Working on his career...

He insists he has a future in modeling...the other day we worked on some of his "looks". :) Above is his forlorn face.
He calls this one classic.
Surprised!
Blue Steel aka the face he made when I said "make an angry face".
He calls this his Abercrombie and Fitch pose.
And if they still aren't convinced...he calls this his money shot...showing off the abs and arm muscles. :) Aka what he does when you say "show me your muscles".

Here is to a smiley, silly day! :)
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The other Mary.

I want to be more like her.

So, I don't often share the profound God moments that I have. Not because I am not thrilled with them but because a God moment is such a personal thing and because the person sitting right next to you can have such a different experience from the exact same words. I don't often share them here because they get lost in translation. Does that make sense? I share the little ones, the joys and the struggles but the big- God is talking to me- moments are harder to put into words.
Kind of like, if you have ever been on a missions trip and it totally changes your life and direction and perspective and you get home to tell people about it and they just don't get it...not because they don't want to but because you have to have that kind of experience for yourself.

So the sermon on Sunday was about Mary, Martha's sister. He discussed the three mentions of her in the Bible. The first being her realness with God/Jesus. Jesus approached her soon after the death of her brother Lazarus and said to Jesus "If you had been here my brother would not be dead". She was wrong to say it but right at the same time because she was being real. My favorite quality in a person. She said what was on her heart and let Jesus sort it out. Isn't it funny how often we try to put on a front for God. He is ALL knowing for crying out loud...we know this but we try it anyway. This was a great reminder to me to be real. Always. Authentic...so much easier than pretending.
The next mention he talks about is how she sits at Jesus' feet while her sister slaves away in the kitchen, making dinner for Jesus. Martha complains to Jesus about this and Jesus tells her that Mary has found what is good and that it won't be taken away from her. How often do we need to be reminded of what is important!!!! The dishes can wait...my son still wants me to hold him. I can do that later...my son wants to snuggle. We can clean up that mess another time my husband is home and has free time! I can finish that craft later because my friend could use a phone call from me. Love it. Love the reminder.
The last one discussed was Mary pouring a years worth of wage's of perfume onto Jesus feet to honor him. A YEARS WORTH. Not a trickle or a little bit. A year. She took what had to be one of her finest possessions and dumped it on the feet of her Savior. I want to be that free with my blessings. This is not the first time I learned this lesson...giving your best in every way. When I was in Romania, we spent time with what is considered their lowest of the low, the Gypsies. I can tell you that I have never felt Jesus love pour from a people like it was poured from them. They had NOTHING. We slept in dirt huts, peed in a hole in an unsteady outhouse(our pastor, a big guy, jokingly told us to not try to save him if he fell in but to just shoot him) and pigs slept right outside the door. But I have NEVER seen a more giving group. They gave us the best of what they had...they spared nothing, they shared and blessed us beyond words. It is because of that trip that I save nothing "for good", I use it everyday. Everyday is good as far as I am concerned.

So that is what I have been thinking of constantly since we left church on Sunday...I couldn't fall asleep last night I was so wrapped up in thinking about it all...hopefully it wasn't all lost in translation and it blesses you in a tiny bit.

On a little funny note, as I was thinking about this Mary, my thoughts would drift to Mary, mother of Jesus. I caught myself thinking about being the mother of Jesus and what a huge responsibility that would be...instantly I thought, I couldn't take being the mother of Jesus, I am having a hard enough time being the mother of Moses. :) Maybe it was only funny to me but that statment in my head made me laugh out loud. :)

Hope you are well and blessed tonight! xoxo
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So...

I had a totally inspired post all ready to go...in fact I was just sitting down to write it when I got an anonymous comment on the prayer request post. It was ugly and hateful and now I am too upset to feel all warm and fuzzy about what I wanted to write about. This is NOT a place to spit your political agenda. I have freely shared my beliefs both spiritual and political and have NEVER resorted to name calling. I expect the same treatment in return.

Isn't it just like the enemy to take something that you are feeling so good about and try to make it ugly?

I am overcome with humbleness by those of you who choose to share your heart and your prayer requests with me and I promise to take each and every one to heart and lay them at the feet of Jesus. Thank you to all who have shared...I really look forward to hearing about answered prayers and sharing the journey with you!

I'm going to distract myself for a while.
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How I Spent My Saturday Afternoon...and something less frivolous...

