Finally, an update :)

17 Feb

God is challenging me this month.  I know that whatever happens it will all be for his glory, so I’m actually pretty calm about all the new things that are going on!   So what’s new, you may ask?

Bridget is MARRIED! –  My step-sister Bridget has been engaged for 4 years now and she finally married Adam on February 6, 2010….which also happened to be their 10th Anniversary of dating.  I’m so happy for them, Adam has already been a part of the family for a long time but now I can officially call him my brother-in-law 🙂

California: We were blessed with near perfect weather on our trip to the San Diego area (where we grew up).  We were there from the 3rd to the 10th.   We had a wonderful time visiting with family and friends, eating our favorite foods, and attending Bridget & Adam’s Wedding!  The day before we left I started to get super sad about leaving and the next couple days were pretty rough when we got home, but I’m over it now…for the most part.  While it breaks my heart that my friends and family will not be able to see my daughter (and future kids) grow up, all that really matters is that we are where God wants us to be.  Right now, that is in Sioux Falls.  If God wants us in CA we’ll end up in CA somehow, if not, that’s okay too.

Learning to Forgive: God has shown me in the past several months that I struggle with forgiveness.   Part of being a follower of Christ is to learn to exemplify Christ in all that I do.  Christ forgave and Christ loved.  He did not get angry for unrighteous reasons.  This means that when I am provoked, angered, annoyed, saddened, or persecuted, I must not react unrighteously.  Righteous living requires learning to forgive and show others grace, just as He, in his grace, has forgiven us who believe in Him.  So instead of holding a grudge or letting little things build up, I am choosing to forgive and to love.

Keloland News Interview: Pigs do fly.  Not only did my step-sister get married this month, but I did a TV interview! Say what?!  TV? Interview? Shaina? Ummm yeah.   I’ll explain!  You know that site I’ve been working on the past several weeks? Sioux Falls Frugal Mom?  It just so happens that Keloland News is doing a special segment on Moms who help other Moms save money (or something along those lines, haha).  They came to our house and interviewed me and my wonderful little family.  This interview is set to air on Sunday night at 10pm on KELO-TV – it is part of the  “Eye on Keloland” segment.

Teaching a Digital Photography Class: Never in my life did I ever think I would agree to teach anything if it involved standing up in front of more than one person and talking… yet, I have agreed to teach a one-time digital photography class and I am actually very excited about it! I need to get to work on the plans though.  I think once I have a set plan I’ll feel even better about the idea of teaching a class.  It’s really the talking that I’m nervous about.  I just need to pray.  God will help 🙂

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Sioux Falls Frugal Mom

2 Feb

My new site is up and running! Woohoo!  I am now the official owner of a domain.   I’ve been doing websites & blogs for about 13 years now and I’ve never officially had a domain.  Pretty sweet! Check it out..

http://siouxfallsfrugalmom.com

I probably won’t be updating much this week because we leave for CA (yes… CA again!) tomorrow.  This time we’re going out for my sister Bridget’s Wedding! She and her fiance Adam will be getting married on February 6th…which will also be their 10th dating anniversary!  So…it’s about time these two got hitched! 😉

This will be our last trip with Zoe as lap child on the plane.  I told Bridget that she had good timing with her Wedding date because one month later and it would have cost an extra $200 to take Zoe!  I almost wish we had bought her a ticket..just so she’d have a seat, but we really couldn’t afford it.  She’d probably be staying home with Grandma & Grandpa if she was over 2 already.

Okay! Time to finish packing..  🙂

Swagbucks and a NEW blog in the making!

26 Jan

Have you heard about SWAGBUCKS yet?  I joined in November of last year.   It’s free and totally awesome 🙂  I’ve made $45.00 already just by searching the web and referring a few people.   Definitely check it out if you haven’t already! You can sign up here.  They’ll give you 3 swagbucks to start out with!

I’m working on a new blog… this blog is intended really for family updates and homemaking, so I’m creating a separate blog for money-saving updates.  It’s titled Sioux Falls Frugal Mom.  I’ve wanted to do this for over a year now, but didn’t feel like I had quite enough information to share, now I definitely do.  I’ll post here when it is up and running! 🙂

Vote for my little Zoe! :)

21 Jan

The Terrible/Terrific Two’s, already?

21 Jan

Ohh the joys of having a toddler!  Most of the time she’s the cutest and sweetest little girl in the world, but when she wants something or dislikes something, boy does she ever let you know, and not in a nice way!!  Thankfully God has granted me with an ever-increasing amount of patience these past few months.  I still need a lot of prayer though, there are still times where I feel like giving up on patience.  I begin to yell…and before I know it, I am completely overwhelmed and  dreading the thought of ever having more children.

This age (22 months) is very fun and very difficult.

She is saying short sentences now, learning hundreds of new things every day, she’s a little joker – she loves to entertain us, she loves people – she’ll say Hi to just about anyone, she gives wonderful hugs and kisses, she loves to dance and sing, but she also knows the words, “No”, and as of a few days ago… “Why?”.   She’s a huge fan of tantrums and disobedience, and she only wants to play with Mom & Dad’s things, or with trash & recycling, never her own toys.  She enjoys ripping paper apart and biting her crayons.

This is just proof that we are all born sinners and we all need Jesus.  I just need to encourage her in the ways of God and pray for her salvation daily! 🙂

My Birthday Surprise, and My 25th Birthday!

16 Jan

Alright! I’m finally old enough to rent a car.  Yeah! 😉   5 more years left in my twenties! Arg.  Life is seriously too fast.

Today I’m going over to my in-laws house with my husband, daughter, and SISTER to hang out, eat homemade cake, and homemade pretzel dogs.  🙂  Yes, I said sister. My sister SURPRISED me on Wednesday by showing up in Sioux Falls!  Gage asked if I wanted to go to Olive Garden, so since Zoe was with Gage’s Mom for the day we went at about 4pm.  I walk in and at first I see Russell (Gage’s brother)… thought that was odd… then I look over and see my sister Gabby!  We freaked out, hugged, as sisters do in those types of situations.  Then we all ate delicious food!  It turns out she’s staying with us for 3 weeks, until February 3rd, which happens to be the day WE fly back out to CA for our step-sister’s Wedding so, we’ll be on the same flight as Gabby!  That wasn’t planned at all by anyone!

I haven’t been surprised like that since I was about 9 years old!

In other news.. this morning I found out that I’ve been blessed by a wonderful friend and a wonderful store called Elegant Mommy!  I am going to receive 8 cloth diapers!  That’s about… $150 in diapers right there and these diapers will last years.  Possibly through all the kids we plan to have! Yeah, all 8 of them! j/k…  Some people think we’re going to have 8 kids.  Not sure why haha.

Ok, time to go celebrate being a quarter of a century!! 🙂

Free Cloth Diapering & Babywearing Workshop

8 Jan

Elegant Mommy is having another free cloth diapering & babywearing workshop on Saturday at 11:00 am at the store!   If you haven’t been there before and are interested in attending, they are located on 49th St, near the corner of 49th and Western.  I have been to one of their cloth diapering workshops and found it to be very helpful!  I haven’t been to a babywearing workshop yet.   I definitely will attend one during my next pregnancy.  I used a Moby wrap with Zoe for several months but after she was about 6 months old I found it too difficult to use.  I always wrapped it too tightly or too loose.  The fabric was also thicker than I’d like.  I believe they make them now with more “breathable” fabric.  I also only ever learned one way to wrap it so that’s another goal of mine with the next baby is learning how to use the Moby wrap in more ways than one.   I’ll probably look into other wraps/carriers as well.