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It’s been fun, but for now adieu December 31, 2010

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In response to my life changes, I have decided to put this blog on hold for a while. It is now fully archived.

Thank you to everyone who, looked, listened and commented.

Please come see my business blog at intentionalglass.com


This week in Review November 7, 2010

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Five things (more or less) that were good in the last 7 days

  1. I baked (with the help of a great recipe and some amazing cooks) and sold 60+ apple pies with the proceeds going to the daughter’s school .
  2. I voted.
  3. The husband was home and did dishes on a Saturday.
  4. There were snuggles and hugs from the little dude.
  5. The struggle to get to coffee break was less, and the reward of fellowship was great.

Three Years August 7, 2010

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photo credit: Temari 09 via flickr

Three years ago I started this blog.  When it started it was a blog about knitting and spinning and fiber-y things.  It is changing, which is part of the whole blogging experience.

Today I am at a crossroad.  I need to start something new.  I want the blog to become a sandbox for ideas. Lets see what the next year has in store.


A week of tackles July 26, 2010

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It has been a really long while since I posted a Tackle it Tuesday.

This week is going to be a week of tackles.  A focus clean for 6 days (hey, even God took a rest on the seventh).   I will be posting regularly throughout the week documenting progress.

Join me!

What project are you tackling this week?

Photo credit: aa7ae via flickr

Just Thinking July 20, 2010

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have been largely absent of late. That is because I have been doing some thinking about what I want this blog to be when it grows up. In the coming days I will share my musings, but for now know I have not forgotten this lovey little blog.

Things to do this summer June 23, 2010

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We are into the second week of summer, and I can honestly say that I have not heard those dreaded words of summer yet “I’m Bored”.  It helps that this week is Vacation Bible School, it also helps that we have a summer plan.

The daughter and I made a list of things we want to do this summer.  I was inspired by Meg over at Whatever.  Some of our activities are planned – cooking Wednesdays (Ivy is learning to cook one new thing each Wednesday), and Craft Friday where we do a planned craft together.  Some of our activities are more unplanned.  We have already completed two of the list.

  1. Bike Ride
  2. Visit to Ohio

This summer is looking hot.  I hope it will be fun as well.

smile June 18, 2010

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This is a great prompt and utterly appropriate for this last day of creativity boot camp.  I have learned a bit about myself and been inspired by the world around me – and I want to say my photography has improved a little bit too.

Today I took my camera with me in hopes of finding a smile in the most unexpected place.  I found this smile on the ground – actually it was just the mouth and 1 eye, but it looked smiley enough to me to catch my eye.


I am totally inspired by this commercial by American Express. It makes me smile.

Ten rather random things April 15, 2010

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I am trying to type out 100 things about me and am finding it harder than I thought.

Find the first 20 things here.

10 Things about me

  1. Degas is my favorite painter.
  2. The ringtone on my phone is bagpipes playing Marie’s Wedding
  3. I have 2 piercings in each ear- and I got the second hole pierced twice.
  4. I have huge respect for people who can read music and play a musical instrument.
  5. I don’t drink alcohol anymore, but when I did I preferred mead and rum.
  6. I don’t  have a tattoo.
  7. If I did get a tattoo – and I’m not saying that I am – it would be something celtic-y with my children’s names.
  8. I love lists – they make me feel like I have some control.
  9. I have a cat.
  10. Forsythia makes me sneeze.


Liam’s Story April 10, 2010

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I have wanted to write out Liam’s story for a long time, but when one in right in the middle of emotional turmoil it is really hard to write anything that doesn’t sound like a bad melodrama.  I think I am enough removed from the high drama to write it down now with some circumspection, but read on and you can tell me if I did it right.

The last year has been one wild and crazy ride.  It is hard to believe it has been only a year, yet it seems like just yesterday the little guy was born.

Dan's Cell Pics 082In the beginning – I was huge!

Dan's Cell Pics 030But Liam was a nice normal 7lbs 14oz – if a little early – five weeks early to be exact.

Dan's Cell Pics 092Then came his stay (30 days) in the NICU.  His long stay was prompted by the fact he wasn’t a good eater.  It takes a special baby to look cute with a nasal canula – but I think he pulls it off.  He was finally sent home with the feeding tube.  I had to learn how to replace it and had to do it twice before he *finally* warmed to the bottle.

