Thanksgiving Eve and a Poem

I’m so excited for tomorrow!  Hearing all my coworkers, friends, and family members talk about their preparation for the holiday fills me with anticipation.  While I may not have blogged everyday about what I am thankful for, I go to bed tonight with a full heart and a fresh appreciation for all my blessings.  I am thankful for my family-both my little family here at home, as well as our extended families.  I am thankful that I carry the titles of wife and mom-how blessed I am to have these roles.  I am thankful for friends, new and old.  I am thankful for our amazing church family.  I am thankful for my students and for a job that I find truly enriching.  I am thankful for Jesus and His love for me.  I wish all of you an amazing holiday with your loved ones-Enjoy your treasured traditions, and embrace a few new activities.  Eat well-you can exercise on Friday =)

I leave you with a poem (no I did not write it, and I don’t really remember where I found it…)

‘Twas the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn’t sleep.
I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep.

The leftovers beckoned-the dark meat and white.
But I fought the temptation with all of my might.

Tossing and turning in anticipation,
The thought of a snack became infatuation.

So I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door.
And gazed at the fridge full of goodies galore.

I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,
‘Till all of a sudden I rose off the ground.

I crashed through the ceiling floating into the sky
With a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie.

But I managed to yell as I soared past the trees
Happy eating to all, pass the cranberries please.

May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump;
May your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump.

May your yams be delicious, may your pies take the prize-
May your thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs!!

Have a very blessed Thanksgiving!


Jude and I went to our dear friend Levi’s first birthday party on Saturday, which was the first kiddo birthday party that we have been to, and Jude had such a blast.  It was so fun to see him around other kids, which I don’t usually get to see.  Most of the other kiddos were older than Jude, but he had a blast just watching what was going on.  Of all things, it made me feel really positive about the fact that he goes to daycare, because I bet that is where he developed this love for being with other kids.  On Friday I got to pick Jude up from daycare, and these little guys were enjoying some sunshine =)

At any rate, this weekend I’m thankful that Jude has little buddies to play with, and that I was able to witness these adorable interactions.

Here are some pictures from the party:

We spent a lot of time hanging out with Shannon, Baby Whisperer =)

The birthday boy with his momma!The party had a cowboy/western theme, which was super cute!

One of Levi’s grandpas brought a miniature horse to the party, and this was Jude’s first time seeing a horse-I’m not sure what he thought about it!

Giggling at a new friend =)


Catching Up

So I’m a little behind in my Thanksgiving posts =)  Hey, life happens!  Lots has been happening around the Martin household, with my personal favorite event being Jude rolling over for the first time on Saturday (although I didn’t witness it until today-apparently he would only do it for his daddy!).  We celebrated Dustin’s grandparent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary on Sunday, and on Tuesday Dustin and I had a much needed date to Aqua 103 (which is a great new restaurant in Hagerstown!)  Throughout all of these events, I kept thinking about how thankful I am for marriage.  Seeing pictures from 50 years of marriage on Sunday just really made me think of everything that Dustin’s grandparents have been through TOGETHER.  Those first months of learning how to be husband and wife, settling into professions, having children, seeing their grandchildren, and now great-grandchildren!  I’m sure that they would say that it hasn’t always been easy, in fact, sometimes it is just plain hard-but they persevered, and have given their family and friends such a wonderful example of what a marriage can look like.

