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January 31, 2011

Draw Me Nearer

What a wonderful Sunday yesterday was!  Yeah, it was raining ALL day but I was filled with the Spirit!  I  have never understood why people skip church just because it's raining outside.  We had a great service.  We worshiped, we baptized, we saw people accept Christ as their Savior.

We sang this song just before the Preacher began his lesson on Baptism and what it means.  I could not stop singing it all day.  Even when I was trying to take a much needed nap with the kiddo, I couldn't turn it off.  Then my friend told me that Caedmon's Call sings a great version of it.  I downloaded this video and the song on iTunes.  Good stuff.  Enjoy it.  Meditate on it.





Then we had our first iConnect service for 30's and younger.  We had a great group and heard an awesome testimony from a former local football player.

I know I am going to have a great week after getting full yesterday.

I hope you all have a great week as well!!

Draw Me Nearer to the Cross where thou hast died.  Draw Me Nearer to your precious bleeding side.  Draw Me Nearer. Draw Me Nearer.

January 30, 2011

I'm Still Here

I had a few people asking me over the weekend if I was ok because I hadn't updated the blog.  I am good.  I had some bleeding last week and ended up getting to see our sweet baby twice!  Hearing that heartbeat is such a a sweet sweet sound.  My Dr. thinks everything is ok and I go back Wed. to check again.  I'm very blessed to have 2 awesome physicians, my earthly one and my Heavenly one.

I also had a sweet little lady at church apologize to me today.  She had no idea what all had happened with us over the past year and she kept asking me every week when I was going to have a baby.  She asked for my forgiveness for the way she spoke, even though she knew I had forgiven her as soon as she said it.  And I told her that. 

But what I hope is that she, and others, will learn to speak carefully.  You NEVER know what someone is or has been going through.  This has not been an easy road for us, and it's not over.  But in the words on my friend, Angie Smith, my God is the same today as He was yesterday.  She spoke those words at her darkest hour, when she had just found out that her unborn daughter was not expected to live.  She was courageous.  She was heartbroken.  She is a very gifted writer and I'm enjoying her book.

Sorry I've been super busy this past week and didn't have time to post anything.  I'll try and do better but no promises!

Have a great week!

January 27, 2011

Thanks

I want to say a huge thanks to everyone out there who commented and emailed me. I was absolutely overwhelmed at the people who emailed me or sent me a Facebook message, telling me their stories.  You honestly have no idea until you start talking about it.

So thank you all.  Each and every one of you!

January 26, 2011

Patience - His Time, Not Ours

Now that everyone has seen our news, I want to be able to Keep It Real and tell you the entire story.  Only a handful of people know this story and it's not one I share easily. I've written and rewritten this post numerous times. And sorry, it's long....

Fast forward to May 2010.  I was VERY surprised to have some pregnancy symptoms.  Waited and then took a test.  Positive.  SHOCKED.  Not 100% shocked because we weren't really preventing but for other reasons I'm not getting into here.

Immediately called my super fabulous and wonderful Doctor to schedule an appointment.  They told me to come in the next day for a urine test.  Did that and it was really positive.  I was not supposed to actually see my Dr. that day because it was his surgery day.  He just happened to be walking by and saw my chart outside the door.  So he knocked and came in.  He was surprised to see me.  I told him I was surprised to be there.

Having the most wonderful Dr. I know, I told him I was terrified I was going to have twins since they ran in my family.  He offered to check and see.  Had an ultrasound at 4 weeks. Amazing.  Only showed 1 tiny speck in there.

They scheduled me an appointment to come back in 2 weeks for me 6 week check up and ultrasound.  I remember my 6 week with kiddo.  I got to hear the heartbeat.  That early.  Awesome sound.

We've had many, many friends that have had trouble conceiving or with miscarriages so I was always concerned.  The closer my appointment got, the worse I felt about it.

So, two weeks later, I was back at my Dr.'s office, lying to people I saw there telling them I was there for my yearly check-up.

