Monday, November 18, 2013


Well, I have an answered prayer that saved me $500! :) My insurance approved my blood testing for the brca test. So in 2-3 weeks, I should have my answer. I think I will be on pins and needles every time my phone rings until then! I find the whole process absolutely amazing. Basically, my family has a specific strand of DNA that's missing that leaves us susceptible to breast & ovarian cancer (also an increased risk of skin & pancreatic cancer). So, the laboratory is going to be looking at my DNA to see if that teeny strand is missing. I'm fascinated with human anatomy/biology, so to me this is some incredible stuff. I can't get out of my mind how intricately God made each of us!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

all the little birdies...

I feel like I start every other post with this, but this week has been busy! Back in June, a friend of mine and I signed up to host a booth at a local craft fair for this Saturday. For now, I've got a facebook page:  As for how I got the name "All the Little Birdies" I happen to love birds, especially song birds and sparrows, plus I call my kids my little birdies. Anyways, on etsy I tried a several combinations of Little Birdies, and have a business page reserved with that name. We'll see though. What I would really, really love to do, is set up a sort of non-profit business-where every few months I'd find a family in need (medical crisis, adoption, ect...) and donate all the profits to them. Again, we'll see. It might not happen until all the kids go to school, but for now, that's my thought.
 So, since June, I've gotten a lot of stuff done, but this past week I've been busy putting the finishing touches on a lot of different things. I did have a problem where I kept changing directions on what I wanted to do. I first started out planning on making holiday banners like this:
I actually really like these, but for some reason, other than cutting out a million burlap triangles, I never made more than three.

Then I made this skirt for Annaleigh and loved it:
After making a few random skirts, I realized that it was a bad choice for a craft fair since I'd have to make a bunch of different sizes in hopes that the right person would want the right size. Since Allie's skirt cost me $10 in fabric, that was more money than I wanted to put into something I might not be able to sell. Making those to order is a much better option, in my opinion.
Finally, I had a friend do a craft fair, and she sold a total of ZERO items. :/ So, I decided whatever I made needed to be something useful, so that even if I sell nothing, I won't have 500 pot holders laying around. I kind of settled on aprons, crayon rolls, and baby items, since they're cheap to make & relatively quick, and I always have a baby shower to go to, or little kids to buy birthday gifts for. The nice thing about making your own stuff, is that you can give a nicer gift for the same amount of money, so that's good. I actually have a baby shower to go to an hour after the fair ends, and I know about 10 other pregnant women. Us military famlies know how to make them babies. ;)
So wish me luck! I'm really nervous about "debuting" my own stuff. Wish my husband luck, because this is definitely the longest he'll ever have had to go watching all three kids on his own.

Sunday, November 10, 2013


I'm not sure if there is a better season than fall (besides Christmas, but that's not really a season, is it?). I love it!
  Here's my 30 second, $5 wreath I made for the door. Just a branch wreath with a few decorations shoved in. Maybe over the years I'll add to it, but for now I like the simplicity of it.
Fall also means boots and hot chocolate are back in!

Our house has an overabundance of candy...

and pumpkin flavored everything!
It's also the time of my anniversary which we celebrated by eating at the Cheesecake Factory and playing laser tag. I was pretty proud of my awesome score until Joel reminded me that we were playing against a bunch of 8 year olds. Four hours of fun for the two of us. :)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


I had what was turning into a rather depressing post on marriage, but I decided to just summarize all of it with this: This year-as I go into my tenth year of marriage-more than ever, I am grateful that I found one of the good ones. Grateful that God put me on the path that led me to him. Grateful that through all the years, my husband has remained a man that has made being married to him easy. Grateful that he has lovingly showed me over the years that not all men are scoundrels. Grateful that I have learned that you can trust another person. So very, very grateful for all I have.
aaaaand....grateful that we've almost reached ten years! We're (okay, actually, it's all me. Joel doesn't think that it will actually work out, and he doesn't know the budget I've set. haha!) anyways, we're planning a second honeymoon type thing for our tenth. :D We still have rather large details to work out (ahem, childcare...) but we've got Rome & Hawaii as possible destinations. This is happening. So excited!

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