Today has been a relaxed day. I didn’t jump out of bed, instead, much like a turtle on its back I awkwardly rolled out. I remembered to feed the dog and myself and even managed to get dressed in good time. Gold star in my book.

I even washed my face!

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And put on a little makeup. Gotta look good for my man after a couple of weeks of not looking so hot…


To be honest, I’ve been feeling a little stressed out lately. I think it’s all starting to finally sink in. We weren’t able to have the “financial assistance” a baby shower brings. That may sound vain but seriously ladies, don’t ever take a baby shower for granted. I thought for sure I’d have one at some point and therefore didn’t plan for the opposite. Reality is we told people we were pregnant when I was 4 months along and then moved to another state where we only knew 2 people when I was 5 months along, I’m now almost 8 months pregnant and haven’t bought a stitch of clothing (Okay, I did buy a couple pair of baby socks) because right now money is tight. If you’re counting on the help in the form of gifts from friends, this is the stupidest plan to have. On the up side, I was blessed with the knowledge that my dad wants to buy the car seat. Yay! I have been given some onesies from my sister from when my nephew was born and my aunt got us some long sleeved onesies and a couple of swaddling blankets as well. We’ll get the stuff we need and I should just stop worrying about it and trust God to help us out where we need it.


Lots going on in the months to come. My Grandma and Aunt from Washington are coming to visit this weekend, Thanksgiving is the 26th and we might be staying in or heading out for it, I might get to see my brother in December, my Grandma, Aunt and mom are planing to visit in December while my mom is there for my Aunt’s birthday, then there’s Christmas where we wont be straying to far from home, then my  mom will come and stay with us until after our baby is born, then my dad and youngest brother will come get my mom and stay for a couple days before heading home. And then or course there is all the Midwife visits, birth classes, shopping trips and unscheduled outings in between! Not to mention room for life to happen :)


Let the Stockpiling Begin!

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I can’t help it!

I go to the store, see some really cute baby girl stuff and I have to buy it!

Or at the very least touch it, hold it, smell it, make my husband look at it and ooh and ahh over it with me.

I think I’ve been pretty good so far, haven’t gone too crazy, although I was really close to it in Hobby Lobby last week. I haven’t been in that store since I was knee high to a duck and then it was just a punishment to make me go in there.

News flash: they have a couple aisles of baby decor.

I had to leave empty handed.

I did not want to.

Soooooooooo much potential.

Check it Out!

So, I have another blog.

This one is specifically for my “professional” photography. So if you live in the Lebanon/Albany/Corvallis/Sweet Home area of Oregon and you are interested in having some photos taken of yourself, your family, your newborn, the pet giraffe, etc. and you like the photos on this blog,  you should really go check it out!

Samantha Thomsen Photography

You Are My Vision

“You are my wisdom, You are my true word
I ever with You, and You with me, Lord
You’re my great Father, and I’m Your true son
You dwell inside me, together we’re one

You are my battle-shield, sword for the fight
You are my dignity, You’re my delight
You’re my soul’s shelter and You’re my high tower
Come, raise me heavenward, O Power of my power

High king of heaven, when victory’s won
May I reach heaven’s joy, O bright heaven’s Son
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall
Still be my vision, O ruler of all”

Your Hands

I have unanswered prayers
I have trouble I wish wasn’t there
And I have asked a thousand ways
That You would take my pain away

I am trying to understand
How to walk this weary land
Make straight the paths that crooked lie
Oh Lord, before these feet of mine

When You walked upon the earth
You healed the broken, lost and hurt
I know You hate to see me cry
One day You will set all things right

When my world is shaking, heaven stands
When my heart is breaking
I never leave Your hands

The Greatest Cinnamon Rolls Ev-ah!


I’ve made a few pans of cinnamon rolls in my time and most of them, like the ones that didn’t come out of a can, did not turn out. They either were way dense, refused to rise, or were prettier than they were tasty.

But not these!

Holy cow were they good!


The frosting was to die for!

And then the smell while they were baking, ah!

I managed to get 17 good sized rolls out of this recipe, and because there’s only 2 1/2 of us, I could save 12 of them for later breakfasts and snacks!

Give ’em a try! They’re way worth it!

The Bump that Came Our Way

9 Weeks(9Weeks)

A list of things Baby Thomsen does not like:

  • Hamburgers
  • Saltine crackers
  • Eggs
  • Ginger Ale
  • Getting up in the morning
  • Sitting in the car for long periods of time
  • Fish or the thought of lobster (I have never eaten lobster)
  • Anything breaded
  • If mom doesn’t eat soon enough
  • Stale air
  • Food in general (Week 6-16)
  • Coffee with cream and sugar
  • Leaning forward while sitting
  • Post-nasal drip
  • The air in the fridge when it escapes into the rest of the house

12 Weeks(12Weeks)

A list of things Baby Thomsen does like:

  • Kicking
  • Lattes
  • Ice cream
  • Kicking at daddy’s hand
  • Strawberries
  • Water
  • Reminding mommy to sit up straight… by kicking
  • Hot cocoa
  • Showers
  • Making it difficult for the midwife to time the heartbeat by wiggling around and kicking at the Doppler
  • Iced tea
  • Gelato
  • Showing appreciation for sustenance by kicking
  • Orange juice
  • Raspberries
  • Kicking at the laptop
  • Apples
  • Cream cheese and beagles
  • Kicking while mommy tries to bend over to retrieve something
  • Biscuits and gravy with hashbrowns
  • Daddy
  • Freaking daddy out by making mommy’s bellybutton convex instead of concave

17 Weeks(17Weeks)