Friday, November 23, 2012

Interview With Donavan

Donavan, we are here today to talk about the process of Infant Sleep Training.  What are your thoughts on that?


You know, the process of allowing your infant to "self-comfort" as he drifts off to sleep, safe and snug in his crib at bedtime.

It's said to take only a few nights of training where each night the amount of adjustment crying is less and less until finally the child goes to sleep on his own. Even upon waking up in the middle of the night he is able to put himself back to sleep, thereby allowing his parents much needed rest as well. Your thoughts?............
And there you have it folks!
Slightly Sleep Deprived,

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Had a Ball

I recently got a chance to dress up like a princess
 and go to a ball with my prince charming.


He really is charming.
And don'tcha LOVE the tie color? 
I totally do.
When I got home, Superman was waiting up for me with a
 "Well, it's about time!"- attitude.

Although, I think he had a little fun of his own while I was gone. 
(Don't worry, we really did have some awesome babysitters.)

And we really did have a BALL!
Lovin' the Life,

Monday, November 12, 2012

This Little Light of Mine

We have been doing some work on our barn for a while and it's really coming along pretty nicely.  The last project was a small one compared to some of the other rather overwhelming tasks we have taken on and still have yet to complete.  Sometimes the small things are the ones that bring me the most happiness, like this little light fixture.  Its so CUTE.  I really like it a lot.  I should have taken a picture of the pitiful, lonely light bulb sticking out above the door before.  The Man was too quick in removing it for me to snap it.
But OH! how I love to look at it!.  It's such a picturesque barn door now, more welcoming and HAPPY.  Never mind the hole above the door knob and the aweful door color.  I'll, hopefully be fixing that soon.  I'm thinking a nice french or robin's egg blue ;).  Just look at that sweet little light!

And THIS guy right here makes it all possible.  I love it that he does silly little things like this for me when he really just wants to finish plumbing the bathroom.  Don't get me wrong, I like a flushing toilet in the barn as much as the next gal. But this little light of mine..........

I'm gonna let it SHINE!

Lovin' the Life,

Monday, February 13, 2012

Daddy Daughter Dance

Maren, all ready to go to her first formal dance.

Did she LOVE these shoes? 

I don't even know what to say here.  I have no words.

Big Daddy and his Lil' Gurl
All Smiles

I followed her out with the camera.

Precious memories waiting to be made, they let me have one more.

In case you're wondering, they ate, they danced, and danced and danced.  They stopped for fried pickles on the way home.  What a perfect night. 
I got to hear all about it as soon as they got home and as soon as Brian left the room, Maren paid him the best compliment a Dad could ever hope to get from his "nearly" teenage daughter, and I quote.
"Mom, Dad is so not awkward!"

Yep, that's why I married him, for his complete non-awkwardness ;)

Beyond Blessed,


Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Lesson in Flexibility

I've never been much of a planner. I'm very comfortable with last minute spontaneity, which comes in handy in lots of areas of my life. I get bored easily with routine. I have gotten better at scheduling as I have gotten older and developed more appreciation for the security of a routine but flexibility has alway been a friend of mine. Or so I thought.....

To say that my Love and I were completely shocked at finding out about baby number 4 on the way after 12 years since our last "baby",would be completely untrue. Though my enthusiasm was certainly masked by my nearly constant nausea, my Love was generally ecstatic. His constant strength and faith was my saving grace early on.  To be completely honest, I found myself wandering around the house in a fog, repeating things like, "This is stupid","I'm turning 39","Really??!".  Not to mention, I found myself a little embarrassed when relaying the news to family, friends and acquaintances after hearing initial responses like,"Was it a surprise?" and "Wow!...How old is your youngest?", "Better you than me.", not very many congratulations. However, I have to say that my parents' and sisters' responses are my absolute favorites to recall.

I had my parents on speaker phone, and to my releif, they screamed, laughed and cried at the same time. I could feel their genuine happiness for me and it was such a blessing. Both of my sisters did the same thing. Oh! It blessed my heart!

Fairly and providentially speaking, I do have a couple of good friends who were around my age when they birthed children, and they expressed heartfelt congratulations.  Food for my soul.  The only kind that didn't make me sick!

