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Spread the Love {Even Better…It is FREE}

Spread the Love {Even Better…It is FREE}

So…I LOVE to bless people!  Send them cards…send them gifts…for no reason other than to let them know someone is thinking about them and someone cares.  This world needs more LOVE in it and this is my way to Spread the Love.  However, now with a little baby it is MUCH harder to run out and get a card or a gift and get to the post office to send it.   What used to take me 30 minutes…now takes me an hour (or more by the time I pack up myself and my little man).  Then I have limited time to browse cards before someone is ready to leave {and it is never me 😉 }.  Plus I SWEAR their must be a paper shortage or something because greeting cards seem to cost a fortune these days…I have a whole stack that I “forgot” to send in a drawer.  I am sure it is worth a small fortune.  With only being on one income now we have to make every dollar count!  So…I came upon Send Out Cards and it is my 2nd Knight in Shining Armor {the first is my husband..ha}. 

I get to sit on my couch…in my PJ’s and browse through THOUSANDS of cards for every occasion…click a button…write in it…click another button…and have it stamped and sent in 24 hours.  And what if I don’t find a card I want…I can create my own with my own pictures and clip art.  This is GREAT with pictures of the baby so I can update the grandparents and great grandparents with pictures of Baby E. 

Try it for yourself…With Thanksgiving and the Holidays coming up let someone know that you love them…that you are thankful for them…or that you are just thinking of them.  It is 100% FREE…and you can send your card to anyone…anywhere!!

Visit  Spread The Love and then click on Send a Free Card!!  You won’t regret it…I PROMISE!!!!

~Kristie

PS I have missed a BUNCH of Days of Thanks…yeah I’m a slacker:)

Days of Thanks {6,7, & 8} + Exciting New Adventures!

Time to play some catch up:).  Here are 3 more things I am thankful for:

6.) I am thankful for sleep.  Seems so small and insignificant, but once you don’t get any you realize how much you love it.  Naps and bedtime are my favorite part of my day these days!

7.) I am thankful for my health.  I am very thankful that I am healthy.  That I have had no major health problems and the God has given me the love to run and be active.

8.) I am thankful for the ability to be a Stay-at-Home Mom.  I am thankful that my husband is willing to give up some of the “finer” things in life so that I can stay home and raise our baby.  I am thankful that he wants a wife who is willing to stay at home and encourages me every day especially when it has been a hard one.  There are definately days I wish I could go to work and hand his cranky butt to someone else, but that’s what grandparents are for ;)!

EXCITING NEW ADVENTURES

Now that Ethan is 6 months old and getting into some sort of routine…kinda…I have decided to start pursuing some things God has really been putting on my heart.  I love to be creative and I love to love and bless others.  I have started to craft more…which I love…and I have also been introduced to a way to “craft” and bless others at the same time.  I am excited to share this new endevour with everyone and see where it takes me.  As excited as I am, I am also terrified.  I am terrified of failure.  I am terrified of what others may think of me or my “things.”  I have to remind myself that everytime you take a step out of your comfort zone…there will be fear, but I have to also remember that God will be right by my side and encouraging me the whole way!

Psalm 27:1
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

  For a sneak peak at what I am a part of check this out:

The Real Word: Mommyville {and Day #5 of Thanks}

The Real Word: Mommyville {and Day #5 of Thanks}

You think you know, but you have NO idea.  That is exactly what has been going through my mind ever since our little bundle of joy {and crazy energy} entered our lives 6 months ago.  You prepare, and prepare, and prepare.  You read, read, and read some more.  You ask friends that have kids questions about what to expect etc., but it doesn’t seem to really help when it comes down to it.  You have your little miracle and they start to grow, get a personality, and do things you that make you wonder if  your child was accidentally switched at birth.  So, you ask more questions, which either calms your nerves or make you think your kid is the only screwed up kid out there.  Here are 4 things I would like to share with all the new mommies and soon-to-be mommies out there.  It is truthful and honest and straight from the heart:)

