Friday, June 19, 2009


Do you ever wonder---What were they THINKING??????????

I do....................

Makes me a wee bit crazy sometimes.

I think everyone has a few of those ppl in your life that you just want to sit down and "parent". You know what I mean. Force them into reality and maturity. Pretty sure you can't do that though. =(

There I feel much better now that I got that off my chest. =)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday Kili!!

I feel like it is such an accomplishment for us to have made it this far. There were many things your daddy and I expected life as a family to be. You have surpassed the amount of joy we thought you would bring into our lives. You have astounded us with your ability to learn and grow. You have taken our breath away more times than I can count. That beautiful smile, your wound up giggle, batting those eyelashes at daddy and grammy when you want something. Your first steps made me cry, and they made you squeal with delight. You have become such a sweet and affectionate child. When you were an itty bitty baby I was sometimes sadden by the fact you didn't want to cuddle. But the joy is so much greater as you have become a little cuddle bug now. You make the conscious decision to give mommy and daddy "loves" and kisses, and lay your precious fuzzy head on head on our chest. It is such a wonderful feeling to know that your child does love you back too because they want too!

In this first year you have gone from a little 5 pound baby we brought home from the hospital to a 24 pound whopper. And it looks like you will ONLY have 8 teeth as you celebrate your first birthday. We are working on a sipppy cup. But mommy just doesn't have the heart to yank your bottle yet. I don't feel that your ready, or maybe I'm not! You are a paci-holic and that's just fine. Your favorite words are daddy, "Oh sweet baby", thank you and hey. I can't wait to watch you continue to learn and grow, but that doesn't mean that you need to hurry or rush. Regardless of what daddy says, you'll always be my baby.

Baby cakes we love you more than you will ever know. I never knew how much love my heart was capable of giving until you came into our lives. What a sweet surprise God blessed us with. He knew just how much joy and beauty we would be missing if you weren't in our lives.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Who Likes SALES??

I'm having a sale on Ruffly Ribbon Socks over at

3 pairs for $12 only until Friday, June 19!!

Also I have a Blue Eyed Beauties page on Facebook. It is much more user friendly in my opinion.

Have a nice evening!! Some sweet iced tea is calling my name.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

They Come Two by Two

Seems like everytime Kili gets teeth they come in pairs, with the exceptions of the time she got three and once and another time she got one by its lonesome. Looks like we have another set of two coming in. This will give her a grand total of 9 teeth before she turns one. 9 teeth she doesn't know how to use. 9 teeth I have to fight to brush. 9 teeth that make up and absolutely precious gleaming smile. :))

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Posting a Milestone!!!

Kili is finally starting to like walking!!!

Hallelujah shouts my back (and hip). Just Kidding.

It is so super precious. She tries to run and make it as far as she can before her imminent fall gets her.

So exciting, but it is SOOOOOOO much faster than her crawling. We were lucky and it took her a VERY long time before she became a fast crawler. Most of the time she still doesn't super speed crawl.

Oh and I'm going to leave you with a hilarious pic of the super serious Kili.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Family Pictures

Today Kristy ( took some AWESOME family pictures for us! Oh and how we LOVE them!!

So fab guys!! If you are in the area she is a must see!!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Did you know:

* you burn more calories eating celery than it contains.
* a lady pulled directly out of a parking spot and nearly hit Kili and myself as we were being pedestrians walking into Wal*Mart yesterday. She was pulling straight out of her parking space looking at us. And she had to hurry to do it. What was she thinking????

I have been up since 5 am by my own will. (Well I did say a little prayer last night to give me the motivation to get up this morning) Huge Accomplishment!! I am so NOT a morning person, but seems like lately there are not enough hours in the day, so I have got to get up earlier. AND I am in a GOOD MOOD. Amazing huh. Even after studying Chemistry for 45 minutes.

I am so glad to be getting this Chemistry class over with this summer. I know I will make a better grade doing it in the summer than taking it during the normal terms since I only have this class to focus on.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Thank you guys for all your prayers. Little Miss Kili seems to be doing SOOOO much better after just switching her diet into MAJOR turbo health mode. She slept ALL NIGHT last night, and we hope for a repeat tonight. She was just extra happy/fun/easy-going too. That always makes the job of mommy even more fun. (I think she knew I needed some fun-time. lol.)

She is also starting to take lots more steps. Walking here we come!!

Happy Tuesday!!!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Just a Little Request

I really hate to even go here, but I really need the prayers. Lately we have discovered that Kili's reflux has really never gone away. And it has come back with a vengence. She has been having about 4 full ounces come back up at a time. It is the strangest thing she will just be sitting or laying there and all the sudden a huge amount of liquid flows out of her mouth. We are now back to mainly just fruits and veggies baby food. No more lil' crunchies or anything that could be fried or possibly greasy. She is also having a lot more difficulty swallowing without gagging and choking, so we are needing to have her appointments moved up at Children's Hospital.

