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July 31, 2009

Full Time vs. Part Time

If you've been reading long, you know that I was considering going back to work part-time at Bayfront Medical Center. They "unofficially" offered me a job in the Trauma Center. A job I was really excited about. I miss working in the hospital. We took Josh to go buy new scrubs for his new job a few weeks ago and it all came flooding back to me, how much I loved my job back in Alabama at the Unit.
The lady told me to go and get my CPR certification renewed and that she would call me with an interview with the Department Director. I never got around to getting it done-and she never called. The day I had my class set up, Josh came home from work really early sick. He spent all day that day in bed and I watched Noah (actually, I deferred Noah to other parts of the house so he wouldn't get whatever his daddy had). I was going to go the next week, but then my PawPaw died and we ended up in Alabama for a week. Now, this week Josh has duty and is finishing up a few orientation classes at Edward White Hospital (his new job) and I still don't have time to go get this certification done. Did I mention, that she never called me with my interview?
I've been doing alot of thinking about it over the past couple of days, and I spent a lot of time praying about it over the last few weeks, and I have decided that this is God's way of telling me that he wants me to be at home with Noah. And I am kind of relieved. True, I get ridiculously bored sometimes sitting at home all day with sometimes absolutely nothing to do. But, the more I think about it, the more I realize that I don't want to miss the "first" moments with Noah. I was sitting there the other day watching him pull up on the furniture in the living room and I thought to myself how upset I would be if he took his first steps and I wasn't there to see them. It would break my little mommy heart!
Plus, I also thought about the "seperation anxiety" phase he is in right now. We went to the movies for my birthday the other night and the lady next door that was keeping him said he cried for almost 2 hours after we left. I know that's a phase that he will grow out of, but the idea of him screaming with someone that I don't really even know for several hours upsets me. Granted these people are professionals and whatever, but I am uneasy with the idea of someone that isn't family or a close personal friend being around my son while he pitches his fit. I'm not saying that anything would happen to him, but you can't be too careful with people these days.
And with Josh about to start a second job, I want to make sure that Noah has a constant parental figure there with him all the time. I just have this inkling that if I go back to work that he's going to be spending more time than I realize in someone elses care, and I just really don't want that. God has been slowly revealing all of this to me the past day or two and I'm confident that he has a purpose for me being a stay at home mom. This is what I always said that I wanted when I was growing up. I never made any ultimate, huge career plans. In school when we had to write "when I grow up I want to be..." papers, I always wanted to be a mommy and wife...and maybe a teacher (paid summers off and you work when your kids are at school-still haven't ruled that out completely). I just think this is best right now.
And God is really helping me with the whole boredom thing. I've discovered the wide world of mommy blogging and I'm hooked. I've found so many great reads that occupy me in between cleaning and tidying up and keeping Noah out of stuff. I love to blog. I haven't even checked my facebook because I spend my time on blogger when I get online. This is also fueling my passion to write. I think the good Lord has something up his sleeve with that too, but I will have to wait and see.
If you bloggy friends will, just keep me in your prayers. I've pretty much made up my mind to stay a Full Time Stay at Home mom, but I am hoping to go back to school in January and this is really an area of my life in which I need God's direction and guidance. I am one of those people who would enjoy doing so many things (interior design, graphic/website design, teaching, writing, nursing, psychology) and I don't know what it is that GOD wants me to do. I know he has a will and a plan for me, I just can't figure out what it is. If you will, just keep me in your thoughts and pray that I have the patience and the open heart to hear God's plan for me; and that God will show me in his time. Hope you all have a blessed evening and a Wonderful Weekend! Going now to snuggle up with the hubby and drift off to sleep! Good Night All! :)
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Operation Organization Challenge-Photos

Alright. These are not anything I'm proud of, but be it that it's for the good of "Operation Organization", I'll share with you. This is the dirtiest my house has ever been...well, atleast since we moved in to our house and the unpacking was causing the house to look like a War Zone. This time, aside from the fact that we spent a week in Alabama for a funeral and my mind was on overload, I had no excuses. I digress. Anyway. Most of the rest of the house was pretty tidy. I did the dusting and the laundry, but as far as being "photo worthy", the kitchen was the worst. Here you go.

