we are very glad to be here.
i slept no more than 4 1/2 hours since we went to the hospital on tuesday.
it was thanks to all the nurses and doctors that came and went and came (just as i fell asleep).
but they were all fabulous.
it was ALL fabulous.
and now i am being spoiled by husband and mother in law...who will be here for a week, yay!
i will update and share all the fun details as i can.
thanks for all your sweet words.


Moses Says...

Since Mommy is still at the hospital, I thought I would come on here and show everyone what I found. This is a picture of me (the bigger one) and my new little brother Aaron. He's pretty big, but I'm strong and can hold him. Mommy is doing good but needs to rest more though. She says she'll be home tomorrow. Bye

While You Were Sleeping.......

Hi....it's me...April from down the road at JaneSays.

I am honored to be the chosen one to share this good news...and OH BOY !!!! is it good news.

He is here !!!

Aaron Howard Johnsen was born at 5:43 am this morning
and yes you are correct...judging by the size of that belly we have been seeing lately
he is a big boy.... 9lbs 9oz.

Crystal is doing GREAT and loving up on all her men I am sure.

Please feel free to leave your comments and well wishes here for Crystal and Doug and even little Moses as he embarks on his little journey as the big brother.
I will duck in and allow the comments so when Crystal gets home she can simply take a peek at all you have to say.

Pray for her speedy recovery and for the newly emerged poppy seed.

I heart you guys....and congratulations !!!!
and in true JaneSays fashion....
have a happy day

keeping busy...

I have to do something to keep my hands busy...my house is clean...laundry is done...bags packed...I am just this side of crazy town...
So while I sat and watched TV last night I whipped up these beauties...
Not sure if they will be barrettes or pins...or what...but I love the fun with color and fabric combos...the waiting is killing me...trying really hard not to fret or worry...to just be and enjoy the last few moments I have with just one little boy...but also very eager to meet my new little boy...

Moses is doing better...we are at the whiny part of recovery...moms you know what that means right? Doug is officially off of work and Moses is soaking up the love of his daddy...if there is one person in the world who likes to be with Doug more than me it is Moses. :)

waiting and waiting...


one more for good luck...

hoping this will be my last belly shot...
The other day we asked Moses if he wanted a little brother or a puppy...he said puppy. Hopefully two and a half is a good age to learn about disappointment. :)

let's play a game...

...wanna guess day and time this baby will come?

How about some extra points for guessing a weight?

I am sure I can come up with a prize for whoever comes the closest...




still here...still large and in charge...still have a sick little boy...still can't roll over...still can't bend...still have no clothes that fit...still NOT sick...still married to the BEST man in the world...still wondering about blonde or brown hair...still thankful that I am SO SO SO blessed...still knowing that God has it all under control...



no baby yet.
sick little boy.
please pray for his quick recovery and that he is the only one to have it.



Still no baby...sorry to leave you hanging...Doug was off of work last night...plus it was LOST and American Idol night...you know how that goes. :) By the way...I was totally prepared to stop Idol cold turkey if they chose Tatiana over Danny...I'm just saying...that girl is ANNOYING! :)
Things happening in our world right now...
Moses has a cold...poor little man has a cough and runny nose...both of which he is trying really hard to not let bother him. :)
...poor guy just woke up...gotta run but wanted to let you know the non-news.

Also, the last day I will ship before closing for a bit will be this Saturday! :)

P.S. The bibs aren't ALL for my baby A...some are for a friend who is also having a baby A...and they are in the shop too. :)

easier and harder than i thought...

So making this boppy cover was wAAyyyy easier than I thought it would be...even using my trace and make it up technique...I think it turned out great...even Doug approved my work. :) I am thrilled with how it turned out AND I only spent around $6 to make it...plus it is way cuter than the ones in the stores...covered in baby lions and other annoying baby animals. :) Why is it that so many baby products are like that?

And for something that turned out much harder than I imagined...labor...the first time. :)
I found this on our computer...I wrote it shortly after Moses was born...
Date: 10/10/2006

As most of you know we are all at home and doing very well at adjusting to life with a newborn. Up to this point it has been way easier than we have ever thought it would be. He sleeps well (we have to wake him for feedings), he nurses like an old pro and is making the transition to having him in our lives so much easier. He is the joy of our hearts and we are loving every minute that we get to spend just looking at him.

