Retired.

This blog of mine has retired. I will not be getting rid of it as I don’t want to get rid of all my old posts, comments, etc. I am getting a blog makeover and moving to blogger. Check out my super cute new blog: www.carissagraham.com

-cg

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I want a cute blog!!!

No, I am not begging for compliments or reassurance. My blog is not the cute that I want it to be. Lately, I have been checking out all these adorable “blogher” blogs and I want one! But, with wordpress you are so limited in what you can do with your design. I began to design my own blog but can’t figure out how to get it to work with wordpress. It seems like I would have way more possibilities with blogspot but then I would lose all my previous blogs. Anyways…I am debating what to do. I have found a few cute designs for wordpress and I am probably going to go with one of those. I will also be changing my whole blog up a bit. I guess it may become like a hobby or something. I need a hobby. It seems like the blogging world is dominated by a lot of stay-at home moms. It is like a little connection to some socialization. So, needless to say, after some rambling, my blog will be getting much cuter soon.

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If only…

…I knew how to be content. Maybe its just me (please tell me its not :)), or maybe its because I’m human, but it seems that I always find myself saying “if only.” You know, the “grass is greener” mentality. My “if only’s” right now (they are very small things, indeed!):

-If only I had a car, then I wouldn’t be stuck at home…my life would be easier and more enjoyable.

-If only we had more money, then I wouldn’t get so stressed going grocery shopping or paying our bills…my life would be easier and more enjoyable.

There have been many different “if only’s” throughout my life. -Some big, some small. With each one, I always learn a lesson about contentment. If only I could really get that lesson of contentment nailed down…my life would be easier and more enjoyable :).

Most of all, I am always reminded that true contentment is found ONLY in Christ and His provision of grace. If I am really going to enjoy life, then my hope should rest not in this life but in the life to come. And obviously, for as long as we walk on this earth, things aren’t going to be easy. After all, God, in His divine providence gives us hardships – some small and some big and often both, at different points in life – to make us desire our home in Heaven all the more.

2 Corinthians 9:8, ESV
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency[1] in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
[1]Or all contentment

2 Corinthians 12:10, ESV
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Philippians 4:11, ESV
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

1 Timothy 6:6, ESV
Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment…

1 Timothy 6:8, ESV
But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.

Hebrews 13:5, ESV
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

-cg

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Proverbs 31:10

“An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.”
-Proverbs 31:10, ESV

I thought of this verse after I read a statement from Governor Mark Sanford’s wife, Jenny. She issued this statement in regards to her husband’s affair that he addressed today. Read it here.

Her desire to stay committed and be gracious to her husband in the midst of this sheer hardship is admirable and a testament to the Grace of God working in and through her. I am so impressed. She truly is an excellent wife and mother.

-CG

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Odds and Ends

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This is my coupon victory for the day! (Thanks to Beth S. for inspiring me to get into this coupon thing and for all her awesome coupon tips!!! Check out her blog on my blogroll.) Really, this is the first time I have a done a decent job couponing. I got all of the above items (in both pictures) for $25!!! That’s right, $25! The original price would have been $62. But, I had an offer from Publix for a free $25 gift card if I transferred a prescription. Then, I had a $5 off coupon for Huggies Diapers (it was from the Publix Baby Club – if you are a mom you must sign up for this! You can fill out some info at Publix and they will send you TONS of great coupons very often – all for FREE!), plus an additional $2 off coupon that was in the weekly Publix ad – that means I got all of the diapers for $12. Everything else was either a Buy 1 Get 1 Free item (I only buy 1 to cut the price in half), on sale, or just really cheap. I am still so new at this and I am not all that good at it. If anyone has tips, please pass them along!

