Sunday, November 28, 2010

well well well

I fell off the wagon. 
Twenty two days of thirty isn't too shabby for an inconsistent blogger like myself, though, right??
I wish I could find my camera battery charger so that I could upload pictures from our fantastic long weekend... but alas, it's missing for the moment. Regardless- it was one of the more relaxing holidays, it seemed, and for that I'm really thankful.
We spent lots of time with family. We pretty well split the time between my parents and Jordan's, and it was wonderful.
We ate a lot of delicious food and played a lot of games. I love times like that. A lot.
I went Black Friday shopping and walked for the majority 10ish hours.
I didn't get spectacular deals and found myself mostly frustrated by the chaos in the early morning. Toys R Us was in complete disarray and out of everything I wanted and I was none too pleased.
My mood brightened after a chocolate chip bagel and hazelnut coffee from Panera, though. I have around 5 or so gifts left to buy... but if you remember my previous post, that's a whole lot less than 2 million, so I can't complain.
My baby dropped. Like, noticeably, inches lower dropped. Weird. I don't remember it ever being so obvious before. I've found myself getting my hopes up that this one will arrive sooner than later... and then I read my blog from this point in pregnancy with Cate. It appears that I thought the same thing for the same reasons with my baby girl who didn't arrive a moment sooner than her due date. 
I will say, though, that the contractions aren't near as constant as they were my other two pregnancies. This makes life much more enjoyable. I am more tired than I've ever been in my whole life, though.
Also, by golly, I am crossing things off my to-do list like crazy. 
Today we pulled out the Christmas decor and baby clothes. I sorted through three totes and have four piles to wash tomorrow- burp cloths and blankies, newborn sized baby girl clothes (oh, and are they ever precious!), newborn sized baby boy clothes (which I refuse to believe ever fit my 3.5 year old little boy), and a stack of white onesies and gender neutral gowns and sleepers. 
I've got to admit that I laid awake in bed for way too long last night worrying about those darn clothes and couldn't get them out of the attic fast enough today.
I'm down to my final two photo sessions as far as editing goes- and they're both started and will be finished before weeks end.
I scrubbed the tub and toilets and have conquered lots (and lots) of laundry.
I got groceries with two rambunctious toddlers, and that alone is worthy of some sort of award. Ha- joking, but it was none too fun this evening, as neither were interested in being stuck in a cart. 
OH! AND! We now have a working furnace.
Alright. I must sleep. Pictures to come if I ever find my charger (which will probably keep me awake tonight...)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


I'm suddenly 5 weeks away from my due date.
In those 5 weeks, we have Thanksgiving and Christmas, along with hundreds of little get-togethers and parties to attend. (Okay, maybe not hundreds...). I also have something like 2 million people to buy gifts for (not complaining- I LOVE buying presents. Like, love love love. And there might be a few less than 2 million). Let's not even discuss the monstrosity of a list I have going on home projects that need completed...

And then there is this possibility that the baby could come early. Like before Christmas is over. 

(insert major panic face here)

I need to go Christmas shopping. Right now. And mop the floors and fold the laundry and decorate for Christmas and dust the baseboards and scrub the floor and vacuum and buy a car seat and clean my room.
How did I suddenly become this pregnant? Why didn't I realize before that January 1st is only days after December 25th? Why didn't I start Christmas shopping in August? 
And tell me- why oh why did I think getting rid of 3 closets was a good idea? 
My house has never recovered from that transition. 
And I'm afraid that it never will.

I suddenly have this burst of energy... I want to do it all... like five minutes ago. I made a pretty good dent on my room (which bares the brunt of the closet transition) and have quite a goodwill pile going. I also have stacks of maternity clothes to pack away and piles of jeans that I so look forward to wearing in the near future. (darkwash skinny jeans... you've been missed. We'll meet again soon- I hope.)
I scrubbed toilets and counters and then laid on the couch and rested. And by rested, I mean scoured websites for baby names (zilch, zip, nada), but that's another post for another day.
And now... I must Christmas shop. 
Just waiting on my little girl to wake up from her nap, or Jordan to text back and say that he'd really love to go shopping with me tonight, so I'm not toting the kids around by myself. (ha... hahah...) It'd be amazingly amazing if I could be mostly done by the end of Black Friday. A lofty goal, yes, but feasible.
All of this to say- I'm really stinking pregnant.
And I want need some coffee.
And I hope to find some killer pre-Thanksgiving sales down at the outdoor mall.


