Love is in the Air

So I have mentioned before that we are broke like a joke and that is still true. It happens when your hubby is a full-time student and part time worker and you are a full-time caretaker/homemaker and soon to be a full-time student as well. In previous years we haven’t really done very much when it comes to the holiday of Valentines Day, including decorations and gifts. Last year I could tell that the hubby was disappointed in the lack of celebration, especially on my part. I made a mental note of that and have been working to be much more festive this year. So trying to be more festive I wanted to put up some decorations that were also cheap to make. I had seen paper garlands all over the Internet and decided it was my turn to make some too. Here is what I have put together so far.



Already we have a little more Valentine’s Day spirit, wouldn’t you say?
Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do you have Valentine’s Day decorations?


I’m still here! A Christmas Countdown Wrap-Up

I want you to know that even though I did not post the final days in my Countdown to Christmas, I was soaking up the Thanksgiving by actually living it! We decided last-minute that we were going to go home for Christmas, which included a ton of packing and traveling, and very packed days of visiting family and friends, and skyping with my Brother on Christmas Day. I wanted to share with you my last days of the countdown though, so you can see that I truly was living the Thanksgiving mode!

Day 4: I was so thankful for my brother. One of my best friends and the sweetest guy! It was his opinion that mattered most to me, when deciding if my hubby was the one, to be with me forever. And now I am so excited that he is an uncle to my son, and will get to meet him soon, though he saw him real-time on Christmas Day when we skyped.

Day 3: I am so thankful for the little man in my life that I get to call my son. He is such an amazing sweet spirit, and SUCH a good son. I swear I want to have about 10 kids because he is so good. And I love being his mommy. I love the look that he gives me. I can tell that he knows I’m his mommy and he loves being with me. I think it comes in part from our relationship that we have been building with nursing, all day everyday. Though hard at first, I love it, and I know that he doesn’t want it any other way, (he hates bottles). I love him more than anything!

Day 2: That is besides his father. I love my husband so much. He is my rock. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him. He is a great supporter of his family and my best friend. I am so excited that I get to spend the rest of forever with him, and that we get to have a family together. We may have a rough couple of years ahead, where we sacrifice a lot, but that will only build character, and make our family that much more well off in the future. I’m so glad that he chose me.

Day 1: I am so thankful for my savior, and that the Christmas Season celebrates his birth. As December began I watched a church movie entitled Joy to the World. It celebrates the birth of the christ child with music and re-enactment video clips. This season I noticed that I appreciated Mary that much more. Her entire pregnancy experience, her love for her son, and the beauty that a perfect newborn baby can bring into your life. As you can tell I am still relishing in that experience myself and my son is almost 2 months old! I am so thankful for my saviour and for all that he has done for me and mankind. I will forever love the statement, “And man shall live forevermore, because of Christmas Day!”

I am so sad that the Christmas Season is done and that it went by so very fast, but I most definitely excited for 2013 and all the promise and beauty we have to look forward to.

From my Family to yours…


Day 5: Countdown to Christmas with Thanksgiving

Today I am thankful for my parents. I never knew how much they loved me, how much they have done for me, nor how much they were willing to do ANYTHING for me, that is, until I became a parent. It was such a revelation! How much I wanted to have everything perfect for his life, how often I dream of his future and see all that he can be. I wrote a letter to my parents, trying to express all of my love, my sorrow for the grief I have caused them, and how much more I appreciate all they have done for me! I miss them all the time and can not wait to see to them this Saturday, when we go to Washington for Christmas.


Here’s hoping you get to see 12 things that YOU are thankful for on this countdown to Christmas!

From my Family to yours…

Day 7: Countdown to Christmas with Thanksgiving

Today I am thankful for all of our true friends! We are so blessed to have so many wonderful people in our lives! They have helped when we have needed it, and been there through the high and low, the thick and thin. They look out for us, want the best for us, and help us to be the best we can be! There are too many wonderful people to name, let alone to thank, but you know who you are. I want you to know that you are appreciated, loved, and thought of often! Again thank you so much, we love you!

Here’s hoping you get to see 12 things that YOU are thankful for on this countdown to Christmas!

From my Family to yours…

Day 12: Countdown to Christmas with Thanksgiving

I apologize for the absence, but I hope that you are assuming that I have been away for some important reason. And at least I feel that I have been. Let me introduce you to a new member of our family.


Born: November 5th

Weight: 6 lbs 13 oz

Height: 20 1/4 inches

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Today (December 13th) I am thankful for all of the blessings that we have! We are SO blessed! This life truely is a great one!

Heres hoping you get to see 12 things that YOU are thankful for on this countdown to Christmas!

From my Family to yours…

Baby Update

I just wanted to share a quick update with you about how everything is going with us there being only four weeks and one day left until the little man’s due date. We had a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday, they will now be weekly until he is born, and everything is on schedule! His heartbeat was 166 beats per minute and he is in a head down position!  So we are getting closer! We have just a little bit until he is in our arms and not just in my belly. And the question people seem to ask now is “Are you ready for him to get here?”

And the answer is, “Honestly? No.” Are we beyond excited to have him here, and cuddle with him and kiss his fingers and toes and face and tummy? Yes. My husband laughs at me because I so often have this little outbursts exclaim the said desire above.

But I am still nervous. As one of my friends shared her own feelings, they just so happened to be exactly as I feel. She said, “I shouldn’t have to give birth, until I am no longer afraid to give birth.” She then went into labor that night. So though I know I will probably not get over my “fear” of bringing him into this world, I can not wait to meet him! If that makes any kind of sense.

 Hoping that all is going well for you and your family!

From my Family to Yours…

I love that man!

So I think that I have the best husband ever! Yesterday was the worst day that I have had in a VERY long time. People on the phones, at work, were being SO rude and finally this one gentleman yelled at me and said I better never call him again or else, and I finally just burst into tears. I was sobbing, it was quite embarrassing really, but I couldn’t control myself. Finally I talked with my supervisor and he told me to go home and then let them know what I was going to do the next day I work. I called my dear sweet best friend and cried all the way home talking to him. When I walked in the door he gave me a big hug and led me to the bathroom where he had Jim Brickman playing on Pandora, candles lit, and a lavender bath all drawn up for me. He also had a little present wrapped up for me. I opened it to find this:

It’s title is Home: Together our Family is Home. I started crying again. He had me take a bath and then afterwards he heated up some dinner for me and we watched a Disney movie. Afterwards we made a late night run to the store to get some Hershey’s Cookies and Cream candy bars… They just sounded really good, to both of us.

Though I was on the verge of tears all night long, it was so good to have him right there with me. Helping me find the happiness in the evening. I just had to share how wonderful he is! I am so lucky to have him forever! I hope that you are all doing well! From my family to yours…