1.16.2013

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Snuggled down into the couch, over a cup of coffee...I'd tell you...

I turned 33 on Monday.  I thought my parents were so old when they were in their thirties, ha!!  I've since changed my opinion completely;).  33 is young, dude. 

I have wrinkles, despite being so incredibly young:).  

That we got another puppy this week.  And the kids were with me at her first vet appointment.  The vet thinks she has something wrong with her heart...so that was a ride home full of tears.  We find out tomorrow for sure, but it was a good opportunity to talk about sad things and realize that life is not always peachy.  ~But God is still good and gives us so much to be thankful for~ 

That our other dog, Lilo, was sprayed in the face by a skunk this week.  AWESOME night that was.  I have spent the last three days bathing dogs.  And re-bathing.  And bathing again.  Dogs smell good, for the most part (Lilo is kinda an iffy situation right now).

I, on the other hand, have a nice tinge of wet dog clinging to me:).  

That I moved my whole work area to another part of the living room.  I can't see the TV from my desk anymore, but I like the whole crafty set up much better anyways.  

We collected all the Christmas directions and put them away.  Except the tree.  It just keeps the living room so cozy... we took the ornaments off and put paper hearts on the branches.  Keeping that sucker up till at least Valentine's day!

That after re-decorating my work area, I realized I have almost 20 Smash books. I need some serious help.  

We are going to the beach house in March...and are pretty excited already:).

That I stuck a key chain with a cartoon poop and cartoon toilet paper in Niamh's lunchbox on Friday (it said 'best friends').  She told me she could't put it on her bookbag because it was "inappropriate."  Also, I was the funniest mom ever;).

That Philly pokes his head out of his classroom at least once (usually three or four times) as I leave him in the mornings to call down the hallway, "love you, mom."  I love that kid.  

That I have three different cheetah prints in my living room.  Is that okay?  I feel like it is not, but I love animal print in decorating.  LOVE it.  

I gave up red meat about a month ago.  Cold turkey.  And I haven't missed eating it at all even thought it was my favorite.  Chicken got top spot by default.  

That we are looking for a new church.  I think we found one we really, really like.  We've kinda been on a roller coaster of feeling sad, disappointed, encouraged and a little bit of "out of our comfort zone".  But more than ever in my life, I know ~know~ Jesus is beside me.  I am thankful for the opportunity to dig deeper into a relationship with Him, seeking God's plan for our family.  

That the house is so quiet right now.  We have Casting Crowns playing softly because the kids like to fall asleep to music.  And beside the quiet songs, all I hear is Lilo snoring (and maybe Phil, too...but don't tell him I ratted him out:) .  It is late at night, when everyone is cozy and sleeping, that I often wonder why God chose to bless me with so much love.  A life truly full of family.  You know, those nights you just stare at your babies sleeping and can't find your own breath?  I am so undeserving of it all...and so, so thankful for every single moment.

Now...tell me how you are doing:). 
These are my favorite posts, so feel free to share.  I am not always able to leave responses to every comment or question on my blog posts, but I always do on my coffee posts.  I am eager to hear how your 2013 is going so far:)...


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  1. That was such a nice blog to read Krista. You do deserve all the love and happiness you are feeling and getting. Embrace it. I on the other hand have been sick since Dec. 21st. The flu, the awful bug. Its my first good day today. TG. And, am very excited to launch my new blog and endeavour soon soon, wish me luck. Will share will soon.xoxox

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    1. Wishing you heaps of success!!
      Hoping you are back to feeling like yourself again, too!!

      Have a super week, Pamela!
      Big hugs,
      Krista

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  2. I'd share that I'm happy that my husband is home today; some of those weeks he is home just go way too fast! I can't believe that my oldest son turned 3 on Tuesday, now that time has just flown! I would wish you a very happy (belated) birthday for Monday and would ask you to let me know how 33 is, I will be 33 in July :) I would also share that I am a bit intimidated but looking forward to making a dinosaur cake for my son's party on Sunday. I would also share that my baby boy started solids nearly 2 weeks ago and that he LOVES his food!! Thank you for sharing these posts, I love them! I love your blog and your art! Have a great night and enjoy your coffee x

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    1. Hope your dino cake turned out great Melinda!! Wishing your son a happy birthday<3!!
      and 33 is great so far!:)...
      Thanks for the sweet words and hope you have a really great week!!

      x
      Krista

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  3. well it said 'coffee' so of course it caught my eye! I have a big lovely Starbucks sign hanging in my craft room right now even..... gosh, even hubby stops by to admire it. the guys found it over break while out doing the garage sale/pawn shop/rummage sale thing they love to do. so yeah, coffee is something I can relate to! ;)

    we all go through seasons in our life, even with where we go to churches. I tell people that all the time. if you are looking for a new place to worship and serve Him, then He will guide you. it's a matter of seasons. all is cool!

    gosh, our pets are just so crucial to our families aren't they? they are extensions of us and our hearts in furry bodies..... I'll pray that things work out with your pup. glad to hear there is a new one in the house, too! we have 2 labbers and love them to bits. they are 12 now, but sleep with Dave & I every night. their names are Mocha and Latte, of course, and they were so sad to see their boys head back to school this past weekend.

    20 Smash books is just the right amount for you. :) it's all good. don't apologize for your creativity. it's a part of who you are.

    well, it's bedtime here, as my hubby and dog 1 are snoring away, too, on the couch. hugs to you! :)

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    1. i want a sign like that!!! sounds awesome!

      thanks for the encouraging words and for making me smile as always. you are just cool like that! always have something to say that brightens my day<3.

