Monday, February 28, 2011

Monday: About Me: 15 Facts

So we are starting to get to know myself. So I am suppose to take a recent picture of myself, and list fifteen interesting facts of myself. To tell the truth I believe I am kind of boring. This picture was taken a couple of nights ago. I was showing off my new haircut.

Fifteen Facts

1. I had a crush on my husband since I was twelve years old. The month before my eighteenth birthday we started to date. We broke up eleven months later and then a few years after that we were back together. I knew he was the one when I was twelve. I only had one other boyfriend before him and that was when I was eleven.
2. I have rheumatoid arthritis since I was born. Through I found out on my eleventh birthday and the doctor didn't believe I would be walking in my twenties. I am twenty-three years old and I am still walking a lot.
3. I am adopted by my dad when I was four years old. My mom remarried and the guy adopted all of us kids. We were even sealed to them in the temple soon after.
4. I have three older siblings. They are one brother and two sisters. All of which are adopted by my mom. Which they are actually blood siblings to each other.
5. I lived in Germany for eleven months when I was younger. I am an army brat.
6. I have one friend that has been my best friend since I was about four years old.
7. I love reading and often can read a book in a day. Which is hard when I am a college student.
8. I don't like to argue with people so often I just agree with them. To let the subject drop.
9. I write novels in my free time. But I have never finished one ever.
10. I want to be a stay-at-home mom. But not seeing it in my future with the jobs my hsuband and I want to do.
11. I am in my fifth year of school. I often am sad about this but have learned that I am learning things better as I am retaking classes.
12. My grades are getting better since I found out I was pregnant. My grades used to be C's and B's and are often now A's and high B's. I am actually on an Honor Society on campus for my grades.
13. I fell away from the church for a little while. I am trying to strengthen my testimony and trying to find out who I am in the church.
14. I have never had any alchol and it doesn't bother me. I have never wanted to try it but been pressured many of times.
15. My husband and i plan to be sealed to each other and our little girl in the Kansas City temple soon after it is built.

So there you have fifteen facts about myself.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Changing Things Up On the Blog

Man if you saw some of my notebooks, you would see several blog post that has never made it online. Anyways, I am trying to better my blog so its more interesting. So I am going to make some changes that will be different. Starting, Saturday my blog will be different in the way the posts will be run. So each day will get a topic that i will write about. It will make this blog more interesting and hopefully gather more readers. Here is what it will be like.
Monday: Who I Am
This topic will be how I am trying to find out who I am as a person. First, I will start by doing a 30 day challenge that I found except it will be in 30 weeks. Then using journal questions to find out who I am.
Tuesday: Capturing Life Around Me
Will be taking a single picture of something around me that week. I might explain in a paragraph about that picture. But sometimes I might just ask you question about the picture.
Wednesday: Tips to Strengthen Your Marriage
Okay, so I haven't even been married for over three years but there are somethings that I am learning about that works for my marriage that I can spread to your marriages or relationships as well. Also sometimes I might use some things I find on other blogs that I will share.
Thursday: Strengthing My Marriage
I know I am still new at the marriage thing. Stephen and I are coming up on our second anniversery. We are also adding to our little family in May. So we want to keep our marriage alive. My goal with this one is right now find something in the week to surpise my hubby with. It could be like cooking him dinner one night or doing some of his chores. Something that is simple but yet can show so many words that I love him.
Friday: Regular Blogging
On this day I just plan to tell you things I did this week and other things on my mind.
Saturday: Let's Get Organized
I am a college student, a wife, and a soon to be mother. I want to get organized in my life. I want to take you on the journey as I use tips to get myself organized from college stuff to regular home things. So maybe you can take those tips and use them for yourself. Also you are more willing to let me on some tips that you have.
Sunday: Spirtual Me
My faith is not as strong as I want it to be. So on Sundays will be my journy to strengthen my faith. I'll be talking about my religion as a mormon. Things that I am doing to strengthen it.

So as you can see things will be different. The blog will be organized where you can access the blog post any time. Hopefully, things will get interesting on the blog. Let me know your thoughts and your always welcome to invite friends to it.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