Here is how I spent the boy's nap time yesterday...organizing, cutting and getting ready to make a new load of towels...the TV was on of course but I can't really recall what it was that I was watching...just enjoying the quiet and mostly motionless time...
And here is my "little" sewing basket...I try to limit myself to just this amount but I'd be lying if I said that there isn't an overflow in my craft room. :)

Onto something less frivolous...I have had this idea for sometime but keep talking myself out of it because I convince myself of one of two things 1) that you will think it is dumb or 2) that you will think I am dumb for suggesting it...then I decided that it can't be dumb. So there.

So my idea is to have a post a week...preferably on Sunday to offer a place where you can leave a prayer request. I'll be turning on the anonymous commenting (I assume that my psycho stalker has moved on) so that if you feel more comfortable doing it that way then that option is available. I am not claiming to be a great prayer warrior or anything but I do pray daily and I will do my best to pray for each and every request listed on the Sunday post as often as I remember to during the week. You can do the same to pray if you feel so led. I know we all have needs and sometimes don't know where to drop them off at...

I'll even go first...for at least the last month or so my back has been in terrible pain...I can hardly lift and carry anything...especially Moses...and our insurance, as good as it it, doesn't cover chiropractic medicine so I am left to just deal with it...it seems to get worse everyday and I am dreading what is to come if it doesn't go away...

I am also praying that this won't be the only post that no one comments on! :)

Happy Sunday to you! I look forward to seeing answered prayers! xoxo
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Pics from the past...

This week baby is the size of a lemon...baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb. Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. He can grasp, too, and if you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb. In other news: Your baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces.

Below are some photos of my first sweet baby...from about a year ago this month...looking at these just amazes me at how much he has changed in such a short time...his looks at least...he continues to be super sweet and cuddly. I think he is taking after his dad in that he hates to get into trouble to displease you and often a firm 'No' is enough to get to him. Other times he is like a crazy banshee.



This photo is from about a year and a half ago I believe...look at those sweet wisps of hair...I can't wait to meet this new little one to find out how similar or different they will be. :)

Hope your weekend is nice and relaxing...don't forget to soak up the last bits of summer! xo
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Just a hi!

Just popping in to say hello!! It's been super rainy here...which we desperately needed so we have been doing lots of cuddling and playing indoors...I have actually really loved the rain...it's been so long since we have had any. This weather has made me crave all my favorite cold weather things...like chili! But I know better to make a whole pot and expect my husband to eat it...so I had to break down and have Wendy's chili (OH yuM!!) the last two days for lunch. :) Now I am not at all a fast food person but I LOVE this chili!! It warms you up and hits the spot!
On the food topic...all you mama's out there...I need some ideas for my little kiddo. I feel like I am feeding him the same things over and over...he doesn't seem to mind but I would like to give him some variety...so...any toddler friendly food ideas out there? We try to eat pretty healthy and avoid processed foods and buy organic when we can...but I don't break the bank over it. :) So any ideas you would love to share?

Also, I know I have asked this before and if you answered then you don't have to again...unless you really want me to come visit...if you link to my blog can you let me know so that I can come visit you? :) I love to "meet" all the folks who stop by. :)

Hope your day is blessed! xo
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Don't judge me...

I had a chai tea latte and a cheeseburger for lunch. It was heaven.
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Sweet Faces...

Would you just look at this sweet boy? Some times I love him so much I could just squeeze him to bits...he is such a joy in my life and I am daily, daily thankful to be his mama! Say a little prayer for me would you? I can just feel the enemy poking at me...through this and that he is working his way into my head trying to convince me that I am not a good mom...you moms know how it goes...a remark heard here or there, thrown at your direction or just at people "like" you...and before you know it you are questioning your mothering skills...
If you click on this photo to enlarge it you can see his most recent injury. In the nursery at church yesterday he fell off of a bench and hit his lip...by the time they came to get me he was already done crying and off to play...we don't dilly with minor injuries here...I either tell him "Save your tears for important things" or "It will get better before you get married". :)
Bop-Bop, if you are reading this...I hope it makes your day to know that Moses was asking for you all day...I kept telling him that you are in NJ and that we will see you soon!
Here is another sweet face that I just love...I have been trying forever to create my own little dolly to sell in the shop...a hard task for many reasons...mostly my lack of skill and my desire for it to look like my own creation...hard to do with a million dolls on Etsy. I love how she turned out...you can go meet Alice and Annie in the shop...
Here is another of my favorites at the moment...I had some zippers I wanted to use up and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out...also ready and in the shop!

