Saturday, November 29, 2008

I did it!!

I got my nose pierced! Diane (my friend from work & church) and I went together and we both got ours done. I almost backed out at the last minute! The pain wasn't too bad I remembered to breathe out as the needle went in. I even had one tear!Diane's bled like crazy but mine didn't bleed at all. sweet. I've had a little bit of buyers remorse on and off but actually I'm glad that I actually did it.
This is something I wouldn't have even considered doing two years ago, so this represents a big change for me. change is good!

Friday, November 28, 2008

thinkin' about it a little bit more

Today I went into the body piercing shop and looked at the nose rings. I wasn't crazy about the two options the guy showed me and it looks like it will really hurt when I get it put in, so... I'm thinking about it a little bit more. Daniel said "You should totally get it done on Saturday" but I don't think I've got the nerve just yet. I don't know. We'll see.

Today I also went to see the movie "Bolt". It was awesome! A lot like "Meet the Robinsons" but funnier. The hamster totally made the movie for me. Daniel & I dropped the littlest two off at my mom's house and went to see the movie with the oldest two plus Daniel's mom, sister & niece. So it was fun. Beth sang along with the ending song - it was so cute! It was so much fun to go see a movie as a family. Daniel & I used to go out to movies all of the time - up until Katie-Abigail was born - so it was fun to do that again.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Daniel is out back in the shed smoking his pipe. Beth & Emma are away at their Grammy's house to spend the night and the house feels so quiet. The only thing I hear right now is the sound of the coffee pot brewing a fresh pot of coffee. There hasn't been much time today to feel thankful. I've been cleaning up and cooking and trying to keep my kids occupied and out of the kitchen but as this day comes to an end my mind turns to all I have to be thankful for.
Today I am thankful for my family, most of all. I am thankful for my husband who has been faithful to me through a truly crappy year. I am thankful for each of my children. Emma told me today "I need both of my sisters to be happy" I feel like that about each of them. They are growing up so fast! Beth read her birthday cards today herself. She read her card from her Aunt "To my Great Nice" ha! Emma acted like such a big girl as she got into her Grammy's car. She had packed her bag and got herself all ready to go. Katie-Abigail looked taller to me today than ever before and Josiah's very life and presence in this family is a miracle. This afternoon while I was waiting for bread dough to rise I took a walk with just Josiah and I felt the miracle of his life and am so grateful.
I am thankful for my God who has been immeasurable faithful to me. Who has lifted me out of my pit of despair and placed my feet on high places where the grass is a bit greener and the air is a bit sweeter and I laugh and play like a child again. It's been such a long year of grief and I am so glad that God has heard my cry and restored my joy. That he is always with me, leading me on this incredible journey.
I am thankful for beauty. I am thankful for my home - with central heat and air (woohoo!) I am thankful for Mrs. Sue who has become like a second grandmother to my kids and a dear friend to me. I'm thankful for my friends and my church. I'm thankful for my kid's awesome school, and for the peace I've experienced as I've shared that load. (This week we did "Morning Work" every morning and it made me even more thankful that they go to school!)
Well, the coffee is done, though I'm sure I could write more but I'm going to go and sit with Daniel for a bit. Later!

thinkin' about

I'm thinking about getting my nose pierced. Thee or four of my friends have/had their's pierced (plus my sister in-law!) Everytime I pick up my CD from "The Wreckers" I think how pretty Jessica Harp's piercing is. Can you see it? It's SO pretty! I just can't decide if I'm going to do it before or after the Holidays. Daniel thinks it would be totally cute and keeps saying "why are you waiting?"
Well, I gotta' run. Birthday cupcakes to bake! Oh and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Frankie & Harry

This couple was so sweet. They seemed like they would have let me take pictures of them all night! I've never worked with anyone who was willing to spend so much time taking pictures. During the ceremony they played Keith Urban song "Making Memories of Us" it was so beautiful. There was a lot of love and laughter, they cared for each other's children as if they were thier own.
I'm still in the middle of going through them but here are some of my favorites that I've processed so far.

Frankie by you.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Beth lost and tooth! and other news

Beth had her first ever field trip on... well, it was a couple days ago, sorry I'm having a Mommy moment and can't realy remember the specifics of what day that was, so anyway... Beth had her first ever field trip and it was to the Zoo which was very cool. We went there once this year, Beth seemed to really enjoy her field trip. With all that time on the bus etc. she spent the whole day wiggling her loose tooth (that's been loose for like six months) The other day I noticed it was finally getting good and "woggly" and Daniel said "How about I pull it for you?" Beth said "How about on the 17th?" HA! Daniel and I got a laugh out of that. But when Beth came home with that super-wiggly tooth Daniel said "Okay, it's time to take it out." He got out his big pliers (which totally frieked Beth out) and tried to pull it out. He tried pulling it out with his fingers, but they were too big to really fit in her mouth well. So he and Beth gave up on it for awhile. That night just before bedtime I said "Let me take another look at your super-wiggly tooth" and she said "sure" and I said "let's see how far this baby tooth will wiggle up" and it wiggled super-far up and I said "let's see hoe far this baby tooth will wiggle down" and I wiggled it down and heard that little sound of roots breaking (or whatever) Beth said "let me try that!" so she wiggled her tooth some more, it hurt a little and she stopped wiggling so I said "let me see one more time" so Beth said "sure!" and I wiggled it up and wiggled it down and felt a little pop. I said "wiggle it one more time" she opened her mouth and the tooth fell right out! Emma said "oooh Beth, you look so scary now, like a pirate!" ha! Katie-Abigail said what she's been saying for months now "See Mommy I lost a toos" (she's only three and has not yet even had a loose tooth yet, but she wants to be big like Beth so pretend that she's lost a tooth too).

