A Modern Day Fairy Tale: May 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ten on Tuesday: Book Edition!

It's time once again for Ten on Tuesday with Kim at It's A Crafty Life. I love 10 on Tuesday because it gives me a chance to be completely random (not that that doesn't happen often anyway). This week, Kim posted about 10 things from the 80s, including one of my absolute favorite book series of all time- The Baby-Sitter's Club. I was a complete bookworm as a child, more than I am now, probably because I actually had the time then! I remember getting a collection of the classics in the 2nd grade for either my birthday or Christmas and I thought that was the greatest gift EVER. I also remember getting special permission to check out chapter books on the bookmobile and at the school library before most kids my age. Again, I thought this was amazing. So anyway, Kim's post inspired my Top 10 this week:

Top Ten Books (or series) I Loved as a Child/Teen!!

1. Baby-Sitter Club, California Diaries, BSC Friends Forever, etc. by Ann M Martin
This was definitely my number one. I loved Ann M Martin and anything by her. I had a collection of probably around 200 of her books alone, posters on my wall, etc. (And of course Dawn was always my favorite!!). It would be hard to choose one favorite!!

2. Inside Out by Ann M Martin
Yes, another one by Ann M Martin. This is one of the few books I actually still own (though I wish I'd kept the others!). When I was younger, I knew my older brother had been autistic (I didn't find out until later he'd not been officially diagnosed, only suspected and he passed before he could be diagnosed), but I had no idea what that really meant. This book helped me to understand that a bit better and inspired me to want to work with autistic children for a long while. (Ann M Martin actually started out working with kids on the spectrum before she began writing.) I actually started rereading this one awhile back, and though it's still a great story, it WAS written in the 80s so it's a bit outdated to say the least.

3. Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards
I don't remember when I first discovered this book but I remember reading it several times! It's kind of similar to The Secret Garden, but I thought it was much better. It was one of those books that was so descriptive that I could picture the whole thing in my head, which I love in a book. I would actually really like to find and read this one again!!

4. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I'm sure this one is on nearly every girl's top 10 book lists! What's not to love?

5. American Girl Books
I'm not a big history fan, and even now I don't typically like historical fiction. But these were definitely an exception. I believe my favorites were Molly and Samantha, but all of them were great! I know they have a lot more now too, so I must not have been the only one who loved them!!

6. Replica Series by Marilyn Kaye
I'm not sure how popular this series was, but I know I loved it. It was a preteen sci-fi series about clones. I can't honestly remember much else about it, other than I couldn't get enough of them!!

7. Demon in My View by Amelia Atwater Rhodes
Yes, I was into vampire novels before Twilight;) But seriously, I LOVED this book. A young writer who soon realizes the characters from her story are REAL, what's not to love? I think this particularly appealed to me because I loved to write myself, and often wrote about vampires, witchcraft, etc AND the writer was only 15 when this book was published! (She'd published her first book at 13-wow!) This is still on my favorites list now!

8. I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris
Obviously, this was when I was a bit older (17). I never actually (intentionally at least) kissed dating goodbye, but I loved the book anyway.

9. Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Another one that's probably a favorite among all teenage girls! I loved the movies for these too, but of course, as always, the books are always much better!

10. Lurlene McDaniel books
I know I'm not alone in this one...most of my friends in high school were pretty obsessed with these also.

As I said, I know there were a lot more, but these are just a few I could think of off the top of my head! For more of Ten on Tuesday, be sure to check out It's A Crafty Life!!

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(I apologize for no pictures on this post, my computer is acting strange today and not letting me add them...grrr)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Review: When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley

From the Publisher:

A widow and mother of six, Miranda Hanford leads a quiet, private life. When the pastor of her close-knit church announces his plans to move the entire congregation to another state, Miranda jumps at the opportunity to dissolve ties with Mason Chandler and his controlling method of ruling his flock. But then Mason threatens to unearth secrets from her past, and Miranda feels trapped, terrified she’ll be unable to protect her children. College professor Jack Hanford is more than surprised when he gets a call from his estranged sister-in-law’s oldest son, Timothy, informing him that Miranda has taken a serious fall and he has been named legal guardian of her children while she recovers. Quickly charmed by Miranda’s children, Jack brings some much-needed life into the sheltered household. But his constant challenging of the family’s conservative lifestyle makes the recovering mother uneasy and defensive—despite Jack’s unnerving appeal. As Jack tries to make sense of the mysterious Miranda and the secrets she holds so tightly, Mason’s pressure on her increases. With her emotions stirring and freedom calling, can Miranda find a way to unshackle her family without losing everything?