      Big hugs!
      xx

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  4. What a wonderful post Krista :-) I too have been reflecting a lot lately on my life and whether or not I'm deserving of it. I try my best, but I am not always patient. I look at my son and he seems to have grown way too fast. He's so smart that I sometimes have to remind myself that he's only 9. Especially when he's not listening and driving me a bit bonkers. He has my heart no matter what. He is sad tonight because he misses a new friend that he made the other day while we were out of town. Am I wrong to love it when he needs me? Even when it's because he's sad and crying? I don't love the sadness, but I love that I am the one he turns to in those moments for comfort. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful, giving and supportive husband who has decided to follow me wherever life take me...even across the country where he is willing to work himself to death setting up the perfect place for me to shine. He just stands by the sidelines and allows me the room to grow.

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    1. i am sure that your hubs worked his butt of this month!:) the booth looked amazing and seemed to be liked by everyone!! sounds like you have a winner;)! and i think it feels so good when you know the kids need you as a mom:). no feeling bad about that, even if there are tears involved. i bet the both of you have a special bond that will last forever.

      would love to meet your family someday...they sound amazing:).
      big hugs, Angie.
      xx

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  5. Loved that post Krista - I am a fairly new follower and I can tell you that almost double 33 is ok, and 33 was wonderful!!

    We are in mid-summer here so my (pussy) fur-baby does not sleep with us at the moment - which gives me more room in our bed. :-). He is the new teenager in our house,(being 13) and thinks he is the boss - not!

    I am a grandma, and am so blessed to be at this stage and loving the little people in my life.

    God is so good!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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    1. well hello new follower Maxine:). your comment made me smile-- so sweet!
      my mom is enjoying the grandam stage as well...loves loves loves her kiddos and hearing about all the funny things they do and say!

      enjoy your week and thanks for stopping by, friend!
      xx
      Krista

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  6. Happy B-day you little squirt! You look awesome for 33! My son is a year younger than you, minus a couple of days. I am so proud of him--he has gone healthy on me--can't believe it! I have before/after pics. One, he's in his boat, drinking KFC gravy--YUK! Belly's hanging out... Fast forward to current, about 6 mouths or less, he's down about 60-70 pounds, got 6-pack abs, and biceps to brag about. Unbelievable turnaround--I'm such a proud mama. My daughter turns 30 in May--2 earth signs I've got for babies. I am so proud of her, too. Married, gave me 2 grandsons--so far, wants to have 3 more babes (for me I hope!). Working full time, going to school half time, crazy busy with the boys, one still in diapers, one 10 years old. So many parents are not happy about how their kids turn out--I am so very proud. And sad, too. I am in FL, they are in MN...a long walk. When I read your blog, I smile. I remember those same days you talk about. Savor them; they fly by before you know it and then they are grown. And then you get thrown into menopause--it really isn't fair. So now I snuggle with my puggles, and my 2 kats when they let me--the fat kat has to sit on my lap in the middle of the night when I am in the bathroom, and have a head and ear scratch. The other sleeps on the nightstand next to me. I love my fur babies--they are my substitute for my own kids for now. 'Hope your new puppy is ok--keep us posted. I showed that cute monkey baby pic to hubby and he said it must take after your hubby cuz it doesn't look like you one bit...hehe why aren't you at CHA???

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    1. hehehe!! that is funny about the monkey:):)...will have to tell phil it took after him:).

      i love to read about your family...love to see others so in love with the blessings God has given them!
      your kids sound like really amazing people. i hope your daughter gets her big family:)...not enough big families these days!! i always wanted 6 kids, but after a bad labor with Philly, we decided to stop after him. it was too scary for us to try again...so now we just keep getting puppies, lol. anyway, the pup has been given a clean bill of health! yay!

      thanks for always making me smile. you are an amazing lady with an amazing family:).
      xx

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  7. Happy Birthday! Mine was Tuesday :) We had our dog sprayed years ago and I can still remember the giggles trying to get that awful smell off him!
    Lastly, I totally agree with Jennifer, He will guide you in the right direction. We moved churches about 2 years ago, and although we miss the people, we've met new wonderful people to worship with. You'll find your fit :)
    Off to bed. (Funny enough my hubbie and dog are sleeping/snoring too.)

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    1. oh! Happy Birthday LAura!!!

      Well, we are still smelling that funky skunk smell every so often on her. Not much else to do, except keep washing her face and chest with Skunk Off:). She is the cleanest she has ever been...but still smells the worst, lol.

      thanks for the encouraging words about church. it really is encouraging and helpful to read about other people's journey down that road as well!

      Big hugs,
      Krista

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  8. so I was just sitting here drinking my arvo coffee.... Long black and trawling the facebook feed... I see Networked Blogs - Saturated Canary pop up with the title "Coffee..." and so of course I had to come on over! tee hee!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! 33 is a good age!! I am also 33 lol I hated turning 30 but quite liked the no.33 :)
    Great post by the way.. I do love your blog and the way you do it all :) I pray that 2013 will keep on getting better for you and especially that you guys will LOVE your new church and be a great encouragement to the peeps there.. as well as grow more yourselves and praying God uses you to do big things (I see he already is too through your witness on this blog :)
    Anyway blah blah I'm waffling on aren't I! My coffee's finished now so I'll sign off! 2013 has been a tough start for me... looking forward to DH and I getting a break away sometime soon! HOPEFULLY!!
    xxx

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  9. hi Krista!
    well its 46 degrees Celsius today, ok if your someone who likes the heat... i am not one of those people! lol
    your craft corner is looking snazzy and tidy atm! lol not that it will last for long, organised chaos is the best!
    sad to hear about your baby girls vet visit :( hope everything goes well xo
    he he that key ring you put in Niamh's lunchbox, i can imagine me doing the same thing and my daughter responding the same! shes almost 4 and laughs at/with me all the time. im sure 'your so silly mum' is her favourite saying, along with 'why?'.... which is driving me nuts! lol
    I've been accepted into Tafe to do a cert III in childrens services (to work in a daycare) so that starts in March, im excited!
    my daughter starts kindy this year (think you guys call it preschool?) so feeling a bit hesitant, im losing my lil girl! but i know shes going to have a great time and the lil social butterfly will be making SO many friends! so that makes me excited for her.
    were heading off in a couple of days to go on a roadtrip to see one of my best friends, 4 hour drive so im trying to think of fun things besides the portable dvd player and Ipad to keep my girl occupied, if anyone has any ideas, id love to hear them!
    so far 2013 has been great and I can see big changes for me this year, not necessarily for the better or the worse, but just different. and as they say, a change is as good as a holiday!

    thanks for sharing your stories and family with us again!
    lots of hugs
    xox

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  10. I love your stamps.. but then I realized you're a wonderfulr girl, christian, mom, smasher... Life is good to me now, I feel full of good intentions.
    Thanks for sharing yours!!

