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Last night I felt a little something.

I went to the doctor yesterday and he asked:

“How is your back – any pain?” – No

“How are your ankles – swollen?” – No

“How’s the nausea?” – None

“Your iron is good.  Your weight is great.  You’re perfect!”  (I’m very proud of myself by now).

“Feel any kicking?” – …..ummm…..no….I don’t know how it feels so pretty much I don’t feel anything.

“If you feel something like gas bubbles or butterfly fluttering (I knew that much from a book) under your belly button.  Ahhh….enlightenment!  I needed more direction than just “gas bubbles.”  Now I knew where to look.

So, last night I lay in bed very still like he told me to and felt a few little gas bubbles.  Now, I’m still not thinking 100% that it’s the baby moving (let’s face it – it really could be gas!) but it was a funny little feeling nonetheless that made my heart skip a beat as I wondered…could that really be the baby?  It’s kind of like my own tiny secret that no one else has – just me and this little guy – in it together.

Because I’m a little older, I see the doctor every three weeks.  He says I’ll start to feel more by my next appointment.

I can’t wait for it to be enough for Jason to feel them, too.

A little bump...

A Little "Halfway Mark" Bump

BLOG BLITZ WINNERS

Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten our winners from yesterday!  Thank you to everyone who commented about the Blog Blitz yesterday.  That was fun – I just kept thinking…Stacy Julian is brilliant!

Here are our 10 winners of the Bazzill Mono Mini album.  If you didn’t win and want one of these little guys then you’ll have to search a little because these are the tiny 2.5×2.5 size and I’m not sure if they are available any more – if you find one then let us know!

I had some trouble with the internet last night but all of your comments were there this morning so don’t be worried that yours was lost!   Here’s our list of winners:

  1. Angela W:  This is such a great idea! I would love to win a mini album!
  2. Michelle:  Ali Edward’s doing it, too! This is a movement!!
  3. heatherhockman:  This is the third…no fourth time I’ve read this, and it won’t be the last, but it’s such a cool idea. I’ll be adding it to my blog tonight! )
  4. Rita:  I found your site via Stacy’s blog and love your album. I have had a rough September with Hurricane Ike devastating so many of my friends and neighbors. I plan to put the photos I took during the last 2 1/2 weeks to document the PRESENT. Let me tell you, I never lived for every moment until the storm come on land, and then our electricity was out for 13 days. Every moment of the present is precious and valuable…….Rita in Texas
  5. Phyllis R.:  So fun! This morning it has really made me aware of what is going on around me at “the present”. Even just the sounds outside, the garbage truck, the dog chewing on her bone. Sounds silly, but that’s my life right here, right now! Thanks for doing a give away! Looking forward to your year-long class!
  6. Shaun Paddock:  Ok, I have started taking my photos now I just need a place to put them. My fingers are crossed.   PS: I am happy that I have found your blog. I will now be a regular reader.
  7. Jenny:  Hi Kolette! Was thinking about you yesterday while I was into AC Moore purchasing your gorgeous stamps!! ;) Hope your pregnancy is going well.  I’m going to snap some random photos today, and hopefully will win the little Mono mini to put them in.   Hugs,  Jenny in MAine
  8. Melissa:  Love this idea. Right now, I’m not having a hard time living in the moment since my husband just left for a year long deployment. It seems all I am doing is living from one minute to the next, but I’m counting down the time not enjoying it. I’ll be sure to take pictures of the great things I have in my life right now so I can look at it often during this challenging phase.
  9. Leauriy:  I’m loving you cover and your spin on it. Have seen Heidi Swapps, and Ali’s so far.
  10. Angel S.:  What a feeling of accomplishment to finish a whole album! :>) This would be great – love the idea.  Thanks!

Each of you email me (kolette@kolettehall.com) with your address and I’ll send you your very own “Be Present Now” album.

Thanks for sharing my life with me – yesterday was a great day.

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Generosity

I promised to write a little about Creative Escape and on this day of September 11, as we remember the events of the World Trade Center, the one word that keeps coming to mind when I think of our weekend together is GENEROSITY.

Heidi Swapp and Mr. Bazzill, Doug Jones, fall into this category of my thoughts.  Their generous philosophy regarding the whole event was incredible.  I mean really, how can you not feel special when you receive a package at your hotel room that says, “Lucky Girl” and “Spoiled” with some little treasure that they have thought of just for us?  Every time I used my specially printed room key that said “enjoy,” in Heidi’s writing I thought, “I will!”  How could I help myself?

