Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Week of Thanks: Saturday

Can you guess what I'm thankful for today?

Friday, November 28, 2008

A Week of Thanks: Friday

Today I am thankful for mirth and friends.
I literally feel hungover from all the laughter last night at Jeffrey and Kelli's house.
We had such a wonderful time.
Thank you, sweet (family)friends of mine.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Week of Thanks: Thursday

Today I am thankful for new traditions and a successful meal!
I made my very first Thanksgiving meal today, and everything turned out wonderful, and better yet, I got the timing right! Everything went on the table at about the same time, and was all still HOT when we sat down!
Thank you, God for my little family and for twice-baked sweet potatoes.

I love you, Lord.
Your mercies (and blessings) are new every morning.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Week of Thanks: Wednesday

Today I am thankful that "There is no one like our God."

A Week of Thanks: Tuesday

On Tuesday, I was thankful for answered prayer.
Here's the story:
I lost my daily planner.
I looked everywhere for a week. I called places I had visited. I retraced my footsteps, but it was just GONE.
Talk about the worst feeling ever. I was so afraid I was going to stand someone up!
I couldn't believe how busy I am as a Mommy. It seems like I wouldn't feel so lost about not having a planner since I didn't have one before I became a SAHM.
I shopped and shopped for the perfect replacement. But I didn't want to spend too much money, blah, blah, blah.
In short, I freaked.
Finally, I asked God to please just help me find a replacement.
Do you know what happened?
I found the PERFECT planner in the dollar section at Target.
I couldn't be happier--that success has carried me for two full days now. I guess it's the little things. : )

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A Week of Thanks: Monday

Today I am thankful for Jenna.
We have been through a LOT together. A lot.
Jenna cried with me when I was broken-hearted, stood up for me when I was mis-treated, lied to me when I looked like a fool on the dance floor, celebrated my pregnancy and beautiful daughter, listened endlessly to my woes (all of which don't seem to have changed all that much over the last six years we've been friends), respected me in our differences, fought with me when I deserved to be kicked in the pants but wouldn't admit it, encouraged me when I needed it and helped me pick out the perfect wedding dress.*
Tonight, we celebrated my birthday by overindulging with me on pedicures and cheeseburgers. Does it get better than that?
There is something so comforting in having a friend that is so much like a sister, yet so different.

Sweet friend, I am so glad you are back, and I'm so glad to have you, period.

*Obviously, these are in no particular order.

A Week of Thanks: Sunday

On Sunday I was thankful for Elmo.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Above Water

How does this happen?
Every single day?

Sometimes I think, "Why bother picking up? It's just gonna look this way in two hours again anyway."
But I don't want to end up on Dr. Phil.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Hold me closer, Tony Danza...

I learned something important at church this weekend.
The lyric goes:
"God's beating heart - live through us."
"God's bleeding heart - live through us."

All this time, I've been singing it wrong.

Happy Birthday from Beyonce!

I'm pretty sure Beyonce did this for me because she knew that today I would reach my "scary age," and this was the only way she could think of to cheer me up.
Thanks, B.

Yes, that's Justin Timberlake.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

A Thanksgiving Peacock?!?

My first paper-piecing project. I am in love with paper-piecing.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


angie said...
fireplaces. HOT FACE, COLD BUTT. hot chocolate. SUGAR. hot chocolate with marshmallows. STOMACH ACHE. stew. christmas. I'LL GIVE YOU THOSE TWO. ice skating. PAIN! sledding. MORE PAIN AND UPHILL WALKING! excuse to be late to work. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU NOTICED, BUT I NEVER NEEDED AN EXCUSE. snowflakes. THEY'RE ALL DIFFERENT--LIKE US. snowmen. MELT AND TURN GRAY. scarves. YOU CAN HAVE SCARVES, TOO. sweaters. AND SWEATERS. booties. ANGIE, DO YOU WEAR BOOTIES? WHAT IS A BOOTIE? DO TELL. ; ) extra blankets.... TO BE FAIR, THIS IS ONE OF THE ONLY TIMES A YEAR THAT I GET TO SEE ALL MY QUILTS... to name a few. huh. i didn't even realize i was a winter-lover! COME ON OVER. I CAN FIX THAT. POUTING CHANGES MINDS, RIGHT?

