March 31, 2007


I'm tarred. Meaning tired. Like so tired that I must pronounce it slow and with a southern drawl along with shuffling around in my pjs with hideous bedhead. Tarred, I say.

Spring break is coming to an end, and so are the colds and runny noses. All three of my boys had a bedtime snack at 11:15 pm last night. Needless to say, yesterday was a very. long. day.

Then, just before bed I read this post over at Faith Lifts. Was that for me?

It's also my Dad's birthday today. If you didn't know this, I am a Daddy's Girl. I still crawl up onto his lap. He still
always comes to my rescue (car troubles especially... thanks, Dad!) I will always remember when, as just a little girl, he would rock me to sleep singing his coffee-breathed off key lullaby Tu Ra Lura.

This is one of my favorite pictures of him, from a couple years ago at an air show. He got to ride in this plane (a Stearman bi-plane, I remember!) The pilot even flew him over his house. He looked so awesome in it.

Happy Birthday, Dad!

March 30, 2007

I'm There! Au Revoir!

The Crazy Hip Blog Mamas are asking where you'd like to be today. I honestly think if hubby and I were given the choice to go anywhere we wanted right now, we'd be on the next flight to Paris. And we'd only go if we could take the kids with us!

We honeymooned there, and are familiar with the surroundings. What an amazing country to introduce to our children- we hope someday.

There are times we'll breathe in the fall air, or a cool breeze, and reminisce about our holiday in Pair-ee.

And after this week... it's just been a long week... I'd love to be there!

March 29, 2007


Noah & Carter, arguing as they played today:

C: I am from Star Wars!

N: No, you came out of the Bible.

C: No I didn't, I am the guy from Star Wars.

N: I saw you come out of the Bible. Or maybe I dreamed it.

Speaking of all things Jedi, have you seen the United State's Postal Service website lately? You betcha my boys are hoping one of these mailboxes come to our town!

March 28, 2007

And She Knits

The carnival this week over at the Crazy Hip Blog today is to share our hobbies. The one main hobby that I am most devoted to is knitting.

About 2 1/2 years ago I decided to take a knitting class offered
at our local knitting shop where, by the way, I told hubby to look for me if I ever come up missing. If only I could be a tiny mouse and snuggle up among the lucious yarns and make my home there!


My aunt had visited and she is a jewelry maker, gardener, avid reader, and skilled knitter. I find that even though I did not grow up around Aunt Susie, I am alot like her. I think I wanted to be even more like her. So, I promptly signed up for a beginner knitting class (we learned to knit a square and do different patterns and cables, which then led me to make many, many scarves!) Next, I took a scarf & hat class. I've knitted off & on ever since. Most recently I am quite proud of knitting my first sweater.

I find that I am getting better at reading patterns and attempting harder projects. I started a knitting journal this year to chronicle the journey.

You will find works in progress in just about any room of our house. I fill baskets, bags, and even have a hope chest completely packed with needles in every size, books, and yarns of all kinds.

My favorite time to knit is really any free moment. I love to knit outside while the kids are playing. The weather lately has been perfect for this. I love to knit by the window in the winter, watching the snow fall. When a good movie is on. Late at night. Early morning. In the car (while hubby drives.) Anywhere, anytime really.

I often let a particular yarn inspire me to make something. Sometimes I'll find a pattern or muse first. Knitting truly relaxes me and gives me a quiet sense of achievement and accomplishment, and another step toward being that Proverbs 31 woman.

With every stitch, I observe my hands. They are hands that prepare. That make better, and that wipe away tears. Hands that correct, that protect. Hands that serve. Hands that create. That praise. Hands that grasp, and also that let go. Hands that give. And that receive. Hands with promise. Hands with purpose. Hands with life. Hands that love.

March 26, 2007


"Our worst fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, 'who am I to be so brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?'

Actually, who are we not to be?

You are a child of God: Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us. It is not just in some of us, it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
~Marianne Williamson

I was reminded of this utterly inspiring quote, taken from a speech of Nelson Mandela's, as I watched Akeelah and The Bee. It will make you want to be what you are meant to be, make you want to do great things, and if you already want to do great things, it will fire you up even more!

March 25, 2007

A Girl And Her Handbag


Well we can't go on showing our shoes without sharing our handbags, too! What do you carry? A diaper bag or purse- or both? Big or little? Fancy or Frugal?

I prefer something that doesn't look like a diaper bag, but can fit anything and everything from books to diapers to yarn & knitting needles.

Recently I was shopping around for a large, hip, hobo-style bag. In a fun color or print. I just couldn't find anything I liked!

