Wrapped Around My Finger

Ugh, ugh, ugh….I’m just saying. So as if the loss of three months of pictures was not bad enough, oh do I have something that could top that by about ten BILLION (and yes, I mean BILLION) miles. On Thursday the peanut and I were running around town all day, you know, the library, the feed store to see the baby animals, groceries, Goodwill, all that good stuff, and then back home again to play outside while the weather was still warm. I was out taking pictures and having fun, came inside to put the peanut down for a nap, starting vegging to Reba when I suddenly noticed something missing. And when I say something, I only mean THE most important piece of jewelry I’ve ever owned. Yeah, my wedding/engagement set. It’s gone. And I mean gone. I did not take it off. I am sure of that. It wasn’t loose. How did it get off my finger? Not a clue I say. Not a clue. The only guess I even have is that since the peanut is always falling, maybe at one point I reached down to pull her up and her little hand pulled it off my hand. That’s all I got. I have called all around, put an ad in the paper, searched the VERY LARGE yard a million times. It’s gone. And, I’m just devestated over it. Clearly, I mean who would ever wish their wedding ring gone. I really wanted it to be the peanut’s one day. It’s just crushing. I just keep praying it will turn up. If you want to join me in prayer, why that would be super swell of you!! I think we are going to try to get a metal detector (they are like $200!!!) to try searching the yard. It’s still just unbelievable to me that this could happen. So, that’s the bad news for this week.

The good news, is that I won at the blog party again this year! Woo hoo! Last year I won a $15 gift card to Starbucks. I was number 100 out of nearly 1500 and I got an even better prize than last year. How this happened I have no idea. People must not have understood how super swell the prize is. You can go to Who Can Ask For Anything More, check out her page and see how terrific it is. A super cute bag, 3 cookbooks, and a totally terrific part, a $25 gift card to Target. Woo hoo! Mama needs a new pair of shoes! So, there is good news in an otherwise not so great week.

How was yours?

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Bye, Bye, Bye

I actually do have a good excuse for not blogging in so long this time. Last Wednesday, I was rushing and I turned off my laptop with the button instead of the start menu and I found out, you should never, ever, ever do this. A file got corrupted and I lost EVERYTHING. Included in that everything were over 3 months of pictures. Pictures that can never be replaced. Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, Birthday…it’s just heartbreaking to me. I am thankful that I have this blog as I’ve put some pictures out there but the last few months I’ve been pretty bad at blogging so it doesn’t even touch the amount of pictures I lost. And, I have been so good at taking pictures of Lilla every week since she’s been alive and all those photos are just gone. I wonder in some way if the Lord was teaching me to be humble because I was really proud of that. And, I defintiely believe that pride comes before a fall. It certainly did in this case.

It kills me to think about it. Fortunately I figured out I had videorecorded Christmas morning here when Lilla first came down the stairs and opening some presents. That was the part that really killed me to lose because I put no Christmas pictures on my blog and it was our first christmas in our house. I was just devestated so figuring out about the camcorder really gave me some peace.

For those who are wondering about recovery, we tried. It didn’t work. We could have paid Best Buy $500 to try a different way but it wasn’t a guarentee and we honestly couldn’t have afforded it even if it was a guarentee. So, we had to wipe the drives clean. It took Michael a couple of days to wipe it and then put the stuff I needed back on it but here I am again, blogging. With a heavy heart though, with a very heavy heart.

Here’s more of an update on everything else:
Sickies: It’s finally over for our family. Everyone is healthy again and it is beyond wonderful to say that. It’s hard to want to leave the house now knowing how many other people are still sick. I can just feel the germs a crawling.

Photos: Friday I went to get the peanut’s two year picture taken. It didn’t go well. So unwell that I refused to even look at them. Today we went to try again. It was about the same. We did get a couple of good ones in this time. Unfortunately they were in her play outfit, not the lovely dress that I couldn’t wait to get her picture taken in. I will post them once I get a hold of them next week.

Time Away: Michael and I did get to have a one night getaway last week. Full paid for at a really nice hotel and restraunt downtown and breakfast in our room in the morning. It was really a lovely time and a good time of refreshing. Besides, of course, being the night I lost all my info, it was really perfect.

Spreading the Word: We are starting a new Sunday night evangalism course at our church and it is really good. We are so excited about it and how it is already lighting a fire under our tooshes. I’m not sure why but I sure get energized when I let God work through me.

