Friday, December 28, 2007

New Hobby

I have been doing this for the past few months, so I guess it isn't new anymore, but I have been so busy with everything that I haven't picked it up for a while. It is Hem-stitching/crocheting. My Mom's neighbor is a pro at this and offered to teach me. It takes a little practice, but I really enjoy it and I don't care if it makes me seem old. I don't really like just sitting still, so this is a good thing that makes me feel less lazy while watching TV and working on one. I have yet to attack a blanket, but it won't be long. I have a couple of friends who are expecting. Anyway, if anybody else who happens to read this also has this hobby, share some of your pattern ideas so that I can branch out. Thanks!
By the way, when I took this picture, I hadn't started on the cowboy fabric yet, but I am finished now and it is my favorite one yet. I just think that fabric is so great.

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

The mind of a child

Why is it that children are able to create something so entertaining and imaginative out of nothing? Why is it that something as simple as the idea of a jolly old man who brings gifts can create such excitement, wonder and unquestionable faith?
Children are amazing to me. Their innocence, purity, and love for everything good is astounding. I know one little girl in particular who has brought the life back into a house that, for a moment, was overwhelmed with sorrow. What an amazing gift children are. And what an amazing gift they have to bring life, purpose, understanding, forgiveness, excitement and so much more. Looking through the eyes of a child, things seem so simple, and less overwhelming.
It is so funny to see the things that Eden comes up with. She made this "christmas train" out of books and members of our nativities around the house. She was very meticulous about how she lined up the books and wouldn't let me clean it up until close to dinner time.
Christmas morning with a child that is fully aware of what is coming and has been talking about it for months, is so exciting. Jer and I were more excited Christmas morning than she was. Normally, this girl who is so anxious for each day to begin, wakes up around 6 am. We must have worn her out at our family party the night before because she was still snoozing away at 7:15.....very uncommon for her. Jer and I, on the other hand, were literally like two kids on Christmas morning and couldn't wait for her to wake up so we woke her. It was just as much fun as we excpected.
We hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and are so thankful for family, our Savior, and children who keep things in perspective and are a daily reminder of the love of our Heavenly Father and the reason why we are here on the earth. Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year!

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

A Little Behind

I have been thinking for the past couple of weeks about doing a Christmas card, but it really never sounded appealing. Christmas cards are usually one of my favorite things. I am not a scrap-booker, in any sense of the word, but love to make homemade cards but this year I haven't felt "inspired" (if you will) by the idea of doing one. Don't get me wrong...I love Christmas time and have especially enjoyed preparing for it this year since Eden is old enough now to understand it and is very much looking forward to the big day. Also, I have loved reading all of the creative and great cards that have been sent our way...I'm just not in the mood for card making, I guess.
I am thinking instead of doing a New Year's one and looking ahead at goals and things to come as well as just enjoying where we are at (even though it has been a rough road...good, but rough).
Anyway, am I lame for not wanting to do a Christmas card or letter?
I don't know. Sometimes, I like to break out of the crowd and do something of my own accord and unexpected. I guess that is where I'm coming from...who knows? So, you may or may not be receiving a New Year's card from the family. For now, this picture says it all. This has been the exact expression that crosses my mind when thinking about doing a Christmas card.
By the way, isn't she gorgeous? Even with the funny look on her face, I think she is stunning, but obviously, I am a little biased.

Monday, December 17, 2007

What a month!

It has been a long time since I have gotten on here to post anything whatsoever....never mind pictures. I did include a few shots from a session that I did just before we moved into our house. It was a really neat family who is related to one of my best friends (thanks, Sarah!). They have two twin boys with special needs, and a sweet little girl. It was a challenge, but definitely in a good way. The lighting was the big challenge because the sun started setting around 5:00, which I did not expect.
I only talked with the family briefly, but could already tell what an amazing spirit they carried with them. So, thanks for the opportunity, and I really hope that you enjoy your pictures. I think we got some good ones.
Anyway, it has been quite the month as most of you know. I am not sure if anybody ever reads this blog outside of my close friends, but we have had a very busy month with ups and downs. Including telling our family that we were expecting, moving into our new house which we love, then a few weeks later going through the horrible experience of losing our baby. I am comfortable sharing this very personal information because we had told so many people we were expecting, thinking we were safe being 10 weeks. So, we had to tell people that we lost the pregnancy. And, because I think in some way it is therapeutic to talk about it even a little. It was our second pregnancy since Eden that ended in miscarriage, but was much further along than the first. It was awful, and we wouldn't wish it on anybody, but have really felt peace and strength from heaven, and have been able to just keep on going....what else can you do, right?
Anyway, that is as much as needs to be said. Needless to say, posting on the blog has been the last thing on my mind. We have been busy with endless projects around the house (which are still never-ending, and I think always will be), but have really enjoyed making it our home. I will include some shots around the house when we get a little more settled. Eden is in a big girl bed now which is insane to me. I held onto the crib as long as possible.
Our ward has been so welcoming and kind, which we are so grateful for and Eden has really loved having her own home with Grandma and Grandpa not too far away.