Friday, March 27, 2009

Sock Monkey

I found the cutest patterns for sock monkeys at this site...

I thought they would make adorable paper piecings for scrapbooking, so I had to try it out.

Here's what I came up with

I thought it would be fun to give her away. So, if you are interested go on over to

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ooops, forgot one!

I forgot this one! Isn't this the funniest thing. Things have sure changed since her Momma was a baby. We were told to put them down on their tummy. Now they sleep on their back with this funny looking contraption!

Scrappy projects,finally!

I think this is one of my favorite pages! I really like browns & pinks! I'm not sure what I was thinking when I did all that sewing! It was one of those late nights, lol!

This is one of my favorite pictures! I wasn't real sure I would like this page because I just kept adding stuff to it! I was afraid I was entering the land of sticker sneeze! I really do like it, though! I added little glass eyes to the fish & also used those as holders for the little scrubbies. I used Stickles to give everything a bit of wet look.

Isn't just the sweetest picture? She loved to hold onto her Daddy's hands anytime she was stuck in her carseat.

Monday, March 9, 2009


Oh'how I HATE insomnia!

Here I am up again :(. This is the 3rd night in a row. I take all my sleeping meds & try to sleep, but I just can't. My mind will not stop whirling. So many things to think about, lately.
I think part of it is that things are getting easier around here. I've finally got some medical answers & I'm finding relief, finally. When I really stopped & thought about it, this has been bothering me since fall of 2007. I just had not connected the dots until I got the test results. Switching to all cotton has done wonders for me. All but 3 of the lesions are nearly healed! I just can't tell you how good that feels. They were so very painful.
Russ is going back to work, tomorrow very part time. I'm sure that will boost his spirits. He is so not a man to sit around, so this has been so hard on him. He also starts rehab, tomorrow. I bet he will be sore tomorrow night!
Ashley & McKayla went home, today. With my Sciatica problems almost gone & hubby getting better, she was able to go home. You know how wonderful it is to have family visiting & how wonderful it is when they go home? Yep, that's where we were all at. We sure will miss them, though & wish so bad they were nearer to us, so that we could see them more often & all go home to our own homes at night.

So, with all this getting better stuff, I guess I'm a little scared. I'm afraid to let this weight off my shoulders. I keep thinking "what's next". The past 1 1/2 years have been so hard for us. One blow after another. I think this is a huge part of my insomnia. I've got some serious praying & soul searching to do. I know that through these past 2 months God has shown us He is there & that He will meet all our needs. Trusting is hard for me, I want to do things all on my own. Why do I keep doing this to myself. I know that saying so well, "Let go, Let God". How many times have I said that to other people & believed it? So many times, so why is it so hard for me to do?

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Another beautiful day

It was another awesome day. It was 81 degrees, yesterday! So, we decided to take a walk over to the park. This was McKayla's first trip to the park. I don't think it will be long before she is toddling all over the park!

Getting a park in our tiny village was one of Russ's project while he was president of the board. He thought that the kids in town really needed a place to play & to just hang out. All of our kids were to old for playing at the park, when this project was done. Now, with McKayla, he was happy to see her playing there & looks forward to many years of her enjoying the park.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Chick Days

I know this picture looks like her Momma had shoved that poor duck in her mouth. Nope, McKayla tried to give the duck a kiss just as Daddy was snapping the picture. Luckily, I pulled her away before she gave the ducky a kiss!
Yesterday was a beautiful day! It was 71 sunny degrees out. We were all feeling good, even Russ. It's Chick Days at our local Farm & Home. For many years I took our kids to see the baby chicks & ducks, so I couldn't miss the opportunity to take McKayla.

At first she wasn't a bit sure what to think, but she warmed up pretty quickly. She did not like petting them.

Here's a few pictures from our little trip to town.