BEFORE:
Kitchen counter...(face turns red)
The bar
The top of the microwave where most of the mail gets dumped
The sink area AFTER: (YAY ME :] )
Stove area
My nice, clean, shiny counter The clean table (with clean table clothe!) The top of the microwave now (all of the mail is being sorted out and filed in nice organized file folders)

Ok. There. Whew. My first set of overly embarrassing house photos are up and published. Glad to know, though, that I'm not the only one battling organization. This week, I plan to
  • Clean out from under the stairs (definately will I post photos of that!)
  • Clean out Noah's closet (a project I've started, and just not finished)
  • Go through all of mine and Josh's clothes and take stuff to GoodWill
  • Set up my scrapbook/computer desk

It sounds like it's a lot, but it's really not that bad. I have until next Friday and these projects won't take me very long. I have an entire week to get these done. Watch for photos and posts all week to see how I do! :)

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Thanking God on Friday's

*I am thankful for Josh's second job. I know that it will be hard for all of us to adjust to the different hours, but it is going to be such a big help for us financially. We will finally be able to get everything caught up and taken care of, and then we can start working on our house and really saving some money.
*I am thankful for my camera. The older Noah gets, the more thankful I am for the technology we have to take pictures and capture the moments in life we want to hold onto. Even though Noah is getting bigger and growing up, I am able to pull out photos from 9 months ago and it still feels like yesterday I was holding him for the first time.
*I am thankful for Children's Grape Tylenol. Noah is teething. His first set of molars are coming in, causing him fever and irritation. This stuff works wonders...helps him sleep too, which I think is what I love the most :)
* I am thankful for sunshine! I love waking up in the mornings to a blue sky and the sunshining out over the pond in our backyard. It is so beautiful and such a wonderful blessing. It feels like God's way of saying "good morning" to me every day.
*I am thankful for my washer and dryer. I know that may sound crazy, but I am. I went the first year of mine and Josh's marriage having to do laundry in a laundry facility. Not anymore! I have my own wonderful washer and dryer and can keep my laundry up all the time!
*I am thankful for bubble baths. This is my ultimate way to unwind after a long, toddler-chasing, diaper-changing, house cleaning day. I can already feel one in the works for tonight!
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Operation Organization Challenge

Operation Organization
Good morning my favorite bloggy friends! So excited that it is Friday (even though it's the hubby's duty week and he will be spending alot of time at work this weekend), but no matter Friday's are Friday's and that simply makes them exciting in my book.

Anywho. Melinda over at "Coming Clean" has started this great new idea! She is hosting Operation Organization over at her blog and I have decided to join in. It's an 8 week thing with one sole purpose: organize those areas of your house that you keep putting off! I encourage you all to participate. I'm super excited. I have lots of ideas on what I want to do, so here is a breakdown of a few of the small things I have in mind.

  • Clean out the closets and go through Noah's toys...give stuff we don't need or use to GoodWill.
  • Clean out from under the stairs (I have a storage area under my staircase...when we first moved in it became a holding ground for junk we didn't really know where to put...it's a disaster!)
  • Clean out and organize my pantry.
  • Set up my desk and organize what little scrapbook stuff I have.

My goal for today is simple: CLEAN MY HOUSE! I have my schedule set up to tackle one or two things at a time instead of all at once during the week, but I want my entire house clean before I start that. Then I feel like it's actually getting clean...I told you. I'm obsessive compulsive about my house being clean. LOL. Part of Melinda's project is to share before and after photos...sigh. I guess I will be forced to show you all what a disaster my house is right now. I haven't gotten around to cleaning it since we got home from Alabama last week. I usually put my cleaning off until Friday-one, because Josh is off and he can entertain Noah; and two, because I like to start my weekend with a spotless house! Makes me enjoy the weekend more. So, anywho. Photos of my disaster zone to come. (Along with a few more posts I have in mind for today.)
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July 30, 2009

YAY for Layaway!

