Thursday, December 31, 2009

What will 2010 bring?

My last post was a list of some things that happened in 2009, and looking back leaves me wondering what is to come.... such as:

Weddings, my oldest brother was married in 2008, and my oldest sister in 2009, and there are still 5 of us single adults in the family - who will be next (and will there be a wedding in 2010)?

New babies, of course I've mentioned plenty of times that we have two little ones joining the family in 2010, I am so happy for that since much of 2009 was spent hoping that my sister or SIL would get pregnant.

And then some worries for the new year:

My grandparents health, both my grandmas have had quite a bit of health trouble in 2009, and I'm wondering if they will still be strong enough to push through their struggles in 2010.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Year in Review

So, I got an idea from this blog to post a link to a blog post from each month of the past year - but, since I first started this blog in August, I will have to only share that half of my year with you.

In August I shared how I was learning about judging, and how I was, and still am, trying not to judge.

In September I was able to travel to Washington DC for a protest and I also got to announce that I am going to be an aunt!

It was in October that I found out that I was going to be an aunt to two babies (not twins, but my brother and his wife and my sister and her husband each expecting their own)!

In November I found that new life isn't always as simple as it may seem.

And finally, in December I celebrated a rather unusual (for me, anyways) Christmas.

(I hope that all of these links are correct, and that you enjoy looking back on my 2009.)

Monday, December 28, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

Yesterday in church our "normal" pastor was gone, and so our youth pastor did the message instead... he talked about making New Year's resolutions and how Christian try so hard to take off their old self, but don't work so hard towards putting on their new self. He said that there are many "scantily clad" Christians who, while they don't sin, also don't do all that they should be doing. I really liked that message. I heartily agreed with it. We are quick to point fingers if someone swears or does some other (easily noticeable) sin, but not so quick to help out others and to love as God has called us - failing to "put on" all that we are supposed to. I am going to resolve to love others more in the coming year.

And, along the lines of New Year's resolutions, I have decided that I am no longer going to just live undecided about what I believe regarding Jesus second coming/the rapture/the end of the world, or whatever may be coming - I am going to study Revelation for myself and at least know what the Bible has written about these issues.

Are you going to make any resolutions? If so, what resolutions are you going to be making?

Friday, December 25, 2009

Different Kind of Christmas

I predicted a different Christmas this year, didn't I? Well I got it... I've never written a blog post on Christmas (maybe that's just because I haven't been doing a lot of blogging for very long), I've never been without any presents until 1:48pm and counting, I've never stayed home from the family gathering that we always attend for Christmas, and I have never had reheated pizza for lunch, alone and on the computer, on Christmas day. This may be different, but I don't mind. :) It's actually kind of refreshing, haha... seriously I just feel kind of out of it (which might be because of a lack of sleep last night).

Christmas Eve, we indeed found ourselves snowed in from going to church. My older sister got nasty sick (throwing up alot). My brothers, younger sister and I played a game of Monopoly with a bit of twist to the rules - allowing ourselves to cheat as long as we didn't get caught - the game lasted till well after midnight, when my brothers eventually decided to just end it.

Christmas morning, my little bro woke us up to eat. My sister was still sick. My older sister and my bil didn't want to drive in the snow. We decided to wait with presents.

This all brings us to now, Christmas afternoon. I stayed home with my sick sister. The rest of the crew went to the family gathering. Presents will - hopefully - be opened later tonight.

End of story.

But wait... some things never change - today is still a day that we celebrate Jesus coming here to earth to live, only to later die for us. What He did for us is amazing, and is worth much more than the gifts that still sit wrapped under the tree. Thank You Jesus for what you did for us!

Merry Christmas to one and all!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Baby and Christmas

My older brother and his wife had an ultrasound today (well, actually my brother didn't, my SIL did). They were supposed to see the gender of baby today, but they were not able to be 100% sure, but have told us what they guess. They are getting another ultrasound in four weeks. This is the younger of my nieces or nephews - my older sister and her husband have decided not to find out the gender until birth.

It's Christmas Eve and there will be no traditional church service for us. Because of the snowy and icy weather we have decided not the take the thirty plus minute trip to church. I'm a little disappointed, just because it doesn't really seem like Christmas without that. Also, my older sister and her husband were/are supposed to be coming tomorrow morning to open gifts, but the snow is supposed to keep coming so we don't know if they'll come. Tomorrow also we are supposed to meet extended family for Christmas, but I don't think the weather will be good for that either. So, we will spend Christmas at home....

... just praying that we will have a peaceful Christmas here at home.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas

I wrapped all of my Christmas presents today - does anyone buy un-equal presents for members of your family based on what you found? I feel guilty for doing that this year, but am happy that I got the best presents for my younger siblings since I am sure they would care the most.

I'm going to be honest, I am dreading Christmas this year. And I, honestly, don't know why exactly I am. I mean, Christmas has never been the biggest deal to me, but I have always been a little bit excited and I've always looked forward to it, but this year it is like I don't want it to come. Am I going crazy?! Actually, just typing this has given me an idea of a reason why I might be dreading it...

How are your Christmas preparations coming? Are you looking forward to Christmas?

Friday, December 18, 2009

Little Indian Maiden

My grandpa (before dying) and grandma (still does) live down the road from my house, less than a mile away. When I was growing up my older siblings and I would go to help my grandpa with his garden, or cleaning, etc, a couple times a week. He would always pay us, and I enjoyed doing it - though I remember my siblings dreading it. My grandpa was loud and a teaser, and some might feel uncomfortable around him, but not me... you see, I was my grandpa's "little Indian maiden". I had (and still have) long dark hair, I was very tan as a kid, and I still get told that I look "Indian" (as in Native American). I was proud to be grandpa's special grandchild. My grandpa loved polka, and I liked it too - while everyone else hated it - and my grandpa made me a cassette of some polka music (that I still have today, though I don't have a cassette player, so...).

My grandpa died 10 years ago this past July. He was going on eighty when he died. He lived at home until the day that he died. He didn't have a lot of health problems, but died suddenly of a heart attack. I was not able to tell him goodbye. His funeral was the first funeral that I went to, and I haven't gone to one since (I'm lucky, I know). I loved my grandpa, and there are times when I still miss him, but I was just a young kid when he died, and I don't think that it hurt near as much as it would hurt if he was still around and died now.

