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Mother’s Day

I love a day where I can celebrate what I do.  I love being a mother and I am grateful that the Lord gave me four of the finest creatures I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.   I am even more grateful to the man who has long supported me in this motherhood adventure.  The man who wakes early and works late so that I can stay home and nurture our children.  Without him this life would be impossible. 

My family made me a wonderful dinner complete with lobster.  Mr. calls them sea crows and absolutely hates them so he sure must love me a lot to bring one home for dinner!  For years he even took me on the Lobsta on the Lake cruise for my birthday.  He was thankful for the prime rib and I was thankful for double everything that came from under the sea.  I made yellow cake for dessert because I am a better baker.  He would have done it if I had asked but it is such an easy recipe that I didn’t mind throwing it together.   I will add the recipe below.  It was delicious with strawberries and whipped cream.  A great alternative to pound cake IMO.

I got my iPod Touch for Mother’s Day.  I have been wanting one for a long while now but I have always put it on the back of the list and prioritized something else.  Mr. bought it for me and it was even on sale!   What could be better.  I am having so much fun with it and I am finding that it is a useful homemaking tool as well.

My mom came by and I gave her this jewelry set that I made.  It was my first attempt at a necklace with a clasp and earrings.  I really like how it turned out and she just loved it.   

We ate cake and watched videos from the Kentucky trip and began planning our family vacation in Boston in July. 

All in all it was a fabulous day. 

Yellow Cake from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook.  This recipe is a little different from the one in my actual cookbook but mine is older and things have been updated.    It is all of the same ingredients ( except for the addition of salt)  just in different values. 

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
In a bowl combine flour, sugar and baking powder.  Add milk, butter and vanilla.  Beat with an electric  mixer on low speed till combined.  Beat on high speed for two minutes.  Add eggs and beat for two minutes more.  Pour into 2 greased and floured 9×1 1/2-inch round baking pans. Bake in a 375* oven for 25-30 minutes or till a toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean. Cool on wire racks for 10 minutes.  Remove from pans.  Cool thoroughly on racks.  Serves 12. 
I actually cut it so that it serves 16.  8 pieces out of each cake.  We usually cover them with confectioners sugar but last night we added strawberries and whipped topping.  It really was the perfect compliment for the berries.   Enjoy!

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Answered Prayers

The dr finally called and everything came back within normal limits and the tests for leukemia and psoriatic arthritis were negative.  Praise the Lord everything is fine.  They have him on a chronic call status and will evaluate his pain and symptoms every few months.  In the meantime we will see the dermatologist for the psoriasis and hopefully get it under control.  I think I can breathe again.

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Waiting is hard no matter what it is we are waiting for but today is excruciating because today I am waiting for test results.  Yesterday I took my third born son in for a well-child exam and expressed some concerns.  Apparently Dr. Brad shared those concerns and then some and immediately sent us in for a blood draw at the hospital.  So here I sit waiting for someone, anyone to call me and tell me that everything is fine.  We have called them twice already this morning and the dr has not had a chance to read the early reports.  How can people  be lax about possibly holding information about  someones future in their very hands.  Probably because they do it tons of times a day, every day and it just makes their lives easier.  For me this is as close to torture as I ever want to be.

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I am coming up on the 19th anniversary of the weekend I met my husband.  We have been talking a lot about that night and about how we really feel that we were meant to meet. 

In the meantime I have been cleaning and found some old love letters and pictures.  For some reason it never dawned on me that we met on April 27th and were married on February 27th.  Not that this is a big deal but the same date made me smile for some reason.

  Even more smile invoking was finding a picture from one of those photo booths from back in 91′.  There used to be a store downtown that looked like an old general store.  They had wooden floors and barrels for displaying things.  It was so charming and quaint and adorable.  Off to one side was a photo booth that took 5 black and white photos.  We were so young and adorable.  For some reason only known to me in the moment I not only dated the back of that photo but wrote the time as well, December 10, 1991, 5:00 pm.  What makes this so wild is that one year to the day and almost to the hour I found out that we were expecting our first child.  Again not earth moving but it was so cool to see us where we were one year before.  A little pause in time, two people who had no real idea of what lay ahead of them.

I have enjoyed reading those old letters.  My husband was quite the romantic and wrote to me almost daily.  He included his thoughts and feelings, as well as, poems and song lyrics.  I love him then but I could never have imagined how much more I would love him now.