I feel so guilty for being wondering why this is happening to her/us? I know things could be oh so much worse. And that is why I feel guilty for even being tired of all the doctor's appointments, tests, time spent on the phone talking to the nurse, scheduling, and time spent coaxing food into her little body. I am just physically and mentally exhausted and could use a little prayer. I wish we were back in our hometown. I really miss having my mom around. Kili absolutely adores my mom, and it would be nice to be around family. Maybe Chandler and I could even go out on a date. lol. Anyway if you have a tiny bit of space left on your prayer list if you could throw us in their I would really appreciate it.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Shabby Apple

So I have been longingly looking at Shabby Apple's dresses for a while. I like to peruse the baby girls stuff esp. I find lots of inspiration in their clothing. Anyway here are two dresses I am dying to have, but are a little pricey. I think I'll be having to look for a similiar pattern and fabric to make my own.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Blah, Blah, Blah, Oh and American Idol!

Sooooooooooooo today we meaning Kili and I went to the pediatrician. After only sleeping 4am to 6:25am this morning and howling before and after sleeping and much tugging on the ears, I KNEW she had to have another ear infection. After much testing and probing--a virus and one new tooth. Keep in mind last time she got three in at once. So I don't think it is the tooth throwing her as much as the virus. Anyway SUPER glad not another ear infection. Since I have been feeling icky since Sunday, I am now going to let myself admit I probably have a virus too. I'm going to use this as an excuse to get some cuddle time in with my love bug. I don't enjoy her being sick, but I definitely always enjoy a few extra cuddles with the ever growing baby girl.

People always talk about such random stuff in the doctor's office waiting room... and why do all the advanced in age always feel the need to rub all over my daughters hands that will then proceed to find their way into her mouth. Life is so stinking ironic sometimes. I mean these people are sick, hence the doctor's office. Does it look like just because my daughter is cute she won't catch your cooties? I'm just kidding. Kinda. Well mostly because people don't think about it and it does entertain Kili, eliminating screams begging to put the little wiggleworm in the floor. This one older guy today kept insisting that I need the take her paci out. He kept asking her about her "cookies" which were actually a bag of wipes?? He really was all there. I think. After much close sharing of air, I hear him say as the nurse calls him back,"Yeah, I gots the Hog Flu." OMG! A moment in which you don't know whether to laugh or cry. Nice. Thankfully he only had a sinus infection he informed me on his way out as we were still sitting in the waiting room. Another lady told me to give her some castor oil and it would cure anything she's got. Double nice! At least the 3 hour stay was brightened with some free entertainment.

I'm so stoked about American Idol tonight!!!! Can't wait to see them perform!!!!
Ahhhh.... It all makes me so nervous for them. I actually started to like Kris a little more after the Heartless performance. Otherwise Adam all the way.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Not Me! Monday

Don't you just love it when everything goes smoothly every now and then. It is just so refreshing and nice. Today was one of those days. I got a ton of work done on my bows.

I just put up the 4th of July bows at That site needs so much help. I was trying to change over the background, but then the background of the text color got stuck. It says it is a different color, but it will not change. So I went back to shabby blogs and picked out a different background that kind of went with the turquoise. If I can get enough business running though there I would love Jen at Jen Gets Fancy to do my blog.

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

Anyway so I'm going to do a "Not Me Monday" Post

1. I so did not let Kili shred the Kroger sales flyer throughout the store today to keep her quiet, and I did not enjoy every last minute of the peaceful shopping experience.

2. I do not ever just run the vaccuum all over the house, then bask in pretending the whole apartment has been throughoughly cleaned.

3. I did not just totally freak out when I found out a friend and her mom are coming to see me and Kili tomorrow and our apartment is a total bow-making bonanza barn.

4. I did not secretly do the happy dance when I found second step formula on closeout at Kroger that I had a $5.00 off coupon for.

5. I do not have a filing system which amounts to opening the filing cabinet drawer and throwing the paper in. No not me.

Well good night to you all!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Oh Loooooooooong Time, No Post

Well, I have been such a bad blogger, but I needed a break. It was getting down to crunch time this semester and it was killing me.

Thankfully, I am done with Spring semester 2009 and have stellar grades to show for it. (If I do say so myself. Sorry no more self-gratifying comments, but I seriously worked my little tushie off for each one of those grades.)

I have registered for Fall at Henderson. I am VERY much looking forward to my classes. I am so thankful to be done with most of my gen. eds. and beginning my family and consumer science classes! Anyway enough of that.

Kili is turning 1 a month from today, and I just can't believe it. Boy how the year has flown by!

Her current daily "to do" list includes:

  • taking a few steps alone
  • sucking on her paci incessantly
  • working on accepting a sippy cup
  • drinking at least 4 bottles
  • eating a little bit of table food
  • taking 2 big naps each day
  • sleeping through the night 1 or 2 times a week
  • stopping to watch the Billy May's (?) Oxi-Clean commercial
  • playing independently more and more
  • waving at everyone all the time
  • hating being buckled in her car seat
  • needing mommy all the time (but I'm cherishing these moments b/c I am afraid they will end so soon)
  • super speed crawling
  • loving to be carried
  • diving off of anything headfirst
  • loving swimming and anything else outside
  • saying a handfull of words and two phrases
  • giving kisses and hugs and pats on the back
  • screaming when in the bath tub
  • we seem to visit the dr once a week =(

I need to decide a theme for her b-day party. Any ideas??

