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Not a Bad Place to Knit


The start of a cardi for Ell' in the always delicious Malabrigo Rios.

Knitting in a rocking chair on the porch of our Smoky Mountain cabin while the rain falls.  Got about 3 stitches done before Ella woke up from her super short nap.  Ah well.  It was tranquil while it lasted.  Here’s hoping for a week of little, happy, peaceful moments with my loves.


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2013 was an awesome year! 

Welcoming Ella Gail into the world is at the top of the list and it’s been so much fun guiding Hannah into toddlerhood.  It’s amazing to see her learning new things everyday. 

My life pretty much revolves around those little gals right now.  True, my “me” time is practically non-existent, but I know one day (all too soon) I’ll be able to knit, take bubble baths, and read books (without pictures!) to my heart’s content.  :)


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Merry Christmas!


Wishing all my blogging friends a very, merry Christmas!


For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

And this will  be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

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Thankful Thursday

Today, I’m thankful that Ella nurses like a champ.  The dreaded breast pump is tucked away in the back of a closet and I pray it doesn’t have to see the light of day this time around.

Since Hannah was a preemie, she failed to catch on to the whole breastfeeding thing despite the best efforts of the nurses, lactation consultant, and myself.  Since I’m stubborn, I refused to give her formula and spent the next 8 months pumping for several hours each day.  I pumped in cars, (secluded) parks, and I even pumped in bathroom stalls in the middle of Walt Disney World (seriously).  It may not sound like a big deal, but exclusively pumping was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. 


My two girls, each wearing the sweater my Mommom knitted. <3


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Thankful Thursday

Today, I’m thankful for a healthy (and full term!) pregnancy.  And I’m thankful that little Ella’s ultrasounds and non-stress tests have all been perfect.

Tomorrow, at the recommendation of the Perinatalogist, I’ll be getting induced (at exactly 40 weeks!) and will finally be able to meet our Ella Gail. 

This morning, I had the very difficult,  heartbreaking task of drafting a sympathy note to a family at our church.  On Wednesday they lost their newborn son.  Baby W was born with a hole in his heart and wasn’t able to recover from the surgery they performed earlier this week.  He was only 10 weeks old.

I can’t imagine what his parents and two older brothers are going through right now.  Tomorrow I welcome a beautiful baby girl into the world and on Saturday they will be saying goodbye to a little boy that will forever be in their hearts and on their minds.


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