That's why it's hard to talk about. It aches in such deep dark valleys of our hearts that unless we are speaking to someone with true experience on the topic, we try not to bring it up. The painful truth is that when talking to someone who "doesn't know", we're opening the door to be hurt.
Fertility treatments are expensive and wreak havoc on your fiances. That's not new news. It sucks.
2. Battling with infertility is going to cause strain in friendships and relationships. There is no way of hiding from that. People will shock you with the things they say. Friends, to no fault of their own, will deeply hurt your feelings. You will find yourself distancing yourself from people and justifying it with "they just don't get it" and "they will say something hurtful".
I will admit that some of that is by our own doing - as the author of the article also says.
We get hurt and want to protect ourselves. That's human nature. But in most cases, we are a victim of someone's attempt to help and support. We need to be thankful for that. We need to fight our natural tendencies. It's a 2-way street. Advise givers need to be very sensitive and mindful of their words. Advise takers need to be understanding that our reality is different from their reality. Hard to do. But needs to be done for the sake of friendships.
One of my favorite paragraphs from the article is:
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, September 9, 2013
I have another sweet friend who occasionally will send me scripture and song lyrics. Perfect for my soul. So thankful for her too.
Friday, September 6, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Mason jars. They're everywhere right now aren't they? I've totally jumped on the bandwagon. I love them. I love them as drinking jars. Flowers jars. Candy jars (I'm not kidding, I have a mason jar in the bathroom full of candy for my daughter - don't you wish you got candy every time you went to the potty?!)
I have these mason jars that I painted - seriously took no longer then an hour - start to finish. But they always seem to get a lot of attention (more then the curtains I sewed that took several hrs...) when friends and family come over. So, I thought I'd do a quick "how to" for all you to see how simple it is. Sadly, it didn't occur to me to take "during" pictures. Only before and after. My bad.
Monday, July 1, 2013
I started this post last month and never finished it. I am finally getting a chance to finish and post it. I wrote it on June 8...
Ten years ago this very weekend, I attended a trip to Fall Creek Falls. I had been visiting the College & Career class at Grace Evan for a few weeks. Even though I was neither in college nor did I have a career. I was 18 and not even a high school graduate. But thought I knew everything about life. Oh how little I really knew.
This weekend I am again attending a trip to Fall Creek Falls with Grace Evan. My sweet husband is the guest speaker for the annual Jr. High Youth Camp. I'm 28, a college graduate, a wife and a mommy. My "identity" has changed a lot since the last time I was here at Fall Creek Falls.
One day, I might gain the courage to blog in detail about my testimony and how the Lord is the redeemer of all things. But for today, I will keep it short and to the point. Ten years ago I sat down in a chair in the meeting room at group lodge 1 at Fall Creek Falls. My friend Shane Carmichael was sharing a bit of his testimony. It was like the Lord was speaking directly to me in that very moment. I stood up from that chair a very changed young women.
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray—
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee."
Friday, April 19, 2013
8:40am - Lindley Belle had her morning bottle.
8:50am - TEE-TEE IN THE POTTY!!
9:00am - Breakfast (same as the days before).
9:45am - TEE-TEE IN THE POTTY!!
10:00am - More juice.
10:30am - TEE-TEE IN THE POTTY!!
11:30am - TEE-TEE IN THE POTTY!!
12:00pm - Lunch time.
12:50pm - TEE-TEE IN THE POTTY!!
1:00pm - I laid LB down for her nap with a diaper on.
3:45pm - LB woke up from her nap on time since she was wearing a diaper.
4:00pm - My mom and younger brother came over. Today is his 25th birthday!!!
4:30pm - TEE-TEE IN THE POTTY!!
5:30pm - TEE-TEE IN THE POTTY!!
6:15pm - Dinner time. She started to tee-tee while eating but stopped herself and finished in the potty! So technically she had an accident but I was so proud she controlled it till the potty!
7:00pm - TEE-TEE IN THE POTTY!! Right before we took a bath.
7:30pm - LN had her night time bottle.
7:50pm - TEE-TEE IN THE POTTY!!
8:00pm - Cici & I laid LB down for bed with a diaper on.
I am beyond proud of my sweet baby girl! She tried many times to go poo-poo today but it never happened. Maybe tomorrow. But what a BIG tee-tee success we've had!
Stay tuned for my recap & thoughts...
