Wednesday, December 19, 2012

what i've been studying lately...

in the light of such horrific events and deep sadness

i've held my daughter closer,
snuggled her longer,
bought her favorite "dippin cheese",
had more patience with her,
hung on her precious words,
savoring her sweet voice,
soaking up her joyful laughter,
and thank GOD more and more for the opportunity
to be her mom.

my heart breaks for the parents that had that opportunity taken away from them so suddenly
and so harshly.
it aches for them to hold their babies one last time.
to kiss their sweet cheeks,
to hold their tiny hands,
to answer their inquisitive questions,
because the love between a parent and child is like nothing on this earth.
and all children are amazing miracles in and of themselves.

instead of anything related to school at all,

this is what i've been studying: the life of my 3 year old in all it's wonder and joy.

so far,
we've taken our 1st ever trip to build-a-bear:

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hugged her "Sweet Hello Kitty" the whole way home

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and she thoroughly loved the whole experience.

she wanted to get "Sweet Hello Kitty" {because that's her name} panties, shoes, a pocket book, and a car.
to that, i politely said, "Sweet Hello Kitty doesn't need all that stuff right now..."

then, she snuck off with my phone to take THIS picture

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not too bad hailee girl, not too bad ;)

they even have matching pajamas we have to put on "Sweet Hello Kitty" every night

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... as if you needed proof...

she met Santa at the mall and told him she wanted a girl that had green skin and a house with cobwebs on it.
um... a zombie doll hailee??
not happening.
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and we've played outside since it's been in the balmy 60's and 70's

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the puddles in our driveway didn't even stand a chance

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and again.

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she thought it was the best thing ever.
then, promptly asked to go inside and take a bath because she got dirty.

yeah, it was warm, but she made it a point to wear the jacket with the furry hat out at least once.
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and she picked out her own ensemble one evening...

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and we've been coloring

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i've found a fun new app to play with: Shapely
it just launched not too long ago.

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and i've also started this new online devotional called She Reads Truth.

i'm really loving it and journaling just ads that much more to it.

i've started instagraming them because there is a hashtag #shereadstruth to share with other ladies that are experiencing this devotional too.

some of them post the MOST inspiring things.

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Hailee's even wanted to get in on the action.

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and today's

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we've been having so much fun, i can hardly handle it!!

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she's changing so much.

she's growing up right before my eyes.

blink, and i'll miss it.

i'm SO SO SO thankful for these 3 weeks to catch up with my little girl.
{who is quickly becoming a little lady}
who told daddy the other night that she likes boys.
good grief, are we ready for this??

and i'm not even sad about starting back school in January.
YES, i'm thinking about it on break because it will be
me.. going into my VERY LAST SEMESTER!!!
oh, nursing school, it's been a nice run, but i'm ready to be
Misty S. Venne, RN

and here is my favorite of favorites Christmas song this year.
there's just something so beautiful about her version of silent night.

happy shopping, crafting, wednesday, wrapping, loving, snuggling, cuddling...
until we meet again.



  1. She looks pretty happy to be visting Santa...I used to be terrified!

    1. haha!! yes, this is the 1st year she hasn't been terrified...
      however: it took a little coaxing her to get up on his lap.
      initially, she wanted to stand next to him and tell him what she wanted.

  2. ha, I bet santa hears just about everything. :)

    1. oh, i'm sure he does.
      just like i'm positive you've SEEN about everything.
      nurse life :) gotta love it.


say it with a smile.

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