Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Me at 12-13 weeks.
Me at 26 weeks and 20-25 pounds heavier. (I've gained 30-34 since being pregnant)Will this weight gaining ever slow down?!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Diaper bag dimensions..

Some of you had asked for the diaper bag dimensions so I thought I'd post a picture of me holding a bag so you can get an idea of how big it is. The bag measures approxiametly 17"H x 14"W x 5" deep. It's a good sized bag. Just remember- I can always make it smaller. I also have different patterns I can use. You don't have to have this particular bag! I have several different kinds! Zipper closures are a little more costly though...just sayin. I can always add a flap or ribbon closure easily to this pattern though. It's all about what you want! Anyway, hope this gives you a good enough idea of the bag size!

A close up of the bag- I made this one for a friend at church. I had the material so I whipped it up Saturday night. I hadn't given her a baby gift for her son so I thought, why not?! I also made my dress Saturday. It was a very crazy, productive night for me!

I was trying to get a picture of the dress I made for myself. (I love how I'm attractive...) I guess I should just take a picture of the actual dress- when I'm not wearing it. My serger was giving me trouble but I eventually won out! I know why I prefer sewing bags! And yes, my baby belly looks smaller in this picture. Black is very 'slimming'...gotta love that! I promise he is growing though- I've started feeling little feet under my ribs (ouch!)...

Okay, now I better get busy and sew that bag for Hadassah again...I better get the spelling right this time!!! Grrr...

Saturday, January 24, 2009


I am thankful for (in no particular order):

(These are just some things...I know there are so many more!!)

~A husband that loves me even when I'm unlovable.

~The time I've gotten to spend with my husband and the growth we've seen in our marriage since he's been laid off.

~The love my husband has for his boys.

~The wonderful behavior my children have had the last several weeks (I think it's due to all the time they've spent with their father).

~The wriggling, little life inside of me. Some are never able to experience such a wonderful feeling.

~The ability to homeschool my children. Even though I don't always enjoy it I can't imagine missing out on so much of their lives. I love having my children with me and I savor every moment with them!

~Our nice, warm house.

~The dirty laundry- it helps remind me of how blessed we are to have many children.

~Netflix. It has saved us so much money! We stay at home and watch movies when we would otherwise be tempted to go out and spend money.

~Sisters- they are always only a phone call away.

~Food on our table. Even as tight as it has been financially we always have food in the house!

~Internet- so I can communicate with old, new and bloggy friends. Plus- who doesn't love 'Google'?! So much information and it's only a click or two away!

~A mother-in-law who will watch my kids on short notice.

~A mother who is always there to listen to me when I just need someone to listen to me.

~A church that truly seems concerned about our current situation and friends that always ask us how we're doing and let us know that they're are praying for us.

~Bills- because they cause us to rely on God to meet 'all' our needs.

~Indoor plumbing...need I say more?

~Two reliable cars (one of which is completely paid for).

~My sewing machine. I have spent many an enjoyable hour creating things for me, my family and others. It has been a true blessing! It has also saved us money...

~A husband that loves to work. This time of not working has been very hard on him but we have been so thankful for the time we've spent together!

~Stores like Hobby Lobby and JoAnns...they help feed my addiction to sewing.

~40% off coupons to the two stores listed above!

~The joys of living in a somewhat big city where just about any store you could want is within 5 minutes away.

~A handy hubby...he can fix or make just about anything!

~Three active, crazy boys. I'm so thankful they're are healthy enough to be crazy and active!

~Slobbery kisses from my 2 year old because he loves me even when I haven't been the nicest mommy.

~The words, 'I love you'...and the way it melts my heart when told to me by one of my four boys.

~Freedom! I'm still so proud to be an American- even if times are uncertain right now.

~Hair clippers! I've saved so much money buy cutting all the boys hair at home (yes, even Tim's).

~Winter- it's makes me appreciate Spring and Summer even more!

~A God that never,ever leaves us or forsakes us...even if we feel he has at times!

God is so good!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Just another diaper bag.

I just thought I'd post a picture of another diaper bag I did for a friend. I had this material laying around my sewing room and thought it would look cute made up into a bag. I also did one for Noah- I'll try to take pictures of it and post it sometime later this week. It actually turned out pretty cute- it coordinates with his new bedroom. =) Awww...I just realized that I spelt Hadassah wrong!!! I could shoot myself- I forgot an 'S'....urgh.... I will be making her a new one soon!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Belly picture and baby 'boy' names...

Belly picture- 26 weeks 1 day. Can you tell I've already gained 30 pounds? read that right....sigh.

Also- does anyone have any suggestions for baby boy names? We have two we really like but I'm still open to new suggestions. This baby probably won't be named until after he's born. I'd like to see him before settling on anything. I appreciate your help!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Another project complete.