We are just going to have it at a park under a pavillion, since we live away from the friends and family that will be invited we are just going to have it in our hometown. I want to do it mid-afternoon. Just homemade ice-cream and cake.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Prom Pics from High School

Here is Junior Prom 2006 with my good friend, Wes.
(There is a hilarious story of us actually getting to prom to have this picture made,
I need to remember to share!)

Here is a pic from Senior Prom 2007-Me and My Lovey Hubby!
I actually used a picture (which I cannot currently find) from this night to make our wedding invitations.

Friday, May 1, 2009

The 'Middle Wife' by an Anonymous 2nd grade teacher

My husband sent me this in an email today and I found it hilarious! Enjoy!
(Although I think if I was the teacher I would have been a nervous wreck--afraid of kids' questions and parents' answers!)

I've been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have two kids myself, but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own second grade classroom a few years back.

When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness and usually, show-and-tell is pretty tame. Kids bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that. And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it in to school and talk about it, they're welcome.

Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very outgoing kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater.

She holds up a snapshot of an infant. 'This is Luke, my baby brother, and I'm going to tell you about his birthday.'

'First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and then Dad put a seed in my Mom's stomach, and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella cord.'

She's standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I'm trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me. The kids are watching her in amazement.

'Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts saying and going, 'Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh!' Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans. 'She walked around the house for, like an hour, 'Oh, oh, oh!' (Now this kid is doing a hysterical duck walk and groaning.)

'My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn't have a sign on the car like the Domino's man.. They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this.' (Then Erica lies down with her back against the wall.) 'And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!' (This kid has her legs spread with her little hands miming water flowing away. It was too much!) 'Then the middle wife starts saying 'push, push,' and 'breathe, breathe.

They started counting, but never even got past ten. Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky stuff that they all said it was from Mom's play-center, (placenta) so there must be a lot of toys inside there. When he got out, the middle wife spanked him for crawling up in there.'Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat.

I'm sure I applauded the loudest. Ever since then, when it's show-and-tell day, I bring my camcorder, just in case another 'Middle Wife' comes along.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Dinner Time....Anyone for the Leftovers?

Ick!!! Kili got so gross at dinner but ate great! Two sticks of Z. toast, a jar of ham and pineapple, a container of banana pudding (hey, its got a fruit in it ; ) ) and some juice. Boy was she a happy girl after that!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Today was a GRRRRRRRRRRRR8T day!

You wanna know the best part???....????

Kili fell asleep for almost the entire very long mall trip!!! How wonderful was that. Shopping in peace. Free to feel every fabric and take my sweet time. Ahhhh bliss!

Anyway it was also good the deary was sleeping because this was not a run of the mill, window shopping, browser trip. I had to get some dressy clothes for......................... a sweet job interview. It is tomorrow at 4. For all you sweet praying people out there-if you have an extra second please stick me in. We are really praying for God's will to shine through and to have peace either way. But I am quietly hoping that if I do get the job the I could get a nice wage as well.


Sunday, March 22, 2009

K-Love Scripture

Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.
~ Jeremiah 33:3-4, NLT

Saturday, March 21, 2009

On a Happier Note..

I have had quite the accomplishing day. The house looks almost decent. Lots of laundry got done. Attempted a little shopping. Got to love on my teething baby girl. Her top tooth just broke through. Hopefully most of the painful part will be over soon. Poor baby. : (

Chandler ask me the other night-"Why can't babies just be born with teeth?" I had an obvious objection to that. But then I informed him that when babies were born with teeth in most cases they had to be pulled. He then decided to retract his intial statement of wanting our next to be born with teeth. lol.

Tomorrow his parents are coming to visit us after church I think. So I am glad I've already got the house tidy-ed up. And I am so not thinking about doing any homework until Monday. I think then I have a big project class wise for everyday of Spring Break, but the good news is the semester is wrapping up!! Woohoo!! And I am starting to feel better.

To the Old Lady at Dillard's

Before you go judging me as the "young mother" type-let it be known:

This "young mother" was wed before Kili was a jellybean. So you may now quit judging those rings on my left hand. I did in fact marry my husband for what you would consider the "right" reason.

But suppose I wasn't, that still does not give you the right to look at my child as if she is a sin. No child is ever a "sin". They are their own little innocent people brought into this world by no means of there own. EVERY child is a blessing and gift from GOD no matter their conception.

So you're looking at me with my child crying half a notch above a whine. She's just saying, "Hey mom, this is your warning. Find the nearest exit." Thinking to yourself, "It's not as easy as you thought, huh? You thought you would enjoy "playing house" with your own little babydoll."

