Archive for November, 2010


I’m not sure you can truly appreciate your parents until you yourself become a parent. 

My parents are the kind of people who drop everything to run up to my house at ten o’clock in the evening to take care of Kahlan because I have been admitted to the hospital.  They are the kind of people you don’t have to ask to do this kind of thing, they just offer.

I’ve always loved my parents, but seeing my parents with Kahlan somehow makes that love so much stronger.  My parents are the best grandparents.  They love Kahlan so much.  My dad melts whenever Kahlan walks into a room and she can do no wrong in his eyes.  They would do just about anything for Kahlan and there is no one Kahlan would rather spend time with than her Grams and Papa. 

So today I am thankful for my parents.  I’m thankful for their advice, their support, and their help with Kahlan.  Kahlan sure got lucky when God made them her grandparents!


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I never knew…

I never knew one little person could change my life so much.

I never knew one little person could make my heart explode with pride.

I never knew I could love someone as much as I love you.

I never knew that one little smile from you could make me forget that I haven’t slept in days.

I never knew that my heart would melt when I heard you say “Mama” for the first time.

I never knew that the pain you go through could hurt me just as much or more than it does you.

I never knew what worry was until I had you. 

I never knew how much I would love a slobbery kiss or a whole body hug.

I never knew how much more I would love your daddy because he gave me you.

I never knew that one little person could heal such a big hole in my heart.

I wished for you every day for years.

I prayed for you every day for years.

My heart broke when I was told I might never be able to be your Mama.

And the day I met you I fell hopelessly in love with you. 

Kahlan Elizabeth, you make my life worth living. 

So when I think of things I am thankful for, you are at the very top of my list.

You make me a better person. 

And I love you with every fiber of my being.    

You are my wish come true.

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Long Weekend

For some reason this weekend felt extra long.  I think it was because it was Scotty’s last weekend of work. 

Kahlan and I had an excellent day on Saturday.  We met my mom at work for lunch.  Kahlan loves to visit Grams at work.  She especially likes to walk down the very LONG hallway between the hall my mom works on and the lunch area. 

After we visited Grams at work, we went to see Papa playing in his blue-grass band.  Kahlan loves hearing Papa play music,   the band stops playing music she frantically starts signing more, more, more.  She had so much fun dancing, and clapping and running around at the jam.

After that Grams was home from work and Kahlan had fun hanging out with Grams and Papa until bedtime.  She was quite tired after her exciting day.

Sunday was a long day.  We headed home pretty early.  Scotty was working his last weekend day.  There was no Packer game to keep up occupied. 

So it was a good weekend, but it was a long weekend… I am so glad that from now on Scotty will be home every weekend and we will be able to catch up on some much-needed family time!

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Giving Thanks…

I am super into the holidays.  The time leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas is my favorite time of the year.  I love this time of the year so much that it doesn’t even bother me if it snows. 

It is the season to be thankful so for the next 2 weeks watch for my blog for posts about who and what I am thankful for.

Today I am thankful that this weekend is the last weekend that Scotty has to work.  About a year ago, my husband’s position at his company was eliminated and he was moved into a different department.  Moving to that department meant that he had to work 2 weekends a month and it severely cut into our family time.  So today I am thankful that my husband is such a great dad, such a great husband, and such a great provider.  He is loving his new job and I am loving the fact that he is going to be home every weekend and that we are going to be able to get more time as a family. 

Just think of how many more things I can think  for him to do around the house with all his new free time!

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I was raised to be patriotic.  I love my country.  I still get tears in my eyes whenever I hear the Star Spangled Banner. 

I believe we are “Home of the Free because of the Brave.”

My brother is a Marine.  He served in Iraq during the War on Terror.  I am so proud of my brother for making the sacrifice to serve his country.  He was in Iraq for 8 long months.  I thought about him, worried about him, and prayed for him every day.  I had the clock in my car set to Iraqi time so that I would always know what time it was where he was.  My mom and I took turns sending him care packages every month so that he would be well taken care of.  I wrote to him every week that he was in Iraq.  I always ended my letters with the words “I love you, please stay safe.”  He called several times from Iraq to let me know he was alright and that he loved me and I looked forward to those phone calls just to hear his voice and know that for the moment he was safe. 

Kahlan will grow up knowing that her uncle is a hero. 

Happy Veterans Day to all of our vets and to all of our troops who are still sacrificing for us on a daily basis.  You truly are my heroes.

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Dear Kahlan Elizabeth –

I can’t believe you are 20 months old today.  Somehow that makes you seem so much closer to 2 then you were yesterday.  How is it possible that in just 4 short months you are going to be 2.  You are getting to be such a big girl, sometimes it is hard to remember that you are still my baby.  I am glad you still let me cuddle with you, I’m going to miss that a lot when you are too big to do that.  So here we go here are some of my favorite memories from this last month:

You are so interested in the potty.  You love to sit on the potty and today you went poo in the potty for the 1st time!

You love to help push the cart when we go to the grocery store.

You went trick or treating for the 1st time and you loved it.

You FINALLY learned how to say “thank you” in sign language.

Your hair is long enough to put into pigtails.  It is so cute, but most days you pull them out.

You love to help Mama make her salad for lunch in the morning, you are such a good helper.

You now have a big girls bed in your room and your room has been redone in big girl colors… no more crib!

You are still having problems sleeping through the night, you have terrible night terrors.

You love to go to “school” (daycare).  You break into a huge smile when we pull in the parking lot.  You spend your afternoons at school.

You still refuse to say Grams.

You clap at the right time when “If Your Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands” comes on the radio.

You still love to color and to write with pens.  You prefer to use your left hand.

You like to pick out your own cereal in the morning.  Your favorite cereal is Lucky Charms.

You are really starting to assert your independence which sometimes lands you in your naughty chair.

Oh Kahlan, you are just growing up so fast.  I can’t believe 20 months ago I was in the hospital waiting for your arrival and hoping that the doctors were right about you being a girl since all the clothes I had brought with me were pink.  And then princess, Daddy brought me to you for the 1st time and you were (are) so beautiful.  I fell in love with you that moment.  I love you Kahlan Elizabeth, all the way to the moon and back!

Love –


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So my post yesterday was a little whiny.  Sorry for that.  I’m not feeling the best.

I’m feeling a little better, I allowed myself to have a Klondike ChocoTaco for dinner along with a handful of M & Ms.

I cuddled on the couch with Kahlan, she was missing Daddy.  I finally got her to go to sleep after I promised her I would have Daddy give her kisses when he got home.

I did absolutley no housework, I didn’t even clean up the supper dishes.  Kahlan’s, not mine, a ChocoTaco and a handful of M & Ms doesn’t amount to a whole lot of dishes.

It is quater to nine at night.  I am in bed.  I am determined to be asleep by nine.

I don’t feel guilty at all.

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