Monday, October 22, 2007

My Precious Baby...

Today marks the one year anniversary since my DH and I had a miscarriage and we lost our first baby within a month of finding out we were going to be parents. This past year has been very hard in many respects. It has had its ups and its downs. I still don't understand why God chose to take my baby on to heaven before it was even born. However, I do know that He is keeping me safe in His hands and He knows what He is doing.

So, I am dedicating this post to my little baby who will never know anything but heaven. However brief those few weeks filled with precious feelings of excitement and joy about being a mom were, my life has been forever changed because of my little baby.

God has brought me through this past year and He will continue to bring me through each new day and the trials that are set before me. I am resting in knowing that and praising God because He has taken my sorrow and turned it into peace.

Below is a song written by the musical group named Watermark. This is the song that they wrote after they lost their own baby. This song makes me cry sometimes and sometimes it makes me smile but it always provides me with peace.

Glory Baby, You slipped away
As fast as we could say baby, baby
You were growing, what happened Dear,
You disappeared on us baby, baby

Heaven will hold you before we do
Heaven will keep you safe
Until we're home with you
Until we're home with you

We miss you everyday, miss you in every way
But we know there's a day when we will hold you, we will hold you
And you'll kiss our tears away, when we're home to stay
We can't wait for the day when we will see you, we will see you
But baby let sweet Jesus hold you, until mom and dad can hold you
You'll just have heaven before we do
You'll just have heaven before we do

Sweet little baby, it's hard to understand it
Cause we are hurting, we are hurting
But there is healing, and we know we're stronger people
Through the growing, and in knowing

All things work together for our good
And God works his purposes
Just like he said he would, just like he said he would

I can't imagine Heaven's lullabies
And what they must sound like
But I will rest in knowing
Heaven is your home
And it's all you'll ever know, all you'll ever know

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

San Antonio Glimpses...

Hi everyone! I hope that all of you have had a great week. Mine has been very well and very busy.

My DH and I went to San Antonio this past weekend and had a great time. Our hotel overlooked the Riverwalk and we had a great time just relaxing and spending time with each other.

On Friday on the way to San Antonio, my DH brought me to several fabric stores because I don't have a really good selection where we live. I bought some wonderful vintage 30's and 40's reprints. I just can't wait to make something with them.

For dinner on Friday night, my DH and I went to eat at The Cheesecake Factory (CF). It was DELICIOUS! I had been to a CF before in Baltimore, but my DH had never been. We both enjoyed our meal and ordered our own piece of cheesecake. With all of the choices, it was very hard to choose which kind to go with. I finally wound up picking Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Cheesecake. It was absolutely wonderful. If any of you ever get the chance to go to a CF you should definitely go.

We went to the Guenther House for breakfast on Saturday morning. It was very delicious and I bought some of their bread mixes. They had complimentary coffee while we were waiting to be seated. The coffee was in this little covered wagon.

We sat on a shady bench while we waited for our table. Below is a picture of us.

That afternoon we went to the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. I took lots of pictures while we were there of flowers. However, I did get a really cute picture of my DH.

And a cute picture of us.

The rest of the day, we walked around the Riverwalk, took a boat ride on the river, and drove around the King William Historic District. Friday, we got all dressed up and went to the Landing Jazz Club. They actually are the musicians that are on NPR's Riverwalk Jazz. We enjoyed sitting there listening to the music. After we left there, we had an 11 p.m. dinner reservation at Boudro's and we got to eat dinner outside on the Riverwalk. Afterwards, we walked around until after midnight. I didn't get any pictures of us dressed up, rats!

The next morning, we ate a late breakfast and then went and had a Old West photo taken. I was a western bell and my DH was a gunslinger. It was really fun!

After we left downtown, we went to Whole Foods and I got to go grocery shopping.

And that is what happened on our trip to San Antonio.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Apples Galore...

I hope that you have had a great Tuesday. Mine was good but very busy (as usual). I watched the two year old (AK) today and we had fun making some goodies to bring up to my DH's work. We had company over for dinner and I had to do some quick tidying up before our company came but after AK left.

Last night I took took 8 lbs. of apples and turned them into 3 quarts of applesauce. I used Honeycrisp apples and my DH really liked the way it tasted. My DH doesn't like sweet applesauce but slightly tart so the Honeycrisp apples were a good choice.