I thought I'd show you diaper bag a friend of my sister's wanted me to make for her cousin (or should I say her cousin's baby). I think it turned out pretty cute. Here are a few pictures.

I thought it needed something more so I added some ribbon and a button.

The bag is completely reversible and has pockets on the 'inner' side (six to be exact). I love this pattern it's too much fun to make.
Also- wanted to let you know that I will take orders to make more. So, if you know anyone having a baby or who has just had a baby, or if you have a baby you'd like a personalized diaper bag for let me know. If you tell me what colors/theme you're thinking about I can pick out the fabric and run with it. I can also do a diaper bag with a zipper closure. My bags are very reasonably priced (shipping is included in the price of the diaper bag). Just thought I'd get the word out there! Have a great day! =)

Overwhelmed with this thing called life.

Okay, I'm going to give you a completely open and honest post today- something I rarely do. I am a very personal person and being transparent on my blog is something I don't tend to do. Mainly, because I can't control who reads my blog and that concerns me. Anyway, today is different. I won't share too much just enough to keep you praying for us. This week has been hard on my husband and I. We both feel we've reached our breaking point when it comes to him not having a job. We've been told on three occasions by Tim's boss that he can come back soon. The date keeps getting moved back. Well, we can only wait so long. Tim has been looking for a different job this week. It's mighty depressing out there. Tim is so specialized in what he does. He is about as good as you can get when it comes to woodworking/millwork/cabinetry. Unfortunately for us, that industry is really struggling right now. He can also engineer millwork and manage/supervise employees but no one will take him unless he has the degree behind his name. Blah,blah, blah....I guess experience and skill doesn't count for anything anymore. It's pretty frustrating. We've also had first hand experience with the ignorance and stupidity of the union. Sorry if I offend anyone but the union just plain frustrates me. My husband has 20 years of experience with custom woodworking and has even had his own business and one large woodworking shop told him they'd take him if he went back to school! What?! He could teach the class? The only reason is because they're union and that's what everyone does...blah,blah,blah...something about being 'fair'....blah,blah,blah! Tell me how that's fair? (Also- Tim was willing to go back to school if they'd pay him journeyman wages- they wouldn't. He'd be paid as an apprentice. Just stupid.) This has been a very interesting journey. Not that we aren't accustomed to this kind of thing. Remember, Tim used to be in his own business. We were the first to go without paychecks. There were times we went for a month or two at a time without one. It was not easy. Other things went on that I won't mention on here.
Let's just say we now have a hard time trusting people. It's just sad that some people enjoy seeing you go through hard times. We've also noticed some would seem to get upset when the Lord would bless us. Must make them feel better about their circumstances or something. I don't know- I'll never understand it. Anyway, trusting the Lord right now is frankly hard. We are only human. It is hard not knowing what is going to take place. I understand that the Lord could be teaching us something (again!)- maybe patience. We thought we'd learned that lesson...over and over and over again. I guess not good enough. Anyway,I write this to ask you to be in prayer for us. Please pray the Lord would send along the right job for Tim. We really need to find something this month. Like I said- we are human and can only take so much...

Monday, January 12, 2009

What my husband does in his spare time.

I haven't updated my blog lately because Tim's been home and been keeping us busy around the house. WE have come to a stand still this week- we can only do so much with what little $$ we have. Plus, with Tim not being back to work yet we really need to watch our spending. I've become very good at thinking up creative, cheap meals the past couple weeks. I'll save that for another post though. Anyway, here's a few pictures of what TIm's been doing. Believe it or not- these two projects didn't cost us much at all. We are true bargain hunters! ;-)

Tim painted Noah's hot pink room (it was like that when we bought this house) and changed it from this nightmare.... this! Yes, my son is without a mattress right now. He's been using his crib mattress. Anyone have a spare twin mattress lying around?

Can you guess the theme? I'm dying to get more for his room but I'm going to have to wait until the hubs gets his job back. =( Don't you love the wainscoting? Tim bought the cheapest stuff at Menards and made it look so beautiful! He is one talented dude!

The letters I painted. You can buy these wood letters at hobby stores- they're really cheap (about $2.00 a letter). They come unpainted. I also bought the little wood 'accents' at our hobby store too. I think they were $.50 a piece. A really cheap and fun project. They look even better in person.

Okay, so the lighting was terrible but I wanted to show you up close the fabric I used for the valance. I thought it was really cute! (These were beyond easy to whip up!)

He also got around around to painting an accent wall in our living room. I love it! I've always wanted a red(ish) wall!

Friday, January 9, 2009

No title

I will try and post tomorrow. Tim and I have been working on some projects around the house and I'll post once we've completed them. Maybe I'll even add some pictures. Untill then- take care!