Why am I writing about all of this now? My grandma is not doing very good. She has heart problems, and has for years. She is on a pacemaker and has been for as long as I can remember. But lately her drugs haven't been working so well, and I hate to admit it, but she may not have a lot of time left. My grandma still lives alone in the house that her and grandpa lived in... in many ways she is doing a lot better than other folks in their eighties, but her heart is slowly giving up. I don't know what it would be like to lose someone now, I can't imagine the pain that I would go through - and I feel wrong to write any of this now, like I am giving up on her.

Will you please pray for my grandma? And for me and my family?

A random fact thrown in... I have no memories of my grandma prior to my grandpa's death, like I said my grandpa was loud, and my grandma is quiet. My grandpa was the one that I remembered for the first half of my life and my grandma is the one I have had around for my second half - I have gotten to know her so much better in the ten years that my grandpa has been gone.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My Random Christmas Statistics

Cards mailed out: 4 Mailed to 2 countries.

Gifts to be given: 17 To born people: 14 To the unborn (or really, their parents): 3

Gifts still needing to be bought (but included in the number above): 1

Gifts ordered that still need to arrive: 1

Reasons for celebrating: 1

Jesus came so many years ago to live here on earth only to eventually die for us - that is what we celebrate on Christmas... and that is what is the most important "statistic" here. :)

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Baking and Babies

I spent (pretty much) all day yesterday baking cookies with my sisters. My older sister and my younger sister and I went to my oldest sister's house to spend hours and hours baking. After first kicking my brother in law out (to shop for my sister's gifts), we created dozens and dozens of treats - peanut butter balls, coconut joys, peanut butter cookies, sugar cookies, chocolate haystacks, caramel corn, muddy buddies, cake mix cookies and fudge (I think that about covers everything). We all worked together with Christmas music playing.

While working on the cookies I quickly (before someone else volunteered first) offered that next year I will watch my sister's baby while the rest of them make the cookies. :) I can't wait until next year when we will have two little babies in the family! Speaking of the babies, their Christmas gifts shipped today, I had such a hard time picking what I wanted to buy them (kind of hard not yet knowing their genders) and still am not sure that I am going to love what I got them.

I hope that your Christmas preparations are going good. I cannot believe that Christmas is just 11 days away!

Peace,

Haddy

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Confused About Lincoln

So, my brother gave me his book The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History by Thomas E. Woods, Jr. Ph.D to borrow and read (before he even read it), and it has me either shocked or confused - see, I am too confused to even know if I am confused, haha.

This book quotes Lincoln - and I have found the quotes online, too, as saying that he didn't believe in equality between blacks and whites, and that he believed that whites should always be superior, and that if he could have saved the union without freeing slaves he would have. What the heck? Are these quotes true? I am thinking yes, but if so, why have we always been taught that Lincoln was a here? Why do we celebrate Lincoln's birthday? Why did my family and I take a trip to his hometown last summer?

Here are the links if you want to check this out yourself: scroll down on this link and you will find the quotes, and here you can find an article about this subject.

I have texted some of these same questions that I asked here to my - one year older, many years smarter - brother for his view on the subject.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Taking Care of the Poor and Needy

This is the last of my Facebook quote posts, that started here:

"Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need."

This is Proverbs 21:13. Do you want to be ignored when you need help? Nope, neither do I. So I guess we had better keep our ears open to the cries of the poor.

I hope that these Facebook posts have not come out as preachy. That is definitely not how I would ever want to sound. :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

America and Money and Babysitting

Wow, that was quite a bit of a break that I took from posting - I was gone babysitting for my cousin's little girl since Sunday and did not really have internet handy. :) BTW, the babysitting went great, the little girl (sad to stop calling her a baby, but she is going to be a big sister in a few months) who I was watching is an amazing kid, smiling and laughing and playing around all day long - and it was nice to hang out with my cousin some, too. I was watching little L while my cousin was working (she is a teacher, so about 8 or 9 hours each day) on Monday through part of the day today, since her husband was in the hospital being "observed" by doctors because of some unexplained health problems. Please keep this family in your prayers, I don't know if I mentioned this before, but the unborn baby in this family may have health problems as well.

Here is yet another Facebook quotes post, these posts all started here:

"Maybe we've been caught singing, red, white, blue, and green, but that ain't my American dream..."

This is from Switchfoot's song American Dream. A lot of Americans are caught up in money, and in what they have and don't have, in this economy maybe even more so than before. But America is about so much more than money, life is about so much more than money. My American dream is life and freedom for all, what's yours?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving!

Here is a long list of things of things that I am thankful for today, some of which I have mentioned here before.

My unborn nieces or nephews (or one of each) and all the fun that I am going to have with them one day!

My great brothers and sisters and all the fun that I have with them everyday!

My grandparents!

A warm house.

The fact that we don't have any snow yet here in Wisconsin! (even though some is expected for tonight)

Being able to walk, talk, hear and see.

My computer, even though it is a piece of junk most of the time. :)

DSL!! (Never going back to the dial up or limited bandwidth days!)

My dog, though he is often overlooked and taken for granted, I do love him.

Blogs, of all shapes and sizes. :)

My recently discovered favorite TV show, 7th Heaven.

All of the Christmas gifts that I have been able to buy for my family so far, and those that I am going to buy yet soon.

Wii, Facebook, Farmville.

Jesus, who is always with me no matter where I go!

There is more, but this is enough, what are you thankful for?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Taking Care of Widows and Orphans

Continuing on with my Facebook quote posts started here:

"Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world."

This is James 1:27. The "religion" that this talks about, that is the only "religion" that I ever want to have. To care for widows and orphans, that is what God wants from us, that is what religion is all about to God. Isn't that amazing? Not a big list of dos and don'ts like the Pharisees and Sadducees were trying to make, but religion is about love.

Drama, Drama, Drama

So, here's another Facebook quote post, if you want to read more, they started here:

"That's too much drama for me mama..."

From the song Drama Queen by Family Force Five.

I'm not a big fan of drama - and there has been enough drama in this family to last a lifetime, but I really dislike drama queens. You know, the people who make a big deal out of a little things that go wrong (or right.) I know, I'm trying not to judge, but some people just get to you, you know - like, have they never had anything worse happen in their life than a chipped nail?