Today, AK and I took the apples below and the contents of the pot...

and turned them into...

Caramel Apples.

Mrs. Wilt, over at The Sparrow's Nest, had a post about the caramel apples that she made. When I saw hers, I was just dying to try to make my own. So I did, with the "supervision" of AK.

We made plain caramel, caramel rolled in pecan pieces, caramel rolled in mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, and caramel rolled in nut topping.

I wrapped them in Cling Wrap and then tied them with a piece of raffia. I brought them up to my DH's office and they were a big hit. I am very excited that they turned out so well and yummy!

I have about 12 more pounds of apples to put up tomorrow. I am going to put up some apple pie filling and some Pecan-Apple Waffles. After that, I don't think I will have any more posts about apples.

By the way, I thought that I would share the picture advertisment below just for laughs. My mom sent me this picture and I just completely cracked up laughing. It is amazing what using the right kind of conditioner can do to your hair. I hope you get a chuckle out of this.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Pears, Floors, and Apples...

Hello Everyone! I hope that all of you had a wonderful weekend and that you had beautiful fall weather to enjoy.

I have had a very good weekend and end of last week. I got a whole lot of things accomplished and I can't wait to share the pictures.

On Tuesday evening I put the contents below to good use. (Mrs. U, here are my cute gloves from Target. They were only $1.)

I scrubbed my "in very bad need of a good scrubbing" kitchen floor. I got down on my hands and knees and scrubbed away. I was very happy with the end result and that has led me to be very, very particular about the kitchen floor. Oh well!

Every Wednesday I have the day "off" so to speak. All that that means is I am not watching any children and I usually don't have any work to do for my job at the church. Each week, I have been trying to undertake a project from start to finish on my day "off" and this week I tried a first, I canned.

When I was young my Mom used to put up Pear Honey. Well last weekend, my DH bought some pears at the Farmer's Market. He ate a few but we still had a whole bag left over, so I started tasting the Pear Honey in my mind and decided I would make some and put it up.

So, last Wednesday I went shopping around for some jars. I found some of the really cute "squatty" ones and put up eight 8 ounce jars and one 16 ounce jar of Pear Honey. All of them turned out well and I was very proud of myself for my newfound accomplishment. In fact, my DH and I had a social event to go to tonight at one of the department head's home and I brought her a can of the Pear Honey as a hostess gift (I didn't take a picture of it with the tag and raffia on it though).

I also went to the grocery and they had a spread of all different types of apples. The presence of these apples and a new recipe I found gave me the urge to make an apple pie. So, with the help of my DH peeling the apples, I made an apple pie from scratch (crust and all). I even made it look "fallish" and it tasted delicious.

I do believe that this has started something because I can't wait to can something else. I just feel so productive and proud to look at the jars that I filled and sealed. For the knowledge I have a about canning, I need to thank my Mom and Dad for the lessons through the years, even though I fussed and told them that I would serve my children Green Giant instead of going through all of the work.

Who knew it was this much fun and tasted so good!?!?!?!

Monday, October 1, 2007

October is Here...

Happy October 1st everyone.

I really cannot believe that October is here already and fall is fixing to be in full swing. I can tell the fall sunlight as it twinkles through the trees. However, I have not started to feel the coolness of fall. I hope that it is coming soon though.

I am very excited about this month, my life is falling into some sort of a routine and I am feeling excited about the time ahead. What all do you have going on this month???

My DH and I are going to take a short little overnight trip this month to San Antonio so I am getting excited about that. We are going to go to the Symphony and eat at some of the restaurants that have been featured in Southern Living.

I am also in charge of a Marriage Retreat for my church and that will be at the end of the month, so I am currently working on the little welcome baskets for the rooms. I will post pictures as the baskets are finished.

The 22nd of the month will be one year since my miscarriage. This month I know will have its ups and downs with the approaching of this day. However, in my weakness, I am trying to cling to God and trust in the fact that He has me safely in His hands. Ironically, that is where the name of my blog came from, resting on God during the past year.

I had high hopes of doing a fall tour of my home for all of you. However, doing this fell lower on the list than the laundry and the floors. So, I hope to have a tour tomorrow.

Sending Hugs and Wishes of a Wonderful October!