Monday, December 31, 2012

Snow!

The snow finally arrived the day after Christmas.  
It's beautiful.



And fun!



Sunday, December 30, 2012

A bit of my progress. . .

This whole pregnancy thing is still pretty amazing. . .And I'm growing every day, but I actually don't mind!
There is no one here to take pics of me, so I'm trying to document this myself, excuse the poor quality :)




Just started all the house rearrangements this week to make room for my little man.  I think maybe my nesting stage has begun, haha.  I'll post pics of the house progress later!

Wishing you all well!


Monday, December 24, 2012

 Wishing you all a season filled with peace and many blessings.





Friday, November 30, 2012

Creativity

It's certainly an adjustment for me to be back at work full time.  I'm not complaining - it feels great to be helping others again, doing something for me, having financial independence, etc.  However, the time crunch is definitely something I need to work out.  I need to find more time for my passions.  For my jewelry.  For my creativity.  All in due time I suppose.  

Here are a few newly listed pieces:



I actually know what I want to make next.  It's all planned out in my head.  
Hopefully, this weekend, I can make it happen.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

December is almost here. . .

And we've been getting into the Christmas spirit!




I think we might actually begin our Christmas baking this weekend - cookies, candies, pretzels, yum.
I love this time of year.

How about you all?



Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

‎"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, 
but rejoices for those which he has." ~Epictetus


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Indiana weather. . .

We may have had our last outdoor hurrah for the year this weekend.  Gorgeous sunny skies, temps in the mid 60s to 70s.  

Perfect for worm hunting:


And flower photo taking:



Our darling squirrels were out enjoying the day with us as well:


Then Monday arrived.  
And so did the snow.
Tis the season I suppose!


Friday, November 9, 2012

And it's a. . . .

HEALTHY BABY BOY!!! 

I am SO excited.  The gender really made no difference to me as long as baby is healthy.  You hear all these horror stories, so I'll admit, I was pretty nervous.  Ok, extremely nervous.  I refused to have any sort of genetic testing done, I just don't see the point.  I would never terminate based on a diagnosis and did not want to spend my entire pregnancy in a state of worry.  However, at this scan (17 1/2 weeks), they measured everything, checked that major organs were functioning, checked for cleft palate, checked out the bones, counted fingers and toes, checked weight and heart rate, etc.  Amazing what they can do.  Everything is going great.  I feel incredibly blessed!

His profile

Hilarious.  Baby will hate me for this later;-)
Amazing how you can clearly see bones!
The only 3D image.  The doc said baby's face looks a little crazy 3D until he's older so she left the face off!

Now it's time to get on the ball.
Think of a name.
Shop.
Plan.
Oh My.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Crafting it up. . .

Little M and I made our way to the library the other day so I could collect some books on baby names (ha!  something I've never thought about) and she could get some new reading materials.  It just so happened that the library was having a Day of the Dead celebration in the kids area.  Little M was able to write memorial notes to her grandpa and great-grandpa who've passed away and do an assortment of crafts.  Perfect Timing!

masks and skeletons. . .
decorating sugar skulls. . .
and crafting paper flowers.  I love who she made them for:)

As a little crafting addition, here's Little M's project for the learning fair at school (3rd grade).  She is obsessed with sharks so this came as no surprise to me!  She did it all at school with no help :)

Definitely need to look into some fall/Thanksgiving crafting projects for home!


Monday, November 5, 2012

my sweet pea

My own baby. . .Something I certainly never expected, considered, or prepared for.  Growing up, I never wanted to have children.  I have no idea why, it just was not a need or desire instilled in me.  I was firm, almost adamant in this belief that babies were not for me.  I always assumed I'd adopt if I decided I wanted children.  Then, when I married years ago, I inherited two beautiful girls.  And they became my own.  I was happy and content with them, still not desiring to birth my own.

By some odd fluke I found myself pregnant for the first time at the age of 32.  Completely unplanned.  Completely unexpected.  During the most challenging and difficult time in my life.  I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason.  There is a plan for us all.  This belief keeps me going.  Keeps me sane. Keeps me strong.  I admit, I was terrified when I found out.  But the moment I heard my baby's little heartbeat and saw my sweet pea at a mere 6 weeks, I fell in love.  It's just miraculous. I will make this work.  And I am overjoyed.