It’s so amazing how God works.  The fact that Dustin and I started dating is so random.  I was working at Rhodes Grove at the time and I had been invited to a wedding of a friend, and I was able to bring a guest.  None of my camp guy friends seemed to be the right person to ask, and very randomly a bunch of us went to Christian Light bookstore on a Saturday (to spend our hard earned money from the previous week-oh the days of having a paycheck, but no bills =)  ) and there I saw Dustin, who worked there at the time.  We had known each other for a few years, but at this point I had been in college for two years and hadn’t seen Dustin since I left for school.  I was very shy at this time in my life, but I felt prompted to ask Dustin if he wanted to accompany me to a wedding, and he said “sure!” (which cracks me up now because my husband is not a fan of dressing up for weddings).  This was in June, but the wedding wasn’t until August, and over the next few weeks we found excuses to see each other or to talk on the phone, and finally on July 11th we went out for the first time (although neither one of us was completely sure if it was a date or not-that’s another story…).  About a year and a half later Dustin proposed, and now here we are with 6 years of marriage under our belts and a beautiful little boy.  I’m so glad that God gave me the nerve to ask Dustin to accompany me to that wedding and that he continues to bless our relationship everyday.  I wonder how many children/grandchildren/great-grandchildren we will have by our 50th anniversary?  =)

Have a wonderful weekend!


This may sound unusual, but I am very thankful for the people that make great podcasts!  I was probably the last 28 year old in America to get an iPod, but I got my first iPod this summer when Dustin got an iPhone and gave me his iPod Touch.  I love this little piece of technology!  When I was home after having Jude, I would keep my iPod on the table beside the couch, and it was so easy just to check my e-mail really quickly, and I spent a lot of time playing Angry Birds when I was just holding Jude while he napped in between feedings.

When I went back to work, Dustin encouraged me to start listening to podcasts on my drive to and from work (as a side note, I usually can’t stand to listen to music on my way home from work-I guess I need a break after a day of teaching music).  At any rate, I fell in love with podcasts!  I have always loved to learn, and I have found so many podcasts that deliver information that I find truly interesting.  I started listening to a few that Dustin has subscribed to for years-I love the Relevant podcast (by the creators of Relevant Magazine), which manages to talk about our faith, our culture, and our generation, while being very very funny!  Dustin also got me tuned into Freakenomics, which as you might imagine, is a podcast that focuses on economics, but all the data is explained through stories, which is really fascinating.  Once I realized how much I loved this media, I went looking for some other podcasts and found my absolute favorite, which is called Manic Mommies.  As you might expect, this podcast is written/presented by two working moms talking about and laughing about the reality that is working momhood.  Earlier this week when Jude had a massive dirty diaper immediately after I had him bundled up in his fleece and buckled in his carseat (for the third time in eight days!!!), it was so refreshing to hear their stories that sometimes so clearly mirror my own!  Of course, I found Martha Stewart’s video podcast, which is very well made with segments from shows or special clips just for the podcast (last week she made an amazing turkey basted in 3 sticks of butter and a whole bottle of Chardonnay(!) ). has a number of podcasts, and my two favorite are Stuff You Missed in History Class, and How Stuff Works.  Stuff You Missed in History Class might be my second favorite behind Manic Mommies-I always loved history, and they explore the obscure or the strange history that you would only find out about if you were in that field.  For example two of their recent podcasts were about the beginning of blood transfusions and the history of alchemy-both were just so interesting.  How Stuff Works talks about a little bit of everything from antimatter to the Nile River.  Finally, I subscribe to This American Life which gathers and presents stories, as you may have guessed it, of Amercian Life, often including short stories or poetry.

As it turns out, these podcasts have not only enhanced the 60+ minutes that I’m in the car everyday, but I have started to listen to them when I’m pumping at work, which seriously helps alleviate my boredom.  If you haven’t checked out podcasts yet, I highly recommend the ones that I have mentioned-they can be found in the iTunes store, or through a Podcast subscription app such as Pocket Casts.

Have a happy weekend!