They called me back for the ultrasound first.  I did not have a good feeling about it.  There was a new young girl (granted this was 3 years since I had been, she may not have been that new) that did my ultrasound.  I saw the screen.  I saw a sac and nothing else.  She could get no heartbeat.

I knew I had lost the baby.

The sweet girl kept saying, "You must not be as far along as the think."  She was wonderful.  Never led me to believe any different.  But I'm no dummy.

I went back in the waiting room for what seemed like EVER.  And it was a complete ZOO.  Too many things going on out there that was getting my blood pressure even higher.

Finally, the nurse called me back.  I sat in the room for about another 30 agonizing minutes.

Finally, my Dr. came in and was very solemn.  He told me that he didn't like what he saw on the ultrasound and he wanted to do some lab work to confirm or not.

We talked for a long time about everything.  He said that God has a plan for everyone and sometimes it's not on our time, but His alone.  I agreed but it was still hard to hear.

I got all teary-eyed (even tho he told me not to) and said that I felt like it was my fault because I said I didn't want another January baby.

Remember my Regret post?  This is what I was talking about.

It's been hard to let that statement go.  I don't want another January baby.  6 words.  Still tough to hear or write.  I've wrestled with this for a long time.  Who says that?  I knew I would never be able to fully forgive myself and let it go until I was pregnant again.

I had the blood work that day and then went back 2 days later to repeat to see if my levels had gone up or down.  I knew it was bad news so I text my Dr. and asked if he had my results.  He said yes and that he would call me in a few minutes.

When he called he told me that his worst (and mine) fears were confirmed.  No baby.

We discussed options and decided to have a D and C.  If you don't know what it is, you don't need to know.  It's basically outpatient surgery.

A week later, I was having outpatient surgery.  This was only the 2nd surgery I've ever had.  The other time was when I had tubes when I was like 4.

Before my procedure, I asked my Dr. when we could start trying again.  It took the hubby and I most of the 2 weeks to really get excited and over the shock of learning we were pregnant.  We knew we wanted to start trying again as soon as we could.

The Dr. told me I couldn't do anything for 2 weeks but could do whatever I wanted after that.

So in August, we started trying again.

God was teaching me patience.  His time, not mine.  His time, not mine.

Each and every month, I was disappointed.  I think it was October when I text my Dr. to ask if I was ever going to be back to normal.  He said to give it another couple of months and then make an appointment to see him.

Fast forward to December.  I was overdue for my yearly exam with my Dr.  So I scheduled that appointment for the beginning of the month.

We talked for a long time about everything.  He and his wife (our pediatrician) are and have been so wonderful to us!  He encouraged us to keep trying and not get discouraged.  He even told me a story about this girl that came to see him for her yearly exam and the next month was in for her first OB exam.  He said that kind of weirded him out a bit.  We laughed and I left, hopeful.

I honestly thought God was telling us to keep trying but that he still was teaching us about patience and that it's HIS TIME, not ours.

The closer it got to Christmas, the more tired I became.  I usually stay up late and get up early.  I just assumed it was catching up to me.  I was drinking lots more water (trying to be good) so I was going potty (sorry, I have a 4 year old) more frequently.  I was eating less (portion control) so I was hungry ALL THE TIME.  I didn't think much about it all until a few days before Christmas.

I honestly thought my mind was playing tricks on me.  I went to the drugstore on Dec. 23rd with 100 of my closest friends last-minute Christmas shopping.  I knew nothing would be open over the weekend with it being Christmas so I sucked it up and grabbed a pregnancy test and checked out in cosmetics.

When I got home that night, I was reading the side of the box for accuracy rates.  It said that 4 days before your missed period, it was 51% accurate.  I liked those odds and if you haven't already guessed it, I'm impatient.

When I woke up Christmas Eve morning, the hubby was at work so I took the test just to see.  I knew it would be negative and I would start the next day.  Usually how it happens.

To my GREAT surprise, it said this...

