Thursday, March 28, 2013


Man! There's a lot going on in this noggin of mine! And, since pictures from the Cars birthday party are still not edited, I'm just going to share a bit about life, cuz ya know, that's how it goes sometimes!

Something about me...
In addition to being an amazing wife, wonderful mother, fabulous friend, inspirational blogger, and uncompromising Christian (okay, I can keep striving, right?), I also teach natural childbirth classes? Yep! For nearly 4 years now, I have taught Bradley Method Husband-Coached Childbirth classes. (You can see what that's all about here.) I love it really. I get to meet so many lovely couples, get to know them and become friends, have a bit of adult interaction once a week, and share a passion with people who are seeking out my knowledge and experience.
Lately, I've been updating my class to include a slideshow (particularly helpful for when I have a non-English-fluent student), and I gotta say I can't wait to get started with a new class next week. :-) I've also been doing my own research into common pregnancy and postpartum issues like diastasis recti (crunches are the enemy of your mummy tummy!), pelvic floor disorder (kegels aren't enough, and may actually make things worse!), and how to squat properly. Revolutionary things that are taking up a lot of space in my mind.

Okay, moving on...

We have an "artist" named Jonah B. and this was his latest handiwork and the last straw.
My husband and I painted our ginormous living room last weekend. The things I thought I loved about this house when we bought it suddenly became the things I despised! Arched doorways are beautiful, and rounded corners are safer for kiddo noggins, a corner fireplace is eye-catching, and highly textured walls look very sophisticated.

But HOLY COW!! The taping to separate colors and painted areas is just torture! Plus, except for the rooms we've already painted, all the walls are painted with a single layer of sprayed-on, builder's flat paint, which sucks up primer and paint like it has a straw!

On the plus side, I got to see my hot hubby doing manly stuff like this. :-)

And we did eventually finish - these pictures were taken before the second and final coat of paint. And no, there is still nothing back on our walls. Maybe this weekend? I hope?

I think Lauren's post from yesterday was fantastic, don't you?? If you haven't read it, read it. And then read it again. And then try it. I know I am gonna give it another go since she made so much sense! Here's another idea I had as I was thinking about it: what about all those old hymns, beautiful poetry, moving and heart-felt. For example:

from "Abide with Me"

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.

Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Words: Henry Lyte (1847)

from "I Need Thee Every Hour"

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.

I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

from "Precious Lord Take My Hand"

Precious Lord, take my hand,
Lead me on, let me stand,
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
Through the storm, through the night,
Lead me on to the light:

Words: Thomas A. Dorsey (1932)

from "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" (A favorite of mine for Easter)

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

A New Fave!

I know you've seen this on Pinterest - I know I have! It's kind of a motto in our little DefrumpMe group, especially for Audrey. :-)  But I found a whole host of other adorable printables - like I seriously downloaded SEVEN creations this evening alone - at Sweet Blessings. Really cute stuff - I love the quotes!! 

A couple more examples...


Well, there ya go! I know, some total randomness, right? I'll try to pull together a real post next week. Okie doke?

Oh, and Happy Easter and Resurrection Sunday!!

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