Today I am thankful that I can see and hear - those are my two favorite "senses". :)

No Religion, "Only" Faith

So, continuing on with my Facebook quotes posts that started here:

"The world does not need any more religion!
It needs Jesus Christ.
Religion is people's attempt to do God's work in their own strength.
Jesus wants us to live and walk in God's strength."

From Brother Yun's book Living Water

I am a strong believer in no religion! Religion to me is a list of (man-made) rules that you have to follow - and I am not a man-made rule follower. Sure, I would say that I am a Christian, but I am more likely to say that I am a Jesus follower, or that I have a relationship rather than a religion. We don't need to follow certain (man-made) rules, we only need to be saved - and being saved is going to make us want to follow God-made instructions on how to live life. We cannot save ourselves, but God can save us. We don't need religion, we need faith and a relationship.

Today I am thankful to have gotten to spend the day with a very special little two year old boy, my cousin's son. We have been watching him for a few hours this afternoon and it's been great. :)


Burning Out Bright

So, I've been at a loss as to what to write about lately, but I got some inspiration today when I was looking at my favorite quotes on my Facebook profile. I'm going to write a post related to each of my favorite quotes and have them ready to post on here whenever I don't know what to write.

"If we've only got one try
If we've only got one life
If time was never on our side
Before I die I want to burn out bright"

That quote is from the song "Burn Out Bright" by Switchfoot.

We do only have one life (besides Heaven, you know), what we are living through here and now is our only try at life here on earth. And this life (this one life) could end at any moment, are you, am I, going to burn out bright? Or will you die quietly and unrecognized by the world. Will the world notice when you die? Will you be missed?

Something that I am thankful for today, is the chance to go to a great (well, hopefully great, anyway) concert this weekend with most of my brothers and sisters and my BIL.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Thankful for Grandparents ...

Despite losing one of my Grandpas ten years ago this summer, I realize that I should be filled with thankfulness to have three grandparents still living today - despite the fact that two of them are in their eighties and two of them have also had some major health problems in the past year. My grandparents are great people, and I am blessed to live within a half hour of all three of them - though I still don't see them as often as I should.

I'm not a good-two-shoes person, in fact I am about the opposite, but it's funny, the only people who I really feel the need to please, the only people who I really care about how they see me, the people who I respect the most in this life, are my grandparents. (That was a really long, and grammatically incorrect sentence.)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Dreams and Something I am Thankful For...

I love dreams, if you haven't noticed. :) I like daydreaming and I like sleepdreaming. But I was wondering, does God still speak to people through dreams?

I've been reading (in the Bible) in the book of Daniel and this morning I read how Daniel interpreted the kings dream for him, and I was wondering, since God used dreams to get messages across back then is that still a way that He would get messages across to us even now? What do you think?

Well, Thanksgiving is coming up and I am noticing everyone telling about things that they are thankful for (on their blogs, on Facebook, etc) and I thought maybe each time that I post until Thanksgiving I will share with you something that I am thankful for.

Today I am so thankful for my family. My amazing brothers and sisters, who really are some of the very greatest people on this earth. My nice sister-in-law and brother-in-law. And for my two teeny tiny nieces or nephews (or one of each.) What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Life's Never Simple...

... And I am finally learning that. You see, when the average friend or distant relative is expecting you hear about it, and then you hear from them again when the little perfect baby is born and you get a picture of this complication free child. But when people who you love and who you are close to are expecting, you live through all of their trials and their ups and downs right along with them. The trials are what I've been getting an up close view of recently, starting with my oldest sister about 3 weeks ago.

My sister (who is expecting her first) and her husband both got coughs and then fevers, and we were all thinking that it was the dreaded H1N1. My sister's fever got pretty high, and so the doctor recommended some medicine for her, and sent in her blood work to test for H1N1, two days later the doctor told my sister that she shouldn't be taking the medicine after all, and my sister's tests ended up coming back negative. Now I am hearing lots of people say that pregnant women should not take the medicine that my sister took (she ended up only taking two doses.) Anyway, all worked out for her (as far as we know), she got better (except for a bit of a lingering cough) and had an ultrasound today which revealed a healthy moving baby. :)

A week and a half ago my sister-in-law (who is also expecting her first and who had trouble conceiving) started "spotting" and that worried her and my brother, and the doctors a bit, too. The doctors told my sister-in-law that there was a one in three chances that this was a sign up a coming miscarriage. They got an ultrasound and the baby appeared healthy, and the doctor now says there is a one in fifteen chance of miscarriage for them (I don't know medical things, so I don't really know how they would think this.) And now today I found out that my sister-in-law has a fever!

Also, today, I found out that my cousin (who is one of the closest of my cousins) who is expecting her second had an ultrasound today that revealed a problem with something related to the umbilical cord that could end up causing some kind of birth defect.

I am so thankful that I can trust God with all of these babies, and yet I worry, what if God decides that it is time for one of these little ones to go home before we even get the chance to meet them? God does that sometimes, I know (I lost a little brother or sister to miscarriage.) I know that I shouldn't worry, but I am a natural worrier. So, would you please pray for these precious babies for me? Thanks.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Letting go...

I am naturally a very unforgiving person. I may appear angry and selfish to people who don't know me very well, or maybe kind of sad. I may even seem a little bitter. But these are not ways I want to be seen, because I know someone who possesses all of these traits and I don't want to "grow up" to be her.

I met someone this past summer, who is a friend of my cousin, this woman is my "hero". I've seen this woman twice, for a hour or two each time, and she just seemed very happy and kind. I'm quiet (and maybe some would call me shy), but I felt pretty much comfortable and natural around this woman - even so much so that I got to play a little bit with her one year old son. This woman, both times when I saw her, was very pregnant with her second child and she also had that one year old son that I mentioned, both times that I saw her she was alone with her children without her husband, yet she was happy and in control of things. I want to be like her.

I look at myself and I look at someone like the first person who I mentioned who, for awhile, I felt like I was turning into, and I want to change. I look at myself and then I look at the second person that I mentioned and who I would like to be more like, and I want to change.

I want to change, and maybe now that I have posted this, I will feel like I am being held accountable. Thank you. :)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Yay!

