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The Year Without A Blog

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It hasn’t quite been a year, but it has been more than six months. For me, that’s pretty close. Time sort of jumbles together every now and then, and I find myself already making Holiday plans in the middle of everyone else’s St. Patrick’s Day planning {Seriously, everything on Pinterest right now is green with rainbows.}

Anyway, a lot has happened while I was away. Most of those things would not have been possible without stepping away from the blog for a brief time. That brief time got longer without my realizing it, until last week when I truly could not remember when I’d last reached out to my readers. Today, I decided to remedy that, and it’s as good a day as any. Better than most, I suppose, because I come bearing good news…

We’re having a baby!

This is one of the things that probably wouldn’t have happened without my taking a step back and deciding where to put my focus. I made a constant conscious effort to spend more time with Hubby. Not just when a mommy and daddy really love each other… but just being together. Going places. Snuggling on the couch to watch TV. This was also a good chance for me to stop “keeping score” on who is the Give and who is the Take. It was a two-fold problem: I was keeping tabs of my giving {which is not the way to give} and I was grumpy for my not taking {which doesn’t even make sense}. Once I pushed aside whatever ugly-little-monster that was, things got a lot more pleasant around the house. For all of us. We’ve even cleaned off the kitchen table to start eating together as a family instead of from TV trays in the living room. We’re not the Cleaver’s, but I also wouldn’t want to be…

Back to the pregnancy bit. I’m 12 weeks today, and I’m very excited for September when I get to see the little booger who’s been giving mommy such a tough time. I’m not going to unload a bunch of pregnancy complaints, because I’m really trying not to be “that mom” but I will say that the first time was a cake walk, and this is feeling a little more like being the underdog in a WWE cage match. We already knew going into it that this would be our last, and I have to say… the way things are going, I’m not inclined to change my mind on that.

We’ve been making slow-but-steady strides at clearing out the nursery. My parents took some furniture for us. Hubby Dearest relocated this bookshelf into the living room, where he de-ironing boarded it. It now holds board games, photo albums, vinyl records, and the record player. There are several more pieces that need a new home, but I’ve got some ideas. Once we decide what stays and what goes, I’ve got stripes to paint! I’m leaving the room that gorgeous yellow that I painted last year {for one, I love it & for two, painting over it would be a nightmare} and adding grey & white stripes to the wall where the crib will be. For a girl, just the yellow, white, & grey. For a boy, I’ll be adding touches of navy blue to the mix. I saw an adorable plaid with all the colors in a Pottery Barn catalog, so I’m hoping I can still find it when the time comes.

That basically sums it up. I took a blog break to do stuff. I did stuff. I’m still doing stuff, and I now have a lot more to do. Posts are likely to be sporadic, at best, but I have a few things coming up that I want to be sure to share. Until next time…

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Thank you for today, Lord {3-16}

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 photo irishfiligree_zpsa5719743.jpgI was just sitting here at my desk worrying. {It’s what I do.}  It’s March 16th, which means we’re more than halfway through the month. I am part of a Crochet Along group, and every month we tackle a different project. This month, we’re making an Irish Filigree Necklace. It’s gorgeous… and as intimidating as a rabid dog with a rusty switchblade in a dark alley. I do chunky yarn things. This… this is not chunky. This is thread. {also, this is a stock image, what mine should look like in the end} Barely thicker than dental floss… and I really enjoy it. I’m still scared, and glad I am up to date on my tetanus shot… but it’s been a nice challenge. The other challenges I’m worrying with right now are

    • Tea party we’re throwing for my nieces and nephews just because we needed an excuse as adults to have a playful tea party we thought it would be fun for the kids. Each of my sisters and I have been given a task to prep for the party. The sister who went to culinary school was given snack duties {no-brainer}, the sister with older kids was given the responsibility of a dress up trunk {her daughter is 7, so she already has a good start}, and my youngest sister & I are going to be providing decorations {we’re the “make it pretty” type}. Again, I’m really excited, and really enjoy it… but it’s a challenge.

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  • Finishing the garage. My labor of love has become more labor than love… I really wish I had a day that Hubby Dearest & I could take off and do a major purge. I started doing a small purge on my own, and re-organizing things to suit me. Well, Hubby informed me the other day that I’ve moved things without telling him & now he doesn’t know where his things are. Which is true… but the channel lock pliers he was looking for so hard, were laying on the table in plain sight beside his toolbox. Just sayin’. There’s a lot to be moved from my room inside to my “new” room in the garage. Which brings me to my next challenge…
  • Baby stuff. We’re still toying with the idea of when to actually start trying for a second Little. The first Little is excited. I’m somewhat indifferent. {When God says “Here, have a baby” we’ll get it ready-or-not. Until then, why stress.}  And Hubby doesn’t know from one day to the next. But I intend to prepare as if we’ll have one by this time next year, and that means a lot of work between now and then.

