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Last night I went to a group Blessing Way Celebration. It was at a local yoga studio here in town that is in a beautiful house. There ended up being 4 of us pregnant gals plus Sandy, the leader, so it was a nice, intimate group. It really was wonderful. For 2 hours we listened to Sandy read to us beautiful affirmations, meditations, poems, even a song…acknowledging the inner strength in all of us. There were tears shed and stories told, it was simply wonderful.

Today I started collecting things to put on my “birthing alter”. This is something new I am going to do for this pregnancy. It sounds wierd, but it it is really quite simple. I have space set aside on top of the baby’s dresser where I am collecting things that are sacred and meaningful to me during this time. Some items from the Blessing Way last night, his first little cloth diaper he will wear, his first little booties and onsie, words of encouragement written by my sister-in-law, a candle, just to name a few. I am putting together a collage right now of words and photos and other inspiring things that I am going to hang above the space. I even asked Gabe if he will participate and do some artwork on the collage.

I am currently reading the book Birthing In The Spirit, which is proving to be a perfect read for this time of my pregnancy. I really do feel at peace, positive, happy, and very serene right now. I would really like to carry this attitude with me over the next several weeks, and even spill it over onto my friends and family.

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Appliqued Diaper Bag

Appliqued Diaper Bag

Tie Dyed Onsies

Tie Dyed Onsies

Tie Dyed Shirts

Tie Dyed Shirts

Tie Dyed Hoody Towel/Recieving Blanket

Tie Dyed Hoody Towel/Recieving Blanket

So, as you can see, I’ve been having some fun! Last week, I got an invite from a local mom/Tie Dyer, to come over to her house for a “tie dye party”. I had already been gathering up white things with wishes to do this, and her timing couldn’t have been more perfect. She had all the supplies on hand and the expert “how to” knowledge to guide me in the right direction. It was so much fun, thanks Jessica! I can’t wait to see my little guy wearing every single piece that his mommy made just for him! The black messenger diaper bag was something that I recently got at a thrift store for a whopping $3.50, with hopes of jazzing it up. I shopped on Etsy, and found these amazing, fun appliques that were really quite reasonable and as of today, ironed them on to the bag. I think it is quite cute and can’t wait to start using it! Plus, everytime Ethan looks at it, he makes a cute little lion roar, how adorable:)

So, what’s next on my list? I have an old dresser sitting out in the shop, waiting for some repairs and a face lift. I’m sure there are other things, I just can’t think of right now…Gabe thinks I’m crazy, I think it’s fun!

Ok, so maybe paradise is a bit far fetched, but for our little corner of the world on the south side, we like it. We have been doing lots of work over the past few years that we have had our house, and each year it is apparent that it is paying off. We have such a big yard, with lots of possibilities, and I have discovered yardwork is a newfound passion of mine. Finding time for it is another thing. This year some of the new things I did was divide lots of Hostas and move them around the yard to fill in other areas that grass refuses to grow. The Hostas and flowerbed with driftwood border is new. Lots of potted flowers. I had a great find on Craigslist this spring from a family that wanted to get rid of all their Maiden Grasses for free. So I took the truck and made two trips and planted all the grasses along the fence line, hoping to develop a natural “block” to the neighbors yard. I also needed to put something in a flower bed that always gets over run with unattractive weeds, and I wanted to plant something there that would come back every year and look nice too, so I opted for the grass there too. The lady told me that the grass will get about 5 ft tall and looks nice in the fall and winter, and that it is VERY hard to kill. Perfect for me. The stone patio and patio set were put in last year by my lovely hubby, who worked his butt off on that project. Every year I plant a few new perenials and every year I divide more hostas, we’ll see what’s to come. But here are a few pictures of this year’s yard.