Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas and lots of changes.

How was everyone's Christmas??? Ours was great. I hope to post some pictures really soon but I have still not unpacked,so I have lost my camera. we have been so busy. My goal for the new year is to blog more, because I do really enjoy it even though I don't have many viewers, I do enjoy the few people who do comment. Thanks:) Here are a few pictures from my phone of the new house we moved into. The first Saturday we were here December 5th it snowed(first for the year), and also some of our tree. We made sure when we moved to keep our Christmas items separate. I have lots of ideas for upcoming post including a new healthy eating style I plan on going on..... so Stay tuned... Everyone have a blessed day!!!




Eat from the Pantry Challenge!!


I will be joining Crystal and jessica in eating from your pantry. This is a great idea because I really want to switch over to healthier diet(80% raw, that is a whole different post), but I have so much food from coupons(free items), that I need to get rid of it. I will start this January 1st. My goals are to go to the store only 4 times(once each week), to get fresh produce, milk, eggs, etc. I plan to only spend a maximum of $20 for each trip. A total of $80. I usually spend $300-$400, because I get a lot of organic items. This will be a great challenge for me, but I believe I can do it. I will try to update at least once a week to tell you what we have ate, and maybe even post pictures if I can find my camera from the move. If you would like to join head on over to Crystal's blog.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Time!~Where has is gone?

It has been a while since I have blogged. There has been so much going on and well it has been a hard year for me. It is not easy getting over losing a precious gift from God. But I have to continue to trust in him. On another note we are moving, to a cheaper house. We are excited and as soon as we get settled in I plan on blogging a whole lot more, but right now we are packing and scheduled to move December 1st. We are going to Ga tomorrow for a couple of days for Thanksgiving and then back home to finish up packing. It is crazy that the time has flown by so fast, before we know it is going to be a new year and hopefully a better year. Well I hope to be back very soon and I while post pictures of the new house. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Giveaway!!!

Laura at The Muncks Quiver is hosting a giveaway. You get to pick between two different things, the game Homeschoolopoly or a journal/set of pens/Staples gift card package. Go over to her blog before 8:00pm on Sunday to enter!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Free Frugal E-book



In the fall issue of Old School house, they are giving away a free frugal e-book. The articles states:
This is TOS’s gift to the homeschooling community! Anyone is welcome to it—you only need to email us and ask. About 100 pages of frugal gift ideas, recipes, etc! Email publisher@thehomeschoolmagazine.com and just ask for it – no strings attached. Fully Free.
So according to this you do not have to be a subscriber to the magazine!! I got mine today. Thank you so much I hope everyone enjoys this.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday!

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The weather in my neck of the woods:
Rainy, fall weather


One of my simple pleasures:
Reading books with my babies


On my bedside table:
My bible and Mothering magazine.


On my TV:
nothing


On the menu for tonight:
Baked salmon, salad, and sautéed red peppers, onions, and mushrooms.


On my To Do List:
Laundry, bathrooms, and clean out kitchen cupboard.


New Recipe I tried last week:
None

In the craft basket:
Hem curtains.


Looking forward to:
Going to visit family in Georgia this weekend.


Homemaking Tip for this week:
Once a week, I bleach my bathrooms with the clorox spray, it helps keep them shiny white. Of course you need to wear a mask, the spray is not as strong as the actual bleach.


Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
I have been too busy to read a lot of blogs


Favorite photo from last week:It is not from last week, but it is our ride home from Ga from a couple weeks ago.





Lesson learned the past few days:
God is amazing and truly does answer prayers!!!!!!!


On my Prayer List:
My family, that God will completely heal my body.


Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses: I don't know about you but I am ready for the Lord to return.

1 Thessalonians 4:14-18
14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

18Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Happy Homemaker Monday!

The weather in my neck of the woods:
It was a nice cool fall day in the 60’s.


One of my simple pleasures:
Just 10 minutes of relaxing time reading a novel.


