Friday, November 27, 2009

The Age Old Question

Controversy seems to just be a part of life nowadays.  Everyone is so concerned with being politically correct, worried about not offending anyone with their beliefs, and now people just conform to the "norm" disregarding their morals and values.  I agree everyone has a right to their own opinions, beliefs, views.  I may not agree with you, but I am still able to remain respectable towards you.

So what am I really talking about?  Working vs. Stay-at-home, Bottle Feeding vs. Breastfeeding, Republican vs. Democrat, NRA vs. No Guns Allowed, Spanking vs. No Spanking, no I am talking about...
Real vs. Artificial.

We are all fake here...pre-lit and everything.  Eric and I bought this tree the Christmas before we got married.  Actually, we got it a couple of days after Christmas for $18.  Our humble, little (seven foot) tree is decorated with all of the ornaments we made when we were in elementary school.  Some of them have not lasted the winters here, so they hit their final resting place last night, the garbage.  Now each year we are adding the ornaments that Molly has received.  Eric and I have given her an ornament each year, and we will continue to do so.  I love having little traditions like that.

So, are you real or fake?  And what type of ornaments can be found on your tree?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

From Ours to Yours

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to your family!  We had a fabulous turkey day, and I pray you all did too!  This was the first year in Eric and I's life that we did not spend the holdiay with our biological families.  Weird!  It just didn't work out, but we are so grateful for wonderful friends from church that invited us over to celebrate with them.  I am very thankful for the Larsen family!

They set their tree up, and we helped decorate it...which then put Scrooge, I mean, my fabulous husband, Eric in the mood to put our tree up!  I will post pics tomorrow of the finished product.  Molly was awake when we put it up, but asleep when we decorated it.  So I can't wait to see her face in the morning. 

Thank you all for the sweet comments about Molly and the speech stuff, you all are so wonderful, yet another thing to add to the list of things I am grateful for, awesome blog friends!

Oh, by the way, Molly says Christmas Tree now...I think she really is catching on to this whole talking thing!  Have a great rest of the holiday weekend! 

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Guess Who

...came to visit for a few days...Grandpa!  Or as Molly calls him, Poppa. 

My Dad got in last night and is staying with us for a couple of days.  We have had a lot of fun so far, and I am so glad he came to visit!



 

 
In other news...Molly had her speech evaluation done today, and they are recommending that she get some speech therapy.  Right now we are only doing once a month, because her comprehension level is right on track, even a little better than most 2 year olds, but the actual speech communication is a little behind.  They still are not sure if she is stubborn or a late bloomer.  So we have our first speech session in December, I will let you all know how it goes.  They come to your house, and do everything in the child's own environment.  So we will see how it goes, and what her progress is. 

So anyone out there with kids in speech or who have been in speech, I would love to know what you all think, helpful hints, tips, etc.  Or any teachers out there with advice would be great.  We are doing basically everything that they suggested we do, so I guess sooner or later it all will click with Molly. 


Can you believe Thanksgiving is only 2 days away?!  Wow!  Hope you all have a great holiday and spend lots of time with the ones that you love!


"Take time to give thanks for the beauty of today.  
In everything give thanks." 
1 Thess. 5:18


Monday, November 23, 2009

Brighten Up Your Day

Becca over at Made With Love tagged me in a fun little post today.  You are supposed to list 10 things that "Brighten Your Day," and then list 10 bloggers to share in the fun!

So here we go...
1.  Being married to this guy, and getting to spend the rest of my life with him.  

2. Being a Mom to this little one, who has changed my life in more ways than one, and I am so thankful that God has given her to me. 


3.  Billy brightens my day because whenever I leave and come back, he is always waiting for me.  Usually it's just because he wants a treat, but I like to think it's because he missed me.

4.  Coffee first thing in the morning
5.  Being able to read all of your blogs, I love feeling like I am living life right there with you
6.  Knowing that there is nothing I can ever do to make God love me less
7.  My family always brightens my day, whether it's a silly email, or an encouraging phone call
8.  Shopping-I told you Becca!  I love to shop, usually it's just window shopping, but when we have some extra money, I sure do love to spend it, don't worry, Eric is aware of this!
9.  Music, I love, love, love listening to music
10.  Waking up to this every single day...

There is my list of 10 things that brighten my day!

Now I am supposed to tag 10 others, but I tag you all.  This one is fun, and doesn't take a lot of time.  So if you are reading this, consider yourself tagged.  Have a great Monday!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Weekend Randomness

Hello out there :)

Today has been a day of research and Christmas gift buying.  I have been overwhelmed looking at all of the bedding possibilites for Molly's new big girl bed.  I think Eric is going to make her a daybed, with some storage drawers underneath it.  At least for now, that is what we have decided.  So hopefully she will sleep in it before she gets married. It might be awhile.  But that is a whole nother story for a whole nother post.