I am so excited! I got to see a new picture (ultrasound) of the younger of my niece or nephews today and he/she is growing so fast! I could actually (kind of) tell from the picture that it was a baby! Yay! Haha. :) Tomorrow my older sister is getting her ultrasound, and since her baby is two weeks ahead of this one I am expecting a really great picture! New life is so exciting!

So, what exciting things have been going on in your life today?

Friday, October 30, 2009

A Halloween Eve Confession

I must confess, I am "__" years old and I have never been trick or treat-ing! It's not something that my parents ever allowed my brothers and sisters and I to participate in, reasoning unknown. :) I must say, though, I look forward to one day helping my future children dress up and go out and collect some goodies. I think that the idea of dressing up into whatever kind of person (or animal, etc.) you want to be sounds like so much fun!

I've also never carved a Jack O Lantern, but came close this year for the first time ever - my brothers, younger sister, and I made a pumpkin "snowman" and my brother carved it's face.

So now you know a little more of what makes me strange... err.. unique. :)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL! (Have a great time trick or treat-ing and carving your Jack O lanterns and eating your candy.)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Just a Random Fact

Did you know that Walmart now sells caskets and urns online?! My brother just told me about this article that tells all about it. My brother's a little disgusted because he works at Walmart. I asked him if he would quit if Walmart started selling them in store and made him stock them, haha.

Is it just me or does it seem like Walmart is taking over the world? (And no, I'm not against the idea.) :)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

My Weekend (in the Presence of Pregnant Women)

My weekend was good - though it could have been a bit longer. :) Friday night my brothers and little sister and I went to a couple music stores so that my brother could try out some guitars, then quickly stopped at Big Lots just to see if they had any good deals, then had a supper of pizza from the restaurant that my brother works at. Saturday we were met by my family (which includes 2 pregnant women) and my brothers in-laws, along with my cousin (who is pregnant herself) and her husband and daughter. My oldest brother's party went good and we had a (chilly) good time "tailgating", only with pizza, in the parking lot for a couple of hours. I got home about 10 last night, and some of my family is still at my brother's house.

It was interesting to hang out with 3 pregnant people, 2 of whom I have known my whole life and I still have a hard time believing that they are married and pregnant (even though this is my cousin's second). Time goes so fast!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Bit More Natural Info and My Weekend Plans

Living naturally can actually save money... because of things that you can stop using, such as shampoo for me. The money I save from not buying shampoo sort of makes up for the money that I spend on natural deodorant. Yes, natural body lotion is a bit higher priced than other lotions, but natural facial wash and lotion are about the same price as other facial products as are natural make up items. The cost of natural living all depends on the brands/products that you use, it doesn't necessarily have to be expensive.

I am so excited about tomorrow! My older brother (one of them) and younger sister (the only one, haha) and I are heading out to stay the night at (another one of) my older brother's house. I really miss my brother and am happy to get to spend the weekend with him. On Saturday the rest of my family (all of the rest), along with my oldest brother's in-laws, will be meeting us in my older brother's town to tour the baseball stadium there for my oldest brother's 30th Birthday party. That enough brothers mixed in there to get you confused? :)

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My ( a little bit) Natural Life

As I have mentioned here before, I have been without shampoo for over 7 months now, I have never told what else I have been doing a little more naturally.

1. Well, of course this kind of goes along with going without shampoo, but I have also been without hair spray, dye, etc., the only things that have been in my hair (purposefully anyway) in the last seven months have been baking soda and vinegar - and rosemary once or twice and those elderberries one time, but that's another tale all together. :)

2. I'm not sure exactly when it was, but at least three or four months ago, I switched to natural deodorant - and I am sure you wanted to know what kind of deodorant I use, haha. I use Tom's of Maine deodorant and it has pretty much worked great for me, the weird thing is that it is a deodorant and not an antiperspirant and I don't sweat much when using it. I switched my deodorant because aluminum supposedly causes Alzheimer's among other things.

3. I use a natural face wash, and have for a couple of months now. I switched to this because I care so much about the skin on my face and it is so delicate.

4. I just recently switched to a natural facial lotion as well, for the same reasons as the above.

5. I have a few random make up items that are natural, but I have never switched to completely natural make up because I love some of the make up that I use now too much and because I'm not to sure using chemicals on my eyelashes, etc, is really going to hurt anything.

I have used natural body lotion - and I really liked the Jergens' Natural line - but right now I just needed some lotion and we had a (unnatural) bottle that we had gotten cheap or free and so I am using that.

I was the first one in my family to care about using natural products, but one of my older brothers has started to "follow in my footsteps" a bit now. :)

All of this being said, I am not a "Natural Snob" and I don't eat a lot of organic food. I'm just trying to change where it easiest or where the chemicals are the strongest.

One more thing, I have been without nail polish for over four months now - nail polish is something that, I believe, could have a really strong impact on your health, how could it not? I've seen some natural nail polishes online, but don't really feel like spending that much on nail polish... one day, maybe.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

My Brother and Not Caring

I miss my brother - the sibling closest to my age. He lives about 4 hours from where I live and I haven't seen him in a month (or two, I don't remember). I had a bad dream about him the other night and that really made me miss him. :( The good news... I get to see him this coming weekend. :)

Do you have days where you don't really care - what others think of you, etc.? I feel like that today, my sister just posted a bad picture of me on Facebook, but I'm like "who cares that is how I really looked yesterday". You know that feeling? And then, in a couple days (or tomorrow) I will see that picture and I will beg her to take it down. You know?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I Know a Secret!