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  11. Happy Birthday girlfriend. I am also a January baby, on the 26th I will be 51. So yes 33 is still young. I tried to leave a comment about an hour ago but my tablet hickupped. My hubby and I weren't blessed with children of our own but we have two fur babies. Siamese cats, love love love my kids. We live next door to my 82 year old parents. Love spending this time in their lives with them. Scarey too though because they both have heart failure and after spending the whole week before Christmas in the hospital, my dad is now hooked up to an oxygen tank 24/7. At least he's home and doing o.k., thank God for that. Been neglecting my crafts and blog to spend more time with them. Hopefully my 19 followers will be patient because my parents come first, of course. They've been the best parents anyone could ask for. My last post was a picture of them on Christmas 1948 when they weren't even parents yet. They were only 18 years old and look like children. We've lived next door for 10 years now and wouldn't trade it for anything. I enjoy your blog so much and truly appreciate you sharing your beautiful family with us. God bless and 2013 hugs to you and yours.

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  12. Happy birthday Krista, you are so right when you say about the age thing! I remember thinking at 30 that I still felt like I was 19, now at 54 my mind still fells 30 but my body knows its not lol! I'm just about to get out of my nice warm bed and go to work as you and yours are snuggling down for the night! Sweet dreams! Xxx

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  13. Hi keista lovely, yet another lovely read from a wonderful friend, you have a way with words, and how to explain everything, and admittedly it brings a tear to my eye, thanks for that, We have another doggie too, rescued her from the vets when her owner had, had her overnight with a terrible leg and decided she had no money just to put her down, so here we are with another dog, a staffie, in purple plaster at a very high price!!!!!!!!!!!! shes worth it, wont go into all the detail as unfortunarly it would bore you, but we believed she deserved a chance as you see so many of this type of dog in the shelters, no one wants them. So I now have 3 doggie fur babies and two catty ones too lol. You inspire me and you make my heart sing, I think you are a wonderful person, I only wish there were more like you. Love you lots xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  14. My 2013 has been extremely full of blessings. Instead of walking several miles to get errands done and to make sure there is food on the table for my family (and three year old), we finally have a car that will keep us out of the freezing cold. And that is just the beginning! :]

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  15. hiyah hunny.
    This is a gorgeous post. I am so sorry to read the new puppy is sick :( hopefully it will be something they can sort with some meds, I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. When I go to church I go to the new life church which is awesome, mo loves it too because there is lots of singing, he always sayd god hears you better when you sing because you are celebrating him, I love that little guy so much. I am experiencing bad mummy going to work feelings at the minute. I only do 2 days and he is at school but I do so love the whole mamma picking him up at the end of the day thing!!
    huge hugs hunny and send some to philly and niamh from mo too please!!
    Lou xxx

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  16. Belated birthday wishes, Krista. I remember 33..I will be 45 this year! How did THAT happen?!! Your post made me think about how lucky I am too. I have a fabulous husband who works hard and two beautiful daughters. We didn't meet until I was 30 so I am a kind of 'older mum' (I was unfortunate enough to lose three babies along the way before hitting the jackpot!) My first girl, Faye, arrived when I was 35 and then we were blessed with Evie when I had just turned 40. Sadly she was diagnosed with a rare liver disorder very early in her life and spent a lot of time in hospital for livesaving surgery. She is doing really well and is the funniest person in the world. Such a character! I feel so so lucky to have her. I am feeling sad and panicky that she will start 'big school' in September and won't be around all day to keep me company. But then I remind myself that it is a blessing she is still with us at all and I must be thankful. She has a wonderful big sister to watch over her although somehow I have the feeling that nobody will mess with Evie..... Apologies for my rambling, but reading your post made me put into words for the first time how I feel....thank you! xx

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  17. Happy birthday!! And no 33 is still young :P (i will become 30 this year, boy i always tought that was 'old')

    2013 so far? Well in 1 word: Busy. But exiting busy...our wedding will be there in 2 months and a couple of days... brrrr i've got jitters in my tummy and i'm counting down the days

    Hope everthing will become alright with your dog.

    Hugs karin xx

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  18. Yeah was going to bring up that smash book thingy.. where do you store the ones you are done with?? Having so many albums and smash books also beginning to pile up.. So I'm in need of a good solution..

    These days I'm exercising.. Feel bad that I have less time to getting crafty but happy that I have really gotten the hang of exercising.. ♥♥
    So eventually I will find more time to get crafty too :)

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  19. Love to hear about you and the kiddos. I am a grammy to two grandsons and they are the light of my life. God has blessed me so richly. Every age in life is special if you want to make it so. As for stinky dogs,,,been there done that....ugh....hang in there! I have been practicing my coloring on your lovely images....maybe someday I will reach the level I want to be at! LOL...at 61 Y.O.A. I had best hurry it up. Keep trying for that church family it is worth the struggle when you find it!

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  20. Aww, i hope your new puppy is ok. She looks realy cute.