January 17, 2011 (my Dad's 66 birthday) would have been my due date had I not miscarried.  Extremely bittersweet to find out this news out in December!

Now my new due date is September 1, 2011.  Just slightly delayed from original due date.

I've learned that it's soooo His time and not mine!

And to all my friends that have been through this before and I have not seemed compassionate toward, it's hard to fully understand until you've lived it, been through it.  I sincerely apologize.  I get it now.  All of it.  And the more people I tell, the more I realize it's so common.  Even though, it's never easy to tell the story.  It's much easier to write.  And, while I am still nervous because I know something can still happen, after seeing pictures and hearing a SWEET heartbeat at my ultrasound last week, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of me.

No one understands how much of a failure you feel like unless you  have been there.  My dear sweet friend and sorority sister Adrienne has has 7 pregnancies and only 1 baby.  She and her husband are so wonderful that they have also adopted 3 more kids and have gone from a family of 3 to 6 in 2 years.  If you haven't read their story, go to her blog to read it. Super inspirational!

I am glad that we had chosen to wait to spread our news.  It helped me knowing that not many people knew what I was going through.  Though, it did help to talk with some who had been through it before.

The hardest thing was telling my Mom and my mother in law.  Neither of them knew about the pregnancy so they were shocked as well.  There were some people I didn't tell until after my surgery and to them, I am sorry.  It was extremely hard to talk about and still is. 

So with all that said, we are elated for this baby and the things to come.  We also have a niece or nephew that will be here about a month before ours.  We could not be more excited for Josh and Mar and Blake!  They were the first to find out our secret since stupid me left the pictures on my camera!

With all that said, I would still cherish any prayers that you could send my way.  I don't think I will get over the nerves until I can start feeling this sweet little bean moving and kicking!  I have more anxiety each and every time I tell someone.  I told my co-workers Friday and I was almost in a cold sweat.  I was shaking the rest of the day.  Weird?  No.  It's real.  My fear is paralyzing.  But over the weekend I decided just to fully turn it all over to God.  If it's meant to be, it's meant to be.  If not, we will try again.  My sweet hubby (don't call him sweet that often) told me Christmas Eve not to get discouraged if the same thing happened again.  And that we would try again.  He is right.  And yeah, I DON'T say that often.

And I want to say thanks to all of you for choosing to go on this journey with us.  We are only 9 weeks so it's still early.  Kiddo seems to be excited.  She's had baby names picked out for what seems like a year.  If you ask her, she will tell you she will have a baby brother named Caleb.  Not necessarily the name we like, but for now, that's what she can call "it".  Nephew says we are also having a boy, but named Equipment.  More specifically, Front Shovel.  Has a ring to it?  ha!

Oh, and as of this very day in 1996, the hubby and I started dating.  Man, that was a long time ago.  15 years ago.  That's half of my life.  We've already outlasted most marriages.  And still going strong!

January 25, 2011

Christmas Present

Yeah, I know Christmas was a while ago.  I just wanted to share what I got the Hubby for Christmas.  He opened this on Christmas Eve.

Kiddo helped me wrap it! You can't see allllll the stickers.

Surprise!

Can you read it??
It was a very Merry Christmas to us.  Something I had been praying about for 8 months.  More on that tomorrow.

January 24, 2011

Sayings from the Kiddo

On the way home from school Friday, the kiddo asked me why she had to work every day.  I asked her what she meant by work.

"Mama, schoolwork!  Why do I have to do schoolwork everyday?"

Me, "You do schoolwork so you can grow up and be smart."

Kiddo, "But, Mama, I'm ALREADY smart."

Me, "Touche.  What was I thinking?"


Then, Sunday on the way to church, she saw a power plant that has a smoke stack.

Kiddo, "Mama, see that over there? With the smoke coming out the top?"

Me, "Yes Ma'am."

Kiddo, "That's a smokestack."

Me, "That's right!  How did you know that?"

Kiddo, "Daddy told me because he's smart.  And so are you."

