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Dawn - edging ever closer to 30, although I still feel like I'm 21. :) I'm married to a youth pastor ('Big G'), and have THREE wonderful kids: a five year-old son ('Little G'), a just turned two year-old daughter ('A'), and our newest little girl blessing, Baby R, was born May 28/07!! They keep me hopping as I juggle them, my WAH part-time job as an accountant, being a pastor's wife, and of course hobbies like quilting, scrapbooking, and blogging!

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First tooth!
Yes / No...Don't Know?
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It's not fair!
5 going on 25??
I've got the reading blues


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Friday, December 07, 2007
A good friend was due with her first child last Friday. Each day since I've been getting more and more excited and anxiously awaiting the news that her precious baby had been born. I've restrained myself from calling every two hours to check in just in case, but I have been obsessively Facebook stalking her. ;) She has so many friends checking on her Facebook status that she started re-entering the same line ('So-and-So is checking in for all her stalkers...I'm still here!') every time she was on the computer just so we would all know when she was last online.

Yesterday morning I got the great news that they were heading in to the hospital, but after a few hours of pacing by the phone, I heard that she was only 1-2cm and had been sent home. This morning she was scheduled to go to the hospital at 7 and if they weren't too busy, was going to be induced. I haven't heard anything yet, and neither has anyone else in my network of stalkers.

Time is a funny seems like we've been waiting forever for this baby to be born (I can only imagine how she feels!) - and yet it's strange to think that a few years from now, we'll likely be sitting around wondering where the time has gone and how Baby has gotten so big!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007
You know it's going to be one of those days when... open the cupboard to get yourself a Tylenol and see your daughter's antibiotics sitting there. Which are supposed to be refrigerated.


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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Tackle it Tuesday - the office!
Our house is not that large (I think around 1100 sq ft upstairs) but one of the features we really liked about our home when we bought it was that it had five bedrooms - which is getting more and more rare! They are mostly quite small, of course, but we figured we'd rather have more rooms if we were planning to have lots of kids rather than a couple of large rooms.

The most neglected room in the house has been the downstairs office/craft room/storage room. For probably the first two years we lived here, it was filled with boxes that we just hadn't gotten around to unpacking yet. *Ü* We finally cleaned that out, and set up the room as a craft room when I got into sewing. But over time it filled up again - it's the farthest room away in the basement, and it's just way too easy to put things there 'just for now,' which of course ends up being far longer.

When I was working at home after Miss A was born, I cleaned it up a little bit again so I had room to work. But since I've been on mat leave this time, the clutter has magically multiplied and I'm finding it hard to imagine working in there when I go back to work this month!

I'm posting these embarrassing pictures to inspire myself to GET IT DONE! I measured and discovered, to my great delight, that the wood bookshelf will actually fit behind the door (the door is hinged slightly away from the wall so there's about a foot behind it)! I am probably way too excited about that piece of information, but any time I can use some previously unusable space and hide things from view, that's a good thing in my eyes!

Here is the office before:

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Friday, November 16, 2007
First tooth!
While we were away for our District Pastors' Retreat, we noticed that Baby R had sprouted her first tooth!

I went back and checked Little G and Miss A's baby books, and strangely enough, all of our kids got their first tooth at almost exactly the same age - Little G at 5 months 8 days, Miss A at 5 months 2 days, and Baby R at 5 months 5 days. So much for each kid being different! ;)


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Thursday, November 15, 2007
Yes / No...Don't Know?
I enjoy doing surveys, so I've signed up for the 'advisory board' (aka people we can trick into doing our research for free) for our phone company, cell phone company, energy providers, etc.

I just finished a survey which included the following question: "do you use a mobile phone?" The possible answers were: "yes, no or I don't know."

I don't know?

First of all, wouldn't you know it if you used a mobile phone? And second...if someone really doesn't know, do you want them helping to shape your company's future products by participating in your research?