    Natalie

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  21. I always love to read your blogs. Makes me think about my life. I'm a happy camper usually. But this year we're going through a rough spot. My husband is losing his job and it's not easy to find a new one. His old job the people he works with are so unkind to each other, the place is closing down and still bickering at each other.. So it's not always a nice happy home around here.
    We lost a loved cat at the end of last year, very unexpected and very fast. Still miss the little guy. I do hope your puppy will be fine.
    But still looking forward to I hope our first vacation in years.. we're going to visit Exmoor in England a long time dream.

    love and light
    Rovianne

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  22. Fab post lovely. Well I'm happy to share, my house is quiet apart from the sounds of the heating keeping the house warm. It's just started to snow I can see the soft little flakes falling out of my craft room window. Hoping it doesn't get too much so I can attend Keagan's parents evening later. Don't fancy Keagan pushing my wheelchair in the snow! I'm struggling physically and back to weekly hospital appointments but it's good. I come out knowing it's all ok and I'm doing well. There's a lot of positive stuff going on with my football team and I'm loving the passion and emotions it's bringing. I'm trying to craft with new nails! I had beautiful fancy edge nails (pics on my blog) done by my neighbour who is a beautician. She wanted a model and I volunteered, freebie nails for me! I love how they make me feel all lady-like! I'm going to colour and colour some more, been trying new things and techniques so love playing. You are so not old, 33, Happy Birthday. Hope you had a special day. I will be 38 this year! Love to you all, take care Zo xx

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  23. Thaks Krista - this has made me smile and feel better, remembering what is good. I woke up this morning and felt really fed up that the damp in my bedroom is getting worse, and we probably can't afford to get it sorted at the moment. But there is still an awful lot to be thankful for - my son, my family, my friends, the garden, where we live .....
    Thanks x

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  24. Ahhhhhhhh- happy birthday beautiful!! Yes, 33 baby.. like a fine wine, just getting better with age. I'll be hitting that number this May too.. eep! ;o)
    Sounds like a lot going on there - and I'm encouraged you sense His presence so close despite any road bumps along the way. You guys are all so sweet... love Philly calling out "love you" - what a peach!
    We're still trying to crawl out of the 'sick camp' around these parts.. lil' Hud got it the worst lately. Otherwise we're just enjoying these days to snuggle in and paint, dance, act, play, lounge as a family here.

    Um, Beach house? You mean you OWN it? Totally moving in, look out! lol
    xoxoxo
    mel
    needle and nest

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  25. 33 is only young. I had my youngest daughter when I was 33. She is now 34. I have 2 daughters and 4 grand daughters. My eldest granddaughter 18 lives with me. She came to Sydney to do her last 2 years at high school and is going to a Christian college this year to do 3 years Bachelor of Music.
    I still work part time.
    We have changed churches a few times under God's leading.
    The last change was when my grand daughter came to live with us 2 years ago. There was no one her age at the church we were attending so we changed to one with a good youth group.
    I love the Saturated Canary stamps.

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  26. Great post Krista! It's always lovely to look into your world for a moment - you truly have a wonderful family and your posts always make me smile and think of my own, and well up with tears too, sometimes! It is a marvellous thing to be proud of your family and achievements and the most important thing is to treasure every moment as they are gone so quickly! (Probably why you have 20 smash books!)
    A Happy Belated Birthday for Monday - I too am a January baby, along with my eldest who turned 15 (!!!) just over a week ago! We don't have any furry members in our family as unfortunately I am allergic, but I'm sure it's as much a worry when they are ill - it was bad enough when my youngest lost his 2 goldfish last year, we had to have the full burial with seashells for the grave and flowers in a little jam jar!
    Over my cup of tea, I'd tell you that I've been struggling recently with my motivation to craft and could have quite easily packed everything away over the festive holidays, never to see the light of day again! I do think that it is in your blood, however, and hope that I can find some inspiration before too long! I can't beleieve how fast the last year has gone and just how quickly my boys are growing up, like most parents, they are the centre of our universe! I am looking forward to our holiday which we've booked for later in the year - family time to us, like yourself, is so precious and it will be nice to have my best friend (my hubby) around for a few days...all we need is for the fickle British weather to play it's part! We have the first flurries of snow falling for 2013, at which my eldest is delighted at the prospect of a day off school, my youngest has no such luck as his school is only a short walk away and most of the staff live in the village! I am a Summer person (well, if you can call it Summer here in th UK!?) and am yearning for longer days and warmer weather, picnics in the garden and walks with friends...happy memories! Thanks for sharing yours, Krista...best wishes for 2013, Lisa x

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  27. Happy Belated Birthday! It has been a crazy, horrible but getting better start to the new year for us. I started feeling puny new years eve and by the 3rd found out I was sick with pneumonia. I've had it before but not like this one. The time Pneumonia was trying very hard to take up residence and had temporarily for two weeks. This week has been tons better after several steroid shots and more medications then I care for. But I have to say my kiddos made me one proud Momma. They really stepped up and helped (hubby works out of town during the week.) Yes they have 'small chores' for 10 and 7. But they went above and beyond. I thank the Lord everyday for gifting me with these two beautiful children.

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  28. You are a super-hot 33 years old mama! I hope your new dog heart problem is not tooo serious that you and your family can enjoy he/she for many years to come. About the Christmas tree, what about decorating it with Valentine theme ornaments the first week of February? My mother-in-law told me that she did that once when the kids where little and they loved it!. About giving up red meat…I am kind of avoiding eating it…like I don’t buy it for the house anymore, I don’t order it at restaurants, etc. but my husband is on his own schedule with it and this week he slow cooked a whole pork piece…I haven’t try it yet! I am eating more fish: tuna, tilapia, shrimp, crabs, and salmon. I also started working out more frequently at my work little gym… it only has a few machines and they are the same people in there every day, but heyyyy it is better than paying a monthly fee; plus I have people asking me during the day at what time I am going to work out…which give me motivation to go.