She really melts my hearts some days.

Oh, and in case you didn't hear, she turned 4 not long ago.  I think everyone within 10 miles of our town knows that.  Just in case you missed it.

January 22, 2011

The Birthday Party

Kiddo's 4th birthday party was this morning.  I'm tired.  Everyone at my house is sacked out (hubby and dogs included).  Why am I not?  I must blog.  

We had a great time at our un-themed birthday party.  The kids played and played and them got a cupcake, chips, a drink, and a goody bag.  What else could you want?  And I am hoping most of those kids are all sacked out this afternoon as well.

Here is what we did with our Friday night.  We picked out cupcakes at Kroger and got stuff for our goody bags.  I put them together in about 15 minutes.  Who needs to stress about this stuff?

Final product:

Nothing fancy, but who cares?  It has candy and Silly Bands in there!

And this girl had one heck of an almost month long birthday celebration.  Worth every penny we spent.


Here is the loot we collected for a local children's hospital.


Thanks to everyone!

January 21, 2011

Birthday Party

Tomorrow is the kiddo's birthday party.  Luckily, I don't have to clean house since we are having it the gym where she takes gymnastics.

Have we decided on a cake or cupcakes?  No.  Anxiety about that?  No. 

We are planning a trip to Kroger after school to either pick out something or buy something to make ourselves.  And to get some snack food for the parents and kids at the party.

Have I made the treat bags?  No.  Hubby asks why we even have to do that.  I'm the mean mom that just puts candy in them.  I like it when my kiddo gets treat bags with candy.  Especially, candy she doesn't like and I do.

It will all be fine.  I'm a cool mom and this doesn't stress me out.  No, her cake will not be something fancy with 3 layers of different flavors.  No, if she chooses cupcakes will they be as good as the ones at her 2nd birthday party.

Does that bother me?  Nope.  I just want her to have a good time playing at the gym with her friends.  And for her friends and family to have a good time.

January 20, 2011

Shutterfly

Just wanted to update everyone that read about the Shutterfly free card deal.

I saved $134.20 on my order. That's awesome.

Not sure that I like how much they charge in shipping but I get it.  I got 50 cards free for blogging about them and 30% off the 5x7 stationary cards.

Pretty sweet deal. Thanks Shutterfly.

I also got lots of sweet comments about how they turned out.  I was super pleased.  I just wish it was easier to make a decision!  Plus, we have a GREAT photographer if you ever need one!

PS - If you received one of these from us, it did have our names listed.  I just chose to take it off for viewing purposes!

January 19, 2011

Four Years Old

If you were anywhere within a 100 mile range of my kiddo last week, you KNEW that she was turning 4!  She's not a quiet child by any means.

We went to see the Dr. on Monday, along with 100 of our closest friends, due to it being a holiday for most.  Not for me.  I didn't even think about the date when I made the appointment months ago.

Kiddo is such an overachiever!  She weighs a whopping 43 pounds and is a whopping 43 inches tall.  I mean, she's 4 years old and 5 inches away from being 4 feet tall.  This is hard for me to fathom.

She is growing up too fast.

But the best part of her turning 4?

4 year olds don't whine, or cry, anymore.  Unless completely necessary.   Like when she got her flu shot Monday.  A few tears are TOTALLY called for when you have a needle stuck in your arm.

We'll see how long this no crying or whining thing will last.  We had a LONNNNNG talk about it on Jan. 11.  So far it's not been too bad.  But I totally reserve the right to post in another week about how whiney she's been.

Now, to get ready for the Princess' party this weekend.  She has a very special present that she has yet to get.  She's already gotten a coloring book, DVD, remote control car with GeoTrax (I know, not very girly huh?), some new PJ's, books, puzzles, shoes, purses and money.  Whew. She has racked up over the past few weeks.

Here's hoping to a whine-free year.  A girl can dream right?  Even though I know it will come back to bite me in the rear.

Prayers

Hello there friends.