I have a basic idea of what I want, and a really good idea of what we don't want for her bed.  We are not into characters, like not at all, so there will be no Elmo or Backyardigans going on in her room.  But I also like some other patterns and prints in pink and brown, but in a couple years from now, will those still be cool?  I have decided there are too many choices!  I found a cute quilt at Target that's not too expensive, so if in a year or two, I change my mind, we could afford to get something different.  Not that it's my bed, it's Molly's, but she trusts my fashion choices. 

You all should check this out...


I ordered some Christmas presents from her, and I am so excited to see them!  I would tell you what I got, but since the people who I got them for read my blog, I will keep it a secret.  Don't worry, when they open them, I will post the pics to let you know what they got.  So go to the website and check it out.  I actually found all of her stuff on her Etsy site, rather than her website, so check her stuff out there.

And To Whom It May Concern- I do not appreciate whoever it was that taught my daughter to spit, particularly-spitting on me.  She will bend over and act like she is going to kiss your hand or leg, then whoops, just spits on you!  Gross!  I tried explaining that spitting is dirty, naughty, meant to do outside, and definitely not something you do to your Mom!  So whichever little kid out there taught Molly this, I am coming for you!

Have you all put your Christmas stuff up yet?  I live with Scrooge, and he is trying to convince me that we don't need a Christmas tree this year.  He is so funny to think I will go along with that.  Silly Scrooge!  Part of the ba-hum-bugness comes from that we have to walk all the way around our building to get to our garage, climb up a ladder and pull down umpteen boxes and carry them back up to our apartment.  So I see a little bit of where he is coming from, but I still love Christmas decorations and decorating our house!  Maybe I will live vicariously through you all, and your Christmas decorations. 

Have a great weekend, friends!  Eric and I have been working on my website...oh wait, did I forget to mention that I am officially in business as a Clinical Christian Counselor?!  What you ask, oh yes, I am official.  I have a name and everything...Restoration Counseling, LLC.  The LLC stands for Limited Liability Company, for you none business people like me!  This whole new business adventure has been just that, an adventure!  I am learning as I go, and I am going very slow!  So once my website is up and running, I will let you all know.  Until then...the doctor is out! 

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Grandma Update

Thank you all so much for praying for Eric's Grandma.  Your prayers were felt and God used them all!  As of tonight, Grandma is doing great!  She had hip replacement surgery yesterday afternoon, and came through like a champ!  When Eric talked to his Mom tonight, she said that Grandma Ferguson was up walking around.  What, the what?!  I know, I got so excited to hear that. 

I know her true motivation for getting better is to get back home.  She hates leaving her house!  After her stroke, she did everything the doctors and therapists told her to do because she wanted to go home so bad.  I am sure this time is no different.  I will get more details tomorrow when I call and check on her.  You know when your husband talks to someone for like 30 minutes and when they are finished you ask questions, they look at you like, "how should I know?" And all you can think is, "hello, you were just talking to them?!"  That's the type of information I got tonight.  So I will be getting more details tomorrow!

Thanks again for praying! 

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ho, Hum Type of Day

Today has been one of those boring, yet relaxing days here in our house.  Molly was up about 4 different times last night with a croup cough, so lets just say we didn't get a lot of sleep!  I usually go to a Bible study on Wednesday mornings, but decided to stay home, so we don't get any of the other kids there sick.  I don't think Molly is contagious, but her cough and nose are so gross, that I didn't want the other Moms to think, "good grief, why is that kid here?!"  Because I would probably think that myself, just being honest :)

So we have read books, watched movies, played with the kitchen in Molly's room, and just plain old hung out.  Oh, we are still in our pajamas too!  How nice, other than the occasional cough and sneeze. 

Last night we had some frineds over that are getting married in March.  Eric is performing their wedding.  We got talking about all of their wedding plans and it made me think about what I would want to do over from our wedding, or if I could do it over again, would I do it the same?  We laughed a lot talking about different weddings we all have been to, and how things didn't go as planned, or how things were so awesome. 

If I could do 2 things over again at our wedding it would be the photographer, and the DJ at the reception.  We hired a photographer from our area that said he usually shot weddings with his daughter, however his daughter was busy the day of our wedding, so his wife came.  Lets just say they fought more than took pictures.  It got to the point that we couldn't handle listening to them fight, so we just stopped taking pictures!  Plus, I wish I would have had time with Eric before the wedding.  I was so dead set on that he would see me for the first time walking down the aisle, no one could have changed my mind about that, but now looking back, I wish we could have met in the sanctuary with no one around and just had time to take it all in, and savor the moment together.  Then had pictures taken before the wedding.  But hindsight is 20/20 right?

