Monday, December 19, 2011

Repeat Ad Nauseum

I feel I could start all my posts with "my poor neglected blog..." But as the kitchen is clean, Timmy is just stirring from his nap (as opposed to full out talking and partying) and I've made remarkable progress on my to-do list, I figured I'd take time to write a little.

Hard to believe yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent. It definitely flew by this year. Thankfully, I am not feeling as behind as I was. I've come to accept that our house will be in a perpetual state of chaos until we get things settled in our new home (yes, we're buying a house!). I'll have to write the story someday. In all my spare time, obviously.

Saturday I used some birthday money to buy fabric for a knitting needle roll to house my double pointed needles. I'm hoping to finish it tonight, but we'll see. Sometimes I'm so brain-dead in the evenings I can't do a whole lot (hence the blogging at noon thing). Once it's done, though, I can start on the wrist warmers I'm making for myself and the hat for Chris. Very excited about those.

Well, Timmy's ramping up the party noises now so I suppose I should get him up and feed the boy some lunch.

Thursday, December 08, 2011


That's how I'm feeling these days...Christmas cards are still a mess of ideas on and our Christmas letter is a draft in my Google docs. The fall wreath is sitting on the bookshelf (taken down due to wind) and we've only done a few activities on our Advent calendar.

But! There is hope. I chose super simple Christmas baking this year and half of it's done. I should be home all day today and plan to catch up, clean up (so we can get our tree tomorrow!) and hopefully wrap a few gifts. And yes, I should be doing those things rather than blogging, but this poor blog has been so neglected as of late. It doesn't help that half the topics I want to write about involve Christmas things that must still be kept under wrap (no pun intended).

Timmy is looking more and more like a toddler every day. He quit nursing cold-turkey right before Thanksgiving, which I've finally come to accept. His favorite foods now include fruit, yogurt and bread. H2 is an active little fireball (kicking more than Timmy ever did, I'm certain) and makes a me a little concerned to think about having a baby even more energetic than Timmy. Yikes.

Speaking of my little bundle of energy, I hear noises coming from the monitor so I'd better get off the computer. Have a lovely third week of Advent, friends!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Grateful Praise

Lord of all to Thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise

...for the saving love of Jesus, undeserving as though we are

...for the godly man along whose side I have been blessed to journey through life

...for the babbling, crawling and smiling baby boy who wakes with giggles and brightens each day

...for the new little boy kicking inside me, increasing our anticipation of his arrival

...for e-mail, Skype and picture mail, keeping us in touch with family and friends far away

...for a roof over our heads and food in the pantry

...for our charming small town and the quirks we love about it

...and for so, so much more

Monday, November 21, 2011

My Poor Neglected Blog

I haven't intentionally been not blogging, but life seems to be whizzing by these days. After a tiring few days with a sick baby, I'm so thankful that he's been sleeping better than he has in his life the last few nights. Too much to hope it might continue?

Just because he's cute
Thursday is Thanksgiving and I'm so excited. Like before, we're having people from Chris' work over who need a place to be. Our menu is very similar to last year. Turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, corn, gravy, pumpkin pie and Oreo turkeys will be adorning our table.

We've been hard at work on Christmas presents over here, but unfortunately, I can't show them until after Dec. 25th lest the recipients get a peek at what will be awaiting them under the tree. I was wanting to knit myself a scarf, but after finding out we're having a boy and browsing baby hat patterns on Ravelry, a little blue hat has been cast on my needles.

Speaking of baby boy, his name may end up being hard to find another name! ;) 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Peaceful Monday [Gifts 422-429]

We had a friend over for dinner and games last night, and thanks to a quick tidying of the house, I woke up to a still-clean house and leftovers in the fridge for lunch. The biggest and best news this week is finding out that Higbaby2 is a boy, and we can't wait to meet him. While I'm a little bummed to not be as far along as we thought, I'm thankful that there will be a bit bigger of a gap between Timmy and Baby Boy. We'll have another ultrasound the beginning of next month, and we're excited to see our boy again!

While we've discussed names, we won't be sharing it until Baby Boy makes his appearance, so we are currently calling him Timothy Robert II. ;)

And for the record, I'm glad we found out the gender with this baby, but after not finding out with Timmy, it seemed rather anti-climactic. My official vote for the rest of our babies is to wait until birth.

422 a Bumbo with tray at the consignment store for much, much less than retail price

423 learning Timmy will have a little brother

424 coupons

425 cold, clear tap water

426 a successful kidney donation between friends

427 an Edith Schaeffer book for 25 cents

428 finding Christmas stocking fabric for our boys that matches Chris'

429 158 beats per minute

Friday, November 11, 2011

Finding Out

Maybe it's the same old-fashioned streak that causes us to not have a t.v. and listen to LPs on a regular basis, but we chose to keep Timmy's gender a surprise until the moment he was born and Chris proclaimed, "it's a boy!" (Though really, I was so convinced we'd have a son that the announcement was more of a confirmation than a surprise for me.)

For this baby, though, we've decided that it might be nice to actually plan something in our lives, so we decided to find out Higbaby2's gender. The tech said right away that my dates were off, so instead of being 20 weeks along I'm at 17, so it was a little hard to tell but she's quite confident it's a...BOY! So excited to have two little boys close in age!

Monday, November 07, 2011

Catching Up [Gifts 412-421]

I haven't intentionally left my blog alone all week, it just kinda happened. Oops. That obviously means it's time for some bullet points.

Cowboy Timmy on Halloween

  • We had a lovely at-home date last night, complete with enough Chinese takeout for an army. Note to self: next time order ONE meal to split.
  • While the extra hour of sleep was wonderful, that coupled with an early bedtime last night meant Timmy was up and ready to go at 6:50 this morning.
  • Timmy used to love carrots, so after I pureed and froze a bunch for him, he decided he hates them. Sigh.
  • My husband brought me peanut butter M&Ms the other day. I love that man.
  • Timmy actually fell asleep in my arms at church yesterday. I forgot how nice it is to hold a sleeping baby.
  • This is the best.bib.ever.
First trip to the pumpkin patch

412 an at home date

413 cloudy weather

414 a freshly bathed baby

415 a low key, inexpensive pumpkin patch

416 playing peekaboo with Timmy while pumping gas

417 Timmy babbling in the car

418 seeing him light up and chat with another 9 month old boy at the library

419 meeting Chris for lunch

420 being in and out of Costco in 30 minutes

421 Timmy doing well on a major shopping trip without Chris

Monday, October 31, 2011

Yummy Yummy Felt

Deciding that I needed to make this happy birthday banner, I bought some felt from Amazon. When it arrived the other night, I was slightly disappointed to find out that there were only two sheets of white. Definitely not enough to make that banner, plus our printer was nearly out of ink and I wasn't about to freehand the lettering.

Breakfast anyone?

