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Without My Dear Colin…


I would never make it. Honestly. I could never enjoy parenthood as much as I do without his steady and calm influence. That and his ability to find the humor in any aggravating situation. He is my rock. My stability. My constant source of sanity and peace. He is an absolutely incredible father, husband, friend. I adore him. And so do our babies. To see how playful, yet tender, he is with them brings me more joy than I could have ever imagined.

I can’t believe all the wonderful things you are. My sweet laundry doer. Bathtub scrubber. 3AM baby feeder. Financial management partner. Paper airplane & Lego & train track builder. Motivator. Inventor & creator. Chocolate chip cookie maker. Fun-loving jester. Monetary provider. Get the kids ready in the morning every day all by yourself-er. Faithful Priesthood holder.

Colin, I love you. Forever and ever I am grateful for you.

Book List


After the previous post about the reading couch, I had some requests to list what books we read. Strangely, we both stuck to “Young Adult Literature.” It wasn’t really planned, it just so happened that those were the types of books Colin grabbed off our nightstand in a haste to get out the door; plus they were the only ones that seemed interesting enough to choose out of the RMH library.

Here are the titles and a short review (mine only), complete with “star” rating:

Jeannie’s Reads

  • The Giver— Enjoyed very much. Made me thankful that we have variety in this world and trials and our agency to make choices. (4 stars)
  • Artemis Fowl (Book 1)— Was a pretty entertaining read. Not the best fantasy book ever. But after our trip to Ireland, I’m a sucker for anything remotely Celtic. (3 stars)
  • Anne of Green Gables— Absolutely loved this book! Can’t believe I didn’t read it before! Made me want to move to Prince Edward Island it sounded so beautiful. (5 stars)
  • The Hiding Place— Incredible story. Everyone should read it. The true meaning of charity and Christlike love. (5 stars)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird— A classic. Such a good story! Love the writing style. (5 stars)
  • Tuck Everlasting— A sweet story that I thought ended too quickly. (4 stars)

Colin’s Reads

YA Literature is safe. And it’s usually pretty good. I enjoy reading it knowing that I won’t stumble onto some raunchy sex scene or run across fowl language. It’s generally uplifting, too; which makes it more appealing since why would I want to spend my escape time taking in ideas/scenarios/lifestyles that are going to drag me down? It’s why I flat out stopped reading Ken Follet’s, “Pillars of the Earth,” though many recommended it to me.

But I do love more than just those that have won the Newbery Medal. For a more detailed look at my preferences, you can check me out on Goodreads.

What books have you read lately that you’d recommend?

The Reading Couch

Our Ronald McDonald House apartment only had one room. This meant we had to get creative when it came time to put Warren to bed each night. He’s really great about falling asleep, but not when we’re right next to him in the other bed.

So, each night we’d finish his bedtime routine, tuck him in, and exit the apartment for a good 30 minutes, at least. Just enough time to make sure he was really out before we came in to sit at the computer or do anything else.

Luckily for us, there was a nice, little couch and ottoman in the hallway right outside our door. Colin and I took the opportunity to dive into some books. All in all, we read 5 novels each while away. I credit it to being forced from the computer every evening. That and sitting around at Maddie’s bedside. Waiting has it’s advantages.

Though I didn’t get a picture of it, I’d like to think that I’ll remember this little portion of our experience there at RMH. I loved sitting next to Colin, reading a great story and taking our minds off of the pressures of the day. We don’t do that enough at home, mostly because we’re consumed by our computers. It was nice to take a break from technology and enjoy printed works.

My Pukey Valentine

Not quite the image cupid had in mind, I know. But two days post stomach flu does not provide ample time for getting in that romantic sorta mood, if ya know what I mean. Good thing we don’t generally make a big hoopla about the holiday anyway. Dinner consisted of Baja Fresh which I pre-ordered AND paid for on-line. Think Sandra Bullock’s “The Net” circa 1995 but without the home delivery or identity theft. I just walked in the door 15 minutes later and they handed me my food. Oh, technology! How I love to use your wonders for good, not evil. Really, it’s the simple things in life that do it for me.

Yes, dodging sickness was gift enough for me this Valentine’s Day! I still can’t believe I made it through without coming down with THE PLAGUE which we joked Maddie must be spreading. She never got it either but she wiped out all of the households who cared for her while we waited for our criminal background checks to clear. She’s one tough girl.

All in all it was a pretty uneventful day. It suited us just fine.

It’s My Party, I Can Puke If I Want To…

Sings he who has the stomach flu. Poor Colin. Not the best way to spend your birthday. No best-ever chocolate cake. No steak dinner. No lunchtime soccer game. Just a few trips to the porcelain throne and a bottle of Gatorade.

Oh, and add a sick 3-year-old and you’ve got yourself a regular shangri-la.

Number 34 will be better. You can only go up from this point.

Sick Day


Colin has been sick all week. Like really knocked out, super congested sick. Even though it’s a bummer and I don’t want him feeling crappy, it’s been kinda nice because he’s been able to work from home. I LOVE that!

But all that sickness was bound to spread. And spread it did! Ren came down with a fever on Friday and by Saturday morning was puking with a 101 degree temperature. I’m not sure that the illnesses were related, but you can’t deny the sickness mojo that was working it’s way around our household.

So Saturday we spent the whole day lounging. Renny could do nothing more than lay on our bed watching Christmas movies. He literally passed out during one and slept for a good 3 hours.

Poor kid. And poor Colin. I hate it when my boys are sick.