My belly + two girls… phew.


Between my massive belly, a child who can’t sit still, and another who is going through more “new sibling on the way” symptoms than the baby’s actual sibling… my goal is to stay calm, breathe, find some sort of beauty to focus on. Some days it really does work out that way and others I just lose it and have to lay everyone down and have some “cool off” time. Today is one of those days and this blog is many times where I turn to for “cool off time.” 

We have been actively changing many of the ways we do things to include Macky and Scarlet. It is a process that forces us (the adults) to learn patience. It’s not always the most convenient thing to have little hands in the dinner making process or “helping” with the dishes. But the immediate change in their attitude and their motor skills has been so amazing to see. In just a few days they have both become more independent, but happily so. Nobody has forced them to do anything, we always help when they ask, but they have literally begged us to move to a different level. 


This is one of the scenes of our day since the weather has decided to be nice. It’s been a whole lot of drawing, creating, and exploring. Scarlet’s Gran and Granddad blessed us with the coolest little table for the girls. We have spent quite a bit of time at that little table making, playing, and learning how to drink out of real cups. 🙂 

Even in the midst of the tougher days like today, it is such a blessing to have these beautiful little feet pitter-pattering through the house with so much anticipation and excitement that this day will hold something new. They are like little sponges, soaking up everything we dare to throw their way.


Good Times For All….

This has been a great week…productive and fun. Joseph has gotten some very fun opportunities that I’m sure you all will hear about. God is so good and always right on time.

I, on the other hand, have been wrestling with some of the things I’ve planned to do for the year that have not taken-off yet. To be honest, I have been frustrated with God’s timing. Funny isn’t it… that I would ever think that He didn’t know what He was doing. When all along, in another area of our lives He has shown us that He has it all laid out perfectly. I am learning to rest in Him and at the same time not procrastinate. God always has us covered. How awesome it is to know that.

Saturdays are always fun. They consist of getting ready for Sunday. 🙂 Sundays are our busiest day of the week. Which makes me laugh since it used to be the day of rest. Joseph and I would love to rest, but Sundays are too exciting to rest. Joseph loves what he does and I love to support him and help any way I can. Tonight helping meant making yummy food for tomorrow so that he can come home and rest… for about 2 hours… then go back. 🙂

Friday: Dinner at Rose’s House

Friday night we got invited to our friends home for dinner. It is so awesome to take time to sit, eat, and share stories about life. What an amazing woman Rose is. Someone that God obviously adores considering all that He has blessed her with. For one thing, she has amazing kids. A beautiful woman, mother, and friend.

Thursday: Time for ME!!!

After the baby was in bed and the house was quiet I took some time for myself. Recently I have realized how much this is needed. I am learning to find and cherish the very few quiet times of my day. Sometimes I have to just make them happen in the midst of chaos. Not to say that my life is that chaotic. But it can become that way if I allow it to. It may sound completely silly to you… all of you… but I was at the library the other day and saw a Laura Ingalls Wilder book and remembered reading the whole series as a little girl. I decided to begin at the beginning of the series and work my way through. It’s a little harder than I thought to find time to read anything but the essentials. But I decided to make it happen anyway. I’ve been reading to Scarlet and she loves it. She’ll sit through a whole chapter, just laughing and listening to my voice. Gosh… I couldn’t have asked for a sweeter baby girl.

I have never loved life as much as I do at this very moment. Stuff always happens: Scarlet spitting up on her clothes the second I put them on her, unplanned situations, traffic 🙂 …. but I could never have asked for a better life. I try to constantly remember never to take life for granted. I want to always remember to take time for myself so that I can take care of my family and love people well. Isn’t that what life is all about anyway?

…Loving people well.

Snow, Snow… Please Snow!


Today, I wish it would snow.

