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Teeth, and why I dislike them…

I strongly dislike teeth. Well, not the teeth themselves, but their eruption into the world. My Snugglebug (14 mo old) is working on her first molars. And I am not sleeping. At least not longer than 1/2 hour at a time. Because neither is she. I have a wisdom tooth that moves from time to time. So I know how she feels. But I can sleep more than 30 minutes…why can’t she?!



Blessings and Stars (and parentheses, too)

After getting married and finishing graduate school and completing my clinical fellowship year, God moved us to Houston, TX. Now, I really couldn’t stand the city, but we lived in a suburb west of the city. It was really nice there. And I absolutely adore the people in God’s church there. I miss them terribly and thank God daily for the opportunity to live there and meet those people and have those experiences. They definitely taught me a lot. I can also never replace the experience as a speech pathologist gained in Houston. But, getting back to the present. My husband was let go from his accounting job 2 days before my youngest child was born. He did all sorts of odd jobs to help support us, though I had to work almost full time to pay the bills. (Do you know how competitive the accounting market is in Houston if you don’t have your CPA?!) For some reason (perhaps a certain 5 year old?), God gave him a ‘real’ job (9 months later) and moved us back to my hometown this past summer. So I went from a beautiful 2400 sq ft house on a nice corner lot (with an HOA telling us what and when to do every time we turned around) to a 1330 sq ft house on 3.3 acres with a huge fenced garden area, a pond, and an ancient root cellar (minus a roof…) in a teeny tiny town (where everyone still recognizes me even though I’ve been gone for 14 years). Did I mention I got to spend the entire summer with my kids? I am currently working 2 days per week as a speech pathologist, though I wish I could stay home more (hence the blog title). I am so excited to be here where my kids can grow up the way my husband and I did. Every time I take the dog out at night (no fenced yard…yet) I look up and actually see stars. Lots of them. And I am truly and overwhelmingly thankful for all that God has done for us. And thankful that through all our trials, with my husband as my rock, we have never wavered in our faith that God would see us through. (It just wasn’t how we pictured things…)


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A bug and some lists

So I got this little bug of an idea in my head today while trying to research the best way to make pumpkin puree (what I found definitely wasn’t the ‘best’ btw…).  Everyone in the world is blogging.  I thought, I can do that!  Of course, there are several barriers to the whole ‘blogging’ idea.  Let me begin listing them:

1. I am not creative or witty

2. I never finish what I start

3. I can’t keep up with my shoes, let alone keep up with a blog

4. When do people have time to write blogs?!  (kids are napping right now and some other task is currently going undone…)

5. And most importantly, I’m lazy…

Anyway, you may, or may not, be getting the idea.  But speaking of ideas, tons of them kept popping through my mind.  I could write on this and this, oh, and this!  Here is a list of those things, in case you may, or may not, be interested.

1. pumpkin pie

2. homemade bread (in a bread machine!)

3. Kombucha

4. living with a vocal Savannah cat

5. living with 3 kids, the oldest of which is not mine

6. attempting the homestead life by (hopefully soon) getting chickens and goats and having a garden

7. sharing the wonderful recipes I’ve found and made my own

8. chemical free living

9. Homeschooling

Well, so this list may be more for me than you, the reader.  But I have a lot of ideas!  And I’ll likely never sit down to type any more of them out.  

Beyond that, I suppose I can start off with a little about me.  I am a part time speech pathologist and full time mother/slave/chef/maid/animal carer/medical advice-giver for my family.  This said family includes my husband, 14 month old, 3 year old, and 5 year old (like I said before, that isn’t mine…yet).  It also includes a Boerboel, two shelter cats, and a very vocal (but otherwise super awesome) Savannah cat.  


On a random note, these were some of Google’s lovely suggestions while doing research earlier…