Friday, May 20, 2011

Quick Takes: Apocalypse/Rapture Edition!

So according to a minute number of Christians, the world is supposed to end tomorrow.  That means this could be my final post.  Yeah.  Seriously, did these guys ever read Matthew 24:36?  Jimmy Akin penned a humorous article to explain everything.  Oh well, might as well do a Quick Takes, since my blog has been so neglected, not because the end of the world is tomorrow.

1.  Tomorrow to celebrate the end of the world (just kidding), we will attend the priestly ordination of the deacon who baptized KB.  Not only is our dear deacon a wonderful friend, he has been an incredible spiritual director too.  Most of our sessions have taken place at Star.bucks.  How cool is that?  I know he will become an incredible priest.  He was so compassionate during my infertility struggles and rejoiced at KB's arrival.

2.  I was a horrible time manager before KB.  It's gotten even worse.  With my school year ending next week and full-time motherhood kicking in, I need to make some changes.  Pronto.  Easier said than done.

3.  KB caught my stomach bug, so we have spent the majority of the week cleaning up fluids and making sure she stayed hydrated.  Her puking was prolonged enough to warrant 2 visits to the doctor.  Thankfully, she has recovered.  The episode forced me to not take her health for granted.

4.  Please, will someone invent an App to automatically mute political commercials?  We don't have an advanced TV or cable system that allows us to fast forward through those dastardly ads.

5.  My new guilty pleasure is "Ex.treme Coup.oning" on TLC.  It's so fascinating to watch these people pay so little for groceries.  However, I see disadvantages too, particularly the stockpile.  Come on, do you REALLY need 12 bottles of mustard?  Even large families we know do not have that large of a number.  Still, some of the couponers' techniques are useful.  My friend Jennifer started a blog called Jennifer Saves (love the name) where she chronicles her own savings.  She actually follows the rules at stores, and has pointed out to me that many of the TLC couponers do not.  Interesting!

6.  I am so. in. love. with this jewelry.

7.  Unlike Sew, I have not been able to lose baby weight.  The extra pounds sting even more because a mere year ago, I had lost a bunch of weight to prepare for a South Korea adoption BMI requirement.  Now that KB is 6 months old (and I can't use the "but I had a baby" excuse), she can attend the kids club at my gym AND swim in the pool with me.  Hopefully the exercise will help decrease the poundage.

8.  (sorry to go over the limit).  My friend K, who has 3 babies in heaven, will soon give birth to her twins.  I'm so glad God FINALLY turned her sorrow into joy. Her post reminds me of Always Giving Thanks's recent post, who compared her time of waiting to that of Joseph's in the Old Testament.  Infertility felt a lot like that well Joseph got thrown into: empty, dark, and seemingly no way out.  But God was (and still is, although I think He takes too long sometimes) faithful.  Keep praying for all of our IF friends out there.

I look forward to posting on Sunday, just because. :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Of Derby, Mother's Day, and May

The school year is winding down and the days fly by.  In fact, today Miss KB is 6 months old! I cannot believe how much my life has changed since her arrival.  Not to mention she has grown quite a bit.

Here in the bluegrass state, the K.entucky D.erby is on par with the Super Bowl.  People around here have parties to celebrate the "most exciting 2 minutes in sports."  We didn't have a party, but KB got into the various Derb.y traditions:

Attempting to choose the winning horse...

Donning a hat (thank you, Auntie Beth!). Sorry for the blurry picture.

KB spending her first Mother's Day with me outside the womb.

I know it sounds cliche-ish, but after all the painful years of longing, this day was much sweeter.  Although I must admit, the idea of trying to raise this child and keep her from getting too warped by the world seems like a scary task.  KB and I always pray for all IF sisters out there still waiting. She loves her blogger aunties!