I'd asked my sister-in-law if my 2 year old niece had a play kitchen and was informed Kaylee's getting one for Christmas, so obviously my next step was to make her some felt food. I started with these eggs and then made some pancakes and bacon that I free handed. I also made the orange slice from that same tutorial and free handed a cookie as well. Can I just say that I love the fact felt food doesn't have to be perfect? (And as a bonus, I can now sew circles on my sewing machine.)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Isn't Today Monday? [Gifts 404-411]

After being gone all day yesterday at an OB appointment, today feels like a Monday as I do laundry, pay bills, tidy, etc. My long trip, though, was totally worth it the moment the doctor put the doppler on my stomach and I heard the steady thump-thump-thump of our precious baby's heartbeat.

404 folding clothes still warm from the dryer

405 crunchy leaves in the grocery store parking lot

406 accomplishing lots of small cleaning tasks

407 a clutter free counter

408 being married to the most wonderful man in the universe

409 juicing apples with a friend

410 being in and out of the DMV in less than an hour

411 a good OB visit

Friday, October 21, 2011

She Gets It

(Worth every moment of lost sleep)

A few weeks ago, I was reading a post on MoneySavingMom about preparing for a newborn, and came across one simple line that was so encouraging:

"...Silas did not sleep through the night for the first entire year of his life. In fact, for 12 months, the longest stretch of sleep I got was six hours — twice."

Not only did her son take longer than he "should have" to start sleeping through the night, she's alive to tell about it. Sometimes, all a tired mama needs to know is that she's not alone.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Grace of Friends [389-403]

389 Skyping with an old college roommate

390 autumn weather

391 a good day, even though nothing went like planned

392 family play time

393 unexpected, undeserved blessings

394 a friend watching Timmy while I ran a big errand, and leaving us a loaf of fresh homemade bread

395 homemade caramel corn

396 five hours of games with friends

397 Timmy sleeping in his pack and play at their house

398 not falling asleep in church after staying up until nearly 1 a.m.

399 organization paying off

400 local delicious fruit

401 my apple peeler/corer/slicer

402 a box of apples even though the season is over

403 growth as a homemaker

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Timmy's Busy Week

It's been a big week for Timmy so far. This weekend, he learned to go from belly to fully sitting up, Sunday tooth #3 popped through and he's also progressed from mostly army crawling to almost always real crawling.

Yesterday, he pulled himself to standing on a laundry basket and then head-dived in. He also pulled the doorstop off his door. (I'm not quite sure how he managed the latter, as I had to twist it back in to fix it.)

Being that it's only Wednesday, I'm curious to see what else might transpire this week. (And, to be honest, a little exhausted at the prospect!)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

On Monday, We Went to the Park

After a Monday that didn't start out very good (but mercifully ended on a better note), I decided to abandon my to-do list and take my boy to the park. The blustery wind and autumn chill made it perfect hoodie weather and meant we nearly had the park to ourselves.

He swung,

 sat on the playground

And played with leaves.

Note the historic moment: the leaf did not go in his mouth.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Grace [384-388]

384 Timmy sleeping in when insomnia keeps me up half the night

385 generous family

386 a simple dinner that Chris loves

387 Timmy going from belly to fully sitting up the same weekend his third tooth came in

388 strength to do the next thing

Wednesday, October 05, 2011


image credit

...I'm smiling at the rain.

...we're having company for soup, bread and apple crisp. kitchen is clean.

...I might have time to knit this afternoon.

Today is a good day.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Gifts in Fall [376-383]

Autumn is by far my favorite season. I'm not huge on hot weather, so when the mornings and evenings come with a chill, I embrace it fully. Soup, homemade bread, knitting and cozy evenings under blankets are on the horizon. (Once I find our blankets--I had to use one of Timmy's last night because we aren't sure where ours are!)

376 hot chocolate in a mug from our honeymoon

377 making a decent dinner on a Saturday

378 dreaming with Chris

379 my nieces

380 strength when Timmy wakes up early

381 a friend and her husband getting a much needed apartment

382 seeing photos from a friend's wedding on Facebook

383 my belly starting to grow with life

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wednesday Meanderings

  • Timmy has started babbling "ba-ba-ba-ba" and it's the cutest thing ever. Along with this photo:

  • Inspired by Gretchen's Apron Week posts, I snagged a vintage looking tablecloth at the thrift store for $1.25 and am excited to turn it into an apron. Because I tend to think I can sew better than I actually can, I made a small scrap apron for my Molly doll as practice.
  • I love love love hearing the heartbeat of my unborn baby.
  • This post was supposed to be published last Wednesday, but the funny thing about scheduled posts is you actually have to publish them. Crazy, I know.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Gifts [367-375]

My poor blog has been a bit neglected. I'm working on some changes around here, and I'm afraid that's consumed my blogging time instead of new posts. Hopefully soon I'll have something to show for my work. In the meantime, I'm off to work on my long to-do list, hoping that Timmy wakes up in a better mood...

367 the clearance section of

368 strength after a night of insomnia

369 hearing Higbaby2's heartbeat!!

370 a friendly OB

371 not having to reschedule my appointment, even though she was called out for delivery

372 helping Timmy watch out the window for Chris to arrive home

373 Timmy doing well when we were gone from home much longer than expected

374 homemade bread

375 my parents getting to see Timmy army crawl on Skype

Monday, September 19, 2011

Gifts in Joy [361-366]

Today marks 12 weeks of being pregnant (I think--my first OB appointment is still coming up), and it's also the first day I've felt more human. It's a wonderful, wonderful thing!

361 being reminded that the joy of the Lord is my strength

362 food tasting good for the first time in weeks

363 family time

364 ice cream

365 ginger ale

366 lasagna from the freezer that feeds us for several meals

Aprons of Generations

Last Christmas, tired of my largely pregnant belly attracting food and spills, I requested an apron for Christmas. My lovely sister came through, giving me a beautiful blue apron, providing wonderful protection for my limited maternity wardrobe. Now that baby's on the outside, I still reach for it when in the kitchen, especially when baking bread or something else involving copious amounts of flour.

(Sorry for the poor self portrait. That's what happens when I forget to ask Chris to take one.)

My apron doesn't have any stories to tell of generations past. Not yet, at least, but hopefully one day it will bring back memories, just like this one...

Given to my mother by her grandmother, it's been a staple each Christmas season when Mom sets to work making the delicious Norwegian treat known as lefse.

Dear Beth,
Today on your 21st natal day, I am giving you an inheritance, namely my old lefse making apron. I used to feel like I'd want a white apron for lefse making. Pretty crude one, especially the top band made over in a hurry. If you never use it that's fine. 
Just in fun, 

I asked my dad if his mom ever wore an apron, and he couldn't recall her doing so, but I'm sure that as a farmer's wife with four kids, she surely donned one as she prepared those large meals for her husband and sons working in the fields...

