Turn the quiet up, turn the noise down.


I feel like there is too much ‘noise’ going on in my life right now. Too many things to worry about, too many things changing, and too many things staying the same.

You know what this means? This is going to be a whiney post, but at least I’m warning you ahead of time.

Right now we are right in the middle of the third week of having a new employee in the lab. She is great, but for a certified lab that means total chaos. I realize that anytime there is a new employee anywhere there is chaos, but this is my place to complain. Along with the addition of this employee comes an even larger work load. The problem is that now we have three people’s work load… on two people.

Thankfully, like I said, the new girl is great and she is handling mine and my coworkers crankiness phenomenally. I’m positive that is the reason that this transition is going so much smoother than I ever thought it could.

But that isn’t the end of the work trouble. I was given a new title which I’m pretty sure is fake. But yet somehow with this new fake/joke title arose responsibilities. So now I am of course worried that I’m not being taken seriously. (Of course that isn’t entirely new because my age isn’t changing fast enough).

Oh, and the rules are changing on how the lab will function on holidays so I will be screwed out of 1/3 of them. I should be glad to have a job right? And not worry about what holidays I’m going to have to work. I should. I’m trying, seriously trying.

To top it off there have been some recent health issues in my family. I don’t know how much I can say but someone I love dearly was recently diagnosed with cancer and has been receiving treatment. Thankfully the course of treatment has now come to an end and I am praying that it took care of the cancer in its entirety.

Plus a bajillion little things going on ALL.THE.TIME.

Wow, that is a lot of whiney paragraphs. But you know what makes them all disappear at least for a while? This face:

Oh, and the fact that Ade has more than doubled her vocabulary in the last 2 weeks. Also, Halloween is coming up (in case you didn’t know that) and I am enjoying making my baby girl’s costume (the turqouise onsie arrived today).

We are also planning a meet and greet with the lovely lady from Laughter and Lattes and her family sometime soon. Plus family pictures and a charity bowling night on Nov 5th (of course I will post pictures, don’t worry).

In the end, I guess some noise is good, it’s just time to learn how to tune out the bad before I go deaf.


To Get Lost in a Book.

Remember my post about excuses? This one. Remember how I talked about a 30 day Top Five Blog Challenge? Well, the second day is to pick your top 5 books read in school.

Ummm, pretty sure they are the same as almost everyone else in the United States. Why? Because it seems like we all end up reading the exact same books for the most part. So instead I’m going to put up a list of my all time favorites (at least the top 5 that I can think of right now while I’m quickly writing a post in between cooking dinner and doing laundry whilst my child sleeps, so yeah).

1. For hopeless romantics (but warning, this is not a happy story) The Pact: A Love Story by Jodi Picoult: Picoult is a writer of high energy and conviction who has, in her fifth novel, brought to life a cast of subtly drawn characters caught up in a tragedy as timeless and resonant as those of the Greeks or Shakespeare. That is not to say that Picoult is anything but accessible; in fact, this psychologically shrewd tale is as suspenseful as any best-selling legal thriller. The Hartes and the Golds, professional folk living next door in an affluent New Hampshire town, are close friends, and their children, the Hartes’ son, Chris, and Emily Gold, were born just weeks apart. Inseparable all through childhood, they slipped from the haven of intimate friendship into the tempestuous realm of love in high school, a transition their parents fully expected and welcomed. But Emily is secretly appalled by the incestuous nature of her relationship with Chris, and when she discovers that she is pregnant, she can imagine only one solution: suicide. Chris is with her when she dies and is consequently charged with her murder. As Picoult takes us through the nightmare that follows, examining each character’s struggle with guilt and sorrow, she forges a finely honed, commanding, and cathartic drama.

2. (For those that love thrillers and mystery) Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child: I love all of the books written by BOTH of them (as in together, not apart. They aren’t as good apart.) but this was the first one I ever read so that is why it makes the list. A series of bizarre and brutal murders is taking place in the halls of the New York Museum of Natural History, only days before a massive exhibition is set to open. Margo Green knows that the killer is something not human, something that’s not even supposed to exist. Where did it come from, how did it get into the museum, and how can it be stopped?

3.(This is actually for teens, but is a great realistic sci-fi/futuristic series) The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives. Collins’s characters are completely realistic and sympathetic as they form alliances and friendships in the face of overwhelming odds; the plot is tense, dramatic, and engrossing.

4.(This is the perfect book if you want something fun with not too much work involved on your part. It’s a Christian Romance as a bonus!) Fancy Pants by Cathy Marie Hake: When Britisher Lady Sydney Hathwell’s father dies, the American who planned to
wed her suddenly reneges. Stranded in America and penniless, Sydney contacts a relative in Texas who, mistaking her male-sounding name, invites his “nephew” to join him on his ranch. “Big Tim” Creighton, however, is appalled when this mincing fop arrives at Forsaken. He determines he’ll turn Fancy Pants Hathwell into a man before the boss returns home. From the get-go, he has “the kid” mucking stalls, clearing and plowing a field, and assisting with a difficult calving. But when Sydney’s true identity is uncovered, Tim resents being deceived. Yet in time, he also finds that he doesn’t like all the attention Sydney garners now that she’s wearing pretty gowns…Together Sydney and Tim will discover the importance of family and what it means to be a man–and a woman–of God.

