Saturday, May 6, 2017

So, I Suck At Blogging

Truly I do.
We're at the end of the school year, I'm almost at the end of my pregnancy.
It's Saturday night, Ella and I are up way too late, listening to Ray Stevens "Mississippi Squirrel Revival" and my rainbow baby is kicking away.
I can and will make it through this next month.
Ella turns 11 on May 17th. Riley would be 12.
The twins would be 2 in November.
Thomas has been gone a year.
Time passes by and waits for no one.

We have butterflies we are raising. One of them has come out of its chrysalis. Toby is what Ella named it.
We are patiently waiting for the others.
Gabe and I are both working, and working on our marriage, which is in a good place.
I am scheduled to be in Chicago this September for a flower show.

Life moves fast.

I am as big as a house, with a month to go yet.
Pray for me, my friends.
Pray this baby stays in.
Thank you for bearing with me here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Where the Heck Have I Been aka Everything Changes Now

I haven't been on here much, and I think that has been a good thing.
Why, exactly?
After losing our twins in November of 2015, and then our son in April of 2016, I had a lot on my mind, and I think I needed to process it.
And then...
in September...
It was shocking and unexpected, and I was honestly not surprised when at 6 weeks, I began spotting.
Except...I didn't lose the baby.

I'm currently 21 weeks pregnant, with a due date of June 10.

It's been strange, and wonderful, and overwhelming at times. I didn't want this blog to become a chronicle of my pregnancy. It wouldn't have been fair to any of my children.

I'm doing well, past the horrible morning sickness of the first trimester, and well into the "smooth second."

Otherwise, things are much the same. Life clicks along. Gabe and I both work, and Ella is doing well in her schooling.

I wish I had more eloquent words, or some major words of wisdom, but I do not. This is perhaps the first time in my life where I have taken a gigantic step back from everything and just concentrated on staying well.

I've been in my bubble for the past 4 months or so and I'm slowly making my way out.

I'm back. I guess. For now.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

30 Days, 30 Ways: Days 29 and 30

The tail end of the project!!!

Day 29: French Knotties
We used: A brush, two elastics, and a heck of a lotta bobby pins
Ella's verdict: "This is weird! In a good way!"

Day 30: Twisted Braid
We used: A brush, and an elastic
Ella's verdict; "Is this the last one? The really last one? Yes!"

Sunday, October 9, 2016


40/52: When she's sick, she sleeps in. This blasted cold's been hitting everybody lately.

40/52, Sunday: She's still sick, didn't make it to church today. But check out her socks :)

30 Days, 30 Ways: Days 27 and 28

Ya'll know the deal.

Nearly there!

Day 27: Combination upstyle (another one)
We used: a brush, and an elastic
Ella's verdict: "I like the twisty styles, Mom."

Day 28: Funky Knotties
We used: a brush, and a LOT of bobby pins. I'm talkin' a LOT, you guys.
Ella's verdict: "That's a lot of buns!"

Friday, October 7, 2016

30 Days, 30 Ways: Day 26

We're nearing the tail end of 30 hairstyles in 30 days.

Day 26: Partial knotties
We used: A brush, one elastic and 3 bobby pins
Ella's verdict: "At least it's only half a bun. It is pretty though..."

Thursday, October 6, 2016

30 Days, 30 Ways: Days 24 and 25

Ella's in the process of growing her (already very long hair) to donate next year...we're always looking for cool hairstyle ideas...we found some right here and are nearly done with the 30 days!!!

Day 24: Twisty Bun (combination upstyle)
We used: A brush, an elastic, some clips, and bobby pins
Ella's verdict: "Another bun? Aggggh."

(to be fair, it's been buns, buns, buns)

Day 25: Pinwheel Bun (yep, another bun)
We used: A brush, an elastic, one clip, and some bobby pins
Ella's verdict: "Even though it's a bun, Mom, it's pretty cool."