It's Apron Week at the Little Pink House and I'm loving the posts and photos. Check out the giveaway from Posey Lane here!

Thursday, September 15, 2011


(Our actual anniversary was Monday, but since we didn't arrive in Cali until 11:00 p.m. blogging wasn't at the top of my to-do list, and I wasn't on top of things enough to have a post scheduled!)

2 houses


2 states


2 babies (one still inside me and one napping upstairs)


2 of the best, most wonderful and craziest years of my life. Here's to many, many more as Mrs. H!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Gifts in Traveling [342-360]

Timmy and I returned Monday night from a whirlwind trip to the lovely state of South Dakota in order to celebrate my maternal grandpa's 90th birthday. In true Norwegian fashion, there was lots of food (and butter), and in keeping with the season, we feasted on delicious sweet corn and watermelon. By the grace of God, I survived flying halfway across the country with Timmy while being pregnant without Chris. As always, the gifts kept coming...

Ready to see Daddy!

342 a man telling me what a bundle of joy Timmy is

343 free cookies on the plane

344 the man who passed out on our flight being okay

345 reprieve from nausea

346 lunch with my siblings at our favorite Greek restaurant

347 Mom taking Timmy so I could sleep in

348 cousins

349 a full house for my grandpa's open house party

350 an uncle who's a pediatrician and could answer my questions about Timmy

351 Midwest sweet corn

352 2 years of marriage

353 a vintage Fisher Price barn for Timmy (that I played with as a child)

354 my 10 year old cousin entertaining a fussy Timmy

355 looking forward to seeing Chris

356 a fun family day

357 being back in the arms of my love

358 Timmy sleeping well at the hotel

359 having our happy boy back

360 Timmy crawling for the first time when Chris was home to see

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

It Runs In the Family

When people find out Timmy's going to be a big brother, one of the first questions they ask is how far apart the babies will be. "A little over 14 months," I say, trying not to think of the sleep deprivation in my future.

It's true, our first two will be close in age, but the more I've thought about it, the more I've realized it's almost genetic. I'm the oldest of four kids--my next brother and I are 16 months apart. Chris is the second of four kids. He is 12 months (to the day!) older than his younger sister. And my dad (also the oldest of four) is one year and 10 days older than his next brother.

So yes, close siblings apparently run in our families. And you know what? It's a gene I don't mind carrying on.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Gifts in Craziness 332-341

We went camping last weekend in order to celebrate our second anniversary (!). The whole saga is worth a blog post of its own, but let's just say that we were on the road home by 7:15 a.m., and we're laughing about it now. :)

332 clean handtowels

333 Timmy pulling himself up on his toy crate

334 learning that a friend will be getting a much needed kidney transplant

335 how Timmy loves carrots

336 the wildfire moving away from town

337 looking forward to seeing family

338 being able to pump a bottle when Timmy wouldn't nurse (and seeing him feed himself--adorable!)

339 surviving our first camping trip

340 naps for all of us the day we came home

341 firefighters who work tirelessly to battle the 8,000+ acre blaze

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Oh, Pregnancy Brain

I am currently 9 weeks pregnant. In addition to nausea, tiredness and crazy dreams, I get really bad pregnancy brain. In the last two weeks, I have:

  • Given the doctor's office my zip code from FOUR YEARS ago instead of my current one
  • Lost my menu for our camping trip
  • Forgotten at least one birthday

I don't have high hopes for my mental facilities in the next 31 weeks.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Growth, Change and Rest {Gifts 321-331}

Timmy is very close to crawling. He gets up on all fours, rocks back and forth and then lays flat down, upset that he isn't moving faster. I'm quite certain that once he does start moving, I won't sit down, ever.

Pretty soon, I'll be hopping on a plane with Timmy, flying halfway across the country to help celebrate my Grandpa's 90th birthday. I'll also be hoping that flying alone with a 7 month old while 10 weeks pregnant doesn't fall under Very Dumb Things I've Done. And I'll be missing my husband like crazy. Thank God for cell phones!

321 announcing to the world that Higbaby2 is on the way!

322 meals from the freezer when the nausea won't stop

323 reading

324 feeding Timmy solids while we ate dinner

325 Baskin Robbins specials

326 the nausea and tiredness that assure me Baby is doing fine

327 rest

328 getting my rings cleaned (for free!) for the first time in nearly 2 years of marriage

329 the lady telling me how much she loved my engagement ring that Chris designed

330 getting my whole to-do list done on a Saturday

331 a perfect Sunday afternoon at the park, reading on a blanket

Monday, August 22, 2011

About Those Changes...

I can now talk publicly about those life changes that are always coming. First, the not-so-good.

We placed an offer on a house. A lovely 3 bedroom, 1 bath house, built in 1959 with lots of character, a fabulous yard and a kitchen we were eventually going to bring out of 1973. And we didn't get it. :( Thankfully, neither of us were as disappointed as we expected, so we are continuing on in the house hunt.

And the wonderful, we-are-so-excited-and-thrilled news is that this big boy

is going to be a big brother! Baby #2 is due April 1 (I think). I still need to see a doctor; prayers for baby's health and growth would be much appreciated!


312 family walks to the donut shop

313 a finished Christmas gift

314 my slow cooker

315 Timmy sleeping in some mornings

316 making good Southern gravy

317 church picnics

318 Timmy's second tooth

319 his amber teething necklace

320 leftovers for lunch

Friday, August 19, 2011

Giving Up on Perfect

Last night, suddenly inspired by a recent placemat making fiesta, I pulled out the quilt I started working on many, many years ago. I don't remember the exact year, but it was pre-Chris and probably pre-college degree. In a flurry of productivity, I finished the top in less than two hours.

My secret? I gave up on perfect. I decided I'd rather have it finished than sitting around because I'm too scared of messing up. Sure, I tried my best, but I didn't use my seam ripper once (a record for any time I try to sew) and I had fun!
Very much not perfect

And because I quit seeking perfection, last night my quilt went from strips in a pile to a top ready for binding.

Monday, August 15, 2011

In Every Change, He Faithful Will Remain [Gifts 303-311]

This past week has been an absolute whirlwind of good, potentially life-changing events. But...because some things aren't 100% for sure yet, I don't want to share them online. Hopefully soon, though, I can tell you what God is doing and the crazy ride we've been on. (2011 isn't exactly turning out to be our year of normal, and that's okay...really.)

303 getting rid of a ton of clothes

304 family walks

305 excitment

306 naps

307 a raspberry custard danish--summer in my mouth

308 perfect summer evening weather

309 praying over Skype

310 dreaming with Chris

311 Timmy getting up on all fours

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Recipes for the Dietary Restricted

It's my firm belief that every cook needs to have recipes in her (or his) repertoire that meet the needs of people who either can't or won't eat a standard diet. Last night we hosted a friend and her brother, one of whom required gluten and diary free food.