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Today I finally figured out a way to use my HotSling. I tried using it when Hunter was first born but he hated it and it really didn’t work well at all. I got really excited today when I figured out how to use it via the hip carrying position. It was great until I walked around Target for 45 minutes. Afterwards, my shoulder and side hurt really bad. I know there are so many wraps and slings out there because babywearing is a very hip (no pun intended :) ) thing right now. Everyone has different likes and dislikes and it seems that everyone I talk to likes different ones. I am afraid to buy online unless I can return it in case it isn’t comfortable. Or, I might just save my money and forego babywearing altogether. After all, I have 2 arms for a reason. If anyone has any sling/wrap preferences, I’d love to hear about them.

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I took this pic today. I love it. Kelly and Hunter have the same expression. So adorably cute!!! I am crazy for my blue eyed boys!

-CG

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Momtalk

Couponing, pumping, scheduling, and blow-outs, are just a few words from my newly developing mom vocabulary, or as I have lovingly dubbed it, “momtalk.” There are so many things about being a mom that just make me laugh (well, I think I laugh because it helps me deal with the mundane) and more and more I have a new appreciation for my mom (She was 23 when she had me and 39 when she had her youngest which means she will have had kids in the house for 34 years! Wow, she should get an award for that.) because I never realized how much work it was!

I also have a new talent: multi-multi-tasking. Prior to motherhood, I thought I had mastered the art of multi-tasking, however, I have learned that there is something even better. Hello multi-multi-tasking! I discovered this as I sat on the couch one night, feeding Hunter with one arm, pumping with the other, reading something on the computer, and petting the dog with my foot. I just laughed and felt like I conquered the world.

Okay, so I am learning the art of couponing. I never knew there were blogs on just couponing (not to mention an entire lingo that you have to learn). -Southern Savers Blog happens to be my favorite (if you live in the South you have to check it out, it is a lifesaver when it comes to saving money!). If you are reading this and have any good tips for me, please pass them along! I need all the help I can get because I am not all that good at it yet! I just know we need to save money because taking an entire pay cut of my salary is tough!!! Yes, it is a sacrifice to live off of one income, but it is totally worth it. And, I feel like all my life I have been too materialistic so I am finally being freed of that and God is truly teaching me how to be a good steward of money. Speaking of, I think we will be selling our car tomorrow morning which is a HUGE answer to prayer!!! It will be hard having only one vehicle but it is so worth it to be able to pay off our medical bills. Having debt is a huge burden and we are so ready for that burden to be lifted. Thank you Lord for your provision!

I have some happy news to report…drumroll please…I finally got a double pump!!! These things are so expensive (in the range of $300) but, a sweet lady (thank you LeAnn!!!) that I used to work with sold me hers for $50. What a blessing this has been to me!!! Instead of spending 4-5 hours/day pumping I only spend about 2 hours now. This has really been so encouraging for me. Every day was so difficult, spending so much time pumping and it was extremely depressing. I felt like I couldn’t go anywhere (I guess that isn’t going to change since I won’t have a car =( oh well!!!) I thought I would be conquering the world if I could pump for 6 months…now I want to try to pump at least until the end of this year, which would be 10 months. It just saves so much money…and it burns lots of calories too =)!!!

I just have a tidbit (or maybe an essay) to say about breastfeeding and I hope it doesn’t sound like I am complaining. I never knew it would be such an emotional thing for me. I hope that someone reading this may be encouraged if they are struggling with the same things I did…

Since Hunter lost so much weight during his 1st week and his jaundice got so terrible we had to supplement with a bottle (it was still breastmilk; my pumping journey began when he was 1 week old!). Giving a bottle to a 1 week old baby, 8 times/day (even though each time I would still nurse prior to the bottle) ruins them for any attempts at successful nursing! Thus, the reason for my pumping journey. I have been so sad that nursing didn’t work. After meeting with lactation consults and them assuring me that I was doing everything correctly, Hunter wouldn’t nurse for more than 5 minutes without screaming (He is a smart little guy – why would he struggle to get milk from me, when he knew if he didn’t nurse he would get a bottle where milk flowed really easily?!!! Smarty pants!). So, I am sad that we didn’t have that bonding experience and also sad that I have to deal with the hassle of pumping. But, I keep telling myself it is only for a season and that this too shall pass!