My thoughts:
Married at 19 to her older, seemingly wiser husband Carl Hanford, Miranda finds herself stuck in a lifestyle where being a submissive wife was taken to the extreme- wives must not work outside the home, vote and so on. TV, computers and many modern conveniences were seen as sinful, etc. I'm sure everyone has heard of such extremist groups. After her husband's passing, Miranda starts looking towards freedom, but was still stuck in the church by secrets in the past. Honestly, I'm a bit afraid to say too much more about the story in case I give something away that adds to the mystery that made this such an intriguing read, so I will leave the summary at that. That being said, I could not put this book down, it was beautifully written, revealing just enough about the secrets that haunted both Miranda and her brother in law Jack, to keep you wanting to read more and more. The characters were very real, and despite their various flaws and mistakes, I felt myself sympathizing and hoping that everything would work out for them. This was truly a beautiful story, and I even being a Christian fiction, I can see it being enjoyable by a wider audience as well. I would highly recommend this book and look forward to seeing more from this author in the future.

*I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah free in exchange for this honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

100 Posts♥

I actually reached my 100th a few posts ago. I had planned on writing something special for the occasion, but never could think of exactly what I wanted to say. Fast forward to today, I found a note that made it clear.

As most of you reading this may know or may have guessed by now, I did not go to college. What many of you may not know, is that the decision was made at the very last minute, but let me back up a bit. I had applied to only 2 colleges- my dream school, Taylor University and my fallback, Indiana University Southeast. I was accepted to both. However, being a private Christian college, the scholarships I had would have only paid for about half, and so the cost was just too much when I had a basically full ride to IUS. So IUS it was, with a plan to go into journalism. But like I said, at the last minute those plans came to an end. I had been thinking for some time that I wasn't sure it was the right place for me. I wasn't convinced I really wanted to go into journalism, or even teaching English, my other plan, but it seemed to make most sense because I knew I wanted to write. The day of my freshman orientation, I made my final decision not to go. There is not a bit of regret about this decision, because I truly feel that I am where God wants me to be, and had I chosen that path, I might not have this amazing life I have now. (And besides, I'm still not 100% sure what I want to be when I grow up, but being a mommy is the greatest accomplishment I could ask for!)

So, back to the note...this note was written by a very wise person the summer before I was to start college, so at the point when the plan was still college. In this note, she wrote that I had a strength in me that I did not know yet (as I'm finding each and every day) and wished me the best of luck with my journalism journey, as it could be my ministry to the world. Wow, what an amazing note!

After I really started getting personal on this blog, I received a lot of amazing and positive feedback. I've been incredibly touched by some of the great comments and message from my readers. Many have said they learned something about autism, or that one of the more spiritual posts was inspiring or a good reminder for them. So perhaps, journalism wasn't meant for me, but to think that something I have written might have helped even one person is an amazing gift to me. And so in honor of my 100+ posts (and 161 readers! wow!), I just want to thank all who have been reading and especially those who've been so supportive. You're all wonderful!

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."- Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Spread The Word (To End The Word)

For those who know me personally, or who have read my blog long, you know that besides raising Autism Awareness, the other big cause that I feel very strongly about is stopping the use of the 'r-word'. You can read the full story on why I feel so strongly about this here.

Because this is something I feel so passionately about, I was THRILLED to see this PSA that was aired during Glee last night! (I have to admit though, I do not usually watch Glee, and I didn't watch it last night either, but I'm so excited by this, I may have to give it another shot!!) I will warn you that there is some language used in this ad that may not be appropriate for young kids, so be cautious if they are around. (I am not one to post anything with questionable language, as I don't use it myself, but there is a reason for the use of it in this and it really drives the point home I think, so it's worth sharing!)