Yesterday my older (pregnant) sister came to visit... and let something slip! Her and her husband are very secretive about their baby, not letting us know any of their name ideas, not planning on even finding out the gender of their baby (much less telling us what gender he/she is), etc.. But yesterday my sister and I were in a room alone and my sister was telling me how they are going to plow up their sandbox (that was in the yard when my BIL bought the house) to make it into a garden and then she told me that when " " and then she stopped herself... I didn't know what she said until she got all flustered, then I figured out that she had just told me the name that they have planned for their baby! (They are "feeling" that they are having a girl - and I am, too - and so she already calls her baby by the girl name that they have planned.) So, I know a secret and I alone can know it, and I have to continue to keep it a secret for about 7 or 8 months yet! (I know that I can do it, I know that I can do it, I know that I can do it...)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

More 5000 Questions (part 3)

62. What one thing have you done that most people haven't? Gone over 7 months without shampoo.
63. What is the kindest thing you have ever done? Not sure.
64. Are you a patient person?
Usually, yes.
65. What holiday should exist but doesn't? Don't know.
66. What holiday shouldn't exist but does?
Labor day.
67. What's the best joke you ever heard? Don't know.
68. Where is the most fun place you have EVER been? Six Flags Great America.
69. Is your hair natural or dyed? Very natural.
70. Do you have any deep dark secrets or are you pretty much up front?
I have my share of secrets.
71. What is under your bed right now? Boxes and mess.
72. If you were in the Land of Oz would you want to live there or go home?
Go home.
73. If you drive do you frequently speed?
Nope.
74. What is the world's best song to dance to?
Hmm...
75. What song was on the last time you danced with someone? I danced with my little cousin at my sister's wedding, but I don't remember what song it was. :)
76. Do you prefer Disney or Warner Brothers? Disney
77. What is the first animal you would run to see if you went to the zoo?
Marmosets - I saw them for the first time at a zoo this past summer and fell in love with them. :)
78. Would you consider yourself to be romantic? No.
79. If the earth stopped rotating would we all fly off? I don't know, do you?
80. What is the one thing that you love to do so much that you would make sacrifices to be able to do it?
Pretty much anything that I do do.
81. If you (and everyone) had to lose one right or freedom, but you could pick which one everyone had to lose, what would you pick?
The right to drink. :P
82. If you had to choose would you live on the equator or at the North Pole? On the equator.
83. Would you rather give up listening to music or watching television? Watching television.
84. What do you think makes someone a hero? When they sacrifice themselves to help others. 85. What cartoon would you like to be a character in? Spongebob.
86. Name one thing that turns your stomach:
Child abuse.
87. What was the last thing you paid for? Really cute little baby shoes for $1.50 on Ebay!
88. Are you a coupon clipper?
YES!
89. Get anything good in the mail recently?
Some free magazines.
90. Which would you rather take as a gym class...dancing, sailing, karate, or bowling? Karate.
91. In Star Trek people 'beam' back and forth between different places. What this means is they stand in a little tube and their molecules are deconstructed and sent to another tube somewhere else where they are reassembled. Only problem is when the molecules are deconstructed the person is dead. When they are put back together it is only a clone that has all the dead person's memories. So... Is the person who gets beamed the same person on both ends? Not really
92. What insects are you afraid of? I'm not really "afraid" of any, but I don't like ticks or Asian beetles
93. If you could print any phrase on a T-shirt, what would it say?
I don't really like shirts that say things on them
94. What's the most eccentric thing you have ever worn? Striped knee high socks with tennis shoes and gauchos
95. If you could pick one food that you could eat all you wanted but it would have no effect on how much you weigh, what food would it be?
Ice cream or chips.
96. What are your parents interested in?
Don't quite understand this question...
97. Have you ever caught an insect and kept it as a pet? Lightning bugs (fireflies) momentarily Have you ever caught and tamed a wild animal? Nope.
98. What is more helpful to you, wishes or plans?
Plans.
99. When do you feel your life energy the strongest? Never. :P
100. You are spending the night alone in the woods and may bring only 3 items with you. What do you bring? Bug spray, flashlight, blanket

I am now 1/50 of the way done with this survey. :)

Snow and H1N1

So, I didn't post in awhile, oops! :( Sorry - haha, I am sure there were so many people waiting for me to post something for them to read. ;)

It snowed! We got almost two inches of snow on Monday (Columbus Day), and the last little bits still haven't melted. That was unusual, even for Wisconsin. I heard that we usually get our first inch in late November, not 2 inches in the middle of October.

The swine flu is abundant around here, closing down a school near me for the rest of the week. I am a little worried about my pregnant family members, as I here that catching the swine flu would be very bad for them. Please pray for them.

Monday, October 5, 2009

More 5000 Questions (part 2)

31. What 3 things do you want to do before you die?

A Call me crazy, but I really don't know.

B

C

32. What three things would you want to die to avoid doing?

A Killing anyone

B Seeing my family die

C Go through pain for the rest of my life.

33. Is there a cause you believe in more than any other cause? I believe in many various causes, including, fighting for freedom, fighting against poverty, and the right to life.

34. What does each decade make you think of:

The 19..

20's: The decade my grandparents were born

30's:

40's:

50's: The decade my parents were born

60's:

70's: The decade my oldest brother was born

80's: The decade that I was born

90's: The decade that my younger brother and sister were born

2000 (so far): The beginning of my life

2010's: The decade that my nieces or nephews or both will be born

35. Which decade do you feel the most special connection to and why? The one that we are in right now.

36. What is your favorite oldie/classic rock song? I don't know.

37. What country do you live in and who is the leader of that country? The US of A, Barack Obama

If you could say any sentence to the current leader of your country what would it be? Wake up!

38. What's your favorite TV channel to watch in the middle of the night? I don't watch tv in the middle of the night.

39. What Disney villain are you the most like and why? I don't know.

40. Have you ever been a girl scout/boy scout? I was a boy scout, only kidding, nope... never either.

41. If you were traveling to another continent would you rather fly or take a boat? Fly.

42. Why is the sky blue during the day and black at night? Because that is what happens.

43. What does your name mean? I have no idea.

44. Would you rather explore the deeps of the ocean or outer space? The ocean.

45. Word association

What is the first word that comes to mind when you see the word:

Air: Water

Meat: Beef

Different: Unique

Pink: Purple

Deserve: Desire

White: Black

Elvis: Presley

Magic: Wand

Heart: Star

Clash: Fight

Pulp: Orange juice.

46. If you could meet any person in the world who is dead who would you want it to be? One of my siblings who died through miscarriage.

47. What if you could meet anyone who is alive? Not sure.

48. Is there a movie that you love so much you could watch it everyday? Nope.

49. You are going to be stuck alone in an elevator for a week. What do you bring to do? Magazines, a laptop, food and water


50. Have you ever saved someone's life or had your life saved? Saved someone, no. Had mine saved, every day.

51. Make up a definition for the following silly words...

Fruitgoogle: Searching online for fruit.

Ambytime: Morning.

52. What was the last thing you made with your own hands? A card.

53. What was your favorite toy as a child? Dolls.

54. How many TV’s are in your house? Uh... two or three.

55. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Hang out/visit scenic parks.

