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I Did It Once, I Can Do it Again!

Posted on June 4, 2018 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)
I did it once, I CAN do it again!
When I got married over 11 years ago, I was a whole lot smaller than I am today. I was a lonley housewife that had nothing to do. I was board and allowed myself to eat emotionally. I didn't care what food I ate or if I even made it out of bed that day. So there I was feeling bad about feeling bad. I gained 100 pounds in one year.

I struggled to keep that weight even. I tried to diet, but gave up so easily. In year tree of our marriage I decided that I was going to do something about it. At the time my husband worked with a lawn company. What better way to get exercise, be outdoors, and spend time with my husband? I focused on eating and gettting my water in. I worked long hours. In 6 months I lost those 30 pounds. I was able to keep that stable.

Then in May of the new lawn season I started to feel different. It would come and go from time to time. Well in June of our foruth year I found out I was pregnant with our first born. I gained all the weight I had lost, plus 20 more pounds! That is a total of 50 pounds!

I had terrrible depression after the little man was born. When he was two and a half I decided I wanted to change and become healthier. I wanted to be able to run and play with him and not feel so winded. I went to the doctor and had them check on the important stuff. They told me that I wouldn't be able to concieve again. So I told myself that this would be great and I could loose all the weight plus more. I could change my body image and what I thought about myself.

I accomplished my goal and still had a while to go. I had lost 40 pounds! It took about a year to accomplish, but I was consistant and stayed active.At this point in time my husband worked in the oil feild and was gone for months at a time. He came home from being gone for 2 months. We decided that we enjoyed having just the tree of us. We were enjoying eating healthy. 

One morning, two weeks latter, we were cooking breakfast. He wanted bacon. So he got some apple smoked bacon. Within a few minutes I was so sick I couldn't handle it anymore. He looked at me with a face. That face of suspicion. We decided to get a pregnancy test the next day. I took one. Waited 3 minutes. I cried for 5 minutes sitting there looking at the test. We were happy witht just the tree of us. Why? How could this be possible? I didn't want this. I was on my way to loosing weight and being healthier. Why did God have to step in. I wasn't supposed to have anymore babies. (Dont get me wrong. I love both of my children very much!)

So here I am today three years after my second born. I am now waaaaay bigger than I have ever been. Am I seeking sympathy? No. I did this to myslef. I used food as a go to "drug" to ease my emotions. But, I have something much better in my line up to help me acheive my goals. I am working with a health and wellness company. They have an amazing line of products that help with gut health. I am getting healthy from the inside out.

How is my journey going. When focusing on getting healthy, it takes much longerm to reach the goals I have set, but even thought I haven't lost much weight I am feeling healthier every day. I just turned 29 and I do not plan to be where I am in a year. I will loose 90 pounds before my 30th birthday! 

I want to continue to do biweekly updates. This will be my accountability. I am going to reach my goals! I hope this will be encouraging for anyone who reads this. 

I did it once, I WILL do it again!

Busy Bee

Posted on May 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)
I have been so busy. 
I am working on making jewelry and coming up with crochet ideas. I have a few craft shows planned out. I am very excited!
 So I wanted to show you some of the things that have been keeping my busy. 

This is a flower press the hubby and I made. I have been enjoying finding flowers to press and dry. I will be finding new ways to incorporate them into some of the crafts I am working on. Some will make it into jewelry. The hardest part is waiting the 3-4 weeks for them to sit. This is our second draft of the flower press. The first was a bit rough, but when we sat down and looked at the design we decided to do something a bit different. I love this one much better
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Next up on the roster. 



My mom and I did a craft show May 5th, 2018. It was a small one and a bit slow, but I loved being there. So we have been searching other shows and hopfully have two more lined out for June. We are pretty excited! Well I may be more excited  :lol:!

I have also been looking into designing our booth. I would like to have a nice booth that is open and flowing. This was our first set up. It wasn't bad, but I felt that we needed a way to display the blankets better. That way they could be picked up and looked at. So the hubby and I are hitting the drawing board and designing something we think will be helpful. We are also looking into a way to hang the scarves so they aren't just laying about on the table. 

I cant wait to show you more things to come!

Come check out our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/MDCrafters/
You can even check out our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LMLDCrafters?ref=shop_sugg

Jewelry Holder for a Toddler

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)


My Husband and I fun making this jewelry hanger for our daughter! She is almost 3 and has a small collection of kids play jewelry. The fun thing is. I get to make her the jewelry and something to put it in! She loves it! 







