Sunday, November 30, 2008

#22


Day of Thanksgiving #22: Being on THIS side of it. I watched my sister-in-law run the Rehoboth Marathon today. It was freezing. And the whole time I was journeying from point to point on the race map, I was SO thankful to be done with my marathon. SO thankful to not being running today in the fuh-reezing weather.

I am thankful for running. The ability to run.

And I'm thankful to not HAVE to run.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

#21



Day of Thanksgiving #21:
Disinfecting Wipes. What? I'm wasting a whole day of thanksgiving on disinfecting wipes? Well, I warned you they might be little and insignificant. But disinfecting wipes have played a huge roll in my stress relief this year. I've been doing more cooking in hopes to save money and eat better so the more I'm in the kitchen, the more I love these wipes!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

#20

Day of Thanksgiving #20: Someone who just gets me. Tonight I went to a movie with a friend. And it takes a certain friend to see this movie with me. My girlfriend and I saw High School Musical 3. We, along with 3 other people in the whole theater, got comfy in the front row of the theater, junk food at either side of us, as we laughed and laughed and laughed at the humorous yet entertaining movie.

The tone of the movie affected our moods afterwards as we continued the laughter over STUPID stuff....getting gas, talking about our messy cars, being "honest" with eachother, and making silly pun jokes.

Sometimes, I'm just really thankful for a friend that I can wake up the next morning and know they still think I'm cool - even though I acted as crazy as I did. She just gets me.

Monday, November 24, 2008

#19

Day of Thanksgiving #19: Healing. It's remarkable. It's unbelievable. It's something only God can do. I'm thankful for healing. It happens in so many ways - some minor, some extraordinary. But all amazing. I will never stop being amazed by an act of healing...whether I experience the healing, or I see the healing around me.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Maddie's Christmas pictures

I took photos of Matt's cousin Kelly's 6 month old little girl, Madelyn. Here's are two of my favorites from the day. I won't spoil them all - I'll give Kelly that privilege.


#18

Day of Thanksgiving #18: Matt....again. I'm allowed to say that I'm thankful for him twice. I'm so thankful for Matt and how hard he works. 3 days a week, he leaves his regular day job and heads to do personal training an extra 2.5 hours a day. Needless to say, he comes home exhausted, but I'm so thankful for his hard work to be able give us a little extra.

I love you, Matt.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

I've been featured!

Sweet Irie Originals Blog


I was graciously offered the chance to be featured on a blog of a total stranger, who stumbled up on my baby booties at Etsy.com. Sweet Irie, a blog written by a sweet woman named Michele featured yours truly - a little about myself, some pictures of my booties (for the babies, not my backside) and of course, a link and a good plug to my Etsy shop. I'm so pumped to see what kind of traffic this may bring to my site and maybe even my first online sale!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

#17

Day of Thanksgiving #17: Pictures. I sat with my sister-in-law tonight looking through folder after folder of pictures from college, ski trips, Christmases, birthdays, births, and lots of just random events. I'm so thankful for the invention that has evolved into something so common and yet still so amazing. Not only do I have a brain to generally remember all those events, but I also have about 20 gigs of photos to help me remember every detail.

Like when Wyatt was just 5 months old, he could not stop staring at the ornaments and lights on the tree - and it made him drool.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

#16

Day of Thanksgiving #16: Naps. There is nothing too minor to be thankful for. I got to take a nap on Sunday for the first time in...several months. It was awesome. I fell asleep when it was light out, and woke up when the sun had set. I woke up so refreshed.

I couldn't sleep that night, but it felt grrrrreat at the time.

I'm also thankful for my new couch that made this nap possible.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My morning with Wyatt...

I spent a few hours alone with my favorite nephew, Wyatt. We did our usual...watched cars and jumped off the step-down in my living room. I was working in the kitchen for a few minutes and when I returned, this is how I found my man. I guess he wanted to be IN the movie. This was the only still moment of the morning. Right after this, he turned around and yelled, "KaCHOW" just like Lightning McQueen.


Like my blog header?

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Monday, November 17, 2008

#15


Day of Thanksgiving #15: Rain. It's good for the ground and trees in the summer. It's good for people's allergies in the spring. It's good for making memories. I have a lot of memories of rain. Running and jumping in the knee deep puddles in front of the house I grew up in. Training for my marathon - 8 miles in the rain. Hearing the rain on the flap protecting us from getting wet in the Algonquin after a long day of hiking and carrying our canoes over our heads. So many memories.