I had this in my blog book as something I have been meaning to post, so here you go! "Hallmark" stores have brought back layaway for Christmas ornaments! This may not be anything exciting for anyone other than me, but I love Christmas ornaments. My grandmother started the tradition of giving them as gifts when I was little and it's something that has grown into tradition in our family. When I got married, I already had enough ornaments to decorate our first Christmas tree with and we have started the tradition for Noah already.

I love Hallmark decorations because they are so stinkin' cute! I can find them for everything and for every person. I get them for my dad, my mom, sister, Noah, friends, and even my stinky ol' husband who would never admit that he likes getting them. They also have their "Dream Books" out in stores for free right now which gives a pretty detailed look at some of their most popular ornaments. I collect Gone with the Wind memorabilia, so of course, I get that ornament every year.

Anyway. Their layaway plan is for 3 months with 10% down (atleast that's what they are doing at the Hallmark store I frequent.) I'm going in September to get all of mine. It's really a great thing for people like me who usually just give ornaments for gifts (they are simple and they will last forever...) And since Hallmark ornaments aren't exactly as cheap as the ones you can get at Wal-mart, they are one of a kind and you can find them to match your receiver. Anywho. Thought you ladies may be interested to know this!
You can look at the entire collection on the internet too!
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Things I love about being a mommy...

I love being a mommy. I love that I am Noah's mommy. I love that I know things about him that no one else does. I love that I can tell what he wants before he even hints that he wants it. I love that I am the last person he sees before he goes to sleep and usually the first person he sees when he wakes up. I love that he only likes for me to rock him to sleep. I love the way right before he closes his eyes to go to sleep in my lap, he reaches up to touch my cheek. I love the way he smells after a bath. I love the way he grins when he has a mouthful of food. I love the way he grins when he discovers something new. I love the way he grins all together. I love the way he giggles when I make funny faces at him. I love that if he hurts himself, he immediately looks for me to comfort him. I love the way he plays with my hair...like he can't quite figure it out. I love the way when he gets up way too early in the morning, the only way to get him to go back to sleep is to lay him on my chest and cuddle up under the covers. I love how ticklish he is on his feet and his ribs. I love how mischevious he is...even when it is frustrating. I love watching him learn new things. I love watching him discover the world around him. I love knowing that he is my responsibility. I love knowing that it's my job to teach him right from wrong and how to live a good life. I love knowing that I am his first love. I love knowing that one day, some other girl (that won't be good enough) will come along and take him from me. I love that I am jealous of that. I love that God has entrusted me with raising this precious little miracle. And I love that I love being a mommy.
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July 29, 2009

My New Toy!

Ok. So I had never even seen the ad for these things on tv, but my Mother in law had one when we to Alabama to visit last week and I. Fell. In. Love. So, my mother in law being the wonderful woman that she is, went and bought me my own as a "late birthday gift" even though she already bought me two really nice chairs to go out on my patio when she was down to visit at the beginning of July. But no matter, her it is:
My Swivel Sweeper!! This thing is a tot-moms dream come true. I gaurantee you I was sweeping the floor atleast 10 times a day to gather up all of the Cheerio's, Apple Jacks, and Goldfish crackers that were living on my kitchen floor. And I have marble floor tiles in my kitchen, which are really hard to keep swept up good because of the grout (spelling?) lines. Not anymore! This thing is my new best friend. It comes with a rechargeable battery that I just keep hanging in the kitchen and a cleaning brush to clean up the inside. It's easy to put together and really simple to empty. It goes straight from hard flooring to carpet and does really good at picking up little crumbs and stuff off of your carpet in between vaccuming days. I use mine to clean the stairs with. LOVE IT!<br>
Anywho. Thought you ladies may be interested in this little time saver. And the best part is, they are C.H.E.A.P.!!
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July 28, 2009

Missing my husband...

