Sunday, May 30, 2010

Baby Dust Book

Yes, I finally managed to get my book posted. I was only a month later than I thought I would be. I have been a little busy!

I first want to say THANK YOU! To everyone who took the time to do a page for me. I truely appreciate each and everyone. My original goal was to have 12 - 15. I sent out 34 pages total!!! I could not believe the response I got, so thank you. They still trickle in a few each week. I will do an updated post in the future for those pages I do not have yet. If you have not sent it back yet, please don't worry I enjoy getting a few new little bits of inspration each week! I currently have back 25.

Before I reveal my book, first a few stats on my book.

  • I sent out 34 pages total, 25 have made their way back to me.
  • Of the 25 I have received 23 are from women and 2 from men
  • 18 are from mothers
  • 9 have struggled with infertility or miscarriage
  • The mom with the most kids - 8 (I have no idea how she found time to do one!)
  • The mom with the most babies during a single pregnancy - 3 (what a Rock star!)
  • Page from the furthest away - Tasmania, Australia
  • Page closest to me - right next door
  • 12 are Art Friends from AFA
  • 11 of you told me you were not artistic or creative, I don't BELIEVE IT!!!!

So without further ado, I give you my Baby Dust Book!

Book Cover by Me!

This one is by Heath, aren't I lucky!

Kristi F. in Perry,GA

Rochelle S. (Mom) in Arlington, TX

Dena L. in Bradenton, FL

Linda H. (MIL) Danville, GA

Russell B in Indianapolis, IN

Jamie M. in Joshua, TX
(That is Baby Lucas on the page)

Amy S. in Roseburg, OR

Cindy Jo B. in IL
This is the artwork on the back, the front quote is from the children's book " The Runaway Bunny"

Kadee D. in Arlington, TX

Martha C. in Seattle, WA

Kay W. in Chesire, UK

Suzanne N in Joshua, TX
How cute are those Baby F beads!?!

Laura A. in Blue Ridge, TX

Dawn S in UK

Jennifer M. in Crowley, TX

Ashlie S. in Rockwall, TX

Melissa T. in Warner Robins, GA

Oksana T. in Chenney, WA

Leesa S. in Fleming Island, FL

Sue H in Ft. Worth, TX

Beth H in Lake Havasu, AZ

Rebecca L. in Albuquerque, NM
Each one of these charms is attatched to a tiny card with a scripture on it.

Margaret S. in Wilmore, KY

Carol J. in Tasmania, Australia

I would like to note that the backs of these pages are also incredible. Some have more quotes on them and some having touching messages from the artists. I wish I could have shown you the backs of each one as well!

Thank you to each and everyone of you who made a page for me. This book turned out better than I ever could have imagined. I will do another post on the last 8 pages once they have all arrived, so you can see each and every one!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Eight Years Later, You are Still the One!

We've been together since way back when
Sometimes I never want to see you again
But I want you to know, after all these years
You're still the one I want whisperin' in my ear

You're still the one I want to talk to in bed
Still the one that turns my head
We're still having fun, and you're still the one

I looked at your face every day
But I never saw it 'til I went away
When winter came, I just wanted to go
Deep in the desert, I longed for the snow

You're still the one that makes me laugh
Still the one that's my better half
We're still having fun, and you're still the one

You're still the one that makes me strong
Still the one I want to take along
We're still having fun, and you're still the one

Changing, our love is going gold
Even though we grow old, it grows new

You're still the one that I love to touch
Still the one and I can't get enough
We're still having fun, and you're still the one

You're still the one who can scratch my itch
Still the one and I wouldn't switch
We're still having fun, and you're still the one

You are still the one that makes me shout
Still the one that I dream about
We're still having fun, and you're still the one...

Happy Eighth Anniversary Baby!
I am beyond thrilled to see what this next year holds for us!
I love you, always and forever!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Poor Odie!

Warning: This post has some yucky details in it!

So last Sunday night, around 1 AM, I let the pups out for the last potty break of the night. I let Odie have his turn out. After 5 minutes or so I heard a loud thump, which is usually the sound of him coming back up to the porch. Only this time when I looked out he wasn't there...

I went to the back door and called him. I could see him out in the yard next to the grill. When he started to run back towards me I could see he had a limp. As he got up to me I noticed something on his leg. It was blood pouring out of a massive wide cut. I immediately yelled for Heath and almost tackled Odie to grab hold of his wound to put pressure on it. The only thing I could say to Heath when he got to us was..."Can you get me a towel, Odie is hurt really bad and we need to find somewhere to take him." Heath immediately started searching for a place to take Odie. Which is not easy considering we live in the middle of no where and it was 1 AM on a weekend.

While Heath called, I tried to stop the bleeding but was not having much luck. I was certain he was going to bleed to death before we could get him help. The two of us were covered in blood. strangely enough I wasn't bothered by it, only worried about Odie. After many phone calls and google searches we called Westmoreland Animal Clinic in Perry. (Which flippin' rocks by the way!)
They had an answering service where we left our name and number. About 10 minutes later the vet called us back. By then I had finally gotten it to stop bleeding. Heath was talking on the phone to the vet and relaying his questions and my answers.

Heath says to me...he wants you to look at it and tell me what you see. Ummmm you want me to do what?!? Ok, so I check it out. It is approximately 3" in length and almost 1"wide and all I can see is blood....and white. Holy cow! I can see white...please tell me this isn't bone.

Since the bleeding was very minimal at this point the vet walked us through wrapping it up....with duct tape! I had to pull the skin back together, pad it with strips of tshirt, then secure with duct tape. He told us to bring him in at 8AM. To say it was a long night, would be an understatement.

We took him to the vet the next morning. We had to leave him overnight to get stitched up and so they could watch for infection and swelling. The white I had seen was actually tendon and not bone...thank goodness. After many stitches, and night in the doggie hospital, pain medication, satellite collar and antibiotics. Odie finally came home. He is doing good, but he hasn't been his usual crazy self. It will only be a matter of time until he is back. I will be thrilled when he can finally take this stupid satellite collar off. He runs into EVERYTHING with it! Including the back of my legs...Poor Odie!

I now have an Animal Emergency number in my phone. I encourage any of you with furbabies to find a number in advance and keep it in your phone. Searching for help took 20 - 30 minutes. Next time we will be prepared.