Then the DJ, he was just awful!  Nice guy, but an awful DJ, maybe that's why he said he would do it for free.  Other than that, our wedding was ours, we did it our way, and it was special.  Things didn't go as planned, like Eric's Grandma being 20 minutes late, my Dad unable to find his pants, and Eric pulling my veil out when we kissed.  Oh and the unity candle not lighting, but those are all part of our story. 

What are some funny things that happened at your wedding?  What would you do over? 

Well, now I am off to lay on the couch, and maybe fall asleep.  Hey, aren't we supposed to nap when the baby naps?  Even if the baby is 2 :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thankful Tuesday and a Prayer Request


Today I am feeling thankful for awesome family that is taking care of Eric's Grandma.  Last night Grandma fell and broke her hip, really bad.  She lives with Eric's Aunt, and she works second shift, so no one was home when Grandma fell.  Thank the Lord that Aunt Patty came home for dinner, and found Grandma.  No one knows how long she was on the floor, because she had a stroke almost 3 years ago, and her speech has not come back 100%.  She can still have conversations, it just takes her awhile.  I guess she hit her head on the way down, and has a softball size bump on her poor little head.  And when I say little, I mean little!  Grandma might be 4'6" on a good day and weigh 80 pounds, maybe.  She is a little petite thing!

I talked to Eric's Mom this morning and they are waiting to see a surgeon to see how and when they are going to perform surgery.  I will be brutally honest, no one knows if she will survive surgery.  She is on blood thinners, steroids, and other medications that have severely weakened her already frail state.  But she has not lost her drive to fight.  Grandma is a very strong woman, both in will and in faith.  I also know Grandma misses her husband, Ray, who passed away many years ago.

So today I am thankful for family who can physically surround Grandma with their love and prayers.  I am also thankful for you all who can pray for Grandma, her name is Ginny.


This is Grandma with Molly when she was about 2 weeks old.

Thanks friends!

Monday, November 16, 2009

I've Got a New Attitu-do

I was thinking about entitling this a new attitude, but I still have my same old attitude, so I went with a new attitu-do, because I got a haircut yesterday.  Make sense, didn't think so :)

I had been wavering back and forth with the bang idea, and kept seeing all the cool kids with them, so I decided to try it, but only a little bit.  The jury is still out on whether I like them or not, they keep falling in my eye, since I only got them on one side.  I am still learning to "do" them, and one frined told me, I need to train them.  So I felt and feel utterly ridiculous posting a pic of my new style on here, but I knew you all would need a visual. 






 I am wearing my night shirt in these photos!

I am still playing with it, and trying to train the bangs, so we will see.  Overall, I like the haircut itself, but I was going more for the swooped bang look, not sure if I achieved it or not.  Okay, I am finished stressing about the bangs!

I thought I would share some pics of Molly from yesterday.  After we got home from church I was making her lunch and I saw she was "trying" my shoes on, and I snapped a few pictures of her!


At least they matched her outfit!  Have a great Monday!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Finally!

Yesterday before Molly and I left the house, I thought I would try to get a quick picture of her looking all cute.  Lately getting one good picture is hard, due to a certain stubborn 2 year old.  But my girl came through, at least for one picture...


It has been on the warm side here lately, and yesterday it finally started cooling down, so I jumped at the chance for Molly to wear her sweater dress and boots.  Good grief, by the time it gets down right cold here, she will have outgrown the dress!

Thank you all for your sweet comments yesterday about my brother.  I was telling one of his friends yesterday that it is hard to realize that I have surpassed all of his milestones.  I graduated college, grad school, got married, have a child, and he did not have the chance to do any of that.  But I also know that he is watching me from Heaven and is so proud that I was able to do all of that.  Again, thank you all!

We are pretty boring here, nothing too big going on, which is nice.  God is answering a lot of prayers for us right now, and once things get a little bit more definite, I can't wait to share with you all.  Remember-God IS faithful!  I am learning that even when I think something is not going to work out, it does, in God's timing, not mine!  Hard lesson! 

We are starting a new series at church all about prayer.  I am pretty excited about it.  That is one thing I have been working more on, consistent prayer with the Lord.  I have been keeping a prayer journal where I basically pour out my heart and mind.  I found writing in a journal works better for me, because why is it when you sit down to pray you have ADD?  It's like you can't focus on anything!  So writing it all out helps keep me on track and helps with keeping my relationship with God going by the wayside. 