No, the husband didn't go anywhere. He's upstairs laying bed...probably snoring by now. While I find myself sitting downstairs at the kitchen table pecking away at a computer and thinking to myself that my placemats need washing. I think parenthood is starting to take its toll on us. Atleast, that's how I'm feeling. Seems like there is no "us" time anymore. No intimacy. No romance. I thought we had that whole 'finding time for each other after a baby' thing licked, but I'm starting to question that judgement a little. Something I've been noticing for several weeks now. Something I try to bring into conversation and dear husband, being very much the man that he is (and most others are as well I think) brushes off as if he sees no change.

Why are men like that? Why do they not see when you start drifting from one another? Is it because they are so hell-bent and focused on their jobs or whatever that they fail to notice relationships? I feel like we have no...what's the word I'm looking for? Alone time? Privacy? Time for Conversation? It seems everything is a rush. It's always in a hurry. Conversation...Intimacy...always something that needs doing. A dish to wash, clothes to fold, a toddler ot keep from destroying the house and everything in it (lol...he's not really that bad. Just your typical little explorer.)

Josh is tired. This I know. He works very hard and doesn't complain (very often anyway...less than most I'll put it that way.) He's a wonderful husband. An amazing daddy. The sole breadwinner of our family and is about to take on a second job. I'm terrified. Of that second job. I'm jealous of that job. Weird huh? I'm jealous that, although we can definately use the second income, that job will be getting more of my husbands already little time. That job will take another 12 hours of his day away from me...and my son. Granted that job is reserved for days that he doesn't have to go do his Coast Guard thing, but still.

People warned us, well me atleast, that this would come. The doctors, family, friends with children...first the baby comes then the marriage slips. Not that we are to the point of divorce or have a bad marriage by any means, just having trouble finding time. And I'm missing him. Severely. Like now, he was tired. I could tell he was when he got home from work today (2 hours later than usual thanks to a duty week and a trip to Ft. Myers today). We cooked homemade pizza, gave the baby a bath together, played with the little guy for a while and put him to bed early (at 7:30...an entire hour earlier than usual...and without protest!). I was excited. I was thinking that maybe we would get in some quality us time for a change. Baby was down early, the kitchen was cleaned up, nothing in the house to do. Wrong. I ended up taking a bath, he played the computer for a few minutes and watched the Yankees/Rays game, and now at 9:30, he is sleeping and I'm downstairs...

::Sigh:: I don't know. It's got me a little upset. It's one of those things, like I said, that I try to bring up, try to point out, and apparently I am the only that notices. I guess men think that as long as you aren't fighting and arguing that everything is totally perfect. After all of these years and all of the things that men should have learned, they still haven't mastered the idea of what women want or need. I want romance. I want conversations about things besides diapers, baby food and doctors appointments. I want to get dressed up in a nice dress and go out with my husband for more than just an hour or two. I want to walk down the beach holding my husbands hand without having to carry a child on my right hip...I want to be pursued again instead of just...married. Does that make any sense?

Do any of you ever feel like that? Do you feel sometimes like the spark is gone or dwindling from your marriage? You've got to. Maybe it's not something you all are wanting to talk about, but I will. I'm secure enough in my marriage to know that Josh and I have everything God intended for two people, even when we hit the rough patches. This isn't really anything too personal that I don't feel comfortable sharing. I'm pretty sure that out of 100 women, 150 of them have delt with this. What do you do? How do you overcome it? How do you find time to be together when you are already fighting the clock to get everything else that needs accomplishing done? Maybe you just...do it. You just cut out things. Miss things. Go without accomplishing something. Leave the dirty dishes in the sink. Don't sweep the kitchen floor. Miss the ballgame. Don't catch up on a blog. (ahem...) Lose an hour of sleep, even if you need it. Are those things really so much more important than the simple most important (earthly) relationship we have?