kristi noser said...
When you look out the window in the morning and the sky is a Royal Blue and the snow is sparkling like a million diamonds. I SUPPOSE. Then you go outside and the air is so cold that your nosehairs freeze when you inhale. FUN. Then you run back inside where Poppers has a roaring fire going in the woodstove and you stand by it and toast yourself. HOT FACE, COLD BUTT. You should come over. NOW THAT'S TRUE.

kristi noser said...
Oh and when it snows a BUNCH and there is a snow day and Eli and I both get to stay home--that rocks! I GUESS...

carrie said...
sweaters - they hide a lot. TRUE ENOUGH, I SUPPOSE. Christmas. THREE WORDS: LITTLE. DRUMMER. BOY. feeling toasty in my blankey. YOU MAY NOT KNOW THIS ABOUT ME, BUT I SLEEP WITH A BLANKEY ALL YEAR ROUND. hot chocolate. STOMACH ACHE. watching Polly play in the snow. WET DOG SMELL.

-V- said...
Trips to Florida or somewhere else sunny... :-) OR JUST THE TANNING BED.

Coffeegirl said...
V, I'm with you. I love when you get off the plane and you feel that warm, humid air. Then, the sunshine reaches your skin and you think...why do I live in MN? MY HUSBAND LIVES HERE. THAT'S THE ONLY REASON, SOME DAYS. I do love when the snow covers the trees. FOR A DAY OR TWO, BEFORE EVERYTHING TURNS GRAY AND BROWN AGAIN... And Christmas vacation. YES, TRUE. That's about it. ME, TOO.

Melissa said...
Yeah, why do you live in MN/WI? SEE ABOVE. I have SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and I find it much easier to cope with the lack of daylight hours if it's still 65 degrees and sunny out here in CA! I THINK MELISSA IS ON TO SOMETHING HERE... However, it's really fun to watch your kid play in the snow :) MAYBE I'LL JUST TRY TOSSING SJ OUT THERE AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. MAYBE then I WOULD FINALLY ENJOY WINTER.

Katie R. said...
Snowmobiling, KATIE, I WOULD SOONER DIE (NO OFFENSE.). a white Christmas, NOW, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT does MAKE ME FEEL GOOD. hoar frost, TEE HEE. the blue sky and sparkly snow that Kristi said, SEE ABOVE. sweaters for the same reason Carrie said, SEE ABOVE. all of this is just wonderful until Dec.26th and then I'm ready for spring. ME TOO.

Cara said...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Death by Adverts

I'd like to point out to allllll you people who just couldn't want for the political ads to be done that now we have to watch Christmas ads.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Well, it appears that winter has arrived.
I know there are people out there who LOOOOOOVE this season.
To you winter lovers: WHY? Please tell me why you love winter.
Looking into my bleak, barren and frigid future makes me want to hide under the covers until April when the sun comes out again.
Please, my friends--what do you like about winter?

Friday, November 07, 2008

Chuck Norris has already been to Mars; that's why there are no signs of life there.

Erin: What are you watching?
Rich: Chuck Norris.
Erin: I know, but which movie?
Rich: Does it matter?

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Going Offline

We are at the Grandma Spa.
I'm tired.
Being solely responsible for a life is hard.
I know I only have one child.
I know I shouldn't complain.
Which is why I'm NOT complaining. I'm going to the spa.
I'll be back when I damn well feel like it.


Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Shirley wants YOU...

to VOTE!

Yes, I took my baby to the polls dressed like this. That is my right as an American: to dress up my child in crazy patriotic getups and parade her around the gymnasium of a Lutheran church to see all the elderly ballot counters.

God Bless America.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Wedding Weekend

Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Jon Moritz! This weekend, Richard and I had the honor of being in the wedding party for our friends, Jon and Carrie Moritz. Here are some pictures from our weekend.
Gettin' my hair did!

Shirley Jean thinks Jared is the funniest person EVER.Seems like just yesterday...
Auntie Noonie and Shirley Girl.
Someday we will have a nice family photo. Right?
The Gang.
My girl. We were apart for almost the whole day. It was really, REALLY hard for me. It made me so thankful that I get to be a stay-at-home-mom. I don't know how working mommies do it.
The bridesmaids. It's funny how fast you can become close with girls you hardly knew at the beginning of the morning. I mean, when you've helped somebody get into their undergarments and shared everything from deodorant to lipstick, there really are no more secrets.