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Swap-Bot: Show Us Your Jewelry!


Another swap for swap-bot! This one is for the group Electronic Swaps, which, as you can imagine, a group dedicated to electronic (e-mail, pintrest, etc.) swaps. This lovely swap has the directions to, as the title suggests “Show us your jewelry”. So, here are some of my favorite pieces!

catsThese earrings are among the “cheapest” that I have, but I hold them very dear. They belonged to my aunt, who passed away almost two years ago now. They are plastic, and I don’t wear them very often, but when ever I miss my aunt I take them out and wear them and feel like she’s a bit nearer to me.fire opals

Looking over my jewelry for this post, I realized that I have a lot of earnings that I consider my favorite. I don’t wear them near as often as I should. Most of my jewelry comes from my fiance. He has for many years worked as a jeweler, not the one who makes the pieces, but the one who sells them. I feel he has excellent taste. These are the most recent pair he gave me, just last month in act, or our 7th anniversary.


I “prompted” my fiance for close to two years to get my pearls. And at last, I received these for my birthday several years ago. The hearts on it are rose gold, and, it’s hard to see in the picture, but there are little “diamonds” between them and the pearls. I love to wear these ones.


Another gift from my fiance. This year for valentines. I went to pull them out of my jewelry box and the hooks were all wonky. Not sure what happened with that. I love the turquoise. I actually have two other pair, but this is my newest and so my current “favorite”.

Oh, how I love Doctor Who! These were, again, a gift from my fiance. I can’t remember what occasion garnered me this gift, but it came with a game of Doctor Who Yahtzee (it’s in the shape of a Dalek). These are really heavy, and pull on my ear, so I only wear them for a few hours at a time.

to the moon and back

I don’t often wear things on my wrists. I spend too much time typing for work and they just get in the way. But this bracelet, given to me for Christmas a few years ago by my fiance, is an exception. I love the sentiment.

ringsThe ring on the left was given to me by my fiance for our first Christmas together. We had been talking about marriage and when I unwrapped the ring box, I have to say, I was a more than a bit excited. It was hard to hide my disappointment at opening the box and seeing a ring that was most definitely NOT an engagement ring. *sigh* He couldn’t figure out why I was disappointed, it’s a nice ring after all. Anyway, the one on the right came with a warning not to get my hopes up. It’s still a nice ring, I like the rose gold hearts on the sides the best (they sort of match the pearl earrings up above).


This is the one piece of jewelry that I wear every day. My engagement ring. I picked out this ring almost six years ago. We wont embarrass my fiance by asking how long he held on to it before actually asking me to marry him. I love this ring. It’s got a touch on “antique” style, and a timeless look. I did right in picking it, and he did right in buying it.

Mother’s Day – About Your Babies


So, I’ve been trying to get back into swap-bot and joined up on a swap all about my kids! So, here are the questions, and some pictures of my kids to boot! So, the swap asks for baby pictures. Sadly, all of my baby pictures are in storage. So, I went with the youngest pictures of my kids that I could find on my digital means.


My son at age 5


  1. How many children do you have? I have 2 kids, one boy and one girl.
  2. Where were they born? (Hospital, home?) Both my kids were born in the hospital, in different states.
  3. What are their current ages? My son is 14, my daughter is 10.
  4. How old were you when you had your first child? I was 20 when I had my son. Makes me feel old thinking about it.
  5. What did you like/love about being pregnant? I think that my favorite thing about being pregnant was feeling the baby move. That first fluttering movement, it’s just amazing.
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    My daughter at 18 months

    What didn’t you like about it? All the typical complaints, hurting feet and back, morning sickness, weight gain.

  7. Did you have an epidural? I did, both times. Though with my daughter, the way I had to lay to keep her on the monitor made it so that I was only numb on one said, and it wasn’t so bad.
  8. Is your mother still living? Alive and well and the mother of 9 children herself.
  9. What’s the best characteristic or trait that your children inherited from you? Both of my kids are stubborn and opinionated, just like me. I think this is a good thing (but I may be biased).
  10. What’s the best characteristic or trait that your children inherited from their father? Both kids can be very sweet, which they get from their dad.
  11. Do you still live at the same address you did when your youngest child was born? I don’t even live on the same side of the country
  12. Did your babies carry security blankets? Pacifiers? My son used a pacifier, but never had a blankie. My daughter started out on a pacifier, but got rid of it herself when she realized she could use her thumb, which she still does while cuddling her blankie.
  13. Do any of your babies still live with you? Both of them.
  14. Do any of your babies have babies of their own? Goodness, I hope not!
  15. What’s your hope and prayer for your babies in the future? That they grow into active, productive members of society and leave the world a bit better than when they arrived.