I know many don't think anything of throwing this word around. I hear it all too often, or see it written on Facebook. Most don't even realize that it can be offensive, but for so many it is. It is not acceptable to insult one's race, something they cannot choose. It is not acceptable to insult one's sexuality or even religion. So why is it okay to use this word that insults so many people with developmental delays. Simply put, it's not. It's not okay to use the r-word as a negative term. It's not okay to make jokes about the short bus, or special ed. My child is in a special education classroom, but he is the most brilliant boy I know and his classmates are amazing as well. To think that one day they might be insulted by such ignorance breaks my heart. I hope this video will bring more awareness to the subject!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Scripture and a Snapshot-Matthew 24: 42-44

I'm linking up once again for one of my favorite linkups- Scripture and a Snapshot!

"Therefore be alert, since you don’t know what day your Lord is coming....If the homeowner had known what time the thief was coming, he would have stayed alert.... This is why you also must be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."-Matthew 24: 42-44

Hmmm, wonder why I chose this verse this week? Seems like someone could have saved himself some embarrassment by reading this...and a few similar scriptures, right? All kidding aside, I do feel for the people who actually believed the man who stated that yesterday, 6 pm, the world would end. I've heard there were people who gave up life savings, etc, thinking this would really happen. I'm not sure if this is true or not, but I hope for their sake that's just crazy talk and no one really did that! (I know most that I know, religious or not, believed the whole thing was just insane as well!!)

But seriously, I cannot understand how people can continue to try and predict when this is going to happen when it's clearly written that NO ONE will know! So really, what's the point in guessing? It could all be over tomorrow, next week, month, year...20 years from now, 100 years from now...we just cannot begin to know. So perhaps instead of worrying about it and dwelling on what could happen, we should just make the best of the time we do have and live life to the fullest.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Review: Desert Gift by Sally John

From the publisher:
What does a nationally known marriage expert do when her own marriage falls apart? Just as Jillian Galloway sets out for a publicity tour to promote her new book, her husband drops a bombshell: He wants a divorce. Jill flees to her parents’ home in the California desert, wondering whether everything she’s built her career on—indeed, everything she’s built her life around—is a sham. Navigating this “side road” of life is an uphill climb that leads to new understandings about herself, her marriage, and her relationship with the One who created marriage.

My thoughts:
As a marriage expert, sharing advice and recipes to make marriage work, Jill saw her relationship with her husband as the model of how married life should be. So, it came as a shock to Jill and everyone around her when out of the blue, her model husband declares he wants a divorce. Jill is left to wonder what went wrong and if everything she worked for and the advice she had been giving for years had meant anything at all. Through this journey, she rediscovers herself, God and what relationships were really all about.
Throughout reading, I was torn back and forth several times on rather or not I liked the book. I think the biggest issue for me was that I was anxious to find out if they got their happy ending (perhaps that's the fairy tale lover in me). So, when things seemed like they were going downhill for the relationship, I found myself wanting to skip ahead to the next uphill spot and it seemed to take forever to get there. There were certainly a lot of emotional ups and downs to be had too! The characters were real, and believable and naturally drew me in to their lives. After finishing I was happy with the story, because it wasn't your every day love story where everything is perfect. A real marriage is never 'model'. Every couple has their issues that they will need to work through-be it financial troubles, jealousy, whatever- sometime in the span of years together. This story served as a great reminder that marriage takes work, and in the end, the most important advice that can be given is to never lose your friendship.

You can purchase this book here!

*I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


I haven't linked up for WILW with Jamie for awhile, but on this gloomy, rainy, meltdown in the grocery store kinda Wednesday...it seems like a good time to stop and remember all the wonderful things I have to love!! So this week I'm loving:

$35 in Coupon Savings this week! That seems like a good place to start! If you know me well, you know I'm cheap. Haha. I'm not an extreme couponer by any means, but I am pretty thrifty. On average, I save about $20 a week, so this week was pretty impressive to me. (Though I was stocking up on a few items that I had GREAT coupons for that were going to expire soon!)