So I decided I wanted to share how we made it. We had an old changing table that was pretty sad and falling apart. We tore it apart and I saved the one end of it. I knew that I wanted to make something with. It laid around for about a year just sitting there waiting to have a purpose. Until one day I had it figured out!

We gathered our supplies. The end of the changing table, paint, hooks, buckets (we didnt have enough of the round, so we used oval shapped), and the tools needed to finish the project. 



We started off sanding the whole thing to get any loose paint and uneven edges off.



We wipped it down with a dry cloth to get any dust off and followed with a damp cloth to get the raiming dust or dirt. Now it was time to paint it to give it some flair. We used Rust-Oleum American Accents 2x ultra color in Gloss Candy Pink. It got a good 3 coats front and back.


Then my hubby drilled piolet holes for the t-cup hooks.



To hang it we used these (what I call) picture hangers. Marked our holes and...





I added some glitter to the ends to give it more dimension. I used the sheet of paper to block the adhesive spray from getting all over place. 


For the finished product I took two different ribbons, about 12 inches long, glued them to the rungs. Tied them up to make pretty bows. That was my sons suggestion! We hung it where she would be able to reach in the buckets to get the jewelry out and put it in with ease. That is it! All finished! 


I can't wait for our next project! 

Thank you for tuning in! 




I Haven't Forgotten!

Posted on February 26, 2018 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)
I haven't given this place enough attention lately. I have been so busy with running the kids to their appointments and working on the Etsy shop (link below). I am working on getting the word out there about the hearing aid charms. So many people have said they love the idea! I love all of the out pouring of encouragement! 
It has really been building my excitment. I may not have a physical shop set up, but we have one that is growing in size online. It is very exciting! I have even begain to think about the possibilities of teaching the basics of crochet. It would be in a small intamite Facebook group.
I do have a few projects in mind that I am hoping to put in the works soon. One of which is a jewwlry holder for my little girl. She has a ever growing stash of necklaces and bracelets. She is also falling in love with many of the hearing aid charms. I have to hide them from her so she doesn't try to take them all. She loves the bling and shoes! A girl after her momma's heart!
I have been a bit frazzled as of late. I am working on our new school curriculum, thereapy appointments, crocheting projects, and working on jewelry. I am putting on the blinders and digging into organization. Please bear with me. I will be writing more!



Poptart People and Hearing Aid Charms!

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)
I am so excited! 
My daughter is deaf. She uses hearing aids to hear. I avoided getting her ears pierced in fear that she would yank them out pulling her hearing aids. She started to notice my earrings. She would point to my ears and then her own. So I started looking for ideas to give her "earrings." I wasn't disappointed. I found charms that can hang on the tubbing. Then I thought "Why buy something from someone else when I can make them for her. So I grabbed what charms I had and made her some charms. She loved them! They even have helped her keep the hearing aids in!
I soon posted them on Facebook and everyone loved the idea! There have been so many people tell me I should market them. I figured, why not? Here are some of the charms. I have since added more charms and am working on making more!

Then my cousin messaged me and asked if I crochet. Yes! She sent me a picture of a poptart that had been crocheted. She wanted me to make one. So I told her sure! I will try my hardest to make one. The first one was large, but cute. She then asked if I could make one the size of a poptart. This time it worked out! What do you think? 
Not bad for free handing! They were so fun to make! I am thinking of putting them on our Etsy shop! Link is below. I love them!  I hope you like them to! 









Like Mother Like Daughter

Posted on December 28, 2017 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)
When I was growing up my mom tried and tried to get me to sit down and crochet with her. I didn't want to learn. It was boaring and to frustrating. I didn't have the patients to learn something that I didn't want to do. 

About 5 years ago I had three friends that were pregnant at the same time and I wanted to do something for them. So my mom was patient and sat down with me to teach me how to crochet. I couldn't beleive how easy it was to pick up. So I learned so much in a short period of time.  Learning to read a crochet pattern was a bit difficult, but once I was able to understand what the abbreviations meant I was set to go. 

My mom and I have always dreamt of having our own shop. One that we can display  the things we have worked on and things that are currently on sale. Until then we just plan on doing craft shows that are local. I would like to share with you a few things that we have done.


