It’s like magic

They are magic…

No matter how hard life seems, they can make life seem so perfect at any moment.

They can make me forget for a minute that there are things that need to get done.

That I have work to do.

That I have a house to clean.

That I’m stressed out like crazy trying to just keep up with everything.

It’s like magic

Watching them whisper and giggle together.

Listening to them come up with plots to jump on me and scare me because they want me to take a break.

Watching them play together and develop this sisterly bond between them that I won’t ever be apart of,

but I understand it completely because I have my own sisters,

so I get it.

Every little thing they do is magic

If I just stop…

I get to see it.

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Thank you, my little lady’s for putting a smile on my face every single day.

Something had to give

I’m sorry for the abrupt stop in my photo a day idea, my life kind of went crazy for a while and something had to give.  Unfortunately the only thing that I could let go of was just time in front of the computer.  My daughter Taylor has been not feeling well, it’s nothing life threatening just frustrating for her.  She has been covered in a rash on and off for about 3 years now but the last year has just been incredibly hard for her.

I kept taking her into the doctor showing them the rashes and they would continue to tell me it was eczema and they would send me out the door with steroid creams that didn’t ever work.  I was honestly in the doctors office about every other week trying to find help and relief for her, but they would essentially throw up their hands and tell me (basically) that she was over reacting and that I should probably get a psych evaluation on her.  Even with rashes that looked like this ALL OVER her and these pictures don’t even do them justice:

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I started to believe them and I was getting so frustrated.  She would punch me in the face and give me black eyes.  Or kick me and give me a fat lip.  I would be driving down the road and she would unbuckle her seat belt and run down the isle of my van and punch me in the head.  She was honestly OUT OF CONTROL!!   I couldn’t get a grip on her, I felt like we were both going crazy.  I hate to admit it but I was so angry with her.  I was doing EVERYTHING the doctors told me to do, and I was trying so hard to help her, but she was still not responding to me or any treatment at all.  This is how it was all day and night for us.

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This video is hard for me to watch because it was almost my breaking point with her.  I kept praying asking for help with her.  Praying that she would get better.

One night I prayed and finally just asked Him, “Please help me to be a better Mom and to just love her even when it’s too hard to.”  It was late and my husband was out of town.  I had a feeling to go upstairs and to check on her right after that.  When I got to her room she was quietly awake itching and crying.  I picked her up and held her in my arms and she said to me, “Momma, will you please make my itches go away?”  and then she curled up in a ball on my lap and sobbed on me.  It was at that moment that I knew it was going to be up to me to fix her and to find out what was going on.  I stayed up for 2 nights in a row until 3:30 am looking on the internet just trying to find some direction.  The 3rd night around 11:00 p.m. I found a rash that looked similar to Tay’s, it was a celiac rash.  I posted on Facebook and asked my friends about if they knew anything about gluten rashes and I had a lot of friends that had some answers for me.  (THANK YOU)

For the next few weeks I put her on a gluten free diet and the rashes started to clear up.  She started turning into my sweet Tay Bugs again.  She was smiling and hugging me.  Her “I hate you’s” were replaced with “you are the bestest mom in the whole world.”  She would go hours without itching and she was sleeping again.

I feel bad that I made so many mistakes with her during all of this, but I am so grateful that we are getting it under control.  She is starting to do well in school again and she is turning back into just a normal kid.  I got her tested for celiac this last friday and the test came back negative, but the doctor still told me to keep her very far away from gluten, even beauty products, hair care products, and obviously all food.

I’m so glad I have my Happy little girl back!!

PS.  Along with the long break I took a little time to switch my blog over so all of my blogs were together.  It was too time consuming trying to keep it all straight and through all of this I have learned that time is valuable.

Les

It takes the village

 

 

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This is my village

(minus a few, due to a lack of organization skills of my computer files)

When I was 15 I became an Aunt for the first time.  I was so excited because I was the youngest one in my family and I couldn’t wait to be around a baby.  I remember hearing my Mom say all the time “It takes a village to raise a family.”  and It used to drive me crazy.  I honestly thought that was the dumbest thing I had ever heard until I had a family of my own.  When I had my little girls I thought it was so easy at first they were so simple.  However, when I started to see that they were developing their own personalities and I was seeing a small glimpse of who they were it terrified me.   Not because I wasn’t happy with how they were turning out but because they were different than me.  I thought to myself, “What am I going to do when they need me and I don’t understand them?”  This is when the true meaning of “It takes a village to raise a family”  jumped into my head.  I found so much relief when I needed someone to help me with little things and big things.  It’s that village that helps keep me moving and trying my hardest to do my best, and when I’m incapable of  something there is ALWAYS someone there to fill in the gaps for me.

So with that said, I hope this blog can be a small help to you and your family, to help you fill in the gaps.  As a mother and or wife we are expected to be everything to these people.  We are somehow supposed to know how to do everything right, even with little to no training on the matter.  And when we fail, we see that disappointment in their faces and it feels impossible to be what they need us to be.  I want this blog to be about helping and lifting each other up.  I want it to be an extension to your own village no matter how small or big it may be.  Thank you for stopping by.

Take care,

Les

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New Site for Print and Canvas sales!

So I have received a lot of questions about how to create a canvas wall similar to this.  I have created a new site called www.cheapprintstocanvas.com where we are selling canvas wall designs.  We will be adding an upload feature in addition to a section where you can buy and print custom sized vintage prints.  I have ran the pricing through all the major online canvas vendors and our compelte canvas walls are $200 to $300 less than all of them even Costco cannot compete with the custom size pricing we offer.  Thanks for stopping by and feel free to email me at filterprinting@gmail.com with any questions.

You can create and purchase this canvas wall and other by going to www.cheapprintstocanvas.com and checking out the Shop page.  We also are offering other canvas wall prints as well as a new Instagram WALL with 5×7 or 10×10 tile options.  Check it out!  www.cheapprintstocanvas.com

This has been my project this week.  I love my new canvas wall!!!!

I have been getting a lot of emails from people on pinterest about the sizes of these canvases so I thought I would post this for all of you.

Photo a Day : Day 194

I have to be honest, this Fall season honestly kicked my butt.  I have been going through my list of things that must give and honestly this was one of them.  I still have a lot of pictures to catch up on, I only made it to October.  So when I start posting Halloween pictures please understand.

This is a typical night in my house.  The girls are so patient with Lauren while they do their homework.

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Photo a Day : Day 192

I was trying to figure out a time to get Laurens 3 year old pictures taken and I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do.  I finally decided that I was going to follow her around for 5 minutes each day for a week and get a week of her in her 2’s.  I didn’t want portrait shots of her, I wanted to remember who she was a 2 before she turned 3.  So please put up with me for a week while I upload lots of pictures of my little 2 year old just being herself. web2521w520w517w514w515wweb1