Before you judge me know-I never thought this would be easy. I never planned for this to happen. Just like I never expected to get bit by a poisonous snake 10 days before my wedding. I never expected to be hospitalized for three, almost lose a toe, only be able to walk the day before my wedding. I never expected the surgeon to be an idiot. I never expected him to be wrong when he told me none of this would effect my birth control. I never expected to get pregnant and miscarry a baby only a little over a month after being married. I never expected that the doctor would be wrong again, only for us to conceive Kili.

I never expected to feel so many mixed emotions. I never knew the responsibility that God was placing on my shoulders. I never knew that He had faith that with His help I have the capability to be a great mom. I could help Him fulfill His Plans through this little tiny baby. I never knew how hard this was going to be. I did not expect this to happen to me.

I was the good girl, the smart girl in high school. I was supposed to go onto college with my full ride plus and excel. Get an amazing degree. Make the big bucks.

I never expected to be able to hold on to my scholarship for this long after becoming pregnant. I never expected that I could keep everything together as well as I have. I never expected for me and Chandler to grow up sooo fast. I never expected how much and deeply I could love another human being. I never expected to have my heart hurt so bad as when my baby would cry for hours on end unable to eat thru the pain and choking. I never expected to feel how I felt when Kili gave me her first kiss. I never expected her to have colic that lasted all day long. For her cry to only be silent the three unconsecutive hours she would sleep in her first 2.5 months of life. I never expected for Chandler to have to work 70+ hours a week. I never expected to attend college full-time, take care of a home, cook every meal, be a stay at home mom 5 days a week, and have to do side gigs on the side to make ends meet, all while keeping above a 3.5 gpa. Life is hard sometimes, but I know God is good. He is here with us. He will pull us through this.

So before you judge me as a "young mother", know age does not define whether a mother is good or bad-her actions, selflessness, and love do.

Do know that I love my daughter more than I ever imagined I could be capable of. Know I am extremely greatful that for God's plans being put above mine.

God gave this baby girl to me because He knows far more than I ever will. His Plan for me is better than my own. So before you judge me for being young remember who our Creator is. Do you really think your judgement is better than His?

I apologize if this may seem harsh. Everyday people judge me and Kili. I never noticed the looks before one of my friend's pointed it out to me one day when they were caring my daughter in Wal*Mart. It really bothered them. Obviously I did notice when people have said, "Not as easy as you thought it would be, huh?" on numerous, unsolicited occasions. It does annoy me, but what bothers me more is to think about the other mothers who take it deeply to heart. Who believe the lies that they won't ever be a "real" or "good" mother because they had their child in their teens. My heart grieves for these women. I just wish these women would be given support for not taking the easy road. Be acknowledged for sacrificing the last of their teenage years to become a parent to these sweet, precious, unblemished babies of God.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Giving It to God

Right now in this moment I am giving these things to God. I can't carry them any longer by myself. HE cares for me beyond my measurable understanding. HE is big enough to overcome this. I alone am not.

I give HIM this terrible, painful post partnum depression. I will not struggle with it anymore. It is stripping joy and strength from my life. It is bringing wrong and hopeless thoughts. I'm finished. God can cleanse me of this and will give me peace.

I am giving HIM the job situation. HE will direct me as I need to go. I have faith HE will answer me.

I am trusting HIM to lead us where HE would have us to live. To get us in a safer, better area with room for Kili to grow and play in HIS beautiful outdoors.

"Then when you call, the Lord will answer. "Yes, I am here," He will quickly reply."
~ Isaiah 58:9, NASB

I claim this verse for my life. HE hears me.

Friday, March 13, 2009

What a Day!

This day has seemed to go on forever. Luckily, for me I have gotten a lot accomplished. Reorganized Kili's closet. Got the rest of the stuff together I am consigning in Rhea Lana's. Ironed every outfit that needed it in Kili's closet. (You know how people always give you these super cute outfits, but after going thru the dryer they look like they have been smashed in a trash compactor. Ya, I ironed all of those so we can actually wear them since we get ready in .5 seconds before we have to leave usually. Folded about 6 loads of laundry. Finished a couple craft projects. Tackled the refrigerator. And wrangled a mommy needin' babe all day. Yep it's been an accomplished sort of day. Boy I am pooped. Chandler is still not home from Job numero dos. And two papers waiting to be written are calling my name. Have a G-R-E-A-T weekend! Out----------------

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Courageous Pastor Prayer in Senate

My hubby e-mailed this to me. I thought it was worthy of sharing with you.
There might be hope yet!
A Pastor with GUTS!

Thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer given in Kansas at
the opening session of their Senate. It seems prayer still upsets some people.
When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask
your forgiveness and to seek your
direction and guidance.
We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those
who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done.
We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem.

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and
pornography and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values
of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts
today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.


The response was immediate. A number of
legislators walked out during the prayer in
protest. In 6 short weeks, Central Christian
Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than
5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls
responding negatively. The church is now receiving
international requests for copies of this prayer
from India , Africa and Korea .
Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on
his radio program, 'The Rest of the Story,'and
received a larger response to this program than any
other he has ever aired.
With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep
over our nation and wholeheartedly become our
desire so that we again can be called 'one nation under God.'