56. How do you feel when you see a rainbow? Untouched. ;)

57. Have you ever dreamt a dream that came true? Yes.

58. Have you ever been to a psychic/tarot reader? No.

59. What is your idea of paradise? Anywhere with nice, warm weather.

60. Do you believe in god and if so what is he/she/it like? I do. He is unlike anyone else, He is loving, He saved my life.

61. Do you believe in Hell? I do.

I AM SO EXCITED!

A couple weeks ago I posted that my older sister and her husband were expecting their first child (after being married for only 3 months now) and I asked for prayers for my brother and his wife (who have been married for a little over a year) as they want children but had been unable to have any yet. Well...

On Saturday I went shopping with my mom, older sister (the expecting one) and little brother and sister, we go home to find "grandparent" bibs on the table - I thought that someone had left them there for my older sister - and out of our living room popped my brother and his wife with news of their own! They really surprised us, since A. we weren't expecting them to get pregnant, and B. they live about six hours away and hadn't even told us that they were coming.

The baby's are due just (exactly) two weeks apart from each other.

Anyway, I am very excited to have two little nephews or nieces (or one of each) on the way, and am very thankful to God that He helped my brother and SIL to get pregnant.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

5000 Questions

I found this thing called a 5000 questionnaire on another blog (while blog hopping) - and stupid me, I closed the blog window and don't remember the blog address so I can't link to it. Anyway, the link the the questions is here. I don't know if I will make it through all 50 (?) parts, but here goes part of the first. ( I am going to break each part down a bit. )

Part one
1. Who are you? I am a free thinker, independent, pro-freedom, Jesus follower.

2. What are the 3 most important things everyone should know about you? I love Jesus, I love my family, and I am very independent.

3. When you aren't filling out 5,000 question surveys like this one what are you doing? I am writing, playing Wii, reading, shopping or just sitting around with my brothers and sisters.

4. List your classes in school from the ones you like the most to the ones you like the least (or if you are out of school, think of the classes you did like and didn't like at the time). I liked history, and didn't like math, other than that I didn't really care. ;)

5. What is your biggest goal for this year? To start earning some real money with my writing, or just to move on in life in general.

6. Where do you want to be in 5 years? That is something that I don't really talk about with anyone - but I definitely know where I want to be.

7. What stage of life are you in right now? The "time to move on" stage.

8. Are you more child-like or childish? Both. ;)

9. What is the last thing you said out loud? "Telephone!"

10. What song comes closest to how you feel about your life right now? I was asked this in a different survey the other day, and I was stumped - and I still am.

11. Have you ever taken martial arts classes? No.

12. Does your life tend to get better or worse or does it just stay the same? Basically stays the same - little ups and downs here and there.

13. Does time really heal all wounds? Definitely not... but Jesus definitely helps to heal some.

14. How do you handle a rainy day? I don't. ;)

15. Which is worse...losing your luggage or having to sort out tangled holiday lights? I've never lost my luggage, but I have tried to untangle lights, so I will go with that one.

16. How is your relationship with your parents? A little too personal of a question for me...

Will you miss them when they are gone? Likewise... (but, yes.) :)

17. Do you tend to be aware of what is going on around you? Always.

18. What is the truest thing that you know? That God is God and that there is no one like Him.

19. What did you want to be when you grew up? The funny thing is I never really had any big dream, and I some times feel that I still don't.

20. Have you ever been given a second chance? Well sure, every day... :)

21. Are you more of a giver or a taker? I think that I can honestly say a giver.

22. Do you make your decisions with an open heart/mind? I try to.

23. What is the most physically painful thing that has ever happened to you? A horrible back ache, pain so strong I blacked out when trying to stand.

24. What is the most emotionally painful thing that has ever happened to you? Too personal again.

25. Who have you hugged today? No one.

26. Who has done something today to show they care about you? No one. :(

27. Do you have a lot to learn? Doesn't everyone?

28. If you could learn how to do three things just by wishing and not by working what would they be?

A Crochet

B Be more forgiving

C 3D Animation (just to impress my brothers)

29. Which do you remember the longest: what other people say, what other people do or how other people make you feel? How they make me feel.

30. What are the key ingredients to having a good relationship? Be open with each other, commit to always love them - no matter what happens, forgive.

There... far as I am going today. :P

Bargains and Shopping

I love to bargain shop!

Everyday I head to my favorite deal finding site and check out their "Hot Deals" section of the forum to make sure that I don't miss out on any deals.

I love to find coupons that make items free - and double coupon-ing works good with that. :) "Stacking" coupons is great, too.

I love shopping clearance - that is pretty much the only way that I buy myself any new clothes.

I love signing up for free samples online - especially when the samples come with a coupon enclosed.

Is anyone else interested in this kind of thing? Would anyone be interested in hearing more about some of the deals that I have gotten over the years - or current deals that are going on? Let me know and I might post more...

Monday, September 28, 2009

ADHD and Something I Found Funny

I took a quiz that was supposed to determine if a person has ADHD/how much that person has ADHD the other day. I was told that I have moderate ADHD... something I kind of figured about myself... but the thing is, since I took the quiz I feel like my ADHD is even stronger - am I just imagining this?

Tonight while eating supper (yes, I call it supper not dinner) my dad was talking to my younger brother about the earth's crust and how the inside is filled with lava (or something like that, haha, I don't know). He said that if you compare an apple to the earth, the peel is only how thick the crust on the earth is (ya know, cause of the size difference). My older brother (a witty twenty some) was like "I'm movin' " - I thought that was pretty funny, but you probably had to be there to get it.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Mr. Manners and Dr. No-Manners

Do you call people by their first names? Even when they are older than you? Even when they are respected more than you? Even when they have a higher education than you do? I do. After all, aren't "all men created equal"? I don't address anyone as Mr or Mrs, and I don't expect anyone to address me as Miss or Ms. I think that we have first names for a reason. :)

I have a short story to tell on this subject. As kids my brothers and sisters and I would always call our neighbors - who were married to each other - Jim (name changed, haha) and Mrs. Jones (name changed, haha), I don't why or when we started calling them that, but the really strange thing was... my sister had called the wife Mrs. Jones to her face once and she had told her "you can call me" Laura (again, name changed) - so why in the world do we - to this day - call her Mrs. 'Jones'?!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Interacting With and Loving All Types of Life

I've written that I am from a large family - and haven't really explained how large. I've written about some of the relationships that I have with my immediate family - and haven't nearly covered all the relationships that I have with my other relatives. Now I am going to cover - somewhat - how diverse my family (and other relatives) really is. Here she goes...

