The Plan and then how it really turned out!


Here is the plan.  It’s a very well thought out plan and fairly easy to execute, unless your day starts unraveling with a sick baby, sub zero cold weather and a tired cranky pre-teen.  Oh and did I mention this all happened on the morning we were getting ready for church!  Of course it did.  Did I fail my first attempt at following this plan, yes, yes I did!  However, the second day went much better.  I am the type of person that gets way to worked up when I have a plan and then it falls apart.  I don’t want to be, but that is how I am hard-wired and I don’t like it.  I am working on that!  It’s very difficult and time consuming to change 30+ years of thinking the way I thought before.  Baby steps will eventually turn into giant leaps…I hope!  You can click on the picture of the plan and save it to your computer for your own use if you would like.


The Christmas Tree

It’s name has changed, in my mind at least, to the giving tree.  It’s true we do adorn a pine tree with shiny bulbs during the Christmas season, but I think the trees give us beauty all year long.

A stunning green backdrop against a stark white winter.

A twinkling bright steady monument while sticks of brown begin to bud in spring.

A gorgeous array of multi green splendor in the summer sun.

The darkest shade of fall color set as an anchor with bursting orange, yellow and red surrounding them.

Remember the real meaning of Christmas is Christ’s birth which blesses us each day, not the decorations we unpack once a year.

Is one side milk and one side juice?

Since I found out I was pregnant with Zander my six year old has had plenty of questions regarding what is going on.  How does the baby come out, how does he eat, can he hear us, is it dark in there, what does it mean when your water breaks, does it hurt for the baby to come out, etc.  I have answered every question as truthful as I could be with out totally freaking him out.  So when I started breast feeding and more questions ensued I wasn’t surprised.  Except for when he asked is one side milk and one side juice?  I had to laugh, because it never occurred to me to think there was anything in there but milk.  Ever wonder what kids are thinking?  Just ask them, they are not afraid to wonder anything!

Our new addition

Ok I know what your thinking, eight days into the new year and she has missed 4 days with no blogging already.  What?  What kind of new years resolution is that? 

Well let me tell you…

We have a new addition to our family and the greatest excuse not to keep my resolution. 

Zander Karl Erickson made his entrance into this world on Jan 4th at 1243pm.  I went in on Sunday night and they didn’t let me go home.  The next morning the doctor broke my water and then the race was on.  Wow what a day! 

Now I have something new to blog about.  That is between naps and feedings!

It’s a boy!

baby boy ericksonI feel like I have been away for so long!  I wanted to share our great news!  We are having a baby boy!  I thought I knew what name I wanted.  I had shared that in a previous post, but now my husband is thinking no, he doesn’t want that name, so now we have to work on it a little!

Anyway the reason I am posting.  I had a regular appointment yesterday morning and they said if I wanted I could have the ultra sound that afternoon.  I was so excited I said of course!  So I called Mitch to see if he could get done with work early, but no such luck.  They had just switched over to a new machine and no one would be leaving early:(  Bummer!  Well I still wanted to go the same day. 

I went and laid for an hour watching our baby boy dodge the camera!  Nothing like Benjamin who loves the lime light.  Our newest addition was so active it took an hour for her to get the pictures she wanted and still she couldn’t coax him into the right position for one of them.  It was so amazing!  I saw him flailing his arms around while hitting me in the belly.  He did flash us a thumbs up and she got a pic of that.  I will post that later today if I remember. 

Later yesterday when Mitch arrived home Ben and I were making muffins to go with supper.  I wanted him to tell Mitch about the baby.  So I said, “Ben tell daddy what we are going to have.  And he said excitedly, “Daddy were making cupcakes!”  It was another precious moment! 

Anyway so we are having another boy and we decided last night that we will try one more time for a girl, but if it doesn’t happen within a year we will finish our adoption journey which we started before this little guy decided he wanted into the Erickson bunch! 

We are truly blessed to have a God who loves us and pours his mercy onto us each and every day!  Thank you Jesus for this blessed gift!


I have been othwise detained with life lately.  I am preparing for my second baby’s arrival into this life and preparing for my first baby’s start of first grade.  Yikes!  I am a little busy!


By the way I have written my first Haiku today!

The Lord hath given

blessings are overflowing!

Pray for us, dear friends!


Boy this pregnancy has sure kicked the wind out of my sail.  I am so low on energy these days it’s not funny!  But I am trying to stay active and not eat to much!  That is a difficult task to accomplish.  I like to eat…a lot!  Oh well, it only took me 3 or 4 years to loose the baby fat from Benjamin – I can handle that right:)

Great News!

Well I guess it’s official now.  I had my ultra sound and there is a baby in my tummy!  I am so excited!  I can’t even believe it’s happening and until my ultrasound yesterday I have been hesitant to get too excited.  But now my baby is 2.26 cm long and has a heart beat of 167! 

I have been out of practice for so long I am going to have to read all of those baby books over again.  Benjamin just turned six years old!  He is more excited than I am I tell you!  That boy can’t wait for the baby to come. 

So now we have to shift gears from the adoption of a toddler or preschooler to diapers and formula.  Just what Mitch was excited about avoiding:)  Oh well – I will take the poopy, pukey, paranormal smells of a new born.  It will be an adventure!

Babies, babies, babies

Well I can sure tell it is spring time by one account anyway (certainly not by the weather).  There are women having babies like crazy around here! 

I would love to have a set of twins yet in my life.  If I did I would want them to be a boy and a girl.  I would name them Lizzie and Harry.  Lizzie after my Grandma and Harry after Mitch’s dad Harold. 

I fell in love with the names and used them on a couple in one of my stories.  Is that weird?  I suppose it’s only weird if I do have twins:)  From my lips to God’s ears!

I hope everyone has a blessed day!