In the midst of sometimes feeling overwhelmed with pumping, I am so thankful that we have a healthy baby boy who is growing and developing well! He is in the 75th percentile for his height, weight and head circumference. At 4 months and 1 week, he weighed 16 lbs, 12 ozs. He is my little chunk!!! He is on a great schedule now (which has also made it easier for pumping!) – he eats at 8am, 12pm, 4pm, and 8pm. Sleeps from 8pm-ish until 8am-ish and takes naps at 10am and 2pm. I love this schedule! It doesn’t always work out everyday but I love it when it does!

I am reading a book called “Feminine Appeal” by Carolyn Mahaney. It is all about Biblical womanhood and I am learning so much! I am going to write a blog about soon!!!

Oh, I have exciting news…we had enough skymiles to get FREE flights to California this summer! I am so thrilled. Not only is it a vacation, but it is FREE. We will stay with my family and eat their yummy meals. I can’t wait for all of them to meet our little boy!

I promise to blog more often!

-CG

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No more lower case letters…

Well, for the longest time I thought writing in all lower case letters was the cutest thing. I was even going to call my blog “lower case letters.” But, I have decided that it is way easier reading things with capitals and have determined to ditch the all lower case. I know that this is random but just thought I’d share. Now on to some more interesting things (well, maybe)…

Some highlights from this past month:

~Hunter is 3 months old! He is such a joy to be a mommy to and I fall more in love with him every day! He is also becoming a little chunk. He is around 14 lbs which is still in the 50th percentile. He is wearing 3-6mos. and 6mos. clothes. So, he is average and very healthy. We are thankful! He is smiling and talking all the time. He says “oooohhhh” and makes other noises that sound a bit whiny but are oh so cute!

~My grandparents and aunt from California visited us and met our little Hunter. They fell in love with him and didn’t want to go back home. Hunter was definitely spoiled while they were here – they kept finding stuff to buy him. (I have some pictures from their visit but they are on our old computer and won’t load…so, I need to move them to our other computer so I can upload them. So, to my family: I will post pictures of their visit SOON!) We are hoping to visit California sometime this summer (it depends on if we have enough skymiles) so the rest of my family can meet our little guy.

~Kelly’s sister, Cindy and her husband Billy are adopting from Ethiopia. They just received their referral for a daughter and will be traveling soon to pick up little Aria-Lu! We are praying for all things to go smoothly so they can bring their little girl home asap. Aria-Lu was very small (about 3 mos. and only 6 lbs) but now that they have found a good formula for her she is gaining weight. Praise the Lord! We can’t wait to meet her!!!

~This Saturday my mom is going to watch Hunter while Kelly and I go fishing. It will be our first time away from our little boy, but it will be good alone time for us. I know I am going to miss Hunter like crazy!!! I am going to take my pump and be a pumping/tanning goddess for the day! Ha!!!

~I finally feel like we are getting into a good solid daily routine. Hunter is on a good napping schedule and it is great having him wake up every day between 6 and 7am. One day this week he slept until 7:15-that was a record! Woo-hoo! Every once in a while he will have a rough night and wake up, but overall he has done so well with sleeping through the night since he was 8 weeks. I am very grateful. The best part is, that after I feed him when he first wakes up he will sleep for another 2-3 hours. So, during this time I have a chance to work out, run, and get ready for the day. It feels so much better being able to get ready for the day way before noon!

~Kelly and I are loving being parents. We are sooooo in LOVE with our sweet little boy!!!! We think about all the milestones that are ahead of us and get so excited about raising our son.

Here are some recent pictures:

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I love this little monkey sleeper!!!

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In this one, he looks a lot like I did when I was a baby.

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I love those rolls!

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My niece, Camryn saying “cheeeeeese.” I just love this picture. They came over to visit their cousin!

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Another sweet niece, Taylor! She and I are buddies!!!

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Me and my little guy!

Hopefully I will update my blog sooner and more often!!! We will see! I have different priorities now that I am a mom!

-CG

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