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To Be Continued

20 Mar

So hear’s the thing…I am a sh**y blogger.  I mean, I enjoy writing, I love reading, if led I comment, and by night I am becoming a professional pinner.  But, the timing and consistency of my posts is completely unreliable!   The truth is, each time I sit to write I feel like I am drawn to other priorities.  Priorities I love…

Memory making with my three sweets.  I have treasured our nature hikes, like the one below.  My youngest snuggled close as I snapped away at my older two munchkins.  There have been other fun times, like afternoon baking, teaching my three-year old to ride a bike, painting, block building, and car races. I suppose I could have blocked out evenings, but stolen moments with my love, shared stories and glasses of wine with girlfriends, and even precious moments of solitude have been more fulfilling.

I lost a sweet friend this week.  She died during childbirth.  I will miss her dearly.  Her passing was a reminder for me to savor time with loved ones.

The blank canvas of an unwritten post is an opportunity for creativity but it does little for my soul.

And, as a perfect, unplanned example, I just sat to write this little ditty and my handsome devil of a son just asked me to play.  So, I am off again!

Little Blog, thou shalt have to wait patient!

To be continued…




8 Feb


Wake Up.
Throw my feet over the side of the bed.
Move to stand.
Can’t stand.
Stomach cramps.
Hunch over.
Go to bathroom.
Can’t go to bathroom.
Shuffle to couch.

Thankfully I woke up before Brett left for work.  He called  his Batallion Chief and took the day off work.

Me…well,I headed to the Emergency Room.

Ultrasound.  CT Scan.  Pelvic.  Blood Work.  Lab Work.  Every report clear.  I am a clean bill of health.  After 8 hours of hard ER time, I was released with Vicodin and an a recommended Laxative.  What just happened?

I shuffled out of the ER as I shuffled in, in pain, in the dark.

Home. Hug from the family. Bed.

Wake Up.
Throw my feet over the side of the bed.
Move to stand.
Less severe, localized pain.
Back to doctor.
Antibiotics prescribed.
Cause: ovarian infection.

As much as I felt out of control and as much as I lacked answers and energy, I was inexplicably thankful!

Allow me…

1) Thankful my husband has a job where he can call and (honestly) take the day off work.
2) Thankful to have insurance to go to the hospital.
3) Thankful I made it to the ER early, which allowed me to miss a three-hour wait.
4) Thankful for tests, which eliminated serious illness or injury.
5) Thankful for an amazing team of nurses and doctors who worked diligently to locate a problem.
6) Thankful for a family that takes care of me and loves me.
7) Thankful for a warm bed where I can rest my head.
8) Thankful for a heater on a chilly night.
9) Thankful today for a last-minute opening with my Primary Care physician, eliminating the need for Urgent Care, leading to personal attention and diagnosis.
10) Thankful for Dr’s advice:  When I asked my doctor (40 years of practice, married 50 years, 4 daughters and 2 sons of his own)  if the antibiotics were safe for breastfeeding, my doctor, with his thick accent replied, “Clean breastfeeding with no drugs is next best thing for baby.   You know what first best thing for baby is? A healthy Mommy.  I give you antibiotics.  They may give baby gas.  He be okay.”
11) Thankful for Dr’s humor:  “Would you like me to make a sign for you to wear for your husband?  It read Out of Commission One Week.”

These past two days, nothing went as planned.  Even still, those things MOST important were addressed.  How do I know?  My husband took care of business.  The kids are happy, healthy, and loved.  Mama’s on the road to recovery.

And even when things were in complete disarray, there was still so much for which to be thankful!

I want to share the lyrics to a song by Laura Story.  I first heard this song as I drove to the ER yesterday.  Again today, I heard the song as I drove to my follow up appointment.

Coincidence?  Maybe?  But, I’d like to think God is much more intentional.

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace

Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home
It’s not our home

‘Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise

…Lovely sentiment!

Enjoy Yourself.


Elle Magazine Book Reviews

18 Jan

I am an Eager Reader for Elle Magazine.