I'm learning. I'm new to a lot of things other than parenting. Being a wife is one of them. In case some of you didn't know, Josh and I were only married for 6 months before Noah came along. And were only married for 2 weeks before we found out...We got thrown into being newlyweds and discovering how to make a marriage work and adjust to living with one another and each others bad habits (not picking our clothes up off the floor and moving things the other person sets down...one is him, the other me) and tackling the adjustments that come with being a new parent. Dealing with the emotional (will he ever stop crying?), physical (how long can a person go with only 3 hours of a sleep a night) and financial (lets see, diapers or bread this month? Just kidding, we were never that broke) stresses of parenthood. I think we are doing a pretty good job. We haven't killed one another. Have only had a few major, serious blowups. And Noah is healthy as a horse, unbelievably happy and growing like a weed.

::Another sigh:: Anyway. I guess we will see. I'm writing this is partial hope that the husband will read it (as he usually does once every day or two) and get the idea. [Hint Hint...candles, flowers, notes, cards...chocolate. Scratch that...Starbucks. Haha. He gets it. Movies. ALONE TIME ;) ] We'll live. We'll get through it. Everyone does. I just can't imagine people who have 2 or 3-or more for that matter-kids. Anywho. I guess I'm off to bed. Not really tired. Maybe I'll go nuzzle up against the husbands back and fall asleep. The baby won't be waking up for atleast another 8 hours or so. Maybe I can get in a good nights rest. Good night to all! :)
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Just a little mommy frustration...

I just got home from taking Noah from his 9 month checkup. I got a little bit frustrated. I knew I would...well, atleast I had a hunch that I would. If you've been reading my blog for the past couple of weeks, you will have noticed that Noah (although only 9 months) is not drinking baby formula anymore. He quit taking it. I mean literally, I could not (nor did I want to) force that mess down his throat. The kid was starving...wouldn't eat any of it. Absolutely, totally 100% did not want it. What was I to do? I gave him milk. 2% to be exact. He drank it right up. Never a whimper, never a whine, never even a gassy complaint. He slept all night. For the first time. In 8 1/2 months.
I wasn't surprised when Dr. Bhumi got on to me for swapping him. But I did get ill when she started trying to tell me that I was going to cause him to have stomach trouble and that I was going to be responsible when he got a GI Bleed and had to be put in the hospital because we would never detect it. Ok, first of all...I'm not an idiot. Please don't talk to me like I am. Second of all, GI Bleeds are pretty obvious (even in a baby/toddler). I worked in our CCU at the hospital in Alabama and have seen more than my share of GI Bleeds, both in adults, teenagers and children. You know when there is a bleed. Lastly, I got ill because she wouldn't listen to what I was trying to tell her.
I have respect for doctors. They spend a lot of time in school and know a lot more about a lot of things than I do. I'm not saying that. BUT, I am the one that spends all day and all night with Noah. I am the one that sees how he acts and reacts to different things. His formula...not getting a good reaction. We haven't gotten a good reaction on baby formula since we started him on it. We tried Similac...didn't work well. Tried regular, plain ol' formula (with nothing added to it) and it didn't work. We tried the pre-mixed kind. Didn't work. We were going to try Soy and Dr. Bhumi told us not to...we ended up on Enfamil AR (which I have 6 cans of that I need to get rid of if you or anyone you know needs it!) and it worked ok for a while. But he still wasn't getting the right reactions. He was gassy, colicky, not sleeping well and having a lot of bowel issues...
Not anymore. I have a different baby. No trouble with any of that. Still gets a little gassy sometimes, but not in the way that he SCREAMS like he used to. Not in the way that you can see his stomach bunching up. Not in the way that he can't potty. Now, he's a poopie machine with no trouble sleeping. I. LOVE. IT. She wouldn't listen to any of that. Would not let me explain to her that he wasn't having negative reactions to milk. Wouldn't listen to me when I tried to tell her that I give him vitamins to make sure he gets enough iron. Wouldn't listen to me when I told her that even though he is only 9 months old that he is digesting this regular, 2% cows milk better than he ever did that stupid powdered baby formula.
What did she say for us to do? And this is what really didn't make any sense...put him back on formula. How? We are supposed to go buy formula (which costs too much as you know...atleast $15 a can which runs us atleast $60 a month because he is supposed to drink 20 oz of formula a day...and it's only $3 for a gallon of milk that he only drink 16 oz. of a day...) and put 1 oz of formula, 7 oz of regular milk in a bottle and give to him (which in a bottle discourages him from drinking from a sippy cup, like she said he needed to start trying to do...) for a week. Then the next week do 2 oz formula, 6 oz. milk for a week and so on. If I do that, that's 8 weeks...that puts him right back at being one year old...when we can start him on regular milk and then we have to start all over! Does that make no sense to anyone other than me?
::Sigh:: Anyway. I'm not planning to do it. Sorry. Maybe that makes me a bad mother. A friend of mine on facebook told me that "she doesn't have an MD for nothing. It would probably be a good idea to listen to her." Gee thanks. Miss I don't have a child, I'm not even married, I just think I'm smart because I'm almost done with nursing school. Puh-lease. I think Noah is fine on milk. Seriously. No cramping. Pooping like normal. No issues at all. I would like some of your opinions on this. Am I totally off base to say that I'm just going to monitor him and if he starts having trouble, deal with it? Or should I put him back on the same nasty formula that was causing him more trouble that this regular milk is?
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100th POST!!!

