Tuesday, June 30, 2015

While I'm Away {Answer Me This}

My family and I are vacationing in Maine this week. The goal is to swim and hike a lot and to eat lobster a lot. Kendra's link-up is fun and easy, so I took a few minutes to schedule this post before I left. I do not know if I will get a chance to link-up it up at Catholic All Year, but if I do not I hope Kendra doesn't mind! 
On to the questions! 


1. How long have you lived in your current home? 

We moved into our current home in December of 2006. We had it built for us in a new development, and we love the house most of the time. I think our main problem is that we moved from a house in the country to a neighborhood. Some people like to live in the country, and some prefer a neighborhood. We are country dwellers, and now we know it for sure! 

September 2006


The picture is poor quality but this is what Holden and Tom looked like when we moved in to the house in 2006. 


2. How do you find out about news and current events? 

Will you hold it against me if I list AOL and my Facebook s my main news sources? Hmm...

3. Would you be able to make change for a twenty right now? For a dollar?

Surprisingly yes! I just got a fresh $20 bill from the ATM and then bought an unsweetened tea with it. Combine the change from the tea with the coins in my purse and I can easily make the change. 

Proof!


4. What's the craziest food you've ever eaten? 

Just last week I tried Vegemite. I did not like it. My sister-in-law, Abby, spent a semester abroad and brought a small jar home with her. I tried a tiny bit on a spoon. It tasted like a mixture of beef bouillon, soy sauce, licorice, and beer in my opinion. 

5. Which of the commonly removed parts have you had removed? (tonsils, wisdom teeth, appendix, etc.)

None. I am whole. Haha!

6. What's your favorite sport to watch on TV? 

My favorite sport to watch is football, but I also enjoy watching basketball and tennis. I also enjoy watching most of the Olympics when it on the TV.  


For more answers to the questions, visit Catholic All Year

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Summer Stitching Stash Blast #6 {link-up}

It is week six of the Summer Stitching Stash Blast. 



I got a bit more stitching done on my second sackcloth towel. My family and I are on vacation in Maine this week, and I did not bring the towel to work on during our trip. Instead, I brought a new cross stitch project that needs to be completed in less than two weeks. Eek! I will show you a sneak peek next week. 

Now it is time to show off your projects! Link-up below! 



The rules:

- Write a blog post showcasing your current and recently completed needlework and sewing projects. If you would like to combine your stitching post with another topic, such as a daybook, weekend happenings, book review or what your wore to church, that is cool with me.

- Any post that is not about needlework, sewing, or stitching in some form will be removed from the link-up, as will any post that is offensive. (I do not see that happening, but I need to say it.) See the first post for a the full description of needlework. 

- Please place a link to the most current Summer Stitching Stash Blast in your post so other stitchers can find the link-up.

- Show the other bloggers some love by visiting them and leaving a comment. We all know how hard it is sometimes to finish a project. A little encouragement may be just what she needs to complete her project. 



Monday, June 22, 2015

Dads. Who needs them? {Answer Me This}

Obviously, everyone needs a dad, but some of us aren't fortunate enough to grow up with a dad. I didn't plan to participate in Kendra's Answer Me This link-up this week because it is about dads, and since I do not know my father I didn't feel I could properly answer the questions. But I thought about it, and I decided I should answer the questions to the best of my ability. I don't know why, it just seemed like a good thing to do. On to the questions and answers!



1. What's the best thing about your dad? 

I have never met my dad. I have never seen a picture of him. I was never even told anything about him until I was almost twelve years old. I wrote my story and how I found healing earlier this year, Searching For My Father and Finding Peace

My grandparents raised me, and it wasn't an ideal situation, but it worked. I remember being a young child and asking my grandfather if I could call him Dad. He told me that he had children, and I was not one of them so I should continue to call him Pop-pop. I remember being hurt, although he didn't say it with meanness, more matter-of-fact. He was the father figure in my life, though, and I appreciate all that he did for me. He passed away in March 2012. 

Despite pregnant face or maybe because of it, I think I look like my grandfather. 2007

2. If you've got kids, what's the best thing about THEIR dad? (If you don't, feel free to substitute your grandfather or another father figure.) 

I think the best thing about my husband is that he is himself, always. We met as teenagers twenty-four years ago. He is still the same hard working, slightly grumpy but playful prankster that he was when I met him - only better, wiser. If you want to know more about why I love my husband you can read this post I wrote in 2013.   





3. What's the best advice your dad ever gave you? 

My grandfather taught me how to drive a stick shift and how to check the oil in my car. 

4. What's something you have in common with your dad? 

My grandfather liked to eat cereal for dessert, and I think it makes a great dessert as well. 

5. What's the manliest thing you know how to do? 

I don't really think of these things as being manly, But I know how to check the oil and tire pressure in my car (my mother taught me how to check the tire pressure). 

6. Who is your favorite fictional dad? 

Honest, reliable, and brave, Arthur Weasley is one of my favorite fictional dads. Although not a traditional father, Mathew Cuthbert is also a favorite of mine because of his unconditional love, acceptance, and quiet devotion to Anne. 



Yesterday was Father's Day. The boys and I celebrated their dad, and I think he had a good day. We didn't have any big plans. We started the day with Mass. We saw my father-in-law at the church and wished him a happy Father's Day. Then we went home and spent the day there working on different areas of the yard and house. We had a simple dinner of cheeseburgers, potato salad, and sliced cucumbers, and then brownie sundaes for dessert. 

Several times through the day, I thought about my grandfather. He was a good, hard-working man, and I am thankful that I had him in my life. I also thought about the man who is my biological father. Although he has always been completely absent from my life, he is still a part of me. I will never wish him a happy Father's Day, but I pray for him, and that is enough.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Summer Stitching Stash Blast #5 {link-up}

It is week five of the Summer Stitching Stash Blast. 

I finished the sugar skull sackcloth towel for my cousin and then decided to start a new one. After all the towels come in a set of two! I used another coloring page that I found here and transferred it to the towel with tracing paper (making sure to press harder than I did last time). 





I have a full week ahead of me, and then it is up to Maine for a family vacation. I will schedule the post for week six of the stash blast, in case anyone wants to link-up. I truly appreciate the few of you that join the link-up regularly. Thank you, Ruth Anne, Ashley, and Maria! I enjoy seeing your projects and progress! 

One last thing, I have decided not to do a giveaway this month. I have been so busy and forgot to make the proper arrangements for the giveaway. The giveaway series will resume next month! (Read more about the giveaway series here.)

What have you been working on? Did you finish any projects? Link up below! 



The rules:

- Write a blog post showcasing your current and recently completed needlework and sewing projects. If you would like to combine your stitching post with another topic, such as a daybook, weekend happenings, book review or what your wore to church, that is cool with me.

- Any post that is not about needlework, sewing, or stitching in some form will be removed from the link-up, as will any post that is offensive. (I do not see that happening, but I need to say it.) See the first post for a the full description of needlework. 

- Please place a link to the most current Summer Stitching Stash Blast in your post so other stitchers can find the link-up.

- Show the other bloggers some love by visiting them and leaving a comment. We all know how hard it is sometimes to finish a project. A little encouragement may be just what she needs to complete her project.  



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