Onto the winner...you all are the biggest bunch of weirdos, er I mean most wonderful readers ever...some of you had me gagging...April, if my husband did that...there would be fighting words, Kate-I grew up in Howard County mostly, Smith family-peanut butter chili sandwiches...barf, Mique-you are better woman than I, Amanda- I put ketchup in my eggs too-yum!, Jennifer P-you made my day! but the strangest and most gagging to me of all was.......

Jenn-whose hubby puts SWISS cheese on poptarts!!! I would link to you if I could but please contact me via Etsy to get me your address. :)

Hope your day is happy!! :) xoxo
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Maryland is most definitely part of the south and the givewaway.

So just to set the record straight, Maryland is part of the South both historically and according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Yes, Old Bay is a Maryland thing...I grew up there and it is a staple condiment in most restaurants. :) And it is fabulous!! I have also had it up and down the coast so I guess it is hit or miss...anywho...onto the free stuff! And yes my husband butters iced poptarts as well. So does his whole family. :)

This weeks giveaway is a bit of a mystery...you will receive the above sweet little tin just full of fun goodies but I won't tell you what they will be...you'll just have to trust me! :) To be entered to win you must leave a comment on THIS post...in that comment you must tell me you or your spouses weirdest habit...I'll choose the winner on Monday!! :)

Have a great weekend!! xoxo
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Guess what...

there will be a GIVeAway!! later on today...so come back later!! :)
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Fabulous things...

Don't you just love it when you get the perfect gift? My dear bloggy/etsy friend April sent me the above print for my birthday and I just LOVE it...I would like to think of it as one of my mission statements for life...taking ordinary things and making them extraordinary! :) I can't wait to frame it and find a place where it will remind me of a life goal! Makes me feel all loved and whatnot! I almost even cried when I opened it. Thanks April!! :)
And here is another fabulous thing...my favorite scraps of all time are on sale for 50% off!!!! Ashley has even lowered the shipping making it an even more fabulous deal than usual...head on over to LassieGirl and get yourself some...I PROMISE that you won't regret the box of fabulous scraps that you get in the mail!! Perfect for a million things! And if there are none listed just ask...I am certain she will hook you up!! :)


And onto fabulous foods...so as my dear husband and I sat down to lunch this afternoon to cooked at home hamburgers and french fries, I began to shake one of my favorite condiments of all time onto my fries. My husband looks at me and without batting an eye calls me a redneck. I am surely offended. I refuse to believe that it is a redneck trait to use such a fine condiment in a way that it suggests on the very container...which he read only to find out such information.
So please tell me, or my husband rather, that it is not a redneck thing to do...but merely taking advantage of a delicious southern goody. He puts BUTTER on Poptarts for crying out loud...who is he to talk?

If you have no idea what Old Bay is...then you are missing out...and you live either too far North or too far from the East coast. :)

Hope you are fabulous today! :) xoxo
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And then it hits you...

There's a baby in there!! We had our first peek and listen today...baby was jumping all around and having a good 'ol time...and best of all looks absolutely perfect! :)
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um....where's the weekend?

Seriously, where did the weekend go? It zoomed by so fast that I am not even sure what to share from the last few days...it was a great weekend, mind you, just fast...at church on Sunday we had a Hawaiian themed cookout and it was tons of fun...above are the fruit kabobs I made as the dish we brought....yum!
Moses loved the lei and cried when he broke it...isn't he a cutie...all dressed up in his Hawaiian outfit. :) He was also walking around the cookout like the party was for him, waving and saying hi to people as he passed by them. :)
They had this enormous slide that we rented...Moses braved it twice and then decided he wanted his clothes back on. :) Look at the face!
Doug had been ridiculous in spoiling me this birthday...I got these FUN bowls one day, a flash diffuser for my camera and today I got a wii fit! SO fun...even if it will tell me about my increasing weight gain. :)
I think he has a problem.
And here is an actual belly shot for you...taken two days after 12 weeks...i am pretty sure I didn't show this much with Moses at 12 weeks but here we are. :)
And we have cake!!! Yummy, delicious and perfect cake!! Goes great with the flowers my honey brought me home the other day too! He should be careful not to spoil me too much...he has to live with me. :) Not too many plans for my birthday today...life does go on you know. We went out to lunch and frozen yogurt and now both of the boys are sleeping. :) We are praying for Doug's crazy schedule to even out a bit soon...thought he did surprise me yesterday with the night off!! :)
So here's to the last year of my 20's!! Hope you are having a fabulous day!
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I'm still here!!!