Throughout the year I have the privilege of reading a handful of nonfictional proofs, ranking them in order of preference and writing a 50 word (approx.) review for each manuscript.  My reviews appear at Elle Magazine online.  I feel really cool about myself when they do!  I know it’s not a “real” book review, but I take it seriously, like I’m writing for Publisher’s Weekly or the New York Times.  Here is my most recent submission, minus my book reviews, as it was sent to the panel.  I will highlight the reviews once published.

If you have the time, read each and every one of these books.  They are remarkable!!

My submission to Elle Magazine:

1) Lindsey

2) Rank

1) Making Babies, Anne Enright
1) By the Iowa Sea, Joe Blair
1) Some Assembly Required, Anne Lamott with Sam Lamott

I know I ranked them all as #1, but at least there is an order.  Haha!  Does that still count?  I loved each book, each voice, and the life-transforming act that is childbearing /child rearing from three perspectives: Father.  Mother.  Grandparent. The need for balance resonates from each perspective. I will feel better if I rank them in order of greatest surprise, but consider it a rank of Favorites if you prefer.

Without a doubt I knew I would adore Making Babies and Some Assembly Required.  I love Anne Enright’s dry Irish humor.  Her unbiased, unsentimental tone and raw revelations spoke to my soul.  I found myself laughing out loud and reliving the peaks and pangs of motherhood.  And Anne Lamott, her ability to speak blatantly, to “say it like it is,” and draw a spiritual meaning from each and every occurrence, makes for an intense and touching journey through “grandparenthood.”  But, my greatest surprise vote goes to Joe Blair, author of By the Iowa Sea. I read this book first, certain I would enjoy it the least.  Instead, the conversational writing and honesty of a father’s journey blew me away.  Blair’s memoir reveals a man who struggles to recapture his dreams and reignite passion with his wife, while performing everyday routines and learning to interact with this three “normal” children and one autistic son.

3) Official Reviews…should appear mid March at Elle Magazine.

Happy Reading.

Enjoy Yourself.

Making Babies, Stumbling into Motherhood

Making Babies, Stumbling into Motherhood

By the Iowa Sea, A Memoir of Disaster and Love

By the Iowa Sea, A Memoir of Disaster and Love

Some Assembly Required, A Journal of My Son's First Son

Some Assembly Required, A Journal of My Son's First Son

Pinterest: Creating a full circle

9 Jan

I found a treat and followed the trail. Where did it lead? Full Circle; right back to my starting point.  Allow me to explain.

A couple of weeks back, I discovered the Blog: Nesting Place; a charming little nook where Nester Smith highlights  fabulous finds, perfect pieces, and inspirational insight. On this particular day, she wrote a great article about Pinterest and Blogging. I found the article fascinating. You may too. Check it out!

Pinterest and Blogging: The Good the Bad and the Huh

Pinterest and Blogging: The Good the Bad and the Huh

As I finished the article, I perused Nester’s site. I loved the colors. I loved the simple navigation. I loved her topics. I loved her voice. And I thought to myself,  I wonder if she would ever answer simple questions about blogging. I wonder how she got started? I wonder if she would share some bits of wisdom for a new blogger?

Hold that thought…

After I read the article I hopped over to one of my new favorite sites, Eighteen 25. These girls always feature fabulous subway art and I thought I would take a gander. On this particular day I discovered a giveaway for a Silhouette Cameo. Awesome!  And so, I entered the giveaway. I mean really, who wouldn’t? In fact the girls at Eighteen 25 shared a list of bloggers who were also participating in the Silhouette Cameo giveaway.

“Well, I really should take a quick peek,” I thought to myself…and so off I went.

Right off the bat I noticed  the other sites shared  creative content, similar to that of Eighteen 25.  Crafts.  Colors.  Beautiful Design.  Creativity.  What a treat!  At my finger tips, in a single consolidated list, were 17 amazing blog finds!

For the sake of bringing my story full circle in a single Blog Post, please allow me to share my  favorite sites:

1) Brown Paper Packages.  Shall I count thy ways to obsess, or would you like to just check it out for yourself?

Brown Paper Packages Calendar Blocks

Brown Paper Packages Calendar Blocks

2) The Idea Room.  A great site written by a mother of five.  She has no shortage of family fun, craft ideas, and organization.  (Side note, she also “hearts” Family Volley, which is a link I followed to find Heather.  Please see previous post for a little blip about this amazing Mama!!!)