I was pretty pleased with how everything turned out--I'd make the meal again even if we didn't have anyone over who needed the GF/dairy free aspect of it.

For our main dish, Chris grilled this chicken which I'd marinated. One of our side dishes was rice and the other was this interesting and delicious take on cauliflower. For dessert, Alisha and I modified a GF cookie recipe to make it dairy and egg free as well. (We would have used Thea's flax replacement for eggs, but I was out, so we subbed baking powder, oil and water.) They turned out pretty well. I've made them with butter and eggs before, and they are scrumptious even if you're not GF.

Mix together
3 eggs
1 1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c butter
1/4 t vanilla
1 T Karo syrup (corn syrup)
1 1/2 c peanut butter

3 c quick oats
2 t baking powder
1 1/2 c coconut
1 c chocolate chips

Bake on a greased sheet for 11 minutes at 350.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Gifts 289-302

Not much to say about this week, other than Chris discovered during church yesterday that Timmy had cut a tooth! It explains the whining and super short naps from Saturday. :) I can't believe my baby is growing up so fast, and as always, I'm seeing the gifts more and more each day...

289 popsicles made with real juice

290 a plane ticket

291 gift cards

292 Timmy doing well with a friend during my 3 hour dentist appointment

293 taking a shower, even if it was at 1:30 p.m.

294 Novicane so I don't feel pain

295 a toaster

296 delicious cantaloupe

297 a new bathmat to replace the one the dryer ripped to shreds

298 clean floors under my bare feet

299 the moment each day when Chris walks through the front door

300 a delicious and easy gluten free meal

301 Timmy loving his exersaucer

302 his first tooth! (with minimal fussing and pain--the only indication was short naps and some whining)

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Thoughts From the Chair

I spent approximately 3 hours in the dentist chair today, but survived just fine, and so did the friend who kept Timmy at her house for me. While I sat there, several thoughts went through my mind.

  • Does anyone ever sneeze while the dentist is working on them?
  • It'd be kinda cool to be able to see what he's doing, but that also may gross me out.
  • What's that tool for?
  • Where does the dentist go to get his teeth worked on?
  • Deaf people are lucky because they can still sign while their mouths are full
  • I don't think interpreting a dentist appointment would be very fun.
And finally...

  • What makes a person decide to put their hands in other people's mouths for a living?

Monday, August 01, 2011

Grace in Difficulty [Gifts 269-283]

It hasn't been the easiest of weeks. My long-napping baby suddenly decided than sleeping for more than 30-45 minutes just shouldn't happen, and much of his awake time should be spent whining and fussing. Every time I'd moan to myself about how horrible the week was, I'd remember something a friend said on Twitter. "I am finding that adding "1st world problem" to my complaints helps put them in their place." No one died; no one got horribly sick. We have food, shelter, clothing and indoor plumbing. First world problems, indeed.
Pardon the shadows..cell phone photo :)

269 popsicle molds from a friend who knew I was looking for some

270 pizza and "happy 6 months of being a mommy/I'm sorry you're having a rough week" roses and cake

271 our church being given a piano

272 Pintrest inspiration

273 video Skyping with my brother

275 Skyping with my parents, sister and grandparents over a thousand plus miles

276 birthday cards done before they need to be mailed

277 color in our bathroom

278 progress on my to-do list by 9:30 on a Saturday morning

279 6 hours of sleep in a row!

280 a relaxing evening with Chris after a rough week

281 delicious leftovers for lunch

282 an impromptu trip to the park

283 a new-to-them, much needed building for old church

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Splash of Color

Because we rent, our walls are a white-gray. All of them. I'm trying to add some color around here, so Sunday afternoon I set out to make something that relatively matched our new shower curtain, using spray paint I'd bought.

A few hours, one slight fussy baby and one viewing of That Thing You Do! later, this is what I ended up with:

I didn't take any photos of the process because I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but this is basically what I did.

1) Spray painted a 12x12 piece of cardstock aqua.

2) Cut 4 4x4 squares from notecards.

3) Glued to 12x12 paper.

4) Cut up a paper towel tube into the "petals."

5) Spray painted the pieces green (hung on a coat hanger for painting).

6) When dry, glued onto the white squares.

7) Hang and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Very Hungry (Knitted) Caterpillar

As I mentioned previously, I decided to knit a caterpillar for Timmy, modeled after Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I finished it sometime last week, and judging by how much Timmy has tried to eat it, I think he's going to enjoy the creature. I'm pretty happy with the finished product. Once I was finished, I realized an easier way to do the eyes, but oh well. The legs were kind of tricky to attach securely, so I'm prepared to re-attach them as they are eaten loved off.

I am making one for my niece for her birthday (along with a copy of the book) so it's on the needles yet again.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Can it really be six months since we welcomed our Timothy into the world?

At 182 days old, he is rolling both ways, playing with his hands and toes, scooting (though I don't think he realizes it), learning to sit and smiling at everyone.

Happy half-year birthday, my dear boy. We can't wait to see what the next six months bring!

(True story--he grabbed a clamp and then after dropping it,
reached back and grabbed a second one.)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Gifts 258-268

It's been a week of the mundane, but not boring. A week of laundry, dishes, nursing, knitting, cooking, and as always, a week of gifts.

258 brothers who help me navigate the confusing world of cell phones

259 Timmy learning to sit up

260 Starbucks' treat receipt

261 healing surgery for a friend's baby born blind

262 a brief nap helping me feel a million times better

263 walks to the mailbox

264 finishing knitting projects

265 being able to read Ephesians in the back room at church while I rocked Timmy to sleep

266 the antics of my adorable six month old

267 a church picnic in the park

268 going to bed on Sunday night with a clean kitchen

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What the Flowers Said

Sometimes, flowers say I'm sorry, we're grieving with you, like when they covered the foyer after my grandma's memorial service. When I was home from college for break and my Dad would greet me at the airport with a bouquet, they said I'm glad you're back. After Timothy's birth, We're so happy for you! flowers adorned our living room.

Yesterday, when Chris came home from work with an assortment of yellow, red and purple blossoms, the flowers simply said, I love you.

Monday, July 18, 2011

In My Head (Gifts 245-256)

Normally I keep a post drafted of the week's gifts, making it easier to recall all that I have to be thankful for when it's time to post them on Mondays. Some weeks, though, the draft is in my head, and I mentally list them while I'm emptying the dishwasher and making lunch for myself. The challenge is remembering them all when I do pause at the keyboard. We'll see how I do...