I made a new memory on Saturday. We sat at Uncle Barry's football game at Gettysburg College...in the pouring. down. rain. I shared an umbrella with Matt's cousin Kelly - a huge golf umbrella. But, the wind was so strong and the rain came so hard, that the entire right half of my body was drenched. We were cold and wet but the only thing we could do was laugh.

I'm thankful for the rain and memories we make in it.

#14


Day of Thanksgiving #14: A singing family. Today I spent my afternoon with a few of my musical siblings and my one musical nephew. We were practicing for sunday worship - but we were worshiping right there. We didn't need a congregation and microphones.

I listened for a moment and heard joyous praise...the strumming of a guitar, the powerfully sung melody, and an exuberant 2 year old with rubber drum sticks, a cymbal and a couple pots and pans. BANGING away.

Music to His ears.

#13

I'm not running out of things to be thankful for and I'm not having trouble thinking of things. I just simply don't have enough hours in the day....although I am thankful for the 24 that I do get!

Day of Thanksgiving #13: Mercy. I do marvel at the mercy of God everyday. However, on this particular day I received some mercy from someone else.

From a Newark City cop. I got pulled over...and my insurance card was on my dining room table. Isn't that illegal?

Thank you Mr. Police officer for not taking my license and for not throwing me in jail.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

#12

Day of Thanksgiving #12: Time away, and coming home again. Matt has had several business trips that take him out of town...sometimes out of state. This past week, he spent the first half of the week in Oklahoma. During his time away, I usually fill my evenings with productive things. I make cards, I make baby booties, I clean my house, I paint the living room. Things that keep me up until the wee hours of the morning. I love my alone time. When my agenda for the evening can change at any second and involves only me.

Sounds selfish, I know. But every now and then, I love my time alone.

And after I have my time alone, the thing I love the most is when the trip is over and my honey is home with me.

That's the best part about the business trip. Without a doubt.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

New Booties for your cuties!

See my new baby booties!

#10

Day of Thanksgiving #10: Change of season. As I sat in my dining room with 6 other ladies making Christmas cards, it only felt appropriate to be playing Christmas music. As each of us were bopping our heads and harmonizing with Bing Crosby, Wham, and the Backstreet Boys at the most appropriate moments, I found myself energized with the season upon us. As Matt said this weekend, "I'm just going to be REALLY into Christmas this year," (eyes open wide with childlike excitement). I thought about how thankful I am for any change of season. Whether it's spring changing into summer, the start of the holiday season, or a transition in my life that will teach me new things - I'm just thankful for a new start. Something to look forward to. Fun and mystery on the horizon.

It's a new season, folks. Put a smile on. Be thankful.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

my new blog...

If you haven't already, pop on over to my new blog katiehallcreative.blogspot.com. I just posted a new photo of a favorite new hobby of mine...baby booties! I'll be posting more tomorrow of the new ones I made tonight. Hope you'll visit!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

#9


Day of Thanksgiving #9: Family. We spend almost every sunday night with my family around the dinner hour. Sometimes we cook, sometimes we order in. This sunday, I had my family (and some adopted others that we love) over to my house for homemade pizza - a traditional recipe my dad passed on to me. Twelve of us gathered in my (small) dining room that seemed filled with laughter and love. It reminded me how thankful I am of a big, loving and crazy family. They are so special to me. I love that our big family gets bigger everyday.


Wyatt and his favorite new friend, Ryan (next to Megan) all listening to Dad


Ryan wants to do everything Wyatt does :)

#8

(I know I'm a few days behind...)
Day of Thanksgiving #8: Retreat. Time away. Rest from the everyday. I was able to spend my saturday away from home, with other women from my church, learning about the unique creations that we are. I love home - but I'm thankful for the energy and refreshment I get from being away. When I got home, I found out that Matt had a little retreat of his own right on our couch.

I think he is thankful for retreats too.

Monday, November 10, 2008

#7

Day of Thanksgiving #7: Making memories. Like, making U-turns for a cup of crab chowder. Or, kissing a plastic singing deer head on the wall of a diner. Or, stopping at the favorite restaurant of each individual person in the car for dinner so that everyone is satisfied. Or, taking jumping pictures over and over again until your camera battery dies.

These are some of the memories I made on friday.