Oh My Goodness! I'm on Tip Junkie!!!!

I didn't even know how ppl got on there. I am so stinkin' excited.

Just to Throw It Out There

It is way to cold and icky outside.

Sometimes Arkansas weather drives me crazy.

I miss the gorgeous weather and warm temps. Come back soon!!!

College is not going to be very much fun in this weather.

On a brighter note I am having a great hairday, even with the rain!!!! Nothing can stop me now! jk

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Advice, Please!

We are at our wits end trying to get Kili to eat. We have tried baby food-every flavor and stage, table food, and toddler type snacks. This kid will not eat more than 4 bites of baby food and a few fruit puffs most days. She literally spits the food right back out-like sprays it. We have tried continuing to feed her anyway or trying again later. And that is if we can even get her to pry her little sweet lips apart. She does get rice cereal in her bottles due to her swallowing problems, but it isn't enough to fill her up or nutritionally meet her needs. She only drinks about 3.5 - 8oz bottles a day and a little juice. She does look like such a chunk. I truly believe it is only by the Lord's grace and goodness she is though. We are worried about her nutrition. Her new pediatrician keeps blowing me off and telling me not to worry about it. We just moved to town not long ago and I don't know of another pediatrician that is good. I would love for some moms to throw some advice out there for me. Thanks!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

So, I Decided the Ever So Manly Carseat Needed a Femine Touch

Before: Kili's Manly Man Big Boy Carseat

After: Kili's Super Soft and Princess-y Carseat

Now don't look to closely. I did not have a pattern, and this is the first one I have ever done. It's sooo super soft. It fits like a slipcover. I think I may redo it. I wasn't totally happy with how it turned out. I think I will actually just reupholster the actual seat pad in like terry cloth for summer or some fun print and keep this as the removable, washable cover.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Just Pittiful

So I'll sum up today. Kili whined, then she cried, then she whined, then she cried. The end. Ugh. Days like this stink, but I am so thankful to have her. All day as I held the little waller-er I tried to remember in the moment. Too soon I will wish for these baby holdin' days. We all have our days. I wonder if she ever thinks that about me. lol. We are 1 for 5 tries on baby food this week. Today was not a winner. But I was beyond thrilled she ate a jar one day this week.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

KLOVE Scripture of the Day

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
~ James 1:5, NLT

Monday, March 2, 2009

Hurry Only a Few Hours Left to Enter the Giveaway!

Guys I will be drawing a name after I get back from class tonight. Giveaway entry ends at 8 pm. I'll be trying to get to the winner quick for a size and address, so I can make it and mail it by Wednesday at the very latest. Thanks for entering!! I'm so excited!!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

St. Patrick's Day Give-Away!!!

On my other blog I am doing a giveaway. Free hand embellished St. Patty's Day tee (baby thru girls sizes). Go to Comment on which one you like best. Subscripe to the blog and get three chances to win. A comment will enter you at one chance to win. Spread the word please!

Deadline to enter is Monday night @8:00 pm.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Post for Auntie Chris Ann

Here's the Keel's cheesin' it up. We love our outfit Auntie Chris Ann! Thanks!

Escape! She says!

KLOVE Scripture of the Day

Give and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full-pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.
~ Luke 6:38, NLT

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Ugh. Why do I put off writing assignments til the last minute. This used to not be so bad, but now that I'm a mommy it is much more difficult to catch up on sleep.
I did it too myself. Such a bad habit.

Easter Baskets

I can make these any lots of colors to match your daughter's Easter dresses!!!
The inside of the baskets is padded and lined. Yay for no messy Easter grass! Unless you want it too, of course. ; )
I can't get this exact basket, but I can get various size, colors, and types of baskets. If you are interested or just have a question -e-mail me at:
to see more cute creations go to:
(order info there, too!)
New boy baskets coming in a couple days!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

So Quick Update

God has totally provided for our financial needs. Chandler got a flexible second job, much like his teller job that he loves. We can't beat the money he will be making, and he will not need to work on the nights that I have night classes great, huh? We like to think so. God truly answers prayers. HE cares about our every need. I just need to remember that sometimes.

Kili pulled up on an end table in the living room for the first time today. I missed it b/c I was in class. Boo. I'll just pretend like next time is the first time, b/c well it is for me! ; )

I spent a lot of time working on her dedication dress and bows today. Fun! Fun! Nearly burnt the tip of my finger off with the hot glue gun that had been left on since last night. No fun!

Sounds like a few moms from Keels daycare are wanting to order bows and clothes. Yay!!!

I think I may have finally decided what I am majoring in-Fashion Merchandising. (I think my mom is afraid it is a phase. lol.) But it is a Family and Consumer Science degree, which I love. I have wanted to do something in that field as long as I can remember. I feel so at home there. But I do not want to teach. After substitute teaching toward the end of my pregnancy with Kili and taking Intro to Ed, I just know that I wouldn't enjoy it. I could do it yes, but I wouldn't enjoy it. I like to tutor students one on one. I did that for several years in high school. I really think I would probably get fired for saying something too honest to a student. Perhaps that could be taken as rude. ;) Causing a lawsuit. I can just see it now. Teacher fired for telling 8th grade student to quit acting like a ding dong middle schooler. I just have trouble suffering fools gladly-to use a figure of speech. Not meaning that students are fools, of course, because I am one. hehe!