I am in need of a few prayers today.

Thanks to you all!

PS - Happy Birthday to my friend Carrie too!

January 18, 2011

Sayings from the Kiddo

Saturday night, I was getting the kiddo ready for bed and we were talking about my race. 

I was telling her that I saw one of the teachers from school at the race too.

She asked if she walked or 'runned' the race.  I told her that she walked it.  She knew I had run my race.

So she said, "And you runned your race, right?"

Me, "Yes."

Kiddo, "So that means you were running erin (meaning errands!)."

Too cute!

And here's my proof I promised!
This is shortly after we finished the race.


And this was inside, waiting on awards.  And no, I did not get one.



January 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Papaw!

Today is my sweet Daddy's 66th birthday.  We are so happy he's made it this far and wish for many more years!  He's become a bit more sappy, excuse me, emotional in his older age, especially since grandchildren came along.

I know the Grands LOVE hanging out with their Papaw.  He's got some pretty cool toys and a whole lotta land for them to play on.  He will swing them til his fingers are raw and ride them til he's out of gas in the 4-wheeler.

We are sooooo blessed to have him as my Dad and kiddo's Papaw!  She adores him.  That wasn't always the case. I think he scared her for her entire first year or so of life.  But, she's since warmed up to him pretty good!

We hope you have the bestest of birthdays and wish you many many more!!



One of my FAVORITE pics of Papaw and Granddaughter.
We love you!  Happy 66th!

January 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Cousin Tara!

Happy 21st birthday Tara!!!!  We love you and my kiddo LOVES the birthday present you sent her!

We miss you!!!



You are the baby and ONLY girl with all those stinky boys.  I am so glad that you turned into such a beautiful woman!  

I remember coming to see you at your 9th birthday sleepover party.  I've known you for over half of your life.  Your smile can light up a room, as can your laughter.  Those boys try awful hard to wipe that smile off and they've succeeded many times.  But the older you get, the more you outsmart them.  

You love all of the little ones running around too!  And, you are the best babysitter I know!

I still can't believe you are 21!  We all hope you have the best birthday ever. 

January 15, 2011

I finished.

It was not pretty but I finished.  And I was not last.  I was close to last but NOT LAST.  My time was around 1:19 so that's really not that terrible.  Course was HILLLLLLY, especially the first mile.  YIKES.  And it was chilly.  Luckily though, it was only about 40 degrees when we started.  Every other morning this week, it's been like 20!

HUGE props to my sweet friend Melissa.  She's been a runner for a while and has encouraged me along my journey.  She ran a half-marathon in Dec. and did not do well.  She said she was running with me today to gain some confidence.  Not sure how much I gave her because I made her run SLOW, even though I told her to leave me at any time she wanted.

There were people cheering for us all throughout the course.  Even some people I knew!

A few things I learned today were that 1) I am not as in shape as I thought I was and I should have started with a 5K, 2) Our downtown area is NOT the place to have a nice leisurely 6.2 mile run, and 3)  I actually can do it if I put my mind to it.

And although I did not win a coveted 'chili bowl' trophy, I did get to meet season 10 Biggest Loser winner, Patrick House and get my picture made with him!  Melissa has the picture on her computer so I can't prove it, yet.

Thanks for all the prayers!  They were felt. 

January 14, 2011

Have I lost my mind?

Dear friends,

Please pray for me as I think I might have lost my mind.

I am running (or attempting to run) my first every 10K tomorrow morning bright and early.  I am a nervous wreck.  I am not ready.

But the goal is just to FINISH, nothing else.  No fancy times.  Just run the entire race, if possible.  And if not, continue on until I pass the finish line.

Any extra prayers you could send up would be appreciated.  If I'm still alive, I'll report back tomorrow.

Thanks.

January 12, 2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIDDO!

Today at 4:39 pm, the kiddo will officially be 4 years old.  I remember her birth day like it was yesterday.  I remember every bit of it.  It was absolutely amazing.






