Wednesday, April 29, 2009
When I was 19, I started babysitting for a precious 6 week old named Addison. Her parents trusted me to take care of her, and I treated her like she was my own daughter. I would bring my homework to do while she was sleeping, but I never got anything accomplished because when she would finally fall asleep, I would just watch her. I thought she was an incredible miracle, and I wanted to take it all in. When she cried, I consoled her. When she had accidents, I bathed her. When she grew and started to crawl, I chased her around the house. She was my little baby, and for 28 hours a week, I got to play mom. I loved every minute of it, and when I moved away for college, leaving her was almost as hard as leaving the rest of my family.
I have a yearning deep within to nurse, cloth diaper, and make my own baby food. I long to be the one to dry the tears, bandage the boo-boos, and monitor the phone calls; the bad guy who turns off the light for bed time, makes my child eat their veggies, and doesn’t let my daughter leave the house in that outfit. I want to be the mother my own mother was to me.
This week is National Infertility Awareness Week, and I am happy to share this video with you, even though it brings me to tears every time I watch it.
To the women who have gone before me and are struggling currently, crying through the fertility treatments, being devastated with the absence of lines on the pregnancy test, dealing with the questions of “when are you going to have a baby?”, truly, my thoughts are with you.
*Also posted at my blog over here, at conceiveonline.com. Stop by and visit us there, to get information and support regarding fertility.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Mimi wins! Check your email for details!
Friday, April 24, 2009
So instead, I posted over here, and it's pretty great too. And by great, I mean, rather boring and dreary. But it's still a post, and hey, at least it's true and not a made up story.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Aaron works outside everyday, traveling from house to house, diagnosing and fixing "pool problems". Because he is visiting customer's homes, and isn't usually in prime location for stopping to get lunch, I pack a sandwich, cereal, chips, cookies, a multitude of assorted snacks and an "I love you" note for him. Daily. The other guys at work ask their wives why they can't pack their lunches like I pack for Aaron. The wives hate me, the men want to be married to me. Sorry fellas, I'm taken. By a man who appreciates a great peanut butter and marshmellow fluff sandwich.
Because I am trying to be more Earth Friendly (right in time for Earth Day!), I am teaming up with Mama Bee to give one of my lucky readers a reuseable sandwich wrap!
Whether you are packing a sandwich for your kids lunch box or to make your husbands co-workers jealous, you will love this wrap! The inside of the wrap is laminated and can be wiped clean, and the velcro closure allows for various sized sandwiches.
I have to give this one away, but you'd better believe I am ordering one for Aaron, one for myself, and matching snack bags (pictured below). Not only are they cute (don't tell Aaron I'm packing cute things in his lunch box), they are better for the enviroment than all of the plastic bags I am ashamed to admit I've thrown away.
To enter the contest, leave a comment below with your plans for celebrating Earth Day, or what you and your family are doing to use less!
*I know I'm not supposed to edit giveaways, but Mama Bee informed me that if you purchase an item from her shop and enter the promotional code "first free stuff", you will receive a FREE GIFT! Thanks, Beth!
Extra comment for each time you twitter, but then come back here and leave another comment.
Contest ends Tuesday, April 28th at 9:00 pm, winner will be notified by email. You don't need to have a blog to enter, just make sure to leave an email address.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Yes! I did say that!
And you should totally be there.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Spill the Beans Coffee Shop
Merrillville, IN 46410
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Our Tweet-up benefits the NWI Humane Society.
For full details, visit Corrin's blog!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I cannot stop thinking about Maddie. I don't know her mom. I never had the honor of meeting Maddie. I don't know what it's like to lose a child, or cry over a sick baby. I don't know.
But I do know that this community amazes me. And I'm blown away by the kindness of strangers to a family in their time of need.
All of it just makes me want to hug a little longer, say "I love you" one more time, spend more time with my family.
A little girl I've never met has inspired me to love more.
Thank you, sweet baby.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
3. Tweet about the contest, and make sure to @nataliejanette in your tweet.
There are lots of people all over the world, who are thinking of you, and praying for you today.
Even though we never had a chance to know you, we love you still.
For Audrey's story, please go here. For Angie's (her mom) current blog post, please go here.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
After a balanced dinner of chips & salsa and frosted mini-wheats, I'm enjoying the evening with some Bret Michaels and tomato juice.
Don't even say it. I'm not pregnant.
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