Thursday, October 20, 2011


I feel I have had a lot thrown at me these last couple of months. I realize I have so much to be grateful for and have been trying to switch my focus from "whoa is me," to gratitude. Here are a few things I am so grateful for:

-The quick passing of my mastitis this week, last time I had it I was down and out for a full week!
-Samuel's sweet smile
-Our beautiful home
-Wonderful families
-Kind words from a stranger
-A husband who never stops putting me and my needs first
-A doctor who is going to fight this infection with me until it's gone
-Our beautiful view from where we live
-Having more than one vehicle
-Amazing friends
-How beautiful this fall has been

Today I am feeling uplifted. I did some online retail therapy... I couldn't have come across anything more perfect!

Itunes also equipped me with some new inspirational music:

There isn't an official movie, this song is amazing when you feel hopeless.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


I couldn't help but bawl through replying to my naturopath via email. This week has been like being hit by a train every morning. Honestly.
Monday at 4:30 I got chills and couldn't get warm. I was sore and was worried that I was coming down with mastitis... again! Truth have it, I was right and it hit hard. By 10am I was in to see my doctor after bawling my way through the waiting room and being stared at by all others waiting. It was a huge blessing that the infection started to pass without taking any antibiotics since we spent a lot of money on Saturday on remedies to rid my body of the yeast. Shane stayed home with me all day to take care of Samuel. I couldn't even get out of bed.

Tuesday I woke up with the most wicked headache and cried through the morning. Shane came home once again to take care of his wife and little man during lunch. My angel mother in law came for the rest of the afternoon so I could nap. I started feeling a bit better.

Today I woke up and poor little man has thrush in his mouth! I hurt a lot and emotionally am spent! I am on a really restricted diet to get rid of the yeast and spend half the day starving and grouchy.

I am trying my hardest to hold myself together. Please pray for our little family? This mama is learning a brutal lesson in looooooooonnnnnng suffering! literally!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Some Mornings Are Rough!

I've been really sick the last couple of days and this is how the days have been spent. I have an amazing husband, and angel mother in law who have taken care of Samuel and I. I'm feeling better every day.
Here's to a speedy full recovery!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Love It!

So obviously Samuel didn't do this to the books, I tossed them off the Rubbermaids and haven't picked them up.

I am so excited for his room to be like this because he is playing and reading stories. He already loves to read books. We're excited to grow his library. He's already asked Santa for some books (a post coming on that later).

Sunday, October 9, 2011


I am wishing that last night looked a lot more like this.

Both Shane and Samuel have been snoozing for the last couple of hours and I could not be more grateful! I had my share of a nap earlier, and yet again, couldn't be more happy.

Last night was one of the roughest nights in this new mama's life. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in Canada and naturally in trying to reduce my stress offered to host Thanksgiving dinner at my new mostly unpacked home... oy, silly choice Mindy!!! Hear me out though, most of the family hasn't seen our new, beautiful home and since they would be headed out to this neck of the woods anyway, would be stopping in for a peek, so why not fling the doors open and shout "welcome to our life, it's not all put together, but full of a lot of love and has awesome potential!"

So, back to where I left off, last night Shane left to his hockey game, Samuel went to sleep, and I was working on getting our pantry all put together. When Shane got home, he helped me haul the heavy boxes to the basement, and then we were headed to bed... it was nearly 1:30 in the AM and Samuel woke up. This is not normal for Samuel as he normally sleeps for a 5-6 hour stretch when he first goes down. I fed Samuel, and we all drifted off to dreamland for a short while until 2 hours later he was up again. I fed him and created my own pool to sit in (I'm breastfeeding, you can figure the rest out). I laid him back down not fully back to sleep and recruited Shane for help.

Finally around 5 back to bed, for Samuel to wake up around 6 wanting to eat again.... AAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! I fed him and as I was putting him back down realized he was wet, like his pajamas were wet... dang it!!!!! So I grabbed a bum genius (entire post on them to come soon) and a new sleeper and woke up my sleeping baby to change him. Well my sweet baby is a morning person and thought it was time to be up and his smiley, happy self... wrong! I rocked him back to sleep (this stuff takes time if you're not realizing this quite yet) and at 6:30 laid back down... He didn't stay asleep. In desperation I nudged Shane, apologized, and said it was his turn. I slept for an hour before it was time for Shane to get ready to go and Sam to want to eat again.

Needless to say, a bit of stress + not too much sleep = I'm a bit of a wreck.

I'm working it all off by baking beautiful pies and prepping to wake up my snoozing baby, because heaven forbid, I'm not up for another night like the last.

Friday, October 7, 2011

New Door

Now that fall is upon us, I have loved seeing the beauty of the Alberta Foothills as I'm driving from place to place. Our new home is in a cute town and the drive back into the city gives some beautiful scenery! I've officially busted out the fall Scentsy scents, and am happy that this year they don't make me sick! I was really happy when my mother in law brought my wreaths that were being stored at her house until we moved. I love the look of my new front door with a radiant, bright wreath on it.

Take a look...

The wreath I made last year.

This is what it looked like on our front door last year....

And now our brand new front door...

We just jumped about 6 decades as far as the dating of our front door goes.

I am going to be displaying beautiful wreaths ALL year long! Stay tuned each season for the new look of our front door.

P.S. I'm also learning how to edit my photos a little bit. :) Maybe soon Shane will let me make the jump to a DSLR... fingers crossed!!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

a Name and a Blessing

Sunday September 25 Shane gave Samuel Oliver Gallup his name and a blessing. It was beautiful and perfect and our little man looked heavenly. I got a bit choked up dressing him for this special occasion in his life. He looked so celestial and all I could think about was the temple. I'm grateful to know that families can be together forever, and that Samuel is ours forever!

Samuel has the same middle name as his daddy. It comes from his 3rd great grandmothers last name. Samuel was blessed in the slippers that Granny Oliver had a friend make for Shane's baby blessing, which Shane was blessed in 25 years ago. I love passing on traditions and am crossing my fingers that I get a baby girl someday so she can be blessed in my dress.