5. (Crazy engrossing series in a setting like no other. It can get really wordy at times and steamy at others. The writer put a lot of great research into the books though and I really appreciate that.)The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth’s Children, Book One) by Jean M. Auel: When her parents are killed by an earthquake, 5-year-old Ayla wanders through the forest completely alone. Cold, hungry, and badly injured by a cave lion, the little girl is as good as gone until she is discovered by a group who call themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear. This clan, left homeless by the same disaster, have little interest in the helpless girl who comes from the tribe they refer to as the “Others.” Only their medicine woman sees in Ayla a fellow human, worthy of care. She painstakingly nurses her back to health–a decision that will forever alter the physical and emotional structure of the clan. Although this story takes place roughly 35,000 years ago, its cast of characters could easily slide into any modern tale. The members of the Neanderthal clan, ruled by traditions and taboos, find themselves challenged by this outsider, who represents the physically modern Cro-Magnons. And as Ayla begins to grow and mature, her natural tendencies emerge, putting her in the middle of a brutal and dangerous power struggle. Although Jean Auel obviously takes certain liberties with the actions and motivations of
all our ancestors, her extensive research into the Ice Age does shine through–especially in the detailed knowledge of plants and natural remedies used by the medicine woman and passed down to Ayla. Ayla’s personal evolution is a compelling and relevant tale.

What is your most recent favorite read? What about of all time?

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4 Truths 1 Lie: Day 3

Second truth reveal: I have had lunch with Bob Schieffer.

Story: The college I attended had a very interesting lecture series. They would bring in 3-4 speakers every year and charge admission for people in the community to come. There have been a number of very well-known people come and so over the years the lecture series has become fairly popular.  Some of the most popular were:

Senator Bob Dole
Art Linkletter
Charles Kuralt
Dr. Ronan Tynan
Gracia Burnham
General Richard Myers
Dr. Ben Carson
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Maya Angelou

After each speaker is done a lunch is served in the speaker’s honor. You can either pay good money to attend this lunch or you can be one of the recipients of the Presidential Scholarship.

I was the latter and had the opportunity to attend the lunch with Mr. Schieffer.

Here he is during his speech.

I got to shake his hand and exchange a few words with him about my future goals and aspirations and then sit down in a room with around 100 people and have a delicious lunch. Not terribly exciting, but kind of fun.

Okay, a number of you picked that one, so now you are going to have to choose again!


4 Truths and 1 Lie: Day 1

I realized last night that I had been blogging in kind of  “a stick in the mud”, “bummed out”, “serious-ish topics only” kind of way for a little while now. So let’s do something fun!

I’m sure some of you have played this game before in person, it’s a get-to-know-you kind of game. I’m going to tell you 4 truths and one lie. Please vote in the poll below (and leave a comment with your reasoning as to why you choose the one that you did as the lie!). Then check back every day and I will reveal one of the truths (plus the story were appropriate!) and a new poll.

Fun right? I hope so 🙂 Here goes nothing:


Comfort Food and Decadent Desserts!

You know when you feel like a hundred million things are coming at you at once?


Yeah, that’s been me for the last few weeks. I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to turn to food to help me feel better. Why? Because it is delicious. Well, yesterday I was having a particularly bad day so once I got Ade in bed I fired up the kitchen! All the work I did probably burnt off all the calories I consumed later right?

Ha, no. Because I made 2 loaves of Bestie Banana Bread and a batch of White Russian Cupcakes with Kahlua Buttercream Frosting.


 The banana bread recipe is by far the best recipe for banana bread EVER!! It has become a staple in my house ever since my good friend Tonya over at 4 Little Fergusons introduced it to me. Yum-O! The cupcake recipe is one that I found whilst pinning. (But of course!! Would you really expect anything less?) I didn’t take pictures of my creations, because let’s face it mine sucked compared to theirs (not in taste, they just weren’t very photogenic!) So, in lieu of leaving you with no visuals I am going to use the ones from the original websites where I got the recipes. (I repeat, these picture are not mine, please visit the websites linked above in order to be directed to the owners sites.)

First the Banana Bread from 4littlefergusons:



Delicious looking right?? Delicious tasting, oh yes!!

Now the cupcakes from Baked Perfection:

Alright, I feel better now.

What helps you relax when you are stressed? What are your favorite comfort foods?


Unplanned Pregnancy

I hate that phrase.


On the surface it is just a phrase used to describe an event, ie a pregnancy that was not planned.


“How anyone can be so irresponsible as to have an unplanned pregnancy
in this day and age is just beyond me.”


Now, it’s a slap in the face.


“I’m so glad we will be able to tell our child that we planned and tried for them.”


My cheek is burning.


They weren’t an accident. They were wanted and loved from the very beginning.”


Oh yes, because only you are capable of such feelings.


But you know what? My daughter wasn’t unplanned and she wasn’t an accident.


Every detail about her was carefully thought out, meticulously planned, and lovingly produced.

She may have been a surprise to Bran and I, but she wasn’t to God.

The God that knew what an amazing present he was giving us.
The God that knew she would be a perfect fit into our imperfect lives.
The God that knew we needed her even though we had no idea.
The God that saw a missing piece to our lives that we could never have filled so fully with all of the planning and trying our human minds and bodies could muster.

Sometimes God works alongside your plans, but more often than not he just does his own thing. Because, you see, he is the master when it comes to planning perfect surprises.