Friday, December 24, 2010

merry christmas!

Many Christmas pictures to share...sorry I have been such a slacker! This was from our visit to Santa at the mall. Anniston stared at him for the longest time before finally warming up to give us a sweet picture. She loved him, and he was the sweetest man ever...I'm pretty sure he was the real thing :). He commented on her being so wide-eyed and taking everything in, which he said was such a blessing. So sweet.

Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas remembering the True reason we celebrate! Jesus!

"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel." Isaiah 7:14

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

our november :)

  • get offer on house after being up for sale for a long time...check.
  • get contract on house...check.
  • begin packing up house in a crazy, frantic manner...check.
  • trip over box while turning the corner carrying two large picture frames while walking in a crazy frantic manner...check.
  • feel stupid...check.
  • go to ER because bone near elbow is obviously broken...check.
  • visit orthopedic doctor who says it's a small fracture that will heal in a few weeks...check.
  • baby sick with croup, take to hospital...check.
  • stay in hospital overnight...check.
  • baby gets better quick...praise the Lord.
  • move two hours north...check.
  • go to new, better orthopedic doctor because we moved...check.
  • he said i had a very complex break requiring surgery the next week...hmm.
  • cry...yep.
  • had surgery yesterday where two screws were inserted...check.
  • sit in shower last night as a tornado went over our new house (didn't touch down)...check.
  • glad it's almost December...amen.


Don't want to sound like I'm complaining. We have had a very blessed month...just thought
I'd share why I'm thankful for December! :)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

happy thanksgiving!!!

Hope you all are having a wonderful day! I'm inserting pictures from a recent pumpkin patch visit with friends. I'm so thankful for this little turkey...

Friday, November 19, 2010

more craziness...first sickness

Well, we were back in the ER this week, but this time with Anniston...she's perfectly fine now, fyi.

Wednesday, she had been acting well, playing, and filling her pudgy tummy with food as always. After putting her to bed, we started hearing one loud cough every 30 minutes or so, and by 10:30 she was up in her bed with an even louder, barkier cough. I went into her room, and I promise she was struggling so much to breathe that I thought she was about to stop breathing all together (even though we later learned that she was getting enough oxygen). It was so scary, and long story short, she had the croup virus. I know that illness is fairly common, but having a baby with the history she has had, I cannot tell you the thoughts and fears that were going through my mind before finding out what was wrong. I struggle surrendering those fears on a regular day sometimes, so that night driving to the hospital, the thoughts were just too much. Stan, as always (and as I think I've mentioned before), was very strong and level-headed. God knew what He was doing when He put us together :). They treated Anniston, sent us home, and we took her back to the ER a few hours later because her condition had not improved as much as they would have liked after the steroid she was given...the doctor wound up admitting her, and we stayed until Thursday afternoon. SO thankful my mom was still here to help.

It really wasn't as serious of a deal as it seemed. Stan and I talked about it...being in the hospital, memories of previous hospital visits come back to mind, and it feels like the situation is so much worse than it is because we are seeing it through a perspective clouded by those memories. Anyway, we're good, God is good, and we praise Him that Anniston is feeling and breathing well! You can still be praying for a full, quick recovery.

It's so amazing to be reminded of His faithfulness. Just today, I was sent a sweet text by a precious friend who did not know of our events in the last week. This is what it said: "Hi! You've been in my prayers friend! I am CLAIMING blessings, hope, and peace over you! I love you! 'As for the Lord, His way is perfect and His Word is flawless. He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.' Psalm 18:30" So neat to me how the Lord laid us and that scripture on her heart to pray...not a coincidence. He hears us and sees us.

Much love!

Friday, November 12, 2010

pouty pumpkin

We have had a TON going on that I will have to fill you in on later, but I will reveal one recent event: I tripped/fell in our house last night and fractured my arm. Crazy. Never broken a bone hurts, and I'm typing this with one hand so it will be short. I cannot believe I did that...I mainly just feel dumb that it even happened, but it's okay :). It wasn't my right arm, which is good, and I'm kind of enjoying being waited on all day. Counting my blessings. Not a big deal! SO thankful my mom was here visiting so the little doo dad was/is taken care of.

I did want to share a few of the pouty pumpkin pictures of Anniston from a few weeks ago:

Needed assurance :).

Poor baby. Molars have been working their way in for a few weeks now. Not fun, but overall she's been a good lil trooper.

Fun times.

Went to an amazing pumpkin patch with some friends last week...will share those pictures next!

Oh! Also, check out They recently asked if they could post about my friend Kristen's nautical baby shower. Bumpsmitten is the prettiest website dedicated to all things baby shower. You can find the neatest ideas there!

Right hand's tired of poking keys now. Over and out.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

hoot hoot!

**I just added DIY instructions here :). Sorry they are not very has been a while since I made this costume, and I don't exactly have time to remake! Thank you for understanding!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

fall flair

Well, the fall decorations have been up for a little while now, and I must say that there is nothing quite like seeing visions of warty pumpkins everywhere I turn.

You should have been here a few weeks ago. Stan sent me picture after picture after picture to my phone of the coolest pumpkins and gourds from a nearby stand...I was SO excited. I picked out a few as best I could, and he came home with a pretty marvelous stash. He won major points.

So I pretty much just put these unique pumpkins all around the house and didn't do anything super special or creative, but I kind of like it that way: simple.

Almost all of the pumpkins pictured are real, but a few fake ones are interspersed throughout just to keep ya guessing.

I did wrap some twine around my wreaths to contain them a bit (they liked to attack people as they entered...not so nice) and just to change things up a little.

I heard about the coffee filter wreath below from my friend Shelley's blog, and my friend Ashlee and I made some of our own. So cheap, easy, and fun! Here is the link to the directions.

THIS is my FAVORITE pumpkin. All lumpy and curvy and fantastic.

I really have lit those candles a few times, even though it doesn't look like it...

THIS is my SECOND favorite pumpkin. What a pretty gray/green color, right?

The trusty wreath over the sink...makes me smile.

Those pumpkins are fake, fyi.

The end!

Just thought I'd add a recent picture from a pumpkin patch :). The picture is deceiving...Anniston was not very smiley that day, but I will still share some of the pouty pictures soon.

And, thank you for your ideas on what to do with my little guys are pretty creative! Will update on what I've decided asap!

This is really the end, promise.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


So, I bought about twelve of these wreaths last year on sale for 49 cents each, knowing that I could put them to use somehow in decorating for fall (and maybe even all-year decorating?), but I'm having trouble deciding what to do with them!

My only two thoughts have been to a. use them as huge napkin rings on our dining room table {they're about 9 inches wide} or to b. cut some in half and some in thirds and arrange them in either a rustic-ish looking wreath or to frame a mirror in that manner...probably both silly ideas?

Any other suggestions?? Thanks!

Will post our not-so-perfect fall decorations next :).