Thursday, August 30, 2007


A few weeks ago I was at a yard sale and as I was perusing the various bits and pieces of stuff my eyes fell on this robot arm thingy. I suddenly remembered that my brothers had owned one of these a long time ago and I was struck with nostalgia. I excitedly showed it to Joshua and paid all of one dollar for it. It still works and it's just as cool as I remember.

There's just something about controlling a robot arm thingy that makes even the most dignified adult feel like a kid. Even my dad started playing with it when I showed it to him. ;)

My Name is- What?

I've decided that the "K" and "L" keys on this keyboard are far too close. I've misspelled my name as "Adiek" so many times I'm contemplating having my name legally changed just so I can stop hitting backspace all the time. Of course, with my typing skills I guess backspace will always be my best friend.

Yours truly,

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A Quote

"The grandeur of the arch of heaven would be spoiled if the sky were supported by a single visible column, and your faith would lose its glory if it rested on anything discernible by the carnal eye."

-----Charles H. Spurgeon

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A Bouncing Baby Blog

I've started a new blog, A Dash of This, A Smidgeon of That. There I'll be posting various and sundry helpful stuff for other homemakers. Check it out!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Bath Time

The only thing better than chubby baby rolls is chubby baby rolls covered with suds.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Happy Birthday, Joshua!

Today is my beloved husband’s birthday. One thing I like so much about birthdays is they give us a chance to publicly honor someone. And if anyone deserves to be honored it’s Joshua. I mean, if he can live with me day in and day out for five years, put up with three cranky kids, fix our old house, (and refix and fix again...) do yard work, change diapers, clean up vomit, and get me chocolate when I need it, then he’s just about what I’d call the perfect husband.

Joshua, it’s been an adventure being married to you. I think I have you figured out and then you go and do something that surprises and amazes me. I’m so grateful for you.
I love you. Happy Birthday.

“Lead me and I’ll follow you
Anywhere, anytime
When the love is right
The path is bright

From the Father of lights you came
And I know I’ll never be the same

When the Love is Right

Monday, August 20, 2007

All Hail The Queen

We Gardners have a bit of a reputation when it comes to salad dressing. We have a lot of it. I've even been called the Salad Dressing Queen. Joshua brings home various dressings and sauces from work so we have quite a variety of dressings to serve when people come over for dinner. We bring dressings when we are invited to someone else's house. We even give it away as gifts.

So today I felt inspired to find out exactly how many bottles of dressings, dips, sauces, syrups, and marinades that we currently have in our home. The final count is... 49.
And that's not counting the four dressing-sized bottles of cooking wine that Joshua brought home or the bottle of salted Tequila (yes, that is an ingrediant in some marinades.)

I sometimes wonder what sort of impact this will have on our children as they grow up.
"Daddy, Sarah's family only had two bottles of dressing with dinner! Isn't that silly?"
"Mommy, why don't my friends eat their dressing by the spoonful like we do?"

Ah, well, we've never been normal in any other part of life- why should our condiments be any different?

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Sabbath Quote

"Lord, evermore Thy face we seek:
Tempted we are, and poor, and weak;
Keep us with lowly hearts, and meek.
Let us not fall. Let us not fall."

----Charles H. Spurgeon

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Just a Neat Picture

I took this picture right before the praying mantis jumped on my camera. I guess he didn't like being photographed.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Conversion Story

I had taken these pictures a while ago and I stumbled upon them as I was sorting through some old photographs. I really enjoyed this project (though my models may have felt differently) and I wanted to share it with you. If the quality isn't that great it's because I took pictures of the pictures with my camera since I don't have a scanner.

Conversion Story

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Friday, August 10, 2007

Photographic Proof

A Great Quote

An optimist sees the glass as half full...
The pessimist sees it as half empty...
The realist sees it as just one more thing to wash.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

A Bragging Post

I realize that I am seeing this through the biased eyes of a proud mommy, but I'll still brag about it.
Evangeline is only 5 1/2 months old and today she pulled herself up to a standing position and, with some interesting maneuvering, got a toy out of the toy box. Isn't my little girl something? She's always been strong so at this rate she'll be bench pressing her brother by the time she's a year old. My theory is that she's pushing herself to excel in mobility just so she can run away from Lily when she gets in her mothering moods.
I'm so proud of my baby.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Stress Diet

This was one of those forwarded emails, but it gave me a chuckle so I thought I'd pass it on.

This is a specially formulated diet designed to help women cope with the stress that builds during the day.


1 grapefruit

1 slice whole wheat toast

1 cup skim milk


1 small portion lean, steamed chicken

1 cup spinach

1 cup herbal tea

1 Hershey's kiss

Afternoon Tea

The rest of the Hershey kisses in the bag

1 tub of Hagen-Daaz ice cream with chocolate chips


4 glasses of wine (red or white)

2 loaves garlic bread

1 family size supreme pizza

3 Snickers Bars

Late Night Snack

1 whole Sarah Lee cheesecake (eaten directly from the freezer)