The whole birth experience on the other hand...well that was another story. For starters, it went way faster than I ever imagined....less than 4 hours from water breaking to him being born, I'm told I pushed for about an hour. So...fast labor good...but fast labor with no epidural....not so good. I was able to get some lesser form of pain medicine but I think it might have been expired or something because I felt way more than I ever bargained for. I was apparently delirious with pain because Doug and Michelle have told me about things that I have no recollection of doing. (I apparently fired our doctor twice and told him that it wasn't fair for him to push the baby back in after I was working so hard to push him out.) At one point I apparently gave up. Obviously I didn't though and we now have a beautiful baby to show for all that pain. My incentive for making it through the last part of pushing? The doctor informed me that what pain medication I had was about to wear off, after that my stubborn streak took over and he was out soon after.

The whole hospital stay was very surreal but also very good. The nurses were wonderful to all of us (even the one nursing student that post delivery I threatened with failure if he took my hand off while removing my IV).

All and all it was a beautiful thing. Doug and I were wondering out loud to each other how anyone could not believe in God after witnessing such a miracle? It is beyond my comprehension.

Just wanted to update you on everything up until now. He continues to do well except for a tiny bit of jaundice that we are trying to work out of his system.

Thank you for your continued prayers!!

Where has the time gone!!!!???!?! I seriously am trying to wrap my head around the last 28 months or so and figure out where all this time has slipped away to...my sweet little newborn is now almost 2 1/2. He has gone from helpless to "I can do it myself" and it just baffles me.
We have been blessed by knowing Moses and by being privileged enough to be called his parents. I know of no other way...no teaching tool, no book, no visual aid that can show you the love and heart of Christ more effectively than having children...a child's forgiveness, trust, unconditional love, delight, joy and so much more are truly glimpses, daily ones, into the Father's heart. I know that it is thanks to Moses that I get to see the face of Jesus each and every day. :)

Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him. Psalm 127:3



still waiting...

I am claiming victory over not being able to sleep when Doug is working...my method? I get in bed at a decent hour and tell God the rest is up to Him...all my crazy thoughts I hand over to Him as they come...in between those I tell God how good He is to me and all the things I am thankful for...it has worked wonders and the last two nights I have had HOURS of sleep and not just minutes. :)

Yay for sleep!! :)

And....can I just say HOLY crap!! That number over there on the baby counter is in the single digits!! AHHHHHHH!!!!

:) xoxo

happenings around the house...

Doug had a couple of days off in a row...ALWAYS my favorite...we got a lot done in those few days...now he is back to work and I am back to not being able to sleep at night...basically, I lay down to go to sleep...feel a twinge of pain or funny feeling...think "Oh my...is this it?"...then proceed to freak myself out of being able to sleep at all...fun right? Such is my life at the moment...regardless we had lots of fun and got lots of odds and ends done around the house. One of Moses' favorite things to do is shown above...he could sit for hours and watch tunes on the iTouch.
Moses became less of a baby...much to my saddened mommy heart...he now sits at a booster seat at the table instead of in his highchair...sigh...
We got a sweet homemade gift from a lovely reader/Etsy patron...it just blesses me to see such a lovely gift intended for my sweet little boy...thank you Elma!!
I also installed baby A's car seat...YIKES to having TWO baby seats in the back seat of our cars!
Our bags got packed and ready to go...I also scotch-guarded the couch in the baby's room. :) LOVE me some scotch-guard-it has saved my couch from pen, blueberry, jelly, fruit punch, milk and all sorts of baby messes. :)
The boys were boys...running and rough0using...being silly and hanging out...cute little clones. :)
There was apparently an incident with a sheep. :)
Doug let me sleep in as long as I could each day and I even got a few naps in...the longest being over 2 hours! :) Yay for a good honey, right?
Both of the boys got haircuts...
I made some cute new items for the shop...sweet little burp cloths...there are deer with pom-poms...
Or ones that can be personalized with an initial of your choice...
This week I am making a master grocery list...addressing announcements...making a boppy cover...sitting on the couch...and staying close to home. :)

One question that lingers in my head a lot is...Will this baby be born with a head full of dark hair (shown much lightened in this sweet baby Moses photo) like Moses...or will he be a tow-head like Doug was as a baby? What is your vote? (And oh my goodness...what a CUTE baby, right?)


how we do love...

