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Happy Easter!

23 Mar

He is not here;
He has risen,
just as he said.

    -Matthew 28:6

That being said, Happy Easter!

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A new magazine to add to my pile…

22 Feb

There was a time when I subscribed to several magazines… Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Rubber Stamping Magazine, etc.  Now I’m to the point where if I’m going to read something, I want to get a little more out of it.  So, I subscribed myself to a magazine called Marriage Partnership.  My first one came in today’s mail and I am so excited to sit down and read it!  I also subscribed to Today’s Christian Woman.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still pick up the occasional decorating or gossip rag when I’m in the mood, but for now, my new subscriptions will serve a better purpose… enriching ME!

Life at home

5 Feb

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Grant will be 2 months tomorrow!  I’ll be dropping the girl off at grandpa’s house and taking the boy to his doctor appointment.  He is such a sweetheart… smiling all of the time!  He has discovered his hands and is either waving them around or clasping them on his chest.  Also, he can see me at farther distances, and I can see his eyes watching me as I walk through the house.

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Katie is ALWAYS talking, singing, dancing or a combination of the three.  She loves to take a bath and will make sure she is nice and sticky at dinnertime to ensure that she gets that bath!  She’s still mimicking me…and everyone else.  I heard her calling the baby ‘Little Few-wa’ the other day.  Also, she demands to wear dresses every day.  It’s been raining here, so on the days we don’t go out I let her wear them.Andrew’s job is going well.  Our new and improved insurance just kicked in and we are paying only $80 instead of the $1200 we were paying on COBRA.  Hallelujah!  He is such a great father… on his way home the other day, he stopped by a Salvation Army and picked up some dresses for Katie.  Can you say Daddy’s Girl?

My shoulder is feeling better.  I’ve been taking 800mg of Motrin 3x a day and trying to exercise it a bit.  I still don’t have the range of motion I once had, but at least I can lift the baby again.

I’m going to be looking into churches in the area.  I really would like to be involved in one, and want Katie in Sunday School now that she is starting to grasp things better.  If she can learn about Santa, then she can certainly learn about God.  I think it will bring us closer as a family and create an even stronger base for our marriage.

Balancing Act

25 Jan

I’ve been married five years, and a mom for almost three of those years.  Before I was a mom, I worked full time, and since becoming one, I’ve worked part time.  I stopped working October of last year, and with the move and the new baby, we’ve had a LOT of changes going on.  It’s always been important to me to be able to stay home with my kids, and our finances changed drastically when I went from FT to PT and now to NO TIME.

I am officially a Full Time Homemaker/Mother/Wife.  And juggling these new roles is not easy!  I can be a slacker and spend lots of time on the internet, talking on the phone and/or reading books, but quite frankly, that is not what I signed up for.  Staying at home is no easy task, and making the transition is going to take some time and effort. 

I’m going to attempt to use the Flylady as a guideline for keeping house.  I’m re-reading my New Bride Guide book given to me by a friend before I got married.  And I just ordered a few books from Amazon to help me with my budgeting, living on one income and spirituality.

At some point this year, I will pick up some side work to bring in some extra money.  In the meantime, I’m going to focus on my new Full Time job and give it all I’ve got.

We made it through Christmas!

26 Dec

Yesterday was a whirlwind for us, as I’m sure it was for many of you!

We started off by having Christmas morning with our new little family.  Katie set out milk & cookies the night before, and was excited to see that Santa left only a few crumbs.  It was great starting new traditions with her, as she is more understanding of what is going on.  As we look for a new church to join this year, she will also be learning the religious aspect of the holiday as well.  We only had a few presents for her – two DVD’s, a robe and some new ‘big girl’ underwear (she is doing pretty well with the potty training bit).  Andrew decided Christmas Eve at 9pm to see if any stores were open to get some things for her stocking.  I had forgotten all about stuffing the stockings!!  Only Walgreens was open, and he said it was packed!  He picked up some coloring books, candy and a few other little things.  He was gone so long, I headed to bed at 10:30… since the kids were out, I had to get some precious sleep for myself!  I left out the stockings, and when I came out to the living room for the 3am feeding, I saw that my precious hubby had set up the stockings, wrapped all of the presents and had the room set up for us.  What a guy!

We finally got up to my dad’s around noon, and hung out there with the family.  A friend of mine that I’ve known since preschool was in town visiting her dad, so we were able to hook up for about an hour.  I love that I have friends that I’ve had forever.  Even though you may not see them for awhile, when you DO finally get together, it’s like you were never apart!

About 5pm, we headed to my father-in-law’s for dinner with hubby’s side of the family.  Katie had fun playing with her new camera and was ‘taking pictures’ of everyone, while the baby slept after eating.  Of course, he started crying as we sat down for dinner, and by the time I was ready to eat, my food was cold.  Ah, motherhood. 🙂

Then on to Andrew’s good friend’s house for a quick visit.  They weren’t home yet when we got there, so we drove around the housing track looking at all of the lights.  Let me tell you, my daughter has a keen eye.  She’d point out a Snoopy or Grinch way before my blind eyes could see them.  Katie LOVES looking at the lights, so we were happy that this area had so many decorations.  After visiting with our friends, we headed home.  Both kids conked out pretty quickly, and I was able to read about a chapter in my current book before conking out myself.

Saturday we head to my mom’s for another family get-together, then New Year’s Eve, over to the FIL’s house for some Rumolli.   FUN!  

I’ve got a new attitude.

25 Aug

Since my husband introduced me to the wonders of the Salvation Army, I have bought more books in the last three years than I have in my entire life.  (and that is saying a lot, because I am an avid reader.)  I used to go to Barnes and Noble, Target or even Costco to look for a bargain.   I’d usually peruse the women’s fiction section and see what I could find.  But now that I can buy a Bag of Books for about $10, I shove in as many as possible and when I get home I am quite surprised at some of the gems I’ve picked up.

I always skipped the Christian bookstores because I thought they’d all be stories like Little House on the Prairie or Christy (nothing wrong with these – I just have outgrown them).  But I have ended up with several from the SA that I REALLY enjoyed!  Thank goodness for these wonderful authors I have found and am actively seeking out.  Not all books have to have a Sex & the City theme (a show I’ve never seen and have no interest in.)  These new books of mine are good, clean reading and I don’t feel like I’m being talked down to.  I don’t know where I had this misconception of Christian books being bland, but I was sorely mistaken. 

 Amongst the favorites:

  • Wingate – Tending Roses
  • Karon – The Mitford Series (I just finished book #4)
  • Musser – Swan House