1.) Sleeping through the night.  I put this at number 1 because it is probably the biggest adjustment.  Of course you expect to be up really often early on with a crying baby, a hungry baby, or a wet baby.  I know for me I thought it would continue to get better…and it did…until about 4 months.  Then Mr. Busy Body was up A LOT.  We would talk to our friends about their babies…and I SWEAR…every single parent would say…”Oh, our little Suzy sleeps 12 hours a night.”  Well Whoop..de…do!  I have had to repeatedly tell myslef that every baby is different…Baby E will eventually sleep better and so will we. 

2.) Asking for help is OK.  I want to be Super Mom…I want to do it all myself.  Well that doesn’t, and can’t happen.  I have learned to be the best person I can be calls for some “me” time.  Asking Grandma{s} to take E for a while is perfectly okay…even if that means all I am doing is sitting on the couch.  It took me a while to not feel guilty or that I was a failure, but motherhood is a LOT harder than I ever thought it would be, but totally worth it.

3.) Naps and Routines…or the lack there of.  Naps are the part of the day a mom looks forward to the most.  A few quiet hours to herself to get things done or get nothing done.  I read books, I looked for signs of sleepiness, I rocked and rocked, but when it comes down to it you just have to go with the flow.  Early on E would sleep wherever and whenever {totally take advantage of this…hello-DATE NIGHT}…as he got older it became more of a pattern, we would get into a routine, and as soon as I thought the routine was solid…something would happen.  I have learned to just take things day by day.  Go with the flow and try not to get grumpy when our “routine” changes.

4.)  I recently read this in a magazine and it really hit home: This isn’t forever.  It is just now.  I try to say this to myself when Baby E has gotten me up at unGodly times of the night {or morning} to play, or is cranky, or is really just driving me crazy.  As wonderful as being a mom is, it gets hard, and sometimes it gets even harder before it gets any easier.  Not only is that mantra true about not-so-fun baby stuff, but also true about the wonderful stuff as well.  I have to remind myself that he won’t cuddle and nap with me like this forever, he won’t giggle and laugh like he does now forever, and he will never have the adorable knuckle dimples and chubby legs forever.  I remember to take it all in and count my blessings. 

{I AM THANKFUL FOR…#5}

I am thankful for my friends – old and new.  The great new friends I have made after being a mommy.  They help me keep sane and let me know I am not losing my mind.  The old friends that God has brought back in my life…funny how that happens, and the friends who I have had forever.  The ones that we can go weeks without talking and pick right up where we left off!

I am Thankful For…{Days 1 – 4}

I am Thankful For…{Days 1 – 4}

So, I am 4 days behind…but I have decided to join many of my Facebook friends for the month of November.  Each day I will be sharing something I am thankful for.  Now to catch up…

1.) I am thankful for my Jesus.  I am thankful that he gave his life for our sins and that we are forgiven.  I am thankful for my relationship with him and the blessings he has brought into my life.  I am thankful that he loves me for who I am and that he only wants the best for me.

2.) I am thankful for my parents.  I couldn’t have asked for better parents.  Parents who loved me, nurtured me, and encouraged me.  Parents who never told me I couldn’t do something, but always supported my hopes and dreams.  parents who taught me about family, love, and how to be a goo d parent.

3.) I am thankful for my husband.  I am thankful for the person he makes me.  I am thankful for his dedication, love, and sacrifice for our family.  I am thankful for his encouragement, his leadership, and his listening ear.

4.)  I am thankful for Ethan.  I am thankful God blessed us with the gift of parenthood.  I am thankful he is healthy and growing.  I thankful to be able to be a stay-at-home mommy.  I am thankful for his smile…his giggles….and his squirmies!

Join me tomorrow for Day 5 of What I am Thankful for and some insights on Motherhood tha I have discovered in the last 6 months!

What are you thankful for?