Wednesday, December 30, 2009

THE Christmas gift!

So, I have been on the search for some sort of jewelry for awhile now. Necklace, bracelet, ring, etc that I could put on that had a reminder of each of my children. I finally found a necklace that I really liked/loved! I was a little disappointed because I knew that having one on the way would delay buying it for a little while. Imagine my excitement when I opened this up on Christmas Day!


Every time I look at it or feel it against my skin I think of each of the children that it represents! It is such a great reminder of the blessings that I have!
Do I have a winner for a husband or what???!!!!!
*I will be able to get another tag on it for Dapelo #4 when the time comes. Let me know if you want any information on it! I am more than happy to let you know where to get your own! It is sterling silver and is all handmade and hand stamped! The woman who made it is wonderful!

THE WEDDING!

Ok, so I know that this is way late but better late than never. Besides, I figure I am not technically late since the bride and groom haven’t even done anything yet! :)
My sister Ruthie and her new husband Josh Wagner tied the knot on November 21st.
It was a beautiful wedding, full of family and friends. We had a great trip out to Minneapolis and enjoyed seeing family there that we haven’t seen in a long time and probably won’t see again for a long time. My kids got to meet their great-grandparents on my side of the family, the first time for Hannah!
The rest is just going to be pictures. They tell the story better anyway. The pictures of the wedding are all courtesy of Virginia and Monica Garrett, our cousins. Thanks girls! You did a great job!
You can see the professional ones by going here!





















This last one is when we said goodbye... gotta love Lily!

Woo-hoo!

A BIG thank you to my dear friend Ranveig Niemi! A little history…
Ranveig’s parents were Norwegian missionaries in Bangladesh while we were all there. They had 4 girls and we had 3 girls and a boy. We were all about the same age. They lived in our house before we moved there. We weren’t able to spend as much time as we may have wanted with them because they were in boarding school in Nepal. BUT, anytime we were together we had a total blast. There was one point at which it was easier for us all to talk in Santali because it was a common language rather than English (which they knew well) or Norwegian (which we did not know well)! I know there is an awful picture of us all floating around facebook. And by awful of us all I mean me. :) Who knew that really thick bangs, metal in my mouth, photogrey glasses (oh yes!) and some scary clothing would be something that I would look back on and think WHY!!!!!

Anyway, I digress, Ranveig made this beautiful shawl for me for the handmade craft exchange! I love it and so do the girls. I will post pictures of the girls wearing it because I know that everyone would probably rather look at the girls than me. :)









I am the slacker and haven’t finished my stuff for the craft exchange. Sorry ladies. I promise that as soon as things settle after the holiday it is at the top of the list!!

One Word

While perusing through the many blogs on my reader I came across a FABULOUS thought! The idea is that you think about a word, one word, that speaks to you for the coming year. It was intriguing to say the least and I have been thinking about it now for a few days and have come up with what I think is the perfect word.

Nurture.

foster: help develop, help grow; "nurture his talents"

rear: bring up; "raise a family"; "bring up children"

raising: the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were treated as a child

nourish: provide with nourishment; "We sustained ourselves on bread and water"; "This kind of food is not nourishing for young children"

With a new baby in our future and three beautiful children that I feel sometimes I don’t appreciate enough I decided that it is going to be my focus this year. I want to try and do something every day, big or small, that has something to do with my word. I am hoping that through this I will be inspired to be the mother and wife that I know I can be, the parent that my kids deserve, and the woman that I want to be.

I know that I love my children passionately but I want to make sure that they do too!

Also, novel thought…this applies to my wonderful husband as well.  So, let me know what your word is.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Kumquats??!!




*****************************News Alert***************************************


The Dapelo family will be increasing by 1! We are excited to announce that Dapelo Baby #4 will be joining us sometime in July. The date is the 22nd but actual date remains to be seen! :)
Hurray!




Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Hello from the land of COLD…

It is 14* today and as you can see the winds are trying to blow us away !

It is FREEZING!

... WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM CST /9 AM EST/ THIS MORNING TO 6 PM CST /7 PM EST/ THIS EVENING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHICAGO HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM CST /9 AM EST/ THIS MORNING TO 6 PM CST /7 PM EST/ THIS EVENING.

WEST WINDS OF 30 TO 35 MPH WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS OF 45 TO 50 MPH WILL OCCUR TODAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT EITHER SUSTAINED WINDS OF 30 MPH... OR GUSTS TO 45 MPH ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT... ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

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