My youngest relative is my little unborn niece or nephew who has been (for lack of a better word) "created" for under two months. My love for this little one is already strong and I think about him or her every day, yet I haven't even had the chance to "meet" them yet - and won't until springtime.

My oldest relative is my (older of the two) Grandma, she has been on this earth for over 86 years and is still going strong - despite a scare that she gave us last week. I've loved my Grandma my whole life and I get to visit with her quite often.

In between these two there are children who have just celebrated their first and second birthdays, children who have just become (or will soon) teens, and children in between those two groups. There are aunts and uncles who are fast approaching 40, and there are those who have already passed 60.

My relatives include engaged couples, married couples (my family alone includes 3 of these), divorced couples, remarried couples, living together (but unmarried) couples, a homosexual adult, and single adults. My relatives are many and diverse.

While I am not close to a lot of my relatives, I love each and every one of them.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Does Anyone Else?

Does anyone else... get stress headaches (and get them often)? Isn't stress bad enough, but it just adds to the misery when I get a headache to go along with it. I am a relatively calm person (on the outside at least), but I do tend to get stressed out pretty easily (on the inside). Stress headaches are a large part of the headaches that I get (I have headaches a couple of times a week) and they are becoming rather annoying.

I think that this "Does Anyone Else" is becoming a place for me to complain, sorry. ;)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Yea!

I've just heard some very exciting news! Never would have guessed that I would find out what I did today! My older sister and her husband stopped by to pick up my younger brother to take him on a trip that they are going on - and they had something to tell us! Yea! They are expecting my first niece or nephew!!! :D (Or maybe even both - they haven't had an ultrasound yet!) I'm excited, but I feel like this news hasn't really sunk in for me yet - maybe when my sister "has a belly" for the first time, haha. Yea, yea, yea!

Yet, while I am excited for my older sister and her husband and for my whole family I am also hurting for my older brother and his wife. Whereas my sister and her husband have only been married 3 months this month (and hadn't really seemed to care if they got pregnant or not), my brother and his wife have been trying to get pregnant since they got married about a year ago (I know that isn't very long, but I also know that for them it has felt long).

Please pray for my older brother and sister-in-law as they receive this news, and please pray for my teeny tiny niece or nephew! :)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I'm Home!

Flying there... was good. Security was so simple and easy. The take off and the landing and everything in between was smooth - it reminded me of riding in a bus (or kind of a boat, tipping a little from side to side once in awhile).

We spent the night sitting around in the airport waiting for it to get light enough out for us to go have a look around. We played a few games of tic tac toe, read some magazines, watched some people sleep on the airport floor, etc.. In the morning we headed out walking just to see how far we could get, and ended up walking all of the way across the water and to the Lincoln Memorial, on to the Washington Monument and to the Tea Party/march.

The protest... was great! There were so many people there! At first I was worried that things might get a little out of hand - and how I wouldn't want that! I just wanted a simple, peaceful, protest - and that is pretty much what I got. I didn't agree with every sign that was there, or with the attitudes of everyone there, but I was definitely proud to be joining with so many people (estimates are over a million) standing up for our rights and for our country. It was an experience unlike any that I will ever get the chance to be involved in again.

After the march (which went from where we had gathered - Freedom Plaza? - to the Capital) my brother and I decided we might as well walk back, since we had walked there and "knew" we could do it again. After a quick trip out of the way to see the White House, we headed back. I grew pretty tired (and my shoes were really hurting my feet) as we walked - I believe that we walked close to ten miles if not more that day. I was a bit of a wimp, but my brother was very patient with me. We walked through the Arlington National Cemetery on the way back, but didn't have a lot of time to really pay a lot of attention to it, but I did realize that a lot of people are buried there - many who had given up (at least part of) their lives for our freedom.

Flying back... was fine. I was a little nervous boarding the plane, because I had heard of people who had a great first flight and a not so good second, but it went good. We got back to our home state and my other brother's home town and took a bus to that brother's apartment.

Spending time with my brothers... Sunday, my brother and I were able to go to my other brother's church for the first time. And then we spent about five hours hanging out with that brother and doing a little shopping.

I am home! (And this post is way too long, so I am going to stop!)

Thanks for all the advice, and prayers, and support. :)

Peace,

Haddy

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Some Things That I Am Looking Forward To In The Coming Days

First, my brother and mine's trip to Washington DC - though I am dreading my first trip through security, etc, I am still looking forward to this trip. A. I will get to spend a lot of time with this brother. B. I will get to see our capital. C. I will get to "speak up" for what I believe. D. I will get to experience what it is to fly.

Second, my brother and I are flying out of (and in to) one of my other brother's home town (city) and we are spending the night at that brother's apartment Saturday night and will get to hang out with him on Sunday.

Third, Wheel of Fortune is starting a new season on Monday, and my younger brother and sister and I are planning on "getting into" it again - we stopped watching when they started playing replays in the beginning of the summer. We're weird, we know, but we love Wheel of Fortune.

Beyond those three... whatever the future holds. :)


Peace,

Haddy

BTW, sometimes I just say "my brother" or "my sister", that does not mean that I only have one of each or anything, actually quite the contrary. :) It's just simpler that way.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Why I'm Going to DC

Freedom... that is why I am going to Washington DC (well, that, and taxes). My brother and I are flying to Washington DC on Friday so that we can participate in the Tea Party and March that is happening at our Nation's capital. This will be the third "Tea" Party that I have attended and I am excited to be going to one so large and so important.

What is a "Tea" Party? Tea stands for Taxed Enough Already - and of course, the name is also drawn from the name of the great Boston Tea Party. "Tea" Parties are protests against higher taxes and less representation.

What else are we protesting? A biggie is Obamacare (President Obama's big national healthcare plan). Another is tax payer coverage of abortions. And also, of course, the big bail outs our country has been giving.

Why do I care about these issues? My main reason is because I want to be free! I want future generations to be free. I want immigrants to have a chance at freedom here in America. And freedom is not going to come from the government having more control of our money (and of our lives).

