Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Being 21 Again...

Well, I am 21 again, though this time I will only be this way for a week instead of a year. Corny joke I know.

My DH and I took some self-portraits this weekend of the two of us and the baby bump.

I had my five month appointment today and everything seems to be going well. I am past halfway there. BIG YAY!!!! My shots are going well and I don't have anything to complain about. I have really been able to feel our little boy moving around the last week or so. Last night my DH was able to feel a big kick for the first time. I am so excited that he was able to feel our little one moving around.

I think that it is really starting to set in that we are going to have a baby and the more I think about the more excited I get. I am just being remind constantly of the years I prayed that God would bless us with a little one. I am trusting God to lead me as I bring this little one into the world and as we raise him to fear the Lord.

I have been feeling the urge to prepare myself for raising our little boy. I want him to become a godly man. For my summer reading I am wanting to read Bringing Up Boys by James Dobson and Wild At Heart by John Eldredge. After talking to one of my dear friends who is currently raising two boys, the thoughts that I had about preparing myself for our little boy were reinforced. I do believe that I will be reading those two books once a year from now on.

Have any of you read a book on raising boys that you found to helpful or enlightening?

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A Good Book and Some Time Together...

Hello there to all of you! I hope that your week is off to a good start.
This weekend my DH and I started a Bible study together called Dust to Glory. The study is an overview of the Bible from Genesis to Revelations. We have decided to set aside Sunday evenings to watch the next DVD lesson and discuss what we learned over the last week. This week we covered Genesis 1.

Have any of you gone through this study?

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Retro Quick Coffee Cake...

When I was younger, my sister had the American Girl's Molly Cookbook. We made several things from it. One thing that we made time and time was the Coffee Cake. I made it recently and was reminded of my sister and I cooking it. It is a really simple and easy recipe based on a WWII recipe, so I thought that I would share it with you. I hope you enjoy it.

Quick Coffee Cake
Shortening to grease the pan
1 ½ cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons shortening (butter)
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
2/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Use paper towel to grease the baking pan with the shortening.

Put the sifter into a medium mixing bowl. Measure the flour, baking soda, and salt into the sifter and sift them into a bowl.

Measure 3 tablespoons of shortening (butter) into a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until creamy. Slowly add the sugar to the shortening and beat until fluffy. Turn off the mixer. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

Crack the egg into a large mixing bowl. Add the milk. Beat well with the electric mixer. Scrape the sides of the bowl with the rubber spatula.

Add dry ingredients to the large mixing bowl. Stir them with a spoon just enough to completely wet. Pour the mixture into the greased baking pan.

Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat.

Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir in the melted butter.

Sprinkle the mixture over the batter in the baking pan. Bake coffee cake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Let cool for a few minutes before serving.

Monday, June 1, 2009

The May Past and the June Ahead...

Goodness gracious, May just flew right on by and now June is here. I can't believe that it is June; but, I do feel like a lot of stuff happened and was accomplished in May.

May started off great with a visit from my sister for a few days. Her visit was followed very shortly by my birthday and my DH and I's third anniversary. It was a great week and I was sad that all of the excitement ended so quickly.

My DH and I have almost completed our intermediate ballroom dance class. We have had a lot of fun and it is definitely exercise. When we finish our two hours class I feel like I have been doing a Cardio workout. We did have to miss class a couple of time because my feet were too swollen to fit into my dance shoes. But, we managed to learn what we missed last week, so we aren't behind.

We did have a foster dog that wandered up to our house last November. He (Jackson) was a sweet dog, but four was just one too many, especially with our little boy on the way. Well, I had a yard sale several weeks ago and I posted a "Free Dog to Good Home" sign. We found a good home for him and both Jackson and the little girl that took him both looked so happy to have found each other. As they drove off with him, I started to cry. It was sad to see him go, but a blessing that we were able to find him a good home and didn't have to take him to the humane society.

The month of May was a big preparation month for us. We found out on the 19th that God is blessing us with a little boy! So, let the preparation begin, and begin it did. Our nursery furniture came in and I am really pleased with it. Below is a picture of my DH putting together the dresser.
The house switch-a-roo is pretty much complete. We have managed to switch our former bedroom and my former sewing room into our new bedroom and the nursery. We even painted the rooms and put up some crown molding. Our room took a little bit of finagling around with to get our king size bed and all of our furniture into it. We are liking the result though. (Click here for the before picture of the room.)
We have got the nursery set up, but it is lacking most of the details in it. Below is a picture of my DH putting together the crib. As you can see from the picture below, the walls are blue and the furniture is an espresso color. I will show more pictures of the nursery when it is completed (but that will be a while).
This month we have a pretty busy, but yet laid back month (is that possible???). I will not be watching the children I keep for the next six weeks. I do have a long list of things I would like to do or accomplish before this little break from working is over with. This week I am hoping to make a maternity skirt for myself and a maternity dress. We will have to see how the end results turn out.

We are taking a short trip home this month to see family. We are excited that we will get to see all of them. I will post some pictures of the visit when we go.

I hope all of you are off to a good start in the month of June! May your month be blessed!