So, I went to my very talented and hip best friend Ashlee... hinting around to see if she had any left-over material from her awesome sling fabrics. Looky looky what she made me!

If you just have to have one of these fabulous Nest bags, be sure to check in to the Nest website to see when they become available! And if you'd like to play along and tell us about
your handbag, please link your post in Mr. Linky below.

*Updated to add- the totes are now available at Nest- and they are gorgeous!!!*


I peeked in on Noah & Carter as they were supposed to be napping. I found Noah sitting in the rocking chair with his little bible opened.

"I'm reading the Bible to Carter."

"Oh, which story?" I asked.


March 24, 2007

We're Old School Like That

So Ashlee and I cooked up a plan all week to escape from Mom Duty last night. We didn't care what we did or where we went. Just needed a little break.

So we went bowling. And on the way we hoped that there were open lanes. But then we got to thinking that the lanes are probably not so hopping at 6:30 pm on a Friday night. The place was empty and Ashlee was way better than she let on with her cute green bowling shoes and strikes and spares and shtuff.

My form in this picture probably explains why I didn't even break 100! She won the 1st game and I won the second- barely. But it was good times. We thought about roller skating next- but that might be a bit risky if we were to get injured and then having to take care of the little ones and all. I've been down that road before. The things that become too dangerous now that we're moms!

We even stopped by Barnes & Noble since we had only been out a little over an hour by the time we were done bowling! I remembered Friday nights in highschool hanging out at Barnes & Noble near the art books and music magazines. We snatched up copies of the new Mothering and then browsed the children's section. Oh, and the food books, too.

And we were gone just a couple hours, but it was good. And we missed our guys. And it was just what I needed.

March 23, 2007

I'm Glad I'm The Mom

I got to bed too late again last night, trying to squeeze in knitting & a movie with hubby, finishing up laundry, doing dishes, cleaning up from our day. Finally I rested upon my pillow around midnight. Sometime after that I am comforting a stuffy-nosed baby, soothing him back to sleep.

Then around 4 am I hear loud whispering coming from the bathroom. Carter's on the potty and has lots to tell me. He didn't quite make it in time and needs some cleaning up... I help him out and decide his underwear can just go in the garbage and a bath is needed. We quietly draw a warm bath and I gather up some toys for him to play with. I explain that accidents happen sometimes. It's ok.

I am so glad I am the mom, as I just don't see hubby being this gentle in the middle of the night. (Honestly Carter would still be sitting on the potty if it was all up to Daddy. It takes a lot more than a whisper to wake him up!)

I feel grateful for the little middle of the night time I had with Carter. I was blessed by the look of relief in his eyes when he saw me tend to his need, telling him it was ok and that accidents happen. I could see, in his big brown eyes, that he knows his Mommy loves him.

It's also rare to get complete uninterrupted one-on-one time with each of my little guys, so even if it was 4 AM, I didn't care.

I got my middle man back to bed and I tried to go back to sleep myself. Just wasn't happening. I got up, did some knitting, laundry, and pilates. I enjoyed the quiet house as everyone else was sleeping. Already a great start to my day. I got to see the night turn into morning. Quite beautiful.

March 22, 2007

Musically Memed

There's a fun tag going around to post your current favorite 7 songs and some people are linking them to MP3s or youtube. I'm going the youtube route, so will only list the songs I could find there with the exception of #7...

1. Phantom Limb, The Shins
2. Satellite, Guster (and this band rocks at going green!)
Word Of God Speak, MercyMe
4. Mushaboom, Feist
5. Chicago, Sufjan Stevens
Ocean Floor, Audio Adrenaline
7. live worship, Eric Shawn (you get a sample of the songs... I like them all... he's my the CD!)

That was fun! Thanks to Ladybug Picnic for the tag! The first three people to play along can consider themselves tagged- let me know in the comments and I'll post it here.

March 21, 2007

Little Things

The sssssssssst. That sound a match makes after I've blown out the flame, then run it under water to make sure it's fully out. You know that sound? I love that sound.

We watched Stranger Than Fiction last night and that movie left us feeling thankful and grateful for life. The big things. The little things.

How marvelous that we get to live this day! Did you know you can decide what kind of day you will have today? What a shame not to live it to the fullest!

See who else is being thankful today at Raising Contentment...

She's Hip, She's Random, & She Wears The Baby!

