Friday, September 17, 2010

Brianne's Thoughts

I have come to discover my little nitch. I am not the smartest person in the world. I am very ordinary and plain. I like it like that. I do not want to the responsibility of expectations to fail or be great upon my shoulders.

I find joy in simple things. A song that fits just right with my personality, the sun on my face, the crispness of soon-to-be-autumn air in the morning, waking up with my best friend next to me and even opening up the fridge and finding a whole gallon of orange juice just waiting for me. Everyone finds happiness in things like this. But it is different for me.

The one thing I excel in, in my personal opinion, is the opportunity I have to take a simple thing and within my own being create something great out of it. A note on a piece of music can be turned to music. Even if it is not amazing or astounding I can do it and find the utmost jubilance in it. I can see the heart beat of my baby on the ultrasound monitor or the Doppler and know the great work and effort that went into that little movement and become positively giddy from it. My entire mood can transform in a moment with a chord I hear or a rythym. I find no touch better than that of my hands moving across my husbands bare back. Such little felicities. Such small induldgences create such a atmosphere that I can appreciate and no one else can fully understand what it is I am feeling.
What a blessing.

My new favorite quote:

This is the beginning of a new day
God has given me this day to use as I will
I can waste it or use it for good
What I do today is important because
I’m exchanging a day out of my life for it
When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever
Leaving in its place that which I have traded
I want it to be gain, not loss
Good, not evil
Success, not failure
In order that I should not regret the price I paid for it
Because the future is just a whole string of nows
 ~Lou Holtz

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010


So instead of doing my homework I have chosen a different route and blog. A must more enjoyable activity I would admit.
Carl is now officially set apart as an assistant scout master. Of course they do this to a young man who is recently expanding on his family, working full time, and going to school full time. We are both very excited however and have been waiting for this calling for him. Carl is very good at scouting and he loves it so much. My father reflected on his scouting experiences when we saw him at our friend TJ Smith's wedding. It was a hilarious and rather negative recount from my father but I know it didn't dent Carl's enthusiasm for doing this. Carl's scout supervisors are being really kind and understanding of Carl's situation. Besides, I can step in whenever Carl needs me. That is what a wife is suppose to do right?

I have started teaching piano lessons. I absolutely love it! My only student, Nathaniel, is an absolute doll. I first and for most want to teach him that piano/music is fun, not a chore. Of course this is challenging but I believe he is catching on. I am applying a lot of things I am learning in my coaching class. My teacher, coach Miner, tells us to show our enthusiasm and your athlete/student will soon learn to share at least an appreciation for the activity. I can testify this through my piano lessons and my coaching 10-11 year old girls in basketball. What a great opportunity to share my talent and enthusiasm with other people.

Carl is obsessing over paint balling. It is in season and great weather for it. He will leave me for a day to just go out in the dirt and shoot other people.I am so glad he has a sport that he can love and do. He has even agreed to get into a workout program with me! He wants to get in shape so he won't die on the course. I think I embarrass him a little considering his pregnant wife can out endurance him. Course he is stronger than I. I still giggle at him and encourage him. If he keeps up with this I know he will be able to out run and lift me in no time. A six pack won't hurt our relationship either. haha!
He has made his own paintball vest and camo'd his entire gun. He is a really great sewer! He is like a little child when he finishes something he bring it upstairs with stars in his eyes and does the "look at this look at this!" As annoying as it is, I just can't get enough of seeing him so excited over something.
Carl has declared he will not take Logan out paint balling until Logan can take a stumble and a fall without crying to him or mommy. That or take a shot from a paintball from ten feet. Our child will be a paint shooting fiend in no time.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Logan's Room

Relief is finally mine. The baby room is 95% done. Logan has a bed to sleep on, a tower of diapers and wipes, as well as a place to have his diaper changed!

He has a bunch of themes going on for him. Aviation, stars, sports, and punk. It is a room of his own and that is all that matters.
I also made a quilt for him! My first ever! I enjoyed making it so much. I am very excited for my next quilt!

I am so grateful for our wonderful family who has supported us through this new adventure. It would have been so hard without them! We have so many beautiful things that can be used and then handed down to those who are in need of them when the time comes.