Monday, June 5, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 06/05/2017

I took my Josie in to the doctor today, because I had a few concerns...the doctor is not concerned about them, as they are common in small babies. I'm due for another weight re-check on Wednesday...however, the doctor is concerned about my "very obvious" lack of rest and the fact that I'm "probably overdoing it." Whoops. Is it that obvious?

I've been relegated to doing the two things I hate the most...sitting still and eating as much as I can. Aurgh. I realize to most people it would be a dream come true, but this is not a lifestyle I'm used to, and I'm not most people.

So, to stay sane while I sit still and eat (sigh), I'm going to *try* and get back into the blogging thing, while taking insane amounts of pictures of my girls. (GIRLS!!!!)

Let's get on with it, shall we?

The Weather: It's raining here, but supposed to clear up by tomorrow. It's typical late-Spring here in NC, where it's warm during the day and just a touch cool at night. Perfection.

On my reading pile: Oh, gosh. I guess now I'll have time to read, huh? I'm reading Abandoned Prayers by Gregg Olsen. Lots of dark scary stuff going on in an Amish community...and this took place in the 80's...and it's a true story. Yikes.

Movies or TV shows I watched this weekend: Nothing. I watched my newborn sleep.

On my TV: I've made a date with myself to sit still through an entire movie. I'll let you guys know which one I ended up picking.

On the menu for this week: Probably a bevy of quick-cooking foods/whatever my 11 year old can whip up/Gabe's on vacation so he can cook...

On my to-do list: Rest, rest, rest. Drink lots of water. Rest some more.

What I am sewing, knitting, crocheting, or creating: Nothing...although I suppose I could do that while I'm resting, right? Hmmm...

Looking around the house:  You can see that we've been blessed. Gift bags everywhere. I need to start writing out thank-you cards. Glad Gabe is on vacation this week. He can help me catch up on laundry...

From the camera:

my girls are 11 years and 11 days apart.

One of my simple pleasures:   Sleep. Kind of hard to come by, but treasured when I get it.

Inspirational quote, Bible verse, etc: 

Josie's life verse: "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning."

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

God Has Increased!!!

After a blood pressure scare, which led to an induction, which led to a fast and furious labor, God has increased our little family.

Josie Tamarah came into the world at 12:41 a.m. on Sunday morning, while a storm raged on outside my hospital room.

We are both home and doing well.

God always keeps His promises!!!

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!"