6 weeks
7 weeks
9 weeks
12 weeks

I am currently 17 weeks and hoping to find out the gender later this week!  Can't wait to see my little sweet pea, it's been 5 weeks since I've had a glimpse.

"Life is uncharted territory.
 It reveals its story one moment at a time." 
- Leo F. Buscaglia


Saturday, November 3, 2012

My Creations. . .

Thought I'd better get some jewelry on here since I wiped out all the previous posts! 
Here are a few pieces.  Some old.  Some new.

View my work at:













“You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” 
 - Maya Angelou

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Halloween!!

Pumpkins decorated by myself, Miss W, and Little M (in order:)

Little M and one of our little friends posing with a princess at the Zoo Halloween. 

Little M and our little friend being silly at the Zoo!

And Little M with another princess:)

Hope you all have a safe and wonderful Halloween!




Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Fresh Start. . .


My life has changed dramatically this year (click there to learn a wee bit).  
2012 has certainly been a year to test my strength and patience, to test my faith in the goodness of others and the purpose of my life, and a challenge to push myself forward and start over.  As a result, I have decided to wipe out my blog (over 500 posts! Eek!) and start fresh.  Start over.  No need for those remnants of the past.  Here's to a brand new future!




Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Yes. I'll give you a bit of my past.


I feel the need to explain my past just a bit, at least where it pertains to the kids.  Why? Just to give you some background.  To explain some things I might post in the future.  To explain what makes me, me. To explain why I might post more about one child than another. And possibly so someone out there can relate.  It's not something I talk about much, online or in person.  If we're close, you know my story.  Otherwise, I guess, what do I say? How do I even explain? This continuously throws me for a loop when encountering new people. When do you bring it up? How do you say it? I feel as though my situation might differ quite a bit from the stereotypical parent/child relationship or family that most people picture, but honestly, every family dynamic is unique. Here goes a bit of my story:


I am recently divorced (2012). I was married for almost 8 years, getting married a short 4 months after meeting. Little M was only 11 months old when we married (and NO my ex-husband was not with her birth mom at the time we met). I think people are always curious about the fact that Little M is not mine when they find out her age and how long I was married. Little M lives with me. Her dad and I are still working out the best schedule between us. She sees her birth mom on occasion, and is now settling into a regular schedule with her. She calls me "mom." If her birth mom and I are in the same room, Little M refers to me as "mommy lori" and her birth mom as "mommy (her first name)." She has done this for a long time, with no prompting from us. For all intents and purposes, I am her mom, not her stepmom, not her ex-stepmom.  I will admit that this was not my expectation when I married, but you take what life throws at you and try to make the best of it. She will always be my daughter.




Miss W was 8 years old when my ex-husband and I married. She has a different mother than Little M and an entirely different situation.  Miss W was born when my ex and her mom were in high school, so there is a mere 15 year age difference between Miss W and I. Luckily, thankfully, counting my blessings here, Miss W and I have always gotten along. We have never had an issue and I hope for this to always continue. She lives with her mom - coming to stay with me a few times a month when she can fit it into her busy teenage working/boyfriend lifestyle. To her, I am definitely her stepmom. She will always be mine as well.






Obviously, the situations with the girls and their moms differ completely, but now you can see why I might post more about one child than the other. My ex and I encountered many struggles and overcame many obstacles with both the girls and their mothers over the years. Blended families are always interesting.

And a brief summary of my divorce. . .it was not my choice or doing. I did not see it coming. But there is a plan for us all.  Of that, I am confident. I am currently pregnant with my ex-husband's child. Just as he and his new girlfriend are expecting their own child. Yep.  Not ideal.  Far from ideal. Nothing I'd wish on anyone, but I am filled with a positive spirit and will continue on to have a great life.

 There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” 

― Albert Einstein




Monday, October 1, 2012

Me.


Me:

-a full time case manager (social worker)
-a jeweler
-the mother of a sweet little babe born April 2013 and former step-mother of 2 gorgeous girls 
-the caretaker of 2 plump cats
-a lover of nature and music
-a strong independent soul embracing life


Join me on my journey. . .