For my milestone 100th post, I'm finally getting photos of my planner up. I finally finished most of it last night. It's very simple, very plain. But it works for me right now. The husband (being the wonderful man that he is) has promised me that I can order that ridiculously expensive, yet absolutely perfect for me planner I saw on the internet when I start working part time.(After bills are paid and debt is paid off of course.) But for now, this planner serves my needs. I don't have a printer yet, so all of the extra inserts I just made with printer paper and magic markers. Ha. But, again. It works. I'll redo it when I get my printer and have all of that stuff lined up. So, without further ado...my new planner :) LOL
I added a "schedule" section where I have a list of my Daily Duties, cleaning schedule for Monday-Thursday, and things that get cleaned Monthly. My Daily Duties consist of wiping down the kitchen, catching up whatever laundry needs doing, picking up all of the toys and junk around the house, sweeping the kitchen and making the beds. Mondays I sweep and mop the kitchen and bathrooms. Tuesdays I dust the entire house. Wednesday is vaccuming and Thursday is my bathroom day. Monthly, I wash out the garage, clean the closets and reorganize the pantry.
This is what my menu section looks like. I made a grid where I can plan my meals and then a place to the side to write down everything I need to prepare that meal so I can coincide it with my grocery list.
This is my address book...all updated!
My weekly schedule...The lines you see are divided up so I can write down what I am planning to blog on that day.
Monthly overview. Anywho. Not much. But I am sooo excited! This marks off #1 and #2 on my Mission 101 list. And #20...stick to a schedule. Yay for me! Haha :)
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July 27, 2009

Taking a moment...

I am a firm believer that God only gives us what we can handle. It took me a lot of years to truly, honestly come to terms with that and get to the point where I actually believed it, but I do. I am a firm believer in FAITH during even the worst of situations. I am a believer in prayer through lifes darkest hours. And I am a believer that good things come from really sucky situations.
I stumbled across MckMama today for the first time. I had seen the "Praying for Stellen" buttons on various blogs all across the "blogosphere" and never really stopped long enough to look at the site. Today, I stopped. It took my breath away. Literally. I was sitting on the floor, my own healthy son crawling across the floor, putting everything within his reach in his mouth, and I stopped. I have a very tender, soft heart. Especially where children are concerned...worse now since I have a child of my own. I was brought to my knees by this womans courageous story. I can not imagine having to overcome the things that she and her family are battling.
Our God is so mysterious, isn't he? The way he works...the situations he uses to draw us to him. The things that make us stop in our tracks and really acknowledge who he is and how powerful he is...I guess this afternoon was that moment for me. I found myself sitting quietly, staring at the photos of baby Stellen, reading her words of struggle and faith and determination, and thanking God for the opportunity to not only have a child of my own, but for my wonderful fortune that I have a son who is healthy and happy.
It's easy to get frustrated during the day to day things. I know I do. The seemingly constant sticky that covers my kitchen floor from endless leaks, drips and spills of Apple Juice and milk. The endless crumbs that trail behind my son when he eats Apple Jacks and Cheerios throughout the day. The piles of laundry that never seem to end. The fussiness that comes around right before nap time. The "I want you to play with me Mommy!" whine that rears its head when I'm in the middle of doing something, and doesn't stop until I stop. Motherhood is frustrating. It's a never ending cycle of sacrifice, aggravation, and unforgettable moments.
It was while reading MckMama's blog that I took in my own fortune and luck...maybe for the first time since I had my son. (Well atleast the first time the weight of it truly overwhelmed me) I am a lucky woman. WE (as mothers) are lucky women...
The cuddles. The hugs. The nap time spent laying on my shoulder in the rocking chair. The giggles. The grins. The laughs. The milestones. The FAITH that God has in my ability to raise a child. I don't know. Just something that I was thinking about. Being thankful. Truly, indeniably grateful to God for the chance to be a mother to a beautiful, fun, handsome, healthy little boy.
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Blog of the Week