The wonderful package I received in the mail! Last week, I got an e-mail from Atomic Betties telling me that I'd won her vintage Pyrex giveaway!!! As you might remember if you've been reading long, I have a nice little collection displayed in my kitchen. I LOVE it!!! And she included a few more fun goodies in the box as well...like an apron! (I collect aprons as well!!) What a wonderful thing to come home to on this yucky day!!! Thanks so much to her for this awesome prize!!!

I am loving that Shaun has slowly been less upset about going to school. He still protests in the morning, but the last few days, he hasn't cried when I dropped him off! Whew! It is heartbreaking to see him so sad, so I'm happy to see him glad to be there again!!!!

I am loving my wonderful husband, and knowing that we are only a few short months away from this deployment being over for GOOD!

And finally I am loving all the support from everyone who has been voting for me for the Circle of Moms Top 25 Military Family Blogs! Voting ends on the 25th, so it's not over yet, but so far I've held onto a spot!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Scripture and a Snapshot- James 1: 2-5

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him." -James 1: 2-5

I chose this verse this week because I needed the reminder that through the hard times, we will come out stronger! These past few weeks have been tough. After his daddy left back to Afghanistan, my little man, for a week, reverted back to screaming and was just in a horrible place. Thankfully it passed fairly quickly and he is back to using his words. But he is still having a rough time. The poor guy has had to say goodbye to everyone he loves in the past few weeks. Such a change would be difficult for any child at this age, but for a child with autism, even more difficult. Slowly things are improving, but it's still been a really tough time for the both of us. I just have to keep reminding myself I am not alone in this, and will be stronger when all is said and done.

This photo was taken after days and days of horrible weather, when the sun finally decided to come out. I thought it was quite fitting and served as another reminder that this too shall pass.

I also wanted to share with you one of my favorite songs that is rather fitting with this verse/post. 'Beauty From Pain' by Superchick.

"After all this has passed, I still will remain. After I've cried my last, there will be beauty from pain."

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Autism Awareness Craft: Basket Edition!

A little over a month ago, I found this wonderful autism awareness puzzle piece ribbon at Wal-Mart and HAD to have it! I have a lot of ideas running through my head on projects to make with it, so look for those in the future! But first, I want to share with you my first project!!

My wonderful mother in law weaves baskets and offered to teach me to make one while we were visiting! It was in some ways much easier than I had thought, after I got the hang of it! I hope to make more in the future. For this basket, I had originally thought of making something for my guest room and incorporating a bit of pink into it. Then I remembered about this ribbon and had to give it a shot, and I'm glad I did! I loved how it turned out. After getting it back home, I added some twine and a few puzzle pieces left over from my Autism frames to give it a little something extra. This might be my favorite craft project so far!

This project can be found here:
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Review: Another Dawn by Kathryn Cushman

From The Publisher:
When life gets complicated, Grace Graham runs--from romantic relationships, friendships, and even her family. But after years of running, her sister is giving her once last chance: Come home and help care for their father--whom Grace still blames for her mother’s death--or never show her face there again.
With her son Dylan in tow, Grace returns home to Tennessee from California. But is she going for the right reasons? And when costly decisions from the past suddenly put her son's life and the lives of other children in town at risk, will she have the strength to resist running and stand strong?

My Thoughts:
Oh where to begin on this one? I am still very much on the fence! In the book, we meet Grace, a mother who would probably be labeled as 'crunchy', 'granola', etc. After meeting her boss's son Collin, a young boy with autism, who had regressed immediately after vaccinations, Grace, like many, chose not to vaccinate her own son. After returning to her hometown in Tennessee, her son ends up with measles, putting himself as well as many children he came in contact with, not yet old enough for the MMR vaccine, at risk. This was not at all what I was expecting from the publisher's description!

