Welcome to Whit's World

Welcome to the randomness that is my life. You can usually find me wandering around somewhere in my head trying to figure it all out. I blog about the loves of my life, my two boys, our new homeschooling journey, and anything else that moves me. I find that writing is the best therapy. Thanks for stopping by, and Be Blessed!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Bubbles


It is summer time!!

 You can find us outside! Happy Wednesday :) 

  Be Blessed, 

 Whit

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Peregrine Falcon


My oldest son, J, is a walking encyclopedia. He loves to read, you always can find him with a book in arm's length (he totally gets that from his momma!). As we walked to the grocery store several weeks back, he asked me, "Mom, did you know the fastest animal on Earth is not the cheetah?" He went on to tell me all about the peregrine falcon, and it's incredible recorded speeds of over 200 mph. I thanked him for his daily tidbits that always seem to educate me...he beamed with pride the rest of the day.

The truth is though, he teaches me much more than I do him sometimes. Not always nature facts either.

He has taught me...

How to truly take pride in who I am. The true meaning of patience. How to slow down and appreciate the small things. To see the abundant beauty surrounding us. To take leaps of faith. To trust in your heart. To love unconditionally.

...and a whole lot of interesting nature facts!!

Our children are beautiful, innocent creatures of God. I am so blessed to have two awesome little boys whom enable me to grow. Without them, I would not be me.

Be Blessed,

Whit

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Introducing, Sadie the Paper Crown Princess (& a Giveaway!)

Congratulations to entry #110, Stacy Kurtz, for tweeting about the giveaway!  She has been emailed and has 48 hours to respond and claim her prize!  Happy June Whit's World readers...have a blessed weekend!

Since beginning this little blog back in the fall, I have met so many fantastic people, and am thrilled to call a lot of them friends. One of these incredible new friends is Amanda N. Evans...and she is now a published author!! She followed her heart, and God's will, and has written the most amazing children's book I have seen in ages!  The book has been beautifully and creatively illustrated by Mandy Newman, and it begins shipping today!!  You can buy your copy(ies) in paperback, or hardback, starting at $10 here:  http://papercrownsadie.com/buy-the-book-pre-order-2/.  Let me formally introduce you now...


Meet Sadie the Paper Crown Princess...is she not the most adorable princess ever?!?!

I had the privilege of attending a launch party for Sadie the Paper Crown Princess, and heard Amanda read the book aloud, and see the beautiful illustrations up close and personal.  I instantly fell in love!  Sadie the Paper Crown Princess is the new modern day princess story. She learns who she really is, and what is truly important in life during her stay at the Princess Academy. The lessons taught in this story reach far beyond just little girls...I was truly inspired by Sadie as well.  Her tomboy ways fully reminded me of myself as a little girl, but the story reminded me of the strength I have inside, and my heart and ability to do for others.


My 2 boys also fell in love with the story (we have read it a dozen times in the past week), the fact that the word PRINCESS was in the title was a non-factor when we began reading.  My oldest son said that he loved that Sadie put others before herself...which brings me to my next point...

We have been discussing brotherly love and compassion the past several months in our homeschool classroom.  This book was perfect to continue that discussion, and to start so many others.  One of Amanda's goals, is to sit down with educators, homeschool parents, etc., to develop a unit study to accompany Sadie the Paper Crown Princess.  I adore this idea, and cannot wait to see it come to life as well!

One more amazing thing that Amanda & Sadie have planned for the month of June, is The Big Give!  This is where you can participate and make a difference too!  A portion of every purchase will go to the charity of your choice:  Mobile Loaves and Fishes, The Ronald McDonald House, or To Ghana...with Love.

So now for the really exciting part...I am thrilled to be giving away a beautiful, 8 X 10, framed picture of the illustration below to one lucky Whit's World reader.  Perfect to hang in your little girl's room, your office as inspiration, the bathroom (this is where mine is)...anywhere really!  Let me tell you how unbelievably hard it was to choose my favorite illustration from the book, but those red cowboy boots took  me back to my childhood too much.


To win you must be a United States citizen and fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  The contest will close Next Friday morning at 12:00 A.M., I will pick a winner that day, and the lucky person will have 48 hours to respond with a mailing address.