This week at the Carnival of Crazy Hip Mamas, there was a surprise topic. It's a fun one! If you've noticed way down on my sidebar you can click on the Crazy Hip Blog Mamas "random site" and go to a random blog that is part of the Crazy Hip Mamas. Who doesn't love a crazy hip mama? And you know you need just one more blog to read, am I right?

So guess who I just randomly stumbled upon?
Fina'Drea ... I immediately see Philippians 1:9-11 at the top of her blog and scroll down to see a beautiful mom wearing her beautiful baby in a beautiful sling! Hello! I am just now finding you? I can't wait to read more.

March 20, 2007

Wordless Wednesday: Movie Star

Don't I look neat? Like a moooovie star. (his words!)

Story Time

Stories over breakfast with

Once upon a time Carter went deep into the forest. He found some wild carrots and they were scrumptious. Here is where he met a good dinosaur friend. They found a bad guy and Carter used his lightsaber and the dinosaur friend used his sharp teeth that chops off foots and nails. And Carter lightsabered the bad guy in the neck. The end.


A bad guy snucked into our house and got into my special snacks and made a mess! (Upon explaining why there were crumbs all over the floor...)

March 18, 2007

Who Doesn't Love Shoes?

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them, and you have their shoes. -Frieda Norris

Alright, it's Monday once again and it's time to share. This week's photo tag is Show Us Your Shoes. What shoes can't you live without?

So many people commented on how much they loved their Crocs. I'll admit it took me a while to finally buy my 1st pair, and I have to say that's all I wear now! Still searching for a green pair! (Size 8, hint hint) If you're playing along, please put the link to your post in Mr. Linky below.

*Updated! I found a pair of Primas in lime! I am just praying that they don't email me and tell me they are out of stock!!

It Doesn't Come With Rainbows

Updated below...

We busily cleaned out our garage last weekend, kinda "nesting" for our new car. We weren't sure when we'd be able to get the one we want, but Monday morning we got a call about a great deal on our car- the exact one we wanted, equipped with everything we wanted as well! I am officially no longer a Minivan Mom! Please don't hate! ; )

We only allow ourselves to have one car payment and Hubby's car is paid off next month. We got an amazing too-good-to-be-true (but it was true) deal on this car. Blessed. Yes.

If you've seen the commercials, then you'll understand why Noah asked if ours came with a rainbow, too.

Ok, since you all want to see it... here's a picture. We LOVE it! It has been so fun driving it around this weekend! We can't wait for our trip to Colorado in June!

March 17, 2007

Somewhat Famous

While my mom was at the hospital waiting for my new niece to be born, a young couple came into the waiting room with a newborn baby. She said the mom seemed to recognize her right away... from my blog... namely this crazy bathing suit in the snow post! Hi Jen! Your new baby is too precious! Congrats!

And in case you missed it, here's the video (the best I could do) of my dogs in sweaters...

March 16, 2007

Dogs In Sweaters

Tonight The Planet's Funniest Animals on Animal Planet (airing around 6 or 7 pm our time) will have a cute clip of our first dogs wearing sweaters. (I mentioned this quite a while back...) That show actually makes Gray crack up laughing... so tivo it and watch if you like! When you see two cute miniature pinscher puppies rolling around the floor in sweaters, you can say, hey I kinda know them! And I may be in the clip, too. I don't know how much they're going to show.

Jake & Dobie were our first babies before our human ones came along. Unfortunately after Gray came, they had "had enough" and started destroying our home... we tried very hard to make things work- even doggy diapers!- but in the end we made the difficult choice to give them to someone that could live more peacefully with them. We have heard updates from the Min Pin Rescue group that helped place them in their new home (they were able to stay together!) and it's wonderful to know they are being cared for and loved the way they should be. And probably won't be made to wear those sweaters anymore.

March 15, 2007

What Are You Into This Month?

I haven't done one of these in a while and thought it was about time to find out just what everyone is up to again... feel free to post something similar if you like.

What I'm Craving: Honestly, I've had the most intense craving for a hot, deep dish Chicago-style cheese pizza with extra sauce on the side... oh it sounds so heavenly. But, I can't have dairy. Instead, I am making a huge pot of minestrone tonight (the Olive Garden copy-cat recipe). Did anyone else have SNOW greeting them this morning? Doncha just love March?

Movie I've Seen Or Am Looking Forward To Seeing: I am excited to see the new SpiderMan movie with my hubby (and hopefully Lori & her hubby, too) at IMAX as soon as it comes out. That's about the only comic book movie I really like.

Blog I am Always Visiting: I find myself clicking on over to the Celebrity Baby Blog when I have a quick moment. And usually I end up feeling really sorry for all those celebrity parents & kids at how crazy and intrusive the paparazzi are. But, did anyone else notice the resemblance between baby Suri and my new niece Abigail!?