245 a dishwasher

246 long naps for Timmy

247 seeing a good college friend twice this year

248 Chris finishing dinner prep (and cleaning it up) when I didn't feel good

249 family adventures

250 a newly organized front closet

251 bags of things for Goodwill

252 the promise of herbs from a friend

253 an air mattress for overnight company

254 Crockpot meals on hot summer days

255 smiles from my boy when he wakes up in the mornings

256 Timmy quickly falling asleep without crying even though he was over-tired and over-stimulated

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Gift Ideas (From the Knitter)

It's no secret that knitting is taking up a fair amount of my time, energy and passion these days. I love seeing what becomes of a skein of yarn when it's paired with two (or four) needles and a pattern. Since I'm in the season of life where everyone's having a baby, I have been trying to come up with a gift I could make that wouldn't require a lot of money and is easy to ship. (Friends, you all should move closer to me.)

Upon seeing this caterpillar at Ravelry, I decided to make one in the style of perhaps my favorite children's book, The Very Hungary Caterpillar. Though not quite done, mine is close and I'll post photos when finished. While working on it, I realized that a copy of the book (preferably the board book, says this new mama) and a very hungry caterpillar of baby's own would make a great gift.

(If you are a beginning knitter, this pattern is actually fairly easy, once you get it started.)

But why stop there? You could also make...

this bear, paired with some Little Bear books

or give this bunny as Little Nutbrownhare from Guess How Much I Love You (or the wee one from The Runaway Bunny).

There are more possibilities to be sure (Frog and Toad? The Very Busy Spider?) but consider yourself warned: you may end up spending way too much time at Ravelry, squealing over cute little animals like these.

(All photos taken from their respective Ravelry patterns. Also, I didn't create any of the patterns, just wanted to share a cute idea.)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Gifts of Rest [222-244]

I'm still playing catch-up from our vacation, hence the sparse blog posts. Nevertheless, memories of family, friends, sunshine, the ocean and laughter are fresh in our minds as we work at righting our house and ridding it of ants.

God's gifts were abundant those 10 days, and as I typed them into my phone while we drove back, I realized just how incredibly blessed we are.

222 Timmy sleeping my arms during the post parade festivities

223 knitting with my mom and sister

224 the wedding of a close friend

225 gorgeous weather for their special day, despite predicted rain

226 a small town 4th of July

227 the ocean

228 rest

229 familiar faces

230 strength after sleepless nights

231 Timmy playing with cousins and friends

232 yarn shopping with my mother-in-law

233 healing from the colds all three of us had

234 PNW sunsets

235 the traditional game of Scrabble with my Dad

236 seeing how my oldest niece has grown since Christmas

237 Tevas from a friend

238 seeing my brothers as uncles

239 Timmy not having stranger anxiety yet

240 friends welcoming a 4th of July baby

241 Timmy doing incredibly well on our plane rides

242 God's protection of our unlocked car

243 miraculous provision of a seat for Timmy on both our flights

244 my whole family singing the Doxology to Timmy before bed

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

My Monday

Today feels like a Monday, as we officially came back from vacation last night. I'm spending the morning putting things away, unpacking, relistening to the rest of last Sunday's sermon as I was feeding Timmy during the end and preparing to do a thorough vacuuming of the house, courtesy of the ants we came home to. (Thankfully they weren't all over.)

My priorities are clearly in order as I've already uploaded pictures but the dishwasher still hasn't been emptied. Ahem.

I meant to have some blog posts scheduled for the time we were gone, but the craziness of pre-vacation prep got the better of me.

Our time in Washington was absolutely wonderful. I'll probably be blogging some photos when I get a chance (they'll also be on FB soon).

Off to take advantage of the rest of naptime!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Gifts 215-221

215 having fun in town while our car got a checkup

216 raw cookie dough

217 playdates

218 perfect summer evening weather

219 Groupons

220 air conditioning!

221 books from PaperBackSwap

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Be Imitators as Children

First and foremost, I want my son to know Jesus. For Timothy to believe in Christ as his Savior would be the greatest joy Chris and I could have as parents. Beyond that, though, there's a whole list of other qualities I want to impart to him. Of course I want him to be kind, loving, a hard worker, wise, a godly man (and should he get married/have kids, a wonderful husband and father). It's definitely enough to overwhelm any mom (or dad). How do I teach my son all these things?

The answer--as with anything else--is found in Scripture. Be imitators of God, as dearly loved children, Ephesians 5 tells us. As Timmy grows and copies everything we do (good and bad) it's a heavy reminder that the best way to point my son to Christ is to model a Christ-centered life myself. Easier said than done, but like every other aspect of parenting (and life, really), it's another opportunity to depend on grace.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tuesday Ramblings

I really hope Timothy pops a tooth soon. Either that, or the 'napping for less than an hour' phase is over soon. For a mama (and baby) who appreciate predictability, it's been rough.

Saturday I made freezer breakfast burritos. We didn't have enough tinfoil so I just wrapped them in papertowels and put them in a freezer bag. (The papertowels got a little soggy.)  I sneaked one for breakfast this morning, and it was quite delicious. Best of all, it only took about an hour to make them (and that included a break to nurse/change Timmy's diaper).

Timmy started solids! Earlier than I had planned on, but he kept waking up from naps being hungry, and hasn't been sleeping as well at night. So far we've tried sweet potato (I think he had a slight reaction), avocado and banana (both were a hit). Thankfully he's almost 5 months old so that will allow him a few more menu options.

I made Taco Pizza last Friday and it was a hit. I concocted sauce from a can of tomato sauce, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin and salsa to taste and topped with taco meat and a mix of cheddar and mozzarella cheese on our favorite pizza crust. We were out of lettuce and sour cream on Friday, but I had some on my leftover pizza the next day and it was tasty.

After Timmy was in bed Friday, I went to the grocery store alone. It was quite peaceful (score one for small towns on a Friday night), even though I was pretty exhausted.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Gifts 204-214

204 Andy Griffith being on Netflix

205 Timmy chewing on my nose

206 loving my new haircut

207 having it done by a friend who came to our house

208 anticipation

209 new Tevas

210 Timmy being happy even though he was refusing to sleep

211 getting projects done

212 Father's Day

213 randomly having ice cream with a nice co-worker of Chris' and his wife

214 casting on a new knitting project

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Our Life These Days

Now that Timmy is a whopping four months old (little boy, please stop growing so fast!) it seems we're getting into a weekly routine. Like all of life, it's subject to change, and though it's not always the most logical (it would indeed make more sense for cleaning day to come right after baking day), it works for us. After tweaking, taking into account Chris' work schedule (he has every other Friday off) as well as life with a four month old, this is what I've come up with.

Monday: Walk/run (starting the Couch to 5K program in a few weeks!), pay bills/paperwork, draft blog posts.
Tuesday: Errands.
Wednesday: Walk, laundry, projects, grocery shop if necessary.
Thursday: Clean house.
Friday: Walk, baking/batch cooking/making baby food.
Saturday: Laundry.

