Blooming Where Planted

Friday, February 27, 2009

New Blog!

Alrighty...took FOREVER,,,but I have a new blog. Follow me at:

See you there!


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

It's About Time...

Goodness. What a whirlwind we seem to live in every day now! You know I'm busy when I don't have time to read other blogs and even get updated pictures onto my own! :) I am continuing to "bloom where planted" and adjusting to everyday life around here. It was a tough season for me this year with Greg being gone for reffing out of town 5 days a week & having a new baby, but life is good. I've been learning how to deal with slight post-partum issues and am on the way back up. I've learned so much about our Heavenly Father and what it means to be a wife, mom, & individual. And how He enriches our lives in the most un-expected ways.
Many have been asking how things are going and what we have been up to here. So, below you will find an update, as well as some new pictures of the darling daughter, who is 7 months - now THAT I can't believe! Most pics were taken up in the great state of "Minn-eh-so-dah" visiting my best friend & her husband!

Just after Thanksgiving, I started working for a Commercial Lending Company - from home!!!! I've been helping them launch online marketing strategies and grow their list. This has been a challenging, but rewarding job and we thank God every day for my boss. He truly has been an answer to prayer and we are getting bills paid that didn't for the 6months I was unable to work due to the pregnancy complications. I love being challenged and I love the fact that I have the flexibility to still play with Kaileigh and hang out with friends during the day.

Greg is finally done with basketball and onto getting DLC started for the Spring. We're hoping to expand in the sprinkler work this year with the business.

Now for the pictures that Auntie Carolyn and others have been waiting for!
(PS - yes, our daughter is cutting her first tooth and is on her hands & knees now rocking, so I'm sure she'll be zooming around here in no time - yikes.) :-)

One of these days, we'll have a family picture where we're all looking at the camera! :)

As you can see, she was asking "who put me in this thing?!"

Happy Easter!

with her Auntie Buffy & cousin Seraphim


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Photos

Here are a few Christmas photos of the kids(yes, Milo does count as a child)! I PROMISE I will post pics here over the holidays. :) I know it has been forever. But it has been CRAZY here!


My first Christmas photo

Playing with my doll while I talk all sorts of baby talk

Laughing at Milo in the Santa hat



Friday, November 09, 2007


So I am in the process of re-designing this site, so please excuse the mess. As far as recent pictures, scroll below!


Thursday, November 08, 2007

Dedication Highlights

Alrighty. Here are just some of the pictures! Enjoy...
(if you're family, we're working on sending out JPG copies to you via email!)

Corporate dedication at church on Sunday morning.

Kaileigh and her cousins!

"Auntie" Katie at our house for reception

sleeping on Great Grandma Max's lap

4th Generation Photo: Great Grandma, Grandpa, Mom, Kaileigh

'talking' to Great Aunt Marsha
Various Family & Friends who came to dedicate Kaileigh:



Saturday, October 13, 2007

Here are pics from last weekend!

Practicing sitting while waiting for my great-grandma

chillin out with Grandma before the football game

my Aunt Rachael loves me very much! She kept the wind off my face during the game

Watching football with my Dad

the wind got so cold that we had to move inside the stadium to watch game! Here Dad got me all bundled up to go back outside.

My Dad, me, Grandpa, & my Mom after the game before Grandpa went back inside with the team.

me with my Grandpa & Mom

a 4th Generation photo! Mom, Me, Great Grandma, Grandma. It was a special time!

just a few photos of Me & Mom

waking up with Dad



Friday, October 05, 2007

at Garden of the Gods

Playing with her Einstein gym. Colors, Shapes, & Sounds are all exciting now and can be focused on!



Monday, October 01, 2007

No Horror Stories Here

Any friends or people I'd talked to in the past who had had a baby, always felt the need to share their 'horror' stories, but particularly when I was pregnant, it's like people felt the need to share any and all details of how horrible and painful and terrible their deliveries were. Well, as you can imagine, that only added to my already anxiety-level fears of having a baby.

I spent the first 4 1/2 months truly dreading the labor process. I wanted the baby, but not the delivery. And then as my pregnancy became trying and high-risk, I wasn't sure I wanted anything except the baby to come out by the snap of my fingers! Well lo and behold, I happened to be visiting a friends website on Myspace that I'd come across and I hadn't seen her in several years (though we go to the same church and sing in the same choir!). I happened to read about her new business that she was doing and checked out the website that she posted for everyone to read. Turns out, she had been working as a Doula and she also did private, in-home birth education. I'd never heard of a Doula before, so I sent her a quick message asking some questions about birth and delivery and agreed to meet up with her to talk more in-depth about birth education. I knew Greg would not be comfortable in a group setting at the hospital practicing 'breathing' techniques and we both wanted to learn more than just breathing, but learn about the pros & cons of different birth choices, birthing positions, and pain management that wasn't drug induced. At any rate, we ended up working with her for the full services of education and Doula.

Her goal was for us to have the best possible birth experience that we could have and leave the hospital feeling like we had no regrets about ANY decision that was made. I honestly cannot say that I had a terrible or dreadful experience during any time of my labor and delivery - and I did it all naturally with no drugs of any kind. And I honestly don't even think it hurt that bad, It was more hard work than anything, but that's normal! And had I not had the abnormal uterus & brith canal, there wouldn't have been any surgery afterwards - that's how smooth it all truly went!

Our Doula worked with us as our advocate, coach, and friend. She spent the months leading up to delivery educating us on all the pros and cons of drugs and of not using drugs, continually reminding and reassuring of all the symptoms during labor were normal and that I could do it, she educated us on laboring positions, techniques, and relaxation, she encouraged me throughout the entire labor either by phone or at our house and then at the hospital, she was able to help Greg coach and encourage me and free him up to be what he needed to be - my husband, she stayed through for my surgery afterwards, and met with me postpartum.

Now don't get me wrong. I don't condone or think it's wrong to use drugs for pain management, but we didn't want to have to use it if we didn't need to. And she would've been just as supportive and done all the same things if we had chosen to use all the pain killers there were. Point is - she was there to encourage and advocate on our behalf and to make sure that we walked out of their happy about our birthing experience.

If we ever decide to have a 2nd child, you better believe we will use a Doula again. I can't imagine any woman not having one.

It was a great birth experience and I truly have no horror stories to share or compare!



Saturday, September 29, 2007

Three Weeks

Kaileigh is 3wks old today! Being a parent is everything and more than we expected. What a blessing she is in our lives.

Below are some more pictures for all to enjoy!

Aunt Rachael

Sunday football naptime with Dad

Uncle Joel - and he didn't drop her!

Proud Mama Max

Auntie Jess &Uncle Doug

Cousin Seraphim

Meeting my 2nd cousin Kolby



Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Kaileigh Michelle

She's here! Our daughter, Kaileigh Michelle was born last Saturday, September 8, 2007 at 2pm. She weighed 6lbs 14oz and was 20 inches long.

check out for some great photos as well.

Below are some pics of the new family:

Only seconds old!

All clean after my hospital bath. I'm told that my daddy went with me while mommy was recouperating from my very fast arrival!

Our first Family photo!

A very proud daddy

Headed home from the hospital as 3!

Kaileigh loves her Grandpa!

Aunt Rachael & Uncle Joel love on Kaileigh

First Bath