Thursday, October 22, 2009
Me (Asian American): Hi!
Cashier (African American): Hi! Oh, your baby (1/2 Asian, 1/2 Caucasian) is so cute! How old is she?
Me: She's a little over 7 months.
Cashier: My baby is 4 months old, but he is huge compared to her. He looks Mexican too.
Me: Well, he must be a good eater! Is he part Mexican?
Cashier: No. I love the little bow in her hair.
Me: Thanks! Does your little boy have a lot of hair already?
Cashier: Oh my goodness, yes! That's why he looks Mexican.
...We proceed with the checkout...
Me: Thank you.
Cashier: You're welcome. Bye, baby! You and my son look like you could be cousins!
The whole dialogue just had me chuckling to myself for SO many reasons. But at the end of the day, the cashier and I made the mommy connection, even if it was through a somewhat unique way :)
Thursday, October 1, 2009
1) A coupon was addressed to Jackson Schoolfield
2) It was a coupon for chocolate...I know from experience that dogs and chocolate don't go well together.
P.S. - You might think that it was also crazy that I signed up our 6 1/2 month old for chocolate too, but at least she's human!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Common Sense with Money - http://www.commonsensewithmoney.com/
Frugal Coupon Living - http://www.frugalcouponliving.com/
Moms Need to Know - http://www.momsneedtoknow.com/
Money Saving Mom - http://www.moneysavingmom.com/money_saving_mom/
Coupon Geek - http://www.coupongeek.net/
Coupon Cravings - http://www.couponcravings.com/
Frugal Mom of Three Boys - http://frugalmomofthreeboys.blogspot.com/
Now that I'm a stay at home mom, I actually have time to do some of this, so I'm taking advantage of it. And hopefully I can stay within our grocery budget for the first time ever. And by the way, my mom was never this obsessed...
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Anyway, what I started thinking about was circumstances over the years that made me realize that I was growing up. Here are some of them:
- Being excited about healthcare benefits at work
- Clipping and organizing coupons (I used to make fun of my Mom about that)
- Wearing sweats out and not caring what I look like...and I know I'm not looking that good
- Being able to buy myself all the sweet, bad for you cereal with no one telling me no
- Having a baby
- Being called "Ma'am" by clients, fast food workers, and grocery store workers
- My stomach not being able to make it through all the roller coaster rides anymore
- Finding gray hairs
- Making the final call to hospitalize client due to his mental state and watching him climb into the ambulance
- Buying my own Christmas tree
I'm sure there are more, but those are some for now. What are some of your "Oh my goodness, I'm an adult!" moments?
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Disclaimer...yes, I do love white people. I married one. Just wanting to put that out there :)
Friday, August 21, 2009
There is one member of the family that has definitely been a trooper lately...Jackson. He's endured much less attention and much more impatience from me since Abigail's been born. And with Matt being so busy with church stuff, he hasn't been able to walk him on a regular basis for quite some time. Sometimes I feel so guilty, watching him mope around the house. He doesn't complain, though. He just continues to ask to play or finds new ways of entertaining himself, such as sunbathing. Although he is still quite persistent in getting attention and finding someone to play with him, it isn't an annoyed persistence. Thanks, Jackson, for being such a great dog!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Josh explaining his story of God's work in his life
We love these guys and are so happy they are a part of our family!
Monday, August 10, 2009
For the first time yesterday, I felt very protective of Abigail. One instance was about her physical safety, and another, about her feelings. Don't get me wrong, I always am concerned about her, but I experienced the "protective mother" concern. It was rather strange and it made me laugh a little. Having a child grow up in a ministry family is something I'm just barely starting to navigate...How to explain to her why someone who used to be a friend has been rude to her since leaving the church, how to balance church life and home life, how to give her a healthy view of the church and ministry life so that she will not despise it...stuff like that. Fortunately, she is too young to understand this and I will be able to have a better grasp on it myself by the time she is older. Then the therapist side of me realized that some of my fears for her mirror fears that I have for myself. Weird how that works, huh?
Well, these verses came to mind as I have tried to sift through the maze in my mind:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." (Philippians 4:6-8)
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Ok, maybe Jackson is getting back at me for making him walk around the neighborhood like this Halloween 2007. Jackson, it's almost been 2 years! Please forgive me!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Evidently, Mommy was in labor for a while and rather sick, but I don't remember that part. What I do remember is finally being held by Mommy and Daddy for the first time!
After being loaded up in the car and my first car ride home,
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Eating sugar...and more sugar.
The Globetrotters were very entertaining and pretty amazing to watch. I personally enjoyed the balloon-like mascot the best. All in all, it was a great way to spend a Friday night...the adults were exhausted by the end!
Doing the YMCA with the Globetrotters
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
So my wonderful friends threw me a baby shower this past weekend and I am so grateful for all that they put into it. Both my mom and mother-in-law were able to fly in to Raleigh to celebrate with me too. This was my mom's first time on an airplane in about 20 years - I am very proud of her! As I was looking at the pictures from the day, I realized just how transient my life has been the past few years. Everyone at the shower (minus my mom and mother-in-law) was someone I've met within the past year and a half. And these are the main people in my life right now. For some, new relationships are a norm, but for me, it is something I think I'm still getting used to. I love my new group of friends and am wondering if (and hoping) there will be a little more stability to who I know.
To all of you that came and helped me celebrate, THANK YOU! I had a great time and really appreciate the your kindness :)
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
My job entailed running process groups and psychoeducational groups, completing psychosocial assessments, holding individual and family sessions, and case management. Since I worked part-time, I was not assigned to one particular unit, but floated around to all the units and did whatever was needed by the full-time therapists on the unit.
So as of today, all of that ended...they did keep the door open for me to come back whenever I want because they could always use the help. I might take them up on that offer a few months from now and work a morning here and there, but for now I am done. It was a great experience and I realized that I do enjoy the organized chaos of working at a psych hospital. My co-workers were awesome to work with and I will miss their dry sense of humor and ability to laugh at the ridiculous things that happened during the day. And during my time at HHH, I was also able to get my counseling license, which will allow me to do private practice stuff and be more flexible with my counseling options. All in all, my year and a half at HHH was well worth it!
I know that the last day of work is usually not that momentous of an occasion, but for me it does have some existential implications :) Transitioning into a new role has always been somewhat of a challenge for me and this role change will definitely be a huge one. I am very excited about being a mom and focusing my time and energy at home and on our family. I'm sure there will be times that I will miss working professionally, but the trade-off will be more than worth it. I'll keep you all posted on my existential process as it progresses...just kidding.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Fellowship Raleigh retreat to the Vineyard Camp - May 2008
Trip to NYC with Matt for both our birthdays - June 2008
Finding out we are pregnant - Ultasound of her hand (see her little fingers?) and head
Mom & Dad's visit to Raleigh and our weekend trip to Topsail Beach - August 2008
Fellowship Raleigh launch at Broughton High School - September 27, 2008
Thanksgiving in Tallahassee with Matt's family - Our niece and nephews (Shelby, Trace, Drew) - November 2008
Christmas in Chicago with Kristin's family - December 2008
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
And now I am afraid I am going to go through some withdrawal symptoms.