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Daisy, Sarah and Sarafina

Our new duckings!

We are so excited! We are learning to care for a new little pet. So many lessons to learn from our little teachers. Annaleah is a wonderful mother!

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Well, the Hill family has survived and thrived through another ordeal…HEADLICE. Who knows where we picked it up or who we shared it with in ignorance. Hopefully we caught it early. It is a long tedious process to get rid of them which consists of bleaching and washing everything on hot, spraying mattresses, floors and furniture. The girls slept on air mattresses in the living room on hardwood floors for a week and were not allowed to go downstairs to their rooms or play with any of their dolls. Inspired by a conversation with my friend Sheila we just concluded a ceremony of intended thankfulness complete with candles.

Together we compiled a list of the things we learned from lice:
{read by Selah}

1. To recognize our feelings like when our head itches.

2. To be thankful for the toys in our room that we missed.

3. How to be patient in “nit-checks”.

4. To obey Mommy & Daddy and stay upstairs, sit still, stay off the couch etc.

5. Sometimes there is a reward for patience.
{Mommy bought us new toys…Polly Pocket Cruise Ship and My Little Pony Dance Palace…GW Bargains…See Pics}

6. Learned compassion for others in hard situations.

7. To be thankful that we are able to be together.

8. It’s fun to craft and create together.

9. How to turn something bad into something fun. {Our Spa Party with the Hair Treatments and painting nails}

10. That our friends love us no matter what!

Our ceremony concluded as we carried our lit candles outside, symbolizing the lice exiting our house and lives. We wore our paper clothes we designed together inspired by Selah. We took a moment to thank the lice for the lessons we learned from them and then said goodbye blowing our candles out in unison.

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We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives.
We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us.
We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something.
We have to be content with what we are.”
-Marjorie Pay Hinkley

I need to stop and enjoy my view.

I have too much on my plate.

Trying to do and be everything.

I have 2 little kids.

My husband is working hard being the listening ear that everybody needs.

I am a perfectionist.

I sew.

I read.

I cook.

I clean.

I make gifts for my family and friends.

I craft and do digital scrapbooking.

I Pinterest.

I blog here.

I google.

I spend way too much time on my computer.

I try to be there for my friends.

I have been stressed.

I have been known to feel homesick for my family.

I am now at a place where I need to be content with not being everything.

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My friend Amanda Strine came over to bring in the new year and we enjoyed a fabulous visit together. We listened to some meaningful music and I was able to do some long overdue scrapbooking. It truly FED MY SOUL. I was able to really put into words my gratefulness in being a mother. I am working on 2010 Scrapbooks.

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Wow…ever have one of those days when you know you are spinning out of control but you just can’t reign it in.  Had a minor breakdown today due to some failed expectations and extreme exhaustion.  It resulted in my taking it out on Ben…easy targets, our spouses.  He left and took the girls to Gammy’s so he and Dad could do some hunting, so I had a little time to myself to reflect, fume and steam….

After sharing in laughter with my sister over her trash finds {trash to treasures}, talking with Aimee about the everyday struggles as mommy-wife-and-woman, and then yapping with tara and getting inspired by her 2010 goals and discussing Baby Ella’s new room, I FEEL SO STRENGTHENED AND INSPIRED AS A WOMAN. 

 The truth is:

1.  Women are pulled in too many directions…no wonder BALANCE isn’t always an achievable goal.

2.  It would be smart to write down our goals for 2010 (thanks Tara): Personal, Marriage, Family

3.  Ben and I need MORE couple time…..but how?

4.  I need a CASH budget and I need to understand that the money left over is not fair game, but should be saved not spent….as Ben has been saying for years  {When will I get it?  He opened up his own account at a seperate bank a few years ago and as much as I HATE to admit it…he’s right….it is helping our finances.}

This Blog Entry is kind of a conglomeration of my scattered thoughts that are being birthed out of the labor pains of my meltdown.  In reference to point 3…Ben and I have come up with a BRILLIANT plan.  We have hired a baby-sitter for every other Thursday night for a 4 hour date time together.  YEA!  It gives us something to look forward to and is always on the calendar.  I am so excited.  We have a great marriage but I want to make sure it stays great and we’ve been getting lost in our own worlds in coping with stress and it would be a nice reconnect. 

It was in these quick conversations that I had with my GIRLFRIENDS {Aimee, Kyla, Tara, Tabitha} that I was able to pull myself together and gain perspective and insight into how to ‘fix’ what hasn’t been working or at least make things work better.  WHERE WOULD I BE WITHOUT MY DEAR GIRLFRIENDS WHO JUST KNOW ME AND HELP ME EVEN WHEN THEY ARE COMPLETELY UNAWARE OF IT.  If you called them and asked them what happened with Amanda Hill and them today they would probably not be able to tell you any thing of any significance.  And YET…It was huge  to me…their presence…their love…and let’s not forget…their great ideas!  I love my girlfriends!

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