September 30, 2011


beautiful leaves
jackets and scarves
space heaters

all in september

we're not in mississippi anymore

September 27, 2011


i think teaching kindergarten with a baby on the way is going to be lots of fun.

one girl already told me they'll probably have to slice me open to get the baby out, complete with a hand motions all the way across my belly. ouch.

girl 1 - "mrs. kent, your belly SURE is getting big"
girl 2 - "i guess it's just that baby in there"
girl 3 - "i sure HOPE it's that baby in there making her so big"

another boy said "your belly is getting so big, you're going to need to get some ETERNITY clothes real soon!"

here's to hoping i don't need clothes as big as eternity by the end of this...

September 25, 2011

happy sunday

You created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Psalm 139

September 17, 2011

thoughts on baby


* surprised? so were we.

* famous last words - "there's NO way we could move 1000 miles across the country from everyone we know, start a new job / doctoral program, and have a baby.

* it still doesn't seem quite real yet, but words can't even describe how excited we are

* after having to wait 13 loooong weeks for a doctor's appointment, i was a bit excited. james really appreciated it when i started the count down from 72 hours.

* hearing the heartbeat and watching that little baby flip over and over was amazing. and weird. but mostly amazing.

* i always thought it would be detrimental to give up diet coke when i got pregnant. like forking over my arm - my right arm at that - but thanks to a couple months of nausea, all i want to drink is water and milk (really, milk? i've never wanted to drink cups of milk before) oh well, problem solved.

* i have a whole new compassion for those who are sick while pregnant. so, so thankful it stopped right before my kids started school. so thankful.

and last -

*i found my first gray hair.

September 8, 2011

a little surprise...

September 7, 2011


now that we're finally settled in and school's off to a good start, it's about time i start working on some projects. i figured there had to be someplace better than hobby lobby for fabric, so i goodled 'fabric in chicagoland'

and this huge store kept popping up. yea, it looks a little sketch, but it had over a hundred good reviews. i was also prepared to dig and sweat because that was in the reviews too...

so on labor day, i drove the 40 minutes into the city and found it.
it was impressive. rooms and rooms of fabric. for cheap. like under $10 a yard. sweeet.

plus notions galore.

tons and tons of buttons

any color zipper you could think of.


and all colored lace

tons of shelves of ribbons

and tassels

plus rows and rows of fabric, plus piles and piles on top of that.

sadly, i didn't find the amazing fabric i was dreaming of to recover some craigslited chairs, but i didn't leave empty handed. and it was a great little exploration.

September 4, 2011

happy day

September 1, 2011

oh yea

we're now official illinois-ians

but have no fear - one of my kindergarteners today asked me why i kept saying ya'll. im clinging to those southern roots.

avandia recall