Tuesday, May 28, 2013

you can't crochet! i love crochet!


One of my favorite things is seeing Judah try to mimic me with trying to crochet. When I was a little bit older than he is right now I used to ask my Grandma West to teach me how to crochet. She was known in our little town for her crochet and her italian sauce. I had a fascination for colorful yarn and I wanted to create these beautiful masterpieces that she would crochet. But my Grandmother refused to teach me, she said that I would never be able to learn how to crochet because I was left handed. I asked if she could please try to teach me that I could work with my right hand but she still refused and said that I was hopeless. So I did the next best thing. I grabbed one of her crochet hooks a skein of yarn and sat in front of her night after night and taught myself how to crochet. I knew that I would be able to one day crochet. I just never expected that I would one day run my own crochet business.

Now that I am an adult I love seeing Judah's curiosity about yarn. I love watching him pick up my crochet hooks and say "Judah crochet" and pretend to crochet "just like mommy". I'm fascinated by the yarn colors he suggests I pick up when we are out on our yarn runs "No mommy pick that one!" "oooohh pretty! yes!".

The absolute best thing about my son loving crochet is that he is left handed just like his mama. He will one day learn how to really crochet.  I will look forward to that day when I can show him how to crochet his first foundation chain and I will encourage him and let him know that he can crochet anything he sets his mind to.



((PS it sounds like Judah is cussing at the end of this video, I promise you he is not.))

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Judahs weekly library reads


I haven't written a post on Judah's favorite library reads in awhile. With all our travel I haven't had a chance to sit and write one out. Now that we are settling back into our routine I'll start posting weekly library updates again. We check out around 15 books a week and here are some of Judah's favorites  from this past week. My heart actually aches knowing that I have to bring them back to the library tomorrow for new ones. They are that good!


Source: amazon.com via Jessica on Pinterest


I hug Judah all the time and would hug him all day if he let me. This adorable book actually made him excited to hug me over and over again so it never got old. The book goes through the day and talks about regular things that Judah and I do, so he is able to relate to the characters. They look for bugs then its time for a hug, snuggle on the rug, its time for a hug. In the one week we have read this book Judah has the "hug" parts memorized. His face lights up as he reaches over and hugs me while he says "time for a HUG!".


Source: amazon.com via Jessica on Pinterest


We have rechecked this book out twice and I am sad to see it go back to the library tomorrow. This book is about a mothers unconditional love for her toddler fox. The toddler fox is "grim and grumpy" and the mother fox asks why. The toddler fox didn't think his mother loved him anymore. Then they go through reassuring scenarios of how the mother will never stop loving her baby fox, no matter what. The foxes names are small and large but I said "Judah and Mama". I loved reading this to my son because I want to ingrain it in his heart and mind that Scott and I will love him, no matter what. 

Source: amazon.com via Jessica on Pinterest
I love the bright and cheerful illustrations in this charming book! Judah loves the sing-songy quality of the book. We actually don't read this book we sing it together. Its easy to follow along and its funny for him to read since he likes to dance in pants and play in the sand just like Jesse Bear. I believe this book will bring a smile to any child. 

Judah also loved the following books.

+the chick and the duckling+
+the wolf who cried boy+
+thats what friends are for+

Here is a list of past books we have enjoyed reading together. 

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

fresh zucchini pizzas


Are you looking quick easy summer recipes that don't come from a can? This is one of my weekly go to recipes and I specifically planted some zucchini plants in my garden this year so we can enjoy these delicious zucchini pizzas all summer long. I made mine dairy free.

{ingredients}
two large zucchinis (this covers Scott, Judah and myself with leftovers)
dairy free mozzarella cheese (I like diaya)
vine tomato's
fresh basil
red onion
fresh portobello mushrooms
olive oil
Sea salt, pepper and garlic powder

{directions}
Preheat the oven to 375
Slice the zucchinis in half and cut off the sides to stable them in the oven.
Slice tomatos, mushrooms and red onion. Rip apart the basil in large pieces.
Brush olive oil on top of the zucchini.
Then sprinkle sea salt, pepper and garlic powder on each.
Add sliced tomato's, mushrooms, red onion and fresh basil. 
Sprinkle dairy free mozzarella on top.
Then place in the oven for 25-30 mins until soft. 

I love this recipe because it tastes fresh and makes great leftovers for those who are on the run.