Monday, November 22, 2010

day 22

So I may have missed a few in there somewhere... oh well. :)
Today I'm thankful for the few quiet moments I got Saturday morning... 
time to sit and think and pray and wait. 
This end of pregnancy-ness overtaking me doesn't allow for much sleep, so when I woke hours before our planned wake up time on our 'retreat', I just went and sat outside by myself...
and it was perfect.
It's good to do... especially in the midst of all this busyness.. to have the time, make the time to just be still.
The warmer-than-normal fall morning combined with the pristine lake water and perfect, still fog only added to my time.
It was good to sit and pray for my marriage, for my role as wife, for our ministry, our unity, our role as parents. It was good to pray for my friends' marriages. To just talk to the Lord. and then to sit. And be still. Wait.
Over and over and over again Jordan and I have been hearing the same message: Be people of prayer. Be people who pray. People who wait. Make the time, carve out the time, do it however you can... but be people of prayer.
And so I sat. And prayed. And waited.
And it was good. 
So so good.
Be still and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
(psalm 46:10)

I'm thankful for a lot involving this weekend, but being thrown back into a busy Monday made me so grateful for those few alone.. really alone.. moments I got, that sweet time I was able to have.

(Also in case you're wondering- these pictures were all taken with my new 35mm lens, and were not edited or modified in anyway. Those first few weren't converted to black and white- just the lack of color of the leaf-less trees combined with the thick fog.. and the way I took the picture.)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

day 16 (17 and 18)

I am so thankful and SO stinkin excited to be finishing up my packing for the next few days.
First, we're going to Cville to my parents house... where my Grandma and Papaw from Mississippi will also be!!!!! I am so excited to see them and for them to see our kiddos, too. We last saw them in the beginning of May, so Corban and Cate have changed so much since last seeing them.
Then tomorrow, I'm dropping the kids off early afternoon with my in-laws and heading back up to Indy to prepare a meal and snack and to pack for myself and Jordan. We're heading down to a big cabin in Brown County with three other couples (who are all close friends) for a little mini marriage retreat. We've got lots of food and games planned, plus the viewing of the Bob Coy Marriage series sermons. I am soooooooooooo excited about it- majorly bummed that I'll be playing the single girl most of Friday, as Jordan won't be joining us until late Friday night (he's at a youth conference), but what can you do? Like I said, these are all close friends we'll be with, so it won't be uncomfortable or anything. I have to admit that I'm not sad at all to hear that the hot tub is broken-- since I would be sitting by myself while everyone else enjoyed- hahah!
Saturday evening we'll head back and pick up the kids and go to my parents house to celebrate my big brother's 30TH birthday! Whoa. :) JD and I had teased him for years that he was 'almost 30'... and, well, now he will be! Happy birthday, Brandon!! So glad you guys are back home in indiana... Cant wait to celebrate this weekend. :) Looking forward to the time with everyone, too! And then Sunday, we have our extended family Thanksgiving.
Lots of fun and exciting things! I hope I can keep up, as my energy is in the negatives these days (not to mention a baby who appears to have dropped and makes walking or moving quite uncomfortable). So with that- I won't be posting again until after the weekend. Hope you have a fantastic weekend!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

thankful for Caters... day 15

Short, sweet and picture heavy tonight- but I'm so thankful for my little girl- and the good checkup we had at the cardiologist today. I had more fear going into this appointment than ever before- but nothing has changed. She's either asymptomatic or the medicine is doing its job, but either way, there were no episodes recorded by her implanted device that indicate any need for change from what we're already doing. 
I'll spare you the medical details for now, but it's a tremendous relief for this Mama's heart that Cate's heart is just beating like it should.
I love this little girl more than words could ever say. I love how she becomes more and more of her own person every minute- that she's got her own sense of style and her own determined mind. I have a strong suspicion that she will not be a crowd follower... and I love her for that. :) She's my girl, my sweet baby girl, and I am so so so thankful for her.