So I maybe going against my traditional, get sure fire training for a sure fire job upbringing, but I am following my heart. I am following what I feel Led to do. Which is more important? Besides that I just emphasize the entreprenuerial side of this degree to my father and emphasize the fact that I could take a few more classes and get my teacher's licensure to my mom. Isn't it silly, I don't live in my parents home, they have never paid for any of my classes, yet I have to please them with my degree choice. No wonder I have ulcers. Just Kidding. I love you guys. You just want the best for me.

Anyway enough boring material to get anyone snoring. Promise I will get back in my old charming blogging self soon.

Okay so I just found something freakin' hilarious. Here's my blog from my summer after Sophomore year in high school: OMG!!!! Wayyyyyy to funny, but maybe that's because its me looking back at it. lol. I have grown up soooo much. From the looks of it does it look like I thought I would be where I am today?

Saturday, February 21, 2009

For Those Who Don't Know...

I have another blog @

I will be putting up much more stuff soon. I've ordered some stuff for boutiques, so I will be posting that as well. Love to have your input!!

I will be doing a giveaway very soon!!!

Encouraging Praise from KLOVE

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by His great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation.
~ 1 Peter 1:3, NLT

Friday, February 20, 2009

Last Thought Then I Have Got to Hit the Hay...

Chan and I have really been praying about financial matters. Finally, we gave it to God, not for the reasons we should have, but because we didn't know what else to do. We said it was just going to take an opportunity falling in our lap.

Today a man that works in Chan's building came up to him and ask if he would be interested in making some extra money. There is friend of his that owns a catering company and is very short handed right now. They would work with his work schedule, and he would start at 8 dollars an hour, which in our opinion is great. That is almost what he makes at the bank. This guy didn't even really know Chandler. Isn't it amazing how God can work when we just let HIM.

To top it off we filed taxes today. We should have a nice blessing bestowed upon our account soon. It was MUCH better than what we could have hoped for.

PRAISE GOD! HE will provide us with what we need!

Sick Baby

So Kili has been stuffed up and had a cough for going on three weeks. At first I just thought it was a cold, so I was trying not to be over paranoid and let it run its course. Well, about a week into it I called Kili's nurse at the doctor's office. She told me to give her .5 tsp. Dimatap or Triaminic cold and cough. So we've been doing this faithfully. Well, last Thursday her eye started swelling and had lots of gross sleepy in it. I wrote it off as allergies. By Saturday morning it was very apparently pink eye. We took her to the Pediatric walk-in and within few minutes dr. wrote her prescription for pink eye. They didn't really examine her just saw her eye and called it. Well the last few days she has just been getting remarkably worse. I started to worry about RSV. Then last night as Chandler and I were discussing whether to take her to the doctor, she starts throwing up. We are talking projectile puke. It went a good 2.5 feet and out her nose. She starts crying. I start crying. Not good. Obviously we decided to take her to the doctor tomorrow. I mean this child has not spit-up once in the last 3 months since her reflux medicine was switched. Anyway, I took her to the doctor today. They ran strep, flu, and rsv tests. All came back negative. They also did a white blood count, and it was high. So they gave her a shot of antibiotics, and said to take her to the pediatric walk-in if she doesn't start doing better tomorrow. But they don't know what is wrong. ERG!!! It's just frustrating. She has only been taking maybe 3-6 oz bottles a day. Eating absolutely NO baby food. Only have 2 really wet diapers. Getting Kili to eat has been a fight since day one. Everyone says, "Oh, they'll eat when they get hungry." With Kili this is not true. She just doesn't want to eat. I'm almost grateful for her swallowing issues, because sometimes I think the rice cereal we use to thicken her bottles is what sustains her. Anyway dehydration is a major concern.

I also feel like a horrible mother because all week I have been checking her temp. Thinking gee she feels hot. Everytime I would get 97.something. So I checked it today right before we left to go to the doctors office-97.3. We get there in a few minutes. They check it 101!!! She's been running an awful fever all week. And I remember the one time it said 99.5. Goodness I wonder what it actually was then. Awww! It just makes me sick to my stomach to think about it. Needless to say we went right out and bought a new thermometer.

So tonight we did-vapor bath, baby vicks, tylenol, and vicks humidifier. Poor baby! Hope she feels better tomorrow.