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  29. 2013 is going well. I started the year with a fast to get closer to God and to just be humbled. I want to accept his will and not let my fleshly desires ruin His plan for me. It's been going really, really well. My devotional today was to "count my blessings" so I have been walking around with a journal writing down everything I am thankful for that He has blessed me with. Today is a good day!! I love your outlook on life, your parenting style and how gorgeous you are-inside and out! I absolutely love following you!! Thank you so much for the constant inspiration! xoxo

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  30. I don't usually comment, but have to say that I love reading your blog and love your art work. :)
    So far in 2013...I'm grateful for a full time job, I've been at my local Health Dept for ten years. My husband is working 2 part time jobs, hoping for full time. My son is 21 years old, lives in Vegas, and I miss him everyday. My daughter is almost 17 and plays basketball for her high school, which just happens to be my old high school!! LOVE it! Her team has had a losing season for 2.5 years, but she loves the game and is good at it..she leaves it all on the floor and plays her guts out every game. I have a pacemaker and also found out that I have atrial fibrillation, they will be keeping an eye on that. I'm trying to lose weight, that is hard when I could literally live off diet coke and chocolate!! ;) I wish I lived closer to my sister and her family, but am blessed to live close to my parents. If I could read, scrap, color all day, I would be extremely happy! I'm spending more time in the scriptures and trying to be closer to Jesus, I'm trying to be kinder to people and to myself. It's a process and takes effort, but hey...that's life right!!?? OH..and I'm trying to smile more. :D Hope you have a wonderful day Krista and hope that your new puppy is ok.

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  31. Over a cup of coffee... or tea... or a diet coke... I'd tell you that so far, 2013 is okay.... that I love my grandkids more than life... they are so cute and special!!!! That Matthew just told me this morning that if he wins the magazine drive at school ( no chance :o( ) that he gets a limo ride to the ice cream place and gets to take someone and that he would choose ME!! He is the sweetest thing.... most times... LOL!! I'd tell you that Kaitlyn spent the morning making a pirate hat before school, and at almost 5 amazes me with her creativity!!! And I kinda like to take some of the credit for that!!! LOL!!!
    I'd tell you that sometimes I feel kind of lost with what I should be doing with my life at 56... then feel that I'm doing the best thing ever by being able to take care of the little ones while Mommy and Daddy go to work! Such a blessing!!!
    And I'd tell you that I've got to get going on cleaning up the art room, so have a fabulous day!!!! heeheee!!
    Many hugs,
    Teri

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  32. Hey Belated happy birthday to you Kirsta ,i loved your post today and all your gorge photos.What im most thankful about is having Jesus as my/ our saviour what can be better .
    What i would tell my 33 year old self is YOU CAN DO IT and Also having fibro since i was 12 and having three children, is That God when i cried out to him heard my pain and he would heal me not in the physical but in the mind to cope .I was close to the end of it the pain was /is so bad .He stepped in enabled me to meet and help so many in pain and to talk them through it .Now at my 61 year old self i would say You did it with His help and you are still standing .

    Im thankful that through a very bad childhood i met and married the saint who is my beloved ,he supports and loves me through it all .Thank you Father God for David and my 3 children for the humans we have lost and the pets we have loved i thank you and while im on coud you please fix the sticky L on my laptop its driving me nuts xx lol He is interested in the little things .
    ps Debra menopause is no fun is it but not as bad as i thought but i miss my children living in the house ,the hustle and bustle of it all ah well thats life x

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  33. Happy Belated, Krista! 33 looks fabulous on you! I love reading your posts! I'm so sorry to hear about your new puppy and will send good thoughts for a positive outcome!
    My world is pretty busy these days... Being a mom. Working. Planning a 40th birthday party for my best friend plus a spa day for just the two of us. Crafting. Running my challenge blog (would love you again as a sponsor!). AND my youngest brother just asked me to officiate his wedding in May! I'm so excited to be such an important part of his special day! What an honor!
    Thank you for sharing your world with us! Have a fabulous day! Time to refill my coffee cup...
    {hugs}
    Regan

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  34. Happy Birthday! I use to think that 30 way old too!! LOL but now that I am 35 it isn't that old at all. We are just more experienced and know what we want! Nothing wrong with that!! I am determined that 2013 is going to be a really good year but hasn't started off that good.

    My husband hurt his back in Nov, in December he spent 5 days in the hospital because he couldn't walk. When he got home I had a friend come over and help me set up our spare bed in the front room. So he would be able to watch tv, be close to the bathroom and be near us. Dec was a very stressful month, I had to do everything because he wasn't able to do anything. WE had a ct scan done and it turns out that he has severe osteoarthritis and bone spurs. These bone spurs are poking into his nerves. :( He has been referred to a specialist and now we wait! I am not a patient person at all so the wait is killing me. He will probably need surgery to shave the bone spurs off. He is in constant pain and needs to get better soon because my heart just breaks seeing my hero in so much pain. How is he suppose to save my world if he is hurt! Anyway Sorry about the sob story. My point is what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Some days are harder than others but I am thankful that I have a loving husband even though he is broken I still think that 2013 is going to be a great year! :)

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  35. Ahhh... to be 33 again. Just turned 39 two weeks ago, still feel young at heart, but also wise beyond my years. I like to think that I am much cooler than what my parents were at 39. ;) I asked my 8 year old if she wanted me stop kissing and hugging her when I drop her off at school, because if I had it my way, I would do it until she graduates! She says she's ok with it. My 15 year old cries almost daily, and I try to remember being that age and all of the little things that were big deals then.

    I stopped eating red meat at 30. (but oh my gosh I love the stuff) We are a chicken and turkey household, welcome to the club!

    Happy 33rd!!