Chore I Am Always Trying To Catch Up On: Dishes. Our dishwasher is not working, so I am the sole dish washer. And some days it looks like this dish washer is not working either...

Favorite Way To Exercise And When Do I Do It: Winsor Pilates. There's never been another exercise regimen that I've enjoyed so much and find more relaxing. Now finding time for it without becoming a jungle gym to my children is another thing. So ideally I like to do it before the kids wake up. And ultimately I end up doing it at the end of the day, really late, after they are all in bed and the dishes are finally done.

My Favorite Blog Entry In More Recent Months: I've had fun watching You Blog The Blog. So, keep it up!

March 14, 2007


Aunt Steph bought lots of hair bows for Abigail. Look at that hair. Have you ever seen such a thing?

I got my wedding ring back! All fixed and as shiny as ever... and it was repaired & rebuilt at no cost! What a blessing!

I am also now a proud dyson owner. Let me just say, it's amazazing! And before you start thinking we must've won the lottery for me to get a new luxury vacuum cleaner, I'll tell you we are blessed. My old vacuum was horrible and just a few months old. I had already exchanged it once, so I returned it again today and said I must have something better! The one I got was on sale, plus I had my old vacuum to exchange, plus another discount coupon on top of it all. A good deal!

Now, as if we can contain any more blessings, we are in the process of getting a too-good-to-be-true deal on a new vehicle (not a mini-van woo hoo!!) and we are supposed to be able to pick it up on Saturday!

March 13, 2007

My Baby Brother Is A Father

A marathon labor. More prayers than ever. A new baby is born!

My baby brother is a father.

Her name is Abigail Vera and she weighed 8 lbs 5 oz born late March 13, 2007.

I love her already and we've never met.

Wordless Wednesday: Awww

March 11, 2007


Probably the most cherished material thing I own is my wedding ring. I love it. I look at it and it just means so much to me. Unfortunately a prong just broke on it and I am without it at the moment while it is being fixed!

But, here are two other important little things I own that mean a great deal to me, no matter their small size.

My tea-time turtle from Strawberry Shortcake. I have no idea if that's his real name, but that's what I've always called him, and I've treasured this little toy for some reason. Right now he sits in a candle on my stove ledge. A reminder of more innocent times, maybe.

And a postcard from my Gram, who passed away when I was in 2nd grade. I was so close to her and probably am just like her today. This post card hung on my wall when I first moved away from home. I keep this in a hat box with old photos, and I feel safe when I find it again.

If you're playing along, please sign Mr. Linky below linking to your photo tag Possessions post.

I am not sure how long I'll keep up this weekly tag, but due to all the Crocs love, how about a Show Me Your Crocs for next week's? And if you don't have Crocs, show us the shoes you live in or just gotta have...

March 10, 2007


All I can say is, some party... everyone please give a hand to Janice & Susan over at 5 Minutes For Mom! Woo! My site meter is still behind on a lag due to so much traffic!!

And, congrats to el-e-e at hello, self for winning this fun wavy scarf! I am off to start knitting the weekend away!

And I should be getting a new niece this weekend, too- yay for me- Auntie Steph! Please keep my sister-in-law in prayer. This is her first baby. We are praying for her to go into labor naturally on her own without need for induction this weekend. We also pray for a peaceful and calm birth, and easy breastfeeding. This child is fearfully and wonderfully made... I can not wait to meet her!

See you for the photo tag on Monday!


P.S. The birds are singing outside my window this morning! Yay for spring and new babies!

Update- No baby yet. Please keep praying! I'll let you know when she's here. Can't wait to find out her name... so far it has been a secret!

March 9, 2007

She Muses and She's a Housewife

Well, did you all find a new friend at the crazy big Ultimate Blog Party? I have to say I can't believe how many people decided to show up! I honestly wasn't aware there were that many bloggers out there! Wow! And thank you to everyone that bared your bumps. It was a huge hit! Start
looking for photos for next week's tag... the theme is Possession. Could be something current or from your childhood. A material thing you treasure. I've got a couple to share.

I think my new favorite blog has to be Musings Of A Housewife. I had never read her blog before the big party, and am so glad to have found her! The blog is super cute. She does American Idol recaps after every show- how can you not love that?