I also got into making jewelry for kids. My daughter just had to have a necklace and bracelet like mommy. So I grabbed my beads that my mom bought me a couple of years ago in a thrift store. So I made her two or three of each. Then my son wanted some. So I just rolled with it and before I knew there were tons of sets done! Here are a few of those.
I have thought of setting up an etsy account or adding a store page here. If you would like to see more things we have a Facebook page called "Like Mother Like Daughter." The link will be down below. 

Please let me know if you would like to see more! 

Perfect Christmas Morning

Posted on December 25, 2017 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

You dream of the perfect Christmas morning. You make plans to wake up before the kids and set an alarm for 6am. The morning of you wake up make your cinnamon rolls, get your makeup on, and have the fireplace going (real or fake). You get ready to see the kid’s reactions as they see what Santa brought them.

Nope. Both kids have been struggling with a head cold.

It is 3:40 in the morning the toddler is at the door crying and refuses to go back to bed. The six year old wakes up and needs to go potty, but asks “Did Santa come yet?” So you let them to the bathroom blocking the tree so there aren’t any peeking eyes. You finally get the toddler to lay down and hope she drifts off back to sleep. Instead she wants to get up and play with her toys. You sneak out of the room hoping that she will go back to bed on her own.
4:48am more crying and screaming. You lay down beside her. She finally drifts off to sleep.

6am the alarm goes off. This isn’t happening.

6:40am Toddler crying at the door. Ask husband to lay with her. She isn’t happy and doesn’t want daddy. He gets cranky. You go into the kids room and let them get up, but tell them to stay in the room until mommy comes to get them. You start coffee, put the cinnamon rolls in the oven, and let the kids out. The 6 year old is very excited to see that Santa did in fact make it to our house. Breakfast isn’t ready and both kids are crabby. Everyone is crabby! You threaten to make them stand out in the cold until they can apologize for being cranky. Everyone is now in a better mood. Santa ate his cookie, cupcake, and his eggnog. He also took the two rubbery carrots (6 year old pulled them out days early and stuck them in the top of the fridge) for his reindeer.

Breakfast is eaten. Coffee enjoyed. Ham in the oven for Christmas dinner. Mom video calls. “You haven’t opened presents?”

Open gifts while on video call. Both kids happy with their gifts. Mommy is happy.

The day goes on. You have dinner. The toddler doesn’t feel good and gets cranky. Nap time. Refuses to nap.

So mommy sits with her rocking and singing.

Today could have been much worse, but at the point when everyone was cranky and complaining I decided that it would not define our day. I explained that today of all days we should be celebrating the joys and company of one another. We will be grateful and love on one another. It is Christmas Day! Jesus Christ is born and oh what a glorious time to celebrate that love!
Bedtime brings the same snuggles, rocking, and singing. These are the times I am so grateful I get to have. God blessed me with so much.

We have a choice when we get up in the morning. To be cranky, for whatever reason, or get up like its Christmas Day and not let anyone or anything dampen our spirits!
Merry Christmas!
I hope you have a splendid new year!
Rosie J

 

 

 

Reindeer In My Tree

Posted on December 10, 2017 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

There is very few store bought decorations on my Christmas Tree. For the past several years the kids and I have made homemade ornaments to hand on our tree. It has become a tradition. I wanted to share with you this years pick.

We dont just make one or two for our tree. Each child makes one for grandparents. So in total we usually make 8-10 decorations. This year we chose to make reindeer out of popsicle sticks. 


I do all the cutting and hot gluing while the kids enjoy putting their artistic abilities to go use. They love to paint, draw, color, and make all kinds of music. 

If you would like to know how we made these or if you wnant to see past decorations, let me know. I am thinking of making a tutorial. 

Grocery Store Melt down

Posted on March 27, 2017 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (2)

You are walking through the grocery store. It doesn’t matter which one or even what city. You are either there for one thing or for many things. There it is, that sound you hope you don’t hear, a child screaming or baby crying. Do you sneer at the mother or father? Do you tell them to control you children? Or, are you the mother or father of the screaming child?

I caught myself the other day walking through our local Wal-Mart listening to a child crying and my first thought was “Can you please keep your child quite!” Wait! What? Did I just really think this? What in the world are you thinking? I have two kids of my own and I understand how the parents feel. The stares, glimpses, sneers, and rude comments don’t help.