And just to be fair- I love this little guy more than words could ever say, too, but that's another post for another day. :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

30 days of thankful- day14

I've loved this song for awhile now.
I listened it over and over while my brother was sick, and then even more so after he died. 
I've sung it to Cate every night before bed for many months. 
I've got many associations with it... both beautiful and painful... It's a song I treasure, and I'm thankful for, for many reasons.
 but I just recently learned of the last verse.
and the story behind the song.
and why John Mark McMillan wrote it and when he wrote it...
(You can hear it starting about the 6:00 minute mark in the video above... and you should.)
 Oh I thought about You the day Stephen died
and You met me between my breaking
I know that I still love You, God, despite the agony
See people, they want to tell me You're cruel
but if Stephen could sing, he'd say it's not true
because You're good...
 'Cause He loves us...
I loved the song anyway. Thought the message was powerful, so powerful anyway. But I watched a video where JMM spoke of writing the song, and I was so thankful
He wrote this when his heart was completely broken. One of his best friends had just died. He was torn apart, angry, confused, hurt. 
In the video, he talked about how he's not talking about a pretty, happy love... but a love that is willing to love the messy 
and broken 
and difficult 
and gross. 
He said he wanted to write about how in his anger and frustration and resentment God could still love him through that, that He wasn't offended by it. 
Through tears, he talked about how after 7 years it's still really tough. 
He said the song is 'not a celebration of weakness and anger, but a celebration of a God who would want to hang with us through those things, despite those things.'
'That's the kind of love I'm talking about,' he finished the video saying.

Oh am I ever thankful for a God who loves in this way.
I spent much of the last year being messy and broken and difficult and gross... 
but I experience the goodness of God, His faithfulness and love like never before.

Oh, how He loves us!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

30 days of thankful- days 11 and 12

-sweatpants. For real. If you've ever been 34 weeks pregnant, you can understand the depth of my gratitude.
-dinner with new(ish) friends.
-a little boys' first bike ride with his dad... Making a whole lap around the elementary school and then some!
-a new lens for my camera (35mm 2.0)
-being caught up on work (next up- laundry!)
-Cate nicknaming her big brother and only referring to him as 'Corbaniah'
-a husband who is willing to rub my back 687346 times per day
-ice water
-anticipating seeing my grandparents from Mississippi this week, a mini marriage retreat this weekend, and celebrating my brothers 30TH birthday! A good, full week ahead.
-going to bed at 10 p.m. On Saturday night. (ptl for bedtime, this girl is exhuasted!)
So blessed... So thankful.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

30 days of thankful- day 10/33 weeks

Pretty much I'm thankful for today, start to finish.
We had another great day of staycation. This was the first one that really seemed 'vacation' like- and it was wonderful. We went out for breakfast, made a not-so-quick stop at Kohl's and then went on to our local state park. I SO wish I would've had my camera... we went 'exploring' and ended up in a dried up creek bed and then eventually found water, and it was beautiful and a ton of fun. It was good to just be hanging out and enjoying being a family... and the perfect 70 degrees and sunny sure didn't hurt anything either. :)
We had to postpone our date night from last night to tonight because Cate ran a fever and was lethargic and grumpy most of the day yesterday. Thankfully, she seemed more herself today and our wonderful Aunt Rita and Uncle Kurt were free to keep them tonight, too. We decided to try out a restaurant we'd never been to before and went to Houlihan's down at the outdoor mall. We had Parmesan frites as an appetizer (fries, really) and I enjoyed a DELICIOUS meal of chicken skewers with peanut cilantro pesto and a spinach salad with blueberries and kiwi in poppyseed dressing. Jordan had the norm: bacon cheeseburger with bbq and ranch, and he was also pleased with his choice. We walked around, got dessert (carmel pistachio gelato for him, toffee crunch latte for me) and purchased new slip-slips (slippers) for the kiddos. We also made an exciting stop at the grocery store, and ended up just sitting and talking for a good while before getting the kids. It was really wonderful just to be together... I love hearing his heart, listening to what God is doing in the man I love so much. It's amazing to see the Lord speaking the same thing to both of us, challenging us and asking us to go deeper still... calling us to be men and women of prayer.
Anyway, it was really just a perfect day.
And now, if you'll cue the music and sing along... "You're so vain..." I'm going to post a few pictures that we took of me before going out tonight. As I mentioned a few days prior, I got my hair cut this weekend. We made an agreement that she'd cut my hair and I'd take pictures for her to put in her portfolio on her website-- she has a ton of clients with short hair and wanted to add some variety on her site.
Believe it or not, when we finished cutting (and thinning) my hair, there was an unbelievable amount of hair on the floor... it looked like we got rid of a ton. We only took an inch or two off the length, but added layers and thinned it out. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I loved it when I straightened it, and tonight this took all of 5 minutes to do after washing it. So, without further ado... here's me (along with my 33 week pregnant belly):

