Monday, April 23, 2012


I am in my Blog today, poking around a little bit. There is a lot of my 'history' here on this Blog. Even though the last post was back in 2009. So much has happened! It makes me sad that all the goings on, are not here documented. My life now is quite a bit different then it was in 2009 & prior. Some aspects of it make me happy, others have been quite a struggle.

At the beginning of 2012, I felt a Huge desire to start blogging again. I won't go into all the reasons i stopped, but i want to start again. One reason is, my gift to my husband this last Christmas was a book i had created of all of our Wedding photos from our wedding in August 2010. I also made him a compilation of photos we had taken throughout the year of 2011 and i loved how they turned out. It would have been so much easier to put together... had i been Blogging. :/ So in January i had every good intention to start again, and building on my family history, but life got in the way.
I am now at a spot in my life, where so many things are different compared to just a few short years ago. I am not who i want to be, and want to improve on Me. I have allowed a lot of things important to me, slip by the way side just to keep peace in my home with my new Husband. I am ready to pick up those broken pieces and find JOY again in the things that i enJOY, with hopes that he will somehow find JOY in them too, and maybe learn a thing or two along the way.
As a Young Woman, i received an accomplishment called Personal Progress. (you can learn more about it Here) Now as a Mother, I have two daughters that are working on the same program, striving for the same accomplishment i received so many years ago. I have decided that, at this point in my life, this is something that i should be doing with my girls, so i have started the program over again a-new. One of the main goals of the program is to keep a journal, and what a better way to do that than to Blog about my family!

So there you are. Two fantastic reasons i have, to start to Blog again... and hope that i can still keep peace in my home. Ü Wish me luck.

xoxo
Jodi

p.s. Bonus! I didn't have a smart phone or iPad back in 2009! I can now blog from them! how awesome is that!? lol

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

More new life...

Only this time it is WAY better than baby chicks... Ü 7lbs 9oz worth! We love you sweet baby Campbell! and can't WAIT TO Meet you in person!!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

increasing by fourteen...

Last couple of weekends, this has been our backyard project. First pouring cement for the foundation... then the raising of the roof!
The kids have been besides themselves excited to go and be able to pick out their babies. We told them that we needed to be closer to having a place to house them, once we got them. As you can see... that time came. We went to pick out our new chicks... and wouldn't you know it... they were SOLD OUT!
The kids were dissapointed, and had to wait a few more days until C.A.L. Ranch got a new shippment... then they got to go and get them. They have been home for a day now...
They got to be out in the grass today... watched over carefully by four big kids...





and Oh Boy! the new housing unit is right next to SugarPlum Stitches Studio's! Oh Boy!
Yikes!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Giveaway Winner!


I am SO behind you guys! I am so very sorry that this was not done on Sunday, as i promised. bad... bad...

I appreciate all of you so much! Thank you SO much for all the kind things you said about Sugarplum Stitches and Raggedy Haven. I always say this... but seriously! What i do just simply would not be fun without YOU! Your encouragement and all your kind words - they keep me going!

THANK YOU!

So, without further adiou...

our Giveaway winner is:


Wendy shared all over, and several different times!! Wendy, thank you SO much for sharing all those links about us! We sure appreciate it!

Now, because i feel SO GUILTY about being so behind...

i want to add a second prize!
Our second winner will receive one set of Three of these Wool Lavandar Angel Pillows/Ornies!

and that winner is...
Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement!
Ladies, please send me your mailing address' and i will get your goodies off in the mail! xoxo

Thursday, July 1, 2010

YOU are Magnificent!...

... Jeffery R. Holland said it;

so i KNOW it's true!!

You ARE Magnificent!

My Mom is amazing!

All you mom's out there... YOU are amazing!!
Thank you for all that you do to raise your babies and by doing so... making the world a better place!

I thank GOD every day for the chance i have been given, to be a Mother.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

4th of July - American style!

Make It and Love IT!
OH! my goodness! I LOVE this little project! I am SO making me one, and maybe the kids and Bart too... if they are lucky! My sister Jen is coming tomorrow! Maybe we can do them all together!
HURRY! go and check out the 'how-too' HERE! easy peasy!

i love you... do you?

When you give yourself credit for something, you take pride in what you do!
that doesn't mean you think you are better than someone else...
it just means that you value who you are & you send that message to the world.
-- jillian michaels
I watched "Loosing it with Jillian" today and this quote in last nights episode with the Vivio Family touched me.
receiving accolades has always been hard for me. i personally have struggled with this my entire adult life. i know that a lot of it has to do with an abusive relationship that i survived 11 years ago. I was never good enough, pretty enough, smart enough, tough enough... just never enough. It is amazing what you start to believe, feel about yourself, and start to change who you are and how deep it goes, when someone that is supposed to love you, makes you feel this way.
That relationship was a lifetime ago and i am definately no longer that person anymore, that was changed by an abusive relationship, however i continue to deal with some of the residual effects of not feeling worthy of greatness or feeling worthy of good things or praise in myself when someone extends me a compliment.
i saw in this episode, similarities between this mom and myself with my own 12 year old son. He struggles at times with his self esteem. It made me think... do i have something more to do with his esteem than i think i do? Does he do as he sees me do? My heart broke!
I love my son more than my life itself. I am vowing today!- to give myself more credit for the good things that i do. for my accomplishments-physical and spiritual. and i am determined to make sure that my kids... all four of them... know Every SINGLE day; how proud i am of them and how AMAZING i think they are! because they are!
I wonder too, am i the only one that deals with this? i have a feeling that i am not. i come in contact every single day with people that i think are amazing! i would hope that all of you know how amazing you are!
Do something good... and then be willing to give yourself credit! Be PROUD of yourself!
You inspire and touch my heart every day! Thank you!