First Birthday

Second Birthday

Third Birthday
MY OH MY how you have grown this year.  You have learned so much and you amaze me every single day.  You started gymnastics this year and you are loving it.  You finally figured out the potty training 100% including nighttime.  You had the whole potty training thing down at your last birthday but it took you a few more months to tackle the nighttime.


You have such an attitude this days too!  Sometimes it's cute and sometimes it's down right scary to see what I have to look forward to.


You've had so many haircuts that I've lost count.  You handle each one like a champ.  And I tell you every day how lucky you are to have such beautiful golden curls in hopes that when you get older, you will still like them and not try and straighten them out!


You are sometimes a girly girl wanting fingernail polish and saying pink is your favorite color but you really like being a tomboy.  You spend lots of time with you Papaw 'hunting' and looking for deer and helping him with the food for the deer.  Now, all you talk about it the deer camp that you've yet to go to.  Ahem, Aunt Jean???


All in all, it's been a great year.  You sometimes mind, which is nice.  You love learning the Bible versus that Aunt Holly challenges you with each month.  I love watching you learn.


Here lately, you have really become such an artist, always wanting to paint or color me a pretty picture.

We've had a great 4 years and we look forward to yet another wonderful year.  I know BIG things are in store for you this year.


One word, SOCCER!

January 11, 2011

Bedtime Prayers

Last night, the kiddo and I were finally getting back into our routine after our stay at the beach and an extra day off due to the weather.  After we read our book, we practiced our new Bible verse for this week.  Then, we said our prayers.  The kiddo asked to say a special prayer.  I obliged and listened closely.

It sounded more like a football game than a prayer.

It went something like this:

22, 43, and you know, 18 and 4 and then you get to 19 and when you watch Polar Express, you always know the ending.

It was hilarious.  I swear, it took everything I had in me not to bust out laughing at her.  She gets mad sometimes when you laugh at her and not WITH her.

She said about 4 'special' prayers and then we attempted the Lord's Prayer.  We've been working on that one for a while.  There were bits and pieces of it mixed in with her 'special' prayers.  Like wisdom and power and glory FOREVER.  She kind of screams that part.

Ah, the innocence of a 4 year old.  Ok, 3 year old.  Only one more day until she's officially 4.  And her imagination is getting bigger with each day!

January 10, 2011

What I Learned This Week

1)  When I grow up, I want to be a snowbird!  They were all soooo nice to us while we were at Orange Beach.  They are a very select and active group.  They all walk along the beach and would speak to the kiddo and myself each time they saw us.  We even had one older gentleman tell us as we came back up from flying our kite, "Aww, go fly a kite!"  He said it with a HUGE smile.  We only went out to eat one night and the parking lot of the restaurant was packed.  They had a band playing for the snowbird special.  Luckily, it was almost over when we got there because it was LOUD.  We did get some great prices on the food though.  I got a seafood platter that is normally like $24 or something for $12!  All 3 of us ate for less than $40, tip included!

2)  Better safe than sorry.  We scraped our plans to stay an extra night due to impending winter weather.  No one could tell what time it was going to start and we decided not to chance it and to come home late Sat. night.  We were lucky because I woke up at 7 am Sunday to SLEET!  We never would have made it home!

3)  DVD's in the car are GREAT if you plan to have any kind of conversation with a driver and a passenger.  They are NOT good when you have a super tired almost 4 year old who has a complete MELTDOWN for 30 minutes when you turn it off after you told them NOT to do something and they continued to do so.  I couldn't even pay my mom to take the kiddo home Sat. night. Whew, we were glad Daddy got home right after us.

4)  I love working.  You stay at home moms amaze me.  I love my kiddo.  Tons.  But we've spent enough time bonding over the past few weeks that it's time for her to go back to school and in a routine.

Well, there are many more but that's all I can think of right now.

January 9, 2011

180

This is my 180th post.  Kind of strange.

