It started out with PT this morning, where we learned a few new tricks to help Annabelle! Our goal is to get her able to go from laying down to sitting up ALL BY HERSELF. This won't happen overnight, but it is what we are working on!
Annabelle got her FIRST TRIP TO THE MALL!!!!
(in the food court... a little sleepy which is why the dazed look!)
It is a right of passage for Phillips' girls of course! And I figured on a Thursday in the middle of the day was a good time to take her.
We were going with a PURPOSE too. On Monday, we are having her one year pictures taken (yes a little late!) by my cousin who does professional photography.
I already have one outfit she will be wearing, but I wanted a fun second one that was new. Plus, I don't have a lot of fall/winter clothes for her yet, so I justified the purchase! (Incidently, it was on sale 25% off, and the store was having a 20% already reduced prices sale, PLUS I had a 20% off coupon... otherwise, this cheap unemployed Momma wouldn't have even approached the mall! HA!)
We also saw another heart Momma there (her little one is in heaven with Jesus) so it was fun to get to talk to her and introduce her to Annabelle too!
Then... we had ANOTHER first.
Annabelle's first trip to WALMART!!
(Sorry all you Columbia Wal-mart peeps... it was the Franklin one, but we'll visit you soon, I promise!)
Annabelle's picture has been up in the Columbia, TN Walmart to help raise funds for the Children's Miracle Network to support Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. It is a HUGE charity that we support with all our hearts, so of course we had NO problem with Annabelle being their "poster" child. Suffice to say, she has a lot of Walmart friends in Columbia!
Anyway, that was fun stuff too!
So tonight... I have one exhausted baby!!!
(I think it's funny that she is pointing to Pooh!)
Krista's Rambling Thoughts for the day
The whole fun nomination thing through Parents.com was, well, fun. THANK YOU by the way to whoever nominated us... you are SO sweet!
There is a wee little thing I don't think ANYONE would guess or know about me (unless you know me well in person.)
I mean, REALLY competitive. In a friendly way of course (well, unless I'm playing spoons or Eucker, then watch out!)
Now, if I don't win, I'll be fine. But I will REALLY enjoy TRYING to win, because, well, that's how God made me I guess. Some of you non-competitive people out there are gasping right now, but all you competitors are nodding your head and saying, "RIGHT ON!" *grin* (and yes, I'm the momma that cringes at the softball coach that says 'it doesn't matter if we win, just that we have fun'... I mean REALLY??? Sorry... that's a tangent...)
Anyway, besides the fun competitive part of it, it got me thinking more about my blog, the purpose for it, and what God wants me to "do" with it.
It started off as my blog to "build" a platform for my writing. For a publisher to "publish" a writer's manuscript, it helps to have a platform, which basically means people that know you already and will buy your book when it comes out. The bigger the platform, the less of a risk it is to publish your book. You still have to have a good book, mind you, but a platform sweetens the pot if you will.
So, my blog was my feeble way of trying to do that. Plus, it was fun!
But then Annabelle came along and kinda hijacked my blog! My platform building was forgotten and totally unimportant.
Then God did something amazing. While I was busy taking care of my daughter, updating everyone about her care and sharing what He was teaching me, my blog hits grew by, oh, let me do the math..... about 5000%? LOL. Not that I care about numbers (outside my insane need to know them due to my math brain) but my thought had always been to go back to my previous type posts once Annabelle was doing well.
I no longer think that is what God wants me to do.
Yet, I fear people will get bored hearing about the day-to-day goings on of Annabelle and the Phillips' family.
The "experts" tell you to have a blog about more than just yourself. Although, I like to think my blog is more about what GOD is doing and teaching, and letting that flow through to readers, than about just random facts about mundane things.
I don't have a complete answer yet. I'm praying about it a LOT.
The thing is, besides tweeting my blogs, I don't love marketing myself. I have this horrible fear of people thinking I'm doing the whole, "LOOK AT ME! SEE HOW COOL I AM" thing, and that is totally NOT what I am about.
Yet... I want people to look at Annabelle and me and my family and my blog and say, "WOW! LOOK at how AMAZING God is."
On top of that, I want to raise awareness for heart babies, for organ donation, and to do my part to help other heart families. This is a huge passion for me, and something I haven't completely figured out how to get involved in fully.
I guess I need to switch from thinking of promoting my blog as promoting ME (which I do NOT want to) but promoting the things I'm passionate for: God, CHD, and someday, my books. (because, well, I do need to SELL said books someday! And in that, I want to promote God too!) And it will always be used to let people keep up-to-date on Miss Annabelle:-)
So all this said, THANK YOU THANK YOU for those who voted so far in the parents.com thing! If you haven't voted and want to, here is the link again. What is REALLY cool is another heart blog has been nominated too (bowensheart.com) which I LOVE as well, so I personally think it'd be pretty cool if we took #1 and #2 spots... (Bowen has much more star power though... so while I'm competitive, I also am realistic! So I'm totally cool with #2 if we make it that far, HA!) Really though, we are talking about special needs blogs. They are ALL special and ALL deserve to win. (Although... you KNOW the competitor in me is still cracking my knuckles!)
I haven't had "discussion" time in the comments lately, and that is something I always used to do! Thought we'd try today.
How competitive are YOU? Are you a "play for fun" or "play to win" kinda person... or somewhere in between? Have I totally lost your respect with my confession??