I am absolutely exhausted. The house is a wreck. Kili hasn't been sleeping much at night for about the past two weeks. I have soooo much homework I don't think there is anyway humanly possible to do it all. I just want to rest.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


So I finally broke down and completely organized all my crafting/sewing goodies. It was a total disaster. Just try to imagine we live in a two bedroom, two bath apartment 900ish square feet. In our master suite we have a bed, two dressers, a desk, two bedside tables, and an at least 6 person dining table-aka the craft zone. This is not to mention all my craft organizer goodies. It sounds worse than what it is. Thankfully the room is really good sized. But needless to say we can't let it get too messy. Anyway I feel much better and can actually find things. So hopefully I will be posting my craft of the day tonight if I can finish it. A pair of ruffly capris for Kili.

On a side note-is the weather not AMAZING! I wish it would stay this way!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Church at Crossgate

So we finally made the move to really start trying out churches. Due to the suggestion of a friend's parent we went to Church at Crossgate. Boy did God speak His Plans through her mom. Without a shadow of a doubt we know after attending one service there that is where God is calling us to be right now. I cannot tell you what a good feeling that is. We having been searching hard for God. We know HE is here and with us. We just are needing to find His Plans in all of this current chaos.
The message was spoke directly to both Chandler's and my heart. We gained knowledge that we had been yearning for. Chandler absolutely L-O-V-E-S the church. What a blessing. He is really trying hard to learn what it means to be the spiritual leader of our family. We were hoping to find something similar to Men's Fraternity like they have at FBC Mena, lo and behold, they have the exact same program and it is offered at not one, but TWO times that would work for our family schedule. And let me tell you our schedule is so nuts right now that would have to be a GOD thing.
So with our most current prayer needs/concerns answered we are on to more. :) And this time we really expect to hear back. And I'm sure we will.

Happy Mondays!!!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

So far so good.

So my second class of the day was cancelled. I have a few seconds, and I would just like to post praise. God is REALLY answering my prayers. I am beyond greatful. So far this week is going great. Not saying things aren't happening, but we can deal with what is. I am finally starting to feel a little better, which is a praise worthy of shouting from the roof tops! We are not losing faith, with HIS help we can do this. With HIS guidance, we will get through this. Praise GOD!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Power of Positive Thinking

Trying to think positive thoughts for the week ahead. How I always dread Sunday nights.... ah..... Oh wait that is not positive....
GOD please take this week and bless it in ways that only you can. Show us YOURSELF in these blessings. Amen.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thankful, Thankful, Thankful

Today was such a great day!! I had energy unlike I have probably had since October. Can I tell you how great that is!! I am thankful, thankful, thankful for this wonderful unexpected blessing. We just went on a crazy buy Wal*Mart out of groceries spree. Good thing is I shouldn't have to go back for at least two weeks!! College was super long. I have so much homework I don't even want to think about. Tomorrow I have a drs. appt. in Mena. Hopefully, we will be able to come right back to Hot Springs after that because I have way too much to do this weekend. Makes me crazy thinking about it.

Kili decided to tell me "no" today. She has been saying a couple words for a while- dada, daddy, done, and something else that I can't recall right this second. Well then she has a couple things she says that are close to words or things she mumbles, but we don't think she really knows what she is saying yet because they don't make sense in what is going on. Anyway, you get me I'm sure. So she has been on this crazy spitting spree ever since my brother reinforced the skill a couple of weeks ago. It is very frustrating to get her to eat because no matter how hungry she is, she may or may not spit. It comes with no warning. Well, after not eating pretty much anything than milk for a couple days, we decided spitting or not she has to eat. So she hates having her mouth wiped and every time she spits we say,"No, no spitting." Then wipe her mouth extra good, which is necessary anyway at that point. We are hoping this will deter the behavior. Anyway I told her this today as I have many, many times in the last week. She looked at my very discerningly and in a direct baby voice said, "no". It was all I could do not to laugh. I know this will probably be the only time I will find this cute, so I am secretly enjoying it.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Ahh... The much forgotten paci

We usually only give Kili a paci at night. But I broke the rule and gave it to her. Yes!! What do I hear??? Silence, No crying baby! Ahh... I can now go potty alone!! And do a million and twenty other things I have to do!!

My Kili-bug

Let it be known that Kili has always been a fussy baby. And I am okay with that. That is part of who she is/how she reacts. I am ever so greatful for the long way we have come from literally crying all but fifteen minutes of the day. Much of it was caused by medical issues, which we have learned how to remedy. I don't want this to come across the wrong way because I love Kili with all of my being. She is the greatest blessing. I wouldn't want to imagine my life without her.

Lately I just feel completely pushed to my limits. I have been sick for so long. I almost never feel good. I can't get anything done. Being back in school is making it even harder. Kili will not eat anything while at daycare two days a week and it is a major battle to get her to eat at home. I have no idea, other than the good Lord's mercy, that this child keeps growing. If I step out of her sight for even a second she starts screaming. I have no clue what to do. At this rate I can't even go to the bathroom solo. I would love some ideas. I wear Kili some, but gee she is sooo heavy. And honestly I do not need the extra weight near my midsection for pain reasons. She is nearly 19 lbs. I would love suggestions. It breaks my heart to see my dear unhappy.