We aren't big Valentines people here...ever since we started dating Doug and I have agreed that if we wait until assigned days of the year to show each other how much we love one another...then our relationship would probably not be so great. So we work really hard all of the time to speak love to each other in ways the other can feel it...if you haven't read The Five Love Languages...I highly recommend it...it will change your path...in a good way. :)
We try to share the love in every day ways that cater to the person we are trying to show love to...we don't go for when and what Hallmark says our mates, friends or children need to feel loved. :) I would actually be a little sad if Doug showed up with a dozen red roses and a box of chocolates...because that is SO far from who I am...I would much prefer a hot Starbucks and some daisies on a random day of the year. :)
So Valentines, this year, consisted of me making pink rice krispie treats...
...in X's and O's of course. :)
And some love themed pancakes for dinner for my two Valentines. :)
Even if Moses repeatedly refused to be mine... :)
I know I am not the best wife in the world but I try really hard to let Doug know he is loved and appreciated by me in ways that I think speak to him best...

I try daily to live up to being a Proverbs 31 woman for him. :)
Now there is a life goal for any wife to work towards! :)

And yes...that number over there on the baby ticker keeps getting smaller...if I think about it too long, I scream a little on the inside! :)

Hope your day is blessed and that you can feel the love!

love to you...

This is how we know what love is:
Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.
IJohn 3:16a

let's catch up real soon...

so i am wondering...

what you think of this octuplet mom?

Me? I live under the general idea that your ability and "right" to make bad choices ends where another persons rights begins. In this case, that would be her children. My heart breaks for those kids...each born with the "job" of filling some hole in their mother's heart...that she admits. Don't even get me started on the fact that she has no job, no husband and already had six kids to start with (that she wasn't and was unable to support on her own)...She claims to be a Christian but it seems to me that she picks and chooses what she wants to live by...yes children ARE a blessing from God and God blessed man with the ability to do IVF...but what about her accountability in how she uses these blessings? What about the doctor in question?? God created food too but that can be abused as well...Yes, she loves her children...but that will not fill their bellies, clothe them or give them what they need in life. Her bad choices are one thing...but now their are 14 lives that have to live with the consequences of those choices. And THAT is what breaks my heart.

Just for the record, I am not anti IVF in any way...I believe that God gives man talents and abilities to use to help each other out and this is definitely one of them. And I know that there are other families on TV that have large families...but the difference is that they are equipped with a mom and a dad...and an income!

So what do you think? I know I usually avoid controversial topics here but I thought this would make for a lively conversation piece...please be nice so that I can do this again in the future. :)


Do You See What I See...

Look what I found just outside my door the other day! :) AND we have had unseasonably warm weather lately. I have a serious love/hate relationship with these kinds of things...they make you get all excited that Spring is coming...but it's not really. At least not yet.

A couple questions answered:

Playlist at the bottom?
you are the best thing, Ray LaMontagne
Be ok, Ingrid Michaelson
I'm Yours, Jason Mraz
On the Radio, Regina Spektor
So Long sweet Summer, Dashboard Confessional
Anyone Else but you, The Moldy peaches
Three Little Birds, Renee and Jeremy
Summertime, Summertime, the Jamies
Pocketfull of sunshine, Natasha Bedingfield
realize, colbie callait
aint no reason, brett dennen
The way I am, ingrid michaelson
Light&Day the polyphonic spree
blue alert Madeleine peyroux
New soul yael naim
Bubbly colbie calliat
Closer Joshua radin
Star mile Joshua radin
Hallelujah Leonard cohen

Music inspiration?
Before I met Doug I was pretty good at finding out of the way good music...since having him in my life I have become permanently lazy in regards to this...I let him find most of the good music...though I can still come up with a new song here or there. :)

Moses' bedding in his room?
Ikea. :) Cheap and wonderful!

Daily routine and Jesus?
The short answer is that I am always reading the One Year Bible...this is my third or fourth year. I usually do this right before bed...I also like to read books with a purpose, like Christian fiction or biographies. I hardly ever read a regular ol' novel...not that that is a bad thing but for me, if I take the time to read, I want it to challenge me and improve who I am. We go to church, I do MOPS, I am in a Bible study, we are part of a new parents group at church...as for Moses we try to live what we preach. :) We talk about Jesus to him, pray with him, he is in Sunday school and the MOPS program as well. We do our best to be living examples. :)

I think that is most of them...if I missed one just let me know. :) My hubby has a couple of days off so you may not hear from me...it's all ok though! :)

Happy Wednesday!