Even more so, I was astounded by the generosity of those of you who brought us our first baby gifts.  I really couldn’t believe it when the first gift came (a darling little monkey that is so soft and snuggly) and my surprise only continued as the weekend progressed until we were piled high on the table and floor with blankets and onesies and tiny pairs of socks.

These are the first gifts we have received as potential parents and although I really don’t have a clue as to what to do with most of them (since I just learned what a onesie actually is!), I am humbled by the simple generosity that stimulated your desire to give something.  You know more of what we need than we do – that much is certain.  And as I packed a box full of miniature gifts to ship back to Utah I was overwhelmed with gratitude for your kindness.

This simple act has made me think about human generosity in general.  I have learned through our service work in Mexico with students who have mental and physical disabilities that it’s hard to do it all.  Each time we go down there for another card clinic to teach them skills to create something they can sell I always think, “We need to do more.  There is so much more that they need.”

A quote by Mother Teresa helps me when I feel like that:

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.

-Mother Teresa

I forget that sometimes – we don’t have to do it all.  In fact, it’s impossible to do it all.  But we can do something for the one.  Sometimes we see so many of the big gestures that we think that something small is not enough.  Big is good, we know that.  But I stand by the fact that small is even better.  Each of us can make a difference.  We can be something to the individual in that one moment that we are needed.

Thank you for your generosity.  Thank you for your care of “the one” – us.  We are impacted by your desire to give to virtual strangers.  Granted, we are not strangers any more after spending the weekend together, but we were strangers when you walked into our classroom bearing a gift from your heart.

I hope we get to see you in class at Big Picture Scrapbooking.  I feel like we are all friends for life.

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Jason and I are busy getting all of the last minute preparations ready for Creative Escape in Arizona next week.  For those of you that going – LUCKY!  For those of you not – I have learned already that it is an event like no other and if you have any desire to attend next year then I encourage you to go for it!

Heidi Swapp and Bazzill Basics Paper are the ones who make this event possible and I am flattered that Heidi would include me in her list of teachers presenting this year.  Then to make it even more fun, she shared our vision of “The Jason and Kolette Hall Team” and is utilizing Jason’s skills for the keynote speech on the final evening.  Over the years, Jason has proved to be amazing with all the scrapbookers out there so I think it is fitting that we do this event together – and don’t worry, we’ll have his DVD and Quote Cards available for purchase for anyone interested.

As I put together the project for the class I really wanted to focus on something meaningful to me.  I figured that if it had made an impact on my life then it would have a better chance of impacting those in the class.  A couple of years ago I was given an assignment by BPS to do something interesting with the new “MyBook” calendar by Per Annum. I decided to create a gratitude journal because I am not a very good journal writer and I wanted to take the time each day to find something to write down – just a sentence or two was all I wanted and the calendar’s small daily spaces gave me “permission” to not have to write more than that.

I kept that gratitude journal all year and added photos in the photo page inserts that came with the book.  The experience had such an impact on me that I count it as one of the major growing times in my life.  Because of that, I like to share the idea as much as I can.  I have already used the actual gratitude journal in my BPS classes but my project for Creative Escape was founded on this same concept – with a twist.

Here is a sneak peek at one part of the project – I don’t want to give anything away to all of you Creative Escape goers out there!  I’m very grateful for the generosity of Crate Paper, Hampton Art, Making Memories and Bazzill for making the project possible.  I am looking forward to creating the project with all of you who will be at the event because I know that you will catch the vision of what is possible with a project like this.

Just do me a favor, and this goes for everyone reading this post.  Start thinking about the good things in your life each day.  The little things.  The things that might not seem big to others but make a difference to you.  Think about becoming an expert at noticing the good and ignoring the negative.

Here’s a little challenge: for the next week, think about the good in your life, in others and in yourself.  I want to know what happens to you when you make a concentrated effort to find the good.  For those of you that we will see at Creative Escape – I would like you to share your experience with us during class.  For those of you who won’t be there, share what you find here on my blog.  I’ll mention this again in my next post and you can comment there.  I might even rustle up a give-away for a random comment-leaver so watch for that post!

Finding Good.  That’s what gratitude is all about and that is what is on my mind this week before Creative Escape.  Let’s face it – it’s not possible to find too much good in our lives.

And now’s the time to start looking.  Happy Good Hunting!

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