"Adventures, I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull...But that's not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have just landed in them, usually...I expect they had a lot of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn't. And if they had, we shouldn't know, because they'd have been forgotten."

-Samwise Gamgee, The Lord of the Rings

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


There is so much to be thankful for this year, and every year.

I'm thankful for my wonderful husband, who is my best friend and my love. I'm thankful for my two little boys who bring so much joy and laughter and love to my life. I'm thankful my husband has a great job that affords me the 'luxury' of staying home with our kids. (luxury is in parenthesis because... well if you are a parent you understand!). I'm thankful we have a beautiful home in the country where our children can run and play. I'm thankful for our health, and even thankful for our goofy dog.. who the older she gets, the bigger baby she becomes. :)

I'm thankful here are dishes in the sink and toys on the floor and a garage that needs to be cleaned before Winter. I'm thankful for a full fridge and pantry, for the excitement of the Holidays and seeing that excitement in my children day after day. I am thankful for God, who loves me and blesses me every day.

But most of all, I'm thankful that I can look around at our things and realize just how lucky we are, because there are many that are without. I hope every one of you has a wonderful Thanksgiving, and a thankful holiday season.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Etsy sale!

In the excitement of reaching almost 100 sales on Etsy, I'm having a sale! All hats are $10 or less and free shipping! Have a custom hat in mind? Convo me through Etsy and we can work out the details! Click the Etsy link on my sidebar!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Its just $5!

For $5 you can help give an orphan in Kyrgyzstan Christmas. Think about these children, alone, no family, in an orphanage. Christmas is just another day to them. Last year, however, 'iam1ru' was able to give Christmas to many of the children. It was a day they haven't forgotten, almost a year later.

Its only $5... can you spare $5 so a child across the world can have Christmas? Donating is easy through Paypal. Click the following link for more details and to donate (on the right side bar, put in your donation and then where you can type in a name, type 'Maria Latham' :)) http://www.actofkindness.blogspot.com/

A small amount can make a world of difference for one child. And while you are there, spend some time reading the actofkindness 'iam1ru' blog. John and his family, his work, are truly inspiring.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Thats life

Well, we are still waiting. Trust me at this point if we got 'the call', I think everyone in the tri state area would know. :)

I've been having killer headaches the last month or so. It was bad.... so bad that I went to the doctor. Anyone that knows me knows this is monumental. I go to my yearly appt, that is it. I don't get sick, and if I do its nothing worth going to the doctor for. But these headaches have really been bringing me down, so I made an appointment and within 2wks had numerous appointments that included an MRI courtesy of my ENT. I got the results from that back today, and thankfully, I have a brain! And nothing else that is cause for concern (because again, if you know me, my brain is cause enough... hehe).

I'm so thankful (and have said multiple thanks to the Man up above) for the clear MRI. I am also seeing a chiropractor as recommended by my ENT. I was also informed today that if my tonsils dont clear up with this round of antibiotics, he wants to remove them. I barely take Motrin, so taking another round of antibiotics is a big deal. And surgery? Yikes.

Anyway, I'm just thankful that my head is normal (as it can be) and hoping that continuing the chiropractic care will work it out. It has made a difference. Now if we can just avoid surgery....

I was really hoping we'd have the girl(s) home by Christmas this year.... but now its so close its not looking like that will happen this year either. I've been eyeing up gifts that I would choose for her should she be home for Christmas, or at least in the general area of Christmas. Will I get to buy them? I hope so.

The boys are doing fabulous! Al is enjoying 2nd grade and I really like the setup of his classroom this year. The teacher allows the kids to sit on the big exercise balls instead of chairs. I cannot tell you how big of a difference this makes in his fidgeting. This teacher is a genius! LOL! Also he started back with he gifted ed program last month, and he's very excited about that. He goes for reading and math.

Little A is also in school this year, and is having a blast! We are fortunate enough to have our wonderful neighbor as his preschool teacher. She works at the public school in the early childhood program, which is where his preschool is. Can't beat that... a teacher he knows to ease him into his school. Its so cute to see him with his backpack on walking into school like a big boy.

So thats life. :)