Saturday, December 30, 2006


Bev's Charity Challenge 2006 comes to an end today, although the year isn't quite up yet. Tomorrow Bev and Chris will be running totals and deleting the database to make room for 2007 participants. I can't believe it, but I personally made 89 items this year for charity. Many in the challenge made MUCH more, but I'm still a bit proud of myself....if I do sayso myself. LOL!

So...that leaves me with what will I set my goal for 2007? I guess I need to attempt to beat 2006 by 1. Whatcha think? It's going to be wild and crazy year. I'm not sure that I will even come close to making the goal. I was going to wait until Monday to make my "announcement", but I guess now is as good a time as any.

Tomorrow I will be 12 weeks pregnant...again. This is pregnancy #6 if anyone is keeping track. We only have one living child.

We took a huge leap of faith and decided to give one more shot at adding to our family. It's already turned out to be a pretty stressful start, including 1.5 wks of bleeding, some contracting, and 2 fibroids. Although things have settled down now, I'm pretty much on a self-imposed house arrest.

On Jan 4th, I'll have a cerclage put in. After that, no lifting, no bending, nothing. There will come a time when horizontal will be the best position for me as to take pressure/gravity off my cervix. We are in the process of hiring a nanny to begin on Jan 8th. Things went bad with Emma at 21 weeks, so I'm figuring by 17-18 weeks I need to be laying down as much as possible. I am under the care of a perinatologist this time, one that is highly regarded. With cautious optimism, we're praying for the best and will do everything within our power to bring home a baby.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all of your a joyous Christmas!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

A little looming and more

Not much to report these days. As a change in pace, I decided to try to loom some flat panels and use them as burial wraps which caused me to learn the chain stitch. :-) This white one is my first attempt. I attached some pink roses as a little embellishment.

Jeriksmoen sent this beautiful knit gown from handspun yarn to the Emmazing Grace Foundation. Thank you so very much!!! She's from the LucyBug group. LucyBug has decided to change their shipping policy and the foundation was a lucky recipient of this.

I've decided to learn to crochet. Since I don't have anyone to teach me, I bought at the suggestion of others the Learn Crochet kit from Susan Bates. I can't wait to get it.

A few weeks ago, I had a computer crash. I had been expecting it as it was over 6 years old. I'm now a proud owner of a laptop and LOVING wireless. Now, I just have to get the software I like installed.

And, I'm a proud owner of a Canon Powershot A630. My old digital was an EasyShare that was about 3.5 years old. I had started having to take the batteries out after I take a photo as it was using them SUPER FAST. I figured while we were spending money on a computer might as well get a new camera. I wonder if I'll be able to take pics as well was Wool Winder. NOT! :-)

Friday, December 01, 2006

Long time, No see

Wow! Where do I start? We made our whirlwind trip home for Turkey Day and boy was it a mess. It included with my husband's grandmother being hospitalized, my car giving us trouble, a 12 hour trip home, and a sick husband and child. My husband either had food poison or a stomach bug beginning about 4:30 Monday morning. Hannah got sick Sat night and we were up all night with her. By Monday she had a temp of 105. Pediatrician called it viral and sent us home. Thankfully, by Tuesday my husband was better. By Wed when Hannah wasn't better and still running a temp of 103, I took her back to the dr.....ear infection. Great! She's already had 1 set of tubes. She's still coughing like mad, but did not run a fever today!!! Maybe she's on the mend.

As for crafting, not much to report. Here is a gown that I made the hospital that I posted about a few posts below. Forgive me for not creating links, but time is short. The pattern came from CareWear and I have been wanting to try it for a while.

A friend of mine, Fraun, made these precious caps and donated the disposable cameras to the Emmazing Grace Foundation. This is her first knitting project. I think she did a GREAT job.

These last 2 photos are of donations I'm getting out tomorrow. The bereavement items are for the hospital in need and the hats, booties, and cameras are for Birmingham Children's Hospital. As always, Sue pitched in and did a great job!

And, I can't live my sister out. She picked up some booties and some iron-on appliques for the foundation. She's also trying her hand a loom knitting. Don't pull so tight!! :-)

I can't remember if I've blogged about the 501(c)3 papers or not, so here it goes. A few weeks ago, I filed the Form 1023 to the IRS for tax-exemption. It will take a while to hear back from them. However, as long as I notify donors that it has been filed and we are awaiting word I can receive donations. Assuming that it will be approved, tax-exempt status is retroactive to date of incorporation. It sounds like we're on our way!!! My plan is to thank donors now and once the application is approved I'll send an official receipt for tax-exemption.