Good luck all!!  Get to buying the book, the t-shirts, all of it here:  http://papercrownsadie.com/.  Tell all your friends about Sadie the Paper Crown Princess...and,

Be Blessed,

Whit


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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Food Allergy Awareness

This week, May 13th-19th, is Food Allergy Awareness Week; but for families that live with such allergies, every week is awareness week.  We are one of those families, and here is how allergies, changed our life.


When J was a baby, he was sick, very sick...in fact you would never know by looking at him today, how many times he came way to near to death during his early years.  (I posted here about what a miracle both he, and his brother, are to us.)  After a long stay in the ICU and then the regular floor of the hospital (mainly spent under an oxygen tent), J and I took off to Austin, to get some help from my mother for a bit.  He was recovering well, and starting to return to his normal, happy go-lucky self.  We were preparing dinner, and gave him half a piece of toast with peanut butter to tide him over in the meantime.  Within moments, his lips and entire face began to swell like a balloon.  I had never seen such a thing, and had most certainly not heard of it either.  I panicked, but picked up the phone to make an emergency call to the pediatrician.  "CALL 911 NOW!," she said, "It's an allergic reaction."

I grabbed him and ran straight out of the apartment, through the parking lot, and down the tiny street, where a hospital was located...talk about a God thing!  I ran into the ER screaming that we needed help immediately.  They took him from my arms, he was almost 11 months at the time, and began taking vitals and what little action they surprisingly knew to take.  Some form of Benadryl was administered, and they made a call to the Children's Hospital, as I was watching him turn shades of blue. I picked him back up, when he started really looking bad, and he began to vomit all over me (I assure you, you do not care in the least bit in such a circumstance.)  They took him back, gave him a shot of Epinephrine, and then an EMT came in with an ambulance trolley to whisk us downtown.

It all happened so fast.  By the time we were in the ambulance, he started regaining color and his breathing began to get easier once again.  I remember looking out the windows of the ambulance, at what was then, such a large and foreign city to me, racing by.  It was all so overwhelming, intimidating, and down right scariest moment of my entire life.

Once inside the Children's Hospital, he was really beginning to look and act better.  His strength during the whole ordeal still amazes me as I recall the events.  They sent us home in the middle of the night, with a prescription for steroids and an Epi-Pen, and a more than exhausted baby.  I did not sleep one wink that night, as they warned me of the possibility of delayed reactions.  I stood over his bead, and watched his every breath that night.  The next morning, he awoke happy and ready to play.  God was more than good to us that night.

The horror of that night is something that I hope to never, ever live again.  We have had 3 close calls since then, 2 of which resulted in an ER trip, but nothing like the anaphylaxis we saw that night.  The most important, and immediate, thing I did was tons of research!  Not only must we stay away from peanut butter, but anything will any trace of any sort of nut in it.  Trust me, there are hundreds of things we must be cautious of, that I would have never imagined.  Jelly Belly Jelly beans is one on that long list of things J will never be able to try.

Now that J, is old enough, he is just as educated and aware of his allergy, than anyone else, and that makes me feel so much better.  Everyone around our family, must be aware of his allergy at all times.  It is the first thing I notify people of upon entering another environment.  I am so thankful, to be homeschooling this year, and not have that lingering fear, of the terrifying happening again while I am away.

Food allergies are serious and abundant these days.  I believe that everyone should inform their selves on the topic, because you never know when such an allergy could impact your life.

Be Blessed,

Whit

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: My "2 for 1" Day

My oldest son was so excited to inform the world, that Sunday was my "2 for 1" day...he thought my birthday falling on Mother's Day was the coolest thing ever! It sure made for a pretty special day...

 



Be Blessed,

Whit

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Transitioning Into Summer

Just a few weeks back, I posted about the idea of homeschooling year round:  Taking a Traditional Summer?. I knew that I wanted us all to enjoy summer, but we also needed a break. Well, we wrapped up our "school year" early last week, and have been thoroughly enjoying some much needed down time, in addition to the gorgeous spring weather.

Last week, I sat down with my oldest son to learn what he was interested in studying this summer, and am so glad I did!

The entire family, even the toddler, is going to work on speaking Spanish. I have found several different books and CDs I believe I will be ordering through Amazon...granted I don't find anything else while I still browse a little.  (I would love to hear what has worked for your family?!)

J really wants to learn how to type on the keyboard (he has been asking for a couple months now). I found a Mavis Beacon computer program for kids. That will be here by Friday for $12 shipped, what a deal! I also found a child's keyboard to order from a fun new site I happened across.

