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Worst Week Ever… (I’m sure that isn’t true)

OKAY… need to vent… why is the title of my blog Worst Week Ever? 

Well let me see. Aaron is gearing up for his first musical at OSC… they have been working really hard and up until now the rehearsals have been held during school hours or after but not taking too much time. Although if any of you are in the musical world, you know that it takes much time and practice to get things right, especially when you are working with high schoolers. Anyway, this whole week before the musical, they have practice everyday after school from 5pm-10pm… so this means that Aaron is gone from 7:30am-10:45pm everyday… I have barely seen him this week and Evelyn doesn’t see him really at all. I understand this is part of the job and that it is only one week that we have to endure these long hours BUT… I do feel like a single parent and Aaron is completely worn out everyday. 

Okay so this schedule has been tough… I knew it was coming and I knew we could get through it. Then mid week we started to go down hill. The schedule is wearing on us but on wednesday Evelyn gets a runny nose and fever, thursday she still has the fever, and now it is friday and she still has a fever. All of you that know Evelyn, know that she is generally a really happy little girl, well when she is sick literally all she is wants is to drink a bottle of milk every couple of hours (doesn’t want anything I fix her to eat), sit on my lap and watch Blues Clues, ALL DAY LONG. I love sitting with my little angel but you can only take so much Blues Clues and if we aren’t doing that then we are fussing… Poor baby… it feels awful having fever as an adult, I’m sure it feels even worse as a little person 😦 I really don’t mind sitting with my little munchkin all day except that the house is a mess, I have tons of laundry to do and by the end of the day I feel like I have been drained and pulled on all day. Also, I hate being in the house all day long everyday.

Next week we are planning to go on a ski trip for spring break with our wonderful friends the Odums… very excited except for the fact that I haven’t begun to pack, my little girl still doesn’t feel well and I am very tired from this week. We are leaving Evelyn with my parents for 4 nights and 5 days! longest time away from her yet and I’m a little nervous (not that my parents won’t take amazing care of her, but that I will miss her too much 🙂 although this is healthy and will be a great thing for Aaron and I. Somehow we will get packed and cleaned up and get Evelyn all better before we leave.

As I write this, my feelings of utter dispair and tiredness seem to drift away a little. I look forward to our time away next week. I remember that so many people have to deal with real trials and tribulations, life threatening things that I could not even imagine. I am reminded of our savior and his dying on the cross for our sins. The price he paid and how hurt and tired he was during it all. It is comforting to know that Jesus knows how we are feeling and what we go through. He is right in the midst of our stress, pain and any hardship we might be going though. I know that if He can endure death on a cross and he provides us with strength, that we can endure anything too. We all have to just hang in there. 

This morning I was reading a Spurgeon devotional and it seemed to fit in with the spirit of this post… 

“We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”—Acts 14:22.

OD’S people have their trials. It was never designed by God, when He chose His people, that they should be an untried people. They were chosen in the furnace of affliction; they were never chosen to worldly peace and earthly joy. Freedom from sickness and the pains of mortality was never promised them; but when their Lord drew up the charter of privileges, He included chastisements amongst the things to which they should inevitably be heirs. Trials are a part of our lot; they were predestinated for us in Christ’s last legacy. So surely as the stars are fashioned by his hands, and their orbits fixed by Him, so surely are our trials allotted to us: He has ordained their season and their place, their intensity and the effect they shall have upon us. Good men must never expect to escape troubles; if they do, they will be disappointed, for none of their predecessors have been without them. Mark the patience of Job; remember Abraham, for he had his trials, and by his faith under them, he became the “Father of the faithful.” Note well the biographies of all the patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and you shall discover none of those whom God made vessels of mercy, who were not made to pass through the fire of affliction. It is ordained of old that the cross of trouble should be engraved on every vessel of mercy, as the royal mark whereby the King’s vessels of honour are distinguished. But although tribulation is thus the path of God’s children, they have the comfort of knowing that their Master has traversed it before them; they have His presence and sympathy to cheer them, His grace to support them, and His example to teach them how to endure; and when they reach “the kingdom,” it will more than make amends for the “much tribulation” through which they passed to enter it.

