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Feeling thankful

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I feel very blessed right now and realized that I usually think about the things in my life that bother me. It’s time to focus on what I’m thankful for. So here are the things I feel thankful for today:

  • An amazing husband. I can’t take him for granted because I know what it’s like to wonder if the right guy will ever come along. (He did.)
  • A loving son. Rhys is so happy and loving. He makes everything in my life better.
  • Our own washer and dryer. Seriously. Using the laundry facilities in the dorms at UT Austin has helped me realize how spoiled we are.
  • Family! Some of my family is going to be driving for many hours tomorrow to come and see us. We are so excited.
  • The fact that God is taking care of us financially. We had some setbacks recently, but I know we’re in good hands.
  • Living for a month in downtown Austin. I love taking Rhys for walks on campus and being so close to everything.

And that’s it for today. I’m going to try and pay more attention to the many wonderful things in my life and will report back. 🙂


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Self portraits

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Do you remember the days when I used to write several blog posts a week, and I would write about anything that came into my head, whether the thoughts were deep, dark, crazy and too personal? No, you probably don’t. That was several years and blogs ago.

I’m beginning to itch for beauty in my life. I need poetry. I need passion. I need to share my thoughts. Don’t know how I’ll find the time, but maybe I’ll make time somehow.

The above picture is me, but it’s not a self portrait. Maybe I’ll post one soon.

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So it turns out I don’t have gestational diabetes, which I am thankful for. After hearing everything my sister has to go through because of it, I’m very thankful. I still don’t have a side shot of my pregnant belly, but it’s definitely growing. (I’ll save this for another post, but I’m just wondering: why do people feel that it’s ok to tell a pregnant woman how big or small she is? It’s not ok, so don’t do it!)

In other news, John and I recently got the best deal at a yard sale. I’m so impressed with our haul that I had to share a picture. We went to a yard sale right at the end, and the lady had TONS of baby boy clothing. And they were all name brand items (not that I care about name brands, but they were quality items). Anyway, she gave us a big garbage bag and said it was $10 to stuff the bag full. So we did. Here’s what we came home with:

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We already had clothing for under 12 months, so we focused on the 12 month to 2 year clothing. We ended up with:

  • 2 jackets
  • 12 pairs of socks
  • 8 hats
  • 11 pairs of pants and jeans
  • 6 pairs of shorts
  • 22 shirts and onesies

All that for $10. I was proud of our find. Our boy is practically set for clothing until past age 2, and we have so far only spent $10. I feel very blessed.

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Just posting my next self portrait challenge pic. I had decided that I was going to give up SPC, because I was a little put off by the nudity on their website (the theme is the body, after all), but I decided I just won’t look. I still want to participate. The body theme will be gone soon enough. Besides which, the nudity isn’t alluring or anything. Just the opposite. Which makes it ‘art’ as opposed to something else. However, I don’t really care to see you naked, whether it’s art or not! But the main thing is, I still want to take pictures. So I will

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Here’s my self portrait for the week, my first one ever. This one is called ‘eye of my storm’. My weekend was rough; this week has been hard, but between all that, on Monday evening, I experienced a reprieve. John and I sat on our balcony, holding hands and talking about the future as we stared out at the view we wouldn’t be seeing for much longer — Camelback mountain where John proposed, the golf course, the lone palm tree off in the distance. Things have been rough both before and since, but for that one moment all was right.

To see more self portrait entries, go here.

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he’s back

My husband was in Texas this weekend visiting a school there. Not in the city featured on his shirt. I’m just glad he’s back.

But now we must talk of packing and cleaning and job hunting and finality. I’m not ready yet.

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the reason is you

Two years ago today, John and I were married in the Las Vegas temple. It’s hard to believe we’ve been married two years already, yet I feel as though I’ve been with him forever. Anyone who knows us can see that we’re MFEO; there’s no one who understands me or loves me better than John does, we both have our ‘quirky’ sense of humor, and we can entertain each other for hours on a road trip. I’m more comfortable with him than with anyone else I’ve ever known.

I waited a long time to find the right man to marry, and there were times when I lost hope that he was actually out there. But John came along and made the wait so worth it.

I love you sweetie. You’re truly my soul mate.

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