Thursday, December 23, 2010

Thankful Thursday Top ??

I am going to attempt my Thankful Thursday post - but frankly putting 10 on it makes me feel very ungrateful when I can only reach 7...which usually seems to be my magic number.  Ah well, here goes - things I am thankful for TODAY!

1) Being able to work from home.
There is nothing quite like getting up in the morning (at 9 since my hubby gets up with the baby at 7), getting a shower, watching some Sesame Street then putting Grace down for her morning nap and heading to my my pajamas.  :) 

2) A job.
In the same vein, having a job and an income is always nice.  It's always nice when random extras come in too - I like those surprise additions of income.  Maybe I will start selling cakes.  But still no weddings :)

3) Grace as a snuggler!
For whatever reason lately Grace has decided she likes to snuggle - which I'm ok with.  I love watching her grow up and how much she loves me :)  I know that sounds silly, but its sweet.  I also love how easily she gets along with people she doesn't know as well - it takes her a moment to warm up to them but she is usually very good with other people too!

4) My Bible study girls
I'm so excited to be able to continue to work with them!  We just got a great donation to the program this morning that will help pay for the expenses of almost three girls.  As we're getting closer to the end and having the bigger expenses start to come that is amazing God timing and I'm grateful!

5) Sickness
Sickness? Yes, sickness.  I haven't felt so good today or last night...and I am choosing to be thankful for it because it means we've got a baby growing.  I am also thankful for a God who watches over us, blesses us and holds us in His hands.

6) Friends who leave me the contents of their freezers :)
Last night we had a wonderful dinner made almost entirely of food left behind when my new friend moved back to Georgia!  Yummy :)

7) Sweet Rolls
Apparently I get to make sweet rolls with my mom today.  I love that she lives close enough for us to go over whenever we feel like it.  I love that she taught me how to bake and that is a skill I still have.  I love that she invites us over because she likes us!!

8) Jordan
My 15 year old little sister who had a birthday yesterday!  I can remember when she was LITTLE!!! (Ok, she is my sister in law, but whatever).  Ah those kids are growing up SO fast!  She is a sweet girl, an awesome babysitter and a wonderful young lady!

9) My hubby
What a great man he is to get up with the baby every morning!  He also does not have the joy of working at home so kudos to him for braving the weather and going to work every morning.  He takes good care of us!

10) Christmas
I love getting together with my family and just spending time.  I can't wait for tomorrow and Saturday!! (And my hubby gets this weekend off work which is even better!!)

Ah, I made it to 10 - not so eloquently but there you go - 10 reasons I feel blessed, love and content.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

I'm not Ragu.

I don't know why, I think that is funny! (Ok, obvious to me but if I'm not Ragu...I'm Prego...) Since only two people read this so far (and I'm perfectly ok with that for the time being - don't really want to "go public" until I figure out WHAT I really want to get out of this) I figured I'd share a little about the pregnancy.

On Tuesday night I bought a pregnancy test - thinking I'd taking in Christmas morning and maybe have an extra present :)  But Wendesday I was sitting at my desk thinking about how incredibly strange it was that I had started taking prenatal vitamins again out of the blue and also that alcohol seemed disgusting to me.  So I thought why not.  Typically if I take a pregnancy test I stare at it until I am absolutely sure it is done changing...this time I took it, set it on the counter and went back to work.  Then a few minutes later I went back to check...imagine my surprise when I saw the two lines.  So then I took three more tests that day :)  All positive.

So far we've told some family and close friends.  I think given that I've had a miscarriage and my friend recently had one that is definitely on our minds...but I also know that we serve an awesome God and His will will be done.  I have no control over that.  So instead of living in fear I'm choosing to live in faith.  He has this baby in his hands and I am not going to worry about it.  I have my first doctor's appointment on January 12th and I am anxious to go and hopefully hear the heartbeat at that point - but either way, I'm sure that God is in control.

I have felt great so far - a little more nausea today then I've had so far - and call me crazy but right now I'm thankful for my body telling me everything is going well.  :) 

Three Things I'm Thankful For:
1) My amazing family and friends and all their encouragement
2) A nationally recognized holiday to set aside time to share with each other....
3) And YOU!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Some things stop being cute.

No, not my daughter.  She is always cute - even when she smears yogurt all over her face (which admittedly wasn't cute at the time...I had Bible study in about an hour, she needed a bath and my house needed to be picked up.)

Ah well.  I ran a bath for her while I warmed up my dinner then ate in the bathroom while she played in the tub.  Whatever works :)  It is moments like this where I think I'm a fairly laid back mom and roll with the punches.  Other times, not so often! 

Ok, so what stops being cute?  Asking people if their pregnant when you're older than five.  I had two different women stop me Monday night and ask me if I was pregnant.  SOOOO irritating.  I wanted to say, no, are you?  But thought that was overly mean so I just said "no, I'm not...if I was I would have let you know."  Not cute people, not cute.

I have a few more hours worth of work to do tonight so I'm going to get off here.  Keep in all in perspective - that is my moral of the story for today.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Banquet Day!

Today was Christmas Banquet day at church!  Oh, what fun!  I am so thankful for my church family that has such fun participating in this kind of stuff.  Lots of people brought food, we had all kinds of crazy activities for the kids that one of the ladies organized, music by some of the kids - I love that everyone just comes together to get it done!  And I was also impressed by how quickly it all gets cleaned complaining or grumbling about dishes or sweeping - no harsh words or pointed fingers about who is doing what...just everyone doing what they see needs to be done until it was all cleaned up.  And of course, it doesn't get much better than when I went out to my car and saw that one of the guys had cleaned the snow off ALL the cars that were still in the parking lot! 

This got me to thinking about my daughter.  I hope that I am able to teach her hospitality.  I would love for her to grow up to be one of those kids that loves to help, that sees something that needs to be done so she just does it...and I want to be that mom that is ready at a moments notice for her friends to come over (because lets face it, I'd rather her want to spend her time here with her friends then always be somewhere else), I want her to know that it is always ok to call her mom because I won't judge (and of course that doesn't mean we won't punish as necessary) - we'll just solve the problem.  Ahh, lofty aspirations and I know some days I'll fail, but I pray that I live up to that.

I'm thankful for these quiet moments in my house where Grace is happily playing, the house is on it's way to being clean and all seems right with the world.  I know I still have emails to answer, paperwork to finish and more house to clean...but right now, in this moment my heart is filled with friends, family and joy :) 

Merry Christmas!