I’ve been there. In fact I was there today. All day! The kids had moments where they get along and some where they just couldn’t stand each other. I was doing well today. I felt like this mom thing was going well. Then we decided to go to the store and everything just broke.

I explained going in that we were not going to buy any toys, we were there to get shorts and yogurt. That’s a weird combo, but it’s true. So mom bladder kicks in and we take off to the family restroom in the back of the store. Well guess what is on the way? The toy department, so what does my son want to do? Look at the toys. I explain that I am going to the bathroom and then we are going to check out and go home. Of course that causes a major break down.

Walking through the store with “that kid” who is crying and causing a scene, he gets so heated that he actually got the “concerned look” from people. Was I embarrassed? I was “that parent,” and I wasn’t embarrassed. Here’s the thing, ADHD comes in many forms, no one case looks the same. He doesn’t work well through his emotions and sometimes trying to talk to him only makes it worse. I chose not to engage, checked out, and walked out of the store. He calmed down once we got home, I am learning to choose my battles and look for the key factor to defuse them.

When my husband got home we had dinner, gave the kids a bath, and sent both kids to bed early. I told my husband, “I would just like one day of complete obedience, of them getting along, and doing what is expected of them.” Then my brain flipped and said, “How do you think God feels?” I get it now! Babies are born selfish. They need their mom for everything. They grow up with “mine” on the brain. We have to teach them not to be selfish. How do I teach my children to not be, when I am the very personification of selfish? “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” Philippians 2:3.

Deuteronomy 5:33 says, “Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.” Deuteronomy 8:6 (NIV) goes on to say, “Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to Him and revering Him.” Walk in obedience. Revere (respect or admire) Him. I need to work on my obedience to God and set an example for my kids! “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.” 1 Peter 1:14. Oh Lord, I don’t want to live in ignorance any longer; I want to be less selfish, and to live in obedience. For my children, I choose to be obedient.

 

Life in the Middle of Hearing Impaired

Posted on March 11, 2017 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I am a mom of children with disabilities and disorders. Now don’t get me wrong. I know moms with children that have a harder time then we do. I’m not discounting their struggles, stresses, or strength. This is what I am experiencing on my journey.

My toddler is deaf (socially correct “hearing impaired”). My 6 year old has been diagnosed with ADHD and has been tested for hearing loss that determined there is a dip in his hearing (not enough that he needs hearing aids). All of which have been inherited. We just recently found out that my husband may be on the hearing impaired spectrum. I sometimes feel as though I am the only one who is truly the impaired person in the family. I feel like the odd man out.

To be honest, I feel frustrated that I am the only non-hearing impaired person in our family. The toddler has limited vocabulary and communication isn’t always easy. We have been working on teaching what little ASL we know, which is not much. Baby sign language helped us with our son who didn’t start fully talking until he was almost 2. Even then he was hard to understand.

I find myself apologizing and explaining that they have these less than normal qualities. This is the way God made them. Why am I apologizing for who they are? These are things I cannot control. Our little girl was born deaf. Hearing loss is more common than a lot of people realize. Some people don’t even report it in fear that it would make them less accepted into their environment, whether it is at work or home.

-About 20 percent of Americans, 48 million, report some degree of hearing loss.

-About 2-3 of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable hearing loss in one or both ears.

-Almost 15% of school-age children (ages 6-19) have some degree of hearing loss.

http://www.hearingloss.org/content/basic-facts-about-hearing-loss

Being “hearing impaired” has not stopped the toddler in anyway. She is the most independent, loving, caring, brave, strong, loud, and stubborn little person I have ever met. We meet once a week with a speech pathologist to work on communication. She is very smart and does real well in therapy. She is almost 2 and has only been walking for a month. She is moving (speaking) at her own speed and that is so frustrating for me. It is frustrating for me to not know what she wants or needs. I have to continue to ask for the reminder that she will get there and how far she has come along. It is like watching a flower bloom. You have the ones that blossom quickly and then there is that one that takes its time opening up and showing its full colors.

I love my children. I love who they are and I thank God every day for the blessing of having them in my life. It isn’t always easy, but life isn’t meant to be easy. How would we grow if life was easy? I’m working on my personal growth, learning how to better communicate with my children, and to not let the things that are out of my control, control me.

 


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