Maybe that's the verification question to ensure that automated programs aren't completing the survey or something...

posted at 1:07 PM  

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Version 4 of the amazing program IDImager was released yesterday after a huge amount of work and testing on the part of Hert, the creator of the program. Version 4 contains numerous improvements on V3 and will make this program much more accessible to anyone needing help with digital asset management - from the casual family photographer right up to multiuser studios.

I've been using IDI for about a year and a half and still haven't realized all of the amazing features this program offers, including:

Honestly, I can't say enough about this program (and I'm not even a paid spokesperson, lol!). The price at $69 is very comparable to similar products and I believe it outshines the competition in all areas. The customer service is second to none: the message forum is very active and supportive, and Hert replies personally to nearly all questions.

If you are looking for a way to organize those hundreds or thousands of digital pictures sitting on your computer, I would encourage you to check out IDImager!


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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Wordless Wednesday - ready for solid food?!?


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Tuesday, November 13, 2007
It's not fair!
The Canadian dollar has been performing exceptionally well over the past several months, rising to a 47-year high of $1.05US recently. I'm feeling old remembering the days when it was $0.65US - not so long ago!

This should be great news for us Canadians, and we certainly are able to stock up on great deals from American retailers, both online and at brick-and-mortar stores if you're lucky enough to live close to the border. However, for some reason (and the blame is flying in all directions) the prices at Canadian retailers have not nearly adjusted for the stronger dollar.

For example: The Canon Digital Rebel XTi camera body (of course I'm going to use a photography example!) is $725.70 online at Camera Canada. The same camera is $585US at Beach Camera. That's $557 Cdn, for a difference of $168.70, or 30% more at the Canadian retailer. The Powershot S5IS? $483.80 at Camera Canada and $341.90Cdn at Beach for a difference of $141.90 or 42% higher at Camera Canada. Yes, shipping would likely be a little more from the States, but there is no duty on electronic devices as long as they are marked correctly, so why in the world would you choose to pay 40% more just to buy in Canada?

Like I said, everyone seems to be blaming everyone else for this problem - retailers, suppliers, government. I don't really care whose fault it is so much as I hope someone can fix it - both for my sake wanting to save money on the things I buy every day, and for the sake of Canadian retailers who will and are losing business to American companies as we're heading into the busy Christmas season.

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Monday, November 12, 2007
5 going on 25??
I'm starting to get the feeling it won't be too long before Little G will be outsmarting us in so many ways...

I was sitting on the floor yesterday when Little G ran over to tell me something and dropped right onto my lap with his bony sharp knees. After recovering from the pain ;) I explained to him that he must not jump on people with his knees like that because his sharp knees were digging right into my leg bone.

He raised his eyebrows at me. "You mean your femur?"


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Sunday, November 11, 2007
I've got the reading blues
I love reading. Always have. My parents used to bemoan the fact that buying me a book for Christmas was hardly worth the cost since I would dive into the pages immediately upon receiving it, and proceed to read it straight through, with a possible pause for a brief moment to shovel in some food. :) I rarely had a Christmas book gift unread after Boxing Day. (Um, that's December 26th for those who don't celebrate that Holy Shopping Day!)

There is a but, however. I love reading but...I have a very difficult time separating reality from fiction while I'm in the midst of a book. I am extremely emotionally affected by the characters and situations I read. Today I just finished My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok - a wonderful book. Yet tonight I am on edge and 'cranky,' in my darling husband's words. ;) I am too 'in my head,' if that makes sense to anyone else: I am mulling over the story, feeling the protagonist's passion and anguish myself. I even become a little bit unaware of what is actually going on around me; all the noise feels as though it's crowding out the more important thoughts and feelings inside.

I'm at a loss for what (if anything) to do about this. I don't know that I could make myself be less emotionally invested in the books I read. And I don't think that quitting reading would be the solution, either, since it's something I really love doing. I'm not keen on explaining to Big G the reason for my moodiness - I'm afraid he may cut me off from my books!

Do you get overinvolved in what you're reading? Are there certain types of books you have chosen to stay away from to protect yourself emotionally?


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Thursday, November 08, 2007
We're home!
Finally. After almost 11 hours of travel.