On my bedside table:
Bible
Alarm clock


On my TV:
none


On the menu for tonight:
chicken fettuccine


On my To Do List:
finish laundry fold and put away
Clean bathrooms
School work with the children


New Recipe I tried last week:
no bake cookies


In the craft basket:
finish pillow case dresses


Looking forward to:
what God has in store for the week


Homemaking Tip for this week:
I buy Mrs. Meyers concentrated cleaning clean day in lavender, you just mix it with water and gets you farther, is natural and does a better job.


Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
none


Favorite photo from last week:
My sassy little girl, Haley




Lesson learned the past few days:
I need to keep my mouth shut sometimes

On my Prayer List:
My family especially my sister.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Deuteronomy 6:5

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Where has the time gone?

Wow, it has been a while since I have been on here. We have been so busy. We started school last week. I have a new Nephew, Noah Matthew born August 30, weighing 5 lbs 9 ozs and he was 5 weeks early. So much I will try to post some pictures next week.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

CVS $156.52 for free plus overage!!!!



cvs trip 1 FREE
2 resolve reg 5.99 each
2 lysol reg 4.19 each
2 airwick refil reg 3.99 each
2 Ragu reg 3.29 each
Hellmans mayo reg 5.99
2 skippy pb re 3.29 each
panteene mousse reg 4.99
panteene hs reg 4.99
2 pamper pull up reg 11.99 each
colgate reg 4.39
2 Tylenol reg 5.99
bendryl reg 5.99
2 bandaids reg 3.29 and one 4.39
razor reg 9.99
tide reg 9.99
4 toothbrushes reg. 3@2.99 each 1@3.49
cvs aspirn 1.99
waters reg 6.99
total before sale and coupons $156.52
after sale $109.51
I had $66.35 in coupons
I had $50 gift card for transferring 2 prescriptions
I paid $8.44(basically tax)
I got $15 in extra care bucks to spend next time. So basically they paid ME $6 to take this stuff off their hands. I love it!!!!!!!!!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Giveaway happy scappy quilt!!!!!!!



Go to marie-madeline studio for a happy scrappy quilt giveaway.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Super Savings Saturday!!! Saved 89% at Target!!!

I have used coupons since last November when I found out I was pregnant. So I have decided to start back. I went to Target today and spent $3.71 on $33.83 worth of items. Be sure to check out Crystal's blog.



I got
-3 1 oz baby shampoo
-2 1 oz baby lotions
-2 twix bars
-3 Kashi cereals
-2 Kashi tlc bars
-2 degree deodorants
-4 8 pk Nexcare band aids

Friday, July 10, 2009

Dress like a cow day at chick fil a!!!!!!







We had a great time at chickfila today. It was totally free because we dressed like a cow. What a great way to have a "Frugal Friday".

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

It has been a while :)

Wow so much has gone on. The last week has been crazy. Last Monday, June 30 my car got broken into. They stole my purse and my husband's gps. They broke the window so I had to do an insurance claim, and I am still in a rental car, that only seats 5. Not to mention the last two weeks I have been sick. But on the bright side I finally won a giveaway from Christine's blog. Thanks so much. I hope everyone is having a great summer.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

HAVA Baby Sling Giveaway


Christine is having a giveaway on her blog so check it out.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Meeting the Duggars!!!

Today the Duggars were in Dollywood and I got to meet them. They are truly a great family. I even did an interview with the camera people so who knows I might be on their show(I do not like the camera, but oh well). Here are the pictures.






Thursday, April 2, 2009

Lab results.

I got my lab results back today. Good news is I do not have a blood clotting disorder, how ever my insulin is high and they are putting me on metformin. It is usually given to people with type 2 diabetes, I do not have that but they do believe I have PCOS. This will help regulate my cycles which will help me get pregnant, help me lose weight, and help prevent miscarriages once I get pregnant. Still there is really no answer as to why my sweet little Haven passed away, but I do know God is in control. So what ever happens I will put my trust in Him.

Friday, March 27, 2009

No words.

This last week has been really hard. Every time I see a pregnant woman or a little baby girl, I just want to cry. How I am suppose to get through this? Why is life sometimes just too hard to bare? I do not understand it. Then I think about Jesus, and what he did for me on that cross, and realize he understands. Only He can get me through this.
On another note, I have lost 6 pounds and 16 1/3 inches throughout my body. I am thankful that I am finally getting healthy. Physically I feel great, mentally, well that is another issue. I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Friday, March 20, 2009

In Memory of Haven Joy Fox!!