We had a lovely three months at home doing all the great stuff one gets to do with little babies: changing, feeding, burping, sleeping.  Liam was, and still is one of the most laid back people I have ever met in my life.  He takes everything in stride, happy just to be where he is at in the moment.  The only time he cries is when he needs something.

I did not have an easy pregnancy, and as a result I had a gazillion ultra sounds – no really, I have more pictures of Liam before he was born than I have of the daughter for her whole first year.  At my routine 30 week office visit the doctor says to me, “Well, lets do one more ultrasound just to be sure everything is still going ok.”  The next week I am in for my usual appointment the doctor says “Holly, there is a something in your baby’s head.  I don’t know what it is so I am sending you to the specialist.”  In case you were wondering – yes I did think every possible bad thing that could be thought at that moment.  I saw the specialist and he said “Yep there is definitely a something in your baby’s head, I don’t really know what it is, but the baby will be born and will thrive. We will take a better look with an MRI after he is born – it is really hard to tell a fetus to not move while you are taking the MRI.”

After one failed attempt at an MRI right after Liam got out of the NICU – the anesthesiologist really did not want to put him under.

Dan's Cell Pics 108Four months old – getting the MRI.   Liam has really tiny veins – that like to hide, this makes drawing blood or putting in IVs really challenging .  This photo is when we were taking a break in trying to get the IV in saga.  (It is hard to tell little babies not to move while taking the MRI so they have to sedate them.)

The results of the MRI were this: Liam had a crainopharyngioma – this is a benign tumor in his pituitary gland.  (Interestingly they don’t usually find this kind of tumor until children are much older, because it is slow growing there are no symptoms until it grows into something of importance – either the optic nerves or the brain.)  They admitted him and the next Tuesday he had surgery.

Dan's Cell Pics 111

This  is the least graphic post-surgery photo I have. The Klingon-like ridge in his forehead is a drainage tube, it was removed a few days after this photo.  The incision goes across the top of his head about an inch behind his hairline – they did not have to shave his head as he really didn’t have that much hair to speak of.  I didn’t count the stitches, there were two layers, plus his skull under his forehead was sutured back in place.  Overall I want to say there was maybe 40 altogether.   There is also a drainage tube and a monitor from inside his brain.  In this photo he is on pain medication – surgery hurts.

Dan's Cell Pics 120Did I mention that Liam is one of the happiest people I have ever met in my life?  This was about 4 days after the surgery.  He recovered just fine.  He has to take hormones morning, noon and night, but one of the hormones, DDAVP, he does not have to take because a part of the brain took over that function. (I was super excited about this as it was an injection, and I would be the one doing the poking.)

The only lingering result of the surgery is the fact that Liam is little.  When he was born he was the biggest baby in the NICU.  But after the surgery his growth, well, it fell off the curve.  Babies 3 months his junior look like they could squash him.  He is wearing 6-9 month clothing.  This is due to the fact that he does not have a pituitary gland so he cannot produce the human growth hormone.  Medicine really does not know how much growth hormone actually plays in the the first growth, but the doctors did tell us that Liam would have to start taking it after his first birthday.

So life goes on, right.


Dan's Cell Pics 158Liam had a little cold this winter.

Dan's Cell Pics 169Solid Food – and teeth

SDC10294Easter – Liam’s second as he was born on Good Friday.  Time is sometimes weird.

SDC10328And Today

Happy Birthday Liam!!

Whatever April 5, 2010

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Have you ever had a shift in thinking?

I have, and it happened while reading this blog.

Whenever I have an argument and I get especially frustrated I often say “Whatever” and leave the conversation – not very grown-up, I know, a leftover impulse from my angst ridden teenaged years.  Whatever has become a negative word imbued with sarcasm and apathy.

The other day I was browsing my way through the interwebs and happened upon this absolutely delightful little blog called Whatever.  Well of course I thought this is someone’s sarcastic take on life.  Then I saw in the left hand sidebar this verse (done in all kinds of pretty colors)

Whatever is true,

Whatever is noble,

Whatever is right,

Whatever is pure,

Whatever is lovely,

Whatever is admirable,

If anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.

Phillipeans 4:8

I have been going through a rough patch of late.  I have been saying “whatever” to a lot of people.  This simple little sidebar completely changed my outlook.  So now I am going to try to find the  whatevers in those same people looking for the truth, nobility, purity, loveliness, and admiration.

Thanks to Meg for this wonderful little piece of peace and happiness on the internet.