She is Three

Another year gone away… Sprout is three!

More Big than Little, every day, it seems. I asked her questions for a fun survey… she didn’t really understand some of the questions, so I gave my best guess at what her answers might be, on some of them. 🙂

  • What is your favorite color? “I like blue.” (But later, she told Daddy it is pink.)
  • What is your favorite animal? “I want a tiger.”
  • Favorite book? Oh! The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss (It is her request just about every night.)
  • Favorite show and movie? Veggie Tales, Finding “Mee-mo”, “Pooh Bear” (Pooh’s Grand Adventure)
  • Favorite song? She said she didn’t know, but she sings “Amazing Grace,” “Twinkle Little Star,” and “Victory in Jesus” a lot.
  • Favorite food, snacks? She said “those holes ones” — a.k.a. veggie straws, but also wants yogurt, clementine oranges, and pasta most of the time.
  • Favorite clothes to wear or outfit? Her Minnie Mouse dress gets the most love, these days.
  • Favorite game? “My matching game” — Minnie Mouse Memory game
  • Favorite toy? She said she didn’t know, but she plays with her Alphie robot almost every day.
  • Favorite thing to do outside? “Hmm… swing. Yeah, I like that!”
  • Favorite place to go? “A big, giant Walmart!”
  • Favorite thing about your room? “Um… the floor!”
  • What is the yuckiest food? “The yucky muffins.” (failed peanut butter oat muffins)
  • What do you like to take to bed with you? “My dolly.” Her brother’s bunny is another favorite.

Sprout has Sprung

Sometimes I still can’t believe it: she’s here, at home, tucked into soft blankets wearing clothes I washed for her.

And I still can’t believe that I birthed her. Amazing. The most humbling, awesome experience. There are no sufficient words for the emotional highs and lows I experienced during those 12 laborious hours and the first few hours that followed. All I can say is that God brought me through it all, and He has blessed us beyond measure with a healthy, beautiful baby girl.

Praise the Lord.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
his love endures forever.
(Psalm 106:1)

Pregnancy and A Sneak Peek

I have been consumed with finishing my final gift project of this year so that I could begin something new for the baby. Well, it’s done… but you won’t see the post about it until sometime after Christmas. It is a gift, after all. Here’s a sneak peek photo, though.

this may be a little familiar to some of you...

this may be a little familiar to some of you…

As I’m in my 21st week of pregnancy, I thought I might be due to update you on that. We had an ultrasound done about 2 weeks ago, and the baby is healthy and an active swimmer/gymnast. Gender couldn’t be determined. In the couple of days after the ultrasound, I felt the first real “kick”–one that was distinguishable from gas and other abdominal twitches. It was a very surreal experience to feel this little life bumping around inside my body, the only home Sprout knows right now. This Little Bitty knows the rhythm of my blood flow, the strong beating of my heart, the rumblings of my tummy, and likely the murmur of my voice. For weeks, this Little One has known more about me than I’ve known about him/her. For weeks, I’ve known Sprout is there, but had no physical evidence of it. Now, I feel the bumps in my belly and even the rolling pressure that moves along the underside of my belly button as this One shifts position. It is amazing.

Nate has felt kicks, too, when I’ve laid flat, breathed steadily, and the kicks are strong enough. I love seeing his face light up as he makes these first connections with Sprout. I am beyond excited to see him make new, bigger connections with this person when my body is no longer his/her home.

She Stitches: Collecting Shells


I have blogged about this cross-stitch project numerous times, and it is actually, really, completely,  totally DONE! Yay! And I do mean finished, framed and all. 🙂 I completed the stitching sometime in early May, bought the frame in early June, and have it ready to give away. This is a very, very belated birthday gift for my dear sister. Actually, her birthday is today, but I intended to give this to her on her 20th birthday. Ahem… today is her 27th. Heh. But, better late than never, right?!

Though I see all of the mistakes in this, I am pleased with the result. I learned a lot about cross-stitching by doing this large project (my second cross-stitch ever!), including the fact that I really like cross-stitching. In fact, I recently bought two more kits, but other projects are ahead of them in line. 🙂

Happy birthday, sis. ❤

029-0019 Collecting Shells
Design by Nancy Cole
Manufactured by Janlynn

This was a great pattern. It’s a typical mass-production cross-stitch kit that comes with 14-count Aida fabric, 6-strand cotton floss, a pattern graph, and a basic set of instructions. Janlynn produces interesting designs that range in difficulty and provide very good basic cross-stitch instructions. While instructions for framing are included, I wish they provided clearer direction.

Outer – 20″ x 16″
Inner – 17.5″ x 13.5″
Matted to 13.5″ x 10.5″


Down Memory Lane

Things to Do With Your Husband #11: See it Again

It is great fun to return to a previously enjoyed place, especially at a different time of year. This weekend, we took a one-night camping trip back to our honeymoon location, Petit Jean Mountain. Our honeymoon was in August, and we stayed in a house. The mountain looked quite different this time around.

The mountains were brushed with burnt oranges, deep reds, and cheerful yellows. The weather was crisp and chilly, but a welcome change from the burning heat of the August sun.

We stopped at an overlook we’d seen previously–the one that gives a nice view of the Arkansas River.

We  visited another overlook that we’d seen before–the Palisades Overlook.

In this comparison, you can see the difference in the foliage. Also, the sky looks bluer because when we visited in August, it was rainy most of the time.

On Sunday, we had a couple of hours to spend before heading out, so we drove out to an overlook we didn’t see last time–the Mary Ann Richter Memorial Overlook.

Richter Memorial Overlook

It allowed some beautiful views over the Arkansas River Valley. Petit Jean River also flows through here.

AR River Valley

more fall foliage

After taking in the sights here, we headed home. On our way, we made a quick detour to visit my best friend and meet her new little bundle of joy. It was a great weekend. I highly encourage you to take a trip somewhere you’ve been before, perhaps at a different time of year. Being in a familiar place brings back those happy memories while you create new ones.