Thursday, January 16, 2014


This is the start of my granny square blanket. I'm already in love :)


This was the day my yarn finally came in the mail. Here is what I use. LOVE it.
I also am stitching this with an H hook.

Here is the first blanket I ever made. It was for my baby! It is so soft and washes up great.
For this blanket I used this yarn.


I can't wait to see this blanket get done! I have been wanting to do this for a long time. I will have to pace myself since my right hand/arm can get painfully sore fast.

You can follow along with my progress on IG... my username is daisysanddots :)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Whatever Craft Weekend (October 2013)

Oh my goodness... where do I even begin?!
Last weekend I had the privilege of being at the happiest place in Kansas!

I traveled solo which is always exhilarating and a teeny bit scary.
But I put on my big girl panties and pressed on.
O'Hare International is always the most intimidating for me!

Here are some photos to get a glimpse into the weekend!

I love a good airplane shot. I don't think I will ever tire of seeing the earth from the air!

Exploring the Craft House! What is not to love!
Every room is so dreamy!!!

The first night was filled with yummy food and sewing our ruffled aprons!
It twas a fun night!!!

Saturday started off with coffee on the porch! Plus a cinnamon roll I devoured before I could take a photo of it ;)
Then off to do some thrifting! It was a fun morning/afternoon!

Saturday night was filled with snacking from the snack table, margaritas, more crafting and more bonding with my new friends!

Sunday was a day of photos and saying our "good-byes"
I'm still in a Craft Weekend fog!

Sad that we missed our connecting flights in Chicago due to our Wichita flight being delayed. We sat in that airport for NINE hours! yikes.

And just like that our trip was over!
I had a blast and would go back in a heartbeat!


Friday, September 6, 2013

Insta-Friday Vacation Edition

I haven't done Insta-Friday in awhile.
So let's just cover our vacation in photos mkay?!
Here we are just starting out on our 12 hour drive to North Carolina!

Here is my crazy bunch of kids at our first night in the hotel.
Of course they wanted to drag the tired parents to the pool!

Another day on the road.
Now I'm starting to see mountains.
I will never tired of seeing rocks shoot straight up out of the earth!
 This year we vacationed in Flat Rock, NC.
We went to a family camp called Joni & Friends.
If you have a family member with a disability
due to an accident for from birth
you MUST attend one
So refreshing!!

Addie enjoying some cotton candy :)

Addie made a friend

What's this? A walk sans kids! 

 Horseback riding for the kids :)

Here is Alaina with her buddy :)
All week long the kids get buddies to
hang out with and make them feel loved and special!
It rocks!

We made a family pit stop at the Creation Museum.
The kids had a lot of fun!

Colorful bugs :)

Some natural beauty in the gardens, it was so hot this day!

 of course I had to throw in a photo of little Elise :)
in this photo she is 11 months old!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Unexpected

Plans change...
Sometimes they change right before your very eyes
and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it!

Today was suppose to be the BIG day.
Surgery day.
The day where Alaina would have major hip surgery.
Instead we are sitting on the couch, in our jammies!

Last Friday I got a phone call from the hospital for pre-registration,
she said it should only take 10 minutes.
I was on the phone for 30 minute.
You know the phone call that you are giving the entire history of your child... all while the four human beings you call your own are basically eating each other alive!
Yeah, that phone call.
Needless to say, by the time I got off I was irritated.
As I was very "calmly" talking to my children about their behavior I got another phone call.
It was the doctors office asking me about Alaina's health.
I had mentioned to pre-registration that she has a cough and was tested for Pertussis the day before.
I was worried surgery was going to be post-poned at this point,
so in my very reassuring motherly voice I said, "she has had the cough for almost 3 weeks, so it will probably be done by surgery day!"
She was probably rolling her eyes at my stupid comment and then she put me on hold to talk to someone about, "our situation".
Two agonizing minutes went by and then the actual doctor came on the phone.
Uh-oh, this can't be good.
He basically said, "her airway is soooo agitated from all the coughing she has been doing that we should postpone surgery".
I was not okay with this. We have had this surgery on the calender for NINE months! I just want this to be behind us! I calmly asked him, "okay, are we talking about one week or one month?"
He gave a evil doctor laugh, (okay he didn't really, but I imagined it that way) and said, "oh well it could be up to six months".
I'm pretty sure my BP was borderline stroke!
In my best voice I said something like, "okay, just keep us posted".

So back to the cough that won't go away... she did test positive for pertussis. Say what?!?
Some call it whooping cough or the cough of 100 days...  either way you slice it, it sucks!
You know it's a bad day when the actual Health Department calls your house.
So we are on lock down... everyone in our family has to be on the antibiotic. School needs to be contacted and everyone at the birthday party we attended does as well.
**Insert feelings of being the worst mom ever here**

I tell you all this because in my flesh I was MAD! Why is this happening?
and then I remembered a sermon I heard at family camp in August.
What do you do when life hands you the unexpected?
She gave us the acronym NOW.
N= Find NEW ways to seek God daily
O= OPPORTUNITIES to serve others
W= WHY worry

I think as a mother our first instincts when plans unravel is to try and make things all better and worry about our kids. I will be the first to admit, I have worried more than I care to admit in the past 9+ years of being a mother. I have to work on NOT worrying daily! This verse comes to mind...

Matthew 6:25
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?"

I am thankful for a God that loves me more than the birds of the air!
I am thankful for a God that loves me even though I try, in my own flesh to "fix" things before I turn to him.
I am thankful for a God that knows the future and that nothing surprises him!

P.S. Surgery is rescheduled for December 6th.
P.P.S. Sorry for the rambling, I am quite literally hacking up a lung over here!


Thursday, August 22, 2013


Yesterday we had a fun day out with Alaina.
It was filled with a few appointments, but we made the most of it fitting in some fun too!
We had a pre-surgical tour of Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.
She kept having a nervous giggle, but I think it helped over all.
One nice thing that we found out yesterday is that her IV will be put in after she falls asleep.
We are so happy about this since she is afraid of needles and is a hard poke!
She was also extremely happy to learn that she can bring her favorite blankie or stuffed animal back to surgery with her! This helped calm her a little I think!

She has one of the most contagious giggles ever :)

This week has been filled with blessings from family and friends.

One of those blessings was our church family had a prayer meeting with us.
One of the great gifts of God is his church (if it is functioning properly).
We are truly blessed to have a church family that cares for and loves us!

This song keeps popping up and I love everything about it!!!
I am going to keep choosing to find the joy in this life!
It is hard to find joy everyday and I'm not going to lie I fail a lot!
But each day is new and a gift from the creator of life and so for that reason alone,
I am going to press on!