Coos, Giggles and Squeals

Today I’m so thankful for Jude’s attempts at verbal communication.  I guess I never realized how much babies “talk” even from such an early age.  Even though I have no idea what he is trying to say, it really does make me feel like we are interacting and connecting.  I talk to my baby constantly, and I love it when he “talks” back.  It was the second day after I had gone back to work, and when Jude saw me, he just started talking and jabbering for 15 minutes straight.  I guess he had a lot to tell me about his day =)  I am definietely one of those crazy ladies that talks to my baby the whole way through the grocery store, when we are driving, and he gets at least one book read to him everyday.  Not only do I love to talk to him, but I’m hoping it will help him build a strong vocabulary.  I just hope that when he grows up he still loves talking to his mommy =)

Doing it all…or not =)

Today I am just grateful that I don’t really have to do it all…No inspector will be showing up at my house to see if it is clean, if I provided my family with a home cooked meal, or if the laundry had made it upstairs from the dryer.  It is has been hard for me to accept that I simply can not be the wife/mom I want to be, be the teacher I want to be, and have the clean house that I would like to have.  But now that I have realized this fact, I am feeling more at peace.  Like right now I’m going to go to bed instead of doing the dishes in my sink-grabbing a few precious minutes of sleep will help me savor the time I have with Dustin and Jude tomorrow, and for me, it is worth it.

Family Time

Jude RelaxingWell, I missed my post yesterday out of pure exhaustion, but this weekend I have been so thankful for family.  Yesterday Jude and I spent the day with my parents, and we had Dustin’s family over for lunch today.  I just love to watch Jude interact his grandparents and aunts and uncles, and to see their joy in spending time with him.  The support they have given us before and after Jude was born is just amazing…cleaning my house, making us meals, stepping in when I needed a break…These days together also remind me of what a great baby I have.  He was on his very best behavior the whole time that we were shopping on Saturday, and even though his schedule was a little messed up, he totally went with the flow.

I feel like I’m not doing justice to the love I feel for my family, but my sweet baby didn’t know that we were supposed to get an extra hour of sleep last night, so I have been awake for a VERY long time, and I need to get to bed.  I’m very intereseted to see how long it takes Jude to get used to the time change.

Have a great week everyone =)

A Double Dose of Thankfulness

Right now my heart is overflowing with thankfulness.  My dear friend Peggy had a girls night tonight, and I just love being with my girlfriends!  In some ways it seems strange that I would need a “break” since I’m at work all day, but having some time when I didn’t have any responsibilities that was filled with laughter was balm to my soul.  Each lady was so supportive of each other, and I think each and everyone was eager to here about my journey into motherhood.  I just love those girls!

I am also so thankful for my husband.  I’m thankful for him for a lot of reasons, but recently I have really been thankful that he thinks it is important for me to have a few moments to myself.  He is itching to get out into his shop and work, but he happily stayed home with Jude tonight so that I could go hang out with my friends.  A few weeks ago I was really stressed about how dirty my house was becoming.  I know that in the grand scheme of life it really doesn’t matter, but Dustin could tell that it was important to me, so he gathered up Jude and all of his paraphernalia and went over to his grandparents to give me a chance to clean up the house in peace.  Dustin has taken care of Jude on many Saturday mornings so that I could have a chance to sleep in.  I am truly thankful to have a husband that cares for me enough to give me these precious moments of “me” time.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  Mom, Jude and I are going to check out some of the local Christmas open houses tomorrow…it’s time to make a dent in my Christmas list!

Day 3

Today I am thankful for my baby’s babysitter.  She is a wonderful Godly woman, who takes wonderful care of my sweet baby!  She leaves me notes everyday of when he eats, sleeps, and has diapers, and she has never once complained about fussiness, or anything else!  I wish I could be the one at home, but since I’m not, I’m glad God led me to her.

Day 2

Today I am thankful for fast food.  I know…I know….  However, in my defense, we started the arduous process of weaning Jude off his swaddle now that he is getting ready to roll over, and mommy did not get a lot of sleep last night, and the thought of coming home and cooking the Turkey Roulade I planned to make was simply too much.  Thankfully I married a man that responded very quickly to my plea for a night off from cooking by saying “Subway is great!”  I know it isn’t as healthy, but since I had laundry and my other get-ready-for-tomorrow duties to come home to, it worked for me =)