Lesson learned: never travel with a vehicle full of pregnant women.

I love them dearly and we did have a lot of fun chatting on the walkie-talkies while we drove, but oh my goodness, I think we stopped at every blessed bathroom along the highway. One momentous stretch of driving was almost an HOUR long before we got the 'bladder alert' call from the other car. ;)

The retreat was great - lots of fun and relaxation as well as an excellent speaker. Unfortunately we came home to a few serious crises in our church family...Big G has been running pretty hard today. Our kids did well without us and I've been enjoying just cuddling them today!

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Sunday, November 04, 2007
You know that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach?
The one you get when you accidentally back into your friend's mother's car as you're leaving your friend's house?

Yeah. That's what I've got right now.

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Saturday, November 03, 2007
And the winner is...
By random number generator, the winner of the custom-designed Christmas photo card is Tammi at ValleyGirl!! (And she's a fellow Canadian, too!) Congratulations Tammi - I'm really looking forward to working with you!

And for the rest of you...I promised a special deal, so here it is! Like I mentioned in the original giveaway post, I am hoping to develop more card designs and open a store in the not-so-distant future. I just love designing cards to show off people's beautiful families! So in order to help me build my 'portfolio' so to speak, the first FIVE people who contact me will be eligible to purchase a custom-designed photo card for just $15! Same deal as the original giveaway - you will receive the digital file and can print as many as you need. This is a steal of a deal (I can assure you, that doesn't even cover my time, lol) so act quickly!

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Friday, November 02, 2007
Why, Lord?
Every November our area holds a youth conference put on by a group of youth pastors from various churches, including ours. It's an awesome example of different denominations working together for the good of the Kingdom. This event has grown over the last few years and this weekend we're expecting around 600+ kids (I know, that's nothing compared to some large youth rallies in bigger cities, but for our area, it's amazing!)

Big G is on the steering team that puts on the event, and for the past four years I have played/sang on the worship team. It is an amazing group of musicians and worshippers and I have so enjoyed and been blessed by being part of this team.

Last year, I was around eight weeks pregnant and felt awful, and then by the Saturday of the event, both my kids were sick. I spent Saturday night basically up all night going back and forth between throwing up kids. And then had to show up at 7 or some silly time Sunday morning for sound check, leaving the very sick kids with a college-aged friend (who was very gracious).

The week immediately following this youth conference eveyr year is our district's pastor's retreat, so right after finishing this busy weekend, Big G and I run home and pack ourselves and the kids and take the kids to wherever they're staying for the week. We leave early (like 6) on Monday morning. Last year the kids were both sick the whole time we were gone. We sorely needed the break (my niece was living with us at that point) and yet it was incredibly difficult to be away from my kids, knowing that someone else was caring for them while they were so ill.

I thought last year was just part and parcel of our whole crazy fall, but last night Little G spent a good part of the night crying that either his ear or his tummy hurt. By 7 this morning he was throwing up. He's currently conked out on the couch in a total deja vu of last year.

I'm feeling so frustrated and upset and guilty - is this a 'sign' that I'm being selfish wanting to participate in this weekend in worship and I should just stay with my kids every moment? Is it an attack from the Enemy? Little G hasn't been sick once in the last year, not once, until today. I've got soundcheck at 1 and that kicks off the whole crazy week. And I can only guess that Miss A will be getting whatever it is too - probably right while we're gone next week.

I believe that the Lord, in His great love for us, has plans for us that are good. I do. It is just very difficult to trust and understand sometimes. I am the mom, the last line of defense, I'm the one that needs to be here for my kids when they're sick, and yet I have to be there this weekend. If only I could split myself in two...

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Thursday, November 01, 2007
How could this happen?
Amber Alert issued after newborn taken from Sudbury hospital

I don't know how this could happen in this day and age of high security - Sudbury is a fairly large city, not a tiny rural hospital or anything. Very frightening - it makes me want to not let my baby out of my sight at the hospital if we have another one!

I will definitely be praying for this family and for the precious baby.


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