Monday, February 25, 2013

Snow & Sprinkles

My lack of writing has become a little bit ridiculous. And I really have no excuse. 
It's not like we are getting out and doing fun things- our 11 inches of snow last thursday....
Our forecasted 10-15 inches due tonight--has pretty much kept us in. 
Emmaus is going a bit crazy. She has been whiney, and bored & tired of the toys she has to play with. 

Speaking of toys- My new toy- aka my SLR camera came today. The last snow storm delayed it's arrival a bit- and let me tell you today I was like a giddy kid at christmas when it arrived. I have been saving since christmas for it and It was so fun to finally get it!

Tonight we got to celebrate my dear friend and her sweet little boy coming any day. 
We ate some indian food.

Sprinkled her with gifts & diapers for her little love. 
But mostly is was a great chance to see wonderful women that I don't see nearly enough. Women that fill my heart and touch my soul & even though our paths don't cross as often as they used to- they are still my sisters. 


Friday, February 15, 2013

Party planning for toddlers & my birthday happenings

I had a birthday. I thought I was turning a year older than I really was- so it was kinda a win! 
My birthday is on valentines day-  Thus I pretty much think valentines day is the best day of the year!
Sometimes I let my expectations get the best of me- but this year I decided to just throw my expectations to the wind and take the day as it came.
Which turned out to be a good thing. 

First- I planned a little valentines day party for Emmaus and three of her little friends. 
(And three of mine)
lunch included these cute heart shaped strawberries
Well, a great-grandma died, another girl had a fever- so it quickly turned into a party for Emmaus +1. However, Emmaus isn't quite able to decorate cookies yet-
Emmaus  "decorating a cookie" aka eating frosting and sticking half the cookie to her cheek
And sweet Charlotte was a little less than enthused with the cookie decorating or lunch selection- but still seemed to have a fun- so it was a win in my book. 
(Party planning for toddlers isn't for those who's expectations get squashed easily)

After our little party- Emmaus napped. 
My mom came over to bring my b-day present right as Emmaus was waking up. 
Then came the "fun" -this text says it all. 

Luckily my knight in shining armor is better with poo than me & took care of it when he got home!I still kinda gag thinking about it. We are switching to pampers until this baby comes. Cause as much as I love cloth diapering- I refuse to puke every time I change a poopy diaper. 

The night ended with Dan and I going to dinner at the Thai Place- them bringing our salad and appetizer- but completely forgetting to bring us dinner- which made us late for our Dave Ramsey Class and caused us to take our food to go. NICE. Happy valentines/birthday- lets eat a "romantic dinner" in the back of a room watching a Dave Ramsey video. 

Aww well- it was pretty funny actually. And when we got home I got to eat some DQ ice cream cake that my MIL bought me. Its my favorite! 
Plus- who can have a bad day when they get to hang out with this little love bug all day?!

Cheers to my 27th year!
The year of not getting bent out of shape about things I have absolutely no control over!


Wednesday, February 6, 2013


At the urging of several friend I am reading this book

Have you read it?
I have a love hate relationship with this book. I was talking to another woman about it last weekend and she said "I hated that book, yet I loved it too. "
Which exactly are my sentiments about it. 
I hate how she writes- it is so poetic at times I have trouble sorting through all the wordage to find the point. 
Yet when the point it uncovered- it is Gold. 
It is changing my view, my level of gratefulness- and just taking the time to see the blessings in my life has been monumental to changing my view- to my transformation.
I know it is the "In" book to read- and I don't want me counting my blessings & finding joy in the mundane to be hip, or cliche'.
But it does change my life- my outlook.

We went to a marriage retreat this weekend- it was so incredible to get a few days away. Emmaus stayed with a good friend and I didn't worry about her once all weekend- it was heavenly. Dan and I got to dig into us- to sort out us a bit.  Did you know the divorce rate for couples with special needs kids is often thought to be 85-90%. Ummmm.... wow.
Lesson learned 
Special-Needs Child = Special Attention to the Marriage
We had time to focus on each other and remember why we chose each other.  We have the goal to go on weekly date nights and get an overnight away from Emmaus once a month until the baby comes. 

During the retreat there was some time when a few couples prayed for Dan and I. It was so impact-full for us. At some point someone prayed we would know Emmaus is a blessing to those around us- that she isn't a burden (something we feel sometimes- that it is a burden to others when we ask for help- we realize this is mainly in our heads, but still something we feel) 
and also that we could know she is made in God's image. 

I can't get that out my head this week. How sometimes I get so mad about her having TS, or so frustrated with the limits it puts on her, or on our life- and I forget that God created her perfectly, that he knit her together in my womb.

That she is made in the image of God. 
And I need to treat her like that...always. 
Not get frustrated with her lack of sleeping, or overwhelmed with the work we have to do with her. 
But soak in the image in which she was created. The beauty of having a child with special needs. I am blessed to get a first hand look at life with her- to know her so intimately to see a side of the Father people often don't get to see- 
The beauty of her unbridled joy- the simplicity of how she loves those around her.