preserving the little...and documenting the growing...part two

More ways to preserve the little bits...but first we got some very happy mail yesterday. :) Included in a fabulous box of goodies was a new little friend for Moses...who he immediately adopted. :) How *cute* is that boy!!?? :)
One of my etsy/blog reader friends was ever so kind enough to surprise me yesterday with this amazing box of goodies...some for me and some for the new little guy on the way. :) Some sweet onesies, a paci pod...an entire cookbook of crock pot recipes and some super YUMMY Blondie brownies. :) You were right Julie...they were VERY tasty warmed up with some milk. :) Thank you so much sweet friend for thinking of me...it was definitely a bright spot in my day and Moses' too. :) Is the blog/etsy world amazing or what?
So ever since doing THIS craft from a few posts back I have been hanging onto the card stock hand print cutout of Moses' that I had...then yesterday it hit me what else I could do with it! :) Say hello to an easy keepsake! :)
I just traced the hand print onto the back of the fabric that I wanted to use...I made a left and a right out of the same hand print. :)
Then after you cut out the hands you stitch them onto a towel with a zig zag stitch...go all the way around sticking to the edge of the cutout...
Then add some coordinating ribbon/trim...if these were a girls hand prints I would have added little hearts to the center of the hands...I'll put Moses initials and age on the tag with permanent marker. :) You still have time to make these for all the grandma's out there for Valentines day...or Mother's day! :)
Next...Doug made one of these for Baby A the other day...we had already made one for Moses when he was born. It's a portable...funky and fun growth chart! :) We have one for each boy so that they can take them with them when they have their own families and measure their own kids on them one day! :)
We just bought a one by four from Lowe's...six wooden rulers and some screws...lined up the rulers and attached them with the screws. :) I love that wherever we go in life we can take them...you can't do that with a permanent doorway.
And here is a peek at the next house pillow to go in the shop...look for it tonight or tomorrow. :)

Hope your day is great...looking forward to a good nap today! :)

the weekend...

This is my favorite position and place at the moment...a close second is behind my sewing machine...I am wondering if my couch will recover as quickly as I do? If you look closely you can see the muffin tops over my socks...that's attractive right? :)
Speaking of my second favorite place to sit...I started making these this weekend too...love to pile on the goodies and see how it takes shape...looks almost too cute on my couch to give up...but it's in the shop now if you must... :)
This weekend a friend of mine sent me a sweet diaper cake for the baby! :) How fun is this? I LOVE Burt's products...one of the few things I asked Doug to buy me for Christmas. :) So my friend, Leah owns a fabulous business called Diaper Cakewalk...she did an amazing job on this sweet number...Moses actually carried it around the house for a while and it never fell apart...
It was chock full of goodies and made with Pampers swaddlers...our favorite diaper! :) I will have to keep her in mind for future mama's to be because I think they make an awesome gift AND they survived a toddler testing it out!! :) Flowers can't do that, right? Plus, she is a stay at home mama to two sweet girls...and you know I love to support other moms...go check her out. :)
All in all a nice quiet weekend...just how we like it...just doing what we do. :) I have every intention of "working" right up until the baby comes...that is just how I am...it would be so like me to stop by the post office one more time on the way to the hospital. :) That is how it was with Moses...worked with several clients the day before he was born. :) People are often asking me if I am super busy getting ready for the baby...hmmm not so much really. His room is ready...diapers are stocked...house is clean...laundry is caught up...we are just waiting for him to come along...living life until he gets here.

I was also that nerd in college that had all my papers and projects done and turned in halfway through the semester...so there is that...if there is something to be done I like to have it done already so I don't lose sleep over it...because I totally would. :)

What can we get accomplished today?


apparently I love me some me.

At least that is what my husband is claiming...he says when I make something that I think is really cute...that I get a little arrogant or full of myself about it...I think arrogant is a strong word...I think giddy is more appropriate. I just get so tickled and thrilled when I make something that I see as wonderful...if others like it too then that is just bonus to me. :)
Giddy is what my new couch pillow covers make me feel...
The fabric makes me SO happy...polka dots---YUM!!!
I made them during Moses' extra long nap yesterday...no pattern other than tracing the current pillow cover...I made them pocket style with Velcro...
...took my time and added some finishing details to make them look like a someone who knew what they were doing made them. :)
LOVE the red/pink color with my wall color. :)
The print in the frame behind the couch is from HERE. Love that too. :)

Have some great ideas for house shaped pillows in my head...love that...I have a precious son...love him...I have a hardworking husband...love him, too. I have a kickboxing ninja living in my womb...love him. I have a Jesus that makes it all possible...really Love Him.

and yes...on occasion, I do love me some me. ;) Shouldn't we all love ourselves some us?


I know I owe you some more answers to the questions from the giveaway...I am just waiting on the mood to strike me just right. :)
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