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  36. Hope you had a fabby birthday my sweet sweet friend.........do you know I thought my parents were old at that age too.......I thought they were old when they became grandparents, they were early 40's.... I am 40 & got my 2nd grandchild on the way, my eldest son & Megan have moved closer to me so now live 3 mins walking distance from me.......this proud momma can see her babies even more than I did wooooooooo hooooooooo. My other proud moment this year is that my daughter who doctors said would only live 2 weeks is 21 years old this year. She has it tough & she is not like any other 21 year old.......we dont share make-up or clothes, she doesnt steal my shoes or my cds cus we have the same taste in music, she will never be able to call me mummy which breaks my heart.........but what she does have is the most amazing smile & laugh & every day when she smiles at me she mends & melts that broken heart......she is my princess. We know she wont have a long long life but we treasure each & every day we have with her & I will never know what I did to deserve such a wonderful loving brave person but I'm sooooooooooo extremely thankful we got the chance to love her & care for her..........she is my hero!!!! Age truly is a number & means nothing, you are only as old as your heart & mind tell you, let loose sing & dance in the rain, swing down the aisles of supermarkets on the trolley......lifting your feet up & shouting weeeeeeee all the way down. Sure you will get strange looks but who will have the best fun out of it, who felt alive when doing it.............most of these people you wont even see again so why worry what they think. Its about here & now, in the moment........enjoy life in the way you want to enjoy it....then at the end of the day you can say 'I did it my way', may sound like a cliche but its the best cliche. So do what you want, be who you want & love those around you for all they are worth, cherish every single moment, breathe it in, inhale every second......they dont last forever.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

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  37. Psst sorry about my babble sweetie ;0) My fingers run away from me lol, it comes from the heart though shug I promise you that.

    Squishy hugs my friend xxxxxxxxxxx

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  38. I just loved to read your post here today Krista, and I agree to most of it too. I think most of us take some time to replect on things this time of year for some reason.
    You´re in the very best years of your life now, and it is no age at all. I too remember, when we as very young talked about those "old" bastards in the 30´s, and now that I´m in the mid 50´s, I certainly still feel very young, that´s for sure, and it makes me smile, when I think back on when we said those things. We never realize HOW fast life goes until after, but apreciate every single day, cause they´re just flying sooo fast, that it feels faster than the wind and before you know it, it´s all gone. We used to talk about all we could, when the kids grew older and look at us now, now we´ve just celebrated my first granddaughters 18´s birthday, and she was also just born yesterday. So live every moment like it was the last, caúse they´re sooo soon gone again. So just LIVE; LOVE and LAUGH all you can every second.

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    1. oh, I know...the days feel like the pass slowly, but then I turn around and a whole year is behind us!! i use to think about trying to imagine what the kids would be like when they were 8 and 6 or 9 and 7...and now we are at that stage!!! so weird! but they turned out even better than i imagined:). they are my whole heart.

      thanks for leaving a wonderful comment!!!
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  39. Other than my entire family being sick with whooping cough and homebound we are having a great 2013 so far! Our tree is still up too because I haven't had the energy to take it down. On the upside though we are having a blast taking pictures with the Instax mini you sent! The kids are just amazed that a picture can come right out of the camera! And my little one is having so much fun with the little dinosaur they put in the box. She has always loved dinosaurs so that was an awesome treat. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us.

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    1. hehe...i think the dinosaur is funny, too. they put one in every box. so random-- i love randomness, always makes me smile:).

      enjoy the camera and the sparkly tree while it is still up. we just changed ours into a Valentine's tree so we can enjoy it for one more month:)!

      have a great week, Laura!
      xx

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  40. Hope you had a great birthday Krista! I remember when my mum turned 40 and my dad put up signs all the way to church (her birthday fell on a sunday) saying over the hill and life begins! I thought 40 was sooooooo old and now I'm less than 3 years away from that myself!
    I do hope things go well with your new pup and that it is good news. Our husky, Nikita, is still driving us mad! I forget sometimes she is only 10 months and is a pup really but she is huge, she is mid blowing her coat right now so I have to hoover like 3 times daily with clumps of white fur on everything we own! She is so beautiful to look at tho and just adores everyone in the family.
    Hubby is on nights at the mo but I don't mind as I share my bed with my "other" man. Nothing like snuggles with a 5 yr old! He sleeps in his own room until around 11ish when he gets up and comes and visits me either upstairs or down (normally down) then he waits until I go to bed. I know people will think I am not giving him rules or teaching him how to be independent but he is my last baby and I can definitely be accused of trying to hold on to that baby status for as long as I can. I love sleeping with my little boy cuddled in to me, if it makes hi feel safe how is that bad? That's my job!
    oooo I'm becoming fast addicted to pinterest too! I've been pinning for a while but lately I just keep popping on for inspiration, for baking, interior design ideas, exercises and valentines ideas (I feel like a creative top waiting to burst!)
    And I want to thank you too! After seeing you post about Once upon a time I bought the box set for Amelia and both the girls and I have been watching it most evenings and completely love it!
    Hope you enjoyed your coffee!
    Hugs Rebekah xx

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    1. aw Rebekah, don't feel like you need to worry about giving extra cuddles to your little guy! if phil falls asleep on the couch (which happens at least two times a week bc he gets up before 4am and does;t get home till 7pm), i'll put the kids in our bed and snuggle them:). i love being sandwiched between my little goofballs:). i know it isn;t everyone's cup of tea to share bedtime with their kids, but I love it. they are late nighters and hog the covers...but i'd rather them grow up feeling loved and like they had a cool childhood then be preoccupied with rules and schedules and strict bedtimes:).

      i think you sound like an awesome mama...and enjoy the Once Upon a Time. Niamh is like ADDICTED. She has started to write lists of all the characters...so funny. Red Riding Hood is her favorite!

      Big hugs!!
      Love ya<3
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  41. Hope you had a fabulous birthday!

    I loved reading this here post and all the while with my morning coffee. I love reading all the replies from your readers and getting to know each of them that little better. I really hope things go well with your pup today or tomorrow depending on the time it is for you there. Your all in my thoughts.

    Washing a dog often leaves the dog smelling pretty and the washer smelling like wet dog for the next few days. I honestly don't think we really do, but you just can't hello but think you do.

    I am sad that at the end of this week hubby is back at work. He doesn't get any time off unless it's a public holiday and I just love having him home with us and dread him going back.

