Category Archives: Happiness

April 19th, 2012

Estimated arrival date of baby number five. 🙂



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Poem for an afternoon in June

One in his bed, one in the bath,

Two on the trampoline, having a laugh.

Laundry is done, waiting to fold.

Kids are all happy, no one to scold.

This is a good afternoon for a mother,

I’m so very glad I’m not any other.


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Paint is amazing. Primer, two coats of colour and my living room no longer looks like a run-down hotel room. Rearrange the furniture and it’s even better. My body is protesting after a few days of painting and cleaning and cleaning and painting…but it’s done. One room down, three (or four) more to go.

Oh, and my dear friend and her husband just had their first baby today, a girl. She was one of my bridesmaids and the first of any of them to get married and become a mama. I’m thrilled.

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On Mother’s Day..

On Mother’s Day, I:

Made myself breakfast. Decided that it was well worth doing it myself because it was just so good.

Took a bath and had a glass of “pink milk” – as my kids call it (strawberry milk).

Went to church.

Went to lunch at a relatively quiet restaurant and enjoyed my meal. Ended up getting treated to lunch by my sister-in-law. Surprise! 🙂

Came home and helped Lacey slap mud in a billion holes on my living room walls.

Baked a flourless chocolate cake. Made whipped cream to go with it.

Helped Mike haul a few things out to the shed.

Not your typical do-nothing Mother’s Day, but it’s been a good one so far.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!

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Joyful birth

Remember that friend I wrote about the other day?  The one having a baby?  Well, she started having that baby on Saturday.  The baby was only born last night at nearly eleven o’clock.  Yes, three days of labour. 

Sometime today I’ll go down and get a look at the little girl.  Hopefully get to hold her, although going at the opening of visiting hours on the day after birth is never a good idea.  I may just have to admire her from afar until later today.  I can’t wait, though.  I can’t wait to hear how my friend survived three days of labour.  The very thought is completely insane in my mind.  Seven hours is the longest I’ve ever been in labour.  I can’t even imagine what she’ s just been with.  I think she needs a medal. A big shiny medal and a big, shiny, loud, terrifically fun party.  You know, as soon as she’s recovered a bit.


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It’s a……

BOY!  There was a tiny moment of surprise at seeing the evidence that I now had three sons, but I couldn’t be happier.  Benjamin Joshua was born at 12:01 am on Friday, May 21st.  He is a big baby – 8 lb 14 oz and 21 inches long.  The labour was tough but I feel great now and Ben is healthy – that’s obviously the most important part.  I’ll give the full story later, but for now, here’s a few pictures. 


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A lovely surprise

Again, this is not about the baby….yet.

This surprise came in the form of a very large box.  First, the back story.

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been involved in a Frugal Living swap and then a discussion thread about frugal crafting on Craftster.  I’ve made quite a few friends there and enjoyed myself quite a bit.  In the middle of February, I got a message from the organizer of the swap asking if she could pass my address on to someone who wanted to send me something (a good something, she said).  I didn’t mind that so I gave her the go ahead.  And then I mostly forgot about it. I finished up that swap and got into another round of it last month and only occasionally wondered if that someone had ever sent me a package.  I mostly thought about it because I worried that it might have been lost.  It wasn’t lost. 🙂

Yesterday morning, the doorbell rang and there was the postwoman with a VERY large box.  I mean BIG.  I didn’t recognize the name on the box, but it was from Olympia, Washington – and I knew one person from the swap was from Olympia.  I signed for it and brought it in and started to open it up.  There were two notes on the top of the box – the first one said that this was the idea of one dear friend of mine from Craftster and that they had organized it so that everyone would send things to one person and she would send it all to me.  It was a baby shower in a box.  The second card said that there were more packages coming from a few other people.  I still can barely fathom more when I think of what was in that box. 

I took the box into the living room and dove in with the kids.  All told, there were baby gifts (and a few things for the kids and me) from seventeen different Craftster friends.  And nearly all of it (98% probably) is handmade.  Knitted, crocheted, sewn, painted – and all of it lovely.  I fought tears the whole time, feeling so incredibly blessed by this outpouring of love from people I barely know (and those I know better I only know over the internet).  I only hope I can pay it back – or forward – in some way in the future.

WordPress image uploading is being a pain in the neck – so I made a flickr album with photos and descriptions (including who each gift was from) – here’s the link: Baby Shower in a Box!  This is easily one of the BEST surprises I’ve ever received – I’m still in awe of the incredible generosity of all these lovely women!


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