I had to laugh at the things that are worrying me. My most immediate concern is a children’s tea party… I’m going to have to chalk this up to Awesome Life Problems. I don’t have to worry about my next meal, because it’s in the fridge. My worst health concern currently is worrying about the allergies that will hit when spring comes {yea, not allergies I have right now, but ones that will be here later} And while our finances have seen better days, we still have food, shelter, central heat & air, and Directv with DVR… which brings us to the title of this post.

Thank you for today, Lord.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I have a really bad habit of forgetting how good I really have it. I get so caught up in the “wants” of life that I overlook what I need. I cannot think of a single need God has not met for me and then some. My physical needs, spiritual needs, intellectual needs… Yes, I’ve become well aware that God likes to keep my brain on its toes {if brains had toes… } and He likes to see me succeed where I once failed. He has given me so much, and I deserve none of it.

Now that my worries are out well at ease, I will face my biggest challenge. Sleep. Goodnight, readers. Sleep well.

Re-Fueling

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I have several plans for my blog this year. Hopefully, I will write them all down soon so I can remember them all. I just bought my very first DSLR!!! and I’m hoping to play with utilize it for a more “put together” feel on my blog and on my etsy shop. Let’s be honest, there’s only so much you can do with a camera phone. Appearances are important, and I’m going to be tackling lots of eye sores for a while. Some on the blog, and some in my life. One of these sores… is my social life. It’s not a huge priority to me right now, but my friend and I were talking about our lack of other friends. While he can count his list of friends {family doesn’t count} on one hand, I topped him because I can count mine on one finger. He’s it. I have my husband, my sisters, and my mom… but he’s the only person outside my family that I count as being a friend. Maybe I could re-assign some of my acquaintances as friends, but a friend has a very high-ranking in my terms and not many people meet that standard. Instead of lowering my standards to fill a “friend quota” I think I will just make myself more available to a higher quality of persons with whom I can become friends. I’m going to do this in bloggyland as well. I plan to join {and maybe even host} more linky parties. They really are a great way to “meet” like-minded people, and see what inspiring things they’re doing.

I mentioned the image quality issue previously, but there’s also a product quality issue. I’m going to be taking a break from blogging for a bit {I’ve sort of already started, hence several weeks between posts} to spend some quality time making & doing some quality things. I need to get a few things done so I can come back with gusto and say:

Behold that which I have created!

Only in my own, slightly more reserved, way of saying it. The point is, it’s hard to blog about the stuff in your life if there’s a… deficit, I suppose… of stuff actually in your life. So, I’m gonna go do stuff, and make stuff, and plan stuff, and try stuff, and then I’ll be back to share it all with you.

Please excuse me a moment while I try to remember what else I had to say. Oh, yea! Eye sores. My house is a big one. Like really big. Like the stuff of “Yo mama” jokes, big. So I’m going to do something about that. Actually, a lot of somethings. My house is cluttered, and dirty, and not at all cohesive, and there’s a tiny part of me that would love to just move and start over… but we still owe a lot of money for the place, and I don’t know about the rest of you, but where I live, houses are sitting on the market for a long, long, long time. So I’ll just fix what I’ve got. Kidding aside, we’ve been very blessed with a wonderful home, and I have plenty to work with… it’s just going to take work.

I’ve been busy taking baby steps here and there, and have found help along the way. I’ve got posts planned for some good Before & After bits. Hopefully, It won’t take too long to get things in order & share them with all of you. February is going to be a BIG month for doing stuff. I’m moving my craft room into the garage to make room in my current craft room for a second baby {should the Mr. and I come to an agreement on whether or not we’re having said second baby} and that means the garage has to be completely cleaned out. I’ll be sure there are lots of Before’s of that transformation so everyone gets the full grasp of this endeavor.

So, for now, I hope you are all out there doing what you love & finding inspiration to do more of it. I shall return…

Thank you for today, Lord {Nov 9}

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Thank you for today, Lord, and yesterday, and the two before.

I’m thankful for my busy life, and the people who walk through my door.

I’ve been to visit friends and kin, and they’ve come to visit me.

The closer the holidays get, the more faces I get to see.

With all the busy rushing, I’m thankful for the moments when life is slow.

Thank you, Lord, for minutes and watching them as the go.

Thanks for the people in my life who are so good at being there.

Thank you for the coffee, Lord, and homemade treats to share.

Thank you for today, Lord {Nov 1}

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Thank you for today, Lord. You’ve blessed us once again.

As we watch our son play, we thank you most for him.

Thank you for his health, and ours to keep up with a toddler’s pace.

Thank you for all this love, and the smiles upon our face.

Such blessing in our lives. Such love to pull us through.

Thank you, Lord, for today. May we live our lives for you.

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