Well my bloggy friends, it's that time again! Time for me to feature someone new for the "Blog of the Week." Let me review the 'rules' first. Really simple. Grab the button below, link back to my site, and become a follower (if you aren't already). I'm trying to expand my readership and gain some new loyal readers in the process. So, without further ado. This weeks Feature Blogger is...



Laurel from "Ducks in a Row!"
I have just recently discovered her blog and love it! She has such a clean layout and lots of stuff to look around at. I love how well everything is labeled, and she has some of the cutest kids! Love her stuff! Lots of ideas and good reads. I encourage everyone to check her out! Laurel, for being featured this week you get this button to add to your blog :)
Stay tuned for next weeks feature blogger. And again, if you are interested in being featured, leave me a comment on this post that simply says "I WANNA BE FEATURED! :)"
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The Simple Woman's Daybook- July 27,2009

For Today:
Outside My Window...a little bit cloudy. Probably going to rain today for a little while.
I am thinking...about all of the stuff I need to do. The husband has the day off and is telling me to do the same, but I'm just not feeling it...
I am thankful for...the opportunity to spend time with my family the past couple of days, even though it wasn't the best of circumstances. And for rest...which was much needed after the trip to Alabama.
From the kitchen...leftover Chinese Food for lunch and supper. Mainly because they messed up our orders and sent us triple what we wanted (and charged us $30)
I am reading..."Bad Mother" by Ayelet Waldman (still...didn't get much reading in the past several days)
I am creating...a blog book and adding some things to my planner.
I am praying...for Josh and I to find a church home. We are still looking. Praying for my family as we all get over the loss of my granddaddy...praying for patience and Gods Will in so many different areas.
Around the House...a disaster. Clothes that need washing and putting away. The entire house needs cleaning. But, the husband is off and told me to take the day off to, so looks like it will get done tomorrow.
One of my favorite things...rainy, lazy days spent watching movies and playing with our little guy :)
A few plans for the rest of the week...several blog post ideas to come, finishing my planner, cleaning the house and Noah's doctors appointment tomorrow.
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July 26, 2009

New Photos :)

Just some photos for everyone from the last several days of our trip to Alabama. Enjoy :)
Me & Josh
In Granny's giant tub
In his riding Firetruck his PawPaw built
Napping with Granny
With Daddy at the Pool
Playing with his cousin Landon
Eating Cheerios and watching cartoons with PawPaw
Need I say anything? :)
Me and baby sister
My sister and I with Noah
Me and Sister
Riding the Firetruck
My family (minus Josh who was the only one there to take the picture)
Like Father, like son
Me and my Daddy with Noah
Daddy and his girls with his Grandson
Eating chocolate cake at Chili's
Being Goofy
Noah with his Great Aunt Trish and Aunt Ann and Great Uncle John (My Grandmother's only living brothers and sisters) I still have a few more to upload, but this is a start.
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