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Day 2 :
First, I have to "tell" on myself. I put LB to bed last night in undies and had planned on doing some of the overnight ideas that this method encourages you to do. But around 11:30pm I caved and put a diaper on her. I had planned on going in there to put undies back on her before she woke...but that didn't happen. So she woke up in a diaper and I immediately took it off and put her undies on. This method encourages to train day time and night time at the same time...but LB might be a pull-up wearer for her naps and night time for a little bit longer. And I'm ok with that...
8:30am - Lindley Belle had her morning bottle.
8:45am - Breakfast (prunes, blueberries, toast) and lots of juice
9:00am - She finished breakfast on the potty bc she said "tee-tee" but nothing.
10:20am - First accident - BUT as I picked her up to run to the potty, she was able to stop herself and finished on the potty!! I call that a TEE-TEE SUCCESS! She was at first extremely upset with herself but then very proud. I couldn't believe how well she had help it in. By 10:20am the day before, she had already had 3 accidents.
10:30am - I gave her some crackers & more juice.
11:30am - Since it had been over an hour since her last potty, I encouraged her to go to the bathroom with me. She sat on the potty for a few min, acted a little scared but then went TEE-TEE IN THE POTTY!! We celebrated and had some candy.
11:45am - Lunch time. More prunes & juice too. She has said "poo-poo" a lot today but has yet to go.
12:30pm - She was asking to go outside to swing & see Jake (our dog) but I knew she prob needed to go potty. I encouraged her to come to the bathroom. She sat on the potty but then started crying and acting really scared. I hugged her and put her back on the potty. Then she went TEE-TEE IN THE POTTY!! We celebrated and had some candy. Then I took her outside to swing and see Jake!
1:00pm - I laid her down for her nap in the same undies she had been wearing since 10:30am! During this nap, I ran to Target (Craig was home for lunch) and bought a Elmo toilet seat. Since she has seemed a little scared of the potty seat, I thought she might like to use the real potty.
3:00pm - She woke up early again due to being wet. I should have just put a diaper on her for her nap. I plan to let her sleep in a diaper thru the night tonight.
3:15pm - I waited too long to go get her out of bed and she ended up going poo-poo in her undies. But she kept saying "yucky-yucky" so I'm hoping she understands that's a no-no.
3:45pm - TEE-TEE IN THE POTTY! This was on the real potty using the seat. She LOVED it!
4:15pm - She started "potty training" her beloved teddy bear Wiggins aka "nigh-nigh"
4:50pm - She told me "poo-poo" but then as we walked to the bathroom she turned around and said "no" so I didn't take her....I should have though bc she ended up having a tee-tee accident. First one since 10:20am!
5:35pm - TEE-TEE IN THE POTTY!!!!! She really got into the celebration this time. It's clicking!!
6:00pm - Dinner time
6:15pm - Accident during dinner. Poor girl takes her eating very seriously :)
6:30pm - Took a bath!
7:20pm - Her Poppa & Cici came to visit her! She was SO happy to see them! I had a feeling she would prob have an accident while they were here since she would be excited and distracted...I was right. Poor thing.
8:00pm - Cici & I put her down for bed...with a diaper on.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY HAS MADE! I'm so proud of my big girl!!
Stay tuned for day 3...
I am about to start the 3 Day Potty Training method with Lindley Belle (age 19.5 months) tomorrow (4/17). I thought I would blog (warning - it's going to be detailed!) about our struggles, progress and all the details in between. One reason I have for blogging in detail about it is for accountability. If I know that I am blogging about this, it will keep me focused. I also know that it's going to be hard and a lot of times, taking notes and journaling thru a hard time helps get you thru that moment and on to the next. When I was scheduling Lindley Belle I wrote down every little detail that happened throughtout the day. It really did help me get thru the day AND it's now been a great resource for other moms who have come to me for help and advise with scheduling their little one.Yes, I'm a BIG advocate for Babywise - I know many moms are not, and I respect their reasons. But I had TONS of success with Babywise mixed with my own intuition as a mother....OK, so scheduling is something I love to discuss...maybe I'll blog about it one day.
Back to potty training...maybe these next few posts can be of encouragement and a source is information for someone....or maybe a source of laughter too, depending on how the next few days go! Ha!
I plan to do 4 separate posts.
1. Day 1
2. Day 2
3. Day 3
4. Recap & Thoughts
My Thoughts on Readiness:
There are lots of opinions out there on the readiness of your toddler. My biggest piece of advise on this subject is this: you know your child better then anyone else. If they are interested in what you do in the bathroom and have started showing signs of understanding when they are going tee-tee & poo-poo, there's a chance they are read. But you are the mommy. Trust your gut feeling.