We are back early from our beach trip, due to some 'winter weather' issue.  Mom and kiddo and I had a great time just relaxing.  It was kind of chilly but we enjoyed it all.  We went to see Yogi Bear and were the only ones in the theater.  We watched some movies at the condo, put together the same Buzz Lightyear puzzle about 5 times, built sandcastles, fed the birds, went walking along the beach, got buried in the sand, made sand angels and tons of other stuff.  We were glad to make it home before all the icy conditions started.  But we got in a little retail therapy before we headed home yesterday!  The Tanger outlets have a carousel and a playground.  GENIUS!  Toward the end of the day, we took turns shopping while the kiddo played.  She even made a few friends.

Ok, now to bore you with a few pictures!

We arrived around midnight on Tuesday.  Kiddo stayed awake the entire way so she was ready to sack out.  Wednesday was cloudy and rainy for most of the day.  The only thing we really did was head to the grocery store across the street.

I did take a few pics.  Kiddo couldn't wait another minute to get in the sand!







We woke up on Day 2 with beautiful sunshine.  I even got to go for a jog on the beach, something I've always wanted to do.  We had great sunny weather the rest of the week, but it was chilly and windy.

Here are a few more pics and I'll be done.







January 4, 2011

Blog Hiatus

For the rest of the week, I will be on vacation.  What does that mean for you?  A blog hiatus. Sorry.  But I need to enjoy my time off from everything.  I might blog a few pictures while at this beautiful place, but there may be no time for that.  We will see.

Enjoy your next few days without me and I'll be enjoying this:

Stolen from Lisa's blog
 And this:

And this:
I'll be back next week!

January 3, 2011

Sayings from the Kiddo

We had some pretty nasty weather on New Year's Eve last week.  NASTY.  Rained a ton in a short amount of time.  Tornadoes in DECEMBER.  Then again, we kind of live in tornado alley.

While driving to my brother and sister in law's house, it was raining off and on.  The bad stuff, we thought, was mostly over.  Kiddo kept asking why it was raining.  I told her that God must have thought we needed some rain.

The closer we got to their house, the harder it started raining. 

From the backseat, I hear the kiddo yelling,

"OK GOD, THAT'S ENOUGH RAIN FOR NOW.  THANK YOU!"

And yes, that's usually how she talks to God.  If we aren't saying our nighttime prayers, she's yelling at Him so He can hear her all the way up there in the sky.

Smart gal.  And she's soooooo excited about sleeping 'at the beach' later this week.  I kind of am too!!

January 2, 2011

Sayings from the Kiddo

The past 2 weeks at the kiddo's 'school' they have not done 'work.'   They normally are doing the ABEKA program but with the holidays they have lots of kids out so they suspend it for 2 weeks or so.

Every day when I pick her up, I ask her what she did at school that day.  I usually get a "Nothing" or a "I don't know." 

I know what you are thinking.  AND YES, I already get those answers and she's not even 4.

One day last week when I picked her up from school, as we were walking out the door, I asked what she did that day.

I kid you not.  This was her response.

"Um, today we didn't learn anything.  You know, some days we learn stuff and some days we don't."

That's ALWAYS how I felt about school!

And I will have to say, she learns A LOT!  She randomly surprises us with new things she's learned.  She just doesn't like to let on that she knows something new!

Sneaky gal.

January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

I just wanted to say Happy New Year to each and every one of you!



As far as resolutions, I don't really make any.  I always say I will eat better and exercise more and here lately, I've done that.  So I will continue.

I have goals, etc. but not necessarily resolutions. 

I still want to run some races and have committed to at least attempting my first 10K January 15th.  Slightly nervous but I have NO expectations.  NONE.  I will run (any maybe walk) until I finish.  That's all I want to do. Finish.

As far as 2011 is concerned, there are big things planned.  The past year was slightly rough for me and the past few years have been rough for me and my friends.  So here's to hoping 2011 brings lots of great things!

Bring it on 2011.  I'm ready for ya!

Oh, and GO DAWGS!  Beat Michigan!