In other news, my GED books came today. I literally jumped around the room giggling. I had no idea I'd be as ecstatic about it as I am. It's been a loooooong time since I've done anything like this!! I sat right down and tore through the first five chapters in the shorter one! Woohoo!
Also I have my second ever wedding photo-shoot coming up on Saturday. It sounds like it is going to be completely different from the last wedding but still quite small. The bride told me today that some of her friends are expecting me to take family portraits while I am there doing the reception photos. (Be still my beating heart!) No, seriously, I'm excited about the opportunity to get some more experience not to mention make some extra money!

Friday, November 7, 2008

a little bit of rambling

So, they put the Christmas tree up at Wal-Mart the other day and my first reaction was to panic - having no idea whatsoever as to what I'll do for my children in the way of Christmas presents. This is always a tricky spot for me. Last year Daniel and I divided our Christmas money and came up with a ridiculous amount of cheap presents. I took a picture of the heap of presents and promised myself that next year would be different. I am somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to Christmas, I want to give my child the gift that will be their favorite present of the season, one that they will cherish for a lifetime. The reality however is that there is absolutely no way to compete with the grandparents. So this year I've decided to just crochet them each a scarf. I get my sewing bag out, the one that my mom made for me when I was still a teen and that I will cherish forever, at night, usually while Daniel is watching some news. I finished Katie-Abigail's already and tried it out on her this morning while Beth & Emma were getting ready for School. That was totally the right move (sweet!) Beth and Emma were all over it saying "will you make one for me too? what color yarn did you buy for me? can you make mine really long?" I showed them the yarn but the rest is going to be a surprise. It was very satisfying to see them excited about their scarves.

This is the yarn I bought for (L-R) Emma, Beth & K-A
I am totally loving the feel of the yarn in my fingers and the rhythm of the crochet hook as I work. I'm not terribly good at crocheting and I almost never follow a pattern but it's really satisfying to look at Katie-Abigail showing off her bright scarf and think "I made that".

In other news, Josiah is getting to be more of a handful every day! His new favorite thing is to climb into the kitchen cupboards!! Usually while I'm cooking or washing dishes. He also tries to climb into the dishwasher regardless of if the dishes in it are clean or dirty.

Another favorite trick of his is to take the toilet paper and bring it into the kitchen, wasting a ton of it. So we keep a lot of doors closed now and the trash cans up high. Josiah was constantly knocking them over and scattering their contents all over the room. He also had started reaching into the kitchen trash can to grab scraps of food. Is that totally gross or what?! Josiah has finally started signing (yay!) he can sign eat, more, please and all-done. I'm super proud of him. I've been working with him pretty much since he was six months old with very little response. He's very verbal and is close to saying every word he can sign. He also loves to shriek. Especially in the car. Especially when we're in the car and I'm on the phone. You can forget about having a conversation at that point. He's an adorable and sweet little guy but super-stubborn he'll do the same thing over and over, even if he's being disciplined for it. I just keep reminding myself that this season is short and I try to treasure the baby-ness in him. He's still nursing, mostly just at naptime and bedtime. I still love those moments. He's such a joy!

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Time for Change

With the election of Barak Obama as President, regardless of if you agree with his politics, it seems obvious that now is the time for change. Now is the time for us conservatives to move past our positions and transform convictions into change. We're good at having conversations but now it's time for us engage in our communities. I think it's time for everyone to take some time to think about what we can do to be a part of the change. Maybe that means becoming more aware and well educated about our own local government, the President is not the entire government and there are still lots of areas of government that we can influence with our educated vote, especially in those local elections. Or maybe it means volunteering with a local organization, I think that especially with the election of an abortion-rights advocate we need to think about what we can do to radically reduce the number of abortions in our own communities.
Personally, it means that I will be working to get me Teachers Certificate so that I can become a teacher in the public school system. I have a ton of work to do, I don't even have my GED! Obama said that if he became President he would recruit new teachers and work on the failing school system. I believe that the transformation of our school system is possible through the involvement of parents and the excellence of teachers and I would really like to be a part of it. I ordered my test-prep books today and I am so excited. I hope to be ready to teach around the time Josiah is ready for first grade or so. We'll see!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Election

This is the first year that I actually stayed up late and watched the election results on TV! It was so exciting!! I voted for Barak Obama so I was really thrilled to see him win by such a huge margin. I understand why a lot of my Christian conservative friends didn't vote for him (although I think that some of the criticisms about him are unfounded or super hyped-up) but I think he's got so much potential to lead the country in a more postive direction. I loved his speach tonight and I look forward to listening to many more in the future! If you didn't vote for Obama I just want to remind you that God is in control and we don't have to be afraid. I want to remind you that the president is not the totality of government and now, more than ever, it is up to us to make a difference where we live to stand up for our values to become aware, well-informed and involved in our communities. It's time to work together for common goals for the common good of our community and for our country. I applaud Obama's message of renewed responsibility, I think it's what we all need to hear.

In case you haven't seen this yet here are some links to some videos you might want to watch:

Barak Obama at Rick Warren's Saddleback Civil Forum

Evangelical Student Supports Barak Obama

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