Saturday, August 28, 2010

Are you stupid?

"Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid."
Proverbs 12:1

I believe the Bible is true. That means this verse tells me I can be a real idiot!

Hating correction is so very common. It stings our pride and attacks our need to always be right. I know I don't like it when people point out my flaws. Rationally, I hear them and even agree, but emotionally, I just get angry! I have this sense of "I am an adult. Hmph! How dare you correct me?"

But this verse is not only for children. It's an important one for parents to instill in their kids, but everyone who hates correction is stupid. I need to pray for a humbler heart so that I can gladly receive correction. No matter who it is from.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


I got stung by a bee today at work. My first ever bee sting, and it was right on my neck! I didn't realize the bee was on me, and I touched my neck. He apparently didn't like that. With ice, the swelling is low but it still stings a bit.

As for good news, I have my first appointment set! It's on Thursday September 9th. I'll be almost 7 weeks along. It's really just a chat with the nurse practitioner, blood work, etc, but it's something! It's still so early that it doesn't really feel "real" yet.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Guess what I got this morning?

A positive pregnancy test!!!

We are due April 29, 2011.

We are praying for a healthy pregnancy and for the ability to keep it a secret for now. We don't plan to let people in real life know for several more weeks.

Friday, August 20, 2010

I will not be a POAS addict

I won't.

Even though I'm dying to test.

I'm expecting my period to come sometime between yesterday and tomorrow. Obviously, it's not here yet.

However, I'm not going to take a test until I am at least 1 day late. I don't want to waste a test and get a false negative. Now that we're down to a couple days though, the waiting is HARD! I feel much more hopeful this month.

In other news, we are trying to live life on a budget. We never really budgeted before just made vague statements like "let's eat out less" and "let's limit our spending". No concrete plans for our money. Right now we are only in the beginning stages but I'm hoping that September will be a new start. As we move toward Dave being a stay at home dad, we'll need to be sure our finances our in order!

In the end, we want to be good stewards of God's gifts to us. God entrusts us with children and with money, and we ultimately need to be wise with both.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Where I spent my day

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Today I went with my mom and sister to tour Western Michigan University. AKA my alma mater.

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The tour was AWESOME. I went there and know the good and bad, and I was honestly impressed with the school today. There are several changes just since I started there in 2004, and they make campus much more convenient and better equipped.

I even was able to get together for lunch with one of my friends from the area. She was so instrumental in helping me develop my relationship with God my senior year of college. I can't even express how great it was to see her-it had been nearly 2 years! We talked about our churches, small groups, and just how our lives are going.

I took Hannah with me, and she did fairly well! She stayed in her stroller for nearly 1.5 hours and even slept for about 20 minutes. Once I took her out to walk though, she was happy as can be. She thought it was hilarious to walk down all the campus hills!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Time Suckers

Guess where I spend most of my time on the internet?

The Bump

AKA this terribly addictive site with lots of info on babies and children. The most addicting part was by far the message boards. I actually haven't racked up that many posts, but reading the boards allowed me to waste hours on the internet.

-Various Harry Potter fan fiction websites. Don't judge me. I haven't written any and have no plans to do so. However, I enjoy searching for a good story.

So, my new goal. No more Bump. At all. I seem to need all or nothing with that site so it's going. I know my presence on there is not glorifying to God or useful in any way. It really is just a way to discover things on which you disagree with people.

And I am going to continue keeping up with 1 Harry Potter fan fic author since I adore her writing. But that's it. No more searching for stories.

Interested in the awesome author? --> sand_dollar from HPFF

What will I do with my extra free time? Hopefully get into the Word a bit more. And I just signed up for a bunch of survey programs so maybe I can make the family some extra money. Wish me luck!

Friday, August 13, 2010

I'm so proud of her

I love reading. I have ever since I was 7 years old. So I get such joy out of seeing my daughter pretend reading. For months now, she has loved flipping through books and even corrects books when they are upside down. Lately all she wants to do is listen to stories.

The other day, however, she really impressed me.

Earlier in the day, I vaguely gestured to the book Twinkle Toes and asked her to get it. She did so right away. That made me wonder if she was recognizing titles. Later, the three of us were in her play room when I asked her to get the book, I Love You All Year Long. She smiled, walked into her room, and brought back the correct book! She did it again with 3 or 4 more titles! I'm so impressed with her. She looked so proud of herself too.


Okay I want to expand on this post and why I am so happy with this.

Hannah doesn't really say any words beside mama and dada. We think she might be starting to say "no" (even though I don't think we use it that much!) and "quack". But it seems like every mommmy blog I read or message board I frequent has children her age or even younger spouting off words left and right. So to me, her receiving those books proved that while she doesn't have a lot of verbal language, her receptive language is right there. She understands what we say, and that's such a huge part of language development.

Also, rationally I know Hannah's limited vocab is not a cause for concern at all. She's not even 15 months old yet. And she's really coordinated so I know her strengths right now lie in physical development. Still, I think it's always nice to have confirmation that yes, your child is on the right track.

Friday, August 6, 2010


I think a lot. That sound ridiculous, but it seems like my mind is constantly running. Most of it with plans. And not daily or weekly ones, but future goals. I have this running dialogue of "We will have a baby in April 2011 (nope not pg yet), we will have Dave become a stay at home dad, I will look for additional employment, oh yeah maybe I should PRAY ABOUT THIS!"

I like to be in control. I like to know what's going to happen and at least attempt to plan ahead. The idea of not knowing what my life will look like in a year's time is overwhelming. It's the sin of Eve, and I definitely inherited it.

I'm struggling with just learning how to relax. Learning to stop thinking months and years in advance and just living each day. It's not easy, but I don't think anyone ever said it would be.

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34

"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer." Psalm 19:14

Monday, August 2, 2010

Summer Fun

Just a few pics I haven't gotten around to posting!

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