The other thing he is yearning to do, is a bird and bats study. Thanks to our Noeo Homeschool Biology curriculum, and the bat unit study our neighbor gave us, we are set for that. He cannot wait to begin identifying the birds he sees every day, and we can go see the bats first hand downtown at the end of summer!

I plan to have "school" three days a week, versus the 5 we have done all year. That leaves plenty of room for fun and pool time (we also hope to take a long weekend vaca-first one in 5 years)! We are going to have a very laid back, easy going approach to homeschool this summer, but, come fall, everyone will be full of grand knew knowledge, and easily transition back into a more strict routine.

What are your summer plans?  How do you plan to keep your kiddos busy?


Be Blessed,

Whit

Friday, May 11, 2012

Looking Back and Moving Forward

You know how you always hear how time flies? Well, that's because it does!! Somehow, I am turning the big 3-0 this weekend (on Mother's Day nonetheless, pretty awesome I think). This week has been full of deep reflection for me, it's crazy to think back through my 20's...it was jam packed with so many life experiences, that it has made my head spin.

I married. Had children. Divorced. Went to college. Struggled as a single mom. Lost friends. Made new ones. Moved cities. Found true love. Witnessed healing. Forgave. Took leaps of faith. Made mistakes. Received diagnosis'. Underwent 6 surgeries. Learned the true meaning of unconditional love. Found unbelievable strength through God.  (and not all in that order necessarily)

There has been more heartache and grief, & pure joy and happiness over the past 10 years, than I ever thought possible. At the end of the day, I feel blessed by it all though. Each experience has led me to the place I am today, and the person I have become. My 20's was a period of tremendous learning and growth.

Although I am not where I thought I would be at 30 years old, I know I am right where I belong...bring on the next 10!

Be Blessed,

Whit


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Sogno Earring Giveaway


And the winner is...#42: Melissa Gonzalez for liking Whit's World on Facebook!!  Congrats Melissa, I will shoot you an email, & you will have 48 hours to respond with mailing address.


I am thrilled to be teaming up with the lovely Kristin of Two Cannoli, to bring you a fun giveaway today! Who doesn't love some jewelry right?! First, let me tell you about this incredible jewelry designer, Tonya Maggio, of Sogno.

Sogno's online store is full of many diverse and beautiful pieces - necklaces, bracelets and earrings.  So many that it is impossible to pick a favorite (seriously, I made a list a mile long)!  These gorgeous pieces can be found throughout all the fashion and style magazines, and adorning some of today's most fashion forward celebs.  Sogno also has a huge sale selection, so watch for your favorite pieces to be discounted! All orders over $50 ship free and everything else ships with a $5 flat rate...you cannot beat that price for shipping.

These are the Alessandra earrings, in Gold with Swarovski crystal accents in Silver (RV $64.00). They also come in Sterling Silver with your choice of Canary, Sky, Bronze, or Silver in the Swarovski crystals.  I know, they are gorgeous aren't they?!  People magazine thought so too, and featured them in a Style Watch issue a few months back.


If you want these beautiful earrings to adorn your earlobes, then you must fill out the Rafflecopter form below!

Good luck all, and...

Be Blessed,

Whit

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Friday, May 4, 2012

2ND Birthday Smilestones!

I cannot believe my baby boy is 2 today!! Time flies so quickly, but I honestly could not soak up any more of it than I have so far. I feel so blessed to not miss a moment of his days.

I was thinking back on his actual birthday this morning...what a calm and peaceful day that was. The room was completely silent during the delivery, everyone just did what they needed to. Then the silence stopped and this beautiful baby boy had joined the world, and our family. That beautiful baby boy forever changed us all for the better, and has brought more joy than he will ever know. We were not sure I would ever get pregnant again, praise God his plans were made!

Now I have this crazy, rambunctious, wild man where a baby stood just a year ago today. He will talk your leg off once you get him started, and he may love to get dirty more than anything else. Every meal time looks different these days, but if he'll sit still for 5 minutes somewhere and eat something, we'll call it a success. Everything trains, Lightning McQueen, and "woof-woofs" rules his little world. He finds such joy and happiness in the smallest parts of life. He truly reminds us why we are here and what is truly important.

This weekend we are going to party like a bunch of 2 year olds, and celebrate life along with all the small things that make it special! Happy 2ND Birthday Baby Boy!

A few weeks old.
First Birthday.
Age 2!


Be Blessed,

Whit