Back in April I came across a blog called Why Hello Sunshine which has since been re-named Here Comes The Sun. Soon after she started the blog, Jess found out she was pregnant with her first child, a son named Elliot Reid due in late December/early January. I’ve felt privileged to be able to follow her journey through pregnancy.

In July she found out her baby has Gastroschisis. It’s where the baby’s intestines stick out of the body through a defect in the abdominal wall. On top of this Jess and her husband, who is in the military, were planning a move to South Korea. She stayed behind while her husband moved there soon after since she is considered “high risk”.

Jess has remained positive throughout and is such an inspiration. She just found out that her baby might be born as early as November 4th. If you’d like, please visit her site to show your support. Thanks!

Praying for Elliot

Hats for Elliot

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Don’t Fret, It’s Music Sunday! Portishead, This Mortal Coil, Kate Bush, & Sia

*Three of the videos had a copyright so I couldn’t embed them onto my blog.

Portishead- Glory Box

I’m going to make this short since I haven’t been feeling very good for several days. I’ve been having major side effects with my birth control pill and it seems like it first started after I had my daughter. It’s like my body reacts differently to the pill now.

I just started taking a new one and it’s even worse. I feel like a ball of crazy 24/7 and have a lot of other side effects. The doctors I’ve mentioned this to since back in January have told me the pill shouldn’t give me these problems. But for the past week that I’ve been complaining on Facebook and Twitter, I’ve had several women tell me otherwise. I’m sure you can guess who I’m going to believe. Of course it’s doctors…NOT!

On Saturday I started feeling worse. We’re talking OMG kill me now, these cramps and nausea are horrible and I can’t take it anymore, lay on the bed with a heating pad and moan in pain worse. So yeah, I’m stopping this pill and going back to the one I was on previously until I see my doctor. Or maybe I should just stop it all together and have another baby. Hmmm……

I hope everyone has a great week!

This Mortal Coil – Song To The Siren

Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work

Sia – Breathe Me

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Six Word Fridays: Enough

Never Enough Time:

Rise and shine, time for breakfast.

Oatmeal and blueberries, maybe greek yogurt.

Get dressed, walk to the park.

You’re so willful, no hand holding.

Up and down the playground ramp.

You could do this all day.

Back home for a morning snack.

Sit in my lap watching Elmo.

Hug you tight, smell your hair.

Play ball, then time to imagine.

You push around your shopping cart.

Go down for your nap….hopefully.

Not enough time to do everything.

Shower or lunch, write or read.

UPS guy bangs on the door.

You haven’t been sleeping that long.

Not enough time, nothing got done.

Make your lunch, don’t eat much.

I sit down to eat mine.

But you’re so eager to play.

I inhale the food I have.

We go upstairs, hide and seek.

I read you some favorite books.

Brown bear, Dr. Seuss, Richard Scarry.

You’ve had enough, start running around.

Now mommy really needs a nap.

I didn’t sleep enough last night.

You run to the baby gate.

We go back downstairs, afternoon snack.

Open the fridge, you grab ketchup.

I take it away, you scream.

Here comes another tantrum, oh dear.

Look at the clock, it’s 5.

Daddy’s home soon, I can shower.

The day has flown by fast.

And yet it seemed so slow.

You hear the garage door open.

Start running, arms open wide, smiling.

Your dad is just as happy.

Lots of kisses, lots of hugs.

Never enough time during the day.

But this moment makes it perfect.

Go to Making Things Up for more six word fridays.

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Wordless Wednesday: Think Pink

Yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.  - Author Unknown

For more Wordless Wednesday photos go to these great sites: Angry Julie Monday, 5 Minutes For Mom, Live And Love Out Loud, A Beautiful Mess, My Life In Jenga.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, always has been. Actually any holiday where I have an excuse to stuff my face with candy is my favorite but I really love Halloween. I love the decorations (what other time of the year can you put up a blood splattered zombie on your front door without the neighbors calling the police) and I love seeing little ones in their costumes.

I admit there have been years when my hubby and I have turned off the lights in the house and we’ve pretended not to be home. Now that we have our daughter, we really get into it and love having the neighbor kids knocking on our door in search of candy that their parents will sneak into and eat later on.

Another reason why I love Halloween, my MIL. After 15 years of her making me feel inadequate, saying things that make me cry, and undermining everything I do or say, I discovered a small way to exact some revenge. Do you want to know my secret? Well, I’ll tell you anyway. Duh Duh Duh, it’s revenge by greeting cards.

On most holidays and her birthday I get her an inappropriate card. I should clarify that it’s inappropriate by her standards (not mine) if it doesn’t have rainbows and butterflies and it doesn’t say something very serious. I’ve always liked the somewhat shocking and funny greeting cards and can thank my own mom for that…thanks mom! I don’t remember receiving that many “serious” cards over my lifetime.

I don’t just send these cards to my MIL but to everyone I know. For my FIL’s birthday recently, I sent a card and on the cover it looked like a buttcrack peeking out of underwear i.e plumber’s crack. Inside, it was an ant reading a newspaper. Heh!

The in-laws usually have their church group come over for things like birthdays and holidays. I find it funny that they have to take the card that I send off of their fireplace mantle so the group doesn’t see it.

What’s so great about Halloween is not only do I get to send my MIL an “inappropriate” greeting card but she also hates this holiday. She despises it, thinks it’s the devil’s work, finds it to be evil. She doesn’t even pass out candy to the kids in her neighborhood because it’s “satan’s holiday”. So I get a double whammy when I send her a card for Halloween.

This year the card I sent her has a ghost on the cover and asks “What do you get when you goose a ghost?” Inside it says “A handful of sheet.” I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Thanksgiving. :)

The little girl as Bob Marley - Halloween 2009.

At the Pumpkin Patch - 2009.

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Don’t Fret, It’s Music Sunday! Glen Hansard

*I’m moving Music Monday to Sunday. I would like to concentrate more on writing during the week. I thought of giving up playing music on my blog but that only lasted a few seconds. :)

Glen Hansard – What Happens When The Heart Just Stops

Since I was young I have loved all things Irish and hope to go to Ireland someday. Several years ago I discovered an Irish musician that is still one of my favorites, Damien Rice. One of the times my hubby and I went to see him in concert, he had an opening act called the Swell Season (Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova). The music they played that night was so beautiful and the stories Glen told were captivating.

I hadn’t heard of them before but they seemed awfully familiar. I later found out they were promoting their movie Once (which is excellent). I saw the movie trailer before that night and really wanted to see the film. Looking back I thought it was funny because during their set they never mentioned the movie.

I don’t want to come off as some “music snob” but I really gravitate towards true musicians that just need a guitar and/or their voice. Don’t get me wrong, I love pop songs, but I really love musicians that don’t use autotune and who don’t need to lip-synch. ;)

Glen Hansard is one of those musicians and his music is so pure and true. When he sings, I can feel the emotion and know this is what he was put on this earth to do. He is also in the Irish band The Frames, who I love, and was in another movie, The Commitments, back in the 90′s.

I will never forget when Glen and Marketa won an Oscar for the song Falling Slowly. It was such a great moment for two very deserving musicians.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova- Falling Slowly

The Frames – Finally

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Letters To Jill.

A mother, Jill, is grieving for her son and is being attacked and bullied by others. It sickens me and I hope that you will go to Loralee’s site to show your support. You can go here to learn more about it.

This has got to stop! As I’ve said before, we’re all in this together. We need to support each other. Please help stop the hatred and show this mama some love.

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