Friday, April 30, 2010


This plus this plus this plus 1.1 = WHATAMITHINKG?

And in case that made no sense to you (because let's face, I don't usually make much sense), the equation above could also read:

4 miles + 4 miles + 4 miles + 1.1 miles = The Capital City Half Marathon!

Pray I cross that finish line before they open the road back up for traffic.

Love y'all.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Jeremiah 29:11

Spending some time meditating on this verse today.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Aren't God's promises great?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Who needs a mommy . . .

. . . when you have a big brother?

Next thing you know, he'll be changing her diapers and, well, never mind. Let's hope he never tries to feed her.

Because, you know, she's still nursing.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Practically Green Vlog: Ella's Kitchen

*Vlog and GIVEAWAY
*Congratulations, Amy!
According to, you are the WINNER.

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2010-05-03 17:26:11 UTC

What you NEED to know about Ella's Kitchen:

  • 100% organic baby food!
  • No additives - NOTHING. Organic fruits and vegetables and THAT IS IT!
  • Promises to put kids first NOT profit.
  • Priorities: health, taste, fairness, honesty, respect, values.
  • Great to add to your baked goods and smoothies (I added the carrots, apples, and parsnips to my banana bread dough.)

  • Now available at TARGET! I found Ella's Kitchen products in the baby section near the baby food. Aren't they the cutest?

And now you have a chance to win a package of assorted Ella's Kitchen Stage 1 Baby Foods! (seriously, these are so yummy)

There are four ways to enter. You may not enter more than four times. Please leave a separate comment for each entry. Please include your email address if your profile does not offer that information. US entries only.
  • The first way to enter this contest is to simply leave a comment. That's it!
  • A second way to enter is to follow Ella's Kitchen on twitter! Make sure to leave a comment letting me know.
  • A third way to enter is to LIKE Ella's Kitchen on facebook. Leave a comment letting me know.
  • Finally, check out the Notes Section of Ella's Kitchen facebook page and list the Target nearest to you. Again, leave me a comment letting me know which Target store on that list is closest to YOU.
  • Contest ends on Monday, Monday, May 3 at 11:59pm (EST).
And thank you, Ella's Kitchen!

Monday, April 26, 2010


I spent yesterday in fear.

Fear because my daughter started throwing up, and I had no idea when it would stop.

Fear that because she was throwing up, I would be next. And then my husband. And then my son. Oh, please not my son.

Fear that not only was my baby sick, but she was the kind of sick that required a change of clothes for her and me (or my husband) every time she became sick. And possibly a carpet or couch cleaning, depending on where her sick happened.

It was an awful place to be.

But it didn't have to be that way.

Sure, my baby was sick, and for a mom, there's really nothing worse than watching your baby suffer.

But instead of living in the moment, consoling my daughter and embracing her needs, I ulcered my way through the day, worrying about when she'd puke next or when my son would catch it or when, if ever, the plague would leave my house.

The worst part was that not until late afternoon, hours after her spell had come and gone, I realized that not once had I prayed.

I was so consumed with how her illness affected ME that I failed to remember God's command, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." (Philippians 4:6)

Wow, I sure screwed up that one.

I spent my entire Sunday with a pit in my stomach because I was too darn consumed with ME, and oh-baby-girl-please-forgive-me, but I should have been PRAYING over her, and better yet, THANKING GOD for her.

But today is new. And thanks be to God, she is better. And as of now, no one else has caught the bug. Whatdya know, all that worrying and ulcering and festering was only to my own detriment.

A fresh start.
My baby girl, bright-eyed and beautiful this morning.

How about you? How does Philippians 4:6 apply to your life today?

Friday, April 23, 2010

My boy.

I don't know about you, but I'll be spending the rest of my weekend staring at this picture.

It was taken a year ago. I love this picture more now than I did when I first took it.

Because now I see how much my boy has grown. How that hat now fits snugly on his head and that shirt is too small and those shorts now hit his legs far above the knee. And those shoes. Those tiny shoes. And that ring of pudge around his ankle, it's now long gone. Though he's kept that cute elbow dimple. Thank, God.

And though my husband hasn't changed much from this picture, his relationship with our boy is stronger than ever. My greatest joy is watching my husband and children interact.

Yep, I'll be sapping my weekend away, staring at memories of a baby who is now very much a boy. And I'll be squeezing my baby girl all too tightly knowing that I'll soon be staring at pictures of a little girl who once fit snuggly in my arms.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

8 a.m.

Even at 8 in the morning, my life is full of things for which to be thankful.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


These are my babies, Easter Sunday.

They sure make me want to get up and praise the Lord.

And yes, Henry is using Harper's face as a racetrack for his orange Lamborghini. Strangely, I think she likes it.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ava Anderson


Ava Anderson is a young woman who has made it her mission to provide people with non-toxic personal care products through education and sales of her very own line of products! And she is only a teenager. Sometimes I am simply blown away by this next generation.

To learn more about the Ava Anderson line, time-saving shopping tips, and safe alternatives to the toxic everyday products most of us use, please meet a friend of mine, Lyndsi O'Brien, on Thursday, April 29th.

Thursday, April 29th, 6:30 - 7:30p
Hilliard Library, Main Meeting Room
4772 Cemetery Road
Hilliard, OH 43026
It's FREE!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Lucky, Dusty, & Ned!

Henry's MoMo gave him quite the trio for his second birthday.

Welcome to our world, Lucky, Dusty, and Ned!

The three amigos make our family complete.

What about you . . . do you like pets?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Fiesta de Henry

Though a couple of weeks ago . . .

Feliz Cumpleanos, Henry!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

What can I say?

My 8-month old baby girl is too darn cute.

Gosh, she makes me happy.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Best mom moment ever.

Like many two-year-old boys, my son struggles to verbally communicate. In fact, most of his meltdowns stem from his inability to tell me what he needs or wants. Much of the time he uses pointing and grunting to communicate, and today he used his non-verbals to melt my heart.

I was putting him in his crib for his nap, and as I set him down, he leaned into me, offering me a kiss. I was so touched. I leaned down and gave him a giant smooch on his head, and then he leaned into me again, this time wrapping his arms around me, offering me a hug. I nearly died. Never has my son offered me a kiss and hug without prompting. I couldn't believe that he initiated it.

Could. Not. Believe. It.

And here's the kicker. As I walked away from my most precious son, tears in my eyes, I said, "Oh, Henry baby, I love you so much it hurts." And you know what he said in return?


Though he didn't understand what I meant by love-you-so-much-it-hurts, he does understand that hurt and ouch go hand-n-hand.

Henry Duran Hooper, thank you for providing me with the absolute best mom moment ever.

And Henry, one more thing, Ouch, baby, ouch.

*Thank you, Gabe Taviano, for capturing this amazing picture of my son.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The day he turned two.

It was a really good day.