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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

your words


In my closet I have a box of letters from various friends and pen pals over the years. Right next to that box I have an even bigger box of letters from my sister Rhonda. When we both moved out of the house we wrote to each other all the time. When ever I had any type of discouragement in my adult life my sister Rhonda would send me letters of encouragement. She would decorate her card and knew just the right words to say that would really uplift my heart and make me feel special. I loved getting letters from Rhonda. Getting snail mail is probably one of my favorite things, even today Scott knows that I like to check the mail "just in case I get a letter from someone".

When we drove back home early last week from our Myrtle Beach trip one of the first things I did was sit down and write out a letter to my sister. I just wanted to remind her how special she is in my life and how deeply I treasure our friendship. I guess Rhonda must have done the same thing because I received a letter from her in the mail today. We both realized that writing a letter would be encouraging to the other person.

Normally I send out packages to friends to encourage them. A book, mixed CD, succulent plant I found on Etsy or something I crochet. This week I wanted to focus on my words and how I can use them to let someone know how special they are to me. I want to pray and send out an encouraging letter to 20 people in my life (family and friends). I want to really try to encourage them with a simple handwritten note. I'm doing 20 letters because the post office is selling these gorgeous vintage flower stamps and they come in books of 20. 

Hopefully my letters will encourage someone just the way my sister encourages me with hers. 


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Sunday, May 12, 2013

it all changed

Growing up I hated mothers day. I always had that anxious feeling of wondering where my mom was living, was she thinking of me and was I ever going to hear from her. As a little girl I would write her long drawn out letters letting her know about this mother hole in my heart that I had and a desire for her to be the mother I wanted her to be and fill it. She never tried and she broke our hearts over and over again. My step mom Dyan was wonderful in stepping in and raising me and my siblings and letting us know how much she loved and cared for us. But even today as a grown woman, I still find myself having the occasional conversation with my sister asking her "do you think mom ever truly cared for us" "why did she treat us the way that she did" and "why did she abandon us". Questions that will probably never be answers and that I need to find peace for in my heart.

In my adult life it was hard to find my value in anything. I often questioned close friends of mine "what is the point of everything, why does God even have me around". I believe I had a lot of these questions because I felt abandoned at an early age by my parents. I strived to be the best employee, friend or encourager but I always always felt that God made a mistake and that I truly didn't have a purpose in life. That all changed on December 10, 2010 when Judah was first placed in my arms. I found my purpose in life and that was to be his mother.

I truly believe that The Lord has blessed with with an extra special son. Judah is by far one of the sweetest and happiest boys I know. Of course he has his occasional tantrums just like any other toddler and some days I just want to cry in frustration. But for the most part he is always trying to make the day a better day. Asking people how they are doing, blowing kisses or saying "hi" to that person who looks like they need a smile. Judah has given me a purpose in life and I daily see how his sweet and loving nature impacts the lives of those around him.

When I start a crochet project I always wonder at first "Will this turn out right, it looks kinda funny" but after awhile the project will take shape and I will be able to see clearly this beautiful thing I am creating. I believe that is how my journey has been. I had no idea where The Lord was taking me with my life, I thought He made a mistake and to be honest things looked a little funky. After awhile things started to take shape and I am seeing this beautiful purpose in life that The Lord has given me. To be Judah's mother.






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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

never want this to end


I don't want this to end. 
 early morning drives to pick up a special donut for Judah. 
singing songs to me from the backseat. 
teaching him dance moves.
laughing at squirrels running by as we go on an adventure in the backyard. 
coloring outside while we sit on old Mickey Mouse sheets. 
searching for a caterpillar.
whispering "night night" to the sleeping pine cones.
endless conversations about bulldozers and diggers.
picking flowers together. 
creating play doh masterpieces.
reading books. 
the hugs.
the kisses.
crash hugs.
the giggles.
being best friends....forever




I am the luckiest. Only because I don't want to take for granted one single moment that the Lord has blessed me with this wonderfully sweet child of mine. I want to cherish each hug, lock up each "I love you mama" in my heart and pray that I am a kind and understanding mother to him during his meltdowns. I will never be the perfect mother for Judah, but I will live my life trying to be a good mother to him. Being Judah's mother has changed my heart and has changed the way I view the world. He has given me compassion, strength and hope. I'm so grateful for the journey that we are on together. 

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