    I only just took my tree down the other week and that is because it was dead, no one told me you had to put water in the bottom? Never had a real tree before, lol!

    I am also getting ready for the new year back at school and my youngest starting as well, I think I am ready and then she smiles at me or says to me that she loves me more than everything in the world and I realise..... I'M NOT READY :( But I know she more than is!

    Thanks for the cuppa xx

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    1. bahahaha!!! that is so funny that you didn't give it any water!!! i grew up right next to a christmas tree farm, so it was always so fun to pick out our favorite tree and drag it back home:). now we just do a fake one bc phil doesn't like the real ones (or the mess and work they require:). don't forget the water next year:)!

      i hope you are okay when the little one goes to school...read about her folding the clothes for you so you could hurry up and sit with her:). she sounds like the sweetest...i'm sure it will be fun to see her gain friends and grow in the school setting:). i'll be thinking about you!

      have a great week:).
      xx <3

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  42. I'm a little freaked out by that baby monkey toy!!

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    1. haha!!! it is even more freaky when it eats all our bananas;).

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  43. Happy Birthday Krista! Sad I missed saying that on the day. I hope it rocked! Love sharing coffee with you, but has to be a quick one today, as I have ESTA's to fill in, bags to pack, a car to wash, inside, outside and the underside before export and so many beautiful friends to hug and say goodbye to before leaving the UK. We lift off next Friday morning, wing our way to New York for a few days with friends, head to LA for a cuddle with both my sisters there and then it's home to the loving arms of our Kiwi clan. Can't wait!

    Will miss my little crafty fix while we're travelling, but actually have a secret sneaky stash of Saturated Canary images printed ready to colour in those quiet moments and a decent stash of Flexmarkers for the journey. So I'm sorted! Man I love your images! All so different and so gorgeous. Totally loving the puppy-love one right now. Gonna colour that up for my beautiful pal who's daughter my Zachy is leaving behind with a broken heart. They've been inseparable for the past 18 months! So that's the perfect little image to use for their goodbye card. Well that's it, down to the bottom of my coffee and I need to finish those ESTA's! Huge hugs, Wends xxx

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    1. Take care and travel safe, Wends!!!!! I'm excited for you and your family:). That sounds like quite the adventure:). Hope you enjoy this time and that it isn;t terribly difficult leaving the friends behind... Let us know when you are home and settled!

      Wave to us as you fly by:). We only live a couple hours from NY:)
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    2. Aww made my day reading your reply Krista! I did think of you when we were in New York! It was COLD!!! But the snow was enchanting. I so love the white stuff! Hope you and your crew are snuggled up in the cold. The travels are going well and my littlies are having fun hanging with mama in LA now while papa works. So that's cool. But I can't wait to be home now! Taking my Georgie to Disneyland on Saturday which I'm super pumped about as she's wanted to go for years! She turns 8 at the end of Feb, so it's the perfect time to take her. Can't wait!! Big hugs from LA, next stop Auckland, New Zealand - woohoo! Hugs, Wends xxx

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  44. Someone as beautiful as you...and such an unconditionally loving family...our Lord is good! So much in life is just better because we are blessed with people to share it with. Tho, as time goes on, roads get rocky at times, these memories (and the 20 Smash books to capture them) will help each of you "hold on" to each other. Like my Aunt who is 84 with MS says, "Age is just a number" so why keep track? The track is to walk (run) on! Take care and continue to love, enjoy, and document your wonderful life. May God Bless.

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    1. My mom is the same way! She just does't care about the number at all, but enjoys each new season of life to the fullest:). Thanks for making me smile with your beautiful comment! It totally made my day!

      Big hugs!
      xx

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  45. First off, Happy Birthday Krista. I wish I could give you a great big hug.I don't think you will ever be "old"; the love, grace, beauty and thankfulness that you express thru your words and deeds will keep you young at heart forever. Never lose that! I'm a grandma to three of the cutest little darlings you will ever meet and I still don't feel old. I love to build snowmen with them, dance to Wii Dance, build wonderful Lego worlds or just snuggle down for a story. They help keep me young.
    I do hope you and your family find a Church were you will all feel like you fit right in. Right now we are in "Search For A Pastor" mode at our church and that can be a hard place to be. But, God is good and He will provide this need as He has been so faithful to provide for all our needs in the past.
    So far 2013 has been a good year, though I feel it's a year for me to take care of the people and things that have been neglected or left undone in the past; (not start a bunch of new relationships/projects and not follow thru with them). So with a wonderful husband; aging parents (and inlaws); 2 very busy daughters; (and like I said) 3 adorable grandchildren, plus a fulltime job and church responsiblilities, I have more than enough to keep me busy. I just have to remember that "His mercies are new every morning" and that "I can do all things thru Christ who strenghtens me.
    Blessings on your year Krista and I am so looking forward to seeing your wonderful images for 2013.
    hugs

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    1. Nancy, I love that approach to the new year! So often, everyone feels like they have to start NEW things and work on NEW goals...why not just re-focus on the family and life God has given us and become really good at THAT. LOVE LOVE LOVE your comment. Totally spoke to my heart.

      You sound like an awesome grand mom!...And super young and fun:).

      Thank you for such a precious response. God bless, friend.
      xx

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  46. you look so beautiful in all of your pictures! love this... i really want to get a picture done by you of me one day soon... preferably when i have my own place and im not in the cramped quarters I currently I am... haha long story short your beautiful and i love your drawings!!

    ♥CheChe

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    1. Thank you girl:)...
      Have a blessed week, friend<3

      xx

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  48. Thanks for your post. Love the key chain gift for your daughter, gave me a good chuckle. It is awesome when your kids realize how great you are and hopefully will embrace our quirkiness that makes us who God made us.

    Thank you for your post on how we are to be thankful and how amazing God is. He continually blesses me and am not always so appreciative. Today I am heading to a funeral of a classmate (she was only 41), who leaves behind 3 young kids, a new husband, a mother and many close friends. These are times I have to trust God is in control and that it reminds us of how precious time is now and to make the best of it and not take it for granted for a second.