In case you're curious--I find that several shorter trips out of the house are easier than one long outing, since Timmy prefers to sleep in his crib. That's why errands and grocery shopping are on two different days. Not the most efficient, I know, but it saves my sanity. I didn't want to plan my housecleaning day for Fridays since Chris has half of them off, hence it's on Thursdays, and I find it easier to clean all in one spurt, which is why I dedicate one day to cleaning instead of spreading it out.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Gifts 189-203

189 getting to watch my brother's college graduation live streamed

190 strawberries and whipped cream

191 finding much needed clothes on sale

192 reading while nursing

193 errands done by 10 a.m.

194 finding my sunglasses

195 Chris coming home early, bringing Starbucks

196 having people over for Friday night pizza

197 a recovered lampshade for Timmy's room

198 pictures of his great-grandfathers in their military uniforms to hang on his walls

199 how Timmy coos after he sneezes

200 being ready for church way ahead of time and spontaneously going out for breakfast

201 spray paint

202 perfect weather

203 Timmy's face the first time he tried sweet potato

204 finishing my first sock

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Ma Ingalls

Even though I'm starting my mothering journey far from family and long-time friends, I'm super thankful for new friends and technology that helps me not feel the distance. Lately, I've been thinking about women who haven't had those advantages.

Ma Ingalls comes to mind. Quite frankly--how did she do it? How did she make (all) the clothes for her family while pregnant and keeping house? Did she have trouble breastfeeding? Did she ever get frustrated while trying to turn the heel of a sock? When Pa was off hunting, did she stay up at night worrying that he might not come home? Did she regret that her parents weren't there to see her girls grow up? I can at least e-mail/Facebook/text photos of Timmy to his grandparents, but she had no such luxury.

It's a good reminder on days when I feel overwhelmed to be thankful for conveniences that make my work as a homemaker and mom that much easier.

Monday, June 06, 2011

When Sparrows Fall

When Sparrows Fall caught my attention as I was curious to see how the author would portray a fundamentalist family.

Overall, I thought it was a well-written story. The plot twist caught me a little off guard, but that may be because I didn't catch some hints early on. I really liked how the author showed Miranda's reason for marrying such a conservative man in the first place--given her background, it made sense and added plausibility to her character.

I realize that the speed at which a story develops can be tricky for writers. Make it too fast and your readers will be confused, but if it's too slow they'll be bored to tears. That being said, I thought the drama happened awfully quickly (the pending move announced on page 2 and her fall on page 6). I would have liked a little more time to get to know Miranda and her children before they were thrust into the throes of the plot.

All in all, I enjoyed the story. It was interesting to see "justification" for some of the fundamentalist rules and get a glimpse (though fictional) into their lives and views.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Gifts 168-188

168 Timmy "talking" himself to sleep

169 when my weekly routine actually happens

170 Sunday morning donuts

171 water

172 having company for dinner twice in one week

173 the farmer's market

174 having dinner ready when Chris gets home

175 exercising

176 Timmy waking up from a (short) nap but talking in his crib happily for the next 30 minutes while I cleaned house

177 Chris' birthday

178 family adventures

179 a day to get things done around the house, after several days of being hither and yon

180 extra (homemade!) teriyaki sauce from a lady at church after our Memorial Day BBQ

181 PandoraOne for Chris' birthday (though I use it, too)

182 friends announcing a new baby on the way

183 all the socks having a match

184 Sunday afternoon naps for all three of us

185 delicious, ripe peaches

186 a newly organized and purged craft shelf

187 finding a box of photos from 10+ years ago and smiling at all the memories

188 making great headway on my to do list

Sunday, June 05, 2011

You Need This Recipe: Keebler Bars

My new genius idea involving food is to make highly caloric (and thereby delicious) desserts...and bring them to church potlucks so I don't eat them all myself. So far, so good. Although because we had company for dinner on Friday night, I did make a double batch of these and thus consume too many. Such is life.

I got this recipe from my paternal grandma, and I have no clue where she got it, but I love her for it.

Keebler Bars

Grease 9x13 pan and line with Club crackers (my two batches took nearly one sleeve, I think).

In saucepan, combine: 2/3 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c butter
1 c crushed graham crackers
1/4 c milk

Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Pour over crackers.

Mix together: 1/2 c chocolate chips
2/3 c peanut butter

Melt and pour over bars.

Chill in fridge (keep 'em in there, too, or else they'll get chewy and you'll have to eat them all at once).

My apologies for no photos...Pioneer Woman, I am not.

Friday, June 03, 2011

The Janitor Knows All

I/we've been rewatching Scrubs lately (thank you, Netflix) and in an episode from 2006 I recently watched, the Janitor made this comment, "if you ask me, we should be looking for Bin Laden in Pakistan."

There you have it, folks...the Janitor knew all along.

(I realize many people probably thought the same thing, I was just amused.)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Because I'm Thinking in Bullet Points Today

  • I decided recently to switch to WordPress. However, I imported my blog under a name I didn't 100% love and want to delete it but don't know how. Sigh.
  • After having done laundry on Wednesday, cleaning the house yesterday (along with washing diapers) and not needing to run the dishwasher last night, I woke up feeling like I was practically on vacation.
  • I almost dragged Timmy out of the house for two garage sales this morning, only to realize that they are actually tomorrow.
  • How do you tell if a baby is eating more because of a growth spurt, or because he's ready to start solids?
  • Along those same lines, I used to count down the weeks until Timothy started solids because I hated nursing, and while I don't absolutely love it now, I am a little sad that my baby is nearly old enough for big people food.
  • We have a lot of empty wall space in our house. Hopefully this will be rectified with picture frames, spray paint and Costco's photo center. Anyone good at decorating walls?
  • We learned some cake decorating skills at a church ladies function recently and now I'm itching to get my hands on some supplies of my own.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Gifts 149-167

149 a new computer

150 the ladies at my knitting class not minding a noisy and sometimes fussy baby boy

151 rainy days

152 finishing projects

153 cleaning in a skirt

154 a delicious recipe being easier than I remember

155 going to the library with Timmy

156 Timmy waking up from a nap with coos

157 dinner cleaned up, baby in bed for the night and curling up on the couch with a book by 7:30 p.m.

158 a husband who appreciates the work I do at home

159 a clean house

160 walking on a beautiful day

162 scrumptious strawberries at an incredibly good price

163 friends from church coming over for supper

164 quite possibly Timmy's best night yet

165 rearranging the living room to make it immensely more useful and enjoyable

166 a book I can't put down

167 one year ago

Can Someone Please Tell Me...

how we can go from this:

May 23, 2010
to this:
May 22, 2011
in just one year?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

On Mother's Day

This year was actually my second Mother's Day.  Mother's Day 2010 found me pregnant but not knowing it yet. Because I (firmly) believe that life begins at conception, I was indeed a mother last year. Chris and Timothy spoiled me big time with breakfast in bed, a gift certificate to the fabric store (seasonal placemats are on the horizon!), Subway, Ticket to Ride, and Starbucks. Of course phone calls to our moms and Chris' sisters were in order.