So, were we surprised?  Not really, after all, this was no immaculate conception. Was it all planned out by my Love and I?  Not exactly.  The only one who knew the plan all along and is never surprised is God Almighty.  I placed my future in his hands many years ago and I rest in knowing that he loves me. He has a plan and a purpose for me and for this precious one I carry and he has had it in his mind's eye since before I can even imagine.

One nauseatingly early morning a few months ago,while I was having some quiet time, trying to make sense of all that I was feeling, God lead me to a book on my shelf and a quote inside. It gave me such comfort and it renewed my strength enough for me to say,"It doesn't have to make sense to me. It makes sense to God and I trust in Him."

The Greatest Force

When God wants a great work done in the world or a great
wrong righted, he goes about it in a very unusual way.
He doesn't stir up his earthquakes or send forth
his thunderbolts. Instead, he has a helpless baby born,
perhaps in a simple home and of some obscure mother.
And then God puts the idea into the mother's heart,
and she puts it into the baby's mind. And then God waits.
The greatest forces in the world are not the
earthquakes and the thunderbolts. The greatest forces
in the world are babies.

E.T. Sullivan

I read that and I wept. I wept at my lack of faith, I wept at God's personal love and tenderness for me, and for the many joyous things to come that are yet unknown to me.

9 Months and Counting,


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Super Bowl Menu... If anybody's interested

Grandpa Huie's Coleslaw

Sloppy Joe's with homemade buns



Plenty of chips

Make your own Banana Split with homemade hot fudge sauce, fresh strawberries, whipped cream, nuts, chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream, and of course, bananas. Yes, I should've had pineapple but my boys have been on a pineapple and cottage cheese kick and I can't seem to keep it in the house. Truthfully, I didn't miss it.

I have made the unfortunate and wonderful discovery that ice cream cures my pregnancy induced heartburn. If I eat it with fruit and nuts I don't feel as guilty. :)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

July to Today

July-spent a week in DC with my family. It was VERY HOT. I didn't feel so good towards the end of the week. Strange, can this be right?,nauseous,exhaustion,somehow familiar feelings...and food
"Honey!!! I think I'm..."
Honey's response, "Cool!"
We found the nearest drugstore and it was quickly clear.
Two lines instead of one...two lines instead of one....two lines instead of one means, "I'm pregnant!".

August-Made big announcement to children. They were thrilled! The rest of the month is very sketchy. Spent lots of time in bed. Googled "debilitating nausea" just for the heck of it. Cursed my heightened sense of smell. Celebrated my 39th birthday. :) Yeah...39...WOW. Landon started high school as a freshman. What? Kellen returned as a sophomore. Whaaaaa! Maren and I started her 7th grade homeschool year. Yay!

September-I went to lots of high school football games. My niece,Allison,was born! Maren got braces. I went on a marriage retreat with my Honey...aaah. My nausea didn't go away but my family learned to cook more for themselves and how to use the stove vent when they did.

October-Kellen turned 16!!! Kellen got his driver's license!! Emotional instability reigned. Nausea continued. I decide I'm allergic to pregnancy. I came across some research which says that men who have negative memories of their mother's being pregnant are more likely to respond negatively to their wife being pregnant. I decide to shower more, not complain, and put some make-up on everyday so I don't ruin my sons' marriages. Found out it's a BOY!

November-Heartburn. Thanksgiving. Fried Turkey. Heartburn. Nausea. My legs start to resemble road atlas'.

December-Hibernated. Celebrated the birth of Christ. Thought of how young Mary was when she birthed our Savior. Read a book called The Handmaid and the Carpenter by Elizabeth Berg. Pondered the love of my husband. Thought of what it would be like to give birth in a stable. Slept with a thankful heart.

January- Fell asleep before midnight on New Years. Celebrated my Love's 40th birthday. He took it like a man. How can he not? He has another son on the way! Our boys came home from high school to homeschool for this semester. We are thrilled about that! Had an ultra sound at my last Dr's appointment where my Dr. asked "Were your other babies this big?".

The rest of the month is still developing. Our biggest challenge is to figure out what our littlest one's name is....and heartburn. :)



P.S.  Stay tuned for the addition of pictures to this post.  I can't do everything at once!