She's open and witty and down to earth, and she loves God. I can relate to soooo many things in her 100 Things list... especially her desire to be a godly woman, the extended breastfeeding, the minivan-driving-but-wanting-an-SUV (which by the way, I may no longer be a minivan mom soon as we are shopping for a new vehicle!!!), classic rock music, the shopping, the solos in church, the cordless phone thing (sorry, hubby!), and the klutz part. I probably should have named that one first...

Did you post about your favorite new friend from the party yet? And are you as excited as I am to see if you've won a prize!? I can't wait to see for whom I'll be knitting this!

Crazy Hip Blog Mama Photo Friday

The Crazy Hip Blog Mama's site has a Photo Friday going on!
Today's theme: Your silly little baby face

I couldn't choose, so here's two of my favorites of Gray...

And please join me on Monday for another photo tag. The theme is Possession. Could be something current or from your childhood. Also check out this past week's photo tag and all the baby bumps mamas are showing off!!!

March 8, 2007

More Good Things

They came today! I now own a pair of Crocs!

So I caved in to a trend that many deem will be our most regrettable one of this decade... but unlike the jellies of 80's days past, these are actually comfortable! And if anyone finds them in a lime size 8, please let me know... I so need a green pair!

Where The Good Things Grow

It happens all the time- I am so inspired by other bloggers. One of my favorite things about blogging is reading what other writers have to say, and I love the moment when I think I can so relate or, wow, that was so well written, and so forth.

Read here at Actual Unretouched Photo why I have a different perspective now about growing my boys rather than pretty flowers by our front door.

And here at New Mama's Nest you'll find a touching perspective reminding us just where our treasure lies...

Things are looking up. I can just feel it. Have you ever felt like you're finally on the right track? Where life is making sense and has meaning and you are no longer just treading water?

That type of thing. It's good.

March 7, 2007

Photo Tag: Bump!

Here's two of my favorite preggy belly pics... please share yours by using the Mr. Linky below! (Updated to add... please include any expectant adoptive parent photos, too!!) Also updated... since this is so popular I'm moving it to the top for now!

This first one was taken back with big brother-to-be Noah (16 months old here) in July '02 when I was almost due with Carter. It's hard to tell with the white shirt & white background, but the belly was b i g ! He ended up being my largest baby born a few days early at 9 lbs 12 oz. Almost all natural, but my water broke with an early leak & I 'wasn't progressing' so we did pitocin via IV... no complications for me, but he did break his poor little collar bone coming out! He was big!

And this lovely bare belly pic is me at 36 weeks pregnant with Grayson in September '05. He was my smallest baby at 7 lbs 5 oz born
completely au natural and without any IV or medication or anything... (yes, I am proud of this!) and his entire body came out in one push!

And I can not look at all these beautiful belly pics without thinking- isn't it amazing, these babies we love so much... they were in there!?

Start looking for photos for next week's tag... the theme is Possession. Could be something current or from your childhood. A material thing you treasure.

It's Party Week... are you there?

March 6, 2007

Wordless Wednesday: Recycling Again... When's Summer!?

Hubby, Me, & my "Bump" summer '05- about 6 months along here...
have you seen all the lovely mama bumps going on here!?

It's Party Week... are you there?

Strong, Woman, I Am

I often make things appear easier than they really are.

The good: I am very optimistic. Nothing is ever impossible.

The not so good: People have high expectations for me.

The good: I have so many dreams and possibilities.

The not so good: I am frustrated that I can't do everything right now!

The good: I will try to make things work out for everyone else.

The not so good: I keep too much of what I feel inside.

Lord, let my words and actions honor You. You know my heart and my desires...

I am currently blanketing myself with the inspiring book Fight Like a Girl- a gift from my sweet friend Sheryl. Snatch up this book if you're in need of some good You Go Girl time...

It's Party Week... are you there?

March 3, 2007

So Glad To Be Found This Way

Of all the (sometimes weird, sometimes crazy) things I find on my site meter that has people coming to my blog... this post is the most popular. And such a perfect one... yes?

Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.

Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I've grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullabye, rockabye, lullabye loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo

The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
And out in the yard there's a hullabaloo
But I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo
Look! Aren't his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullabye, rockaby lullabye loo.

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

- Ruth Hulbert Hamilton

It's Party Week... are you there?
Get your favorite pregnant belly photos ready for Monday's photo tag!

March 2, 2007

Let's Play 'In What Crazy Place Did I Find My Phone This Time?' !

Thankfully it was our cheap cordless phone.... in the toilet. Fun.

Another good reason to go to Target this weekend!

Party Week... are you there?


Thanks to Jess at Tangential Thoughts for sharing this with me!

Party Week... are you there?