Thanksgiving Day

  1. 1.
    the expression of gratitude, esp. to God.
    "he offered prayers in thanksgiving for his safe arrival"
  2. 2.
    (in North America) an annual national holiday marked by religious observances and a traditional meal including turkey. The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621, and is held in the US on the fourth Thursday in November.
So today I will be extra aware of my many blessings. I will give thanks to The Lord for what he has done in the last year, the years before, and what he will continue to do. 

Have a beautiful Thanksgiving. 

Give thanks to The Lord for he is good. His love endures forever. Psalm 107:1 



Another Thankful Feather

Translation: My house and the warmth of the bed I lay on. I stand on solid ground, but what I think is the best of all things I am thankful for would be the love I spread. 

From the mouths of babes.

Love their little "big" hearts.



A 2nd Grade Thankful Feather


I am thankful for...
my God, shelter, family, four wheeler, food and water so I can survive. I am Thankful for school so I can learn a lot. Shelter so I do not get klunked in the head with a ball of hail. Family so they can help me. 

All good things to be thankful for I'd say.



I'm Baking Again

I was on Facebook. I saw a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies and I thought-maybe I'll make those after school.

Last week I found a recipe for Snicker Doodle Bread here .

YUM right?

I made it and while it wasn't my proudest baking moment it was kinda a moment.

I did something that people do and enjoy doing in their own homes. I didn't just show up plop my things down and ask Jerrel if we could go to my parents house, his parents house- somewhere familiar. Because the place we were "living" had my things and my husband but it wasn't mine.

And for a girl who has a very strong sense of home, I wasn't having it. I was playing pretty nice but inside I couldn't wait for the next opportunity to go home to my parents. The little mole hills in the house were becoming mountains in an effort to justify my feelings.

And while a bat in the house-the mammal, not the sporting equipment, odd smells, creepy crawlies in the attic interrupting dinner conversations, and bad, bad, faux brick are all annoyances, in the grand scheme of things-they are silly.

But with me baking last week and wanting to bake today shows I'm wanting to do things normal people do in the houses they live. It's getting better. It's getting easier. I look forward to evenings home alone with my husband. I don't have to leave to feel better. I can be here and be content.

It's nice. And Jerrel certainly isn't opposed to the baked goods.



A Lesson in Maternity Clothes

Last week we had an appointment with our Midwife. Have I mentioned we are seeing a midwife? I'll talk more about that in a later post. Since we got to the big city and had an opportunity to shop I decided it was time for some new clothes. Jeans aren't fitting, shirts aren't covering, and I'm not comfortable.

I like clothes. I have quite a collection of clothes. My collection is years in the making and includes items from vintage shops, thrift stores, and sale racks. I like my clothes, but many of them weren't working and I kinda like them to fit. The break up between my wardrobe and I has been slow and a bit sad, so many of my favorites just don't work right now. My pants were hurting and my stomach was starting to peek out, making me look like a hillbilly or redneck. Take your pick.

So we went shopping. And while I had been looking online and even bought some things, here's what I learned once I was actually out in the trenches.

-Maternity clothes are all about basics. Basic t-shirts, basic jeans, basic colors, basic shapes, basic sizes. That is, if you want to spend a reasonable amount on maternity clothes. I felt like I was starting all over, but hungering for some interest. A funky print, a lacy detail. SOMETHING. But everybody's trying to get the corner market on "Maternity Basics." The hunt for tops was kinda a snooze fest.

-Horizontal Stripes are considered a "Maternity Basic." Not that I think they look bad on pregnant women, but I'm going to be the widest I've ever been and everyone and their dog is telling me to wear horizontal stripes? Where's a floral when this girl needs one? I could have an entire wardrobe of just stripes, different colors, sizes, but really how many do I need?

-95% of Maternity Jeans feel like Pajama Jeans. If I wanted a pair I'd call the 800 number. I was thirsting for denim. Thank the Lord for Old Navy.

-The full panel in Maternity Jeans is surprisingly comfortable. I actually prefer it to the low waisted jeans.

-The Maternity sale rack is not the same as the regular sale rack. The clothes really aren't "that" on sale. Why? Because women are desperate for some decent fitting clothes and they will pay for them. Selection is slim.

-You feel like a human-or just a woman again when you find a pair of pants that fit. That don't give you a baggy butt, fit your legs, and give you a taste of your shape a few months ago. That was a welcome treat. I couldn't get to the register fast enough with those jeans.

-Not having to constantly pull your shirt down because the top fits how it's supposed to is also a welcome reprieve.

Overall I did find 2 pairs of jeans, two basic t-shirts that will make getting dressed easier and make me look classier, and one blouse that is cute. So I did ok. I just need a little zest in my wardrobe that I can actually wear.

Bless my husband for coming along and being so patient with my whines.

I'm telling ya, the Maternity Market is a tough one.



Second Grade Funnies

I have wrote Second Grade Lovies. This weeks set of sayings aren't quite as sweet.

"Last night my sister stepped in cat poop."

Child: "My Aunt's already at 4!" 
Me: "Huh?" 
Child: "She's having a baby, she wasn't supposed to have the baby until December like my birthday but I think it's going to be November. I sure hope they stop at 2 then we all will have the same number of kids and boys and girls."
Family planning suggestions from a 7 year old. 

"This is just a ball I popped and decorated to look like a cape and put it on."
We had homecoming dress up days and one of the days was "Dress Like a Super Hero" We had Batman, Superman, etc. Then we had Super Rubber Ball Girl? I don't know-that was just the response we got when we commented that she wore a cape today too. 


"My costume is so easy, I just slip on my ninja suit."

Student: "Are you going to have a baby?"
Me: "Why?"
Student (while pointing hesitantly at my stomach): Well, cause it kinda looks like you are going to have a baby."
Me: "Yes I'm going to have a baby."
I haven't told the students yet...looks like I might have to now. Some know because they are family friends but the majority do not. Just didn't know since I'm not a permanent fixture if it was pertinent information. 

First Child: "My mom has some Chinese in her. That's why I want to go to China-I'm part Chinese."
Second Child: "I'm probably part American."