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Finding patience

Today 1/9/2013

Ever have one of those mornings where you haven’t even finished your first cup of coffee and you already want another one? This is one of those mornings. I kind of feel bad complaining at all because I know that overall my life is very easy and blessed but everyone one has buttons and buttons get pushed no matter who you are. Can I just say that I love my little girl, she is sweet and cute and becoming more interactive with each day. She is walking everywhere and trying to say a million things (that we can’t quite make out yet). She loves exploring and never stops playing. She also has become very picky about breakfast.
Yesterday I was so excited because I went to the store and bought a lot of new things for Evelyn to try. She has been on an oatmeal kick lately but two mornings ago she decided she no longer wanted it. So I googled toddler food ideas and set to work on finding something she did want for breakfast. At the store I bought plain yogurt and fruit, I also bought these yummy looking organic honey nut oats. So this morning I sat down and attempted to give her yogurt and she wouldn’t even let it touch her lips, she turns her head in a dramatic fashion to the side and makes a displeased grunt. Finally I got her to taste some, still no luck, until mommy ate some then she wanted some. BUT when offered again, she refused. So I pulled out the honey nut Cheerios, thinking for sure this would be a hit… Folks, she ate one and threw the rest on the floor. I then listened to her cry and moan while I looked for something else to feed her.
I know what you are all thinking at this point, why would I let her control me like this, just make her eat what I give her and don’t give her so many choices but for a mother trying to cut down on nursing and about to put her baby down for a nap, I would do anything to fill her belly. And for the most part she isn’t a picky eater, just breakfast. So I pull out the skillet and make an egg (which she likes sometimes) as soon as I give her the egg she double fists it into her mouth as fast as she can until it is gone… Eggs, the new breakfast food, for now. With toddlers you never know, I don’t think they know half the time. Currently she is having a ball getting into the cabinet…

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God is always teaching me something, either through marriage (showing me how selfish I am) or through motherhood (showing me how selfish I am) or through other relationships (showing me how selfish I am) …. Hmmm I just know that I have a lot to learn and am humbled by life everyday. Sometimes I think the desire is to get down hearted and feel overwhelmed but then I remember God’s wonderful promises in his word… He promises to not give us more than we can handle and always be here for us. No matter how “good” we are, we can’t earn his love and that is a comforting thought. So I go through each moment trying to remember God’s sacrifices for me and being thankful that I have the opportunity to be a wife to my wonderful husband and I get the chance to be a mother to my adorable, beautiful (sometimes picky) little daughter… All of which I would never trade nor give up. Cherish your loved ones, your life and remember that God is behind you all the way.


Etsy Shop

Okay everyone… most of you have seen that my Etsy shop opened and I hope you all have had a chance to look at it and decide what you want to buy for Christmas presents 🙂 There is a promotional code that gets you 10% off your purchase and I have it set to end tomorrow but I am going to extend it another week in honor of the grand opening. Just in case you didn’t see the code, it is… ETSYDISCOUNT10. Use this code at checkout and get 10% off. Also, if you live close by and don’t want your items shipped… I can give you a free shipping code, just let me know. Right now I just have necklaces and earrings but I will be adding bracelets soon. The cool thing about my jewelry is that you can get a custom order. Whatever color, whatever design (something that will fit on a bead) and whatever length that you want. You can get jewelry to match anything or satisfy any favorite color you have.

Also, I want to let you know about an upcoming event. Most of you have already been invited but you need to make sure and put this on your calendar. We are having a Christmas Marketplace at Heather Fisk’s house on November the 29th and it is going to be awesome!!! Go to this link to see all about it… and please everyone come and check it out! https://www.facebook.com/events/273549156082185/?fref=ts

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Here are some items from my Etsy shop for your viewing… Come and take a look. Get Christmas shopping done at a discount! 🙂

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Okay now for a few pictures of things to come… these are some bracelets that I am going to list soon.

