Monday, May 11, 2009

Check out the beautiful quilt giveaway at . I love Elizabeth's blog. She is very creative and quite witty...a great combination!! Please visit her blog to enter for a chance to win this beautiful quilt. If I am so lucky to win, I am going to hang this beauty in my office. I know it is perfect for a baby girl...but I'm fresh out of babies around here! :o) And my new office is bare and in need of some beauty.

What would you do with this fabulous quilt if you were to win it??

Friday, May 1, 2009

It's A Wonderful...: FREE-ky Friday!

Click on the link below to enter to win this fabulous cooler.

It's A Wonderful...: FREE-ky Friday!

Giveaway on ...It's a Wonderful...

Please visit my friend Patti's blog to enter for a chance to win the cutest pink cooler you have ever laid eyes on! (shown in picture above) Tell her Jenny sent you and maybe she'll make one for me if I don't win it first!! :0) This link will take you directly to Patti's blog. The link to her post is posted in the post above.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Winds of change...

The winds of change they are a blowin'! Let me catch you up on a few things...

1. If you aren't following MckMama's blog, but have read about Stellan here, I am extremely grateful to God to report that the little guy is back home with his family. He spent five weeks in two separate hospitals, was flown to the east coast for heart surgery, and his condition is now being controlled by oral meds. Praise God!

2. Baby girl lost both of her front teeth...she looks absolutely adorable. She lost them in the same week, and they are the first two teeth she has lost.

3. In this dismal economy I have been blessed enough to be hired for not one, but two great jobs. I left my job at the University to accept a job offer from the hospital that I had previously worked at for several years before I left work to raise my three babies. It is so great to back in a job that I truly enjoy. I was grateful for the job at the University, and the people I worked with there were really nice...but the work I did there was not really fulfilling, so when the opportunity came along at the hospital I knew I'd be foolish not to jump on it.

4. I have added music to my blog. Not really newsworthy, but it is a change. :0)

5. Spring has finally arrived to stay in Ohio. We had a beautiful, sunny weekend complete with temps in the 80's with zero humidity...the perfect weekend if you ask me.

6. My youngest boy had surgery again on his ear. They were not able to complete the reconstruction on his middle ear as planned, but have put in place a prosthetic spacer in hopes that during his next surgery he will be able to have the reconstruction done...if not, we will continue with his current hearing aid and allow him to make the decision when he is older whether or not he would like to have a baja device. It is a device that is permanently attached to his skull that will act and function as a sound conductor since he no longer has anything left in his middle ear. Since it is permanent and does affect how he looks (it looks like an Ipod shuffle permanently place on the back of his head), my husband and I didn't want to make that decision for him...he's only nine and his hearing is currently OK with the hearing aid he has...besides who knows what kind of advances will be made in medicine in another 10 years.

That about sums everything up...I know, I know, what an exciting life I lead, huh!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

To God be the GLORY!!!

Well, it seems from MckMama's post that baby Stellan is responding to his meds and has been in normal sinus rhythm all through the night and I do believe all of today. Praise God!!

Please continue to pray for this family and for the baby's recovery. Prayer is a powerful thing, people! God said all we had to do was ask...and literally people all over the globe are praying for this family. I am in awe of His greatness!

Good night!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A Poem

My youngest son was asked to write a poem last week at school. (A little background on baby boy...he HATES to write. about. anything!!! I was digging through his backpack this morning, (which I must admit I should probably do more often) and I came across this (verbatim):

I Will Not Eat a Peach

I'd never eat a peach, because

I cannot stand the taste.

I'd rather eat a plate,

or shoe, or chair.

I would eat a house,

I would eat a bowl,

I would eat a tool,

I might even eat a baseball bat,

but a peach? No! Not at all.

Sooooo this is what passes for poetry in the third grade. I told him I liked it, and he said that was nice because his teacher didn't. What??? Why on earth not?? He said it was supposed to rhyme....ahhhh, well clearly then he didn't meet her expectations.

Who knew my baby boy had such a strong dislike of peaches? I put them in fruit salad sometimes, and he eats them without complaining. When I mentioned this to him, he said "no, you don't! there's nothing hairy in fruit salad." Um, excuse me? Hairy? I know peaches have a little fuzz (and I do peel the peaches I put in fruit salad)....but I would never describe them as "hairy"!

I have to admit I was completely tempted to make peach cobbler tonight just to test his strong dislike....but no matter how tempted I was~ laziness won out. :0) Instead I stopped and picked up Chinese takeout after work and busted out the Little Debbie Easter cakes I had hidden in the cupboard. I know kinda sounds gross....but the kids didn't dig into the Little Debbie's until well after they finished their Chinese.

Please keep praying for Stellan if you feel led to do so! He was to receive a blood transfusion today and he continues to fluctuate in and out of SVT (supra ventricular tachycardia - really, really fast heart rhythm.)

Well, there is a pile of dirty laundry callin' my I better get busy!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Please continue to pray for baby Stellan, he is not out of the woods yet and he and his family need to be lifted up in prayer. I think that Jennifer sounds as if she is hanging on by a slim thread, 11 days in the PICU is taking its toll on her and sweet baby Stellan.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Please pray for Stellan

I don't know if anyone actually reads my blog, but if you are reading this and feel led to, please pray for baby Stellan who is in a struggle for his life right now. If you don't already know who I am talking about, please click on the button on the side bar - "Pray for Stellan" - and it will lead you to his Mama's blog. Stellan has been in varying states of tachycardia since Sunday evening, and is currently flipping in and out of ventricular tachycardia, or v-tach, which can be deadly.

For those that may be unfamiliar with Stellan's story, he was diagnosed with a heart condition in utero, and the masses that routinely read McMama's (Jennifer's) blog prayed and prayed for a full healing. And he was healed, GOD performed a mighty work in Stellan, a miracle. He is four months old now. I am in awe of Jennifer and her ability to hold it together so well and trust in the Lord so fully. I would like to think if I'm ever tested in this manner that I could be as Godly a woman as she is, I'm really not sure that I could, I would want to, but I'm not sure that I would react as well as she is.

Please pray for a full recovery for Stellan and pray for Jennifer and her husband and family. These are very stressful times for them all and they can use every prayer they can get.


I lift up Stellan and his family to you and pray that you would perform a full healing for his little body. Please give Jennifer and her husband the strength to endure and stay strong in you, Lord. I pray that you would bring them the peace that passes all understanding as they await healing for Stellan.

In Jesus' precious name, I thank you for this.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mmmmmmm....this looks good!

Aren't these just the cutest? I love them and so does baby girl...she has her eye on several of the patterns. She liked the felt cakes, the donuts, the pizza and the movie did I! The patterns are available at It is a cute shop on etsy featuring felt food patterns. Check it out!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Date Night

My dear sweet hubby called a babysitter tonight for our three kiddos and took me out for a nice dinner. I can't remember the last time we went out for the evening without the kids in tow. It is currently "Lobsterfest" at Red Lobster, and I do love me some that is where he took me. We really had a good time and enjoyed one another's company. After dinner we stopped by Goodwill - I was looking for some vintage linens for the Flirty apron swap that I'm involved in (see this site if you are interested, there is still time to sign up, but I didn't find anything, so the hunt continues. Then DH took me to Panera to grab a coffee and of course I couldn't resist a chocolate chip cookie for dessert. It was a really nice evening, we should definitely do this more often!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Check this out!

Lucy is offering this beautiful apron as a prize for one lucky swapper in the Tea Party swap I'm currently involved in. Check out and see all of Jan's beautiful creations.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Spring is finally on its way and other Random thoughts...

We have finally had a break in the weather here. It's no longer freezing cold, of course the trade off is that it is grey and raining....can't win them all! I am so glad that warmer weather is on the way! Now of course here in this neck of the woods we may still have another round of snow - it wouldn't be totally unheard of, but I hope it is getting warmer for good. It felt like we really didn't have a Fall, it went straight from hot and sunny to immediately cold...I don't even think we had Indian Summer last year. So, I am welcoming the sun, rain, or whatever - as long as it is warm!!

I am currently working on the design for my tea party apron swap. My swap partner likes black and pink combo and pink and purple are her favorite colors...that kind of shot what I was originally planning to do. I have the prettiest cotton fabric with teapots and teacups on it...I've had it my stash for almost 8 years I'd say and never had the perfect project for it yet, but it is cream background and teapots/cups are in pastels and it has a soft green vine running throughout the background as well. It really is pretty, but I'm not sure it would be to my partner's liking so it's back to the drawing board. I also have an off white background fabric with shades of blue teapots/cups on it...which again doesn't fit her faves. Any suggestions? I'm having a hard time envisioning a pink and black or purple tea party apron. Really, if you have any ideas, please comment!

Well, I just heard the dryer buzz, so it's back to work I go!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sassy and Flirty Apron Swap

This is the apron I sent my swap partner along with some apron themed fabric, pink/brown notepads, and a cute ceramic cupcake box. This photo isn't the greatest, but it really was cute in person. The polka dot fabric is actually brown with pink dots, and the diamonds are pink and brown too. It kind of took on a neopolitan color scheme. The top layer is Robert Kauffman's cupcake fabric. My swap partner is mom to several little boys and said that she enjoyed girlie things, so I hope that she will like this.

The apron I received is beautiful, I love it! I don't have any pictures of it yet, but I will post some pictures of that later.

Shawnee has posted a new apron swap with a vintage remix theme. I signed up for that one too. It really is a lot of fun. Lucy is hosting another too with a tea party theme....I'm not sure that I can handle two swaps at the same time...but I am really tempted to give it a whirl. :0)

You can check out Shawnee's swap at and Lucy's at .

Happy Valentine's Day to ME!

My husband and I aren't mushy, smoochie, romantic Valentine's Day people...I think having three kids in four years sucked some of that out of us! (I kid, I really isn't the kids fault! Well, maybe just a little...) Anyhoo, instead of spending the day with my DH, I spent Valentine's day with my oldest and dearest friend, Shannon. We went to Columbus and had a very rushed, but yummy lunch together before heading to Mario Tricoci's to get our hair cut and colored. This is a treat, let me tell you. The staff there treat you very well, and it is worth every penny. Every. Penny.

Instead of my usual all over color to cover up those ever pesky gray hairs, I decided to get hilights...oh. my. goodness! I am so pleased with the results, and I had them cut about six inches off of my long was time to part with the long, long hair! I feel so much better. Now if I could just stick to a diet and lose about 60 pounds....

When I was finished getting my hair done, there was Shannon with a huge grin and a grande Cinnamon Dolce latte...oh that girl knows me well! I do love me some Starbucks! She also bought me a scrumptious cupcake from Cheryl & Co. If you have never had a cookie or cupcake from Cheryl & Co., you need to check out her website and order one or a dozen immediately. They are the BEST baked goods ever! Never mind your great-grandma's recipe (which I'm sure is good), Cheryl's will blow it away!! They are soooooo good!

We shopped and shopped, and then shopped some more. It was a great day. We just don't get to do this often enough! And then to top it off when I got home, DH had a beautiful bouquet of flowers for me and he and I gave the kids their valentines. It was a great day!
I hope you all enjoyed your Valentine's day too!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

My girlfriend emailed the following to me, I do not know who the author is, but I love this poem/story. It reminds me of my Grandma Lou, well all of my great-grandma's really. They all wore aprons and it is nostalgic to remember such things and this story just captures my memories of them perfectly.

Grandma's Apron
The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ' old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

Isn't this apron just the cutest?!

This beautiful apron was made by Lana from the Sassy Apron shop on Etsy It is also one the prizes being given away in Lucy and Shawnee's Flirty and Sassy Apron swap. This swap is going to be a lot of fun. Shawnee and Lucy have a lot of prizes that are being given away during the swap. If you get a chance please check out Lana's shop, she has a lot of beautiful aprons. My favorites are the aprons that have a towel loop to keep your towel handy - that is such a good idea and keeps you from wiping your hands on your pretty apron.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Apron Swap - Fun! Fun! Fun!

I am participating in another apron swap with a Valentines Day theme. I am looking forward to participating in another swap. The last one for the Holidays was fun. I loved the apron I received, and I hope my swap partner liked hers...I never heard from her.

If any of you ladies are interested in participating in an apron swap (it's lots of fun!) you should head on over to and join the fun. There is a $5 participation fee this time to help cover the cost of prize giveaways and to help those that may need a swap angel - but I think it is totally worth $5.

Happy New Year!!