Archives for June 2006


… the past two weeks have gotten away from me! We’ve been enjoying the warm weather and going to the pool is our daily activity. Abbie is back to where she was last summer: jumping in and swimming underwater – she is our water bug. Quinn is enjoying the water, but prefers to just sit on the steps. With Seamus, it is harder for Quinn, because he can’t jump into my arms like he did last summer. Seamus just falls asleep – the movement of the water rocks him right to sleep.

I’ve been working on my first BIG quilt. It looks really nice so far. I had to hand measure and cut all of the squares. They are sewing together really nicely. (The corners are lined up well!) I’ve never sewn anything this big! It’s exciting. Abbie has told me she wants it for her bed.

I had training monday night at the Hope Clinic for Women and feel so blessed from my time there. I can’t wait to begin volunteering there. I’ll have more details in the weeks to come. It’s a beautiful place with a beautiful, eternal mission.


God’s Miracles

I know that everyday there are miracles that occur all around me. I don’t always acknowledge them or recognize them as such, but just the simple fact that my kids are safe, that I wake up in the morning — simple miracles.

Then something like what we saw happen yesterday occurs and reminds me that the Lord is in control and miracles happen.

We went to the Nashville Zoo yesterday (beautiful zoo) and were on our way home around 4:30 – traffic was becoming a bit congested by then. As we were coming down the ramp to merge onto the interstate, some cars in front of us slowed down. The driver behind us must have been distracted or just didn’t react in time because all of the sudden she swerved, lost control and ended up in front of us and then flipped twice, landing on it’s roof — right in front of us. I saw the look of horror on her face when I glanced in my rearview mirror as she began to swerve around us. She knew something bad was happening. All sorts of baby things flew out of her car and my first reaction was “her baby is in there!”

We stopped to help – Sean had to help break out a window for her to get out and I held her as she walked over to sit. She was hysterical. You could see the different levels of the situation sink in.

We witnessed so many miracles:

her baby was not in the car – she was on her way to pick him up, but the spot where he would have been sitting was smashed.

She should have had a least one broken bone – arm, leg, wrist, something, head injury… But she walked out of the car and only had an abrasion on her upper arm. Her wrist looked like it may have been sprained. Other injuries may have been discovered once she was looked over, but all in all she was fine, physically.

No other cars were involved. There were many, many, many times when our car should/could have been hit and involved as well. But she was the only one involved.

The kindness of others just touched my heart. And I know it did her’s. She kept looking at me saying “thank you for helping me” like she was surprised anyone cared. There were so many helpful people that took the time to see what they could do.

God is good and He watches over us always.
“God is our protection and our strength.
He always helps in times of trouble.
So we will not be afraid even if the earth shakes,
or the mountains fall into the sea,
even if the oceans roar and foam,
or the mountains shake at the raging sea…
…The Lord All-Powerful is with us…”
~Psalms 46:1-3, 7

Update on Goals

I’ve revisited my goals list and was pleased to see some of the goals on there have been completed (or started!)

piece and quilt 2 quilts by the end of the year (2006) – started on this; finally finished two that I started 3 years ago… but they don’t count…

get website for Fruition Designs done by June 1st/get website for Fruition Designs out there and noticed/marketed — gotta get on these still; didn’t make my goal, so I’ll shoot for the 1st of September

lose the 20 #s of pregnancy weight I am still carrying around — working on this, but those Krispy Kreme doughnuts aren’t helping any

join a bible study group — did this; working on Frazzled Female

finish reading through the bible by October – behind on this; I don’t want to rush it though, so Ill move this to next February

find a local crisis pregnancy center and find out what needs they have – going to training on June 26th at the Hope Clinic in Nashville

make baby quilts for local pregnancy centers – I am actually going to start doing this for the babies born at our church and then see where it goes from there

visit Ireland
visit Italy —— it will be awhile before these three will be completed
visit Iceland

become the person God intends me to be (obviously ongoing, but maybe I can do that before I die…)

get my photos in scrapbooks (real scrapbooks – with cool designs and fonts and layouts…) — started on digital scrapbook; I’ll be able to print these out

learn better photography skills – been reading, reading, reading…

have a weekly date night with my dear husband – haven’t started

run a full marathon (before I’m 40) – not even close

show Jesus in me, through my actions and through my words, to the people around me – ummmmm… I hope so

eat less sugar — refer to third goal on list… Krispy Kremes have sugar

be on time — the fact that it took me almost two weeks to enter my next blog message should clue you in on this one; still running behind on everything…

ski Jackson Hole — it’s summer time, so, no

take ballet again — nope (Abbie’s going to, but that doesn’t count, does it?)

be an awesome designer — working on it

Went online today to check the school calendar — Abbie starts school August 14th. I can’t believe we are heading into the land of School Calendars.


It’s been one of those weeks – Quinn’s trips to the ER, crazy high fevers, Sean’s aches and pains and dizziness and to top it off, I got some kind of stomach something and as of thursday afternoon was incapacitated. One second I was laying on the bed resting, the next I felt like Regan from The Exorcist!

Praise the Lord, we made it through. I’m on the mend, the house it still standing, the kids were fed and aren’t wearing the same clothes that they had on Thursday.