Saturday, February 19, 2011

Life for a Child

Ummm... How cute are these??? Plus they support an excellent cause!

It is estimated that there are 100,000 children with diabetes around the world who are in need of assistance to access insulin.
Without insulin, these children will die within 1 week. ONE WEEK!

Life for a Child helps children with type 1 diabetes around the world access insulin and other necessary things used to help control and live with diabetes.

I am joining Wendy at Candy Hearts to help get the word of this very important need out there. Will you help us? Just click the picture below to find out how. It's that easy.

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Friday, February 18, 2011


When you read this, I will be in the middle of babysitting. This may be hard on me emotionally.

You see... I went over to their house for a pre-babysitting interview December 1. I was still freshly pregnant, thinking a baby this old, baby things like these, will be at my house this time next year. I was excited, giddy, hopeful. I knew babysitting baby M wouldn't be any problem. Heck, it'd be a bit of practice! The mom and I set up a date and time for me to come over to babysit after I got back from my friend's out of town wedding. It was going to be fun.

If you've been reading my blog, you know what happened at that wedding. I had a miscarriage. Everything I was preparing for was gone. That was tough alone, but I still had this mother depending on me to sit for her in a day or so. I didn't know how I was going to do it, but I was going to try. That morning, I woke up in the worst pain I have ever felt in my life. I still tried to convince myself that I could still babysit that day. However, T told me that I shouldn't force myself. I was in pain, emotionally and physically, so I called the mom and told her I was sorry, but I was pretty sick and I didn't think I could make it to sit. I never told her what happened. I didn't know how. I hardly knew how to tell my own mother. I figured if M's mom had a problem with me canceling last minute, then I just would lose the chance of babysitting for them. So be it.

Then, two months pass and I get a phone call from her asking me if I was free to babysit for M while they went out for the dad's birthday. I said yes.

That's where I am right now. Babysitting and trying not to remember things that happened last time I tried to. God will definitely be with me tonight. He will be holding my hand and keeping me able to care for this beautiful little girl without me hurting too much. I know this, but could you pray for me, too?

I'm good at that, huh?

Sorry I disappeared again. The Timmy had the week off so we spent most of that time together. Plus I've been preoccupied with other things that I'll type about someday. I just don't know when.

I hope everyone who reads this had a spectacular Valentine's Day. You don't need a significant other to celebrate love. You just need love! I claimed my Bee Eff Eff Elle Megin to be my Valentine this year. [Don't tell T. He might get jealous. ;)] I love that woman!

I love love love that the weather seems to be warming up. I'm tired of long sleeves and jackets. I actually only have a couple of long sleeve shirts. I was considering buying more in the fall, but I didn't want to waste money if they wouldn't be able to last until March/April. I thought that my baby bump would cause me to grow out of them too soon. Then this happened. No baby+no baby bump= no need for worrying about growing out of those shirts. I still couldn't bring myself to buy more shirts. It hurt that I wouldn't be needing maternity wear when I really should have. I couldn't even drink coffee or eat sushi until recently because I felt guilty for being able to consume them when I really shouldn't have been able to. And I LOVE coffee products and sushi. I'm kinda surprised that the guilt is still lingering now, especially when I thought I was getting it in my head that it wasn't necessarily my fault.

Back to the weather. I am so ready to break out flip flops and skirts. That's one thing I miss about Florida. They would have been able to wear skirts and flip flops longer into the winter and earlier in the spring than we are up here in the Carolinas. Boo to cold weather!!! You will never convert me!

I need to go continue getting ready for this evening. I am babysitting for a couple from my church while they go out for the husband's birthday. They haven't had a chance to do this since the baby was born last year, so I hope they have a good time!

Monday, February 14, 2011

All you need is Love

Since this is the time of year all about love, I figured I'd finally do this meme that's been circulating.

1. When is your "engagement" anniversary?

April 22, 2009 Earth day!

2. When is your wedding anniversary?
November 14, 2009

3. How long have you known your spouse?
Since my birthday in 2008

4. How long did you date before you were engaged?
Just under a year

5. Where did you meet your spouse for the first time?
At O'Kane's Irish Pub in Fernandina Beach, FL

6. What is your spouses full name?
Ummm, I'm not so sure I want that info fully and easily out there in internetland so I'm going to type the three names and let you guys figure it out. Moncrief. Marshall. Timothy.

7. Do you have any children?
Due to an unfortunate incident, Not yet. Soon, God willing, Soon.

8. How many? Boys/Girls
We want whatever God will give us, whether it is through us biologically or adopted.

9. Do you have any house pets?
Izzie! and Ellie! Izzie (aka Isabella Chacharita) is a 5 year old Yorkie-Chihuahua mix and my best little buddy. Ellie (aka Shizelle Noelle) is a 1 year old Australian Shepherd/ Black Lab mix and has WAY WAY WAY too much energy.