Oh, p.s.- props to my husband for taking the pictures! :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

30 days of thankful- day 9

See the post below. I'm really excited and thankful for that!!!
I magic erased, clorox wiped, and murphy oiled every inch of kitchen space today... counters, cabinets, walls, floors. It sparkles in there- and for the first time in the history of home ownership, I'm 100% satisfied with it, it's perfect, exactly as I want it. We laid ceramic tile when we moved in, and I liked it- but it looked and felt cold, and then it cracked and broke. We found the new floor ridiculously marked down Christmas eve last year and it was exactly what I was wanting. I LOVE IT!!!!!
Also- I will throw in a major 'I'm thankful for' for my in-laws. They came up Monday morning, and Jerry (my father-in-law) stayed until this evening helping with numerous projects around the house... along with letting us sleep in while he played with the kids, and staying here for us to go on our mini-date last night. I could write a million words on how thankful I am for them- far far far beyond just helping the last few days around here- but I've been staring at this computer screen for too many hours (editing, of course) and I'm ready for bed. One day, oh maybe one day... I'll get to really write. Once I'm all caught up on editing, I'll have the freedom to do so again. And I'm getting really close. Like two sessions away from having some breathing room. My goal is to finish tomorrow. We'll see though. :) Okay. I'm done. Adios. See you tomorrow.

my NEW kitchen!!

 I love it!!!! I am SOOOOOOOOO excited!!!
Time to go eat in it. :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

30 days of thankful- day 8

I'm thankful that I'm out on a mini-date with my husband... just the two of us at Starbucks. :)
We've spent the last hour and a half editing photos (me) and reading (him) and listening to Brit Merrick preach... sharing earbuds, might I add (so romantic-haha).
I love this man!
And I love being out with just him. And laughing. We do a lot of that, you know. We tried really hard to get a picture from the webcam and couldn't figure it out... and then took about 967 bad ones from the iphone... only to not be able to figure out how to post it here. But we got a good laugh out of both and now our time is up and it's time to go home.
Tomorrow night we have not just a mini-date, but a real, full-blown, night on the town date- just the two of us, for hours. I'm wearing a semi-new dress and heels and I can't wait. In case you were wondering, you know. :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

30 days of thankful- day 7

Another simple post- this time from my computer- but still, I'm way behind on this thing called sleep... and I've had little time on the computer- which has been really nice, to be honest. I took two whole days off from doing any sort of editing or anything like that. It was refreshing, and now I'm ready to pound out these last few sessions before taking a mini-break before 'launching' kristenmcg photography. Exciting stuff. Why am I talking about all of this right now? I'm rambling... onto the thankful.
Today, I'm really thankful that I can barely remember my kitchen looking like this:
If I weren't on my laptop, I'd show you some other 'before' type of pictures of our house. Our kitchen, though, has seen numerous transitions and is in the middle of yet another. Last Christmas Eve we bought new flooring, and today, we're about 4 feet shy of having the new floor down. I'm really really pleased with how it's looking- can't wait for it to be finished tomorrow!
This picture gives me hope and makes me so glad. One- we've come a loooooooooong way. Two, we have a house, a home... and I love it here. It has become our home. It's comfortable and cozy- I love being here. I love that we've transformed it and made it ours, that it's plenty spacious, that people can and do gather here. Provision beyond what we could've imagined- and I am so thankful for this place.
Lastly, despite the uproar seen in just about every inch of living space right now, it has been much, much worse here. The things we have to do now- the things that are tremendously hanging over my head and making me crazy- are far less hard, time consuming, and costly than most of what we've already accomplished. I am really thankful that it's not 'everything but gutting drywall' that needs to be done now. Instead, it's throwing unnecessary things away, simplifying, getting rid of clothes (again. always. continually), finding places for the things that used to be in the 2.5 closets we did away with, deep cleaning every inch. The time is very near, my friends, when that amazing little instinct called nesting takes over. I'm right on the brink- I bought more household cleaners tonight than I have in months and I am giddy with excitement. I've got lists of things to scrub and boil flowing from my brain. I'm plotting and planning and so looking forward to getting these things checked off my list. In case you've missed majority of my other blog posts, this is very contrary to my normal nature. I love this aspect of pregnancy. :) 
So tonight, I'm really thankful for our home, but especially the work that's we've already done in our house, meaning we have that much less to do now. Some day when I have time, I'd like to do a 'house tour' of sorts- with before and after pictures and all. It's really an amazing transformation, and we finally have more finished rooms than unfinished- and that's an amazing feeling.
With that, I need to go sleep so that I can one day have the energy to actually do the things I'm dreaming of. Staycation is wonderful!
See you tomorrow!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Day 6