Monday, February 2, 2009

so I was fixing to post my patchwork bib

...but all of the sudden I have gotten really sick. I called the drs office b/c until i get all this pancreatitis junk straightened out I can't take very many things b/c they are unsure if I have ulcers, gallstones, and diabetes type 1. Nice, I have class tonight, which I missed last week due to the weather. They didn't close the college, and it was really bad and I was afraid to drive in it.
Anyway this professor is a stickler and has a 2 time absence policy. If you miss twice you must drop the class or a letter grade. Great I am stuck b/c I have to have the class hour wise for my scholarship funds to disburse, but I will need to make a good grade in there for to continue my scholarship. Pray he is merciful to me in my situation please.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Maribou Clips

Kili has pretty much just a mohawk of hair.
So I make special clippies to keep hers in.

Top view

Here are some pics of the maribou clips I make. They come in white, red, light sparkly pink, hot pink, turquoise, bright green(St. Patty's Day) and black.
They look great on crocheted hats, which I also carry!!
$5 - maribou on covered alligator clips
$6- maribou on no slippy clippies for fine/practical non-existent hair
$6- crochet hats

New Soft Shoes!!!!

So as promised here are pics of the cute shoes!!

(Okay so that inversed how I meant for the order of pics. Oh well)

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Okay Quick Post

I'm giving myself 3 minutes to write. I really need to go to bed. Too many nites of staying up in a row sewing. I just finished some super cute soft baby shoes for Kili. Going to make some more and matchy stuff tomorrow. I will post pics tomorrow.

The LORD has a funny way of preparing our hearts. There were some things that I have just been really needing to give up to HIM, and lo and behold, when I did the next day, I kid you not, I was faced with the opportunies to be gracious. My GOD knows what I need. HE humbles me in preparation to do HIS work with a willing heart and pure motives. What a Mighty GOD I serve!

Bedtime for girls!

Friday, January 30, 2009

I'm am sooooo exhausted.

I feel like I'm getting the flu or something. Ick... On top of all this other goodness I've been dealing with. Anyways Chan's grandparents are coming up here today and the house is in TOTAL disaray. Due to the fact 1) I had college all day yesterday. And the house is always a disaster the days after I have college all day. 2) I have been feeling so terrible so I've been doing minimal cleaning. 3) With the time I can do a little something, I have spent the majority of it working on getting stuff ready to consign because we have a TON!

So I need to eat something and then clean for the rest of the day!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Great News!!!

My pancreatic attack has seemed to end. Now hopefully it never visits again. Seemed to be viral. Still more tests to run. We really don't know how bad it actually got because I didn't go to the doctor until very late. Hopefully, all tests will come back with better than expected results.

We will pray God heals my beta cells, so no diabetes!!

Thank you HEALER!

I'm Backkkkkkkkkkkkkk!

Well, we all just back a little while ago from my abdominal ultrasound. No results for a few days. The tech I had was hard to read. You know how they really aren't allowed to say anything about what they saw while doing the test, but it has been in my experience that usually they have told me, "I'm not supposed to say anything, but ... everything looked fine." or the general demeanor is positive. Not so much with her, but again she might just have a good poker face. Nothing to worry over yet.

The blood work I had done yesterday should be looked at by Dr. today. Looking at Lipase, Amylase, and Glucose levels. Hopefully all will be good.

I really am not feeling so hot, especially after being pushed on pretty good for the ultrasound.

Well I really need to go work on getting together some consignment sale goods-So I am off.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

My Theme Song Lately

Matt Redman - You Never Let Go
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
Your perfect love is casting out fear
And even when I’m caught in the middle of the storms of this life
I won’t turn backI know You are near
And I will fear no evil
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear?
Whom then shall I fear?
Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me
And I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
A glorious light beyond all compare
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
We’ll live to know
You here on the earth
Yes, I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
And there will be an end to these troubles
But until that day comes
Still I will praise You, still I will praise You
I sang this song all the time when I when I was pregnant Kili. It gave me so much comfort knowing HE would never let go of me. HE was ALWAYS protecting me and my baby.
Lately, I have been singing this song more and more. It is so amazing how when Kili hears the song and me singing how calmed she is by it. It's reminding me no matter how hard the times are we are going through HE is there. God is SO GOOD. All the time.
I love you LORD JESUS

Okay so I'm giving this another shot

I really need an outlet right now. So much is going on. In the past I have blogged, and since I am at a new place in life I will begin a new blog and recommit.
Lately, Chandler and I have both talked about how we feel like we are just making it. Like scraping by by the skin of our teeth in so many areas of life: spiritually, financially, emotionally, and recreationally. We are not getting to enjoy life like we want too. And that IS going to change. There may not be anything I can do about the financials. But I can CHOOSE to be joyful, and I AM. I sound really happy, huh. Being joyful isn't so much about being happy. I am not happy about rediculous hospital bills, self attacking beta cells, and unnecessary family drama. But I am joyful for medical facilities, the human body, and family members that God has provided for me. I am joyful for HE has given me life! This is a choice that I have needed to make and will need to remind myself of. So there it is-out in the open-I am joyful!