Monday, December 20, 2010

The Best Gift I Ever Got

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The best gift I ever received also happens to be the best gift I ever gave. It all happened just 3 years ago. This past week we celebrated Mr. Destructo's 3rd birthday. Just a week before Christmas, he was the best Christmas gift I ever received. A little 6 pound 14 ounce present. Daddy was deployed out to sea at the time and wasn't able to be there in person, but he was able to be there on the phone. For months I worried about going through labor without him. Of course I had my mom, but I really wished I had had my husband. I sent him an email just as we were leaving for the hospital. Not long after I arrived the phone was already ringing and it was hubby calling all the way from Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, half-way across the world! He called every so often to check in on us. I instructed him to call me back again at 11am. 11 am came and no phone call. I was starting to push and Mr. Destructo was on his way out and still no phone call. At 11:14 he finally called and I was screaming. I had no pain meds and was undrugged (something I am personally very proud of). My husband was on the phone with me the moment Mr. Destructo entered the world. He heard is first cries and all. The best gift I ever received also happened to be the best gift I ever gave my husband, his first born son. My little Christmas baby is now a smart, talkative, funny 3 year old!

Another of the greatest gifts I ever received happened to be for my birthday last year. Blue Eyes had his cranial surgery on January 8th, just 3 days before my birthday. (If you would like to watch the video explaining this more click this link. It contains graphic images.) I knew we would still be in the hospital over my birthday and honestly I was a little sad about that. Who wants to see their little 10 month old in pain on their birthday? Not me that's for sure. On January 11th, 2010, my 23rd birthday, we were given the great news that little Blue Eyes would be discharged from the hospital the next day! It was the best news we had received all week! That night my mom came to stay at the hospital so I could go home and get some sleep before he came home and needed a lot more of me to care for him. He also opened one eye for the first time in days that day. While it was not where I wanted to celebrate my birthday, I was very thankful for the gift the doctors gave me by giving us such great news!

So those are the best gifts I ever received. What's your best gift ever?

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Heart of Haiti

Have you heard of Heart of Haiti collection on Macy's yet? Instead of providing one time aid they help the people of Haiti by crating jobs for them.

Haitian artisans make this items, they earn an income and then we can purchase thier beautiful work! It's all made from recycled materials and it seems like a great program!

Check out the Heart of Haiti collection at to see some of the beautiful things they have created!

 I am writing this post to spread the word about Heart of Haiti through a Mom Bloggers Club member program and I will receive a Heart of Haiti pendant as a thank you.

Hershey's Pot of Gold

Did you  know more than 70 percent of adult give or receive boxes of chocolate during the holiday season? I can say I am one of those who give chocolate. I always get my hubby chocolate at the holidays (I think it's more for me, shhh, don't tell him!) My favorites are the cream filled ones!

I think I might get the Pot of Gold truffles for him this year! They look delicious!

Check out the Celebrate with Hershey's website. There you can find recipes, gift tags, crafts and other items.

I am writing this post as an entry into a contest for a Hershey’s Pot of Gold prize pack as a member of the Mom Bloggers Club.
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