As a mom to a child with autism, this is a subject that hits very close to home. Let me be clear, my son is up to date currently on his vaccines, including the MMR, though it was not without much debate with his doctor. Having a family history of autism, I did not want to take chances with my son, but in the end his doctor and I agreed that the vaccine itself was not the cause but did perhaps trigger something in some kids that was already there. I chose to go ahead with the vaccination. It was not an immediate regression for my son, and I do not believe that HIS autism was caused by this vaccine. Looking back, there were already red flags that we never realized. However, that being said, I also personally know mothers in the autism community who DID see an immediate regression after receiving vaccinations and they know without a doubt in their hearts that the vaccine triggered something in their child. I have no reason to doubt them. I say all of this so you know where I am coming from and how it affects my view on the subject matter on the book. If I could go back and do it again, I believe my son would still be vaccinated, but selectively and on a delayed schedule for sure, but I can completely understand where Grace was coming from in this decision to not vaccinate at all. While the book does give a bit of both sides of the argument, it was clear to me as the reader that the author definitely leaned toward the pro-vaccine side. It was for this reason that I am on the fence on if I liked the book or not. While it was beautifully written, I loved the characters and the messages of your decisions affecting not only yourself but others as well and about forgiveness and coming full circle, I could not shake the feeling that the book was basically saying that those parents who know that vaccines were the trigger of their child's autism, were in the wrong. Perhaps this was not the intention, but I couldn't help but feel that way.

To sum it up, I didn't hate the book, but I didn't love it either. I give the author kudos for tackling such a controversial subject and tackling it fairly well. I only wish that the other side of the argument had been given more attention as well. If you're pro vaccine, you'll probably love this book. If you're anti vaccine, you might just skip this one. And if you're in the middle like myself, you'll just have to decide for yourself!

You can purchase this book here!

*I received a copy of this book free from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for this honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

On Being A Military Wife:

As some of my readers may know, tomorrow is Military Spouse Appreciation Day! In honor of this I thought I would write a little bit about my experiences as a Marine wife. If you'd told me five years ago that today I would be married to a Marine, living across the country from my loved ones, I never would have believed it. In fact, I said at one point that I did not want to get involved with a military man because I didn't think I could handle this life. Obviously God knew better what I could handle and had other plans for my life. You truly cannot help who you fall in love with, and after 4.5 years of marriage, I could not be happier! But that is not to say that this life does not come without challenges, the following are some thoughts on some of the unique topics that the military lifestyle seems to be known for:

On being thanked/praised: If you're a military wife reading this, I am sure most of you have gotten comments like "I don't know how you do it!", "Thank you for all that you do!", and so on. While I always appreciate these sentiments and they do mean a lot (especially in the midst of a deployment), to be honest, sometimes I'm not entirely sure how I am supposed to respond. After all, I feel like I'm merely doing what all wives should do- being faithful, supportive and loving my husband unconditionally.

On deployments: What kind of 'military spouse' post would this be if I didn't mention deployments? Let's just put it out there honestly, they suck!! I try to keep things positive on this blog and not dwell on this deployment or missing my husband...and I do the same on Facebook as well. Sometimes I wonder if this makes it seem like I don't miss him as much as I do, every single day. But in the end, my husband knows how much I love and miss him, I tell him daily and that's all that matters. To me, it goes without saying. Moving on...this is my husband's fourth deployment, the third together, and saying goodbye never seems to get easier! I truly believe that any wife who tells you they don't have their bad/sad moments at one point or another during a deployment is probably not being entirely honest. It's hard being separated from anyone you love! When you have children and are left to be their one and only caregiver, it's even harder. For mothers in general, there are no breaks, no sick days but when you are a military wife going through a deployment, this is even more true! Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. I have found myself many times during this deployment repeating in my head "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength". This verse has truly gotten me through this so far. (You can read my thoughts on this here!) But with all things, I think it's important to look at the positive side of things, and I can say that this deployment in particular has been a growing experience for me. I have been forced out of my comfort zone and made it through more than I would have ever imagined I was capable of. I still by no means consider myself to be a strong person, but I have learned that for my son, I am stronger than I knew.