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Three kids went down with the stomach bug and one is left to go.  Mom and Dad are still standing strong.  We spent the week burning through the first 5 seasons of Scrubs.  In between the sickness there were lots of laughs, lots of explaining and many life lessons learned. 

This week I also finished the back of the Inishturk sweater.  I have started the front.  The stitches still look sloppy to me and I know where there are a few mistakes but it is done.   Once I am finished I will  need to lose the 22 pounds I gained over winter to fit into it.

Photography frustrates me.  I have tried some of the techniques I am learning and I am not sure if my camera is up to the challenge.  I blame the camera so as to not have to look internally at any fault that may in fact lie with me.  I am not giving up at all but I feel quite challenged.  I am truly a jack-of-all trades, master of none.  I know a little bit about a lot of stuff.

I pulled the household notebook back out.  I have started and stopped this thing for years now.  I use it now and again and then life gets in the way and I spiral back out of control.  The irony of that is that the notebook is supposed to ground me, keep me centered with the whirlwind starts.  Instead I just get caught up in the chaos and let it carry me to wherever the dust will eventually land.  Anyway, I hauled it back out and I started back at the beginning.  The calendar is the most important piece right now so I am focusing on making it work for the family.   It’s a start.

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He Chose Me!

I cannot believe I forgot to post this!  I just discovered it in my drafts. I guess I am out of the running for wife of the year this year.  Good thing he loves me even if I am scatterbrained.

Mr. and I celebrated our eighteenth wedding anniversary last Saturday (Feb. 27th).  It was a quiet weekend at home for us this year.  The kids went to spend the weekend with their grandparents but time constraints and money woes led to us hunkering down on the homestead for the weekend.  I made wonderful meals, we did a little household shopping and each night we rented a movie.  It was nice to not have to follow a routine schedule and just to settle in and relax for a few days.

When we got married we were very young.  We met, got engaged and got married all in the span of eleven months.  Not because we “had to”.  The reasons for the whirlwind are long and complicated and involved children but not a surprise pregnancy but rather my health at the time.  My health is a tale of woe better left for another day.  So long story short on a Thursday morning, in our apartment Mr. and I said our “I do’s”

Those words meant so little at the time.  For better and worse, sickness and in health, richer and poorer.  When you are young and idealistic it seems impossible that anything truly bad will ever happen.  Little did we realize how the reality of those words would hit us so quickly and quite harshly.  Jobs came and went and so did the salaries.  Our starter home has turned into a permanent homestead.  Our third son endured a troubled childbirth and a subsequent 10 day stint in the NICU and PICU.  I have had to go through several procedures, tests and surgeries keeping Mr. on his toes constantly.  Then there is the everyday struggles of paying the bills, feeding the kids and trying to keep them alive ( ever notice how kids seem to attract danger and mischief wherever they go).  Through all of the ups and downs, and trials that have been thrown our way we have handled each one.  There were times where we were so bent we were sure we would snap but we rallied and once again united to face the next storm. 

It is not always easy being married but I am sure glad he chose me to be his wife.  No matter what is thrown our way I never regret the day I said yes to being his forever.

This is what photos from 18 years ago look like,  after they have been taken again with a digital camera and then put in black and white to make them look better.  Who needs Photoshop (well I do  but I don’t know how to use it).

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Puppy Love

 In the midst of life going on around me my parents got a new puppy.  Now I am the first to tell you that I would bear a thousand babies if the universe and my husband would let me.   With each hormone induced desire to breed a new animal entered our lives to fill the void ( if any such thing could be possible).  At one point we had cats,dogs, chickens, rabbits,  hamsters, guinea pigs, fish… I have a lot of hormone induced drama and  it all became overwhelming.  Thankfully my house could not hold anymore creatures and as I enter my “advanced maternal age” my hormones are quieting down (not completely silent but they can be hushed).  Penelope was the  last “baby” to enter the house almost two years ago.

I was well until  this little boy entered our world last Friday night.

His name is Tobi.  My parents bought him from a breeder in New Hampshire.  He is just the sweetest, fuzziest, cutest little furbaby.  It is like having a new baby in the family.  All of the cute toys and the playpen and sweaters…  Oh the cuteness is just too much.   To make matters worse Bella is just so adorable, a little puppy whisperer in training.  She bats her long, luscious eyelashes over those baby browns and begs for a new puppy.  UGH.  I have no strength.  Thankfully Mr. is strong enough for both of us  and will not give into any of my temporary, cute puppy inducing desires.  Until it passes I just go visit and try to get my fill of puppy love.

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