The Day Before:
Lindley Belle & I went to the store together to pick out her new undies (Belle & Dora!) and reward candy...or as she calls it "nandy!" I also got some juice boxes, (I am usually VERY against juice, but I know she'll love it, and in turn drink a lot which in turn will give me lots of chances to teach), sweetened prunes and a interactive Potty Time with Elmo book. She loves Elmo.
Our downstairs is all wood & tile so I've decided we will just stay downstairs during these days. I've pulled up the rugs and brought down lots of LB's toys & books from her playroom.
8:30am - Lindley Belle had her morning bottle.
8:45 am - Breakfast (sweetened prunes, shredded wheat & blueberries) & Elmo fruit juice.
9:00am - I read the Potty Time with Elmo book to Lindley Belle and took off her diaper & put on her first pair of undies. I let her pick out her undies - she picked Princess Belle.
9:20am - Gave LB another box of juice.
9:45am - First accident. I scooped her up and rushed her to her potty.I stayed calm & loving. Of course she was done by the time I sat her on it. LB was very upset and did not like feeling her tee-tee. I put another pair of undies (this time Dora) on LB and she watched me clean the floor.
10:05am - Second accident. This time LB slipped in it - that really upset her. I did the same routine as with the first accident. She was also very upset about Dora getting "yucky-yucky".
10:20am - Third accident. Same routine as before...
10:35am - She told me "tee-tee" so we ran to the potty and sat for a few min. Nothing.
10:38am - Fourth accident...BUT could have been a potty success had a kept her on the potty longer...to me, this was a small sign of progress.
11:00am - I sat her on the potty and we read a book. FIRST TEE-TEE SUCCESS! Even though she did not tell me ahead of time, she still got her tee-tee in the potty! So we had a big celebration and ate some candy.
11:45am - Lunch time & another juice box.
12:20pm - Fifth accident. Same routine as before.
12:45pm - She told me "poo-poo" so we ran to the potty and sat down.She didn't go poo-poo but we had our SECOND TEE-TEE SUCCESS! We had a big celebration and had some more candy.
1:00pm - I laid LB down for her nap. In a clean pair of undies on top of several beach towels.
2:50pm - She woke up early from her nap because she was wet. (Sixth accident)
3:00pm - She told me "tee-tee" and we ran to the bathroom and she went TEE-TEE IN THE POTTY!! We had a VERY big celebration and had some candy! I also gave her some more juice.
3:40pm - Seventh accident. Same routine as before.
3:55pm - TEE-TEE IN THE POTTY!!!! I saw this as a big success bc she obviously didn't empty her bladder 15 min earlier and so when she needed to go, she remembered to go in the potty!
From 4:15 - 7:00 things got a little crazy. There was a mix of 3 more accidents and 2 more TEE-TEE IN THE POTTY! We had some dinner and took a bath. Also during this time she told me "poo-poo" several times but would never go on the potty. So....she felt very comfortable during her bath and decided to poo-poo in the tub! I was really upset because she has never done that but I stayed calm and loving towards her.
7:30 - another accident...I've lost count at this point. Ha!
7:45 - I put her to bed...45 min early...haha! She was tired too. It had been a tough day.
Stay tuned for day 2...
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Recently I've learned a new little joy in life. Watching my dear friend's children love on my daughter. I mean, just turns your heart to mush! The other day I had the privilege of snapping a picture at such a moment. Wanted to share it with my few blogger friends!
My daughter has just started walking and these 2 boys belong to one of my dearest friend.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
So my daughter has caught the fever....the Bieber fever that is....
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Here is a little video of my real live rag doll!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Today I'm linking up my post from Monday with
Monday, September 24, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Lindley Belle turned the big ONE year old a few weeks ago. My previous post, 365 Days talked about my hearts deepest celebration on that day.
We of course had to have a little celebration for the 1 year anniversary of the birth of our little pink baby! I had the greatest time making each individual invitation, crafting the decor, planning the favors...and all the other things that goes onto planning a party for a little person!!...
who doesn't even know it's their birthday. Almost everything was hand made at home...it was so fun! Everyone has been asking when I would post a "party decor" post. So here you go blog world!
The food & cupcake table:
|I made the cupcakes from scratch!|
The drink station: orange-peach tea, water AND peach fizzy sangria! Served in mason jars with pink & grey paper straws.
|Singing "happy birthday" to our big girl!|
We had a candy bar set up in the dining room: