Tuesday, July 31, 2007

She's Finally Sleeping!

Normally, Kennedy is in bed and asleep by about 9:30. Tonight, however, she hung on until close to 11:00pm! Oh well, no big loss...I'm sure that this'll mean I get to sleep in a little bit on my day off tomorrow!

Anyway, I figured that I'd take the few minutes I have here before bed to post another layout...this one was for another challenge. No title, just journalling, and only one line at that. I used a quote. Some basic grey rub-ons on the picture, the baby feet run-ons are from the stickabilities line by hobby lobby. Paper is minds eye. CS is bazzil bling, and 1 stip of sating ribbon.

I promise the LO is straighter than it looks here...I'm still having some trouble getting everything perfectly straight!

Someone asked me today..."what's it like being a Mom?" I stopped and thought about it for a moment...the question kinda came out of no-where from a woman who is five months pregnant with her first baby, and was looking for a new Mom's perspective.....
I really couldn't come up with any great, earth shattering observations for her, but, I did find a few thoughts....it's an amazing experience. No question! I am SO proud of her when she does as simple as reach out and grab a toy...I can only imagine how proud of her I'm going to be when she walks, or when she starts talking, or finishes reading her first novel, graduate high school...it's all rather a daunting thought! She is also going back to work...probably when the baby is two months old. I told her that the most amazing part of my day is when I come back after being gone for the day. Although she has fun at daycare, and although she's a well behaved baby who only cries on occasion, and has been dubbed 'easiest baby ever' by daycare staff, she still loves me way more! That's obvious by the HUGE ear to ear grin I get, and the excited little grunts as I pick her up. I love her, and she loves me...she really is the most amazing thing that has ever, EVER happened in my entire life!

Anyway, just wanted to share a few random thoughts from my day!
Now, I'm off to bed!!!


Thursday, July 26, 2007

Before You...

I love challenges....

I mean, I LOVE challenges! I really do create better with a specific goal in mind, a lot of times, and a challenge lets me get over any blocks I have going.

I just completed a layout for Noel Mignon's Cunjunction Challenge (http://noelmignonchallenge.blogspot.com/). I really never would have come up with this title, or this journalling without a push, but I am glad I put it down on paper, as it is true. Although there are a few little things I have given up, and several big ones, they were nothing in comparison with the special bond I have with my wonderful little girl!
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Monday, July 23, 2007

I finally scrapped my accident...

When I was 36 weeks pregnant, I had a major, life altering car accident. It terrified me, and taught me to appreciate God, and my pregnancy, and ultimately, my child, so much more than I had been before that.

It was hard to scrap, because I wanted to be certain that the story took center stage, and that it was an appropriate layout...not too frilly or fancy. I think I succeeded with an extremely simple page, with lots of story telling.

Here is the text:
At 36 weeks pregnant, I was on my way in to work at 6:40am on Saturday morning. I went about my morning drive as usual, until the merge from 35W to 35E. As I accelerated up the on-ramp, preparing to merge in to oncoming traffic, my car shuddered hard, and the wheel pulled hard right in my hands. Ice, I learned later…a tiny little patch of black ice on a day when there was virtually no ice anywhere. But for the moment, all I knew was that I had a split second to react…if I didn’t correct, I would go off a small embankment, and probably roll down a steep grass hill. I pulled the car hard to the left, knowing that I had already lost control. In that moment, I know that God sent an angel to sit down in the car with me. Time slowed as my car started to spin across the highway. I spun across what should have been two lanes of oncoming traffic, and miraculously, the road that is always busy was empty. Somehow, at fifty five miles an hour, with only a few meters to go, time slowed down enough that the following thoughts ran, in order, through my head: 1. Pull the wheel a little more left so you don’t hit that concrete barrier head on. 2. Tuck your seatbelt under your very pregnant belly. 3. Arms to your side, off the wheel, and relax. I followed all three quiet commands, and the next memory is no more than a couple of eye blinks. A concrete barrier and an empty highway. A much closer concrete barrier. A shudder. And then I was stopped. Immediately, I assessed my situation-I was in a car that smelled very strongly of chemical…something, and it looked like smoke in front of me. Although I was later to learn this was the chemicals from the airbag, at the moment, I thought it was possibly fire. I turned off my car-the keys stuck in the ignition, so I left them there, and bailed out as quickly as possible. As I stood on the side of the road, I began to cry. Here I was, 36 weeks
pregnant, and I had just hit a concrete barrier at 55 miles per hour. I took stock, realized I didn’t have a cell phone, and my glasses were lost. It took eight minutes and countless cars passing me before the first person stopped to help me, and I admit to losing composure in that time-screaming for help, crying, and finally just hitting my knees beside my car, and praying. At last, people started to show up-a nurse stopped, first, and calmed me, and took my vitals. She also let me use her cell phone to call my husband (mine had shot across the car and ended up in the back seat on the passenger’s side during the accident). I was unintelligible, and he realized that something was terribly wrong, and simply began driving the route I took to work. Then a cop showed up, a fire truck, and finally, just as they were loading me on to the ambulance, my husband-never had I been so glad to see anyone! And in all this time, my constant fear-my baby hadn’t moved. I was an emotional wreck, and time was moving too slow. Why didn’t anyone understand that I wanted-no-*needed* to get to the hospital, and hear her heartbeat?! When my husband finally got there, I knew he’d understand! And, at last, I was underway…praying every second of the trip. My husband followed in his car, and got Pastor Jerry and Karyn up out of bed and on the way. And at last, at *long* last, we were at the hospital. They strapped the fetal monitor to my stomach, and tears of joy were uncontainable, for both my husband and myself, as that steady little heartbeat began. Thank you God! They kept me overnight for observation-better safe than sorry! Although all that was wrong with me was a banged knee (I still have a bit of a bruise there, almost five months later). But all the things that should have been there after an impact of that magnitude, just weren’t. I never even touched the airbag, and normally that leaves burns on your face, a broken nose, and black eyes. No seatbelt bruise or even potentially broken collar bone. No whiplash or other similar neck or back injuries. Nothing. When the cop arrived on scene, he walked up to me and the nurse, and asked where the person from the accident was. When I said it was me, he looked at me in disbelief-could hardly fathom that I had simply stepped out of the car. The people at the wrecking yard were astonished that I walked away without a scratch, and the insurance agent who evaluated the car afterward was equally impressed with my lack of injury. I have a BIG GOD who loves me, protects me, and heals me. I have a BIG GOD who knows that my daughter is destined to do great things for His kingdom, and my God wasn’t about to let a simple little car accident get in the way of those plans! Thank you, God, for all that you have done! Thank you for my life, and for the life of my child.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

I've Finally Gone and Done it!

Well, at long last!
I've been thinking "well, I have my personal blog, and, I'm just not sure that everyone I know wants to read about my scrapbooking. Most of them come to read about my daughter."
But, then I started posting some challenge and contest stuff into my blog, and some of my favorite layouts, as well.
The larger quantity of

All said and done, I have finally decided, IT IS TIME!
And so, I begin my scrapping and etc. blog.

Who knows...maybe I will even find someone in the immediate area to crop with, at some point!
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Now that would really be something!

My husband came up with the title...I thought it was cute! It is not intended, in any way, to be offensive...just fun, and funny!


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