Thursday, January 29, 2009

There is love

I get down right emotional when I hear this song. No matter what. I'm definitely feeling it today. This is one of my favorite songs. Hope you love it too:

There is love:

He is now to be among you at the calling of your hearts.
Rest assured this troubador is acting on His part.
The union of your spirits here has caused Him to remain,
for whenever two or more of you are gathered in His name,
There is love. There is love.

Oh, a man shall leave his mother, and a woman leave her home.
They will travel on to where the two will be as one.
As it was in the beginning, is now until the end,
woman draws her life from man
and gives it back again and there is love.
Oh, there's love.

Well then what's to be the reason for becoming man and wife?
Is it love that brings you here or love that brings you life?
For is loving is the answer then who's the giving for?
Do you believe in something that you've never seen before?
Oh, there's love. There is love.

He is now to be among you at the calling of your hearts.
Rest assured this troubador is acting on His part.
The union of your spirits here has caused Him to remain
for whenever two or more of you are gathered in His name
there is love. Oh, there is love.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Winter blues

I definitely believe in the winter blues. I've been so down in the dumps lately with everything being dead, cold, and nasty around me. Like I said in my previous post, we've had snow for four days straight. That didn't help. One of our friends dropped Phillip off and turned his truck over coming out of our neighborhood. He is ok and his truck is a bit banged up. Now, the back story on the last post:
Phillip has been out of work since December. It's been a huge stress for our family and such a bummer for him. His contract ended at his last job and it's been crazy trying to find a job with the economy the way it is. Down side- the job is down in the eastern part of the state at UNC-G. It's a great job. It's a great opportunity. But, it's 4 hours away and I don't have a job there. I work for the state and I love what I do. I want to transfer to another branch within my agency. But, the good ole' governor put a hold on ALL state jobs. NO ONE IS HIRING!! There were two branches with my position open, but now since the jobs are on hold, the positions have gone away. The state has cut our budgets so bad. We can't even buy paper, pens, post-its... anything! So, for these branches to keep the employees that they have, they had to close and discard the positions that I applied for. BIG BUMMER! So, it looks like Biggie Smalls and I will be here in the mountains until I can find something. I'm pretty sure it will take a while. Even if I do get a chance to transfer agencies it takes at least a month for them to interview, and two to three months for the offer to get approved before they offer it to me. The thing is, I could technically have more of a chance to get a job if I transfer, but there's no guarantee that there will be an opening, or that I will get a job. So, the plan is for me to be up here until I can transfer, but I have a very strong feeling that will last waaaaay to long. I'm super scared to have the baby by myself. I don't know how military or single moms do it. I need lots of prayers. I'm in panic-mode now even as I write this post. Phillip moves this Saturday. I will miss him a lot. I will miss seeing him hold Carter in the nook of his arm like he does. I will miss going home and having lunch with him. I will miss seeing him at the end of the day. I will miss him being next to me in bed and having him as my security blanket. I will REALLY miss him putting the paci back in Carter's mouth and pulling the late night shifts so I can be rested for work. I will REALLY miss being able to hug him whenever I want.
Ok, I gotta stop talking about this.

Carter is doing well. He seems to be cutting his bottom two teeth. I can see the pearly whites under his gums. He's drooling like no other. He's chewing on EVERYTHING. He's crying all the time. He has changed his nursing habits. He seems to be hurting now when he eats. This makes for really hard times for mommy because he's not very nice when he's nursing. He thinks he can take it with him when he yanks his head away in pain. YOWZERS! Any tips from nursing mothers will be greatly appreciated.
He rolled over for the first time the other day. He's been able to roll from his front to back for a long time now, but he rolled from back to front for the first time on Friday. My little boy is growing up!
More tomorrow....

Friday, January 23, 2009


This week has been absolute mayhem. We've had snow for 4 days straight. Our friends have left our neighborhood and flipped their cars. We've discovered that our bear may be back at the house. We've decided to sell the house. We've decided to move back towards home. Pretty sure Biggie Smalls is teething (Lord help me!) Lots to tell you. I'll be back on Monday to fill you in. Thanks for checking on us.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

They call me biggie

A co-worker of mine took pictures at my last baby shower, which happened to be held in my office. She made sure to get shots of me looking my finest, and largest. This was only two or three weeks before Carter came. Remind me the next time I get pregnant not to look like this:

Looks like I'm standing guard over the food. Gotta love it!

And here is the priceless beauty.............

Yowzers!!! That baby was ready to come out!!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Amazing hubbie

So, Phillip made the most AMAZING dinner last night. It's so funny that he doesn't really like to cook unless it's ethnic food, but when he does something normal it turns out great. He made the most ammmmmmmmmmaaaazing Boston Butt last night. Lord have mercy it was good. He rubbed it in a paprika mix and that just made it so good! I wish I had a pic of it because it was just beautiful when it came out of the oven. This lady is so excited to have it for lunch today!
We had another check up for Carter's weight yesterday with his nutritionist. He is up to 11 pounds and 3.5 ounces! Big boy! It's so weird to look back at him on his skinny pictures and see how tiny he was. I'm so glad he's healthy now. We are even cutting back his nutrition visits to 2x a month because he is doing so well. On a different note concerning Cater- he is absolutely killing me with his sleeping schedule. Phillip and I were incredibly lucky because he's been sleeping through the night and getting up somewhere between 5 and 7 to nurse. That is no more. He's been going down around midnight and getting up at 4 every morning. It's about to put me in a sleep coma. I'm so absolutely exhausted.

A friend of mine sent me this really awesome recipe and I want to share it with you. Enjoy!

Chicken Marsala
1/4 cup all-purpose flour for coating
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - pounded 1/4 inch thick
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup Marsala wine

In a shallow dish or bowl, mix together the flour, salt, pepper and oregano. Coat chicken pieces in flour mixture.
In a large skillet, melt butter in oil over medium heat. Place chicken in the pan, and lightly brown. Turn over chicken pieces, and add mushrooms. Pour in wine. Cover skillet; simmer chicken 10 minutes, turning once, until no longer pink and juices run clear.

Roasted Red Potatoes - just quarter them after a good rinse (and pat dry) place on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil and mix in your favorite herb (Rosemary usually with potatoes). Mix together to coat and put in oven on 350 degrees for abouto 20 minutes or desired tenderness.