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Well there you have it folks… great unique handmade Christmas or anytime gifts. Please stop by and check out the rest of my jewelry at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChelseaHarpDesigns… Until later.


Happenings in the Harp Home

Well as promised, I am going to start my blog and do my best to keep it updated. First of all I want to talk about our little Evelyn, why? Because I can and she is getting big way too fast. Evelyn turned nine months old on September the 6th, I cannot believe she will be a year old in December. She has changed so much over the past few months and is becoming such a little person. In the past two months she has become really good at crawling, almost has four full teeth and is pulling up/ “walking” along the furniture. Evelyn wants to be one of the “big kids” so badly but I just want her to stay my little baby girl.

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Our biggest challenges with Evelyn have been her TEETH and the fact she knows she can start to get what she wants when she cries. It is hard to know when to baby them and when to let them grow up some. I lean towards the babying side because I can’t help it! Evelyn has started this new yelling/ crying noise that is much louder and more demanding then she used to be. Along with new crying noises, she has lots of tricks too… She enjoys shaking her head no, clicking her tongue, scrunching her nose, giggling and picking her own food up (not really a trick but whatever). She loves it when her daddy gets home from work and she can go play.

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While Evelyn is growing up, I am still trying to get things done around the house. Aaron and I finally have an actual office area and it is AMAZING!!! We never have had a place to put art, music and office stuff but now we do. I love it because I can pull out all of my crafts and leave them out, close the door and Evelyn can’t get to them. Also, this means Evelyn gets her own room instead of an office/baby room.

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Currently I am working on a painting for our bedroom (which I cannot show pictures of yet because it is not done and I don’t like it yet). I am also working on some projects for an Etsy shop, which I have wanted to do for a very long time but haven’t yet. I have once again been inspired by my sister-in-law Heather Fisk and hope that it will all work out. My idea for my shop is still coming together and I hope to have it up in the next couple of weeks (if Evelyn lets me). I will post pictures and details when I have them worked out. You can make your guess from the pictures below but it just looks like a big mess right now.

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It does involve lots of paint and time! My other time is spent taking care of our dear sweet little girl, my dear sweet husband (who is having a blast with his high school and junior high classes at Ovilla Christian School) and I am also watching another cute little girl part time for a friend who actually works at Ovilla as well. Little Camilla Cordero is full of smiles and her and Evelyn will hopefully become really good friends!
Well folks, I think my blogging has come to an end for the night. Aaron has got me going to bed earlier than normal because he is now a morning person. I am too but not till about 7am. Sometimes Evelyn thinks that she should get up before then. Anyways… More blogging to come, this is fun and I think I am going to like it. Thanks to everyone for putting up with my grammar mistakes. I am not that great at writing but I do have good thoughts from time to time and I do like to let them out of my head or else it will explode. Good night to everyone and sleep well, I plan on it!


My first blog!?!

So I have wanted to start a blog for a while now and haven’t because of too many reasons. Here are a few… I am a busy mother (of only one child, it can only get more busy folks), I am doing some random art project, oh yeah, and we moved. Anyways, you get the picture, but it is time. I have been inspired lately by three of my sister-in-laws, all of them Harps. I also have felt guilty because my little Evelyn is 9 months old and I don’t feel like I document her life very well or take enough pictures of her. I also have made several new dinner meals lately and I want to remember the recipes (if I post them on the blog, hopefully I will). All that to say, I am hoping this blog will help me to remember to do things 🙂 I am also hoping that you all will get some enjoyment and amusement out of our very hectic and yet mostly still lives.
I also have been reading morning and evening devotionals by Charles Spurgeon (most days) and I will have to share some quotes and thoughts from time to time because they are too good not to. So hope you enjoy. Tomorrow you will get the low down on Evelyn, my new Etsy project, my work, recipes and whatever else I can think of.