The Idea Room Family Theme and Motto

The Idea Room Family Theme and Motto

3) Tatertots and Jello  She’s crafty, thrifty, and oh so inspiring.  Love her tutorials!  (I promise this will all tie together!)

Tatertots and Jello Lampshade Tutorial

Tatertots and Jello Lampshade Tutorial

So, as I was checking out Tatertots and Jello, I happened to come across an awesome little blip about a Growing my Blog.  (Granted these dates are about a week old now, so don’t hesitate to click the “view older posts” button!)  The content is awesome!  For someone new to the blogging world, I found the posts informative, insightful, and inspirational.  Take a peek!!!

Growing Your Blog

Growing Your Blog

Wait!  Beep Beep, back up!  Did you see?  Did you catch my full circle?  Brought to you by…Nesting Place! (and Thrifty Decor Chick, Tatertots and Jello, Miss Mustard Seed, and Centsational Girl.)

Nesting Place!  She shares wisdom and then some!  And while the highlight of my day was reading the post by Nesting Place,  a close second was the discovery of the other Bloggers in this five-part series.  I am soaking up  the light of their ideas, creativity, and guidance!

That’s a whole lot of fun exploration in one post.  And to think, my venture began with one simple Pinterest click.  It opens new doors I tell ya…fabulous new doors.

Grab a glass of wine or a cup of tea and Enjoy Yourself!


“Mini Missions” – Discoveries inspired by Pinterest

29 Dec

Happy December 29th.  The 25th has come and gone – Wow!

We’ve spent the wake of our holiday pajama clad playing with toys. Amazing.  Out-of-town-ers have made their way to our house for a little R and R simply because Brett and I want to lay low.  It’s been wonderful!  The kids are calm and relaxed and are truly enjoying themselves.  Yesterday we even had family nap time.  A tent in the living room was the perfect place for everyone to pass out cold!  Try it – FABULOUS!

So, as promised, I’m sharing my favorite three Pinterest Discoveries of the week.  Initially, I committed to comment on Pins themselves.  Instead, I have found that Pins I genuinely enjoy inspire mini-missions.  What do I discover on these missions? Amazing women who inspire me to be a better wife, woman, and mama.    So here are my favorite discoveries from this week’s Pinterest Addiction.

3) Blog Discovery: All for the Boys.  This woman is Amazing.  Her ideas focus on the high energy, octane, action that is “boy”.  Check out Fort Friday.  Wouldn’t you just love to make this?!?

2) Blog Discovery: Momtastic.  As is my apparent theme these days, I am a newbie on most of these bandwagons, but I am hoping some of y’all may be too!  This Blog has 40k followers, which makes me, simply, plus 1.  HaHa!  So, what do I love?  Not only is this Craft Snob awesome, she is realistic about the time constraints of mama-hood.  There are tons of crafts I would love to attempt but  raising kids with 10 second time spans does not allow for extended crafting absenses.  And, while she does boast some seriously awesome organic crafts, this mama has plenty of idea “spin-offs.”  Think, Sandra Lee’s Semi Homemade; time-saving tips that use the already fashioned to create anew.  This journal in particular – I would love to receive this journal.  Personal.  Pretty.  Ponder.

1) Blog Discovery: Just a Girl.  What a fabulously fun site!  I suffer from obsessive gift giving.  “That’s a problem?” you ask?  Yes; just ask my husband.  I am constantly uttering:  Do you know who that reminds me of…Do you know who would love that…I have to get that for…”  I  love making people smile and will do so at any given time – budget friendly or not.  Bummer , huh!  Well, Ms. Chris boasts an ability to “create, decorate, and inspire-ate.”  Confessions of $1 rack finds, gifts that convey a message without breaking the bank, and a project gallery that may as well be my own personal Pinterest Pin Board.  Check out this Mighty Sweet Mama and all her Mighty Sweet Ideas.

That’s it for this week ladies.  This next week I plan to up my posts.  WhooHoo!

Here’s my plan – Since I have a passion for husband and wife relationships, I am thinking of “Monday’s for the Mr.”; ways to love and support the man in your picture!  I’m also thinking of a day devoted to the kiddos; don’t just survive the week, Enjoy Yourself!

Whatcha think?

Until then, enjoy yourself!