On changes: Semper Gumby=Always Flexible. If you are one who needs to have a plan and stick to it...you will find that the military will try and beat that out of you quick! Ha! Actually, we've been pretty lucky as far as moving goes- my husband has been at the same base his entire 8 years! (Though we have moved due to deployments!) But that is not to say that it has been without change, and because we have a child with autism, this can be the most difficult aspect of the military life. (And not just for us, 1 in 88 military children are affected.) Negative behaviors, loss of speech, losing progress on the potty, sleep troubles, etc...I've seen all as a result of changes- though not all military related. Like I said, it can be tough, but we have come to expect that if there is going to be a change, we are going to have some challenges and we deal with them as they come. As for anxious little me, I have had to (try) to learn to plan for the best, but expect for those plans to change so that if things work out as I hope, that's awesome but if they fall through, we were planning for that too! This is still a challenge, but one that I'm working on!

On being proud: I know there are some wives out there who are annoyed by wives who display 'Proud Military Wife' sentiments on their blogs, social networking sites, screen names, etc. If you're one of these people, this paragraph is not for you! Because I am so very proud of my husband, not just because he is a Marine, but because he is an amazing person and is great at what he does. What wife would not be proud? I had the great honor of taking part in promoting my husband to SSgt last year, after only 7 years in the Marine Corps. (I was told this was pretty impressive!) It is those moments, seeing all that he has accomplished and the respect that his fellow Marines have for him that make me proud, not just to a be a Marine wife, but to be HIS wife!

I had originally planned on writing about a few more topics (stereotypes, base living, etc), but I feel like this is a good stopping point. If this is something you would like to see more of or had other topic ideas you would like me to cover, please feel free to comment or email and I might make this a regular!

On a related topic, I was pleasantly surprised yesterday afternoon to receive an email that I have been nominated to be part of Circle of Moms Top 25 Military Family Blogs! I'm not sure how the nomination came about, so if it was one of you reading, I thank you very much! What an awesome compliment. If you would like to see my blog make this list, please click on the link below to vote for me! (You can vote once a day until May 25th!) Thanks in advance to all who take the time to vote!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Miscellany Monday: Month in Review!

Oh what a month this has been! A few highlights (in no particular order):

As most of you reading probably already know, my husband had 2 weeks R&R in April. Unfortunately, it ended much too quickly and he has returned to Afghanistan, but it was nice while it lasted and we have only a few more months before this deployment is over! I cannot wait!!
The weather...oh this weather! Have I mentioned how much I hate rain/storms? Because I'll tell you, it's a lot. We have been very lucky, that despite watches and warnings in the area, we have not been affected too much. However, these storms have hit too close to home for comfort. My husband actually flew out of St Louis last Friday morning. I thank God that he had a morning flight and was long gone before the tornado! How scary!

Change of Plans. We were actually scheduled to be on the train heading back from our trip right now, but unfortunately our trip was canceled due to severe weather. I had been worried about being stuck on the train and hitting bad storms, so I am thankful that it was canceled before we had the chance for that to happen. So our visit has been extended a bit longer and we will instead fly back! Shaun has been having a rough time this past week, so it is probably for the best, I'm not sure how he would have handled such a long trip right now!

Trains. Trains. Trains. Between a daddy who likes to spoil his Shaun and grandparents who don't see him often, needless to say, our boy has gotten a bit spoiled this month! We came with about 12 trains, and will be leaving with a suitcase full...I lost count on the exact total, but it's most definitely surpassed 20 new trains!! He's a happy child! (Meanwhile mommy is planning a playroom reorganization since he was already short on train storage before we left!) Unfortunately, he has nearly cleared out all the local Wal-Marts of the trains he didn't have...so his upcoming birthday in August could get tricky;)

*cough cough* Has anyone else been dealing with lots of sickness? We certainly have...coughs that won't go away, sinus problems and so on. I'm sure this crazy weather is the root of it all! We actually ended up having to take Shaun to the ER because of it. Turns out, he had a bad ear infection! Poor thing had to have a shot for it (he will NOT take medicine). Thankfully he seems to be feeling much better!

Such an eventful month, this doesn't even begin to cover it, but with a 3.5 year old pulling at mommy's arm wanting to type, it's going to have to be, click the link below to join up for Miscellany Monday!!

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