Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Examples of what I do in my spare time!

Here are some of the things that I have done for people...and myself! I really enjoy doing these things. I have been doing it since I had a bad experience with Rachel's birth announcements. I wanted them to be perfect and then after I ordered them on Walmart.com, I was so excited to get them back. Well, they were not good. I say they were awful, Brice says they weren't that bad. The picture was just SUPER red! She looked like a sunburned newborn and my original picture was NOT like that. So....as a result, I got a new photo-editing software that Christmas and have been making creations since then....if you know someone that needs something, let me know. I am very affordable! ;) The Clark Christmas card is a little blurry.

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AND MY ALL TIME FAVORITE!!!!

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Sad, for some reason....

Today is just one of those days.....you know, as women, we have them. Nothing bad has happened...to me, anyway. I have a wonderful life. I have a wonderful husband who constantly provides for my family, and the most amazing little girl I could have ever been blessed with. God is and always has been good to me...even in the trials. As I think about the trials I have been through in my life, I find myself thinking that life has been good, in comparison to others. Should I really compare myself to others? I think sometimes, it's healthy.

I was looking at my friend, Krista's blog today and she has a link to one of her friends and I went to her page...you get the picture...anyway, I found a PRECIOUS precious, did I say P-R-E-C-I-O-U-S video. I know very little about this family. All I know is that there is a mom named Angie and she has a husband and 3 beautiful daughters. I know that she just had a baby girl named Audrey Caroline who died shortly after her birth. They knew that this was going to happen before Baby Audrey was born. I am not sure of the specifics concerning her condition, but I do know that she only lived for a short time. I read about it before she was born. You can read more about Audrey and about this family at www.audreycaroline.blogspot.com The following video is of the family before and after Audrey was born. Get the tissues handy....I just sat here and bawled like a.....baby.....I think the most amazing thing is although Angie (and like I said, I don't know her) is struggling and she talks about that in her blog, she is able to give God the glory and the honor that He deserves. I would like to say that I would do that in those same circumstances but I just don't know....I would like to say I am strong in my faith...but just how strong am I? I have been reminded recently of just how precious life is. I have had a VERY close friend lose her Baby Aubrey just a day or so after she was born. I wasn't a very good friend...I didn't know what to say, how to say it or when to say it...so I didn't say anything at all. It was, and still is at times, tough. I want her to know I love her and care but how? I have known several people that have had terrible times with fertility and some that never were able to birth their own children. I have known SO many that have lost babies through miscarriage. After I watched this video I was speechless....she wrote this song and it is beautiful to me.....

Monday, April 28, 2008

IT REALLY IS WORKING!!!

Okay, today is the big weigh in day and I am so excited....3.8 lbs lost!!! YAY!!! They say an good average is 2 lbs per week so it will probably slow down in a week or so, but only about 3 more lbs and I will be the smallest I have been since I was a senior in high school. I am encouraged! The good part about Weight Watchers is that I can still eat foods I love and make sacrifices in other areas! I was able to eat Chick fil a twice this week and still stay on track. And, I'm telling you, those skinny cow ice creams....fabulous..I bought 3 more packages last night! =)

Rachel is still really snotty....not sure why! I also read on her operative report yesterday that the doctor took out her tonsils too...who knew???!! I certainly did not. That is something I am definitely going to ask him at our appointment on Thursday. I don't care that he did, I just thought it would have been nice to let me know. The plan was for tube placement and adenoidectomy. Hmm.... I am feeling better, just still a little snotty myself and a VERY minor cough.

Got ANOTHER new phone yesterday. I had gotten one that I really liked but I paid a little more for it than I wanted. It was supposed to have GPS on it and it was pretty cool looking but the GPS didn't work and I had to add unlimited internet and it was going to cost more money per month...bla bla bla....So, here's that one....279

And, here's my new one!!!! Sony Ericsson Z750A (purple) IT'S PURPLE!!!!! =)

So, the slider was pretty cool, but the purple is even cooler! I just love purple!

Well, Krista is home!!! YAY now Rachel and Chelsea can play and Krista and I can visit too!

That's all I know for today!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

I Have Come to Realize.....

That I LOVE Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches!!!!

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And I really love the cookies and cream kind!

For those that don't know, I have started back on Weight Watchers...tomorrow is weigh in day but I cheated and weighed early this morning...I was a bit disappionted...it only showed 3 lbs lost! Then, I think....why am I disappointed....3 lbs in a week is good. I guess I am impatient...like I didn't already know that! ha! I want to lose about 30 more lbs....before I get pregnant again...and who knows when I will be ready to do that! =) It frightens me a little to think about it, actually! Anyway, my first goal is 10% of my current weight, then my 2nd goal is 20, then ultimately, 30!! I am feeling like if I lose all 30 pounds that I might look kind sickly because I have a pretty big frame, but we will see!

I am kinda missing my baby! I worked yesterday and when I got home, she did not want to have anything to do with me...it was all about Daddy...I guess she felt abandoned. I am working today too and I want to see her. She has been fussy lately and still pulling on her right ear....don't know what that's about...no fever though. We go back to the ENT doctor on Thursday and then I have physical therapy on Friday for my back. After today, I don't work again until May 10th...it will be stange to be off until then since I have been working so much. I like it here....

Saturday, April 26, 2008

My Favorite Picture

It is early in the morning.
I should be getting ready for work...well, I am but I took a bit of a break..
I was looking at this picture and wanted to share it with you all..I LOVE THIS PICTURE!! Isn't she just loveable????

Friday, April 25, 2008

I Love This Kid!



