Thursday, August 27, 2009

Making a Change

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. I know you’re going to think in a minute, “Does she ever think about anything but getting another baby?” My simple answer is YES, but it’s something I want so badly that it’s hard for me control. Plus for me, I think all the time and sometimes I think so much that my brain hurts.

Anyway, back to the point of this post. Barry and I have been praying as to what we should at this point. The answer came and He has promised there is a baby for us but we are to continue waiting, endure the waiting, and be content with what the He has already given us. Not exactly what I wanted to hear but how can you argue with God. The scriptures tell us that we are to become “as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.”

So I’ve been thinking how can submit to Heavenly Father’s will and wait any longer? I’ve concluded that His answer to be content is my answer. I admit that I struggle with being satisfied. It’s always the next thing that will solve everything. My next question is, how can I be content? The answer came to me the other day. I need to count my blessings (a.k.a. express gratitude). I remember a while back Oprah was on a big kick about gratitude journals. I’ve decided to start one in my quest to change and be content. Not only am I hoping it will get me through the wait but I also hope it will invoke the law of attraction (negative attracts negative, positive attracts positive). Barry is always gripping about my negativity. And yes, I am frequently negative. Maybe this journal will be my way to stop being so negative. Now if I can just make it a habit so no matter how hard this waiting gets, I can remember my blessings and write down 5 things I’m thankful for every night.

Here is a little audio clip from Oprah’s XM radio talk show about gratitude. It’s really good.

Oprah on Gratitude

Our Summer Nights

I figured I haven’t posted any pictures of Owen for awhile. He’ll be 2 and 1/2 years old this October. Time sure flies. Anyway, about 6 o’clock at night it’s just cool enough to let Owen out to play. It’s about the same every night. Thanks to Owen’s Uncle David & Aunt Joni we were able to borrow their sandbox last year. Owen still loves to play in it. His favorite thing is to shovel sand in his wheel toy and watch the sand run through from above.


He is so focused when he’s playing with dirt.


Good thing we have wonderful neighbors that have given us permission to let Owen play on their swing set. It’d be so impossible to keep him away from it since we don’t have a fence yet. He was big into swinging at first and scared of the slide. Now all he wants to do is go down the slide.


Running to go down again!


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Handy Wo-man!!

Here is the down low. Our towel bar in our master bathroom came loose. It was screwed into dry wall anchors that eventually wiggled out of place. It's been that way for at least 2 months. I've been NAGGING Barry to fix it. Being his busy season, I took matters into my own hands. Not to rag on Barry but there is Barry time and Rebecca time. Barry takes forever getting to and thinking up the best way to fix things but usually gets it right the first time. Rebecca nags and then after getting fed up hurries up and gets the job done (but it takes her multiple time to get it right).

I took the towel bar off the wall and then used painter's putty to fill in the holes. I let that dry for 2 days and then sanded and painted over it. It's not exact match because the paint we used dried out.

I used a stud finder tool and the wood studs weren't in the a good place for the bar (now I know why they used dry wall anchors). I went to the hardware store with one of the anchors and the guy there helped me find a match. Once I got home I marked out the hole positions about 3 inches to the right of the old holes. I even did the right thing and used a level to do it!

Presto! Here is the finished product. I'm so proud of my handy skills.

While We Wait

August 19th marked 1 year that we've waited so far for another baby. And on the 2oth the baby girl we were supposed to get turned one. At times I wonder what she looks like now and how things are going for her mother. To say the least, I had a really hard time last week. Which is strange because I originally thought this week would be the hard one. We waited 19 months until Owen was in our arms but you still hope the next time will be shorter. It's just hard. I can't complain though because I know other couples have waited longer than us and are still waiting. Anyway, back to the point of this post.

Having projects to do helped me while we waited for Owen. I made two baby afghans during that time one pink/green and one blue/green. I've decided to do a couple projects this time too to help pass the time. This is the first time I've tried crocheting clothing. So pardon the imperfections. I hope they fit when the time comes.

Maybe it's wishful thinking but I started out with the girl things first. Here is a cute bear beanie. I'm going to do the boy version in brown and light blue for the accents and minus the flower.

I saw my new niece wearing the cutest crocheted mary janes. I had to try to make some. The right shoe was basically my practice piece (I did it first). It's just not as tight as the left. But what can you expect with handmade things? They can't be exactly the same.

Here is a plain beanie. It should work for either a boy or girl. If we get a girl I can put flower and bow clips on it. I am also going to make another one out of the brown yarn since each roll of yarn has enough yarn to make three beanies.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Great Deal @ Payless Shoes

I know I haven't posted in quite some time. I promise I'll have some new posts of what we've been up to later. For now I've got this really good deal on shoes to share. They are having the Buy One Get One Half Off sale at Payless Shoes in-store and online. I also found a 20% coupon off your online order that you can use in addition. If you choose Ship to Store, then shipping is free. It takes about 2 weeks to get your shoes but what a deal! I got a pair of shoes for me and then I got Owen some dress shoes for about $2 after tax when they are regularly $17.99!!! This is a great deal for those with kids. Even if your kids don't need new shoes now why not get the next size up and save!

Here is the coupon code that you apply checkout. It does expire the 7th of September.