About a Little Girl Named Emma Marie

So this is going to be a hard blog post to write. But I feel the need to write this blog for the reason of one of my dear friends, Ally, had to go through it. Last year on 2/12/10 my friend Ally went to go get an ultrasound of her little one. She was so excited to be able to see the little one. She was going to find out if it was a male or female. Ally, was hoping for a little girl as she already has a perfect little boy Brayden. That day she went with so much excitment, she was posting status updates as she waited to go back to meet her little one with so much love. A couple hours later her friends found out the worst news that a mother could recieve. Ally, found out that she was having a little girl but something was wrong. Her little girl Emma Marie had anencephaly. Ally found out her little girl wouldn't make it very long after she gave her daughter birth. Ally decided to give birth to her little girl on Febuary 15th, 2010. Which means today is Emma Marie's first birthday. When Ally gave birth to Emma Marie she was lucky enough to be able to spend not the one hour the doctor told her how long Emma would be able to stay alive but five hours. Ally was able to take pictures of her little girl and able to get footprints of her and spend time with her little girl before she left the earth.
Ally is still heartbroken for her little girl. I know that she will still be twenty years from now. She will always remember her little girl Emma Marie. A mother doesn't forget their child. Ally though is wanting to pass information about the diease her little girl had to help other mother's prevent it from happening to them. Soon after she found out about her daughter's illness the day before she went to give labor to Emma she posted a facebook note telling all of us to ask our doctor's questions early. For all women who are child-bearing age to take at least 0.4 mg of Folic Acid even if they are not pregnant right now. To be able to prevent this diease as well spina bifida. Taking folic acid that small amount could prevent up to 50 to 70% of pregnancys that could have this.
So what is anencephaly? Anencephaly is a defect in the closure of the neural tube during fetal development. The neural tube is a narrow channel that folds and closes between the 3rd and 4th weeks of pregnancy to form the brain and spinal cord of the baby. It occurs when the head end of the nural tube fails to close, resulting in the absence of a major portion of the brain, skull, and scalp. Infants that are born with this disorder are born without a forebrain and a cerebrum. The remaining brain tissue is often exposed. The baby is usually born blind, deaf, uncounsious, and unable to feel pain. Although some infants with anecephaly may born with some brain steam, the lack of a functioning cerebrum premanently rules out the possiblity of ever gaining consciousness. Though they do have reflex actions such as breathing and responses to sound or touch. The cause of it is still unknown though it is a thought that the mother's diet and vitamin intake may play a role. If the infant is not stillborn, like Emma, then they will die within a few hours or days after birth. Research is being done to understand how the brain and nervous system normally develop. These studies are contribute to a greater understanding of neural tube disorders, such as anencephaly, and open promising areas to treat and prevent neurological birth defects.
My friend Ally had to go through some of the worst pain a mother could go through and that was saying goodbye to her little girl. So women who are any child-bearing age please take some folic acid no matter if you are waiting to have children right now or is starting to try to get pregnant. You can give yourself and your future offspring the chance of a life. Because I don't want to see another friend go through this pain.
To Ally, all of your friends love and support you today. We are all grieving with you for the loss of Emma. We are all celebrating her few hours of birth today by lighting candles, letting balloons go in to the sky. Because in those five hours that she was here she changed our eyes. I love you Ally.
To Emma, Happy First Birthday little girl. You are so loved by everyone. Your mother misses you a ton and so does your older brother. I know you are watching down from above wishing that your mommy would be okay. You can trust her friends and family to be here for her. I love you Emma.
This is a poem that is written by Ally for her daughter.

We went to the sonogram expecting the great news,
that our baby was secure growing in the womb.
We heard her little heartbeat,
and we felt her move,
we ended up getting the worst possible news.

Our little girl was perfect but she wasn't going to survive.
She had an Anencephaly,
there was no way she could stay alive.

Our baby girl is in heaven an angel in the sky,
filled with joy and laughter growing as time goes by.
Our life will eventually go on the tears will come and go,
It will only take time now to heal our broken souls.

We'll never forget,
We'll always wonder what could be,
We'll always love her so much,
Our Baby girl,
Our Emma Marie.
by Ally
*The picture and the poem are from Ally's facebook page.*
With deepest sadness,
P.S. Please light a candle in honor of this sweet little girl and others infants who were born with anencephaly today. I know I will.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Snow, Pregnancy, School, and Snow

So we survived the blizzard with only four inches of snow. Which isn't bad and I got out of school for two days. But of course that puts classes to put more work into us students to do which is not fun as midterms are coming up. So school is going okay, I still have pretty good grades in my classes as there is no exams as of right now.
Pregnancy is going really well. Since my niece Addie was born on Friday it seems like Ginny is moving like crazy. My belly is always moving to her movements which is very fun to deal with class. I have around 80 days till my due date which is starting to come fast. My doctor appointments are now even every two weeks which is very interesting. I just took a GD test and will find out soon if I passed or not. I am hoping that i will.
Oh we had another snow storm which seemed to stall over us here. We got fourteen inches of snow in one night. More then the blizzard dumped over us. It was very interesting and we got another day off of school. I spent the snow day cleaning the apartment and homework.