Monthly Archives: November 2009

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NaNoWriMo 2009


I did it again! This is my second year taking part in NaNoWriMo. I really didn’t think I was going to do it this year. I wrote a book I really love last year and it still needs so much work before I let people read it. I really thought I didn’t want to tackle another tale before the first one was complete. But when I got this idea for a YA novel on the day NaNo started, I felt like God had given me the idea. So I went with it. And tonight, only a few minutes ago, I reached the goal of 50,000 words. I’m really proud of this book and I hope someday, when I get this one all edited, some of you will be able to read it and enjoy it, too.

I was really pushing this one until almost the last minute. Tonight is the deadline at 11:59 pm. The past few days I’ve been a writing machine. I have to thank Mom O. for the delicious meal she made last night. We went out there to hang out and I basically sat in Dad O’s chair the whole time, laptop in front of me, headphones on, and wrote and wrote and wrote. As of last night, I still had about 9,000 words left to go. Jake let me write all last night when we got home. He got the kids all ready for bed and even did laundry and folded it for me. I have a wonderful husband.

(P.S. He secretly hates me because I keep finishing my NaNo novel every year and he doesn’t. hehehe!)

the first thanksgiving


Added some new images to the slideshow banner at the top of the page. It had been the same for at least a year, so I chose some recent pics of all of us. This is one of the slides. I like this pic of me and Jake, even though I cut half his head off when I took it.

Had a fun weekend. Mom took the kids on Saturday morning while Jake and I went to see New Moon. LOVED it. It’s so much fun to see these characters that I love so much from the books come to life. Can’t wait for Eclipse to come out this summer.

Went to a birthday party and then over to Jake’s parents’ that night to watch “Up”.

On Sunday, we spent the day at my parents for an early Thanksgiving dinner. My mom and I started a week ago cutting all sugar from our diet, so we had to resist the urge to eat some pumpkin pie and cookies, but we did it. We’re doing really well and sticking with it this time.

As we sat down to dinner, my dad talked with us and the kids about who the pilgrims were and the reasons they came to America – to escape religious persecution and have the freedom to worship God the way they wanted to. He also shared some Bible verses that the pastor at church had shared earlier that morning that he said supposedly were favorite verses among the pilgrims as they made their journey.

Psalm 107:21-31
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.
Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.
Others went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters.
They saw the works of the LORD, his wonderful deeds in the deep.
For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves.
They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away.
They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their wits’ end.
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.
He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.
They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.

I did a little reading about the first Thanksgiving on wikipedia this morning. Of the 102 passengers who were on board the Mayflower, 45 died the first winter. Only 4 women were left alive for the first Thanksgiving. It’s crazy when you really think about all that those people had to go through to establish this country we live in today, with all our freedoms and privileges that we so often take for granted. I told my mom today that I tend to think of Thanksgiving as the holiday before Christmas. I’ve never really taken the time to think about what it truly means. Those people were thankful to God for their very lives, that they made it through the winter when so many of their family and friends did not. All so they could be free to worship God as they wanted to and not the way the government told them to.

I am thankful for so many things: God, my husband and children, my family, good friends, health, a roof over our heads, food on our table, and also for the friends I’ve made through this blog. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

craft day


I spent the morning at Heidi’s today working on our little crafty coasters. We both saw these on Becky Higgins blog, so we decided to have another CRAFT DAY! It’s been a couple years since we got together with Stacia and made our cute advent boxes (see that post HERE). We had fun putting these coasters together. Heidi picked up the blocks at Joann’s and Hobby Lobby and we each picked out the papers we wanted to use. Heidi did hers with holiday papers and I did some colors that match the living room. We took some pictures using her camera, so if she sends me a few then I will share them here so you can see how hers turned out, too.

CLICK HERE for a direct link to the instructions over on Becky’s blog how to make these.

november 10th


I saw the date today and it’s so crazy that it’s almost mid-november already. Jake worked on our lawn full of leaves on Saturday. We didn’t get them out to the road in time for the city’s leaf pickup, so we have to figure out something else to do with them. In the meantime, Jake made huge piles for the kids to play in. Zach came in the house to inform me that I needed to come out and take pictures of them jumping in the leaves. :)

After getting lots of fun shots of Jake and the kids, I thought I should turn the camera over and get in some of the photos for once. I love the look on Zach’s face in the one on the right. He is constantly telling me that I work too much (which makes me so sad), so I know he was really happy that I jumped around in that leaf pile with them for a little while.

wickedly cute kit – heather ann designs



Heather just came out with the cutest kit for Halloween called Wickedly Cute. Love it. GO GET IT HERE!!!

a very good week


Supergirl and Link (from the Legend of Zelda video game)

There has been a lot of excitement around here since I last blogged.

School was closed last week due to over 25% of the kids being sick with some form or other of the flu. Attendance seems to have improved, so I think it was a smart decision on their part. The kids were thrilled to have a long weekend and neither of them were sick. Bonus!

I had a very fun engagement session last weekend in Grand Ledge. It was the peak of the fall colors and that made for some gorgeous pictures. Plus, Sara and Darrell are so nice and we had a lot of fun walking around finding fun places.

The conferences with the kids’ teachers went great. They are both doing really well and are ahead of where they should be at this point in the year. It was nice to get good reports about both kids.

On Wednesday, Jake had an interview at the company he’s been working at as a temp for the past year. He was basically interviewing for the job he already does, but with a new title. We have been waiting for this for a very long time. The interview went really really well and we were hoping and praying that they would make him an official offer and on Friday … they offered him the job!!! This has been a long 3-1/2 years since he lost his job when the factory where he worked shut down. We can look back now and see that God got Jake out of a job he hated and into a career in publishing that he loves. It’s what he’s been wanting to do for so long and I’m so proud of him. This very long and painful chapter of our life is now over and we can move on with the knowledge we’ve acquired and lessons we’ve learned and be better people because of it. So … yeah, it’s been a very good week.

Our week concluded with a Halloween party in Zach’s class, a celebratory dinner at the local Chinese buffet with Mom and Dad O., a Fall Festival on Saturday at Chloe’s school, trick-or-treating on Saturday night, and a little candy while watching the movie “Monster House”.

Here’s our little Supergirl flying over (with a little help from Daddy, of course):

And here’s Link from The Legend of Zelda video game. He’s ready to save Princess Zelda from the evil Gannon.

My mom bought Chloe’s costume for her this year and she made Zach’s from scratch based on the above picture. He was dying to be Link. He loves all of the Zelda games. Jake put the sheath and shield together with some stuff he had and Mom bought him the sword at WalMart. It came together really nicely.

It was a really fun Halloween!

I’ve got a lot of posts planned. More Halloween fun, of course. I’ve also got more pictures to share from camping with Jen this summer, Amanda’s baby shower, our walk a few weeks ago at Mt. Baldy, and some pictures from my daily three-mile walk with my mom. I think I’ve taken more pictures this month than I have all summer.

AJAXed with AWP