So that’s the news from this end, I will be trying to visit sometime soon. Drop me a line and let me know how you are doing too!

As I Am…

OK, so I really do have a reason for my lack of blogging this week. No, not a bunch of more excuses. Talk about busy, look what I got Michael for Christmas…

Introducing Buddy!!

No, I really wasn’t smoking anything, I promise! Here’s my story and I’m sticking to it! On Wednesdays and weekends, when Michael has the day off, I do a little independent contracting in my free time. What does that mean? Well, I run around doing whatever I can get people to pay me to do, that is legal, of course! Well, I was off doing one of these jobs when a maintenance guy came into a shop with this precious pup and said he had found him and they were calling animal control. Well, being the softy I am I started playing with the little guy, loving on him and all and they said I could take him if I wanted him. Michael has been pining for another dog, if you remember all of our dog travesties back in the fall and I knew he would just love this guy. Before I was out the door he already had a name and a place in my heart. This little stinker that has decided to make my house his own personal litter box, the chord to my laptop his favorite chew toy and my pillow his dog bed, has just drawn everyone of us in. He is such a little lover, he just wants to hug and play all the time. I really think this ones a keeper!

It’s funny how God just works things out sometimes. We were looking so hard for a dog for so long and they just never worked out. We gave it to God and said, “If you want us to have a dog you are going to have to drop one in our laps.” Don’t you know he did it? He’s pretty amazing that way!

Anyway, Buddy has been keeping me on my toes. Not to mention looking for work when I have a moment and just altogether keeping up with the peanut! Plus, I’ve had steering committee meetings, friends to shop with, playdates, cookies to bake and our MOPS Christmas dinner to attend. This has been a really busy week! Particularly for someone who doesn’t have a car I tell you! But it’s been a good week too and God has provided in really great ways to get me where I’m going when I need to go. Have I told you I’m thankful to Him lately? Well, I am. He has really provided exactly what we need.

I did want to mention one very big prayer request for you guys, my friend Susan, over at Let My Lifesong Sing, lost her brother very suddenly this last week. She actually started blogging about two years ago to have a place to go to just get out her thoughts and feelings when this same brother was paralyzed in an accident. She has such a love for God and for her family and church members, she is just a wonderful encouragement to me as her faith has only grown through the years. It has been a hard couple of years for Susan and her family and this was just a devestating blow to them, including to her mother, of course. Please remember them in prayer tonight, as you thank God for the loved ones in your life. And, if you are so inclined, please go visit her blog and let her know you are praying for her.

Thank you my dear readers!

Amy

All the leaves are brown…

So it seems that Autumn may finally be coming to the Midwest. It was cold enough to wear a long sleeve t-shirt yesterday. OK, I did see some people wearing shorts and t-shirts but I’m so ready, I just sweated it out! 🙂 You know, it’s not like I don’t like summer, I love it. And, I will dearly miss my flip flops, I’m just ready for the heat to end. Plus, I love fall weather. All cuddled up with a hot cup of cider and my old sweatshirts…what’s not to love?!?! So, today it was supposed to be like 80 but it’s going down to the 50’s by the middle of the week. Weird, I know, but that’s our part of the country for you!
Yesterday we made finally got around to taking the peanut to her first pumpkin patch. And, let me tell you how my husband was kicking and screaming the whole way, and then he had so much fun. Now, let me state, he’s not a fit thrower by nature but we are broke and it did cost per person. However, the peanut was free and then our pumpkin was only 38 cents. I’m so not kidding. They are by the pound and we let the peanut pick out which one she wanted and here it is…
Here are some pics of our family at the patch. Unfortunately the peanut wasn’t really feeling good yesterday (I’ve been sick for days and am afraid I gave her it too!) so we didn’t get too many smiles out of her. We never get pictures of our whole family as I’m always the one behind the camera so that was fun!

Oh, and the peanut went on her first hayride…


…yeah, it was really THAT messy!! She had a good time though so we didn’t mind at all. We’ve come to learn that she is very tactile so it was fun for her to get her hands in it.

