Monday, December 31, 2012

December Books


Mayo Clinic: Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy by Roger Harms, MD, et al (a lot of information - the whole back is on different symptoms and options you'll have throughout your pregnancy and delivery. Recommend)
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (Good, parts were sad)

2 books for December, 79 read in 2012.

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Goodbye 2012

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So 2012 was good right?? It was my first full year of being married, I learned a lot in relationships, learned a lot about balance, I spent most of the year pregnant, and I am so thankful for all the blessings, lessons, and praises I got to experience. It's a little cliche, but so easy to think each year is my new favorite.
Next year... will be so different! I'll become a mom, aunt to two nephews, gain a new sister in law... in just the first few months! (all God willing :) ) I do feel as though a fresh new calendar and start of a year can inspire new habits and change. I want to be spending my time in good and healthy ways (specifically quiet time, exercise/active time, time focused on my husband, small son, additional family, and the furry boys, alone time, time with friends, chores/responsibilities, acts of kindness- all balanced), let go of the little things (aka keep a healthy mind filter), show some serious love on the people around me (life is too short to let snippishness and snarls win), and I'd like to start a prayer journal. There is so much to pray about! 

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angles unawares.
-Hebrews 13:2 ESV 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The end of the year




Hope your Christmas was merry and bright. We got in several days of celebrating and rejoicing with both sides of our family. I really missed J on Christmas Day (working), but I loved so many moments over the last week!
 I'm back at work for a few quiet but productive days. It is so weird to think of it being the last few days of 2012. Next year I'll be a mom :) Some of my favorite parts of my day are lying in bed with J talking about the changes we're anticipating. I am so thankful!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cup of Cheer

So, I'm pregnant. But my point is, stress is not good for anyone, but especially not pregger people. The coworker who kinda does the same role as me is on vacation this week and while I am thrilled for her, it's not nearly as dead at work as I was expecting. I find myself each day in a mixture of tired-enough-to-fall-asleep mood, with a bunch of spikes of energy that typically feel like "oo let's get this done!" (nesting?), with the occasional need to just not care, to keep from getting stressed. It's such an interesting feeling. 
With Christmas just a week away (yay!) I have several projects started around the house that I go around and work on for a little bit, several to-do lists typically titled (to do before.., to do after...), and I can't help but wonder what it'll be like to have my brain back :)
I guess my point is: It's a busy time for most of us. But you know? God is so good. I'm really happy in this life that He's put me. More important that staying ahead of things at work, more important to the (endless) things to do at home, more than the errands and the prepping, is growing closer to Him and in relationships. Taking time for little things (that are the big things).  I'm so thankful for my patient husband and for all the opportunities I've had lately to see people I love (of course not everyone, but still). The coffee dates, the short or long phone calls, etc. It's all so neat. What a cheerful time!

7 days to Christmas :)

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Thankful

I really enjoyed my weekend, I got to see my sister in love and la la (brother in law in law) between their graduations (so happy and proud of you guys!!), got some Christmas shopping done (esp. a big project that J helped a lot with), got some more things done with the nursery, watched White Christmas, had a girl afternoon making ornaments, and coffee with an old friend. I'm so thankful for the restful and productiveness of it all.
This morning J and I were laying in bed (after his night shift) talking about CT. Thinking about not having your child come home, or your child witnessing all that, or the almost fiance who lost his girlfriend, or the husband that lost his almost retired wife, is unreal. It's hard, so hard, and all we can do is pray for His grace to cover all of the family and friends impacted. On KLove this morning, they read a quote by Mister Rogers: 
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world."
I thought it was good to remember. While it is sad, there's hope with all the love and kind hearts out there. 

8 days til Christmas

Friday, December 14, 2012

Joy

11 days til Christmas :)

Last night I got the opportunity to decorate some Christmas cookies and today I had a lunch and white elephant gift exchange with some coworkers. Fun little things help celebrate the season and make it look a lot more like Christmas. We have so very much to be thankful for this year. Each new Christmas seems to be my new favorite!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Bright

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12 days to Christmas :) 

Staying busy with fun activities and to-do lists!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Merry


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Yay! Baby Shower tomorrow :)

And 18 days to Christmas!!
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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cozy

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I can hardly believe we're nearly a week into December. We've got our tree up (and heavily ornamented), along with other fun Christmas cheer. J has been amazing getting things crossed off my errand to-do list, and I've been able to really cozy up in our evenings. We went to Colonial's Christmas Sweet on Monday, and it was inspirational - both full of Christmas songs and season, and a great reminder of why we celebrate. 
Merry Christmas :)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

November Books

The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones (not bad, quick read) 
Serpent's Kiss by Melissa de la Cruz (2nd in a series, dramatic chic lit, not entirely feeling it)
There's A Baby In The House by Mike Wombacher (helpful tips for preparing your pets for a baby)
Reached by Ally Condle (Final book in a series, relatively satisfying)
What to Expect When You're Expecting 4th Edition by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel (I thought it was helpful, particularly the first post week info, although a lot of the same info I read in the Joy of Pregnancy and the Mayo Clinic's pregnancy book. Picking any one of these would be helpful. I don't mind the reiteration of all that I'm learning either, but that might just be me)
The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore (Book 3 of a fun hero/alien series that J and I both read)

6 books this month, 77 for the year