Welcome, Spring.

Hello, Spring? Is that you?

No need to hide, Spring.  No need to be shy.

Mom told me you were in town. I got to wear my new coat, that we bought especially for you, Spring.

I sure have missed you.

I’ve missed your warm breezes in my hair.

Spring, we had forgotten how nice it feels to have your sun on my face.

Spring, you sure do make me smile!

Stay for awhile, won’t you please?


Catch up.

I need to write more, but for the past like…year, everytime I think “oh I should go write something in  my blog” I come to a dead end. Any topic I think I should write about seems flat to me. I lose motivation because I think I have nothing interesting to say. Maybe I don’t anyway. But there used to be a time where I’d blog everyday and never run out of things to write about.

Maybe I should start the annual season depression posts, because I think it’s setting in. The daylight is short, but it’s so cold that I don’t really get to spend time outside. I am a person that thrives on fresh air. Being out in nature is crucial for me-for my emotional and spiritual wellness. That is why the winters are so hard for me. It’s not the snow-I find the snow quite beautiful. It’s Michigan’s cold temperatures and biting wind that make me want to curl up in my bed and hibernate until spring.

I realize I didn’t do a Christmas post! We had a great Christmas. Sophie was spoiled as expected. We hosted our families in our new home and had a wonderful day! I love the look on her face in this one:

She actually got into opening presents this time.  After all the gifts were opened, she signed “more” and said “More. More gifts!” I told her no more gifts until her birthday 🙂

We enjoyed a full week off of work between the holidays. Kev and I put our time to good use by getting many things done around the house. We went to Ikea to get office furniture:

New bookshelves, desk, chair, rug, and table & chairs set for Sophie. Everything looks so much better and the space is so much more enjoyable. I decided to organize my books by color, and I think they look great. I truly, truly thought I had more books than this. Looks kind of empty, doesn’t it? I allotted two squares for Sophie’s things-one for her coloring books and crayons, the other for a small collection of her reading books.

But I think the highlight of Sophie’s holiday season was getting to spend enormous amounts of time with her beloved Mimi! She talks about Mimi everyday. We are so blessed to live so close.

Making cookies on our Baking Day at Kim’s.

On Christmas Day, opening up the new owl pillow that Mimi made.

Sidenote: Sophie has a weird mild-obsession with owls. Those pants she’s wearing in that picture? Owls on them. She asks to wear them just about every day. She calls them either her “ooowlll nants” or her “hoot hoot nants” (nants=pants). Also, I’ve been oogling this PBK owl bedding for her big girl bed.

Can’t think of a good way to end this so….adios. Good-bye.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2010. That’s about 7 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 74 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 359 posts. There were 37 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 98mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was July 7th with 81 views. The most popular post that day was Wistful Wednesday: Lake Michigan.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, jkgienapp.blogspot.com, adorkable-me.blogspot.com, blogger.com, and shamrocktattoo.blogspot.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for jkgienapp.wordpress, prefold diapers, tripod sitting, what happened to michael in sarah’s key, and rainy fall day.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Wistful Wednesday: Lake Michigan July 2010


Why Sophie’s a Fluffy Bum August 2010


Reading in 2010 January 2010


Me. December 2009


tease February 2010

Resolutions, I mean “Goals”.

I’m not one to make and keep resolutions. Some years I make them, but I  never really tell anyone about them because come mid-January I’ve already broken them. I don’t truly believe in them, because let’s face it: If you wanted to make a change in your life you’d do it now rather than waiting until the first of the year to start. That’s why, I’m not making resolutions this year. I’m making goals. Achievable goals. Goals that I’ll have to work for, but are completely do-able. Goals that will stretch me, yet not burn me out by the end of January.

So, here they are, in no particular order of importance:

1. Complete at least one Half.

2. Run or work out at least 5 days per week.

3. Go out to dinner less.

4. Pay off a big chunk of our debt.

5. Love God more.

6. Become more disciplined in my eating habits. Translation: Stop eating so much junk!

Reading in 2010: Stolen Innocence

Snuck in this last one in December! I got it on my Kindle with a gift code-totally worth it in my opinion. I love memoirs, and I’m very interested in the FLDS (for some reason). They’re quite the fascinating cult. This one is about a girl who leaves the community, after enduring years of marriage to her first cousin (at the age of 14). In this book, she tells the story of her childhood, FLDS teachings and culture, and family life. And eventually, her escape from it all.

21 Months.

This is the face of a 21-monther. Cute, eh?

I can’t believe how quickly Sophie is changing. Her hair is getting longer, and so are the sentences that are coming out of her mouth. She adds new words to her vocabulary every day. She knows her colors. She knows some letters too (S, C, O, E, V, B, and sometimes A). She knows all of her body parts-including elbows (bel-bows). She can count to 2 (one, two, one, two). She’s very good at communicating what she wants with words and gestures. She’s becoming so much more like a child and so much less like a baby!


I’ve been thinking a lot about Mary recently. What a brave soul. What a faithful, believing girl. How would I have reacted to the angel’s news that I would be the one to mother God’s Son? Would I have been too afraid to accept it, too afraid of being an outcast in my community? Would I have been overwhelmed with how my family and fiance would react, too terrified to believe that God would protect and sustain me?

Mary is not like me at all. I am not at all like Mary. Where Mary was content, I would have had doubts. Where Mary invited God, I would have said no. I would like to think I would have reacted as Mary did, but I really don’t know what I would have done. Thank God, God knew who he was asking. He asked Mary, and not me.