But while my Facebook feed filled up with (deserving) well wishes to moms everywhere, my heart was thinking of friends. Friends who would love to cradle a little one but whose arms are still empty. Friends who've had to say goodbye before ever saying hello.

If your arms and heart are achingly empty, please know that as I held my chubby boy, I prayed that the God of all Comfort would indeed comfort you.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Gifts 139-148

139 clean and organized pantry shelves

140 31 Days to Clean

141 a kind dentist

142 good dental insurance

143 a garage sale with quality little boy clothes for 25 cents each (a rare find in Cali!)

144 a husband who insists I nap

145 Chris taking us for a drive during a long day of teething

146 a fabulous deal on a much needed computer (arriving soon!)

147 hot showers

148 birthday shopping for Chris

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

31 Days to Clean: Day 7

After tweeting about Sarah Mae' ebook, 31 Days to Clean, I was excited about embarking on the challenge.  I love that the book covers the why along with the how. Two weekends ago, I deep cleaned nearly the entire kitchen giving me a head start, but sadly, I didn't take before and after photos.  However, I did manage to snap a few of the pantry shelves when I cleaned and organized them last Saturday.



I was surprised by how quickly the job went. It wasn't difficult, and my supervisor seemed to approve of my work, too.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Gifts 120-138

120 remembering to post the gifts

121 being greeted with a kiss, "happy Monday" and cake from our favorite bakery

122 the wiggly bundle of energy in my arms

123 phone calls with my brothers

124 walking to errands

125 long phone calls with other mommy friends

126 the house smelling of fresh air

127 Timmy talking on the phone

128 my first Mother's Day

129 breakfast in bed, "made by Timmy" said Chris

130 dreaming of all the projects I can make with the gift certificate to the fabric store from my boys

131 Chris insisting I get a "fancy" sandwich from Subway yesterday

132 half price frappicinos at Starbucks

133 knitting

134 moms and grandmas

135 Timmy's hair being messed up when he wakes up from a nap

136 slowly but surely, longer naps becoming reality

137 free photo collages

138 pigtail braids

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Still Here, Still Clicking

We're alive and well over here, just continuing to type slowly. I started the 31 Days to Clean Challenge last weekend with a bang by deep cleaning the kitchen. I am still participating in the challenge, though not alway able to complete one of the Martha tasks each day, especially on busy days. I just remind myself that it doesn't have to be completed in one month.

Yesterday was one such day, with meeting Chris for lunch and then going to Costco (an hour away). Timmy did quite well, though (it was our first time going without Chris). The motivation for going was to pick up Timmy's birth announcement. Yes, he is 3.5 months old. Better late than never, right?

I am so excited about the Mother's Day cards I made for my mom and Chris' mom. I'll post a picture when I know they've received them.

Off to keep scaling Mt. Laundry and organize the pantry! (Oh, and make these if I have time.)

Monday, May 02, 2011

Multitudes on Mondays: Gifts 107-119

107 my brother showing me the onscreen keyboard, making life much easier

108 family walks

109 Timmy sucking his thumb

110 chatting with another (wise) mom while nursing Timmy at church

111 deep cleaning the kitchen

112 adding to my pile of 100 things to get rid of

113 Timmy fitting into his adorable denim shorts

114 plane tickets

115 how yarn and needles work together to make a vast array of knitted items

116 falling into bed knowing that I worked hard that day

117 walking to church

118 remembering two years ago

119 two hour naps

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Tedious Blogging

Many thanks to my brother for telling me about Windows' onscreen keyboard. It makes typing easier but still tedious. At least I don't have to copy and paste the missing letters anymore, which is great because you can't exactly copy and paste the ENTER function.

Running through my mind as of late...

  •    Knitting for babies is great because the items are small, but small needles take forever to make progress on.
  • On an entirely related note, does my niece really need TWO leg warmers?
  • I'm already nervous about my dentist appointment in two weeks. I hate dental anxiety. Sigh,
  • Timmy can roll already and I fear he'll be an early crawler, which I am NOT ready for.
  • I should upload more pictures. It'd be less typing/clicking.
  • Cadbury caramel eggs are vastly superior to the creme eggs. Vastly.
  • I'm excited to do the 31 Days to Clean challenge. I'm starting tomorrow to make up for the Sundays I'll take off.
  • I ended at least two points with prepositions but am way too tired to fix them. Does that make me a bad blogger?
  • Our town has three small thrift stores. While their clothing selection is pretty terrible, I do appreciate that their prices on non-clothing items are quite cheap.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Creating Tradition: Easter Bundles

One of the things I really looked forward to in starting a family was creating our own traditions. Be it everyday or especially traditions (as Noel Piper puts it), they have the power to create lasting memories and bring families together.

Recently Chris and I were talking about Easter and discussing whether or not we wanted to do Easter baskets for our kids. Our (quick) consensus was that while the concept is fun, they're usually full of cheap trinkets and plastic Easter grass which is pretty much like saying "yes, I'd like to pay to have my house be messy."

"Let's do books," Chris suggested, "like your parents." "Brilliant!" I replied. Several years ago, my parents started giving us a book on Easter, as well as including one in our Christmas and birthday gifts. Over the years, I've gotten several classics and other editions I've been wanting. (Although when asked about this last Christmas, I told my mother the only title I could think to ask for was The Vaccine Book. Thankfully, they got me a different one.)

So, armed with the decision to give books, I set off on my hunt. Thanks to Amazon's 4-for-3 deal, Timmy is getting two books, and because I needed just a few more dollars to make my order count for another month of AmazonMom, he's also getting a toy. Lucky kid. I added some Easter chocolate and bundled them together with hemp, along with a tag proclaiming "He is risen!" For Chris' bundle, I also included a picture frame. If I was super creative, I suppose I would have whipped up some cloth bags on my sewing machine or used colorful ribbon...but I'm not so I didn't. Also, my parents sent us books but I am too lazy to retake photos and upload them. Just imagine a space book for Chris, one by Gary Thomas for me and Curious George for Timmy.

Without further adieu, here are the H family's Easter Bundles 2011:

Friday, April 22, 2011


Our keyboard had an unfortunate run-in with Chris' beer a few days ago and some important keys such as E, I and S  no longer work...hopefully we'll be getting a new keyboard soon, though we know a new computer is in our future before too long. (I copied and pasted the missing letters so this post would be legible.) And if you'd like to donate a new computer, just let me know!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

On Co-Sleeping

It's a good thing this post has taken awhile to write because my opinion and experience keeping changing. :) Before Timothy was born, Chris wanted to have him sleep in our bed, at least at first. While I wasn't thrilled with this idea (I was afraid of rolling over him and I wanted to be able to snuggle with my husband), I agreed to at least give it a shot at some point.