    All three of us this past fall ages 14 and 10 (and me, so, not a kid)

52 Questions #6 Love


February is the month of love. How fitting is it that the first question or the month is about love.

I do not know how either of my grandparent’s met. Not really. But I can share what I do know.

My dad’s parents met after World War II, they were both working in Washington DC, my grandmother worked in the war office. She was older than he was. They got divorced in the 70’s, when California made it easier to get a divorce. I don’t know if their relationship was happy. I know that my grandfather was an alcoholic, and that they lost two children when they were very young.

My mom’s parents, well, that’s a different story. My grandma has been married three times. And has outlived two of those three husbands. Her first husband died in a logging accident, leaving her with two small daughters at home. My grandfather, her second husband, was her first husbands best friend. They had four daughters together and he raised all six as though they were his own, and my grandma’s first husbands parents treated all o the girl as though they were their granddaughters, to the point that I knew my great-grandma as my great-grandma before I even knew that my grandma had a different husband than my grandpa. My grandpa died before my parents got married. He was in his 40’s and died of a heart attack. She’s been married to her third husband now since i was a little girl, probably close to 20 years. He’s been my grandpa almost longer than my dad’s dad who died when I was in high school.

This exercise makes me think that I need to find out, especially from my dad, how his parents met. I’m sure he knows. I’ve just never really asked.

52 Questions #5 Achievement


The question for week 5 looks at achievement.

I think that I have already made the greatest achievement of my life. My children. I have two. Almost 14, and, by the time this post is published, 10. A lot of what I’ve done in my life is to make theirs better. They are the reason I went back to school. They are the reason I am on the other side of the country where I attended graduate school and am now working. I knew that if they were going to have a good life, I needed to make my life better. I needed to improve my education. And I know that they have the potential to do so much with their lives. They are my legacy. When I am gone, I will live on through them.

52 Questions #4 Goals part 3


For 2017, the LDS Church has published several different lists to help you start sharing stories of your life. I am partaking in that “challenge”. One post a week, every Sunday, for the whole year. The challenge and the prompts in their various forms can be found here.

This weeks question is also about goals

I will be the first to tell you that I am not good about making and keeping to goals and resolutions. I tend to get complacent, or forget. But, even from that there is a lesson to learn from my struggles. Never give up. If a goal is worth reaching, it can be done, no matter how long it takes. I started back to school in 2007. I graduated with my masters degree in 2016. It may have taken me a bit longer than most people, but I did it. I set a goal and I stuck with it. And I made it.

A compilation of my questions and answers can be found here

52 Questions #2 Learning


For 2017, the LDS Church has published several different lists to help you start sharing stories of your life. I am partaking in that “challenge”. One post a week, every Sunday, for the whole year. The challenge and the prompts in their various forms can be found here.

Second question and it’s already a tough one, one to make you think.

Whit is something you taught yourself to do without help from anyone else?

I think that most of my life I’ve been blessed with wonderful teachers. Not just people with the title “teacher” but also those who are willing to take me under their wing and help me figure out what I’m going to do and how to do it. My mom taught me the basics of cooking, cleaning, and laundry (which always deserves its own category). My dad taught me how to chase away the monsters under the bed, and how to write out frustration and imagination onto paper. I even had a dear friend teach me how to drive. Things I didn’t know how to do were helped along by friends, family members, TV, and YouTube. I honestly don’t know if I can say there is one thing that I have done that has not been inspired or assisted by someone or something else. And I’m OK with that. Actually, I’m thrilled with that. To be surrounded by people, places, things, that can help me be a better person (see question 1) is, to me, better than going at it on my own.

You can find all of my questions and answers here

52 Questions #1 Goals


There has been a big push to work on personal history/journaling lately. My church has put out two different prompts for this. Both are set to be done once a week…I’m already behind. Once I get caught up, these will be published on Sunday morning. First up:

What goals do you hope to achieve this year?

My goal for the year is to be a better person. To be the best me that I can. And to do that, I’m going to answer these questions, and do the prompts, and clean my house (see how I worked that in there). I will strive to be the best person I can be.