Today I went back to the doctor and they told me our precious baby was a girl. She had no chromosomal problems, so they believe that I have some kind of blood clotting disorder. They drew about 10 tubes of blood to test for several different problems that could cause a miscarriage. I will know the results in about 2 weeks. I was doing better but when they told me she was a girl, it really made me realize that she was real. We have decided to call her Haven(means a safe place and that is where she is with Jesus in a safe place) Joy(she truly was a joy even through this difficult time). We are considering her birth date to be February 20, because even though she wasn't alive when she was born, she still was a person and had a soul. I look at Hannah and Haley and wondered if she looked like them or if she would of had curly hair like they had. I wonder what color her eyes and hair would of been. What kind of personality she would of had. This is so hard, I just don't see how anyone could kill a baby. The doctor said I can try to get pregnant again after I have two cycles. Everyone just keep me in your prayers.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Happy Birthday to my sweet little boy and a new update.

My sweet little Bryson turns 6 today. I can't believe how fast my babies are growing.




I have started a new chapter in my life. I joined a gym. I never thought I would step foot in a gym but I have been going since Sunday. The best part is they have a daycare, so I can go early in the afternoon around 10 and there are not that many people there. The doctors blame my two years of infertility on my weight, so my goal is to lose it. I still don't buy it, because I see women way bigger than me having children all the time. During my pregnancy I lost 5 pounds due to the morning sickness, and I lost another 10 after I lost the baby due to depression and not eating. Now that I am exercising, I have not gained any of that weight back, even though I am eating now. My goal is to go to the gym Monday thru Friday and take the weekend off. I hope to lose another 75 pounds.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

A new Beginning!!!

These last few weeks have been so hard. I have no words, a part of me has been angry with God, but I know that God did not do this to hurt me. It is so aggravating knowing the number of people that kill their baby everyday, and I can't just have one more baby. But after telling God my feelings of that everyday, he has brought to my attention, my ungratefulness in what he has already given me. Some people go through several miscarriages and never have a baby but I already have 3 healthy children. I have a wonderful supportive husband whom is very understanding with my mood changes. I always go back to my favorite scriptures in the Bible.

Proverbs 3:5-12


5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.

9 Honor the LORD with your wealth
and with the first fruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.

11 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline
or be weary of his reproof,
12 for the LORD reproves him whom he loves,
as a father the son in whom he delights.


From now on I will put my trust and faith in God even though it is not always easy. I will be grateful for what I have and not be selfish. If God gives me another baby I will be grateful but if he decides not to I will still be grateful. God knows the desires of my heart, but it is truly up to him and I will praise and worship him no matter what.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Trying to get through!!!

The past week and a half has been so hard. Friday my surgery went okay, but they did put me to sleep. I did not get to see the baby because they basically just sucked it out of me like it was not a human being. That really bothered me, but the doctor insisted it was the safest way for me. I cry myself to sleep almost every night and a lot through out the day. This is so hard. I go back to the doctor March 20 and they will tell me the results of the chromosomal test and I thing they are doing genetic test too so we will know the sex and can give our baby a name. My husband has been so sweet and has helped me so much. Yesterday my milk came down. They told me this wouldn't happen, but considering I was almost 5 months, it did anyways. I have always breastfed, so I am not used to this. I know God has a plan even though I am having a hard time understanding why this happened. Please pray for me, I really need all the prayers I can get.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Sad News!!!!