I'm on my phone again, we are driving home from Ft. Wayne and it's 10:35p.m. The kiddos are conked out (finally) and I can't wait to crawl into my bed. Neither child napped yesterday and corban was up every two hours through the night and up for the day starting at 5 a.m.
Needless to say, we are all tired.
We had an incredible time though, and it was worth sacrificing a nights rest. :)
Anyway, call me frivolous and vain, but today I am darn thankful for the first haircut I've had since January. My hair was really long and way past overdue on a trim. We thinned it out, took just an inch off the length, an added some layers. There's something so ... Idunno... Refreshing? About a good haircut. Especially at this stage in pregnancy.
A boric update ad 'thankful', I know, but I don't do this thumb typing well and I'm very lacking in the sleep department- that's all I've got for today. :)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Day 5

I am thankful that we've been too busy this whole day for me to be on a computer to write a blog post. A full, wonderful, relaxing kick off to our staycation. We started last night with Toy Story 3 and popcorn on the couch as a family and it was awesome. We (in parent world) slept in and started our morning with cinnamon rolls by te fire. We packed up, finally cleaned out the van and headed up to Ft. Wayne to spend the weekend.
I'm typing this on my iPhone, so I'm going to stop there, but it's so good to be with my husband and kids, seeing family and friends who are like family. We are being encouraged and refreshed and I am so thankful for this time we have right now. God is so good to give us what we need just when we need it.
Hope your weekend is great!

Friday, November 5, 2010

day 4

Here's the deal.
I have this big long heart-filled post I want to write. I've been thinking about it for days... really tossing some things around, but I'm swamped with 'work' (if you want to call it that) and really need to bust it the next few days so that I can enjoy our 'stay-cation' next week. So bear with my shallow and surface level thankfuls that may appear in the near future and please know there's more depth to this heart than just being thankful for caffeine. :)
With that said... Day 4.
As previously mentioned, we have a friend living with us right now. He fits into our family quite nicely. The munchkins love him. Jordan loves having a climbing buddy. Meet Jacob:
Jacob works at a little local establishment known as Starbucks.
Oh, you've heard of them? 
Ha. I'm a big fan of his recent employment... mostly because he brings me pumpkin spice lattes when we pick him up. Like last night. Except last night we ate a late dinner and I was full and wasn't up for drinking it at 9 p.m., so it ended up in my fridge. And now it's nap time and I only slept five hours last night and what do you know if I don't have the most perfect little treat sitting in a holiday themed cup waiting to be consumed now that my house is quiet. (How's that for run-on sentence?!)
Ahh, yes... I am thankful for housemates and jobs and pumpkin spice lattes.
or maybe more recognizable here:
This man of mine (who happens to be dang good looking... just sayin'.) will be off of work for the next eight days, starting tonight.
Hallelujah, thank You, Jesus.
A week at home. Just us. Our family. Amazing.
We had planned on a vacation, had several things in the works, but alas- we had to choose to be responsible adults (darn it), and will be staying home in FREEZING SNOWY Indiana. I may or may not have had a little pitty party this morning, but really, all we need is some time together, and that can happen just as easily here as it can on the ocean. Okay fine, maybe not. But still- it'll be good. What I have to do is figure out how to allow (or force) my husband to relax and rest. He is the most hard-working man I know and doing nothing is not an easy task for him. That was the major appeal of a repeat trip to FL... we had no choice but to just sit by the ocean. Rough life. But being home where our 'to do' list is eighteen miles long... that'll be more difficult. We DO plan on conquering some projects- as there's just no other time to get them done, but I want to make sure Jordan has time to refresh and recharge, you know? I'll keep you posted, I'm sure. :) And if anyone has brilliant ideas, send them my way.
Alright, my french fries are done and I must go scour the fridge for some buffalo sauce. (a lunch of champions, huh?)
Happy Staycation to us!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

30 days of thankful- day 3

I'm gonna be real honest here.