10. Do you own a house or rent?
We bought our house last May.

11. Do you live in the country/town/city?
We're not too far from a larger city.

12. What is one of your favorite activities to do together?
We like to explore and visit new restaurants and places.

13. Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
We did have an enjoyable time in Asheville when we went for our 1st anniversary.

14. When did you first kiss?
June 2008

15. What church do you attend?
Good Shepherd UMC and we love it there.

16. Is this the church you were married in?
We were married outside in downtown Fernandina Beach, FL in a little pocket park off of the main street.

17. What town is current address at?
Charlotte, NC

18. Do you work or stay home?
I'm at home now, but I want a job.

19. Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We didn't go on an "official" honeymoon. I think we are considering our one year anniversary trip to the Biltmore and Asheville our "honeymoon".

20. What was the funniest gift you gave while dating?
Ninja stars

21. How long have you been together?
Oh, about 991 days or 2 years, 8 months and 16 days, but I'm just estimating

22. How long did you know each other before you started dating?
Long enough

23. Who asked who out?
The Timmy asked me out for some sushi and I said yes. The rest is history.

24. How old are each of you?
I'm 26 and he's soon to leave his 20's behind

25. Where do each of you go to school?
The school of life

26. Which situation is hardest on you as a couple?
Medical. Living with someone else. Money. Losing our baby. But everything has made us a stronger team.

27. Did you go to the same school?
Not even the same state

28. Are you both from the same town?
See previous answer.

29.Who is smarter?
Depends on how. I know a little about a lot of topics and T is a musical genius who knows his stuff when it comes to biblical conversations and beer, sometimes at the same time. lol

30. Who is more sensitive?
Me, but that may be because I don't hold things in.

31. Where do you eat out most as a couple?
PDQ and Sultans Kabob House. We also love to go to The Grapevine.

32. Where is the farthest you two have traveled as a couple?
That'd have to be Oklahoma to see family or Chicago for a wedding.

33. Who has the craziest exes?
Both of us.

34. Who has the worse temper?
Me. I blame the German in me.

35. Who does the cooking?
I do mostly, but that's because I'm the one who is home more and I can also be picky about how things are used and put away in the kitchen.

36. Who is more social?
Recently, we have both been having to push ourselves to get out there and meet more people. We've lived up here over a year and we don't have anybody that we could really call friends. Sure, we've met plenty of friendly people, but not many of those people want to become better friends yet.

37. Who is the neat-freak?
Neither of us, unfortunately.

38. Who is more stubborn?
Both of us!

39. Who hogs the bed?
Izzie. Just kidding... kind of.

40. Who wakes up earlier?
He does, by a long shot. I love my sleep.

41. Where was your first date?
Fancy Sushi

42. Who had more boyfriends/girlfriends?
Possibly me.

43. Do you get flowers often?
I used to, but really anymore. Maybe he'll surprise me with some soon. I hope so.

44. How do you spend the holidays?
However we can. It really depends on his work schedule.

45. Who is more jealous?
Neither of us are really uncomfortable or jealous of others talking to our spouse.

46. How long did it take to get serious?
By the fall of 2008, we were talking weddings and marriage.

47. Who eats more?
Probably him since food and I are only friends if our mutual friend diabetes and insulin let us.

48. Who does the laundry?
Me. I like to be the one who does the laundry. Ask me again after we have kids and see if my answer changes . ha ha

49. Who is better with the computer?
Me. Hands down.

50. Leave a piece of advice for other couples:
Never go to bed angry. Kiss each other good night every night. Read the Bible together (if that is your religion) every day. To keep from saying things you'll regret later, count to 10 or, if you're like me, just walk away; go to a quiet place and calm down before proceeding with the conversation.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

God uses us for wonderous reasons

A year ago, give or take, the Timmy and I did something kind for a stranger. This woman was overworked, stressed and extremely tired, yet she kept a smile on her face while she helped us. T and I both felt this tugging at our hearts to do this certain kindness for her (anonymously... I am even unsure about typing about it here but I am for a reason. You'll see why in a minute). We did it and we left quickly without her knowing it was us. Even when questioned about it when we went back again, we denied any knowledge. That's how we wanted it.

Fast forward to tonight. Our church started a small group event called Pathfinders this evening and we were asked to be guides for the next 6 weeks. Sounded like fun, so we said yes.

At the first gathering this evening, there was a mingle session where you get to know a little about different people before deciding who you were going to join for the 6 week small group. I glanced over at this woman while I was chatting with someone and had to do a quick double take. It was our stranger. She was there, at the small group event, at our CHURCH! We didn't meet her with anything to do with the church so it was a shock to see her there. We avoided much deep conversation with her. We didn't want to trigger any memory that might connect us with what we did. Luckily, she didn't seem to recognize us.

But she was there. At OUR church. Our wonderful, wonderful church. Did God use us and our actions to bring her to His house? Did God use her presence at the event tonight to reassure me about things I have done and am planning to do? Maybe both. I'm not sure, but I know He has His reasons for everything.

Will I keep doing good things for others who need it, known and anonymously? You betcha.