So, I have been reminded that I need to blog more....OH, and make it more interesting! =) Yes, I should. I have actually been encouraged because I had 3 THREE comments on my last blog! People do read this thing! So, I am resolving to do better blogging....

We got a nice surprise last night. Some friends of ours (mine, really) from A LONG TIME AGO called yesterday and actually came over and spent the night with us. Thankfully my house was decent enough for company. I love it that I am so spontaneous and that unexpected drop ins don't bother me....maybe that's why I fit into the emergency department setting so well...okay, chasing rabbits...back on track. So, the people that came to see us have a 4 (almost 5) year old boy. He is precious and I absolutely love him but he is rough....REALLY rough. He, as I affectionately put it, loves very rough. He wanted to hold Rachel's head and twist it around....all out of love, I am sure but it made me so nervous and not to mention, made her very angry! She is about the size where she can hold her own but needless to say, she was very aggravated. He also was semi-torturing my poor dog. SHe is a little dog...a Shih tzu and is used to Rachel but we make Rachel be gentle...Will is NOT gentle! Anyway...so we all went to the mall today shopping before they headed out on their next leg of the journey. We ate in the food court, rode the carousel, and shopped. My child is terrified of the carousel....don't know why. I think she wants to like it but it really stresses her out to ride. I exchanged my Bare Minerals since the company continues to send me the WRONG shade. Most of the time when I shop, I buy Rachel things....and I did today too but I also bought me 3 shirts on sale at JCPenneys....everything is always on sale there. But they are way cute and I am excited! Had to buy Rachel another pair of shoes and for those of you that know, my kid is big.....I have to buy expensive shoes - Stride Rite. Thirty nine dollars PLUS TAX for a pair of sandals....such is the life!

Okay, so maybe this isn't much more interesting but it's what I do....so take it or leave it!

Tomorrow and Sunday, I work. BY MYSELF!!! It's exciting and a little scary all at the same time....what if something comes up that I know nothing about??? I can do it! I know I can. It will be fine!

KRISTA!!!! COME HOME!!!!

That's all for now!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Beautiful Words....

I will blog later about actual life stuff, but I wanted to share this....

I heard this song today and it touched my heart in such a big way. I wanted to share the lyrics....

Heal the Wound by Point of Grace

I used to wish that I could rewrite history
I used to dream that each mistake could be erased
Then I could just pretend
I never knew me back then

I used to pray that You would take this shame away
Hide all the evidence of who I've been
But it's the memory of
The place You brought me from
That keeps me on my knees
And even though I'm free

Heal the wound but leave the scar
A reminder of how merciful You are
I am broken, torn apart
Take the pieces of this heart
And heal the wound but leave the scar

I have not lived a life that boasts of anything
I don't take pride in what I bring
But I'll build an altar with
The rubble that You've found me in
And every stone will sing
Of what You can redeem

Heal the wound but leave the scar
A reminder of how merciful You are
I am broken, torn apart
Take the pieces of this heart
And heal the wound but leave the scar

Don't let me forget
Everything You've done for me
Don't let me forget
The beauty in the suffering

Heal the wound but leave the scar
A reminder of how merciful You are
I am broken, torn apart
Take the pieces of this heart
And heal the wound but leave the scar


WOW! What a message! I know that we have things in the past that have either been done to us or that we have done to ourselves that we wish we could just erase. If they are just erased how will we ever know the true meaning of mercy...mercy that Jesus gives us. I absolutely love the lyrics to this song....I too am someone who has had a broken heart and am thankful for the scars....no matter how painful the wounds have been!

Be blessed.....

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Long Time

Yep, it's me again...the no-blogging mommy!!!

Rachel is GROWING like crazy. I think I have said this before, but I LOVE THIS AGE!! This has absolutely got to be my favorite time. She is just learning so much everyday! She is doing almost all of the motions to every song that Miss Patty-Cake sings....our favorite video! She will sit in front of the TV for the entire thing....about 4 times through! She loves to sing and loves to play with her daddy.

She will be 17 months old on Monday and the time is just flying by like crazy. She has another ear infection right now and I may sound like a broken record....if it seems like she always has an ear infection, IT'S BECAUSE SHE DOES!! We just finished with antibiotics a week and a half ago and when we went for her hearing screen on Friday, she had another one....more antibiotics to start last night....this one is all different....I think we have taken just about all of the market approved antibiotics for children. So, back to the over feeding of yogurt to try to prevent diarrhea.....never ending battle....BUT....hopefully it will end soon! Rachel goes in to the hospital for outpatient surgery on Wednesday. She is getting PE tubes and an adenoidectomy. It will be fine....I am a little nervous...but it will be fine.

BABIES BABIES EVERYWHERE!!! Don't worry...not here!! :) My best friend, Alison is going to have her babies (yes, more than one) on Wednesday and my cousin Tonya is scheduled to have baby Justin on May 8th. Let's see if I can count real quick, how many of my friends that are pregnant......well, so far I have come up with 10. I am sure there are probably more that I am forgetting. I know 3 people that have had theirs in the past 2 weeks. My oh my...I miss that infant stage but not enough to have another - not just yet anyway!

Let's see....job is going good...LOTS better than before. Brice's work is slowing down....I got a new phone yesterday that is awesome but not quite working the way it is supposed to....already got it replaced and now I have put in a technical request that should be resolved within the next week...if not we may have to do something different....*sighs* In the big scheme of things...it's just a phone....

That's all for now...be sure to check out my dropshots account for pictures. We just got back from a trip to Arkansas. www.dropshots.com/bricerikkirachel

Love to all!



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