Wow, that was a long lecture I just gave, haha. In ending, here are some quotes I've found that speak of freedom and taxes:

The best things in life are free, but sooner or later the government will find a way to tax them. ~Author Unknown

We must care for each other more, and tax each other less. ~Bill Archer

America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation. ~Laurence J. Peter

Freedom is never free. ~Author Unknown

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. ~Abraham Lincoln


Peace,

Haddy

Oh, by the way, not only is Friday my first time flying, but if you didn't notice it's also September 11th and I am flying to Washington DC . . .

Monday, September 7, 2009

Flying and Fall

I will be flying to Washington DC on Friday. I have never flown before! I don't really know what to expect - and I always want to know what to expect before jumping into things. I'm not worried about the flying itself, but more the security and check in process (am I going to have to take off my shoes? empty my pockets? empty my carry on bag myself?) Any advice would be greatly appreciated. :) I am quite nervous, but also pretty excited.

I dislike (dare I say hate?) fall! Does anyone else? It is such a sad time of year, summer coming to an end, winter starting soon. Fall is such an ending, while spring is such a fresh beginning.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

6 Month "Anniversary" Of. . .

Today I am "celebrating" 6 months of no 'poo (shampoo that is). Six months ago I happened upon some blogs about people who had stopped using shampoo for various reasons - I thought "what the heck", and decided to give it a try for myself. I didn't really have a big reason for giving it up, just thought it would be interesting to try. Here is my "journal" from the first two days:

Day one of no 'poo: (march 4th)
I showered about an hour ago, and it is really nice because so far my head feels the same as if I had shampooed – it is not itchy, and itchiness is something I really have had a problem with if I ever tried to shampooing before. My hair is still wet, so I don't know if it is oily or clean.

Six hours after shampooing, my hair feels the same as it normally would – if not a touch drier than normal. No dramatic change.

Day two of no 'poo:
I awoke with nice clean hair. After showering my hair is clean and dry. The same if not cleaner and drier than normal – I am really surprised that my hair is not oily.

I started out by using baking soda (mixed with a little water) to clean my hair and vinegar to condition it - that worked pretty good, but I started getting lazy with it, and now I just use water... using baking soda only if I feel like it. (And no, the vinegar did not leave any scent in my hair.)

I've been enjoying my clean, pure, chemical-free hair. One of the things that I love about my hair now is that it has no scent of it's own - sometimes after spending a day outdoors I will find that my hair smells amazingly fresh air like.


Peace,

Haddy

Praying and Kmart Couponing and How Random Are Those - and a "Anniversary" Coming Up

I like to pray as I mow lawn - it's my "main" prayer time. I will pray for a different family member each time around the section that I am mowing... it makes the mowing go faster and it is really great to have that (uninterrupted) time to pray. I used to have a prayer list that I would go through at night, but found that to be too repetitious, as I was starting to have it memorized... I have a journal which I write out as a prayer, but have found that I sometimes don't really "feel" like I am praying what I write... and so I'm looking for other ideas for praying more - other than my lawn mower trick.

I've been loving the double coupon events that Kmart has been having off and on for the last year or so - my family and I have been able to get so many free (and almost free) items. But now, I've heard, that the double coupon event that is on right now is (supposedly) the last one of the year - and maybe even the last one ever. So sad. :(

If you haven't noticed, I love randomness - and the act of being random. :) That's why my blog jumps from subject to subject - just whatever I feel like writing (or sharing) at that moment.

Friday is my 6 month "Anniversary" of something - any guesses as to what?

Peace,

Haddy

Monday, August 31, 2009

"Reality" TV

So, I've been watching some "reality" tv shows lately, and I've been wondering - how real is "reality" tv? Take Extreme Makeover Home Edition, for example, did you ever think that while the family is on vacation there is a camera crew with them? Or in the World's Strictest Parents, did you ever notice that you (if you are a teen between 15 and 18) can sign up to be on the show - doesn't it always seem like the parents made their kids go? Sometimes I think that it is easier and more enjoyable to pretend that it all really is real - not just reality tv.

Peace,

Haddy

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Relationships and Hypocrisy

I "come from" a big family and lately I've been noticing (and enjoying) the different relationships that I have with each of my brothers and sisters. My youngest brother and I are usually the first to get up in the morning and so we spend time together each morning eating breakfast and sometimes playing Wii or looking things up online together. My youngest sister and I share a room, so we spend a lot of time just hanging around each other and talking together or just being there. One of my brother's likes to go fishing - something I would enjoy if you didn't have to buy a dang license - sometimes I go along with him when he goes fishing and just sit in the boat or on a culvert and watch him catch some fish. Etc, etc, I do various things with my other brothers and sisters, too... and then there are the ones who have moved out and with whom my main relationship most of the time is through phone calls - which is a lot different and a lot harder, because I hate talking on the phone. I love seeing relationships between other people and I love the relationships that I have.

One thing that I dislike is hypocrisy - Lord, help me to do the things that I expect from others and to stand for the things that I say that I believe in.


Peace,
Haddy

Monday, August 24, 2009

Blogging, Judgement and Unborn Babies

Something "my" pastor talked about last Sunday really hit me, he was talking about judging and how sometimes we can feel that someone is judging us and therefore we judge them for judging us and it all goes around and around in a circle. I realized that has been true for me, I've oftentimes felt judged (sometimes by people from my own church and even my own family) and because of the judgment that I feel from them I sometimes don't give them a chance - because I am now judging them. The pastor spoke of how Jesus said that He didn't come to judge, and if Jesus who had "every right" to judge didn't anyway, why do we feel that we can? Very interesting, and very convicting.

I've been blogging for a year (or two or three), but haven't been very faithful with keeping any of the other ones going. I am hoping that with this one I will be better. :) Because so far I have many thoughts to share and I am feeling very excited and happy to be writing on this blog.

I found out a few days ago that one of my cousin's (along with her husband) is expecting her second baby and I am so HAPPY! I would love a niece or a nephew, but this is really the "next best thing". I am very close to my cousin's first child and love her so much, I know that I will love this baby as well (as I already am starting to). Babies are such miracles, don't you agree? Small and helpless and yet growing to make large and helpful adults. :D

Peace,
Haddy