I’m back, probably for a post or two and then take my good long 6-12 month sabbatical.  Haha.

I wanted to post this picture of Miabelle at the beach (around 15 months).  I love it so much and I love this little girl beyond words.

I have had an itch to do some reupholstering on old furniture for awhile.  So, we happened to stop by a few garage sales and found these pieces that I thought were a perfect beginning to my reupholstering life.  The little chair was 2 bucks and sitting stool was a buck.  I got a yard of fabric at hobby lobby and went at it!  It was easy and so much fun.  Pretty much loved it.  I even reupholstered one of my friends black chair for her.  Here’s some pictures of my reupholstered creations :)

I know, I know, I know.  Mia has taken over my blog :)  But I can’t help it.  She’s the best thing ever and such a blessing. She is about nine months old in two days and I can’t believe how fast it’s flown by!  I thank God for the blessing she is and for keeping her so healthy.

On another note, I’ve just begun to read this book called “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp.  Go get it and read it.  So good.  From chapter one I started to feel it tug on my heart and grow in me a desire to live differently.  I’ve only read three chapters but the main gist is the idea of thankfulness and living a thankful life.  Sounds simple and something we’ve all heard but, I think if I could really live this way more, my life would be changed.  So how am I going to do this?  Not sure yet, but I’ll let you know :)

For one, I’m so thankful for this little girl in my life! For her sweet smile that scrunches up her face, her fat little feet and toes, her belly laugh, her eyebrows that furrow in disapproval and so much more.  Thank  you Lord for this gift.

My baby is 1/2 a year old.  I can’t believe how fast time goes, soon she’ll be 5, then 10, 20…ahhh!  She’s been the best gift I’ve ever been given.  Almost every night as i lay her down I can’t thank God enough for allowing me to have her in my life.  I LOVE being a Mom to her.  I wanted to write to share some of the new and funny things she is doing lately.

*  She rolls around everywhere, she loves to be on her belly and can’t move forward very well she goes in circles or scoots backwards

*  She squeels in delight and often makes a low pitched growling noise.  It’s really funny.  She’s been saying “ba,ba,ba” lately.

* Her newest thing is a faker smile.  She will look up at you, scrunch up her nose and give you a closed mouth smile like that.  I’m not sure where it came from but it cracks us up every time.

*  She’s a big veggie fan so far when it comes to solids.  I gave her banana for a week and all I got was scrunched up faces of disgust and then I gave her some sweet potato and it was an open mouth and I couldn’t shove it in fast enough.  Peaches, scrunched up gross face, green peas, open mouth, gobble down.

*  She’s a kicker, she pretty much always kicks her socks off and if you look at her from afar, you can always see her little chunker legs going, going, going.  Changing her diaper is interesting :)

*  She’s an easy baby, contented and patient.  We take her everywhere cause she’s so easy.

*  She studies people.  Some babies I know are instant smiles when you look at them, not Mia.  If a stranger is talking to her/looking at her, she studies them with wide eyes and silence.  Once and awhile a random stranger will get a smile out of her.  It’s pretty cute.

Yes, we are pretty much head over heals for this little girl.

Yes, I actually graduated from nursing school.  Yes, somehow I passed boards.  And yes, now I’m a working nurse (in training).  And it’s somewhat terrifying! There is all this information and I feel like I know none of it!  Do I even know how to keep a patient alive?!  At this point, after a week on the floor I feel like I’m a bit in survival mode.  Get my tasks done, keep my patients alive, chart, chart, chart!

I was driving in the car with David the other day and I was looking all around me and it hit me how amazing it is that we have, light poles, cars that run, planes in the air, shoes on our feet, books, t.v., on and on.  How does it work?  How did it come about?  Who thought one day “I’ll do this and put this, this and this together” and BAMO, an automobile is made. Way back when, none of this was around.  God made us with so much potential, with so much creativeness and look now at all these accomplishments.  To me, it’s quite amazing, especially since I have a hard enough time putting dinner together each night.

I feel very self motivational right now but I was thinking that en-light of these thoughts, I have the potential to be a great nurse.  Yes, after awhile anyone can get good at their job but I want to be better than just “good at my job”  I want to be great.  I don’t want to limit myself.  To you reading this, don’t limit yourself!  Be great, stretch yourself, do things that make you uncomfortable, grow, and create!  The creator of the universe created us, in His image!  Be great!

How am I going to do this?  Day by day.  Praying and pondering, “Lord, what have you put before me today?”  Then go about doing it to my best ability, learn, grow and hopefully, enjoy the process too.

This week I start work as an RN! It’s mostly in class orientation this week and then next week on the floor with patients!  It’s exciting to be starting my career in nursing.

Couldn’t be more thankful for this sweet girl.  Love having her in my life :)

I’m not sure if you’ve ever been to the bathroom on an airplane but it’s small, quite small.  You walk in, take a half turn, sit down, stand up, take another half a turn, wash your hands, take a step to the side and exit :)  David, Mia and I went on a retreat with my Mom in Ohio and on the second flight, I was holding Mia and she had quite a few “putt, putts” as my mother in law puts it.  Lately if we don’t change those diapers, it’s full on blow out, and nobody wants that, especially on a small airplane.  I leaned forward cause David was in the seat in front of me and asked him if he thought I should try and go change her, we both decided I probably should.  So I walked into the bathroom with Mia, did our half turns and luckily there was a small fold down changing table.  We did our thing and as I was about ready to leave we hit some hard core turbulence.  I held Mia with one arm, pressed my back against the wall and tired to stable us with the other arm.  I went to unlock the door a few times but couldn’t quite balance myself, when I finally did unlock the door, it flapped open and then closed a few times.  I felt surprisingly calm but still a little scared, but when I looked up, it was the most enduring moment as I saw four to five men looking back at the bathroom because they all knew I was in there with the baby.  As I started walking down the isle everyone was grabbing my arms to steady me and Mia, helping us back to our seat, I genuinely needed that help to get back to my seat and I felt very grateful for it.  I feel like I never want to be in a moment of “need”, feel helpless, but in this case, I needed help and got it, and I was so blessed by it.

We babysat Stephen this last Friday and I let him play a game on my iphone.  I was working on something in the kitchen and David and Stephen were on the couch doing their own thing.  Stephen kept accidentally tapping a spot on the iphone that would bring him to the internet, he would look up and kind of make a “uuuuuhh?” noise.  The first time this happened David looked over at the phone and said “oh, did you get on the web?” and he helped him get back to his game.  He kept tapping the internet button and then he would look up and call my name “Aaaaanne, web”.  It was so cute and funny.  And we actually got a good recording of Stephen and the pesky “web” :)