    I hope you have a blessed day and thank you again for your posts and also want to tell you how much I enjoy the gift God has given you with your art!

    Wendy:-)

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    1. I am so sorry about your friend Wendy. That is far too young to pass... I hope the whole family finds comfort in friends, family, and most of all Jesus.

      Thanks for your sweet words, too...I am so inspired by the people who color my images...bc that is what really brings them to life. I am happy to draw them and watch others create and give them personality and color:)!!

      Have a wonderful week!!!
      xx

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  49. Hear Hear, a great post & a belated Happy Birthday to you! 33 is YOUNG...we have an incredible amount of life to live, to be happy with and cause trouble in LOL! And I spot an RGIII jersey whoot and that monkey-baby-doll is the cutest thing, what is it?

    hugz,
    Suzanne

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    1. You have the energy of a 12 year old, Suzanne!!! LOL...Your Facebook posts are hysterical:). The stuff that happens to you is insane and funny and always a blast to read about:). Love your attitude and outlook on life:).

      The monkey is a collectible, but the kids love them...so they are treated as toys:). Well loved...:).

      And although we LOVE the NYGiants, Philly's favorite quarterback is RGIII:). He loves watching him run around:). (Probably should have picked someone NOT in our division, but hey...he's just a kid:).
      He thought he saw him in the grocery store a couple weeks ago, and was pointing at this guy yelling to me, "'RGIII, MOM!!!!" lol...

      Have a great week...xx

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  50. I love the pic of the monkey in your photos above. I collect monkeys as I find ones I love. Who's is it? The holder you made is too darn caute!! Hon, I'd love to tell you church "shopping" is easy, but it ain't. Pure and simple. It's hard work to find the place you fit in perfectly. When it happens, you know. Love ya!

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    1. The monkey is Niamh's. She has two and Philly has one:). They look so real...I guess they are a mix of being too adorable and just a little weird, only bc they really do look exactly like real monkeys! And I totally agree...hard to find a new church where it feels like home...but I think we may be settling on the one we have visited the last few weeks. My sister's husband's dad also has a church and we would like to visit that one from time to time, too!

      Thanks for the encouragement and love!
      Big huge hugs!!
      xx
      Krista

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  51. Krista

    I think you are so blessed with your talents that you share with us, your family is beautiful and your faith is awesome. You are a an inspiration to me and guess what I am 67 years young!! LOL :) Love ya big hugs CaroleAnn

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    1. Love your bright attitude and sweet comment:).
      Thanks for making me smile:):)!!!

      x
      Krista

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  52. Best wishes on your hunt for a new congregation to join! I've been tempted to search.... I'm not sure I am feeling connected with the church I attend right now. I've gone there my entire life and raised my kiddies there but they are a declining congregation with limited numbers. Two years of pulpit supply to get the go ahead to call a new paster has taken a toll on the membership. I just wish I could branch out and maybe find my new connection but my mom is 91 and it is her church so I will stay put as long as she needs me to take her every Sunday. I do love their commitment to mission work in the community.

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    1. It is really hard to move from a church that you've been at forever. I've been at the same church since I was a baby...but I know it is time to find something a little different. Every family has different needs as far as how they can grow in a specific congregation, and I have already been encouraged in our search:). I think it is so admirable that you love your mom so much to stay for her. God will bless you for sure. It is good to know there are others who understand our situation and how we feel!

      Thanks for the encouraging comment and have a lovely week, friend!
      xx

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  53. You are a joy! I can remember 33 like it was yesterday, now my kids are that age, 32 and 31 this year! Thank you for always cheering me up with your blogging and your wonderful, special, fun images. God Bless.

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  54. well, my year started dreadful..discovered a mould-infested wall, have a slipped disc and tons of work in the office...but I have a wonderful cozy flat and a wonderful boyfriend and my bunnies and cats always welcome me with smiles when I come home. I have a decent salary, can drink water directly off the tap! How rich I am to be able to drink yummie water off the tap!
    The vet said that my cat's heart sounds not good too. But well, she was very nervous, who's heart would beat normal when someone is on a stange place with peeps they don't know. She looks healthy to me and she is content and eats and runs and looks very normal. So I dod not return to the vet to check again. Your doggy will be ok, I will pray for him.
    xoxo, Alessandra

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    1. opps! see my response below, Alessandra:).

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  55. Pup's heart turned out to be okay!:)...I think it was just the nerves, like your cat! I hope your back feels tons better:(...and that your month only goes up from here:). It is always good to stay positive and find the happy things in life when having a bit of a rough time! Glad you can appreciate all the special blessings each day, even the difficult ones:).

    Blessings!
    xx

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  56. Hi Krista - I just read this "Coffee" post for the first time... And I want to tell you that I felt the same way when I turned 50 as you did turning 33 =)...
    I love to read your posts, so fresh to have a glimpse into every day life. I am at work right now, just finishing my lunch break and I have a grieving heart. I lost my best friend, my soul mate one week ago today. These last several days have been surreal... I have such comfort knowing my dearest friend is in Heaven, pain free, and that I will see her again, but the here and now hurts... She was too young to go, and we had so much more of life to experience together. I have a daughter getting married this summer, one of her daughters will be delivering new life in June... and we won't be together to cherish the moments... I wonder what Heaven is really like... can she look down? I think not, when surrounded by such GLORY!!! But sometimes I like to believe so. When my Mom and Dad went to Glory (as my Mom liked to refer to Heaven) I wondered the same thing. Now, maybe Juanita is talking with my Mom and her Mom over coffee, that is an amazing thought...
    Anyway, that is what is happening in my life right now, as I wait for one of the girls in the office to bring me back a coffee.
    I am truly Blessed, even in sorrow.
    Thank you Krista, for the opportunity to share <3
    Blessings to you my dear from a fellow New Englander!!
    Sally

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