In other news, I think we may be getting closer to moving Molly into a big girl bed.  I know some of you are wondering, isn't she 2, shouldn't she already be in one?  Well, yes-probably.  Molly has never once tried to climb out of her crib, so the doctor told us to leave her in there until she tries to climb out.  But she has fallen out...she tries to bend over to "pick" something up off the floor and tumbles over.  She is fine every time, it's like it just surprises her.  She doesn't even cry.  So we are starting to look for a bed, and all that stuff.  I know it will take a lot of patience with her, because she will totally get up and play.  Any tips, advice would be great on making the transition.  Thanks!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to Andy, Happy Birthday to you...

Today is my brother's birthday...he would have been 34.  Wow, that seems old.  No offense to any of you, but it's weird for me to think that my big brother would have been 34.  He was only 22 when he passed away, and now to think, where has all of the time gone? 

I wonder if he would have been married by now, kids, job, living out his dreams, what part of the country would he be living in, who would he have voted for in the election?  Sadly, we will never know any of those things.  But the things I do know is that he was the most tender-hearted person that you would have ever known, he genuinely loved people, you could see his soul by looking into his eyes, and he was an incredible person that the world lost way too early. 

I know God has a plan, and sometimes we don't know the reason certain things happen, and I am okay with that.  I am not sure I want to know the reason why my brother died.  I just know that I serve a loving God and I am trying my best to show Him to others every single day, and I am learning to enjoy every single day that He gives me on this earth. 

This quote is on my brother's headstone, and it is very fitting for him.

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, 
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  
Let him step to the music which he hears;
however measured or far away." 
Henry David Thoreau

Happy Birthday, Andy...

Monday, November 9, 2009

First Couple of Days in Oregon

I figured it was about time to share some pictures of our West Coast adventure with you all.  I uploaded some on Facebook, so if you want to see more...befriend me...Kate May-Ferguson.

I seriously took over 500 pictures, and it's hard to narrow them down!  After looking through all of them again, I am amazed at the magnificent beauty God created.  Without further ado...Oregon...


Driving down the road



We spent Sunday at Ekola State Park



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That's pretty much it for the first couple of days in Oregon.  My camera battery died on Sunday night...so we had to search everywhere for a charger for it.  My camera does not use rechargable double A's, I have some fancy schmancy battery, that cost us $50.00 to buy another charger for it.  Sorry Eric!  Note to self, no matter how charged you think the battery is-always bring the charger!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

You Gotta Hear This...

So I was driving home tonight from a birthday party with Molly, and heard this song on KLOVE, and had to run inside and find out who was singing it!  Her name is JJ Heller, and I love her!  Make sure you pause the music below and have a listen to her...you won't regret it!



I have unanswered prayers
I have trouble I wish wasn't there
And I have asked a thousand ways
That you would take my pain away
You would take my pain away

I am trying to understand
How to walk this weary land
Make straight the paths that crooked lie
Oh Lord before these feet of mine
Oh Lord before these feet of mine

When my world is shaking, heaven stands
When my heart is breaking
I never leave your hands

When you walked upon the earth
You healed the broken, lost and hurt
I know you hate to see me cry
One day you will set all things right
Yeah, one day you will set all things right

When my world is shaking, heaven stands
When my heart is breaking
I never leave your hands

Your hands that shaped the world
Are holding me
They hold me still





A

Thursday, November 5, 2009

We're Back!

Well, we made it back, safe and sound.  Let me tell you...our trip was awesome!  I feel so refreshed, renewed, I feel like a better person, wife, and more connected than ever with my husband.  We had a wonderful time exploring Oregon, and all it had to offer us with its spectacular views, and fabulous scenery.  Us Mid-Westerners are not used to random mountain ranges, huge rocks sticking up out of nowhere, and ginormous trees everywhere.  I am pretty sure we took over 500 pictures while we were there, and hardly any of them even begin to capture all of God's beauty.  But I am sorting through them and am going to post them anyways! 

While we were gone, Molly was spoiled by Grandma and Uncle Nick.  My Mom came and stayed for a couple of days and then our best friend, Uncle Nick came and stayed with Molly.  I give him a lot of credit, a single, 30 year old guy staying with a 2 year old for 2 days, wow!  He did great!  But I was so happy to see Molly today!  I am one of those people that really only needs a break from my kid for like 2-3 hours, then I am good, so to go for 6 days, I was dying on the way home.  I couldn't wait to get home and see my baby! 

I am caught up on all your blogs, I did read some while away, and the rest tonight.  Sorry for no comments, sometimes when catching up, it's just easier to read all the way through and move on.  All of your kids looked cute for Halloween!  I can't wait to share some pictures with you all!