I'm thankful for friends and opportunities to create memories.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

#6

Day of Thanksgiving #6: Work. What? Am I crazy? I'm thankful for work? I guess the reason I could say that is that this was a particularly hard and busy day of work. I work from home, which is a blessing most days. Other days, I can really never leave the office. I worked this particular day until midnight. I was tired. My neck and eyes hurt from sitting at my computer all day long.

But I went to bed feeling like I had accomplished great things. I slept great knowing the project wasn't waiting for me in the morning. And who wouldn't be thankful to be able to earn a living doing what I love.

I'm thankful for work.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Ladies, let's get crafty!

Tonight I had some friends over for some craft time. We each created different things. Some create cards, some did scrapbooks, and others made christmas gift tags. We all enjoyed the fellowship.







Emily and her creations



All the mustache ladies





#5

some of my creations from tonight

Day of Thanksgiving #5: Creativity. Tonight I had the fun opportunity to make a mess and get glue all over everything. In other words, I had friends over to be crafty! It was such a refreshing reminder that God created us each so individually. It was interesting to see what everyone created and how we each have such different talents. I'm thankful for the ability to be creative. I'm thankful I see different ways of doing things. I'm thankful that I can use that talent to earn extra income....more of the provision I wrote about a few days ago. I'm thankful that we have a creative God who crafted us each so differently and perfectly in His image.

I'm thankful I can create.

I'm thankful I was created in His image.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

#4

Day of Thanksgiving #4: In God We Trust. Not "in country", not "in Obama", not "in media", not "in ourselves." Thank God. In the flurry of election activities and the disappointment or joy you may be feeling, I hope you remember Who controls this country. Not a man, or a group of people in "seats". But, in GOD.

As we look through unclear lenses to the next few years, I'm so thankful that our hope is not in a majority vote.

I trust Him.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

#3

Day of Thanksgiving #3: Provision. Whether it's financial or emotional or spiritual, I'm thankful for the way I'm "looked out for." I'm thankful for a boss who not only gives me a paycheck, but who sticks up for me against abrasive clients. I'm thankful for a husband who works hard for that little bit extra to allow us to have a few "nicer things." I'm thankful for unexpected gift cards for a dinner out just because someone is proud I ran a marathon. I'm thankful for a grocery store less than a mile away to fill my refrigerator with food for us to eat. And I am learning to say "thank you" that our paychecks cover the amount of our bills and expenses...no matter how few dollars we have left in the checking account.

We have enough,

and therefore,

we have so much.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Kids on candy

So I'm playing a little bit of catch up. Be prepared to read a few random posts in the next week. I have several events I want to dedicate posts to so you'll see new ones little by little. One day I'll be caught up.

Here is a video I took of Wyatt (the cheeseburger) on Halloween night AFTER all the candy he ate from Aunt Katie. He usually does this when he comes over because he loves to jump down the little step in our living room. However, he never does it THIS much. This was only a glimpse of the evening.

video

Sunday, November 2, 2008

30 Days of Thanksgiving

Wouldn't that be awesome? I'd gain 30 pounds!

No seriously....

November is the month of Thanksgiving. We reflect a lot on what we're thankful for when we're around the turkey and trimmings, but I wondered what our lives would be like if we saw things everyday to be thankful for, rather than just taking those things for granted-no matter how big or small.

I had the idea during a run one day a few weeks ago, that for every day in November, I'd be intentional about finding things to be thankful for. Even though it's the 2nd of the month, I thought I'd still try...

You should do it too! Who knows? Maybe by day 30, we'll be seeing so many things to be thankful for, we will continue the tradition.

(matt and home improvement projects)

Day of Thanksgiving #1: My Husband. Saturday was a day filled with errands and projects that Matt and I are finishing up around the house. I'm thankful for my husband, who even now is diligently cleaning the mess we made from yesterday's project. Matt is a diligent worker who is committed to displaying godly character and living a life of integrity. He loves me for me, quirks and all. And he can dance. That's just a side note. Matt is a gift to me that I NEVER want to take for granted.

Day of Thanksgiving #2: The resurrection. This morning in Sunday school, we reflected on the evidence of the Resurrection of Christ. As we studied Luke 24, I couldn't help but acknowledge the promise we have in that resurrection. The promise of eternal life because of the price Christ paid on the cross....and that He rose again, resurrected to life. We are resurrected to Life. And for that, I am thankful.