Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Turkey Day

....even though its beginnings had nothing to do with turkey.  Did you know that our Congress actually commissioned George Washington in 1789 to assign a day of Thankgiving for the people of this country?  A day to give thanks to our God!  That is cool.

A Thanksgiving Declaration from George Washington

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to “recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.
Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3d day of October, A.D. 1789.

Reprinted from Vision Forum 

Gobble, Gobble!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Getting Ready for Black Friday

We just made our first purchase. Visit for more information.

Friday, November 19, 2010

When I Think Of....

Madeline likes to play this game she calls, When I Think Of....
Here's how this morning's game went:

Madeline: What do you think of when you think of beads?

Me: When I think of beads, I think of colors.
M: When I think of colors, I think of green.
Me: When I think of green, I think of grass.
M: When I think of grass, I think of lawnmowers.
Me: When I think of lawnmowers, I think of Dad w/ the Kelty.
M: When I think of Dad w/ the Kelty, I think of Gabe.
Me: When I think of Gabe, I think of smiles.
M: When I think of smiles, I think of stickers.
Me: When I think of stickers, I think of laundry.
(You know how I got there, right?  Stickers, stuck to clothes that you don't find until after the dry cycle.  At that point you have a better chance of an winning an all-expense paid trip to Paris than you do of removing the sticker from the fabric.  Grrrrrrrr.)

M: When  I think of laundry, I think of obsessed.
Hold up.  What??  Obessed is a strong word.  Just because I insist on doing 2 loads every day and have a very specific way I like to have it done.  Oh, and I like it put away on Wednesday?  I call that organized.
That's ok though, I can rebound.

Me: When I think of obsessed, I think of praying. (rebound)
M: When I think of praying, I think of church.
Me: When I think of church, I think of Papa.
M: When I think of Papa, I think of Grandma.
Me: When I think of Grandma, I think of helpful.
M: When I think of helpful, I think of ME!

And we are both laughing too hard to continue.  So, that's When I Think Of....  You really should play sometime.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Do I really need a caption?

Friday, November 5, 2010

In Which I Reflect on the Past 10 Years....

**Update:  Miracle Blanket has extended a discount code for those that entered the contest but did not win.  Please contact me if you would like this discount.**
** UPDATE!  Congrats jenzen69 on winning the Miracle Blanket.  Please post a comment here with a way to contact you. **

Everywhere I turn the past few weeks there is some sort of big "baby" news.  A college roommate  expecting triplets (yes, 3!), friends and family announcing "baby" news or thinking about that possibility, water births, hospital births, home water births.  Sorry, that one deserved a 2nd mention.  My cousin recently had a home water birth.  Wow.  I actually just returned from delivering a meal to a friend who birthed a beautiful baby girl, Zion, earlier this week.  Babies.  Everywhere.

During the past couple weeks, Lincoln has taken to waking just after the rooster crows and I was saying to Ron last night, "Should we pull out the Miracle Blanket and swaddle him?"   Ok, not really. 
But it did prompt a discussion on how this part of our lives will be over soon.  A whole decade of pregnancy, sleep deprivation and breastfeeding, almost over.  Did I mention sleep deprivation?  As much as a laaaaaaarge part of me won't miss the lack of sleep, part of me really will.  A teeny, tiny part.  Really tiny.  Tinsy, winsy.  I kinda enjoyed the late night re-runs.  I digress.

As I was saying goodbye (and good luck!) to this new mommy today, I asked (as I always do), "Do you have a Miracle Blanket?"
Cause you're going to need one.  Like the human body needs oxygen.  Like a duck needs water.  And don't think I'm exaggerating.

So, in honor of my week of reflection and the many sleep deprived nights these new mommies are about to experience (significantly less though, if they swaddle!), Miracle Blanket is giving away a swaddle blanket to a randomly chosen commentor.  Post your comment and 1 individual (from this blog) will be chosen on Tuesday 11/9 via MB's Twitter & Facebook.
(I don't usually do comments but I will turn them on for this :))

You can use the blanket for your own baby or make yourself famous by giving as a gift.  Your choice.

The winner will be ONLY be announced on Miracle Blanket’s Twitter page or Miracle Blanket's Facebook pagethe afternoon of Tuesday, November 9, 2010 (after 2:00 pm CST). Be sure to check there to see if you've won! The folks at Miracle Blanket will give the winner 24 hours to respond back, otherwise you forfeit the prize. Contest is open to U.S. and Canada.

(Almost) 1 1/2 and into absolutely everything.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

3 1/2.  All.  Boy.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"I'm 5 1/2 and I can READ!"

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

7 1/2....going on 24.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Officially 9 and 1/2.