I keep reading all these blogs about beautiful snow. Here, it won’t even rain. I decided to do what P.S. does and carry my umbrella wherever I go. you might say this is a little strange. I think so too. But it is most definitely worth a try. The drought has been mean to our land. I miss green grass, being able to water plants as I please, and not having to listen to all the bad things that “might” happen on the news every night. I’ve decided to take my faith a bit further and pray and believe for snow. Lots of it. Not enough to damage anything, but enough to play in. I will have to admit, part of my fascination with snow is watching the people of “these here parts” absolutely lose-it because of a flake of snow. For some reason, no one here knows how to drive in snow. If there was a flurry in the sky they cancel school, work, the roads are blocked, the grocery stores are bare, and people won’t step foot out the door for days. Somehow, I find that all very fascinating. When I was a little girl, my mom would bundle me up and send me out to play with my favorite (sneaky, I might add) friend, Allen. We would play all day and come in through the basement (so we did not track so in the house) and sit by the stove with hot chocolate. I LOVED that about my childhood. I might want to move to a snowier place when Scarlet gets old enough to ask, “Momma, what does snow even look like.” or “Papa, why do all these people hide from all this white, soft, cushy stuff.” I don’t know if I will be able to take many more snow-less winters.

I have been so horrible at taking pictures lately. I still haven’t even put up any from Christmas.The honest truth is that I didn’t even have my camera for our Caronna Family Christmas. I know, I know, how bad is that. Scarlet’s first Christmas and I have a limited about of pictures of her that are not even my own. I have been waiting on Micah to post some so that I can steal them and post them here. 🙂


Shannon and Levi came and visited for a few days and once again my camera was missing in action. But I did get one picture of the two of them and it is so wonderful that I had to post it. 🙂 We got to see each other twice in less than 2 months! That makes my entire year better!

There was a lot more that went on the past few weeks that I will be posting about later. Thus far, this year has been really hard and at the same time very life-changing. I have many goals and a husband that supports all that I want to do, now I just need the self-discipline to get them done. Please pray that God sends older women that have stable spiritual lives, healthy homes, and a creative mind that would be willing to help me and mentor me in where I am headed next. That is my number one prayer at the moment.

So once again… Snow Snow Snow!

A Place to Call Home…

Most recently I have been thinking and studying about what it is to create a home. This is really the first time I have felt “settled” since being in Virginia. My idea of home has always been different than most. Growing up, I remember growing sunflowers in our garden, our cast iron stove with some good smelling concoction always simmering on top of it, handmade things (whether it be Dad’s fishing flies or Mom’s clothes she’d make at the factory), boxes and boxes of fabric (what I wouldn’t give for all of that now), or homemade potato soup at the dinner table. These are all some of the most special things to me about my childhood. My parents probably remember the ‘reason why” we lived like that. But my perspective of my childhood was so different from reality, I guess. I had no idea our financial situation, or what life was like outside of my home. I didn’t know all those quaint things were so cozy to me until I left them. And now I am realizing how very much a family needs a home. A real home. A warm, cozy place where everyone can be themselves and feel safe. I know that it’s a little early to be making New Years resolutions, but my next year will be spent making sure that my family has a place to call “home.” I understand that it will never be perfect, there will always be something to do: dirty dishes in the sink, laundry to fold, dinner to cook, and sleepy children. My hope is that, just maybe, in all of that, I can see the beautiful gift it is to have a family of my own and create an atmosphere for us all to enjoy even in the toughest of times….And through this new parenthood experience I have gained a whole new appreciation for my own parents. They were not perfect and they had a lot to work through when they started their family. I am so thankful that they never gave up on each other or on me. If they had… I would not be the person I am today. So, thank you, Mom and Dad, for your obedience to the Lord and your strength to follow through.

Calmly (or not so calmly) Waiting…

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September 26th, 2007

So… I have had this blog for almost a month and just haven’t been in the mood to write. I had started one on another site to give updates on Scarlet. But I think, if I can figure it all out, I would like this one much more. Plus, there is so much going on right now that I need to be able to just write. Shannon used to always tell me that a good writer writes something everyday… even if it’s just a letter. So this is my attempt to keep writing everyday. (Hopefully my attempts will get better since it did take me almost a month just to write this one.)

Life is exciting. Another trip to the hospital tonight. I swear I’m not crazy. I really was having contractions! Just not dilating the way I should be. It is a sad day when the people at the front desk know you by name. How embarrassing! Oh well, here I am, at midnight, still contracting but trying to ignore it. I should just put a giant pool in my empty dining room and have a baby here. But Mom would flip. 🙂

Well, even though I want to run laps right now, I am choosing to lay down and try to sleep just in case these are real contractions. Scarlet, this is your mother, come out! (Dang, I already sound like my mother. 🙂