My kiddos didn't nap yesterday.
And then last night they went to bed two hours late, and this morning woke up an hour earlier than normal.

I'm praising Jesus for nap time.
And it's not just nap time, but a loooooooong nap time. Like entering the fourth hour nap time.

I've gotten a ton of work done, listened to a sermon, and then enjoyed a silent house. Absolutely refreshing.

I'm also (and really, even more so) thankful for a perfect check up at the doctor today. Baby McG #3 looks perfect! I'm convinced this baby is going to be my smallest-- it measured a few days behind it's due date today. I don't remember exactly with Corban, but I know Cate was measuring a week or two ahead by this point. Anyway, it measured in at approximately 3lbs 14 oz. and passed it's BPP fairly quickly. I go once a week from here out.
This was the first ultrasound I took the kids to. Cate did NOT want them to touch me- she cried when they put the gel on my belly, the blood pressure cuff on my arm, etc... so protective (and possessive) of her Mama. Corban said the baby looked scary and that it was probably a brother... or a sister. Wise little boy I have, huh? :) It's just amazing to me to consider the beginning of this pregnancy and how we feared that this baby would never be one we'd hold in our arms... and here we are, less than two months out from my due date. Thank you, Lord! I am so excited.
With that, I hear little footsteps upstairs and a baby girl asking for her 'cuppy'. Better go! I'll be back for day 4 tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

30 days of thankful- day 2

This picture shows a lot of things-
my current work station
my ordered and ready to go disks and print releases, waiting to be taken to the post office
my labels and print releases, meaning that my printer actually- wait for it-- PRINTED!
delicious glorious nutella

I'm thankful for all of those things. 
I'm also thankful that I bought a dSLR camera a year ago and poured myself into all things photography related, that people saw pictures I took of my kiddos on facebook, that they asked me to take pictures of their kiddos, that in October I had around 15 or so photo sessions... that that enabled me to buy the new camera I'd been wanting and put money aside for vacation home repairs (God provides, yes?). I'm thankful that I get to do something that I love, that I get to meet new families, capture new faces, use my brain, have a little 'me' time. and I'm thankful for a husband who supports me in pursuing a dream.
and that that husband of mine will be home in half an hour and I can go to the post office without two children in tow.
mostly, though, that he'll be home in half an hour.
I love that man. A whole stinkin' lot.

Back to editing I go...
What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

30 days of thankful- Day 1

With November kicking off the holiday season and Thanksgiving being only a few weeks away, I thought I'd follow suit with numerous other bloggers and do '30 days of thankful'. I never commit to things like this, where I have to blog every day or so many times because consistency in blogging is not my strong suit- my schedule is chaotic and unpredictable... but nothing says I have to post a thousand words per thankful or anything like that- so I can do this! :)
Today was one of those days where it would've benefited me about 12 hours ago to write a post like this. Disobedience was the attitude of choice in this house and frustration was the result. 6 p.m. couldn't come fast enough and tension was high. But as the evening went on and Daddy got home and lightened the mood, as we laughed and played as a family, as we put the kids to bed and snuggled and prayed, my heart was again overwhelmed by the gifts that we've been given in Corban and Cate.

I know this is an obvious thing to be thankful for. I know I say it every other post... but I am so unbelievably thankful to be Mama to these kiddos. They're amazing... their little minds, their unique personalities, sense of humor, strong wills... how different and how similar they are to each other... I am so glad that these babies are ours, that God created these two exactly as he did, that He's entrusted them to us to nurture and raise.
 So, so, so thankful.
and on a little less serious note- I'm really thankful for the free pumpkin spice latte given to me about an hour ago by our housemate- as I've got hours of editing ahead of me. And I'm thankful that I fixed my photoshop problems that occurred ALL afternoon preventing me from doing the massive amounts of editing that I needed to be working on. AND... I'm really thankful that my husband is currently (at 9:30 pm, mind you) changing the break pads in our van.That's all for now.
I'll be back tomorrow. Hold me to it!