Did you miss me? I didn't really go far but Doug had his first time off in oh...over a week...and what a tough week it was but it's over and things for his job are looking up...they think they found the perfect partner for him and that is a relief to us all! In case you didn't know...he has been doing the job of two or more...the other guy that was supposed to be working with him up and quit...then walked out. He was supposed to have last night off too but at the last moment they called him to come in because of some issues at work...and being the kind of man he is...he went to bed to get what sleep he could and left for work at nine. Our time off together was WONDERFUL and so much fun!! I wish every woman on Earth loved spending time with their husbands the way that I do. :) You want to hear the craziest part of his whole job so far...besides the wacky hours? He has lost over 30 pounds since starting!!! Don't you just hate him? I mean seriously...he looks great, always has to me but do you really pick the time that you KNOW your wife is getting fatter by the second to lose 30 lbs (and counting) over night? Sheesh. Regardless I am super proud of him for the man he is, job performance, weight loss and all. :)Today makes me 12 weeks pregnant. :) To date I haven't gained an ounce. Thanks to all the morning sickness I actually lost some weight and just now I have balanced back to my normal numbers. My body has definitely changed shape...it's like this time around my body was like "oh, I got this and know what's up" and went poof! and assumed the shape. This week baby is the size of a lime and is working on his little reflexes. :) I am doing SO much better than I was...still tired at times and sick if I wait too long to eat but I'll take it! :)
Today I am working on some yummy thank you's for some folks in our life who have been good to us lately. Here in the South we speak food for all occasions. Nothing says thanks heaps like some homemade goodies. :)
mmmmm......
Here is the recipe. It's my go-to chocolate chip recipe...I never make them any other way because these are perfect!! I got the recipe from a Martha Stewart magazine...don't let that name throw you...it's a super easy and yummy cookie!


Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (about 12 ounces) semisweet and/or milk chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  2. Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.

And in the shop it's a BDAY SALE!! Go to the shop to check it out! :) It ends on my birthday on Monday and will probably be my last sale for a good long while so stock up while you can!! :)

And P.S. I have the coolest friends...remember Aaron and Jeremy I told you about a few post ago...well they went and got cooler...here they are in an article on PASTE magazine(an awesome music magazine). You can go here to see it. :)

Have a great weekend!! :) XOXO
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I've been busy...

Here are some of my favorites...all in the shop waiting for you!



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You know your bathroom is dirty when...

So you know the cleanliness of your home has taken a turn for the worse when your toddler takes things into his own hands. This morning when we were getting ready for church we heard that scary silence that only comes when a toddler is is up to no good. We found him in the upstairs bathroom. Literally taking matters into his own hands. He had the comet. Oh yes. It was in a baby proofed cabinet so the fact that he got his hands on it proves his genius right? Anyway. By the time I got there the sink was covered, the toilet was covered, his toilet was covered, the floor was covered and the tub was covered. What was I to do but clean the bathroom, right then and there, in my church clothes. He left the bathroom and made periodic checks to make sure I was doing my job. The bright spot in all of this is that at least this proves that I do clean the bathrooms...how else would he know what to do with the comet?
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Summer fun and bun in the oven.

Last night I did some research and found some new parks in the area to take Moses to. I feel like summer is slipping away so fast that we have to act now and not put off things that we want to do...Belmont park is one of a few on the list I made last night.
The best part of this one was that it had a splash park! How fun is that! And free!!One of Moses challenges at the moment is keeping his clothes on...we had to fight to keep the swim diaper on here. Then we had to fight to get his shorts back on before he played at the nearby playground.
We had a great morning...we love finding new places and are really trying to take advantage of the great city we live in while we still live here. With Doug's job we never know when or where that next move will be. :)
My mail man has been good to me this week...I got a fun package from Scottie that included this super cute house...I LOVE anything with our name on it...
And now I will really look like a pro with my website on a tag and all. :)
And earlier this week I got a great package from my MIL that included this sweet dresser scarf that she stitched along with some other goodies including some fall clothes for Moses!

This week baby is the size of a fig (1 1/2in long).How come this doesn't look fig sized to me?

Last week when we went to our first doctors appointment, the nurse matter-of-factly stated that I should expect to gain between 25-35lbs. I had to try hard not to laugh out loud. Even Doug could hardly keep a straight face. I wanted to say "try doubling that number sister". I don't do anything half heartedly....last time I was pushing 55lbs of "baby weight". At least this time I know enough to not worry about it and hopefully by the grace of God it will all just melt away again...a girl can hope can't she? :)

Hope your weekend is swell...I'll work on a giveaway real soon! :)
xoxoxo
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