I know it has been a while since I last updated, but I do not have good news. I was at Wal-mart Saturday with Hannah. As I was in the checkout lane I started to feel really dizzy. I told Hannah she needed to call her daddy because I did not believe I could drive home. As I told her that I passed out. I do not know how long I was unconscious but it wasn't long. My husband came and the ambulance came everything seemed to be okay but they still sent me to the hospital. They went ahead and sent me to maternity since I was almost 17 weeks pregnant. They could not get a heartbeat so they sent me for an ultrasound and still no heartbeat and the baby was only measuring 15 weeks. They gave me no hope, but sent me home since my midwives were not associated with that hospital and told be to go Monday to my midwives. I called this morning and they told me to come on in and 30 minutes called me back and sent me to a specialist for another ultrasound. I was hoping for a miracle and my entire church family and family were praying for one too. Unfortunately the baby is dead and has been for several weeks. My heart is broke. I thought for sure this time everything would be okay especially since I made it past the first trimester. I would rather not have a miscarriage, but I sure do not want one now. I will be awake for the procedure and I hope that they will let me see my baby and tell me what it is. I am more heartbroken for my children for they prayed for me to get pregnant and 2 weeks later I found out I was pregnant. They have cried as much as I have. Please keep us in your prayers through this hard time!!!!!!!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

NEW pregnancy update.

I went to my appointment yesterday, and I am happy to say that we have an active little baby. Him/her heartbeat was 160 bpm. The midwife kept trying to count but my precious baby would not stay still. Satan tried to convince all month long that something was wrong and that is why they couldn't get the heartbeat, but I have faith in God and knew everything would be okay. You see after I had my last miscarriage in April 07, I prayed to God and said I would rather not ever get pregnant if I was going to have to go through anymore loss. I do believe that he listened, because he will only give you what you can handle. So I do know that everything is okay and Satan is a LIAR!!!! My next appointment will be March 3 and we will also have the sonogram/ultrasound that day. I will be 19 weeks and 1 day when we have that done. I know some people would rather wait, but I have to know and so does my husband. I am still have an occasional sickness but it is definitely better than it was. God Bless!!!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Where to start?

I know it has been a while since I posted, but I have been so busy. At 12 weeks and 2 days the nausea has finally subsided. I do not have it everyday, and on the days I get it, it is not as bad. With that being said today has been the worst day since then. I have also had a lot of headaches lately. Sometimes I think I feel the baby move, like little bubbles, but it may just be gas, I am not sure it is still early. Monday I will be 14 weeks and I go to the doctor Thursday.
On another note my sweet baby girl turned 4 Monday January 19. We are having her birthday party tomorrow so Hopefully I will update with pictures. Below is the picture I used for her birthday invitations.


We have been so busy, with taxes and other things. We have had doctor appointments one after another this month. The children had to go to the Dentist to get cavities filled. Haley has severe eczema so bad that her back feels like scales, so she had to go to the dermatologist. He has her on two creams(one for the face, one for the body), steroid(just for 6 days to clear her up, because she is so itchy), and Clarine x for allergies to relieve her as well. Even with insurance it cost $110($20 copay doctor, $90 copay for medications). Then my dear husband had to go to the dentist to get 3 fillings and while he was there they suggested he have that wisdom tooth pulled on that side, "to save money". I do not think he realized what he did until after it was done. It took almost 24 hours before it stopped bleeding and then he had to take two vacation days. That cost $147. Plus $18 for his medication. So needless to say money is really tight around here. But that is okay because God always provides. Anyways I hope to update sooner. Blessings to ALL!!!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

First post of 2009!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow I can't believe tomorrow will already be the 9th. I am still having sickness. I will be 12 weeks Monday. I went to the doctor last week and everything looked well my uterus is growing, but they couldn't get the baby's heartbeat. Right now they are not concerned because a) I was only 10 weeks and 1 day b) My uterus is tilted which makes it more difficult, and c) I have belly fat which makes it even more difficult. I go back the 28th, and I will be 14 weeks so they should hear it by then. A part of me wants to doubt, but I know that God gave me this baby and knows I can not handle another loss. Besides I prayed and asked God not to let me get pregnant and go through that again, so I know he will answer my prayer. Just keep me in your prayers, it has been really hard with all the stress and worry. I have been sick all day and have had a hard time just getting out of the bed. We started back school this week after a 3 week break, and that has been hard too. Hannah is fine, because she is very independent, but I have to sit down and do everything with Bryson. I am so behind on laundry. I have most of it washed, but we are digging out of baskets, even for towels. That is very embarrassing to admit but it is the truth. I know this too will pass and in the end it will be worth it ALL. I have no regrets. Blessings to everyone.

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