During the first few weeks of newborn craziness, we initially tried Timmy in his Pack 'N Play bassinet at the foot of our bed, but he didn't like it. Same with the crib, so our bed was where he slept. It actually worked out pretty well, especially when he was waking every few hours to nurse. Frankly, walking into his room every few hours was too much in the middle of the night, and after being so incredibly pregnant, I definitely wasn't in the habit of rolling so I didn't worry about squishing him. We also have a king size bed, so we certainly didn't lack space, and I liked knowing when he was hungry because he'd start moving and making noise, but not all out crying.

That worked well for awhile, until Timothy was 5-6 weeks old and discovered hey! I can move my legs! and my arms! And I can make noise with my voice! Suddenly, he wasn't very cuddly (unless he was soundly asleep) and not so fun to share a bed with. Thankfully, we got him and his crib on speaking terms again. For awhile he'd stay in our bed after eating at 4 or 5, but I think that just confused him, so now he typically spends all night in his crib until we start our day. If we've had a short night, though, he'll sometimes lay in our bed with me in the mornings so I can doze while he talks and then we snuggle/sleep. :)

For those of you who co-sleep for more than a month (haha), I admire you, because I have no idea how you manage the flailing of baby limbs. :) Like most of mothering/parenthood, time and experience changes our opinion. So even though it wasn't what we'd envisioned from the start, it's worked for us.

Coming Across My Screen

Good links I've found lately...

Don't Skip Lent (oh so true!)

Remember Jesus (see quote at the end by Spurgeon)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Multitudes on Mondays: Gifts 81-106

81 how fast the gifts add up, when I stop to count them

82 baby socks

83 a walk with my boy on a beautiful spring day

84 dinner with a delightful family of seven from church

85 singing the Doxology as the mealtime prayer with them

86 colorful cloth diapers

87 homemade French bread

88 Amazon's 4-for-3 deal

89 coupons

90 Timmy being an absolute champ during our errands

91 journal entry #5000

92 no line at the Post Office

93 Sonic Happy Hour

94 praying for a friend in labor

95 making our Easter bundles

96 people who hold the door open for mamas lugging carseats

97 a husband who doesn't mind working on dinner when I start cooking but then have to feed Timmy

97 hearing that two babies I've prayed for have safely arrived

98 hand-me-downs

99 singing all hymns at church (a capella, because both guitarists were gone...and we sounded GOOD!)

100 walking to church

101 my red Kitchen Aid

102 Timmy actually falling asleep at church

103 productive weekends

104 Chris cleaning out my car

104 singing the Doxology to Timmy at bedtime

105 bedtime routine (especially story time)

106 consistency in the increased feedings

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I Don't Need Sleep

This post has been written in my head for awhile, but I'm just now getting a chance to type it up.

I stumbled into Timmy's room at 3 a.m., silently pleading with God, just let him sleep! It's what we both need, Obviously, rest was the solution. As I sat down in the rocking chair with him, the thought that had been trying to work its way into the front of my brain (but I'd been shutting out) suddenly hit me with full force. I don't need sleep. I need Jesus. I'd been (wrongly) convinced that a good night's sleep would solve all my problems and exhaustion that comes with having a new baby, but my focus was misplaced.

While I rocked my baby, I confessed my idolization of sleep, realizing yet again that I can't do this whole mom thing on my own. And you know what? Since then, Timmy has been sleeping MUCH better at night and I've learned in a whole new way how to depend on Jesus.

For He gives to his beloved sleep
-Psalm 127:2

Monday, April 11, 2011

She's Got a Ticket to Ride

I've referenced the game Ticket to Ride about, oh, a million times on my blog. The lovely Fries family introduced us to it and in turn Chris and I showed the game to our families. I know some other friends of mine are big fans, so I thought I'd do a post about some variations of the game we've come up with.

Off to the Races
Deal like normal--five destination cards and four train cards (or however many you start with). Each player selects exactly three routes to complete and discards two. The game is played like normal, but ends when the first player completes all three routes. Once they're done, that's it. Another option we've started doing (and enjoy more) is leaving the trains on the board after the first round, discarding our current route cards and redealing them, using to our advantage the trains we've already played. The first player to complete all three routes wins. Typically three rounds make up a game. Instead of adding up route points (because we usually forget), the winner of each round gets a 30 point bonus. Bonus points for longest train and most routes completed still apply.

Where On Earth am I Going???
Deal six train cards and commence play with no destination cards. Play until a pre-determined amount of points (like 10 or 15) or until each person has played a certain number of trains. Once you've reached the goal, you draw destination cards like normal and proceed.

My Routes Were Predestined
(A little Reformed humor for ya.) We haven't actually played this version yet that I can recall, but I'd like to. Each player is dealt say, four or five routes and you have to complete all of them. Each person gets one more turn when one player has less than three trains, just like normal.

If you've come up with any versions of your own, we'd love to hear them!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Missing Lent

Ash Wednesday sneaked up on me this year. So much so that I hadn't even given a thought to fasting and just that morning pulled my copy of Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross off the shelf. (And my copy of Isaiah 53 to memorize in the shower just came out of hiding a few weeks ago)

Much to my dismay, our church here doesn't celebrate Advent or Lent, so I'm learning how to observe them with just our family and not the involvement of a church.

As the days steadily march towards Easter, I'm excited to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, but to be honest, I'm also a bit scared. I'm worried that without much of a focus on Lent, Easter won't seem as glorious. I didn't start observing Lent until college, but once I did, Easter quickly became my favorite holiday. Coincidence? I think not.

So as we soon enter Holy Week, I'm going to do my best to remember Jesus and His sufferings, amidst the dirty diapers, spitup and feedings, and focus on the events leading up to that glorious Resurrection Sunday.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Gifts 72-80

72 four generation pictures on both sides of my family

73 feeling more rested each day

74 making one of Chris' favorite meals for dinner (it's one of mine, too)

75 homemade cookies to send with my grandparents

76 snow on the day my family left from their spring break trip

77 how Timmy smiles now each time I start the little mobile in his crib

78 Chris feeling better after leaving work sick yesterday

79 beating my Dad in Scrabble on my last turn

80 Costco folding chairs from my parents (we can seat 7 now!)

Monday, April 04, 2011

Gifts 63-71

63 paying cash for our (new to us) truck

64 the lady at the automotive place telling Chris how he could save money registering at another business

65 a tidy house

66 finding baby socks around the house

67 caffeine

68 seeing my parents as grandparents

69 Timmy's great-grandma rocking him to sleep

70 knowing that Timmy has met three of his four great-grandparents on my side

71 eat/wake/sleep

72 sweater vests for newborns

73 Dedication Sunday

74 freezer meals

75 date night

76 my husband's smile

77 notes on my nightstand

78 my 85 year old Grandpa joining Facebook

79 Moby wraps

80 hymns

81 four hours of sleep in a row