November….. a Month of Thanks….. Sawyer Samuel Eastridge

Only a few months after saying “I do”, Clay and I were shocked to find out that we were expecting our first child. Scared of what that meant, and filled with worries about failing our child as parents, no one could have prepared us for just how different our lives would become at 9:10am on the morning of May 10, 2011; only nine days after celebrating our first wedding anniversary. He was four weeks early and only weighed in at 5 lbs 10 oz, but that little tiny baby kicked our parenting genes into action, and we haven’t looked back since.

Taking home the one thing that would change the meaning of our existence forever.

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As he began to grow, so did our love and connection. Life without our son became unfathomable. He was and still is our drive to be the best we can be.

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Every parent has hopes and great expectations for their children. Praying for them every night, to be blessed with intelligence and strength; to stand as great of a chance at being successful in this world as possible. It didn’t take long before Clay and I knew, without a doubt that our son fell nothing short of perfect. We are both so thankful to have been chosen to parent one of the most intelligent, funny, kind hearted and loving little boys I have ever come into contact with.

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It is an unexplainable feeling to have watched him grow from a tiny helpless infant. Into a independent two year old, a big boy, and an great big brother to his little sister!!

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Thank you, thank you, thank you Lord, for choosing me to be this little boys mommy. It’s such a large responsibly, and I will never stop trying to be the very best mommy, the kind he deserves.

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“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new”. ~Rajneesh

November….. a Month of Thanks…. Creativity

Today I am thankful for being blessed with creativity. I have always been artsy, if I can make it myself, I will. My creativity is such a large part of who I am. What would I be without it?

I think I owe a lot of thanks to my mother, who always encouraged my creative side. In fact, her laundry room became the craft storage room when I was a child. We were always painting, gluing, coloring, or making jewelry. And I truly believe that because of her I am able to express this part of me so well.

My mind is constantly looking for projects; things I can make and design. I have been blessed with the ability to not only look at something for what it is, but look at and see what it can become. I call it vision.

When I am stressed or upset about something I am able to throw myself into a project and take out those frustrations on it. Usually ending in some pretty cool thing.

A few days ago, while thrifting, I came across this huge rack of really funky neck ties for CHEAP!!!!! And they were pretty much all awesome prints and colors. You know, the ties us women pick out. The ones that we think are really pretty & stylish, but most members of the male species wouldn’t be caught dead in. So, we buy them for our men, and they wind up at a thrift shop somewhere just waiting to be created into something new. I went ahead and decided to buy a few (ok , a bunch) of them and got to thinking as soon as I got home. I couldn’t wait to get started. I could feel the creative juices pumping through my veins just dying to be released.

What I came up with, was nothing short of what I consider to be pretty freakin awesome!

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I just can’t get enough of it! How cool would it be to take two ties that belonged to someone special to you: grandpa, dad, husband; and turn it into someone beautiful that you can actually wear and keep close to your heart.

Talk about a conversation piece. I’ve only worn it out the house once, but I’ve had at least 10 people stop to ask me about it. It really makes you feel good in your soul when you receive complements on something you created yourself.

“Creativity is not the funding of a thing, but the making of something after it is found.” – James Russell Lowell

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” – Steve Jobs

I will never be able to be thankful enough, for the gift I was created with. It is who I am, burned into my soul, without it I would be lost.

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