30 Things – How I Felt When I Became a Parent

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Tonight I’m going to tackle question #19 – How did you feel the moment you became a parent?

(Again, you can find the original 30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me post HERE!)

And really… why do I try these challenges? I totally missed yesterday, I’m the worst at keeping up with these! Oh well… I WILL finish, it just won’t be in 30 days lol!

Oh man… you just don’t know what it’s going to feel like until you have your first child in your arms, it’s incredible. And for me, I felt differently at the birth of Boogie and Bubby… and I imagine it will be different still when Baby Bird arrives as well! When Boogie emerged into the world I felt pure, uninhibited joy. She was the most beautiful baby girl I had ever laid eyes on and I couldn’t believe that God had blessed me to be her mother. With Bubby, the emotions were even more intense, and I can guarantee you it was from having an all natural birth. I didn’t adore him or love him more than I did Boogie, but wow… I felt like super woman! The first thing I said to my husband and Janelle was “I DID IT!” And I was then the mother of my sweet Boogie and my handsome Bubby. He was precious, so sweet and cuddly… it was phenomenal. I love giving birth 🙂

30 Things – Favorite Quality in My Spouse

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Tonight I’m going to tackle question #28 – What’s your favorite quality in your spouse?

(Again, you can find the original 30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me post HERE!)

I’m getting around to posting this a day late, so I’ll continue posting tomorrow instead of doing two today!

Anyways, my favorite quality in J? There are two qualities that really stand out to me and make me love him more everyday… actually there are several, because really… I have an AMAZING husband. The first of those two (because I just can’t pick one) is his determination to provide for his family.  He goes above and beyond so that I can stay home with our children, he goes above and beyond so that we could buy our dream home… he just DOES. I think that’s amazing! His other quality that makes me  completely head over heels for him is the kind of daddy he is to our children, he adores our children… he gets down in the floor with them and just plays and giggles and wrestles with them no matter how tired he is or if he’s a bad day. They are his life, and I LOVE him for that. Yep… I’m kind of infatuated with this man 😉

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30 Things – How I Knew My Spouse Was the One

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Tonight I’m going to tackle question #15 – Describe when you knew your spouse was the one or how you fell in love.

(Again, you can find the original 30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me post HERE!)

The best way to answer this question is to read a post I wrote in 2010 HERE… sweet Joseph was the reason I knew J was the one!

30 Things – Where Do See Yourself in the Future?

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Tonight I’m going to tackle question #22 – If you could have three wishes, what would you wish for?

(Again, you can find the original 30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me post HERE!)

5 Years – In 5 years it will be 2019, I will be 31 years old (J will be 32)… and I will have an 8 year old, a 6 year old and a 4 year old. Wow! That’s crazy! If mommy gets her way we might even possibly have a 2 year old, but only time will tell. By then we will be home schooling, I think Boogie will still be in love with learning and reading, I imagine she will even be my little bookworm who hides flashlights and books under her covers (I totally used to do that). I imagine Bubby will still be a bit of a monster and probably won’t sit still for school, but he will be as bright and as fun loving as his big sister. I can’t really decide about Baby Bird yet, though with her being the youngest (so far), I wonder if she’ll be ready to start kindergarten curriculum at 4 like I think Boogie will be ready to do so in the next year. I think I will either be contemplating school or a certification, depending on what I decide to do with my life, or maybe be IN school at this time.

10 Years – In 10 years it will be 2024, I will be 36 years old (J will be 37)… and I will have a 13 year old, an 11 year old, a 9 year old and possibly a 7 year old… even crazier! At this point I see us in a good home school routine, maybe having joined some co-ops or home schooling groups in the area. We’ll work outside a lot in our garden, our blueberries, grapes, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries will be flourishing by now so the kids will have fun taking their buckets out to collect all of our berries. I wonder if by then our fruit trees will start bearing lots of fruit or if we’ll still be in the developing stage of that. Since all of our kids are old enough for bigger responsibilities, this might finally be the year J allows us to build a chicken coop, raise chickens for our own eggs, and possibly have a dog as our first family pet! I will be working outside the home on a part time basis, because really… I bet by then I’ll have my degree (whatever that may be) and want to do something for myself!

15 Years – In 15 years it will be 2029, I will be 41 years old (J will be 42)… and I will have an 18 year old, a 16 year old, a 14 year old and possibly a 12 year old. That’s a lot of teenagers! Holy smokes! Boogie will be graduating from home school, if not earlier, and getting ready to head to college (WHAT?!), Bubby will be playing baseball (Papaw Joe will be his biggest fan and cheerleader) and preparing for his final years home schooling, Baby Bird will be ready to do what her older siblings are doing… dating, going out with friends on a regular basis, ready to take on the world… but mommy and daddy will still be holding back on the reigns young lady! And the youngest, if he/she exists will be getting ready to hit the big thirteen… oh the young teen years… I SO look forward to those (sarcasm). I will be in tears because my baby is going away to school, but incredibly proud because I know she is going to do amazing things in her life. I’ll be starting to think about what it will be like with an empty nest and praying that my children find their true loves in the future. I’ll be looking forward to many dates and trips with my sweet hubby as our children get older…. Wow. It’s hard to believe all that could happen in a short 15 years!

30 Things – 3 Wishes

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Tonight I’m going to tackle question #6 – If you could have three wishes, what would you wish for?

(Again, you can find the original 30 Things My Kids Should Know About Me post HERE!)

  • My first wish would be for our family to be completely debt free (i.e. student loans, car loan, mortgage… etc.) so that we could take our growing family on more adventures and live a slightly less stressful life. Money does NOT create happiness, but it CAN cause stress… and trust me it really does. Here’s hoping that in the next 5-10 years we’ll have a big chunk of this stuff paid off!
  • My second wish would be for my beautiful children to grow up happy and content, that somehow I manage to pull off giving them a childhood full of amazing memories without spoiling and overloading them with STUFF, but with experiences and love. That’s my greatest desire for them… to just be truly happy.
  • My third wish would be for my children to have the opportunity to meet their Great Papaw Frank and Great Granny Lillian… I’m incredibly emotional these days (thank you pregnancy hormones), and I’ve been thinking about my paternal grandparents a LOT. My Papaw Frank passed away a year before my wedding and Granny Lillian passed away almost exactly a year before Boogie was born. Neither got to meet our precious babies… but I know they would have been overjoyed to have met them.