Sunday, August 29, 2010


Ally married her best friend, Luke yesterday.

Mr. and Mrs. Luke Brinkmann

They met at the park for a few private moments before the ceremony. I am pretty sure all the bridesmaids were crying. Just a sweet time.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Am I in trouble with this gal or what? I think she has an attitude already!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

New friends?

When I miscarried our first baby in November 2008, Jay agreed to my long-time request for a dog. I didn't want a puppy because I didn't want the work of training one. So I found Bullwinkle on Craigslist from someone who had become allergic. I loved the picture of him instantly and quickly sent off a message. Jay was less than thrilled with his looks and especially didn't like his long hair. I insisted long hair wasn't a problem as long as he didn't shed which she promised me he wouldn't. We got him in January 2009. I promised Jay (who was still reluctant) that once we had a baby we could get rid of him. Rylee arrived and guess who didn't want to get rid of the dog? Yep, Mr Dog Hater himself. We let Jay's parents have him for a while, but just recently I decided I don't want to let him go. He is very well behaved, loves people, has never bitten or snapped at anyone AND I think Rylee is getting attached :)

Tuesday, August 03, 2010


I have been feeling very 'blah' lately. Love being a mommy, but seems there is not time to stop and enjoy things - it just flies right past. So in an effort to get to enjoy it, I try to keep up. The nursery is nearly done but I can't believe she is already 4 months and her room isn't even done yet. Sorta depressing. There is not much left to do to get the effect that I wanted, but there always seems to be something that inches above it on the priority list.

I am still working full time at the jail and part time at home for SFS. Rylee and Mommy time is sporadic at best during the weekday evenings. Saturday is my true "mommy day" which includes everything from cleaning, working for SFS again, sleeping, laundry and taking time to hold Rylee before she is too big to want me to, etc etc. Sunday is 'pastor's wife' day wherein I do my best to take the nap that I so despised in my youth and yet have come to adore. Funny how things come full circle - now I know why mom and dad insisted that we at least stay in our rooms on Sunday afternoons so they could sleep. Sheesh!

I had some very disappointing news a couple weeks ago that has hung onto me. One of those things where I got my hopes up and I knew I shouldn't have which has only added to my 'blahness.' No amount of consoling has helped that situation.

As if I don't have enough to do, I thought perhaps a course in digital photography would be a fun hobby to pick up. That fell through also. Not like I don't have scrapbooking, quilting, writing, reading or any other hobbies I like to do, but ya know......

In the meantime I have started getting up early and jogging on the treadmill in an effort to regain that 'pre-mommy' look that so far as been elusive and seems to be mocking me. This week I am out of sync due to company staying the week. The Bakers are here doing our VBS and their helper stays at our house. Jogging on a treadmill and shaking the entire house (it's an old house) at 5:30 a.m. is not the way to make your guests feel welcome.

These are the ramblings of someone who should be asleep at this 'late' hour, but my mind is whirling - hard to sleep in while having a 'brain tornado.'