Speaking of getting her hands in it…last week the peanut also made her first mudpies. Yep, you heard that right…MUD PIES!! We were walking around our yard when she spotted a big bunch of mud and just couldn’t resist sticking her hands down in it. My first reaction was…NOOOO!! But before I could say it I remembered how that never would have been allowed in my family and how I would have loved it as a child! Well, the peanut would too so I just let her do it. I mean, it’s just mud, it washes. Of course she had a new shirt on and the mud didn’t all come out, but I just rationalize that it was a $2.50 shirt from Wal-Mart and you can’t put a price tag on a childhood. And boy did she have fun! My only regret is that I didn’t have my camera. Oh well, I’ll just save that memory in my heart!

Have a good week all!

These are a few of my favorite things…

So tomorrow (Friday) for MOPS we are supposed to bring in our favorite thing. Something from our home that we love, whether priceless financially or priceless to us for sentimental reasons, just something that we really love. I’ve been thinking about it, maybe my scrapbooks, or pictures, they are my favorite things for sure. But I couldn’t decide which or what. Then I finally got it…my camera! It kind of encapsulates the whole thing since without it I wouldn’t even have the former.
I love my camera. It’s a Canon Rebel XT and it is really a great camera. I do wish it were smaller as there is no way that thing is going in my purse, but it takes great pictures and I really do love it.
I was also thinking about how I have very few shots of me since I am always the one behind the camera. Even when the peanut was really little, there are like three pictures of me with her. Bummer. So, today, on what may be the last warm day we have for quite a few months (it was like 80 today and is supposed to hit a whopping 65 tomorrow!) I took a few outside shots.
Enjoy!



Oh, and this last one I just had to show you was taken once we came in…ya think the peanut likes peanut butter?

Wait for you

So I know I’ve been absent with the exception of memes and pictures for the most part.  This weekend was busy, busy.  Trying to fix the very leaky faucet and lawnmower, having dinner with my parents, church, dinner with missionaries from Hungary, baby shower, etc…, just altogether busy.  Mostly a lot of running around, which I am going to continue soon.  Michael’s going to be home shortly and then off to Wal-Mart again.  I tell ya, now that we live in this small town, we live at the Wal-Mart.  There’s just not much else to go to.  I’ve really been wishing there was a Menards, I love Menards.  They have everything there, it’s the best!

Little Ms. Independent no longer holds my finger when she wants to go somewhere, she just goes.  Today in the library she wanted to go one way and I wanted to leave.  So, I started walking out the door, saying, “Bye, bye” the whole way.  Yeah, I had to pull that one out.  Anyway, she comes running up to me, holds up her hand and clear as day says, “STOP!”  The same way I talk to the dog.  Oh yeah people, my hands are really full here! 

She’s also decided she likes cartoons.  Particularly Little Einsteins, which is a good one for her to like.  She’s so funny though, she’ll go into the loft, grab the remote control and give it to me as if to say, “Turn on my cartoon Mama!”  Smart she is.

And, the magic eraser has become Amy’s best friend.  That thing takes off crayon, can you believe it?  Right off her toys.  Mmmm hmmm, that’s my new nemesis.  Writing utensils.

So now you’ve gotten the update.  Exciting I know, just a day in the life…

Wish you were here

Do you know the Pink Floyd song I named this post after? There is a line that says, “Like two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year.” I don’t know why, but I really like that song. Weird.
Anyway, I do have a reason for not posting for so long. I mean I’ve posted, but just a picture here and there. Life has just been hard and frustrating and busy lately.
On Monday the peanut ran out the front door chasing the dog and almost ran into the very busy (people driving 60mph) street in front of my house. Fortunately we have a long driveway! She has never left my side like that before so you know my front door has triple locks on it now!


On Wednesday our mailbox got hit out of who knows where so we had to replace that. Now our lawn mower won’t start, which may send us over the edge as our lawn is way too long! Hopefully we can get that fixed pronto!
Like I said in my photohunters post, we had to give up the dog. Poor Michael was so upset. He looked for anyway to keep him, we just couldn’t for safety reasons.

That same day we got a call at 2 am that his grandma had passed away. Although we knew it was going to be coming last week, it was still terribly sad. She was the kind of grandmother that you wish you had. So kind to everybody all the time. Just welcoming no matter who you were, she wasn’t judgemental at all. Really had a heart to serve Jesus and lived that way. I really loved his grandmother and wish I had had longer with her.

So, she died on Thursday morning, the viewing was on Friday in Louisville, KY and the funeral was there on Saturday. That’s about a two and a half hour drive so we stayed the night. Spent some time with his family, they were all heartbroken too. She was really the one that kept the family together, as is the case with so many mommas.

Grandma will really be missed!